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Lamp Post Inn sold for $300,000


Middletown’s historic Lamp Post Inn on East Main Street now has new owners who intend to reopen a restaurant at the location.

The building was sold for $300,000 by Elizabeth Heddy to GFD LLC, according to a deed dated Monday, March 9 that was recorded at the Dauphin County Courthouse. Heddy died on Thursday, March 12.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:30

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This play begins with a murder

castphoto3 25 15WEBPhoto by Eric Wise - The cast of Steelton-Highspire High School’s spring play, “Murder in the House of Horrors.’’

When Professor Dirk Carlton, a renowned Egyptologist, winds up dead during a lecture on a pharaoh’s tomb, there are plenty of suspects in Steelton-Highspire High School’s spring show, “Murder in the House of Horrors.’’

There are plenty of sleuths, too – the audience gets to ask questions and accuse suspects in the unusual virtual mystery-comedy by Billy St. John.

The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26; Friday, March 27; and Saturday, March 28 at the school auditorium, 250 Reynders St., Steelton.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:25

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Parking Protest? Borough business seeks disabled parking policy

parkingphoto3 25 15WEBPhoto By Dan Miller -- Press And Journal Photo by Dan Miller Patricia Gay, owner of Reliance Therapy in Middletown, sought a disabled parking space in front of her business, but her application has been suspended “indefinitely’’ according to a letter from the borough. 

A Middletown business is not happy over the borough suspending its disabled parking space policy – and is inviting residents who share its displeasure to tell Middletown Borough Council at a council meeting next month.

Reliance Therapy is inviting anyone who has “experienced issues” over the availability of handicapped parking in Middletown to attend a meeting at the business at 100 Brown St. at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, according to a post on its Facebook page.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:56

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Two off, two on in council ballot challenges


Travis Arndt and Tom Strohm have withdrawn their names from the May 19 primary ballot for Middletown Borough Council, according to Dauphin County elections director Gerald Feaser.

Arndt had been listed on the Democratic ballot running for a four-year seat representing the Second Ward. The winner of the Republican primary contest between incumbent Council President Chris McNamara and challenger Greg Wilsbach would have faced Arndt in the November general election.

The petition that Arndt submitted to be on the ballot was challenged in Dauphin County Court by Julie Bowman, a Democrat who lives in the Second Ward. The court had set a hearing for Monday, March 23 to consider Bowman’s challenge, but Arndt instead chose to withdraw.

Bowman in her challenge contended that the person who gathered the signatures on the first page of Arndt’s petition was not Arndt, but Middletown Borough Councilor Ben Kapenstein. Bowman also challenged the legitimacy of several signatures that appeared on Arndt’s petition.

Strohm had gotten on the Republican ballot as a candidate for a two-year First Ward seat. His petition had been challenged by First Ward Republican Robert R. Louer Sr., vice president of council, who contended that the first page of Strohm’s petition was circulated by Sandra Nagle, a former borough councilor, and not by Strohm, who had signed it.

Meanwhile, a county judge on Monday ruled in favor of two other council candidates, Barry Goodling and Wilsbach, whose nominating petitions had also been challenged.

As a result, both Goodling and Wilsbach remain on the ballot. Goodling is on the Republican ballot running for a four-year seat to represent the First Ward.

Goodling’s petition had been challenged by Louer, and Wilsbach’s petition had been challenged by A.B. Shafaye, a Republican who lives in the Second Ward. Goodling still faces a ballot challenge from First Ward Republican Michael Bowman, who is also a borough councilor. The court is to consider Bowman’s challenge to Goodling’s petition during a hearing at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27.

Meanwhile, a number of challenges to the nominating petitions of several Middletown Area School Board candidates are scheduled to go before a county judge this week.

Among those whose petitions were challenged: Challengers Patrick Hughes, Chris Lupp, Linda Mehaffie and Dustin Green, and incumbents Barbara Layne, Terry Gilman and Michael Richards.

Five seats on the board are up for grabs, and all nine candidates seeking them cross-filed to compete for both the Democratic and Republican nominations in May.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:50

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LD, E-town Mini-THONs break school records

LDthonpic3 25 15WEBSubmitted photo: Lower Dauphin High School Students reveal the record amount they raised during the school's annual Mini-THON.

They stayed on their feet for 12 hours, dancing and playing games – and collecting a remarkable amount of money for charity.

Students at Lower Dauphin High School raised $82,630.95 – a school record – at their annual Mini-THON on Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 21 at the school.

The Mini-THON, modeled after Penn State’s successful THON, raises money for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that helps the families of kids battling cancer, at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:45

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