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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, July 20, 1967, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 7/18/18

Officials discuss Sunset Golf Club acquisition

Acquisition of Sunset Golf Club to service recreational needs in the area was discussed by officials of the five municipalities at a meeting held …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, July 20, 1967, edition of the Press & Journal


Officials discuss Sunset Golf Club acquisition

Acquisition of Sunset Golf Club to service recreational needs in the area was discussed by officials of the five municipalities at a meeting held Monday night at the clubhouse.

The nine-hole course, now in its fourth season of operation, has been turned over by the U.S. Air Force to the General Services Administration for disposal.

Monday night’s session was called by the steering committee of the Middletown Area Association. Officials were present from Middletown, Royalton, Londonderry and Lower Swatara townships and Highspire.

The benefits to be derived by area municipalities and methods of financing purchase of the 113-acre course constituted the basic purpose of the meeting.

Christian Erb, solicitor for Londonderry and Lower Swatara townships, said there was no doubt that clear authority exists for municipalities to enter into a joint venture and to operate it for recreational programs.

He said the cost of the course would depend on the way it is acquired. One would call for outright purchase from the government by paying the fair market value as set by the federal government. The second way would be buy the course under the federal surplus property law whereby the federal government is empowered to sell for 50 percent of the fair market value. Under the latter, however, Department of Interior approval is needed and future use would be restricted to public recreational use.

Erb questioned any consideration to use existing authorities in the various municipalities as a means of operation because no one authority encompasses the five political subdivisions.

“An authority is only feasible if money is to be borrowed to purchase the property,” he said.

Another method would call for the municipalities to borrow money and enter into a contract. Costs of operation and maintenance would be determined and pro-rated among the participants.

A Royalton representative asked how this cost would be determined, and Erb said population strength would appear to be the fair criteria.

Albert Stuart, representing the association, reported on average costs and other expenses as compiled by the National Golf Foundation.

The study showed that average maintenance costs per hole for courses in the East approximated $3,900 a hole per year.

Ralph Espenshade, a member of Londonderry Township’s Board of Supervisors, reiterated that group’s position that acquiring Sunset was “too much for them to handle” but the members would consider and study the joint plan.

Drowning averted by alert fisherman

A brave and alert fisherman saved a young woman from drowning last Friday in the Swatara Creek at the Iron Mine Dam.

Arthur Carrington, 618 Minnich St., Harrisburg, was fishing near the dam at 1:35 Friday afternoon when he saw Miss Carol Crater, 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Crater, Hummelstown in the Mountain View area, slip off the dam and get caught in the treacherous undertow.

She came up the second time and he dove into the storm-swollen stream for her and brought the unconscious girl to the shore.

A nearby neighbor, meanwhile, noting the incident, put in a hurry call to the Middletown Emergency Center, and the rescue ambulance and the Union Hose Company rescue truck were dispatched.

The latter administered oxygen, bringing the girl around.

Her mother, Mrs. Leonard Crater, told the Press & Journal she had been visiting relatives in Middletown and in Londonderry Township and was returning home when she drove past the dam and she noticed all the rescue equipment on the scene, but continued on, not realizing it was her daughter who was the one who had been saved.

Mrs. Crater is loud in her praises of the bravery of Carrington, and urged us to advise all swimmers not to walk on the slippery dam, which has claimed many lives over the years.

Christmas light samples placed on display here

Christmas has come to Middletown in July.

You might think this was the case if you rode down Union Street or traveled to Main Street and saw the sample strings of lights just placed in position by the borough’s electrical department.

The arrival of these lights, and their prompt display, is the symbol of the start of the $4,000 “Light-Up-Your-Town” campaign scheduled to officially begin this Monday and end Saturday, Aug. 5.

The co-chairmen, Stanley Singer and Jack Baker, said the new strings will be installed this yule season on Union Street from Ann to High streets and on Main from Nissley Street to Hoffer, and this incidentally is the first time in recent history this street has been decorated.

The new decorations will also be placed on Emaus from Catherine to Pine.

Clubs and organizations have already received letters, and will be contacted, as well as local business establishments. The local people will be visited Saturday, Aug. 5 in a borough-wide campaign. The local Sparkies under adult supervision will collect all about the borough.

Headlines from the edition

• Firemen’s convention here for three days next month

• Pineford Acres at standstill while negotiations are underway

• Man critical after freak auto crash

Hot buys

• Grand opening, Vastine’s Service, July 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24. Free Pepsi-Cola with 8 gallons of gas. “Our services include Flying A products, tires, batteries, state inspection, tune-ups, lubrication, washing and batteries.” Main and Race streets, Middletown.

• Men’s tapered dress pants, sizes 29 to 34, $3 a pair. Men’s short-sleeve dress shirts, 97 cents. Ladies sleeveless blouses, 50 cents. Greenberg’s, 4 S. Union St., Middletown.

• Steelmaster hammers, $4.99. retractable No. 99 utility knife, $1.29. Stanley No. 220 block plane, $3.69. Peck’s Hardware, 11. S. Union St., Middletown.

• Have a beautiful 8-by-10-inch picture of your child, only 98 cents. W.T. Grant Co., Midtown Plaza, Middletown.