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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, June 10, 1965 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 6/7/17

Base closure fight will continue, says Kunkel

Addressing more than 2,000 Olmsted AF Base employees at Memorial Field last Saturday night, Congressman John C. Kunkel said he plans to resist the …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, June 10, 1965 edition of the Press & Journal


Base closure fight will continue, says Kunkel

Addressing more than 2,000 Olmsted AF Base employees at Memorial Field last Saturday night, Congressman John C. Kunkel said he plans to resist the Department of Defense closure order “to the very last.”

Employees gave Kunkel a standing ovation upon arrival and repeated the act several times during his remarks. Their applause reflected appreciation for his continued efforts to save the base ever since the McNamara edict of last Nov. 19.

Kunkel said his efforts have been hardly fruitful and most of the time frustrating because of the attitude of Department of Defense officials.

He was particularly critical of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and cited the current Vietnam situation as the classic example of his “infallibility.”

“If he’s as wrong about Olmsted as he was about Vietnam, God help America!”

The purpose of the rally was to muster the support of base workers behind the continuing efforts of the Employees Group of 100 to oppose the closure order. George Hickernell, spokesman for the group, said they won’t stop trying until they had the opportunity to present the real facts to President Johnson.

He added:

“All we are asking for is to have an analysis made by a committee outside of the federal government to see whose figures are more realistic.”

He was referring to a briefing made before Secretary of Air Force Eugene Zuckert and Deputy Defense Secretary Cyrus Vance.

“All we ever got in return was a report of generalities,” he added.

Rally speakers emphasized two points:

(1) The alleged “give-up-the-ship attitude” of the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s special Save Olmsted Services Committee as early as last January.

(2) The “full-steam-ahead” position now taken by the Chamber to get Olmsted buildings vacated two years ahead of schedule in order to create an industrial complex.

Other rally speakers, in addition to Kunkel, were Perry Simms, vice president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, and Charles Snowden, president of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce.

The master of ceremonies was Harry Raymond, Elizabethtown. Special music was provided by the Middletown Area School Band under the direction of Larry Arnold, and the five-man flag detail from Post 594 participated in the opening ceremony. Special drill teams from the Ephraim Slaughter American Legion Post of Harrisburg also participated in the program.

Charles Harding named new Blue Raider football coach

Charles Harding is the new head football coach of the Blue Raiders.

His appointment was confirmed Monday on the day that Don Gilbert’s resignation became effective.

A native Virginian, Harding comes to the Middletown job from Wall High School, in New Jersey, where he has been the grid mentor for the past three years. In 1964, his eleven ended the campaign with five wins, one defeat and two ties — good enough to gain a tie in the conference.

Harding did a bang-up rehabilitation job at Wall High, taking over a team with a long dry spell of success.

His pump-priming job did the trick as the 1962 team tied for the conference title in his first year of coaching. The team repeated this feat last season.

Corby hurls no-hitter in Pony League

Francis Corby’s brilliant no-hitter was the high spot in the recent week’s Pony Baseball League play.

In defeating Hoffman Motors 20-0, Corby threw nothing but bullets as he whiffed 11 batters and gave up only one walk. His mates were just as potent with the bat as they banged out 20 runs to make it an evening to remember for Corby. The triumph was the second in league play for Behney Motors.

Pony League competition is being paced by the high-flying Boy’s Club. Johnny Oriold’s pace-setters have now reeled off five straight wins to head the loop with a 6-1 record. The team’s most recent win came over the Legion entry, 9-2, as Don Judy hurled the win. Ed Miller was the losing pitcher.

Met-Ed Co. files for rate reduction of $1.1 million

Metropolitan Edison Company today sought authorization from the Public Utilities Commission to file for the largest rate reduction in the history of the company.

In its petition to the PUC, Met-Ed seeks to reduce rates by $1,100,000 annually effective July 1. In announcing the petition to the PUC, William R. Snyder, Met-Ed president, said: “If approved, this will be the fourth rate reduction in two years and will mean that Met-Ed customers will have received reductions in rates amounting to $2,357,000 since July 1963.”

Here are estimated annual savings for the various types of customers according to the proposal Met-Ed will submit to the PUC:

• Residential service: $102,800

• All Electric Home Service: $ 31,600

• General Power and Light Service: $355,000

• Other Industrial Services: $380,300

• High Tension Power Service: $229,500

Headlines from the rest of the edition

• Sign hit by car goes through window

• School band prepares for New York trip

• Found guilty of arson attempt (Middletown man fined for attempt to set fire to abandoned Londonderry Township log cabin)

Hot buys

• Come find the greatest gifts for wonderful dads. Shorts in Bermuda and Jamaica lengths; madras, seersucker, poplin. From $4. Melman’s, 1-5 S. Union St., Middletown.

• Chevrolet Impala Super Sport: Come on in. Have a plush vinyl-covered bucket seat. Stretch out and relax. You’ll find the 1965 Chevrolet gives you more room to live in. Grove Chevrolet, 452 E. Main St., Middletown.

• Special purchase: 1965 Norge refrigerators. Big 13 cubic foot two-door. $218.88. Singer’s, Wood and Wilson streets, Middletown.