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Back to school podcast: alcohol, exercise and healthy brains

- As students return to school, there's new data showing healthy and well-performing kids have parents who encourage exercise, discourage alcohol consumption and handle disputes with their children in a calm way. ...

South Hills man restores original Air Force One

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For the past three years, preserving the looks of the first presidential aircraft has been the job of a Whitehall man. In August, Doug Parfitt, 52, took his annual summer trip to Seattle’s Museum of Flight so he c...

South Fayette School Board defers basketball coach vote

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The South Fayette school board effectively tabled the decision to promote the boys seventh/eighth grade basketball coach to the varsity team after a stalled 4-3 vote at the Aug. 26 meeting.

Week of Aug. 27

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Fitness classes

Athletes need to act like the role models they are

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Just in time for the official start of regular season football, and on the heels of the Ray Rice controversy, two members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged w...

Week of Aug. 27

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At Calvary Full Gospel Assembly of God Church, Bridgeville, Prayer Nights are held at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Renew commitment to unions, middle class on Labor Day

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Labor Day is our only holiday that is devoted to the working men and women of this great nation. Across Pennsylvania, thousands of workers, many of them proud union members and their families, will celebrate their...

Mt. Lebanon’s Oldaker guides U.S. team to gold

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Behind an eight-point effort, including 4-of-4 from the free throw line from Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.), the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team (13-0) held off the N...

Valley Brook Road in Peters Township to open Aug. 28

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Drivers can breathe a sigh of relief as Valley Brook Road in Peters Township is set to reopen for traffic for rush hour the evening of Aug. 28 after more than 15 months of construction to realign the intersection of Old ...

Scores of cats euthanized in Mt. Lebanon

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A representative with Big Daddy’s Wildlife Removal said the company was forced to euthanize all but two of the approximately 80 cats found left behind in a house on Pennsylvania Blvd. on Aug. 22. The company repre...

Peters Township Council hears traffic complaints from residents of Boyer Road

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When a new residential development with about 40 homes is complete off of Boyer Road known as Whispering Pines, residents along Boyer Road are concerned with the excessive traffic the new development will create.

Mt. Lebanon creeps toward decision on deer solution

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The Mt. Lebanon commission will spend up to $10,000 to develop a more detailed deer management plan, according to discussion at the Aug. 25 meeting. Deer have vexed the commission for years now, as commissioners seek to ...

Joy ride lands trio in jail

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A joyride on two stolen golf carts Aug. 23 landed three men in Washington County Jail after one of them was apprehended by Peters Township police near the golf course on Church Hill Road.

Canon-Mac ‘Whale Done’ program reinforces positive behavior

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Staff at Canon-McMillan’s South Central Elementary school have been giving out “Whale Done” awards for five years, but this year, students have a huge reminder in the hall to shore up good behavior &...

Week of Aug. 27

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BETHEL PARK

Two Bethel Park Schools receive Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics

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Two Bethel Park School District schools are flying banners recognizing them as winners of the Governor’s Award for Excellence In Academics.

Preserve the harvest for winter meals

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The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes...

SLS’s Perone, KO’s Phillippi making their run at South Fayette

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Brett Brumbaugh is not the only attraction in the Century Conference. The division also boasts big-time quarterbacks in Tyler Perone from Seton-La Salle and Kobe Phillippi from Keystone Oaks. Perone passed for more than ...

Southeastern Conference opener requires perfection

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After two weeks of preparation, high school teams are ready for some football. However, victory Friday night requires perfection, particularly in the Southeastern Conference.

Week of Aug. 27

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AUBELE - Cynthia L., 51, formerly of Bethel Park, Aug. 21.

Frontier Frolic & Games

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Aug. 31

Beatlemania Now

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Sept. 13

‘From Broadway to Hollywood’

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Sept. 6

South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh ready to repeat

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When critics question his mobility on the gridiron, South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh answers them candidly.

Peters Township Public Library teaches programing via Finch robot

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Perched on a pair of wheels beside Sean McFarlin’s computer is a robot with bird-like features and a white outer shell. The McMurray Elementary fifth-grader stared at his computer screen, gazing up periodically at...

Sten’s Stride Rite a David among goliath stores

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Wedged in between Toys R Us and Half Price Books on Oxford Drive is a specialty kids shoe store – one of only two in the area after a spate of other Stride Rite stores closed due to cannibalized competition.

