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What’s in it for Middletown to have Penn State Harrisburg here, and what’s in it for Penn State to have a campus in our area? Those aren’t actually mutually exclusive answers. … more
Back in 1980s, I can remember going into the Elks Theatre as a teenager and sitting in the back row with my friends to watch movies and thinking, “This is great. We have our own theater in our town.” In 2010, I can remember taking our son to … more
What’s a college town? Well, the pure definition of course is some place that has a college in it.  While Middletown has a college in it, Penn State Harrisburg, this is a relatively new relationship compared to some, so it doesn’t yet … more
“Why can’t we all just get along?” I know I used this quote in a previous blog or column that I wrote awhile back and I really didn’t want to use it again, but Rodney King’s plaintive question is still the best comment on divisiveness that … more
     The future of Middletown looks bright. As a newly-elected member of the Middletown Borough Council and as a resident of this town, I say to you confidently that I am very excited for our future.      … more
  Obviously, with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had, winter has been a bit rough this year. For many, counting down the days until spring gets here has become an obsession.   For scholastic sports fans whose teams … more
Job prospects for today’s college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelors-degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year. But few are actually prepared for employment. Even though nine in 10 recent college grads believe … more
As Sen. David Argall and I continue to push for elimination of school property taxes with passage of Senate Bill 76, I often think about the impact property has had throughout history. A shortage of land, dismal living conditions, and lack of … more
I have dance in my blood. My mother studied ballet and modern dance, and danced in the touring company of the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” when she was a teenager. When I was growing up, she … more
To paraphrase the late George Bernard Shaw:  Some people in Middletown see things as they are and say, why? I imagine things that never were and say, why not? I imagine all these things and I want to see imagination come to life. … more
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