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Penn Township officials consider recreational future of Hall property

By Chris Foreman
More than a decade has passed since Joseph “Junior” Hall Jr. signed away 65 acres to Penn Township for $1 to use for a recreation area. Although the property has been unused for the past dozen years, renewed enthusiasm by township ...

Trafford Middle School program talks about cyber bullying

By Chris Foreman
When Philip Little of the state Attorney General’s Office talks with students in the region about cyberbullying, he tells them about a startling statistic backed by several studies. For every 10 children who see a mean-spirited remark online about another student, ...

Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation seeks applicants

By Chris Foreman
Board members of the Penn-Trafford Community Education Foundation are looking for volunteers with leadership qualities who want to help with the board’s projects in the district. Expecting to be down to nine board members by late spring, foundation officials want to ...

Penn-Trafford officials investigate employee’s possible interaction with former students

By Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford school officials confirmed Tuesday that the district is investigating the conduct of an employee who possibly had personal interactions with former students. In a press release, Superintendent Matthew Harris said administrators were made aware of the concerns by high school ...

‘Music Man’ comes to Penn-Trafford

By Chris Foreman
“The Music Man” is marching into Penn-Trafford High School this weekend. The popular show about con man Harold Hill’s stop in River City, Iowa, to start ...

Officials consider change to Penn Township road-crew residency policy

By Chris Foreman
Though Penn Township commissioners say there is no shortage of applicants for public-works job openings, they’re raising the possibility of relaxing the residency requirement for new employees. Without a consensus, commissioners didn’t indicate that they’re ready to make a change yet. Under ...

Primary battles take shape for Penn-Trafford School Board school board, Harrison City district judge

By Chris Foreman
Though some candidates are unopposed for nominations this spring, there will be contested primary races for some Penn-Trafford School Board seats and for the district judge seat based in Harrison City. Meanwhile, there are several spring races for row offices and ...

AG office to pay for Penn Township narcotics overtime

By Chris Foreman
In a deal billed as the first of its kind in Westmoreland County, the state Attorney General’s Office is offering to pay the overtime costs for a Penn Township narcotics detective to help its investigators attack the drug trade in ...

Attorneys for Penn Twp., citizens group question driller during zoning hearing

By Chris Foreman
Those who oppose Apex Energy’s plan to drill two unconventional wells in Penn Township claimed March 12 that company officials haven’t given enough proof to ease their concerns about noise, truck traffic and declining property values. Further, they contend that a ...

Level Green teacher joins Scholastic advisory board

By Chris Foreman
Amy Damaska’s one-year role on the Scholastic Reading Club Teacher Advisory Board begins this weekend with a meeting in New York City. Damaska, a second-grade teacher ...

Property owners surprised to learn Trafford wants to tear down their buildings

By Chris Foreman
Trafford Council might choose to condemn the historic “bank building” as it considers properties that might be eligible for grant-funded demolitions. But the owner — who bought the one-time Westinghouse-affiliated inn two years ago for $15,000 — said he considers the ...

Penn-Trafford officials taking cautious budget approach

By Chris Foreman
Though Gov. Tom Wolf touted more state funding of public schools during his budget address last week, Penn-Trafford’s business manager said it’s “unrealistic” to expect that all of the new executive’s proposals will be finalized before district officials pass Penn-Trafford’s ...

Penn-Trafford aide accused of assault resigns

By Chris Foreman
A former school aide who was charged last month with simple assault and harassment because of an incident with a student has resigned. The Penn-Trafford School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of Sharon Kosko, who had been a paraprofessional at ...

Trafford considers 1,000- , 1,250-foot buffer zones

By Chris Foreman
A proposal to regulate the drilling of unconventional wells in Trafford would establish a buffer of 1,000 feet from the property line of a “protected structure” and 1,250 feet from a school. Though Trafford council members still were tweaking the wording, ...

Penn Township businessman to run again for sheriff’s office

By Tribune-Review
Penn Township businessman Al Lonzo will try a second time to become county sheriff. Lonzo, 61, announced that he will again be a candidate to run ...

2 people hospitalized when SUV crashes into home in Penn Township

By Jacob Tierney
Two people were taken to a hospital early Saturday when an SUV crashed into a Penn Township home, trapping a man in his recliner, according to Westmoreland County 911. The crash happened on Waugaman Road in Penn Township at about 12:35 ...

Trafford Rec Board auction marks 25 years

By Chris Foreman
Organizers of the Trafford Recreation Board auction are celebrating their 25th fundraiser on Saturday. The annual event has been the lifeblood of several renewal projects in ...

Trafford hires new borough manager

By Chris Foreman
Another woman with an extensive accounting background will serve as Trafford manager. Trafford Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Rae Ann Tronetti, who runs the Deltron Management Consultants firm. Tronetti, 48, of Latrobe, recently served as interim financial director in ...

Penn Township commissioners, Graziani meet for four-hour session

By Chris Foreman
Over breakfast and coffee at The Lamplighter, all five Penn Township commissioners met in a private, unadvertised “strategic-planning session” in January to help new manager Alex Graziani craft long-term goals for the township. Though Graziani and a commissioner, Paul Wersing, insist ...

Aide accused of throwing shoe at Penn-Trafford special needs student

By Chris Foreman
A Penn-Trafford school aide is accused of dragging a Penn Middle School special-education student on a carpet and throwing one of the girl’s shoes at her during an incident earlier this month. Penn Township police on Thursday filed charges of simple ...

