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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Oct. 1, 1964, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 10/4/17

Adjustment board hearing set for zoning hassle; couple asked to delay suit until after appeal action

Middletown’s Board of Adjustment will be the next focal point of decision in the borough’s …

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From the Vault: News from the Thursday, Oct. 1, 1964, edition of the Press & Journal

Posted

Adjustment board hearing set for zoning hassle; couple asked to delay suit until after appeal action

Middletown’s Board of Adjustment will be the next focal point of decision in the borough’s controversial action to deny a Lower Swatara Township couple a permit to erect a prebuilt mobile home on a Chestnut Street lot in the Third Ward.

The couple, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Long, last week asked the Dauphin County Court to order the borough manager to reinstate a building permit which was ordered revoked by Borough Council on September 14.

Borough Solicitor Joseph Nissley said yesterday he has requested legal representative for the Longs to withhold filing action until after next Monday night’s Board of Adjustment hearing in the Community Building. The hearing will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

He said this procedure is the quickest way to move in order to get a court position.

The Longs will ask the Adjustment Board to approve their appeal for a rear lot dimension variance. In their deliberations, the Adjustment Board will have to determine if the rear lot dimension violation affects “the general health, welfare and morale of Middletown.”

Additionally, they will have to determine how this variance request differs from others the board has considered and acted on in the past.

If the Adjustment Board approves the Long appeal, the matter will then be out of the borough’s jurisdiction. If their appeal is denied, the couple then has the right to appeal to Dauphin County Court.

According to the Longs, they have spent more than $11,000 to erect a prebuilt mobile home on the Chestnut Street lot.

MECO workers honored for safety record

A 2 1/2-million man-hour safety record by the employees at Metropolitan Edison Co.’s Crawford Generating Station at Middletown was cited this week.

William R. Snyder, president of Metropolitan Edison Co., and G. R. Parry, executive vice president, honored the employees by presenting them with the General Public Utilities Accident Prevention Honor Award, a personally inscribed pocket knife and a letter of commendation.

In making the presentation of the Honor Award to Hugh E. Bodden, Crawford Plant superintendent, Mr. Snyder pointed out that “this is the best record ever established by a generating station within the General Public Utilities’ network."

Safety records show that there have been only six other electric generating stations in the nation which have topped the record now established by Metropolitan Edison’s employees at Crawford Station.

This plant is one of four steam generating stations and one hydro-electric generating station in the Metropolitan Edison Co. system.

James Helsel elected head of realty group

The Pennsylvania Realtors Association at its annual convention at Tamiment in the Poconos unanimously elected James L. “Jim” Helsel of Londonderry Township as its president for 1965.

This is the first time in the history of the association that a son has been elected to serve in the position his father, Ben Helsel, had previously filled, having been president in 1954.

Jim was born in Middletown, attended Middletown Schools and Harrisburg Academy, served in the Navy in World War II and on his return entered Franklin and Marshall College. He then joined the Air Force as a cadet and after serving four years was discharged as a captain.

He joined his father’s firm as a Realtor and has been president of the Greater Harrisburg Board of Realtors, president of the Harrisburg Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and is serving a second term as a director of the National Association of Real Estate Boards from Pennsylvania.

He is active in civil affairs, now serving as president of the Lower Dauphin School Jointure, treasurer of the Londonderry Township School Board, president of the Official Board of the Middletown Methodist Church and chaplain of Middletown Post 594 American Legion.

He is married and has two children, Sandy and Jim Jr.

Headlines from the edition

• Motorcycle hits wall, driver injured

• Parish school PTA hears talk on World’s Fair

• Modern firefighting equipment is forte of area fire companies

Hot buys

• Pre-hung aluminum doors, all holes pre-drilled. $31.95. Middletown Lumber and Supply Co., Clinton Street at Reading Railroad, Middletown.

• Free introductory offer with the purchase of a new Motorola 19-inch portable television. Free roll-about cart plus free four-piece king-size tray table serving set. $149.95. South Union Supply Co., 220 S. Union St. and Olmsted Plaza, Middletown.

• Plant bulbs for spring color ... just arrived from Holland, tulips, hyacinths, daffodils. Fall rose sale, buy two get one free. Londonderry Garden Center, Middletown-Marietta Road, three miles south of Middletown on Route 441.

• Puritan ski lift wool pullover sweater, $15. Van Heusen cable stitch wool blend, $14.95. Melman’s, 1-5 S. Union St., Middletown and Olmsted Plaza. Free parking, open Thursday and Friday until 9.

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