Only Yesterday: President Bill Clinton wrote to Lake-Lehman students in 1998

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post

20 YEARS AGO — 1998

One section of the new Contemporary Issues class at Lake-Lehman High School recently received a letter from President Bill Clinton. The students wrote to the President with their concerns about China’s siege on Tibet. Members of the class include Marisa Michaels, Shelby Wandel, Kasey Wagner, Amanda Goble, Kelly Cave, Nathan Bendik, Shivak Rajagopalan, Walt Shaver, Jim Pitcavage, Sara Kasper, Brian Bogdon, Rich Blansett, Pat DePalma, Mike Sudal and Sue Thomas. Alex Coveleski is the group’s teacher.

Cub Pack #232 from Gate of Heaven recently entertained the residents of Meadows Nursing Center. They sang Christmas carols and enjoyed refreshments with the residents. Pack members are Thomas McGrath III, Casey Baldwin, Michael Supczenski, Joseph Balavage, Kevin Buckman, John Frederick and Julian Bartorillo.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

Grand opening ceremonies were held Sunday at the new Pizza Hut, Rte. 309, Dallas. Waitresses who will be serving taste-tempting delights at the newest addition to the Back Mountain’s family of fine restaurants are Maja Anland, Michelle Cain, Lori Warneka and Lori Rogers. Dorothy Belsky is the restaurant manager.

Three Back Mountain athletes were among the seven finalists for the Killer Bees Athletic Association’s outstanding athlete of the year award. They are Ricky Bonomo, Sandy Dicton and Mike Koprowski. Bonomo was named “Outstanding Athlete of the Year” tied with Raghib Ismael, Meyers High School athlete. Bonomo won the national college title at 118-lbs. for three consecutive years.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

One of the local TV programs fast gaining in popularity is channel 16’s NEPA Scholarship Bowl. Hosted by Jay Kristopher, the half-hour show stresses academic ability and quick recall. On Saturday at 1:30, students of Dallas Area High School will oppose a team from Montrose Area High School. Members of the Dallas team are William Fleming, Jean Otto, Ellen Spar and Bonnie Futch. Coach is John Turner and alternate is Lorraine Davis.

Two Back Mountain residents, Thomas J. Jenkins and Norman H. Tomchak, were promoted by First Eastern Bank according to an announcement by Richard M. Ross, Jr., president and chief executive officer. Jenkins was advanced from assistant cashier to assistant vice president, while Tomchak was promoted from assistant trust officer to assistant vice president and trust officer.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Two Eagle Scouts were honored Sunday at Shavertown Methodist Church at a breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Class. “Pinned” by their mothers were William F. Flock Jr. and William C. Frederick, Scout Troop 231 thereby sending two Bills to the honored ranks of Eagle Scouting, the highest award to be attained in the organization. Flock is a ninth grade student at Dallas Junior High School; Frederick a tenth grade student at Dallas Senior High School.

Trinity Couples Club installed new officers at a Potluck Supper meeting held Friday evening at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Officers are: President, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Anthony; vice president, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Weiss; secretary-treasurer, Mr. and Mrs. Gray Mattern.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Gate of Heaven Altar and Rosary Society will sponsor a pre-Lenten game party at Gate of Heaven Hall this Wednesday at 8 p.m. Committee members: chairman, Mrs. Richard Murphy; cochairman, Mrs. Lester Sharkoski; program, Mrs. Lester Vitale; tickets, Mrs. Henry Mastalski; cards, Mrs. John Yalick; games, Mrs. Michael Campbell; refreshments, Mrs. Michael Magnifico and Mrs. James Regan; special awards, Mrs. Edward Cavan; public relations, Mrs. Francis Girvan.

To save the lives of children sliding on an icy highway late Thursday afternoon, Jim Huston Jr. steered for a utility pole, skidded and hit a culvert on Larksville Mountain. As Jim started down the road, children coasting on the road paid no attention to his frantic beeping horn. They continued to slide, and Jim knew he could never make the curve without hitting them. He chose to crash. Jim likes kids. Jim’s jaw is fractured, he is minus three front teeth, and the bottom teeth are badly chipped from impact with the steering wheel.

Football jackets were distributed by Dallas Area Booster Club to senior football players of the Dallas Area team at Westmoreland and Dallas Township Assembly last week. Proudly wearing the dark blue jackets with white lettering are: Bill Strausser, Jack Muncie, Willie Anderson, Don Zimmerman, David Zimmerman, Philip Novicki, Bradley Updyke, Glen Eyet, James Altemus and Joseph Kovaleski.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

In spite of bad weather about 125 persons attended the Trucksville Improvement Association Card Party at Kingston Township High School Auditorium Saturday night, enjoyed the fun and helped to swell the funds that will be used for the development of Memorial Park along Carverton Road. Many valuable door prizes were awarded to the following: Merton Coolbaugh, electric clock; Sam Davis, box of candy; William Hewitt, pair of sheets; Peter Gallagher, half bushel of apples; Mrs. Adolph Boline, half gallon of ice cream; Mrs. S.R. Henning, half gallon of ice cream; and Mrs. Ray Finney, a decorated birthday cake.

Charles Douglas Woolbert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Woolbert, Shavertown, and namesake of General Douglas MacArthur, this week air-mailed his annual birthday greeting to the general in Japan. Charles’ greeting this year was an American flag which he painted himself. Birthday greetings have gone from him to the general each year for the past four years. They have twice been acknowledged by General MacArthur, in 1944 and last year.

Back Mountain Memorial Library received a gift of $100 this week from Mrs. Mae E. Townend of Twin Spruce, Pioneer Avenue, in memory of her father and mother the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel W. Townend. Fifty dollars of the gift are to be used for books on gardening, the late Mrs. Townend’s hobby, and the other fifty dollars for books on England, Mr. Townend’s birth place.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post

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