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20 Years Ago (1997)

An April 1 fire destroyed Dibble’s Hardware Store in Meshoopen, a 102-year-old landmark.

Thanks to a $40,000 state grant, the Tunkhannock Area School District will be able to enhance its drug education and prevention programs.

TASD officials are also trying to make students aware of a state law governing possession of weapons, including a pocket knife or a sharp file, on school property.

TAHS drama students performed ‘Grease’ with a cast of 42, including Nathan Edwards as Danny, Stephanie Renoll as Sandra D., Rosalyn Kintner as Rizzo and Daniel Hutchins as Kenickie.

Sara Lane, a TAHS grad from Tunkhannock, will appear Apr. 18-27 in the play, ‘Light Up the Sky,’ at Millersville University.

A new brochure and video prompting folks about ‘A Weekend in Wyoming County’ is the latest Chamber of Commerce effort hoping to spur an increase in tourism.

An administrative law judge has found Mr. Z’s Food Mart in Tunkhannock guilty of unfair labor practice.

The Lackawanna Trail Marching Band performed at Disney World in Florida March 23.

Marine Lance Cpl. Bryon Dickson, of RD2 Falls, recently participated in the evacuation of 900 American and foreign citizens from Albania.

40 Years Ago (1977)

The Easter Bunny is due to arrive at the Tunkhannock High School football field this Saturday to hide a huge load of eggs.

Individuals of Wyoming County who are not registered to vote or wish to change party affiliation have less than two weeks to do so in order to vote in the municipal primary election, to take place on May 17.

An addition housing a minimum of 20 beds is planned to keep pace with the needs of the expanding population of Wyoming County. This was the word from Tyler Hospital officials last week.

An anxious crowd of hopeful anglers gathered around the members of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission as they prepared to stock Meshoppen Creek below Quick’s Bridge in Keiserville.

Despite poor weather conditions, the Tunkhannock track team easily defeated Carbondale 115-35 last Thursday.

Lake Winola: Happy birthday to Ellen Frear, who celebrated her sixth birthday on March 30. She is the daughter of Carl and Barbara Frear.

Tunkhannock and other Wyoming County communities will be official ‘Friendly Towns’ this summer to boys and girls from New York City.

Uni-Sex Haircutting Nite at David Watkins Beauty Shop, air-formed haircuts for easy care.

60 Years Ago (1957)

A heated exchange of words between Burgess Walter D. Reese and Councilman Grant W. Brown overshadowed a discussion of wholesale street repairs at last Thursday night’s meeting of Tunkhannock Borough Council.

An Easter egg-filled airplane is scheduled to arrive at Skyhaven Airport Saturday afternoon, bringing the Easter Bunny to visit his young friends.

John Lettieri, of Lake Winola, will celebrate on Saturday the first anniversary of his ‘Marine Room,’ saying “thank you” to his friends with a fried chicken dinner for $1.

Stop signs have been erected at Stark and Clay Streets, at their intersection with Slocum Avenue, between the jail and Grange Hall.

Mrs. John Brewer entertained at a shower for her daughter, Mrs. Alex Jervis, of Factoryville. More than 30 were present.

Lymanville: School closed early April 4, but the buses didn’t manage to cover their routes much ahead of schedule. In fact, Palmer’s bus was later than usual.

Nimble: Betty Lou Robinson was a weekend guest of Connie and Virginia Klotzbach, of Laceyville.

Gay-Murray Ad: Lawn rake, 69 cents-reg. 98 cents; Hedge shears, $2.19-reg. $3.50; 5-Sewn Household Broom, 87 cents-reg. $1.49.

80 Years Ago (1937)

Hospitals are awaiting passage of the Cohen bills now before the legislature which would authorize the setting up of group hospital service plans.

Early next week, the Tunkhannock-Dallas road will be officially closed to through traffic from the river bridge at Tunkhannock to the new concrete highway between Eatonville and Evans Falls.

Forkston: Sunday was a typical March day, one snow squall following another all day.

Donald McCain, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCain, of Putnam Street, entertained his neighbor playmates on the occasion of his seventh birthday. His guests were Donald Hardy, Donald Sick, Lois Sick and Eleanor Sturman.

Oxbow Lake: Donald Cornell and Roland Brown are doing jury duty.

The Wyoming County Medical Society met yesterday at the Elm Tree Tea Shop.

Mr. and Mrs. John Blatter will move from the Baker home on Philadelphia Avenue to the apartments over the new theatre.

Yesterday inaugurated the Wednesday afternoon closing of Tunkhannock business places. It is expected that the plan will be continued permanently and not for the summer months only.

Stanley DeWitt has leased the land on Gravel Hill, which for a number of years was operated by the late William I. Avery as a truck farm.

100 Years Ago (1917)

The ups and downs of a soldier’s life was suggested by the sight of a bevy of boys in khaki beating their way home on a freight train Saturday.

Hon. Joseph F. Ogden will conduct another picture show for the boys tomorrow night, this time at the Presbyterian Church. Lantern slides illustrating the Civil War are to be thrown upon the screen.

The peep frogs gave some week-end musicales.

State Superintendent Schaeffer has notified all schools that the full term must be taught or the State appropriation will be forfeited.

The track laborers on the Lehigh Valley road were granted a raise of one cent per hour in wages.

Edward Haulton has removed from Carlin restaurant building to the Dana block next door.

New and expensive machinery for bottling milk and loading it in the car is to be established at the Lemon creamery this spring. About 8,000 quarts of milk per day is put up in the bottles there.

Flags are displayed nearly everywhere as evidence of patriotism.

The Globe Store was moved to the Hatfield building, 26 E. Tioga Street, the latter part of the week. The front of the store has been painted green, the adopted color of the Globe people.

F.P. Avery’s sons have sold three Dodge cars within the past few days.

120 Years Ago (1897)

Nicholson Borough School has 240 pupils.

Factoryville is agitating the erection of a modern borough school building at a cost from $6,000 to $7,000.

The millinery store of Lena Lochett has been moved from North Mehoopany to Mehoopany and is in the Hahn building.

A miscreant entered the yard of A.L. Vangorder, at Nicholson, a few nights ago and cut down all the shrubbery. Last year the flower beds and shrubbery were destroyed in a like manner, and probably by the same person.

Eatonville: ‘Ben’ Harding looks very smiling these days. Prospects of more help on the farm, for it is a sturdy baby boy.

Vose: While taking down the old wooden bridge at this place last week, a heavy timber fell, breaking the cords of the bridge and letting the whole structure down in the creek.

G.F. Kutz is putting an addition on the building on Tioga Street that he is to occupy as a harness shop.

If there are any more blizzards booked for this locality, we move that they be postponed on account of the weather.

Lawns will soon need cropping.

Robert W. Bardwell has purchased the old homestead, one of the best dairy farms in this locality.

Report reached this place Saturday that the drillers at Lovelton had struck a good flow of gas.