Only Yesterday


First Posted: 4/8/2012

20 YEARS AGO – 1992

Three local members of the Wyoming Valley Ice Skating Club will be competing in the Philadelphia Area Figure Skating Championship at the University of Delaware this week. The competitors will be competing in compulsory moves, free style figures and dance. The local participants are: Crystal Rondinella, Amy Frederick and Martha Wallace.

The Eagle Scout Award, the highest and most distinguished award in Scouting was recently presented to Brian J. Achuff. He is the son of John A. and Lucille M. Achuff of Dallas.

30 YEARS AGO – 1982

Back Mountain area residents Jay Downs, George Stelz, Fred Stein and Chris Jachimovicz earned money for the recent Easter Seals Telethon as they played the Pac Man machine at the Fat Man’s Family Fun Center located in the Luzerne Shopping Center. The four young men played the machines for more than 28 consecutive hours.

Local Kiwanians are making plans for the third annual “Psychic Expo ’82,” a unique awareness event that will take place at he Dallas Elementary School on April 30, May 1 and 2. Featured, along with personalities available for consultation will be a complete book store, free lectures on many subjects, merchandise refreshments and door prizes. Members of the general committee arranging the event are: Reese Pelton, Paul Selingo, Jim Snyder, Larry McDonald, Bill Tregaskis, chairman; and Cliff Parker.

40 YEARS AGO – 1972

Carol Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Evans, Dallas, will participate in the Miss Pennsylvania Teen-Ager Pageant to be held in July in Harrisburg. Miss Evans, a ninth grade student at the Dallas Junior High School, is an honor roll student and member of the school’s French club and band. She works during her spare time as a hospital volunteer and candystriper.

The annual spring concert of the Lake-Lehman Knights symphonic concert band will be presented at the high school auditorium April 21 and 22. Baton twirlers, who have received many awards for their fine performances for their dance, strutting and twirling routines, will be featured at the concert. Twirlers include Marilyn Ivan, Kathy Salansky, Donna Ashton, Mary Ann Newell, Karen Genettes and Jonelle Wheatley.

50 YEARS AGO – 1962

James F. Besecker, one of the staunchest community supporters Dallas ever had was honored Thursday evening by Dallas Rotary Club at its 35th anniversary dinner dance held at Irem Temple Country Club. A charter member, and Rotary’s third president, Jim was awarded a desk plaque fashioned of anthracite coal, bearing his name, and inscription and the Rotary seal.

Altar and Rosary Society, St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown, will sponsor a children’s fashion show in the church auditorium Sunday. Fashions for tots through teems will be modeled by children of the parish. Children models include John Mihalick, Alice Dorosky, Diane Duffy, Laurie Fry, Tresa Cushner, Judy Ann O’Hara, Patty Corbett, Susan Rinehart, Joseph Yuhas, Linda Taglia, Kathy Dunne, Joyce Marie Zimmerman, Jeri Jordan, Jimmie Youngblood, Kathy Sublett, Deborah Bednar, Mary Lou Roman, Paul DeMarco, Carol Dillon, Ruth Ann Boylan, Lynne Borton, Kevin Borton, Mary Beth Guyette, Maureen Brown, Charles Harris, Mary Ann Kupstas, Jane Ann Thorber, Mary Meade and Patty Nagle.

60 YEARS AGO – 1952

Senior of the Month, sponsored by Dallas Rotary Club and schools of the Back Mountain is Clarence Swire, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Swire, Sweet Valley. Clarence is enrolled in Industrial Arts at Lake-Noxen, preparatory to his life’s ambition of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Richard Disque has broken ground for his new funeral home on Memorial Highway at Center Hill Road. The building will be of Colonial architecture with a residential apartment on the second floor.

70 YEARS AGO – 1942

The insidious tentacles of the scarlet fever epidemic which is raging in Philadelphia reached out to the Back Mountain Region this week. Eight cases of the disease were reported in Dallas Borough and Kingston Township alone, and one local physician is treating more than a dozen scattered throughout this section.

Eight Lehman High School students left for Canton, Pa. yesterday morning to be present for the first rehearsal for the Northeastern District Band Concert which is to be held on Saturday. Those selected to represent the school are: Lenora Parks, Carol Crosby, Betty Naugle, Ted Parks, Dorothy Cornell, Albert Agnew, Roland Masters and Stewart Ehret.

Information for “Only Yesterday” is taken from past issues of The Dallas Post which is 122 years old. The information is printed here exactly as it appeared in the newspaper years ago.

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