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What local residents were talking about 36 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in the East Branch Citizen in the early part of August 1979.
- It appeared that the projected September 10 completion date of the eight-room addition to DHS and the commitment to finish the new high school gymnasium by October 10 were not going to be met. The causes for the delays, according to Dr. Charles Micken, superintendent of schools, and representatives of T. A. Armbruster, the general contractor, were: unusually rainy weather, the inability of construction workers to drive to the job site due to the gas crisis, strikes delaying delivery of glazed brick from Texas, and the general contractor’s submission of inadequate drawings to the steel fabricator. The construction contract included a $500 penalty for every delayed day. But Micken didn’t foresee any particular problems in housing students in the meantime. There would be continued use of areas, such as conference rooms, for classes until the addition was finished. And PE classes would be conducted outside during most of the fall, weather permitting, as usual.
- East Caln supervisors approved plans for the new Downingtown United Methodist Church on East Lancaster Avenue.
- The coalition opposing the showing of x-rated movies at the Marchwood Theatre was considering picketing the theatre in the Marchwood Shopping Center. Also, the coalition’s lawyer filed a petition to intervene (join) in a suit that was filed by Bernard Hankin, owner of the shopping center, against Cinema Arts Inc., the theatre operator. Hankin claimed that the lease was re-assigned by the original tenant to Cinema Arts without his permission.