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Protect pets, livestock during cold snap, Agriculture Department says

webcoldA tree at Frank Rowe and Son in Middletown is covered with snow after a storm this week. Temperatures were expected to drop in Middletown to winter season lows over the upcoming weekend.

Pennsylvania’s pets and livestock could face severe cold stress this weekend when temperatures are estimated to dip to the single-digits and wind chills will reach well below zero.

Russell Redding, Secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture,urged all animal owners to protect them from exposures that could cause cold-related stress.

“Pennsylvania is finally slated to receive our first real cold snap of the season and while it will be brief, it could also be brutal,” Redding said. “Whether you care for companion animals or livestock, take steps to ensure their safety during the intense cold.”

Animals kept in temperatures below freezing are susceptible to hypothermia, which can result in frostbite in their extremities and life-threatening respiratory conditions and decreased heart rates.

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, lethargy, low heart rate and unresponsiveness.

“While it’s easy to think that dogs are immune to cold because of their fur, the fact is that more dogs perish in the winter than at any other time of the year,” said Joel Hersh, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team (PASART). “Some are better able to handle the cold than others, but taking a few simple precautions can ensure an enjoyable winter experience for both pets and their people.”

PASART is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for emergencies affecting animals. For more information about PASART, visit
Redding and Hersh offered additional tips for helping pets and livestock deal with the cold:

• Protect animals from the wind.

• Provide adequate clean, dry bedding.

• Keep animals clean and dry to maximize the insulating properties of their coats.

•  Change water often to prevent it from freezing. Pets need water to prevent dehydration, which can contribute to hypothermia.

•  Provide additional feed, including hay and grain, to livestock. Ensure it remains unfrozen.

Never leave pets in parked cars. Parked cars amplify the effects of cold weather.

 If your animals exhibit signs of hypothermia or for more information contact a local veterinarian.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016 15:16

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23 Years Ago 2/10/2016



From The Wednesday, February 10, 1993, Edition of The Press And Journal


Obey The Stop Signs; You’ve Been Warned

Middletown Police say they are hoping a crackdown on drivers who fail to stop at stop signs in the Borough will help to alleviate some of the violations, which have apparently increased with alarming frequency in recent months. Police Chief George Miller said Monday that his department will conduct “selective enforcement” of stop sign laws over the next three weeks and that violators will be fined $82, including fees. “It’s time to educate the people that ‘stop’ means ‘stop,’” warned Chief Miller. The chief indicated that both he and Mayor Robert Reid have recently received numerous telephone calls about local motorists ignoring traffic signs. “I’ve seen it myself on several occasions,” Miller noted.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:17

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Out & About: Souper Saturday at Middletown Area High School

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The Broncos and Panthers made for an exciting Super Bowl. But the day before the Big Game, the Middletown Area High School Jazz Band made for a night of delicious soup and music.

The Middletown Area High School Band Boosters’ Souper Saturday fundraiser offered soup, salads, desserts and entertainment at the school cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The theme of the night was pro football, naturally – student-musicians dressed in football jerseys.

To see more photos by Jodi Ocker of Souper Saturday at MAHS, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 14:39

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Beer delivery by your local bars and restaurants?


deliveryBy Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel PA NewsMedia Assoc.

Q:  Several local bars and restaurants that deliver food want to run ads that tell readers they can now deliver beer along with a food order.  The ads note things like “now delivering beer,” or “beer delivery/up to two six packs.” Can they do that, and can newspapers publish that kind of ad?  

A: Yes. Businesses licensed to sell alcohol can deliver a limited amount of beer as long as they have obtained the proper permit, and ads promoting the service are acceptable.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)’s policy on beer delivery notes licensees can obtain a permit to allow the transport of a limited amount of beer as long as certain conditions are met. The “Transport for Hire” permit allows those holding the permit, such as retail licensees like bars and restaurants, to deliver up to 192 ounces of beer (two six packs) per sale if the sale is completed on the licensed premises, the delivery vehicle is owned/leased by the licensee and operated by licensee employees.  

The PLCB’s advisory opinion does not specifically address advertising, but the law generally allows licensees to advertise prices and availability of products in newspapers.  If a licensee obtains a “Transport for Hire” permit and can legally deliver beer, the law allows them to advertise the service and prices, as long as the advertising otherwise complies with the advertising requirements imposed by the Liquor Code and PLCB regulations.

The general rules regarding alcoholic beverage ads are as follows:

Any advertisements of price may not contain any of the following:

• False, deceptive or misleading statements;

• Statements disparaging of the products of competitors; or

• Monetary comparisons of brands.

Bars and Restaurants may:

• Offer one drink special per day (drink of the day), which must end by midnight; and

• Offer one four-hour happy hour each day, which must end by midnight.

• Happy hour notice must be posted at the licensed premises seven days prior to happy hour.

Bars and Restaurants may not:

• Offer 2 drinks for the price of one;

• Sell an unlimited amount of alcohol for a set price (EXCEPT at catered events arranged at least 24 hours in advance);

• Discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, or disability (No "Ladies Nights" with specials exclusively for women); or

• Offer any discount pricing (happy hour, drink of the day) after midnight.

The following restrictions apply to all advertisements for alcoholic or malt beverages:

• The advertiser must be clearly identified in the ad.

• No printed advertisements are permitted within 300 feet of a church, school or public playground.

• No advertisements may be directed at minors to promote the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages.

• Obscene advertisements are prohibited.

• Advertisements may not contradict the ideals of safety or safe driving programs.

• Licensees may not advertise any alcoholic beverages if they do not actually have a sufficient supply of the beverages on hand to meet the normally expected demands.

• Advertisements may not refer to the alcoholic strength of a malt beverage in any manner in order to induce consumers to buy the product. Terms such as "full strength," "extra strength," "high proof," etc. are prohibited.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 08:01

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23 Years Ago 2/3/2016

2-3-16Photo SLIDEBorough Retirees – Friday, January 22 there was a retirement party at the Middletown Borough Building for gentleman pictured above. From left the retirees are: Lloyd “Bussie” Redman, 36 years with the Water Pollution Control Department; Lewis C. ”Buddy” Barnes, 24 years with the Highway Department; Donald L. Foreman, 26 years as Borough Detective and Art H. Weber, 22 years with the Highway Department. They were presented the awards Barbara N. Layne (right) president of Borough Council.

Met-Ed tries again to break electric pact

 Metropolitan Edison Company has advised Middletown officials that it is seeking again to terminate the 1906 contract under which it supplies electricity to the Borough at the favorable rate of 1 cent per kilowatt hour (Kwh).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:20

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