Only Yesterday: Scott Lefko, Dallas, run off Center Hill Road while riding bike in 1966

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Editor’s note: The Dallas Post is 127 years old. Information for “Only Yesterday” is printed exactly as it appeared originally.

20 years ago — 1996

At an awards program held recently at the Lehman-Jackson Elementary School, the Michael S. Gruen Citizenship Award was presented to Joshua Maye, con of Patricia Maye and the late Charles Maye, Dallas. This award is presented annually in memory of Michael Gruen, a sixth grade teacher at Lehman-Jackson who died in an automobile accident in October 1976. Joshua was selected by teachers and students on the basis of academics, dependability, honesty, co-operation, respect and leadership.

Roaring Brook Baptist Church of Hunlock Creek recently held its AWANA awards banquet for young people in preschool through grade six. Award winners were Alyssa Naugle, Justin Pearson, Jeremy Mitkowski, Christine Mushal, Sharon Lynn Rosa, Kelly Mahoney, Erin Gibson, Alicia Koepke, Rachel Koepke, Katie Griego, Matthew Caswell, Jason Mitkowski, Kevin Gibson, Amy Mitkowski and Leann McMurtrie.

30 years ago — 1986

Nine-year-old Brad Barket, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Barket, Dallas, captured a gold medal in the boys’ bantam division of the AAU-USA Junior Olympics regional competition conducted Sunday at Largo, Md. Brad finished first in the 3000 meter run with a time of 12:03.

Beth Kelly, of Shavertown, recently won first place in the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s “Design a Bookstore Bookmark Contest.” The contest was sponsored by the Volunteer Department to promote the bookstore. Chosen from 275 entries, t he bookmark depicts a spaceship leaving the library and states, “Books Go Everywhere.”

Den 3 of Cub Pack 232 finished the year with the June pack meeting at Gate of Heaven School. The following boys received awards for the year: Brian Ginocchetti, Michael Koch, Charlie Malpass, Patrick O’Neill and Gregory Schoenig.

40 years ago — 1976

A “Promless” marked the completion of the first year of activities for the Bible Cub of Lake-Lehman High School. Ten couples attended the affair, held at the home of Larry Major, one of the co-leaders of the club. Brenda Butler, a senior member of the club, was named queen of the event and honored by the club members with a bouquet. She was escorted by Brian Dodson.

Members of the Dallas Junior Woman’s Club were represented at the Pennsylvania Federation of Woman’s Clubs State Convention at Host Farms, Lancaster. The local club won 10 awards for their outstanding work during the year. Those attending were Mrs. Charles Hillard, president; Mrs. Jay Niskey, chairman of the Bicentennial program; Mrs. Evan Bonawitz, education chairman; Mrs. Clarence Michael, international affairs program; Mrs. Omer Thrasher, Mrs. Daniel Lukasavage, Mrs. Charles Parente and Mrs. William Davies.

50 years ago — 1966

Scott Lefko, Dallas, was forced off Center Hill Road yesterday at noon when a car full of young people allowed no room for the Little League player riding his bike home for lunch. He suffered lacerations of the legs when he ran into a pole to avoid being hit by the auto.

First period day campers from the Back Mountain YMCA Day Camp were given a tour of the Wilkes-Barre Police Station recently. The cells, prisoner interrogation, the records, finger-printing and the firing range were dome of the areas shown to the campers and their staff.

Jr. Girl Scout Troop 643, Dallas, had a three day troop camping experience in June at Wildwood, having access to the lodge and acres of fresh green woodlands. They cooked their meals over outdoor fires, hiked, played games and had evening campfires. Participants included Karen Cook, Nan Peiffer, Susan Mattern, Holly Mansley, Raelene Daring, Pam Gingell, Joyce Crispell, Debbie Koehl, Patty Van Etten, JoAnn Huttman, Cheryl Templin, Ardeth Walters, Jennie Morgan, Barbara Berti, Jennie Kapson and Barbara Moen.

60 years ago — 1956

Brownie Troop 152, St. Therese’s, Shavertown, enjoyed a three-day holiday at wildwood, Harveys Lake, last weekend. A fly-up and investiture ceremony was held at the camp. Girls attending were: Marguerite Feist, Patricia Gorda, Ann Schneider, Mary Beth Carey, Sharon Powers, Carmella Cavan, Cathy Schneider, Kathy Monahan, Mary Jo Vitali, Molly Gallagher, Peggy Houlihan, Charlene Makar, Dianne Flussi, Jacqueline Gruver, Barbara Dorrance and Charlotte Dorrance.

Barbara Rood, Harveys Lake, was presented with a meritorious service award certificate and pin recently in recognition of 200 fifty hours of faithful service in the Ground Observers Corporation by Edmund Yankoski of the United States Air Force. Miss Rood is a member of the Senior Girl Scout Troop of Harveys Lake and earned her credits at the Harveys Lake Observation Post.

70 years ago — 1946

Thirty-five years in the telephone business was marked Monday by Stanley A. Frederick, Dallas, plant department employee of Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania in Wilkes-Barre central office. The veteran telephone man was honored at a special dinner Monday evening in the Sterling Hotel, during which he was presented with a gold service pin by William L. Stocks, district plant superintendent. Company executives and coworkers attended.

The children and young people of Lehman and Idetown who attended the Daily Vacation Bible School held in Idetown Church House presented their programs in the Idetown and Lehman Churches Sunday morning. Teachers of the classes were: beginners, Miss Elsie Jean Ide and Miss Lorraine Keller; primary, junior and senior, Miss Mary Claire McKenna, Miss Ruth Ide and Miss Mattie Hadsel.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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