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Middletown council's newest member has managed art museums, resettled Burmese refugees

She has helped resettle political refugees from Burma, launched an afterschool program for at-risk youth, revived Communities That Care and taken charge of finding new life for downtown …

Diverse opinions shared for future of MASD's elementary schools at forum

Opinions on what the Middletown Area School Board should do with a plan to reconfigure the district’s elementary schools were all over the map during a meeting to gather input from residents …

Pedestrian bridge in peril for Middletown Amtrak station plan; private developer backs out

Improvements to pedestrian safety — such as adding lighting, sidewalks and crosswalks — are being considered along West Main Street in Middletown, instead of an overhead walking bridge …

Holiday Home Tour set for Saturday at nine locations

There are boxes of ornaments around Anne Einhorn’s Christmas tree in her family room. Garlands are strung over her fireplace, and green sprigs poke out of a large jug sitting by the window. …

Crowd turns out to light Christmas tree at new location in Middletown

The sound of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” echoed along West High Street as residents gathered outside St. Peter’s Kierch to sing carols and light the borough Christmas tree …

Lower Swatara looking at $8 monthly fee for stormwater utility

Several members of the Lower Swatara Township Board of Commissioners expressed interest in implementing a flat stormwater utility fee of $8 a month for residences, which includes having the township …

Three Mile Island siren test is Thursday

Exelon Generation will conduct its semi-annual, full volume test of the emergency warning sirens surrounding Three Mile Island Generating Station at about 12:15 p.m. Thursday. This is one of two …

Minnesota company buys Lower Swatara-based Phillips Office Solutions

Phillips Office Solutions — a well-known corporate name in the greater Middletown area — has been acquired by Marco, a technology services provider based in St. Cloud, …
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Local sports

8 Lower Dauphin student-athletes announce college plans

Eight Lower Dauphin High School student-athletes announced their college decisions at an NCAA early commitment day ceremony Nov. 14 with coaches, family and friends in attendance. Baseball Ryan …

Seniors win annual Powder Puff fundraiser football game for MAHS cheerleaders

The Seniors beat the Juniors Nov. 20 in the Powder Puff game, a battle for bragging rights held annually at Middletown Area High School. This tradition has been played every year for many years. …

‘Mini-stadium’ with artificial turf likely at Middletown Area High School

A new artificial turf “mini-stadium” used mostly for soccer and field hockey could be in place at Middletown Area High School by August 2020. The school board during its Nov. 20 …

Blue Raiders hang on against Conwell-Egan behind Lopez's rushing, Radabaugh's recovery

After cruising past North Schuylkill the previous week, running back Patrick Garwo and his Conwell-Egan teammates were counting down the hours in anticipation of a rematch with the Middletown Area …

Lopez, Senior named Mid-Penn Capital offensive, defensive MVPs

Middletown football players dominate the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars list, which was released last Wednesday. Junior running back Jose Lopez was picked as the MVP for offense, …

Seven Sorrows wins pair of football titles

The Seven Sorrows Eagles Midget and Pony teams won championships Sunday in CFA Youth Football League Super Bowl action. Three Seven Sorrows teams played at the Lower Dauphin Middle School Sports …

Back to states! Middletown football dispatches Bermudian Springs for third straight district title

Under the direction of head coach Brett Myers, the Middletown football team has accomplished what no other squad has done in school history — win a third straight District III-3A championship. …

Blue Raiders' district championship game delayed until Saturday

The Middletown Blue Raiders football team will have to wait an extra day to try to win their third straight District III 3A championship. Weather has delayed their game against No. 5 seed …
Local news

Wilsbach, Jefferson receive MAHS Student of the Month honors

Middletown Area High School seniors Hannah Wilsbach and Terrance Jefferson are the November Students of the Month. Hannah is the daughter of Greg and Beth Wilsbach. She is on the Honor Roll and …

Londonderry residents want public sewer lines, concerned about putting in new septic systems

Several residents asked Londonderry Township leaders at a recent meeting: When will public sewer lines come to Londonderry Estates? Jay Meyer, who lives on Woodcrest Drive, said his septic system …

Police say man strangled woman; many DUI charges: Police and Courts Roundup

Police charged a Middletown man after he allegedly strangled a woman at about 8:20 p.m. Nov. 28 in the 400 block of South Catherine Street. Austin T. Johnson, 27, of South Catherine Street, …

SUV crashes into retaining wall, driver injured: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

The driver of a 1998 Ford Expedition was taken to Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for treatment of injuries he suffered when he drove his SUV head-on into a retaining wall in the area of Oberlin …

Middletown property taxes increasing after council vote; find out how much more you will pay

Middletown Borough Council during gave final approval Tuesday to a 2019 general fund budget that raises the borough property tax by 2 mills, the first increase since 2008. The property tax will go …

Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus outlines ways it says Three Mile Island can be saved

The Pennsylvania Nuclear Energy Caucus presented options for how state government can act to prevent the premature closings of the Three Mile Island and Beaver Valley nuclear power plants during an …

Dickerson property on North Union won’t be used for restaurants, hotel

Land on North Union Street just south of Route 283 won’t be the home of two new restaurants, an office building and a 79-room hotel. Dauphin County Court Judge Lawrence F. Clark Jr. on Oct. …
Editorials

Sophisticated scams increase, so be aware: Editorial

There are thousands and thousands of people out there ready to take your money this holiday season, and we aren’t talking about cashiers at your favorite stores. We are, of course, talking …
Columnists

Did I enjoy my return to the People’s Republic of Pennsylvania?: Ed O'Connor

Another month, another trip. Where have my travels taken me this time? If you guessed The People’s Republic of Pennsylvania, you are correct. After a three-hour car ride over the Andes …

What you don’t know about Medicare for All can definitely hurt you: Sally Pipes

In November, Democrats took the House of Representatives. But many of the party’s most progressive candidates outside deep-blue coastal enclaves fell short at the polls. Voters in Nebraska, …

Drug prices in ads would confuse consumers: Wayne Winegarden

The Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal that would force drug manufacturers to disclose a medicine’s sticker, or “list,” price in television advertisements. The …
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