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This week in county history: Sept. 8

This week in county history: Sept. 8

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50 years ago

• A Pennsylvania Department of Internal Affairs report showed that in 1962, Cumberland County had 162 manufacturing establishments which employed a total of 10,389 workers. Carlisle was the leading industrial center for the county with 4,638 workers drawing $19.7 million in wages and salaries from an industrial base that was worth $93 million.

• The Carlisle Borough Council adopted a code of conduct for police in response to complaints of misconduct and corruption made earlier in the year by a local businessman. The new code set down a system of punishments that include removal from the force, reduction in rank and pay and suspension without pay for periods of up to a year.

• A group of 30 Carlisle area businessmen, civic leaders and town officials met to discuss the organization of a nonprofit entity tasked with the acquisition and development of land for more parks, playgrounds and recreation areas.

25 years ago

• Mechanicsburg Area School District students staged a protest at the high school asking the school board and the teachers union to end their deadlock over contract talks. Days later, the Mechanicsburg Education Association ended the district’s first-ever teachers strike without a contract after the majority of membership rejected the latest board offer.

• Officials in four municipalities met behind closed doors with county and regional officials and landowners to discuss what type of development may be suitable for several large undeveloped tracts along the Route 465-Route 11 corridor.

• Members of the American Federation of Government Employees union announced plans to picket the Ship Parts Control Center in Hampden Township to protest against what they claim was an effort by management to cover up information concerning toxic waste dumps at the Navy depot.

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