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#outandabout: Steelton Borough Easter Egg Hunt


tinyeggs4 16 14Photo by Noelle BarrettAn Easter egg hunt is a particularly American game. Other countries celebrate Easter by tossing eggs, rolling eggs and dancing among eggs (in Germany, dancers lay them on the floor and dance among them, trying not to damage them). But in the U.S., a simple game of hide-and-seek is our idea of egg-citement.


Actually, the first Easter egg game on record in the U.S. was an egg roll at the Capital in Washington, D.C., in 1872.

Steelton celebrated the Easter holiday with a borough egg hunt on the grounds of Steelton-Highspire High School on Saturday, April 12. More than 8,000 plastic eggs were used, and eagle-eyed children found them all.


Here’s who was on the scene, hunting down those elusive eggs.


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A few farm friends


tinyvioletchickien4 16 14Photo by Noelle BarrettThe Middletown Public Library hosted a couple farm friends for its first Family Fun Night on Tuesday, April 8, inviting a chicken and goat from Nancy Avolese’s Lone Wolf Farm to enjoy the warm weather outside the library. 


Kids could get up close and pet the chicken, or feed carrots to the goat.


Future Fun Night activities are planned in May.


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In Hershey, a Wig Room brings a cancer patient joy

As Betty Green was wheeled to a small room at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, her demtinyvolunteers4 16 14Photo by Noelle Barrett - Louise Barto, left, of Middletown and Linda Breniser, right, of Hummelstown are both breast cancer survivors and volunteers at the Wig Room.eanor was delicate, her face was somber. There was a hint of sadness in her eyes.


It has been a difficult road – at times lonely, sad, and tumultuous. The 69-year-old Lavelle woman was diagnosed with colon cancer on Mother’s Day last year and has been receiving treatments since last July. Those Wednesdays spent at the center’s Cancer Institute are long and draining.


In recent weeks, Green’s journey had taken an immense toll. As she sat before a mirror, her reflection was emotionless, vacant.


Yet as the minutes passed, a faint smile began to trace its way across her face. Laughter escaped her throat, her eyes lit up and her smile grew and grew.


The place she was in was the American Cancer Society Wig Room located at the medical center. Scrawled across the wall beneath the mirror are the words “faith, hope, and love’’ – exactly what the room provides.


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New book highlights LD’s first 50 years


Lower Dauphin High School celebrated its golden anniversary in 2010, and former faculty member Dr. Judith T. Witmer has written a 492-page book that encapsulates those first 50 years.tinybookpic4 16 14Submitted photo - Dr. Judith T. Witmer, left, presents a copy of her book to Lower Dauphin Superintendent Sherri Smith at the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation gala.


Her book, “Loyal Hearts Proclaim,” delves into the storied history of Lower Dauphin. More than just a dry listing of statistics and facts, Witmer captures the stories that give Lower Dauphin High School its character.


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23 Years Ago - 4/16/14

tiny4 16 14Licensed EMS Service – The Londonderry Township Ambulance Association is among three Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS), to date to have been licensed in Dauphin County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Emergency Health Services Foundation, Inc. (EHSF) was responsible for overseeing the licensing procedure.

The road to licensing was a difficult one as the local ambulance association had to meet specific criteria such as training, equipment and operational policies. Pictured from left are: Walt Swarthout, president of the Ambulance Association; William Zerphey, volunteer ambulance driver; and Barry E. Yingling, president and chief executive officer of EHSF.

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