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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Sept. 27, 1962, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 9/27/17

Council approves offer to buy East End Warehouse; former Air Force facility is appraised at $127,000

Borough council this week voted unanimously in favor of starting negotiations with the United …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Sept. 27, 1962, edition of the Press & Journal


Council approves offer to buy East End Warehouse; former Air Force facility is appraised at $127,000

Borough council this week voted unanimously in favor of starting negotiations with the United States government for the purchase of the former East End Warehouse facilities adjoining Hoffer Park.

Their action followed a report by Borough Manager George Merkel, who was recently informed by GSA that the 27-acre complex and all buildings has been appraised at $127,000.

The offer to Middletown borough to acquire the former Air Force storage facility came after all defense agencies — Air Force, Army and Navy — declined any further need for the acreage and buildings

The borough has been offered the holdings at the appraised valuation of $127,000. The offer further stated that all property and the buildings thereon can be bought with a 20 percent down payment with a 10-year period to pay the balance. A 5 percent interest charge would be applied on the unpaid balance. Annual payments would be made in four quarterly payments.

Following a general discussion period after Merkel outlined the offer and the fiscal schedule of payment, Council voted 9-0 to favor the acquisition of the property and buildings.

The vote followed Councilman Walter Reider’s motion.

Although the borough is interested in the facilities for repair work of its equipment and for general storage purposes, the long-range utilization of the sprawling facility envisages an expanding industrial capability here to boost Middletown’s economic strength.

Several councilmen voiced the opinion that purchase of the buildings and acreage would not involve any tax increase. Prudent management of financial resources from existing revenue can provide the annual payments, it was pointed out.

Once the facilities are purchased, efforts will be expended to interest business and industrial firms to lease or purchase the amount of building space for their operations. This revenue would be applied to pay off the remaining indebtedness.

The borough also hopes to interest the Air Force in its real estate holdings near Olmsted Air Force Base, a large segment of which is now leased for a parking lot for base employees.

A masonry structure and storage lot, used principally by the borough highway and electrical departments, also would be put up for sale.

Any revenue derived from such a sale also would be applied to pay off the purchase price of the East End Warehouse complex.

Sweigart resigns from school board

Chester C. Sweigart has submitted his resignation as a school director of the Middletown Area School System.

Submitted last Friday, Sweigart listed “various circumstances” as the reason for the resignation, which became effective Monday, Sept. 24.

Sweigart served the area school system as a director of the Royalton School District, having been elected in last November’s general election.

His letter of resignation assured Middletown Area School System directors that he will always be willing to assist the school board in any way possible.

Prior to his Royalton residency, Sweigart lived at Olmsted Homes in Lower Swatara Township. Ten years ago as president of the Olmsted Homes Civic League, he championed the league’s campaign to urge the Lower Swatara Township School Board to relinquish its rights for federal funds in order to construct the present Grand View Elementary School.

The Royalton School Board is expected to act on the resignation at next Monday night’s meeting.

Resume work on brochure for Middletown

Additional planning for the special Middletown brochure which will be published this year was discussed at a meeting of the eight-member civic committee Tuesday evening in the office of Borough Manager George Merkel.

Lamarr Kessler reported that approximately 50 percent of the funds needed to finance its publication have been donated to date by business firms, industries, professional men and other citizens.

The information brochure will include comprehensive facts about Middletown, its history, industrial listings, schools, places of worship, recreational facilities and other miscellaneous information.

In addition to numerous photographs, the brochure will also contain an up-to-date map of Middletown.

Initial work on the brochure got underway last spring and meetings will now be resumed until it is sent to the printer. A list of possible photographic points and places of interest was discussed Tuesday night and definite assignments given to Mr. James Bryant, official photographer.

The members agreed to schedule the next meeting on Oct. 9 at 7:30 o’clock.

Attending Tuesday night's meeting were: Mrs. Beverly Hammond, Milton and Sylvan Melman, James Bryant, George Merkel, Councilman Sherman Reidel, Lamarr Kessler and Harold Hickernell.

Lower Swatara Elementary School opens Oct. 1

Middletown's school modernization program takes another step forward on Monday when the doors of the new Lower Swatara Township Elementary School open to 215 students.

The new modern school contains eight classrooms: three first-grade, three second-grade and two third-grade. It also has an all-purpose room, cafeteria to accommodate 120 students, administration rooms and ample parking facilities.

The school opening was delayed one month because of labor difficulties. School officials said plans are already underway to enlarge the building, which is the first completed building under the school jointure.

Raiders lose first home game to Carlisle, 25-6

Carlisle’s Thundering Herd was the spoiler for Don Gilbert’s first home appearance as Raiders' head coach last Friday night. Perfect weather and a large crowd provided all the atmosphere for the home fans but Ken Millen’s talented backs and a hard-working line were the villains as Carlisle went home with a 25-6 triumph.

The Herd got off to a well-deserved lead in the first quarter when Bob Nye banged through the center of Middletown’s line.

After he eluded the linebackers, Nye was off and running as he scampered 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

The Raiders never got close after that one. In fact, matters worsened considerably in the second quarter as Carlisle took advantage of Middletown mistakes to move out front, 19-0.

On the fourth play of the second period, Colston dropped back to punt after Middletown’s drive stalled on Carlisle's 46.

A high pass from center stymied his effort as Shank roared in to block the kick, Carlisle finally gaining possession as the ball bounded back to Middletown’s 8 yard line.

On the first play. Stull skirted end to go into the exit zone for Carlisle’s second TD. The kick for the conversion was wide and the Herd led 12-0.

Headlines from the edition

• MAMA ships $40.7 million in grant aid program in 1962

• Kiwanis Fair prize winners are announced

• Judith Clapp is bride of Dr. R.A. Bair

Hot buys

• Opening Friday, Sept. 28, public skating, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 to 10:30, Saturday and Sunday matinee, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Le Patin D’or (The Gold Skate), Route 230 east of Middletown. Phone WH 4-9373.

• A new, easy method ... and it’s free! Learn to bowl in five lessons. We’ve got separate classes for every group — men, women, juniors and seniors, all scheduled at times best suited for you. Middletown Lanes, 450 E. Main St.

• Frying chickens, 29 cents a pound. Chuck roast, best center cuts, 49 cents a pound. Tomatoes, two cello packages for 25 cents. Wax beans and kidney beans, 10 cans for $1. Key Super Market, Route 230 between Middletown and Highspire.

• Ertl’s Safeway Cleaner special: shirts with dry cleaning, 20 cents. Minimum five shirts. South Union Street, Middletown.

• Misses and women’s sneaks, $1.77 a pair. Men’s sweatshirts, 88 cents. Silco Cut Price Stores, 17 S. Union St., Middletown.