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The first person to correctly identify the site in this photo will be recognized as a truly perceptive scholar. Better yet, they will win a $25 gift card from F.H. Swisher Plumbing & Heating, to be used at a local restaurant. Please send your responses to: Info@downingtownareahistoricalsociety.org
Hot News in the Downingtown Area - December 1977
Noted below are items that were originally published in local newspapers 36 years ago.
Demolition of a pre-1750 house on West Lancaster Avenue, next to the Downingtown Moose Lodge, was temporarily halted by the borough, after Helen Filoromo, a neighbor and chairperson of the Downingtown Historical Commission, claimed the work was being done without a permit. Moose officials said the demolition contractor failed to take care of the permit before he started tearing down the pre-Revolutionary War era house, so the Moose could increase the size of its parking area.
The Downingtown Farmer’s Market, destroyed by a December 1976 fire, re-opened in time for the Christmas shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving.
The number of students who reside in the Downingtown School District, but attended a private or parochial school in the 1977-78 school year, rose to 755. That was an increase of 92 pupils (13 percent) over the previous school year.