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Popular Montour Trail continues to make connections

By Chris Togneri and Margaret Harding
Dave Poe wasn’t looking to start a new business, but some opportunities are too good to pass up. In this case, the signs Poe needed …

Moon Area school district eyes solar energy

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Area School District could strike a long-term deal that would allow it to use solar panels to generate half of its electricity. At its meeting Monday, the school board voted 7-0 to hire Pittsburgh-based law firm Buchanan Ingersoll …

Declining Shoppes at Northway hopeful of rebirth

By Tory N. Parrish
The vacancy-plagued Shoppes at Northway will empty out more, before it fills up again. Three tenants left or plan to leave the mall in Ross …

Duquesne-based food bank serves important message

By Chasity Capasso
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank asks people each fall to write messages about hunger on paper plates as part of its annual campaign in …

Bethel Park citizens pursue sustainability status

By Matthew Santoni
A new citizens group in Bethel Park is pushing the community to seek out a “sustainability” certification from the state that would prove the municipality’s economy and environment are in good shape, and would open up opportunities for collaboration. Bethel …

Mt. Lebanon renovation boosts STEM Academy

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District wants its new interconnected classrooms, tech shops and lab spaces to form the foundation of a science, technology, engineering and …

Preservation of Dormont house deemed unrealistic

By Matthew Santoni
The reprieve for a historic but dilapidated Dormont house may have been short-lived, as the borough council will reconsider demolishing the former Stevenson farmhouse on Broadway Avenue next month. Council delayed a decision last month on whether to demolish the …

School planetariums continue to educate, amaze students

By Bill Zlatos
After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik more than 50 years ago, Pennsylvania schools went on a building boom that surpassed every other state in giving …

Young Achiever: Nikola Ranick

By Matthew Santoni
Age: 17 Residence: Mt. Lebanon Family: Parents, Wayne Ranick and Paris Vakovich; sister, Andjelija Activities/interests: Nikola, a senior, is president of the student council at …

Hospital takes on women’s, neonatal needs

By Tory N. Parrish
Jefferson Hospital expects its new obstetrics unit to attract patients from the South Hills who have been traveling to Pittsburgh hospitals to deliver babies, officials …

Building repair costs can be burden for Western Pennsylvania churches

By Tom Fontaine
Old churches across Western Pennsylvania are dealing with soaring maintenance costs, but declining membership in many of the churches often limits the work they can …

Bellevue Silver Sneakers classes keeping seniors active

By Doug Gulasy
Dauphin Rowda tried physical therapy to deal with her arthritic hip, but it didn’t have the effect she desired. Then she heard about a Silver …

Castle Shannon yoga classes a family affair

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
As soothing mood music played in the background and soft lights glowed in the corners, four children and five adults followed the lead of yoga …

Dormont hires firm to develop rainwater runoff fee system

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont will pay a consultant $55,645 to develop a fee system to pay for storm sewer improvements, with the intent of setting money aside to prevent flooding. New York-based Hazen and Sawyer will study how much the borough likely will …

Mt. Lebanon’s annual Plein Air event returns bigger, better

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s annual art event is adding more activities this week, ranging farther into Pittsburgh, expanding its artists’ market and bringing back a town-wide bike …

Little Free Libraries sprout in Oakdale, Findlay, North Fayette

By Chasity Capasso
The Little Free Library concept has gained international popularity, with more than 20,000 book pickup and donation boxes in 75 countries. The Western Allegheny Community …

Young Achiever: Ava Maha

By Tory N. Parrish
Age: 9 Residence: Sewickley Family: Parents, Robert and Alia Maha, and brother, Mitchell, 12 School: Fourth grade at Sewickley Academy Activities/interests: A soprano singer, Ava …

Agreement on The Junction in Dormont slow to advance

By Matthew Santoni
A new car dealership in Dormont is nearly complete, but a transit-oriented development that was supposed to follow it could leave a $350,000 hole in …

Moon Transportation Authority comes under fire from school district

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Transportation Authority should return to the Moon Area School District the millions of dollars that it has “improperly amassed,” according to the district’s open letter to residents Wednesday. “The school district’s position is that enough is enough — …

Seeking notices for community Halloween events

By Tribune-Review
Planning a Halloween event? Communities and organizations are invited to send details about trick-or-treat hours, haunted houses, parties and other events that are open to the public to announcements@tribweb.com by Oct. 17. The information will be included in a roundup …

