Harry J. Hover, 63, of Lebanon, formerly of Long Branch, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2011 in Nashville.
Harry's life will be celebrated and remembered at a memorial service to take place at Woolley's Funeral Home at 10 Morrell Street Long Branch, NJ Tuesday, Oct. 11 between the hours of 6-8 p.m.
Harry was a great athlete, coach, father, grandfather and business executive. He played both football and lacrosse at Springfield College, and went into teaching and coaching, eventually becoming Assistant Headmaster of a private school in Massachusetts before entering commercial business.
He successfully led sales divisions with Cambridge Lee Industries, Moen Faucet and Oatey Industries in the copper and plumbing industry.
An avid Yankee fan, he always cherished his days playing softball in the Long Branch Fireman's League. A gifted writer, he wrote a book dedicated to his grandchildren that was submitted for publication.
Harry was the son of the late Harry and Catherine Hover.
He is survived by his daughters Christine (John ) Veleber, and their children Vanessa and Amelia of Mendham, NJ; Michelle (Bastiaan) de Roo, and their sons Philippe and Jonah from Leiden, The Netherlands; Holly and her husband to be Glen Corrington from San Francisco; aunt Joan Van Dyke; sister Peggy (Eric) Lott of Hendersonville, NC; brother Mike ( Denise) and their children Meghan, Mickey, Sean and Kevin of Montgomery, NJ; ex-wife Jean Webb of Monmouth Beach, and his best friend Bill Busby from North Long Branch.
Harry wanted to thank his neighbors who welcomed him in Lebanon, and those who helped him including the great people from Publix, Peking Chinese restaurant and the Lebanon Fire and EMS departments.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Alive Hospice Residence 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203.
By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post
GLADEVILLE -- If youve ever wanted to star in your own episode of Lost, grab your family and head for Gladevilles Lannom Farms, which may hold a monopoly this fall on Wilson County corn mazes and pumpkin patches.
In reality, Lance and Cathys Lannoms 5-acre corn maze has been created with sorghum in lieu of corn, so the stalks surrounding those who choose to meander here prove sweeter, thicker and greener.
Meanwhile the 5-acre pumpkin patch boasts eight varieties of genuine pumpkins (Fairytale, Aladdin, Magic Lantern, Field Trip, Gladiator, One Too Many, classic Jack-o-lantern and Baby Boo) for picking for dcor or, better yet, for pies.
Our maze is a random labyrinth with many twists and turns, Cathy said. Presley (her youngest child) and I went in for 45 minutes, and we cheated and went out through the side because we couldnt find our way out. At many of the dead ends, you can find several of Lannom Farms fall friends (two dozen scarecrows).
Lebanon City Council got the ball rolling by passing on first reading the 2011-2012 budget during a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon, during which several councilors brought up items for concern that will require it to be amended before second and third readings.
Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath called the budget status quo from last year, pointing out that some expenditures and revenues were taken out. The budget estimates expenditures in the amount of $19.95 million and revenues of $18.1 million.
Nothing in this budget is set in stone, said Russell Lee, commissioner of finance and revenue, pointing out the budget can be amended before it passes a third reading.
During budget work sessions in the past several months, Mayor Philip Craighead gave many proposals to the council that included property tax increases, additional fees or both to make up the difference between expenses and revenue.
Lee said the proposal approved Wednesday night included no property tax increases, no sanitation or storm water fee and will authorize the use of $1.85 million from the Rainy Day Fund.
One thing included in the budget proposal was an increase in funds to the Regional Transit Authority from the city to $50,000. The city has given $25,000 annually to the RTA in previous years.
I think we ought to look at that RTA, other cities arent upping the ante, so why should we be the only one? asked Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston.
Several councilors agreed that funds given to RTA should be maintained at $25,000 and instead use money they have toward maintaining the Music City Star station in Lebanon.
Warmath suggested using the $25,000 increase toward paving the Star station parking lots in the future. As a compromise, Warmath said she would be willing to use half of the proposed $25,000 increase toward maintaining the stations and the remaining $12,500 go to the RTA.
