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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 25, 1973, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 4/24/19

Plans for Jednota development told; 63-year-old printery to be razed

Officials of the First Catholic Slovak Union have endorsed a comprehensive plan for development of property located within the …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 25, 1973, edition of the Press & Journal


Plans for Jednota development told; 63-year-old printery to be razed

Officials of the First Catholic Slovak Union have endorsed a comprehensive plan for development of property located within the Union’s Jednota complex in Lower Swatara Township.

Meeting recently, the five-member committee sanctioned plans for construction of a new Printery to replace the existing 63-year-old structure. The Printery publishes and distributes a weekly Slovak paper, Jednota, to a national audience of Catholic Slovak Union members.

The Union was formed in 1890, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1910, the organization purchased 300 acres of land in Lower Swatara Township on which the Printery and Orphanage were built. The present Printery is to be razed because it falls within the right of way being acquired by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-four acres are needed for the new access road which will connect Harrisburg-Olmsted International Airport and state Route 283. The connector road is an integral part of the plan to develop the jetport to better fill its international role.

Clifton Rodgers Planning Consultants will prepare plans for the new printery. The committee, headed by John A. Sabol, supreme president of First Catholic Slovak Union, took action to utilize Jednota acreage for these purposes:

1. Area north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be leased to developers over a 30-year period and controlled by a separate legal corporation. The area is seen as a potential planned residential site.

2. The middle portion, extending south from the turnpike to Rosedale Avenue, will be used for development of buildings of a cultural nature in order to carry on the long-established purpose of the First Catholic Slovak Union.

3. The area south of Rosedale Avenue to Route 230 would be available for development of commercial buildings on a lease basis. Legal steps will be taken to adapt all Jednota Estates property within the Jednota Charter and purposes to protect its exemption or nonprofit status as a fraternal.

Prior to the committee’s action, members toured Pineford Village, East Park Industrial Area, Office Center in Lower Swatara Township, and Briar Crest in Hershey.

Clifton E. Rodgers told the committee of a critical housing shortage in the area, and that 90 percent of new housing is financed from private sources. He stressed the need to establish some form of retirement housing for the elderly, and that such use of Jednota property be completely explored.

Rodgers also suggested the new Printery be sited on a location near the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Grandview PTA hears talk about Hoffer Park Project

Grandview PTA had its election of officers at the final meeting of the school year held last Tuesday.

Walter Clarke. Jr. was elected to serve a second term as president. Other officers are: first vice president, Andrew Sinegar; second vice president, Mrs. Claude Lee; recording secretary, Mrs. James Smith; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Gerri Andrews; and treasurer, Mrs. Henry Jirik.

Music for the program was provided by Grandview students who participated in the Dauphin County Chorus under the direction of Mrs. Marcia Sharpe. Other music was provided by a male quartet known as the Harmoneers.

Vincent A. Tritch Jr., second vice president, presented Life Membership pins and certificates to Mrs. Walter Clarke Jr. and Mrs. Zora Capello. Joseph Procopchak, principal at Grandview School, accepted the pin for Mrs. Capello.

Guest speaker Irvin Strohecker, recreation director for Middletown and Lower Swatara, discussed the recreation program for the youth of Middletown and answered numerous questions.

On display was the architect’s drawing for a rebuilding of Hoffer Park.

Strohecker said that some modifications on the pavilion will have to be made before the Federal Bureau of Recreation requirements can be met.

Thunderbirds featured in Air Guard show

Skies around Middletown this Saturday will come alive to the supersonic sounds of the F-4 Phantom jets of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they pilot their craft in precision maneuvers.

They'll show their famed arrowhead and line abreast maneuvers plus others in startling demonstrations which dramatize the capabilities of today's modern tactical fighter aircraft.

Their air demonstration is part of the Silver Air Show and open house this Saturday, April 28, at Harrisburg-Olmsted International Airport.

The program highlights the 25th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, which was planned for 1972 but postponed due to flood conditions at the airport. Brig. Gen. Richard Posey, state deputy adjutant for air, is general chairman for the Silver Air Show. The open house will start at 11 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. The Thunderbirds perform their aerobatic maneuvers at 2:30 p.m.

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