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Sewickley native taps talents, lands lead role in horror flick

By Tom Mcgee
After graduating from Point Park University in 2010, Katie Schurman surveyed the Pittsburgh landscape and realized there was another avenue to take toward a career ...

Quaker Valley board renews church’s lease of Osborne school

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Amid some debate, the Quaker Valley School Board has approved the renewal of a lease agreement between the district and a church for the use of Osborne Elementary School. Before the vote, Glen Osborne resident Jeremy Gray requested that the board ...

Party hosts, singer enhance Fourth of July celebrations for Sewickley-area residents

By Tom Mcgee 2:52 p.m.
When Kevin and Barbara Daily bought their Leetsdale home in 2000, they knew exactly what they were getting into. The home sits near the corner of ...

Quaker Valley Families await word of kindergarten location

By Tom Mcgee
Quaker Valley families with children entering kindergarten should know by Aug. 1 which schools their children will attend, but to keep classroom sizes in check, officials will shift about a dozen from where they expected to go. Assistant Superintendent Andrew Surloff ...

Cyclists’ safety at heart of Sewickley discussion

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley leaders, and those from neighboring communities, are being asked for feedback on an initial proposal to improve safety for bicyclists. John Orndorff of the Ohio River Trail Council updated Sewickley officials at its June meeting on efforts to create a ...

Sewickley developer to discuss plans for new hotel in Oakland

By Tribune-Review
A Sewickley developer is scheduled Tuesday to brief the Pittsburgh Planning Commission on plans for a $30 million hotel on a parking lot behind the Pittsburgh Athletic Association on Oakland’s Fifth Avenue. The 10-story Hyatt hotel by Oakland Fifth Avenue Hotel ...

Sewickley librarian creates new niche club for book lovers

By Luke Torrance
A group of nine men and women settled in on Tuesday of last week around a long table at the Sharp Edge restaurant in Sewickley. They weren’t there to watch a Pirates game or just to dine. Instead, they had ...

Fla. resident with alleged ties to Edgeworth man charged with bank fraud conspiracy

By Brian Bowling
Federal prosecutors Thursday filed charges in Pittsburgh against a Florida man who allegedly conspired with an Edgeworth man in a $2.4 million bank fraud. Mark Anthony Sosso, 43, of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., is charged with one count of conspiracy, but the ...

Edgeworth woman believes oak trees cause her danger

By Tom Mcgee
An Edgeworth woman wants borough leaders to remove three oak trees because she is afraid the trees will fall on her home. Dolores Bassett, 85, wants ...

Recent storms remind: Be careful what you wish for

By Kristina Serafini
By the first week of June, I was becoming increasingly antsy for a good thunderstorm. While many were forecast, most seemed to fizzle out before they hit Allegheny County. Some, frustratingly, would pick up steam as they moved east. With that ...

Glen Osborne family challenges church’s use of elementary school

By Tom Mcgee
The use of Osborne Elementary School in Glen Osborne by a church is being questioned by a Glen Osborne family. The board was set to consider a renewal of an agreement with North Way Christian Community’s Sewickley Valley congregation at its ...

Strawberry festival returns to Sewickley Heights church for 1st time since 2007

By Tory N. Parrish
A small Sewickley Heights church used to flourish with corn roasts, spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers that drew in members and visitors while helping to ...

Theater company breaks ground on Sewickley project

By Tom Mcgee
In a year, moviegoers could be sitting down with their popcorn to watch the latest independent movie in Sewickley. Organizers broke ground on the Vanguard Theater ...

Quaker Valley teachers get new contract

By Tom Mcgee
The Quaker Valley School Board and the district’s teachers union have a new four-year contract. The current contract with the Quaker Valley Education Association expires at the end of this month, and the new deal runs through June 30, 2019. …

Sewickley’s rules on lawn maintenance fuel ongoing debate

By Tom Mcgee
Grass and plants can’t grow out of control on residential property in Sewickley. Council unanimously approved tougher regulations for grass and weed length Monday night. The borough’s new ordinance calls for grass to be no more than 6 inches high and ...

Edgeworth-based nonprofit gives Sewickley $10K donation

By Tom Mcgee
Donation Sewickley has received a $10,000 donation. Edgeworth-based nonprofit David Nimick Family Foundation made the contribution to the borough, council President Susan Aleshire said last week. The money will be put toward the borough’s contingency fund. “It’s great. Anything is great,” Aleshire ...

Explore Sewickley to help establish borough loading zone

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley officials will turn to Explore Sewickley to help establish a loading and unloading zone in the borough. Officials unanimously voted Monday night to have Explore Sewickley — an organization tasked with working with and promoting businesses in the borough — ...

Sewickley Valley bird count discovers 91 species; you can, too

By Mya Koch
• Louisiana waterthrush — It’s presence along Little Sewickley Creek is an indication of the stream’s good water quality and habitat to support aquatic insects such as mayflies. • Scarlet tanager — Pennsylvania forests support 15 percent of ...

