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February 7, 2013
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Middleton needs jobs, water!
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

Students enter the Middleton Primary School where a section of the roof was damaged in Hurricane Sandy last year. - Ian Allen photos

Students of the Middleton Primary School practising to run 4x100m relays for their upcoming Sports Day.

Residents of the small farming community of Middleton in St Thomas say, among many things, the area needs more employment for the young people and a better water supply.

A visit to the quiet community two weeks ago gave several residents an opportunity to highlight the strong points of their area and some of the challenges they are facing.

Middleton is predominantly made up of small farmers, taxi operators and small vendors.

One of the very first stops THE STAR team made was at the Middleton Primary School that has been doing very well in the Gleaner's Children'sOwn Spelling Bee competition.

Over the past two years or so, the Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion for the parish has come from the Middleton Primary School.

"Our school is involved in different activities and our boys are doing very well in the LIME All-Island Primary Football competition. This school is a church school that is more than 120 years old. It was started by the Anglican church. Due to the passing of hurricane Sandy, a section of the roof was damaged, but we need help with general fencing, because sometimes the school is not safe," acting principal of the Middleton Primary School Lola Fraser said.

The acting principal also said that the school is working on doing better in literacy and mathematics.

"We have about 160 students at the school. Normally we have a water problem, but for this term, the problem is not so bad because of our water tank," Fraser said.

THE STAR team was shown the Middleton Community Centre that is no longer in operation, and residents say they have no idea as to when it will be restored.

A retiree from the area, George Liking, said that the community is a great one, but needs support and help from the relevant authorities.

"A lot of great people come from this area, even the Middleton Primary School that you see there has turned out plenty of great people in this country. We have a water problem here and we need a factory or something, so that more people can get some work. The community centre also needs to be restored," Liking said.

Hubert Miller, 48, a small farmer for many years in the community, said that one of his greatest challenges is the water problem in the area.

"I plant like cane, pumpkin, and so on. My main problem is the water problem here. Nothing not really happening in the area, di people dem need more jobs," Miller said.

A little boy plays with a pay phone in Middleton, St Thomas, recently.

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