‘The Foursome’

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Aug. 28-30

A Fair in the Park

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Sept. 5-7

Books stolen from Mt. Lebanon Public Library

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When Cynthia Richey, director of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, was notified recently by other library directors in the Pittsburgh area of a rash of stolen books from public and academic libraries, she conducted a quick...

Week of Aug. 27

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PACER CROSS COUNTRY

Latest challenge to Upper St. Clair Whole Foods development denied, appealed

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An Upper St. Clair resident’s appeal that her right to notification of zoning changes regarding the plans for a mixed-use development at 1800 Washington Road was not violated by the township, an Allegheny County J...

Lacrosse never over for Bethel Park’s Quinlisk

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While Heather Quinlisk pursues her doctorate in educational leadership at Delaware Valley College this fall, the Bethel Park native puts her lacrosse stick aside. The move, she hopes, is only temporary.

Week of Aug. 20

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South Fayette commissioners appoint police chief, new commissioner

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The South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners tackled a personnel-heavy agenda at the Aug. 20 meeting, naming acting police chief John Phoennik to head the department before appointing a new commissioner and public w...

Salary increases for Mt. Lebanon School District staff

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Mt. Lebanon’s school board approved a number of salary increases for staff at its Aug. 18 meeting. Salaries for 10-month clerical employees, aides and personal care assistants will increase 2.89 percent, while foo...

Peters homeowners file suit against FirstEnergy

- At least seven homeowners in Peters Township are filing lawsuits against FirstEnergy over its plans to clear-cut trees on private property, which the utility company said is part of powerline and vegetation mana...

Week of Aug. 20

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Open houses planned

Week of Aug. 20

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At the Bible Chapel, McMurray, JJ Weeks Band will perform Aug. 27 at the South Hills campus. Discounted tickets available in the Chapter 2 Bookstore for $15 with no fees. Tickets av...

Week of Aug. 20

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Gentle Yoga

Ice Bucket Challenge a social media sensation

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By now, you’ve probably heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) fundraiser that is spreading awareness like wildfire on social media. In case you haven’t, the concept i...

Local Ukrainian-Americans to celebrate 23rd Independence Day

- When Halyna Mykhailiv Ciarallo raises her glass on Aug. 24, it will be in celebration of 23 years of Ukrainian sovereignty. The 51-year-old resident of Carnegie will also celebrate 17 years in America, eight of ...

Mt. Lebanon’s Hoffman picks Penn

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Matt Hoffman measures success in letter grades. In the classroom, he aims for A’s. In life, he focuses on F’s. Both, actually, are perfectly positive. See, he owns a 4.6 GPA at Mt. Lebanon High School. Plus...

Montecalvo stepping down at Canon-McMillan AD

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Guy Montecalvo will step down as athletic director at Canon-McMillan High School effective Aug. 30. Since 2003, Montecalvo served in the position as well as coached the football team for seven seasons. During his tenure,...

Quad-A teams ready to battle despite lower numbers

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While Quad-A is the biggest classification for football in the WPIAL as well as the state of Pennsylvania, numbers are down across the area. Some schools have even canceled their ninth grade programs because they do not ...

Peters Township wins sixth straight Chairman’s Cup

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The Peters Township boys’ varsity golf team shot an 8-over par 368 and captured its sixth straight Chairman’s Cup.

Judge orders gate on private road to be removed

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A Washington County judge ruled that a gate blocking a portion of Mt. Blaine Drive in Peters Township must be removed, and that the gate cannot be reconstructed without court approval.

Peters Township resident questions school board on need to fund band camp

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During a previous Peters Township School Board meeting, the board approved spending $2,500 for an upcoming band camp at California University of Pennsylvania. At the Aug. 18 meeting, Robert Speshock of 102 Chestnut Court...

Peters teachers, counselors settle age, gender suit

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Seventeen female teachers and guidance counselors who filed an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the Peters Township School District have settled their case out of court.

Week of Aug. 20

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CECIL

Bethel Park alum raising funds to help Uganda children

- A Bethel Park woman who has devoted much of her young life to helping empower others through education and opportunity recently got a chance to meet some of the people whose lives she has changed.

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