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Out & About: Snow Bowl 2016

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When Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III summoned citizens to join him in turning Winter Storm Jonas, the biggest snowstorm in borough history, into a wintry gambol and a chance to meet neighbors, about 50 children and adults, wrapped in warm clothes, met him at the field on Susquehanna Street on Sunday, Jan. 31 for a snowy game of football.

Snow Bowl 2016, like its inaugural game last winter, was a chance to bond with other residents, and learn a couple lessons:

1. Getting tackled in 30.2 inches of snow doesn’t hurt.
2. Gatorade freezes quickly.
3. Middletowners enjoy camaraderie, even when they’re cold and wet.

For more photos of Snow Bowl 2016 by the Press And Journal's Jim Lewis, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:27

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23 Years Ago 1/27/2016

1 27 16PhotoWEB23 YEARS AGO - Curious Scientists – Not only are the children at Mansberger Elementary School in Middletown very capable at the written word, as this week’s page attests, but they are equally curious with science projects. The fourth grade students pictured from left during the afternoon discovery session at the school are: (seated) Kecia Santoro, Maria Servatius and Joe Winklespecht, (standing) Raymond Pascucci and Justin Kohr.

Special Program Just Could Save Your Life
Area residents are invited to a presentation that could save their lives. Sponsored by the Middletown Senior center, a program instructing citizens how to protect themselves against crime will be presented Wednesday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Middletown Senior Center.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016 12:51

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Out & About: Middletown Area High School Mini-THON Paint Party

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Raising money for cancer research by throwing a party where every guest paints their own painting is – pardon the pun – a bold stroke.

Middletown Area High School’s Mini-THON committee did just that, throwing a Paint Party on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in the school cafeteria.

Guests received their own blank canvas and painted their own version of the same image – a tree. Money from the party benefits the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports research and provides financial aid to the families of children battling cancer.

In April, Middletown raised a school-record $21,295.49 from its Mini-THON and other fundraising events during last school year.

For more photos of the Mini-THON Paint Party by Jodi Ocker, see the print edition of the Press And Journal or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:04

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Middletown Boro's Snow emergency Routes

Following is a list of Middletown Borough's snow emergency routes. 

  1. Adelia St. East from Emaus St. to East Main St.
  2. Ann St. North from Swatara Creek west to Grant St.
  3. Catherine St. East from Emaus St. north to Main St.
  4. Emaus St. North from Adelia St. west to Wood St.
  5. Grant St. East from Ann St. to Wilson St.
  6. Main St. Both from Swatara Creek to Apple Avenue
  7. Roosevelt St. North from Vine St. west to Union St.
  8. Union St. Both from Ann St. to Park Circle Road
  9. Union St. East from Ann St. to its southern limits
  10. Vine St. East from Water St. to Aspen St.
  11. Water St. North from Vine St. to Catherine St.
  12. Wilson St. North from Grant St. to and over the overhead bridge to Main St.
  13. Wood St. East from Susquehanna St. north to Emaus St.

During a snow emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person to park, or to permit to remain parked, on any street named below any type of motor vehicle, boat, boat trailer, camper, recreational vehicles or any trailer used for the purpose of hauling motor vehicles or other items, with respect to the north side of east-west streets or with respect to the east side of north-south streets, unless otherwise indicated. However, upon complete removal of all snow from the total parking area, on such side of the street in front of any property, parking will at once become again permissible, so long as there is no interference with the snow removal program of the Borough and no interference with traffic during the remainder of such emergency.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016 13:32

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Dauphin Co.’s vital human services will remain available during the winter storm



Co Commissioners warn citizens of treacherous travel, power outages with weekend snowstorm

Dauphin Co. Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for slippery roads, downed trees and power outages with heavy snowfall that is expected to hit the area over the weekend. 

“Up to 18 inches of snow, with strong winds and white-out conditions, will make travel this weekend very treacherous,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in need.”

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow is expected Friday overnight into Saturday, with periods of 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation an hour.

“Power outages are a big concern,” said Haste.  “Wet and heavy snow combined with powerful winds may cause downed trees and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”

Dauphin County’s vital human services will remain open and available throughout the weekend.


“We are ready to respond and provide support to senior citizens and anyone in need during the winter storm,” said Hartwick, who oversees the county’s Human Services. “Our Agency on Aging caseworkers are calling all elderly and at-risk clients to ensure they have adequate heat and food and to remind them to call us if they need help.”

Senior citizens who need assistance are encouraged to call Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, which is staffed around the clock, at 717-780-6130. 

The county’s 24-hour emergency mental service health service Crisis Intervention will also be available to anyone who is suffering a mental health or addiction crisis and needs immediate assistance or counseling.  To reach Crisis Intervention, call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447.

The commissioners also recommend the following safety tips:

•Use safe home-heating practices,

•Have an emergency supply kit, with flashlights, batteries, blankets and other items,

•Remove cars parked on roadways, especially the Snow Emergency Routes, and stay off the roads so the crews can do their work,

•Keep a safe distance between vehicles, and

•Dig out fire hydrants in the event of a fire emergency.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 12:43

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