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23 Years Ago: 07/30/14

7 30 14noside23 YEARS AGO - Our History – Bill Taylor and his grandson examine some of the artifacts collected by Taylor in over 60 years of exploration of area waterways.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:05

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Exelon donates $5,000 to Middletown library

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The owner of Three Mile Island’s nuclear power plant presented a $5,000 check to the Middletown Public Library on Tuesday, July 15 to pay for updated equipment and technology used by guests and staff in the library’s computer center . . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:32

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OUT AND ABOUT: Tee-Shirts for Peace Renaissance Fair

From small-town park to enchanted forest. A corner of Hoffer Park was transformed into a land of wizards and fairies, jesters and sages, during the Middletown-based charity Tee-Shirts for Peace Renaissance Fair on Sunday, July 20.

Tarot card readings, storytelling and drumming highlighted the mystical, medieval-themed gathering, a fundraiser for the nonprofit, which offers Reiki stress reduction, dream analysis and other holistic services to children in the hope of creating a more peaceful world.

See who danced and drummed among the fairies and wizards!

Photos by Noelle Barrett

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 19:21

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Middletown Area Historical Society’s “Music on the Swatara’’

The corner of Ann and Union streets in Middletown used to be filled with music periodically. At the Liberty Band Hall, an old wooden building that looks like a church, the Liberty Band, renown for its music and uniforms – tall bear skin hats and golden braids – performed and rehearsed in the early to mid-1900s.

The band purchased the hall, formerly a church in Oberlin that band members moved piecemeal by horse and wagon, for $130 in 1916.

The band disbanded in 1966. But music returned to the site – outside this time, at the neighboring Swatara Ferry House Landing – on Friday, July 18, when the Middletown Area Historical Society presented “Music on the Swatara,’’ a concert featuring the band Strange Foke.

Food, vendors and face painting were featured during the free concert.

See who was there to listen!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:22

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"DAY OF FUN": Middletown church to host new community festival

jacksonphoto7 23 14To Cortez Jackson, Middletown is in a metamorphosis – as more students from neighboring Penn State Harrisburg’s growing campus are moving into town, the community is changing.

So Jackson and the church he attends, Grace and Mercy Church at 501 Ann St., are throwing a community festival that he hopes will attract a variety of people from different religions, different races and different ages.

The first-ever “Day of Fun’’ will be held on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Food, music and vendors will be featured, followed by a gospel music show inside the church from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Jackson is hoping the event will draw people from outside the church, not just fellow church members.

“Middletown is growing – it’s changing, so why can’t the community grow along with it?’’ asked Jackson. “I want the community to come out and have a good time.’’
Vendors will sell jewelry and other items in an area that will be “like a yard sale,’’ as Jackson describes it.


Chicken and fish dinners, ice cream and other food will be on sale. There also will be face painting for kids and a disc jockey playing music.

Afterward, a number of gospel performers from Harrisburg, Steelton, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Maryland will perform, including Patin Brown, the Gospel Harmonizers, Heaven Sent Warriors for God and others. The music will include a variety of gospel music, from old-time gospel to gospel rap. The concert is free, though guests will be asked to make a donation if they choose.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 20:45

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