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Logans Ferry Heights celebrates history of volunteer fire company

By Karen Zapf
Ron Novak compares his return to Logans Ferry Heights just over a decade ago as walking into a time capsule. “I walked up and down …

Architects detail 6 options for Regency Park Elementary

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members have six options for Regency Park Elementary School’s future, and their decisions will impact the future of redistricting as well as …

Plum may move bus garage to former trucking site

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District officials said they have a potential solution for the dilapidated condition of the bus garage. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said during a special facilities committee meeting Tuesday night that he has signed a letter of intent to spend …

Plum library steps into shoe-recycling benefit program

By Karen Zapf
Plum Borough Community Library Director Marilyn Klingensmith always is on the lookout for outreach and fundraising opportunities. When Klingensmith received in the mail a packet …

Preparations for U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club on course

By Karen Zapf
The 2016 U.S. Open Championship is almost two years away. But Oakmont Country Club officials are wasting no time preparing for the golf championship in …

Former student returns as St. John’s teacher in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Third grade was Megan Derry’s favorite year as a student. Derry, 22, of Plum, spent her elementary years at St. John the Baptist School. Now, …

St. John’s school in Plum gets help for projects

By Karen Zapf
The new year at St. John the Baptist Catholic School is expected to bring a stronger bond between church members and students. From reading to …

Soccer association willing to kick in for renovations at Larry Mills Park

By Karen Zapf
Plum Borough officials and members of the Plum Area Soccer Association are discussing the pooling of funds to pay for improvements to the upper soccer fields at Larry Mills Park. Monday, council members voted to award a $196,439 contract to …

Plum students visit Italy for real-deal history lessons, chance to see ‘bigger world’

By Karen Zapf
Antonio Marasco was more than a little interested when his English teacher began organizing a trip to Italy. “I went to a couple meetings,” said …

Plum Police on look out for thieves who robbed Holiday Park family

By Karen Zapf
Plum police are looking for two men they say robbed a Holiday Park family. Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said the men entered the Rainier Drive home through the front door that was unlocked shortly after midnight on Aug. 10. One of …

Plum officials preparing for addition of second school resource officer

By Karen Zapf
A second school resource officer likely will be on the job in January in Plum School District. Council members on Aug. 11 will consider a policy and job descriptions for both positions, as well as authorizing police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong …

Little impact expected in Plum, elsewhere from PlanCon funding bump

By Karen Zapf
The addition of $10 million to the state’s PlanCon program and the subsequent lifting of the PlanCon moratorium is good news for school districts planning new construction. But Plum School Board member Michelle Stepnick, who traveled to Harrisburg in May …

Plum School District administrators receive bonuses, salary increases

By Karen Zapf
Administrators in the Plum School District have received salary increases for the 2014-15 school year. The Plum School Board earlier this month approved the increases totaling about $87,000 for administrators including building principals and other department heads. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool …

Reconstruction of Plum’s Larry Mills Park soccer fields to begin in September

By Karen Zapf
Fred Lucas each year hopes for a relatively dry spring. Rainy weather takes its toll on three of the upper soccer fields at Larry Mills Park. Lucas, Plum Soccer Association president, said the rain water on the fields has no …

Summer sessions at Plum library bolster children’s interest in science

By Karen Zapf
Amanda Copeland’s four children enjoy spending time at the Plum Borough Community Library. “We’ve been here all day,” Copeland, 37, said one day last week …

Plum School Board can’t move on ending contract with company that finds sub teachers

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School Board remains at an impasse over the future of Kelly Educational Services. Members on Tuesday night voted 4-4 to give 30 days notice to the firm that the district intends to terminate its contract. Kelly provides substitute …

Personalized brick campaign to help furnish new Plum EMS building

By Karen Zapf
With plans for a new emergency services center solidified, Plum Emergency Medical Services and Renton Volunteer Fire Department personnel are turning their attention to the building’s interior. The two groups have started a “Buy-A-Brick Campaign” to raise money for items …

Obamacare requirements could impact whether Plum handles its own substitute teachers

By Karen Zapf
Before deciding on Kelly Educational Services’ future in the Plum School District, school board members say they want to learn more about a federal insurance requirement for employees that takes effect in 2015. The board last week tabled a vote …

