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Traveling amateur organists entertain fellow seniors with oldies music

By Craig Smith
Pat Pardus wears hearing aids and has arthritis, but that doesn’t stop her from joining a group of amateur organists who play just about every ...

Norwin to take long-range look at maintaining athletic fields

By Tony LaRussa
Getting Norwin’s baseball and softball fields in shape to play each spring is a race against the clock that the district’s maintenance crew often loses. “The ...

Irwin mourns loss of longtime mayor

By Tony LaRussa 10:18 a.m.
Irwin has laid one of its most tireless supporters to rest. Mayor Daniel T. Rose — a decorated World War II veteran, successful businessman and decadeslong ...

North Huntingdon to spend more than $1M on roads

By Tony LaRussa
With commissioners approving two contracts last week, North Huntingdon will spend more than $1 million this year to improve the quality of its worst roads. The bulk of the work will be done by Victor Paving and Construction in Monongahela. Township ...

TV crew picks Monroeville park over Braddock’s Trail Park

By Tony LaRussa
The relative seclusion that makes Braddock’s Trail Park such a nice respite for North Huntingdon residents eventually led to it being nixed as the backdrop for a TV series set to begin production later this year, according to a location ...

Norwin policy aims to limit wear and tear on turf

By Tony LaRussa
In addition to the toll football games and track meets take on the artificial turf at Norwin’s Knights Stadium, the field gets heavy use for events ranging from 5K charity races to spring commencement. To minimize damage to the field’s ...

Irwin Council hires solicitor, fails to choose backup

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council was united in its March 11 decision to hire attorney Daniel P. Beisler of North Huntingdon to serve as the borough solicitor, but officials couldn’t agree when it came to choosing a backup attorney to cover meetings and ...

Irwin candymaker offers second shot at gold tickets

By Tony LaRussa
The owner of an Irwin candy shop helped to raise $2,500 for the borough’s Lamp Theatre project since October by creating chocolate bars bearing the former movie house’s logo and then slipping “gold” tickets inside the wrapper that can be ...

North Huntingdon man hopes to bring brewery to township

By Tony LaRussa
Alan Quinn always was flattered when family and friends complimented him on the beer he began brewing in his kitchen in the early 1990s. “It was ...

$45K grant would fund new classes at Norwin

By Tony LaRussa
Efforts to integrate STEM subjects into the Norwin School District’s offerings could get a boost next week if the school board agrees to accept a grant that will help start three new engineering-related courses. The district has been awarded a $45,000 ...

Plan for ‘high-end’ beer distributor in N. Huntingdon being submitted

By Tony LaRussa
Plans are in the works for a “high-end” beer and soda distributor on a vacant land along Route 30. A proposal to build a 10,000-square-foot retail beer outlet called Hops ’n Pops beer distributor and “super shop” is expected to be ...

Work on Irwin turnpike ramps scheduled to start Monday

By Tribune-Review
Work on the ramps at the Irwin Interchange is scheduled to begin Monday. The project, which includes milling and resurfacing, is slated to run through July 24 and result in occasional lane closures. Although the work is restricted to the Turnpike ...

Excela aims to add cancer center to Norwin Hills plaza

By Tony LaRussa
Excela Health is planning to add a cancer- treatment clinic to its medical facility in the Norwin Hills Shopping Center in North Huntingdon. Excela officials plan ...

Irwin EMTs encourage use of File of Life

By Tony LaRussa
Emergency medical technicians know that when they administer medication to try to help a patient, they run the risk of doing more harm than good. But ...

Friends of Norwin Public Library to sponsor Cyril Wecht talk

By Tony LaRussa
Dr. Cyril Wecht’s appearance on Saturday as the guest speaker for a luncheon in North Huntingdon represents just a fraction of the renowned forensic pathologist’s ...

Norwin Game Knights celebrating Tabletop Day

By Tony LaRussa
Local people will have a chance on Saturday to connect with thousands around the world who will be getting together for some fun and games. The Norwin Game Knights, a local board and role-playing game club, is participating in the third ...

Sprinkler mishap displaces Redstone senior home residents

By Tony LaRussa
Several residents at the Redstone Highlands senior community in North Huntingdon were greeted by firefighters and paramedics last week after a fire sprinkler was accidentally damaged and sprayed water into a second-floor apartment. “One of our maintenance men was painting a ...

Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa
A Norwin health teacher responsible for telling students about the dangers of drug abuse has been charged with selling heroin, police said Friday. Lisa Marie …

Attorney cites Norwin teacher’s drug addiction; law requires paid suspension

By Tony LaRussa
Federal and state laws require Norwin School District to continue paying a suspended teacher who was accused last week of selling heroin at least until ...

Husband of accused drug-dealing teacher faces his own drug, intimidation charges

By Tony LaRussa
The husband of a Norwin High School teacher accused of selling heroin remains in jail for allegedly trying to set up the confidential informant in ...

