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Exelon, employees at TMI donate $425,000 to area organizations, including Royalton center

IMG 4645Press And Journal photo by Jason Maddux -- Three Mile Island communications manager Ralph DeSantis, left, and Vice President Three Mile Island-Exelon Ed Callan, second from right, present a $5,000 donation to the Royalton Senior Center on Dec. 14. Royalton Mayor Judy Oxenford, right, accepted the donation at the annual holiday luncheon, along with Santa Claus.

Exelon Generation and the employees of Three Mile Island Generating Station contributed more than $425,000 to dozens of nonprofit organizations in central Pennsylvania.

The contributions came from employee giving and from Exelon Generation through its charitable giving program. The largest part of the total contribution was from Three Mile Island employees who donated $235,000 to area United Way agencies and direct donations to nonprofit organizations. As part of the program, Exelon matches contributions by 50 percent and donates those funds to the local United Way.  

“Exelon and the people at Three Mile Island continue to up their game when it comes to helping people in our region,” Judy Oxenford, mayor of Royalton and director of the Royalton/Middletown Senior Center, said in a TMI press release. “They have been a valued resource in helping non-profits serve the needs of thousands of our neighbors.”

Royalton Senior Center received $5,000 on Dec. 14.

Other 2016 donations include $3,500 to the Middletown Public Library,  $500 to Middletown Care-A-Van,  $10,000 to the Lower Dauphin Communities That Care,  $1,000 to God’s Kitchen,  $1,000 to Middletown Volunteer Fire Company, and $40,000 to the Londonderry Volunteer Fire Company

Not only did TMI employees donate money to charities, but they donated their time by being involved in such efforts as scouting, coaching, judging science fairs and building homes through Habitat for Humanity.

“Our mission at Three Mile Island is to safely produce zero-emissions electricity, while at the same time work to make our communities a better place to live,” said Ed Callan, TMI site vice president. “We take great pride in giving back to our communities.”

Other  organizations that benefitted include the Salvation Army and the Central Pa. Food Bank.

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Third Middletown crime meeting set for Jan. 19

 If you are interested in having a crimewatch group in your neighborhood in Middletown, another meeting on this topic will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Rescue Fire Hall at 600 S. Union St.

The meeting is the third and last — at least for now — in a series of community meetings on crime in Middletown that have been set up by Councilor Dawn Knull and borough Police Chief John Bey, who is leaving his post at the end of the month.

All of the meetings are being attended by David Botero, who sets up and works with crimewatch-type groups throughout the city of Harrisburg as community relations coordinator for the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.

Botero is expected to be at the Jan. 19 meeting. Each of the meetings have also been attended by several Middletown police officers.

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23 Years Ago: 12/28/2016

e23 years 1228Enlightened Elves -- The Wednesday, Dec. 22 St. Peter's Nursery School Christmas program at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Middletown was the perfect expression of what Christmas means, especially to the young. The children, dressed as elves - and with eyes filled with holiday expectations - performed flawlessly for family members, churchgoers and guests.

From The Wednesday,
December 28, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

Lower Swatara’s New Budget Holds Line On Taxes For ’94

 For the fifth consecutive year there will be no tax increase in Lower Swatara Township.

Lower Swatara’s Board of Commissioners, by a 4-0 vote, passed a $1.8 million budget for 1994 at its December meeting.

 “I’m very happy,” said Frank Linn, president of the Board, following the vote. “Thank the finance committee, the fifth year the Township has not raised taxes. I’m hoping it continues that way.”

 The real estate millage will remain at 2.64 mills. In a budget summary prepared by Dr. David Clouser, Township Manager, he wrote, “In summary, real estate taxes make up 35 percent of the revenues; Act 511 taxes like per capita, occupation, property transfer taxes 38 percent, and building permits and business licenses 6 percent. The remainder of the revenues comes from interfund transfers, state entitlements, fines, interest and rents for another 21 percent. The total revenue will be $1,875,005.

