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20 Years Ago (1998)

Fahs-Rolston Paving Corp. of Binghamton, N.Y., won the right to build the eastern half of the Tunkhannock bypass with a bid of just over $14.7 million. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2000.

Tunkhannock Township supervisors approved a plan for a new park in Lazybrook last week that includes athletic fields, hiking and bicycle trails, camping areas, fishing access and more.

Elk Lake has hired Ed Falkowski as its new elementary principal, and Chuck Pirone, an 18-year veteran teacher in the Tunkhannock Area schools, as the new junior high principal.

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., rode in a convertible in the Stroka Memorial antique vehicle parade Friday.

Mariano and Helen (Golomboski) Carpenetti of Nicholson are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 14.

Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Mock received a commendation for his participation in Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp LeJeune, N.C.

A new art exhibit, ‘Plein Air Plus’ at the Wyoming County Courthouse Art Gallery features the work of Charlotte Dickinson and her daughter Terry Proctor

Tyler Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Boy Scout Troop 518 and 31 local businesses is offering welcome baskets to new area residents.

40 Years Ago (1978)

A plan for a $1.75 million shopping center was unveiled before Tunkhannock Borough Council last week. A major drug store and one of the largest regional supermarkets - both unnamed - dominate the proposed center.

Eastern Milk Producers Co-op and the Leprino Co. have reportedly been offered a Meshoppen site on which to construct their proposed $10 million cheese plant.

The majority opinion clearly favors a bypass of one kind or another. There should be no question about it.

‘Up, Up, and Away,’ created by Nancy and Nick Witiak, won ‘Best in Parade’at the Lake Winola Regatta held Saturday. There were 17 water floats entered.

Gold Star mother Helen Matylewicz of Lake Winola died Aug. 3 at home. A son, Pvt. Carl Matylewicz was killed in action on Okinawa in 1945.

Airman Gordon W. Haywald, formerly of Falls, has been selected for training at the Presidio in Monterrey, Calif., in the voice processing field.

Mr. and Mrs. Laird Frantz of Meshoppen celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on July 22.

Meshoppen firemen are finalizing plans for their annual fire carnival in the ballpark Aug. 17-19.

Patricia Sost of Boonton, N.J., has been appointed secondary band director at Elk Lake. High School.

60 Years Ago (1958)

The ambulance for Tunkhannock and its surrounding townships will be ready for delivery on Friday. It is expected that local drivers will pick up the vehicle at the Waterville, Ohio, plant of Sebert Coach Craftsmen.

With this issue, Volume XC, Number 1, the Republican & New Age begins its 90th consecutive year of publication.

Lymanville: Larry Hulslander completed his six weeks’ forestry training Friday and joined Mrs. Hulslander at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Brooks.

Tunkhannock Girl Scouts and Brownies attending Day Camp at Wildwood, Harveys Lake, are Ruth Shaffer, Becky Williams, Andrea Stevens, Wendy Taylor, Gail Remley, Peggy Miller, Sharman Smales and Donna Adams. The camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, nature study, outdoor cooking, and dramatics.

The Dietrich Theater has ‘Long Hot Summer’ with Paul Newman and Joan Woodward Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The Tunkhannock Hospital Exchange will reopen Aug. 8, noon-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The exchange has been closed for two months due to lack of volunteer workers.

Charles Brothers advertises marshmallows at 29 cents a bag, NBC saltines at 27 cents and tomatoes at two pounds for 19 cents.

80 Years Ago (1938)

The Wyoming County Commissioners have been negotiating with officials of the Public Works Administration relative to a project for enlarging the court house, which at the present time is entirely inadequate, so far as office and storage space are concerned.

Thirty-five telephone sets in Noxen homes have been converted into dial sets and connected with the Harvey’s Lake exchange.

Labor Day will be a big day at the Wyoming County Fair. That is the opening day of the fair and will be the biggest Labor Day celebration ever held in this part of the State.

Monday, Aug. 1, was the 87th birthday of Edmund S. Dana, who celebrated quietly at his home at North Eaton. Mr. Dana is the second oldest resident of Eaton Township and is the last of his father’s family of four daughters and two sons, the children of Stevens and Emmeline Fassett Dana.

Burt Brundage and other gardeners of Tunkhannock report that skunks are raiding sweet corn patches. In some cases, they are destroying nearly all the ears.

Mrs. Ellen Ryant has sold her grist mill and home at Marcy to Mr. and Mrs. N.L. Parks of Montrose who expect to move into their new quarters soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Staymets of Mehoopany are marking their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9.

100 Years Ago (1918)

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Strong received a message from the War Department yesterday stating that their son Dennis had been killed in France. He is the first Tunkhannock boy to lose his life in the war.

A lively blaze was started in Herrick Brothers’ store on Sunday evening, when a lighted candle which was being carried by Frank Herrick came in contact with some cotton balls.

C.D. Beebe has closed his meat market in the Stark block for a period of 10 days, and may allow it to remain closed longer.

The Tunkhannock Cemetery Association has decided to build a receiving vault at Sunnyside Cemetery.

A petition to the railroad company from residents in the vicinity of Hawley’s Switch, Lake Carey, asking that trains stop there on signal, has been handed in.

Relatives here received a telegram from the War Department in Washington yesterday stating that Leo Brown was wounded again while fighting in France, the extent of his injuries being undetermined.

The 16th annual reunion of the Baker and Fuller families will be held at Lake Winola on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Four schools in Nicholson Township- Utley, Pedrick, Camp and Bacontown- will not be open next season, the pupils being carried to other schools.

120 Years Ago (1898)

A carload of wounded soldiers from Santiago passed westward through town Sunday. They were bronzed with sun and storm, their uniforms were soiled and tattered, and many of them were carrying bullets in their bodies. Three of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders were among them.

The electric light company has placed a handsome arc light at the main entrance of the M.E. church, which is to be burned as often as needed and kept in order by the company gratis.

A number of people from a distance are now boarding near the Carpenter Hollow lithia well in order to use the water fresh from the well every day.

The clambake of Falls Cornet Band occurs tomorrow. Preparations for a big time have been made.

The school board is preparing to move to thoroughly enforce the compulsory school law hereafter. At the beginning of the fall term, all teachers will be furnished with blanks upon which monthly reports are to be made of every scholar absent to exceed five days.

Temple Commandery Band is giving delightful open air concerts on the courthouse lawn semi-weekly now.

Repairs to the Russell Hill church which was recently damaged by lightning, are nearly completed. It is fortunate that the church was not filled with people when the bolt came crashing down.