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Londonderry Scouts earn merit badges, new ranks


plaque7 15 15Submitted Photo -- First Class Scout Cole Carlson, left, and Committee Member Chris Hoyt, right, present a plaque to Assistant Scout Master Rob Stone for his contributions to Troop 97.



What do you get when a number of Boy Scouts receive merit badges and rank advancements? Happy campers.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:45

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Out & About: Seven Sorrows Community Festival


With all the rides and games, the 13th annual Seven Sorrows of the BVM Community Festival provided carnival thrills to the crowds that flocked to it on Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11.


And it went one step further: How many carnivals offer fudge made by church ladies – the church’s Council of Catholic Women, to be precise?


The festival, held at Race and Conewago streets in Middletown,  included a car show, flea market, music, bingo and lots of food, from hot dogs to lemon meringue pie.


See who was there.


Press and Journal Photos by Eric Wise 





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23 Years Ago: 7/8/15


7 8 1523 YEARS AGO - Red Cross Anniversary – Paul Wise, chairman of the Middletown Chapter of the Red Cross, Beane Klahr, a 30-year volunteer for the local chapter, Pauline Still, instructor in home nursing for 30 years, and Alma Arter a volunteer for 31 years, look over some of the historical documents of the Red Cross in the local Middletown area. A special dinner honoring the local organization was held recently at the Tall Pines in Londonderry Township.



From The Wednesday, 

July 8, 1992 Edition Of The 

Press And Journal


Retirement At 80

A New Beginning 

After 40 Years


 In the course of a massive public sale last spring, Samuel W. Demey saw a life’s work and collection of trucks, farm equipment and tools for baling, butchering, planting and tilling sold to a crowd of nearly 600 people. As the gavels of three auctioneers came down for nearly eight hours, Demey ended a 41-year career at his Longview Drive farm in Lower Swatara Township.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 11:06

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Out & About: Stars & Stripes Salute



Red, white and blue were the colors of the day at Stars and Stripes Salute, Londonderry Twp.’s Independence Day celebration, on Saturday, July 4 at Sunset Park.


Flags, T-shirts, hats, vest  – revelers displayed their patriotism in a variety of ways. The Bainbridge Band played patriotic music, vendors grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and a spectacular fireworks show capped the festivities.


See who was there!


Photos by Zac Evans and Justin Fisher 




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Naming terminated public employees: public information or not?


The following is provided thanks to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association:

Question: A local agency recently terminated several employees at a public meeting without disclosing their names. The board voted to terminate using employee numbers only and cited concerns about employee privacy to support its position. Isn’t the agency required to release the names of the employees being terminated?

Answer: Yes. The public comment provision and minutes-keeping requirements of the Sunshine Act require disclosure and recording of the names, and the Right to Know Law makes the employees’ name, salary, length of service and the agency’s final action regarding employee termination a public record.

Section 710.1 of the Sunshine Act requires a reasonable opportunity for meaningful public comment at each public meeting and prior to all official action. Without the names of employees being terminated, the public has no opportunity to give meaningful comment prior to the vote, and the plain terms of the Sunshine Act’s public comment provision are ignored. Furthermore, section 706 of the Sunshine Act requires meeting minutes to contain the substance of all official action. If the meeting minutes do not contain the names of the employees and the termination action taken by the board, they do not provide an accurate record of the meeting, raising Sunshine Act compliance issues.

Further, section 708(b)(6)(ii) of the Right to Know Law makes certain employee information public record, including name, salary, and length of service. These records would include the employees’ names, as well as beginning and termination dates. Moreover, section 708(b)(7)(viii) expressly makes the agency’s final action on employee discharge and demotion a public record. 



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