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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

FEB. 28, 1967

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 40 years ago:

Soft drink company crawling with cops

You'd think the Mission Beverages plant on Foster Street was putting bootleg whiskey in its bottles. The place is always crawling with police.

Norwalk police five of them. But they're there on their own business, not the law's. They own the plant, bottle the soft drinks, deliver them and keep the records.

"We take a little kidding," admits John Short, vice-president and bookkeeper of the operation. "Our customers say they have to buy our drinks or we'll arrest them."

The five Norwalk policemen the others are James Borgia, William Mesa, Richard Mahaffey and Richard Striker bought the bottling plant from Austin Shade Jan. 1.

Lowe, Buckley rejoin F-T hospital board

Some 20 to 30 members of the Norwalk City Hospital Association elected a Norwalk businessman and a Wakeman banker to the board of trustees at Monday night's annual meeting.

Earl H. Lowe and Kenneth C. Buckley, both former members, were elected to replace retiring trustees, John F. Ernsthausen and J. Raymond Gerkin.

Winners in model car races

A Pinewood Derby racing model cars made by Cub Scouts was held Saturday at the Lockwood Chapel in Milan. Thirty-two scouts from Milan Pack 215 and Norwalk Pack 234 competed. Pictured in the paper were winners Ed Rice, Mark Wikel, Scott Burris, Robert Wikel, Tom Rippon, Chris Knally, David Hutchins, Donald Leimback, David Bleile, Doral Maines, Tom Drake and Larry Arnold.

Mortgage burning

The Berlin Heights United Church of Christ congregation burned its mortgage on its addition in special services Sunday. The mortgage, which was really only a note represented the final indebtedness on a $60,000 addition built in 1957. Pictured in the paper burning the mortgage were pastor Osborne Hoover and Bradley Phillips, one of the oldest active members of the church.

Pauline racketeers boast just two letter winners

It will be a near impossibility for the St. Paul Flyer tennis team to match last year's undefeated regular season record of 13 wins and a tie in 14 matches.

Just two letter winners are back from that squad, but one, John Amato, is expected to have another great year.

Norb Smith is also back after copping a letter last season. Other members of last year's squad who did not letter but are out again are Tom Schaffer and John Hug.

Two seniors, Joe Mellen and Tom Furey, are out with the latter missing last year after competing as a sophomore.

Also listed on the roster is sophomore Brad Tinker and freshmen John Potts, Larry Hickey, Chris Amato and Don Nardecchia.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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