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Christmas returns to Hoffer Park

A group of people has gathered to make this holiday season merry and bright in Middletown – not little elves, but rather volunteers from the community and borough government who are planning this year’s holiday light display in Hoffer Park.

hofferpic11 21 12Press and Journal photo by Noelle Barrett- Mark Knudsen, Middletown resident and Penn State Harrisburg student, helps tie down a snowman in Hoffer Park.They’re hanging lights and other decorations in the park for “A Very Hoffer Holiday,’’ a celebration that borough officials predict will be bigger than in previous years. Proceeds will benefit the Middletown Public Library.

It will be held from Friday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly at the park. The celebration, including a breakfast with Santa, will kick off with a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

“What I would love to see are the folks who packed the council chambers to tell the council how much they love the library be a part of the efforts on behalf of the library,” said Chris Courogen, borough secretary and director of communications. “I am putting a lot of my personal time into this because I want to see it succeed . . . I think it’s going to be a good way to kick off fundraising efforts for the library.”

Some events include a holiday bazaar, a 5K race, an ugly Christmas sweater gala and a house-decorating contest.

“We have had a good amount of community feedback,’’ said Courogen, adding, “Quite frankly, we’re going to need a lot more volunteers to be involved.”

There will also be a continuation of the borough’s beautify the borough efforts with winter decorations and Christmas trees in pots downtown, said Courogen.

The annual Christmas-themed concert and other holiday events held in the library will also be incorporated into the festivities, he said.

While some people remain upset and angry about the borough voting to defund the library, Courogen hopes they’ll participate and join in the festivities.

“Now that the council has made the decision, I hope they can channel their energy into making this work and support this,” he said. “The basis is that it will grow and will become a big, annual event. We’re all pretty excited about it.”

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