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Western Pa. nurses who served during Vietnam invited to tea in their honor

By Aaron Aupperlee
The transition between war and peace was rocky at times for Kathie Swazuk. The Army nurse served in Vietnam at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in ...

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ready to bloom again

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Tiny green fingers of growth poke through the soil at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, harbingers of what will be thousands of spring daffodil blooms, said ...

Western Pa. school districts address e-cigarettes

By Bill Zlatos
Arlene Bender knows how hard it is to quit smoking. A smoker for more than 40 years, she tried going cold turkey. She tried hypnosis, acupuncture, ...

Churchill teens putting Irish dancing skills on world stage

By Karen Kadilak
Two Churchill teenagers will be among about 6,000 competitors from 16 countries at the World Irish Dancing Championships Sunday through April 5 in Montreal. Audrey Hutton, ...

2nd hotel planned in McCandless

By Tory N. Parrish
McCandless will be getting in on Pittsburgh’s hotel boom when a developer breaks ground in the next three months on the town’s second hotel, an official said. This week, McCandless Council approved Selma, N.C.,-based AdVenture Development LLC’s site plan for ...

Upper St. Clair revisits district budget

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair school officials are looking to trim a proposed $73.7 million budget for the 2015-16 school year and cut back on a proposed 0.84-mill property tax increase. The school board initially passed the preliminary budget to give the ...

Kennedy man knocks out book about one-of-a-kind collection

By Rebecca L. Ferraro
John Kirwan Jr. inherited a neighbor’s collection of signed baseballs representing all the teams in the National League and continued to build it over the ...

Regional winners of National History Day contest posted

By Tribune-Review
Here are local winners in the National History Day Competition, held last weekend at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District: JUNIOR DIVISION • Junior paper: Jordan French, first place, Bellmar Middle School, Belle Vernon; Evan McLoughlin, second place, Kentucky ...

Moon assesses ways to help struggling Mooncrest

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon officials want to know what they can do to spur investment in a historic community with high rates of poverty and unemployment. The township is ...

Franklin Park zoning board outlines decision on exemptions

By Tory N. Parrish
Franklin Park Zoning Hearing Board has issued written decisions outlining why it granted 11 exceptions to zoning rules for a proposed gas station and hotel — exceptions that the borough council and staff believe are excessive. “The borough will review the ...

Coraopolis, South Side races to show support for struggling veterans

By Katie Foglia
On Saturday, people concerned about raising awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide among veterans will run as one. The fourth annual Run as One events, sponsored by nonprofit veterans’ organizations Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon and ...

Variances sought in Northway mall mend

By Bill Zlatos
The owner of the Shoppes at Northway is seeking a tax break on a portion of $11.9 million in infrastructure improvements that could help ease flooding on the McKnight Road corridor, breathe life into a ghost of a mall and ...

Mt. Lebanon commissioner steps down, citing health

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon is seeking a short-term replacement for Commissioner Kristen Linfante, who resigned this week citing health problems. Linfante’s term expires at the end of this ...

Bethel Park’s Public Works building needs work

By Eric Eisert
Bethel Park Council will pay EPM Architecture $45,000 to determine what work needs to be done on the municipality’s outdated Public Works building. “We’re here to lay out the facts,” Mark Edelmann, principal at EPM, told council this week. The study is ...

Young Achiever: John Ehling

By Adam Brandolph
Age: 14 Residence: Franklin Park Family: Parents Bill and Helen Ehling; brother, Zach, 15 School: Eighth-grader at Marshall Middle School Activities/interests: Ehling swims with ...

Western Pa. veterans from World War II step up to share tales

By Adam Smeltz
World War II veteran Jack Watson most remembers the stench, the inescapable smell of decaying bodies that permeated the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The ...

Foundation makes online plea to preserve Coraopolis Railroad Station

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
After nearly 40 years of seeing the Coraopolis Railroad Station deteriorate, the latest group of owners is starting an online financing campaign to raise $75,000 ...

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh known for outreach

By Chasity Capasso
The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh is a community of 49 Catholic women who have devoted their lives to prayer, ministry and the church. They moved in ...

Work to begin soon on Upper St. Clair Whole Foods

By Matthew Santoni
After years of waiting and legal wrangling, construction is expected to start soon on a Whole Foods Market in Upper St. Clair. Developer 1800 Washington Road ...

Young achiever: Maura Sarazen

By Tory N. Parrish
Age: 17 Residence: West View Family: Parents Alan Sarazen and Lori Kelly; siblings, Alan, Robbie, Ryle, Jessie, and Shena School: Senior at North Hills High ...

