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Teens elevate Western Pa. communities with Eagle Scout projects

By Aaron Aupperlee
Neeko and Cezar — 1-year-old German Shepherds with the Ross Police Department — bounded over walls, through windows and up steps. Their handlers shouted commands, ...

Archery hunting in Mt. Lebanon called off for now

By Matthew Santoni 8:32 p.m.
There will be no deer hunting in Mt. Lebanon parks this winter, but officials still hope the state will approve other methods of controlling the animals’ booming population. The Pennsylvania Game Commission ran out of the licenses allowing deer to …

50 years later, Vietnam vet gets his degree at Westminster

By Chasity Capasso
After more than 50 years, Mark Fowler returned to Westminster College in Lawrence County and finished earning his Latin degree. The Mt. Lebanon native and Vietnam ...

Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls

By Patrick Varine
You know a guy is into trains when his grandson calls him “Choo Choo Pap.” Though they know he loves trains, Tom Marucci’s grandchildren might not ...

Mt. Lebanon history center project gets OK

By Matthew Santoni
The Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon is moving out of its basement digs and taking over the first and second floors of a house on ...

Museum’s ‘Carnegie Trees’ exhibit shows ‘Winter Wonders’

By Tribune-Review
The Hall of Architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art is decorated for the holiday season through Jan. 5. The theme for the “2014 Carnegie Trees” ...

More fear ‘tackle’ football too risky for kids

By Matthew Santoni
A poll conducted by Robert Morris University shows rising support for a ban on “tackle” football for children younger than high school, even as researchers are only starting to study injuries like concussions among young players. The online poll of more ...

eReader books also available to borrow at local libraries

By Tribune-Review
This holiday season, you might receive a new tablet or eReader as a gift. Some people are hesitant about buying such devices because they ...

Strong demand in Allegheny limits participation in after-school programs

By Natasha Lindstrom
From age 6 to 16, Luke Melcher spent the majority of his after-school hours inside the Sarah Heinz House in the North Side. The brick-and-stone clubhouse ...

Mt. Lebanon deer culling effort gets OK

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials are starting limited bow hunting on public land in an attempt to cull the deer population and are seeking state approval to ...

Bethel Park Chamber, students working to raise businesses’ profiles

By Matthew Santoni
Three students at Bethel Park High School are working with the newly formed Bethel Park Chamber of Commerce to build relationships with local businesses, with the students volunteering to conduct surveys, arrange fundraisers and boost businesses’ social media presence. The students ...

Galleria of Mt. Lebanon to host menorah lighting ceremony

By Chasity Capasso
Chabad of the South Hills is inviting community members to celebrate the start of Hanukkah at a public menorah kindling ceremony and celebration at the ...

Pitt’s Nationality Rooms decorated for holiday season

By Tribune-Review
The University of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning now feature holiday decor, and tours are available. Weekends through Jan. 11, except Dec. 27 ...

Marshall park plan advances

By Tory N. Parrish
Community suggestions will go into the master plan to convert part of a former farm into a park in the southern end of Marshall, the township’s manager said. The five township supervisors unanimously awarded a $26,064 contract Monday to Mackin Engineering ...

YMCA program helps people with mobility issues regain movement

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Five people who are 70 or older carefully turned their heads and moved their arms in unison, following Lauryn Mayer’s instructions at the Penn Hills ...

Deal for land extended again by Mt. Lebanon commissioners

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials hope the eighth time is the charm for a long-delayed development at a major “gateway” to the community. Commissioners on Tuesday narrowly approved another one-year extension of their purchase agreement with Downtown-based Zamagias Properties for property at Washington ...

South Park’s Cornerstone Christian takes 1st at robotics competition

By Matthew Santoni
A small, Christian private school in South Park won top honors in a national robotics competition last weekend, officials said. Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy took first place overall in the BEST Robotics Northern Plains regional championship at North Dakota State University ...

Young Achiever: Halley Koenemund

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Halley recently raised $1,000 for the North Hills Backpack Initiative. The North Hills School District charity provides care packages and bags of food for ...

Libraries across Western Pennsylvania get dolled up for history

By Bill Zlatos
Libraries across Allegheny County plan to enhance history lessons for children next year by lending dolls along with history pamphlets. American Girl historic character dolls and ...

