Remember When: 1967

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:01 AM


In the news this week 52 years ago:

• Leetsdale Borough Council unanimously passed its first anti-littering ordinance this week. Council also accepted a bid of $3,907 for a 1968 Plymouth “Police Special” four-door sedan with air conditioning for its police force.

• A letter to the editor signed by officers of the Sewickley Council of Garden Clubs praised Edgeworth Boy Scout Troop 243 for its care of flower boxes in Sewickley’s business district over the summer months. The boys recognized for their watering and weeding prowess were Steve Martin, Bill Houston, Joe Kumer, Tom Kumer, Kevin Harris, Paul Berman, Bill Milne, Ron Roppa and Ray Zale. “Our grateful thanks to the boys for their work in helping to make Sewickley a more attractive place to shop,” the authors wrote.

• Herald contributor Jane Guernsey profiled Glenfield native Betty Cronin, a champion knitter who had won 68 awards since 1960. Cronin had been knitting since age 15, when she learned to knit a dish cloth, scarf and “ugly twin sweater” in her home economics class at Sewickley High School in the 1930s. At this year’s Allegheny County Fair, Cronin entered “a white cloche of marabou feathers, a black straw handbag worked in a triangular pattern lined in silk with tortoise handles, a melon color sleeveless dress, low belted, and an evening coat of beige yarn with quilted interlining and brown braid trim.” Cronin credited her own “Cronin system” of knitting — a cross between the English and German methods — as one of the keys to her success, claiming its greater efficiency. Cronin, who also worked a full-time job at Equitable Gas, used her knitting as a side business. The average dress or coat would take her about 150 hours to complete.

• The Fade-Outs, a band started by three students at the D.T. Watson Home (now the Watson Institute), had been playing all around Allegheny County and winning many accolades. The members, George “Bucky” Billeck, Doug McNair and Ron Flynn, started the band after receiving guitars for Christmas. They added friends Larry Powell on drums and Sue Glesky on rhythm guitar and vocals to round out the group. Since their start in February 1966, the band had appeared on local television and won first prize in the 4-H Talent Elimination Contest held at Kennywood. They also were retained to play for all the dances held at Camp Lend-a-Hand at Conneaut Lake and two performances at the Sewickley Harvest Festival.