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23 Years Ago: 4/13/2016

4 13 16 BW23 YEARS AGO - Applause, Applause – Christy Smith of Columbia, joins Press And Journal reporter Larry Portzline in a duet during karaoke night. Amateur singers of all styles and abilities have been converging on karaoke clubs throughout the region to show their skills, some of which were spotted at the Fieldhouse in Steelton recently.

From The Wednesday,
April 14, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Karaoke - Singers Wing It, Crowds Love It

 It’s called Karaoke. Loosely translated from Japanese, the term means “empty orchestra” and rhymes with “very hokey.” It’s neither though believe me.

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Out & About: Penn State Harrisburg Business Management Club’s “Elevator Pitch 3.0’’

group4 13 16Press And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Contestants, judges and club members pose for a photo after the competition.

Ever watch the TV show “Shark Tank?’’ Inventors and budding entrepreneurs pitch their products to a panel of five wealthy business people on the ABC-TV show, in an attempt to lure investors.

Penn State Harrisburg hosted a similar competition on Friday, April 8, when the university’s Business Management Club invited students to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges – including two professors – for a first-place prize of $200.

The competition, called “Elevator Pitch 3.0,’’ put five entrants before the judges – supply chain professor Greg Kraiser; marketing professor Ozge Aybat; Josh Benton, co-founder of Hatchback, a propriety technology that collects and analyzes mobile date to help find look-alike audiences; and Richard Heddleson of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a Centre County agency that provides funding to tech-based start-ups.

Which would you have chosen:

• An app that pairs engineers with work projects, pitched by student Pranav Jain.
• A stationary bicycle that uses pedal power to charge your cell phone, pitched by students Mauricio Valverde, Garrett Moore and Tejas Sadarahalli.
• A robot that would do household chores.”If it’s successful, maybe we could put one on Mars – think of all the money NASA could save,’’ offered student Henry Wade to a skeptical panel of judges.
• A center offering Chinese massage and meditation to stressed students, pitched by China-born Calida Gao.
• A peanut butter and jelly roll that would eliminate messy spreading on bread. “Like a fruit roll-up with peanut butter and jelly,’’ student Veronica Johnson said in her pitch.

The winner: Gao, with Jain’s app taking second place and Johnson’s PB&J roll taking third.

The competition was sponsored by Phoenix Contact.

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23 Years Ago: 4/6/2016

4.6.1623 YEARS AGO - 1993 Flood Was Messy Nuisance – Getting inside for a coffee break presented a challenge for many folks, especially for residents in Lower Royalton.

From The Wednesday,
April 7, 1993
Edition Of The
Press And Journal

Region Grabs Big Chunk Of $1 Billion Highway Projects

 If you’re a motorist – and who isn’t in this day and age – you should be pleased to learn that Pennsylvania will be spending more than a billion dollars this year on major highway construction and improvements. And state officials say much of that record total will be for projects in the south-central part of the state.

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Who is buried here? Records call it "the old burial grounds" but this grassy plot in Middletown remains a mystery

fencephoto4 6 16Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Parts of the fence around the lot are broken.

Who lies within the fenced-in grassy area at North Pine and High streets in Middletown?

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Mayoral Madness Winners!

corey4 6 16Photo by Don Graham -- Corey Biter, left, brings the ball up the court for the MAHS student team.

Youth won out at the second annual Mayoral Madness benefit basketball game on Friday, April 1 at Middletown Area High School.

A team of seniors defeated Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III’s team of alumni, 74-64, before a crowd that witnessed the final basketball game in the school’s venerable gym. The school, which opened in 1963, will be demolished this summer and a new school, under construction on campus, will open in August – though part of the gym floor will be recycled in the new gym.

Proceeds from the game will go toward financing a fireworks show during the borough’s Labor Day celebration.

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