Franklin Park mom helps other parents through tough times

By Chris Togneri
When doctors diagnosed Leighann Marquiss’ unborn son with a congenital heart defect, she knew where to turn for comfort: Her family and her faith. Finding information ...

Franklin Park’s zoning hearing board defends 11 exceptions

By Tory N. Parrish
Franklin Park’s zoning hearing board granted 11 exceptions from zoning rules for a proposed gas station and hotel, and some borough officials are criticizing the move. Altoona-based Sheetz Inc. and Wheeling, W.Va.-based Century Equities Inc. are seeking borough approval for a ...

Mt. Lebanon High School project 90% done

By Katie Foglia
Mt. Lebanon School District might need to transfer funds between accounts as it completes the $109.65 million high school renovation and expansion, because of a slew of change orders that exceeded the district’s contingency budget. The district allowed for contractor change ...

Fundraiser to benefit young New Castle cancer patient

By Tory N. Parrish
Isabella Mading, 9, said she likes riding her scooter, talking on the phone and watching her favorite TV show, “Austin & Ally,” on the Disney ...

Castle Shannon’s Seesaw Center grows its social, educational programs

By Chasity Capasso
A place started by a group of mothers as a way to offer young children in the South Hills a place to play and interact ...

Library resource makes language learning easy

By Tribune-Review
Remember the days of walking into your library and checking out CDs to help you learn a new language? Libraries still do have a select ...

Young Achiever: Isabelle Marsh

By Bob Bauder
Isabelle Marsh Noteworthy: The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce presented Marsh with its $2,500 Sally Haas Military Scholarship. The fund was established to aid ...

Mt. Lebanon School Board accepts director’s resignation

By Katie M. Foglia
The Mt. Lebanon School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of member Scott Goldman, often the sole dissenting voice on fiscal issues for the board, who stepped down, citing personal reasons. Goldman submitted his letter of resignation at the end of ...

App for parking meters on way to Dormont shoppers

By Matthew Santoni
A smartphone app soon will let Dormont shoppers pay for parking remotely and eliminate the need to run back to feed a soon-to-expire meter, under a pilot program council approved Monday. The borough is the first municipality to sign a contract ...

Angry fans cited in shortage of refs in Western Pennsylvania

By Tony Raap
Tim Hammond’s refereeing nightmare began when he called two borderline fouls during a fifth-grade boys basketball game in Beaver County. After the second whistle, the coach ...

Mt. Lebanon appeals ahead

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon will appeal 26 more residential property assessments in 2015, after reaching back as far as the late 1980s to find the most underassessed homes based on sale prices. Meanwhile, an association representing Pittsburgh-area Realtors is using Mt. Lebanon as ...

Already social media network CEO, Upper St. Clair senior wired for success

By Natasha Lindstrom
Ananya Cleetus has never been short on good ideas, nor the tenacity it took to execute them. At 14, she designed and computer-tested a lightweight prosthetic ...

Parents, students fight for Moon Area child development course

By Tory N. Parrish
A Moon Area School District proposal to eliminate a child development class led to bickering and finger-pointing at a school board meeting Monday. An angry group of parents and high school students filled the board room to voice objections to a ...

Bethel Park breaking ground on new fire station

By Matthew Santoni
A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned Saturday for Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Company’s $8.2 million station, which is aimed at providing room for current needs and ...

Relief ahead for McKnight Road users

By Bill Zlatos
Motorists on McKnight Road in Ross could spend less time stuck in traffic, starting next year. PennDOT plans to install a $900,000 adaptive traffic signal system ...

Mt. Lebanon rejects bids to renovate high school rifle range

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District won’t renovate or reopen the high school’s rifle range after the board dropped bids Monday for what could have been a $700,000-plus project. The school board chose years ago not to include the rifle range, which is ...

Young Achiever: Troy Ferguson

By Aaron Aupperlee
Noteworthy: Troy landed the lead role of Shrek in West Mifflin Area High School’s production of “Shrek the Musical,” which opens on March 20. Troy ...

Scouts’ Oakdale log cabin to get ‘major’ rebuild

By Karen Kadilak
A log cabin where a Boy Scout troop has met since the early 1930s will be dismantled, restored piece by piece and rebuilt at its ...

Dormont to hold public hearing on revised zoning codes

By Matthew Santoni
New zoning regulations could draw the curtains on some of Dormont’s most prolific businesses, if passed by council next month. Part of Dormont’s revised zoning code, ...