1964 — It was election time at the Abington Heights High School for the senior officers, and the students held an all-out convention, complete with banners, horns, noise-makers, parading and shouting.
A front page photograph in the Abington Journal showed some of the campaign managers surrounding a large sign with that read as follows:
“As the acrostic on the party’s name indicates, they will not turn the clock back, repeal the past, veto the future, or, on the other hand travel down the road to socialism, spend and spend, elect and elect,” read the caption. “They stand for the virtues of American life in the mainstreams.”
1968 — Richard M. Nixon’s campaign stop in Avoca was the news of the week. A large front page photo of the then-presidential candidate, arms raised in a classic campaign pose in front of a red, white and blue background at the airport rally, was accompanied by a full two-page spread of pictures in the Abington Journal.
1976 — Early elections were held at the Keystone Junior College (now Keystone College), with a “mock presidential debate.”
Three political science majors – Arthur Mayer, of Scranton; Susan Taylor, of Clarks Summit and Frank Piechocki, of Factoryville – spearheaded the event.
Issues covered during the debate included defense expenditures, welfare, foreign policy, foreign aide, proliferation of nuclear weapons and inflation and unemployment.