Only Yesterday: Jennifer Vodzak attended leadership conference in Washington, D.C. in 1997

Compiled by Kim Rollman - For Dallas Post

20 YEARS AGO — 1997

Jennifer Vodzak will be headed for Washington, DC this November, and not just to see the sights. The Dallas High School senior has been nominated to attend the National Young Leaders Conference sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. The six-day conference brings together about 350 high school sophomores and juniors from around the country who are successful in the classroom and show leadership abilities.

Sisters Mindy and Kassy Yedesko, of Trucksville, recently competed at the Eastern Performing Arts Winner Showcase Talent Competition held at Season’s Resort in McAffee, New Jersey. Mindy was awarded a second place trophy for her performance in the solo tap category. She also competed with the dance line “Locomotion” which was awarded a first place trophy in tap, along with a second place in jazz and pantomime. Kassy received a first place award in the solo tap category. She also competed with a dance partner, Amanda Boytin, receiving first place in the duo tap and novelty and third place in pantomime.

30 YEARS AGO — 1987

Three Back Mountain area residents were among those honored recently by the Hazleton-Nanticoke Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center. Francis Emershaw, Shavertown, Director of the Base Service Unit, was honored for 15 years of service. Andrew Chopyak, Director of the Center’s Partial Hospitalization Level II Program in Nanticoke, was also honored for 15 years of service. Lesha Foy, Caseworker, Partial Hospitalization Level II, was honored for five years of service.

Members of the Shavertown Branch of the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital Auxiliary are preparing for the auxiliary’s annual Holiday Fair scheduled for Nov. 4 in the Medical Arts Building, Kingston. This year the event is called the Diamond Jubilee Fair in honor of the hospital’s and the auxiliary’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary. Members of the Shavertown Branch who will be selling baked goods include Pearl Purvin, Ann Covert, Eleanor D’Amario, Evelyn Eck, Almenia Evans, Alice Brown and Mary Reese.

40 YEARS AGO — 1977

Roya Fahmy, senior at Dallas High School, will be among the 12 high school seniors from throughout Luzerne County vying for the Luzerne County Junior Miss Crown this weekend at Bishop Hafey High School, Hazleton. Roya is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mahmoud Fahmy of Dallas. She is a varsity cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society.

The Harveys Lake Women’s Service Club will hold a fashion show and month of the year party at the Lake School next Thursday. Fashion Show Chairman, Mrs. John Hudak, has made plans for Fashion Junior Colony of the Wyoming Valley Mall to exhibit its fall fashions at this show.

Following the fashion show a Month of the Year Party will be held. Co-chairmen of this event are Mrs. Richard Williams, Sr. and Mrs. C. Wesley Boyle.

50 YEARS AGO — 1967

Purina Feeds, sold by Huston’s Food Service, had a guessing contest at the Rotary Fair to determine the number of kernels of corn in a jar. The answer was 4,538. Winners were Mrs. Sheldon Evans at 5,530; Diane Morgan, 4,525; Patricia McGrath at 4,505; Mike Dawkins at 4,560. Mrs. Evans received a bird feeder, the other winners, rabbit, dog and cat chow.

Sixty interested homemakers of the Back Mountain area gathered Tuesday morning at Trinity United Presbyterian Church to attend the Open House of the YMCA Homemakers Holiday. With attractive tables arranged with fascinating samples of ceramics, hooked rugs, paper mache figures, and Della Robia wreaths to illustrate the class work to be done in coming weeks, a festive air was created for the occasion. Mr. J.J. Serafin of Craft Associates was the guest speaker.

Kayak racing got underway in this area over the weekend when a number of young people met Gordon Miller, Olympic Coach, who also is in charge of coaching for the Sebago Canoe Club of New York. Interest in the sport locally came about through the efforts of John Pickett, East Dallas, who is a junior at Dallas High School and placed second in the Pan American Games in Canada this year. Among those who gathered on the dock at Sandy Beach were Kenny Pavlick and his father Thomas Pavlick, Mark Rogers and his father Arthur Rogers, and John Pickett.

60 YEARS AGO — 1957

Leslie Warhola, manager of Dallas-Shavertown Water Company, was named “Man of the Hour” and received a leather desk telephone directory embossed in gold with Rotary insignia at last week’s dinner meeting of Dallas Rotary Club at Irem Temple Country Club. Mr. Warhola, a member of Rotary since 1942, has had a perfect attendance record for the past nine years. He has been secretary for the past three.

Natona Mills won the league championship and was awarded two trophies in the Playground Association Wednesday Night Softball League. The team was managed by Joe Kravitz. Team members are: William Ashton, Leonard Mack, John Hardiman, Edward Gluc, Bernard Gober, Thomas Bogdon, Lee Phillips, John Judge, Bert Dendler, John Cervenak, Michael Ganzo, Thomas Yukas, Goerge Jorda, Leonard O’Lerta, Edward Crughn, James Flynn, Joseph Carey, Joseph Crow and Leo Gillis.

70 YEARS AGO — 1947

More than fifty new homes are under construction or have just been completed in Kingston Township. Largest single development is that of Douglas Kulp on the Steele plot opposite Checkerboard Inn on Carverton Road. There fifteen houses are in various stages of completion. Second largest development is that of Shavertown Builders Supply on Evergreen and Center Streets in Shavertown where two houses have been completed, two are ready for the plasterers and eleven others are contemplated, several of which will be built this fall.

Mrs. M.J. Brown entertained her bridge club Monday evening at her summer home at Idetown. Prizes were won by Mrs. Florence Phillips and Mrs. James Huston. Others present were: Mrs. Henry Peterson, Mrs. Cora Finn, Mrs. Paul Warriner, Mrs. Louise Colwell, Mrs. H.J. Hauck and Mrs. Ray Evans.

Ethel Ide was chosen president at the organizational meeting of the Youth Temperance Council of Idetown Methodist Church Wednesday evening. Other officers are: Roxie Hoover, vice president; Mary Claire McKenna, corresponding secretary; Marilyn Williams, recording secretary; Robert Welsh, treasurer; and Mrs. David Ide, local general secretary.

Compiled by Kim Rollman

For Dallas Post

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