Written by Jim Lewis
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.
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:10
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.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:25
Written by Dan Miller
A Middletown business is not happy over the borough suspending its disabled parking space policy – and is inviting residents who share its displeasure to tell Middletown Borough Council at a council meeting next month.
Reliance Therapy is inviting anyone who has “experienced issues” over the availability of handicapped parking in Middletown to attend a meeting at the business at 100 Brown St. at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, according to a post on its Facebook page.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:56
Written by Dan Miller
Travis Arndt and Tom Strohm have withdrawn their names from the May 19 primary ballot for Middletown Borough Council, according to Dauphin County elections director Gerald Feaser.
Arndt had been listed on the Democratic ballot running for a four-year seat representing the Second Ward. The winner of the Republican primary contest between incumbent Council President Chris McNamara and challenger Greg Wilsbach would have faced Arndt in the November general election.
The petition that Arndt submitted to be on the ballot was challenged in Dauphin County Court by Julie Bowman, a Democrat who lives in the Second Ward. The court had set a hearing for Monday, March 23 to consider Bowman’s challenge, but Arndt instead chose to withdraw.
Bowman in her challenge contended that the person who gathered the signatures on the first page of Arndt’s petition was not Arndt, but Middletown Borough Councilor Ben Kapenstein. Bowman also challenged the legitimacy of several signatures that appeared on Arndt’s petition.
Strohm had gotten on the Republican ballot as a candidate for a two-year First Ward seat. His petition had been challenged by First Ward Republican Robert R. Louer Sr., vice president of council, who contended that the first page of Strohm’s petition was circulated by Sandra Nagle, a former borough councilor, and not by Strohm, who had signed it.
Meanwhile, a county judge on Monday ruled in favor of two other council candidates, Barry Goodling and Wilsbach, whose nominating petitions had also been challenged.
As a result, both Goodling and Wilsbach remain on the ballot. Goodling is on the Republican ballot running for a four-year seat to represent the First Ward.
Goodling’s petition had been challenged by Louer, and Wilsbach’s petition had been challenged by A.B. Shafaye, a Republican who lives in the Second Ward. Goodling still faces a ballot challenge from First Ward Republican Michael Bowman, who is also a borough councilor. The court is to consider Bowman’s challenge to Goodling’s petition during a hearing at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27.
Meanwhile, a number of challenges to the nominating petitions of several Middletown Area School Board candidates are scheduled to go before a county judge this week.
Among those whose petitions were challenged: Challengers Patrick Hughes, Chris Lupp, Linda Mehaffie and Dustin Green, and incumbents Barbara Layne, Terry Gilman and Michael Richards.
Five seats on the board are up for grabs, and all nine candidates seeking them cross-filed to compete for both the Democratic and Republican nominations in May.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:50
Written by Jim Lewis
They stayed on their feet for 12 hours, dancing and playing games – and collecting a remarkable amount of money for charity.
Students at Lower Dauphin High School raised $82,630.95 – a school record – at their annual Mini-THON on Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 21 at the school.
The Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State’s successful THON, raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that helps the families of kids battling cancer, at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:45