This Week in Local History: Abington area residents participated in Lackawanna County Arts and Crafts Contest in 1979


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Jay MacCracken and Dave Schmidt go coasting on their home-made contraption on wheels in 1965.


Abington Journal file photos

From left, Gary Conrad and John Wuinder, Abington Heights Tennis player pose behind a net in 1975.


Abington Journal file photos

Carolyn Notartomas and Pearl Cenci display a crocheted tablecloth made by Carolyn, a member of the Women’s League of Lackawanna County, during the Lackawanna County Arts and Crafts Contest in 1979.


Abington Journal file photos

1965 — A mild winter and subsequent lack of snow for sleigh-riding forced area youngsters longing to enjoy the activity to get creative. A front page photo in the Journal showed young Jay MacCracken and Dave Schmidt coasting down a hill on a “home-made contraption on wheels.”

“The caster and camber of the wheels may leave a bit to be desired as to engineering perfection, but the vehicle does run,” read the caption. “Rear wheels toe in and front ones toe out and what could be fairer than that?”

1975 — In tennis news, Abington Heights defeated Berwick in a match. The Journal ran a photo of Gary Conrad and John Wunder, who were both victorious in singles matches during the event.

1979 — Members of the Abington Heights Civic League and students from the Abington Heights North Campus participated in the Lackawanna County Arts and Crafts Contest, held that week at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Winners of the contest, which was hosted by the Civic League, went on to compete at the Northeast Festival of Arts Day in Bloomsburg.

Student winners included Jennifer Manley, Charcoal and Mixed Media; Laurie Holt, Watercolors, Oils and Acrylics; Lisa Johnson, Nature Study – Black and White and Tracey Hallstead, Pencil, Pen and Ink.

Winning Civic League members included Ellie Messner, Needlework – Pattern or Kit; Charlene Wilson, Sewing and Tailoring Crafts and Needlework Original and Karen Bialkowski, Natural Materials.

Jay MacCracken and Dave Schmidt go coasting on their home-made contraption on wheels in 1965.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0309-1965.jpgJay MacCracken and Dave Schmidt go coasting on their home-made contraption on wheels in 1965. Abington Journal file photos

From left, Gary Conrad and John Wuinder, Abington Heights Tennis player pose behind a net in 1975.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0309-1975.jpgFrom left, Gary Conrad and John Wuinder, Abington Heights Tennis player pose behind a net in 1975. Abington Journal file photos

Carolyn Notartomas and Pearl Cenci display a crocheted tablecloth made by Carolyn, a member of the Women’s League of Lackawanna County, during the Lackawanna County Arts and Crafts Contest in 1979.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0309-1979.jpgCarolyn Notartomas and Pearl Cenci display a crocheted tablecloth made by Carolyn, a member of the Women’s League of Lackawanna County, during the Lackawanna County Arts and Crafts Contest in 1979. 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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