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Be a part of the good deeds going on locally: Editorial

Posted 5/8/19

Let’s hand out some kudos for some jobs well done.

A big thank-you goes to Lower Swatara Patrol Officer Ryan Lesko. He received two heroism awards during the April 17 Lower Swatara Board of …

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Be a part of the good deeds going on locally: Editorial

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Let’s hand out some kudos for some jobs well done.

A big thank-you goes to Lower Swatara Patrol Officer Ryan Lesko. He received two heroism awards during the April 17 Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners meeting — for rescuing two people who were trapped in a submerged car during a 2017 flood, and for running into a burning Highspire house in 2018 when he learned a baby was inside.

We expect first-responders to go above and beyond the call of duty, but certainly what Lesko did deserved extra recognition. Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

A well-done also goes to the group of people who helped make Middletown a bit cleaner last Saturday.

As reported elsewhere in today’s paper, Middletown Communities That Care held its first Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, and coordinator Ellen Willenbecher wants such events to be a “regular thing.”

About 35 volunteers from the community and the Middletown Business Association showed up to clean around town.

A clean community makes us feel better about where we live. For those people visiting our borough, it helps us put our best foot forward. We will do our best to keep you updated on future cleanup days or other efforts from not only Communities That Care, but other groups trying to make our corner of Dauphin County the best it can be.

There are many events that are held to help improve our lives. On Tuesday, for example, there was a free car seat check at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church to ensure that your child’s car seat is proper for them and that it is installed correctly.

You can help out on May 31. On that day, the Red Cross plans to install smoke alarms in homes all over Middletown, and to educate borough residents on fire safety.

Local volunteers are needed to make this happen, the Red Cross says. Come to the MCSO Building next to the Middletown Municipal Building at 60 W. Emaus St. at 8:30 a.m. that day. After you receive training from the Red Cross, teams of volunteers will be sent throughout Middletown to go door to door from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers will talk with residents about the importance of creating and practicing fire escape plans. The volunteers will also offer to install free smoke alarms in any homes where working smoke alarms are not in place.

If you would like to volunteer, send an email to David Boucher at david.boucher@redcross.org, or call 717-756-6613.

This is far from a comprehensive list. It’s not even close.

Think about all the service organizations out making a difference. The Lower Swatara Lions Club, for example, just held its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, to raise money for the projects it carries out in the community.

Think about all the local churches that work to enrich not only their members’ spiritual lives but the community around us.

Think about groups such as Boy Scout Troop 97, Londonderry Township, that work on projects to help improve the area.

We encourage you to find a way, among the busy lives that almost everyone leads, to make a difference. No, you most likely are not a first-responder, saving lives. But you can take an hour and help clean up in the community, or help educate about fire safety, or become a part of a service organization.

Not only will it help the community, we can almost guarantee it will make you feel good inside.