Plum woman and her mother follow dreams to be published

By Karen Zapf
Lisa Hamer Jenkins and her mother, Arden Hamer, both experienced memorable events in 2010. Jenkins, 41, of Plum ran her first 5K race. Hamer, 66, …

Plum sets fine for street parking during snow emergency

By Karen Zapf
Motorists who park on borough streets during snow emergencies could face fines instead of warnings. Plum Borough council on Monday night voted to advertise amendments to the 6-year-old snow emergency parking ordinance that sets fines for offenses at a flat …

Turnpike rehab project to reconstruct 7 bridges in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Seven bridges in Plum that span 3.5 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are scheduled for reconstruction. Turnpike commission officials during Plum Council’s July 7 work session presented the preliminary design plans for the bridges located on the section of the …

Plum awards emergency services building contracts

By Karen Zapf
The emergency-services building planned for the Renton property is back on track. Plum Council on Monday night voted to approve awarding nearly $2.7 million in contracts for the building that is set to house a new station for the Renton …

Plum woman takes helm of national library association

By Patrick Varine
A resident of the east suburbs is now head of the nation’s oldest library association. Courtney Young, 40, of Plum recently began her tenure as …

Plum school board rejects fact-finder’s report in dispute with administrative aides

By Karen Zapf
The task of placing books on shelves and who is allowed to move them is one of eight disputes a fact-finder addressed between Plum School District and its administrative assistants’ union. Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board acting Secretary Larry Cheskawich said …

Fired Plum police officer vows to fight to get job back

By Karen Zapf
Fired Plum police officer Jeremy Cumberledge has vowed to fight to get his job back after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office’s decision to not …

Plum High School military program loses 2 instructors

By Karen Zapf
The Plum School District is looking for two instructors for the Air Force Junior ROTC program. The school board during last week’s meeting accepted the resignations of Major Scott Kolar and Chief Master Sgt. Tim Conley. Kolar, who started Junior …

New foundation aims to benefit Plum students and programs

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members brace themselves for budget discussions each year as revenue continues to shrink and costs are on the rise. The 2013-14 budget talks were no exception. That’s when board member Tom McGough got an idea. McGough, who …

New Plum council member boosts GOP to super majority

By Karen Zapf
The Republicans have regained the super majority on Plum Council. Members during Monday night’s meeting voted 3-2 to appoint Republican Dave Seitz to the seat left vacant by the resignation of Don Knopfel, who moved out of the borough. Seitz, …

Million-dollar lottery ticket purchased at Plum gas station

By Karen Zapf
Ron Pototsky received a piece of good news on Monday morning as he reported for work at Sheetz on Hulton Road. “The lottery called this morning and told us we sold a winning ticket for $1 million,” said Pototsky, 26, …

Annual Trail Fest hits Hartwood Acres, Boyce and North parks this month

By Deborah Deasy
Bring sturdy footwear and lightly colored clothes for the ninth annual Trail Fest. The three-day event — a smorgasbord of guided hikes, runs and mountain …

Plum students take on engineering challenges in Camp Invention

By Karen Zapf
Kelly Haupt expected about 35 children to register for Camp Invention during its first year in the Plum School District. Haupt, a first-grade teacher at …

11-year-old drives effort to honor veterans with Plum banners

By Karen Zapf
Richie Hrivnak’s great uncle, the late Paul Shish, survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Dick Hrivnak, Richie’s late grandfather, served as an Army police officer from 1960 through 1981. When Richie, 11, rode through Castle Shannon recently on his way …

Plum School Board approves budget without tax hike

By Karen Zapf
Property owners in Plum will not see an increase in their school millage for the 2014-15 year. The Plum School Board on Monday night voted to approve a $58.3 million budget that was balanced by using $723,000 from a $2.5 …

Summer makes for happy campers in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Andrew Hearn doesn’t have much time during summer break. Hearn, 15, who will be a sophomore at Plum High School this fall, has a part-time …

Felony hacking charge won’t be filed against fired Plum officer

By Karen Zapf and Carl Prine
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office will not refile a felony charge of hacking against Jeremy J. Cumberledge, the fired Plum police officer accused of illegally snooping through borough computer records. On June 11, Plum District Justice Linda Inez Zucco …

Plum school budget keeps tax rate the same

By Karen Zapf
Property owners in Plum will not see an increase in their school taxes for the 2014-15 year. The Plum School Board on Monday night voted to approve a $58.3 million budget that was balanced by using $723,000 from a $2.5 …