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Bushy Run Battlefield upgrades to include trail, signs, landscaping

By Mary Pickels
One year after the dedication of a monument marking the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run, efforts are under way to further enhance ...

Trafford officials: Finances not as bad as feared

By Chris Foreman
Tough decisions are ahead, but some Trafford officials say they don’t think the borough finances are as poor as initially projected last week. Despite discussion that general-fund expenses next year could eclipse revenue by as much as $215,000, a 2014 budget ...

Manor affirms its PTARC departure

By Chris Foreman
Manor Council is following through with its plan to withdraw from the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission. Though Manor Councilman Bruce Hartman and the borough’s representative to the PTARC board advocated Manor’s continued participation in PTARC, council decided Nov. 19 to move ...

Trafford Council considers letting firefighters manage Manchester Room

By Chris Foreman
With the borough lacking the staffing to manage the Manchester Room, Trafford council might reach out to the town’s volunteer firefighters for help. During a budget discussion last week, Council President Henry Schultz raised the possibility of council negotiating an agreement ...

State releases Penn-Trafford high school scores after issue

By Chris Foreman
Penn-Trafford High School’s score on the state’s School Performance Profile fell 6 points for the 2013-14 school year, which ranked it seventh among the 17 Westmoreland County high schools. The state Department of Education released Penn-Trafford’s 84.1 score later than those ...

Manor bar owner complains of police parking in his lot

By Chris Foreman
A Manor bar owner says he worries he might be losing money because police officers tend to park their cruisers near his business when they’re looking for expired inspection stickers on passing vehicles. Roy Bauer, who has owned the Manor House ...

Police on hunt for suspects in unrelated Penn Township, Manor cases

By Bob Stiles
Police said Wednesday they are looking for suspects in two cases — a man who stole at least $3,500 worth of cash and jewelry from a Penn Township home and a woman who added “tips” to customers’ bills while she ...

Homewood man faces drug charges after chase in Trafford

By Tribune-Review
A man who ran from police following a traffic stop in Trafford Saturday is accused of ditching cocaine and heroin during the chase, according to court documents. Vincent Juanno Strader, 41, of Homewood, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on ...

Penn Township could alter leaf-collection service

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are discussing the possibility of cutting or altering the municipal service of curbside vacuuming of autumn leaves. Mounting staff costs and high expectations from residents have administrators considering ways to “decouple us from a lawn-care service,” township manager ...

Plans for Penn Township’s Proskin center remain uncertain

By Chris Foreman
Before considering an acquisition of the PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center, Penn Township commissioners said they might seek the Penn-Trafford School Board’s blessing. Because the township transferred the 3-acre property with the center to the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission for $1 in ...

Sloppy bookkeeping complicates Trafford’s 2015 budget process

By Chris Foreman
Trafford’s finances are in disarray again. Two years after overspending on a public-safety building drained the borough budget, Manager Virginia Finnegan estimates that the borough might have as much as a $215,000 deficit to cover spending from the general fund next ...

Union: Penn-Trafford should have considered furloughed teachers

By Chris Foreman
The union for three furloughed vo-tech teachers continues to pursue a lawsuit that says the Penn-Trafford School District should have considered them for job openings in the high school math department. For the teachers to prevail, however, a group of Commonwealth ...

Level Green residents question drilling-related zoning in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
With state permits pending for two shale-drilling sites in the Level Green area, some residents are pressing Penn Township commissioners for answers about how proposed revisions to the township’s zoning ordinance would protect home values, water quality and road conditions. Mobilized ...

‘The Outsiders’ comes to Penn-Trafford High School stage

By Chris Foreman
A drive-in movie-style atmosphere will provide the backdrop for the Penn-Trafford Drama Guild’s weekend production of “The Outsiders” in the high school auditorium. Concession-stand snacks of ...

Turning lanes to be added to busy Penn Township intersection

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township will contribute $500,000 to the estimated $2.9 million upgrade of the intersection of Route 130 and Pleasant Valley and Sandy Hill roads. Township commissioners voted unanimously on Nov. 12 to use traffic-impact fees collected by the township for the ...

Road opening bittersweet for Penn Township businesses

By Bob Stiles
Pati Livengood turned to social media and her website to spread the good news that the Harrison City-Export Road in Penn Township had reopened. But the harm done to her business, Photography by Pati, and others in the Harrison City area ...

Penn Township Republican Dunbar expects Wolf to ‘bring everyone to the table’

By Chris Foreman
Ticket-splitting across the state last week appears to show that voters are fed up with the inactivity in Harrisburg, state Rep. George Dunbar said. Though Republicans widened their majorities in both chambers on Nov. 4, voters rejected a second term for ...

Hockenberry latest to be appointed to Trafford Council

By Chris Foreman
While sitting in the audience during some Trafford Council meetings over the last few months, Dennis Hockenberry was struck by what he saw as a ...

