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20 Years Ago (1998)

County commissioners are seeking a legal recourse to have the Eatonville bridge closed to both pedestrians and vehicles.

The Community Dining Room at Father Nallin Parish Center is closing its doors tonight to a hot nutritious meal, Dave Whipple announced.

The final home in the once flood-ravaged Lazybrook development will soon be moved out as part of a federal buyout program.

Tunkhannock Area Middle School student Becky Kitlan took first and Alex Hunting third in the History competition at Penn State-Lehman.

Tracy Harvey and Chris Sheridan have announced their plans to marry May 8 in the Bahamas.

Ralph and Veronica Corby will mark their 50th wedding anniversary April 17.

Pianist Karen Kruska will be the featured soloist at the May 2 concert of the Wyoming County Chorale.

The 14th Annual Dinner-Dance to benefit Friends of Tyler Hospital will be held April 25.

Harmony Supply Company is one of the visiting quartets that will be performing at the 20th Annual Evening of Barbershop Harmony sponsored by the Endless Mountains Chorus.

Lackawanna and Wyoming County cooperative extension offices will hold their annual ‘Spring Fling’ seminar on gardening at Keystone College May 5 with featured speaker Mike Stevens ‘On the Pennsylvania Road’ at WNEP.

Lake Winola Little League Baseball Association will hold a fisherman’s breakfast this Saturday. Cost is $4.50 adults, $3 children.

40 Years Ago (1978)

After conducting a personal inspection of the Lake Carey dam, the chief of the state’s DER dams and encroachments division held out little hope the state would change its order to either perform significant repairs of the dam or replace it.

Progress is being made along Route 87 between the Procter & Gamble plant in Mehoopany and Route 6 north of Tunkhannock.

A first happened over the weekend at The Tunkhannock Veterinary Clinic, when Reese Florist delivered a bouquet of carnations and Milk Bones to Fritz, a dog who was a surgical patient at the clinic.

Plans for renovations of the United Services Agency buildings in Wyoming and Luzerne Counties are being made so structures will be in conformance by 1980 with Congressional Act 504.

Triton Hose Co. responded to two separate fires at the same location Sunday night and Monday morning, and the second call resulted in the loss of a house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Desmond, of East Lemon.

The activities at the casino sponsored by the Wyoming County Youth Center on Saturday night drew a sizable group of young members of the community.

Meshoppen: Mrs. Hewitt Kintner reports several robins in her yard recently. They were hopping around with joy, maybe, to be north again.

Two Down Country tax collectors, Mrs. Verna Weaver of Center Moreland and Alden Dietz, of Beaumont, are winding up their long careers as tax collectors in Northmoreland and Monroe Townships.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Approximately $375 in cash is believed to have been stolen Saturday night between 8 and 10 o’clock in a burglary at the garage and auto showroom of James K. Strunk, Eaton Road.

Midshipman Frank M. Brown Jr. of Tunkhannock has been named to the Superintendent’s List at the U.S. Navel Academy.

H.T. And Laila (Burns) Radle will mark their 60th wedding anniversary April 16.

Miss Penny Farr, daughter of Attorney and Mrs. John B. Farr, danced in the annual presentation of the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Guild at Irem Temple.

A Salk vaccine clinic will be held in the state clinic rooms, 2-1/2 E. Toga Street on Friday.

Fred Ungureit, local Pyrofax Gas distributor invites all readers of this newspaper to attend his anniversary open house at his store.

The first concert to be given by the Elk Lake instrumental music department is scheduled for Thursday, May 1.

Craige Hill: Bill Johnson, our car salesman from Tunkhannock, was through here making sales this week.

Star Lite Drive-In Theatre: Paramount Presents Jerry Lewis as ‘The Sad Sack’ plus ‘Courage of Black Beauty.’

The Falls-Overfield High parliamentary procedure team (Paul Mislevy, Robert Sickler, Alan Wyant, Gerald Hawk, Gerald Michaels, Richard Gelpin) are winners of the SulWyco area and will advance to a 17-county regional tourney Apr. 28.

