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HIGHSPIRE STRIKES BACK: Coalition refutes Middletown's concerns for taking Highspire students


The Highspire group behind the proposed transfer of 229 borough students from the Steelton-Highspire School District to the Middletown Area School District rebuked arguments against the transfer by both districts in a response it filed with the state Department of Education.

Quite simply, the Highspire Education Coalition, as the group is called, focused on the educational merits of a secession by Highspire to Middletown Area, claiming that it would provide Highspire children with a better education.

It refutes Middletown’s claims that the transfer would cause overcrowding in Middletown’s schools or a financial burden to the district, and asserts that Middletown’s fears that Highspire students are behind academically proves their point about the move’s educational merits.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:57

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Oak Hill field improvements questioned

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Middletown Borough Council’s decision to spend $43,000 on improvements to one baseball field continues to raise questions with some residents and an official with the association that runs youth leagues.

The borough made the decision without consulting the Middletown Amateur Baseball Association (MABA) regarding the overall needs of the five baseball fields in town, according to Brendan McGlone, MABA president.

Others have questioned the decision within the broader context of the needs of all recreational facilities in the town, such as Kids Kastle in Hoffer Park.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:49

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TOCK OF THE TOWN: Middletown's iconic clock to be restored, moved


Middletown’s iconic town clock will be restored by the same man who fixed the clock in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and moved about 10 feet.

As part of the downtown revitalization project, Chuck Roeser, of the company Essence of Time in Lockport, N.Y., was hired on Thursday, April 9 by the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority to restore the clock.

Plans call for the clock to be removed from its current location in front of The Brownstone Cafe at North Union and West Emaus streets, taken to Roeser for restoration and then returned to the borough and replaced in the downtown, according to Chris McNamara, president of Middletown Borough Council and an authority member.

When the clock is returned it will be placed 10 feet away from where it currently stands, borough officials said. The clock was damaged by a truck in the late 1980s or the early 1990s, and shifting it to a new location will help avoid it getting hit again, McNamara said.

The clock project will cost a total of $75,000, including the restoration to be done by Roeser and its relocation, according to Salvatore Bauccio, solicitor for the ICDA.

Middletown Public Works Director Lester Lanman had met with Roeser regarding the clock, McNamara said. The Middletown Historical and Restoration Commission and the Middletown Area Historical Society have been involved in the process, McNamara said.

The clock was purchased with funds raised for the borough by The Mothers Congress Circle of Middletown, a charitable organization that was formed in 1906, according to documents provided to the Press And Journal by the Middletown Area Historical Society.

In 1916, the group formed a committee to raise money for the clock. The Mothers Congress Circle raised $1,500 through a Clock Fund, and the clock was presented to the borough council on April 24, 1923, by Mrs. D. P. Detrick. The clock was placed at Emaus and Union at what was then The Farmers Bank property.

The Mothers Congress Circle intended the town clock to serve as a memorial to the veterans of World War I, according to historical society documents.

Besides Independence Hall, Roeser also restored the oldest continous-running tower clock in America at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C. in 2003, according to the Essence of Time Web site,

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:21

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Congential amputee who climbed Kilimanjaro to speak in Middletown on April 15


kylephoto4 8 15Submitted photo -- Motivational speaker Kyle Maynard poses for a photo while hiking Herman Gulch Trail in Colorado.


Kyle Maynard, a New York Times bestselling author and the first quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at Penn State Harrisburg’s Capital Union Building.


The event is free and open to the public.


Maynard, 29, a wrestler, weightlifter and mixed martial arts fighter, is author of “No Excuses,’’ an inspirational book that made the New York Times’ bestseller list in 2005.


He crawled to the summit of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro – a climb of 19,340 feet – in 2012.


Marie Monville to speak at Middletown church


     Marie Monville, whose husband shot 10 children at an Amish one-room school in Nickel Mines, Lancaster County in 2006, killing five of them, before turning the gun on himself, will speak about her faith during an appearance at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Middletown First Church of God, 245 W. High St.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 17:17

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Now that's TALENT!


groupphoto4 8 15Photo by Jodi Ocker -- The winner of the Mr. Middletown pageant, Nathan Ocker (wearing the crown) and fellow contestants and contest organizers raised $5,742.29 for children battling cancer.


If you want to win a pageant, you’d better have talent.


And contestants competing for the title of  Middletown Area High School’s Mr. Middletown and Lower Dauphin High School’s Mr. Mini-THON certainly - well, we’ll let you decide.


Bet you’ve never seen a Miss America ride a Pogo Stick on the Atlantic City stage. Or perform the Vote for Pedro dance from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.’’ Or perform a card trick.


Well, “art’’ is subjective, isn’t it?


Fortunately, the winners of the pageant were determined by the amount of money they raised for the Four Diamonds Fund, a fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to help kids battling cancer and their families.


Nathan Ocker was crowned Mr. Middletown for raising $1,486.12, while Tommy Bowen was crowned Mr. Mini-THON for raising $2,765.95. The two pageants combined raised more than $12,800.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:51

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