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Accident claims life of recent Southmoreland grad

By Paul Paterra
Recollections of Brendan Walter are those of a fun person, who seemed to adhere closely to his favorite expression “Be Happy.” Walter, 18, of Tarrs …

Self-taught potter to tell her story at West Overton

By Marilyn Forbes
In a unique pairing of community outreach and art, West Overton Village and Museums have been spotlighting local artists monthly, bringing their talents to the forefront, while also offering the education and artist experience in the wonderful historic setting of …

Summer camp program a hit at Scottdale’s Geyer center

By Rachel Basinger
The summer camp at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale grew significantly this year. With three weeks of camp, the last one being a …

Del Sols bring mixed bag to Scottdale summer concert series

By Rachel Basinger
The Summer Concert series at the Gazebo Parklet in Scottdale continues at 7 p.m. Friday with the sounds of the Del Sols. Led by guitar player and vocalist Gene McFadden, the group plays mostly covers from the classic rock and …

Mt. Pleasant Relay for Life participants unfazed by rain

By Marilyn Forbes
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of participants in the 14th annual Mt. Pleasant Relay for Life that was held Friday and Saturday at …

Maple Bottom Farm intern wonders if market’s ready for A2 milk

By Kaidia Pickels
Stephen Smith, a summer intern working at Maple Bottom Farm, has begun to explore the market for a potential milk product, A2 milk, in local …

Scottdale Parks Commission looks to ‘adopt’ borough parks

By Rachel Basinger
Members of the Scottdale Parks Commission are working out the details to implement a new Adopt-a-Park program that was the idea of commission member Jason Ware. Colleen Kenney, president of the parks commission, said Ware brought the idea to the …

Abilene to bring country rock harmonies to Scottdale parklet

By Rachel Basinger
Abilene will be blending country rock harmonies at the Scottdale Gazebo Parklet at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the borough’s summer concert series. Amy Washington said she was looking for new acts this year to be part of the …

Exploring history: Fayette entrepreneur Shreve became national figure

By Miles Richards
By July 1795, President George Washington had owned a grist mill at Washington Bottom (Perryopolis) in Fayette County for nearly three decades. Despite his high expectations, however, that enterprise never had proven to be lucrative. Accordingly, he had been trying …

Scottdale resident revels in role as a Bluecoat horn player

By Kelly Vernon
Aaron Dugger is living the dream, performing with The Bluecoats on football fields across the nation. “I’m so blessed to do what I love and …

Scottdale’s popular community yard sale slated for Aug. 2

By Rachel Basinger
The Scottdale Community Yard Sale is just around the corner. Scottdale residents have the opportunity to participate in a yard-sale event that brings hundreds of individuals into town from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. On the other hand, …

Scottdale Everson Bridge to undergo repairs next week

By Karl Polacek
Motorists who use the Scottdale Everson Bridge could face more than three months of detours, beginning July 22. The bridge, which carries Route 3087 over …

Southmoreland School District approves 2014-15 budget

By Paul Paterra
It might have come a bit later than planned, but the Southmoreland School District has a budget for the 2014-15 school year that includes a tax increase. During a special meeting on Saturday morning, the board voted, 6-3, to approve …

Bookworm Triathlon will worm through Scottdale July 19

By Rachel Basinger
The third annual Bookworm Triathlon, known now as “The Worm” in the racing community, will be making its way through the streets of Scottdale July …

Everson artist lauded by Vatican for work

By Linda Harkcom
Everson artist James Robert Kessler has received high praise for his art in recent months. The Connellsville native not only received a letter from the …

Scottdale Rotary sets annual chicken barbecue

By Paul Paterra
Scottdale residents can get prepared for a familiar aroma. The Scottdale Rotary Club’s annual barbecued chicken fundraiser sale is scheduled to take place from noon …

Scottdale’s Geyer welcomes high seas fun with ‘Anything Goes’

By Linda Harkcom
High seas hijinks will take place on the Geyer Performing Arts Center stage this weekend when Actors and Artists of Fayette County presents ”Anything Goes.” …

Southmoreland duo hopes tennis tourney will be a Smash

By Rachel Basinger
Two soon-to-be seniors at Southmoreland High School have taken it upon themselves to put together a tennis tournament slated for Aug. 3-9. Justina Jacquillard and …

Scottdale gazebo concerts move to Fridays

By Rachel Basinger
The Gazebo Parklet in Scottdale will come alive with music every Friday at 7 p.m. beginning July 11. Amy Washington, borough treasurer, said the borough …

Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant feature prominently in WWII novel ‘The Oldest Son’

By Paul Paterra
Robert Fedorchek has many fond memories of Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant from the days of his youth. Also, the author of the book, “The Oldest …