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HIA to hold public meeting on its future development

A public meeting regarding a master plan that’s underway to chart the future of Harrisburg International Airport will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Capital Union Building on the Penn State Harrisburg campus.

 

The airport is in the final stages of completing a master plan that will guide development of HIA over the next 20 years. The current master plan is more than 10 years old.

 

“Aviation is a dynamic industry requiring regular re-evaluation,” said HIA Executive Director Tim Edwards. “By undertaking the current study, HIA is preparing for the future.”

 

Two key issues that the new master plan will address are future airport requirements in relationship to changing demands, and emerging technical issues.

 

Consultants with Leigh Fisher, a firm from Burlingame, Calif., are developing the master plan for HIA. Work on the plan started in fall 2013 with data collection and an inventory of existing airport facilities. Future aviation demand was then forecast and future facility requirements projected by comparing existing facilities with the forecasted demand.

 

The consultants are now developing alternative plans and projects to meet the future needs of the airport.

 

The airport has also established a Master Plan Advisory Committee that will meet regularly throughout the process to review progress of the master plan and to provide input. The committee includes representation from airport tenants, local aviation businesses, government agencies, local municipalities and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

 

The upcoming Sept. 24 session is the second public meeting that will be held regarding the plan, following a workshop that was held in June.

 

During the Sept. 24 meeting, the public will be able to view various plans and displays related to the master plan. Airport officials and planners with Leigh Fisher will be on hand the discuss the plan and answer questions.

 

“HIA welcomes public participation in the master planning process, and we hope to see a strong turnout from the public,” Edwards said.

 

Penn State campus police will not ticket during this event and parking permits are not needed. 

 

More information about the ongoing HIA master plan can be found by going to HIA’s web site at http://www.flyhia.com/masterplan.

 

Dan Miller: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:30

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Sale of nearby Union Street parcel did not create conflict, officials say

 

For nearly a year now the solicitor for the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority has owned the building at 29 S. Union St. that is occupied by the engineering firm co-owned by Jack Raudenbush, chairman of the Greater Middletown Economic Development Corp.

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:27

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WE BURIED PAUL: A Beatles record and a beloved baseball are among the memories released from Highspire’s time capsule

 

recordtwo9 24 14Press and Journal Photo by Noelle Barrett -- Local historian Don Ruth pulls a Beatles record out of the 1964 Highspire time capsule buried in Memorial Park.

 

The steel box was caked with dried dirt. Forty screws, evenly spaced around the lid, sealed away moments frozen in time.

 

A crowd of people surrounded the box in Memorial Park. Curious children stood on the tips of their toes, peeking around their parents’ legs.

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:47

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Council keeps human relations commission

Now that Middletown Borough Council has decided to keep the borough’s Human Relations Commission, the question becomes:  What to do with it?

 

Council voted 6-2 on Monday, Sept. 15 against a proposal pushed by President Christopher McNamara to do away with the commission, which has been defunct for decades.

 

McNamara had floated the idea on the advice of borough Solicitor Adam Santucci. According to McNamara, Santucci said the local commission not only was defunct but also was no longer needed due to the existence of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the federal Equal Employment Opportunties Commission.

 

Council’s discussion of the issue before its vote was basically a rehashing of the debate that occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 2, when council voted 5-3 to publicly advertise an ordinance to eliminate the commission.

 

McNamara said that the commission’s current purpose is nothing more than to receive complaints and, if the complaints have substance, refer them to the state HRC.

 

However, the commission has had no members for many years. Nor has the borough spent any money on the commission for many years, because there was nothing to spend any money on, according to borough spokesman Chris Courogen.

 

But Mayor James H. Curry III asserted that the commission is needed now more than ever because of the large influx of new Penn State Harrisburg students – in particular, the many students coming here from countries all over the globe.

 

Curry also dismissed as “bogus” the argument that a local commission is not needed because of the existence of state and federal agencies.

 

If that’s the case, “then you shouldn’t have a local government” at all, Curry said.

 

Councilor Anne Einhorn lent support, saying that even with state and federal agencies this is a service that should be “personalized for people” by having a local commission. Having a local commission would strengthen the borough’s relationship to the community, she said.

 

Councilor Thomas Handley said he has heard from many residents who do not want to see the commission go away.

 

“We are here to represent their will,” Handley said.

 

Councilors Einhorn, Handley, John Brubaker, Suzanne Sullivan, Ben Kapenstein and Victoria Malone all voted against scrapping the commission. McNamara and council Vice President Robert Louer dissented. Councilor Scott Sites was absent from the meeting.

 

Afterward, Handley told The Press and Journal that the concerns he heard from residents did not point toward any particular kind of problem or issue of discrimination in Middletown. It was more a case of residents wanting some place “local” to go with a complaint instead of having to go to a state or federal agency.

 

Handley hopes that the council can now take another look at the commission – and what is to be done with it.

 

“I think it needs to be reorganized … resurrected,” Handley said. “It should be revisited as far as the scope of their duties, and we will take it from there.”

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:03

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YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN: In Highspire, residents past and present honor their town on its 200th birthday

 

Dressed in pink from head to toe, a yellow sash draped over her shoulder, Polly Shepler Barlow felt like royalty as she waved to a crowd of adults and smiling children from a black Mercedes.

 

There was a lot to take in. The last time she rode down Highspire’s Second Street during a parade was 1964. Fifty years ago, she was named the Sesquicentennial Queen, and had a crown encrusted with shiny diamonds to prove it.

 

 

 

 

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