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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:40

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Mehaffie takes oath of office for representative

Joined by family and friends, Tom Mehaffie, the new representative for the 106th Legislative District, was formally sworn into office Tuesday at the state Capitol. 

“To have been given the opportunity to work for the residents of the 106th District in this new capacity is truly an honor,” Mehaffie said in a press release. “I will work hard to resolve the issues they care about and ensure their voices are heard in Harrisburg.”

Prior to his election, Mehaffie served as president of the Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners. Elected to the board in 2010, he also chaired the Public Works, Sewer Authority and Emergency Services committees for the township. He has also run a small business in the 106th District for more than 20 years.

Mehaffie010317SwearingIN 02Rep. Tom Mehaffie takes the oath of office, beginning his first term as state representative of the 106th District on Tuesday, Jan. 3, during a ceremony held at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.


Mehaffie said that his top priority as a new state representative is to continue the high-quality constituent services residents and businesses in the 106th District have come to expect.

“To be a successful business owner, it’s crucial to be accessible and responsive to your customers’ needs,” he said. “My commitment is to bring that same approach to my responsibilities as state representative — to be a strong, responsive and effective lawmaker and to provide my constituents the highest level of service and the best policy choices.”

His first-term goals also include reducing the size and scope of state government, ensuring quality education systems, protecting jobs and promoting economic growth in the region.

“Our citizens want and deserve a state government that functions on a transparent level and that delivers a state budget that reflects their needs,” Mehaffie said. “I also think it is time for more cooperation during the lawmaking process, so that we can more efficiently overcome obstacles that hinder our growth as a community and as a state.”

Mehaffie replaces longtime legislator John Payne.

To follow legislative activities both in Harrisburg and in the 106th District or to provide feedback, visit Mehaffie’s website, In addition, residents can connect with him on Facebook at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:16

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HIA-Pittsburgh flights on hold

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Like many of us, Harrisburg International Airport’s new daily nonstop flights to Pittsburgh are taking a break over the holidays. But they will be back, HIA says.

The HIA-Pittsburgh service has been temporarily suspended because “December is traditionally a very light month for short-haul air travel and business travel,” said Keith Sisson of Southern Airways Express, the airline that is providing the service here, HIA said in a recent press release.

Flights will resume with a full schedule on Jan. 16, Sisson said. The new service was brought back on Oct. 31 after being away since 2008. Bookings for the flights have “exceeded expectations” so far.

Otherwise, the regional authority that owns HIA reported passing a new budget for 2017 that meets the airport’s debt service obligations and maintains current parking fees.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:42

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Building leased to DCNR sold for $2.8M

A Middletown-area building owned by the first licensed geologist in the state now leased by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been sold to an investment firm for $2.8 million.

Bill Rothman of Lemoyne-based RSR Realtors, represented both the seller, RE Wright Associates Inc., and the buyer, 3240 School House Investors LP. The two-story building at 3240 School House Road sits on 13 acres off Middletown Road.

“The new owners are planning to remodel and upgrade the building, which has a state lease with DCNR, which has leased the building since 2002 and has extended the agreement through at least 2021,’’ Rothman said in a press release.

In addition to DCNR office, the building houses an extensive library pertaining to the geology of Pennsylvania that is open to the public.

Rothman said next year the building will be renamed the Richard B. Wright Building, after the man who built the two-story building in 1988 to house his company, which is no longer active.

Wright also co-founded the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 11:37

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Borough Council makes appointments to Civil Service and Planning commissions

Middletown Borough Council has made some year-end appointments to the Civil Service Commission and the Planning Commission.

Council on Dec. 20 accepted the resignation of Lewis Whittle from the Civil Service Commission. Council the same night appointed Todd Webb to a six-year term on the commission expiring Dec. 31, 2023 to fill the vacancy created by Whittle's resignation.

Council on Dec. 5 had appointed Webb as an alternate to the commission. Webb said he would be willing to serve on the commission in light of Whittle resigning, Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told council.

Council on Dec. 5 had also re-appointed Amy Schreffler to another six-year term on the commission also expiring on Dec. 31, 2023.

The third member of the Civil Service Commission is A.B. Shafaye.

Borough council Dec. 5 also re-appointed Steve Cassidy to a four-year term on the planning commission.

Council has yet to act on filling a vacancy on the zoning hearing board that will be created on Jan. 1 when Tom Germak steps down. Germak said he does not want to be re-appointed, Klinepeter told council.

Two borough residents — Rachelle Reid and Rodney Horton — have expressed interest in replacing Germak on the zoning board. Council President Ben Kapenstein on Dec. 5 suggested that the borough advertise to see if any other residents are interested. However, council has not taken any action directing borough staff to do this.

In the meantime the zoning board's two other members, Chairman Jack Still and Donald Graham, have both said they are willing to continue to serve, Klinepeter told council on Dec. 5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:55

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