This Week in Local History: Play, powerlifting and purpose


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Members of the 1988 Abington Heights powerlifting team with Coach Claude Welcome, far right, back row.


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One of the fixtures at the 1979 dance-a-thon for world hunger at Clarks Green United Methodist Church attracts the attention of young Lizabeth Hale.


Abington Journal file photos

Rehearshing for the Abington Heights Junior High School production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in 1969, from left, first row, Tom Keogh, Don Heller, Judy Eisele and Joan Parlanti. Second row, Marion Horan and George Reim. Third row, Backy Smith and Cindy Patterson.


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1969 — Abington Heights Junior High School students were rehearsing for the school’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie,” directed by Marlene Gibbons, English and speech teacher. The music director was Marion Mihalko, music teacher.

Leading cast members included Scott Ramsey, Laura Bernstein, Charley Harmon, Judy Cole, Glenn Sebring, Sherry Mott, Tom Naumann, Tina Nuttall and Scott Longstreet.

1979 — Clarks Green United Methodist Church hosted a 12-hour dance-a-thon for world hunger.

“Along with the obvious purpose of providing material help for needy countries, the effort was also part of a consciousness raising program that the area churches are developing,” read the Journal article. “According to Rev. Anderson, the program, which is geared especially for the young people, involves learning what world hunger is, how it comes about, who causes it and who suffers from it.

“‘Our kids must realize,’ he said, ‘that the church and faith bring with them some degree of responsibility and must involve an active concern for others. And the church is trying to help the kids in our community appreciate what they have.’”

1988 — Abington Heights powerlifters, coached by Claude Welcome, were “at full strength for state championships,” according to a Journal headline.

Team members included T.J. Emmel, Scott Pentasuglio, Bill Lezinski, Eric Miskowski, Lee Henkel, Vicki Stigliano, Jack Walsh, Ray Rubner, Dave Phillips and Betsy Hughes.

Members of the 1988 Abington Heights powerlifting team with Coach Claude Welcome, far right, back row.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0316-1988.jpgMembers of the 1988 Abington Heights powerlifting team with Coach Claude Welcome, far right, back row. Abington Journal file photos

One of the fixtures at the 1979 dance-a-thon for world hunger at Clarks Green United Methodist Church attracts the attention of young Lizabeth Hale.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0316-1979.jpgOne of the fixtures at the 1979 dance-a-thon for world hunger at Clarks Green United Methodist Church attracts the attention of young Lizabeth Hale. Abington Journal file photos

Rehearshing for the Abington Heights Junior High School production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in 1969, from left, first row, Tom Keogh, Don Heller, Judy Eisele and Joan Parlanti. Second row, Marion Horan and George Reim. Third row, Backy Smith and Cindy Patterson.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_ABJ-LH-0316-1969.jpgRehearshing for the Abington Heights Junior High School production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ in 1969, from left, first row, Tom Keogh, Don Heller, Judy Eisele and Joan Parlanti. Second row, Marion Horan and George Reim. Third row, Backy Smith and Cindy Patterson. 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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