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Digital Age reboots foreign language instruction in Western Pa. schools

By Adam Brandolph
Keystone Oaks Spanish teacher Michele Lowers remembers when technology in her high school classroom meant an overhead projector and film strips. Twenty-three years later, it ...

Dormont to ease parking crunch once auto dealer vacates lot

By Matthew Santoni
Dormont will add more public parking to the edge of its West Liberty Avenue business district next month when Cochran Automotive’s dealerships vacate a lot they had been renting from the borough. Cochran has been renting the lot between Biltmore Avenue ...

Bethel Art Guild tweaks name to eliminate ‘old bag’ stigma

By Chasity Capasso
The Bethel Art Guild took on a new name after some members decided they didn’t like what the decades-old organization’s acronym spelled out. “The decision to change our name is actually a funny story,” said Shirley Williams, who produces the ...

Wilkinsburg Black History Month dinner to benefit young entrepreneurs

By Chasity Capasso
A Wilkinsburg public relations and marketing firm plans to honor 17 Pittsburgh area leaders during a Black History Month event. Classic Events’ fourth Black History ...

Moon Area hires security company for second consultation

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School District will spend almost $20,000 for a security consultation with a company that provided an assessment last year for about $37,000. At its meeting Monday, the school board voted 8-1, with Jerry Testa in the minority, to approve ...

Findlay manager Gary Klingman to retire after 26 years

By Tory N. Parrish
Gary Klingman has bucked national statistics — several times over. He has been the manager of Findlay for 26 years, unusual considering that the national average ...

South Park middle school project will require student relocation

By Matthew Santoni
The South Park School District announced a $20.1 million renovation and expansion of the district’s middle school starting next summer, which temporarily will relocate the ...

Gallery: Western Pa. Catholic schools celebrate with events, community service

By Tribune-Review
Art shows, community service projects, athletics and family events are being held this week in Catholic schools across Western Pennsylvania, as they mark the annual ...

Young achiever: Dakota Palmer

By Adam Smeltz
Noteworthy: Dakota contributed one of 12 original drawings chosen to appear in the state  Office of Attorney  General’s 2015 Drug-Free Calendar. Her green-and-black depiction of ...

Paralympic club steps up its adaptive workouts for rowers

By Karen Kadilak
With more indoor workouts available, members of the Paralympic Sport Club Three Rivers expect to be fitter when they return to outdoor rowing and paddling ...

Montour could consider naming school after graduate, actor Michael Keaton

By Tory N. Parrish
Michael Keaton paid homage to his old neighborhood in Robinson in his Golden Globes Award acceptance speech, so his old school district should return the ...

Businesses in McKees Rocks struggle amid $39M revamp of West Carson

By Tory N. Parrish
A Sunoco in McKees Rocks used to bustle each morning as commuters stopped for gas, coffee and snacks on their way to work, the owner ...

Job growth in Upper St. Clair area prompts need for housing

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair’s first new apartment complex in 30 years will open the first of nine buildings next month, with the rest scheduled to open ...

North Allegheny teen eager to serve

By Tory N. Parrish
Catherine Zhang wants to pursue a career that will have a significant impact on people’s lives. “And public service is one way that can happen,” said ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits formal letter nixing extended deer season

By Matthew Santoni
The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again appears to be scuttling Mt. Lebanon’s application to hunt deer on public land, offering what one official said is a verbal denial of the municipality’s request for an extended hunting season and additional hunting ...

High school dance marathons raise money to help children

By Tribune-Review
Students at two north suburban high schools spent hours on the dance floor during the weekend to raise money for charities that help children. ...

Young achiever: Panari Patel

By Tribune-Review
Panari  Patel Noteworthy: Patel won an honorable mention in Phipps Conservatory’s Fairfield Challenge, which asked middle-schoolers to submit a photo essay illustrating the relationship between ...

Pittsburgh students pursuing chess as after-school activity

By Melissa Daniels
It takes 2,200 points to become a chess master, according to United States Chess Federation rankings. Sean Maxwell, 14, of Peters hopes to get there ...

Program provides help for anxious, depressed teens

By Laurie Rees
Depression and anxiety among teenagers in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs need to be addressed, said Ron Barnes, executive director of Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry in Ross. “People would be surprised to learn how prevalent teen depression is. There’s more pressure on kids today. ...

Frostbite 5K in North Park to mark 4th year of aiding autism group

By Chris Togneri
The fourth annual Autism Frostbite 5K run and walk will be held Sunday in North Park, organizers said. The event aims to raise money for the Autism Connection of PA, and promote awareness of the developmental disability, said TJ Burke, ...

