20 YEARS AGO — 1998
Cub Pack #155 recently held their Frog Races in the Trucksville United Methodist Church basement. The frogs are raced by first year scouts as Tiger Cubs. Winners are: Brandon Reichart, Jared Kern, Bradley Johnson and Derek Martin.
The Dallas Middle School students in William Straitiff’s American Cultures classes recently completed their study on Colonial America. Their final unit activity was to research one aspect of colonial life and construct a project which demonstrated the theme. Some of the student participants included Blake Saba, Marybeth Wyberski, Laura Fauerbach and Carl Schiel.
Writing about heroes, two Lake-Lehman High School juniors have made a little bit of history. Rebecca Kaufman and Anthony Lumbis were selected as finalists in the 1998 “Profile in Courage Essay Contest,” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston. It is the first time that two students from the same school have been among the 10 finalists, cullied from more than 600 entries from nine states.
30 YEARS AGO — 1988
Dallas Elementary School recently completed their candy sale and prizes were given for the top sellers. The top four winners are: Angela Kelly, 1st, $100 gift certificate for Toys R Us; Tommy Graham, 2nd, Swatch watch; Ashley Davenport, 3rd, Kodak camera; and C.J. Coburn, 4th, playground t-shirt and box of candy. Others who received prizes were: Daniel Breymeier, Sarah Jennings, Kerri Brown, Melanie Meholchick and Lori Buzin.
Beth Finn, of Dallas, was named first runner-up in the State Fair Queen contest held at Pittsburgh’s Greentree Marriott Hotel. Beth was named Luzerne County Fair Queen last September and competed against 18 other queens at the State competition. She lives in Dallas and attends Penn State, Wilkes-Barre, where she is majoring in elementary education.
Mother Nature’s snowstorm and the cold, brisk air that ushered in the opening of trout season last Saturday turned away some of the usual fishermen, but youngsters, boys and girls, came out to brave the wind and cold to take part in the Harveys Lake Bassmasters’ Trout Derby. Winners included George Nicols, John Kopick, Jack Nickolson, Megan Margavage, Samantha Abod, Howie Whipple, John Edwards, Tami Landon, Bob Lee and Donald Puhn.
40 YEARS AGO — 1978
Three students from the third grade and three students from the fourth grade were winners in the recent spelling bee sponsored by Westmoreland Elementary School PTO. Fourth grade winners are: Darcy Davis, 1st place; Stacey Pearce, 2nd place and Marilyn Ward, 3rd place. Third grade winners are: Trisha Tuzenski, 1st place; Scott Francis, 2nd place; and Christine Kaleta, 3rd place.
Dallas majorettes and strutters performance in the 4th Annual Marching Festival at Bishop Hoban brought the first place overall trophy back to Dallas Senior High School. The majorettes, led by Michele Riegel, head majorette, took first place; the strutters, led by co-captains Debbie Darling and Lori Saba, took second place.
The Westmoreland, Trucksville and Dallas Elementary Schools will present a spring musical in the Dallas Junior High School auditorium this Saturday. The theme for the musical is “Disney on Parade.” Key figures from Dallas Elementary School are: Karen Tabor, John O’Donnell, Lindsey Williams, Michael Koprowski, Paul Bankovich, David Casey, Lindsey Krivenko, Karstin Krivenko, James O’Donnell, Myron Suchodolski and Clark Van Orden.
50 YEARS AGO — 1968
Two bands and four ensembles will participate in the Dallas Junior High Band Concert on Friday evening in the senior high auditorium. Red Band, composed of eighth and ninth grade students, will include several compositions by well-known composers. The Red Band has two ensembles, a brass quartet and a woodwind quartet. Members of the brass quartet are: Keith Barber and Jerry McDonald, trumpets; Lindsey Sherwood, French horn; and Brock Phillips, trombone. Woodwinds are: Judy McAvoy and Diane Garman, flutists; Patti Lewis, oboe; and Scott Bayer, clarinet.
Final plans are being made for the Japanese Festival and Tea to be held Friday at the Huntsville Christian Church, sponsored by the Christian Women’s Fellowship. The fellowship hall will be decorated in Japanese motif, with Japanese lanterns and authentic Japanese articles on display. Mrs. Si Evans is chairman of decorations. The refreshments committee, headed by Mrs. William Eckert, will serve tea and Japanese style desserts of rice and fruit.
60 YEARS AGO — 1958
Dallas area students swept three of a possible four First Prizes at West Side Central Catholic’s first Science Fair which was held in the auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ann Black, Carol Rinehart, Marion Mascali and Eddie Girvan all shared in the top honors which makes them eligible to enter their displays in the Luzerne County Science Fair to be held in Wilkes-Barre next weekend.
A brisk pursuit of two pigs through Lehman Saturday afternoon resulted in setting ahead their slaughter date by several weeks. Andrew Race got the pigs on Thursday, and is turning them into ham, bacon and chittlings for the Stuart Marks family.
70 YEARS AGO — 1948
Mildred Borton of Alderson, daughter of Harold J. Borton, Lehigh Valley Station Master in Dallas, a senior enrolled in the Home Economics Course at Dallas Township Schools, has been chosen May Queen by popular vote of the high school students, to reign over May Day ceremonies. Her maid of honor will be Peggy Martin of Fernbrook. Senior attendants will be Mary Carey, Daisy Bellas, Nancy Anderson and Phyllis Kunkle.
Eight new members were initiated into the Dallas Woman’s Club at the dinner meeting held at Irem Temple Country Club, Wednesday evening when Mrs. Ross Lewin, new president, presided for the first time. Taken into the club were: Mrs. Hershel Atzenhofer, Mrs. Arnold Williams, Mrs. Michael Strub, Mrs. Howard Yeager, Mrs. Harry Snyder, Mrs. J. Franklin Robinson and Miss Pat Reynolds. Mrs. Jonathan Valentine was reinstated.