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Rock the Islands on Shelley Island

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More than 850 people turned out on Saturday, May 28 for the Rock the Islands fundraising concert on Shelley Island in Londonderry Twp.

The event raised about $20,000 for the Lake Frederick Homeowners Association, a group formed to fight for the interests of homeowners with recreational cabins on Londonderry’s five Susquehanna River islands: Shelley, Hill Island, Beech Island, Beshore Island and Poplar Island.

 A compliance agreement that Londonderry Twp. entered into with York Haven Power Company will end the power company’s lease program and require all the cabins to removed by the end of 2017, if no other solution is negotiated.

The concert featured five bands: Micah Simmons and Friends featuring Kevin French, Le’ Bien’, The River Band, Also Called Nedd and Fast Eddie, who performed throughout the afternoon and evening.

The event also featured an inflatable obstacle course and inflatable water slide for children, sumo wrestling suits, face painting, kids’ relay races and the Peace A Pizza stand.

“It was a huge success,” said Josh Thompson, an association leader and one of the event organizers. “I got compliments on all the bands.”

For more photos of Rock the Islands by Eric Wise, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 14:56

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Out & About: Middletown Area High School Commencement

valedictorian6 1 16Press And Journal Photo by Jim Lewis -- Valedictorian Eric Belles, right, gives a farewell speech to his class during commencement.

Middletown Area High School’s Class of 2016 collected the diplomas they earned at the school’s commencement at the Forum in Harrisburg on Thursday, May 26 – then tossed their graduation caps into the air and began their journey into the world.

More than 160 seniors attended, in blue and gold gowns, and marched across the stage in the cavernous auditorium, which was nearly filled to capacity with family and friends.

It marked the 137th time MAHS held a commencement, but the Class of 2016 will be remembered “with great fondness’’ for its accomplishments – and for its place in the history, said Superintendent Lori Suski. The school will be demolished this summer and replaced by a new school next school year.

“You have certainly left an indelible mark on our lives and we will always remember you as the last class to graduate from Middletown Area High School as we know it,’’ she told the graduates.

For more photos of the MAHS commencement, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 June 2016 13:40

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Council fills rec board vacancy

Middletown Borough Council has filled a vacancy on the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board, but is still looking for borough residents to serve on the new planning commission.

Council appointed Arnold Crosson to the recreation board on Tuesday, May 17. Crosson was one of three people who applied to serve on the board.

However, only one resident has applied to serve on the new five-member planning commission.

Council this year voted to bring back the commission, which a former council eliminated to save money.
The commission is an advisory body appointed by council to review and make recommendations to council on land development and subdivision plans. The commission can also review and make recommendations on proposed changes regarding the zoning ordinance, as well as other ordinances having to do with land development and subdivisions.

Council needs five residents willing to serve on the commission for a four-year term. There is pay involved – $100 for each member whenever the commission meets.
Interested? E-mail a letter of interest to the borough at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:15

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23 Years Ago 6/1/2016

6 1 16 bwWEB23 YEARSA AGO - Stefanies’s Diner – Talk about good eating and the diner comes to the mind of Americans far and wide. Talk about good eating in Highspire and Stefanie’s Diner is the first choice for spotless dining and food that hits the spot. Barbara Wolfgang and Stefanie (right) are shown with a tempting home-made dessert to top off any of their home-made menu selections.


Middletown Man Selected For U.S. Wheelchair Team

 It definitely helps to be in the right place at the right time. Just ask Ron Davis, who, by a stroke of luck, got to show his pistol firing skills to the head coach of the United States Wheelchair Shooting Team last February, and was chosen on the spot to be a member.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 15:02

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Beer delivery by your local bars and restaurants?


deliveryBy Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel PA NewsMedia Assoc.

Q:  Several local bars and restaurants that deliver food want to run ads that tell readers they can now deliver beer along with a food order.  The ads note things like “now delivering beer,” or “beer delivery/up to two six packs.” Can they do that, and can newspapers publish that kind of ad?  

A: Yes. Businesses licensed to sell alcohol can deliver a limited amount of beer as long as they have obtained the proper permit, and ads promoting the service are acceptable.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)’s policy on beer delivery notes licensees can obtain a permit to allow the transport of a limited amount of beer as long as certain conditions are met. The “Transport for Hire” permit allows those holding the permit, such as retail licensees like bars and restaurants, to deliver up to 192 ounces of beer (two six packs) per sale if the sale is completed on the licensed premises, the delivery vehicle is owned/leased by the licensee and operated by licensee employees.  

The PLCB’s advisory opinion does not specifically address advertising, but the law generally allows licensees to advertise prices and availability of products in newspapers.  If a licensee obtains a “Transport for Hire” permit and can legally deliver beer, the law allows them to advertise the service and prices, as long as the advertising otherwise complies with the advertising requirements imposed by the Liquor Code and PLCB regulations.

The general rules regarding alcoholic beverage ads are as follows:

Any advertisements of price may not contain any of the following:

• False, deceptive or misleading statements;

• Statements disparaging of the products of competitors; or

• Monetary comparisons of brands.

Bars and Restaurants may:

• Offer one drink special per day (drink of the day), which must end by midnight; and

• Offer one four-hour happy hour each day, which must end by midnight.

• Happy hour notice must be posted at the licensed premises seven days prior to happy hour.

Bars and Restaurants may not:

• Offer 2 drinks for the price of one;

• Sell an unlimited amount of alcohol for a set price (EXCEPT at catered events arranged at least 24 hours in advance);

• Discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, or disability (No "Ladies Nights" with specials exclusively for women); or

• Offer any discount pricing (happy hour, drink of the day) after midnight.

The following restrictions apply to all advertisements for alcoholic or malt beverages:

• The advertiser must be clearly identified in the ad.

• No printed advertisements are permitted within 300 feet of a church, school or public playground.

• No advertisements may be directed at minors to promote the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverages.

• Obscene advertisements are prohibited.

• Advertisements may not contradict the ideals of safety or safe driving programs.

• Licensees may not advertise any alcoholic beverages if they do not actually have a sufficient supply of the beverages on hand to meet the normally expected demands.

• Advertisements may not refer to the alcoholic strength of a malt beverage in any manner in order to induce consumers to buy the product. Terms such as "full strength," "extra strength," "high proof," etc. are prohibited.


Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 08:01

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