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23 Years Ago: 8/17/2016

O8171623 YEARS AGO - Scouting Around – Members of Boy Scout Troop 205, Lower Swatara Township, recently enjoyed a week at Hidden Valley Boy Scout Camp accompanied by assistant leader Tom Fitzpatrick. While there the boys worked on many merit badges, including rifle shooting, swimming, first aid and canoeing. Pictured in front, left to right, are Doug McGarvey, Todd Reynolds, Andy Gingrich, Ben Leto and assistant leader Keith Leto; back row left to right, are leader John Rupp, Ned Lucas, Nathan Gingrich, Bryan Witkowski and Tom Fitzpatrick.

From The Wednesday,
August 18, 1993 Edition
Of The Press And Journal

Council Puts Forth Another
Proposal - Borough Well Issue
Runs On And On

 Middletown Borough officials saw it as progress, and as such, plan further action at Council’s Sep. 7 meeting; private well-owners saw it as “back to square one,” and as such, plan to attend Council’s Sept. 7 meeting.

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Elizabethtown Fair starts Aug. 22, has new features for its 43rd year

The 2016 Elizabethtown Fair gets under way for its 43rd annual event on Monday, Aug. 22, and it will feature several new attractions.

New musical acts on the main stage include The Belle Tones, a female vocal trio, and Laredo, a country group. Emerson, featuring Christian pop rock, will perform on stage 2, as will M & M Magic.

Other new events include Exotic Animal Encounters, Angorapalooza (angora fiber demonstration), a dairy goat milking demo, a making mozzarella cheese from fresh goat's milk demo, rabbit-hopping demo, juggler Chris Ivey juggler, Ashley Fletcher’s Equine Show, sheep-herding Demo, Triple J Reptiles & Rescue, Skid loader rodeo, corn hole tournament, a CrossFit competition, and increased prize money for the Baby-Toddler Parade.

Old favorites return, including the Baby Photo Contest (for children 2 and younger; entry deadline of Aug. 20. Call 367-0119 for details), the Pet Photo Contest (21st year, with an entry deadline of Aug. 20. Call 575-3160 for details) and Senior Citizens Day, as well as the petting zoo. The theme of the Baby-Toddler Parade on Aug. 27 is “American Heroes.”

Rides open at 2 p.m. during the week and noon on Saturday. The petting zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Farmer for a Day is from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. It educates families on farming tasks.

The fair has grown from small beginnings.

“Forty-three years ago we had our first fair in the Elizabethtown Community Park. The first year we had one exhibit tent for competitive exhibits, one food stand and a few carnival rides,” Kenneth D. Myer, fair president, said in a news release. “There were no livestock or commercial vendors, no contests and no entertainment.

“Forty-three years later, we have grown to over 3,000 competitive exhibits, 40 food stands, around 150 commercial exhibitors and over 800 livestock. We have added entertainment on two stages and daily contests,” he said.

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Here is a tentative schedule:

Monday, Aug. 22  

9 a.m.: Market goat show
9 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Competitive exhibits received at Church Fellowship Hall (Open 5 p.m. Tues.)
1 p.m.: Market lamb show
5:30 p.m.: Flag-raising ceremony
5:45 p.m.: Fair Queen competition with Dan & Galla (main stage)
6 p.m.: Swine show
6 p.m.: Ride for one price ($20 from 6 to 11 p.m.)
6:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Encounters (petting zoo)
6:45 p.m.: Opening ceremony
7 p.m.: Water balloon toss (children)
7:30 p.m.: Emerson (Christian pop rock, stage 2)
8 p.m.: The Fabulous Heartbreak, Tribute to Patsy Cline and Elvis (oldies, main stage)
8:30 p.m.: Exotic Animal Encounters (petting zoo)

