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Plum district locked down during search for robbery suspect

By Karen Zapf
Regency Park Elementary in the Plum School District was on lockdown for nearly an hour Friday as police searched for a suspect in an armed robbery. Plum police Chief Jeffrey Armstrong said a man entered the Sunoco on Unity Trestle …

Plum School Board looks to correlation between new Pivik building and achievement while debating Regency Park’s future

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board President Sal Colella thinks a new school building makes a difference. Colella cited the new Pivik Elementary School as an example recently while arguing his point that a new Regency Park Elementary rather than a remodeled building …

Former Pivik Elementary building may be demolished to make way for sports fields in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The former Pivik Elementary School has a special place in Fred Lucas’ heart. “My parents graduated from there when it was a high school, and my grandmother was a cook in the cafeteria,” said Lucas, president of the Plum Area …

Plum church launches new ministry focused on serving elderly

By Karen Zapf
Kathy Ballina feels secure in the knowledge that her aging mother has plenty of family support. “My mother lives with my sister, and I am from a family of seven,” said Ballina, 60, of Plum. “My brothers all do things …

Traffic study, safety plan on target for Plum’s Regency Park Elementary

By Karen Zapf
Plans to keep Regency Park Elementary open are expected to a prompt a new traffic study and subsequent safety plan based on changes expected from anticipated construction. “The traffic study is 6 to 7 years old,” Plum manager Michael Thomas …

Plum officials pleased with uptick in SAT scores

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District officials were concerned when they saw SAT scores leveling out over the past couple of years. School board members also had the situation on their radar and wanted scores boosted. “It was one of the things in …

Plum superintendent named ‘emerging leader’

By Karen Zapf
Members of Plum School Board said they didn’t need to look far three years ago when replacing retiring superintendent Lillian Naccarati. Board member Kevin Dowdell …

Plum School Board to public: Meeting is a ‘don’t-miss’

By Karen Zapf
Sal Colella wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t a seat to be had for the Plum School Board’s Oct. 14 meeting at Oblock Junior High. “This is a big meeting,” Colella, Plum School Board president, said, adding the board has worked …

Proposed legislation prompts Western Pa. school directors to consider security measures

By Karen Zapf
When Plum School Board President Sal Colella heard about state Sen. Don White’s recent proposal to allow school boards to arm teachers and other employees, he took notice. “We will have two resource officers at the high school and junior …

Plum teachers expand annual Festival in the Park

By Karen Zapf
Liz Kostandinu knows that fun is a key factor in encouraging children to read. When Kostandinu, children’s programming coordinator at the Plum Borough Community Library, and JR Pilyih, a Plum School District teacher and coordinator of the Annual Festival in …

Plum to limit requests to attend schools outside of residents’ neighborhoods

By Karen Zapf
Plum Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said managing dozens of parent requests for children to attend classes in elementary buildings outside their attendance zones was one of the least favorite parts of his job. For the current school year, the district received …

Rumors of Regency Park Elementary’s closing put to rest

By Karen Zapf
Tracey Simqu got used to hearing rumors over the last decade that Regency Park Elementary School was closing. “My son is graduating from high school this year,” said Simqu, Regency Park Elementary’s PTA president. “From the time he was in …

Children follow in father’s footsteps as Plum drum majors

By Karen Zapf
John Collins nearly quit the marching band 35 years ago as a freshman at Plum High School. Collins, 49, who had been playing the saxophone …

Plum to adjust school configurations

By Karen Zapf
Plum School Board members are looking at where young families live in the district and how best to decide what schools the children will attend. The district’s enrollment has remained steady at about 4,000 students in recent years, but residential …

Plum’s fire departments focus on safety message

By Karen Zapf
Unity Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeff Currie is pleased when in the course of answering a call he finds smoke detectors in residents’ homes. Currie, though, gets worried when he sees that their batteries are dead or, worse, missing. “People …

Plum Girls’ Leaders Association: It’s time to talk trash

By Karen Zapf
Plum High School students are going to start trash talking. When students became concerned that not enough recycling was occurring in the building, the Girls’ Leaders Association, or GLA, stepped up. Members applied for a grant with the goal of …

Plum celebrates Homecoming

By Tribune-Review
Former members of the Plum High School Marching Band performed with the current band during pregame homecoming festivities on Friday night. Plum beat Kiski Area …

