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Evans City ice cream shop’s business built on word of mouth

By Alex Klukaszewski
The year was 1984, a time when word-of-mouth kept businesses thriving and family-owned companies were fiercely independent, and not bought out by major corporations. It …

Seneca Valley welcomes Best Buddies club

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley will welcome a new organization to the high school this school year aimed at fostering friendships and awareness for students with disabilities. The Seneca Valley School Board approved Best Buddies for club status this month. The district has …

Cranberry woman found dead in car that went over embankment

By Tribune-Review
A Cranberry woman was found dead in the wreckage of her car off Route 19 in Jackson Tuesday, township police said. Sharon Petrich, 66, likely went off the road several hours before the car was spotted around 7:55 a.m. by …

Turnpike E-Zpass express lanes to close temporarily in Warrendale this week

By Tribune-Review
The eastbound express E-ZPass lanes at the Warrendale Toll Plaza will be closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and the westbound lanes will be closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The lanes …

Building projects lead to financial hole for Butler County schools

By Bill Vidonic
A spending spree on school building projects in the last 15 years is catching up to local districts, a nonprofit public policy group says. “School district debt payments are growing a lot faster than classroom spending,” said Nate Benefield, vice …

Job fair adds speculation about Aldi store in Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry residents have a wish list of stores they’d like to see in their bustling business district, the township’s community development director said. Among them, said Ron Henshaw, is an Aldi discount grocery store. “We’ve heard from many people over …

Seneca Valley plans to equip entire bus fleet with video cameras

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley School District will equip the rest of its school buses and vans with video cameras to keep an eye on students. District spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said the school allocated $75,000 to buy and install 56 cameras from FamTec …

Cranberry restaurant manager recognized for leadership abilities

By Rachel Farkas
A local restaurant manager received industry honors for her success during the last year, completing her goal of making her eatery stand out in the …

Project to expand Freedom Road bridge over turnpike moves forward

By Bill Vidonic
Construction is expected to begin in 2017 on the long-sought expansion of the Freedom Road bridge that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry, the Turnpike …

Seneca Valley graduate fulfilling her dreams on stage

By Deborah Deasy
Actress, singer and dancer Amanda Pulcini — a 2003 graduate of Seneca Valley High School — lives and works in New York City. But Pulcini …

Seneca Valley students earn AP Scholar Awards

By Rachel Farkas
Dozens of Seneca Valley High School students received AP Scholar honors for their exceptional performances on the Advanced Placement exams last school year. Three 2014 Seneca Valley graduates — Taha Ahmed, Robert Kunkel and Alexandra Steighner, earned National AP Scholar …

Route 228, I-79 ramp project nears completion

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry officials are asking for motorists’ patience as a two-year project to alleviate congestion on Route 228 heads into the final stretch. Last week, PennDOT …

Cranberry supervisors to vote on grocery story plan

By Bill Vidonic
A project that would create a retail development and possibly a grocery store that would serve residents of northern Cranberry and southern Jackson is going before Cranberry supervisors for approval. A vote is expected within a few weeks. Cranberry’s planning …

Evans City man wins school bus race

By Rachel Farkas
The annual summer school bus races at Lernerville Speedway began with a victory but ended with a crash for crowd favorites and veteran drivers Frank …

Zelienople family relishes opportunity to host children during summer

By Alex Klukaszewski
Since the late 1870s, The Fresh Air Fund has helped more than 1.7 million inner-city children living in New York City experience the joy of …

Children learn about 18th century living at Providence Plantation in Evans City

By Alex Klukaszewski
In a modern-day world jumbled with electronic gadgets and efficient problem-solving, local historians at the Providence Plantation Foundation in Evans City are proud to role …

Cranberry Water Park offering more swim time than last year

By Corinne Kennedy
Despite cooler temperatures, the Cranberry Water Park has had significantly fewer closings this summer than at this point last summer, said Dave Hutner, Cranberry Parks …

Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County

By Michael Hasch
Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west …

Cranberry group reviving interest in barbershop quartets

By Kristy Locklin
It was an idyllic summer day. The Greater Cranberry Men’s Chorus had just performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of thousands of baseball fans at …

