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Departing Sewickley couple wants to leave seeds of hope behind

By Gary Horvath
Sewickley residents Bruce and Theresa Newell couldn’t think of a better way to say “goodbye” to Western Pennsylvania than to share a story of hope …

Howard Hanna to raze damaged Sewickley office building, rebuild

By Mya Koch
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services will put down roots again in Sewickley — in the same spot where a June fire rendered its offices uninhabitable. A letter from Howard Hanna’s corporate offices to borough Manager Kevin Flannery said the real …

Bell Acres police investigate attempted child luring

By Kristina Serafini
Bell Acres police are investigating a report of an attempted child luring at a school bus stop Thursday morning. A 10-year-old Quaker Valley School District student told police a man approached her at the corner of Fox Hill Drive and …

Hoeys Run project holding up Sewickley theater project

By Kristina Serafini
Though they are financially ready to break ground on a proposed two-screen movie theater within Sewickley’s business district, Village Theater Co. leaders are unsure when construction will begin. That’s because they first must wait for a project to stabilize Hoeys …

Halloween activities scheduled around the Sewickley Valley

By Tribune-Review
Halloween activities in the Sewickley Valley: Trick or treat e_SBlt Trick-or-treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in Aleppo, Bell Acres, Edgeworth, …

No average jack-o-lantern will do for skilled pumpkin carvers

By Kristina Serafini
Like a skilled surgeon, Chad Maybray scrupulously cuts into the skin of a 30-pound pumpkin, careful not to pierce its delicate flesh. Using an X-Acto …

Quaker Valley board aims to clarify policies on communication, who can drive students

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Quaker Valley School District will update a policy to help residents better understand how to communicate with the board of directors. Superintendent Heidi Ondek wants the solicitor to review the board’s communications policy, following an inquiry from a resident. Administrators …

Quaker Valley plans to transform middle school library

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley Middle School students soon will be able to check out books, record podcasts, rehearse improv and more without leaving the school’s library. Under …

Exchange programs enrich lives of foreign, Sewickley-area students

By Mya Koch
Kara and Gordon Walton of Marshall liked what Sewickley Academy offered their children, James, 14, and Christina, 11. Now, they’ve offered another student that experience. …

Integrity at heart of long-standing Sewickley auto shop

By Kristina Serafini
John “Jack” Herbst Jr. said the secret to his family business’ longevity is simple: treat others the way you want to be treated. “One price …

Sewickley church turns to social media

By Gary Horvath
When St. Paul’s Lutheran Church tasked Karen Sebolt with developing an online presence for the church after 107 years of operation, she didn’t know where to begin. Sebolt is the head of the evangelism committee at St. Paul’s, in Sewickley. …

Hoedown, chili cookoff to benefit Fern Hollow Nature Center

By Mya Koch
Cochran Hose Company firefighters are used to putting out flames. But later this month, their fire chief said, the group plans to bring the heat …

2 Sewickley churches recognize past, celebrate future

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
The year was 1864. Nevada joined the United States as the 36th state. The Civil War waged on. And two Sewickley churches were born. A …

Sewickley-area Halloween activities

By Tribune-Review
Halloween activities in the Sewickley Valley: Trick or treat Trick-or-treating will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in Aleppo, Bell Acres, Edgeworth, Glen …

Future of former St. James Convent remains unclear

By Bobby Cherry
In the more than 130 years that the Herbst House has stood along Broad Street, it has served as a private residence, a Catholic school …

Each pair of socks adds up for Quaker Valley students

By Bobby Cherry
Kids can change the world. That’s part of the message behind Kid President, a social movement to encourage children to help others. Throughout the month, Quaker Valley Middle School students are taking part in #Socktober — a global Kid President …

Sewickley’s ‘pink house’ turns gray in re-do

By Bobby Cherry
Soon, the “pink house” will be no more. The structure at 202 Beaver St. in Sewickley the community rallied to save over the last two …

Quaker Valley grad’s wedding dream comes true — twice

By Gary Horvath
The first time Micah Southwood wore her wedding dress, she was getting married, just like any other bride. The second time, the 1998 Quaker Valley …

