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North Hills grad earns ‘principal of the year’ honor

By Laurie Rees
David Keim’s experiences growing up in Ross helped mold him into what he is today — Massachusetts’s 2015 Principal of the Year. Keim, 46, has served ...

Wexford Health-hosted program to raise awareness of food allergies

By Deborah Deasy
Dr. Allison Freeman knows all about a body’s potentially fatal reaction to a bee sting, penicillin or peanuts. Sudden hives, shortness of breath and dizziness, ...

Bridge work to close Little Pine Creek Road in Shaler

By Rachel Farkas
Starting Aug. 7, Little Pine Creek Road in Shaler will be closed for nearly three months near the township’s public works garage while PennDOT replaces ...

Franklin Park woman honored by Lupus Foundation

By Kyle Gorcey
Dr. Susan Manzi of Franklin Park has received the National Advocacy Leadership Award from the Lupus Foundation of America for her efforts in research and ...

NA grad formulates bath, beauty products with natural ingredients

By Rachel Farkas
Aaron Conner of Franklin Park is applying science to skin care. The Allegheny College graduate, with a degree in physics, takes a calculated approach to …

Northgate Church members lead mission trip to help poor in West Virginia

By Laurie Rees
Jesse Boggs, pastor of Northgate Church in Ross, grew up in one of the poorest areas of West Virginia — Clay County. Every summer since 2012, ...

Cala Lily Cafe gets new life, location

By Deborah Deasy
Get ready for the second opening of the Cala Lily Café. The Richland restaurant closed in late May 2014 after the lease expired, but owners ...

Richland Community Day promises smorgasbord of action

By Deborah Deasy
Four-man Jukebox, a 4-year-old band, prides itself on producing party music. The group counts more than 200 hits from the 1970s through 1990s on its ...

Drone to help Northern Regional police zone in on missing, fleeing people

By Deborah Deasy
Northern Regional Police Department’s newest community service tool cost about $3,000 and weighs about three pounds. “Top speed is 35 mph,” Detective Jeff Hoffman said ...

Organizing background checks takes schools time

By Rachel Farkas
Local school districts continue to wade through the changes made last year to the state’s Child Protective Services law that requires all volunteers to get ...

Storytelling festival events set for 2 Hampton sites

By Deborah Deasy
Whoever gets the loudest applause will win the novel story “scrum” slated to debut during the 15-year-old Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, set for Aug. 7-8 ...

Developer of proposed Ross housing plan sues diocese

By Bill Zlatos
A developer of a proposed housing project in Ross first sued some parishioners of St. Sebastian Church, claiming they interfered with a real estate deal. Now the developer is suing a higher authority — Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic ...

Zelienople-based skateboard business starting to take off

By Rachel Farkas
In the last two years, Shawn Arlock has gone from making about 10 skateboards a month to about 200 at his Zelienople-based East Coast Customs ...

Route 8 reopens from rollover crash that brought down live wires

By Megan Guza
A portion of Route 8 in Shaler was closed for about three hours Thursday after a rollover crash. The crash happened about 10 a.m., according to ...

Workshop to shed light on using solar power in Ross

By Bill Zlatos
Ross will try to sell residents and businesses on the benefits of solar energy, beginning with a workshop at 7 p.m. July 30 at the Ross Township Municipal Center. “Solar is a great investment. It can save residence and business owners ...

Pine-based charity gives children with disabilities tools to communicate

By Katelyn Ferral
Haley Guiste has spent most of her 14 years struggling to let her family know what she wants. The Indiana Township teenager can’t speak — ...

Pine charity gives adaptive bikes to kids with disabilities

By Deborah Deasy
Exceptional described both the cycles and riders who recently traveled from five counties for a bike giveaway in Pine. Jacob Bartolowits, 12, of Shaler, who has cerebral palsy, instantly knew how to maneuver his new blue, $1,800 Rifton adaptive tricycle. “I ...

Northland Public Library reaches out to communities

By Bill Zlatos
Charlene Harold has been taking her daughter Abby, 8, to the Northland Public Library in McCandless since she was 18 months old. But on July 1, ...

Officials in Ross seek public input on park upgrades

By Katelyn Ferral
Ross officials are looking to improve one of the township’s largest and oldest parks. The board of commissioners is surveying residents on how best to improve Denny Park, a 34-acre park off Jacks Run Road. The survey will be distributed ...

Shaler grad on mission to offer support with food truck

By Rachel Farkas
Jimmy Woods has maintained a good sense of humor through the trials and tribulations of his life. The owner of the Mission Mahi food truck, ...

