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Retiring official taking love of Leetsdale with her

By Bobby Cherry
Leetsdale residents with questions about community programs, their streets or taxes over the last 23 years likely saw or talked first with Elizabeth Petalino. But the borough secretary and treasurer familiar to many won’t be there after Friday. Petalino, 68, of ...

Plan for former Sewickley Country Inn site approved

By Bobby Cherry
What once was the site a private home turned motel in Sewickley will be used again for homes. Lancaster County-based Charter Homes and Neighborhoods plans to build 26 residences at the site of the former Sewickley Country Inn, at the corner ...

Sewickley Valley Girl Scouts adapt to digital cookie sales

By Bobby Cherry
Buying Girl Scout Cookies soon could be as easy as a few taps on a mobile device or computer. Beginning next month, when the 2015 sale starts, it will include Digital Cookie — an e-commerce expansion to the traditional sale of ...

Repairs made to Sewickley stream

By Rebecca Ferraro
Repairs to the Hoey’s Run culvert in Sewickley have been made, borough Manager Kevin Flannery said. The work was completed last week after council members in November approved spending $11,000 for what Flannery called emergency repairs to the stream in ...

Lane: Welcoming guests? Make it easy

By Sandra Lane
This is the time of year when many of us will host family and friends from out of town. With advance preparation, you can make your overnight guests comfortable while maintaining a stress-free holiday for yourself. Whether your guests are ...

Serafini: Recipe for family holiday fun falls short

By Kristina Serafini
In recent years, my mom has tried to organize some family-togetherness leading up to the holidays. It sounds really nice in theory, but the get-togethers always seem to fall flat. Sometimes hilariously. I can’t be sure, but when my mom arranged ...

Sewickley-based writer encourages young readers to unearth the truth

By Rege Behe
Given the success of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” novels, Heather Terrell realizes her young- adult fantasy books with a dystopian setting aren’t breaking new ...

Photos: Sewickley Valley celebrates holiday season

By Kristina Serafini
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Sewickley Valley. Despite a constant rainfall Dec. 5, hundreds gathered for Sewickley Borough’s annual Light Up ...

Crescent man adds signature to beer by growing own hops, milling grains

By Gary Horvath
When walking through the hallway of Matt Firetto’s home, someone with a careful eye might notice a stain that appears to be dripping down the ...

Quaker Valley aims to inspire computational thinking

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley students are joining others from around the world this week participating in “Hour of Code.” The initiative is designed to encourage students to learn about computer coding. “Logic, abstraction, algorithmic thinking, and problem decomposition are some of the ...

Generosity helps keep Sewickley area food banks’ shelves stocked

By Mya Koch
Jim Jackson, president of the board of directors of the Sewickley Community Center, feels blessed. An outpouring of support last month is helping the center’s Food Pantry Garden & Free Farm Stand feed hundreds of families. Jackson said the recently refurbished ...

Sewickley area performers take ‘Nutcracker’ stage

By Bobby Cherry
For Katie Serafin, being part of what’s become a holiday tradition with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” is an amazing experience. “I feel great about ...

Quaker Valley efforts find basic needs most wanted at Christmas

By Bobby Cherry
At Osborne Elementary and Quaker Valley Middle schools, Santa has some special elves helping to make Christmas a little brighter. Some staff members at the two buildings have organized efforts to collect gifts and other items for families within each building ...

Koch: Pittsburgh journalism lost a great friend, and so did I

By Mya Koch
Every now and again in my work as a journalist, I’ve run across someone who, for me, was the very definition of a newspaperman. These guys were the type that made the business seem important enough, interesting enough and sometimes ...

Glen Osborne man hoping to obtain financial help for study on extending trail

By Bobby Cherry
It has been more than a year since a Glen Osborne resident first began publicly seeking support for a plan to study extending a proposed bike trail through the Beaver Valley and into the Sewickley area. In that time, John Orndorff ...

Sewickley’s social clubs fight to hang on

By Mya Koch
Paul Collier practically gushes when he talks about his time in the Senior Men’s Club of Sewickley. Collier, 83, who joined the club in 1993, tosses ...

Therapy dogs lift learning at Sewickley’s Laughlin center

By Bobby Cherry
Along with certified experts in speech, psychology and language, Laughlin Children’s Center uses a few furry creatures who excel in making kids smile — and ...

Grant not secured to fix Sewickley traffic light issues

By Bobby Cherry
Updated traffic signals along the Route 65 corridor in Sewickley likely won’t be happening soon. The borough was not selected for a grant to help with a $1.5-million project to make three traffic signals in Sewickley change with traffic flows, Manager ...

Transportation policy could save Quaker Valley money

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley teachers, coaches and volunteers now have another option for transporting students to events. Board members last month approved permitting the use of private vehicles in lieu of buses. The policy change means that a teacher, coach or volunteer transporting students ...

