Only Yesterday: J.P. Urban selected to compete in state Geography Bee in 1998

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post

20 YEARS AGO — 1998

Staff members from Dr. William E. Watkins, Dr. Leonard C. Medura and Dr. Scott W. Watkins’ dental office recently visited Little People Kindergarten in Dallas. In conjunction with Dental Health Month, the children were shown videos illustrating proper brushing and flossing techniques and good eating habits. Participating students are: Chelsea Lohr, Katie Reinhart, Allie Kachapuridze, Nicole Harvey, Bekah Stuart, Dana Martin Anne Yoskoski, Amber Hartman, Jamie Bartoo, David Kanson and Jesse Lambert.

J.P. Urban, an eighth grade student at Dallas Middle School, was recently informed that he has been selected to compete in the final round of the state Geography Bee in Harrisburg. In order to be selected for the state competition, he had to score high on a preliminary written examination which was given to all local winners.

The Dallas Knights of Columbus, Father John J. O’Leary Council 8224, was recently presented with the Father McGivny Founders Award in recognition of their many activities and achievements during the 1996-97 fraternal year. Accepting the award from Anthony Blazo, District Deputy, was John Filip, Grand Knight.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

Lake-Lehman School District will hold its band concert this Friday and Saturday at the Senior High School. The Cadette Band will play in the concert Saturday. Among the students participating in the Cadette Band’s selections are: Jennifer Van Fleet, 7th grade, oboe; Kelly Kominsky, 5th grade, flute; Kristi Mascalis, 5th grade, flute; and Megan Mosier, 5th grade, flute.

A large group of students turned out last week to register as volunteers to assist the Dallas Elementary PTO in the playground construction during May. Melanie George, Adrienne Camp, Brian Blase, Daniel Breymeier, Mary Kemmerer, Sean Callahan and Christi Callahan were among the students registered by PTO members Mary Blase, John Doerfler and Fred Wesley.

In the recent Junior High School District Wrestling Tournament, Dallas Junior High had three athletes place in the final four. The three boys were repeat semi-finalists from last year. Pat Morris earned a fourth place finish at 90 pounds, Francis Hoover gained a third place finish at 80 pounds and Eric Williams became the District Champion in the 70 pound weight category.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

Members of the trumpet quartet featured at the Lake-Lehman symphonic band concert last weekend are Mary Sue Rish, Gary Tough, Dan Long and Doug Nichols. The concert was held in the high school auditorium.

Back Mountain wrestlers who qualified in the Mid-Atlantic AAU regional tournament and will advance to the state championships this weekend at Easton are Dave Herbert, Mark Yaple, Dan Kratz, Dean Robinson, Jim Chernavage, Tim Finnegan, Chuck Garnett, Carmine Augello, Tom Pollock and Mark Dalton.

Lake-Lehman senior Jim Spencer was awarded the trophy for outstanding sportsmanship in football at the Hughestown Sportsmen Club’s annual banquet.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Cadet Girl Scout Troop 639 of Dallas is now working in the Challenge of Active Citizenship and is in need of help. The project is to create a Girl Scout shelf in the Back Mountain Memorial Library for use of all Girl Scouts in the Back Mountain as research facilities for badge work. Books are needed in many categories and the girls ask for community members to donate books they may have in the categories. The request is signed by: Nancy Rodda, Carol Pilger, Melanie Albert, Charlene Demmy and Georgeanne Kostenbauder.

Girl Scouts of Troop 656 of Carverton recently attended the performance of “The Butterfly that Blushed,” staged at College Misericordia. As in the past, the cast obliged the scouts by autographing their programs! Attending were: Meagan Davis, Cindy Cobleigh, Jane Marstell, Nancy Voitek, Debbie Werts, Elsie Harris, Sandy Perry, Susan Richards and Debbie Jo Wasserott.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Edward Durkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Durkin, Shrine View, was among the ninety-six students at Blair Academy who won certificates for interscholastic competition at the Winter Sports Banquet Wednesday night. Durkin, in the junior class, won his certificate for Junior Varsity swimming, his second year on the team. Durkin has been swimming since he was four years old, and considers it his major sport. He took his first strokes at Irem Country Club pool.

James C. Thomas, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Thomas or Norton Avenue, Dallas, has been selected for the Varsity baseball team at Cornell University. He left on Saturday with the team for Parris Island, South Carolina to play with his teammates in a tournament during their ten days in South Carolina. Thomas’ position is catcher. He is a sophomore at the university, majoring in economics.

Murray Scureman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murray S. Scureman, Warren Drive, is one of thirty-five Princeton undergraduates to receive wrestling awards. A sophomore, Scureman has not wrestled before at Princeton, nor at Wyoming Seminary where he graduated in 1956. He won his junior letter in the unlimited heavy weight class.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

Annual Spring Concert of Dallas Borough High School Band and chorus will be held next Thursday evening. Lester Lewis, director, has arranged an interesting program including the “London Suite” by Ira F. Vail. There will be three featured soloists: William Nelson, clarinet, accompanied by Polly Lou Cooper; Robert Stair, trombone, accompanied by Lois Wood; and Gail Shaver, tuba, accompanied by the band.

Lazarus Department Store has awarded a Certificate of Merit and a gold key to each of four students of Kingston Township Schools who entered exhibits in the National Art Contest sponsored by Scholastic Magazine. Students were: Anne Louise Griffiths, a senior; Nancy Kann, a junior; Catherine Ruth Vann and Louise Kann, members of the eighth grade class.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post

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