Penn-Trafford school board considers adding $4.1M in bonds

By Chris Foreman
The last piece of the funding puzzle for the remodeling project at Penn-Trafford High School could be finalized over the next month. After reviewing a report Monday from a financial adviser from PNC Capital Markets, district officials said the school board ...

Trafford native writes the book on early rock concerts

By Rege Behe
Pat DiCesare is responsible for one of the greatest — if not the greatest — moment in Pittsburgh music history. When the Beatles performed Sept. ...

Woman charged for holding teen drinking party after video found at Penn-Trafford

By Paul Peirce
A video confiscated at Penn-Trafford High School by a resource officer resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old woman Thursday for holding an underage drinking party in her home this month. Linda Swope was charged with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol ...

Asbestos removed from Penn-Trafford High School

By Chris Foreman
Contractors working at Penn-Trafford High School this month discovered a small amount of asbestos, but officials said there are no health hazards to school staff or students. As part of the schoolwide remodeling, workers found asbestos in two fume hoods and ...

Trafford business helps out Vietnam vet

By Chris Foreman
Ordinarily, Al Pulice strives — and strides — to help local veterans by organizing a cross-state fundraising walk. Now, the Murrysville man is helping needy ex-service ...

Manor trash-collection fees going up

By Chris Foreman
Monthly garbage prices are going up for Manor residents in April as part of the borough’s new contract with Republic Services. Under the terms, which council approved last week, most residential customers will begin paying $14 a month, which is an ...

Drilling hearing begins in Penn Township

By Chris Foreman
Though horizontal drilling likely would extend for more than a mile underground from a proposed well pad in northeastern Penn Township, an Apex Energy executive says owners of nearby town houses wouldn’t be disrupted by round-the-clock operations. In the first ...

Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission lot might be subdivided

By Chris Foreman
The Penn-Trafford School Board might get the final say on the future of the former PTARC/Shelley Proskin Recreation Center, after all. Penn Township Solicitor Les Mlakar said Monday that he will talk with an attorney for the Level Green Volunteer Fire ...

Drilling proposals in Penn Township draw concern of Monroeville officials

By Gideon Bradshaw
As plans for two natural gas wells near Monroeville’s boundaries gain momentum, officials there are expressing concern about what drilling operations might mean for infrastructure and traffic. The state Department of Environmental Protection approved a well site in neighboring Penn Township ...

Penn Township officials eye 10-year paving schedule

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are embarking on a long-term plan to map out when to pave locally owned roads. Besides targeting roads that might be paved this year, officials are trying to prioritize when to address others, based on their quality and ...

Penn Township solicitor to meet with Protect PT attorney

By Chris Foreman
Despite worries about a possible legal challenge to their pending zoning ordinance, Penn Township commissioners said they are willing to let their solicitor meet with an attorney who represents a residents group that has criticized some drilling regulations. Commissioners on Monday ...

Teenagers charged in Penn Township robbery

By Tribune-Review
Two teenagers have been charged with a robbery in Penn Township last month, according to police. Joseph Sirnic, 19, waived his right to a preliminary hearing this week and is awaiting a formal arraignment in March on robbery, conspiracy and related ...

Ex-server at Penn Township restaurant forged tips, police say

By Tribune-Review
A woman who worked as a server at Lucci’s Pizza and Pasta, 3510 Route 130, is charged with forgery after allegedly overcharging customers. Gina Haney, 30, of North Huntingdon was arraigned Wednesday before Penn Township District Judge Helen Kistler. Customers noticed the ...

Penn Township’s 600-foot drilling setback assailed by both sides

By Chris Foreman
The pushback on the setback issue continues in Penn Township, as the zoning hearing board prepares to review a proposed unconventional drilling site near a nursing home and town-house community. Township commissioners aren’t just taking heat from the residents in densely ...

Penn Township contractor beset by fiscal, legal challenges

By Chris Foreman
A Penn Township sewage contractor is under a court order to surrender some equipment so a bank can sell it to satisfy $11 million in defaulted loans. An attorney for Galway Bay Corp. attributes the company’s cash-flow troubles to the Municipal ...

Penn Township officials host drilling meeting

By Chris Foreman
While some academics raise alarms about the safety of unconventional gas-well sites, those who make their living in the drilling industry downplay the potential health concerns for residents near wells. Both sides’ talking points during a Feb. 5 informational meeting organized ...

Trafford Motor Co. building closer to demolition

By Chris Foreman
Though Trafford council has condemned a former Trafford Motor Co. building, officials said they aren’t sure about a timeline for a possible demolition of the dilapidated structure. After a Feb. 3 hearing, council voted to designate the building at Fifth Street ...

Penn-Trafford School Board OKs supplemental work for high school project

By Chris Foreman
Penn-Trafford School Board members dipped into the district’s $1.2 million contingency fund Monday night to pay for nearly $130,000 of supplemental work at the high school. As part of the $31 million improvement project, the district is paying $45,040 to Lobar ...

Firefighters ask Manor Council for help with new truck

By Chris Foreman
Borough firefighters have asked Manor Council to pitch in to help them buy a used truck. The firefighters are debating whether to buy a used truck that the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department is selling for between $50,000 and $60,000. They have ...