Icy winter kept Norwin area road crews busy, but not as much as previous one

By Tony LaRussa
When public-works directors in the Norwin areas prepared for this past winter, their focus was on avoiding a repeat of the previous year, when relentless snowfall drained their supplies of road salt. “We went through about 14,000 tons of road salt ...

Company to conduct North Irwin apartment inspections

By Tony LaRussa
The owners of rental properties in North Irwin soon will have to pay to have their units inspected to ensure they are safe for tenants to occupy. Last month, borough council approved a contract with Scranton-based Building Inspection Underwriters of PA ...

North Huntingdon commissioners decline to take over Colonial Manor Road

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have declined a request from PennDOT for the township to take over a state road that runs through part of the municipality because of the possible long-term cost of maintaining the roadway. Several weeks ago, the PennDOT officials ...

State-level uncertainty clouds Norwin budget work

By Tony LaRussa
Majority leaders in the state Senate are advising school superintendents across Pennsylvania — including Norwin’s top administrator — to be wary of counting on the extra money Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed for education in next year’s budget because it ...

Women to stand trial in theft of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy

By Paul Peirce
A North Huntingdon pharmacy technician confessed she stole 180 to 600 pain pills on every shift she worked for more than a year, then handed them over to be sold on the street, according to the state attorney general’s office. Agent ...

Janitor gets $72,500 in Norwin settlement

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin School District has agreed to pay a retired janitor more than $72,500 to settle a lawsuit in which he accused an elementary school principal of age discrimination, harassment, creating a hostile work environment and retaliation. William Breeger Sr., 72, of ...

North Huntingdon’s Lincoln Way slated for paving

By Tony LaRussa
The arrival of warmer weather is the only roadblock to smoothing over the teeth-jarring condition of Lincoln Way in North Huntingdon. Last year, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County tore up the state-owned road to do some $2.4 million worth of ...

Natural causes cited in North Huntingdon motel death

By Tribune-Review
A man who was found dead in a North Huntingdon motel on March 16 died of natural causes, according to authorities. Karl Badstibner, 53, of North Versailles, had been staying at the Hiland Terrace Motel along Route 30 for about a ...

North Huntingdon announces snowman winners

By Tribune-Review
Prizes have been awarded in three categories for this year’s snowman contest sponsored by North Huntingdon’s parks and recreation department. The three winners were selected from ...

Volunteers could shave $100K off Lamp expense

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials have passed on awarding contracts for parts of the Lamp Theatre project in favor of using volunteers to complete much of the work. “We were originally planning to have a contractor come in to install the ceiling, walls and ...

Runners to Race for Grace at Norwin

By Tribune-Review
The eighth annual Race for Grace, which has raised more than $580,000 to fight pediatric brain cancer, will be held April 11 at Norwin High School. The Race For Grace is the largest fundraiser for the Reflections Of Grace Foundation, which ...

Irwin man indicted in straw purchase of gun

By Tony LaRussa
An Irwin man has been indicted in West Virginia for participating in a scheme to illegally buy a handgun. Deandre Jones, 29, was named in an indictment returned last week by a federal grand jury seated in Clarksburg on one count ...

Norwin OKs settlement with retired janitor who accused principal of age discrimination

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board voted unanimously this week to approve a settlement with a retired janitor who accused an elementary school principal of age discrimination, harassment, retaliation and creating a hostile work environment. District officials declined to release details of the ...

Norwin, Irwin, North Huntingdon challengers line up for primary

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin, Irwin and North Huntingdon incumbents are facing challenges for party nominations in the May 19 primary. March 10 was the deadline for major-party candidates to file nominating petitions. Independent candidates can gather signatures until Aug. 1 to appear on the ...

Norwin actors have a ‘Blonde’ moment

By Tony LaRussa
After treating audiences to Monty Python’s brand of humor in its fall stage production, Norwin’s theater company is having a blonde moment. “We did (Monty ...

Irwin joins summit that shares solutions to common issues

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin has accepted an invitation to join a growing consortium that was born from a simple idea — to bring the people responsible for the day-to-day operations of local government together once a year to share ideas on how they ...

Norwin announces FBI cyber-security class, tech upgrades

By Tony LaRussa
Though financial uncertainties have delayed a vote to build a STEM center, Norwin officials continue to retool the district curriculum to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math education. Part of that effort, which was announced at Monday night’s school board workshop ...

Irwin woman pens book for transition to kindergarten

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Jodi Watson was teaching preschool three years ago and wanted to give the children a graduation song for their end-of-the-year program. The Ardara resident wanted ...

Price list established for Norwin STEM center naming rights

By Tony LaRussa
If Norwin School Board approves a STEM center proposal, there will be guidelines — and prices — for anyone who wants to attach their or their organization’s name to the new facilities. The school board last month established a naming rights ...