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Neighborhood movie theaters use unconventional methods to draw customers

By Brian Bowling
With only a single screen available, it’s vital for a neighborhood movie theater to pick the right movie. It’s also tricky. The mystery comedy “The Overnight” ...

North Allegheny grad earns international recognition for public speaking

By Tory N. Parrish
William Knight grew up playing sports, but he was an introverted athlete, he said. “Public speaking isn’t something that came easy or naturally to me,” said ...

Arsenal hard cider now served at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park

By Katelyn Ferral
Fans of Lawrenceville’s Arsenal hard cider now can find it in the North Hills. Arsenal opened a tasting house at Soergel Orchards in Franklin Park ...

Dormont library program to pay tribute to Japanese culture

By Katie O'toole
Dormont Public Library will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with a tribute to Japanese culture and history on Aug. 8. ...

Mt. Lebanon church plans $2M expansion project

By Matthew Santoni
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon is planning to double its capacity with a $2 million expansion, officials told the municipal planning board Tuesday. The 50-year-old congregation has been meeting in the former Sunnyhill mansion off ...

Event to offer glimpse of cemetery’s history at Old St. Luke’s

By Matthew Santoni
The newest grave markers at Old St. Luke’s Church and Burial Grounds went to some of its oldest inhabitants. After a Carnegie Mellon University team used ...

Mt. Lebanon looks to tackle pedestrian safety issue

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon police dubbed it the “Frogger” detail. Like the pixelated protagonist of the old arcade game, a plainclothes cop would try to cross Washington Road in the mid-block crossing outside Washington Elementary School. Any driver who ignored the warning signs ...

Allegheny County libraries getting upgrade with computer software program

By Pam Calfo
Libraries in Allegheny County this month will receive an upgrade to a commonly used group of programs. Microsoft Office, which contains the programs Microsoft Word, ...

Pine-based charity gives children with disabilities tools to communicate

By Katelyn Ferral
Haley Guiste has spent most of her 14 years struggling to let her family know what she wants. The Indiana Township teenager can’t speak — ...

Schools asked to send details on new programs, facilities

By Tribune-Review
Suburban schools in Allegheny County and nearby regions are invited to send information on new programs, facilities or activities that students will find when they return to classes in coming weeks. Details will go into a back-to-school edition of the …

Officials in Ross seek public input on park upgrades

By Katelyn Ferral
Ross officials are looking to improve one of the township’s largest and oldest parks. The board of commissioners is surveying residents on how best to improve Denny Park, a 34-acre park off Jacks Run Road. The survey will be distributed ...

Demolition of ‘C’ wing  to begin  at Mt. Lebo

By Matthew Santoni
With all the new academic spaces at Mt. Lebanon High School complete, contractors next month will start tearing down the school’s old, six-story “C” wing. Demolition ...

Mt. Lebo to get 15 students with F-1 visas

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon High School will welcome its largest-ever group of foreign students this fall, as at least 15 have been enrolled through the district’s F-1 student visa sponsorship program. With tuition costing $17,816 for a full year or $8,811 for a ...

Moon Area board looks to sun for energy savings

By Rebecca L. Ferraro
The Moon Area School Board approved a first step toward installing solar panels on school properties to save energy and money. With Monday’s approval, Superintendent Curt Baker was authorized to meet with Coatesville Solar Initiative/Keares Electrical Contracting Inc. to discuss alternative ...

District officials to sue  to keep money from MTA

By Matthew Santoni
The Moon Area School Board plans to sue to keep tax money the district has been diverting to local transportation improvements for decades. The school board voted Monday to pursue legal action against the Moon Transportation Authority. The MTA was formed in ...

Western Pa. officials push for life-saving heroin overdose medicine

By Bob Bauder
Mike Fendya wasn’t looking for notoriety last month when he became the first Washington County police officer to use naloxone to revive a person from ...

Young Achiever: Brock Kitterman

By Bob Bauder
Age: 10 School: Washington Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District. Residence: Bethel Park Family: Father, Grant; mother, Tammy; and a sister, Brittany, 27. Notable: The Pennsylvania ...

Lack of membership forces closure of 108-year-old Bellevue church

By Katelyn Ferral
After 108 years as a place for praying, preaching and singing, Emanuel’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue has closed. The final service was Sunday at the ...

Dormont considers fire-safety inspections

By Matthew Santoni
Dozens of aging commercial buildings pack Dormont’s West Liberty and Potomac avenue business corridors, while apartment buildings and single-family homes divided into apartments spread out into surrounding neighborhoods. Borough code enforcement officials get to see only the outside of those properties, ...

Mt. Lebanon voters asked to OK charter update

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon voters will be asked in November whether they want to shorten the municipality’s waiting period to borrow money or refinance debt, but the board of commissioners will keep the four-vote supermajority required to borrow in the first place. Commissioners ...

