This week in local history: Abington-area winners abound in past headlines


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Winners in the Grove Grade Playgrounds ‘Fancy Float Contest’ in 1963 were Jo Ann Knickerbocker, cutest; Deane Knickerbocker, and Leta Stoekel, prettiest; Tina Balzer, prettiest carriage; Mark Arcure, most colorful; Anthony and Mike Arcure, most identical bikes; Edward Blazer, Jeanne Phillips and Beth Ann Phillips, biggest bike; David Phillips, Kathy Shay and John Phillips, most unusual and Patty Linn, smallest.


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Oscar Koveleski, of Clarks Summit, won Watkins Glen Trophy in August, 1967.


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Members of the 1968 Abington Little League champions were, from left, first row, Warren Rozelle, Jeff Matylewicz, Jerry Dougherty, Mike Knox, Tony Nadella, Joe Dougherty, Mazen Nubani and Joe Mastroianni. Second row, Manager Joe Ware, Walter Savitts, John Nubani, Joe Jurchak, David Ostroski, Mark Eisele, Richard Fuller, Jeff Slocum and Assistant Manager Frank Mastroianni. Nick Goschy, president of the league, stands behind the team.


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1963 – The Grove Street Playground, under the direction of Joseph LaCoe, Albert Ondush and Mrs. J. Davis, was the site of a “Fancy Float Contest” in which children presented themselves with bikes and wagons, dressed in the fanciest way they could.

1967 – Two Abington area residents were among the top drivers at the Fourth Annual Watkins Glen 500 Classic, which brought 220 competitors together from all over the country.

Oscar Koveleski, of Clarks Summit, won the last feature race of the day and the Glen Trophy in the Auto World Cooper Chevrolet, beating Bob Stanton, of Philadelphia, in a Ford special.

Joe Welch, of Dalton, came in second in the 500 kilometer event, driving a 427 Sting Ray coupe.

Harry Duckworth, of Dalton, drove a Porsche Speedster in the first afternoon race, but had to retire due to engine trouble.

1968 – The Abington Little League Francis Smith & Son team was the county champion, with a 19-1 record. A photo featured team members

Winners in the Grove Grade Playgrounds ‘Fancy Float Contest’ in 1963 were Jo Ann Knickerbocker, cutest; Deane Knickerbocker, and Leta Stoekel, prettiest; Tina Balzer, prettiest carriage; Mark Arcure, most colorful; Anthony and Mike Arcure, most identical bikes; Edward Blazer, Jeanne Phillips and Beth Ann Phillips, biggest bike; David Phillips, Kathy Shay and John Phillips, most unusual and Patty Linn, smallest.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0819-1963.jpgWinners in the Grove Grade Playgrounds ‘Fancy Float Contest’ in 1963 were Jo Ann Knickerbocker, cutest; Deane Knickerbocker, and Leta Stoekel, prettiest; Tina Balzer, prettiest carriage; Mark Arcure, most colorful; Anthony and Mike Arcure, most identical bikes; Edward Blazer, Jeanne Phillips and Beth Ann Phillips, biggest bike; David Phillips, Kathy Shay and John Phillips, most unusual and Patty Linn, smallest. Abington Journal file photos

Oscar Koveleski, of Clarks Summit, won Watkins Glen Trophy in August, 1967.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0819-1967.jpgOscar Koveleski, of Clarks Summit, won Watkins Glen Trophy in August, 1967. Abington Journal file photos

Members of the 1968 Abington Little League champions were, from left, first row, Warren Rozelle, Jeff Matylewicz, Jerry Dougherty, Mike Knox, Tony Nadella, Joe Dougherty, Mazen Nubani and Joe Mastroianni. Second row, Manager Joe Ware, Walter Savitts, John Nubani, Joe Jurchak, David Ostroski, Mark Eisele, Richard Fuller, Jeff Slocum and Assistant Manager Frank Mastroianni. Nick Goschy, president of the league, stands behind the team.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_ABJ-LH-0819-1968.jpgMembers of the 1968 Abington Little League champions were, from left, first row, Warren Rozelle, Jeff Matylewicz, Jerry Dougherty, Mike Knox, Tony Nadella, Joe Dougherty, Mazen Nubani and Joe Mastroianni. Second row, Manager Joe Ware, Walter Savitts, John Nubani, Joe Jurchak, David Ostroski, Mark Eisele, Richard Fuller, Jeff Slocum and Assistant Manager Frank Mastroianni. Nick Goschy, president of the league, stands behind the team. 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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