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Summer sails by, so keep enjoying it: Editorial

Posted 7/31/19

Here we are, getting ready to flip the calendar over to August.

Seven months of 2019 are in the books. But just check out that thermometer. We are certainly still in the throes of …

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Summer sails by, so keep enjoying it: Editorial

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Here we are, getting ready to flip the calendar over to August.

Seven months of 2019 are in the books. But just check out that thermometer. We are certainly still in the throes of summer.

Young people still have plenty to do before they think about returning to school. But we are not far off from the inevitable return. It used to be that students just showed up on the first day of school and the year began. But look at the Middletown Area School District calendar. There is a Middletown Area Middle School new student orientation from 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 19. There is a MAMS Incoming Sixth-Grade Picnic from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. There is a Middletown Area High School building tour for new students from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 23. There is a “Kindergarten Open House & Elementary Sneak Peek” from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 21.

All that leads up to the first day for students on Aug. 26.

It’s probably good that students get a feel for the school year instead of just being thrown into it, still sleepy from their discombobulated sleep schedule.

We also have National Night Out coming up next week, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. We are intrigued by what Lower Swatara Township is doing.

As part of this year’s event, the police are encouraging township residents to hold block parties on that night, cookouts, walks through the neighborhoods with flashlights, or sit in front of their homes and get to know their neighbors.

Officers will ride bikes, and walk and drive through the neighborhoods.

There is nothing wrong with the carnival-type event held at Hoffer Park in Middletown. But the “back to the basics” approach in Lower Swatara might have a more lasting impact.

There is still plenty of time for weekend trips, for relaxing evenings after work, for family get-togethers and barbecues. Maybe you will visit Hersheypark or go to a Phillies game, or venture south to Washington, D.C. We are lucky to have so many options in this part of the country.

There are still local events to enjoy as well. We outlined a new one on page B2 of today’s edition, a Freedom Community Festival being held rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, on the grounds of VFW Post 1620 at 200 Pike St. in Middletown.

The VFW Post 1620 Auxiliary is putting on the event, and we hope it’s a success.

Just remember … don’t let summer get away from you, especially if you are a fan of the hot weather. It won’t be long until we are lamenting the first snowfall, and summer will seem far away again.