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What local people were talking about 52 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in local papers during the latter part of April 1963.
The Upper Uwchland Home and School League decided that the planned Marsh Creek State Park should be abandoned because it was impractical, as well as a burden on taxpayers.
Downingtown National Bank opened a branch in Lionville. Miss Pennsylvania greeted those who came to the grand opening. A second branch, in the east end of the borough, was to be opened in several months.
Those who clipped a coupon from a local newspaper could buy 5 gallons of gas for a total of $1.15 at the gas island at the Downingtown Farmers Market.
Following a welcoming greeting by Donna Katherina, these second graders recited poems at an assembly program at East Ward School: Gary Miller, Robbie Sarmento, Walter Brown, Gary Miles, Kevin Stevenson, Debbie Mercer, Robert Stine, Linda Graybill, Joyce Pechin and Theresa Cortlessa.
The Downingtown Lions Club celebrated its 35th anniversary. Robert Ash had been the first president, and 38 percent of the charter members were still active in the club. Those who offered recollections of the club’s earlier days included: George Bousum, Ted Griffith, Bill Reed, Anthony Ricci, Ray Sheeler, Vinton Smedley, Ed Towson, Elton Weikel and Stan Walters.
Dian Marie Hamilton, from the Bradford Hills section of Downingtown, was crowned Miss Chester County. Hamilton, a junior at West Chester State College, won the talent competition. Anne Earnshaw, a DHS senior, was one of the four finalists.