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Sunoco mistakenly puts part of pipeline on Penn Township land

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are threatening litigation against Sunoco Logistics because the company installed a tiny section of a major pipeline on township property without their permission. Township Solicitor Les Mlakar said he might go so far as to request a court ...

Penn Township officials move to ban fracking ponds

By Chris Foreman
In a change from two months ago, Penn Township officials now are moving to ban fracking ponds from all five zoning districts, not just residential and commercial areas. The shift to expand the pond prohibition comes as commissioners are working with ...

Level Green VFD nears closing on Proskin rec center

By Chris Foreman
Given a second chance to buy a former school property to build a new garage, Level Green firefighters pounced. “We never ever thought for an instant that the property would become available again once we passed on it in the ’90s,” ...

Penn Township homemaker to seek district judge position

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Penn Township homemaker will run for the district judge office currently held by Republican Helen Kistler. Republican Georgia Snowden, 43, said Thursday she wants to ...

Workers at Penn-Trafford High School discover damaged pipes

By Chris Foreman
The cost of replacing cracked and collapsing sewage lines at Penn-Trafford High School is expected to run into six figures. A construction crew working on the $31-million improvement project at the high school found major problems with the terra cotta and ...

Trafford Council streamlines problem-tenant ordinance

By Chris Foreman
On the heels of some of the higher-profile crime reports in town, Trafford officials are aiming to hold landlords and tenants accountable if police are called to a rental unit multiple times during a 90-day period. Under a proposal that would ...

Manor shifts sewage fee collection duties to MAWC

By Chris Foreman
With an eye toward cutting its expenses for collecting sewage payments, Manor Council has decided to have the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County bill customers next year instead of the borough tax collector. Council’s decision last week takes away a duty ...

Level Green VFD agrees to take on PTARC rec center debt

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township commissioners are nearing a decision on a potential transfer of the PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center property to the Level Green Volunteer Fire Department. With the firefighters agreeing last month to pay the estimated $46,000 remaining on an outstanding loan ...

Penn-Trafford School Board agrees to not exceed tax-hike limit

By Chris Foreman
In a procedural move, the Penn-Trafford School Board has agreed to cap any possible increase in the property-tax rate for the 2015-16 school year at the state-based index of 1.92 mills. The board voted unanimously on Dec. 2 to limit any ...

Irwin man charged with another burglary

By Tribune-Review
A 27-year-old man who has been charged with breaking into two Penn Township tanning salons and other burglaries is facing new charges, along with a second man. Anthony Ross Giacchino of Irwin was charged on Tuesday with David Scott Brewer, ...

Penn-Trafford student charged with starting rumors of shooting threat

By Mary Pickels
A Penn-Trafford High School student must answer numerous charges in juvenile court for starting a rumor that a fellow student threatened to “shoot up” the high school. Penn Township police have filed a juvenile petition charging the unnamed student with terroristic ...

2 charged in tanning business break-ins in Penn Township, Manor

By Mary Pickels
Police in Manor and Penn Township have filed charges against two men who allegedly burglarized two tanning businesses on the same day. Among charges for Ian Poole Smail, 29, of Greensburg and Anthony Giacchino, 27, of Irwin are conspiracy, criminal trespass, ...

Adamsburg looks to nearby communities for police service

By Chris Foreman
Adamsburg officials want to have police from nearby Penn Borough or Irwin patrol their tiny community, but they’re not expecting to reinstitute a former agreement to receive coverage from Manor police. It’s been about four years since Manor police provided patrols ...

Budget would restore Penn Township Fall Festival funding

By Chris Foreman
The Penn Township Fall Festival will go on for another year, and the volunteer organizers might even be able to plan for a 10th anniversary in 2016. Though the Penn Township commissioners halved their 2014 contribution to $5,000 for the annual ...

No tax increase needed in Trafford for 2015

By Chris Foreman
Trafford officials no longer are sounding the alarm on their 2015 finances. Despite their expectation that they will need a $200,000 loan to help their cash flow early next year, officials said Tuesday that a property-tax increase won’t be necessary to ...

Penn Township seeks people to fill several vacancies

By Chris Foreman
With 12 openings on various boards and authorities next year, Penn Township commissioners are seeking residents who are interested in public service. Commissioners are advertising openings for a variety of positions, most of which are unpaid. Only the recipient of a ...

Penn Township, Trafford road crews ready for winter

By Chris Foreman
Officials in the Penn-Trafford communities say they’re ready for snowfall and icy roads after struggling with limited supplies last winter. Like many other communities in the region, officials in Penn Township and Trafford were frustrated earlier this year by weather-related delays ...

Elizabeth Township man charged with baseball bat, knife attack on former roommate

By Renatta Signorini
An Allegheny County man allegedly attacked his former Trafford roommate this week with a knife and a baseball bat, according to police. Jason Tyler Wedel, 32, ...

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 2:43 p.m.
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 ...