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A too-busy Jim Morgan resigns from Manor Council

By Tom Mcgee
Manor officials are looking for a new colleague. Councilman Jim Morgan resigned — effective July 21 — last week. He was appointed to the position in July 2012 and was elected to a four-year term the following year. He served ...

Despite wet weather, PTARC programs have plenty of activities

By Tom Mcgee
Participants in Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s annual summer playground program have been dodging raindrops this year. However, it still has managed to keep children in ...

Trafford joins Westinghouse Valley group for joint grant

By Tom Mcgee
Trafford is joining with some of its neighbors to apply for a state planning grant. Officials voted 6-0 to join the Westinghouse Valley Keystone Communities. Council President Jay Race was absent. The coalition of municipalities will seek state funds for a state ...

Trafford woman asks officials to take action on vacant home

By Tom Mcgee
A Trafford woman wants to see action taken on a vacant home. Karen Runco of East Gilmore Avenue asked officials if there was anything they could ...

Trafford public-works foreman resigns

By Tom Mcgee
Trafford is losing its public-works foreman. Bill Sadler submitted his resignation, which took effect July 10. It was accepted by a 4-2 vote last week with councilmen Henry Schultz and Casey Schoub opposed and Council President Jay Race absent. Schultz said Sadler ...

Ordinance to restrict nonmetered parking zones in Trafford

By Tom Mcgee
Trafford officials expect to finalize revisions to its parking ordinance next month. Officials voted 4-2 to advertise changes to its nonmetered parking zones. Councilmen Henry Schultz and Casey Shoub opposed the changes, and Council President Jay Race was absent. The changes call ...

Jury will hear Penn Township airport lawsuit

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County jury will decide whether electrical towers constructed at a small Penn Township airport nearly two decades ago ruined potential expansion or had little impact on the facility. The lawsuit, which has been in litigation for 17 years, involves ...

Southwest Greensburg man dies in 2-vehicle crash on Route 130

By Stacey Federoff
A Southwest Greensburg man was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Penn Township. Michael S. Karol, 25, of Green Street was driving a 2002 ...

Former Penn-Trafford teacher sentenced to probation for stalking student

By Tribune-Review
A former Penn-Trafford teacher accused of stalking a student was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation. Michael D. Garet, 32, of Trafford, was ordered to undergo mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations and have no contact with the victim ...

Penn Twp. man involved in standoff pleads guilty

By Tribune-Review
A Penn Township man who was involved in a brief standoff with township police on Oct. 10 and later was found to have a small marijuana-growing operation at his home pleaded guilty to numerous criminal charges Wednesday. Judge Debra Pezze delayed ...

Penn-Trafford summer camps focus on specific topics

By Christina Sheleheda
Penn-Trafford School District students may participate in camps to build upon specific interests this summer. The district is offering four-day STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math — camps for students in kindergarten through the eighth grade. The instructors all ...

Harrison City woman arrested for fighting police

By Nicole Chynoweth
A Harrison City woman is accused fighting with police officers, causing facial injuries to one. Melanie Mari Colamarino, 18, was charged by Penn Township police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, obstructing administration of law, ...

Womens club, Scouts beautify Penn Area Library grounds

By Luke Torrance
For many in the area, the Penn Area Library is a place to read, relax or gather. The building’s importance to the community is not lost ...

Apex begins drilling in Penn Township

By Tony LaRussa
Two weeks after Penn Township officials backed off extra regulations for unconventional gas wells, Apex Energy has begun drilling Marcellus shale wells in the township. The ...

Custom-designed program at Penn-Trafford was pipeline to a mentor

By Christina Sheleheda
Three years ago, Jordan Bolena signed up for class and wound up with a mentor. When Bolena, 19, became an apprentice plumber to Larry Sturm as ...

Trib newspaper carrier saves Penn Township home, resident from flames

By Paul Peirce
Quick thinking by a Tribune-Review newspaper carrier and an elderly Penn Township resident’s good fortune of living on the same block as three Harrison City ...

Donors fund daughters’ trip to see cancer-stricken Greensburg father

By Renatta Signorini
Dan Mancini looked expectantly toward the open door. His oldest daughter bounded into the room, and the 49-year-old Greensburg man threw his arms in the air. “Oh, ...

Penn Hills woman found passed out in car in Trafford charged

By Nicole Chynoweth
A Penn Hills woman is accused of leaving a child with a known drug user and later passing out in her running vehicle. Erin Elizabeth Stough, 38, is charged by Trafford police with endangering the welfare of children, driving under the ...

Dying Greensburg dad hopes for ‘one more day’ with daughters

By Renatta Signorini
Before he dies, Dan Mancini wants to see his two daughters. But the 49-year-old Greensburg man, who has cancer, is running out of time. “I’m hoping that ...

It’s no strain for Penn Township’s ‘T-Robe’ to leave ‘em laughing

By Christina Sheleheda
If you’re at a T-Robe comedy show and can’t find humor in “Yo’ Mama” jokes, profanity or family issues — you might be “strained up!” Comedian ...

