Only Yesterday: Scott Vivian and Al Brague sold hubcaps at spring fair in 1978

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post

20 YEARS AGO — 1998

Students at Westmoreland Elementary celebrated Earth Day by closing down Lehigh Street and walking to school from E. Center St. They also participated in a scavenger hunt, in which they had to find such things as rocks with moss on them, a leaf in the shape of a triangle and even a smell. The hunt opened their eyes to the many different elements that make up nature. Participants included Brieann Bolton, Kyla Halsor, Terriann Silbernagel, Cody McHutchinson, Jamie Neer, Vincent Oliveri, Dorothy Philo, Alex Madaya, Tim Monsuer and David Mahalick.

Five Back Mountain gymnasts from Northeast Gymnastics Academy in Wilkes-Barre recently competed at the Level 5 Sectionals in Waynesboro, Pa. Advancing to the State Competition in Reading this Saturday are: Laura Milligan, 10, a fourth grader at Dallas Elementary; Michelle Berley, 8, a third grader at United Hebrew Institute; Allison Boris, 11, a fifth grader at Susquehanna Prep. Other members competing were Allison Evans, 8, a second grader at Dallas Elementary; Alyssa Pyros, 7, a second grader at Wyoming Valley Montessori; and Erica Lisses, 7, a second grader at Dallas Elementary.

30 YEARS AGO — 1988

The Wyoming Seminary Dance Company will present its spring production, “Dance Visions,” Friday and Saturday. The show, which takes place at 8 the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, on Sprague Avenue in Kingston, will feature a blend of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Back Mountain participants include Voula Tsoutsoplides, Dallas; Yoon-Mi Chang Dallas; Cynthia O’Brien, Dallas; and Jane Oh, Dallas.

Members of the Dallas Senior High School Chorus, under the direction of Florence Sherwood, are preparing for their production of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” next Thursday and Friday at the Senior High School.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Edward R. Gdosky of Dallas recently received a Wildlife Conservation Award from the Northeast Region Pennsylvania Game Commission. He was recognized for his outstanding performance in Wildlife Law Enforcement.

40 YEARS AGO — 1978

Scott Vivian and Al Brague did a successful job of selling hubcaps at the Spring Flea last weekend, sponsored by Trinity United Presbyterian Church. The hubcaps were provided through the courtesy of PennDOT.

Members of Dallas Legion presented Edmund Davis with a plaque at the District 12 meeting in Dallas last Sunday, in recognition of Burger King’s patriotic loyalty indicated by the huge 20×30 foot flag which flies from the top of a tall flagpole in front of their Back Mountain business. The presentation was made by Ed Lyons, Dallas Legion Post Commander, and Ben Zabrisky, District 12 Commander.

50 YEARS AGO — 1968

Four high school boys, two from Dallas and two from Lake-Lehman, were guests of Dallas Rotary Club last week as candidates for the Rotary Leadership Camp this summer. Boys are selected for their qualities of leadership and recommended by guidance counselors after conference with the faculty and key Rotary Club members. Dallas candidates are Scott Peterman and Vincent Roman. Lake-Lehman candidates are James Pall and Paul Niezgoda.

Dal-Hi Choristers will present the annual spring concert Friday night at 8 in the Dallas Senior High School Auditorium under direction of Mrs. Robert Sherwood. The concert is entitled, “Music, Music, Music” and means just that, an evening of all sorts of music from Handel through Romberg, Rodgers and Wilson. Soloists will be: Diane Davies on the drums; Thomas Vernon, Madelaine Mittleman, Howard Wiggin, Thomas Shaver, James Pichert, Wayne Nichol, Brian Beard, Craig Churry and Richard Morgan.

A Rummage Sale in St. Theresa’s Church basement will be sponsored by Gate of Heaven’s Altar and Rosary Society on May 16, 17 and 18. Mrs. A.A. Mascali is chairman; Misses Ann and Ethel Yalick, co-chairmen; Mrs. Matt Evans, president; and Rev. Father Francis A. Kane, moderator.

60 YEARS AGO — 1958

Margaret Coole will be crowned Queen of the May Monday, May 12 at Lake-Noxen High School. Attendants are Sandra Morris and Connie Smith. First, second and third grade students will dance in the Festival of Flowers. Senior girls, two by two, will be crowned by dancing children as queen of the flowers.

Three Back Mountain students who took top honors recently at West Side Catholic Science Fair, consolidated their positions by taking honors at Luzerne County Medical Society Science Fair held last weekend at the Medical Arts Building, Wilkes-Barre. Eddie Girvan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Girvan, Dallas, again took first place for construction and operation of a Castner cell, which demonstrated the breaking down of salt into its component chemicals. Carol Rinehart, Trucksville, and Marion Mascali, Dallas, took a third prize for their dissection of a frog and articulation of its skeleton.

Employees of the Back Mountain Lumber Company and Dallas Hardware were entertained at a dinner party at the Castle Inn Thursday evening when they saw slides and heard talks given by J.C. Holt and John Rickets of Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Others present were: Granville H. Sowden, Willard W. Hoover, Harold Britt, Maurice Chernin, Clifford Turner, Owen Thomas, Otis Allen, Theodore Casterline, Alvirda Cook, Helen Williamson, Jerry Scott, Theodore Reed and Richard Davies.

70 YEARS AGO — 1948

Mrs. Clyde Cooper acted as Toastmistress at the Women of Kiwanis mother-daughter banquet held at Irem Temple Country Club Wednesday evening. Mrs. J.W Reardin gave the tribute to mothers and Mrs. John Henninger, one to daughters.

Mildred Borton, a senior at Dallas Township High School, was crowned May Queen at the annual May Day Festival held yesterday. Peggy Martin was Maid of Honor. Other attendants were: Nancy Anderson, Daisy Bellas, Mary Carey, Phyllis Kunkle, Clara Ann Evans, Jacqueline Mahoney, Nancy Deibert and Lois Anne Klein.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post

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