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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 14, 1976, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 4/11/18

Curfew’s legal battle moves to Philadelphia

Middletown’s controversial curfew ordinance has been upheld by U.S. Judge Joseph Sheridan but its legality already faces further legal …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 14, 1976, edition of the Press & Journal


Curfew’s legal battle moves to Philadelphia

Middletown’s controversial curfew ordinance has been upheld by U.S. Judge Joseph Sheridan but its legality already faces further legal scrutiny.

Mayor Harry H. Judy this week told borough council that oral arguments are scheduled for April 22 in the U.S. Court in Philadelphia. Judy, Police Chief Steve Mrakovich and Councilman Vincent Tritch will attend to further defend Middletown’s position.

The two-year legal battle has proved costly to the borough. Mrs. Jo-Ann Bykofsky’s opposition to the curfew ordinance to protect her son Shaw’s “constitutional rights” from being violated has now cost Middletown $3,912.74 in legal fees and related costs.

Judy told council members that action has been taken to ask the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs to help finance these expenses.

“So far, we’ve picked up the tab. Many communities have watched the progress of the curfew litigation because they, too, have similar curfews under consideration.”

Middletown's curfew applies to young people in three age categories. For those younger than 12, the off-the-street edict is effective at 10 p.m. In the 12-13 age bracket, the time is 10:30 p.m. For those 14 through 17, the curfew time is 11 p.m.

In other actions this week, Council appointed John Enos, a member of the borough’s Environmental Council, to represent Middletown on the Lower Dauphin Solid Waste Authority. Enos, an attorney for the state, will be the first community representative in that professional field.

Council also awarded a contract to M and J Associates to furnish an air purification system for use by the borough's volunteer fire companies. The bid submitted was $13,779. Councilmen Vincent Tritch and Robert Bitner voted against purchase.

Council awarded contracts to William Hamaker, Daniel Krieg, Handwerk Inc., Hempt Brothers and Pennsy Supply for road materials to be used by the highway department.

Council also purchased a dump truck for the recreation department from Brenner Motors Inc. of Harrisburg at the low bid of $5,854. Other bids were submitted by Motor Truck Equipment Co. and Hoffman Ford Sales Inc.

Noll named head football coach

Donald R. Noll has been elected as head football coach of Middletown Area High to succeed Dave Yohn.

His salary was set at $14,500.

Noll was hired to teach English at Feaser Junior High School, taking the position of Mrs. B. Louise Wingert, who plans to retire at the end of the current school term.

While school directors were acting on filling the head grid coaching job, they found themselves faced with three resignations submitted by members of the wrestling coaching staff. Thomas Edwards, who served as head wrestling coach for three years, submitted his resignation in order to devote more time to graduate studies. Also quitting were J. Mark Smeltz, assistant wrestling coach, and Roger Berkheimer, junior high wrestling coach. All resignations are effective at the close of the 1975-76 school year.

Noll, new grid mentor, is a graduate of Northumberland High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Bloomsburg State College in 1961, and his master’s of education degree at the University of Virginia. He has been coaching since 1961.

He has served as head football coach at McLean (Virginia) High School, Manheim Township (Lancaster County), and the R.E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. He previously held assistant grid posts at Lakewood (New Jersey) High, Pulaski (New York) Academy, and Annandale (Virginia) High School. In addition to football, Noll has coached wrestling, tennis and baseball.

The 36-year-old newcomer to the Middletown staff and his wife, Judith, are parents of two boys, Daniel (8), and James (3). His career coaching record is 89 wins, 50 defeats, and 8 ties.

Noll has been effective in turning around teams with losing records. At McClean, he produced a district champion team after three losing seasons.

New use found for Jednota Orphanage

Jednota Home, an orphanage in which over 4,000 children were trained and educated over the years, will be used as a conference center in the future, it was announced by Joseph C. Krajsa, manager of the Jednota Estates.

The facility will be called the Jednota Conference Center. It has been leased for three years to the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg by the owners, the First Catholic Slovak Union of the U.S. and Canada, for a nominal sum of $1 a year. The agreement was approved by Bishop Joseph T. Daley of the Harrisburg diocese and by Jednota officials John A Sabol, president, and Stephen F. Ungvarsky, executive secretary.

The center will be used as a training and formation center for the permanent diaconate program of the Harrisburg diocese.

The Catholic diocese is in the process of preparing 47 men for the permanent diaconate.

The center will also be used for conferences by the diocesan office of evangelization. Conferences on preaching and training sessions for church lectors will be held at the Jednota Conference Center.

The diocesan program for campus and young adult ministry will be coordinated from the center with special emphasis on programs of study, research and the development of models for young adult ministry.

The center is seen as a very appropriate setting for programs of ethnic studies since it is already the site of the Jednota Museum, where artifacts and exhibits representing Slovak history and culture are on permanent display.

The Jednota Conference Center is equipped with ample kitchen and dining areas.

Headlines from the edition

• TMI Unit One set to start up on May 8

• Area churches mark Holy Week

• MAHS baseball players predict good year

Hot buys

• Visit the new David Martin Store at 20 S. Union St. in downtown Middletown this weekend and see one of central Pennsylvania’s newest men’s stores. Selected group of men’s suits, $99. Double-knit trousers, $9.99.

• Large brick and aluminum single home with three large bedrooms, Middletown. Under $30,000. C.M. Detweiler Inc., Realtor.