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Why were members of the Dupont Recreation Committee surprised at who attended their regular meeting in May of 1974?

1964 – 50 Years Ago

The Pittston Coin Club first organized at the Pittston YMCA with ten members in attendance. It didn’t take long for the organization to grow to 38 members. Numismatists displayed their collection of coins some dating back to the Roman Empire.

Officers of the club were Joseph Ventre, president; Frank Wanko, vice-president; Paul Lauck, treasurer; and Morgan Williams, secretary. Board of directors included Joseph Martino, Warren Strubeck, Joseph Testa, Joseph Kizis, John Toole, Hugh Richards, Michael Delvecchio and David Murzin.

According to the web site ancient.eu.com, Roman coins were first produced in the late 4th century BCE (Before the Common Era) and were minted for eight centuries across the empire. The sestertii and denarii rank among the most famous coins in history.

Buildings from the First National Bank to Dock Street were being razed due to the Urban Redevelopment plan. Included in those scheduled to come down were the Roman Theatre and Friedman buildings.

Meanwhile on Water Street the Lehigh Valley freight station was dismantled and loaded into trucks for transport to a “nearby dumping ground.”

Eugene Starna, Bill DeAlba, Anthony Mantione, Mary Crane Bender and Rose Sarago DeAlba, Members of the the Pittston High School class of 1943, presented a portrait of Francis A. Earley, superintendent of city schools, to his wife at a ceremony at the school. Requesting it hang in a place of honor at the school, Mrs. Earley presented the portrait to Attorney George Spohrer, president of the board of education.

1974 – 40 Years ago

Pittston Area Patriots retired the famed #44 jersey worn by Jimmy Cefalo during his three year varsity football career at the school. Cefalo turned over one of his jersey’s to Bob Barbieri, head football coach to be displayed as an inspiration to future athletes. Cefalo was named High School All American in 1973, and received numerous local athletic awards for setting running and scoring records.

Debra Ann Rydzy of Dupont was crowned Miss Polish Women’s Alliance at a meeting of Council 4B in Old Forge. Julia Olszewski was crowned Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Council for the 8th consecutive year. The Polish Women’s Alliance of America was founded in 1898 in Chicago. It’s goals were equality for women and the promotion of pride in Polish heritage. In it’s formative years, the PWA began recognizing prominent women of Polish descent and began publication of their newspaper, Głos Polek, The Polish Women’s Voice.

The Sunday Dispatch Inquiring Photographer asked, “What would be the ideal Mother’s Day gift?” Marion Kobylski, Pittston answered, “ Good health for my family.” Ginger Murphy of Pittston added, “Happiness for my children.” Barbara Mizensko of Exeter said, “ A charm bracelet symbolizing my son is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for me.”

1984 – 30 Years ago

Karen Vitale of Duryea received a first place award at the regional competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Her experiment, The Analysis of Exothermic Reactions was submitted to the state competition where she won a second place award. The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, and is an Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The 80th annual PJAS State Competition will occur on May 18, 19, & 20, at Penn State University in State College.

Beth Mitchell, Patricia Pesotine, Lucille Warunek, Mary Ann Capizzi, Candice Rusnak, Dawn Coolbaugh and Christine Lis were honored at a ceremony at Keystone Jr. College in La Plume for completing the Linder Foundation Art Workshop which enables high school students to participate in college level art courses.

Water Street Bridge closed in January of 1984 due to a $1.1 million renovation project which included replacement of the bridge decking, changing of steel supports, and widening of the entrance ramp on the Pittston side. The work was expected to take a year to complete. It was announced in May, the bridge would be ready to re-open in November of 1984, much earlier than expected. The project was part of the State’s billion dollar bridge program funded by a special tax set aside to refurbish bridges throughout the state.


Officials of the Dupont Recreational Committee were surprised when 30 young fellows attended their regular meeting in May of 1974. The young men issued a complaint to the board regarding the lack of recreational facilities in the borough. Armed with a plan, the boys said they would work to match any funding available for their request. A youth representative further stated, that they were not privileged to have facilities young men in the borough’s past could enjoy such as the Dupont Community House and Polonia Hall that at one time offered basketball, library, scouting, skating, dancing, amateur boxing and sports. Mayor Michael Kaminsky congratulated the youngsters on their plan.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

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