The year began with a bang. Make that a lot of bangs, as construction workers demolished the historic St. Mary's Assumption School in Pittston during the first week of the year. As the building came down, former students and teachers gathered bricks for souvenirs. The school was built in 1924 to replace a wooden school build in 1890.
Historic construction was a theme for January. On the 20th, West Pittston Historical Society Board Member John Panzitta presented a photographic history of the Fort Jenkins Bridge construction. The Bridge opened in 1926.
A perfect story for Black History Month ran in the middle of February. West Pittston native Dr. Juanita Patience Moss, the daughter of famed Anthracite artist Edgar Patience, was interviewed about her ninth book, "Deeply Rooted in North Carolina," about how researching her family history led to the discovery of a cousin she didn't know she had.
When he died at 87 in February, Jim Bozo Connors left behind quite an athletic legacy as the greatest three-sport athlete in the history of St. John's High School. In 1949, St. John's did not have a track program, but Connors, in his Jim Thorpe moment, went to an invitational meet in Scranton as a one-man team and won gold in shot, discus and high jump in baseball shoes, never having competed in track and field.
In March, Eileen Brennan of Avoca was interviewed about how Avoca became a haven for Irish immigrants. Joseph Finnan a college professor from Avoca also contributed to the story. His master's thesis was: "Gone, But Not Forgotten: Irish Community of Avoca, Pennsylvania, 1920-60."
For three weeks in March, the Linde Corporation hosted an opening reception of a Wyoming Valley Art League exhibit in their corporate headquarters on Armstrong Road in Centerpoint Trade Park, billed as Pipeline to the Arts.
Robert Husty, art league coordinator, described the Linde building — "It's fantastic, with a gorgeous setting, spacious walls and natural light."