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Pet therapy program a success at Chartiers Valley school

By Alex Felser 2:43 p.m.
Two years after introducing pet therapy to Chartiers Valley Primary School, the program has more than doubled in size and become students’ preferred reward for …

Boyce Road water main breaks for 3rd time in 3 days

By Matthew Santoni
Pennsylvania American Water hopes a month-long, $900,000 water main replacement project in South Fayette will stop repeated leaks and breaks that have left about 200 …

Chartiers Valley girls soccer team goes pink to raise funds for family

By Mandy Fields Yokim
Members of the Chartiers Valley girls soccer team for the second consecutive year organized a ‘Pink Out’ to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. …

W. Pa. ghost hunters share stories at Scott library

By David Mayernik Jr.
Ken Smith surveyed all the tools of his trade: flashlights, digital and night-vision cameras, voice recorders and toys. Then Smith, 56, a member of the …

Bridgeville woman to run NYC Marathon for charity, father

By Mandy Fields Yokim
Erin Pennington used to hate running. But next month, she will participate in the New York City Marathon to honor her late father, an avid …

South Fayette twins earn Eagle Scout honors

By Dona S. Dreeland
Neel and Ray Bishop are walking advertisements for the Boy Scouts of America. At 18, the identical twins from South Fayette earned their Eagle Scout …

Carnegie-Collier Rotary fundraiser fuels charitable endeavors

By Dona S. Dreeland
One fundraiser a year keeps members of the Carnegie-Collier Rotary giving from September to September. The SIP for Hunger of Body & Mind pre-fall event supports all of the Rotary’s community projects. SIP, which stands for Support Important Projects, netted …

Oyler: Reader feedback offers more information on recent topics

By John Oyler
Comments from folks who read this column continue to be of great interest to me. The column I wrote on last summer’s trip on the Virginia and Truckee Railroad generated a response from the editor of the Virginia City News, …

South Fayette mother uses her children as inspiration for book

By Charlotte Smith
Last month, Sharon Warchol released her book “Jax Sheppard and the Seven Mirrors,” which is available in paperback on Amazon. Soon it will be available for eReaders through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. A stay-at-home mother, she lives in …

Scott Township resident to celebrate 86th birthday with family

By Tribune-Review
Happy 86th birthday to Salvatore Williams of Scott, who celebrates Saturday. Salvatore is the husband of Reni Williams for 59 years, and they are the parents of Sandy (Robbie) Farinella of Georgia, Suzy (Steve) Monteverde, Sonny and Tony (Mary Beth), …

Emergency water line repairs shut down part of Boyce Road

By Tribune-Review
About 200 customers in southern Allegheny County were left without water for most of the day Monday while Pennsylvania American crews repaired a break to …

Parkway West off-ramps at Carnegie to close beginning Friday night

By Bobby Kerlik
Motorists using the Parkway West will face an added challenge getting in and out of Carnegie beginning Friday night. Starting this weekend, PennDOT will close the Carnegie off-ramps from the Parkway West around-the-clock through mid-December. Both on-ramps are already closed …

Social Democrats plan two-day convention in Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Amid the new art and food options coming to Carnegie, something different is headed to town — a political convention. The Social Democrats USA — a faction that regrouped after the Socialist Party of America rebranded in 1972 — will …

Parking spaces not keeping up with Carnegie’s business growth

By Megan Guza
As Carnegie’s central business district continues to grow, so does the borough’s need for ample parking. “We’re on the way to a serious parking problem,” …

Bridgeville library to display best of Christmas tree festival

By Dona S. Dreeland
Creative types in Bridgeville will have twice the opportunity to share their holiday spirit. For the first time, the nine winners of Bridgeville’s Christmas Festival of Trees, scheduled for Nov. 22 and 23, can display their creations at the library …

Performance at Carnegie library to spotlight silent film legend

By Dona S. Dreeland
Charlie Chaplin is enjoying a revival in Carnegie. The silent film genius will be in the spotlight when the third season of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s “Listen Locally” series opens with “Tom Roberts’ Charlie Chaplin Silent …

Heidelberg officials want new plans for playground redesign

By Alex Felser
Heidelberg council will go back to the drawing board before finalizing a new design for the Ellsworth Avenue Playground. The playground, built about 56 years ago and located at Ellsworth Avenue and Third Street, has outdated equipment, as well as …

Proposal to ax long-standing tree splits Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Some Carnegie Shade Tree Commission members are among residents pressing council to keep a century-old oak in a borough park as elected leaders consider changes …

Carnegie police to charge 4 teens suspected of spraying mile-long trail of graffiti

By Megan Guza
Social media and a little help from state police led officers in Carnegie to four suspects they plan to charge in a mile-long string of …

