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Mike Dalton

A resident of Middletown for 30 years. A 1996 graduate of Middletown Area High School and 2000 graduate of Delaware Valley College. Very active in the community with a variety of different organizations. An avid sports fan, supporter of all Philadelphia sports teams and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Family oriented and a strong faith.

Faithful, Volunteer Servants

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So by now if you have read my previous blogs you realize that I love to volunteer and I think that it’s extremely important that we all do regularly. On Sunday April 21 I was on my way to Turkey Hill; I had to get my Ice Tea fix. I notice people walking down the street and on the sidewalks carrying plastic bags and had rubber gloves on.  These people were picking up trash that had been thrown on the ground or perhaps blew into the area.  They were even picking up those nasty cigarette butts that had been haphazardly flicked about all over the place.

On my way home back from Turkey Hill I couldn't help myself, I had to stop.  I put my window down and I asked the gentleman nearest to me what group this was  out picking up the trash.  This gentleman was Pastor Donald Potter from the Middletown Presbyterian Church located on the corner of Union and Water streets.  The pastor stepped up to my vehicle and proceeded to tell me that it was the Youth Group from the church.  He mentioned that they "had some extra time" before they were leaving to VOLUNTEER serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  Well I thanked Pastor Potter and those that were with him and continued on my way home.

On that short drive back to my house I knew I needed and wanted to include these persons in today’s blog.  I mean this is exactly what I am talking about, people out volunteering, making the grass greener right where they are.  The Presbyterian Church Youth Group was out giving of their own time to help clean up the streets of Middletown to make it a cleaner, green and better place to live.  This is what I call watering the grass!  What was so astonishing about this was that not only were they out volunteering but they didn’t just clean up around their church, they were blocks away from their church and they were just killing some extra time VOLUNTEERING before they were leaving to VOLUNTEER at another location. 

So KUDOS! to the Middletown Presbyterian Church Youth Group and Pastor Potter for stepping up and stepping out to volunteer to help make Middletown a better place.  We all need to learn from and follow this example.  When will it be your turn? Comment on this blog and let me know when and where you are volunteering to help make your neighborhood and town a better place to live. 


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  • Shelby Luther 13

    I was one of those people it's too bad that it wasn't on earth day! (April 22)I loved cleaning up my hometown and did it with my awesome youth group!

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  • Jim Fry

    Thank you for posting this because the teens get a bad rap and they need as much encouragement as they can get. Keep up the good work to all the teens that take the time to do something good for the community and someone pointing it out

    Jim Fry Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:17 Comment Link
  • Kayann Burger

    It's nice to see people doing things to make our town a better place, without being asked to. They were'nt asking for any recognition, just filling time until the next wonderful act. It nice to read about the nice things and the nice people of our community. I know those people out number the bad but sometimes it seems the opposite.
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  • Dianne Daily

    The youth group of New Beginnings Church in town this Sunday are "Putting Feet to Their Faith" it's called. Part of group will be at Cone-A-Cafe late afternoon to clean up the side yard & the other half will be around the church area doing clean-up etc.

    Dianne Daily Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:10 Comment Link

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