This Week in Local History: Ground-breaking, bubble gum, street hockey among headlines of the past


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



At the ground-breaking ceremony for the Clarks Summit Methodist Church in 1966 are, from left, Rev. Robert T. Webster, pastor, with pick; Rev. Dr. Clayton Hoag, Methodist district superintendent, with shovel; Daniel H. Lewis, chairman of the building committee, with shovel; Donald W. Richardson, president of R.D. Richardson Construction Co.; and Fred Dempsey, vice chairman of the visitation crusade.


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Janet Lishman, then 12, gets herself into a ‘sticky situation’ in the 1980 bubble-blowing contest sponsored by Convenient Food Mart in Clarks Summit.


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Playing a neighborhood game of hockey in 1995 are, from left, Gerard Piazza, then 11; T.C. Owens, then 11; Mark Demuth, also 11 at the time; Mark Piazza, then 8; Bob Piazza, then 12; Lisa Piazza, at age 6; Dan Giusti, then 10; P.J. O’Brien, then 8 and Jeff Pallo, 11 at the time.


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1966 — A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Clarks Summit Methodist Church on Morgan Highway.

1980 — Convenient Food Mart in Clarks Summit sponsored its first ever bubble-blowing contest, of which then-12-year-old Janet Lishman was the first-place winner.

1995 — Some young street hockey enthusiasts made the front page with a photo of their makeshift rink in a back yard in South Abington Township. “The kids are skating on a removable wooden cover on Vince and Barbara Piazza’s backyard pool, which Vince designed,” read the caption.

At the ground-breaking ceremony for the Clarks Summit Methodist Church in 1966 are, from left, Rev. Robert T. Webster, pastor, with pick; Rev. Dr. Clayton Hoag, Methodist district superintendent, with shovel; Daniel H. Lewis, chairman of the building committee, with shovel; Donald W. Richardson, president of R.D. Richardson Construction Co.; and Fred Dempsey, vice chairman of the visitation crusade.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ABJ-LH-0427-1966.jpgAt the ground-breaking ceremony for the Clarks Summit Methodist Church in 1966 are, from left, Rev. Robert T. Webster, pastor, with pick; Rev. Dr. Clayton Hoag, Methodist district superintendent, with shovel; Daniel H. Lewis, chairman of the building committee, with shovel; Donald W. Richardson, president of R.D. Richardson Construction Co.; and Fred Dempsey, vice chairman of the visitation crusade. Abington Journal file photos

Janet Lishman, then 12, gets herself into a ‘sticky situation’ in the 1980 bubble-blowing contest sponsored by Convenient Food Mart in Clarks Summit.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ABJ-LH-0427-1980.jpgJanet Lishman, then 12, gets herself into a ‘sticky situation’ in the 1980 bubble-blowing contest sponsored by Convenient Food Mart in Clarks Summit. Abington Journal file photos

Playing a neighborhood game of hockey in 1995 are, from left, Gerard Piazza, then 11; T.C. Owens, then 11; Mark Demuth, also 11 at the time; Mark Piazza, then 8; Bob Piazza, then 12; Lisa Piazza, at age 6; Dan Giusti, then 10; P.J. O’Brien, then 8 and Jeff Pallo, 11 at the time.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ABJ-LH-0427-1995.jpgPlaying a neighborhood game of hockey in 1995 are, from left, Gerard Piazza, then 11; T.C. Owens, then 11; Mark Demuth, also 11 at the time; Mark Piazza, then 8; Bob Piazza, then 12; Lisa Piazza, at age 6; Dan Giusti, then 10; P.J. O’Brien, then 8 and Jeff Pallo, 11 at the time. 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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