Record collectors help give new life to vinyl at Green Tree convention

By David Mayernik Jr.
Greg Biggs admits the hobby of collecting records has changed over the years. Many older collectors are moving on to concentrate on their families, and …

Annual pet blessing in Scott is short, but sweet

By David Mayernik Jr.
The Rev. Kenneth White’s seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Lucky, most likely had a sense rain would soon fall. At Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott …

Carlynton senior collecting items for military care packages

By Megan Guza
Carlynton student Jacob Bikus was so touched by the stories of servicemen and women on his visits to military academies over the summer that he …

Collier to require 4-year degree when hiring police

By Megan Guza
Collier officials could begin advertising as early as Sunday for a new police officer. The township’s civil service commission voted 2-1 Oct. 7 to accept the commissioners’ requirement that new police hires have four-year college degrees. Gerhart Egri, vice chairman …

Oyler: Daughter of Korean war bride tells emotional story

By John Oyler
The first Bridgeville Historical Society program meeting for the 2014-15 season was a presentation of the touching story of a peasant girl in Korea who found a new life in this country, as told by her daughter, Mrs. Katie Schell, …

South Fayette couple branches out in entertainment world

By Charlotte Smith
South Fayette Township resident Courtney Czarniak is always the ‘resident artist.’ In high school, she won numerous awards and scholarships for her drawings and illustrations. …

Southern Beltway might take part of Millers Run Road in South Fayette

By Matthew Santoni
Some of the newest cul-de-sacs in South Fayette could be made from an old road. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission proposes changing its plan for the Southern Beltway to take a chunk out of Millers Run Road between Cecil-Sturgeon Road and …

Graffiti artist leaves streak of vandalism in Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Carnegie police hope clues left in graffiti will lead them to the spray paint perpetrator responsible for a rash of tagging during the weekend. “For …

South Fayette commissioner waives right to preliminary hearing on insurance fraud charges

By Jason Cato
A South Fayette commissioner will have a formal arraignment in December on charges that she made false claims to an insurance company after her home burned. Jessica Cardillo, 32, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. The state Attorney …

Girl Scouts lend a paw to Heidelberg police dog

By Megan Guza
Dogged efforts by a local Girl Scout troop have ensured Heidelberg Police Department’s K-9 officer Rocky is fully protected in the line of duty. Girl …

Details for Chartiers Valley’s D.C.-area fact-finding trip set

By Megan Guza
Sustainability, flexible learning space and innovation are the concepts the Chartiers Valley Design Advisory Team will focus on when they visit five Washington, D.C.-area schools later this month. The group — made up of 25 faculty, board members and students …

Bridgeville church youth director looks forward to new beginnings

By David Mayernik Jr.
Amanda Metzger, youth director at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, is happy to have a shoulder to lean on in her new full-time position. Her …

Lane closures begin on Parkway through Carnegie

By Megan Guza
For Parkway West travelers in the Carnegie area, things will get worse before they get better. In addition to the Carnegie on-ramp closures and coming off-ramp closures, PennDOT last week began to close a section of the Parkway in both …

Skate park in Carnegie unofficially open for visitors

By Megan Guza
Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark is open for business – sort of. “There are still some minor punch-list items – lighting and landscaping,” Carnegie Council President …

Keystone Oaks grad continues to spread mental health message

By Megan Guza
Ian Cummins has completed his cross-country walk for suicide and mental illness awareness on Aug. 30, but he doesn’t plan to stop moving. “I have …

Meetings planned to discuss South Fayette High School expansion

By Megan Guza
South Fayette officials said last week the district is moving forward with the next step in the possible expansion of the high school building. District Superintendent Bille Rondinelli said administrators and school board members will meet with high school faculty …

Oyler: Dedicated champions of the blind reunite in Bridgeville

By John Oyler
Last week, the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind of Bridgeville held an unofficial reunion. Jack and Peg Lydic hosted the event, which turned out to be a memorable nostalgic experience for a wonderful group of people. I became aware …

South Fayette man changes course to pursue photography career

By Charlotte Smith
Matthew Shuck was a physics major at the University of Pittsburgh and an accomplished athlete when he took an introductory film studies class to fulfill a credit requirement. To his surprise, Shuck, a South Fayette High School graduate, discovered a …

Carnegie resident to celebrate 96th birthday

By Cindy Babish-schultz
Happy 96th birthday to Marie Sgro, lifelong resident of Carnegie who celebrates on Oct. 15. Marie was married to the late Anthony Sgro. Marie and Tony are the parents of Josephine (Douglas) Scott of Virginia, Michelle Rea of Green Tree, …

Group traveling to D.C.-area for Chartiers Valley school design research

By Megan Guza
The committee charged with helping with the design process for Chartiers Valley’s middle-high school renovations will travel to Washington, D.C., this month in an exploratory trip. The committee — made up of faculty, school board members, administrators and students — …