March 8, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 10

Yesterday’s News

News from 10-20-30 years ago

March 10, 1982 - As construction on the Senior Citizens’ Housing Project nears completion, the list of persons expressing an interest in living there is growing and a manager is expected to be approved at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
“Harlem” themed decorations from the 1938 junior prom at Petersburg High School.

Completion of the building was first set for April 21 but the contractor has been allowed a 20 days extension.

The building is set for occupancy on June 1, and so far 14 persons have expressed interest in living at the center. The building contains 24 one-bedroom units with each capable of housing two occupants.

March 12, 1992 - Petersburg cab driver Robin Millage Bieberdorf never dreamed that buying a new GM Saturn compact car would land her picture in magazines like “Time” and “Newsweek.”

But even more surprising was seeing that same picture pasted to a red envelope from a fan who didn’t know how to locate Bieberdorf any other way.

The letter was just one of more than 65, which Bieberdorf has received from people around the country since the Saturn ads, in which she was featured, began appearing last September.

Bieberdorf bought a 1991 Saturn last winter and was so pleased with the way it handled in the snow that she turned it into a taxi cab.

Saturn Corporation soon picked up on her story and decided to incorporate it into a national ad campaign. In July and August, photographers and a Hollywood film crew blocked off streets to shoot photos and footage downtown and around Mitkof Island for a television commercial, a brochure and a magazine spread.

March 14, 2002 - On Monday the Petersburg Pilot learned that Dr. Craig O’Donahue will close his dental practice in Petersburg at the end of March. A week ago, a member of O’Donahue’s staff stated she expected to be working until June. The employee confirmed the closing of the practice on Monday as well.

O’Donohue was contacted in Anchorage on Monday and asked if he had a clue as to what his patients would do. He replied, “None.” He was asked if he had spoken with Dr. Sprague and replied “No.”

When asked if any of his patients need continuing work or follow up calls, O’Donoghue stated he did not understand the question. The question was phrased to ask if he had any patients that will need to see him or another dentist to follow up on his work.

“I won’t leave any loose ends,” commented O’Donoghue. “Let’s put it that way.”

O’Donoghue’s patients received a letter dated March 1 stating that the practice will be closed at the end of the month. “Recent and continued economic turbulence in Petersburg and Wrangell have taken their toll on a number of businesses and ours is the latest casualty,” the letter stated.

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