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EARTH DAY ENDEAVOR: Volunteers clean, paint, improve Hoffer Park

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Hoffer Park in Middletown may remain closed through the end of April as work continues on a park-wide cleanup that kicked off on Earth Day 2015.




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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:47

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The Brotherhood of Good Deeds

fraternitypic4 29 15WEBPress And Journal photo by Dan Miller -- Taking a break from clearing brush behind the Grosh House in Middletown are, from left, Phi Sigma Phi members Tyler Freebery, John Robertelli, Kyle Purcell and Graham Hays.

College fraternities get in the news a lot, often for things that aren’t good.

But in Middletown, a fraternity from Penn State Harrisburg has been quietly doing good deeds throughout the town for months.

The guys from the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Phi Sigma Phi can often be found spending part of their weekend at Wesley United Methodist Church on Ann Street. They have provided a variety of support to youth programs and events that are put on at the church by Rev. James Lyles and his Youth 10x Better Ministries. Sometimes they are preparing lunch in the church kitchen.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:29

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Londonderry approves storage facility

 

The Londonderry Twp. supervisors voted on Monday, April 6 to allow Matinchek Associates to build three large buildings that will provide storage for large recreational vehicles, campers and boats.

The new storage facility along Water Street will feature 35 bays opening to a 16-foot-by-50-foot space suitable for storing large vehicles.

Company representatives said renters will probably access their RVs, campers or boats a few times a year for vacations and weekend get-aways, not as regularly or routinely as people visit smaller storage facilities.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:24

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Council agrees to settlement talks with fired officer

 

Middletown Borough Council voted 6-2 on Monday, April 20 to direct the borough solicitor to hold talks that could lead to a settlement agreement regarding former part-time police Officer Joshua N. Reager.

Council fired Reager on Sept. 2 based on findings in a report by Transparency Matters, an outside consulting firm, that Reager had violated the department’s vehicle pursuit policy during an incident on May 15, 2014.

A grievance Reager filed through the Middletown Police Officers Association regarding his dismissal is pending. Reager is also contesting the borough’s decision in a workman’s compensation case.

After the vote, Mayor James H. Curry III said that as of this time no settlement agreement has been reached regarding Reager. He declined further comment, citing the ongoing litigation involving the grievance and workman’s compensation.

Councilors Vicki Malone and Scott Sites voted against the motion. Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text49736); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:23

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CRAFT CHAMP: Royalton native wins national HVAC competition

 

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Ty Balmer knew it would be a grueling six hours, and he remembered the years of training that prepared him for that day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


He was ready to use the skills he had learned and practiced, but this time he had to do it under the watchful eyes of judges who looked for the right mix of knowledge, finesse and form – all while staring down a clock.


The savvy Royalton native showed that skills and a quality performance mattered more than speed when he took the gold medal as the HVAC national champion at the National Craft Championships, a trade industry competition.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 15:18

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