 “On the expenditure side, Public Works makes up 33 percent, Police 32 percent, Benefits 11 percent, Planning and Zoning and Codes 6 percent, Administration 6 percent, insurance 5 percent, EMS/EMA 3 percent, Parks/Recreation 2 percent, and debt obligations 2 percent.”

 Early in the budget summary Dr. Clouser wrote, “The many demands for increased services with only modest growth in 1993 have required the Finance Committee to make difficult decisions. The budget process has been an open one, with each group and department head having their considerations listened to by the Board and Finance Committee and, where appropriate, incorporated into the budget.”

 “The year 1993 has been an eventful year. Keith Condran was appointed as public works superintendent in October 1993. A safety committee was formed in October to help work toward a one-time 5 percent discount on workman’s compensation premiums. The staff has representatives from all departments, including the Fire Department and EMS, serving on the Safety Committee.”

1982 MAHS Graduate
Has Sights Set On
National 1994 Competition

 What started out as a mere activity to prepare for a career in law enforcement has evolved into a serious hobby for Art K. Leinbach.

 Leinbach, the son of Kenneth R. Leinbach of Middletown and Sujin Healy of North Carolina, never gave weightlifting a thought when in high school. But the 1982 Middletown Area High School graduate did give it some thought two years after graduating, but only as part of his preparation for a career with the Pennsylvania State Police.

 The preparation paid off. Leinbach landed a job as a state trooper and went on to compete in a host of weightlifting events, racking up an impressive list of titles along the way. The first came in 1988 when Leinbach placed third in his class at the Greater Harrisburg Amateur Athlete Union (AAU) competition, held that year at MAHS. In 1990, it was Mr. Pennsylvania (AAU), short class, and then it was runner-up in the middleweight class of the 1993 Mr. Universe (AAU).

 Garning a total of 11 accolades from 1988-1993, Leinbach’s most recent feat was taking third place in the Mr. Natural Musclemania competition held in California, Nov. 18-21.

 Now, the 171-pound weightlifter has his sights set on next year’s North American Championship to be held in August in Mexico City, Mexico. Though Leinbach has competed in other national meets, this would be the first time he would be competing in a meet sponsored by the National Physique Committee. It is the only organization, which a weightlifter can turn “pro” through, Leinbach explained.

 Asked if that was his goal, Leinbach replied, “Maybe, but I have to be realistic, the competition is tough, very tough. At this point, it is still a hobby form me.” Pro or hobby, Leinbach remarked that weightlifting is a very demanding sport, requiring tremendous self-discipline.

Council Praises Citizens
For Assistance
E-town Warns Of Bogus Claims Being Made By Water ‘Experts’

 Elizabethtown officials are warning area residents about sales reps for an out-of-town firm who are using “highly questionable” practices in their efforts to sell specialized water purification services to local consumers.

 The warning was first disclosed last Thursday night at Council’s regular meeting, a meeting that also witnessed the presentation of several official “certificates of appreciation” to residents who recently distinguished themselves by commendable acts of service to their community.

 Turning to the flip side of the behavior coin, Council was advised that sales agents for Susquehanna Valley Water Specialists, Paxton St., Harrisburg, have reportedly been preying on consumer fears about possible contamination in water furnished by the Elizabethtown water system.

 Borough officials said agents for the Harrisburg firm have been soliciting local water consumers in an effort to promote the sale of the company’s services. They said the agents have placed “free test kits” at the door of many homes in this area in an effort to solicit business.

 “Most of these sales representatives haven’t even bothered to obtain the necessary permits to solicit in the borough,” Peter Whipple, Borough Co-manager, said on Monday.

 That violation has been compounded by the representatives’ alleged misrepresentations about the quality of water supplied by the Borough system, which continues to earn some of the highest marks for any municipal water system in this state.

 Recent test conducted by Wright Laboratories of Middletown for State Department for the State Department of Environmental Resources (DER) show that the levels of all known  contaminants in the Borough water supplies are far below maximum standards set by DER.

