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Fresh in Fox Chapel: Farm market offers plenty

By Tawnya Panizzi
Vine-ripened blackberries make their debut next week at the Fox Chapel farm market, joining fresh-picked strawberries, locally harvested honey and organic cheese available for purchase. “The ...

Blawnox reaches deal with firm for services through end of year

By Bobby Cherry
Blawnox will pay a third-party firm $39,000 through the end of the year to continue with consulting services and other duties in the borough. Council members approved the contract last week by a 4-2 vote. Members Deborah Laskey, Randall Stoddard, Patricia ...

Fox Chapel library program teaches children challenges astronauts face

By Tawnya Panizzi
Children who attended Cooper-Siegel Community Library’s “Spacewalking” program last week brought the right stuff to class. The hourlong session presented by the Carnegie Science Center required ...

Free Rides for Seniors expands service in Aspinwall, Blawnox and Sharpsburg

By Tawnya Panizzi
Sharpsburg Towers resident Audrey Clark said she “thanks the good Lord every day” for free shuttle service provided for Lower Valley senior citizens. A minivan, funded ...

Indiana Township plans to address Cedar Run Road drainage

By Tawnya Panizzi
Indiana Township received $80,000 through the Allegheny County Conservation District to enhance a portion of Cedar Run Road and keep sediment from running into the nearby stream. The money will be used to address drainage issues along the dirt road off ...

Fox Chapel grad, songwriter teams with Lou Christie on latest song

By Tawnya Panizzi
It might take just two words — Pep’s Drive-In — from songwriter Greg Scharpf to transport listeners of his newest release back to the 1960s ...

Fox Chapel Road to close June 30

By Bobby Cherry
A portion of Fox Chapel Road will close June 30 as crews replace a bridge. Fox Chapel Road between Squaw Run Road and Salamander Park closes Tuesday, forcing about 16,000 drivers to find an alternative route, said Allegheny County Public Works ...

Three arrested after drugs found in O’Hara traffic stop

By Michael Hasch
Three people – two of them from Elk County – were arrested on a variety of charges on Friday following a traffic stop along Route 28 in O’Hara, state police said. Troopers pulled a vehicle over at 4:06 p.m. and found ...

Fox Chapel, Camp Guyasuta events canceled June 27

By Tawnya Panizzi
Heavy rain forecasted for Saturday, June 27, has forced some events in the Lower Valley to be canceled. Fox Chapel Borough officials canceled a trail-building event that had been scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27, along Squaw Run Road East ...

Sharpsburg councilman says feeding geese an issue at James Sharp Landing

By Bobby Cherry
Those who feed the wildlife at the James Sharp Landing in Sharpsburg, beware: You might end up being fined. Sharpsburg Councilman Greg Domian said he wants ...

Neighbor: Making backyards bug free a business for Fox Chapel woman

By Sharon Drake
From corporate lending to ridding backyards of insects, Joanne Patterson is buzzing about her new line of work. The Fox Chapel resident helps homeowners rid their property of creeping, dive bombing, destructive insects through her Mosquito Joe franchise. “It lets people have ...

Photo gallery: Fox Chapel library summer camp blends Legos, robots

By Kristina Serafini
As part of a summer camp offered at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel, students last week learned to program robots using the Lego ...

Aspinwall residents can get rewarded for recycling

By Tawnya Panizzi
Aspinwall residents who bump up recycling efforts will be rewarded through the borough’s new garbage contract with Waste Management. Beginning July 1, residents can join Recyclebank — a program that encourages increased recycling through rewards for products and services. “Council decided to ...

Fox Chapel Area school lunch prices going up

By Bobby Cherry
Lunch prices in the Fox Chapel Area School District are on the rise. Secondary students will pay $2.60 and elementary students will pay $2.30 daily for lunch. The cost reflects a 25-cent increase for secondary lunch and a 10-cent increase for ...

Fox Chapel seeks volunteers to clear way for trail section

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel Parks Commission is looking for volunteers to help clear a one-mile stretch of trail along Squaw Run Road East. It will be the final leg of a walking path that winds from Beechwood Farms along Dorseyville Road in Fox ...

Shady Side Junior campus gears up for concert series

By Tawnya Panizzi
Shady Side Academy 2015 graduate Caris Gagnon made her solo singing debut at age 7 with her church choir and was hooked. “One of the aspects of music I value most is the words I am singing. As long as I ...

O’Hara woman makes jewelry her business

By Sharon Drake
Healing, happiness, satisfaction — feelings can be solid in many ways. For entrepreneur Elena Michele Baseman, 28, of O’Hara, the jewelry she makes offers those three ...

Speeding drivers cause safety concern in Aspinwall

By Bobby Cherry
Tammy Edmondston’s family dog was killed three weeks ago by a driver on her Aspinwall street, and she’s hoping borough leaders can curb what she says are speeding drivers using the road as an alternate way to Route 28. “That just ...

Pittsburgh botanic tour explores gardens of Fox Chapel, Aspinwall

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
When Margaret “Peggy” Douglass and her husband, Jim, were in the process of moving to Pittsburgh from their native Texas, they went house-shopping and toured ...

Tour to show variety of Fox Chapel, Aspinwall gardens

By Bobby Cherry
A garden tour across some Lower Valley neighborhoods will showcase backyard spaces — from urban to expansive oases. Carolyn Haas’ Aspinwall garden is one of 14 on the June 28 Town and Country tour, which benefits the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in ...

