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Boiling Spring’s Carson Myers shoots a free throw after drawing a foul in the second quarter of their game during the Mechanicsburg Suave Bros Tournament on Wednesday night, December 27, 2017, at Mechanicsburg High School.

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South Middleton Township
Bridge named in memory of fallen South Middleton Township Marine Adam Schoeller

A bridge will soon bear the name of a fallen South Middleton Township Marine.

Act 73 of 2017, signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf Friday, designates a bridge on State Route 2003 over the Yellow Breeches Creek in South Middleton Township as the Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller Memorial Bridge.

“We are thrilled this is finally moving forward after several stumbling blocks this past year. It will be a wonderful tribute to Adam and a reminder to us that he won’t be forgotten,” said Laurie Schoeller, Adam’s mother.

“I’m glad we were successful in paying tribute to this young man who chose to serve his country, and I look forward to soon adding proper signage to the bridge,” said state Rep. Will Tallman, who represents the 193rd Legislative District in which Schoeller lived.

Schoeller, who lived in Gardners and graduated from Boiling Springs High School, was deployed with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was among 12 Marines lost on Jan. 14, 2016, off the north shore of Hawaii when two CH-53 helicopters collided during a night training mission.

All 12 Marines were ruled as deceased and Schoeller was among the three whose remains were never found.

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MILE Club goes the distance to lift the spirits at Boiling Springs High School

A new group is going the distance to accentuate the positive in fellow Boiling Springs High School students.

“Walking around last year in the ninth grade, it opened my eyes to some of the things people struggle with,” said Ari Swartz, founder of the MILE Club.

“It made me feel sad seeing some of the things people did to each other,” she said. “The bullying ... the picking on people. ... The climate was too negative.”

Swartz could have stayed quiet and kept it to herself, but she had ideas that began with a wall of sticky notes to Motivate, Inspire, Love and Encourage youths who have a hard time coping.

But when she took that suggestion to Principal Joel Hain, he challenged her to think big and go outside the box. This prompted Swartz to start a student group.

That was fall 2016, and since then, MILE Club members have been posting notes and original artwork on walls, lockers and restroom mirrors with the goal of boosting morale and overall school spirit.

Positive purpose

“You can’t be negative in high school,” said Swartz, now a sophomore. “You have to have the positive. If you don’t have the positive, you’re going to get stuck in one area thinking you are worthless and can’t do things. You need to succeed and to pass and make friends along the way.”

Swartz already had a knack for lifting up people in speeches in front of her basketball team or in kind words spoken during gym class. “I notice the little things,” she said. “I go through the halls saying ‘You look good today,’ and ‘You did great on that test.’”

Small gestures can have big results. As the kindness caught on, other students joined the MILE Club to Motivate, Inspire, Love and Encourage their classmates. The club has about 35 members in all four grades.

Chloe Page, a junior, got involved last year because she really liked the message behind the club and the girls who started it. Ari Swartz started the club with the help of her identical triplet sisters Chloe and Hailey.

“I believed they would start something great,” Page said. “The message is to spread kindness and goodness throughout the community. This is important because a lot of people need that kindness in their lives.”

Like Ari Swartz, Page noticed the bullying and petty drama that takes place in high school. She has seen how the MILE Club has had a positive impact, especially on its members, many of whom were victimized by such behaviors.

“There is more positivity in this school,” Page said. “It’s definitely spreading.”

Stress relief

Sophomore Jamie Nickel got involved in the MILE Club last year. “I really like the message and what they were trying to start,” Nickel said. “I think it helps the student body with any type of mental [health] issue. They really try to let people know it’s worth it.”

In the nurse’s office, club members put up an oversized poster of the type of illustration that can be seen in the pages of adult coloring books. The goal of the poster is to help relieve the stress of students reporting to the nurse for an injury or sickness.

On a wall nearby are inspiring quotes on how to cope with anxiety. “We want to help them to calm in the moment until they can regain the proper thought process,” Ari Swartz said.

She said club members also participate in “random acts of kindness” where they select students from the yearbook and tape cards and notes of encouragement to their lockers.

For the holidays, club members were planning to hand out candies with notes attached saying, “Here is some encourageMINT” or “You deserve a compliMINT.”

There are activities within the club itself to encourage its members to interact with one another and brainstorm ideas. Club members recently used a resource period to make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, cake frosting and candy.

