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Fit Kids Club under way at Sewickley Twp. Public Library

By The Times-sun
The Fit Kids Club at the Sewickley Township Public Library is off to a great start this summer, according to librarian Mandy Luchs. A youth wellness program that promotes healthy bodies and minds through workouts and activities focused on fitness, nutrition ...

Smithton VFD street fair promises family-friendly entertainment

By Joe Napsha
The Smithton Volunteer Fire Department’s one-day street fair returns again this year on July 11, featuring a parade down Center Street, food and refreshments, and children’s games, topped off with fireworks. Having successfully revived the street fair two years ago when ...

Yough schools awarded for program implementation

By William S. Zirkle
The three elementary buildings of the Yough School District were recently given recognition by the state for successfully implementing a new program. Yough Superintendent Janet Sardon, ...

Sewickley Twp. to apply for $60K state grant to build playground

By Joe Napsha
Plans to construct a new playground for students at the H.W. Good Elementary School in Herminie got a boost last week when the Sewickley Township Supervisors approved an application for a $60,177 state grant for the project. The supervisors on June ...

Yough grad noted in fact book about Chuck Norris

By Joe Napsha
A 21-year-old Sewickley Township man has been recognized as a notable practitioner of Tang Soo Do, a traditional Korean martial art form, in a book ...

West Newton Elementary dedicates 2 Buddy Benches

By William S. Zirkle
West Newton Elementary School recently held a dedication ceremony for two Buddy Benches. The benches were painted by the fourth-graders and, in addition to making ...

Yough raises taxes over 4 mills

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School District Board of Education approved a final 2015-16 budget last week that uses both a tax increase and a large portion of the remaining fund balance to balance revenues and expenses. Directors, by a vote of 6-1, approved ...

Pa. releases Marcellus shale impact fee numbers

By Joe Napsha
Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships are once again the region’s big winners for the distribution of the Marcellus shale impact fees that natural gas producers pay to the state under a formula that takes into account gas production and prices, ...

Weight limit set for Smithton streets

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Borough Council adopted an ordinance setting a weight limit on borough streets. The vote of approval was made at the monthly council meeting June 8 and was unanimous with councilmen Bruce Celapino and Robert Prah Jr. absent. The weight limit is ...

West Newton Council considers creation of flood fund

By Joe Napsha
Faced with problems of flooding and erosion created by stormwater, West Newton Council Monday discussed the possibility of adding $1 or $2 to the borough’s sewage bills to build a fund to cover the local cost to obtain any government ...

New business promotes flatwater boating

By Joe Napsha
The calm waters of the Youghiogheny River at West Newton will be the site of a flatwater race paddling clinic on Saturday and Sunday,. The clinic ...

Trail Day in West Newton gets rave reviews

By Chris Buckley
The first Trail Day was held more than 20 years ago, shortly after the Youghiogheny River Trail was built in the early 1990s. Initially held for ...

West Newton in a bind over sale of historic Plumer House

By Joe Napsha and Bill Zirkle
West Newton officials said Wednesday they will consider their options for resolving a dilemma over the borough’s failure to get state approval in 2011 before ...

Trail provides positive economic impact to West Newton area

By Joe Napsha
Mary Lou Rendulic does not need a study to tell her about the economic value of the Great Allegheny Passage, the popular 150-mile recreational trail that cuts through West Newton as it connects Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Md. “We’re finding that we ...

Merdian wins Sewickley Township nomination with write-in votes

By Joe Napsha
The Westmoreland County Bureau of Elections this week confirmed what Sewickley Township Supervisor Wanda Layman announced at the supervisor’s meeting the day after the May 19 primary — she had lost the Democratic nomination to Republican Brian Merdian, who ran ...

West Newton woman plays role in state bill

By Brad Bumsted and Joe Napsha
When April Waller of West Newton tried to get death benefits for her family after her husband died in September 2012 while serving as police chief at the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport, she hit a brick wall ...

West Newton, neighboring communities hosting Memorial Day events

By The Times-sun
Communities in the area are holding Memorial Day events, including parades and services to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America’s freedoms. Some events are described here as submitted by each respective community. West Newton West ...

Yough board spending $62K to upgrade phone system

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board has hired a Bridgeville company to install a district-wide phone system. The board unanimously agreed on Third Generation as the provider for the Enterprise VOIP (Voice Over IP) phone and cabling project. Three members — Ruth Bisko, ...

3 of 4 incumbents lose in borough council primary contest in West Newton

By Tribune-Review
West Newton voters overwhelmingly opted for change in local government, denying three of four incumbent councilmen their bids for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial results. Dave Tamasy, father of Councilman David Tamasy, led all eight candidates for ...

Race for 5 Yough school director seats sees 6 runners

By Joe Napsha
Four incumbent Yough School Board members plus two challengers are battling for the Republican and Democratic nominations to five seats in the May 19 primary. Incumbent ...