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$24M water filter project at Aspinwall treatment plant nears kickoff

By Bob Bauder
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is set to begin a $24 million filter rehabilitation at its water treatment plant near Aspinwall. PWSA board members …

Native plant center at Audubon Society site in Fox Chapel to benefit from $12K grant

By Tawnya Panizzi
Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Bonner said it makes perfect sense to spruce up the native plant center at Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel with …

State grant could give O’Hara sewer project $100K boost

By Tawnya Panizzi
O’Hara Township is in line to get $100,000 from the state to help pay for a major sewer project along Saxonburg Boulevard. The money would come from the state’s Gaming Economic Development Fund, made available through the Redevelopment Authority of …

Assessment appeals cost Sharpsburg money

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials will start their budget process in October but Councilman Matthew Rudzki warned that the borough could have a challenge. The borough’s tax base has dropped to $115.2 million, from $120.5 million last year. That has meant about $35,000 …

Sharpsburg library makes funding goal

By Tom Mcgee
A last call for donations has closed the fundraising gap for the Sharpsburg Community Library. Borough officials announced earlier this month that $9,000 was needed …

Lack of parking spots leaves Sharpsburg residents seeking help

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg leaders hope to work with local businesses to alleviate parking problems on Middle Street. Annette Schneider said on-street parking problems have escalated, especially in the 1600 and 1700 blocks on Middle Street. “If I go shopping and come back …

Saxonburg Boulevard work to impact 10,000 drivers daily

By Tawnya Panizzi
Plans for a long-term closure along Saxonburg Boulevard will be on display at the O’Hara municipal building for 30 days. Work includes Penn-DOT‘s reconstruction of …

Linden Gym upgrades in Sharpsburg’s sight

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials hope to make some improvements to Linden Gymnasium. The site, which is owned by Sharpsburg, hosts the borough’s weekly basketball clinic and other community events. Councilman Greg Domian, who runs the clinics, said while the floor of the …

Fox Chapel Area Rotary golf event benefits local charities

By Tawnya Panizzi
St. Margaret Foundation President Mary Lee Gannon said the group’s Free Rides for Seniors is a game-changer for some senior citizens. The bus that transports …

Boy pulled from Fox Chapel Golf Club swimming pool revived

By Michael Hasch
An 8-year-old boy was revived after being pulled from the water Wednesday evening at the Fox Chapel Golf Club swimming pool, police said. Paramedics and officers called at 8:35 p.m. When they arrived, officers said, CPR was in progress, but …

St. Scholastica’s campers find helping others rewarding experience

By Tawnya Panizzi
Dorseyville Middle School eighth-grader Marley Hill spent her week painting homes for people she didn’t know, while friend Ellen Pil baked cookies for people she’d …

Sharpsburg firefighters seek update list of office building tenants

By Tom Mcgee
The Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department wants to be sure it has an updated list of tenants for office buildings in the borough. Councilman Lou Costanzo, who also serves as the fire chief, said when he receives fire calls the department …

Aspinwall seeks to solve Center Avenue traffic issues

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials are trying to work quickly to find a solution to traffic problems along Center Avenue. After a resident expressed worry last month that …

Officials in Aspinwall take steps to improve borough sign shortage

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials are taking the next steps in improving directional signs in the borough. Borough manager Melissa Lang said members of the Aspinwall’s planning committee and those involved in the Allegheny Together program will meet to determine how to move …

Shady Side Academy day camp draws from throughout region

By Tawnya Panizzi
Isabel Brunner kicked a soccer ball across the grassy quad at Shady Side Academy, pretending to compete in the FIFA World Cup Championship. She celebrated …

Gaming money could help Indiana Township build public works garage

By Tawnya Panizzi
Plans for a new $1.2 million public works garage in Indiana Township just received a boost. The township got tentative approval of a $250,000 grant through the state’s Gaming Economic Development Fund, funneled through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. …

Aspinwall officials consider additional parking lot lighting

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall leaders are considering increased lighting in the borough parking lot off of Freeport Road. The borough will have a demonstration of brighter LED lights in the parking lot and determine if it wants to move forward. The increased light …

Aspinwall native in CLO’s production of ‘Cats’

By Tawnya Panizzi
Prowling around on stage at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center feels natural for Chicago-based actor Lucas Fedele. The Aspinwall native, 25, fell in love with musical theater …

Aspinwall resident enjoys cooking up a good time

By Sharon Drake
Erin Connolly has come a long way in six years. Since opening her restaurant in Aspinwall, her eatery is moving in all directions, literally and …