New Moon commissary, post exchange a hub for military members

By Tory N. Parrish
The new military commissary and post exchange in Moon will be more than just places to buy groceries and uniforms and get haircuts. They will …

Pittsburgh SCORE marks 50 years of helping small businesses bloom

By Melissa Daniels
When Amy McGinley was a teenager, she dreamed of owning her own shop filled with art and jewelry. She envisioned a bright, colorful space with …

McCandless center celebrates nonagenarian residents

By Kyle Lawson
Residents of Cumberland Woods Village who have reached their 90th birthday continue to enjoy each day of living on their own. “I travel, I play …

Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone gets $250K grant to link Etna, trail

By Chasity Capasso
Etna, the Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone and other organizations are partnering to develop riverfront access through the Etna Riverfront Park project. ARTEZ recently was awarded a $250,000 state grant to help connect Etna to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail …

National Society United States Daughters of 1812 re-estalishes Pittsburgh chapter

By Rebecca L. Ferraro
The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 has experienced a revival as a result of the war’s bicentennial, and a Western Pennsylvania chapter has …

Young Achiever: Abby Genter

By Chris Togneri
Age: 17 Residence: Allison Park Family: Parents, Bob and Bonnie Genter; sister, Angie, 13; brothers Luke, 11, and Greg, 19 Noteworthy: Genter recently received her …

Pittsburgh Soaring Club enjoys 50 years of riding clouds

By Jason Cato
A prop plane buzzed above the tree line and pulled a glider into the blue Sunday sky above rural Washington County pastures with grazing cows, …

Fresh from the field: Volunteers nurture organic garden to boost food pantry variety in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
A community organic garden is wrapping up its most productive harvest yet. The Monroeville Food Garden has generated at least 500 pounds of fresh produce …

Children take the reins at Horses with Hope in Bethel Park

By Chasity Capasso
Horses with Hope moved from the South Park Fairgrounds to a Bethel Park farm in August, and the nonprofit that serves people with special needs …

South Park library guests to be caught up in ‘Halloween Homicide’ fundraiser

By Chasity Capasso
The South Park Community Center will be transformed into Shade Hollow Manor, a 17th-century mansion in the isolated town of Dark Cloud, for an Oct. 11 event. The famed, deceased author Shade Hollow owned the mansion and is rumored to …

Mt. Lebanon consultant says sterilization, culling should go in tandem to control deer population

By Matthew Santoni
Simply sterilizing Mt. Lebanon’s deer population won’t reduce collisions with vehicles unless it’s combined with a program to shoot deer, a consultant told the board of commissioners on Monday. J. Merlin Benner, president of Wellsboro-based Wildlife Specialists LLC, reviewed police …

Mt. Lebanon prepares to strike up the bands

By Matthew Santoni
Construction has made it difficult for members of Mt. Lebanon High School’s Blue Devil Marching Band to get much practice time together, but they’ll put …

Marshall buys farmland for park

By Tory N. Parrish
Marshall’s growth necessitates that the township provide more amenities for more residents, officials said. Those amenities should include more green space, which is why the …

Alternate South Park cell tower site was rejected

By Matthew Santoni
Allegheny County and a developer rejected an alternate site for a proposed 190-foot cell tower in South Park that would have been farther from people’s homes, officials said. County Parks Director Andy Baechle didn’t want to use a tract farther …

Marshall cautious about rezoning

By Tory N. Parrish
Some property owners in Marshall say they can’t sell their mostly vacant, residential property for redevelopment unless the township changes the zoning, an official said. Since spring, Marshall officials have considered implementing a transition zoning overlay district, which would permit …

Young Achiever: Jenna Odom

By Adam Smeltz
Noteworthy: Odom won the Volunteer of the Year Award in June at the 2014 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, held at Washington & Jefferson College. …

Events with alcohol help libraries raise funds for extras

By Adam Brandolph
Dan and Emma Frohm hadn’t been inside a library for nearly two decades until they moved to Mt. Lebanon about two years ago. But it …

Mt. Lebanon’s artificial turf plan hits a snag

By Matthew Santoni
Construction on Mt. Lebanon’s controversial $1.05 million project to replace grass playing fields with artificial turf was supposed to start Aug. 1, but work has hit a snag with government regulators and needs a permit related to stormwater runoff. Officials …

New Cinemark in McCandless boasts modern luxuries

By Tory N. Parrish
A new Cinemark theater will have all the amenities expected of modern cinemas when it opens on Friday in McCandless. After a two-year delay, Plano, …