Only Yesterday: Trucksville resident Patricia Ann Baines received LCCC’s Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award in 1996

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20 years ago — 1996

Trucksville resident Patricia Ann Baines recently received Luzerne County community College’s Outstanding Adult Learner Graduate Award at the college’s 28th annual Commencement.

At a recent Awards Day assembly at the Dallas Middle School three students received the Dallas Education Association’s achievement award, a certificate and savings bond, for earning the highest Q.P.A. for the first three marking periods. Recipients for this year are Leanne Piatsa, seventh grade; Ryan Morgan, sixth grade; and Norah Krakosky, eighth grade.

The Lake-Lehman Band recently competed in Sherburne, NY at the 47th Annual Pageant of Bands, scoring first place in concert band, Indoor Guard, Parade and Field Show, earning the title of “Best in Class.” The Band Director Edward A. Richards captured the director’s award for 1996. Band members displaying the trophies are Michelle Nallon, Jen Kordowski, Drum Majors Matt Link and Katie Martin, Ben McEntee and Stacy Kehler.

30 years ago — 1986

Five area women and one local service organization were honored as leaders in the community at the recent Third Annual Luzerne County Women’s Conference held at the campus of Penn State Wilkes-Barre. They received the 1986 Pathfinders Award, which each year is awarded to county residents or organizations for having paved new ground for women in the area of politics, business, community endeavors, education and the arts. This year’s six recipients are: Madge Benovitz, Kingston; Patricia Davis, Dallas; Nancy Noonan, Forty Fort; Susan Sordoni, Harveys Lake; Anne Vernon, Dallas; and The Negro Women’s Community League.

Plaques were presented to three eighth grade students and one seventh grade student at Dallas Junior High School recently for their outstanding athletic achievement in the school’s sports programs. For the first time in the history of the junior high, three girls’ athletic teams copped the District 2 Junior High championships within the school year. Teams winning district titles were the girls’ hockey team, girls’ basketball team and the girls’ track team. They are: Wendy Hozempa, Jennifer Besecker, Laura Poynton and Gretchen Schuler.

40 years ago — 1976

The Back Mountain Bicentennial Council recently held an art contest in coordination with the Wyoming Valley Art League. The contestants’ paintings were displayed in Kennedy Lounge at College Misericordia. Winners were Student division – Ellen Grossman, first place, Dawn Morgan, second place, and Debbie Kleban, third place, Joann Belles and Diane Kleinfelder, honorable mention; Adult division – Sally Handley, first place, Irene McLaughlin, second place, Bernadette Kominski, third place, Janet Tuck, honorable mention.

Approximately 20 Belles from Dallas High School, attired in colonial costumes will, assist Back Mountain Library auctioneers by spotting eager bidders. Some of them are: Robin Ashbridge, Cathy Swingle, Tina Charney, Gayle Kirk, Kris Jenkins, Carole Kwasnik, Beth Hayes, Corry Zimmerman and Diane Anthony.

50 years ago — 1966

Two Back Mountain men have been named top executives of Miners National bank. Elected Chairman of the Board was Frank W. Anderson. William J. Peck was promoted to president.

At a recent Charter Night Dinner Dance, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Prokopchak, Dallas, were honored guests of Wyoming-West Wyoming Lions for their 55th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in 1911 and has resided in Dallas for the past 53 years.

Joseph F. Hardisky, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Hardisky, Dallas, recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University’s Wilkes-Barre Center with an Associate Degree in Engineering and a major in Drafting and Design Technology.

60 years ago — 1956

Members of Mrs. Charles Frick’s Fellowship Class, Huntsville Methodist Church, are preparing for a camping vacation at Canton. Participants will include Carol Smith, Diane LaCorte, Carol Stroud, Bonnie Wagner, Elaine Kozemchak, Donna Lee Garinger, James Kozemchak, Gerald Wagner and Thomas Hopa.

Dallas Girl Scouts will help with the operation of the Fun House at the Library Auction Friday and Saturday. This is one of the side attractions of the annual auction that keeps children occupied while their parents bid on items coming over the block. Girls who will help are Jean Crop, Marianne Powers, Sally Moyer, Kathryn Girvan, Judy Miller, Ruth Miller, Shirley Yalick, Andrew Ellum, Judith Ann Williams, Geraldine Crop, Susan Owens, Gail Dixon, Beverly race and Elizabeth May.

70 years ago — 1946

Billy Davies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Davies of Shavertown, fell from a Catalpa tree and broke his arm Wednesday while playing in the Hunt yard with Lee Eckert. Billy was pretty scared for a while but Dr. G.L. Howell cheered him up when he showed him that he can make the arm work again at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital. Right now Billy is rather proud of his sling which he will have to wear for six to eight weeks but both he and Lee – they are both seven years old – have vowed not to climb anymore Catalpa trees.

Movies playing at the Shaver Theatre, Shavertown, included “They Were Expendable” starring Robert Montgomery, John Wayne and Donna Reed; and “Torrid Zone” featuring Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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