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PTARC to Manor: Let’s stay together

By Tom Mcgee
With Manor slated to withdraw from the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission at the end of the year, one more effort is being staged to keep ...

Without debt from rec center, PTARC budget outlook good

By Tom Mcgee
Though it still is early in the budget process, Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission officials say they are confident that 2016 finances will be strong. The commission is slated to lose a $2,338 annual contribution from Manor. However, it also will shed ...

Seminar teaches Penn-Trafford staff how to confront shooters

By Tom Mcgee
Before students returned to class last week, Penn-Trafford teachers spent a day preparing the worst possible scenario. The training program by Franklin Park-based INPAX Training taught ...

Trafford officials drop price to rent Westmoreland Park

By Tom Mcgee
The rental cost for Westmoreland Park in Trafford is dropping. In 5-0 vote Tuesday night, Trafford Council decided to drop the rental fee for the East Edgewood Avenue road from $250 to $100. Councilmen Henry Schultz and Peter Ledwich were …

Penn-Trafford grad’s exhibition to benefit anti-trafficking group

By Tom Mcgee
Maranie Staab is using her photography skills to bring awareness to an important cause. Staab’s photographs will be on display and for sale during an exhibition ...

Fracking next step at Penn Township drill site

By Tom Mcgee
The drilling phase of two natural-gas wells in Penn Township is on track to be completed by the end of this month, which paves the ...

Trafford man sentenced for sex with teen

By Tribune-Review
A Trafford man will serve up to eight years in prison for having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl three years ago. Ronald Garvis, 28, was convicted by a Westmoreland County jury in March of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual ...

Penn Township woman helps island recover from typhoon

By Tom Mcgee
When Penn Township native Amber Alberts took a job as a magician’s assistant on the island of Saipan, she considered it to be the latest ...

UPMC East donates school supplies for P-T students

By Tom Mcgee
As students return to class at Trafford Elementary and Middle schools today, Thursday, they can be assured they’ll have all the tools they’ll need for ...

Manor officials grudgingly OK transit deal

By Tom Mcgee
The Westmoreland County Transit Authority will continue to have a bus stop in Manor, and local officials continue to be frustrated by the cost to ...

Manor stalls on land bank decision

By Tom Mcgee
Manor officials want more information before they decide if the borough will join the Westmoreland County Land Bank. Manor Council was slated to vote on an ordinance to join the county’s land bank program last week, but officials opted to delay ...

Nemitz joins Manor Council

By Tom Mcgee
Manor officials last week welcomed a newcomer to join them on borough council. Terence Nemitz, 61, was appointed to replace James Morgan last week with a ...

Manor explores police vehicle options

By Tom Mcgee
Manor’s public-safety committee will look at options to replace the police department’s 2015 Ford Expedition that was totaled earlier this month. The sport-utility vehicle was totaled after a one-vehicle crash Aug. 8 while officers were trying to stop a quad near ...

Penn Township settles drilling suit

By Tom Mcgee
Penn Township commissioners have settled a legal challenge from a community group by agreeing to open up more shale-gas drilling data to public scrutiny. Members of the Protect PT group had challenged an April decision by the township’s zoning hearing board ...

Penn-Trafford ready for new school year

By Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford School District students will return to school next week. With classes set to start Aug. 27, district officials expect an enrollment of 3,966, Superintendent Matthew ...

Penn Township officials consider alcohol permits for Municipal Park

By Tom Mcgee
Those who rent park pavilions in Penn Township soon could be allowed to include alcohol in their plans. As part of a series of proposed revisions to the township’s recreation policies, alcohol would be permitted at two pavilions in Municipal Park. ...

Sandy Hill, Pleasant Valley road upgrade to drain Penn Township account

By Tom Mcgee
Penn Township will pay about $162,250 more than initially expected for the next construction project to improve the intersection of Route 130 and Pleasant Valley and Sandy Hill roads. The money will come from the township’s traffic-impact fee account. The township ...

Penn Township agrees to take ownership of rec center

By Tom Mcgee
Penn Township will take over the former Shelley Proskin Recreation Center — and about $43,000 of debt. After holding a 20-minute closed-door discussion on the matter last week, township commissioners voted 3-1 Monday to take ownership of the 3-acre property from ...

Sunoco Pipeline agrees to pay $120K for building on Penn Twp. land without permission

By Tom Mcgee
Sunoco Pipeline LP will pay Penn Township $120,000 for building part of a pipeline on township property after local officials refused a $1,550 offer to do so. Township commissioners approved the settlement with Sunoco on Wednesday. Sunoco Pipeline officials told the township ...

