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Barber’s big heart a plus in business, civic work

By Craig Smith 12:01 a.m.
You didn’t have to need a haircut to frequent John Costanza’s barbershop in Herminie. “The guys would just go and sit on the bench … …

Woman’s life filled with high seas adventure

By Craig Smith
After living with a 10-letter name, Vernabelle McCoy made sure the monikers she hung on her four children weren’t nearly as heavy. “She didn’t like …

Prominent surgeon never forgot roots

By Bill Zlatos
Sometimes when Dr. John C. Gaisford went out to eat, a waiter, restaurant owner or patron would go up to him and gratefully show off …

Leader guided changes at Robert Morris

By Bobby Kerlik
Jack McCartan didn’t mince words when he wanted answers at Robert Morris University. “There wasn’t a lot of chit-chat with Jack. He got right to the point. He asked questions and wanted direct answers, which we appreciated. He always kept …

Opera production director a skilled mentor

By Melissa Daniels
Jerry Sherk and Tara Kovach met behind the scenes at the opera. Then they fell in love over the phone. He was the longtime stage …

Family man delighted in repairing, restoring autos

By Adam Brandolph
Gary Polanofsky put his family first, but his auto garage came a close second. “He was there at 6:30 in the morning, came home for …

CMU first lady championed early education

By Adam Brandolph
From her days in Minnesota — where she cut fresh fruit and served ice cream to baseball legend Ted Williams in her family’s creamery — …

Athlete’s teaching, train shop a positive influence

By Greg Reinbold
Larry Niedzalkoski left a lasting impression on the students he taught and athletes he coached, and the business formed out of his model railroading hobby …

Businessman mixed compassion with service

By Bob Stiles
Albert Good always kept busy, whether in the community or working on refrigeration units as part of his job, his son said. “If he wasn’t …

Backhoe operator active in church, community

By Craig Smith
When Ray Mears was elected a Mt. Pleasant Township supervisor, he promised his wife that he would do what he thought was best for the …

Girl with cancer who was befriended by Michigan State star dies

By The Associated Press
DETROIT — When Michigan State was fighting to stay afloat despite a succession of injuries to key players, Lacey Holsworth was there. When the team …

Pro wrestling star Ultimate Warrior dies at 54

By The Associated Press
The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most colorful stars in pro wrestling history, has died, the WWE said. He was 54. The WWE said Warrior, …

Juvenile probation officer touched many lives

By Bill Zlatos
At 5 foot 5 inches, juvenile probation officer Richard E. Smith Jr. worked out in his basement to prepare himself for the occasional wayward youth …

Businesswoman’s life guided by love of nature

By Jason Cato
Celeste Gallup loved old houses, natural gardens and exploring the globe — from Cape May in New Jersey to Costa Rica. “She just went and …

Irrepressible showman Mickey Rooney dies at 93

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, …

Veteran found joy in photography, music, faith

By Bill Zlatos
Walter Debski enjoyed taking pictures of high school sports and garden club luncheons for the South Hills Record so much that he set up a …

Mom’s empathy, joy made her an ideal volunteer

By Bill Vidonic
Even though she scaled back her duties a few years ago at Clothes Line, a women’s used clothing store operated by the Women’s Auxiliary of …

Veteran’s generosity a blessing for church, school

By Craig Smith
When the nuns at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral School in Greensburg heard the name chosen for the 7th- and 8th-grade football team, they didn’t like it …

Chef spent lifetime doing what he loved

By Joe Napsha
James Stark began cooking at a young age, helping his mother in their Wilkins home. He turned his passion for cooking into a lifetime vocation …

Army wife turned outposts into home

By Stacey Federoff
No matter where her family had to relocate, whether to Germany, France or Japan, Olivia Chase made the best of her situation, hosting dignitaries and military spouses from around the world. As the wife of Army Maj. Jack Powers Chase, …