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Betty Florence Maxwell

Betty Florence (Fry) Maxwell of Carlisle passed away peacefully Friday morning, January 25th at the Sarah Todd Home. She was 94 years old.

Born in Gettysburg, PA on December 6, 1924, she was the fifth child of the late Edgar and Omie (Showvaker) Fry. She was also predeceased by three brothers: Everett (Virginia), Cloyd (Ruth), Robert (Betty), three sisters: Mary (Jess) Guyer, Jean (Herman) Burkett, Doris (Jay) Zeigler, her step-father Carl Wiser, and her daughter in law Lisa.

Betty loved spending summers at her grandparents’ farm in Gettysburg as a child. She graduated from Newville High School where she met her husband, the late Wilmer B. Maxwell. When Wilmer (Bick) enlisted in the Army during World War II he sent money for her to take the train down to Florida so they could be married before he shipped out to France in 1944. More than a couple soldiers on that train tried to derail her wedding plans.

Betty had three children, Robert (Lisa), David (Sue), and Kathleen (Lance Clewett). She and infant son Robert lived for a year in Seattle, where Bick was stationed after returning from overseas before moving to Philadelphia where Bick studied commercial art. Subsequently several years were spent in Newville and Bloserville before making Carlisle their permanent home.

Betty enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. She and Bick celebrated 69 happy anniversaries together. She loved family beach vacations and in later years they traveled the US extensively, sometimes in a pull-behind Scotty camper. Other travels included a European tour and Caribbean cruise.

One of her great joys was going on 2 mile walks daily with Bick and Cindy, her beloved Boston Terrier. She loved being with her grandchildren and made an oil portrait of each one. Her family grew to include thirteen great-grandchildren. Betty was a wonderful self-taught artist, good at various types of oil and acrylic painting, and truly excelled at decorative tole painting. Together she and Bick taught art and craft classes at Sarah Todd home. She worked briefly at the former Carlisle shops, Beauty Classics and Bargaintown and volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels. She loved playing pinochle with her card club, and she really, really liked ice cream.

Betty was kind to everyone she met, and had many friends and family members who felt blessed to be part of her circle. She radiated love and caring to those around her. Children and animals were drawn to her like a magnet. A sixteen year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease took her gradually away, but even to the end her gentle spirit shone through and she was loved by staff and fellow residents at the Sarah Todd home. The family is grateful for the wonderful care she received there. Betty would also want us to mention her sister-in-law Virginia, niece Grace Barrick, and niece Anne Tomaski, who helped the family with her care.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 on Saturday, February 16th at the West Hill United Methodist Church, 2164 Newville Rd., Carlisle, PA, with a luncheon to follow in the social hall. Interment will be at the Big Spring Presbyterian Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you do a random act of kindness or make a donation of your choosing in her name. Betty would have loved seeing her life honored by making the world a bit kinder and gentler place.

Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs. Visit for condolences to the family.

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GOP pummels Wolf's minimum wage proposal in budget hearings

HARRISBURG — Hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s $34.1 billion budget plan kicked off Monday with a volley of Republican attacks on the prospect of raising the minimum wage, signaling a tough road ahead for a new proposal the Democrat is backing.

The first House Appropriations Committee budget hearing featured members of the Republican majority repeatedly criticizing the broader impact of a minimum wage increase, including whether it would choke off the supply of entry-level jobs, squeeze small businesses or drive up inflation.

Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, questioned whether higher minimum wage earners would still earn too little to live without public benefits, but then find themselves no longer eligible for the help.

The first testifier, Matthew Knittel, director of the Legislature’s Independent Fiscal Office, said his agency is working on an analysis of the latest minimum wage proposal that Wolf supports.

Since 2009, Pennsylvania has remained at the $7.25 federal minimum wage level, one of 21 states to do so, and the Republican-controlled Legislature has batted away Wolf’s proposals to raise it since he took office in 2015.

