Only yesterday: Erin Friar hosted a Muscular Dystrophy carnival in 1978

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post
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20 YEARS AGO — 1998

The Lake Silkworth Area Lions met recently at the Red Rooster Restaurant, Pikes Creek for a dinner meeting. Officers for the new year were installed by Past District Governor William Kozerski. Officers are Lillian Piatt, president; Louise Edwards, vice president; Wayne Pettit, treasurer; and Janet Swanger, secretary.

Three students from the Back Mountain recently attended a two-week Young Scholars Program at College Misericordia. The program, titled “Explorations in Mathematics and Biology,” enrolled 25 high school students from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Participating from the Back Mountain were Shannon Cosgrove, Shavertown; Michael Davies and Colleen Murphy, Dallas.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

An American Red Cross “Learn-to-Swim” program was held at the Polachek family pool, Dallas. Children participating in the Wyoming Valley Chapter-sponsored activity gained valuable knowledge in water safety and basic swimming skills. Participants included John Gilligan, Nicole Griglock, Nathan Zagorsky, Alaina Meroli, Brian Barrett, Maura Goodwin, Ryan Stredny, Rae Ellen Zekas, Kristin Geiser, Jennifer Jury, Vicky Zagorsky, Lisa Barrett, Lori Barrett, Jessica Miller, Amy Jury, Megan McGilvrey, Wendy Naugle and Erin Swepston.

Cindi Delinski and Jamie Strange, Dallas High School students, were among those participating in the Wilkes College Summer Theater Workshop. The workshop, which concluded Aug. 5, is a tuition-free program for area high school students interested in theater.

Bette Search, an artist from Hunlock Creek, is currently exhibiting her paintings at the Dallas Branch of the United Penn Bank throughout the month of August. Ms. Search has been painting for the past 15 years and works in a variety of medias. She currently studies painting and drawing with Sue Hand, Dallas.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

Fairmont Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 had a successful bazaar last weekend despite the inclement weather. Girls in the fire company who worked alongside the men for the annual bazaar included Cathy Houssock, Grace Ravert, Kathy Jones, June Brown, Theresa Roman, Sharon Long, Lil Piatt and Val Roman.

Erin Friar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards Friar Jr., hosted a Muscular Dystrophy carnival last week to aid in raising funds for research and a cure. Among the children who attended were Keith Reh, Paul May, Adam May, Nicole Obes, Dawn Aeschbach, Sally Friar, Marlene Matosky, James Payvis, Jerry Schmid, Renee Schmid, Kim Matosky, Pamela Ash and Cheryl Schmid.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Noxen residents staged a “sheet collection” Sunday afternoon with such success that there will be a repeat performance by the Noxen Community Action committee. The group collected $176 in coins tossed into the sheet by passing motorists on Route 29 leading from the north down into West Nanticoke. The goal is to equip a playground and baseball park. Sheet holders included Robert Scouton, Richard Smith, Constable Michael Traver, Don Smith, Helen Belles, Bobby Belles, Betty Smith, Robin Scouton, Jean Scouton, Pattie Brodie and Valerie May.

Past Worthy Matrons took a leading part in the Annual Auction staged by Dallas Order of the Eastern Star on Saturday at the Horse Show grounds. Mrs. Oce Austin kept track of receipts from the auction block; Mrs. Alfred Lutes fed material to the auctioneers. Others were Mesdames Laura Dymond, Elma Price, Gertrude Davies, Myrtle Rineman, Bethia Allen, Beulah Frantz, Mildred Garinger, Helen Crispell, Evelyn Smith and Elizabeth Ide.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Wendy Crispell’s bandages are off, and he is feeling and looking human again, after a week wrapped like a mummy. Crispell, Jackson Street, was starting to burn brush on James Besecker’s property on West Center Hill Road Thursday, when he threw what he believed to be kerosene out of a can onto a huge pile of brush, to offset the damp, rainy weather. It was gasoline. A match tossed into the heap was followed instantly by an explosion. Mr. Besecker, standing beside Mr. Crispell, was uninjured.

Members of Back Mountain Kennel Club enjoyed a swimming party and lawn dinner Wednesday evening at the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Wicks, Trucksville. Plans were made for the fall Kennel Club show and five new members were accepted. New members are: Mrs. Phyllis Fronk, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Fields, Anne Jewell and Gaylord Patton.

About 60 students, among them a few boys, are attending classes for twirlers at Dallas-Franklin-Monroe School Wednesdays under the direction of Alfred M. Camp and head majorette, Lorraine Kozemchak. They are assisted by Anne Dorrance, Lynda Carey, Susan Larrish, Doris Carey, Carol Dymond, Sherry Gauntlett and Judy Joos.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold an ice cream social at Norris’ Glen, Thursday evening from 7 to 10. Homemade ice cream and cake, coffee and soda will be served by the firemen. A “Guess Cake,” baked by Mrs. Edward Kropp, will be the featured attraction of the evening. Five cents will be charged for each guess. With Gert Kropp secluding the unknown article, everyone will have to sharpen his wits as the hidden article in the cake may be anything from a mustard seed to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Miss Shirlee Allen of Huntsville Road, Dallas, took part in a recital recently in Memorial Presbyterian Church under the direction of Professor E. Wood. Her vocal selections were “In The Garden Tomorrow” and the old Irish air, “Danny Boy.” She also played a piano selection, “Concerto in A Minor” by Edward Greig. Shirlee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen.

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Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post