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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 …

Irwin VFD expecting new ladder truck by end of year

By Tony LaRussa
The Irwin Volunteer Fire Department is expected to take delivery by year’s end on a new $700,000 ladder truck that is being built to order. “We’ve just learned that the chassis, which took six weeks to build in Michigan, has …

Norwin School District buys new trucks, tractor

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District is getting three new vehicles to replace two trucks and a tractor that no longer are worth fixing. The school board last week agreed to spend nearly $79,000 for a new pickup, a full-size van outfitted …

North Huntingdon food lover’s project becomes ‘Seriously Delish’ guide

By Candy Williams
Jessica Merchant’s food blog, “How Sweet Eats,” is 5 years old, but she doesn’t profess to be a culinary genius. In fact, she says, she’s …

Closure of small North Irwin bridge could cause big problems

By Tony LaRussa
A small bridge in North Irwin that was shut down last month because it’s in such bad shape could cause big headaches during an emergency, …

Norwin School District to shore up hillside behind Hahntown Elementary

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District will spend nearly $280,000 to keep the hill behind Hahntown Elementary School from sliding onto the baseball field. The board on Monday night voted unanimously to award a $278,465 contract to Tedesco Excavating in White Oak …

North Huntingdon commissioner perplexed at official concern over absence

By Tony LaRussa
During the last several North Huntingdon commissioners meetings, Commissioner David Herold has asked administrators about the whereabouts of Commissioner Thomas Krause, who missed meetings in July and August. Last week, the board took formal action to try to find out. …

Norwin School District featured in Westmoreland ‘Video Tour Book’

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District is featured in videos aimed at new Westmoreland County residents, district officials announced. The videos, which are about 60 seconds long, are posted in the “Video Tour Book” section of the Westmoreland County government website and …

Accident sparks work on Strawpump VFD facade in North Huntingdon

By Tony LaRussa
The Strawpump Volunteer Fire Department in North Huntingdon is replacing the front of its building after an unlatched door on one of its trucks dislodged …

Irwin native among military personnel kept waiting for return of personal vehicle

By Bill Zlatos
The military says it has begun auditing the process by which vehicles are delivered to overseas personnel who are coming home. Media reports put the …

North Huntington VFW open house facilitates support, camaraderie

By Tony LaRussa
Like many veterans, Warren Watson has plenty of tales to tell from the years he spent in combat during World War II. But sharing those …

Making winning float was ‘knit’ an easy task for Irwin volunteers

By Tony LaRussa
Residents and volunteers from the Golden Heights Personal Care home in Irwin spent months knitting and crocheting thousands of yards of yarn into afghans that …

Irwin’s Queen of Angels hires new principal

By Tony LaRussa
A new principal has been hired at Queen of Angels Catholic School. Sandra Stonebraker, who has been involved in Catholic education as a teacher and …

New school year brings greater integration of STEM education in Norwin

By Tony LaRussa
When Norwin students return to class from summer break on Tuesday, they will encounter a renewed emphasis on infusing science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — education into all academic programs, according to district officials. “We want our …

North Huntingdon EMS gives usual fundraisers the boot with kickball tourney

By Tony LaRussa
When North Huntingdon EMS/Rescue launched a program this year to prevent problems that could lead to hospital stays, officials knew finding the money to fund it might be a problem. Grants and insurance wouldn’t pay for such a program, which …

Norwin scales back STEM ambitions, works on Plan B

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin is scrapping plans to build a $10.6 million STEM center building on its North Huntingdon campus in favor of a “scaled-down” project that focuses on using existing space or expanding the high school, district officials said this week. The …

Irwin celebrates sesquicentenial with series of ceremonies and events

By Tony LaRussa
As bloody battles between Union and Confederate troops raged for a third year through much of the South, a handful of the 500 people who …