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Summer camps in Pittsburgh area move beyond arts, crafts

By Chris Togneri
The future, it seems, will be thick with robots. At least, that’s what the kids who attended Camp Invention at Chartiers Valley Primary School last week believe. Camp leaders hung a sign on the wall asking the kids what they would ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Leechburg residents begin holiday lights campaign

By R.A. Monti
Years ago, during the holiday season, Market Street in Leechburg was aglow from Christmas lighting hung by borough workers. That hasn’t been the case in the past few years, but a few residents are trying to bring back the festive ...

Your Carlynton News

South Fayette car wash, cookout benefit feline organization

By David Mayernik Jr.
When Cathy Rang found seven homeless cats living in her backyard last summer, she called the Pittsburgh Cat Adoption Team to trap and rescue them. Thanks to the volunteer organization, this cat tale had a happy ending. “Two of them I ...

Your Cranberry News

Cleanup continues in Cranberry after weekend tornado causes some damage

By David Conti
People driving through a section of Cranberry on Sunday morning were more likely to hear chain saws buzzing behind hillsides than to see damage wrought by a small tornado the evening before. The quick storm toppled or sheared rows of trees ...

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 Area balances budget with 1.79-mill tax increase

By Chuck Brittain
Hempfield Area school directors Monday approved an $89.3 million  budget for 2015-16 that calls for a  1.79-mill tax increase while using about $2.7 million from the district’s reserves to balance the spending plan. The operating budget mirrors the tentative plan approved ...

Your Latrobe News

St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

By Renatta Signorini
Eric Kocian is looking for answers. With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, not later. So Kocian, an assistant professor of criminology, law and society, and a cadre of ...

Your McKeesport News

Jerome Bridge traffic signals removed in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
Traffic signals are temporarily gone on the Tenth Ward side of the Jerome Bridge in McKeesport because the pole holding the lights was removed after it collapsed. City Public Works Director Steve Kondrosky said the McKeesport Fire Department was notified Saturday ...

Your Monroeville News

Gateway approves budget with property tax hike

By Gideon Bradshaw
Gateway School Board voted Monday raise property taxes .4345 mills as part of the $70.8 million budget for 2015-16. The bump in millage translates into $43.45 for every $100,000 in property value and brings the district tax rate to 19.3264. The ...

Your Mon Valley News

Donora woman wins state nursing award

By Chris Buckley 4:56 a.m.
Darlene Homa lives just a half block from the Castner Avenue home where she was raised. “I grew up in Donora, and stayed here,” she said. Her mother, Julia Muscelli, operated a beauty shop in Donora for 70 years before retiring at ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt Pleasant police officer assaulted while making arrest

By Tribune-Review
A Mt. Pleasant man is charged with assaulting a borough police officer who was investigating a harassment complaint against him during the weekend. Tim Gardner, 28, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, harassment, simple assault, disorderly conduct and making …

Your Murrysville News

Murrysville native Bullock vying for health magazine’s ‘Next Fitness Star’

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Exercise has been a part of Christine Bullock’s life since she was 3 years old. She began with ballet lessons and has continued some form of workout since then. All the sweat is paying off. Bullock, a Murrysville native, is one of ...

Your North Hills News

Pennsylvania state trooper suffers minor injuries in 279 crash

By Tribune-Review
A Pennsylvania state trooper was injured Saturday evening in a crash on Interstate 279, police said. The crash occurred at about 7 p.m. Saturday near the Bellevue/West View interchange, according to police at the Moon barracks. The trooper suffered minor …

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

Apex begins drilling in Penn Township

By Tony LaRussa
Two weeks after Penn Township officials backed off extra regulations for unconventional gas wells, Apex Energy has begun drilling Marcellus shale wells in the township. The energy company has moved construction trailers, trucks and other equipment onto an 89-acre site off ...

Your Plum News

More witness intimidation charges are filed against Plum teacher

By Adam Brandolph
A Plum High School teacher, charged with institutional sex assault and intimidation of a female student, was arrested again Monday and charged for a second time with contacting the teenager and intimidating her. And he used a school-issued laptop to do ...

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

Brentwood’s centennial year July 4 to be special

By Dona S. Dreeland
Brentwood is celebrating the town’s century mark with a year full of special events, and the next one begins at 10 a.m. July 4. After the Brentwood Firecracker 5K Race, 140 parade units will step off at the intersection of Sankey ...

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 ...