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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1969 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 1/24/18

South Union extension planned

Although there are no funds budgeted for its construction in 1969, preliminary planning is continuing on the construction of a new South Union Street to link Keystone …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1969 edition of the Press & Journal


South Union extension planned

Although there are no funds budgeted for its construction in 1969, preliminary planning is continuing on the construction of a new South Union Street to link Keystone Avenue with Union just below Ann Street.

Requested by the Rescue Hose Company and supported by all three First Ward councilmen, Elmer Givler, George Mansberger and Robert Reid, the long-sought extension is expected to become a reality in 1970 if funds are available.

Firemen are pushing the new street to eliminate the dangerous and narrow Swatara Street. The latter thoroughfare, narrow and with serpentine curves, is viewed as unfit when emergency calls are made for fire and ambulance equipment.

Borough Manager George Merkel and Highway Committee Chairman John Lutz, Third Ward councilman, said the new extension will call for a 50-foot right-of-way with the actual street to be 34 feet wide. Although no engineering surveys have been made as yet as well as personal discussions with affected property owners, the cost may run between $60,000 and $80,000.

Merkel said a preliminary map has been drawn for the project and a list of affected property owners compiled. These owners will be approached this spring to get their opinions on the new street and to get information on the actual boundaries of their properties.

After physical descriptions of properties are known, a blueprint of the new street will be prepared. The borough owns some ground at both ends of the proposed extension but lacks a direct right-of-way. Approximately nine property owners are involved and at least two houses, and possibly a third, would have to be acquired to build the street. Four garages also are involved.

The new street would give firemen a direct thoroughfare when answering emergencies in the Second and Third wards of the borough. At present they must use narrow Swatara Street, or South Catherine or Wood streets, several blocks west of the firehouse.

Access road to enter airport at Jednota

State Highway Department officials have revealed the route of the new access road through Lower Swatara Township into Olmsted State Airport.

Once considered for placement near the senior high school and Grandview Elementary School, highway aides told representatives of the local school district, Lower Swatara Township and the Pennsylvania Aeronautics Commission last week the access road will be located to the west of the borough.

It will approach the airport on the south side of the turnpike through property owned principally by the Slovak Union.

The access road will enter the airport by an elevated ramp in order to clear old Route 230 and the Penn Central railroad tracks. It will be located over a vacant lot now separating the Jednota Printery and the residence of William Novak.

Highway officials also said the overhead structure will have service ramps on each side to link it with old Route 230. They also revealed that a full interchange will be built near Fulling Mill Road. A half-interchange will service North Union Street with new Route 230.

The airport access road initially will be two lanes although it will have the width to eventually accommodate four lanes of traffic.

In pin-pointing the selected location of the airport access road, highway department officials used aerial photographs over which the exact route was superimposed.

Comm system to stay, public meeting canceled

Borough council has canceled a public meeting set for next Wednesday night, Jan. 29, to air discussions on a proposal which would have discontinued the Communication Center’s telephone switchboard in the Community Building.

The decision to cancel the open meeting came abruptly last Thursday night at a meeting of the Communications-Fire-Police Committee. A majority of councilmen indicated they now have additional information on the switchboard issue and are willing to go along with the present operation.

Council had planned to modify the present system at last week’s regular session but agreed to defer final action after Fire Chief John Blessing submitted petitions asking for a delay.

Five members of council attended last week’s committee meeting with Blessing, and after hearing his comments and those of Mayor Al Legoza and others, agreed that a change in switchboard operations was not necessary.

One councilman said: “I’m perfectly satisfied to leave things as they are.”

Raiders add 14th win, blast Cats

With play underway in the second half of the Capital Area Conference, the magic number for Casper Voithofer’s Blue Raiders is now nine triumphs.

The Raiders, first-half champs, notched their first second-half win last Friday night by blasting Mechanicsburg, 83-42, on the loser’s court. It was Middletown’s 14th triumph in 15 starts.

At Mechanicsburg, the Raiders found this one a welcome relief from the pressure-packed games of the playoffs and those against Hershey and Milton Hershey in the closing games of the first-half schedule. Five Raiders scored in double figures with Clifton Brown the high man with 19 points.

The home team hit for just one field goal in the opening period with the others coming from the foul line. Middletown led, 31-5. at the end of the initial period and they pushed their advantage to 52-18 as the half ended.

It was one of those clear-the-bench nights for Voithofer and every player saw action.

Area man safe after explosion on Enterprise

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rider, of Geyer’s Church Road, have received word their son, Aviation Boatswain Mate Ray Thomas Rider, is all right.

He is assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise and was aboard the giant carrier last week when an explosion caused death and injury to other Navy men aboard.

Rider called his parents from Pearl Harbor early last week as soon as the carrier docked. He is a 1966 graduate of Hershey High School and enlisted in the Navy on May 23, 1967, for four years.

Headlines from the edition

• E. Bryce Wolford named manager of UGI division

• Lower income, no tax base, small population complicates the many problems facing Royalton borough

• Area association asks school district to delay final vote on new 10 percent levy

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