This week in local history: Conservation, school news, area burglaries make past headlines


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Clarks Summit Elementary students Stephen Gnall and Elizabeth Shedlock perform in ‘The Rainbow Connection’ with their classmates in 1999.


Abington Journal file photos

Attendees of a conservation talk by Gov. Shafer in 1967 in Benton Township sit on a front row seat made of a wooden plank and logs.


Abington Journal file photos

1967 — Pennsylvania Governor Ray Shafer visited the Abingtons to give a conservation talk in the woods in Benton Township.

“It was one of those speeches that began with, ‘William Penn, the founder of our great Commonwealth…’ and went from there to explain that Pennsylvania had a lot of trees and to conserve the young good ones and sell the old bad ones was a good idea,” read the Journal article.

1972 — Lee Davis, co-captain of the Abington Heights cross country team, Vince Palazzi, football player and Fran Zavacky, a member of the girls hockey team, were named Comets Players of the Week.

Davis was chosen for his “brilliant showing” in the Stock Invitational and the Wilkes-Barre Meyers meet. Palazzi was credited with a total of 15 tackles and assists as the Comets held the undefeated Riverside Vikings to just two touchdowns in a game. Zavacky led her team to several then-recent victories with her scoring skills.

1990 — Several Abington businesses were hit by burglars in the early morning hours, including Everything Natural, Changes clothing store, Earristables jewelry shop, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s.

At Wendy’s, a door was pried open, a safe turned over and beat open with a heavy object and $1,400 stolen from inside.

An alarm system at Ski Valley alerted police and scared off the would-be burglars from that location.

1999 — Clarks Summit Elementary students were busy preparing for their theatrical production of “The Rainbow Connection.” The play, with plenty of colorful decorations and props, was performed for an audience of parents and teachers.

Clarks Summit Elementary students Stephen Gnall and Elizabeth Shedlock perform in ‘The Rainbow Connection’ with their classmates in 1999.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1021-1999.jpgClarks Summit Elementary students Stephen Gnall and Elizabeth Shedlock perform in ‘The Rainbow Connection’ with their classmates in 1999. Abington Journal file photos

Attendees of a conservation talk by Gov. Shafer in 1967 in Benton Township sit on a front row seat made of a wooden plank and logs.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_ABJ-LH-1021-1967.jpgAttendees of a conservation talk by Gov. Shafer in 1967 in Benton Township sit on a front row seat made of a wooden plank and logs. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal

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