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Police seize phones of some Norwin High School students

By Tribune-Review
North Huntingdon Police confiscated about a dozen cellphones from students at Norwin High School last week as part of an investigation, said Lt. Rodney Mahinske. He would not discuss the nature of the investigation other than to say it is …

Bomb threat prompts search at Norwin High School

By Tribune-Review
Officials at Norwin School District alerted parents to a bomb threat received at the high school Monday. An email alert sent by Principal Timothy Kotch said just before dismissal Monday, a threat was discovered in a restroom “indicating a threat …

Youth pastor in Irwin arrested on child porn charges

By Paul Peirce
The youth pastor at a nondenominational church in Irwin, who was arrested Thursday in Monroeville, had the largest collection of child pornography seen in recent memory by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, a spokesman said. Andrew Mark Patterson, 45, …

Driver charged in Irwin accident that hurt girl

By Tribune-Review
A North Irwin woman was arraigned Thursday morning on charges stemming from an accident in which she struck an 8-year-old girl with her pickup truck last month, according to court records. Police said Kathleen Marie Ciesielski, 47, was driving a …

North Huntingdon commissioners fill vacant board seat

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday voted to fill a vacancy on the township’s seven-member governing board. Fran Bevan, who served one four-year term on the Norwin board of education in the late 1990s, was appointed by a 4-2 vote to …

Historical society honored for ‘Irwin...Then and Now’

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin Historical Society is being honored for the book it produced this year to mark Irwin’s 150th anniversary. The Westmoreland County Historical Society has …

Work will correct Highland, Conley drainage

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials say the $230,000-worth of storm-sewer contracts they approved last week will correct the source of badly deteriorated streets that residents have been complained about for several years. The work is being done because the storm-water systems along Highland …

U.S. doctor’s book recounts rescue in Afghanistan in which Norwin graduate died

By Joe Napsha
A Colorado aid doctor, kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2012 and rescued four days later in a raid by special forces, said he grieves for the Navy SEAL from Monroeville who was killed during his rescue. Dr. …

Latrobe, Norwin, Franklin Regional students exercise with aid of grant

By Stacey Federoff
In a frenzy of activity, 19 eighth-grade students at Greater Latrobe Junior High School demonstrated a circuit of exercises while music blared in the gymnasium …

7 apply for vacant North Huntingdon seat

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon has received seven letters of interest from residents seeking to fill a vacant seat on the seven-member board of commissioners. The vacancy was created when Commissioner Thomas Krause announced Oct. 1 that he was resigning his 6th Ward …

Norwin freshmen get vo-tech head start

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin High School students who are interested in learning a skilled trade or getting technical training now can do so during their freshman year. The school district is the second in the county to allow ninth graders to attend the …

Plans for Irwin’s Lamp Theatre stress function over form

By Tony LaRussa
Preliminary plans for refurbishing the interior of the Lamp Theatre in Irwin place a greater emphasis on elements that enhance performances over aesthetics. “It will …

Irwin officials take wait-and-see approach to land bank

By Tony LaRussa
Several members of Irwin Council say that although they are open to participating in a county program to get abandoned, tax-delinquent properties back on the tax rolls, they are inclined to wait to see how it works in other communities …

Inspired by Willy Wonka, Lamp fundraiser has gold ticket prize

By Tony LaRussa
When Marion McFeely began looking for ways to entice people to buy the special candy bars she makes to raise money for the Lamp Theatre …

Neighbors push for North Huntingdon property to be cleaned

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials have promised residents along Marbury Drive that the township will continue taking steps to get a property in their neighborhood cleaned up. Since September 2013, residents have complained about a home in the 300 block of Marbury …

Deadline looms for would-be North Huntingdon Ward 6 commissioners

By Tony LaRussa
Monday afternoon is the deadline for residents of North Huntingdon’s 6th Ward who are interested in serving as a township commissioner to submit a letter of interest. A vacancy on the township’s seven-member board of commissioners was created by the …

North Huntingdon restaurant tops all Applebee’s at raising funds for cancer research

By Tony LaRussa
With nearly 500 Applebee’s in the United States to provide competition, the staff at the North Huntingdon restaurant figured the chances were slim they would …

Carnival replaces Norwin homecoming parade floats

By Tony LaRussa
When Ryan Lynn served on Student Council at Norwin High School during the mid-1990s, getting a group of classmates together to design and build floats for the homecoming parade never was a problem. “Not only did every class make a …

North Huntingdon commissioner Krause resigns seat; cites pending move

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials soon will be on the hunt for a new commissioner. Commissioner Thomas Krause last week ended several months of speculation about why he has missed a number of commissioners meetings when he announced that, effective on Sept. …

