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PA Wine Month kickoff planned Oct. 3 in Derry Township

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will kick off Pennsylvania Wine Month at the grand re-opening of the Hummelstown Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Hershey Square Shopping Center, 1158 Mae St., Hummelstown.

In addition to a ribbon cutting celebrating the re-opening of the redesigned store, this event will kick off the start of Pennsylvania Wine Month with a winemaker-hosted tasting and remarks from PLCB Chairman Tim Holden.

Nissley Winery head winemaker Jennifer Wampler will discuss Nissley wines with consumers and offer samples of wines between 4 and 6 p.m.

A Philadelphia native, Jennifer is one of just a handful of female winemakers in Pennsylvania. Jennifer enrolled in the viticulture and oenology program at Harrisburg Area Community College while maintaining a full-time job, juggling personal and family life, and working part-time at Nissley, before working up to her current position.

The rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store offers consumers a completely new shopping experience, with an expanded floor plan, larger selection, and a central service point with a tasting bar.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2016 12:15

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Suez will finish flushing hydrants September 30



Suez will wrap up its periodic fire hydrant flushing and testing Friday, Sept. 30. 

Nearby residents may experience discolored water. Suez cautions against using discolored water for doing laundry, but said that it is not harmful to consume.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2016 10:07

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Police probe report of shots fired at Pineford on Sept. 17

Police took a man into custody following an investigation into shots being fired at the Beechwood Building in the Village of Pineford just before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept 17. 

A decision on whether to charge the man is to be made in consultation with the Dauphin County District Attorney's office, based in part on results of a psychiatric evaluation of the man, according to an incident report provided by Middletown police.

No one was hurt in the incident. However, several bullet holes were found in the apartment of the suspect, and two rounds were believed to have travelled through the walls into another adjoining apartment in the building, police said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:40

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Ann and South Union intersection will be closed starting Oct.3

The intersection of Ann and South Union streets in Middletown will be closed to traffic starting Monday, Oct. 3, for up to four weeks as part of the downtown streetscape project, borough officials say.

A detour will be posted. However, borough officials have said the detour route will follow Wood Street and then proceed left onto State Street and follow left onto Union, and then eventually over the bridge going into Royalton.

Councilor Dawn Knull has expressed concern as the route will detour tractor trailers and other traffic that use Route 441 past four school bus stops. 

Motorists using the detour are asked to proceed with caution and watch for children and school buses. 

Knull has also asked that borough police step up their presence in the area during the detour.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:30

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25 years after their approval, ‘no parking’ signs pop up in Londonderry

LT posted signsWEBPress And Journal Staff Photo by Eric Wise —- A “no parking” sign has been placed along Hillcrest Drive in Londonderry Township.


Londonderry Township residents are wondering why “no parking” signs have bloomed, seemingly overnight, at locations in the township — 25 years after an ordinance was passed to authorize them.

Township supervisors passed an ordinance in 1991 that banned parking along 31 streets in the township, including 26 dead-ends or culs-de-sac. 

“It’s been 25 years and now the signs are up,” said Steve Fulton, who questioned township supervisors Sept. 6 about the need to ban parking along Hillcrest Drive. He represented about 10 residents in attendance at the meeting with his remarks.

The supervisors responded to the residents’ concerns by agreeing to review the streets where parking is prohibited. 

Fulton said the ban, which extends the entire length of Hillcrest Drive, will create a real problem when residents have several guests, especially on holidays, if they cannot have everyone park in their driveways. 

“It hasn’t been an issue in 25 years,” he said.

Steve Letavic, township manager, said the reason for putting up the signs now was simple: “Our public works director looked at the ordinance and realized they should have been posted.” 

Public works crews began posting the signs about a month ago, he said. He was unsure how many signs have been posted.

Supervisor Mel Hershey said it was done for emergency vehicles. He said in a township without public water, culs-de-sac must be kept clear so firetrucks and tanker trucks will be able to maneuver unobstructed. 

Twenty-five years ago, Hershey said he advised the supervisors regarding fire safety in creating the ordinance. He said the township originally worked with residents to keep these areas open for emergency vehicles instead of posting signs. 

Since years have passed since the ordinance was approved, Letavic said it is time the township study the situation to determine where parking should be limited. 

“The board agreed to revisit this issue with the assistance of the zoning and codes officer, public works director and township engineer,” Letavic said. “The township will review all streets in the township with no parking regulations to determine appropriateness.”

The township did agree to temporarily remove signs from the street leading to the culs-de-sac (where the street widens to accommodate turn-arounds), while the issue was under review.

Affected areas 

Areas affected by signage are Autumnwood Road, Cedar Avenue, Cola Road, Dogwood Lane, Elwood Lane, Geyers Church Road (both dead ends), Heather Avenue, Hickory Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Houser Road, Ivy Drive, Crepes Road, Laugher Road, Laurel Drive, Locust Lane, London Avenue, Maple Acres Road, Mill Road, Naegle Road, Oakview Circle, Old Farm Lane, Red Hill Drive, Reservoir Road, Sunset Avenue (both dead ends)



Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:18

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