Spring Grove area news of 40 years ago

It is obvious that I love old newspapers. From the vitally important to minutia, the items make the past come alive. With over two hundred years of local newspapers on microfilm, as well as files full of clippings, at York County Heritage Trust, I won’t run out of old news to newly share.

The short pieces below appeared under the heading “Spring Grove Briefs” and had a byline of Nevin Smith. This clipping is from the same undated scrapbook that contained the UFO photo and caption that I recently posted. It is probably from the 1970s; someone might be able to date it by the names of the individuals mentioned.

A “tribute of thanks” was given by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ congregation to Malden Dressler, with the assistance of his wife, Laura, who served for 40 years as financial secretary of the congregations.

A congregational meeting will follow the Aug. 5 service in Zion (Shaffer’s) Lutheran congregation, Hanover Junction. The agenda will include plans to correct the problem of water getting in the basement of the church.

An Airplane Throwing contest was held at the Spring Grove Playground. Appearance winners were Paige Arendt, Teri Leedy and Tina Rider. Distance winners were Danny Tiehel, Matt Kessler and Brian Decker.

The York New Salem Fire Company Auxiliary has donated $2,000 to the fire company.

The Rev. S. Alan Rudy, pastor of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, York New Salem, reported that interest from the Ness Estate amounting to $1,983 will be used in the Current Fund toward payments of the bill for painting the church.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ congregation, Stoverstown, purchased the former Mable B. Gunnett home as its new parsonage for the Rev. and Mrs. Austin L. Chinault II and children Kyle and Jessica.

Mayor Richard Thieret issued a warning that weeds in the borough are to be cut within the next five days. Several areas in town have been cited with large amounts of weeds growing. Property owners who do not adhere to the warning will have the weeds cut by the borough and billed accordingly.

Nothing very exciting, but just a snapshot of county life 40 years ago.

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