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Cranberry native lands prestigious merit-based scholarship

By Akasha Chamberlain
Simon Brown not only has a passion for studying the history of education, he wants to be part of its future. Brown, 21, a Cranberry …

International Baccalaureate classes coming to Seneca Valley

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley School District will offer International Baccalaureate classes next school year to complement its Advanced Placement program and give students more global learning opportunities. The International Baccalaureate is a highly rigorous college-preparation program that stresses innovative critical thinking and …

Cranberry’s Community Chest hopes yearly project will boost VFDs across county

By Bill Vidonic
Volunteer fire departments throughout the county stand to benefit from Cranberry’s Community Chest’s 2015 project of the year, organization officials said. The group will use its annual Community Days event, scheduled for July 10-12, to start raising money for a …

Briefs: Cranberry Lego workshop hopes to spark kids’ interest in engineering

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry children will be building the future, one Lego brick at a time, during a day-long workshop on Monday, April 21, under the guidance of instructors from the Snapology Discovery Center of Cranberry. In the workshop, children ages 6 to …

UPMC sports complex to benefit Seneca Valley, Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry and the Seneca Valley School District will benefit financially from the UPMC Lemieux Sports Center under construction in the township. Each jurisdiction will receive $51,842 in real estate transfer taxes, according to a March 10 deed filed in the …

Countertop maker to bring 50 jobs to Cranberry

By Emily Balser
An Ohio-based granite countertop maker and cabinet distributor has started production in Cranberry, pledging to bring 50 new jobs over three years. Sims-Lohman Inc. acquired …

Cranberry’s oldest church looks to new era

By Akasha Chamberlain
Derek Marotta, wearing a black robe and purple sash, stood at the pulpit of Cranberry’s oldest church on a Sunday morning, referencing notes for his …

Rowan Elementary students, parents reverse roles for Fitness Day

By Rachel Farkas
Even though Kim Palmieri works out a few times a week, going through the activities in her son’s gym class was tricky. “It’s definitely more …

Cranberry officials, police agree to contract

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry supervisors on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract with township police, avoiding arbitration. “It’s all about communicating with each other,” Manager Jerry Andree said. The contract covers 28 uniformed officers, who will receive pay raises of 2.75 percent in the …

Evans City historian to discuss local portion of George Washington’s journey

By David Mcelhinny
A local historian plans to shed some light on a mystery that is more than 250 years old. Carl Robertson, CEO of Providence Plantation of …

Countertop, cabinet company to open shop in Cranberry

By Tribune-Review
A Cincinnati granite countertop manufacturer and residential cabinet distributor has leased a 22,000-square-foot space in Cranberry, the governor’s office announced last week. Sims-Lohman Inc. plans to hire people for at least 50 new jobs over the next three years and …

Chief strategy officer leaves lasting mark on Cranberry

By Akasha Chamberlain
The national economy was spiraling when John Trant Jr. became Cranberry’s chief strategy officer in 2007. But the township continued to attract residents and companies, …

I-79 ramp to Route 228 set to open Tuesday in Cranberry

By Bill Vidonic
A new southbound Interstate 79 exit ramp to Route 228 in Cranberry is set to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday. A new traffic signal in the area of the ramp will be activated. Motorists are encouraged to watch for changing …

Metcalfe backs effort to tighten state’s Sunshine Act

By Bill Vidonic
A local lawmaker is supporting legislation that would restrict what publicly funded agencies can talk about in private, coming on the heels of a Butler …

Seneca Valley grad Jackson striving to get back to major leagues

By Shawn Annarelli
A lot has changed in Zach Jackson’s life since he debuted in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006. After eight big-league starts, …

Cranberry police pledge to guard Scouting Centennial Plaza from more vandalism

By Bill Vidonic
Days after vandals struck Cranberry’s Graham Park, township crews were still retrieving items dumped into the fishing lake at Scouting Centennial Plaza. “It’s upsetting. They …

Community Chest donates toward restoration of vandalized Cranberry park

By Tribune-Review
The Cranberry Township Community Chest has donated $10,000 toward repairing Scout Centennial Plaza, which was hit by vandals over the weekend, the organization announced Thursday. The plaza and adjoining fishing pond are located in Graham Park. The Community Chest and …

Seneca Valley senior gets silver in national art competition

By Rachel Farkas
Cara Morgan plans to pursue a career in mathematics and accounting, but it’s her talent in the arts that has earned her national recognition. Morgan, …

Cranberry’s chief planner leaving for job with private firm

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry’s chief strategy officer is taking a consulting job with a township firm. John Trant Jr., of Mt. Lebanon will begin with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc. on April 1, where he will perform consulting work with municipal services and …

