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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 28, 1971 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 4/25/18

Kiwanians ask help to finance new park

Middletown Kiwanians are readying another offensive to gain additional financial support for the development of Kiwanis Park in Royalton.

Clair E. …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, April 28, 1971 edition of the Press & Journal


Kiwanians ask help to finance new park

Middletown Kiwanians are readying another offensive to gain additional financial support for the development of Kiwanis Park in Royalton.

Clair E. Dietrich, park committee chairman, and Club President Garin L. Moore announced that area residents this week will receive a letter asking for financial support.

A club spokesman also said that all money received from the solicitation will be earmarked 100 percent for park development.

Kiwanis Park, in addition to fulfilling a club need for its annual community fair location, will also provide needed recreation facilities for residents of Middletown and Royalton.

Two buildings are proposed to house fair facilities, one a 50-by-150-foot cattle barn, and the other a structure to display fair exhibits.

A 30-by-75-foot pavilion will be constructed in a shaded area along the Swatara Creek. A baseball field of Little League dimensions is also projected.

Kiwanis Park is an environmental accomplishment — even at this early date. The site was once the Middletown and Royalton dump for garbage and refuse. In addition to being a breeding place for rodents, the site frequently was the scene of numerous fires. The resulting smoke was offensive to residents of lower Royalton and Middletown. Since its acquisition by the Kiwanis Club, volunteers have spent many hours spreading dirt fill over the former dump site to level the area for its new community fair location-park use.

A large area along Route 441 has been converted into a parking area.

In the letter, club officials point out that the first request for funds was “quite gratifying.” Filling and grading activity has now been finished and grass planting should get underway this spring.

Accompanying the letter is a sketch showing the tentative layout of the park area.

“As you can see,” Dietrich and Moore stated, “a great deal of expense will be involved in accomplishing completion.”

As done before, non-interest, non-redeemable shares as supporters of Kiwanis Park will be issued to all contributors. Contributions may be sent or given to any Kiwanis Club member or to Lewis Gould, secretary, 48 E. Water St., Middletown.

Buddhist monk will speak here Sunday, is Paris Peace talks rep

People in the Harrisburg area will have the rare privilege of hearing the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist representative to the Paris Peace Talks, when he lectures in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown, on Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

In order to help the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam finance this trip to the United States, a donation of $1 per person will be asked.

Thich Nhat Hanh, though youthful in appearance, is 41 years old. He has been a Buddhist monk for 25 years, since joining a Zen monastic community at age 16. He was born in the central highlands of Vietnam in an area northeast of Saigon. Officially, he represents the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam at the Paris Peace Talks.

In addition to this official position in the church he is one of Vietnam’s most popular living poets and writers. He has published 10 books, the most famous in the United States being “Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.”

His name was once placed in nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He delivered a series of lectures at Cornell University in 1966 on Vietnamese Buddhism. During that visit to the United States, he addressed many congressional committees on the Vietnam situation and issued his plea for an immediate cease-fire.

Airport urged to be port of entry, customs location

Officials of some 12 political subdivisions making up the Lower Dauphin Local Governments Association have been asked to write letters to Pennsylvania representatives in Washington, urging them to support the move designating the Harrisburg area as a port-of-entry and to locate customs officials at Olmsted State Airport.

In a letter to LDLGA Chairman George Merkel, James B. Pannebaker, chairman of the ad hoc committee for development of Olmsted, said the information needed for the port-of-entry application has now been forwarded to the Baltimore Regional Office, U.S. Bureau of Customs.

This material will be reviewed and a recommendation made to the Washington, D.C., office concerning designation of the Harrisburg area as a port-of-entry for international flights.

Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce and state officials are expected to visit Baltimore on May 4 to back up the information contained in the application. Pannebaker, in his letter to Merkel, wrote: “We are urging you to request all your individual political subdivision representatives to write letters, indicating their support for the designation of the Harrisburg area as a port-of-entry with customs located at Olmsted Airport.”

Pannebaker specifically listed the names of Sens. Richard S. Schweiker and Hugh Scott, Congressmen Edwin P. Eshleman, Herman T. Schneebeli and George A. Goodling, as well as the director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Customs in Washington. Pannebaker also wrote Mayor Harry Judy, since he heads the special airport development committee of LDLGA.

“It is apparent that we now have the interest in Washington, which is a prerequisite for the actual granting of the customs applications, and the support of everybody in the immediate future is necessary to successfully achieve a port-of-entry status for the Harrisburg area. As soon as port-of-entry status is granted, the Olmsted area will experience a tremendous growth which will be beneficial to the entire Central Pennsylvania area.”

Scott, however, in a television interview seen in the area last Sunday, didn’t appear overly optimistic when asked about port-of-entry possibilities for Olmsted.

“There is nothing I can report at this time that is definite. We have recommended it and we have hopes. Although there is nothing definite, Harrisburg may be declared an alternate port-of-entry.”

Scott, in using the term “alternate,” referred to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport as more likely to get international status because of a new Canadian airline service soon to link Pittsburgh with Canada.

Headlines from the edition

• Man killed in crash near Hummelstown

• Raiders drop track meet to Red Land High

• Wilson Street bridge ‘safe,’ borough told

• Open house set at George Frey Center

• Annual prom will be held May 1 at HACC Student Center

• School board, teachers OK 2-year pact

Hot buys

• Cookies, 2-pound box, 58 cents. Moyer’s potato chips, 49 cents. Flowering geraniums, 57 cents. Kresge’s, Olmsted Plaza, Middletown.

• Tru-Test latex house paint, $6.97 a gallon. Folding dust pan, 39 cents. John’s Home & Auto Center, 40 E. Emaus St., Middletown.