Remember When: 1994

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 6:01 AM

In the news this week 25 years ago:

• Osborne Elementary School was selected as a recipient of the Blue Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education. The school was one of 276 nationwide to receive the honor this year. Principal Nancy Auer, first-grade teacher Saundra Waseleski and sixth-grade teacher Donna Bell were to attend the ceremony in Washington, D.C., in early October.

• More than 800 volunteers pitched in over the course of five days to create a new playground on the grounds of Sewickley Academy, Edgeworth. “It boasts the usual swings, slide and jungle gyms,” Herald editors wrote. “However, its wooden stockade, walkways, pavilions and gazebo imbue this complex, which progresses down a hillside, with an imaginative, almost exotic appearance — something the Swiss Family Robinson might have designed.”

• A feature by Jan Donaldson and Dona Dreeland profiled the owners of Sewickley’s antique shops, including two newcomers, Nickelodeon Antiques and the Village Antiques Shop. They joined established shops The Antiquarian, Natasha’s, Squires and Abercrombie’s, all along Beaver Street.

• The Sewickley American Legion Auxiliary of Post 450 was to participate in “Stand Down ’94,” a three-day event set for Sept. 9-11 at Camp Trees in Mars. The event supported homeless veterans, offering them free medical care and access to social services to assist them in getting off the streets. The term “stand down” refers to removing exhausted active combat troops from the field and allowing them time to rest and recover.

• Herald writer Butch Maier profiled World Vision Pittsburgh, which made its first shipment of supplies to Rwanda as part of a $10 million program to assist refugees of the Rwandan genocide in Uganda, Tanzania, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Burundi. The organization, founded in the 1950s, relocated its international distribution center to Aleppo Township in 1993.