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The Vetoes win!


Photo by John Diffenderfer

, won the first annual Mayoral Madness basketball challenge against Middletown Area High School players on Friday, March 27 at the school gym. Proceeds will go toward a fireworks show at the borough’s Labor Day celebration. “We should do more of this,’’ said alumnus Dave Grabuloff, the school’s all-time leading scorer, afterward. Check out our coverage of the game on B7 – and our video of the event on our Web site,


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:41

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Downtown renovations draw investors, raise questions

streetscapephoto4 1 15WEBGeorge Crist stands in front of the building in the 100 block of S. Union St. that he bought a year ago. Downtown Middletown is poised for revitalization, Crist says..  George Crist is the kind of person downtown Middletown needs more of, as well as Middletown in general.


Crist is a private investor. A year ago, he bought a four-story red brick building in the 100 block of S. Union St. in the downtown.

He plans to develop the building as a “mixed use” property, with a business in the first floor storefront that will attract people downtown and apartments on the upper floors.



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:22

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Lamp Post Inn sold for $300,000


Middletown’s historic Lamp Post Inn on East Main Street now has new owners who intend to reopen a restaurant at the location.

The building was sold for $300,000 by Elizabeth Heddy to GFD LLC, according to a deed dated Monday, March 9 that was recorded at the Dauphin County Courthouse. Heddy died on Thursday, March 12.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:30

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Mayor's basketball challenge to raise money to offset cost of fireworks

They are Middletown basketball royalty. Stars from the past who dominated the court at Middletown Area High School, who led the Blue Raiders to victory.

webgrab3 25 15  They are returning for one more basketball  game, a charity event to raise money for Middletown.

 They'll compete against Middletown's basketball stars of today in the Mayoral Madness Basketball Extravaganza, a challenge match between a co-ed alumni squad assembled by Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III, and current Raider sports stars on Middletown's boys' and girls' teams at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at the school gym.

 An admission will be charged, and proceeds will go toward the cost of a fireworks show at the borough's annual Labor Day celebration. Proceeds from the sale of concessions will go to the Blue and Gold Club, the school's booster club.

 The winning team will receive a trophy that will be displayed at Borough Hall or the school until next year's game.

 To raise additional money, Aaron's will give away a 50-inch TV during a halftime half-court shooting contest.

 Curry's team, called the "Mayoral Vetoes,'' features several basketball stars of the past, including:

 • Dave Grabuloff, pictured in the black and white photo above (in the white uniform), Middletown's all-time leading scorer with 2,000 points, who played for William & Mary and Florida State from 1993 to 1998.

 • Kris Smith Myers, Middletown's all-time leading scorer among girls, a 1986 graduate and former basketball coach at Cedar Cliff.

 • Dorothea Dixon, a former Penn State Harrisburg player who was the ninth women's basketball player in NCAA history to record a quadruple-double – 11 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 steals – in a 2011 game against Penn State Berks.

Charlie Bowen, a 1968 graduate and member of Middletown's 1968 state championship basketball team.

Terry Martin, a 1992 graduate who played for Division I Coppin State.

Mical Russ, a 2004 graduate who is Middletown's third-highest scorer.

Amanda Jones, a 2000 graduate who is Middletown's fifth-highest scorer with 1,073 career points.

Jen Vajda Houser, a 1991 graduate.

 The co-ed team of current Raiders who will take the court include Ja'lynn Burton-Jones, a junior basketball player who scored her 1,000th point this past season, and four teammates, Bianca Jasper, Ava Mrakovich, Mackenzie Lombardi and Meg Schopf; and boys' basketball players Dagen Hughes, Harry Kapenstein, Caleb Leggore, Nik Moose, Jordan Jefferies and Ryan Divittore.

Curry and Ben Kapenstein, a Middletown Borough Council member, round out the mayor's team.

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This play begins with a murder

castphoto3 25 15WEBPhoto by Eric Wise - The cast of Steelton-Highspire High School’s spring play, “Murder in the House of Horrors.’’

When Professor Dirk Carlton, a renowned Egyptologist, winds up dead during a lecture on a pharaoh’s tomb, there are plenty of suspects in Steelton-Highspire High School’s spring show, “Murder in the House of Horrors.’’

There are plenty of sleuths, too – the audience gets to ask questions and accuse suspects in the unusual virtual mystery-comedy by Billy St. John.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26; Friday, March 27; and Saturday, March 28 at the school auditorium, 250 Reynders St., Steelton.





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