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Three Mile Island golf outing nets $40,000 for fire company

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 8/21/19

Three Mile Island donated $40,000 to the Londonderry Township Volunteer Fire Company from the annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 2.

During the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors …

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Three Mile Island golf outing nets $40,000 for fire company

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Three Mile Island donated $40,000 to the Londonderry Township Volunteer Fire Company from the annual Three Mile Island Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 2.

During the Aug. 5 Board of Supervisors meeting, Bart Shellenhamer, supervisor and fire company chief, said the tournament has raised more than $750,000 total for the department over 14 years.

“That’s just great. It’s really awesome that this town pulls together as a community and everybody that works here. That’s what it takes. Good job,” township manager Steve Letavic said, adding that 144 golfers participated at Sunset Golf Course.

According to Shellenhamer, the plan is to keep the date for next year’s golf outing “whether it’s going to be TMI helping or whether it will be the fire department doing it on its own.”

Three Mile Island is scheduled to close on Sept. 30, although there will be employees there for years. Full-time employees at Unit 1 would be reduced from the current 675 to 300 shortly after Sept. 30, following used fuel being moved to the spent fuel pool, according to the decommissioning report Exelon has filed with the NRC.

Full-time staffing would be down to 200 by 2021 and down to about 50 in 2022, according to the report.

“It looks like we’ll at least get one more year out of them,” Shellenhamer said.

Funds from the tournament has been used to expand the fire station and purchase emergency and firefighting equipment. The fundraiser has saved residents from having to pay a fire tax, Chairwoman Anna Dale said.

Township staff pitches in to help with the tournament, Letavic said.

“I just really want to say thank you to everybody. It’s been a great partnership,” Letavic said.