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Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Whose fault?: The Freeport Area School District's plan to construct a $30 million middle school still can't pass Buffalo Township's muster. The Buffalo planning commission noted what it called “major deficiencies” in the district's engineering plans. The school board has complained it can't understand why the planning commission hasn't approved the proposal. Maybe the board ought to ask its engineering firm why the commission hasn't approved the plan.

Leechburg Area's future: The school district has a new superintendent, Ian Magness. We noted Mr. Magness has a master's degree in “educational leadership.” With that training, we hope he leads Leechburg toward its inevitable merger with another district. One of Magness' priorities should be to contact his counterparts at Kiski Area, Apollo-Ridge and Armstrong to discuss the near future.

What the hey?: Lots of words and phrases come to mind as the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for their do-or-die seventh game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Consol Energy Center. “Choke” best describes blowing a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. And “clean house” likely is what will — and should — happen if the Pens don't advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Penguin Nation is keeping its webbed feet crossed.

Good luck!: The WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs have started, and the Alle-Kiski Valley is well represented. Look for the Deer Lakes girls to win the title.

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