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Teens elevate Western Pa. communities with Eagle Scout projects

By Aaron Aupperlee
Neeko and Cezar — 1-year-old German Shepherds with the Ross Police Department — bounded over walls, through windows and up steps. Their handlers shouted commands, in Dutch for Neeko, German for Cezar. “Los,” Officer Don Sypolt said, and Neeko dropped his ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Generous Leechburg boy receives Christmas surprise from secret Santa

By Braden Ashe 7:35 a.m.
It was two Sundays before Christmas and all through Angie King’s Leechburg house, not a creature was stirring — not even their two dogs and cat. Then, all of a sudden, there arose such a clatter that King’s son, Josh, went ...

Your Carlynton News

Carnegie church brightens Christmas with free meals

By Dona Dreeland
Joyce and David Corkery on Christmas Day will help cook for dozens of people, delivering meals and cheer to people who are alone through an outreach effort at their Carnegie church. They are two of many volunteers involved in providing a ...

Your Cranberry News

Mars Area board appoints Adams woman to fill seat of Jane Dunn

By Tribune-Review
The Mars Area School Board Tuesday night appointed Cynthia Yeager to the vacancy left by Jane Dunn. Yeager served on the board from 1992-2008. “I am happy to see that Ms. Yeager was willing to accept the opening left by ...

Your FoxChapel News

O’Hara woman pens book; tells story of more than 30 years teaching

By Tom McGee
A former substitute teacher for the Fox Chapel Area School District recalls some of her fondest memories in a new book. Carolyn Wilson of O’Hara has released “Lies I Have Been Told” through Edgewood Press. Copies are on sale at Mystery ...

Your Hempfield News

Westmoreland County judge denies appeal of convicted wife killer

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence presented during a weeklong trial in June to support the conviction of a Hempfield man for killing his wife in February 2012. In a two-page opinion, Judge Rita Hathaway denied the ...

Your Latrobe News

Judge dismisses Latrobe man’s appeal in ’08 strangulation

By Rich Cholodofsky
Allegations raised in the appeal of a Latrobe drug dealer’s 2009 conviction for first-degree murder were called “ludicrous” in a court opinion released Wednesday. Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio denied the hand-crafted appeal of Jay Jones Baird, 35, who was found ...

Your McKeesport News

Polka musician ‘Mr. December’ bringing his fiddle to McKeesport lodge

By Eric Slagle
If you’ve gone to a local polka or international music show in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen John Huchrowski playing violin. Huchrowski took up the violin — or as he calls it, fiddle — in 1934, and ...

Your Monroeville News

Moss Side Middle School gym class waltzes into tips on able manners

By Gideon Bradshaw
Ballroom dancing is not usually among the things that come to mind when we look back at sixth-grade gym class. But about 250 students at Moss Side Middle School will remember the second quarter of this year for the time they ...

Your Mon Valley News

Ringgold agrees to stay under Pa. tax limit

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School Board won’t begin discussions on its 2015-16 budget until sometime next year. But one thing the spending plan won’t include is a significant tax increase, even as the district works toward construction of a middle school. In a resolution ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Scribe opens eyes to another historical Mt. Pleasant-area passage

By A.J. Panian
Consider it the untold tale of Mt. Pleasant’s other historical trail. Handed down for generations has been the story of Braddock’s Road and its local role in early colonial lore. …

Your Murrysville News

Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls

By Patrick Varine
You know a guy is into trains when his grandson calls him “Choo Choo Pap.” Though they know he loves trains, Tom Marucci’s grandchildren might not know is that he and twin brother Frank Marucci have been building them since the ...

Your North Hills News

North Hills principal aims to make world ‘a better place’

By Bill Zlatos
When he was a high school freshman in Lancaster County, John Kreider took a seventh-grader under his wing. The boy didn’t believe in himself, and it was showing in his wrestling. Kreider boosted his confidence, and the boy became a winning ...

Your Norwin News

Local experts share holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list

By Staff Writers
Holiday shoppers, your days are numbered. With only seven days left before Christmas, time is of the essence. But don’t worry. Although others might panic and buy indiscriminately, we’ll help you exhibit grace under pressure while you select useful gifts for everyone ...

Your Penn Hills News

Son charged in dismemberment death of mother, stepfather in Penn Hills

By Margaret Harding
A man with a history of mental illness who recently attacked his sister and father turned on his mother and stepfather, stabbing them, dismembering them, and stuffing their body parts into garbage cans in their Penn Hills home, police said ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Sunoco mistakenly puts part of pipeline on Penn Township land

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are threatening litigation against Sunoco Logistics because the company installed a tiny section of a major pipeline on township property without their permission. Township Solicitor Les Mlakar said he might go so far as to request a court ...

Your Plum News

Plum Boy Scout troop has decorated VA trees for a decade

By Karen Zapf
Kristy Coie makes sure each Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend that she has juice, milk and donuts ready for some visitors to the Pittsburgh VA’s University Drive hospital in Oakland. Coie, volunteer services specialist, knows that the visitors — members of ...

Your Sewickley News

Retiring official taking love of Leetsdale with her

By Bobby Cherry
Leetsdale residents with questions about community programs, their streets or taxes over the last 23 years likely saw or talked first with Elizabeth Petalino. But the borough secretary and treasurer familiar to many won’t be there after Friday. Petalino, 68, of ...

Your South Hills News

Grant will help pay for school resource officer at Pleasant Hills schools

By Dona S. Dreeland
A school resource officer will make the halls of Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary part of a beat next year. The officer would assist principals in working with anti-bullying programs and informational activities regarding social media. During the summer ...

Your Twin Boros News

Be a Santa to a Senior delivers joy to nursing home residents in Oakmont

By Jodi Weigand
It appears Santa, in the form of dozens of anonymous donors, has been especially generous to some senior citizens this year. Tuesday, the approximately 80 residents at Oakmont Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation received gifts donated through the Be a Santa ...