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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 ...

Franklin Regional works to boost auto call system participation

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School District officials would like to get their new automated call system up and running at peak efficiency, but for that to happen, more than half of the district’s high school students still need to supply information for ...

Murrysville Medic One named Agency of the Year

By Patrick Varine
Fellow emergency responders have named Murrysville Medic One as the state’s Agency of the Year. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, state Bureau of EMS and Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council honored Medic One at the 2014 Pennsylvania State EMS Awards, held ...

Donors help Delmont-based food bank rebound

By Patrick Varine
Westmoreland County Food Bank officials were thankful last month for donations from the public, a funding stream which they are relying on more and more. After a shortage of supplies forced food bank officials to dip into their Christmas stock to ...

Murrysville’s Jenkins starts recording EP

By Patrick Varine
Hannah Jenkins didn’t expect to be a recording artist by her sophomore year of college, and she was even more surprised to discover that she’d ...

Family does what it can to care for Murrysville graveyard

By Patrick Varine
When William Kistler of Leechburg stopped by Sardis Cemetery to visit the graves of his parents and grandparents shortly after Veterans Day, he was shocked ...

Municipal hours, trash service affected by holidays

By Tribune-Review
Municipal holiday closures in the Star’s coverage area will be as follows over the next two weeks: • Murrysville and Delmont municipal offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. There will be a one-day delay in trash and recycling ...

Brooks to help Wolf take office

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks is a relatively rare bird: a Republican on a gubernatorial transition team full of Democrats. Brooks was tapped as one of 11 ...

Murrysville chief administrator updated on pipeline projects

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville chief administrator Jim Morrison came away from his most recent meeting with Sunoco Logistics representatives saying he’s satisfied with how their plan to install a transmission pipeline in the area are progressing. “I think they’ve done a very good ...

Murrysville seeks volunteers for boards, committees

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville officials are looking for members of the community to serve on municipal boards and committees. There currently are 25 vacancies among the municipality’s 11 boards ...

Export, Delmont hold line on taxes for 2015

By Patrick Varine
Officials in both Delmont and Export approved their 2015 budgets without tax increases on Tuesday night. Delmont Council unanimously approved a $1.19 million budget that carries over about $191,000 from the borough’s 2014 general fund. Export officials voted 6-0 — with Councilman ...

Westmoreland woman recounts how scammer took her for $50K

By Patrick Varine
(Editor’s note: The names of people contacted or victimized as part of a telephone scam have been omitted from this story.) When a Westmoreland County woman joined Facebook in 2009, she had no idea about things such as privacy ...

Murrysville’s Night of Lights will alter Friday bus service

By Tribune-Review
Westmoreland Transit officials announced this week that there will be no bus service along Old William Penn Highway for a brief period of time on Friday, due to the annual Murrysville “Night of Lights” celebration. There will be no service between ...

Franklin Regional announces holiday concert schedule

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional officials announced two upcoming holiday band concerts. The shows are: • Dec. 10: Sixth-grade band and wind ensemble concert, 7 p.m. • Dec. 11: Seventh- and eighth-grade band concert, 7 p.m. Both will take place in the Franklin Regional Middle ...

Export council reschedules Dec. meeting

By Tribune-Review
Export Borough Council has rescheduled its regular December council meeting, according to borough secretary Tonia Waryas. Council will meet Dec. 9, 7 p.m. in the Export Fire Hall on Washington Avenue, instead of its regular meeting location at the Export American ...

Murrysville woman charged with stealing from scholarship established in memory of Plum football player

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville woman is charged with stealing money from a scholarship fund established in memory of her former classmate, Plum football player Jeff Boynton. Rachelle Dever, 54, is charged with access-device fraud and theft by unlawful taking. She is accused of ...

Murrysville athlete runs obstacle course for charity — 7 times

By Patrick Varine
Most people would balk at the idea of making their way through the physical crucible of a Tough Mudder obstacle course. Matthew Scoletti didn’t balk — ...

Murrysville could abandon sinking Twin Oaks Drive

By Patrick Varine
After an engineer told them that Twin Oaks Drive isn’t going to stop moving anytime soon, Murrysville officials are considering abandoning of the collapsed section ...

Murrysville accepts Sardis Park

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville is getting a new park, and a new recreation director will be tasked with bringing it into the fold. Murrysville council voted unanimously last week to start the process of taking on Sardis Park, a 10-acre parcel in northern Murrysville. ...

Home sale tied up with approval of Pucketa Watershed sewer

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville couple is hoping to move one step closer this week to their goal of connecting their Pucketa Watershed home with a public sewer system. Jim Copal and his wife, who live on the 5000 block of Greensburg Road in ...

Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration

By Jason Mackey
Walking along Park Avenue in New York City, Steve Mears spots a restaurant he wanted to try. It’s called Hillstone. He heard Rangers goaltender Henrik ...

Delmont Public Library’s story time to feature critters

By Patrick Varine 9:26 p.m.
Who wants to hold a giant hairy spider? Any fourth-grader who does will have a chance Nov. 25, when the Delmont Public Library hosts “Critters & ...

Murrysville officials debate who should pay for sewer logistics

By Patrick Varine 9:26 p.m.
It might cost between $25,000 and $50,000 to incorporate about 35 Murrysville properties into the sewage plans of the Municipal Authority of Washington Township, and Murrysville officials say a different sewage authority should foot the bill for that work. Located in ...

Franklin Regional takes top Calcu-Solve individual, team honors

By Tribune-Review 9:27 p.m.
Franklin Regional students took the top three individual honors and top two team honors during a Calcu-Solve event hosted by Derry Area chapter of the ...

Murrysville homeowners seek help for Claridge Road runoff woes

By Patrick Varine 9:26 p.m.
Several Claridge Road residents want something done about their storm-water runoff problems, but municipal and state officials are pointing fingers at each other when it comes to which is responsible for fixing them. Mike Lancaster and his family moved into a ...

Franklin Regional’s ‘Thespalooza’ serves up four one-act plays

By Patrick Varine 9:26 p.m.
Franklin Regional senior Mike Bliss remembers the encouragement he received as an underclassman from older members of the district’s high school Thespians acting troupe. Bliss wanted ...

Eagle Scout projects a plus for Murrysville, Export, Delmont

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks can’t remember what his Eagle Scout project was, but as he drives around town, he gets a daily reminder of what ...

Franklin Regional sees good and bad in latest state profiles

By Patrick Varine
Although Sloan Elementary’s score of 91.1 on the Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles places it among the 100 highest-scoring schools in the state, the rest of Franklin Regional’s schools saw their 2013-14 scores dip between 0.2 and 12.9 points. In last week’s ...

Sardis Park offered to Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville’s extensive park system might get even bigger. Members of the board that oversees Sardis Park — a privately held, 10-acre property at the intersection of Route 286 and Rocky Hill Lane — have approached municipal officials about the prospect of ...

Murrysville buys land for trail parking

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council voted 6-0 last week to buy land near Airgas on Route 22 that will be used as a parking lot for the Turtle Creek Rail Trail Project. The property, owned by Jeffrey and Carolyn Roberts, will cost $75,000 in ...

Murrysville budget would hold line on taxes

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council last week unveiled a preliminary 2015 budget that calls for officials to hold the line on taxes. Council is considering a $14.5 million proposal that projects a 2-percent increase in expenses for the general fund, which covers the cost ...

Export officials want sewer authority to pay to use borough water lines

By Patrick Varine
Export officials say they want the borough to be compensated for water that the local sanitary authority moves through its lines. Council members last week unanimously agreed to notify the Franklin Township Municipal Sewer Authority, or FTMSA, that they want the ...

Franklin Regional High School students sent home after bomb threat; bag search planned

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional High School administrators said security will be increased when students return to school Tuesday because of a bomb threat Monday that led them ...

Sheriff’s office to escort Franklin Regional stabbing suspect for psychiatric evaluation

By Renatta Signorini
Arrangements have been made for the teenager accused in a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School to be taken to Allegheny County for a psychiatric evaluation. Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered Thursday that Alex Hribal, 17, of Murrysville, be driven ...

Franklin Regional senior to attend medical meeting for young leaders

By Patrick Varine
Jazmyn Charles wants to find a cure for the multiple sclerosis that affects her father. The 17-year-old Franklin Regional High School senior has quite a way ...

‘Work of Our Hands’ show in Delmont to feature variety of crafts

By Patrick Varine
The popularity and number of artists involved in the “Work of Our Hands” craft show has forced a move to a new location. After spending its ...

Murrysville native reaches beyond tropes for teen characters

By Patrick Varine
Author, English teacher and Murrysville native Kelly Coleman wanted to create an intelligent female protagonist. Her publisher wasn’t so sure how that would go over. “What I ...

Delmont budget proposal focuses on roads, drainage

By Patrick Varine
Thanks to a combination of general-fund money left over from 2014 and some line-item tweaking made to next year’s proposed budget, Delmont Borough’s finances are in good shape heading into 2015, officials say. After holding the second of two budget workshops ...

Murrysville teen overcomes impact of stroke to help others

By Stacey Federoff
Rachel Rojtas, 15, of Murrysville sat on her zebra-print rug and pulled out years of old casts and ankle braces from a large storage bin. The ...