This Week In Local History: Campers, folklore and U.S. Olympics in news of the past


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Mr. and Mrs. Charles Petty, as they were given ‘camper of the week’ awards while travelling through a then-new park in 1969 in Nova Scotia.


Abington Journal file photos

Volunteers from the audience helped out with a Pennsylvania Dutch act at the Pennsylvania Folklore Society’s Festival in 1978 in Dalton.


Abington Journal file photos

Sue Heon, a former Abington Heights swimming star made the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in 1984.


Abington Journal file photos

1969 — Mr. and Mrs. Clarles Petty, of Ransom, a local couple who was known locally for their interest in camping, were made “campers of the week” while touring Nova Scotia with a camper.

“Nova Scotia’s Department of Lands and Forests had opened a new park where there is a panoramic view of Annapolis Valley,” read the Journal article. “The Park Department stopped certain cars, asked certain tourists to be their guests for the next 24 hours with entertainment, food and tours of particular features in the 90-acre park.”

Mr. Petty received a plaque and his wife a bouquet of roses.

1978 — The Pennsylvania Folklore Society’s Festival was held Saturday, June 24 of that year at Passaniti’s Grove in Dalton. The event included live music, other entertainment and more. Among the performers were Beth Hood Perry, Keith Brintzenhoff and Darlene Weinsteiger.

1984 — Former Abington Heights swimming star Sue Heon made the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in Indianapolis by finishing second in the Olympic Trials in the 400-meter individual medley.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Petty, as they were given ‘camper of the week’ awards while travelling through a then-new park in 1969 in Nova Scotia.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0629-1969.jpgMr. and Mrs. Charles Petty, as they were given ‘camper of the week’ awards while travelling through a then-new park in 1969 in Nova Scotia. Abington Journal file photos

Volunteers from the audience helped out with a Pennsylvania Dutch act at the Pennsylvania Folklore Society’s Festival in 1978 in Dalton.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0629-1978.jpgVolunteers from the audience helped out with a Pennsylvania Dutch act at the Pennsylvania Folklore Society’s Festival in 1978 in Dalton. Abington Journal file photos

Sue Heon, a former Abington Heights swimming star made the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in 1984.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_ABJ-LH-0629-1984.jpgSue Heon, a former Abington Heights swimming star made the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in 1984. Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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