Tuesday, Aug. 23

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Competitive exhibit area closed for judging
10 a.m.: Beef show (breeding, market, dairy)
1 p.m.: Sack race (children)
2 p.m.: Ride for one price ($15 from 2 to 6 p.m.)
5 p.m.: Exhibits open in Church Fellowship Hall
5 p.m.: Rabbit show
6:30 p.m.: Talent show with Dan and Galla (main stage)
7 p.m.: Sack race (children)
7:30 p.m.: Skid Loader Rodeo (horse arena)
7:30 p.m.: Rabbit showmanship
7:30 p.m.: Annual baked goods auction (stage 2)

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Senior Citizens Day
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Registration for senior king and queen
11 a.m.: Kyle and Kelly Magic and Illusions (stage 2)
11:45 a.m.: Senior king and queen announced (stage 2)
1 p.m.: Egg and spoon race (children)
2 p.m.: Ride for one price ($15 from 2 to 6 p.m.)
4:00-5 p.m.: Market livestock exhibits released
5 p.m.: Fleece to Shawl Demo
5:30 p.m.: Supreme Champion Market
6 p.m.: Sale of Champions
6 p.m.: Corn hole tournament (behind office)
7 p.m.: The Uptown Band (variety, main stage)
7 p.m.: Egg and spoon race (children)
7:30 p.m.: Fire in the Glen (Celtic, stage 2)
8:15 p.m.: The Belle Tones (female vocal trio, main stage)
9:30 p.m.: The Uptown Band (variety, main stage)

Thursday, Aug. 25  

7 to 11 a.m.: Breeding livestock and dairy check-in
Noon: Breeding and pygmy goat show
1 p.m.: Sponge relay race (children)
2 p.m.: Ride for one price ($15 from 2 to 6 p.m.)
4:30 p.m.: Angorapalooza (petting zoo)
5 p.m.: Celebrity milking contest (show ring)
6 p.m.: Breeding sheep show
7 p.m.: Chris Ivey (juggler, behind office)
7 p.m.: Mini-hay bale toss (children)
7:30 p.m.: Tractor games (horse arena)
7:30 p.m.: M & M Magic (stage 2)
7:30 p.m.: Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods (oldies, main stage)

Friday, Aug. 26  

8 a.m.: Dairy Show
2 p.m.: Ride for one price ($15 from 2 to 6 p.m.)
3 p.m.: Supreme champion breeding
5:30 p.m.: Ashley Fletcher's Equine Show (horse arena)
6:30 p.m.: Pedal Power tractor pull
6:30 p.m. Exotic Animal Encounters (petting zoo)
7 p.m. Arts and crafts auction (stage 2)
7:15 p.m. Sheep-herding demo (horse arena)
7:30 p.m. Laredo (country, main stage)
8 p.m. Ashley Fletcher's Equine Show (horse arena)

Saturday, Aug. 27

10 a.m.: Dairy goat milking demo (petting zoo)
10 a.m.: Horseshoe pitch
10 a.m.: Baby-Toddler Parade registration (info booth)
10:20 a.m.: Baby-Toddler Parade
10:45 a.m.: Ryan and Friends (puppet show, stage 2)
11 a.m.: Making mozzarella cheese from fresh goat's milk demo (petting zoo)
11 a.m.: Fitness competition (horse arena)
12:30 p.m.: Pet show
12:30 p.m.: Triple J Reptiles and Rescue (stage 2)
1 p.m.: Rabbit-hopping demo (petting zoo)
2 p.m.: Hay bale throwing contest
3 to 5 p.m.: Competitive exhibits released
4 p.m.: Livestock exhibits released
4:30 p.m.: Frog-jumping contest
7 p.m.: Elizabethtown Fire Company demo (horse arena)
7 p.m.: Mike Bishop, comedy hypnotist (stage 2)
7:30 p.m.: Chris Higbee (country/fiddle, main stage)
7:30 p.m.: Fighting Dragons: martial arts demo
9 p.m.: Mike Bishop, comedy hypnotist (stage 2)
9 p.m.: Winners of Baby Photo and Pet Photo contests announced
10:45 p.m.: Fireworks

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Roaring back: Lions eager to jump start Middletown service organization

CathyBakerAndKristaCallear2Press And Journal Photo by Eric Wise -- Cathy Baker of Waynesboro (left) and Krista Callear of Hershey visited Middletown last week to recruit members for a new Lions Club.