Officials open to new North Huntingdon logo with colors other than blue, gold

By Tony LaRussa
The color scheme and type-face might change, and it could undergo some tweaking, but North Huntingdon commissioners are beginning to reach a consensus on a …

3 face charges for drugs, weapons after arrest in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
Three people are facing charges after a motorist reported to North Huntingdon police that a woman was being assaulted in a moving vehicle. When they stopped the Jeep Liberty along Route 30 on Saturday, police found an allegedly drunken driver, …

Girl, 8, hit by truck in North Irwin, breaks leg

By Tribune-Review
An 8-year-old girl’s leg was broken on Monday when she was hit by a pickup in North Irwin. Charges are pending against the driver, Kathleen M. Ciesleski, who was driving without a license, Irwin police said. Ciesleski took a sharp …

After more than 30 years, North Huntingdon man closes roadside stand

By Tony LaRussa
Calvin Gongaware figures that no matter how much you love the work you do, there comes a point when it’s time to pack it in. …

Westmoreland County OKs extra grant money for North Irwin roads

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Council won’t scale back its paving program, thanks to county planners who freed up extra Community Development Block Grant money. Last week, North Irwin officials approved plans to pave East Webster and East Madison avenues for a combined …

Norwin School Board approves STEM measures

By Tony LaRussa
Despite concerns raised by several of its members, Norwin School Board on Monday approved a series of measures to advance the creation of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — center that would be integrated into the …

Irwin Council signs off on emergency repairs to Caruthers Lane

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has retroactively approved the cost of making emergency repairs to a sinkhole along Caruthers Lane earlier this month that if left unchecked, likely …

Norwin junior enjoying her year in Germany

By Tony LaRussa
Even though Jessica Brandon studied German for three years at Norwin, she never really thought much about what it might be like to actually sharpen …

Developer plans North Huntingdon hotel near turnpike

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon could have its first five-story building by this time next year. Developers last week submitted plans to the township for a Hampton Inn hotel along Country Club Road, near the turnpike. If approved by commissioners, the building would …

North Huntingdon Township to try short-term solution for Pine Hollow Road Extension

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have decided to hold off on spending as much as $900,000 to repair a slide on Pine Hollow Road Extension for at least a year in favor of trying temporary measures to make the road safer for …

Event to honor North Huntingdon man, benefit foundation

By Joe Napsha
Family and friends of a retired North Huntingdon man suffering from stage-5 chronic kidney disease will gather Sunday to raise money to fight the disease. They’ll hold a pig roast at Herminie No. 2 Game Association in Sewickley Township and …

Norwin honors former Mt. Pleasant assistant track coach

By Les Harvath
When 1985 Norwin grad and 2014 Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Wirth visits the family home where he grew up in North Huntingdon, a neighbor invariably reminds him that she thought Wirth and his younger brother, Gregory, were …

Request from North Huntingdon automotive dealership prompts debate on waiving regulations

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have approved a request from the Kenny Ross group of automotive dealerships to deviate from the township’s requirements for managing storm water …

North Huntingdon commissioners approve stop-sign policy

By Tony LaRussa
After complaints from residents prompted North Huntingdon commissioners to drop a plan to remove a pair of stop signs in Lincoln Hills, the township administration has developed a policy to govern when it is appropriate to remove or install stop …

Marine begins plans for veterans monument on Norwin grounds

By Tony LaRussa
When it comes to honoring soldiers who have died in battle, Don Kattic is guided by the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” — Latin for “always faithful.” Kattic, who enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1951 and served in the …

Norwin board to consider fate of STEM center

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin School Board will vote next week on a series of measures that could determine whether the district moves forward with its proposed science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — center or puts an end to the project. …

Lawyer in Norwin age-discrimination suit says he wants to rescind confidentiality agreement

By Richard Gazarik
Norwin School District attorneys asked a judge on Friday to uphold a confidentiality agreement forbidding public disclosure of information in the personnel file of a principal who is accused in a lawsuit of intimidating and threatening a now-retired maintenance worker. …

Shafton VFD quickly extinguishes suit

By Tony LaRussa
Chalking it up to a misunderstanding, officials with Shafton Volunteer Fire Department and the owner of a roofing company agreed to settle a $13,900 lawsuit …

North Huntingdon Emergency Management Agency turns to social media

By Tony LaRussa
Whether it’s a major storm tearing through North Huntingdon or some other natural or man-made disaster, the organization that will be coordinating the response wants local residents to be their “friends” and “followers.” The North Huntingdon Emergency Management Agency is …

Irwin discusses affordability, size of police department

By Tony LaRussa
Though Irwin Council has given the go-ahead to start looking for new full-time police officers in the borough, some officials who are unhappy with the decision say there might not be enough money in next year’s budget to pay for …