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Londonderry Scout earns rank of Life Scout

scoutphoto11 11 15Submitted photo -- Keagan Yocum, an avid outdoorsman, spends much of his time along the Susquehanna River – so he plans to assemble and install duck houses, pictured above, along the river with the help of the Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association as his Eagle Scout project.

Keagan Yocum, a member of Boy Scout Troop 97 of Londonderry Twp., was promoted to the rank of Life Scout rank after serving in the Scouts for nine years, volunteering for community service and earning merit badges.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:00

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Out & About: Super Bowl Bonfire for Middletown Youth Club’s Football Teams

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It’s tough to win a championship. It doesn’t happen often, even for the most dedicated sports teams, whether they’re professional or amateur.

So family, friends and fans of the Middletown Youth Club’s Midget and Pony division teams in the sprawling CFA Youth Football League celebrated their squads’ appearances in the league’s National Conference Super Bowl with a bonfire and rally on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the club’s practice football field at South Union and Susquehanna streets.

The next day, the Midget Blue Raiders and the Pony Blue Raiders won their conference championships – the Midget Raiders beat Hershey, 34-6, and the Pony Raiders beat New Cumberland, 31-6, on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Frederick Field in Mechanicsburg.

The teams were given a post-championship parade through town, escorted by Middletown police and firefighters, and treated to pizza, cake and soda at the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department firehall.

For more photos by Beth Graham, see our print edition or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:28

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A long commute

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Freelance journalist William Freedman embarked on a cross-country, story-telling trip across America using mass transit – public buses, subways, county van pools, casino shuttles and the like – by boarding a local bus at a stop just a block from his Long Island, N.Y. home on Monday, Oct. 19, an adventure that brought him as far as Elizabethtown.

To travel the seven miles to Middletown, a trip served by no public transportation, he had to improvise – a ride from a new-found Elizabethtown friend with whom he stayed the night, someone he met on who had business in Harrisburg.

So Freedman, 52, was dropped off in downtown Middletown on Thursday, Oct. 22, an enormous backpack on his back, awaiting a Capital Area Transit bus at Karns Foods that would take him to Harrisburg and beyond, to Enola, where a high school classmate now living in central Pennsylvania would drive him to Lewistown.

“A bit of a cheat,’’ he admits, but the fact is that in central Pennsylvania, you can’t get there from here depending solely on mass transit, let alone from one coast to the other. “There are going to be a couple of cheats involved,’’ Freedman said, if he is going to stick to his vow to stay away from Amtrak and Greyhound. At times, he may have to walk.

That’s OK. His backpack is stuffed with a tent, a sleeping bag, a mess kit, a cook stove, bug spray and warm socks – he’s a father of three who also volunteers as a Cub Scout leader, and is an experienced hiker. He’s carrying sunscreen in his pack, and he hopes he won’t need it to complete a 90-mile stretch through the desert between New Mexico and Arizona, where a lack of public transportation could force him to walk if he can’t arrange a ride online.

He hopes to arrive in San Francisco around Christmas Day, his notebooks filled with enough stories about local characters and legends for a book. “I don’t find landscapes all that fascinating. I find people fascinating,’’ he said. “I want to talk to people."

To finish the 4,100-mile journey, Freedman, an expert in computer technology management who also has published articles on finance, is relying on one more necessity he’s stuffed in his backpack: his laptop. On a spreadsheet, he’s mapped out almost his entire expedition, from couch-crashing sleepovers to arranged rides to phone numbers for county share-a-ride vans typically offered to the elderly, disabled and military veterans. Though such government-subsidized transportation programs offer their service to senior citizens and others in need, they can be used by the rest of us if they’re not already reserved, Freedman said.

“I want to do what the commuter does, and have that experience,’’ he said. His trip will be financed by a campaign, corporation donations and the sale of freelance articles and speaking gigs along the way, he said. You can follow his journey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Periscope.

So far, the most moving story that Freedman, an Allentown native, encountered on the first couple days through southeastern and central Pennsylvania is the discovery that they’ve built a casino at Valley Forge and in Bethlehem, once home to the headquarters of mighty Bethlehem Steel Corp., once a major supplier of steel for the U.S.

“How messed up is that?" he asked. “It’s a sucker’s game. It ceased to be about counting our wealth and funding capital. Now it’s about dollar slots. That is the stuff I find unsettling."

But he’s found joy in setting up the trip, which seems to be a novel idea never before attempted, he said. While he had not galvanized traveling arrangements yet, he was working on it online, and solving the puzzle as he did in Pennsylvania is fun. “Serendipity has to be a part of this,’’ he said.

“I hope I’m not having all my good karma in Pennsylvania,’’ he said before leaving Middletown.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:34

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Out & About: Daddy-Daughter Dance

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For more photos of the Daddy-Daughter Dance by Beth Graham, see our print edition or click here to subscribe to our online E-edition.

One night in October, Londonderry Twp. throws a dance party for girls and their fathers and grandfathers with food, games and music.

The Daddy-Daughter Dance once again was held at the Sunset Golf Course Clubhouse, on Friday, Oct. 23, with fathers and their daughters, granddads and their granddaughters doing the chicken dance, the Twist and the limbo.
It marked the seventh year the dance was held.

The highlight: the crowning of the king and princess. Steve White and his 11-year-old daughter, Cailynn, won the titles this year.

Photos by Beth Graham

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:45

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Lower Swatara approves plowing agreement

Crews from Lower Swatara Twp. will plow state roads in the township again next winter under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that was approved unanimously by township commissioners on Wednesday, July 15.

Lower Swatara will get about $300 more in 2015-16 from PennDOT for snow plowing. In a particularly bad winter, the department may provide additional money for the township’s services, although no money is returned to the state following a mild season treating the roads.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:55

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