Zelienople family relishes opportunity to host children during summer

By Alex Klukaszewski
Since the late 1870s, The Fresh Air Fund has helped more than 1.7 million inner-city children living in New York City experience the joy of …

Zelienople resident sends strong message as World’s Strongest Clown

By Alex Klukaszewski
He’s known in the Midwest and around the world not by his ability to twist balloon animals, although his renditions of such creatures are impressive, …

Mars Area drilling foes seek school ‘safe zone’

By Akasha Chamberlain
Concerned parents packed the Mars Area School board meeting room on Tuesday to push for establishment of a “safe zone” around school district property that would bar Marcellus shale drilling. “The group and supporters are not tired. We are committed …

Despite challenges, Wuerl campus set to open

By Rachel Farkas
As the $70 million Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry nears completion, officials say it did not come together without some challenges. Problematic …

Cranberry-based nonprofit sponsors annual camp for children with asthma

By Rachel Farkas
For 30 years, Camp Huff-n-Puff has provided a safe place for children with asthma to learn and play. This year the summer camp is putting …

Seneca Valley senior recognized for taking stand against substance abuse

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley senior Maria Scott has taken a stand against drugs and alcohol, and she’s reaping rewards from doing so. The 17-year-old Cranberry resident won …

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School nears completion

By Rachel Farkas
The new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry will drench students in natural light. Darren Lloyd, the school’s chief designer, said natural light …

Planning for growth remains top priority in Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
As Cranberry’s population continues its steady march toward the threshold of 50,000 by 2030 — the peak number that planners think the township can comfortably …

Trail expansion hits roadblock in Cranberry’s Graham Park

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry officials are hoping a delay in a mile-long expansion of a walking and biking trail in Graham Park won’t increase the costs of the project. “There’s a little bit of work we have to go through to make sure …

Seneca Valley grad living the NFL dream as Minnesota Vikings lineman

By David Mcelhinny
Brandon Fusco, 25, a 2007 Seneca Valley graduate who plays guard for the Minnesota Vikings, never loses sight of how blessed he feels each day …

Freedom Road zoning has Cranberry property owners upset

By Bill Vidonic
Thirteen property owners on Freedom Road say Cranberry’s zoning of their property is hurting their chances to sell to developers with deep pockets. “This road …

Cranberry preschool garden a haven for wildlife

By Rachel Farkas
The young students of HeartPrints Center for Early Education in Cranberry are learning that they can make a difference in their environment just one milkweed …

Cranberry Road crisis eased by early plan

By Bill Vidonic
Planning for the worst helped Cranberry deal with last week’s closure of one of its main arteries, the township’s manager said. “Everybody has to work …

Seneca Valley music teacher retiring after 36 years

By Rachel Farkas
For Susan Van Arsdale, becoming an educator was a natural move for her. Now as she marks the end of her career, she hopes to …

Seneca Valley budget includes tax increase

By Rachel Farkas
A property tax hike is in store for the residents of Seneca Valley School District after the school board unanimously passed the 2014-15 budget with property tax increase. The final budget, which passed at Monday’s board meeting, includes a 3.7-mill …

Skundrich convicted in 2002 rape in Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
A Butler County jury convicted a former county man on Thursday of rape and other charges in connection with a 2002 attack on a woman in her Cranberry home. Ralph S. Skundrich also was found guilty of burglary and involuntary …

Fitness stations in Cranberry parks offer healthy opportunities

By Shawn Annarelli
Patty Rudy thought it looked like a small playground from a distance. Luckily, her niece Alyssa Mitchell had heard about the new outdoor fitness stations …

Western Pa. school districts receive $20,000 grants

By Tribune-Review
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity gave $500,000 in grants to 25 school districts in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum and the Grable foundations, each $20,000 grant will be used …

Cranberry shoe designer wants to make a difference

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
For Caitlyn Hess, shoes aren’t solely footwear. They are worn for taking steps toward helping others. Hess, 24, of Pine, is the designer of an …

Restoring jeep becomes a family affair for Evans City man

By Shawn Annarelli
Bill Ringeisen spotted an old jeep in a Squirrel Hill chicken coop nearly 20 years ago, bought it and spent the next two years rebuilding …