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Sewickley Academy grad shooting for the stars at Smithsonian

By Dona S. Dreeland
Life choices can happen through the sharing of ideas. It happened to Walter Nogay, 23, when he was a sophomore at Sewickley Academy. During Tracy ...

Leet treehouse that drew national headlines will be removed by December

By Kyle Lawson
A long-disputed treehouse in Leet will be disassembled in December, according to an agreement Friday between homeowners and township officials. The township will extend ...

Sewickley officials tackle rising odor

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Sewickley leaders are looking at ways to reduce odors emanating from the Sewickley Wastewater Treatment Plant, at the corner of Ferry and Chadwick streets. Sewickley Manager Kevin Flannery said when the odors became more noticeable, engineers performed a wastewater treatment ...

20 communities asked for input on Route 65 issues

By Dona S. Dreeland
For the first time, leaders from boroughs and townships along Route 65 are working with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to improve the road for motorists. Municipalities from the Pittsburgh city line to Rochester — more than 20 communities — are ...

Garden club takes part in Sisters of St. Joseph effort to help feed hungry

By Mya Koch
Within a pair of 4-by-16-foot plots of land that “if you stand at one end look like a bowling alley,” some Sewickley-area gardeners are helping ...

Water Works Road in Sewickley closed for months

By Tribune-Review
Water Works Road in Sewickley will remain closed possibly until mid-December while crews work to alter a curve and stabilize several portions of the roadway, Allegheny County Department of Public works officials said this week. A 700-foot bend will be …

Nice play, Pirates — on and off the field

By Mya Koch
Mark Melancon, stellar Pittsburgh Pirates closer, serves as an ambassador for Major League Baseball, traveling the world to teach kids how to play the game. Beloved player Josh Harrison welcomes youths in grades one through eight to a baseball Pro-Camp. Members of ...

Developer makes $1,724,000 deal for downtown Sewickley properties

By Dona S. Dreeland
Property in the center of Sewickley’s business district could become a new residential complex, a developer said. A site that now contains medical clinics and offices, a parking lot and a dwelling used as an office at 522 Blackburn ...

New Edgeworth principal brings experience, passion

By Dona S. Dreeland
Never did a Popsicle offer so much. A Popsicles with the Principal event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Edgeworth Elementary School will ...

Get cooking on organizing that kitchen

By Sandra Lane
No matter what size kitchen you have, it is possible to set up an organized space that facilitates a workflow to meet your needs. Here are a few tips to help you create an efficient kitchen: 1. Empty out. ...

Sewickley council makes bike route recommendation

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Bicyclists who roll through Sewickley on the Ohio River Greenway Trail likely won’t be directed through the business district, but they should have safe trips on low-speed, low-traffic roads, borough officials said. Sewickley Council recommended a path to Findlay-based Mackin Engineering ...

Case of razed Sewickley home continues in court

By Dona S. Dreeland
Sewickley leaders are working to settle a lawsuit with a couple after the borough razed their Dickson Road investment property last year. Sherri and Erick Murrer, owners of a home that once stood at 883 Dickson Road, filed a lawsuit in ...

‘Crazy’ competition pushes limits of Sewickley athletes

By Dona S. Dreeland
Alisa Lenhardt of Sewickley and a few other amateur — but practiced — athletes from Sewickley United Methodist Church will test their own ...

‘Banshee’ crew visits Sewickley

By Tribune-Review
A film crew from Cinemax’s Emmy-winning series “Banshee” is shooting in the Sewickley area this week. The crew was to be in town at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at Quaker Valley Middle School, the St. James Church parking lot, and parts ...

Donations to Vanguard theater project to be matched

By Dona S. Dreeland
While the opening of the Vanguard Theater in Sewickley is about a year away, future patrons are invited to help make that first night debt-free. Until Labor Day — Sept. 7 — theater-lovers can contribute to a new $250,000 challenge grant ...

‘Bookish’ artist’s work speaks volumes in Sewickley library

By Dona S. Dreeland
Sarah Simmons’ art speaks to people in words that have had meaning for her and thousands of others. Tiny strips of printed pages dangle from earring ...

Yoga events move from studios to sunny spaces in Sewickley

By Mya Koch
Yoga is more widely practiced and hailed these days for its stress-relieving and body-strengthening benefits, and lately it’s become more common to find the activity out in the summer sun. Hundreds of people participate in Yoga in the Square at ...

Sewickley Area Theater Company readies for ‘Oz’ production

By Tom Mcgee
Sewickley-area theater-goers can follow the yellow brick road to a new production later this month. The Sewickley Area Theatre Co. will perform “The Wizard of Oz” ...

Duquesne Light to upgrade Sewickley residences to higher-tech meters

By Mya Koch
Residents in several Sewickley Valley communities may see more utility workers making visits beginning Aug. 3. Customers of Duquesne Light Co. will get digital electric meters between then and September as part of an overall upgrade of the company’s metering system ...

Martial arts goals lofty in Leetsdale

By Tom Mcgee And patrick Varine
A group of Pittsburgh-area youths are preparing to showcase their martial-arts prowess to the country in a bid to make the U.S. National Karate Team ...

Leet promotes worker to code enforcement post

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Leet has a new code-enforcement officer. Township supervisors promoted public-works employee Andrew Wanto, 31, to the job in March. His salary was not released. Building inspector Joe Luff of Building Inspection Underwriters Inc. previously also provided code-enforcement services, but now, he will ...

Bell Acres pipeline users to see rates climb

By Luke Torrance
Some Bell Acres property owners should expect to pay higher rates to finish a new sewage pipeline project along Camp Meeting Road. Gary Irwin, chairman of the Bell Acres Municipal Authority, told Bell Acres council on Monday that the authority was ...

Pa. clearance fees to be waved for some school volunteers

By Tom Mcgee
Volunteers who need a set of clearances to work with children will be able to save some money if they can wait until the end of the month. After July 25, fees for state child-abuse and criminal-background clearances will be free. ...

Triumph church empty no more as 3-year-old parish settles back in Sewickley

By Tom Mcgee
The former Triumph Baptist Church in Sewickley is filled with the sounds of worship again. Love Fellowship Ministries, a nondenominational church, is using the space for ...

Building projects plentiful in Sewickley

By Tom Mcgee
The sight of dirt moving will be a defining image for the summer of 2015 in Sewickley. With five major development projects scheduled for summer, the borough will have a new look in a year. Among the works in progress are Elmhurst, ...

‘Iron Dog’ draws four-legged competitors from across the region

By Keith Hodan
Soaring through the air and ending with a loud splash, the four-legged members of 3 Rivers DockDogs Club worked on their dog-paddling stroke with urging ...

Little Sewickley Bridge scheduled to open at 5 p.m.

By Tom Mcgee
Motorists will be able to travel on the Little Sewickley Bridge in Edgeworth beginning late this afternoon. The 126-year-old bridge, which carries Woodland Road Extension over Little Sewickley Creek, is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. It has been closed …

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
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...