Canonsburg armory finds new life as youth center

By Chasity Capasso
During a prayer walk through Canonsburg two years ago, JR Gardner spotted a former National Guard armory. Gardner, Canonsburg’s ministry site director for Metro Pittsburgh Youth ...

Blackhawk volleyball tourney raises $1,500 for THON

By Karen Kadilak
After organizing one volleyball tournament to raise money for the Penn State Dance Marathon, Blackhawk High School junior Noah Sims is planning another for next ...

Mt. Lebanon seeks deer decree

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon officials are seeking the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s permission for a special, two-week deer hunt on public land, along with as many as 50 extra hunting licenses after the state sold out of licenses for the regular bowhunting season. ...

Vote set on hiring of new adviser for Mt. Lebanon School District

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon School District may drop one consultant and hire another for as much as $2,000 a month to help meet a $6 million fundraising goal. The school board this week discussed hiring Margaret “Maggie” Schmidt of Squirrel Hill to consult ...

Young achievers: Ethan Baer and Max Wolper

By Tribune-Review
Noteworthy: Max and Ethan have teamed up to raise thousands of dollars through the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes. Ethan is Max’s best friend and ...

Therapy dogs trained to provide affection, comfort for ailing people

By Jason Cato
Bubbles sported a Mickey Mouse bandana and quiet confidence as she pranced around the Holiday Park fire hall in Plum, turning left and then right, ...

Mt. Lebanon Fire Department to highlight members with cardboard cutouts, videos to recruit new volunteers

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department wants to highlight some of its standout members with stand-ups, using cardboard cutouts and videos to recruit new volunteers. Membership at ...

Mt. Lebanon residents reportedly plan private deer hunt

By Matthew Santoni
A group of Mt. Lebanon residents allegedly has taken action on the municipality’s deer culling issue by organizing a private hunt, though it remains unclear which neighborhood is involved. Commissioner Kristen Linfante said at a meeting Monday that a neighbor told ...

Masters swim clubs proliferate, grow more popular in Pittsburgh area

By Doug Gulasy
J. Ray Scott perhaps can’t get around the pool at the same pace he could more than four decades ago, when he swam for Butler ...

Hollow Oak Land Trust creates program to get younger people involved in preserving green space

By Tory N. Parrish
When it comes to land conservation, youths might be able to offer fresher, more innovative ideas, according to the head of a nonprofit land trust. “It’s ...

Upper St. Clair Community & Recreation Center’s Insanity class offers twist on fitness

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
A few days after Christmas, a quintet of hardy souls sporting a thin sheen of sweat reached, stretched, jumped, squatted, lunged and jogged in place ...

Blackhawk High student organizes volleyball tournament to benefit Penn State THON

By Karen Kadilak
A Blackhawk High School student has come up with a novel way to raise money for the Penn State Dance Marathon, the yearlong effort to ...

North Allegheny students hoping to raise $15K for cancer research

By Tory N. Parrish
Once Andrew Ganung was diagnosed with cancer at 12, his family and friends became an integral part of his coping process. His cancer — Hodgkin’s lymphoma ...

Downtown Pittsburgh residents top Allegheny Co.’s ‘generous people’

By Bill Zlatos
Residents of Downtown, Fox Chapel and Sewickley were the most prolific contributors to charitable causes in Allegheny County, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Downtown residents ...

Check-in time finally arrives for Mt. Lebanon hotel

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s first hotel opened this week after years of construction delays, to the relief of local officials and businesses looking forward to a boost ...

Cheaper gas a boon for road projects in Western Pennsylvania

By Brian Bowling
Falling prices at the gas pump will mean more miles of freshly paved streets in many Western Pennsylvania municipalities next year. “We’re looking to get a little more bang for our buck,” said Ronald Bor­czyk, director of administrative services in Bellevue. Bellevue ...

Zoning board denies South Park cell tower

By Matthew Santoni
South Park Township’s zoning board has turned down a developer’s proposal to build a cell tower in Allegheny County’s South Park that drew criticism from township residents, but won’t make its reasoning available until next week. LJS Development requested zoning variances ...

Birders spot bald eagle during annual South Hills holiday event

By Matthew Santoni
One of the more interesting finds at last weekend’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count was a bald eagle in Peters, far from the rivers and shorelines ...

Off-leash dog spaces more popular in Western Pa., but owners take risk

By Bob Bauder
Juanita Nolte said the fenced-in, off-leash dog run at South Park is the perfect spot for Murry, her German Shepherd, to expend excess energy while ...