This Week in Local History: Sheep, salad and stars were in the news in the 1960s, 70s


Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Barbara MacKinnon pours a refreshing fruit drink for her son Doug in 1971.


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At the 1976 groundbreaking for the home of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society’s then-new telescope, from left, Thomas Cupillari, observatory director; Dr. John Hibbard, college president; John D. Sabia, society president and Robert Nicolais, society junior president.


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1966 — A wild “mystery animal” was reported to have killed a sheep in Nicholson, putting area hunters on a search.

“A large animal, apparently of the cat family, attacked and killed a sheep of the flock owned by Carlton Wright, of Nicholson,” read the Journal article.

“The body was covered with the marks of claws.

“At first it was believed that the attacker might have been a bear passing through the area but sightings of the large cat have been made by several reliable observers, including, we are told, a member of the game commission.”

1971 — Barbara MacKinnon, of Waverly, shared with Journal readers a few of her original recipes, one of which was the following for Cranberry Wine Salad.

Two packages cherry jello

Two cups boiling water

Two thirds cup port wine

One can whole cranberry sauce

One can crushed pineapple

One-half cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Dissolve the jello in the boiling water. Add the port and let set partially. Fold in remaining ingredients and pour in an 8×12 or 13×9 inch flat pan. When set firm, top with two three-ounce packages of cream cheese mixed with one-half pint sour cream. Cube and serve on lettuce.

1976 — The Lackawanna Astronomical Society broke ground for the home of its new telescope at the then Keystone Junior College Observatory.

“Present plans call for a 16 by 14 foot cinder block building supporting a 12 foot dome,” read the article.

“It is hoped that the building will be completed in time to be used for the fall lecture series at the observatory complex.”

Present at the ceremony were Thomas Cupillari, observatory director; Dr. John Hibbard, college president; John D. Sabia, society president and Robert Nicolais, society junior president.

Barbara MacKinnon pours a refreshing fruit drink for her son Doug in 1971.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0727-1971.jpgBarbara MacKinnon pours a refreshing fruit drink for her son Doug in 1971. Abington Journal file photos

At the 1976 groundbreaking for the home of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society’s then-new telescope, from left, Thomas Cupillari, observatory director; Dr. John Hibbard, college president; John D. Sabia, society president and Robert Nicolais, society junior president.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_ABJ-LH-0727-1976.jpgAt the 1976 groundbreaking for the home of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society’s then-new telescope, from left, Thomas Cupillari, observatory director; Dr. John Hibbard, college president; John D. Sabia, society president and Robert Nicolais, society junior president. 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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