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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 …

North Huntingdon Sheetz sells $325K Cash 5 ticket

By Tony LaRussa
Somebody who stopped by a Sheetz convenience store near the Turnpike entrance in North Huntingdon over the weekend is due a whole lot of cash. Pennsylvania Lottery official announced that a jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 was sold on …

North Huntingdon replacing outdated electronic speed signs

By Tony LaRussa
Simply letting speeding motorists know how fast they’re traveling often is enough to get them to slow down, but three roadside radar devices that North Huntingdon Township have used to warn motorists are cumbersome and outdated, said North Huntingdon police …

Images of the past: A photographic look at Irwin’s history

By Tribune-Review
Take a walk back in time as Irwin Borough celebrates its 150th anniversary. …

North Huntingdon officials yield to outcry over stop signs

By Tony LaRussa
A decision by North Huntingdon commissioners on whether to proceed with removing a pair of stop signs at an intersection in Lincoln Hills has become all but moot. Instead of voting on whether to remove two of the three stop …

N. Huntingdon VFW welcomes vets to Appreciation Day

By Carl Prine
In an effort to heal the wounds of war and welcome home the latest generation of combat survivors, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 781 in North Huntington is holding an open house on Aug. 7 to kick off what …

Ex-cop from Irwin gets jail for drug sales while posing as officer

By Rich Cholodofsky
A former police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to selling drugs while posing as a law enforcement official. Mark Fisher, 34, of Irwin was sentenced to serve one to two years in jail and five years on probation for operating …

Weeklong celebration to mark Irwin’s 150th anniversary

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Councilwoman Debbie Kelly admits that putting together a worthy celebration to mark Irwin’s 150th anniversary has been a daunting task during the past two years. But the difficulty hasn’t been because of a lack of interest or volunteers ready …

N. Huntingdon to try new paving process

By Tony LaRussa
The quest to stretch its paving budget has led North Huntingdon down a new road when it comes to sealing cracks. Township commissioners approved a nearly $74,500 contract on July 16, with Pittsburgh-based Russell Standard Corp. to apply a product …

Military experience helps North Huntingdon native in Red Cross role

By Tony LaRussa
A North Huntingdon native with a decade of military experience, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been hired by the American Red Cross to …

North Huntingdon residents voice concern about possible removal of stop signs

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon resident Mary Wilshire doesn’t know the laws for putting up stop signs, but to her it’s common sense to keep a pair of stop signs in Lincoln Hills. North Huntingdon’s plan to remove a pair of stop signs …

Crescent Beer returns as part of Irwin’s anniversary celebration

By Tony LaRussa
Mike Pochan has a thing for Western Pennsylvania history and always is on the hunt for items to add to his small collection of regional …

North Huntingdon hopes to brand itself to attract more development

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials are seeking the public’s input as they begin implementing a consultant’s recommendation that the municipality do a better job of promoting and marketing itself to stimulate economic development. “Our goal is to create a cohesive, consistent message …

Norwin School District considers feasibility of science and technology building

By Dave Rullo
Norwin officials will decide this summer if the district will embark upon a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of a science and technology building. The proposed STEM Center would enable high school students to explore career pathways and work …

North Irwin could tax fire department’s amusements

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Council plans to meet with North Irwin volunteer firefighters to discuss a proposed tax on amusement machines housed at the fire hall. Council member Gina Sonnik at Monday’s meeting suggested a public meeting be set up between the …

Growing architectural firm takes ‘social capital’ approach

By John D. Oravecz
As a nuclear power plant operator aboard the submarine USS Columbia at age 25, Michael Cherock suffered a debilitating injury to his left hand and …

Seinfeld takes Irwin man’s Jaguar for a sip, spin

By Jacob Tierney
Jerry Seinfeld had a problem. He had no luck finding a classic Jaguar for his webshow, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” until his producers got …

Irwin man drowned in Allegheny River, medical examiner’s office says

By Michael Hasch
A man whose body was found floating in the Allegheny River was identified on Thursday as being the man who was swept away last week while wading at the Fox Chapel Yacht Club, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical …

Sweet tooths targeted by Irwin’s Lamp Theatre

By Tony LaRussa
When Marion McFeely saw all the effort that people were putting into refurbishing the Lamp Theatre in Irwin, she wanted to do her part to …

Norwin school buses to add audio recording equipment

By Tony LaRussa
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, audio recordings will be made of activity on Norwin school buses, which already are equipped with video cameras. The audio recordings, which now are allowed by state law, will be made to protect students …

North Huntingdon to remove stop signs in Lincoln Hills

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have given the go-ahead to start the process to remove two of three stop signs at the three-way intersection of Oxford Court and Westminster Drive in the Lincoln Hills neighborhood. The request to remove the signs was …

Upkeep of properties frustrates Irwin neighbors

By Tony LaRussa
Run-down properties near her Palmetto Street home prompted Sally Lust and several neighbors to complain to Irwin officials. “These properties are not just eyesores; they’re a health hazard,” Lust, who has lived on the street for 27 years, told officials. …

North Braddock pizza shop trademark dispute headed to court

By Tony LaRussa
Pizzaioli, be warned: If the sign on your shop uses the words “Vincent’s” or “Pizza Park” — or if your menu includes a “Vinnie Pie” — you probably will wind up in court. The owners of the iconic Vincent’s Pizza …

Irwin man faces charges after altercation

By Tribune-Review
An Irwin man was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a Salem man and woman and threatened to kill them. Police said Joseph Stoll Jr., 18, went to a Salem residence at 1:25 p.m., …

Driver injured, cited after 4-car crash on turnpike near Irwin

By Tribune-Review
State police in New Stanton on Sunday released details from a four-car accident Thursday that involved a state trooper in a patrol car. The accident occurred about 4:55 p.m. at mile marker 70.2 westbound between the New Stanton and Irwin …

Contractors decline to bid; Irwin gives job to public works

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials have scrapped plans to pay a contractor to remodel the borough’s shabby police station and instead are using its own employees to do …