Cherry: Newspaper thrives on readers’ input

By Bobby Cherry
Next week marks three months since I’ve been part of The Herald. Though, an asterisk is needed next to that line because I was out on a medical leave for a little more than four weeks beginning late March. In the time ...

Indiana Township church upgrades aim to attract new families

By Tawnya Panizzi
From a paint job to an electronic message board, Trinity United Church of Christ in Indiana Township is hoping upgrades will help attract younger families. “Like ...

Fox Chapel Area budget keeps tax rate steady

By Bobby Cherry
Property owners within the Fox Chapel Area School District won’t be paying more in property taxes next year. School board members Monday night voted, 8-0, to approve the district’s $99 million budget with no tax hike. Member Eric Schmidt was absent. No ...

Police say residents helped identify man accused of Sharpsburg theft

By Tawnya Panizzi
A Lawrenceville man last week waived to court charges that he stole a woman’s mobility scooter, which was in a van parked along a Sharpsburg street. Robert Gizler, 20, of 44th Street, is charged with theft, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property ...

Blawnox church’s book club sheds light on Catholic classics

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara resident Eugene Ginchereau jokes that he started a Catholic Classics book club to cross off the titles he was assigned to read as a student at Villanova University but never did. “I thought it would be a good way to ...

O’Hara fire department wish granted; emergency vehicle can be painted red

By Tawnya Panizzi
For Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Ed Michalowski, having a fleet of red vehicles is “a pride thing.” The O’Hara-based volunteer fire department got its wish to paint a special operations vehicle red, stripping away the township-issued colors of green and white. ...

Grant to encourage creative learning at Fox Chapel Area school

By Tawnya Panizzi
A $20,000 grant from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will encourage creative and purposeful learning in Kerr Elementary students, according to some Fox Chapel Area School District teachers. “Students will be given a problem and will use team work and collaboration to ...

Sharpsburg scooter theft charges waived to court

By Tawnya Panizzi
A Lawrenceville man on Wednesday waived to court charges that he stole a woman’s mobility scooter, which was in a van parked along a Sharpsburg street. Robert Gizler, 20, of 44th Street, is charged with theft, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property ...

‘Trip Oliver’ to appear on ballot for Aspinwall council

By Adam Brandolph
Joseph Wood Oliver III will appear on the general election ballot for Aspinwall council in November as “Trip Oliver” because the nickname is a derivative of the Roman numeral in his name, an Allegheny County judge ruled Tuesday. “I don’t see ...

Sharpsburg man on trial on charges of killing aunt’s fiance during robbery

By Adam Brandolph
Michael Lapaglia circled his aunt’s house in Kennedy, parked down the street and told his girlfriend to leave if he wasn’t back in 20 minutes. Prosecutors ...

Community yard sales planned for Aspinwall, Blawnox

By Bobby Cherry
A Blawnox resident’s junk could be your treasure. From old records and movies to Christmas decorations and more, some families across Blawnox likely will spend some time over the next few weeks sorting through boxes and bedrooms declutting in an effort ...

‘Trip Oliver’ to appear on ballot for Aspinwall council

By Adam Brandolph
Joseph Wood Oliver III will appear on the general election ballot for Aspinwall council in November as “Trip Oliver” because the nickname is a derivative of the Roman numeral in his name, an Allegheny County judge ruled Tuesday. “I don’t see ...

Aspinwall write-in candidates await word of who’s on ballot

By Bobby Cherry
While there’s publicly still no word on whose names might appear on the ballot in November for three vacant Aspinwall council seats, 22 residents received at least the minimum number of votes required to be considered. “I don’t have a timeline ...

O’Hara park upgrades to start with resurfacing tennis courts

By Tawnya Panizzi
The first round of a decade-long plan to upgrade O’Hara parks will kick off this summer with the resurfacing of the Squaw Valley tennis courts. Council in this year’s budget approved spending a total $95,000 over 10 years, to keep playing ...

‘Zip and Dip’ days planned at Boy Scouts camp in O’Hara

By Tawnya Panizzi
Imagine flying 13 stories high above Route 28 and the Lower Valley. On four days this summer, thrill seekers will have a chance at the 175-acre Camp Guyasuta in O’Hara. “When you’re going 1,000 feet across the valley, looking down at Route ...

Bear sightings prompt Fox Chapel police to alert residents

By Tawnya Panizzi
A black bear is making its way through the Lower Valley, and officials are advising residents to keep away. On June 8, the bear was spotted near Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara, Fox Chapel police Chief David Laux said. His department sent ...

Drake: Fox Chapel Area student chosen as National American Miss finalist

By Sharon Drake
Just finishing her seventh-grade year at Dorseyville Middle School, Brooke Krally added a goal this summer to polish her public speaking skills. She’ll do so for ...

Photos: Library group visits O’Hara museum

By Kristina Serafini
Participants from the Cooper-Siegel Community Library toured the Bayernhof Music Museum in O’Hara Township on June 2. The tour was part of the group’s plan ...

O’Hara council approves Meadow Park plan; lights nixed

By Tawnya Panizzi
Upgrades to a ball field at Meadow Park in O’Hara will move forward despite some residents’ concerns. The park project includes $200,000 worth of improvements, including bleachers and adding a concession stand. Township council members last week voted 6-0 to commit $50,000 ...