Organizers hope to raise $20,000 through Savoring Sewickley event

By Mya Koch
The Friends of the Sewickley Public Library are marking a milestone with this year’s Savoring Sewickley fundraising gala. The event started 15 years ago as a way for visitors to sample some Sewickley area chefs’ dishes, while helping to support …

Thriving Osborne Elementary garden program teaches students, involves community

By Bobby Cherry
Sure, pizza can be purchased in a grocery store. But when an Osborne Elementary School student told the principal he hadn’t a clue where pizza …

Laughlin center expansion on way in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
It was two years ago the Laughlin Children’s Center celebrated a grand reopening of its Sewickley building, following extensive renovations. Now, the nonprofit child-focused learning and development facility — at the corner of Frederick and Broad streets — will undergo …

Quaker Valley in-school bakery created to increase revenue, cover costs

By Bobby Cherry
Imagine school cafeteria-made food at a Thanksgiving table. But what two Quaker Valley Middle School cafeteria workers are creating likely won’t resemble food from the …

Quaker Valley names new high school principal

By Bobby Cherry
After serving as assistant principal at Quaker Valley High School for the last three years, Deborah Riccobelli has become the school’s new principal. School board members approved Riccobelli’s new role Tuesday night. She replaces Andrew Surloff, who was named assistant …

Sewickley organization scholarship program offers second chance

By Kristina Serafini
A new Union Aid Society program aims to offer an opportunity for some area residents to go back to school or improve their skills. Applications are being accepted for the organization’s A Step Up scholarship program. Adults ages 25 and …

Animal Friends event blesses pets

By Kristina Serafini
Pets were blessed at Animal Friends’ annual Blessing of the Pets event held Saturday, Oct. 4. Kristina Serafini is a photographer and staff writer for …

Fiddling skills take Sewickley Academy grad to Scotland

By Gary Horvath
From Honduras to Scotland, Tim Macdonald’s path to being a national champion fiddler is taking him around the world. Macdonald, 21, a 2011 graduate of …

Sewickley Heights couple named Good Samaritans

By Kristina Serafini
Though Matthew and Leslie Braksick said they are honored to receive this year’s Samaritan Counseling Center of Western Pennsylvania Good Samaritan Award, the Sewickley Heights couple said they feel a little undeserving. The award, which will be presented during the …

$66,000 grant to protect Leetsdale firefighters

By Bobby Cherry
Thanks to a grant worth more than $66,000, Leetsdale Fire Department will be able to replace nearly 20-year-old breathing devices, the group’s fire chief said. Leetsdale Fire Department last week was among 59 departments across the country to receive a …

Communication confusion surfaces at Quaker Valley

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley elected leaders could consider changes to a policy detailing how taxpayers communicate with board members after a resident sought out clarification. Board member John Kuzma said a resident sent him an email asking who he and other residents …

Sewickley resident fights tall-grass rule, pushes council to update ordinances

By Bobby Cherry
Sewickley resident Larry Oswald envisions a front yard full of bustling wildflowers, vegetables and other plant life to help increase the amount of clean air …

Sewickley Valley Historical society revitalizes, sets new goals

By Mya Koch
Sewickley Valley Historical Society leaders envision a time when people new to the area easily will be able to learn about its rich history and view artifacts. Board members may seek a larger space so the group, founded 40 years …

Sewickley-area nonprofits rethink ways to raise necessary funds

By Bobby Cherry
With an estimated 1 million public charities in America, the fundraising world is a bit crowded, nonprofit leaders and specialists say. “More and more organizations are fighting over the same piece of pie,” said Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing …

Quaker Valley weighs policy on private-vehicle transportation

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley teachers and coaches who transport children to activities soon might need to first check their driving records. Administrators and board members are considering a policy that would outline the use of personal vehicles for school activities. It’s a …

Sewickley Academy student, family work with leprosy patients

By Mya Koch 9:11 p.m.
When Stephen Bowles trekked across Nepal 35 years ago, he did not imagine the legacy he was creating for the family he one day would …

Luncheons serve more than patrons at Sewickley’s Christy House

By Mya Koch 9:11 p.m.
Tucked behind a picket fence on the corner of Frederick and Walnut streets in Sewickley is a quaint, Victorian-style home that offers a full menu …