Trafford schools improve in state rating, other Penn-Trafford schools decline

By Chris Foreman
Although Trafford Elementary and Middle schools improved in 2013-14 on a state scoring system for evaluating schools, the ratings of five other Penn-Trafford schools fell in the second year of the School Performance Profiles. The state Department of Education released a ...

Grant brings federal funding of Westmoreland Heritage Trail to $1M

By Chris Foreman
After receiving a $250,000 grant this week, Westmoreland County and the Regional Trail Corp. now have $1 million in federal funds for construction of the next phase of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail. PennDOT officials on Monday announced that it will channel ...

Trafford Mayor Peduzzi confirms plans to move, resign

By Chris Foreman
Besides the turnover on borough council, Trafford also will lose its mayor next year. Rey Peduzzi confirmed this week that he is planning to move to Manor in the spring. He and his wife bought a ranch-style home there in late ...

Extra grading work needed on bus loop at Penn-Trafford High School

By Chris Foreman
It will cost more to complete the grading for a new bus loop at Penn-Trafford High School, but officials are offsetting the cost by having district maintenance workers do some cleanup in the school instead of contractors. The Penn-Trafford School Board ...

Officials continue to consider siren in Trafford

By Chris Foreman
Some Trafford officials still are interested in reactivating a siren system for emergencies, but the cost to do so might be prohibitive without a grant. The borough spent about $700 last year to remove and store an old civil-defense siren from ...

Laird resigns from Trafford Council

By Chris Foreman
Citing personal and family reasons, Trafford Council President Richard Laird has resigned from office. Laird, the president since March 2012, leaves after a decade as …

Penn Township woman flew ‘tow planes’ during World War II

By Bob Stiles
Ruth Kunkle disregarded stereotypes, ignored insults tossed her way and flew airplanes during World War II that sometimes were hit by friendly fire. While other women ...

Penn Township seamstress happy to boost cancer patients’ spirits

By Mary Pickels
Cancer patients arriving at Arnold Palmer Pavilion take a pleasantly surprising detour before being led to treatment. “We say, ‘Let’s go shopping first,’ ” said Nancy ...

New deal will freeze pay of nearly half of Penn-Trafford teachers

By Chris Foreman
Under terms of their new contract, almost half of the Penn-Trafford School District’s 245 teachers will have their pay frozen at some point during the next four years. In a 6-3 vote Monday night, the Penn-Trafford School Board OK’d a deal ...

Penn-Trafford High School library closed until next school year

By Chris Foreman
A change in the construction schedule will keep the Penn-Trafford High School library closed until the next school year. That’s the first significant alteration to the tentative construction schedule that district officials released in August, when they estimated the library ...

Trafford seeks county help with demolition

By Chris Foreman
Trafford officials might look to Westmoreland County again for help to demolish a dilapidated building. Faced with the liability of owning an old house on Radosh Drive, officials are considering applying to the county’s demolition program, which covers the majority of ...

PTARC board votes to give center to Penn

By Chris Foreman
Though some details are unsettled, the Penn Township commissioners might take over ownership of the 3-acre property with the PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center by the end of the year. In the long run, the property could be where Level Green volunteer ...

Friends to turn up the heat for roast of Penn police chief

By Chris Foreman 9:11 p.m.
John Otto is offering himself as a sacrificial lamb to raise money for parks and recreation projects in the Penn-Trafford area. In volunteering to be the butt of jokes for a roast at Colton Hall on Nov. 7, the Penn Township ...

Young Penn-Trafford fans to choose between trick-or-treat, WPIAL playoffs

By Chris Foreman 9:11 p.m.
Trick or treat. Or touchdowns? With playoff football falling on Halloween this year, some families might have to choose between cheering for the Penn-Trafford Warriors in a home game or strolling through their neighborhoods for candy. Like most communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, ...

Downtown Trafford suffers through period of inactivity

By Chris Foreman 9:11 p.m.
It hasn’t been easy to sell property in downtown Trafford, as abandoned storefronts and vacant buildings have taken over. Take Jeff Tobe, for instance. Sensing potential in Trafford in 2005, when he was living in Monroeville, Tobe bought a Cavitt Avenue ...

1st phase of Penn Township park upgrades to be inspected

By Chris Foreman 9:00 p.m.
The final inspection for the first phase of a development project at Penn Township Municipal Park will be completed in late November. Almost all of the work in the park has been completed on time, said Linda Bires, assistant to the ...

Trafford Elementary/Middle School evacuated after bomb threat

By Tribune-Review
A police sweep with bomb-sniffing dogs Monday found no evidence of an explosive at two Penn-Trafford schools, according to an administrator. Superintendent Matthew Harris stated on the district’s website that staff members at Trafford Middle School and Elementary School found a ...

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. Boura’s ...

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. “I don’t ...

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. Though ...

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 to ...