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Naming terminated public employees: public information or not?


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Question: A local agency recently terminated several employees at a public meeting without disclosing their names. The board voted to terminate using employee numbers only and cited concerns about employee privacy to support its position. Isn’t the agency required to release the names of the employees being terminated?

Answer: Yes. The public comment provision and minutes-keeping requirements of the Sunshine Act require disclosure and recording of the names, and the Right to Know Law makes the employees’ name, salary, length of service and the agency’s final action regarding employee termination a public record.

Section 710.1 of the Sunshine Act requires a reasonable opportunity for meaningful public comment at each public meeting and prior to all official action. Without the names of employees being terminated, the public has no opportunity to give meaningful comment prior to the vote, and the plain terms of the Sunshine Act’s public comment provision are ignored. Furthermore, section 706 of the Sunshine Act requires meeting minutes to contain the substance of all official action. If the meeting minutes do not contain the names of the employees and the termination action taken by the board, they do not provide an accurate record of the meeting, raising Sunshine Act compliance issues.

Further, section 708(b)(6)(ii) of the Right to Know Law makes certain employee information public record, including name, salary, and length of service. These records would include the employees’ names, as well as beginning and termination dates. Moreover, section 708(b)(7)(viii) expressly makes the agency’s final action on employee discharge and demotion a public record. 



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Scouts brave the snow during winter campout

sled3 11 15WEBSubmitted photo - Pulling the camping supplies through the snowy woods are, from left, Scouts Jason O’Donnell, Kyle Hoyt, Brayden Harris, Christopher Kiessling and Ben Spangenberg.

The recent onslaught of snowstorms provided the perfect setting for a winter camping weekend for Londonderry Twp.’s Boy Scout Troop 97.

The Scouts followed their tradition of camping in tents while a snowstorm laid a heavy blanket of snow around them. Toboggan rides and snowball fights were a popular favorite.

Pack 97 Webelo 2 Cub Scouts joined the troop for the campout, called the Klondike.

Among the skills that the Scouts learned at the campout were building a fire in the snow in less than 30 minutes – and with just two matches.

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23 Years Ago: 3/11/15



3 11 1523 YEARS AGO - Colonial Ways On Colonial Days – Eighth graders at the Feaser Middle School were colonialized last week. In commemoration of “Colonial Days” the students embarked on a busy schedule that included tours of Middletown’s historic area, a visit from the state’s traveling museum and a special presentation by the Hershey Museum. Pictured in traditional colonial clothing with local craftsmen are: Clair Garman (carpentry), Colleen Twardzik, home economics teacher, Michael Dalton, Bonnie Stazewski (basket weaving), Jobeth Heim, Jessica Judy, Ethel Hartman (rug maker), and Karl Weingartner. Front from left: Tammy Coleman, Kathleen Dougherty, Mike Dupes, Mary Kate Stazewski and Tricia Arnold.


From The Wednesday, 

March 11, 1992 Edition Of 

The Press And Journal


$12,400 Facelift For 

Oak Hills Park Approved


 Residents in the Oak Hills section of Middletown should see some major improvements in their neighborhood park as a result of Borough Council’s action last Monday night.


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Out & About: Seven Sorrows Fish Fry


Holy mackerel, they serve a lot of fish at the Seven Sorrows BVM Church’s annual Fish Fry!


More than 5,000 pounds of haddock are prepared – and eaten – during the popular Lenten event, which is being held this year for the 18th time.


More than 3,400 pounds of frying oil are used, as well as more than 4,200 feet of plastic wrap. Guests eat more than 900 pounds of cole slaw and 4,200 pierogies, too.


Fish is offered in several ways – baked in lemon pepper sauce or fried, as well as crab cakes, scallops and shrimp – at the fish fry, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13; Friday, March 20; and Friday, March 27 at the church, 360 E. Water St.


See who was at last week’s dinner!


Press and Journal Photos by Jim Lewis 





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Model railroad show at Steelton hall

Model railroads will be displayed at the 28th annual. Railroad Show & Collectors Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at I.W. Abel Hall, 200 Gibson St., Steelton.

A donation will be sought at the door.

Jim Leonard, a director of the East Pennsboro Historical Society, will present a program on the Enola train yards at 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.


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