20 years ago — 1996
Ms. Joan Rakowski’s Dallas Middle School Spanish classes recently studied the holiday customs of Spain and Mexico and held a holiday card design contest. Winners of the competition were Courtney Beardsworth, most information; Paul Mizenko, most artistic; Matthew Wycallis, most original; J.T. Wisnieski, most detail; and Erica Harrison, most artistic.
The staff of Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc., Dallas, recently earned the “Rainbow” award from United Way of Wyoming Valley for having the highest percent of contributors and most donations among local independent nursing homes. Executive Director Ray Condo accepted the award from Karen Brennan, Assistant Director of Fund Raising at United Way. Contributors include Gary Kirk, Joan Krispin, Eleanor Piazza, James Alaimo, Carol Leoni, Diane Malonis, Lisa Scott, Susan Bell, Elaine Charney, Andy Novak, Marilyn Gregorski, Helen Krause, Eric Traver, Shirley Mikulka and Tina Cook.
30 years ago — 1986
A ground-breaking ceremony was conducted Monday morning for the Country Club Shopping Center, located on Route 309, Dallas, adjacent to Northeastern Bank. The center will house eight stores in addition to Insalaco’s Supermarket, which will be the main tenant. The opening is set for the fall of 1986.
Cub Pack 155 of Trucksville held rocket and frog races at the Trucksville Educational Building. Scouts who place in rockets were Bill Bullock, first place; Mike Lycon, second place; Ryan Boraski, third place; and Jason Seward, fourth place. Scouts who placed in Frog Race were Kevin McGovern, first place; Bryan Reggi, second place; Ben Sappe, third place; and Dean Evans, fourth place.
Andy Yencha, 18, or Shavertown, has been chosen to receive the “Dr. William T. Hornaday Award for Distinguished Service in Conservation.” Andy is one of six young Americans chosen from across the United States to receive the Silver Medal, scouting’s highest conservation awards, from the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America.
40 years ago — 1976
Members of the Westmoreland P.T.A. recently hosted Luther Rozelle, of the Kingston Township Police Department, at their meeting. Rozelle presented a lesson on gun safety to Marsha Barbose, Sharon Morgan, Dorothy Shotwell, Mrs. Stephen Andresco and Barbara Stecher.
Students at Gate of Heaven School, Dallas, were honored recently by the school’s Parent Teacher Guild for their success in selling Easter candy in a fund raising project. April Petroski took the top prize, a television set. Others who received prizes were: John Walsh, Francis Parsons, Maria Stahovec, Kim Ellsworth, Sharon Shupas, Joe Busitsky, Billy Millham, Billy Boyle, Douglas Barbacci, Carl Coyle, Stacey Hoyt, Tom Pashinski, Robert Reid, David Hartzell, Judy Luke, John Luksic and David Williams.
50 years ago — 1966
The John Philip Sousa Band Award was presented to Marjorie Evans and Judy Kocher at the Lake-Lehman Band Concert on Saturday by Anthony Marchakitus, high school principal. Award consists of a deskpiece, pin, certificate, and plaque. The plaque remains in the trophy case with the names of all winners engraved on it.
Judy Woolbert, R.N., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Woolbert, Shavertown, left by plane from Philadelphia yesterday for Miami, Fla., where at midnight tonight she will enplane again for Bogota, Columbia and Quito, Ecuador. The young lady will spend two months in the South American country where she will work and study with the underprivileged children of the Mestizo Indians, who live at the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
60 years ago — 1956
For the second time, Shavertown carried off the Mrs. Wyoming Valley title, when Mrs. Frederick Eck was hailed the winner of the 1956 contest at Thursday night’s Parade of Progress in West Side Armory. Mrs. Charles Eberle was the 1954 winner. Mrs. Alva Eggleston, of Vernon, another of Back Mountain’s favorite daughters, was among the five finalists. Both women were sponsored by Dallas Woman’s Club.
Air Explorer Scouts gathered on Saturday to clean and refurbish their new quarters at the old observation post, granted them by Dallas Borough Council. Seven Explorers and four men replaced a step and a window, straightened the fence, and made plans for further repairs next Saturday. Workers on Saturday were Arthur Ellum, John Savickas, John Kirk, Blair Haddle, James Lowrie, Stefan Hellersperk, and Les Barstow. Men assisting were Arthur Ellum Sr., Jack Stanley, Jack Rogers and Leslie Barstow Sr.
70 years ago — 1946
Louise Kunkle has been selected by students of Dallas Township High School to act as May Queen at the May Day exercises next Thursday. Other attendants will be maid of honor, Gerry Hessler; senior attendants, Joan Warmouth, Rita Shields, Gladys Hilbert and Pearl Krause. Junior attendants will be Barbara Race and Rosemary Chukinas; sophomore attendants, Mildred Borton and Margaret Juda.
Daddow Isaac Post American Legion will hold its semi-annual square and round dance this evening with Ronnie Varker as caller. Bud Nelson is chairman of the affair assisted by Primo Barretini and Bill Baker Jr.
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