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Towns hold drug take-back events

If you have unwanted or unused prescription drugs lying around the house, there is a great opportunity to get rid of them safely on Saturday, Sept. 27.


Middletown and Hummelstown are holding prescription drug-take back events as part of a nationwide Drug Take-Back Day.


Middletown’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Giant Foods store at 450 East Main St. Middletown police are running the event, with support from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


Residents can bring their pills and patches for proper disposal. The event cannot accept needles or syringes.


This is the ninth such take-back in four years that has been provided for Middletown residents. In April, police collected 108 pounds of prescription drugs.


The Hummelstown event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the solarium at the Alexander Family Library at 200 W. Second St. Lower Dauphin Communities That Care and Hummelstown police have partnered to hold the event.


Besides these two events, similar drug take-backs will also be held Saturday at the Highspire Borough Building, Hershey Public Library and the Steelton Police Department.


For more information about any of these events and about the nationwide drug take-back, go to and click on the “Got Drugs?” icon.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:38

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Exercise, therapy wing proposed for Frey Village



Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- The owner of Frey Village on North Union Street wants to build a one-story wing at the facility for exercise and physical therapy services for the facility’s residents.


Frey Village Senior Living Community in Middletown hopes to add a wing to provide more space for exercise and physical therapy services for residents, according to a plan now before Middletown Borough Council.


Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, Sept. 17, voted to recommend that the full council approve the Frey Village plan when it comes before council on Monday, Oct. 6.


The 5,600-square-foot single-story wing would extend from the north side of the Frey Village complex, in the direction of Middletown Area High School as one is facing Frey Village from North Union Street.


Some of the land for the addition would come from what Frey Village now uses for parking, said Craig Venarchick of RGS Associates, the engineering firm that drew up plans for the project.


Frey Village currently has more parking than it needs because most of the residents do not have cars, Venarchick said.


He told the planning committee that Frey Village already has some exercise and physical therapy facilities. However, the current facilities are “outdated” and are not large enough to meet the needs of residents, Venarchick said.


Frey Village is owned by Allentown-based Diakon Senior Living Services. Frey Village has 51 apartments, 35 personal-care units and 136 skilled-nursing beds.


Deanna Ziemba, Diakon’s senior vice president for operations and business development, explained the concept behind the Frey Village addition in a statement e-mailed to The Press and Journal:


“Our goal is to focus on wellness and preventive measures to help residents and patients live as independently as possible for as long as possible,” Ziemba said. “As the health-care environment  continues to change, we want to enhance Frey Village’s offer to include a rehabilitation center to meet the needs of those we care for on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Further, we will be adding physician offices to provide our residents and patients the ability to see their primary care physicians as well as specialists without needing to leave the Frey Village campus.”


Venarchick said Frey Village would not have to upgrade its current stormwater system to handle the drainage impact of the addition.


Instead, there would be a reduction of stormwater runoff as a result of the addition because the net result would be a decrease in the impervious parking area, he said.


An engineer with HRG, the borough’s consulting engineering firm, said that as a condition of approval the fire chiefs from Middletown and Lower Swatara should review the plan to see if they have any concerns.


Borough Manager Tim Konek said that Middletown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ken Whitebread had already reviewed the plan and had no concerns.


Venarchick said the plan now before council has no relationship to a more ambitious $20 million proposal that Frey Village had presented in 2011 to add 56 apartments to the complex. That plan was nixed by the economy.


“The market just wasn’t there” at the time for adding apartments and residents, Venarchick said.


For now, the emphasis is on improving the current facility for residents, so that Frey Village can stay competitive in the senior living community market, he said.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 22:06

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HIA to hold public meeting on its future development

A public meeting regarding a master plan that’s underway to chart the future of Harrisburg International Airport will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Capital Union Building on the Penn State Harrisburg campus.


The airport is in the final stages of completing a master plan that will guide development of HIA over the next 20 years. The current master plan is more than 10 years old.


“Aviation is a dynamic industry requiring regular re-evaluation,” said HIA Executive Director Tim Edwards. “By undertaking the current study, HIA is preparing for the future.”


Two key issues that the new master plan will address are future airport requirements in relationship to changing demands, and emerging technical issues.


Consultants with Leigh Fisher, a firm from Burlingame, Calif., are developing the master plan for HIA. Work on the plan started in fall 2013 with data collection and an inventory of existing airport facilities. Future aviation demand was then forecast and future facility requirements projected by comparing existing facilities with the forecasted demand.


The consultants are now developing alternative plans and projects to meet the future needs of the airport.


The airport has also established a Master Plan Advisory Committee that will meet regularly throughout the process to review progress of the master plan and to provide input. The committee includes representation from airport tenants, local aviation businesses, government agencies, local municipalities and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.


The upcoming Sept. 24 session is the second public meeting that will be held regarding the plan, following a workshop that was held in June.


During the Sept. 24 meeting, the public will be able to view various plans and displays related to the master plan. Airport officials and planners with Leigh Fisher will be on hand the discuss the plan and answer questions.


“HIA welcomes public participation in the master planning process, and we hope to see a strong turnout from the public,” Edwards said.


Penn State campus police will not ticket during this event and parking permits are not needed. 


More information about the ongoing HIA master plan can be found by going to HIA’s web site at


Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:30

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Sale of nearby Union Street parcel did not create conflict, officials say


For nearly a year now the solicitor for the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority has owned the building at 29 S. Union St. that is occupied by the engineering firm co-owned by Jack Raudenbush, chairman of the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corp.




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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:27

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WE BURIED PAUL: A Beatles record and a beloved baseball are among the memories released from Highspire’s time capsule


recordtwo9 24 14Press and Journal Photo by Noelle Barrett -- Local historian Don Ruth pulls a Beatles record out of the 1964 Highspire time capsule buried in Memorial Park.


The steel box was caked with dried dirt. Forty screws, evenly spaced around the lid, sealed away moments frozen in time.


A crowd of people surrounded the box in Memorial Park. Curious children stood on the tips of their toes, peeking around their parents’ legs.





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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:47

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