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Sites to serve on planning commission

Former borough councilor Scott Sites on Sept. 20 was appointed to a four-year term on the Middletown Borough Planning Commission. ScottSitesWEB2

Council tapped Sites to replace Raymond Jones, who resigned recently. The borough advertised to find residents interested in filling the vacancy, but Sites was the only applicant, said Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter.

Sites served on council through 2015 but did not seek re-election in November.

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Out & About: 37th Annual "Running of the Goats" at Falmouth


The 37th annual “Running of the Goats” was held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Governor Stable Park, just off Route 441 in Falmouth, Lancaster County. The festivities were sponsored by the Falmouth Civic Association.

Goat races began at 11 a.m. and went throughout the day. Stu Huggens and his country and western five-piece band performed, there was a kiddy barrel train and “cow patty bingo” for adults.

To see more photos of the "Running of the Goats," check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.



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Middletown seeks members for business association

Middletown Borough Council voted 6-1 on Sept. 20 for the borough to advertise to seek people who want to serve on the board of directors of the Middletown Business Association.

Council’s motion did not say when the board will be appointed, or whether the board will be appointed by council or the soon-to-be-nonexistent Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

Articles of incorporation creating the association were filed with the state in late 2014 by the ICDA, but a board of directors for the association “was never properly seated,” solicitor Adam Santucci told council.

Council earlier this year voted to dissolve the authority, but before the authority can be closed out the authority must either appoint a board of directors for the business association, or file paperwork with the state to eliminate the association, Santucci said.

Leaders of the fledgling business association do not want the authority to rescind the articles of incorporation, because the association would then have to come up with thousands of dollars on its own to refile the articles with the state.

At the same time, association leaders — and supporters of the association on council — want the association to be an entity independent of the borough. Seeking to allay such concerns, Council President Ben Kapenstein said that “once the (authority) is closed down, we are totally separated from the association. The association will have no interaction with the borough at all.”

In addition, Kapenstein said he has been told that the association plans to come to an upcoming meeting — of the authority or council Kapenstein did not say — to request that everything done on behalf of the association be transferred to the association.

“They are not asking for any more money, but the work has already been done and they don’t want to pay for it again,” Kapenstein said.

Kapenstein’s assurances that the association will not end up under the borough’s thumb did not convince Council Vice President Damon Suglia, who voted against the motion to advertise to find people to serve on the association board.

After the meeting, Suglia told the Press And Journal that while he is a strong supporter of the business association, it is a waste of borough tax dollars and time for the authority or the borough to doing the advertising.

The association can guarantee its independence from the borough by starting over from scratch and filing its own articles of incorporation at its own expense, Suglia noted. 

“They can get together and hold their own meetings and do it themselves,” he added.

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125 years for Royalton

car show Congressman Charlie Dent Mayor Oxenfordl Deputy Executive Director of the PSAB Jeff Heishman and Jody Flynn Council VContributed photo -- Congressman Charlie Dent; Mayor Judy Oxenford; Jeffrey L. Heishman deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs; and Jody Flynn, council vice president, enjoyed the festivities. Dent and Heishman made presentations to the borough recognizing its 125th anniversary.

Royalton celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 25, with an ice cream social, car and motorcycle show and a few other events, including scarecrow making and face painting. Events were held at Kiwanis Park, Route 441. The borough of Royalton was incorporated on Sept. 18, 1891.

To see more photos of Royalton's 125th anniversary celebration, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

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23 Years Ago: 9/28/2016

9.28.1623 years ago - More Room In The Wrestling Room – The Middletown Area School District wrestling room has grown. And it was all made possible through the commitment of the Pin ‘N Win Club, the Blue & Gold Club and the Middletown Area School District. Pictured from left at the renovated facility are: MASD Athletic Director Irv Strohecker; Bobbie and Earl Bright, president and treasurer of the Pin ‘N Win Club; Gerry Sprecher, vice president of the Pin ‘N Win Club; Vince Tritch, president of the Blue & Gold Club; Sheryl Strite, secretary of the Pin ‘N Win Club; and wrestling coach Kevin Little.

From The
September 29, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Organizations Assist Renovation Work At MASD
Wrestling Room

 Late this past summer, the Pin ‘N Win Booster Club realized the completion of a $14,000 renovation project at the wrestling room in the Feaser Middle School building. Citing the long overdue need to improve the practice facilities for the varsity, junior varsity and junior high wrestling programs, the Booster Club put the plan in motion earlier this year after securing the funds necessary to complete the project.

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