1971 – 42 Years Ago
Fifty feet of the Pittston Area School District land purchased from George Bone owner of Bone Stadium extended into the property occupied by the Riverview Drive-In. Discovery of the discrepancy caused a temporary halt to the construction of the new middle school. a ticket booth on the land in question posed the problem. Owners of the outdoor theater agreed to move the booth towards Main Street. The Riverview site was in the process of being purchased by the Pittston Housing Authority. The final showing at the theater was scheduled for September 11.
As St. John’s baseball team took the Catholic Baseball League championship in 1971, it was reported it was the team’s “first diamond championship in two decades.” Some disagreed, so a check of prior Dispatch publications discovered the team had taken the CBL title in 1964 and 1965 under coach John “Bozo” Connors. Pitchers Tom Poplaski and Gordan Chodnicki contributed to the successful seasons and star hitters for the team were Carl Brezak, Eddie Romanko, Jim Gubbiotti, Mike Shaughnessey, Mike Loftus.
Teachers at the Pittston Area and Wyoming Area School Districts were uncertain how the wage price edict sanctioned by President Richard Nixon would affect them. Pittston Area teachers had already been granted increases and were awaiting legal interpretation of the new law. Wyoming Area teachers had not yet signed their new contract. What came to be known in the international finance world as the Nixon Shock the president on August 15, 1971, announced that he would immediately impose wage and price controls, a 10 percent duty on imports, and suspend the international convertibility of the U.S. dollar into gold. It was mandated that after a 90-day freeze, of wages and prices, increases would have to be approved by a “Pay Board” and a “Price Commission,” with an eye toward eventually lifting controls.
1981 – 32 Years Ago
The first firemen’s softball tournament sponsored by West Pittston Hose Company #1 and Pittston Hose Company was scheduled to be played at the Fourth Ward Park. Instrumental in organizing the event were Jim Rooney, Jamie Smith, Stanley Piontek and Jerry Armitage.
King’s College was relying on the athletic talents of four Pittston Area Graduates to lead their various sports teams. Mary Kay Boos graduate of Seton Catholic was named captain of the women’s basketball team. George Aldrich a prodouct of Pittston Area High School was named captain of the varsity basketball team. King’s wrestling team would be captained by Dan McGuire also of Pittston Area. John Dorish, director of King’s athletics stated, “We are pleased to have so many fine athletes from the Pittston region representing King’s College this year.”
2001 – 12 Years Ago
When people talk about, September 11, 2001 most say they remember where they were and what they were doing when jets were piloted into Tower 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. That moment has colored our lives with a sadness that magnifies every time we observe the anniversary. Just as prior generations lived in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, we are now the ones experiencing the result of an event that will forever define us. Creating a barometer by which we collectively set our attitudes, well-being and decisions. Life will never be the same. Here’s what was happening in Greater Pittston the last week of August 2001.
Duryea during a year-long centennial celebration had hoped to raise enough funds to purchase a public clock to be erected on the front lawn of the borough building.
A new “all women” Lions club celebrated their charter night. The JLW Mountain Laurel Lions Club with approximately 30 members gathered at Convention Hall in Pittston Township. The club’s initials represent Joseph L Wroblewski, president of the International Association of Lions Clubs. Original members were Ann Rose, Theresa Milligan, Michelle Klinges, Alice Jendrejeski, Joan Milligan, Carol Claherty, Genevieve Filippini, Michelle Dominick, Loren Filippini, Barbara LaFoca, Joan Adams, Vivian Liberski, Beverly Hewitt, Eileen Yurish, Margaret Wilk, Veronica Kopec, Rebecca Milligan, Susan Suchoski and Elsie Belmont.
The new Pittston Memorial Library was officially opened and dedicated on August 25, 2001.
Pittston Mayor Michael Lombardo estimated the four day attendance of the Tomato Festival to be 70,000 or more.
The Sunday Dispatch published six full pages of class listings for the Wyoming and Pittston Area School District.
The Wyoming Area marching band braved 90 plus degree temperatures during its annual band camp to prepare for their upcoming football season.
Holy Mother of Sorrow PNCC Parish in Dupont prepared to celebrate their 85th anniversary on September 9.
Hughestown Lions Golf Tournament was scheduled for September 9
An Avoca tradition, the Mayor’s Trophy Softball Tournament was being planned for September 15.
Ray Bernardi of West Pittston was looking forward to his second year serving as Superintendent of the Wyoming Area School District.
Michael English of Pittston Township wrote about his experience on the annual nine-mile walk to St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton to honor the Saint. “ It’s the beauty of togetherness which makes this walk even more spiritual.”
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers. ~Adlai E. Stevenson