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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 the children to helping with math tutoring, church members are investing their time and talents …

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 9:00 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 …