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Fox Chapel Presbyterian prepares for Harvest Fair

By Sharon Drake
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church will host its annual Harvest Fair this weekend. A preview sale will begin the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. …

State grant to boost O’Hara sewer project

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara officials are trying to nail down the last of the necessary easement agreements to move forward with the $4 million Saxonburg Boulevard sewerage project. When they do, work will begin with a boost from the state, which last week …

Halloween Spooktacular slated for Shady Side Academy

By Tawnya Panizzi
From spooky illusions and Irish tap to acrobatics and puppetry, the world’s stage comes alive this year at Shady Side Academy. In its ninth season, …

Nature a big part of Aspinwall park

By Tom Mcgee
As the grand opening for part of the Aspinwall Riverfront Park gets closer, the western part of the park is taking shape. That section is …

Borough solicitor appointed to fill position of Blawnox open records officer

By Tom Mcgee
The solicitor for Blawnox will now serve as the borough’s official open records officer. Council voted 6-0, with council President Deborah Laskey absent, to appoint …

Completing survey can help secure money for water meters in Blawnox

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox needs help from its residents to secure a grant for new water meters in the borough. The borough will include a survey with third-quarter water bills sent to 150 homes. The survey asks for household income information and is …

O’Hara man plans opening bash for Blawnox business

By Sharon Drake
Matt Mitsch and his mother, Rose, are expanding their business. Rose’s Notary along Route 8 in Shaler is branching out to a second site in …

Maintenance building plan in Indiana Twp. gets grant funding boost

By Sharon Drake
The proposal to build a new roads and maintenance building in Indiana Township got a jump start with a $250,000 grant from the Community Finance Authority. Municipal funds will be used along with the state grant money, Indiana Township manager …

Bridge repairs to close portion of Old Freeport Road in O’Hara

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who use Old Freeport Road in O’Hara to cut around traffic on the nearby main road won’t be able to do so for several …

Dorseyville Road work done early

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who travel along Dorseyville Road in Indiana Township were treated to a nice surprise this week when construction zones along one stretch were opened three weeks early. The Allegheny County Department of Public Works closed a portion of the …

Hartwood Fest to raise money to repair stables, organ

By Tawnya Panizzi
Charlene Campbell remembers visiting Hartwood Mansion for elementary school field trips and riding horses as a young adult with friends through Hartwood Acres Park, which …

RIDC trail plan takes step forward

By Tawnya Panizzi
It was a matter of baby steps, but a proposed walking trail through RIDC Park in O’Hara finally is expected to move forward this fall. …

Volunteers gear up for Heritage Day in Sharpsburg

By Tawnya Panizzi
If the bratwurst and beer aren’t enough to entice you, maybe the sausage and stuffed cabbages will get you to St. Juan Diego Parish’s third …

Fox Chapel Area homecoming to feature football, carnival, tight parking

By Tawnya Panizzi
Between carnival games and construction, parking will be especially tight for Friday’s homecoming game at Fox Chapel Area High School. Football fans are asked to …

Animal Friends suggests trap, release program for Sharpsburg stray cats

By Tom Mcgee
Representatives from Animal Friends want Sharpsburg to consider continuing its trap, neuter and release program when dealing with cats in the borough. After Sharpsburg officials discussed hiring a firm to catch stray cats in the borough, which could lead to …

Wolves return a Sharpsburg success story

By Tom Mcgee
The Sharpsburg Wolves comeback will continue after the squad’s first tournament this past weekend. The team from Sharpsburg finished 1-3 in the Basketball Stars of …

Waterplant upgrades get Sharpsburg Council OK

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg’s water plant will get $22,459 worth of upgrades. Officials approved the work by Industrial Systems and Control for the plant last week. Councilman Anthony Sacco, who oversees the public works committee, said the work is needed. “I’d like to …

Sharpsburg fills board vacancies

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials have made appointments to two borough boards. Art Barbus and Matthew Brudnock were named to the zoning hearing board and Andrew Sabo was named to the planning commission. Before making the three appointments last week, borough officials accepted …

Fox Chapel Area receives grant; seeks partner school to mentor

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Area School District is doing something right, and the state wants them to share it. The district was awarded a $50,000 grant through Gov. Tom Corbett’s pilot Mentoring Grant Program to increase student achievement at a low-performing school …

Fox Chapel teen wins $25K scholarship in Google Science Fair

By Megha Satyanarayana
A sophomore at Fox Chapel High School said Tuesday he was humbled that his fruit fly-inspired robots won top honors and a sizable scholarship at …