Craighead was opposed to reducing the $50,000 number and said with the Hamilton Springs transit-oriented development having been approved by the Lebanon Planning Commission, the city should increase the funds to RTA because of the contributions it makes to the community.
Thats a statement on our identity for the future, Craighead said of the Music City Star and providing more funds for RTA.
The council asked if the city would be responsible for maintaining the station that is proposed to be built within the Hamilton Springs development. Craighead noted that it was unclear at this time whether the city, RTA or the developers would be responsible for maintaining the station.
Also during the meeting, there was considerable discussion about the $1.85 million being utilized from the Rainy Day Fund to cover the deficit. Lee noted that about $750,000 less was used from the estimated $1.8 million the city withdrew from the reserves to cover last years deficit.
The $750,000 is included in the $1.85 million and Lee said that number will be included in the 2010-2011 fiscal year closing fund balance. He explained that the Rainy Day Fund is not a separate account, but is simply money in the fund balance that is not allocated for expenditure.
Instead of $1.8 million, (the $750,000) will knock it down to $1.1 million, Huddleston confirmed.
Lee said that including $1.8 million from the Rainy Day Fund does not mean it is taken out, but simply authorizing that amount for use if needed. He said if the funds are not used, they are not taken out.
Although property tax increases were removed from the new proposed budget, Lee said he did not remove the $435,000 budgeted for paving, which was increased from $173,000 due to the projected property tax increase.
The council agreed to have it left in the budget despite no property tax increase and also confirmed the added fees for participation in city recreation leagues and use of the wading pool at Don Fox Community Park are still included.
The council passed the budget by a vote of 4-2 with Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino voting no and Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry voting present. Cesternino has repeatedly called for a property tax increase to fund much needed city services. Barry also supports a property tax increase of some level to increase revenues.
The council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5:15 p.m., prior to their regular meeting to decide on amendments to the budget proposal. The budget will come up for second reading during the regular meeting on the same day at 6 p.m., in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post /firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEBANON -- Sophomore Harry Mason scored five goals, four in the second half, as Cumberland downed Kentucky Wesleyan 6-4 in men's soccer action Wednesday at the CU Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs (4-4-1) stopped a two-match losing streak with the victory but did it the hard way, giving up a goal in the first two minutes of the match but then scoring the next three, only to watch the Panthers (2-7-0) knot the match at three.
Mason, a native of England, then scored twice in 52 seconds to put CU ahead for good. He added the final goal of the match after KWC pulled within one later in the second half.
Greenbriers Eric Clark scored the other goal for Cumberland, beating KWC goalie Nick Snyder low and left into the sidenet in the seventh minute.
The Bulldogs of coach Jeff Loucks play Saturday at Lyon College and returns home Saturday, Oct. 8, to take on Oakland City University at 1 p.m.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- Mt. Juliet High runners swept both the boys and girls divisions of the third annual Wilson County Cross Country Invitational held Tuesday on the grounds of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
Elijah Wilson of Mt. Juliet High was the overall winner, finishing the 5K varsity course in 18:13 -- leading the Golden Bears to the team title.
Mt. Juliet's Kaitlin Hynek ran a 22:10 to win the girls division. Wilson Central won the girls team competition.
Based on combined boys and girls scores, Mt. Juliet took the overall "championship" by a two point margin.
The girls middle school race (1.5 miles) was won by Zoi Lancaster of West Wilson Middle School in a time of 11:04. West Wilson claimed the girls middle school title.
Friendship Christian's Mackey Bently won the boys middle school race in a time of 9:04. FCS Middle School won the boys team competition.
West Wilson Middle won the middle school "championship" based on combined boys and girls points.
Varsity teams running included: Friendship Christian School, Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School and Wilson Central High.
Middle schools teams included: Carroll Oakland School, Southside Elementary/Middle School, West Wilson Middle School, Wilson Central High School and Winfree Bryant Middle School.
Complete results can be found at: http://tn.milesplit.com/meets/101397-wilson-county-invitational