This Week In Local History: Slush, Snows and skiing skills

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
A slushy and muddy field at the International Salt Co. grounds didn’t stop the Abington Heights girls hockey team as they took on an alumni team in 1967. - Abington Journal file photos
From left, Auxiliary Bishop James C. Timlin, of the Scranton Diocese blessed the new statue at Our Lady of Snows Church, as Father Fadden looked on during a ceremony in 1977. - Abington Journal file photos
Sheils - Abington Journal file photos

1967 — The Abington Heights girls hockey team, coached by Ruth Hoffman, defeated an alumni team, led by Captain Linda Miller, then a freshman at Shippensburg, 1-0.

“Somehow, one expects the boys of the football team to play in adverse weather (although the Thanksgiving classic was postponed by Tech and Central for that reason), but one doesn’t expect the girls to show the same disregard for the elements,” read the Journal article.

“However, last Saturday at the International Salt Co. field – without the morale boost of cheerleaders or admiring thousands – the girls won their victory before a small but enthusiastic group of rooters.

“In addition to the near freezing weather and a few interspersed mud puddles, the field was covered with a light snow.

“At the starting gun, both teams were ready to play and they did.”

1977 — Our Lady of Snows church held a ceremony blessing the new “Madonna and Child” statue on the church grounds, representing the end of the church’s building program. Auxiliary Bishop James C. Timlin conducted the blessing of the statue.

1987 — A young skier, Ann Sheils, then 6, of Clarks Summit won honors in the nationwide Coca-Cola Jr. NASTAR racing program, placing second in the state in the five-to-six-year-old category.

“Sheils earned her season-best 62 handicap while racing at Montage, Pa.,” read the Journal article.

“The Coca-Cola Jr. NASTAR program ranks the top ten boys and girls in six age categories in each of 43 states. Racers are ranked according to their single best NASTAR handicap earned last season.”

A slushy and muddy field at the International Salt Co. grounds didn’t stop the Abington Heights girls hockey team as they took on an alumni team in 1967.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1129-1967.jpgA slushy and muddy field at the International Salt Co. grounds didn’t stop the Abington Heights girls hockey team as they took on an alumni team in 1967. Abington Journal file photos

From left, Auxiliary Bishop James C. Timlin, of the Scranton Diocese blessed the new statue at Our Lady of Snows Church, as Father Fadden looked on during a ceremony in 1977.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1129-1977.jpgFrom left, Auxiliary Bishop James C. Timlin, of the Scranton Diocese blessed the new statue at Our Lady of Snows Church, as Father Fadden looked on during a ceremony in 1977. Abington Journal file photos

Sheils
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_ABJ-LH-1129-1987.jpgSheils Abington Journal file photos

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com