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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Dec. 28, 1961 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 12/27/17

School construction in 1962 to highlight borough improvements

The Press & Journal’s annual forecast of the year ahead portends major improvements in physical facilities of the Middletown Area …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Dec. 28, 1961 edition of the Press & Journal


School construction in 1962 to highlight borough improvements

The Press & Journal’s annual forecast of the year ahead portends major improvements in physical facilities of the Middletown Area School System.

At the same time the borough will strive to better its electric distribution system. Borough fathers hope to negotiate with Metropolitan-Edison officials in hopes that a new substation can be built to service the north area of Middletown.

The school improvement program actually got off to a start last night as Middletown Area Joint School Authority officials put their signatures to a contract calling for construction of a $2,670,000 junior-senior high school. Ground-breaking ceremonies for the structure are expected to take place the latter part of January.

The contract calls for the school to be completed in 540 work days. Other significant events will materialize in 1962 as far as improved schools are concerned. These include

• Start work on the extension to the Feaser School to convert it into a junior high school. Estimated cost is $939,375.

• Complete the new Lower Swatara Township Elementary School at a cost of $468,000.

• Start construction of the new First Ward Elementary School at a cost of $429,000.

Overall, the school improvement program will call for an outlay of approximately $5 million. Not included in this year’s program but definitely in the planning stage is another elementary school in the Second Ward. Negotiations are currently in progress to attempt to secure a portion of the Pine Ford Acres property from the Air Force as a possible site for the new school. This structure will be needed to house elementary students after the Feaser School is converted into a junior high school.

The borough will put its emphasis on the new substation which is vitally needed to remove the possibility of a low-voltage problem. Questioned last night, Council President William Givens said he will pursue the substation project and endeavor to make it an actuality in 1962.

Givens said that efforts will be made to arrange a meeting in the near future with Metropolitan-Edison Co. officials to further discuss the project.

Asked what other programs are desired next year, Givens said it is his hope that the former East End Car Shops can be acquired by the borough and promotional activities started to make it an asset to the borough.

Borough Manager George Merkel reported that the major programs involving the sewer and water systems are rapidly drawing to an end.

“The sewer work is completed and the rehabilitation program on the water system will soon be finished. We hope to have the contractor finish work on the treatment plant within the next thirty days.”

Other major projects destined for consideration will include:

• Continue work on the closing of open streams in at least two of the borough's three wards. Streams scheduled for work are in the First and the Third Ward. The Third Ward will involve placement of draining pipe in a stream running through the Oak Hills Park and one in Frey Manor.

• Resurfacing those streets which were affected by the sewer project several years ago.

• Financially, the borough will end 1961 “in the black: and all departments operating within the budget limitations imposed a year ago. Borough council will hold a special session tonight to close its books and to act on miscellaneous matters.

Local man, four others charged with $26,000 burglary of safe

A local man is among five suspects held in jail for hearings in connection with a $26,000 Penbrook safe burglary of 10 months ago.

He has been identified by State Police detectives as Frederick Rudolph Behm, 27, of Middletown, Mounted Route.

Others being held are Robert Eugene. Kintzer, 20, his father, Harry Calvert Kintzer, 44, both of Harrisburg, Amos Nardini, 47, Annville, and John Robert Connors, 42, of Gettysburg.

The younger Kintzer and Behm are charged with the burglary, and the elder Kintzer, Nardini and Connors are charged with conspiracy and being accessories.

The safe was stolen from the home of George S. Moore Jr. last February while Moore was visiting his wife in a hospital. The 250-pound safe was carried out of his house at 2514 Thomas St.

Moore, a produce dealer, told investigators the safe contained $14,000 cash, $10,000 in government bonds, a $1,118 diamond watch, a $743 diamond ring a $300 sapphire dinner ring, as well as insurance policies, a coin collection, wills and other valuable personal documents.

The safe was found near Indiantown Gap some weeks after the theft, but none of the items have been recovered as yet.

Girl Scouts make plans for trip to Vermont

Mrs. George Crane, coordinator of the Round-Up Patrols of the Susquehanna Council of Girl Scouts, announced that two special troops have been formed to help the girls prepare for their trip to Button Bay, Vermont in July 1962.

Mrs. Carroll Ford, Paxtang, is leader of the troop, meeting the first Sunday of each month at Paxton Presbyterian Church, assisted by Doris Whitman, Rindert Kiemel and Susan Dunn.

Headlines from the edition

• Police report four minor auto crashes

• Borough homes will open for annual week of prayer

• MAHS matmen defeated by Mechanicsburg

Hot buys

• It’s not too late to join a 1962 Christmas Club. Firmly resolve to make it the greatest Christmas ever for your loved ones. The Farmers Trust Co. of Middletown, 1 N. Union St.

• Hen turkeys, 31 cents a pound. Potatoes, 10-pound bag, 29 cents. Bananas, 12 cents a pound. Pork chops, 69 cents a pound. Key Supermarket, U.S. 230 between Middletown and Highspire.

• Men’s long-sleeve sport shirts, $1.67. Half slips, 66 cents. 27-piece punch bowl set, $2.67. Middletown Merchandise Mart, Between Middletown and Elizabethtown on Route 230.

• Sofabed and chair, modern Danish walnut, $149. Roth’s Furniture Stores, 29 S. Union St., Middletown.