Cherry: Believe in holiday magic

By Bobby Cherry
“How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!” Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor with The New York Sun, wrote that line in an 1897 editorial in response to a question received by a young Virginia O’Hanlon. More than ...

Lane: Clutter-free gift giving

By Sandra Lane
Gift giving is a tradition enjoyed by nearly everyone this time of year. I like to encourage people to consider gifts that are thoughtful yet sensible and, more importantly, do not clutter a home. Here are some ideas to help you ...

Classic fashions have found a home in Sewickley

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
You might think you are seeing double when you walk by the Lex & Lynne boutiques on Beaver Street in Sewickley. It is not an illusion. Lex ...

‘No Pasta, Pasta Dinner’ fundraiser planned for Sewickley boy with rare form of cancer

By Gary Horvath
In an effort to help Joey Chartrand in his battle against cancer, Barbara Cooley-Thaw is using an unusual approach to get members of the community ...

Sewickley mom, dad thankful for ‘incredible’ support since son’s death

By Bobby Cherry
Love surrounds the Galluzzos. Matthew Galluzzo wrote that in a blog post last month reflecting on the Aug. 10 death of his son, Owen Thomas ...

Quaker Valley hires middle school chief for $108,500

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley Middle School will have a new leader in January. Board members last week hired Anthony Mooney, 31, of Canonsburg, as principal of the sixth- through eighth-grade building. He will earn $108,500. Originally from New Castle, Mooney has spent the last ...

Quaker Valley official says test scores only fraction of story

By Bobby Cherry
While all four Quaker Valley School District buildings received passing scores on the state’s School Performance Profiles, a district leader says work is needed to help more students do well. Assistant Superintendent Andrew Surloff said numbers don’t tell the whole story ...

Sewickley taxes going up

By Bobby Cherry
Sewickley’s property tax rate is on the way up next year. Council members last week approved the $5.6 million budget, increasing the borough’s property tax rate from 5.95 mills to 6.5 mills. That means, a homeowner whose property is valued at $179,100 ...

Light Up Night planned Friday in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
Yuletide in Sewickley events, including Light Up Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5, are planned for the holiday season. Yuletide in Sewickley is ...

Stream alters theater blueprint in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
Plans have changed for a two-screen movie theater set to be built in Sewickley’s business district because of an underground stream. Originally planned to run parallel with the sidewalk along Walnut Street, the nonprofit Village Theater Co. design changed to ...

Tree decorating set in Glen Osborne, other events planned

By Mya Koch
The community is invited at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 6 as the Glen Osborne tree is decorated in front of Osborne Elementary School. Those attending may bring an ornament if they wish. The Cochran Hose Company will be on hand to ...

Photos: Quaker Valley performs version of ‘Peter Pan’ show

By Kristina Serafini
Quaker Valley Middle School performed “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.” Nov. 20-21. Kristina Serafini is a photographer and staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can ...

Sewickley center offers new child care options

By Mya Koch
For some parents of small and school-aged children, it isn’t always easy to find child care for a night out. And this time of year, it ...

Quaker Valley responds to threat involving Snapchat

By Bobby Cherry
Quaker Valley leaders have increased security at the high school in Leetsdale this week after a possible threat involving a photo messaging app. “A student sent a Snapchat message that was believed to represent a possible threat to the safety of ...

Sewickley Herald archive goes digital

By Bobby Cherry
Jim Woods has spent countless hours amassing a collection of family history through research using Sewickley Herald archives in the Sewickley Public Library. But much of ...

Fox Chapel woman to showcase creations at annual Sewickley ‘Holiday mART’

By Mya Koch
Pat Falbo of Fox Chapel always has loved teaching. But it wasn’t until she put down the books and picked up the tools of a ...

Sewickley Valley drive lets participants do their own shopping

By Gary Horvath
After helping families in need for more than 100 years in the Sewickley Valley, a change in the Union Aid Society’s holiday donation program has allowed those families to do more to help themselves in recent years. It was a ...

Council action could mean townhomes on commercial acreage in Sewickley

By Bobby Cherry
Townhomes soon could be constructed within Sewickley’s business district. Sewickley council members Monday night approved amending a borough ordinance to permit townhomes within the municipality’s C-1 zoning district. The move means Zamias Properties could construct townhomes on property abutting Locust Place, Centennial ...

Leetsdale Snowflake Classic planned Saturday

By Tribune-Review
The Leetsdale Snowflake Classic 5K will be held Saturday. Runners can register at register.chronotrack.com. Runner bag/packet pickup may be done in advance at Elite Runners and Walkers in Robinson once registered. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Quaker Valley High ...

Sewickley man opposes razing of his Sprott Way home

By Bobby Cherry
A Sewickley man said he hopes he can salvage a Sprott Way house that could be slated for demolition. Jon Hilliard is seeking to have about $42,000 in taxes abolished from 326 Sprott Way so it would be feasible for him ...