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Penn-Trafford rallies to support rival after crisis

By Chris Foreman
Franklin Regional hasn’t felt like much of a rival to Penn-Trafford over the past week. The usual, healthy competition between neighboring school districts vanished in …

Penn Township picks Latrobe manager to replace Light

By Chris Foreman
The former executive director of Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County will take over as Penn Township’s new manager in June. Township commissioners unanimously hired …

Franklin Regional tragedy prompts Penn-Trafford to review safety plans

By Chris Foreman
For the second time in 15 months, Penn-Trafford school officials will reassess their emergency plans because of a mass attack on students. The first review was after a December 2012 attack resulted in 26 deaths in a Connecticut elementary school. …

Penn-Trafford officials consider lobbying for restoration of PlanCon

By Chris Foreman
After sending a message to state officials regarding prevailing wage requirements, Penn-Trafford officials might target the state’s construction-reimbursement program next. District officials said that next month they might decide to officially encourage state legislators to restore funding for the Planning …

‘Huge shock’ from prevailing-wage cost for Penn-Trafford

By Chris Foreman
Penn-Trafford School Board members are making a plea for state legislators to reform the Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Act. Armed with an estimate that the five-decade-old law inflates school construction projects statewide by about 10 percent, school board members voted 7-0 …

Trafford sewer work to begin by early fall

By Chris Foreman
Construction on the state-mandated sewage project in Trafford is expected to start in late summer or early fall, borough officials said last week. Trafford officials are embarking on a project to replace or repair five sections of sanitary-sewer lines throughout …

Penn-Trafford musical producer set the stage for theater careers

By Chris Foreman
John Noble sums up Beverly Rubright’s influence on the Penn-Trafford Drama Guild like this: All high schools put on a spring musical; Penn-Trafford aspires to …

Manor mayor, councilman leave fire department

By Chris Foreman
Manor Mayor Jeremy Dixon and Councilman Brian Woy insist there is no smokescreen hiding deeper reasons for why they quit the Manor Volunteer Fire Department …

Penn-Trafford rec board OKs opt-out for director

By Chris Foreman
With a 4-3 vote, the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission board decided Monday to give director Cheryl Kemerer a $250 monthly payment for opting out of health insurance funded by the rec group to join Hempfield Township’s plan. That payment is …

Penn-Trafford youth fitness program off to a running start

By Chris Foreman
When Kellie Walker decided to create a distance-running program for Penn-Trafford elementary students, she said, she hoped to get as many as 20 children to …

Group pitches in $2,500 for Trafford park work

By Chris Foreman
Trafford has another $2,500 to put toward an estimated $250,000 revamping of Westmoreland Park. The Friends of Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission gave Trafford its second grant for the project, which borough officials expect to start later this year. In November, …

PTARC rejects discount for Manor residents

By Chris Foreman
Board members for the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission aren’t willing to waive the pending “nonresident” fee that Manor residents will have to pay for classes when the borough’s pullout from the regional rec agency takes effect in 2016. Longtime PTARC …

Penn-Trafford board says it would OK LERTA deal

By Chris Foreman
Penn-Trafford School Board members support a plan to offer tax abatements to spur development in the Bushy Run Corporate Park and near the intersection of Route 130 and Pleasant Valley Road. Though school board members won’t give formal approval until …

Trafford Terrace to be included in summer playground program

By Chris Foreman
The eight-week summer playground program in Trafford will expand to a third location this year to include activities in the Trafford Terrace neighborhood. Trafford officials also will offer games at the Woodlawn and Fairmont parks when the program begins on …

Cross-country relay for Boston brings runners to local streets

By Chris Foreman
Last year, they ran 3,300 miles. This spring, they’re running 3,300 more. For the second time in nine months, the cross-country One Run for Boston …

LERTA could be a script for attracting business

By Chris Foreman
Last month, Express Scripts signed a deal to move the company’s North Versailles operations about eight miles down the road. In return for setting up shop next to the Turnpike ramps in North Huntingdon, the company won’t pay any local …

Group pledges $10K for Penn Township park work

By Chris Foreman
A local group is pledging $10,000 toward potential improvements for Penn Township Municipal Park. Friends of Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission on March 27 announced the grant, which helps to increase Penn Township’s matching funds for the possible project to about …

Informal forum to detail Trafford’s sewerage project

By Chris Foreman
Trafford officials are inviting residents to an informal forum about the borough’s state-mandated sewage project next week. Borough representatives and engineering staff will be on hand to describe the project, show the plans and answer questions from 3 to 8 …

Penn-Trafford’s ‘Shrek’ will be Beverly Rubright’s last show

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford Drama Guild is going big with its choice for the last spring musical produced by retiring teacher Beverly Rubright. It’s difficult to get …

Manor leaves Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission

By Chris Foreman
Manor Borough — which has paid an annual fee of about a dollar per resident to be part of the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission — has reaped $126,000 in PTARC-assisted state grants over the past 13 years. But borough officials …