Teacher recognized for impact at Seneca Valley

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley Senior High School teacher Jim Lucot has made it his business to motivate students to do more. “These kids are all capable of …

Seneca Valley senior wants to introduce children to joy of running

By Rachel Farkas
Running laps might seem like punishment to some, but Seneca Valley senior Becky Paine wants to change the perception and get young students interested in …

Seneca Valley student earns third place in ‘Voice of Democracy’ contest

By Shawn Annarelli
Sydney Ziatek didn’t expect to go far in the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” competition. After all, she knew that thousands of students …

Zelienople sports facility gets a name

By Shawn Annarelli
The new sport court in Zelienople Park finally has a name — Northwest Savings Bank Sport Court. Northwest will donate $60,000 in $20,000 increments to Friends of the Park, which benefits the park, over a three-year period for naming rights. …

Cranberry park damaged by vandals, police say

By Bill Vidonic
Vandals caused more than $10,000 of damage at Graham Park in Cranberry sometime between Friday and Monday, police said. Someone damaged lighting in the park, several downspouts on buildings and a public bathroom. Items were thrown into the Boy Scouts …

Seneca Valley educator finalist for state award

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley Senior High School teacher Jim Lucot has made it his business to motivate students to do more. “These kids are all capable of …

Policy would add audio recording to Seneca Valley buses

By Rachel Farkas
When Seneca Valley School District buses get rolling, audio recorders could soon be rolling, too. The school board is moving ahead with adoption of a policy that would add audio recording to the district’s school bus video surveillance system. “It …

Seneca Valley grad enjoying successful two-sport career at W&J

By Jerry Clark
To say Washington & Jefferson’s Jenn Suder is making the most of her college experience would be an understatement. The junior diver recently was selected …

Engineering and consulting firm moving 100 employees to Pine

By Tory N. Parrish
An engineering and consulting firm is relocating about 100 employees from Franklin Park and Seven Fields offices to a consolidated office in Pine, the company said. “The new location will allow us not only to move all our staff into …

Toastmasters club helps members speak up

By Kelsey Shea
Don Michel used jokes, hand gestures and pop-culture references to tell a room full of Toastmasters about one of the most frightening days of his …

Zelienople pastry shop has been sweet retreat for 4 decades

By Kristy Locklin 8:40 p.m.
After indulging his sweet tooth at Carol’s Pastry Shop in Zelienople, Rodney Gasch brushes the crumbs from the front of his shirt. “Removing evidence,” he …

Briefs: Retirement workshop scheduled at Cranberry library

By Tribune-Review
Steven Bertolo, president of StevenBlake, Inc, will conduct an informative session at Cranberry Public Library on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m., with a repeat date slated on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. Some of the topics he will …

Butler has lowest unemployment rate in 7-county area

By Bill Vidonic
Verizon’s surprising announcement that it will slash 600 jobs in its Cranberry call center was a reminder to Butler County officials that even though unemployment …

Haine Middle School concept gets Cranberry’s approval

By Rachel Farkas
Some environmentally conscious fifth-graders from Seneca Valley are partnering with Cranberry to make residents aware of the connection between storm drains and clean drinking water. …

‘Fudge Ladies’ keep sweet Cranberry tradition alive since 1950

By Kristy Locklin
Even when Shirley Ann Mahr is the only one in her kitchen, she is never alone. A photograph of Elvesta Breckenridge, her best friend who …

Stint on State Board of Education helps shape Seneca Valley senior’s future

By Shawn Annarelli
Emily Clark’s two-year term as a student representative on Pennsylvania’s State Board of Education will end in May, but it might not be the last …

Youth dodgeball tournaments planned in Cranberry

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry Township will be holding two dodgeball tournaments for youth on co-ed teams in its municipal center gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Teams of 6 to 10 players, ages 12 to …

Cranberry company gets award for safety products

By Eric Heyl
It’s made out of sugarcane, but you don’t eat it. You wear it to protect your head. Cranberry-based MSA, which makes safety products for the …

Inaugural Celebration of Chocolate coming to Cranberry

By Kristy Locklin
New Year’s weight-loss resolutions will be put on hold this weekend when Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau hosts a Celebration of Chocolate. The inaugural event, held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, at the Pittsburgh Marriott North at …

Skies to quiet after ‘thundersnow’ rattles Western Pa.

By Tribune-Review
An overnight snowstorm turned into “thundersnow” Tuesday morning, shutting down a major thoroughfare for a short time and causing accidents across Western Pennsylvania. But the …