Plush penguins for patients keep memory of Monroeville boy alive

By Tory N. Parrish
Matthew Jacko was a boy’s boy, his mother said. “He was all boy. (He liked) sports, you know, dirt, trucks,” said Carey Mynahan-Jacko, 41, of Monroeville. ...

Sisters of St. Francis in Whitehall put the soup on

By Chasity Capasso
As their 92nd Christmas approaches, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God in Whitehall are preparing for their popular monthly soup take-out ...

YMCA seeks grant for facility in Bethel Park

By Matthew Santoni
Court challenges haven’t derailed the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s plans to convert half of Bladerunners ice arena in Bethel Park to a fitness and community center, as the parent organization has applied for a $1.5 million state grant toward the ...

PTI’s holiday light, music show promises to be best ever

By Alex Felser
Those wanting to enjoy a holiday music and light show need look no farther than the Pittsburgh Technical institute in North Fayette. For the fourth year, ...

Moon Area has plans for Hyde Elementary

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School District’s plan to convert an elementary school into a community learning center would fulfill the district’s promise not to let the building become a neighborhood eyesore once it closes this summer, the superintendent said. Selling the 43-year-old ...

Young Achiever: Ryan Balog

By Melissa Daniels
Noteworthy: Balog was named one of the North Hills High School Volunteers of the Year as part of the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ...

Western Pa. business owners urge shoppers to think small

By Chris Togneri
Stepping inside Attic Record Store in Millvale is like stepping into the past. And not just because they specialize in musical nostalgia that comes in the ...

North Allegheny redistricting prevented crowding in schools, officials say

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny School District’s redistricting helped offset the demographic shifts the district has been experiencing for several years, an official said. School administrators presented enrollment and facilities and capital funding plan updates at a board meeting last week. There were 8,229 ...

Mt. Lebanon staffers become hunters to attack deer problem

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon employees could be the first to cull deer in the community this winter if the commission approves a safety plan and gets enough of its firefighters, police and public works employees to be certified for bowhunting on public ...

Bethel Park students record books for hospital

By Matthew Santoni
Sitting in front of a green screen at Bethel Park High School’s new high-tech TV studio, McKenna Ferris read aloud from “Put me in the ...

McCandless to buy back property for $250K

By Tory N. Parrish
McCandless plans to buy back land it sold to the Postal Service about 10 years ago to control what happens to it, the town’s manager said. “We have no plans to redevelop it … or resell it,” Manager Tobias Cordek said ...

Young Achiever: Dylan Marino

By Jason Cato
Age: 12 School: Seventh grade at  McGuffey Middle School Residence: Claysville, Washington County Family: Parents, Brian and Tawnya Marino; twin sisters, Abigail and Ashley, 9 ...

Clinics go mobile to bring health care to streets of Western Pennsylvania

By Adam Smeltz
Nurses need about 15 minutes to run a health screening on Braden Holland, 3, even when they have to prick a finger to take blood. But ...

Home-schooled students from North Hills advance in robotics competition

By Chasity Capasso
A team of 27 home-schooled students from the North Hills will head to North Dakota to compete in the next round of a robotics competition ...

Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh Foundation team

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District will partner with The Pittsburgh Foundation on an endowment to support the schools, as the district prepares to move out of the “quiet phase” of fundraising it began more than a year ago. The Downtown-based foundation ...

Moon woman awarded with Pennsylvania honor for garden

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ellen Northy has been gardening for 27 years, since she and her husband, Bill, moved to Moon. A native of Arizona, Northy said she loved the ...

Students get personalized approach to jobs at Bethel Park

By Matthew Santoni
Bethel Park High School is trying a more personalized approach to help students choose a career that bypasses crowded career fair booths and brochures in ...

Upper St. Clair’s Goddard School set to open by summer

By Matthew Santoni
A new Goddard School in Upper St. Clair should be open by June — if weather allows the foundation slab to be poured by the end of this year, its owners said. Bob and Lori Santo, owners of the Goddard School ...

9 Western Pa. female leaders honored at black history banquet

By Tribune-Review
Nine Pittsburgh area female coaches and women with leadership roles were honored at the 29th annual Black History Achievement Awards Banquet, sponsored by The Pastors Wives of the Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania Church of God in Christ Inc. The recent ...

Pittsburgh Boy Choir open to all faiths

By Tory N. Parrish
Ten boys fidgeted, tugged at each other’s shirts, chatted and made funny faces. The members of the Pittsburgh Boy Choir behaved as boys 6 to ...