Fire damages Middletown home


by Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff : 5/25/2011 When the flames and smoke filled Tracy Kowalcyk’s kitchen just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, she grabbed her two dogs and ran out through a side door to call for help. Kowalcyk said she was cooking with grease and went to the basement for a…

School councilor connects local students with kids across the world


Reid Elementary School fourth grade students chat with students from Honduras via Skype. By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff Anna Smith is a councilor at Reid Elementary School who likes getting students involved with other cultures. Smith, a graduate of Mazapan School in Honduras, recently connected fourth-graders with students from her alma mater through…

A day of honor


By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff Thomas Butler respected the nation’s veterans, his mother, Deb Butler said. It was one of the reasons her son helped complete Steelton’s Veterans Park. Butler, 23, who died suddenly in December, was remembered Saturday at services that were part of Steelton’s Veterans’ Appreciation Day Parade. The community dedicated…

Like, wow!


Laser show entertains at Kunkel Elementary Kunkel elementary school students were treated to a laser light show on Tuesday, April 19. Laser science teacher Danny Snyder of Lancaster presented the program, which combined science, technology, art, and music. Snyder works for Prasmatic Magic, and travels to schools across the state using the visual and musical…

Driver safety course at high school is moving on


By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff Middletown Area High School has hosted the Safe Driving Competition for the last time. The event, designed to teach students to be better drivers, has been held at the school since 1995. Now, it’s collateral damage in the district’s struggle to cut spending. The school district eliminated its…

Highspire – A ‘giving’ tree takes root in park


By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff From now on, a tree at Charles Street Park in Highspire will remind the family of Betty Dengler of her dedication to the borough. A Red Sunset Maple was planted in her memory and presented to the community on Sunday, April 10, during the borough’s annual Arbor Day…

Well connected


Steel-High’s chief administrator Audrey Utley brings vast experience with ‘troubled’ schools to the role of superintendent. By Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff Like many school districts, Steelton-Highspire is facing a tough budget year. But SHSD may have a secret formula that will get them through and see light at the end of the tunnel…

The Maestro strikes a major key at Steel-High


Stuart Malina, music director of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, says students inspire him as much as he inspires them. He regularly visits local high school music programs, like this one at Steelton-Highspire High School. Malina performed  selections of classical music for special needs, and music students on Wednesday, March 23. HSO Conductor Stuart Malina shares…

Ahoy, matey! Love reigns on their ship


by Debra Schell Press And Journal Staff : 3/23/2011 “Rogues, scoundrels, roustabouts, privateers, and pirates…” That’s Highspire Mayor John Hoerner talking to a group of about 70 friends and family members of Dory Rabuck and Joseph Corsnitz who gathered at the Highspire Citizen’s Fire Company No. 1 on March 12 for … wait for it…

Underwater


Press/Journal photos by Debra Schell Middletown’s Hoffer Park was closed over the weekend due to flooding after significant rain caused the Swatara Creek to overflow its banks. A home in the 700 block of Pike Street in Middletown is reflected in the rising waters of the Swatara Creek. Heavy rains last last week caused flooding…

In Memory of Kenneth Neidinger


Laid to rest Press/Journal photo by Debra Schell Dozens of police vehicles from several municipalities escort a hearse carrying the remains of East Hempfield Twp. Police Officer Kenneth A. Neidinger to Middletown Cemetery on Friday, March 11. Neidinger, 37, of Elizabethtown, died Saturday, March 5, at his home.  

Two-car crash in front of Midtown Plaza


A two-car crash around 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, left a vehicle on its side in front of the Midtown Plaza in the  400 block of E. Main Street. No injuries were reported, police said. The cause was unknown at press time.

Jump for Heart at Reid Elementary School


Students at Reid Elementary School participated in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, Feb. 18. The school raised more than $9,000 for the American Heart Association to support the elimination of heart disease and stroke, said teacher Michael MacDonald, leader of the event. In it’s 10th year, Reid Elementary School has raised more than  $100,000…