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Sunset Golf Course will look different after HIA project

Sunset Golf Course will open as soon as weather permits in April or May 2017, despite a delay to the work on the course.

“Our intent is to not close the course, but to work around it,” said Steve Letavic, manager of Londonderry Township, which owns the course.

“There’s no way that restoration will be complete next year,” Letavic said. “Even if everything went perfectly, I don’t think we will have three solid weeks of good weather in April, before the busy golf season starts.” 

Even so, Letavic said the work will not interrupt the operation of the course from its late-spring opening through the summer. Some holes may be taken out of play at times, Letavic said. 

Improvements to the course include new irrigation pipes on the front nine and landscaping changes that will define the holes and direct play, as the trees do now. The removal of the trees will open up views of the area from areas of higher elevation on the course. The tee box for the fifth hole, a par-3, will be moved and expanded. 

The township has been working with the Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority on a plan to revamp the course’s first nine holes following the removal of about 600 trees. A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will help pay for the project, as the trees are being removed to maintain a clear flight path for Harrisburg International Airport, which will allow the maximum usage of the runway. 

Timbering at the course will probably start later than originally expected because the agreement with the airport authority is “on hold,” Letavic said. Without the agreement, the township was not able to move forward with its timbering contractor. Once the project begins, Letavic said he expects “six weeks of solid timbering.” 

The process is moving forward, said Scott Miller, HIA spokesman. He said he was unaware of any delays.

Following the improvements, players will find a wide-open course for the first nine holes and a mature, wooded course for the remainder of the course, which is not in the airport’s flight path.

The timbering and restoration of the golf course are part of $10 million in the first phase of improvements planned for the airport’s $24.5 million runway improvement project, the first runway overhaul since 1996, according to Miller.

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23 Years Ago: 9/21/2016

23yearsago092123 YEARS AGO - Conoy Community Gathering – With children’s games, horseshoes, live music and enough BBQ chicken to feed Bosnia, the Conoy Township Heritage Day Community Gathering took place on Sunday, September 12. Pictured is Reverend Charles Kirstner of Falmouth United Methodist Church trying his arm at horseshoes.

From The Wednesday, September 22, 1993 Edition Of The Press And Journal

MASD Board To Consider
Expanding Kunkel School

 The architectural consultant for the Middletown Area School District will meet with the local School Board on Mon., Sept. 27 to review details of an expansion and renovation project proposed for Kunkel Elementary School in Lower Swatara Township.

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PSU soccer teams lend a hand by helping mom move

Pennstatesoccer2WEBPress And Journal Staff Photo by Dan Miller -- The Penn State Harrisburg women's soccer team loads Dixie Hoover's things in the moving truck on Sept. 16.


HIGHSPIRE — A bunch of Penn State Harrisburg students were caught in the act of doing good on Friday, Sept. 16.

Members of both the men’s and women’s soccer teams descended upon the house of Jennifer Miller in the 400 block of Eshelman Street in Highspire, to help Jennifer’s mother Dixie Hoover move into an apartment at the Village of Pineford in Middletown.

Hoover is disabled, and no one from her family was available to help her and her sister, Linda Walker, who is also disabled, move into their apartment in Hemlock Hall. 

Jennifer contacted a number of sports teams from Middletown Area School District and Penn State Harrisburg. The first response she got was from Adam Clay, head coach of the women’s soccer team at Penn State Harrisburg. Clay is also the sports information director of Penn State Harrisburg.

Clay got the men’s soccer team on board. Jennifer handed things off to her mom, and Dixie made the arrangements with Clay.

Dixie said she had no previous connection with the women or men’s soccer teams. The students were a huge help, she said.

“It’s just not easy for us to do a lot,” Dixie said. “We’re very thankful. If they didn’t help us we’d have to hire professionals and you know how much that would have been.”

The women’s soccer players had been looking for opportunities like this to do community service as a team, but no one had reached out to them until now, said Alyssa Crowley, a senior and one of three co-captains on the team this year. She is from Sunbury and majoring in elementary education.

The team is available to give a helping hand to other folks in need.

“Any opportunity we can get to get out and do some good is a great opportunity that we would like to take advantage of,” Crowley said. 

To learn more, contact Adam Clay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Out & About: Star Wars comes to Middletown Public Library


Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion came by the Middletown Public Library on Saturday for Library Card Day. They gave the children a presentation and posed with them for photos. They also toured the library, including the newly renovated Children’s Section. Kiwanis of Middletown provided free lunches and books for children.

