News items of timely interest gleaned from the old files of The WYALUSING ROCKET and reprinted as they were in the July 23, 1981 issue.
April Host, Laceyville’s Little Missy 1981 and Christa Johnson, Miss Laceyville 1981 were crowned during the recent festivities held in Laceyville.
Max Poetschan, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Poetschan, Sr. of Wyalusing, has been promoted in the U. S. Air Force to the rank of sergeant.
When the Steve Cole family of Indian Hill began a recent renovation of the interior of their home, they found an 1895 copy of the Wyalusing Rocket pasted to the interior of the kitchen wall.
Meshoppen’s Baresta Restaurant is celebrating its first year in business and also a recent move to their new location on Bridge Street.
Wyalusing Merchants’ Association making plans for their upcoming craft show on Aug. 1.
Ronnie Schoonover of Black Walnut will provide his old-time, original country music at Stevensville’s Old Home Day on Aug. 2.
WVHS Class of 1961 Marking 50th AnniversaryHere’s a look back at the WVHS Class of 1961, the first class to complete all six grades (7-12) at what at the time was the new Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School. The class is pictured in front of the Capitol Building on their trip to Washington, DC. Their graduation was seen as such a milestone that it drew comments in the school yearbook from Supervising Principal Max Gannon and Principal, Kenneth Williams (see below). Next month another milestone will take place in local education when the first students begin attending classes at the new consolidated elementary school, a half century after this photo of the class of 1961 was snapped.Members of the class include: Front row, left to right: Gene Otten, Ken Edsell, Allen Bendinsky, Ernest Clapper, Walter Schulze, Wallace Wells, John Smith, Walter Sarnosky, William Hillis, Wayne Felter, David Sturdevant, Joe Jones, Larry Kipp and Mac Keeney. Second row: Mary Ann Champluvier McDonough, Karen Adams Gates, Jane Reinhart Glenn, Veronica Blow Sollick, Maureen Wildrick Fenton, Doris Tokach Storey, Beverly Benninger Smith, Anne Underhill Burge, Audrey Chamberlin Snyder, Sally O’Conner Miller, Marsha Baker Eaton, Kay Way Mohney, Leila Canfield Steele, Shirley Owen Klug, Joyce Sick Roland, Melanie Potter Adams, Darlene Bailey Shoemaker, Gloria Manning Rogers, Marianne Mullican Oakes, Sandra Slocum Manahan, Shirley Woodruff Hawley, Coleen Heath Calaman, Joan Rockefeller and Barbara Campbell Cook. Third row: ??, bus driver, Harry Shoemaker, Stanley Colegrove, Donald Bates, Angelo Valentini, Raymond Bartlow, Dawn Brown Karpauitz, Lansdale Dodge Shaffmaster, Mr. Casarin, Mrs. Abrams, Mr. Abrams, Kay Blemle Edsell, Magnolia Hester, Alva Wood, John Whipple, Lloyd Kaufman, Dennis Clapper, Richard Harvey and bus driver, ??. WVHS Class of 1961Following are comments from Max P. Gannon, Supervising Principal of the Wyalusing Area School District, and Kenneth Williams, High School Principal, regarding the first class to complete its high school education, grades 7-12, at the school. Their perspectives on the Class of 1961 were included in the 1961 Vallian, the school yearbook. Max Gannon Six years ago, you crossed the threshold of a new educational building and a new type of secondary education for our valley. As you looked up the mountain to the various levels of achievement in learning, it must have been frightening to think of the six long years of climbing to the first commencement plateau.You saw the cliffside obstructed by hundreds of books, test tubes, typewriters, classroom desks, disciplinary bulletins, old athletic schedules, old dance programs with cheers and some with tears, and a little sprinkle of old gym sneakers, oversized handbags and a muddled luggage room. Some along the way thought that the obstacles were too great and dropped out, but now you are at the plateau commencement and you look up the mountainside and realize that the climb from here will be far easier than the preceding climb, and as you stand here upon this plateau looking upward, you are stronger, you are better equipped physically, mentally and spiritually than those who passed before, so you will be charged with widening the trail upward, better and smoother for those who are to pass this way in the future. Kenneth WilliamsThe members of your class are the first students to receive their high school education in the consolidated Wyalusing Valley Junior-Senior High School.It is my sincere hope that you will return to society a full measure of service in return for the investment society has made in your name.