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Beech Island cabin owners can get deeds transferred to them

Owners of cabins on Beech Island will be able to obtain the title to their leased properties as the property owners have decided to transfer the deeds to them.

Beech Island, a slender island that runs north-south and lies west of Three Mile Island in the Susquehanna River, is divided into 70 lots that feature a variety of summer homes and recreational cabins.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:13

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Labor Day event proves to be a real blast

SteveFaithAnnMartinPhotos by Gabe Mink -- Middletown residents Steve and Faith Ann Martin and their dog Sierra wait for the fireworks.


By Gabe Mink

Special to the Press And Journal


A spectacular fireworks display was the finale to the Middletown Labor Day weekend community party held at the fields at Susquehanna and South Union streets on Saturday night. 

The event allowed Middletown residents an opportunity to come together and bring the summer to a close with contests, prizes and refreshments hosted by the Middletown Borough and other local organizations. 

“Events like this unite our community,” says Amy Benner, a member of New Beginnings Church. “Things like this are nice for small churches like ours to do outreach work.

New Beginnings hosted a tent with refreshments and prizes. 

“The town needs something like this, because it seems that lately the borough has been at odds,” resident Dianne Shaffer said.   

Councilman Dawn Knull said she was happy to see the party draw as many people as it did. 

“Positive things like this are what the community needs, she said. “The new council is trying to bring the community back together.”

More than 200 residents came out to the party, which featured a corn hole challenge, baseball hitting contest and free Zumba class and flag football on the Middletown High football practice field. Many more arrived for the evening fireworks. 

The entire event, from the games and contests to the fireworks display, was funded by the nearly $20,000 raised during the Mayoral Madness charity event in 2015. 

 “Community events are what bring the town together,” said Council president Ben Kapenstein, adding that he looks forward to more programs like this where Middletown residents can, “get out and meet each other.”

Members of the Fink Elementary PTO used the opportunity to sell concessions to bring in an author for a year-end assembly for the students. 

“This (event) has been a success for us,” says Jessica Wheeler, the Fink PTO president. 

Longtime resident Carol Helman summed up the entire festival with one word: “Awesome.”











Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 17:01

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Final vote to scrap wards tops Middletown council's agenda for Tuesday Sept. 6

Borough council's 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by what could be the last meeting of the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority at 6:45 p.m. in council chambers.

Council earlier this year decided to dissolve the authority, which was created by a previous council in 2012.

Here is the draft agenda for council's meeting on Sept. 6:


Draft agenda for Sept. 6 2016 meeting of Middletown Borough Council

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2016 17:55

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York man charged in Lower Swatara identify theft

Lower Swatara police have charged a 28-year-old York man with six counts of access device fraud and six counts of identity theft.sihee o. jamison

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sihee Omar Jamison, who is accused of using a cloned credit card linked to the account of a victim in Lower Swatara Township. He made purchases of $640 at York County businesses with the card. 

A surveillance video shows Jamison attempting to use five other credit cards that did not work before using the victim’s card, which was processed. Police were able to recognize Jamison’s face and tattoos from the surveillance video, Detective Robert Appleby said. 

“In identity theft and cyber crime, it’s rare to get an arrest,” Appleby said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence the charges happened right after the victim used the card in York County. 



Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:57

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Driver damages entrance to Sunset Park

Sunset CrashDamageWEBPress And Journal Photo by Louise Sukle -- PA State Police took a driver into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence following an accident that damaged the brick entrance wall to Sunset Park Aug. 20. Cost to repair the damages has been estimated to be $3,000.

A driver veered off South Geyers Church Road and his vehicle struck the brick entrance wall at Sunset Park, police said.

Carlos Jarvis IV, 25, of Bainbridge, was driving south when he failed to the curve to the left, and he drove about 200 feet on the grass before his 2002 Saturn hit the entrance wall at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, police reported.  

Pennsylvania State Police took Jarvis into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the police report filed in the case. Jarvis was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. 

The wall damage will cost about $3,000 to repair, said Steve Letavic, Londonderry Township manager. 

“One of our public works employees cleaned the bricks off the roadway and made the area safe to drive,” Letavic said. The township will file an insurance claim regarding the damage, he added.

The accident also caused minimal damage to the nearby flowerbeds and turf, which the township staff will repair. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:59

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