Remember When: 1992

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6:00 AM


In the news this week 27 years ago:

• A fund was started to restore the clock tower in the steeple of Sewickley United Methodist Church. The Village Clock Tower Fund would provide the means of restoring the 1883 structure to its original look, which had been drastically altered with aluminum siding in the 1960s. Two engineering firms had been engaged to evaluate the structural integrity of the steeple, the first steps in determining if a restoration would be possible.

• Quaker Valley High School held its prom, themed “An Arabian Night.” Senior Emily Bikowski of Edgeworth was chosen as prom queen.

• Dr. Richard A. Bowers, an opthamologist at Sewickley Valley Hospital, spoke at the United Methodist Church of Coraopolis about his experiences volunteering with the United Methodist Foundation’s field hospital in Sierra Leone. Bowers became the second surgeon to perform a corneal transplant in that country during his seven weeks there. On any given day, Bowers would treat more than 70 patients, many of them with cataracts.

• Mattie Braxton, considered to be Sewickley’s oldest resident, died May 3 at age 106. Born in Virginia, Braxton moved to Sewickley with her husband, Roy, in 1907 and never left. She was survived by 10 nieces and nephews.

• International Images gallery of Sewickley opened a new exhibition this week featuring the work of Raul Meel, an Estonian artist who was banned under Leonid Brezhnev’s leadership. A major theme of his work was the freedom of Estonia, which was then under Soviet rule.