Only Yesterday: Sisters Michele and Trudy Wandel, of Harveys Lake, were roller skating champs 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

Anyone attending next week’s performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Scranton Cultural Center will see a few familiar faces – seven area young people who have been selected to sing in the chorus of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Young singers are Jennifer Mullins, Leslie Dewees, Katie Mullins, Meghan Davis, Craig Thomas, Dierdre McLaughlin and Joanna Smith.

The Dallas American Legion scholarship committee recently awarded its 1996 Technical Scholarships to Shawn Zeveney of Lake-Lehman High School and Michael O’Donnell and Thomas Froncek of Dallas High School.

The Back Mountain Flames, a U-11 girls’ soccer team won the M.U.S.C. Colonial Shootout Tournament in Morristown, N.J. last month. More than 140 teams participated. Team members are Callie Carsman, Caitlin Dukas, Carrie Stolarick, Lauren Stefaniak, Meredith Lacey, Jennifer Drury, Katie Lykon, Katie Rhodes, Ashleigh King, Lizzy Martin, Sydney Guelich, Shannon Thomas, Jacqueline Hardwick and Taylor Beattie.

30 years ago — 1986

Two Harveys Lake sisters have been making a name in skating competition for the past nine years. Michele and Trudy Wandel, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wandel of Harveys Lake, have won a total of 58 trophies and 29 medals in roller skating competitions in Pennsylvania, along the Eastern Coast and in the nationals held at Lincoln, Nebraska. Michele, age 18, and Trudy, 13, started skating at the Dallas rink since it opened nine years ago.

Lions District 14-W Governor William Kozerski was a special guest at the Harveys Lake Lions Annual Outdoor Dinner held at Hanson’s Park, marking the end of their outdoor meetings for the year. The Governor installed new member Joseph Balken, who was sponsored by Richard Goode.

40 years ago — 1976

Dallas Lions Club will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner Tuesday at Gate of Heaven auditorium. Committees appointed by president John George include Tom Reese, tickets; Bill Tabor, hall; kitchen, Joe Canfield assisted by Joe Honington, Bob Johnston, Dr. I. Berger and Sargo Toni; serving, John Mulhern assisted by Gene DeStefano, Paul McCue, Ben Treczynski, Bob Fino and Clem Kuras; and refreshments, John Shinal.

Saturday evening, two Lehman baseball teams were guests of honor at the 26th annual Back Mountain Baseball banquet for league champions, held at Pesacreta’s Restaurant. Lehman-Jackson giants Majors and Minors were honored as league champions. Members of the minor team are: Chris Wargo, Danny Walsh, Jim Boughton, Dave Williams, Pat McGraw, Ray Iwanowski, Chuch Hoyt, Earl Weidner, Tom Yoniski, John Corbett, Bill Scruitsky, Mark Zurinski, Dave Klebon, Ed Campbell and Marty Onzik.

50 years ago — 1966

Virginia K. Glenny and James J. Knecht, seniors at Dallas Senior High School have been named semifinalists in the 1966-67 Merit Scholarship competition. They are among the highest-scoring students in the state of Pennsylvania on the National Test, administered last spring in 17,500 schools nationwide.

Back Mountain Town and Country YMCA was dissolved on October 1, 1966. Board of Directors reached this decision after months of soul searching and consideration, study and deliberation. Lack of public cooperation, interest and subsequent lack of funds forced the decision. With expenditures of $1,000 per month, half of which was furnished by the United Fund with the rest to be subscribed by drives and other fund raising methods, the board found each year more difficult to meet the budget.

60 years ago — 1956

Bird Club members set a tentative date of October 13 for a trip to Hawk Mountain, sixty miles distant, to see the migration in full swing. Present at the meeting of the club were: Mr. and Mrs. Arnott Jones, Mrs. Ellis Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Nichols, Joseph J. Perry, Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Smith, Frank Jackson, Richard Jones, Edwin Johnson, Mrs. T.M.B. Hicks, and Mrs. Mable Evans.

James Edwards, junior at Wyoming Seminary, and son of Mr. and Mrs. James Edwards, Druid Hill, is president of Back Mountain YMCA Teen Club Council. Other officers elected at the meeting on Tuesday evening were: vice president, Fred Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Anderson, Shavertown; secretary, Sandy Hinkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Hinkle, Trucksville; and chaplain, Brenda Hoke, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Neal, Dallas.

Pfc. Patrick P. Scavone, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip E. Scavone, Sweet Valley, was a winner in the expert class at the National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. Scavone, who is regularly assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, fired for the Pacific Rifle team.

70 years ago — 1946

With construction of their new building on Memorial Highway nearly completed, Clarence and Donald LaBar have opened for business under the name of LaBar’s Auto Body Shop. Donald has eighteen years of experience on all types of automobile body work and painting, and is an expert in his field. Clarence will manage the gasoline station and hopes to employ all local help.

Joanne McKenna was elected president and Elsie Jean Ide, vice president at the meeting of Kings’ Daughters Class of Idetown Methodist Church in the church house Friday evening. Other officers selected were: secretary, Barbara Williams and treasurer, Dorothy Meade.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

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