Locals looking for a way to give back to the community and join others in a service group have a new option in Middletown as members from nearby are helping to form a new Lions Club.

Krista Callear and Cathy Baker visited Middletown during the week of Aug. 8, recruiting members for a new club. Middletown and Highspire both formerly had active Lions Clubs that folded over time. Lower Swatara Township has a Lions Club, known for hosting spaghetti dinners and pancake breakfasts and for sponsoring scholarships, among many other projects.

“We have made good progress in our efforts this week, and are effectively over halfway in our goal to find 20 members for a new club,” said John Mallonee, the Lions district governor. The local district includes Dauphin, Perry, Juanita and Franklin counties and is home to 1,400 Lions.

Once the Lions have 20 members for the new club, they will hold a community meeting and elect officers, Callear said. The members will decide when and how often the club will meet.
“Two certified Guiding Lions will work with them for two years,” Callear said. Most clubs have about 30 to 40 members.

Lions Clubs provide a variety of health services to the community, including eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need. Other Lions health programs address hearing impairment and diabetes awareness and education.

“Our clubs engage in (projects) such as vision screening for children, scholarships, cleaning parks, building wheelchair ramps, providing eyeglasses or food to needy members of the community, disaster relief, assistance to schools or the police or fire department, and so much more,” Mallonee said.

The exact nature of the Middletown Lions club is yet to be decided.

“New members will design the club how it will be,” Callear said, adding that the groups “meet unmet needs in the community.”

“Assisting in communities is huge,” Baker said.

Lions Clubs often partner with other groups in the community.

New members have leadership opportunities in several roles, Callear said. “It’s a great opportunity for people who are problem solvers.”

“Employers want to see if you are doing things to benefit the community on your resume,” Baker said.  

The Lions Club is about volunteering and members providing service, Callear said. “We’re about getting our hands dirty,” she said.

Lions recruit veterans as members, and the organization has announced it will waive its registration fee for veterans through June 2017.

“Veterans bring a lot to the table,” Callear said.

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Farm to Table Dinner benefits local facility

FarmtoTablePhotos by Liz Strite

On Sunday, Aug. 14, 150 attendees supported the American Cancer Society’s sixth annual Farm to Table Dinner held at Strites’ Orchard & Farm Market. The menu was prepared by local chefs, based around ingredients sourced directly from local farm and farmers markets, and paired with drinks from local breweries and vineyards.

Donations raised stayed local, benefiting the Hope Lodge in Hershey — a 14-room facility committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their loved ones at no cost while undergoing active outpatient treatment for cancer.

Live Appeal for the Hope Lodge raised nearly $10,000 with money still coming in. The silent auction brought in more than $7,200, and the live auction raised more than $5,000.

To see more photos of the event, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition



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23 Years Ago: 8/10/2016

O8101623 YEARS AGO -- Preparing to Perform -- Members of the Middletown Area High School's Blue Wave Marching Band prepared for the upcoming marching band season during summer band camp last week. The band's first performance for parents of band members and the community will be at Memorial Field this Thursday, Aug. 12 beginning at 8 p.m. Prepare to be entertained in fine fashion as the Blue Wave labored long hours during band camp. evidenced from the photo above.

From The Wednesday, August 11, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

350 to 500 Jobs Proposed For Site

Firm Plans Truck Terminal in Lower Swatara Township

Not since the closing of Fruehauf's trailer site in Lower Swatara Township has the prospect of hundreds of new jobs appeared on the horizon for the Middletown area. But that is just what happened during a presentation before Lower Swatara Township's Board of Commissioners last Wednesday.

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