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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 …

Traffic issues stall proposed Plum Square building in Plum

By Karen Zapf
A doctor’s plans for a new medical and retail building in the Unity section of Plum have stalled because of potential traffic issues. The Plum …

Feuding organizations unite in hopes of returning Democrats to power in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Two years ago, Dave Vento and Michelle Stepnick weren’t happy with the direction of the Plum Borough Democratic Committee. Vento and Stepnick decided to form …

Plum’s lack of signed policy hampers case against fired cop

By Karen Zapf
Attorney Michael DeRiso successfully argued in criminal court that his client, fired Plum police officer Jeremy Cumberledge, did nothing wrong because the borough did not produce documentation that the officer violated policy when he accessed fellow officers’ and other employees’ …

Growing senior population in Plum eyes proposed Serenity Ridge development

By Karen Zapf
Plum Developer Jim Rumbaugh didn’t need Census numbers to tell him that the senior citizen population in the borough is growing. Rumbaugh, president of The Meritage Group, listened to members of the community. “Several years ago, people from the senior …

Arrest made in Plum burglary that ended with crash at Penn Hills Service Association

By Karen Zapf and Patrick Varine
A Plum man is in the Allegheny County Jail, charged in connection with a burglary in Plum that ended in a crash in Penn Hills. …

Plum manager gets salary boost with 2-year contract

By Karen Zapf
Plum Manager Michael Thomas has a new contract. Borough council at last week’s meeting voted to approve a two-year agreement that is retroactive to January and runs through the end of 2015. The contract boosts Thomas’ salary from $107,000 to …

Replacement sought for dedicated Plum councilman who moved from borough

By Karen Zapf
Don Knopfel’s resignation has left a vacancy on borough council. Knopfel, 71, who had served intermittently as a councilman over the past few decades, has moved out of the borough, Manager Michael Thomas said during the June 9 council meeting. …

Plum burglary, car chase ends with crash at Penn Hills Service Association

By Patrick Varine  and Karen Zapf
A car chase following a Tuesday-afternoon burglary in Plum ended with a crash that punched a sizable hole in the side of the Penn Hills …

Plum School Board still divided on tax increase

By Karen Zapf
Joe Tommarello doesn’t agree with the tax increase proposed in the 2014-15 preliminary budget by four fellow Republican Plum School Board members. Tommarello also isn’t happy with the four Democrats’ proposal to use money from a fund for capital improvements …

Plum Council promotes police officers to lieutenant, sergeant

By Karen Zapf
Two Plum police officers have new jobs in the department. Borough council last week voted to elevate Lanny Conley from the rank of sergeant to …

Storm damage clean-up continues throughout Plum

By Karen Zapf
Baseball and softball games are back on at the majority of fields at the borough athletic complex after thunderstorms late last week. “All but two …

Flurry of price increases proposed for Boyce Park slopes

By Aaron Aupperlee
Proposed increases in the price of lift tickets, ski rentals, lessons and tubing at Boyce Park could generate about $200,000 in revenue, Allegheny County Council Vice President Nick Futules said. Futules, chair of the Parks Committee, introduced legislation at council’s …

Plum survivor touts lung cancer awareness walk

By Karen Zapf
April Roesner needed a chest X-ray before she could have a medical procedure done. As an anesthesiologist was about to put Roesner under for a …

Plum girl turns surgery rehab into championship run as barrel racer

By Julie E. Martin
When she was younger, it may have seemed unlikely that Makayla Miller would be able to enjoy the thrill of athletic competition. Now, she excels …

Size, costs grow for proposed emergency station in Plum

By Karen Zapf
Plans for a new emergency services building in Plum have hit a snag. Borough officials on Monday night delayed awarding the majority of the contracts for the project that they say is over budget. “The estimated building cost in August …