Remember When: 1981

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 6:00 AM


In the news this week 38 years ago:

• The newly completed Leetsdale Manor highrise apartment building was preparing to welcome its first residents, with application acceptances set to begin Sept. 1. The borough’s mayor, Robert Mercer, told those assembled at a community meeting that he was “impressed with the security of the building from the standpoint of police and fire control.” The building, intended to house low-income senior citizens, included 70 one-bedroom apartments, with utilities included in the rent. Future tenants were informed that they “may bring their pianos, but…the peace must not be disturbed.”

• Edgeworth native Lisa Booth was honored at the 1981 American Dance Festival workshop at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Booth had worked as the administrative director of the program, a pre-professional dance intensive workshop, for 10 years. This year would be her last, and the festival was dedicated to her. The organization had bestowed this honor only once before. American Dance Festival was founded in 1934.

• Sewickley Fish and Poultry at 428 Beaver St. advertised medium shrimp at $4.75/lb. and bay scallops at $3.99/lb.

• Ambridge resident Molly Evans recently returned to the Pittsburgh area following a 58-day bike ride from Santa Cruz, Calif., back to Sewickley. Evans reportedly enjoyed her stint in Colorado the best out of the 3,000-mile journey, though she said “Arizona was the best place to camp. No bugs! You could sleep under the stars.”

• Quaker Valley schools were set to hold the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 31, with teachers reporting for orientation on the Thursday prior. The first high school football game was scheduled for Sept. 5, a home game against Avonworth.