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Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board on Monday renewed Superintendent William Kerr’s contract for another five years. The agreement was approved by an 8-0 vote with an abstention ...

Norwin school board nixes plan to fix Hahntown attendance zone

By Tony LaRussa
When Norwin school officials redrew school boundary lines in 2007 to accommodate the opening of Hahntown Elementary, five streets were assigned to the wrong elementary school. Last Monday, the school board considered — then scrapped — a proposal to fix the ...

New courses announced for Norwin High School

By Tony LaRussa
Starting in the next school year, Norwin High School will offer students new courses that make the science more obvious in fields such as fitness and fashion and foreign-language classes that can earn college credits. Plans also call for opening up ...

Budget calls for increases in tax, fees for Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials are proposing a 2015 budget that would increase the property-tax rate to cover the cost of hiring two more full-time police officers and help finance a new ladder truck for the volunteer fire department by creating what would, ...

Jingle All the Way 5K scheduled in Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Despite the prospect of frigid weather, dedicated runners will hit the streets of Irwin for the first Jingle All the Way 5K on Dec. 6 to raise money for JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “This is going to be ...

Irwin officials discuss how to fund fire department

By Tony LaRussa
The issue of designating a slice of local property taxes to help fund the local fire department has divided Irwin officials this budget season. At last week’s Irwin Council meeting, officials debated whether it’s better to continue to have officials from ...

Douglas resigns as North Irwin mayor after five years

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Mayor James Douglas resigned from borough government last week. In a letter read at the Nov. 10 council meeting, Douglas said he was proud to have served as mayor for the past five years and that his resignation stems ...

North Huntingdon diners have a full plate of options

By Tony LaRussa
When Steve and Jen Salvi opened a restaurant in North Huntingdon last year, they considered the venture an opportunity to use the Italian specialties they ...

Norwin aims to digitize emergency plans

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin employees regularly undergo training on how to deal with emergencies that range from severe weather to having an armed intruder in a school building. But the confusion and stress that accompany an actual incident easily could result in employees ...

Norwin rises in assessment of state schools

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin improved academically in the last school year, compared to the previous year, while the achievement at other Westmoreland County school districts dipped, according to the grade that state education officials use to gauge school performance. Even though scores for two ...

Irwin to light up next Thursday

By Tony LaRussa
Grinches beware — if you want to avoid the heart-warming sights and sounds of the Christmas season, you might want to steer clear of Irwin next Thursday. The borough will host the 34th annual Light Up Night and parade, which is ...

Gold Star flag ceremony gives closure to dead North Huntingdon vet’s mother

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
On Dec. 12, 1985, an Arrow DC-8 carrying 248 members of the 101st Airborne Division crashed over Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, killing everyone on board. One of ...

Mom left tot alone in car while she shopped in North Huntingdon

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon police have charged a woman with leaving her toddler alone in an unlocked car while she shopped at Wal-Mart on Nov. 1. A woman who saw the girl asleep in a car seat in the rear of a 2005 ...

Irwin mayor recalls life as a World War II prisoner

By Tony LaRussa
Like many young men in the United States, Dan Rose considered enlisting in the military as a patriotic duty following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack ...

Volunteers sought to fill 14 North Huntingdon board, committee positions

By Tony LaRussa
After a vacancy on the township board of commissioners attracted seven applicants last month, North Huntingdon officials say they hope there is a similar desire among residents to serve on various boards and committees. The township is seeking letters of interest ...

North Irwin bridge replacement could take up to 5 years

By Tony LaRussa
A railroad company has been ordered to fix a badly deteriorated support under the bridge connecting Fourth Street and West Broadway Avenue in North Irwin to keep the span from collapsing before it can be torn down and replaced in ...

Norwin signs on with academic networking service

By Tony LaRussa
A sparkling resume that showcases a student’s grades, test scores, extracurricular activities and community service might not always be enough to catch the eye of college or company recruiters. So Norwin officials hope a new service will give students that ...

Iconic Irwin clock tower receiving face-lift

By Tony LaRussa
The iconic clock tower atop a three-story building on Main Street in downtown Irwin is getting a face lift and a new feature — a ...

Norwin officials aim to plug high school leaks

By Tony LaRussa
When the Norwin School District replaced its high school roof in 2003, officials fully expected it to hold up at least until its 20-year warranty expired. But with nine years left on the warranty, the roof is leaking in at ...

North Huntingdon officials settle on blue, gold for logo

By Tony LaRussa
Green might be the color of money, but North Huntingdon officials figure that using “Norwin blue and gold” for its new logo might provide the ...

Norwin board considers golf practice facility

By Tony LaRussa
If the Norwin school board gives the OK, members of the district’s golf teams will have a new facility on campus next year to hone their putts and chip shots. Mike Buscemi, the coach for the girls golf team, outlined plans ...

North Huntingdon youth group volunteer waives hearing on child porn charges

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Monroeville man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges that he kept a cache of child porn in the house he shared with his wife and daughter. Mark Andrew Patterson, 45, did not comment during his appearance ...

Branding campaign aims to drive North Huntingdon’s economy

By Tony LaRussa
Though some North Huntingdon residents beam with pride when talking about their community, they can’t call it “the sweetest place on earth” — that distinction and the accompanying slogan belong to Hershey. But township officials think that the community has a ...

Wealth of Norwin High talent to be showcased in ‘Spamalot’

By Tony LaRussa
The directors of the theater company at Norwin High School faced a dilemma this fall — too many students with singing and dancing ability and ...

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 ongoing ...

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, of ...

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 fill ...

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 selected ...

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. Dilip ...

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 ...

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 Central ...

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 look ...

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 that ...