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Flag-collection effort gains steam around Pittsburgh area

By Bill Zlatos
Wearing plastic gloves, Cindy Skelley reaches into a bin at Northland Public Library and pulls out 38 flags — some dirty, tattered and frayed and some with holes, but all, to many Americans, precious. “A holiday like this puts everything in ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

‘Wax weed’ worries authorities

By Chuck Biedka
A fiery way to increase marijuana’s potency poses substantially greater health and safety risks, particularly if people drive while using it, police and an addictions doctor said. So-called “dab,” “weed wax” or wax marijuana is made with lighting butane. It’s so ...

Your Carlynton News

Heidelberg mourning K-9 officer that died of cancer

By Alex Felser
Heidelberg’s K-9 officer worked until the end. Rocky, who was diagnosed with cancer in March, was euthanized Monday with his partner, Sgt. Dennis Dixon, by his side. He was 8½. The borough will honor him with a memorial service at 10 ...

Your Cranberry News

Residents offer input on direction of Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
Avid cyclist Brendan Linton bikes nearly 1,500 miles every year through Cranberry. “The township does a wonderful job” with transportation issues, said Linton, 20, a junior at California University, and he hopes that it continues to focus on ideas affecting cyclists ...

Your FoxChapel News

Fresh in Fox Chapel: Farm market offers plenty

By Tawnya Panizzi
Vine-ripened blackberries make their debut next week at the Fox Chapel farm market, joining fresh-picked strawberries, locally harvested honey and organic cheese available for purchase. “The strawberries are so ripe that you can smell them from the parking lot,” said Nate ...

Your Hempfield News

Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’

By Mary Pickels
World War I doughboys — dealing with the hardships of battle — found comfort in the sweet familiarity of a doughnut. Soldiers stationed in France lined up for the fragrant pastries, which were hand-cut and fried by Salvation Army officers who ...

Your Latrobe News

Purple Heart recipient Krinock to lead July Fourth parade in Latrobe

By Craig Smith
In a room filled with plaques and citations from Congress, the state House and Senate and the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor, Paul Krinock flashes a grin and admits he’s loving all the attention. “After 71 years of ...

Your McKeesport News

Mon Valley region prepares to celebrate Fourth of July in style

By Alexander Haney
The Mon Valley is preparing to celebrate the nation’s birthday on Saturday with fireworks, festivals, parades and other Fourth of July activities. MCKEESPORT The city’s Summer Concert Series will feature the Buffettman and His Fruitcake Band ...

Your Monroeville News

New events planned for Monroeville’s July 4 celebration

By Staff Report
Monroeville’s Fourth of July celebration is shaping up with close to 100 entries and some new features for the popular parade that gathers more than 5,000 spectators along the 1.5-mile route on Route 22 and Mall Boulevard on July 4. ...

Your Mon Valley News

California woman’s tale of Army Reserve service told in Sen. McCain’s book

By Mary Pickels
When Mary Rhoads joined the Army Reserve as a Canon-McMillan High School junior, some of her friends jokingly called her “Combat Mama.” Because she had weekend drills, she sometimes wore her fatigues and boots to school on Fridays. “I didn’t have time ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant-area attractions showcased at tourism expo

By A.J. Panian
As a local tourist attraction, West Overton Village and Museums does not exist in an economic vacuum, according to Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director of the East Huntingdon-based site. “When West …

Your Murrysville News

Volunteers spruce up Murrysville’s McGinnis Nature Reserve

By Patrick Varine
A beautiful spring day can be a real drag if you’re stuck working all day in an office. But a group of volunteers from the Murrysville office of Erie Insurance Co. had a chance to get out of the office and ...

Your North Hills News

McCandless teen to go from CLO’s ‘Gypsy’ to Comtra’s ‘Honk!’

By Laurie Rees
For 13-year-old Caroline Lucas of McCandless, summer is no time to relax. An avid actress, singer and dancer, Caroline has been rehearsing three to five hours a day, three to four days a week since mid-June for a featured role ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin school board OKs 2-mill tax-rate increase

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin school officials will dig deeper into cash reserves, trim transportation costs and leave three teaching positions at the high school unfilled to cut by half the millage increase that was proposed when the administration began cobbling together the 2015-16 ...

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills Board promotes acting superintendent to superintendent

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board promoted its acting superintendent to the top spot in the district Monday night. Directors voted 7-0 to give Nancy Hines, 50, of Penn Hills the superintendent’s position at an annual salary of $140,000 plus benefits. Hines ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Womens club, Scouts beautify Penn Area Library grounds

By Luke Torrance
For many in the area, the Penn Area Library is a place to read, relax or gather. The building’s importance to the community is not lost on Lynn Hails, whose group, the Harrison City Women’s Club, meets there. “It might be the ...

Your Plum News

Writings attributed to jailed Plum teacher dubbed evocative of stalker

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was jailed because police charged him a second time with witness intimidation. Allegheny County Common Pleas ...

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley native taps talents, lands lead role in horror flick

By Tom McGee
After graduating from Point Park University in 2010, Katie Schurman surveyed the Pittsburgh landscape and realized there was another avenue to take toward a career in performance. “There’s a lot more going on here than there used to be as far ...

Your South Hills News

Little library adds to learning experience at Pleasant Hills Arboretum

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills Arboretum has its very own Little Free Library. Borough public-works supervisor Denny Kunkel used leftover materials to craft a little building-shaped box aimed at encouraging learning. The library was installed May 15 with about a dozen donated books. “I wanted ...

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont businesses sweat out Hulton Bridge closure

By Mary Ann Thomas
The cream puffs at the Oakmont Bakery couldn’t wait. Neither could the pasta pistachio at Hoffstot’s. Or rather, some loyal customers chose to wait in detour traffic to reach signature Oakmont establishments. For two weeks, thousands of motorists took lengthy detours ...