This week in local history

First Posted: 5/11/2015

1966 – Mrs. Dwight McGraw, a native of Hawaii and resident of Clarks Summit, shared with Abington Journal readers her original recipe for pineapple spareribs.

2 slabs spareribs

1 can pineapple chunks

Cut ribs into one-inch lengths (have butcher crack bones so that this is possible) and cut into bite size pieces.

Brown ribs in pan. Peanut oil may be used.

Drain pineapple, reserve liquid.

Pour pineapple juice over browned ribs. Simmer 20 minutes.


2 tbs. corn starch

2 tbs sugar

2 tbs shoyu (soy sauce)

1 cup water

Add pineapple, warm.

Pour thickening over all. Bring to boil and serve immediately.

Serves six to eight.

1969 – A rattlesnake was reported in Dalton.

Anne Boyer, accompanied by her three small children, was out for a walk in the borough when her son Jeffery, 7, saw a snake at least four feet long stretched out by the side of the road. Thinking the creature dead, he stepped on its head, but when it moved, he jumped away. After gathering her children at a safe distance, Boyer observed the snake, now coiled, shaking its “rattle.”

1971 – Dancers were rehearsing for the Abington Junior Women’s Club spring dance recital held in the Abington Heights Junior High School auditorium. Helen Gaus was the dance instructor and the Journal published a photo of dancers Nancy Hoag and Gay Fischetti.

1980 – Mike Dulworth, PIAA District 2 singles tennis champion, was featured as The Abington Journal athlete of the week.

“Dulworth has been rolling over his singles opponents all season for the Comets, who are in hot pursuit of the Northeastern Tennis League’s second-half title,” read the article.

1987 – Baptist Bible College, now Summit University, was preparing to send its M.A.P.P.E.T.S. group to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Iquitos, Peru. The student group used Muppet-like puppets to teach Bible lessons.

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