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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 30, 1986, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 5/1/19

Drug and alcohol abuse

at teen parties targeted

The imminent arrival of high school graduation activities has spurred the Middletown Lions Club to join administrators at the Middletown Area …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 30, 1986, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted

Drug and alcohol abuse at teen parties targeted

The imminent arrival of high school graduation activities has spurred the Middletown Lions Club to join administrators at the Middletown Area High School in a concerted effort to curb the use of drugs and alcohol that many allege have increasingly become a part of many prom and graduation parties.

MAHS Principal Edward Brunner and Leonard T. Kiegel, president of the Middletown Lions Club, announced last week that their organizations are co-sponsoring a “Prom-Graduation Party Registration Program.” The purpose of the program is to enlist parents of all MAHS juniors and seniors in a united community effort to “blackball” all unchaperoned parties or festivities where drugs or alcohol may be available.

To win support for the program, the high school recently mailed letters to students’ parents asking them to sign attached forms pledging that they will not permit alcohol or drugs at students’ parties in their homes and that their parties will be adequately chaperoned.

Under the heading “Parents Who Care,” the form asks the parents to pledge that they “will not serve alcohol or drugs” to student who attend parties in their homes and that they “will be responsible for providing visible adult supervision” at those parties.

The letters also ask that the parents sign the attached forms and return them to the high school as soon as possible.

The letters also advise that the school will keep a list of the returned forms in a registry that will be available to parents throughout the year.

As the annual “party time” nears, club and school officials suggest that parents use the “Parents Who Care” registry to learn if the parties to which their sons or daughters have been invited are being held by families who have signed the pledges.

Calling drug and alcohol abuse by teenagers and young adults “our greatest national tragedy,” the local Lions Club is joining thousands of other service clubs in a nationwide effort to try to curb the problem.

“It’s the beginning of a new and concerted effort to try to deal with the problem,” Kiegel said.

Lady Raiders break records vs. Susquehanna

Last week’s success story for the Middletown Area High School girls track team included a meet victory and the setting of two school records.

Monday, the Lady Raiders traveled to Red Land High School where they bowed, 78-63.

Tracey Pittman was the lone double winner for Middletown with firsts in the 100 and 200.

Also scoring firsts for Middletown were the members of 3200-meter relay team, Lori Helman, Heather Fegley, Anna Dryer, and Kristen Van Zandt; Van Zandt in the 1600; Helman in the 800; Fegley in the 3200; and Heather Royer in the javelin (104 feet, 7 inches).

Thursday, the Lady Raiders posted a smashing 115-26 victory over Susquehanna Township. It was a big day for freshman Pittman as she scored 16 1/4 points.

In her first event, Pittman won the 100-meter dash by breaking the school record. She also won the 200 and the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches).

She also anchored the winning 400-meter relay team.

Her teammates were Heidi Loych, Alice Robinson and Suzanne Lerch.

Also placing first for Middletown were the members of the 3200-meter relay team, Helman, Fegley, Dryer and Van Zandt; Lerch in the 100-meter hurdles; Van Zandt in the 1600; Angie Schauers in the 400; Helman in the 800; Fegley in the 3200; the 1600 meter relay team of Schauers, Linda Weeten, Christi Weingartner and Van Zandt; Sherrell Waters in the triple jump (29 feet 4 inches); and Royer in the javelin (98 feet 5 1/2 inches).

Former tax collector gets jail

Former Londonderry Township tax collector Russell C. Earhart has been sentenced to pay back $162,000 in stolen tax money and to serve three and a half to seven years in state prison.

Earhart was convicted in February 1985 on 435 counts of theft by failure to turn in more than $166,000 in taxes he collected from Londonderry Township residents.

According to arguments made by Chief Deputy District Attorney Joseph Kleinfelter during Earhart’s trial, the former tax collector stole the money over a period of years, covering the theft with a cycle of borrowing from his two tax accounts.

One year, charged Kleinfelter, Earhart would use Dauphin County tax receipts to cover money missing from Lower Dauphin School District taxes. The next year, the prosecutor claimed, Ear-hart would pay the county taxes with Lower Dauphin receipts.

Most of the thefts occurred during 1983, Kleinfelter said.

Judge Warren G. Morgan sentenced Earhart last Friday. The $162,000 was to be paid to Lower Dauphin School District, Morgan ordered. The 49-year-old East Harrisburg Pike resident is free on $25,000 bail, awaiting an appeal.

Hot buys

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• 50 cents off super clearance pink tags only, The Pass-It-On Shop, 2159 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown.

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