Only Yesterday: Residents of the Meadows Apartments, Dallas, attended a Hawaiian Luau in 1986

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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

Dallas resident Aida Maturi is in charge of bringing a piece of history back to Harveys Lake. She’s restoring the Gypsy Queen, an antique 40-foot wooden launch, which is resting on the lakefront opposite The Grotto. The old lady resembles the two boats that once plied the lake.

Three Lake-Lehman High School seniors recently attended Lycoming College for Pennsylvania Enterprise Week. Liz Lockavich of Sweet Valley, Helen Strutko of Harveys Lake and Desiree Schooley of Noxen are the first students to attend.

Duo partners Kassy Yedesko of Trucksville, and Amanda Boytin of Hunlock Creek, recently competed at the Northeast Talent Championships held at Split Rock Lodge in the Poconos. They were awarded the title “Best Overall Duo” in their age division for having the highest combined scores. The girls also competed in the Eastern Performing Arts talent competition in McAffee, New Jersey and won first place in every category they entered: tap, novelty and pantomime.

30 years ago — 1986

Residents of the Meadows Apartments, Dallas, recently attended a Hawaiian Luau on the grounds of the complex. Residents came in brightly colored shirts, pants and dresses and were provided with leis and flowers. Participants included Tess Polachek, Marjorie Gabel, Ann Dymond, Clara Troxell, George Bartorillo, Betty Kunkle, Tom Williams, Ruth Muchler, Laura Watkins and Herb Phillips.

Theresa Ann Weidman of Sweet Valley recently won several awards for her performance in hair styling competition in Syracuse, N.Y. Weidman, who competed with 106 other contestants at the Kayser Store, took 1st place honors in razor cutting for men and women and 4th place in perm styling for men and women. Weidman, who is entering her eighth year in the profession, owns Theresa Ann’s Unisex Salon in the Dallas Corners Building.

Samuel L. Soltis, Shavertown, recently completed a two-year administrative fellowship at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. During his first year as an administrative fellow, Soltis worked in Nursing Services Administration, where he initiated a computer-based budgeting and staffing system. He spent his second year in hospital administration, where he was involved in numerous planning and administrative activities, including obtaining a technical assistance grant for the establishment of a Geriatric Assessment Center at Wilkes-Barre General.

40 years ago — 1976

The Altar and Rosary Society of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, is planning a late summer card and games party which will be held in the school auditorium, Machell Ave., Dallas on Wednesday evening. Planning committee members are: Mrs. Donald Thompson, chairman; Mrs. Rose Wolensky, president; Mrs. Robert Cartier, co-chairman; Mrs. Jack Cacozza, Mrs. Robert Leonard, Mrs. Michael Parsons and Mrs. Joseph McDonald.

Three Dallas boys caught more than their share of fish Monday afternoon in a private pond located on the property of one of their friends in the Back Mountain. The boys pulled in a total of 31 bass and pan fish, using live bait. The fishermen are: Chris Mihalick, Bob and Jim Durkin.

50 years ago — 1966

Two young Shavertown lads pointed up the fact that honesty is still a major virtue when they found a purse in the Shavertown Shopping Center parking lot Tuesday evening. Robert Daubert, Spring Street, and Malcolm Kitchen Jr., Pioneer Avenue, did not open the bag upon discovery, but went immediately to Luther Rozelle in the Acme store. (Mr. Rozelle is a Kingston Township Special Police Officer.) Upon opening the purse, Mr. Rozelle discovered a large sum of money, including a two week pay, and identification card which belonged to Mrs. Robert Appleby, Orange.

Miss Christine Rubino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rubino, Shrine Acres, Dallas, is on a six week tour of Italy, accompanied by her grandmother, Mrs. Joseph Rubino, Boston. Christine, a ninth grade student at Dallas Junior High School, will return home September 16.

Young folks who dropped in at the Snack Shop, Carverton Road, for a coke or sandwich last Thursday evening were lucky for they ran into Rose Harvey and her “magic” accordion. An hour of fun, group singing and good clean jollity were enjoyed during the supper hour. And then – like the Pied Piper of old – Rose led them to the Tent Crusade, corner of Carverton Road and Bunker Hill, for her evening service.

60 years ago — 1956

Marilyn Shaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milford Shaver, Center Hill Road, rated third place in the Beauty Contest held Sunday afternoon at Harveys Lake. Sponsored by Harveys Lake Lions, in the interest of raising funds for their sight-saving program, the Seventh Annual Lady of the Lake contest drew a mammoth crowd of 5,000, largest turnout ever attracted to this event.

Two Lehman-Jackson-Ross graduates, under guidance of Fred Schobert, agriculture instructor, made a good showing at Bloomsburg this week. George Major’s junior calf was adjudged grand champion at the Bloomsburg Junior Achievement Show. George Yurko, a 1956 graduate of Lehman, showed three Guernseys. His two-year-old cow took second place, his aged and junior yearling, fourth place.

70 years ago — 1946

Five local boys in vocational agricultural courses in Back Mountain schools have been selected as members of the Pennsylvania State FFA Band which will play as the official band for the Victory Convention of the National Future Farmers of America at Kansas City in October. The local boys are: Edwin A. Wright, clarinet, Lehman High School; Jerry Scott, drums, Lehman High School; Kenneth Hunter, cornet, Lehman High School; Harry Bellas, Dallas Township High School; John Bronson, trombone, Lake Township High School.

Seventh Scranton Diocesan Convention of National Council of Catholic Women was held last Sunday at Camp St. Andrew, Oxbow Lake. Representing St. Therese’s were Mrs. Guy Dunham and Mrs. Cora Dunham of Dallas; Mrs. Joseph Gibbon of Chase; Mrs. Albert Pesevento of Trucksville; Mrs. John Stenger Jr. of Shavertown.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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