Memories of 1956 come flooding back

June 27th, 2015 1:21 am

First Posted: 3/4/2013

Construction and Operation of a One Tube A.C. Transmitter.

1976 – 37 YEARS AGO

An article published in the Sunday Dispatch pondered the question, “How many services can be eropped?” A federal judge ruled the postal service could close 90 post offices and cut weekend service at most of their offices around the country. It left area residents wondering what effect taking away services from 54,000 people would have on the postal service in 20 years. In 1975, the country was just coming out of a recession caused by the 1973-74 stock market crash and rising oil prices. As a result, mail volumes fell, resulting in a $2.3 billion deficit. There were concerns that the volume might never return. To read an interesting history of these events and how they affected the present cut in Saturday delivery, log on to

Parents worried about the future of parochial education in Greater Pittston after learning of the scheduled close of St. John the Evangelist Elementary School. Residents planned to meet with Msgr. William Donovan, Diocesan superintendent of schools to discuss other options.

Margee Haggerty, Juliann Ristagno, Mary Ciarmatori, Colleen Walsh, Patty DeGuglielmo, Patty Brannon, JoAnn Rees, Diane Insalaco and Bonny DeNardi were members of the Wyoming Area Catholic basketball team that won the Scranton Diocesan Tournament. The girls, along with their coach Sister Peter Marie, were headed to Pittsburgh to complete in the state-wide tournament. If anyone can tell me the outcome of the game, call me at 602-0168.

Five area wrestlers, Paul Rushefski and Mark Farrell, Wyoming Area; Fred Kotula and Charlie Montione, Pittston Area; and Jim Glasgow, Pittston Township, advanced to regional competition after a District 2 wrestling meet. Patriot team Coach Bob Adonizio was pleased with the result of the meet, stating his team gained valuable experience.

Two hundred firemen from Pittston, West Pittston, Jenkins Township and Pittston Township battled a five-hour blaze on Pittston’s North Main Street. The fire, which started in the basement of the Leader City Department Store, destroyed the Keystone Health and Beauty Aid Store and Athletic Shoe Store, as well. Four firemen, Ed Judge, Ed Faulent, Jerry Reedy and Dave Herron, members of the Germania Hose Company, became trapped on the smoke-engulfed roof of the Boor and Casey Drug Store. Al Eskra, Bill Gross Jr. and Frank Kochanowski, also of Germania, executed a daring rescue of the men by making their way up a fire escape to lead the men to safety.

The Ugly Dachshund,” called “the happiest family show of the year,” was screened at the American Theatre in Pittston and “Our Man Flint,” starring James Coburn, played at the Comerford Drive-In. Grablicks advertised “green” pistachio ice cream and Mack’s Department Store on South Main Street offered white communion dresses from $8.95 and boys’ navy blue suits.

1986 – 27 YEARS AGO

Charles Sr., Jack, Donald and Matthew Rosentel, of Pittston and owners of American Party Favor Co. and Beverage World, kept a tradition alive as they donated money to the Pittston Little League for a new electronic scoreboard. The new scoreboard was to replace one that had been donated by their father ,Joseph M. Rosentel, 15 years before. Don Rushnock, vice president of the Pittston Little League, accepted the check.

Capturing their second consecutive District 2 Class A basketball championship, the Lady Eagles of Seton Catholic accepted their championship medals after beating the Lady Blue Devils of Old Forge. Members of the team were Kate Tigue, Patricia Redington, Lisa Boos, Annette Goraczka, Kelly Curtin, Megan Tigue, Nicole Kovaleski, Michelle Haddock, Cathy Healey, Mary Connell, Chris Campbell, Barb Stefanoski, Dianne Cappelloni, Dorothy Roche, Danielle Kovaleski, Sandy Van Luvender and Becky Drouse.

Sgt. 1st Class William T. Sickler, of West Pittston, retired after 20 years of service on active duty. Sickler entered the army in 1966 trained as a cannoneer then attended basic airborne school at Fort Benning, GA. In 1969, he received orders to go to Vietnam and was stationed near the city of Hue. His duties included sending supplies and ammunition to and from the field by helicopter In 1973, he was assigned to Germany and named assistant platoon sergeant. Up until his retirement, he served in Korea and at Fort Bragg NC. During his career, Sickler received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star.


A “gassy smog” enveloped Pittston, West Pittston and Exeter caused by a burning dump site. The smelly fumes caused distress to many homeowners who threatened to sell their homes and move out. The dump located within the boundaries of Exeter Borough had been the center of controversy for many years. Several failed attempts were made to eliminate the underground fire.

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