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Level Green man receives WWII medals

By Chris Foreman
Nearly seven decades after his discharge from the Army, Ralph Boura finally can display the medals he earned as a paratrooper during World War II. …

Penn commissioners forecast no tax hike

By Chris Foreman
Though the first reading of the proposed 2015 budget isn’t until next month, Penn officials say there shouldn’t be need to raise the property-tax rate. Township officials are reviewing the projected budget picture before advertising it to residents in November. …

Penn Twp. board OKs fracking regulations

By Chris Foreman
Under new regulations that now are in effect in Penn Township, Marcellus shale drilling rigs and fracking ponds are banned from residential and commercial areas — but companies are allowed to conduct horizontal drilling across almost all of the township. …

Manor VFD plans weekend training sessions on Butler Street

By Chris Foreman
Manor firefighters are working with borough officials to coordinate weekend training sessions at a dilapidated Butler Street home so that firetrucks don’t block in neighbors’ vehicles and new street curbs aren’t damaged. The firefighters are planning to have two trainings …

Manor officials expect to hold taxes steady for 2015

By Chris Foreman
Manor officials aren’t expecting the property-tax rate to go up for 2015. Though borough expenses are projected to increase by 10.5 percent next year, a draft budget prepared by Manager Joe Lapia projects that the borough will bring in about …

Penn-Trafford teachers accept contract; board vote to follow

By Chris Foreman
Now that Penn-Trafford teachers have accepted the tentative terms of a new contract, the Penn-Trafford School Board is expected to put the conditions to a vote next month. The teachers on Oct. 17 agreed to a new four-year contract by …

Penn Township gets $211K DCNR grant for park redevelopment

By Chris Foreman
Another big grant is coming to Penn Township for the continued redevelopment of the municipal park. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources formally announced Friday that it is awarding a $211,000 grant for the second phase of the …

Former Penn-Trafford student put on house arrest for drug sales

By Tribune-Review
A former Penn-Trafford student pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he sold drugs to fellow students at the school. Cole Henderson, 18, was sentenced by Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio to serve two years on probation and six months of …

Line painting planned in Penn Township

By Tribune-Review
Workers will be painting lines on roads in Penn Township Friday, weather permitting, according to municipal officials. Roads targeted for painting are: • Pleasant Valley Road from Route 130 to the Murrysville line at the creek. • Main Street from …

Inaction on landlord ordinance riles Trafford mayor

By Chris Foreman
A push to punish Trafford landlords for disruptive tenants has stalled amid concerns about the length of a proposed ordinance, its similarity to other borough regulations and the lack of a code officer to help enforce it. Though there is …

Penn-Trafford’s Aunkst getting her kicks for football, soccer teams

By Chris Foreman
It’s been a whirlwind senior year for Casey Aunkst, who is getting her kicks on both the soccer pitch and the football gridiron. In the …

Penn-Trafford fills three classroom positions

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board hired three people to fill specialty classroom positions at their meeting on Monday night. Those hired are: • Malissa Cheplick, special-education classroom instructional aide at Level Green Elementary School. • Kristie Killen, paraprofessional at Penn Middle …

Trafford officials discuss future of code-enforcement position

By Chris Foreman
Trafford council is mulling over options for code-enforcement duties because of another departure. Officials haven’t decided how to move forward in November after the borough’s contract with Mark Lazzaro of Allegheny Building Consultants ends. Lazzaro gave a 30-day notice to …

Penn Township standoff leads to discovery of suspected marijuana growing operation

By Paul Peirce
Police who arrested a Penn Township man Saturday after a brief standoff said they found a small marijuana-growing operation inside his home. Ralph H. Deep Jr., 52, is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post $50,000 …

Former Manor Elementary School draws no bids at auction

By Chris Foreman
Dennis and Gerry Lane see potential in the former Manor Elementary School, the 18,000-square-foot building they’ve lived beside for four decades. But the couple say …

Police: Trafford couple used website to advertise prostitution services

By Paul Peirce
A Trafford couple allegedly used a website to advertise prostitution services in their Second Street home in the small borough in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, …

Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority hit with $114K fine

By Chris Foreman
The Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority has to pay the state Department of Environmental Protection a $114,000 civil penalty for failing to issue a boil-water notice in November. The state agency and authority officials agreed in August to the penalty, which …

PTARC board OKs scaled-back budget

By Chris Foreman
Member contributions to the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission will drop by about 23 percent in 2015 as the rec agency moves to close its recreation center. PTARC board members on Monday approved a $167,237 budget for next year, down from …

Trafford Council approves emergency repair of sewer line

By Chris Foreman
Declaring an emergency, Trafford council awarded a contract Tuesday night to a Washington County company to replace a storm sewer line that the borough engineer said is in “imminent danger” of collapsing. Council voted 5-0, with John Race absent, to …

Level Green VFD eyes PTARC site

By Chris Foreman
Seeking a spot for a new fire station, Level Green volunteer firefighters are asking about the availability of the property where the PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center sits. Though firefighters declined to buy the former school and library from the Penn-Trafford …

