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From the Vault: News from the July 23, 1969 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 7/26/17

State activities will be relocated at jet airport

Relocation of state functions to Olmsted State Airport facilities has been announced by state officials.

The Press & Journal this week learned …

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From the Vault: News from the July 23, 1969 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted

State activities will be relocated at jet airport

Relocation of state functions to Olmsted State Airport facilities has been announced by state officials.

The Press & Journal this week learned that training and data processing activities will be moved to the former Air Force buildings from their present Harrisburg locations.

Involved are the Governor’s Office Administration staff, responsible for special training in management techniques, the commonwealth’s new approach to budgetary planning and other training courses.

These activities will use the former Service Club — adjacent to the Episcopal Mission at Ann and Grant Streets. The Department of Community Affairs will share this space to set up a training program.

A spokesman said it would be used for special training courses involving such community officials as municipal engineers and borough managers. The training center also will be used to set up full-time courses, typing and shorthand included.

The second building at Olmsted to be occupied is the former bomb-sight and camera repair building, a durable and well-built World War II vintage structure in the former maintenance complex.

Occupying this space will be the Bureau of Management Information. The 35,131 square feet will house complex data processing and computer equipment.

It was pointed out the impending major repairs to the Finance Building necessitated the relocation of units occupying that building in Harrisburg. No timetables have been announced for relocations but it was learned leases for the use of the two buildings have been processed.

In another important move involving the airport, a campaign has been started to obtain a customs facility at Olmsted State to give it international status. The Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce has prepared and forwarded letters to major airlines in an effort to obtain additional flights, the nature of which would require customs.

An airport spokesman said that in order to get customs, “the requirements must first exist.”

In addition to the area Chamber of Commerce intervention, James Van Zandt, the governor’s representative in Washington, D.C., is actively engaged in coordinating the customs request at that level.

Lt. Col. William Crombie, Olmsted State Airport manager, also is seeking information on projected use of the airport by airlines in the future. This data, and that being sought by the Chamber, will be used to further justify the need for a customs office.

Two surveys underway at Pineford site

The future of Pineford remains an untold story on the part of the borough officials these days.

The lid on release of information remains tight but it has been learned that two area developers are interested to the extent they have financed special surveys of the 50-acre tract.

Howard LeVan, engineering consultant, conducting both surveys.

One developer has indicated that a report may be submitted to council in late July concerning his proposal.

In addition to these two developments, a third is definitely interested and may submit a proposal for residential development.

Since acquisition by the borough from the federal government and followed by the demolition of the 450 blighted housing units, Pineford progress has come to a halt.

Post 594 team winds up season with two wins to gain 2nd place

Carl Fricchione’s Post 594 American Legion team made the final week of competition a winning one and the spurt pushed them into a tie for second place in Division 2 of the Dauphin County American Legion League.

Fricchione was well pleased with the performance of this year’s team. The club dropped its first two games and then settled down to stay a first-place contender all the way.

Post 594’s last week of play saw the team defeating Lawnton 9-3 and Hummelstown 8-3.

Headlines from the edition

• Interstate 81 is 70 percent complete, links gulf states with Canada

• 3,153 students expected when school opens Sept. 3

• Local Legion post gets two state awards

Hot buys

• Hershey Kisses, 1 pound bag, 58 cents. Right Guard deodorant, 4 ounce spray, 58 cents. Kresge’s, Olmsted Plaza, Middletown.

• Diamond solitaire, 14K gold mounting, $89. Royal Jewelers, Olmsted Plaza, Middletown.

• Girls sleeveless knit tops, $1.46. Wiffle Ball and bat set, 76 cents. Grants, 450 E. Main St., Middletown.

• Six-piece Spanish dining room suite, 42-inch round table, side chairs, 44-inch china cabinet, pecan, $399. Bowser’s Furniture, Hummelstown.

• 5,000 BTU Whirlpool air conditioner, $99.85. Singer’s TV and Appliances, Wood and Wilson streets, Middletown.

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