This Week in Local History: Abington community was twirling with activity

Compiled by Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com
Patti Harmon, Margie Warnke and Colleen Winters, all of Clarks Summit, performed a twirling exhibition at a Scranton Miners basketball game in 1968 at the CYC. - Abington Journal file photos
Hooking a rug depicting the Waverly Community House in 1978 were, from left, Mrs. Harold Cooper, Mrs. Mary Dolbear, Mrs. Harry Morgan and Mrs. Frances Hunt. Absent at the time of the photo was Mrs. Welles Belin. - Abington Journal file photos

1968 — Three young local performers graced an inside page of the Abington Journal. Patti Harmon, Margie Warnke and Colleen Winters, all of Clarks Summit, were captured in graceful pose by a photographer as they performed a twirling exhibition at a Scranton Miners basketball game at the CYC.

1978 — A hooked rug was being crafted, depicting the Waverly Community House (Comm).

“A unique event is taking place upstairs at the Community House in Waverly in preparation for their fair to be held June 10,” read the Journal article. “A group of women are busy completing an heirloom quality hooked rug of the Waverly Community House which will be auctioned during the fair.

“One by-product of the Attic Shop, under the auspices of the Waverly Woman’s Club, was an overstock of wool mini skirts. Helen Hyde suggested the group use the cloth to make a braided rug. That is what they did and it will also be auctioned June 10. But the material was so abundant that it was also suggested that a hooked rug be tried. And what better subject to portray than the red bricked Community House? Helen’s husband Howard drew an architectural rendering that was transferred to the burlap.

“Francis Hunt of Waverly taught most of those working on the rug how to hook.”

1988 — As is true today, there was much going on in the Abingtons. The community calendar was filled with entries such as a meeting of the Senior Citizens of Factoryville, the Keystone College Players’ production of two, one-act plays, by Peter Shaffer, “The Private Ear” and “The Public Eye”; the Abington Allemanders Modern Western Square Dance Club’s upcoming dances, a meeting of the Clarks-Burn Reading Club and more.

Patti Harmon, Margie Warnke and Colleen Winters, all of Clarks Summit, performed a twirling exhibition at a Scranton Miners basketball game in 1968 at the CYC.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_ABJ-LH-0404-1968.jpgPatti Harmon, Margie Warnke and Colleen Winters, all of Clarks Summit, performed a twirling exhibition at a Scranton Miners basketball game in 1968 at the CYC. Abington Journal file photos

Hooking a rug depicting the Waverly Community House in 1978 were, from left, Mrs. Harold Cooper, Mrs. Mary Dolbear, Mrs. Harry Morgan and Mrs. Frances Hunt. Absent at the time of the photo was Mrs. Welles Belin.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_ABJ-LH-0404-1978.jpgHooking a rug depicting the Waverly Community House in 1978 were, from left, Mrs. Harold Cooper, Mrs. Mary Dolbear, Mrs. Harry Morgan and Mrs. Frances Hunt. Absent at the time of the photo was Mrs. Welles Belin. 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.