New Trafford manager looks forward to addressing problems

By Luke Torrance
For a couple of days last month, Rich Sahar took the time to survey Trafford on foot and talk to residents. Though he’s been on the ...

Natural gas driller sues to start project in Penn Township immediately

By Rich Cholodofsky
Apex Energy, which wants to drill two Marcellus shale gas wells in Penn Township, has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order that would allow the project to start immediately. The energy company, in documents filed this week in Westmoreland County ...

Motorcyclist killed after striking pole in Penn Township

By Paul Peirce
A Monroeville motorcyclist was killed early Sunday when his vehicle struck a telephone pole along Route 130 in Penn Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as Ryan M. Dillon, 23. Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman reported that Dillon failed ...

Manor officer leaves for neighboring department, replacement hired

By Christy Walters
Manor council announced said, “Goodbye,” to one full-time officer last week and “welcome back” to another. Borough officials accepted the resignation of officer Tom Yaniszeski, effective May 24. “Tommy was a good employee,” Mayor Jeremy Dixon said at the May 20 borough ...

Trafford Council reaches agreement on parking changes

By Luke Torrance
Trafford Council has agreed to revise two parking regulations that have prompted complaints in recent months. After a two-hour special meeting last week, council agreed to be more generous with time limits on downtown parking and less restrictive regarding the size ...

Memorial Day in Trafford

By Tribune-Review
People lined Cavitt Avenue and 7th Street in Trafford to cheer on the classic cars, emergency vehicles and the many people marching in the borough’s ...

Penn Township man pleads guilty to assaulting 3 police officers

By Renatta Signorini
A Penn Township man blamed alcohol for his assault of three police officers in October. “I was really intoxicated,” said Jordan T. Cosgrove, 24. “I didn’t mean to do the things that I done.” “I’m ashamed of myself,” he told Judge Christopher ...

Lou Bohince honored for boosting Harrison City’s ‘small-town feel’

By Christy Walters
Long-time residents of Harrison City know Lou Bohince. Some know him as the owner of Lou’s Service Center on Harrison Avenue, which now is a Citgo ...

PTARC to cover Safe Sitter baby-sitting training

By Chris Foreman
Children soon will be able to learn how to become a baby sitter or stay at home alone by themselves through a program being developed by the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission. In a partnership with the Penn Township Ambulance service, PTARC ...

Penn adds conditions to driller’s 2 proposed gas well sites

By Luke Torrance
Apex Energy has spent the last several months pursuing gas well sites in Penn Township, and after Monday’s township commissioners meeting, the company will have to wait a little longer. Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that requires Apex to meet additional ...

High school parking limited for Penn-Trafford graduation

By Tribune-Review
People who are planning to attend the Penn-Trafford High School graduation on Thursday should prepare to take a free shuttle to Warrior Stadium. Because of parking limitations on campus related to a construction project, school officials are offering five satellite parking ...

Signs of progress for downtown Trafford

By Chris Foreman
With a background in remodeling empty or dilapidated structures, Mark Fichtner saw an opportunity in Trafford last fall when his firm, Penn-Pioneer Enterprises, bought property ...

4 Trafford buildings condemned

By Chris Foreman
Despite the owner’s insistence that he’s trying his best to schedule and fund repairs, Trafford Council has condemned the historic “bank building” that opened a century ago as a Westinghouse-affiliated inn. The landmark at 501 Cavitt Ave. was one of four ...

Penn-Trafford students offered nursing assistant internships

By Christy Walters
Penn-Trafford High School students will be able to participate in a yearlong nursing-assistant internship program offered through the school starting this summer. Mike Flaherty, a spokesman for a group of senior-care facilities and other medical businesses in Penn Township and Latrobe, ...

Trafford hires borough manager

By Chris Foreman
Trafford council is looking to a longtime Mt. Lebanon municipal employee to provide leadership in the borough. Richard Sahar, 61, of West Newton, started work last week as borough manager. Council on May 5 voted 6-0 — with Councilman Henry Schultz ...

Mysterious event spurs passion for UFO Study Group founder

By Christina Sheleheda
His voice radiates such suspense that it’s nearly impossible not to tune everything else out when Stan Gordon tells you a story about his experience ...

Penn-Trafford School Board challenger dies, 2 incumbents remain

By Chris Foreman
Though the Penn-Trafford community will feel Sara “Sallie” Bradley’s absence from school board meetings and sporting events, her name remains on the primary ballot to ...

Lawsuit by fired Penn-Trafford Spanish teacher could go to nonjury trial

By Chris Foreman
A fired Penn-Trafford Spanish teacher offered last week to settle her “whistle-blower” lawsuit against the Penn-Trafford School District for $350,000, but the district’s insurer wouldn’t agree to pay more than $25,000. With little budging toward a financial settlement during an April ...

Penn Township officials consider scrapping traffic-impact fee

By Chris Foreman
Eighteen years ago, Penn Township commissioners made their community the first in Westmoreland County to adopt a traffic-impact fee to help pay for needed road improvements caused by new development. But with pending changes to the township’s zoning districts and map ...