Plum teen to travel to Disney for leadership conference

By Karen Zapf
Samantha Shumaker enjoys golf and aspires to have her own jewelry business. Shumaker, 16, of Plum has melded the two passions with her participation in …

Buried tanks give Plum School Board pause whether to buy site for bus garage

By Karen Zapf
Concerns about underground oil tanks have delayed the Plum School Board’s decision on whether to purchase three buildings that a transportation company owns. “There are two 300-gallon used oil tanks under the maintenance bays,” Arnie Caffas, president of Pennsylvania Soil …

Man gets no foul to keep fowl on less-than-2 acre lot near Boyce Park

By Karen Zapf
Augustus Delsignore eats three to four eggs each day. Despite his egg intake, Delsignore, 54, said his cholesterol level is perfect. The Pierson Run Road resident is convinced his good health is attributable, in part, to his intake of fresh …

Plum planners recommend approval of cell tower near housing plan

By Karen Zapf
The Plum Borough Planning Commission on Monday night recommended approval of a telecommunications tower that residents of the Whispering Pines housing plan oppose, and council will consider the request next month. The vote was 4-0. Commission Chairman Robert Zunich and …

Plum woman dies in Washington Township crash

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A 78-year-old woman from Plum died after a two-vehicle, head-on crash Thursday afternoon on Route 66 in Washington Township. The Allegheny County Coroner’s Office identified …

Plum School District plans early dismissals on teacher paydays

By Karen Zapf
Starting next week, students in Plum School District will go home an hour early on teacher paydays to accommodate a contract that allows teachers to leave early — though typically they do not. While negotiations continue, the district scheduled one-hour …

New school resource officer hired for Oblock Junior High

By Karen Zapf
Joseph Little enjoyed the time he spent as a school resource officer at Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey, Fla. Little, 40, got the …

Contract perk allows Plum teachers early dismissal on pay days

By Karen Zapf
The good old days of leaving work early on payday to make it to the bank still exist according to the contract Plum teachers are working under while they negotiate a new contract. Plum Superintendent Timothy Glasspool has given a …

Plum bus drivers, district agree to early long-term contract

By Karen Zapf
The contract between the Plum School District and its 51 bus drivers, mechanics and aides was due to expire next July. The Plum School Board decided to commit to a long-term deal, and officials earlier this year began negotiations with …

Plum Council approves plan for studies of current borough building site

By Karen Zapf
Plum Councilman Dave Vento thinks information is power. To that end, he and other council members on Monday night voted to approve a proposal to spend not more than $14,000 for consultant services to help redevelop the current borough-building site …

Plum artist shares his love of nature in hospital photo exhibit

By Joyce Hanz
When Gordon Sarti whisked away his wife, Mary, to Hawaii in 2004 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, they naturally returned home with lots of photographs. …

Plum School District sends students home early

By Karen Zapf
Teachers in the Plum School District on Monday — the first payday of the new school year — left 15 minutes earlier than they do …

‘Swatting’ prank arrives in Western Pennsylvania: It sics armed police on innocent homes

By Margaret Harding
Police in Western Pennsylvania say hoaxes across the country that lead heavily armed officers to innocent people’s homes has hit the region, wasting law enforcement resources and threatening lives. “The problem with this situation is it does put people’s lives …

Plum widow opens home to Cambodian student

By Joyce Hanz
Two cultures merge with a local Plum woman hosting a young man from Cambodia for three months. Plum resident Georgie Anstis, 71, opened her home …

Proposed cell tower in Plum draws opposition from neighbors

By Karen Zapf
Some residents of the Whispering Pines housing plan are trying to stop a telecommunications tower from being erected near their homes. “It flies in the …

Plum American Legion to display WWII-era bulldozer

By Patrick Varine
Members of American Legion Post No. 980 in Plum will soon have some additional hardware to showcase along Saltsburg Road. In addition to the M60A3 …

Plum School District prepares for a new academic year

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District staff and students will see building and program changes, along with some new staff members, when they return to classes  Sept. 4. …

Police tour of Plum schools helps prepare for emergency scenarios

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District resource officer Mark Kost’s first trip to Franklin Regional High School was on April 9, when he provided assistance after the mass …

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 has a potential solution for the dilapidated condition of the bus garage. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool said he has signed a letter of …

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 …