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Churches throughout Allegheny County host sunrise Easter services

By Bobby Kerlik
For Jan Smith and his wife, getting up on Easter Sunday for a 6:30 a.m. service in the historic Old St. Luke’s Church in Scott …

Bethel Park brewpub gets council’s approval

By Eric Eisert
The seeds for the planned Spoonwood Brewing Co. were planted in the mid-1990s, when heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment salesman Grant Scorsone worked on a …

Teens from Western Pa. high schools work to address global water shortage

By Tory N. Parrish
Water is a basic necessity, but it often is taken for granted in areas where it is plentiful, cheap and clean, local teens say. The …

Construction of Allegheny County sports complex fields delayed

By Tory N. Parrish
Construction of playing fields at a planned 78-acre sports complex at a former railyard in Coraopolis, Moon and Robinson will be delayed by a year because more time is needed to get the site ready, an official said. The Sports …

Mt. Lebanon School District might add international students to fortify budget

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District might expand a program in which international students pay nearly $17,000 a year in tuition to attend Mt. Lebanon High School — a program officials hope will help to fund next school year’s budget. Assistant …

YMCA plan for Bethel Park fitness club mired in appeals

By Matthew Santoni
The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s plan to convert an ice rink in Bethel Park to a fitness center is wading through court appeals from a …

Moon Area eyes building swap with Christian school

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon Area School District is looking into swapping buildings with a Christian school as it considers a controversial plan that would close one of the district’s five elementary schools. In a 7-2 vote, the school board authorized Superintendent Curt Baker …

Mt. Lebanon School District considers renovating rifle range

By Matthew Santoni
The Mt. Lebanon School District will seek new bids for the renovation of its high school rifle range, and will have to determine soon whether to keep the facility or rent space off-campus for its rifle team. Dozens of students …

Young Achiever: Morgan Meer

By Tom Fontaine
Noteworthy: Morgan’s essay, “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution — Sybil Ludington, Child Patriot,” won the local, state and Eastern division contests in …

Pittsburgh area offers abundance of great riding venues, bicyclists say

By Doug Gulasy
A cold and snowy winter made many forms of outdoor exercise difficult in Western Pennsylvania. But for mountain biker Ted King-Smith of Friendship, the snow …

Moon seeks funding for riverfront park plan

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon doesn’t have $6.5 million it needs to turn a contaminated, old industrial site and adjacent property into a riverfront park, officials said. The township hopes to receive state and federal grants to move forward with developing the park along …

Millvale, Castle Shannon 2014 Banner Communities designation

By Tory N. Parrish
Millvale is small — with a population of 3,744 as of the 2010 census — but it doesn’t let its size limit what it can offer residents, its manager said. In the past year, the borough started a new website, …

Overbrook church receives $10K grant to refurbish stained glass windows

By Chasity Capasso
Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Overbrook received a Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation grant that will go toward refurbishing stained glass windows that tell the …

Ohio River Trail Council club finds adventures close to home

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Vincent Troia isn’t content to simply move forward a trail project that would connect the Montour Trail to the Ohio line. Troia, CEO of Ohio …

Monroeville technical school to add 3-D printer into curriculum

By Karen Kadilak
Students in machine tool technology classes at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville expect to have more career choices when engineering is incorporated …

Developer plans hotels, ice rink for Marshall industrial park

By Tory N. Parrish
A developer plans to build two hotels and an ice rink in Marshall, and the projects would be unusual because they would be linked and in an industrial park. “The ice rink will be a nice draw and it will …

Moon Transportation Authority secures grant for Thorn Run Interchange improvements

By Tory N. Parrish
The Moon Transportation Authority will receive a long-needed $3.3 million state grant to make safety improvements to the Thorn Run Interchange off Interstate 376, officials said. The work on the interchange, on the I-376 Business Loop around Pittsburgh International Airport, …

Bethel Park golf center plans on spring reopening

By Matthew Santoni
The new owner of the Cool Springs Golf Center in Bethel Park plans a grand reopening of the driving range and mini-golf course this spring, and is courting corporate sponsors for a large indoor sports and exercise complex. Developer Brian …

Upper St. Clair School District adds funds for iPads into budget

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair school officials have added funds to next year’s budget to lease iPad tablet computers for a grade in middle school students, offsetting the cost by trimming support staff through attrition and with new revenue. Finance Director Frosina …

North Hills high school’s lip syncing video still talk of the town

By Kelsey Shea
Community members are asking North Hills Senior High School students the same question: “Where were you in that video?” Some were part of the rave in the auditorium. Others were human dominoes in the hallway or in the dance party …

