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What local people were talking about 36 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in the East Branch Citizen in February 1980:
- The Downingtown Area School District’s board debated how Martin Luther King’s birthday should be observed. James Watson, board representative for West Bradford, read a letter from Rev. William Levering of the Downingtown Ministerium, which proposed that Dr. King’s birthday should be a school holiday. Watson also noted that King’s birthday was a holiday in the West Chester and Coatesville School Districts. However, Sam Crawford, board representative for the west end of Downingtown, suggested that the school district should observe the birthday by special programs that would make students more aware of King’s philosophy and accomplishments, instead of an opportunity for students to “be out running on the street.” Ultimately, the board unanimously voted to make King’s birthday a school holiday.
- Downingtown’s Council honored the 28 volunteers, who spent hundreds of hours working to complete a historic survey of some 1,000 borough properties, which was critical to many of those buildings being added to the National Register of Historic Places. Also cited were the 11 DHS students in Tom Holder’s architectural drafting class, who did line drawings of the facades of some of the borough’s historic structures.