20 YEARS AGO — 1999
The evil magician, played by Wendy Narcum, and his unruly rabbit, Hocus Pocus, played by Liz Faux, hatched a plan to steal the magic hat in the show, “Frosty the Snowman,” presented last weekend by the Parent Enrichment Group at Trucksville Nursery School. The group has performed a skit for children and parents each year, and decided to retire the long-running “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” after several years.
The Gate of Heaven School kindergarten and first grade classes presented their annual Christmas show last weekend. The kindergarten program was titled “Christmas and Candy Lane,” while the first grade performed “The Living Creche.” Participants included Cody Cutter, Daniel Blejwas, Lindsey Stamer, Brianna Morgan, F.J. Costantino, Chris Boland, Lucas Lansberry, Olivia Anglovich, Mary Thede, Allison Spenser, Briana LaFoca and Job Stepanski.
30 YEARS AGO — 1989
The Walsh Auditorium at College Misericordia was filled Saturday with “Little People” and their friends and families as Christmas joys were spread. The auditorium was the setting for the Little People Day Care annual Christmas program under the direction of Miss Kohler. Little people aged from toddlers to kindergarten and even older performed songs, poems, rocking around the Christmas tree and even a night before Christmas play. Participants from Miss Monaco’s class included Tracey Hudak, Sarah Brin, Steven Nieman, Loni Piekanski, Jared Salla, Ben Nulton, Tonya Hoopengardner, Ryan Ciocca, Ryan McMillan.
“Peer Helpers” recently presented a program, Life-Pact, to the student body at Lake-Lehman High School as an ongoing project to serve others in the school community. Life-Pact is an anti-suicide program designed to have the problem discussed with a friend before any threats on life are made. Peer Helpers are Molly White, Chris Tawes, Mike Doerfler, Chuck Finn, Karen Stefanowicz, Jeffrey Hynick, Denise Thompson, Brian Hampel, Billy Vigorito, Becky James, Gretchen Yeager, Heather Ruger, Dyan Dymond, Rich Davis. Advisor is Mrs. Florence Finn.
40 YEARS AGO — 1979
Michelle Thomas, Cindy Millington, Marisa Bolinski, Laura Reese and Lorene Duran will be featured in the “March of the Toy Soldiers” in the annual Christmas Concert at Dallas Senior High School this Sunday.
The Back Mountain area has provided two key members of the King’s College sports scene in basketball this season, Kandi Karuza of Dallas, and Coach Wilma Schierer of Lehman. Karuza is a senior criminal justice major who plans to become a lawyer. She is a graduate of Dallas Area High School, where she played basketball for Coach Jane Stitzer.
50 YEARS AGO — 1969
Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society, directed by Clifford E. Balshaw, will present a concert of music by Mozart and Haydn, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 in the Irem Temple, Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. The mixed chorus of 75 voices will be accompanied by full orchestra. Back Mountain members of the chorus include sopranos Dorothy Balshaw, Sister Eric Marie, Catherine Gilbert, Ruth Reynolds, alto Nancy Kuzma and bass Edward Ratcliffe.
The regular meeting of Troop 638 was held Thursday under the direction of Mrs. Stephen Salansky and Mrs. Walter Davidson at Lake Elementary School. Investiture was held for the following scouts: Dorothy Coburn, Kim Davidson, Linda Gray, June Parsons, Mary Kay Payne, Kim Perrego, Michelle Romanchik, Patty Romanchik, Marean Sickler, Kathy Smith, Belinda Spencer, Valerie Stefanowicz, Laurie Thomas and Sheryl Whitesell.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 624 of Dallas recently held their investiture and rededication at Dallas United Methodist Church. The girls who participated in the service were Jean Otto, Cynthia Duffield, Rebecca Morton, Donna Katyl, Beth Stegner, Nancy Grabowski, Holly Garris, Gail Simon, Donna Bogart, Judy Lemmond and Robin Templin.
60 YEARS AGO — 1959
Robert Block was elected president of Dallas Community Ambulance Association at the annual meeting on Sunday in Dallas Borough Building, succeeding Charles Flack. Donald Bulford was elected vice president; Jack Stanley, second vice president; Marie Thevenon, secretary; Robert Casey, treasurer. Directors named for a three-year term were: James Wertman and Joseph Hand, from Dallas Borough; Edwin Roth and Charles Flack from Dallas Township.
Girl Scout Troop 183 under the leadership of Mrs. Lewis Dixon, began the fall and winter with a trip to New York City on November 14. The troop made a tour of the United Nations Building and found it most interesting and educational. The troop was taken on a boat trip around Manhattan Island which is one of the most interesting rides. Members of the troop are: Elaine Dixon, Anne Marie Gable, Linda Brague, Cynthia Galletly, Daisy McClelland, Susan Smith, Randy Wright and Patsy Block.
70 YEARS AGO — 1949
Football mothers of Kingston Township entertained members of the grid team Wednesday evening at a banquet in Trucksville Fire Hall. Certificates were awarded to those earning football letters. They were Bruce Cleasby, John Cottle, Carl Henning, Carl Johnson, Dean Johnson, Robert Richards, Joseph Youngblood, John Cashmark, Jack Connor, William Fine, Dennis Ide, Stanley Davis, Carl Follmer, Robert Gordon, Richard Lewis, Jack Pesavento, Edward Carey, Glen Carey, Jack Richards and Donald Purvin.
Ralph Sands, Carverton cattle breeder, was elected Master of Mountain Grange 567 Saturday evening. Also elected were Abe Gay, overseer; Mrs. Emma Perrego, lecturer; Charles Parrish, steward; Herman Coon, assistant steward; Mrs. Minnie Miacheck, chaplain; Thomas Earl, Sr., treasurer; Mrs. Estelle Pascoe, secretary; William Perrego, gatekeeper; Mrs. Marian Parrish, Ceres; Mrs. Lillian Stephens, Pomona; Mrs. Josephine Jenkins, Flora; Mrs. Florence Coon, lady assistant; Lester Jenkins, executive committee; William Perrego, finance committee.
The Dallas Post newspaper published for 130 years. Information here is reprinted exactly as it first appeared.