“Welcome, May. May every sunrise keep a promise and every sunset keep peace.”
— Filling the jars
20 YEARS AGO (2003)
More than 125 vendors offering crafts, food and entertainment line Mill Street for the borough’s 17th annual Spring Fling.
Tim Egan, commander of VFW Post No. 298, with John Carr, incoming commander, and Harold Ammerman, trustee, were pictured in the local newspaper raising an American flag donated to the seniors at Allied Kear Apartments by the post.
Danville junior Sean Kopelcheck, in a newspaper photo, dropped down to hit a return during the District 4 Doubles Final as his brother, Keith, moved into position. The Kopelcheck brothers beat teammates Andrew Meschter and Brian Maksimak to win the district crown.
Danville Middle School eighth-graders Eric Yale, 14, and Mark Weir, 14, earned first place in the balloon race competition during the Science Olympiad State Finals at Juniata College. The team placed 15th in the state.
Montour County Commissioner Bernie Swank and her husband “Red” Swank bowed their heads as they participated in the annual National Day of Prayer held on the steps of the Montour County Courthouse.
Rod Keller, Regional Community Relations Director for PPL, presented the St. Joseph Catholic School eighth grader Anthony Umbriac, 14, a share of PPL stock and his winning poster. Umbriac received an honorable mention out of 5,000 entries in a safety poster contest sponsored by PPL.
40 YEARS AGO (1983)
Earl Lynn, Danville, was the latest winner in the Bill’s Sports Shop-Danville News fishing contest. Lynn caught a 19 1/2 inch palomino trout while using salmon eggs in Kettle Creek.
For her prize catch, Lynn received a $19.50 gift card from Bill’s Sport Shop. This was the third of five weekly contests running.
To enter, anglers must catch a trout 16 inches or larger in any Pennsylvania water and bring it to Bill’s Sports Shop. The angler who landed the biggest fish each week received $1 per fish. inch of his catch. A large trophy would be awarded after the five competitions were completed.
Dennis VonBlohn bagged a 20-pound, 8-ounce spring turkey while hunting in Jonestown Mountain between Bloomsburg and Benton. The turkey had a double beard. VonBlohn’s hunting partner, Al Willoughby, shot a spring turkey on opening day.
Diana Trusell, Kolin Kelly and Julye Roke were pictured in The Danville News kicking up their heels as they circled the Maypole in the traditional dance at Riverside Elementary School. The fourth graders celebrated the school’s upcoming May Fair.
Mitchell K. Dimmick, Danville, received his diploma from the Commandant of the Naval Officer Training Center in Pensacola, Florida.
Ensign Dimmick was on temporary duty at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach.
60 YEARS AGO (1963)
Ken Warmkessel, director of the Danville High School Band, presented the John Philip Sousa Award to Chester Reitz in a Danville News photo.
Fred Arnow, junior at DHS, was the recipient of the Robert Russel Genoa Memorial Award, and Jerry Anderson received the Ninth Grade Award.
The John Philip Sousa Award was presented annually to an outstanding senior member of the band. The Genoa Memorial Award, an annual award, was presented for the first time this year in memory of Robert Genoa, a former band member. The ninth grade award was presented to the outstanding band member of the freshman class. The presentations were made during the high school’s annual Spring Concert.
Donna Johnston, a Danville High School senior, placed third in the shorthand division of the 29th annual Business Education Contest sponsored by Bloomsburg State College. There were 284 students from 60 high schools competing for individual and team honors.
The 11th Annual Danville Fire Police Banquet was held at the Mausdale United Church of Christ and was well attended.
Herman C. Delsite, supervisor of fire police activities, served as master of ceremonies. Guests included Mayor Francis P. Rooney, Cameron Reichen, Danville Fire Chief; Robert P. Burke, Danville Police Chief; Henry Hogendobler, Assistant Chief of Police; Nicholas Driscoll, Danville patrolman; Rev. Forrest L. Gas; host priest; Robert C. Lewis, a former fire policeman; TC Burkland, The Danville News and Clark Kessler.
Brief remarks were made by Rooney, Burke, Reichen and Fire Police Capt. Joseph Wray. A film “Anatomy of an Accident” was shown highlighting the 1962 Danville High School football team. A chicken and waffle dinner was served.
RG Smith Mobile Homes and Jones’ Atlantic teams were recognized as champions of the Midway Monday Night A and B leagues during the annual banquet held at the Ridgeville UCC social hall.
Nearly 150 attended the turkey dinner served by the women of the church. John RM Curry, outgoing president, served as master of ceremonies and presented the awards.
Members of the champion Smith team were: Fred Faust, captain, Larry Foust, Ron Savage, Gene Jordan, Dick Lowery, Jim Wintersteen and Ray Santucci. On the Jones Atlantic team were: Dave Jones, captain, Jim Lyons, Jim Bookmiller, Ron Carr, Henry Gross and Dick Baker.
New officers for the coming year were elected after dinner. They were Elwood Johnson, president; James Reynolds, vice president; W. Gouger Lenhart, treasurer and Jack Blee, secretary.
75 YEARS AGO (1948)
The new La France pumper purchased by the Washington Fire and Hose Company, arrived in Danville shipped from Elmira, New York.
The truck had a three-seat open cab, a 500-gallon booster tank; capable of pumping 750 gallons per minute and capable of carrying 1,000 feet of two and a half inch hose. The truck replaced the truck the company purchased in 1929. The light plant was carried over from that truck. The new pumper would undergo an underwriter’s test in a few days.
Tumbling was the feature of the Carnegie Hall Show held at the YMCA under the supervision of Frank “Scootie” Hoffman. A vocal solo, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Russell “Butch” Slater opened the program.
The last act was 30 minutes of tumbling, rolls, hand jumps and pyramids. Members of the group were Jay Livziey, Walter Peters, “Punk” Workman, Bill Hileman, Carl Johnson, Harold Creasy, Jack Connelley and Bob Whispell. Door prizes were awarded to Rachell Purpur, Hanlen McCarty, Mary Johnson, Lewis Fox and Peggy Bartgess.
Miss Patricia Woll was chosen May Queen in 1948 to crown the statue of the Blessed Mother at a service in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Margaret Brady, was the coronet in the procession, and Thomas Kingston and James Maier carried the May Queen’s train.
Sis Hause is a Danville historian. Her weekly columns appear in The Danville News.