The latest Wolf-backed proposal would take Pennsylvania’s hourly minimum to $12 this year, putting Pennsylvania in line with the highest state minimum wages. Annual 50-cent increases would bring it to $15 an hour in 2025, lifting Pennsylvania into a group of 17 other states that have scheduled annual adjustments written into law.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania would join a handful of states by eliminating its tipped wage minimum, now $2.83.

Those steps would boost pay for a million workers and provide savings in state programs for the poor, Wolf’s administration says.

The Independent Fiscal Office issued a report in 2015 on a previous proposal backed by Wolf to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. In it, the agency cited federal Congressional Budget Office estimates to conclude that raising the minimum wage would boost economic activity overall.

It projected higher prices and a loss of low-wage jobs, 3 percent or 31,000, but also broader wage gains for those above a new minimum wage.

In a later budget hearing, Wolf’s revenue secretary, Daniel Hassell, fielded questions about a minimum wage increase, too, and defended it, saying “there is a great deal of evidence that the effect on employment is not significant.”

Raising the minimum wage has backing from labor unions, Democratic lawmakers and some moderate Republicans, and public polling shows it tends to rate well among voters.

Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, the House Appropriations Committee’s ranking Democrat, said Republican protests were “slightly disingenuous.”

In a forum Monday sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Wolf told the crowd at Drexel University that his proposal would spur a big increase in demand and help curb the state’s subsidization through public benefits programs of employers who pay the lowest wages.

In a statement, the office of Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said the Senate GOP is open to discussing a minimum wage increase, but that Wolf’s plan “is not anywhere near reasonable.”

“Any increase must be structured in a way that minimizes the impact on employers, consumers and employees,” it said.

A spokesman for House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, acknowledged that some caucus members support a minimum wage increase, but gave no sign that GOP leadership is interested in discussing a compromise.

Rather, the House GOP leadership is working on legislation to “help more workers transition from minimum wage work into good paying, family sustaining careers,” the spokesman, Michael Straub, said.

Cumberland County treasurer to retire at end of term

Cumberland County Treasurer John Gross Monday announced he will retire at the end of his term, which expires in December.

“It has been an honor to have served the people of Cumberland County,” he said in a news release. “I have enjoyed working with those in county government, the financial community and those many constituents who were served by my office. The hallmarks of my office have always been to administer and manage this position with honesty, integrity and professionalism. I want to thank all who have provided me their support, counsel and advice over my tenure as your Cumberland County treasurer.”

By the time he retires, Gross will have served in the treasurer’s office for 40 years. He was appointed as deputy treasurer for Jerry Nailor and served in that capacity for eight years. He was first elected treasurer in 1989.

Gross was elected eight times.

Gross held numerous positions within the County Treasurers’ Association of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served as the treasurer of the association for 19 years as well as its president, vice president, legislative and by-laws committee chair and a trustee.

“I am thankful for the respect and support given to me by my peers from both sides of the aisle across the state,” Gross said.

KellyJo Waltman

KellyJo (Wolf) Waltman, 46, of Berwick, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at her home.

Born in Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, on Nov. 14, 1972, she was the daughter of Donald K. Wolf and DonnaRae (Tate) Wolf of Carlisle.

KellyJo was a 1991 graduate of Boiling Springs High School, a class officer, and a 1995 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminology.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew C. Waltman (Berwick); one daughter, McKenzie Matthew Waltman (at home); her mother, father, a brother, Donald Albert Wolf (wife, Lannie Moore) of Newville; five nieces and three nephews; and many cousins.

KellyJo was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Donald L. and Ruby M. (Barbour) Tate; and paternal grandparents, Albert H. and Dorothy M.(Group) Wolf.

KellyJo loved watching her daughter play softball, planning special events for her family and friends, being with her family on a sunny beach anywhere, scrapbooking, and her beagle, Bentley.

