20 Years Ago (1999)
Top five finishers in the B&R Distributors Jack Daniel Run are 1-Brian Crispell, 4:30; 2-Jonathan Opal, 4:33; 3-John Bolesta, 4:37; 4-Jeff Crahalla, 4:39; and Steve Himka, 4:49. First female across the finish line was Patty Kupstas at 5:28.
The Sixth Annual American Red Cross 5K race at Lake Carey was won by Mike Rawls in 17:00, and first female to cross was Michelle Wolyniec in 19:09.
Residents of Factoryville will once again participate this weekend in Christy Mathewson Day festivities to honor its favorite pro baseball player.
Tunkhannock Area football standout Jon Henry will continue his athletic and academic career at Wilkes University.
Bill Gaylord and Jim Hoover registered an outstanding 15-under par to claim the championship of Shadowbrook Golf Club’s annual 2-day member-guest tournament, while Kathy Goeringer and Ruth Dettore defended their title on the women’s side.
The fourth annual Midnight Madness celebration is Sunday, Aug. 15, to kick off the 1999 Tunkhannock Tiger football season. The annual alumni game features Stew Casterline, Rick Crispell, Rick Tinna and Tom Johnson for the orange; and Jack Welch, Dan Holod, Don Wilson, Jim Rail, Dave Shoemaker and John Van Houten for the black.
40 Years Ago (1979)
P.J. Tallman of Nicholson and Bernie Proud of Factoryville are competing in the old-timers horse race at Pocono Downs Friday.
The annual Dream Game in Scranton Wednesday had Tunkhannock Area Coach Augie Grant as City Coach in a 14-0 loss to the county; but TAHS grad Bill Nast gathering 29 yards on offense. Other participating Tigers: Ned Serfass, Bill Wilson, John Greenley, Roger Daniels, Curt Sohns and Joe Sick.
Pre-season practice is underway at TAHS but the school needs to fill vacancies left by the recent resignations of Stew Casterline and Tony Wisnosky.
New Deputy Game Protectors announced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for Wyoming County are Roland Anderson and James Lorenson, both of Tunkhannock; and Henry Dulsky of Falls.
Six girls are among the 43 youngsters enrolled in a soccer clinic at Keystone Junior College. Athletic Director Michael Mould called soccer the fastest growing sport in the region.
Racquetball players who have had to travel as far as Clarks Summit to find a court will soon be able to play at the Lithia Valley Court Club developed by Don Thomas at Camp Spear.
Ron Wertman of Tunkhannock won the ‘closest-to-the-pin’ contest at Shadow Brook.
60 Years Ago (1959)
Montrose and Nicholson, the 1-2 teams in the regular season standings jumped off to one game leads in the Susque-Wyo League playoffs with the former beating Tunkhannock, 9-2, and the latter beating Springville, also 9-2.
Beaumont remains at the top of the Bi-County League with a 7-3 win over Mehoopany. Falls won a squeaker from Noxen, 3-2, with Del Durland getting two hits. Forkston won a slugfest with Silvara, 20-12. Stub Goodwin was the winning pitcher and leading hitter with five hits in six times at bat. Jenks beat Harding, 5-2, with George Poynton accounting for half of the 10 hits in that game. Harding’s Franzek also got a home run.
After twice battling from behind in the early innings, the Tri-County League All-Stars were eliminated from the Teeners, 11-7, to St. Thereses of Wilkes Barre.
Athletes of Lackawanna Trail High School were honored last Thursday at a dinner in the Nicholson Presbyterian Church. Elio Ghigiarelli, coach of football and basketball at Old Forge noted he started coaching at Dalton before it was added to the Trail jointure.
Tunkhannock High School Coach Charley Shaw has announced that all boys interested in playing football should report to the school at 5 p.m. next Monday for physical examinations.
80 Years Ago (1939)
Members of the Southern Tier Racing Club and hundreds of racing fans were disappointed last Sunday when the scheduled races at the Tunkhannock Fair Grounds were forbidden by a detail of officers from the Pennsylvania Motor Police.
With the playoffs of the Sunday afternoon league going into their second week, the championship series in the Saturday afternoon league moves into the first round with two exciting games: Tunkhannock vs. Fairdale with either Red Custer or Art Walker pitching, and in the other contest Art Cole’s Meshoppen club takes on Laceyville. In the Sunday playoffs it is Noxen at Meshoppen, Vernon at Dallas; Carverton at East Dallas, Lake Carey at LaGrange; and Noxen Jr. at Lake Winola.
Nicholson businessmen are sponsoring a soap box derby with the idea of encouraging the half-grown boys of that community to use their hands and heads. Orville Kocher is general chairman of the affair.
Clint Morse Jr., Billy Johns, Bud Wooler, and Warren Wells all summer residents at Lake Winola loaded a canoe on the roof of their car last Saturday, and drove to Lake Sheridan where they won the Scranton Tribune trophy for first place in the 4-man canoe race.
The Moosic Boy Scout Troop is spending two weeks camping near Dunlap’s Grove.
100 Years Ago (1919)
An ice cream social will be held at Cooper’s Grove, Lake Carey, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the benefit of the Lemon baseball team.
Dr. and Mrs. Glasser and two children of Buffalo, who were visiting and carrying a camping outfit are en route to Delaware Water Gap. They spent Monday at the home of their uncle and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Streeter.
Revs. Thomas and Stang and C.A. Kelly with nine Boy Scouts attended the Tunkhannock Chautauqua on Monday afternoon.
The Boy Scouts organization was founded in England in 1910 and started in the United States the same year. Sir Robert Baden-Powell is the father of the movement in England and Ernest Thompson Seton in the U.S.