Penn-Trafford alumna paints murals at elementary

By Tom Mcgee
A Penn-Trafford alumna is giving something back to her former elementary school before she begins the next phase of her academic career. Sarah Bender, 18, a ...

Penn-Trafford adds 10 teachers

By Tom Mcgee
The Penn-Trafford School District is welcoming new teachers to the district for the 2015-16 year. The school board hired 10 teachers last week. All will begin work Aug. 24. • Caitlin Borden, Tara Guerrieri, Kristy Hartman and Stephanie Troutman will work ...

Park group donates flags for Trafford veterans bridge

By Tom Mcgee
The drive over Trafford Veterans Memorial Bridge is becoming more patriotic. The Friends of Trafford Veterans Memorial Park group donated eight flags and poles to be ...

Penn-Trafford marching band to get new uniforms

By Tom Mcgee
Members of the Penn-Trafford High School marching band will have new uniforms by the middle of next year. On Monday, the school board approved a $72,811 purchase from DeMoulin Bros. and Co. of Greenville, Ill., for the uniforms. The district will pay ...

Free parking hours extended in Trafford business district

By Tom Mcgee
Visitors to Trafford’s business district can park for free for a few hours longer. Trafford Council voted 4-3 to change regulations on parts of Cavitt Avenue and parts of Fourth and Fifth streets from two to four hours. Councilmen Jay Rice, ...

Rules on parking oversized vehicles in Trafford adjusted

By Tom Mcgee
Trafford officials have approved changes to the borough’s rules on parking large vehicles. Under the ordinance, updated last week, an oversize vehicle is defined as one weighing more than 11,000 pounds, having an overall width more than 7.5 feet, being longer ...

Authorities identify 2 men killed in fiery crash in Pittsburgh

By Tony Raap
Authorities on Monday identified two men killed in a fiery crash Saturday in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Gregory Scavincky, 28, of Irwin, Westmoreland County and Michael Depalma, 27, of Trafford died when their Dodge Charger crashed into a support column on ...

PTARC sets fall registration

By Tom Mcgee 2:18 p.m.
Registration for the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission’s fall programs will begin Aug. 20. Fall programs and classes are listed at ptarc.org. PTARC director Linda Bires said registration is available online. “Parents seem to like the convenience of it, and it’s easy for ...

PTARC board weighs hiring attorney to map future of building

By Tom Mcgee
The Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission might hire an attorney to help guide it through the process of unloading a Penn Township property that has been in limbo for several months. PTARC board members have been debating for several months what to ...

Penn-Trafford work change-order vote set for Monday

By Tom Mcgee 1:07 p.m.
A round of change orders for work at Penn-Trafford High School could cost about $34,000. The school board is expected to vote Monday on revisions to the ongoing high school remodeling program. The most expensive revision to the $31 million project is ...

Broken water line forces Manor Grille to close

By Tom Mcgee
A broken water line has closed one of Manor’s local eateries. Manor Grille owner Derek Gutkowski said on Monday he is unsure when the restaurant will ...

Re-enactors to help mark anniversary of Battle of Bushy Run

By Tom Mcgee
For historical re-enactors such as Bruce Egli, living out a piece of history is a way to attract the next generation of history buffs. He will ...

Penn-Trafford volunteers welcome waiving of background check fees

By Christina Sheleheda
When Gov. Tom Wolf last month announced that the state would waive the fees for background checks for volunteers working with children, it came as a great relief to Kelly Lane, recent president of the Trafford Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization. Lane ...

Penn-Trafford High School library to be open to start new school year

By Tom Mcgee
When students return to Penn-Trafford High School next month, they still will see construction work under way. But, they also will have some new and improved areas to enjoy. Work on the $31 million remodeling project at the school is on ...

New transformer to be installed at Municipal Park

By Tom Mcgee
The need for generators for events such as the community fall festival soon could be a thing of the past in Penn Township. Township commissioners last week approved an easement agreement with West Penn Power to install a new transformer near ...

Unexpected storm water project to cost Manor $20,000

By Tom Mcgee
An unexpected storm water sewer-pipe replacement will cost Manor nearly $20,000. Manor Council last week voted 4-0 to approve a contract with BJC Enterprises of Monroeville to replace 154 feet of a corrugated-metal-pipe storm drain that runs through several properties on ...

Penn Township housing plan gains commissioners’ approval

By Staff Report
A Penn Township housing plan has final approval. Commissioners unanimously approved a plan for the Sandy Hill Meadows plan last week. The development, near Sandy Hill Road and Ciocco Court, will feature 14 residences in seven duplexes. Patriot Homes is the developer ...

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 ...