Prices From 23 Years Ago
Rye Bread Party Rounds 16 oz.$1.39
Crackups Snack Crackers 12 oz.    79¢
Franco American
  Beef Gravy 10.25 oz. can    55¢
Centrum Silver Vitamins
  60 ct. btl.    $6.59
Degree Deodorant 2.75 oz.    $2.69
Jumbo Split Shrimp    $6.98/lb.
Hormel Bulk Stick
  Pepperoni    $4.38/lb.
Pistachios    $2.99/lb.
Carrot Stixs 8 oz.    79¢
Hi-Dri Paper Towels    2/94¢
Armorosos Garlic Bread 8 oz    79¢
Best Yet
  Shredded Cheese 8 oz.    $1.39
Boneless Beef Rib Eyes    $4.59/lb.

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23 Years Ago: 12/21/2016

23 years ago 1221Veteran Vittles – Fire up the oven and prepare to cook a Christmas feast second to none if you are one of the needy families who were assisted by the Middletown’s veterans and the local Elks Post. Workers gathered early Saturday, December 18 at Fox’s to pick up and then later distribute the sustenance. Pictured from left are George Rudy, VFW Post 1620; Ed Baumbach, American Legion Post 594; Ed Hahn, Elks Post 1092; and Heather Chestnut, Steven Chestnut Jr. and Steven Chestnut Sr., manager of Fox’s Market in Middletown.

From The Wednesday, December 22, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal 


Middletown Resident Bill York ‘Santa’ To Retire After 41 Years In the Red

 Say it ain’t so, Santa! You’re not really hanging up your red suit, are you?

 Wellington “Bill” York, a longtime local portrayer of the jolly old elf, is calling it quits – but only partially. It seems he’ll go out of the Claus business the same way he came into it: by donning the white beard and wig for family and friends a special holiday occasions only.

 “I won’t be doing the big parties anymore,” York says with a slight ho-ho-ho of his own. “I have to keep my hand in it, though, so I’ll still do the small parties.”

 A New Years Day baby, York will turn 77 next week. His late wife Madeline, who passed away last June, had discussed Santa’s pending retirement many times with her husband, and the two of them had decided together that Christmas 1993 would be his last formal appearance. “I’m fulfilling both her dream and mine, because she enjoyed Christmas and Santa as much as I do,” York says.

 In fact, Santa’s last stand (or is it sit?) was supposed to take place several years ago, York explains, but was delayed with the birth of his great-granddaughter.

 “I couldn’t quit when I knew we were going to be great-grandparents,” he chuckles. “I had to be able to do it for her, and now she’s going to be four years old. I’ve been able to play Santa for my daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter. That in itself is anyone’s dream come true.”

 With 41 years of Christmas work under his jumbo-sized belt, it’s no surprise that York has gone through six Santa suits while playing the role. And for the first half of his career as Saint Nick, he didn’t need to wear the pillow.


Airport Study Reveals HIA Can Handle Area Growth Through 2028

 An exhaustive study of south-central Pennsylvania’s air transportation needs has revealed that Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) should be more than able to accommodate the region’s growth for many years to come.

 The preliminary finding, part of an ongoing “aviation needs survey” commissioned by the Susquehanna Valley Regional Airport Authority (SVRAA), was a relief to many local leaders who feared that HIA could be replaced by another major airport elsewhere in the region.

 While the final results of the nine-month, $240,000 study are not expected to be complete until April, SVRAA officials say they are satisfied with the analysis of HIA’s capacity thus far and are recommending that the airport’s owner, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), continue to follow its 20-year master plan for improvements and expansion at the Lower Swatara Township facility.

 The inquiry, now being conducted by one of the nation’s top aviation consulting firms – Apogee Research, Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland – is expected to provide a glimpse into HIA’s future based on projections for the area’s continuing population growth and significant business development.

