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23 Years Ago: 10/15/2014

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23 YEARS AGO - Blue Raiders’ Most Loyal New And Old Fans – That’s Frederick Harry (Trey) McElwee III, son of Nanette and Frederick Harry McElwee Jr. of Middletown, in the center. He’s the little guy and you may guess that football will be a big part of his life. Towering behind him is his grandfather Fred McElwee Sr., the equipment manager for the Middletown Blue Raiders and by now you probably also guessed that it’s the Raider Cheerleaders offering a few moments of half-time babysitting.



From The Wednesday, 

October 16, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Obligation, Obsession, Power Trip Or What?Why People Are Willing To Be Volunteer Firefighters


 There are perhaps 60 or 70 “active” members in Middletown’s three fire companies. All of these qualified firefighters have been trained in the proper ways of dealing with fires and in the best methods of performing their accepted duties with the least risk to themselves and to the citizens they serve. 

 But, given the long hours these volunteers must spend in studies and in training to do their jobs effectively, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to understand why anyone chooses to devote so much time and energy in the effort to protect the majority of us and our community from the havoc fires can cause. 

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Out & About: The Daddy-Daughter Dance


Between work and school, it’s difficult for fathers and their daughters, grandfathers and their granddaughters to spend time together. The Daddy-Daughter Dance in Londonderry Twp. gives them a chance to do that – an evening of dancing, games and snacks.


Ninety young ladies, many wearing their dancing dresses, and their fathers and grandfathers attended the dance on Friday, Oct. 10 at the Sunset Golf Course Clubhouse. Kids and their fathers and grandfathers giggled and laughed through line dances and the limbo, and through songs requested by the girls and played by disc jockey Dave Blouch.


The Princess of the dance, drawn at random, was Trinity Fox, and the King of the dance was her father, Brian Stone.


See who was there!





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pantryphoto10 8 14Submitted photo -- American Legion Post 594 of Middletown donated $1,000 to the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry in Royalton toward the purchase of a much-needed freezer for the pantry. Attending the presentation of a check are, from left, Dominic DiFrancesco, past national commander of the American Legion and past commander of Post 594; Barb Crone, team leader for the Middletown Interfaith Food Pantry; James “Butch’’ Douglass, past commander of Post 594; and Pastor Don Potter of the board of directors of the food pantry.

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Vintage Highspire Happenings with Tom Herald: 10/8/14


A Brief History of the 

Highspire Cemetery Association, excerpt from October 12, 1994 column


In March of 1867 the Highspire Cemetery Association was advertised, the charter was issued on May 9, 1867 and the act was officially recorded on May 15 of that year. Ceremonies of dedication were held on June 16 with Bishop J. L. Kephart of the United Brethren Church presiding. The original directors were: Jacob Roop Sr., Henry Roop, Martin Wetzel, Jacob Roop Jr., and Dr. E.J. Putt. Dr. Putt was chosen as superintendent, John Buser was elected treasurer, and one Henry Blyer was chosen as keeper. Early rules and regulations are of interest for their contrast to modern life and historical perspective.


We quote from early records: “Charges for interments shall be as follows:  digging and sodding a grave of a person over twelve years of age - three dollars; over six and under twelve years of age -  two dollars; six years and under - one dollar and fifty cents. Surplus earth to be removed free of charge. The gates are to be locked daily, both morning and evening, etc. Except in case of funerals, no carriage or person on horseback will be admitted on the grounds.”


This was recorded 127 years ago. Directors serving in 1994 are John Snyder, Bobby Gross and Wilbur Furman. 


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23 Years Ago - 10/8/14

10 8 1423 YEARS AGO - Grand Opening Say Ahhh! – The community welcomes Dr. Frank Pitek and his staff on the grand opening at 700 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown. Pictured from left are: receptionist Becky Holman, Mary Ann & Dr. Frank Pitek and in the chair, John, the youngest member of the Pitek family.

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