Written by Jim Lewis
Local high schools will raise the curtain on their spring musicals this week – and theater fans can go from the devil to the deep blue sea this season.
Middletown Area High School will present the Adler and Ross musical, “Damn Yankees,’’ at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6; and Saturday, March 7 at the school auditorium.
Lower Dauphin High School will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific,’’ at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6; and Saturday, March 7 at the school auditorium.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:35
Written by Dan Miller
In 1982, Dr. Thomas Grosh fled the flooding that had plagued his dentist’s office on Route 230 in search of higher ground in Middletown.
He found it in an old building at 29 E. Main St. The building was historic – dating to 1755. Over the next 30 years, Grosh would discover just how special it was.
In 2012, Grosh decided it was time to retire after 40 years as a dentist. He put the building up for auction, and it was acquired by Middletown Borough for $90,000.
The borough eventually transferred the property to the Middletown Area Historical Society.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:33
Students at the Middletown Area High School responded to Middletown Major Jim Curry's challenge for the Mayoral Madness Basketball Extravaganza.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:55
Written by Dan Miller
At 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 27, worlds will collide on the floor of the Middletown Area High School gym. The best of Middletown’s basketball past – with a few trash-talking politicians thrown in – will battle the best of Middletown Area High School’s current varsity boys’ and girls’ players in a contest for the ages.
Actually, the game will be played for charity. But ‘for the ages’ better fits the script.
As you can guess from the name, Mayoral Madness is the brainstorm of Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III, a self-confessed basketball junkie. Curry announced the game as part of a mayoral proclamation toward the end of Middletown Borough Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Curry intends for Mayoral Madness to become an annual tradition. A traveling trophy will reside for the next year in either Borough Hall or at the high school, providing bragging rights for whomever wins the first contest on March 27.
The trophy is being made at the mayor’s expense by Chris Hughes of Hughes Sporting Goods & Awards in Hummelstown. Hughes’ son is a member of the Middletown boys’ basketball team.
While game proceeds will benefit an as-yet-identified local charity, there’s also some therapy at work for the town.
“My first priority and responsibility is to look out for the people of Middletown,” Curry said. “Middletown has been the brunt of a lot of jokes lately and I take that personally, not only as mayor but [as] a resident. I call the town home as well ... Middletown needed a big morale boost. I hope this is something that can bring the town together.”
Between now and March 27, Curry will assemble a team of about 10 players whom the mayor pledges will be the best that the town has to offer in terms of past basketball greatness.
The team will be co-ed – the roster filled with men and women – as will be the roster of the best boys and girls varsity basketball players that the high school has to offer, Curry said.
Middletown has a rich athletic tradition. The town team will include Blue Raider greats from the past 20 years.
The kids have talent and stamina. But the adults will be no pushover, the mayor promises.
“It’s not gonna be some joke,” Curry said of Mayoral Madness. “It’s a legitimate game and will provide a couple of hours of good entertainment on a Friday night.”
As of now, the only confirmed players on the town team are Curry and Borough Council member Ben Kapenstein. Intense negotiations are underway with the rest.
“When the names are announced, Middletown will know exactly who these people are,” the mayor said. “I would say my main position will be a shooting guard/trash talker. Based on some of the people I have, I am not going to be the center, I can tell you that.”
Admission would be charged with the proceeds going to charity. Students would qualify for a ticket discount. The mayor hopes to draw a big student crowd from the Mr. Middletown competition being held earlier the same night.
Halftime will feature competitions like a 3-point shoot-out, with prizes awarded to the winners. The school’s booster club will sell concessions.
Curry said basketball “has always been a love of mine.” He played on basketball teams from kindergarten through his junior year of high school, until he started running cross-country and track in his senior year. He kept playing basketball on an intramural basis throughout college.
Since moving to Middletown in 2010, Curry has spent most Tuesday and Thursday nights playing basketball at the Main Street Gym. That experience hatched in his mind the idea for a game between the best of the town’s basketball past and its present.
He wanted to do it last year, but things didn’t come together.
The mayor is confident that Middletown residents will come out to support the worthy cause.
In January, Curry on a whim used Facebook to promote a community snowball game. The response blew him away.
“If I can get 80 people for a flag football game in less than 24 hours, I can get a gym packed in a month,” he said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:19
Middletown Borough Council has approved a resolution that directs Manager Tim Konek to sign an agreement requiring the borough plow state roads in town in return for a reimbursement by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Council’s 5-4 vote for the agreement on Tuesday, Feb. 17 followed strong objections that were voiced by Konek.
The state roads are Route 441 (Union Street), Route 230 (Main Street), and Vine Street.
Konek said the borough no longer has enough employees to handle plowing both state and local roads in case of a major snowstorm.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:29