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Firefighters respond to West Newton chemical leak

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters from West Newton and several neighboring departments Sunday night searched for the source of an apparent chlorine odor that affected residents at a senior citizen high-rise apartment building in the borough, according to emergency dispatchers and firefighters at the scene. The chemical smell was reported at 9:25 p.m. at Filbern ...

Playground almost ready to open in Sewickley Township

By Joe Napsha
The new playground adjacent to the Hutchinson Fire Hall should be ready for youngsters to use once a fence is installed and some finishing touches are made, Sewickley Township officials said last week. Work to install the fence around the playground ...

Youghiogheny River event, picnic raises drug addiction awareness

By Joe Napsha
A 3-mile canoe and kayak trip from Cedar Creek Park to West Newton on the Youghiogheny River, a picnic and an auction last Saturday were all designed to raise awareness about drug addiction. The event raised $977 for a Westmoreland County ...

Century-old railroad car to find new use along trail in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
The 101-year-old railroad car that has stood vacant along the Great Allegheny Passage in West Newton for a few years is getting a new life ...

Sewickley Township fair set for 80th year

By Joe Napsha
Horse shows, farm and garden tractor pulls, hay bale tosses, square dancing, a petting zoo and an old-fashioned milk chugging contest are among the events those attending the 80th annual Sewickley Township Community Fair can experience beginning Monday and continuing ...

Smithton Police Department’s Charger down again

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton police Chief Glenn Kopp advised borough council Monday that the department’s Dodge Charger is back at the dealership for repairs after officers reported the car was continually shutting off. Kopp said the car was just in the shop for the ...

West Newton urged to set up ‘rainy day fund’

By Joe Napsha
West Newton has a larger fund balance than necessary for the size of its budget, and the borough could consider establishing a “rainy day fund” that would be used in case of natural disasters or accidents, the borough’s auditor told ...

Float down Youghiogheny River to raise drug abuse awareness

By Joe Napsha
Eight months after his body was found in a pond at a Fayette County drug rehabilitation treatment center where he had been a patient, Michael ...

West Newton council considers $500,000 sewer project

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials were told this week by the borough’s engineer that they should consider replacing a 40-year-old integral part of its sewage system, a project that would cost about $500,000 but would help the borough comply with state environmental ...

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 ...

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 ...