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Film to reveal human sex trafficking problem

 

It sounds like something that happens in other countries: Human trafficking. Sex slavery? Not in the U.S., where freedom rings.

But it does exist in the U.S., insists Stephanie Strauss, a local woman who raises funds at an annual coffeehouse at a Highspire church to battle human trafficking. “It’s not surprising it’s happening – but you don’t want to think it’s happening in America,’’ she said.

Her PUREhope Coffeehouse – the sale of coffee, tea and baked goods to raise money – began as a National Honor Society project in 2009. Now Strauss, a 2010 graduate of Middletown Area High School, has taken another step to increase awareness about the problem of human trafficking.

She’s co-sponsoring the viewing of a film on the issue, “In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom,’’ and a discussion on the problem from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 290 N. Union St., Middletown.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 23:43

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Iconic Lower Swatara barn may move to West Donegal Twp.

barnphoto1 14 15Press and Journal Photo by Eric Wise -- The iconic Star Barn, which stands along Route 283 in Lower Swatara Twp., was built in 1872.

 

The Star Barn in Lower Swatara Twp. has a new owner.

 

With Big Plans. 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:06

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Let it SNOW? Ready for winter? Keep that shovel handy – local boroughs have laws for shoveling snow from sidewalks, and some aggressively enforce them.

mainstreetscape1 7 15Press and Journal Photo by Deb Schell -- A path is carved out of the glistening snow along Main Street in Middletown after a 2010 storm.

 

 

When a storm drops a few inches or more of snow on the ground, snow plows get rolling to clear the streets, and people venture outside to dig out cars, driveways, porches and sidewalks. 

 

Keeping the sidewalks clear is a matter of following the law – at least in most of the boroughs in the area, including Middletown. 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 20:07

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About one-third of landowners comply with on-lot sewage law

Nearly one-third of property owners in the first districts affected by Londonderry Twp.’s on-lot sewage management ordinance have complied with the ordinance by having their property’s systems pumped and inspected, according to Jeff Burkhart, the township’s code and zoning officer.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:35

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Woman dies in Londonderry house fire

A house fire on Saturday, Dec. 27 in Londonderry Twp. killed a 78-year-old woman and destroyed her home, state police said.

 

Firefighters found the body of Sara I. Forney after they put out the fire. The Dauphin County coroner’s office confirmed Forney died in the fire and said her death was caused by smoke inhalation. The coroner ruled the death accidental.

 

Londonderry Fire Department and neighboring fire departments responded to the blaze, reported at 4:20 p.m., at Forney’s home in the 2500 block of Colebrook Road near Grace Chapel and the Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge. 

 

The fire started accidentally in the home’s living room, according to a state police fire marshal who investigated.

 

Damages to the home is estimated at $150,000, according to a state police report.

 

Forney was a waitress at the former Bill’s Diner on Route 230 in Londonderry Twp. and a former meat cutter for Espenshade’s Meat Market. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 20:26

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