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Remember When: New Kensington sewers, unemployment claims

| Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Burrell Township Historical Society
The walkers bridge at Crooked Creek, Burrell Township, in 1939. Burrell Township Historical Society

100 years ago

New Kensington council awards contract for sewers

New Kensington council was busy, as it was the first session of the new year and a three weeks session. The council chambers was filled with expectant contractors and interested citizens on account of the opening of the bids for the sewers on the hill and the heating of the town hall. Rinehart Bros. was awarded the contract for the sewers with a bid of 88 cents a cubic yard.

75 years ago

Two offices opened for unemployment claims

With more than 600 claims for unemployment compensation by 1 o'clock this afternoon, the two New Kensington offices of the Pennsylvania Employment Service and Unemployment Compensation were extremely busy places. Two offices were opened at 938 Barnes Street and in the Aluminum Workers of America hall. It is expected that between 1,000 and 1,200 workers would have filed claims by closing time.

50 years ago

Actor Dick Powell dies; 2nd wife, widow attend services

A huge turnout of movie and television stars attended memorial services in Beverly Hills, Calif., for Dick Powell, who died of cancer at the age of 58. Widowed June Allyson, as well as Powell's second wife, actress Joan Blondell, attended the service.

25 years ago

Frigid air brings class delays

A blast of frigid air chilled the Alle-Kiski Valley, prompting school administrators in Kiski and Leechburg to delay classes for two hours. Temperatures remained above zero overnight, but gusty winds made it feel like 20 to 30 below zero.

15 years ago

New mayor Petit removes police chief Link from post

New Kensington has a new mayor and a new police chief. New Mayor Patrick Petit removed Frank Link from the chief's post, which he had held since 1994, and named Sgt. Thomas Seefeld to replace him. Petit said he chose Seefeld, who is 39, because of his qualifications and his youth.

10 years ago

Steelers beat Browns, 36-33, in Wild Card game

Steelers running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of the AFC Wild Card game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Steelers came back from 17 and 12 points down in the second half to win, 36-33, and advance to the next round of playoffs with the Tennessee Titans.

Five years ago

Middle East fighting blamed for gas price rise 5-10 cents

The fighting in the Gaza Strip and Israel is having ramifications at the fuel pumps here. Costs at the wholesale level have risen between 5 cents and 10 cents per gallon, and a similar price increase is expected at the pumps.

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