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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Jan. 18, 1962, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 1/9/19

Knights of Columbus Home hit by extensive fire damage; seven companies battle $15,000 blaze for two hours

An early morning fire of undetermined origin destroyed completely the interior of the …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Jan. 18, 1962, edition of the Press & Journal

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Knights of Columbus Home hit by extensive fire damage; seven companies battle $15,000 blaze for two hours

An early morning fire of undetermined origin destroyed completely the interior of the Knights of Columbus Home, located along Route 230 between Middletown and Elizabethtown, on Wednesday.

Fire Chief Donald Ryan said damage will amount to $15,000. The fire spread quickly through the 2 1/2-story frame building and brick addition and flames engulfed the entire roof by the time firemen arrived.

Ryan said the fire was reported from the home of Fred Auch, who lives adjacent to the building, at 6:45 a.m. Firemen from seven companies battled the blaze for two hours before it was brought under control.

There were no injuries from the fire, although the Rescue Ambulance crew was on standby service as the water spray formed an icy coating around the building and on the highway.

In addition to the Liberty, Rescue and Union Companies, firemen from Lower Swatara Township, Elizabethtown, Mount Joy and Olmsted Base responded to the call.

Tank trucks from the latter three companies furnished water and set up a shuttle service for additional water from local fire hydrants.

The lodge purchased the building in 1954, and two years ago a brick addition was added to the front of the building. It was remodeled for a bar, kitchen, dining room, two meeting rooms and offices.

Officials said the building was closed following a meeting at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ryan said he would confer with the State Fire Marshal today to determine the cause of the fire. The building is covered by insurance.

Raiders swamp Palms, 70-38

Middletown met Palmyra High on different terms this week. Unlike the grid stalemate they encountered last November, Russ Trimmer’s basketball Blue Raiders met easy pickings against the Palms as they salted away their fifth straight Capital Area Conference test, 70-38.

With only two games remaining in the first-half round, there doesn’t appear anything on the horizon to check the Trimmermen. Since the Carlisle loss, the Raiders have maintained a lusty offense and have been held to less than 59 points in just one game — that one being the close 45-43 triumph they achieved over West York in the holiday tournament.

Frank Snavely gave the Trimmermen a terrific boost in the opening period of Tuesday night's game as he bucketed eight field goals for 16 of the 25 points they scored.

Middletown’s second period was somewhat of a hisser and they managed to hit for just eight points while the Palms had their best show of the night with 15. Of this total, however, the Palms tallied nine from the foul line.

The Raiders snapped out of this lethargy in the third with a big 21-point spread while holding Palmyra to just one foul conversion. They kept it moving in the last quarter by outpointing the visitors, 16-12, thanks to the balanced scoring efforts on the part of Saputo, Booser, Kirkman, Howell and Colston.

Snavely’s 20 points paced the winning Trimmermen while Saputo and Howell both produced 12 points. Ron Kinsey came up with nine.

Youth killed when struck by car in Hawaii

Glenn Weidner, 9-year-old son of Capt. and Mrs. Charles S. Weidner, was killed when he was struck by an automobile in Hawaii last week.

Word of the tragedy was received here by Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Weidner of 17 Girard Ave., the youth’s grandparents. According to the report, the driver was operating under a suspended license.

Interment will be made in Gettysburg National Cemetery. The funeral is in charge of the U.S. Air Force.

Weidner, his wife, Ruth and two other children, Gary, 15 and Lee, 11, recently transferred to Hawaii and were there less than two weeks. He was stationed at Wheeler APB, where he assumed duty as the commander of HQ Squadron, a unit of the Air Force Communications Service.

The family will remain in Hawaii for three years.

Hot buys

• Fancy young hen turkeys, 35 cents a pound. Steaks, 79 cents a pound. Key Super Market, Route 230 between Middletown and Highspire.

• $1 now 50 cents; $2 jewelry now $1. Klahr’s, 25 S. Union St., Middletown.

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