3 officers injured in Penn Township scuffle

By Paul Peirce
A 23-year-old Penn Township man was jailed early Thursday for allegedly scuffling with and causing minor injuries to three township police officers  responding to a …

Penn-Trafford’ STEM program incorporates 3D printers

By Chris Foreman
Technology education is three-dimensional in Penn-Trafford middle schools this year. With the use of 3D printers as the highlight, students in the seventh and eighth …

Trafford Crime watch members hope to build on momentum

By Chris Foreman
Now that a neighborhood crime watch is restarting in Trafford, organizers say it’s important to keep the momentum for the program so it can be an effective liaison for borough police. An organizational meeting last week drew 20 people to …

Heritage Trail project gets $750K commitment

By Chris Foreman
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission is committing $750,000 in federal funding to extend the Westmoreland Heritage Trail along the former Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad line. Quietly approved two months ago, the regional planning agency’s grant is the first funding commitment for …

Revisions to Penn Twp. zoning ordinance nearly done

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are close to finishing revisions to a proposed zoning ordinance but haven’t set a date for the next public hearing. Most of the revisions have been focused on establishing local guidelines for gas drilling. State law defines …

High bid puts Cozy Lane project in limbo

By Chris Foreman
A grant-funded project to pave Cozy Lane in Penn Township might be put off until next year. The only bid — $48,936 by Ligonier Construction — that township commissioners received for the work by Monday’s deadline was more than $20,000 …

Manor skate park’s future uncertain

By Chris Foreman 9:09 p.m.
Frustrated by strewn garbage and vandalism, Manor officials have locked the gate to the skate park at Lower Manor Park and are deciding what to …

Visitors to Penn-Trafford will need ID

By Chris Foreman 9:00 p.m.
Visitors to Penn-Trafford High School now will have to show a driver’s license or other government-issued identification to enter the building. School officials on Monday started a new sign-in procedure in which visitors present identification to a security guard after …

Verizon: Reps were wrong to say Trafford is keeping FiOS out

By Chris Foreman 9:00 p.m.
Verizon officials pledge to get to the bottom of why their employees erroneously have been saying that uncooperative local governments are the reason why FiOS cable TV service isn’t available in Trafford and other communities. Though Verizon representatives showed interest …

Manor streets to get short-term patches

By Chris Foreman 9:00 p.m.
Manor officials say portions of the streets affected by a state-mandated sewage project will be paved in coming weeks to make the roads passable during the snowy months. Though a full curb-to-curb layer of asphalt won’t be applied this fall, …

Manor facing higher insurance premiums

By Chris Foreman 9:00 p.m.
Health-insurance premiums for Manor police officers and public-works employees will cost the borough 15 percent more next year. Manor Council voted last week to approve renewal of coverage by UPMC Health Plan for the three full-time officers and three full-time …

Identities of theft suspects sought by Penn Township and state police

By Tribune-Review
Penn Township police and state police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects who are believed to have used stolen credit cards to purchase …

Manor man’s film finds odd gifts can be unbearable

By Chris Foreman
Why would a woman give her 29-year-old brother-in-law a teddy bear wearing a patriotic sweater? The odd gift puzzles David Safin’s character in his short …

Penn-Trafford football shuttle to change

By Chris Foreman
Some parking changes are planned this weekend to accommodate Penn-Trafford football fans and families attending the Penn Township Fall Festival. Starting Friday evening, shuttles for the last four home football games now will be offered at Community United Methodist Church, …

Organization upgrades Manor VFD’s insurance rating

By Chris Foreman
An improved insurance rating for the Manor Volunteer Fire Department potentially could lead to a reduction in some homeowners’ insurance premiums in the borough, industry officials said. Manor firefighters learned this summer that the New Jersey-based Insurance Services Office, or …

Woman asks Penn Township officials for help with vacant home

By Chris Foreman
Worried about a neglected, vacant house near her home in Level Green, Janet Schubert pleaded with Penn Township commissioners last week for help to ensure township officials inspect its condition. Schubert said a neighboring property on Meadowbrook Road is uninhabitable …

Penn-Trafford School Board to clarify wording of agreement

By Chris Foreman
A new agreement between the Penn-Trafford School Board and the teachers union defines the functions of student-learning assistants but — contrary to how the district worded a summary of the deal last week — it doesn’t add them to the …

Though improved, Penn Township pension fund still distressed

By Chris Foreman
Two years of high investment returns — and the expectation of a third high yield in 2014 — have Penn Township’s finance director hoping that the municipality soon will be able to reduce its relatively large contribution to its underfunded …

Penn Township park field renamed for Proskin

By Chris Foreman
Shelley Proskin’s memory will live on in Penn Township despite the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s proposal to sell the building that bears her name. Field No. 3 at Penn Township Municipal Park is being renamed in Proskin’s honor, and Penn-Trafford …