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Out & About: Earn good grades, get a bike

TogansSanya Togans, right, poses with her new bicycle presented to her by Rev. James Lyles.

A bicycle can be a kid’s first taste of freedom. A bicycle extends where you can go, as long as you have the energy to get there.

Seventy-nine new bicycles were given away Saturday, June 25, to Middletown-area children in grades 3 through 12 during the annual Wheel-A-Thon and Bicycle Safety Day held by the nonprofit group Youth 10X Better at Wesley United Methodist Church.

This is the 19th year for the event. The bicycle giveaway is to encourage good grades, as the bicycles only go to students who have a report card with no Ds or Fs.

The event also included games, entertainment, Middletown police, and a repair station for kids who already had a bicycle.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 14:21

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Salutes galore for Londonderry Twp. Troop 97

IMG 1585Submitted Photo -- Laura Little,center in blue, was flabbergasted to learn that Master of Ceremonies Brady Neithercoat and Troop 97 had selected her as the “Volunteer of Honor.” Laura finds joy in helping the Scouts fulfill their dreams of personal success. Brady presented Laura with an engraved picture frame that housed a photo of her favorite Boy Scout Troop... Troop 97.

Londonderry Township Troop 97’s Court of Honor awards and recognition banquet proved to be an event replete with honors, recognition and presentations.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:48

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A Highspire by any other name?

TUFFY6 22 16Press And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- R. Paul “Tuffy’’ McCauley, a Highspire native now living in Indiana County, donates a Highspire High School jacket and yearbook to the Highspire Historical Society at the Wilson House. The jacket and yearbook, both from 1951, belonged to his sister.

There is great debate over how Highspire got its name.

One explanation, passed down from generation to generation, is that the town was named after a tall church spire that towered over the borough. It’s a quaint little legend that Don Ruth, a Highspire native and town historian, recalls his father telling him.

And it's probably wrong.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:35

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No rides at Seven Sorrows Festival but the food and games – oh my!

One attraction enjoyed by many at the Seven Sorrows BVM’s community festivals will be absent again this year, as organizers said there will be no amusement rides at the community event.

Connie Egenrieder, who handles publicity for the annual festival, said rides had been planned for last year, however, the vendor notified organizers at the last minute that the company would be unable to provide rides due to a serious illness.

“We have opted not to do rides,” she said of the 2016 festival which runs from July 7 to 9. “One year, we didn’t have rides, and we had inflatables, and then we had both another year."

The 2016 festival will not feature inflatables this year, either. “It’s hard finding a new (rides) vendor because a lot of them have the whole summer lined up,” she said.

“There will be plenty of good food and games,” she said. “We have several stands where kids are guaranteed to walk away with some prize.”

Egenrieder also said attendees will also have two options to enjoy traditional foods during the festival. Festival-style foods that will be available on the grounds will include hamburgers, fries, funnel cakes, sausages, fried Oreo cookies and more. The second option will find food being served in the school’s cafeteria - home-cooked dinners, sandwiches and soups, Egenrieder said.

As in year’s past, the event will also feature bingo, basket and cash raffles and music and entertainment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:26

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Study shows speeding isn’t problem on Powerhorn Rd.

Data from a traffic study of a road in Lower Swatara Twp. shows speeding is not a problem.

That information was provided last week to the township’s board of commissioners in response to concerns expressed last spring by residents who live on Powderhorn Rd.PowderhornRdLSTwp2

Erin Letavic, township engineer, told the commissioners at their regular monthly meeting that a recently completed traffic study of the road indicated speeding was not a significant problem.

Letavic said data showed five out of more than 1,100 vehicles surveyed were driving above 35 mph in the 25 mph zone. No cars were recorded traveling faster than 40 mph, she added.

Even though the numbers don’t indicate a problem with speeding on the road Police Chief Richard Brandt requested additional speed limit signs should be placed on the road. He also suggested increasing police patrols in the area.

Commissioners Tom Mehaffie and Michael Davies had previously discussed the possibility of an additional stop sign for the neighborhood in order to improve the safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and children. But the results of the study did not warrant a stop sign, said Anne Shambaugh, township manager.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:20

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