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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, July 1, 1992, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 6/27/18

Annual Air Show on, but problems, concerns remain

After weeks of last-minute and seemingly hasty planning and doubts about whether or not it’d really fly, the ninth annual Pennsylvania …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, July 1, 1992, edition of the Press & Journal


Annual Air Show on, but problems, concerns remain

After weeks of last-minute and seemingly hasty planning and doubts about whether or not it’d really fly, the ninth annual Pennsylvania International Air Show will soar over the area this weekend, according to a Harrisburg International Airport manager.

Although final parking and manpower concerns have yet to be worked out, the necessary contract between the Air Show and HIA was approved with barely five days to spare, according to Randy Hicks, HIA manager. The show’s proposed security plan was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, Hicks said, and the contract was signed Monday. The Air Show would have been grounded without the agreement, Hicks said.

However, even though the show will be held, numerous dilemmas remain with parking topping the list. Area officials expect 15,000 people to attend the July 4-5 event. A key in this issue is Penn State Harrisburg which has not yet given permission for parking on a lot that offers approximately 930 spaces, Hicks said.

“We truly believe that lot or one of the same size is critical to parking,” Hicks said. “Right now that is a concern.”

Hicks believes that other issues including bus routes and traffic control should be worked out at a briefing Tuesday morning with representatives of HIA, the Air Show, the state, Lower Swatara Township and Middletown borough.

Aside from the down-to-the-wire negotiations, it seems to have been business as usual as far as ticket sales for the show. Despite local officials’ ongoing allegations of a lack of planning by show officials and concerns about public safety, tickets are on sale at local convenience stores and through the Air Show Inc. In addition, advertisements have appeared in newspapers and on television and radio spots, with no hint of problems.

In previous years, plans have been finalized months before the date of the show, according to Township Police Chief Richard Malwitz. David Frey, Air Show director, blamed this year’s lateness on a delay in securing an agreement with the state.

It took the attorneys three and a half months to negotiate the agreement,” Frey told the Press & Journal two weeks ago.

However, Lower Swatara Township Commissioner Lauren LeVan Williams said officials from the state Bureau of Aviation would not meet with Air Show representatives until an $8,000 bill from last year’s show was paid to the state.

Middletown teenager taking in all that Russia is offering

Like most of us, Michael Litherland has dreamed of traveling to foreign lands. But what makes the 16-year-old Middletown resident different than most is that he is realizing a dream come true and is traveling through Russia thanks to his talent and enthusiasm.

Litherland, who will enter the 12th grade next fall at Bishop McDevitt High School, is one of approximately two dozen delegates representing the United States in the People To People Youth Science Exchange. The students met last Thursday, June 25, in Washington, D.C. for a few hectic days of meetings and seminars before leaving for New York and embarking on a 12-hour flight to Russia.

Delegates will remain overseas until July 18. Litherland was selected from a large field of candidates hailing from across the country. Although he is unsure, he believes a teacher at McDevitt submitted his name to receive an application to the program.

Applicants were judged on a basis of scientific aptitude and interest in international culture. After Litherland submitted an essay and was interviewed for the program, he waited five long months before learning that he would represent our country.

Litherland said he hopes that while in Russia he will be involved in lectures, discussions and experiments which deal with nuclear and particle physics.

Lines drawn on opinion about new power line

A small coalition of Conoy Township residents has temporarily abandoned the area's reputation as a sleepy, rural community to join the mounting battle over a cross-state power line project.

Around 30 landowners met with officials at the Bainbridge firehouse June 24 to seek more information about the controversial high-voltage line, which is slated to run through numerous local properties.

Among the residents' primary concerns: decreased property values caused by unsightly support towers and the possible health risks associated with living too closely to power lines.

State Rep. Thomas Armstrong, R-Lancaster, was present for last week's meeting, as were a number of local utility officials.

Members of the Conoy Township Board of Supervisors were absent, however, due to prior commitments.

Proposed by General Public Utilities Corp., of Parsippany, New Jersey, and DQE, the parent company of the Duquesne Light Company, Pittsburgh, the 268-mile electric transmission line has become the most hotly contested power line project in Pennsylvania history.

Headlines from the edition

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