From Aspinwall to New Kensington, free shuttle offers rides to some UPMC facilities

By Tawnya Panizzi
The best medical care in the world won’t help if a patient can’t get to it. St. Margaret Foundation President Mary Lee Gannon said that …

Aspinwall seeks funds to begin Brilliant Avenue intersection work

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials hope to start designing the Brilliant Avenue intersection alignment by the end of the year. Officials plan to realign Brilliant Avenue with the entrance to Aspinwall Riverfront Park to improve safety at the park entrance. Borough manager  Melissa …

Sharpsburg hoopsters bringing back Wolves name

By Tom Mcgee
After a 44-year absence, a team with the Sharpsburg Wolves name will take the court. Participants in Sharpsburg’s weekly basketball clinic will participate in the …

Single-lane nighttime closures to start on Route 28, near RIDC Park

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who travel Route 28 near RIDC Park in O’Hara will have to muddle through single-lane nighttime closures through November. A road project was expected to start this week near the Alpha Drive Bridge that spans Route 28 and connects …

Fee to rent Fireman’s Park in Aspinwall could increase

By Tom Mcgee
Applications for using two of Aspinwall’s parks could soon be updated. Councilman Joe Warren said he is finalizing a proposal that would update the process …

Demolition of Aspinwall salt shed starts, new facility will be built

By Tom Mcgee
Work is progressing at Aspinwall’s public works area off of Freeport Road. Borough manager Melissa Lang said building demolition is under way and the construction of a new salt shed and storage facility will be the next step. The project …

Portion of Dorseyville Road closed for 3 weeks

By Tawnya Panizzi
Dorseyville Road in Indiana Township will be closed the next three weeks while repairs are made to a bridge near the Duquesne Light Power Plant. …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Overnight lane closures planned for Rt. 28 in O’Hara

By Tribune-Review
Overnight single lane closures on Route 28 will begin in both directions Monday while crews work on a shoulder improvement project, PennDOT officials said. The $2.35 million project in O’Hara will force single lane closures from Fox Chapel Road exit …

St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara car, craft show to benefit Knights of Columbus

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Rev. Thom Miller invites residents of the Lower Valley to cruise into fall fun Sept. 27 at St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara. The church …

Providing children with school supplies ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fox Chapel

By Tawnya Panizzi
Jane Bittcher knows what it takes to make the grade and she wants to share it with the less fortunate. In the social hall at …

Aspinwall school feels like comfortable fit for principal

By Tawnya Panizzi
Trotting through the halls at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, Mark Grgurich has covered plenty of ground in his first two weeks as principal …

Sharpsburg delays vote on stray cat ordinance

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg leaders will take more time before finalizing rules to reduce the number of stray cats wandering borough streets. Council held off on advertising an ordinance that would outlaw people from harboring or feeding stray cats along with a contract …

Trees to be trimmed before Aspinwall holiday event

By Tom Mcgee
Tree trimming and removal will be completed before Aspinwall’s holiday celebration. Ann Pawlikowski, chairwoman of the borough’s environmental committee, said any trees that need to be trimmed in the business district will be completed before Nov. 12. Any removals also …

Aspinwall woman helps make Harvest Fair a popular event

By Sharon Drake
Anne Stone works every day preparing for the Harvest Fair, set for Oct. 3 and 4. Stone, 50, of Aspinwall, is committed to the White …

School district support staff ink new deal with Fox Chapel

By Tawnya Panizzi
The Fox Chapel Area School Board on Monday night approved a new contract with the district’s support staff. The five-year deal comes with an average annual raise of 2.98 percent for the 94 members of the Fox Chapel Area Education …

Shady Side Academy graduate remembers teacher with memorial scholarship

By Tawnya Panizzi
It wasn’t enough for Shady Side Academy alumnus Nick Coslov to bid farewell to a beloved English teacher who died last month. Coslov memorialized longtime …

Scarecrows wanted to draw attention to Boyd Community Center’s fall event

By Tawnya Panizzi
It’s time to start stuffing the fall calendars with fun, and Boyd Community Center is leading the charge. Residents are invited to dig out their …

Grants to help cover Blawnox water tank improvement costs

By Tom Mcgee
Blawnox officials are planning several improvements for the borough water tank. Borough engineer Gordon Taylor, of Senate Engineering, said bids will be sought soon for exterior painting for the water tank. That project will be funded partially through a state …