Only Yesterday: William Sprau and Maureen Connolly finished triathlon in 1988

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20 YEARS AGO — 1998

The Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas, recently awarded special pins to nursing assistants who completed a “Preceptor Program” conducted by Susan Bell, RN, Director of Staff Development. With this special training, nursing assistants will work with new employees to help orient them to their job duties to assure quality of care for the residents. Honored were Wendy Spencer, Esther Wright, Debbie Harvey, Sabrina Major, Marge Edwards, Linda Wolfer, Betsy Joyce, Shirley Mikulka, Linda Toma, Cindy Delescavage and Cathy Hooker.

The Dallas Lions held their annual installation dinner meeting at the Castle Inn with Lion Paul McCue performing installation of the new officers for the coming year. Installed as President was Dr. David Spring; 1st Vice-President, Bruce Pitts; 2nd Vice-President, Tom Bagley; 3rd Vice-President, David Fitch; Secretary, Pat Burke; Treasurer, Dr. Jay Tanner; Tail Twister, John Corbett; and Lion Tamer, Bob Newhart.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

Friends and family of the late Mark Wiener will host a dedication ceremony at the Kingston Township Municipal Building where a fountain was recently erected in Wiener’s memory. Wiener was a resident of Trucksville until his death from bone cancer in 1987 at the age of 30.

A steady rainfall that started Saturday night dampened the enthusiasm of many of the triathletes in Sunday’s Greater Wilkes-Barre Triathlon but not for the local racers who persevered throughout the event. Two Back Mountain residents finished among the 81 professionals and 22 among the first 851 amateurs. William Sprau of Shavertown finished 70th in the professional division and Maureen Connolly of Harveys Lake finished 73rd.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Academy of Dancing will celebrate its 14th anniversary under the direction of former Rockette and Shavertown resident Barbara Woronko Anzalone with a presentation of “That’s Entertainment” on the Wilkes College stage on Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 11 at 2 p.m. The performances will be dedicated to the memory of Allison Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones of Dallas. Allison, an 11 year old student at the academy was afflicted with a Wilm’s Tumor, a form of cancer which most often victimizes young children.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

Mayor Alvin Zim presented Rep. Frank O’Connell with the key to Harveys Lake Borough at Harveys Lake Republican Organization’s pig roast on Sunday afternoon. Others involved in the presentation were Mrs. Marge Gulitus, vice chairman of the organization; Andrew R. Denmon, Jr., chairman of the organization; and Steve Yanoshak, Luzerne Co. Commissioner.

Sherry Hinkle, and her horse Jabalero, won first place in the Open English Pleasure event in the 4-H Riding Ho Horse Show at the Lehman Horse Show grounds last Saturday.

Chris “Moose” Wargo, a homerun champ of Back Mountain Little League, hit 15 homeruns this season. Chris is 11 years old and played for the Lehman Jackson Cardinals. He batted .642 and knocked in 56 runs.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

The famed husband and wife team, The Burgers, with their performing chimpanzees, ponies and dogs will highlight the two-day Rotary Fall Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. The sixth annual Fall Fair, co-chaired by Red Ambrose and Pete Arnaud, will be held on the Lehman Horse Show grounds. The Burgers, one of the best animal acts in show business, will entertain on Saturday evening at 9 o’clock and again in Sunday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Mr. Alan Husband, general chairman of the committee for the John Picket Olympic Fund, presented John with a round-trip plane ticket to Long Beach, California, a token to cover expenses during his stay while participating in the Olympic Trials and passage for his boat, during a short program following a smorgasbord given by the Brothers 4 Monday night.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

There is a bustle of activity at Back Mountain Shopping Center where employees of Edward Eyerman Construction Company are putting finishing touches on the new Acme Market, first of nine units to be completed. The opening date for the market has been set for September 24 but there is a possibility that it may be advanced to September 17 if everything moves at pace.

Summer band students and twirlers will give an open air concert Thursday night at 7 on Dallas Borough school grounds. Participants are: Alice Berger, Shirley Goode, Diane Carruthers, Linda Rattigan, Shirley Brown, Sandra Sedler, Susan Moen, Rita Yarnall, Bonnie Robbins, Linda Parry, Susan Sipple, Debbie Welch, Nancy Evelock, Del Voight, William Baker, Robert Brown, William Welch, Allan J. Cease, Donald Williams, James Wertman, Diane Reese, Diane Seymour, Jack Malin, Donald Bulford, Valerie Malin, Catherine Reese, Patricia Peiffer, Janice Hanna, Gail Doughton, Pamela Baker, Amy Hetrick, Betty Lamoreaux, Peggy Reese, Phyllis Hanna, Jean Ide, Beverly Barstow, Sandra Turner, Catherine Ide, Sandra Semko, Sandra Schweiss, Margaret DeRemer, Gloria Root, Clara Root and Shirley Reese.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

Mrs. Zelzah E. Garinger, Ms. J.R. Benner and Mrs. Raymond E. Kuhnert entertained at a Tea for the W.S.C.S. of Dallas Methodist Church, at the home of Mrs. Garinger on Lake Street last Thursday. Mrs. Austin L. Prynn poured.

Mrs. Jay Jenkins entertained at a brush demonstration party on the lawn of her home on Summit Street, Shavertown, recently. Mrs. John Keiper was the prize winner. Others present were: Mrs. Fred Reimensnyder, Mrs. Howard George, Mrs. Seth Webb, Mrs. Olin Webb, Mrs. Martha Jones, Mrs. Charles Howe, Mrs. Charles Chappell and the hostess.

Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York, Republican nominee for President of the United States, has honored the Dallas-Harveys Lake community by naming Bernard C. Banks as Luzerne County member of the Pennsylvania Electoral College. If the Republicans carry Pennsylvania, Mr. Banks will cast the vote of Luzerne County’s citizens.

Compiled by Kim Rollman


The Dallas Post began publishing in 1888. Information here is reprinted exactly at it first appeared.

The Dallas Post began publishing in 1888. Information here is reprinted exactly at it first appeared.