Retired Richland physician celebrates 90th birthday by skydiving for 1st time

By Deborah Deasy
Dr. Bill Wharton of Richland, a retired emergency room physician, celebrated his 90th birthday by sky-diving over Minnesota. “I think it’s ironic that I jumped 14,000 feet and the first thing I asked for, upon landing, was my cane,” said ...

Shaler senior places 1st in Desktop Application Programming category of national conference

By Rachel Farkas
A Shaler Area High School senior took the top spot at a national conference this month, but he took away more than a prize. David Berdik ...

Shaler native returns home as doll-making artist-in-residence

By Kellie B. Gormly
You can sketch your Kreepy Doll shape ahead of time if you want. But if you prefer, just pick up some fabric and start cutting, ...

Ross man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking in two states

By Michael Hasch
A man from Ross was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking operation in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia that prosecutors contend began three months after his release from prison on a previous ...

Crime-fighting drone joins Northern Regional Police Department

By Deborah Deasy
Northern Regional Police Department has purchased a drone, and on Monday trained four officers to use it, Chief Robert Amann said. The training session was conducted in Pine Community Park. Amann said the lightweight, battery-operated drone has a 2-foot ...

Ross resident honored for service to National Aviary

By Laurie Rees
During a storm, when other birds fly away from the danger, an eagle spreads its wings and uses the current to soar to greater heights. Likewise, ...

Daughter of Hampton cancer victim raises funds to help others

By Rachel Farkas
After losing her mother to lung cancer, Julia Zurbach of Ross organized Lynda’s Angels to raise money for Free to Breathe’s annual walk in North ...

Repairs to fix Hampton's sinking Wildwood Road will limit traffic to 1 lane

By Deborah Deasy
More than 11,000 daily motorists will continue to face delays on Wildwood Road in Hampton until PennDOT fixes the road’s sinking lane near the Tuscan Inn. For starters, expect alternating, single-lane traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...

Shaler building to be used for Shop ‘n Save expansion, rental space

By Rachel Farkas
An empty lot at 1600 Evergreen Ave. in Shaler will soon be home to a new commercial building. The property used to house The Little Brown ...

Ross police plan program about distracted driving

By Bill Zlatos
Pay attention when driving, or pay for it later. Ross police will hold a program on distracted driving at 7 p.m. July 28 in the commissioners meeting room at the municipal center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive. The free program is ...

Bungee-cord ride among new features at St. Alexis Festival

By Laurie Rees
Every year, organizers of the annual St. Alexis Festival work to offer new foods, rides, and entertainment to keep the festival fresh while still maintaining ...

North Allegheny borrows money to fund school renovations

By Katelyn Ferral
The North Allegheny School Board unanimously approved a bond issue of up to $42 million to fund renovations at several schools across the district. Board members said July 15 the district expects to spend $37.1 million on facility upgrades, but ...

North Allegheny Little League players have a field day

By Karen Kadilak
Fifteen North Allegheny Little League baseball members had an experience of a lifetime when they sat in the Pirates dugout and met some players as ...

World Cup champ Klingenberg cherishes ‘wild’ ride

By Bob Cohn
When she was a kid, Meghan Klingenberg dreamed of winning a World Cup. As she pictured it, dinner was not included. But ever since the ...

FBI seeks help identifying man who robbed a bank in Marshall last month

By Tony Raap
The FBI on Thursday released a surveillance photo of a man who robbed a  bank in Marshall last month. The robbery happened June 30 at the ...

North Allegheny superintendent resigns

By Katelyn Ferral
The North Allegheny School Board unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday night to release Raymond D. Gualtieri from his duties as district superintendent and grant him ...

Ross girl’s taco tower recipe earns her dinner at White House

By Katelyn Ferral
Pittsburgh was represented at the recent Kids State Dinner at the White House, through the inventiveness of Sydney Tyner’s chicken taco tower. Sydney, 11, who ...

Camel rides just 1 new feature at Marshall’s Community Day

By Leighann Marquiss
Camel rides and demonstrations of disc golf are among the new things on the schedule for Marshall’s 22nd annual Community Day. The event will kick off ...

North Hills Community Outreach seeks donations of food, school supplies

By Rachel Farkas
As supplies run low in the summer, North Hills Community Outreach is seeking donations of nonperishable, nonexpired food, as well as fresh garden produce, for its three food pantries. Donations tend to drop off during the summer because schools and ...