The 501st Legion is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Star Wars characters to life. It promotes interest in Star Wars fandom, through the building and wearing of quality costumes. The group is heavily involved in charity and volunteer work.

Photos provided by the 501st Legion

To see more photos of the 501s Legion at Middletown Public Library, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition.

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Sharon Hoover shows one person can make a difference

SharonHooverWEBPress And Journal Staff Photo by Dan Miller -- Sharon Hoover engages in her daily ritual caring for the flower beds at the Middletown Police Station at Race and East Emaus streets.


Making a whole town look better can start with just one person. Someone like Sharon Hoover.

Every morning Sharon loads up her wheelbarrow and walks down Race Street to the Middletown Police Station. 

She arrives between 9 and 10 a.m., sometimes earlier if the weatherman is calling for a scorcher.

She spends 20 minutes to half an hour watering and looking after the flower beds in front of the station.

It’s improper to ask women of a certain age how old they are. But Sharon met her future husband Ron Hoover in 1959 when both of them were in the seventh grade. You can do the math.

The garden hose at the police station doesn’t work as it should, so Sharon brings her own water. Besides a shovel and some small garden tools, the wheelbarrow is loaded down with a half dozen or so plastic gallon jugs filled to the brim with water.

Sharon has been doing this seven days a week since May, throughout one of the hottest summers in memory. The weather doesn’t take a day off, so neither does Sharon.

“The plants still need water, whether it is Saturday or Sunday,” she said.


Heeding the call

Sharon adopted the police station in May, after reading in the Press And Journal about borough Councilor Diana McGlone looking for volunteers to clean up and maintain certain public areas throughout Middletown.

For Sharon the police station instantly came to mind — a place she had had her eyes on for awhile.

“I walk a lot and I pass that spot,” she said. “For about two years there’s been cigarettes and garbage and weeds, and I kept thinking, ‘Somebody ought to do something with this. It looks terrible for our police station to have that kind of entrance.’”

“And then when this came I up in the paper and my husband saw that they were looking for volunteers, I called and said, ‘Can I have that little spot out front there?’ Even if I just pull the weeds it would make it better, clean the trash. But in my mind I kept thinking for two years, I could do this and this and this … .”

How has it worked out? Let’s just say Sharon has brought her A game. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the borough had hired a professional landscaping company.

She put a new face on the shrubbery and flowers closest to the street. But Sharon didn’t stop there. The entrance to the station welcomes visitors with a seasonal display that includes a small bale of hay and a pumpkin.


Other help

Sharon has had some help with all this. The borough provided some much, and Sharon has a willing accomplice in Pearl Sweger, who works for the borough as the part-time secretary at the police station.

Sharon has inspired Sweger. Now the two of them are in this together, plotting and hatching schemes for how to make the station look even nicer.

Sharon is pondering putting up a little fence in front of the flower bed closest to the street. She’s adding decorations, and already thinking of what to do for the fast-approaching holiday season.

She was only supposed to do this through September, but Sharon isn’t quitting anytime soon. She’s just getting started.

“As long as God gives me the strength I guess,” Sharon said. “I’m thinking already for the fall we can take out the annual and put in some real pretty tulip bulbs.”


Taking notice

Officers at the department have recognized her efforts, including Chief John Bey.

“All summer long she has toiled in the hot 90-plus degree heat and spent her own money to plant and maintain the beautiful landscaped flower bed in front of the police department,” Bey said.

Others are noticing too. People give Sharon a thumbs up as they drive pass, or they stop by and tell her how nice the station looks.

What she is doing seems to be contagious, spreading like a positive virus. One of the neighbors seems to be taking better care of his property, Sharon said. She notices him mowing when she is out tending to the flowers at the station.

McGlone calls Hoover “a guiding light for volunteerism” in the borough.

“She has gone above and beyond what I even envisioned,” McGlone said. “I have received nothing but compliments about how lovely the police station looks and how dedicated she is in maintaining that property.”

“Look what one person can do,” McGlone added of Hoover. “It only takes one person to light the spark, and she is it.”

McGlone and the rest of council was to recognize Hoover and other borough residents who have signed up as volunteers for the Make Middletown Beautiful campaign during council’s Sept. 20 meeting.  

In addition to Hoover, McGlone noted the efforts of Doug and Nancy Beard, who live at the square and have been taking care of the flower beds there. The Hetrick Center planted the flowers on the square, McGlone added.


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