Remember When: 1998
In the news this week 20 years ago:
• Sewickley Mayor Malachy Whalen was attempting to get the borough put back into the Bell Atlantic White Pages for Greater Pittsburgh after the company “redistricted” its service areas and created a separate directory for Sewickley-Coraopolis. According to the company, Pennsylvania was one of the last states to have its telephone directories standardized to include only numbers considered “local” calls. For an extra fee, Sewickley area businesses could have their numbers listed in the Greater Pittsburgh directory.
• Leetsdale’s successful “Officer Friendly” program was profiled. Begun in 1996, then-police chief Jeff Besong began the program to increase local children’s crime prevention awareness. Part of the program included “McGruff houses” -- the name taken from McGruff the Crime Dog, a character created for a National Crime Prevention Council ad campaign -- where kids could go in emergencies. Background checks were conducted on participating families, whose homes were identified with signs visible from the street.
• Sewickley Academy celebrated the dedication of its new Simmons Family Middle School, supported by a gift of the Richard P. Simmons family. The building was to accommodate 190 students in grades 6-8 and included 12 classrooms, two science labs and a computer lab.
• The Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce unveiled a logo designed by Max Klink, a student at the University of Rhode Island School of Design. It was chosen from many submissions because of its “classic design and easily replicable appearance.”