20 Years Ago (1997)
The 12th running of the Jack Daniels Mile saw 19 runners eclipse the 5-minute barrier, with former Penn State All-American Steve Oliver’s time of 4:29 nudging out Brian Crispell (4:31), Matt Samuel (4:32), and Jeff Crahalla (4:34). For the women, Kim Bray, 15, of Nanticoke, edged Meghan Torbik, 12, of Wilkes-Barre, both recording a 6:07.
Overall first-place finishers in the annual Endless Mountains Downriver Canoe Race on Aug. 3 were David Bruno and Todd Roadman in competition adult-child; Keith and Jessica Dorton in recreational adult-child; Kate Ross and Rich Atkins in mixed recreation; Chip Hampton and Frank Gudman in recreational men’s; and Scott Jacobs and Steve Martin in men’s masters.
Tunkhannock Area Golf Coach Don Cragle has announced a 15-man roster for the upcoming season: senior John Henry Miller; juniors Chris Fitze, Jason Pozniak, Jason Brown, Sean Alden, and Jeff Olson; sophomores E.J. Coleman, Neil Lane, and Justin Tyson; and freshmen Mark Killian, Corey DeLeo, Jonathan Bach, Charlie Keefe, Brian Noreika and John Hurst.
Ten letterwinners returning to Tiger football under Coach Don Holl are seniors Jarred Pencek, Jason Kuzma, Tim Rogers, Jarred Shoemaker, Mike Jones, Lucas Welch and Jake Blaisure; and juniors John Henry, Matt Davis and A.J. Lescher.
40 Years Ago (1977)
A three-run fourth inning and the five-hit pitching of Marcia Boice sparked the Tunkhannock Girls’ All-Stars to a 5-1 win over Minersville, and the Pennsylvania Girls’ Little League title. The state championship win, the first in the history of Tunkhannock Little League, sends the girls to Thurmont, Md., for a 3-day stay and the regional championships.
The champs included Lisa Watkins, Becky Harding, Kathy Baldo, Sue Gurney, Karen Long, Debbie Delmar, Felicia McClymont, Kathy Kobylski, Linda O’Hearn, Jill Nichols, Shirley Harvey, Wanda Talcott, Nancy Balint and Marcia Boice, manager Chris Strumski and coach Bill Sedwick.
With the regular season winding down to its last two weeks, Cavanaugh’s and Howdy Jones are atop the South Montrose Softball League. With Jim Bennett’s two homers, Cavanaugh’s drubbed Brooklyn, 17-2. Howdy Jones notched a 12-4 win over the Trojans.
At the Harvey Speedway last Sunday, Joe Walter of the Hobby Division and Carl Reynolds of the Limiteds became the Summer Champions. In the Sportsman event, Dave Plummer spun out causing a restart.
The cannon will sound at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday and signal the start of the first heat of canoes in the 16th Annual Endless Mountains Downriver Canoe Race.
60 Years Ago (1957)
The new Tunkhannock Little League ball park will be put into use for the first time next Thursday, Aug. 22, when two Squidget League teams square off in an all-star game.
Mike Hudock has returned home after suffering a knee injury in practice for an all-star game he was unable to participate in this month. It is doubtful that he will be able to join the Green Bay Packers by whom he was selected in the professional draft this season.
Tunkhannock High School is opening football practice next Monday night and playing its first game just four weeks from tomorrow.
The Ricketts’ Estate property on North Mountain in Sullivan County comprising about 3,000 acres of land, two houses, and a natural lake has been sold to a group of men from Wyoming and Sullivan County. The present Ricketts Glen State Park comprises about 14,000 acres of which this 3,000-acre parcel is not a part.
A party of 12 from Lemon motored to the New Jersey shore and spent the weekend deep-sea fishing at Braille.
Louise Himmelwright and Dianne Saravitz of Meshoppen spent last week at the Girl Scout Camp Archbald.
Thrills and spills of a world championship rodeo will be an outstanding feature of the 1957 Livestock Exhibition at the Farm Show in Harrisburg Nov. 12-16.
80 Years Ago (1937)
Miss Alissa Ruth Fowles, president of the Tunkhannock Senior Girl Reserve Club, is one of four girls from the northeast Pennsylvania region honored by the state YWCA by being selected to attend the Scranton Girl Reserve Camp at Lake Ariel Aug. 18.
Thirty-nine Boy Scouts attended the Presbyterian Church Sunday School Aug. 8. They are camping at Dunlap’s Grove.
The ball game held at Mehoopany on Sunday between Russell Hill and Noxen, was won by Russell Hill, 9-6.
This year’s Wyoming County Fair will have some interesting attraction. A lady high diver will perform outstanding and sensational dives into a 4-foot glass tank of water, the smallest tank of its kind ever built. Two acrobatic acts also will be presented that were so outstanding they were returned for eight weeks at Steeplechase Park, Coney Island.
Cyril Pazlozick, 24, of Jessup, an employee of the W.C. Carter Company of Scranton, drowned while attending a picnic at White’s Ferry. He dove from a boat into the Susquehanna River and then shouted for help, but no one could assist him.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dawson found a large rattlesnake Sunday and managed after some time to kill it.
100 Years Ago (1917)
There is a ball game Saturday, Aug. 11, on Benjamin Ball’s flats in East Lemon against Beaumont. Don’t fail to attend.
Earl Hodgson and family and Walter Webb and family have been camping along Tunkhannock Creek at Dixon for several days.
The ticket-selling committee of the Chataqua Guarantors announce the sail of season tickets for the 1917 Chataqua at the same old price, $2. Mail contract to Joseph F. Ogden, Tunkhannock.