Judge rules for State Police in Sewickley man’s discrimination lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
A Sewickley man failed to prove that the State Police fired him at the end of his probationary period because of his race, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in granting summary judgment to the agency. William C. Peake, who is black, ...

Recycling becomes simpler in Edgeworth

By Tom Mcgee
It has gotten easier for Edgeworth residents to recycle more of their trash. The borough began curbside single-stream recycling earlier this month through Waste Management. Borough manager Marty McDaniel said the borough operates a drop-off center at Ohio River Boulevard and ...

History blooms in Sewickley showcase

By Tom Mcgee
This year’s garden tour by the Sewickley Council of Garden Clubs will feature a mansion whose beauty won’t even be in full bloom. The Gilded Age ...

Laughlin addition allows expanded services

By Tom Mcgee
The Laughlin Children’s Center continues to grow — both in space and staffing. Doug Florey, executive director of the center, said work is almost complete on a 950-square-foot addition for the nonprofit organization. The building previously had about 7,000 square feet. The ...

Recently retired Edgeworth teacher’s impact spans generations of 1 family

By Tom Mcgee
When Dianne Rotz looked at the names of children she’d be teaching in the 2014-15 school year, a familiar one was on the list. Rotz, who ...

Lane: Get your garage sale on

By Sandra Lane
Summer is garage sale season, but any time is a good time to “edit” your home. But before you dive in, ask yourself if you need the money. A garage sale is a lot of work, and it can be ...

Route 65 in Edgeworth reopened after two-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A three-vehicle crash closed Route 65 in both directions in Edgeworth Sunday evening, Allegheny County officials said. The crash happened at about 5:45 p.m. near the BP gas station, according to Allegheny County dispatch supervisors. They could not say whether …

Sewickley area special-needs school plans South Fayette expansion

By Tory N. Parrish
A nearly century-old Sewickley area school for children with special needs plans to expand to South Fayette with a $15 million project. The Watson Institute bought ...

Leet teen inspires church members to aid in Honduran village

By Gary Horvath
In a room full of adults expressing doubts and concerns, Nina Wiggins learned to be the calming voice of reason. At just 15 years old, Nina ...

Treehouse in Leet may have to come down immediately

By Tom Mcgee
A Leet family is appealing to township leaders in an attempt to keep a treehouse standing their daughter built for an eighth-grade project. The Truchan family ...

Majority of graduating Sewickley-area seniors sold on college

By Mya Koch
As Sewickley-area seniors graduate, many of them will head off to college in the hope of paving the way to a satisfying career. Some dream of leaving the Pittsburgh area. Others just want to find a job that they enjoy ...

Quaker Valley volunteers must pass 3 clearances

By Tom Mcgee
Volunteers at the Quaker Valley School District will need three clearance checks under a revised policy. The school board unanimously approved an updated volunteer clearances policy late last month. The revamp was required as part of updated state regulations. The deadline ...

Deal fills gap in Sewickley Heights Park

By Tom Mcgee
There no longer is a hole in Sewickley Heights Park. The borough and Allegheny Land Trust celebrated the acquisition of 58 acres of green space last week. The land was considered a “hole in the doughnut,” as it is surrounded by ...

Sewickley woman brings domestic violence awareness initiative to region

By Mya Koch
Amy Martin Friedman said she married the wrong man when she was in her 20s. She recounts the final straw. “Although I did get out ...

Sewickley Borough aims to redefine grass, weed controls

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley officials plan to toughen regulations on grass growth and maintenance. The borough has ongoing issues with grass length. Officials currently are at odds with a Hill Street resident about the length of grass on his property, according to Common Pleas ...

Burke: The end brings a new beginning

By The Rev. Thomas Burke
The arrival of June means school is ending for elementary and high school students. Many college students completed their studies last month. Another year has ...

Fern Hollow Nature Center puts out feelers for additional funding

By Tom Mcgee
Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley Heights wants to be part of the 2016 budget process in Sewickley. Brendan Kenny, a member of the center’s board, addressed Sewickley council recently and requested details on how to seek a financial contribution. Sam ...

Brave young student at heart of ‘Kiss Cancer Goodbye’ celebration

By Mya Koch
At 2 p.m. Saturday, classmates, friends and family members of a Quaker Valley Middle School sixth-grader will join him for a lap at Osborne Elementary School in Glen Osborne to celebrate life and support his ongoing battle with cancer. It’s just ...

Arthritis Foundation to honor Pirates announcer Brown

By Gary Horvath
Greg Brown was uninformed about the effects of arthritis until it became a personal matter for the longtime voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brown, a Bell ...

Quaker Valley residents will pay $43.80 more a year

By Tom Mcgee
Taxpayers in the Quaker Valley School District will see a smaller millage increase than initially expected. The board approved a nearly $45 million budget last week by an 8-1 vote. It sets the tax rate at 17.3232 mills, an increase of ...

Sewickley grants earmarked for library, community center, swimming pool

By Tom Mcgee
The Sewickley Valley Community Fund is lending a hand to two community organizations. The fund has provided a $25,000 matching grant to Sewickley Public Library to help it boost donations. Wayne Murphy, president of the library board, said the library has sent ...