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Two Middletown residents killed in I-78 crash

Two Middletown residents were killed when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 78 in Union Twp., Lebanon County, around 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, according to state police.

Ralph V. Chevalier, 50, and Dawn M. Bortner, 45, were killed when their 2015 Toyota Camry was struck from behind by a 2007 Freightliner driven by Andre D. Kennedy, 40, of High Point, N.C., state police said.

Chevalier was the driver of the car and Bortner was a passenger, when the vehicle was struck in the westbound lane of I-78, state police said. Kennedy was injured, but state police did not provide more information on his injuries.

After striking the car, Kennedy's rig struck another tractor-trailer rig, pushing it into a third rig, state police said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:24

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Lower Swatara appoints Leonard to airport board


The Lower Swatara Twp. commissioners appointed William Leonard, a former township commissioner, to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority on Wednesday, Nov. 18.leonardphoto11 25 15WEBWilliam Leonard

Leonard will fill the unexpired term of former authority chairman Fred Sembach, who resigned effective Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Leonard will serve until Jan. 5, 2020, representing the township on the authority, which oversees Harrisburg International Airport.

Commissioner Dominic DiFrancesco, who represents Dauphin County on the authority, praised Sembach for his years of service.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:11

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100 FLAVORS: New e-cig shop opens on Main Street

guysatcounter11 25 15Press And Journal Photos by Dan Miller -- Owner Ryan Burkett, left, and Zak Ruby, a shop employee, behind the counter at Vapeology.


Ryan Burkett started smoking cigarettes when he was 16.
He tried all kinds of ways to quit. Nothing worked, until Burkett started using electronic cigarettes – known as “e-cigs.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:06

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Rhymes and Reason: Pension reform, medical cannabis on Folmer’s list of necessities

folmerphoto11 25 15SLIDEPress And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- State Sen. Mike Folmer discusses the budget, medical cannabis and other issues before the Legislature.

As a child, Michael Folmer had trouble learning to speak clearly. He stuttered.

Folmer’s mother and the teacher who lived next door came up with a strategy: They would have him sing his way out of the problem.

Folmer, now a Republican state senator from Lebanon who represents Middletown, Lower Swatara Twp., Londonderry Twp., Royalton, Highspire and Steelton, said he could sing these simple rhymes or “ditties” without stuttering – and it put him on the path to speaking clearly.

Folmer said this memory of a musical therapy, almost an ersatz speech therapy, inspired him to take up the cause for trained musical therapists when he co-sponsored a bill this year that would issue licenses for musical therapists in Pennsylvania and create an oversight board.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 14:51

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SALUTING OUR VETERANS: Hundreds of vets honored at MAMS, Penn State Harrisburg ceremonies

MAMSflags11 18 15Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Students march in the colors – the American and Pennsylvania flags – during a Veterans Day ceremony at Middletown Area Middle School.

Middletown Area Middle School was once again the place for veterans to be on Veterans Day.

The event keeps getting bigger each year. About 250 veterans attended this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 11, said Kevin Little, a middle school history teacher and Marine Corps veteran who served as master of ceremonies for the event.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:40

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