Lower-than-expected health care cost yields $471K for Penn-Trafford

By Chris Foreman
A one-time, $471,000 reimbursement from the Westmoreland County Public Schools Healthcare Consortium for the estimated cost of insurance premiums will go toward bolstering the Penn-Trafford School District’s fund balance, district business manager Brett Lago said. The consortium is paying out …

Vendor sues Manor VFD over bill

By Chris Foreman
A Manor businessman is going to court to recoup what he says is the Manor Volunteer Fire Department’s failure to pay him nearly $5,000. David J. Lauffer, owner of J.E. Fugh Mechanical Services Inc., filed a small-claims case this month …

Manor establishes reserve fund

By Chris Foreman
After carrying a budget surplus for several years, Manor officials formally decided last week to create a reserve fund in their general account. Manager Joe Lapia said he will put $200,000 into the interest-bearing account, which will be with Manor …

New Penn library director goes by the book

By Chris Foreman
The future of Penn Area Library will be about more than books on a shelf with new director Dorene Miller at the helm. Miller, a …

Internship teaches Penn Township-native business skills, independence

By Patrick Varine
Anthony DelBene is looking for a few good painters. DelBene, 21, in his junior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is participating in an internship through Young Entrepreneurs Across America’s Student Painters program. DelBene, a Penn Township native, is one …

No challengers file to run against State Rep. Dunbar

By Chris Foreman
Two years ago, Democrats and unions bankrolled much of a $145,000 campaign by a novice Democratic candidate to block state Rep. George Dunbar from a second term. But this year — just four years after Dunbar unseated a seven-term Democratic …

Penn commissioners consider commercial tax abatements

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township commissioners are considering offering tax abatements for commercial-property improvements in the Bushy Run Corporate Park and along Route 130 and Pleasant Valley Road. Doing so would expand the abatement program that covers the Westmoreland County Industrial Park III. …

Developers seek delay for Blackthorne’s back nine

By Chris Foreman
The first nine golf holes at The Club at Blackthorne opened in 2005, but development of the back nine still might be years away. Investors in the golf club and accompanying Blackthorne Estates neighborhood want Penn Township commissioners to approve …

Penn-Trafford board says Inglese the man for No. 2 job

By Chris Foreman
Scott Inglese basically has been handling the duties of Penn-Trafford’s assistant superintendent since last summer. Starting July 1, he’ll have the formal title, too. The …

Trafford property owners balk at $1 easement offer for sewer work

By Chris Foreman
A couple of Trafford property owners say $1 is too small of a price for borough officials to pay for a right of way for a state-mandated project to replace 2.5 miles of sanitary-sewer lines. With Trafford officials preparing to …

Search for Penn Township manager narrows to 6

By Chris Foreman
The search for a new Penn Township manager is down to six candidates. All six are Pennsylvanians, including a couple who live “very, very close by,” said manager Bruce Light, who is retiring in May. He declined to identify any …

Trafford considers renting former police station

By Chris Foreman
If you can’t sell it, rent it. Seeking to generate revenue from the vacant police station, Trafford officials said they might be willing to lease …

Salt purchases deplete Trafford paving money

By Chris Foreman
The cost of repeated salt purchases because of frequent snows this winter likely means Trafford borough won’t have enough money to repave roads this summer, public works foreman Bill Sadler said. “We might do a little bit of patchwork,” he …

Penn-Trafford to replace all 10 retiring teachers

By Chris Foreman
After eliminating some teaching positions as staff retired over in the last couple of years, Penn-Trafford officials anticipate replacing all 10 teachers who are retiring at the end of this school year, Superintendent Matt Harris said Monday. District officials decided …

Penn-Trafford program targets weekend hunger

By Chris Foreman
A new program starting in the Penn-Trafford School District is intended to make sure students aren’t going hungry on weekends. The Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation is coordinating a “Backpacks-to-Go” program that is scheduled to begin in April to offer nutritious …

Longtime administrator fired by Trafford Council

By Chris Foreman
Trafford Council unanimously fired longtime borough administrator Lisa Mallik on Tuesday night because borough officials said they documented about $28,000 worth of bookkeeping errors in the last few years. A borough employee for 17 years, Mallik, 54, had been on …

Hempfield court loss could save PTARC cash

By Chris Foreman
Hempfield Township’s loss is the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s gain. Because of a judge’s ruling, PTARC officials expect to reap nearly $6,000 in annual savings when director Cheryl Kemerer opts out of receiving medical benefits from the intergovernmental agency later …

Penn-Trafford High School construction likely to start in June

By Chris Foreman
Construction at Penn-Trafford High School tentatively is scheduled to start in mid- to late June, which is a few weeks later than the district’s consultants had projected in December. Project architect Hank Tkacik said Monday that the revised time frame …

Groups that use Penn fields will pay cleanup costs

By Chris Foreman
Organizations using the Penn Township Municipal Park fields for tournaments will have to pay up for cleanup work. Township commissioners, including Larry Harrison, who is chairman of the recreation commission, decided the park’s weekend appearance is paramount by having public-works …