Remember When: 1978
Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 1:48 PM
In the news this week 40 years ago:
• In a surprise decision, President Jimmy Carter vetoed a bill to create a national historic site at Legionville in Baden, Beaver County. Introduced by Sen. H. John Heinz III, the bill sought to preserve the United States’ first formal military training camp, where Maj. Gen, “Mad” Anthony Wayne trained soldiers to fight in the American Revolution. A White House spokesperson said that Mr. Carter “did not believe the Legionville site is of sufficient national significance to merit the cost and maintenance.” Though Bell Acres resident J. Blaine Griffith Jr., chair of the Wayne Historical Society, vowed to keep fighting for federal recognition, the bill was never passed.
• Sewickley military veterans were preparing to march in the Veterans Day Parade in Pittsburgh on Nov. 11, a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
The valley’s annual party for area World War I veterans was scheduled for Nov. 16 at the American Legion Post. This year’s Veterans Day was the first to take place in November in seven years, after Congress voted to move the date to the fourth Monday in October as part of what a Herald editorial dubbed a “3-day weekend holiday law.” Negative public reaction prompted the return to Nov. 11.
• The Valley Care Association was newly founded as a nonprofit corporation meant to establish and operate a nursing home.
Major decisions on location and design were yet to be made.
• Watchmaker Elisa Lowry opened L’Horologerie on Walnut Street. A certified master watchmaker, Lowry sold Swiss-made Gigard Perregaux watches but intended the business to be primarily focused on analog timepiece repair. In French, “horlogerie” can mean “clock shop” or “watchmaking.”
Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.