Young Achiever: Anisha Reddy

By Melissa Daniels
Noteworthy: Anisha was named a 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar this year, receiving a $20,000 scholarship toward a four-year college degree. She is one of 150 students …

Business booming for Western Pennsylvania dog groomers, trainers, boarders

By Margaret Harding
Bella Donna wouldn’t dare board a plane without a fresh haircut. Her name means “beautiful lady,” after all, and the teacup Yorkshire terrier lives up …

149 sites placed in new Moon Township Historic Preservation Plan

By Tory N. Parrish
Moon has a historically rich legacy about which many people are unaware. Now the township has an official plan to help preserve that legacy. In …

Planned Neville historical society given spot in township building

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Linda Solecki and her husband moved to Neville Island two years ago because they wanted riverfront property. But the two quickly realized they had moved …

Hundreds expected at Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s annual fabric sale

By Pam Singhal
Most people who quilt, sew, knit or crochet keep fabric or yarn stashed away for their next project. Hundreds of fabric enthusiasts will add to …

Owners of Lawrenceville bakery to open store in Mt. Lebanon

By Matthew Santoni
The owners of a French bakery in Lawrenceville plan to open a second location in Mt. Lebanon to be closer to their home and suburban …

Beaver County heritage museum to catalog Michael Baker Corp. photos, film

By Tory N. Parrish
Allegheny County-based Michael Baker Corp. employs 3,200 workers in more than 90 offices in the United States, but the 74-year-old engineering company still has strong ties to its roots in neighboring Beaver County. So it made sense for Baker to …

Upper St. Clair school officials eye leasing iPads for middle-schoolers, teachers

By Matthew Santoni
Upper St. Clair school officials are trying to find a way to lease iPads for every middle school student while closing a budget shortfall of about $759,000 through cuts and a possible property tax increase of up to 0.783 mills. …

Pittsburgh Region Science & Engineering Fair winners

By Tribune-Review
Nearly 1,100 students representing about 120 schools competed last weekend in the Carnegie Science Center’s 75th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair. Awards totaled $1 million in cash and scholarships. First-place winners in the junior category were: Dilan Gangopadhyay, …

Young Achiever: Jordan Seles

By Tory N. Parrish
Noteworthy: Jordan received a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils Summer Leadership Workshop at Grove City College in July. The workshop, …

Western Pa. communities contemplate restrictions to bright digital signs

By Kelsey Shea
When Ross resident Shirley Smith opens her windows on balmy nights, it’s not just warm spring air that wafts into her living room. Bright light …

Backlog of PlanCon reimbursements to school districts has grown to $1.2 billion

By Matthew Santoni
As Pittsburgh-area school districts plan their budgets for the next school year, any that have built or renovated schools in the past few years will have a big question mark: Will this be the year the state resumes reimbursing them …

Peters farmers market hopes to produce a place ‘to meet and interact’

By Karen Kadilak
A farmers market to be held this year at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Peters will serve two purposes. In addition to providing locally grown …

Coraopolis Memorial Library program attracts knitters young and old

By Karen Kadilak
When the Coraopolis Memorial Library was looking for someone to run a knitting group, board member Mark Strub knew who to call. Marge Connelly had …

Law mandates home carbon monoxide detectors

By Tom Fontaine
The carbon monoxide poisoning of a Glassport mother and her four children last week provided a grim reminder of the threat posed by the odorless gas. A state law aims to reduce such incidents by expanding the requirement for carbon …

Western Pa. church hoops league celebrates 30 years of competition, camaraderie

By Karen Kadilak
The Big Parkway East Men’s Church Basketball League is marking its 30th year and has grown in size with teams from across Western Pennsylvania. The …

Bond ‘swap’ forces North Allegheny to swallow higher variable rate

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny school board’s approval of refinancing fixed-interest rate bonds with variable rates to honor a 2004 deal with PNC Bank didn’t sit well with several members of the board, but most voted for it last week because it …

Brookline residents’ concern forces Mt. Lebanon to table rezoning of Bradley Center property

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon commissioners postponed rezoning the former Bradley Center property along the municipality’s border with Brookline for a month so developers can meet with residents concerned about the housing complex proposed there. Ben Kelley of Oxford Development and Ernie Sota …

Young Achiever: Tessa Houser

By Tribune-Review
Age: 16 School: Junior at Quaker Valley High School Family: Parents, Mark and Diane; siblings, Rachael, 19; Audrey, 13, and Theo, 11 Noteworthy: Tessa has …