 One of Apogee’s most telling findings so far is the fact that decreasing general aviation and military operations at HIA have created more room for commercial flights, which are rising at an impressive yet manageable rate (total operations are predicted to increase from 95,900 in 1993 to 232,000 in 2008). Because of these factors, the study says, “HIA should serve the region’s needs, through the second decade of the next century.”

 However, at a public workshop session in Harrisburg on Thur., Dec. 16, members of SVRAA and representatives of Apogee’s consulting team were careful to list additional considerations that could affect their prediction for better or worse. Those factors include: competition from new airlines entering the eastern U.S. market; the airline industry’s desire to create more low-cost, regional airlines; changes in south-central Pa.’s economy and demographics; and ever-changing environmental regulations.


‘Alternative School’ Concept Debated By LD School Board

 “I would call it a last stop before expulsion,” explained Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Lower Dauphin’s superintendent of schools, in describing an alternative school for students with severe discipline problems.

 “I think it is an excellent program,” said Dr. Miller. “I would like some kind of consensus,”

 But instead of a show of support, Miller heard doubts and questions at the Board’s December meeting from school directors who were wary of such a program. 

 Miller explained that area school districts have taken part in preliminary talks exploring the possibility of setting up an alternative school for students with severe discipline problems. He named Central Dauphin, Susquehanna, Middletown and Harrisburg as those involved in the discussions. Harrisburg and Central Dauphin, Miller said, currently run similar programs on their own. Lower Dauphin currently has a 10-day in-school suspension program at the senior high. The proposed school would accept students from grades seven through 12.

“This is a tough problem, It is a very structured program,” continued Miller. “We only pay for students we send.”

 David Duncan, president of the Board, expressed surprise over support from other school boards. However, he added, “I want to explore other options.”

 “It seems that the need isn’t there,” said Thomas Christofes. “I disagree,” replied Dr. Miller. “Our only option (now) is expulsion. It should only be used as a last resort.”

 “My concern is that we have no option but expulsion,” Miller continued. He explained that parents of an expelled student have 30 days to find a suitable program. If they are unable to place the student, then the school district has to provide either a tutor or some type of private schooling.


Prices From 23 Years Ago

Russet Baking Potatoes, 5 lb. bag, 99¢

Jumbo Bagels 4 oz., 25¢

Eclairs/Cream Puffs 8 pk, $1.99

Hillshire Lil’ Wieners  1 lb. pk, $2.99

Kraft Cheez Whiz 16 oz., $2.99

Fox’s Rope Sausage, $1.49/lb.

Hormel Bulk Stick Pepperoni, $4.38/lb.

Habbersett Scrapple, 99¢/lb.

Center Cut Pork Chops, $1.88/lb.

Whole Boneless Fresh Hams, $1.99/lb.

Coke 12 Pack Cans, 2/$5

Heinz Sweet Gherkins 16 oz. jar, 2/$3

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23 Years Ago - 11-30-2016

Years ago1130201623 YEARS AGO -Open House – On November 23 parents and friends were invited to an open house at the Edward E. Brunner Science and Technology Wing of the Middletown Area High School. Computer applications, keyboarding, programming, work processing, library technology and English were shared with the guests. Pictured in the computer room is Roni Wareham (upper right) helping Edith and James Booser better understand the workings of the Macintosh computer system.


From The Wednesday, December 1, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal


Civil War Reenactor Mixes With Stars While Filming ‘Gettysburg’

Turner Pictures recently sent special commemorative packets to each of the more than 5,000 reenactors who went to Gettysburg in the summer of 1992 to contribute their presence, their unique training and their dedication and experience in Civil War reenactments to make “Gettysburg,” a motion picture already being praised as a classic.

Looking over those precious mementos of his participation in the re-staged battle, Bill Leonard says he often reflects on the fact that he has been fascinated with that famous battle ever since his parents, Margaret and William Leonard Sr., of Royalton, took him to visit the battlefield.


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