Ross girl’s taco tower recipe earns her dinner at White House

By Katelyn Ferral
Pittsburgh was represented at the recent Kids State Dinner at the White House, through the inventiveness of Sydney Tyner’s chicken taco tower. Sydney, 11, who ...

Private property needed to help complete intersection upgrades in McCandless

By Katelyn Ferral
McCandless Council has given the go-ahead for the town to acquire land for $2.8 million in road improvements, including traffic lights and drainage, at Perry Highway and Pine Creek Road. Council adopted an ordinance last week that would allow McCandless ...

Young achiever: Hailey Hannan

By Aaron Aupperlee
Age: 17 School: Rising senior at Bethel Park High School Residence: Bethel Park Family: Father, Joe Hannan, and brother, Harley, 16 Notable: Hailey won second place in the ...

Allegheny County park rangers develop, lead outdoor education programs

By Aaron Aupperlee
Cavan Patterson has hiked through Allegheny County’s parks for 20 to 25 years. As co-owner of Wild Purveyors, a foraged food wholesaler in Lawrenceville, it’s ...

Franklin Park teen gives back to Make-A-Wish Foundation

By Katelyn Ferral
The turning point for Zack Abel came the day he found a dinosaur in the backyard. The now 15-year-old doesn’t remember the details of that ...

Edgewood council honors group of first responders

By Katelyn Ferral
When Mindy Kozminski went into labor on her living room floor in June, she was glad she lives close to Edgewood’s volunteer fire station. Her ...

Rain thwarts opening of Mt. Lebanon’s artificial turf baseball field

By Matthew Santoni
Rainy weather and a theft have played havoc with the installation of Mt. Lebanon’s artificial turf baseball field. The overlapping baseball/softball diamonds at Wildcat and Middle fields in Main Park have been leveled, the drainage system installed, and the turf rolled ...

Allegheny County offers introductory mountain biking class for children

By Doug Gulasy
Cody Pletz teaches children about plenty of sports through his job with Coach Dave Gray Sports. One of his own favorite sports, bicycling, stands out. “Most of ...

Former Upper St. Clair director to lead choir for final time

By Matthew Santoni
Most participants in the Upper St. Clair High School Choir’s alumni concert hadn’t been in Robert Gielas’ classroom for more than three decades. They still knew ...

Interim pastor stirs emotions with joyful music in Moon

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
The Rev. Dr. Douglas Marshall, interim pastor at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church in Moon, didn’t just join in singing a combination of “How Great Thou ...

Young Achiever: Megan Majocha

By Matthew Santoni
Age: 18 Residence: Plum Family: Parents Alan and Jan; sister, Mandy, 17; brother, Max, 13. Notable: Because she had the highest grade point average at ...

Flag-collection effort gains steam around Pittsburgh area

By Bill Zlatos 9:00 p.m.
Wearing plastic gloves, Cindy Skelley reaches into a bin at Northland Public Library and pulls out 38 flags — some dirty, tattered and frayed and ...

Borough takes the reins of Dormont Day

By Matthew Santoni 9:00 p.m.
With their ranks thinned by age and life events, the citizen volunteers who ran the community’s Independence Day celebrations handed over control to borough staff this year. “Our committee wasn’t able to stay any longer. We had three people in their ...

Upper St. Clair baseball field to be repaired after mine subsidence

By Matthew Santoni 9:00 p.m.
Mine subsidence that sunk more than half an acre of an Upper St. Clair baseball field shouldn’t pose further problems, engineers said. Early in June, a ...

Watershed group coordinating efforts to meet Saw Mill Run deadline

By Matthew Santoni 4:32 p.m.
Twelve municipalities are up against an end-of-year deadline to present complex and potentially expensive plans for reducing stormwater and pollution into Saw Mill Run. The 11 South Hills communities and 14 Pittsburgh neighborhoods loosely follow Route 51 from the West End ...

Bellevue to repair library, add play equipment to park

By Katie O'toole 4:32 p.m.
Bellevue will make repairs to its historic library and add play equipment to the surrounding park over the next year. The Andrew Bayne Memorial Library ...

Groveton VFD receives outpouring of support after station fire

By Matthew Santoni 6:49 p.m.
Less than a day after fire damaged the Groveton Volunteer Fire Department’s station, Chief Ken Kisow was swamped with phone calls and emails offering loaned ...

Young achiever: Amelia Porter Bacon

By Tory N. Parrish 3:17 p.m.
Noteworthy: Bacon and Fox Chapel Area High School biology teacher Heather Skillen recently were named winners in the national DNA Learning Challenge. Four projects were ...

Summer camps in Pittsburgh area move beyond arts, crafts

By Chris Togneri
The future, it seems, will be thick with robots. At least, that’s what the kids who attended Camp Invention at Chartiers Valley Primary School last week ...