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20 Years Ago (1998)

Mike Burnside was elected president of the Tunkhannock Area School Board Thursday, and will succeed Don Sherwood who stepped down from that post earlier in the evening so he will be able to be sworn into Congress on Jan. 6.

Nicki Curmaci, Megan Lanza, Amanda Molnar, Jeff Tylutki, Rebecca Barkanic, and Elena Bush of Lackawanna Trail have been selected for PMEA District Chorus to be held at Honesdale in February.

Marine PFC Leland A. Repsher of Laceyville has completed basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.

Laceyville Borough Council voted to ask state officials for a formal study on how to reduce car accidents along a stretch of highway near Laceyville.

Oval plaques are popping up in the Nicholson area to let people know when each building was built, thanks to a Nicholson Heritage Association effort.

Sara Wight, daughter of Becky Allen, of Tunkhannock, will exhibit work in the December Senior Art Exhibition at Kutztown University.

Members of the Senior County Chorus from Elk Lake are Jonathan Seavy, Brittany Bisel, Katie Shuren, Vicki Gunding, Matt Hinkley, Britton Schneider, Will Sujkowski, Chris Wooden, Ben Hardic, Jon Allen, Megan LaRue, Ben Hibbard, Lindsay Nulton, Stacy Resykowski, Jill Seavy and Nicole Bishop.

40 Years Ago (1978)

A petition, signed by the landowners adjacent to the abandoned Montrose branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Tunkhannock Twp, was delivered to the township supervisors asking them to reconsider buying the land for recreational purposes.

Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Ben Zdaniewicz has joined the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.

Nicholson Borough now has a final budget of $55,227 for 1979 and will keep the tax rate at 18 mills for next year. It was approved by council and Mayor Ernest King.

Rachel Atherholt, realtor for John J. Lavelle, has been designated a Certified Residential Specialist.

A long line of enthusiastic youngsters at the Dietrich Theater helped celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 50th anniversary on Saturday.

Mrs. Flora Patton of Noxen observed her 93rd birthday on Nov. 28 at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William MacMillan with whom she resides.

The Supreme Court decision in October declaring Blue Laws were unconstitutional means that for the first time in many years, merchants are opening on Sunday. Doug Gay of Gay’s True Value said the owners would prefer not to open on Sunday, but their first attempt on Nov. 26 was very well received.

60 Years Ago (1958)

Response to a very clear mandate from the property owners of the third and fourth wards, Tunkhannock Borough Council voted unanimously last Thursday to drop all plans for the extension of the present sewer system.

Thomas Dickenson, retired farmer celebrated his 86th birthday on Dec. 2. His wife, Elizabeth, celebrated her 86th birthday on Oct. 12.

Saturday night’s smorgasbord at Prince Hotel was excellent, as always, with 155 dinners served. The next one will be New Year’s Eve.

Sandy Gabriel, Judy Kalinowski, Cathy Coleman, Carol Hubbell, Pat Ross, Sharmon Smales, Donna McCarthy, Laura Jane Layaou and John Zona are to appear on the David Blight Show Sunday. The children are planning to perform a military dance.

Plans have been completed for Santa’s visit to Tunkhannock next Thursday evening, Dec. 11. A parade is scheduled to welcome the old gent to the lobby of the Dietrich Theater where he will be distributing candy and free passes to Walt Disney’s ‘Fun Festival’ to all students and preschool children.

All business and professional people are invited to use our Metro Christmas Greetings Service as a means of extending good wishes to friends and patrons.

80 Years Ago (1938)

If the wishes of an anonymous donor are met, when the Tunkhannock Methodist Episcopal church is dedicated, it will be furnished with a fine pipe organ.

The Noxen schools were reopened Monday after closing a week on account of an epidemic of mumps. A number of pupils are still quarantined.

Forkston: Miss Pearl Robinson has taken her grandmother, Mrs. Rose Lott, to Russell Hill for the rest of the winter.

A play, ‘The Last of the Ravens,’will be presented by the people of Forkston at the Eatonville Methodist Church Friday.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George Billings of Lake Winola, who has been ill of pneumonia, is improving.

Among those from town who had Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elm Tree Tea Room were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Billings; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Titman and daughters, and daughters Helen and Ruth; Mrs. Aaron Brown; Mrs. Samuel Fitch; Mrs. E.N. Stone; Mrs. Adelaide Hawke; Mrs. S.W. Eysenbach; Mrs. Herbert McKown; Mrs. Minnie Seibel; Fred Seibel; John Turn; Mrs. John Fassett; Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Davenport; and Mrs. Bertha Reynolds of Nicholson.

Miss Edith Gans, home economics representative, spent Thanksgiving at her home in Gans, Fayette County.

100 Years Ago (1918)

The remembrance service at the Presbyterian Church Sunday evening was largely attended and very interesting. Lantern slides showing splendid portraits of the boys who had gone out to serve their country, were thrown upon the screen and the latest news concerning them repeated.

What are we going to do with our Public Library? This proposition is before the people of Tunkhannock. In the course of the past 10 years we, unaided by any outside help, have established a library which ought to be the pride and joy of our village.

W.D. Sampson sold his property on East Tioga Street, now occupied by County Superintendent John E. Hallock. Mr. Hallock will move there in the spring.

East Lemon Grange No. 400, will give its annual dinner Saturday, Dec. 7, consisting of chicken and biscuits. Members are requested to bring chicken.

For sale ad: Fine Berkshire sow, two years old, weight about 300 pounds and a good breeder. Price $50.

A civil service examination for the position of clerk and city mail carrier at Tunkhannock will be held at the high school building.

Schools, churches and all public gatherings at Factoryville are still under ban on account of the epidemic of influenza.

120 Years Ago (1898)

A hot poker started a blaze in the kitchen at the Packer House Monday morning, which called out the hose company. Two lines of hoses were stretched from the fire plugs on Warren street above the depot, but little water was needed.

T.F. Moore of Glenburn, has broken ground for a $30,000 hotel on the north side of Lake Winola. The new boat house will be 180 feet long and four stories high.

C.M. Baker, a Meshoppen poultryman, was fortunate enough to capture three minks and a skunk that were carrying off his fowls.

The storm of Saturday night, which gave us an inch or two of snow and blustered around in quite a wintery fashion, is described as a genuine blizzard in other parts of the state.

The stone work on the Mehoopany bridge is about complete and the work of placing the iron will begin at once.

This is the season for oranges, and they are arriving from Florida in great quantities. They are fine, juicy and well flavored.

A Falls man runs a threshing machine by gasoline power.

The union Thanksgiving service was held at the Evangelical Church, with Rev. J.W. Romberger preaching the sermon.