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Out and About - Meet the Raiders 2015

fieldhockey9 9 15WEB22015 Middletown Area Field Hockey Team


It was a pep rally dressed in blue and gold, a night to inspire Middletown Area High School’s student-athletes and re-ignite the excitement of another fall of high school sports.

Meet the Raiders, held on Thursday, Sept. 3 at War Memorial Field, featured every fall sports team, as well as the cheerleading squad and the Blue Wave Marching Band, introduced to a crowd of fans, family, friends and fellow students.

Lower Dauphin High School held a similar pep rally for its student athletes. Meet the Falcons instilled school spirit in slightly different colors – blue and white – on Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Lower Dauphin Middle School sports complex.

Photos by Bill Darrah

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 11:20

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Korean TV crew visits Middletown

crewphoto9 2 15Press And Journal Photo by Julianna Sukle -- Visiting Middletown to do a series of stories on the Three Mile Island accident are, from left, Noh Jun-Chul, Sun Guy and Felix Kwon.



A crew of journalists from South Korea’s state-run television station visited Middletown on Wednesday, Aug. 26 to work on a series of stories about the lessons learned from the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island.


Reporter Felix Kwon, producer Noh Jun-Chul and cameraman Sun Guy of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) spent the afternoon seeking townspeople for interviews, including some staffers at the Press And Journal.


South Korea is the world’s fifth-largest nuclear power generating country, behind the U.S. (No. 1), France, Japan and Germany. South Korea approved a $7 billion project in 2014 to build two more nuclear reactors by 2020.


The KBS story on TMI and Middletown will focus on “what has been changed in this town since the accident,’’ including emergency preparedness, Jun-Chul said through an interpreter. The journalists chose to focus on TMI because it is “the only big picture accident’’ in the U.S., he said.


After Japan’s Fukushima accident in 2011, South Korea moved to decrease reliance on nuclear power from 41 percent to 29 percent by 2030, according to the news site


The journalists flew directly from Seoul to New York City – about 14 hours – and drove to Middletown, Kwon said.


Their biggest surprise: The short distance between TMI’s reactors and Middletown Borough. “It was a lot closer than we expected,’’ Kwon said.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 16:14

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TO-DO: Middletown train station

demofortrain8 19 15WEBPress And Journal File Photo -- The A.C. Green warehouse on West Main Street is demolished to make way for the new Amtrak train station that will be built there.

Construction of the new Amtrak train station on West Main Street is expected to start in early 2016, PennDOT officials have told the borough.

The $32 million project includes building a pedestrian bridge from the private Penn State Harrisburg student housing over West Main Street so students can cross safely to the new train station.

Emaus Street is also to be extended to West Main Street as part of the train station project. The Emaus Street extension would be completed toward the end of the overall project.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Over Vine Street

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:36

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Get Your Omega-3s!


By now, you probably know that you “should” be getting enough Omega-3s in your diet, but do you know why?

The Omega-3 buzz got really strong in the last few years, and people have listened. In fact, according to WebMD, they are one of the most popular supplements in the U.S., but it seems that many of you aren’t sure why you are taking them. Was it something about blood pressure? Memory? Overall health?

Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid that your body needs to maintain health. The list of benefits associated with these fatty acids is long — very long, and the 3 following benefits should be enough to remind you that you are taking them for very good reason:

1. They lower inflammation 

The list could potentially stop right here. It turns out that the vast majority of the diseases that people have really boil down to inflammation. Heart disease? Inflammation. Diabetes? Inflammation. Autoimmune Disease? Inflammation. Migraines? Inflammation. Even premature aging, arthritis, cancer, and weight gain have been linked to this type of invisible and chronic inflammation. This is the very type of inflammation that Omega-3s can greatly reduce. Armed with even this limited bit of information, the question really seems to be “why wouldn’t you take Omega-3s?”

2. They help your heart

Yes, helping to lower levels of plaque in your arteries and lowering your triglyceride level is probably also really about reducing inflammation, but heart health is enough of a concern for the general population to warrant its own mention. There is evidence dating back as far as 1989 that even moderate increases of Omega-3 consumption, such as eating fish twice/week, regulates irregular heart rhythms that could lead to heart attack. “Similar, though even more profound, effects were suggested by a Harvard study showing that men who had higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids suffered an 80% lower likelihood of sudden cardiac death compared with men who had low omega-3 blood levels. If you are concerned about heart health, increase your Omega-3 intake.

3. They help your brain

Even in the brain, most issues come down to inflammation, yet again, this is an area worth pointing out more specific benefits. Research has shown that an increase in Omega-3 fatty acid intake can help decrease depression, bi-polar episodes, and there is even preliminary research that has shown a possible benefit to those suffering from schizophrenia. Beyond that, there is also evidence to suggest that a deficiency of Omega-3s can be a factor in age-related cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s. 

It turns out it is a good thing you have been taking those fish oils. Supplementation is a fine way to get them if you must (and make sure they are of very high quality or you risk high mercury consumption). You live in Oregon, however, and you are blessed with a bounty of delicious West Coast foods that are rich in Omega-3s: salmon, halibut, tuna, oysters, walnuts, flaxseeds, kale, spinach, and basil. I leave you with this Omega-3-rich (and tasty) recipe for Roasted Squash with Mint and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:18

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HIGHSPIRE STRIKES BACK: Coalition refutes Middletown's concerns for taking Highspire students


The Highspire group behind the proposed transfer of 229 borough students from the Steelton-Highspire School District to the Middletown Area School District rebuked arguments against the transfer by both districts in a response it filed with the state Department of Education.

Quite simply, the Highspire Education Coalition, as the group is called, focused on the educational merits of a secession by Highspire to Middletown Area, claiming that it would provide Highspire children with a better education.

It refutes Middletown’s claims that the transfer would cause overcrowding in Middletown’s schools or a financial burden to the district, and asserts that Middletown’s fears that Highspire students are behind academically proves their point about the move’s educational merits.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:53

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