Shady Side Academy Middle School labs get overhauled

By Tawnya Panizzi
Summer upgrades to Shady Side Academy Middle School science labs are aimed at providing improved space for hands-on student investigations. Contractors have gutted the sixth- …

Blind intersection a concern in Aspinwall

By Tom Mcgee
Aspinwall officials will look at how to address reports of traffic problems along Center Avenue, near Ninth Street. Tina Mourra, a resident of nearby Virginia Avenue Ext., last week told council that she nearly had a car accident near the …

Sharpsburg agrees to match up to $4,500 for library expansion project

By Tom Mcgee
The expansion of the Sharpsburg Community Library is set to begin this month, and the project could get some last-minute help from the borough. Sharpsburg officials have agreed the borough will match any donations up to $4,500 for the project. …

Market at Hartwood Acres to offer fresh produce and variety of other items

By Tawnya Panizzi
Shoppers can peruse produce, antiques and vintage clothing with scenic Hartwood Acres as the backdrop during a new community event at the Allegheny County park. The Market at Hartwood runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of …

Effort continues to crack down on blight in Sharpsburg

By Tom Mcgee
Sharpsburg officials will continue to do their best in an effort to track down owners of abandoned properties, and the borough might try to buy one such structure. Council President Karen Pastor said the borough has been getting complaints from …

Annual Trail Fest hits Hartwood Acres, Boyce and North parks this month

By Deborah Deasy
Bring sturdy footwear and lightly colored clothes for the ninth annual Trail Fest. The three-day event — a smorgasbord of guided hikes, runs and mountain …

Some Aspinwall residents request road repairs

By Tom Mcgee
Residents on Knollwood Drive in Aspinwall could know by next month if conditions on their street will improve. The street has numerous potholes, which have …

Sharpsburg to require notice from speakers

By Staff Report
People who want to speak during Sharpsburg Council meetings soon will have to give officials 72 hours’ notice. Council President Karen Pastor said that will give officials more time to research issues residents might bring up and come better prepared. …

Rock slide cleanup to cause traffic delays along Route 28

By Tawnya Panizzi
Motorists who use the Route 910 on-ramp along Route 28 between Indiana and Harmar townships will be limited to a single lane of traffic for …

Massive yard sale stated this weekend at UPMC St. Margaret near Aspinwall

By Tawnya Panizzi
It’s not the typical yard sale with items strewn across a front lawn. Instead, this one will be hosted by UPMC St. Margaret with likely …

Fair Play event in Indiana Twp. benefits Emma Bursick Memorial Fund

By Sharon Drake
This Saturday’s festival Fair Play is a labor of love in memory of Emma Bursick. The sixth annual family festival has scheduled a funfest of …

Search continues in Allegheny River for missing man

By Braden Ashe
Rescuers responded to two false reports of a body in the Allegheny River on Sunday as a man believed to have drowned in the river remained missing. O’Hara police have yet to identify the 74-year-old man who witnesses said was …

Vote on new O’Hara community center expected in August

By Tawnya Panizzi
Years of fundraising and planning for a new community center to serve the Lower Valley will come down to an O’Hara Council vote in August. …

O’Hara man completes trek from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.

By Tom Mcgee
Since he was 10 years old, Bill Hendricks has enjoyed walking to learn more about his surroundings. A lifelong dream of his came true last …

Childhood memory leads to Aspinwall man’s 3rd novel

By Tom Mcgee
The idea for Philip Beard’s third novel came from a moment when he was a young boy. While waiting for a bus in downtown Pittsburgh, …

O’Hara Community Swim Club event raises money to help LiveLikeLou battle ALS

By Tawnya Panizzi
Avid swimmer Maria DeMotte spends much of her summer in the water at Community Swim Club. Last weekend, she did so with a purpose. Maria, …

Aspinwall event keeps boy’s memory alive

By Tom Mcgee
The memory of an Aspinwall boy is being kept alive in his community. The first ElijahFest 5K and Field Day is set for July 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Ben Killian Ball Fields in Aspinwall. The …

Dog owners not abiding by Indiana Twp. park rules

By Tawnya Panizzi
There are dog-related problems in Indiana Township parks, but the animals appear to be less of an issue than disobedient owners. Township manager Dan Anderson said people are not following park guidelines that require dogs to be on a leash …

Grassroots effort trying to build skatepark in Sharpsburg

By Bethany Hofstetter
An art class assignment at Shaler Area High School has turned into a community initiative in Sharpsburg, thanks to the grass-roots efforts of community residents. …

O’Hara woman shares special dishes at farmers market

By Sharon Drake
Pat Santarcangelo shares her talents each week at the farmers market at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel. Santarcangelo, 75, of O’Hara, sells homemade pasta …