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O Christmas Tree: It’s planted and ready for ornaments

treephoto11 26 14Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Standing next to Middletown’s newly-planted Christmas tree at the Ferry House Landing are, from left, Barbara Arnold, Marlin Knull and Jenny Miller.


If you’re not doing anything on Saturday, Nov. 29, come help decorate Middletown’s new “forever” Christmas tree.


The tree was planted on Monday, Nov. 24 at the Swatara Ferry House Landing property at Ann and South Union streets.


For the moment it looks a bit naked. But that should change soon.


The Middletown Area Historical Society is rounding up volunteers to decorate the tree at noon on Nov. 29. All are welcome, said Jenny Miller, a member of the society’s board of trustees.


The tree will be lit on Friday, Dec. 5, during the second annual Community Tree Lighting ceremony. Santa Claus will take time away from his busy preparations and arrive by fire truck at 7 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate and hot dogs for sale. Pets are welcome.


The money to buy the tree comes from a $500 donation to the society for holiday activities from Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Members 1st is also sponsoring the tree-lighting ceremony.


Douglas A. Shope Excavating of Middletown dug the hole and planted the tree for free.


Right now, the Douglas Fir stands close to 8 feet tall. That’s going to change, too.


Douglas Firs can grow to between 30 and 40 feet tall, although that will take about 25 years, said Marylin Gorka, landscape design manager at Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Hummelstown, from whom the society bought the tree. A Douglas Fir can grow a couple of feet each year, she added.


Stauffers will replace the tree at no charge if it dies within the first year, Miller said.

In addition to decorating the tree, volunteers are needed to help spruce up the town square for the holidays, Miller said.


If you want to help, show up around noon on Nov. 29 or call Jenny Miller at 717-574-6716 to learn more.


Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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23 Years Ago: 11/26/2014

11 26 14web23 YEARS AGO - And The Beat Goes On – While the Blue Raiders are beating the opposition there is a different beat that sneaks up on you and before you know it your feet are tapping and you’re cheering and singing and screaming and swaying with that beat. Members of the “Blue Wave” band take full responsibility for this healthy malady even if they may not get the fanfare and adulation that a gridiron touchdown star does. Next time you’re at a sports function stop and think how quiet it would be without these perpetrators punctuating the silence with that driving beat. The man pictured with one eye toward the football action and the other eye on the musicians is Sam Martin, director of the Middletown Area High School Band.

From The Wednesday, November 27, 1991 Edition Of The Press And Journal


Council Likes Electric Boost To Help Budget

 Middletown Council agreed unanimously last Tuesday night on a proposed 33 percent increase in the municipal electric rate to offset an anticipated $115,000 shortfall in revenues in its tentative $6.8 million spending plan for 1992.

 If Council eventually approves the proposed rate increase, it would produce an estimated $750,000 in additional revenues each year and would add an average of about five or six dollars to the average Borough customer’s monthly electric bill.

 Under its long-term contract with Metropolitan Edison, the Borough buys electric current from Met-Ed for one cent per kilowatt hour (KWH). The electricity is then distributed through the Borough’s electric system to its customers, who are billed an average of three cents per KWH for the current they use each month. If Council approves the proposed rate increase, Middletown electric customers will soon begin paying four cents per KWH.

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Out & About: First Middletown Area High School Powder Puff Volleyball Night


By Michael Osayi

For The Press And Journal


Powder Puff Volleyball Night

Everybody is hyped

Four high school classes

Entertaining the masses

Everybody wants to have
   bragging rights

But you’re going to have to make    big plays, keep it tight.

It all goes down at MAHS

Took the place by storm freshmen     proved to be the best

Thursday, Nov. 13 is when it went    down

Many people in town were a part      of the crowd

The feeling was electric like

Happens once a year so it’s really    exciting

Students prepare to make next    year a blast

Then we’ll have more fun with the    game, set, match.


Michael Osayi is a student at 

Middletown Area High School. 

He was a member of the junior team in the volleyball night, which pitted boys from each class against one another in a sport typically played 

by girls on the varsity level at 



Photos by Jodi Ocker 



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23 Years Ago - 11/19/14



From The 


November 20, 1991 Edition Of The 

Press And Journal


Area Proud Of 

Teacher Of Year


11 19 1423 YEARS AGO - Up In The Sky, It’s A Bird. It’s A Plane. It’s Super-Firefighter! – The Lower Swatara Fire Company hosted its annual open house Thursday, October 11 as part of Fire Prevention Week. Pictured demonstrating rescue routines high above visitors are firefighters Kenny Phillips and Andy McDonald.




 It’s hard to say which Rudolph Sharpe loves more, working with young people, or with the English language. What’s not a toss up is the Lower Dauphin High School teacher is a gifted educator, as he was named the Pennsylvania Secondary School Teacher of the Year for 1992 at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, November 13, at the state Capitol.


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Alton Brown hits Kuppys

brownoutside11 19 14 webFood Network's Alton Brown visited Kuppy's Diner in Middletown

He arrived at Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown wearing sunglasses and a fedora, and sat at the counter, where he struck up a conversation with a regular about auto racing.

Co-owner Carol Kupp, working behind the counter, didn’t recognize him – and she’s a fan. When he removed his glasses and hat, she was surprised. She never expected to see him in her restaurant.

There, perched on a stool, was Food Network celebrity Alton Brown.

Brown, who hosts the network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,’’ was starring in a stage show, “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour,’’ which was stopping at the Hershey Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 11. He solicits dining recommendations from fans in each city where he’s performed.

Regulars at Kuppy’s had vowed to promote the diner to Brown via Twitter and Facebook. Kupp enjoyed their enthusiasm, all the while thinking to herself, “He’s not going to come to Middletown.’’

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