This Week in Local History: Dancing, poetry, golf highlighted in past headlines


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Young Fred VonBargen demonstrates in 1969 the form which won him second place in the district golf finals that year.


Abington Journal file photos

Young participants of a dance festival at the CS-A High School in May 1962.


Abington Journal file photos

1962 — Thirty members of the dancing class of Miss Jeanne Beggs, Civic Dance Center, participated in a dance festival in the Clarks Summit Abington High School auditorium.

A large photo of the youngsters ran across the bottom of the Journal’s front page, under the headline “Beaus and Belles of Abingtons Take Part in Dance Festival.”

1964 — The following poem, written by Marie Hendrycy, was published in the May 14, 1964 edition of the Abington Journal.

Come out, come out and greet the spring

Today I heard a bluebird sing

And saw three throstles on the wing

The last snow vanished in the rain

And brooks are running free again

There’s red-winged blackbirds in the lane.

Green and joyous days are these

With sap uprushing in the trees

And perfume on each little breeze.

You cannot stay in the vernal tide

It hastens up the woodland ride

So come and lay your cares aside.

Come while birds are on the wing

A little child’s wonder bring

Cleanse your heart of hate and fear

Just be glad that you are here

And come out in the spring my dear.

1969 — Abington Heights golfers, undefeated that season, captured the Suburban Scholastic Golf League championship and sent three members on to the state tournament.

The Comets finished the season off with an 18-0 win over Wallenpaupack Area the week before, the team’s seventh win for the season, under Coach Dave Roslund. Three of the Abington golfers placed in the district championships, qualifying to compete for state honors: Fred VonBargen, who finished second with 78; Pat McGowan, third with 79, and Rick Thompson, who tied with David Landsidle for fourth with 80.

Young Fred VonBargen demonstrates in 1969 the form which won him second place in the district golf finals that year.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ABJ-LH-0518-1969.jpgYoung Fred VonBargen demonstrates in 1969 the form which won him second place in the district golf finals that year. Abington Journal file photos

Young participants of a dance festival at the CS-A High School in May 1962.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_ABJ-LH-0518-1962.jpgYoung participants of a dance festival at the CS-A High School in May 1962. 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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