A look at the Valley's past in the language of the times Compiled by Sis Reola
100 years ago
Freight station for N. Ken being planned
Money has been appropriated and detailed plans are now being prepared for the erection of a new freight station for New Kensington. The increasing freight business of this town justifies the erection of a building commodious enough to handle the fast increasing traffic. Barnes Street, at the new freight station, will be widened. The old building will be torn down and tracks laid on the ground now occupied by it.
75 years ago
Elks members to remodel
The New Kensington B.P.O.E. have decided to spend $15,000 in extensive remodeling of the Elks Home at Fourth Avenue and Seventh Street. The Elks have decided to make alterations to the grill room in the basement, modernize the Seventh Street entrance, and remodel a large portion of the upstairs rooms of the building.
50 years ago
Burrell Board to advertise for high-school bids
Burrell Joint School Board should be ready to advertise forconstruction bids on its new high school by the end of this month. Board President Jesse Piper made the announcement following meetings this week in Harrisburg with state school officials, seeking final approval of the high school plans.
25 years ago
Health department to rule on MRIs centers
The Department of Health is expected to decide within three weeks whether to approve magnetic resonance imaging centers at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, and Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington. The new technology is considered faster, safer and has more medical applications than scanning methods now available at the hospitals.
15 years ago
U.S. women win first gold medal for hockey
The United States won the first gold medal in Olympic women's hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sagano, Japan. The U.S. team beat the Canadians, 3-1, setting off a wild celebration and ending Canada's seven-year reign as world champion.
10 years ago
Storm might dump 10-25 inches on A-K; 172 schools canceled
A slow-moving winter storm that started last night hit the Alle-Kiski Valley. Snow totals are expected to be between 10 to 25 inches in the Valley. Around the region, 172 schools canceled classes because of the storm, and Gov. Ed Rendell has declared a statewide emergency.
Five years ago
Fire in Avonmore levels Village Bar and Grill
Fire razed the Village Bar and Grill and a second-floor apartment on Fifth Street in Avonmore. Eleven fire companies battled the blaze, which destroyed the structure, but were able to save the adjoining-historical society building and the Avonmore Moose.