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The party scene included a witch, a cowgirl, a ballerina and a Frankenstein monster.

For years, the Police Athletic League provided an important outlet for Carlisle area youths as a source of learning and recreation.

With the holiday just around the corner, this week’s Tour Through Time takes a close look at the 1965 PAL Halloween Party, which included a costume contest.

Three women, Ethel Hurley, Jean Trolinger and Patricia Zeigler, judged the contest entries. The Sentinel reported that Margaret Harnish, James Herd, Galen Trolinger, Mary Welsh and Wendy Zeigler were winners.

A few weeks prior, on Oct. 1, 1965, PAL organizers held a dance at LeTort Park attended by over 400 youngsters and adults, according to the newspaper. That gathering included music provided by disc jockeys Donald Hoover and Michael Krawciw along with a solo routine by Kathy Lawton, a student of the Marcia Dale dance school.

Two weeks later, on Oct. 13, The Sentinel published a report on PAL activity during the month of September. An unspecified number of adults donated 926 hours of assistance toward PAL activities that included weightlifting, boxing, tumbling and pingpong.

Recent events included four dances at the LeTort Park each drawing between 200 and 300 children. The newspaper reported a treasury balance of $644 and a PAL membership of 292 youngsters.

Tour Through Time runs every Saturday in The Sentinel print edition. Reporter Joseph Cress will work with staff at the Cumberland County Historical Society each week to offer a look at Cumberland County through the years.

Send any questions, future ideas or tips to Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.