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Recognitions dominate Middletown council meeting

MIDDLETOWN – Members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution honored community members at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

They presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the town for its continued support of Patriot Pride Day and a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to Ray Steele, who the group noted has “proven himself to play a major role in the Middletown community.”

The group cited numerous leadership positions Steele has held, including town mayor, past president of Middletown Lion’s Club and   treasurer of Grace United Methodist Church. He also was recognized for his more than 50 years of service with the Middletown Voluntary Fire and Rescue Company, as well as his help with Patriot Pride Day.

The group also presented a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to Mayor Charles Harbaugh, who, members said, “unselfishly gives of his time and energy to ensure the community is one of the leading towns in which to reside.”

They cited his election to council in 2010 and then as mayor in 2012 and 2016 as well as the many community events that have been created while he has been in office. Also cited were the town’s new baseball diamond and  fact that there have been no tax increases for eight years.

Council members heard about Red Ribbon Week from Cpl. Wyatt Spiker and Pvt. Walter Davis of the Shenandoah County Young Marines, a youth advocacy group.

The week commemorates the work of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered in 1985 in Mexico as a result of undercover drug investigations he was conducting of a drug cartel.

People in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California, began wearing red ribbons in honor of the work he did in the fight against drugs. The National Family Partnership sponsored the first Red Ribbon Campaign the year of his death, and the campaign has become one of the primary events for the Young Marines.

The council then approved a proclamation stating the town’s support of Red Ribbon Week.

Harbaugh also asked for volunteers to help light the 964 luminaries that will line both sides of Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Each luminary represents a Union or Confederate soldier who died in the battle, he said.

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