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Hoffer Park gets an upgrade for Earth Day


HofferCleanup2Press and Journal Photo by Dan Miller -- Young people from the YouthBuild program of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg joined volunteers from many other organizations in the Hoffer Park cleanup.


Volunteers from numerous local companies and agencies spent Earth Day 2015 cleaning up Hoffer Park in Middletown.


Fourteen young people from the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg's YouthBuild program showed up, along with five staff members. They were joined by volunteers from United Water, Penn State Harrisburg, Dauphin County Vocational Technical School, and the Borough of Middletown.


The project is to continue on Thursday, with a work crew from FedEx expected to be on hand.

The work includes repairs to Kids Kastle.


The sand box is getting new sand, new wood carpet is being put down, and the spires are being repainted. New sand is also being put down in the volleyball court. 


The grills in the park are being replaced with new grills that have been donated to the borough. Penn Waste is donating 15 new trash cans to replace the ones now in the park.


The street light poles will get a new coat of paint. The large pavilion and the small pavilions are all being repainted. The picnic tables will get a new clear protective coating.


Gingrich Memorials of Middletown will power wash and refurbish the Hoffer Memorial located in the park. The main Hoffer Park entrance sign will be replaced by Street Stores Hardware, which the borough says is planning to open a location on East Main Street.


Other signs in the park are also being fixed up.


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Hoffer Park cleanup scheduled for Earth Day

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Here's a way to celebrate Earth Day: Help clean up Middletown's Hoffer Park.

Volunteers are being sought to join employees from the borough, FedEx and United Water in a day-long sprucing up of the popular park on Wednesday, April 22.

The effort will include the repainting of the park's pavilions and Kids Kastle playground and the replenishing of sand at the volleyball court. Gingrich Memorials of Middletown will power wash and refurbish the Hoffer Memorial in the park, and the entrance sign will be replaced.

Work begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, the borough announced.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:06

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Middletown Mini-THON breaks donation record

They say records are made to be broken – and Middletown Area High School students have broken their own record for raising money at its annual Mini-THON each year.


Middletown raised a record $21,295.49 for the Four Diamonds Fund during this year’s event, held Friday, April 17 at the school. The total bested the $16,154.55 that students raised in 2014.

A night of dancing, games and other fun activities, the Mini-THON is modeled after Penn State’s successful THON, a dance marathon that raises millions each winter for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity that helps the families of kids battling cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Mini-THONs at Lower Dauphin High School and Elizabethtown Area High School this year also raised school-record amounts.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 17:15

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Man gets prison term for burglary spree


By the time Eric S. Heck gets out of state prison for committing a string of day-time burglaries in Middletown, your son or daughter now in the fifth grade will be graduating from high school.heck4 22 15WEBEric Heck

And that’s the minimum number of years Heck is to be behind bars, under a sentence handed down in Dauphin County Court on Friday, April 10 by Judge Richard Lewis.

Heck, 30, pleaded guilty to committing three day-time burglaries in the eastern end of town on Aug. 19, 2014.

According to court documents filed by Middletown police, Heck stole rings and a set of military dog tags from a residence in the first block of North Race Street and Army citations, medals and other items from another residence in the first block of Adelia Street.

He smashed the window of a third house in the 500 block of Linden Street but did not take anything from inside.

Heck was already in trouble with police before he decided to commit the break-ins. State police were hunting him for having escaped from a corrections facility in Harrisburg, where he had been doing time related to earlier crimes. Heck wasn’t from Middletown but from Perry County, according to court records.

Borough police were alerted to the burglaries in progress by a resident who reported a man acting suspiciously. A chase ensued, and Heck was eventually tackled to the ground near Hoffer Park by a police officer from Lower Swatara Twp. who by chance was nearby and heard the call on his radio. Middletown police also got a helping hand from an officer from Royalton.

Besides all three burglaries, Heck also pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal trespass/breaking into a structure, simple assault and resisting arrest, according to court records.

Lewis sentenced Heck to 3 to 6 years in state prison on the Middletown charges. That was added to the 4 to 8 years Heck was already facing related to the escape charge – for a total sentence of 7 to 14 years in state prison. Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Park improvements delayed while township seeks grants

The planned improvements for Old Reliance and Shope Gardens parks in Lower Swatara Twp. will be delayed for a year while the township applies for grants of about $165,000.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:40

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