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Lower Swatara seeks grant to improve parks

Shope Gardens Park and Old Reliance Park will be getting a $215,000 face-lift next spring if a grant request by Lower Swatara Twp. is approved.


Sam Monticello, township manager, said the township has plans for work on the grounds, including upgrading playground equipment and building a new fence as part of the projects for the two parks. 


Both state Sen. Mike Folmer and state Rep. John Payne wrote letters of support to the Commonwealth Financing Authority, who will be considering the grants.


“They are making upgrades for safety and adding recycling receptacles,” Payne said. He added that the parks will use a safer mulch in play areas and improved playground equipment. 


The township hopes to obtain most of the funding for the project through a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:39

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Scouts present 'Haunted Cabin'

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Scout Master Kevin Little, left, greets visitors at Boy Scout Troop 97’s Haunted Cabin.


It’s not Jason’s favorite “Friday the 13th’’ haunt, Crystal Lake, but it’s a cabin in the woods in Londonderry Twp. where Boy Scouts from Troop 97 hope to scare the daylights out of visitors.

The troop, from Londonderry Twp., will present its Haunted Cabin from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Londonderry Scouting Complex, 1831 Felker Road.

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.

Not only is the attraction a celebration of Halloween, it’s also a community service project for the Scouts.

Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.




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23 Years Ago: 10/22/2014

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23 YEARS AGO - Homecoming Court 1991 – The Middletown Area High School’s 1991 Homecoming Court has been selected but as Bert Parks says, only one will be chosen! The girls from left are: Tracy Schweitzer, Erica Cehlar, Beckie Zimmerman, Audrey Koncar and Heather Young. The escorts from left are: Terry Martin, Matt Barnoski, Scott Tilley, Kevin Bachman and Brian McCoy. The Homecoming Queen will be selected Sat., Oct. 19.

From The Wednesday, 

October 23, 1991 Edition Of 

The Press And Journal

Report County Board Will Grant Cut In 
Pineford Tax Assessment

 Ask and you shall receive. But that doesn’t mean you’ll always get what you asked for. 

 The Clabell Company, which owns Pineford Village in Middletown, had filed a request with the Dauphin County Board of Assessment Appeals seeking a $4 million reduction in its assessed valuation. But it reportedly got considerably less than it had asked for.

 The requested cut reportedly would have trimmed the apartment complex’s assessed valuation from $18,463,400 to about $14,400,000. The cuts, if approved, would have cost the Borough of Middletown about $8,000 in revenues and would have reduced the Middletown Area School District’s income by an estimated $64,000.

 Those contemplated losses in Borough and School District income from real estate taxes prompted Middletown Council President Barbara Layne to indicate that Council would appeal the Board’s decision if it granted Clabell’s request for a reduction in the assessed valuation of its Pineford Village properties.

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Demey’s mystery box: A 61-year-old time capsule reveals a school’s history

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A funny thing happened when officials opened up the cornerstone of the former Demey Elementary School in Middletown to retrieve a time capsule stored inside.


There was no time capsule.


A ceremony was planned for Dec. 14 to unveil the contents of the time capsule to the public. But officials in the Middletown Area School District first wanted a sneak peek inside, to make sure that there would be no “Geraldo Rivera moment,” according to Earl Bright IV, principal of Reid Elementary School.


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Middletown library director resigns for state post

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The director of the Middletown Public Library has resigned to take a job with the state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries seeking grants to help libraries.


Stacey Mulligan, who has directed the library since May 2013, will leave the $35,000-a-year post on Friday, Oct. 17. A farewell reception will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the library.




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