Math teachers Jeff Schwartz and Steven Karloski are co-advisers of the MILE Club. Over time, the group has become more inclusive in the way it reaches out to the student body, Schwartz said. He said there is talk among MILE Club members of launching a special drive in January to collect hygiene items for the homeless.

Ask/Answer: Roadhouse Steak and Seafood in South Middleton Township

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Where do things stand with the proposed steakhouse in South Middleton Township?

A new steakhouse was slated to open earlier this month but ran into some technical issues that have delayed the opening slightly, according to South Middleton Township supervisor Tom Faley.

Faley said the new steakhouse, located at the site of the former Bonanza Steakhouse in the 900 block of Walnut Bottom Road, ran into some issues with its freezer, which required ordering parts.

After the freezer is installed, Faley said the operators will take roughly three weeks to train its staff before opening the doors to the public.

Faley also said the restaurant will undergo a series of inspections from both the township and the state Department of Agriculture before opening.

This would place the new opening date roughly around late January.

The new restaurant is expected to be called Roadhouse Steak and Seafood, and construction was finalized around the end of November, Faley said.

Roadhouse Steak and Seafood will include a 7,700 square-foot building and parking for 95 vehicles, Faley said. The restaurant will have room to seat 250 people and will be able to employ about 22 people.

The former Bonanza Steakhouse was destroyed by a fire in October 2013, and the property was purchased by RB Investments in late 2016 for $950,000.

The site was potential home of a Sheetz before plans fell through.

Faley said the operators of Roadhouse Steak and Seafood also run Fairgrounds Diner in Carlisle and have been offered a 10-year lease with an option to buy at the end of the lease.

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Days of shoveling, bitter cold ahead for Erie after 60-plus inches of snow

ERIE, Pa. — Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday and will stay put for days to come, as the snow-hardened city of Erie, Pennsylvania, digs out from a record snowfall.

Forecasters warned of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.

The National Weather Service reported International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota, set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning.

International Falls, the self-proclaimed Icebox of the Nation, plunged to 37 degrees below zero, breaking the old record of 32 below set in 1924. Hibbing bottomed out at 28 below, breaking the old record of 27 below set in 1964.

Wind chill advisories or warnings were in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York. Those places and states in the northern Plains and Great Lakes were projected to see highs in the teens or single-digits, and lows below zero for the rest of the week and into the new year.

The National Weather Service said wind chills in some areas Thursday could make temperatures feel below zero.

Meanwhile, Erie was recovering from a storm that brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, smashing the all-time daily snowfall record for the Great Lakes city of 8 inches, and 26.5 more inches on Tuesday. More than 65 inches have fallen on the city since Christmas Eve, with several more inches falling Wednesday as residents dug out in frigid temperatures.

Strong westerly winds over Lake Erie picked up moisture, developed into snow and converged with opposing winds, dumping snow in a band along the shore from Ohio to New York, said Zach Sefcovic, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland.

Sabrina Ram, 33, drove into Erie on Christmas Eve to visit her parents just as the snow began to fall. Ram, who lives in suburban Washington, and her father spent five hours on Christmas and two hours Tuesday clearing the driveway.

“In D.C., we’d be out of commission for weeks,” Ram said. “Things here are pretty much back to normal now.”

She said she was going to build a snowman, but didn’t know where to start — “where do you put it?” — and she went outside to clear off the satellite dish before falling face first into the snow, because she couldn’t figure out where the porch ended.

“I totally just flew forward while my dad laughed at me,” Ram said.

In New York, communities near Lake Ontario’s eastern end, including Redfield and Boylston, also saw around 5 feet of snow this week.

The storm’s timing was good, since people were off the streets and staying home for Christmas, giving plows more space to clear streets, officials said.

By Wednesday, Erie’s roads were relatively clear, emergency calls were relatively slow and the big task was digging out, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said.

“We’re used to a lot of snow here in Erie, but this is unprecedented, the amount we got,” Dahlkemper said.

In Millcreek, outside Erie, it took Kathleen Palkovic and her 23-year-old son two hours to shovel out so Palkovic could make it to her waitressing job. The 5-mile drive to Dave’s Diner in downtown Erie took an hour. The 62-year-old Palkovic and the cook opened the restaurant at a little after 6 a.m. in single digit temperatures.

“We’re dedicated people, I guess,” Palkovic said. Something else helped: “It took 800 milligrams of ibuprofen after all that to get me to work.”