Peeking into the Past: Pittston Area School District officials come to the rescue of residents in 1974


Peeking into the Past - Judy Minsavage



With numerous upcoming bazaars and picnics scheduled to be held by area churches and organizations, we thought it fitting to remember that in 1984, as in past years, the handmade doll booth at the St. Anthony’s Picnic in Exeter was considered one of the most favorite. The ladies of the parish paintakenly made an abundance of handmade dolls to delight young and old. Doll makers are, from left, Helen Petrillo, Fran Petrillo, Rose Chiazza, Amelia Begliomini, Emma Biagiotti, Josephine Fumanti, Bertha Cicacci, Lottie Innamorati, Sue Beliomini and Marie Biagiotti.


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    DISPLAY THE AMERICAN FLAG

    With the upcoming July 4 holiday, we’ll post each week rules from the United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 on the proper way to display the American Flag.

    No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof.

    The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

    The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

    1964 — 52 Years Ago

    The Inquiring Photographer feature of the Sunday Dispatch celebrated its 15th anniversary in June 1964 noting that over the years, 5,460 photos had been taken of eager participants. The first question published in the June 1949 issue was asked to a group of Pittston graduate students, “Now that you have graduated from high school, what are your plans for the future?” In 1964, the Dispatch revisited those who answered the first question to see if they fulfilled their aspirations. James Dull who wanted to be a radio announcer, ended up being a television personality in Connecticut. John Gillis who wanted to learn more about chemistry found employment as a chemical engineer. Marion Mikitish wanted to do office work and by 1964 was working in the Social Security office and Joseph Ardoline wanted to teach athletics, but stated “military duty came first.”

    1974 — 42 Years Ago

    With the prospect of a hot summer the announcement the Pittston City pool would remain closed due to dwindling membership and funds was disappointing to many residents and their children. Pittston Area School District Superintendent Martin Mattei decided to take action by recommending to the school board the district operate both the school’s indoor pool and the city pool from July through August. The board agreed to the arrangement took over the maintenance of the city pool and saw to necessary improvements.

    The Wyoming Area golf team members were honored for winning the Wyoming Valley Golf League championship for the third straight year. Coached by Joe Satkowski, the Warriors had 57 consecutive league matches without a loss. Team members were Ken Donlavage, Jim Bryja, Russ Goodman, Bob Rodgers, John LaNunziata, Kevin Smith, Rich Donlavage, Tom Novitski, Joe Jumper, John Petrosky.

    Construction of the Pittston Township municipal building, the first in the township’s history was nearing completion. Erected on the site of the former Pittston Township High School the cost to build the new facility was $126,000, not including the purchase of the land and demolition of the existing school. The board of township supervisors Sam Iorfida, John Reardon and Wally Shandra announced that taxpayers would not be assessed with additional taxes and that the project was financed through regular income without the benefit of state or federal grants. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics inflation calculator $126,000 is equivalent to $613,990.59 today.

    1984 — 32 Years Ago

    Harry Jackett of Pittston was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for 30 years of service in the Pennsylvnaia Army National Guard. Serving from August 1950 to July 1977 and again from October 1980 to April 1984, Master Sgt. Jacket was honored for his dedication and devotion to duty.

    For the 14th straight year the Sunday Dispatch announced the Student-Athlete award winners. Heralded for their academic achievement and athleticism were Gina Rodeghiero, Pittston Area; Debbie Polkovitch, Wyoming Area; Jackie Higgins, Seton Catholic; Jay Duffy, Seton Catholic; Chris Loughney, Pittston Area; and Rich Ascani, Wyoming Area.

    The 33rd annual East-West UNICO football classic was set for Wyoming Area Stadium. Game chairman Bill Anzalone arranged for Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino to serve as the honorary captain of the game. Committee members were John Castrignano, UNICO president; Frank Castrignano, Carl Sgarlat, Larry Medico, Orlando Ruggere, Ray Crisci and John Fiashchi.

    1994 — 22 Years Ago

    As president of the Pittston Area Key Club and with over 1,400 hours of volunteer service to the community, Lynn Benfante of Pittston was named the top Key Clubber in the state of Pennsylvania by Kiwanis Club judges. Benfante was awarded the prestigious Sandy Nininger Award at the Key Club International district meeting in Herhsey. Second Lieutenant Alexander Ramsey “Sandy” Nininger Jr. was an exemplary high school student and after graduation went on to West Point and into the United States Army. He was one of the heroes of the Battle of Bataan and was awarded posthumously the first Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II.

    This Date in History:

    1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.

    1974 – In Troy, Ohio, a Marsh supermarket installed the first bar code scanning equipment, made by IBM, and a product with a bar code was scanned for the first time. The product was Juicy Fruit gum.

    1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.

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    With numerous upcoming bazaars and picnics scheduled to be held by area churches and organizations, we thought it fitting to remember that in 1984, as in past years, the handmade doll booth at the St. Anthony’s Picnic in Exeter was considered one of the most favorite. The ladies of the parish paintakenly made an abundance of handmade dolls to delight young and old. Doll makers are, from left, Helen Petrillo, Fran Petrillo, Rose Chiazza, Amelia Begliomini, Emma Biagiotti, Josephine Fumanti, Bertha Cicacci, Lottie Innamorati, Sue Beliomini and Marie Biagiotti.
    http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ST-ANTHONY-S-DOLLS-84.jpgWith numerous upcoming bazaars and picnics scheduled to be held by area churches and organizations, we thought it fitting to remember that in 1984, as in past years, the handmade doll booth at the St. Anthony’s Picnic in Exeter was considered one of the most favorite. The ladies of the parish paintakenly made an abundance of handmade dolls to delight young and old. Doll makers are, from left, Helen Petrillo, Fran Petrillo, Rose Chiazza, Amelia Begliomini, Emma Biagiotti, Josephine Fumanti, Bertha Cicacci, Lottie Innamorati, Sue Beliomini and Marie Biagiotti. Sunday Dispatch File Photo

    Peeking into the Past

    Judy Minsavage

    DISPLAY THE AMERICAN FLAG

    With the upcoming July 4 holiday, we’ll post each week rules from the United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 on the proper way to display the American Flag.

    No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof.

    The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

    The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

    Reach Judy Minsavage at 570-991-6403 or on Twitter @JudithMinsavage

    Reach Judy Minsavage at 570-991-6403 or on Twitter @JudithMinsavage

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