KellyJo was very talented working with youth. Her professional career included work at the Red Rock Job Corps, Keystone Job Corps, and New Story School. She was passionate about her service to youth in need of education, training, or opportunity. She was a person who would do anything she could for others, whether it be gifts from the heart, or words of love and support.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at 4 p.m. at Berwick Assembly of God Church, Fifth Street, Berwick, with Pastor Steve Potutschnig officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in KellyJo’s memory may be sent to First Keystone Community Bank for McKenzie Matthew.

Family and friends may send online condolences to

The James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 1024 Market St., Berwick, is handling arrangements.

Kyle Justin Yorlets

Kyle Justin Yorlets, 24, son of Larry and Debra (Reese) Yorlets of Carlisle, died Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kyle was a 2013 graduate of Carlisle High School and a 2017 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville. He was a member of the Nashville based band “Carverton”. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Carlisle Evangelical Free Church, 290 Petersburg Rd., Carlisle. Viewings will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will be in Waggoner’s United Methodist Church Cemetery, Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship fund in Kyle’s name that is currently being established and will be announced with the completed obituary.

Marjorie Kennedy

Marjorie Kennedy, 74, passed away in Carlisle Hospital on February 9, 2019. She was born in Carlisle Hospital on April 23, 1945 to the late Charles H. B. Kennedy and Dorothy (Carl) Kennedy. She graduated from Boiling Springs High School in 1963, Lock Haven University in 1967, and earned a Master’s Degree from Shippensburg University. She taught elementary school in the Boiling Springs School District her entire career and retired in 2002 after 35 years of service.

Marj was an animal lover and currently has four cats and one dog. She fed the deer, squirrels, birds and stray cats who came to her back yard daily. Friends had a penguin named after her in the San Diego Zoo. She loved to read and shared books with her friends. She loved to garden and shared plants with anyone who wanted them. Marj loved to travel and often spoke of her trips to Russia and China. She took a sabbatical to be a volunteer teacher among Native American tribes in Arizona.

She is survived by brothers James Kennedy (wife Marlene Tack) of Kenosha WI and Michael Kennedy (wife Crystal Kerns) of Carlisle. In addition, she is survived by one niece and four nephews whom she loved dearly. She was great aunt to six great nieces and two great nephews, who she enjoyed taking on adventures as she did with their parents. She liked making treats for them like her famous bunny pops for Easter, and graveyards for Halloween. She is also survived by several cousins, good friends, and good neighbors. She will be missed by many. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Charles A. “Chick” Kennedy.

Marj was an active community volunteer. She volunteered at Carlisle Theatre, her church, Meals on Wheels, and the “Soup Kitchen”. She assisted with Vision Screening for elementary school children in the area.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Carlisle Hospital, and especially the staff at Fresenius Dialysis Center for the care they gave Marj over many years. Marj’s wishes were to be cremated. A service will be held at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Boiling Springs at a later date. Her ashes will be buried with her parents in Mt Zion Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. To send condolences please visit

Darryl M. McLaughlin

Darryl M. McLaughlin, 59, of Carlisle, PA passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Hospital.

He was born October 15, 1959 in Carlisle, PA the son of Marlin L. McLaughlin and the late Gayle H (Rupp) McLaughlin.

Darryl was involved with the former McLaughlin Painting, Inc. He was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church and a member of Carlisle United Methodist Church. Darryl was an avid hunter, fisherman and sports enthusiast in general. He loved the USC Trojan football, his two cats and spending time at the family cabin. Darryl was a 30-year survivor of his liver transplant from the University of Pennsylvania.

Darryl is survived by his father, Marlin McLaughlin of Carlisle; sister, Dianne H. Shuey and her husband John of Mechanicsburg; niece, Janna Hahn and husband Damien of Shiremanstown; and nephew, Bryan Shuey and wife Erin of Mechanicsburg and their children Bryce and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his mother Gayle Rupp McLaughlin.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle with Rev. Mira A. Hewlett officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the beginning of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Kidney Foundation at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 West Trindle Road Carlisle, PA 17013.

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