Only Yesterday: Carol Williams’ fifth-graders made it rain, blew up teacher in 1996 science class

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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

    Ms. Carol Williams’ fifth-graders will make it rain in their classroom and blow up their teacher in science class. Using materials they are familiar with, her students will learn science through a new “hands-on” approach. During the first week of school they made and set up wind flags, a rain gauge and thermometers, and devised experiments to study temperature differences and humidity to begin a unit on the weather. Wind flags were made by Karen Milunic, Colleen Mininger, Scott Lozo, Matt Mahoney and Cody Lamoreaux.

    Dallas resident Nancie J. Fitch, D.O., a specialist is emergency medicine at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, was recently named medical director for area paramedic units 2, 3, 5, 8 and 303, and recommended by EMS (emergency medical services) for the facility medical commander at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

    Nine-year-old Brian Goeringer, of Dallas, recently had an opportunity to meet the entire Red Barons team and serve as honorary bat boy at a Red Barons home game. Brian was the grand prize winner of the Red Barons Bat Boy Contest held exclusively at T.G.I. Fridays on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre.

    30 years ago — 1986

    Children in families that are awaiting the birth of a baby are getting a chance to learn about life with a new brother or sister. The Education and Obstetric Departments of Nesbitt Memorial Hospital conduct sibling classes several times a year. Recent participants from the Back Mountain include Jeffrey Singer, Dallas; Kate Weiss, Shavertown; Holly Ramey, Dallas; Kristen Ruda, Dallas; and Leigh Ann Mastrini, Shavertown.

    Joe Marcelonis, courier for The Dallas Post, hauled in a huge catch from the Susquehanna River near Meshoppen last week. The 16-pound, 38-ounce Musky battled Joe for 15 minutes before he finally reeled it in.

    40 years ago — 1976

    Four Back Mountain girls are among the 12 finalists in the Luzerne County Junior Miss Pageant, sponsored by Greater Hazleton Jaycees, this weekend in the auditorium of Hazleton High School. Diane Anthony, Debbie Prater, Terri Brennan, of Dallas, and Susan Zapoticky, Shavertown, were chosen earlier this year from an initial group of 60 area entrants. They are now rehearsing individual performances tied to the pageant theme “2001 Space Odyssey.”

    Members of Harveys Lake fire company’s tug-of-war team earned first in that event in Sunday’s Luzerne County fair competition, defeating all comers. Included on the team were Tom Williams, Richard Williams, Jim Faerber and several others.

    50 years ago — 1966

    Lehman Township Supervisors have approved Project 70. Sunset Beach Association has raised substantial funds for maintenance of the proposed beach area at the entrance to Harveys Lake, it was reported to the board Saturday morning. Supervisor Clint Smith said the agreement was to guarantee $5,000 a year for maintenance and that $2,500 was to be submitted Saturday as a gesture of good faith.

    The YWCA Back Mountain Homemaker’s Holiday classes will begin Tuesday. This year the program will be held in the Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Dallas. Classes include Bridge with Mrs. Richard Lindsley; Della Robia Wreaths, Mrs. Leonard Adamshick; Christmas Crafts and Bazaar Ideas, Mrs. Gwilym Evans; millinery, Mrs. George Parry; rug hooking, Mrs. Peter Dean; papier mache, Mrs. Edward Ratcliffe; knitting, Mrs. Michael Bucan; slimnastics; and art and needle craft.

    60 years ago — 1956

    Clark Lewis, junior at Dallas-Franklin-Monroe Township School, where he is taking the Vocational Agriculture course, took the grand championship in showmanship, and reserve championship in fitting at last Wednesday’s FFA Show in Tunkhannock. His senior yearling Holstein, Woodburne Dolly, took a blue ribbon in a class of 28 animals, and was one of a winning group of four in “get of sire” competition, at Friday’s Black and White Show on NEPA grounds.

    An East Dallas mother who gave birth to a baby daughter in the family car in Wilkes-Barre Sunday morning, was discharged with the new baby from Mercy Hospital Thursday morning. The baby, born to Isabelle and Sterling Lutz, is the second child of the young couple.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Breza, Overbrook Road, Dallas, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in August with open house at their home in the afternoon followed by dinner at the Kingston House in the evening for over a hundred and forty friends and members of their family.

    70 years ago — 1946

    Charles Nuss was elected Colonel of the $7,500 fund drive of Lehman Township Volunteer Fire Department at a meeting in the high school Tuesday evening. Assisting Mr. Nuss are the following: Majors, Alex Tough, Hayfield; Loren Keller, Idetown; L.E. Beisel, Meeker; Lewis Ide, Huntsville; H.L. Hendricks and F.K. Abbot, Lehman. These men will have the complete cooperation of all members of the Association, who carry the rank of captain, and a large number of lieutenants who are associate members.

    Members of the Orange W.S.C.S. met at the church recently and made plans for their talent social to be held in October at a place to be announced later. The purpose of the talent social is to test the ability and ingenuity of members to raise $2.50 or more throughout the year for the benefit of the society.

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Robinson of West Dallas entertained at a corn roast Saturday night honoring their house guests, Mr. and Mrs. James Brennan and Edward Peterson and to help Tom celebrate his birthday anniversary.

    Compiled by Kim Rollman

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