High water prevailed in Meshoppen, reaching its peak Tuesday morning.

80 Years Ago (1938)

Promotion of Rear Admiral Harold R. Stark to command of the Battle Force Cruisers of the U.S. Navy has been announced. He is well known to Wyoming County residents as he has a summer home at Lake Carey.

The employees of the Sam Bailey factory, Nicholson, have accepted Mr. Bailey’s offer for a small increase in wages. This is good news for everybody in this section.

Meshoppen Borough Council has engaged contractors Tyler & Cole with a steam shovel to remove the willow trees in the bed of the creek and correct or change the creek channel.

David McCain, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. McCain, of Prospect Hill, miraculously escaped instant death at almost 7:30 a.m. Monday when the timber truck he was driving was struck by an eastbound Lehigh Valley passenger train at Port Blanchard crossing.

Extensive repairs are being made on the Mehoopany Creek bridge.

Stewart Hulslander, Wyoming County agricultural adviser, spent the weekend in Philadelphia.

Forkston: Several trees have been planted on the school playgrounds. These have been dug from the surrounding hills by the students.

Mrs. Laura B. Ganse, area relief supervisor for the past four and one-half years, resigned her position in the local office.

Maynard Hill: Miss Gladys Stayments entertained a party of young people at her home on Monday evening in honor of her birthday anniversary.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Ensign Stuart Reynolds, a seaman on the sub-dreadnaught Nevada, which recently returned from Cuban waters, has been visiting grandparents, Hon. and Mrs. W.N. Reynolds. He goes next to Washington, where he begins duty on Pres. Wilson’s yacht, the Mayflower.

Fire got out in the dry weeds out in the township the latter part of the week, and before it could be stopped, had burned about 150 acres on the Hitchcock farm and adjoining places.

The health board has designated the week of April 15 as “clean up” week. Get rid of ashes and other trash before the inspector arrives.

A butter dealer remarks that there is 10 times as much oleo sold in Tunkhannock as genuine butter.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad company’s revenue for transporting troops during the year 1917 was $119,690.

Forkston: School closed in the grammar room Friday. The teachers and pupils enjoyed a picnic dinner in the woods.

Beaumont: Prof. Hess is driving a new Ford car. He expects to quit teaching and enter the M.E. conference this spring.

John M. Clark, 80, a lifelong resident of Beaumont, died on Saturday. He was a member of the 53rd Regiment Pa. Volunteers in the Civil War.

Petitions for the appointment of a school director for Mehoopany Township have been filed in court, one asking the appointment of Fred. M. Swetland, another Clarence Henning, and a third suggesting several names.

120 Years Ago (1898)

The clerk of the weather does not even offer to mediate between winter and spring.

Ad: House cleaning time is here. You will want new mattings, oilcloth, window shades, curtain poles. You will find a large assortment at Space’s at closing-out prices.

Jack Frost took the first bite of the fruit crop.

Graphophone records for sale at Reed’s Music Store, Bridge Street, Tunkhannock.

Nicholson will have an electromotoscope entertainment tonight.

We note by exchanges that an order has been sent out from Washington instructing postmasters to double the rent on lock boxes.

The court has rendered a decision against free bridges at Mehoopany and Laceyville. This dashes all hopes in that direction to the ground and leaves either place free to get a toll bridge if it can.

The Dixon school, of which Miss Minnie Capwell is teacher, gave on March 30 an entertainment and social.

The Farmland banjo concert occurs next Monday evening. This will undoubtedly be one of the finest musical treats Tunkhannock and the surrounding country ever enjoyed.

A freight train on the Harveys Lake Railroad was wrecked near Trucksville Thursday evening. Three cars loaded with lumber were damaged, and the Coston wrecking crew spent several hours on the scene.

Marcy: Jabez Sterling had a stone bee last week. By the way, Jabez can boast of about as many stones to the acre as most of his neighbors.