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Chartiers Valley “Flohrs” North Allegheny in WPIAL final

- Chartiers Valleyrecovers to beat North Allegheny for WPIAL Quad-A boys' basketball title.

Aliquippa dethrones Seton-La Salle


Aliquippa overcame a six-point halftime deficit to dethrone defending champion Seton-La Salle, 68-57, in the WPIAL Class AA boys’ championship basketball game played at the Petersen Events Center.

Protesters rally against deer cull on Connor Road

- Over a dozen protesters gathered Feb. 28 on one of the conservation sites on Connor Road designated for deer culling in Mt. Lebanon Township.

Seton-La Salle, Canevin prepare for potential next round

- After WPIAL finals, Seton-La Salle and Bishop Canevin prepare for a potential rematch in PIAA tournament.

Dragon Dancing at Peters Library

- Chinese New Year was celebrated the week of Feb. 19 in the namesake country, an annual tradition of days-long fireworks, loud music and dragons.

Seton-La Salle beats Bishop Canevin for WPIAL AA title

- Seton-La Salle defeated Bishop Canevin, 51-35, for the WPIAL Class AAA girls' basketball title.

PAWC spending $822K on pipeline repairs in Washington County


Pennsylvania American Water will spend more than $800,000 to replace about two miles of aging pipelines in several Washington County communities.

Upper St. Clair fire displaces three families


Raylynn Porco was just putting down her 18-month old son A.J. for a nap when she and her boyfriend smelled what they described as wires and rubber burning. Porco, and her boyfriend, Matt, ran downstairs from their third-...

Town Hall South announces 47th season

- Town Hall South has announced its 2015-2016 lineup. Ticket membership is by series only.

Timothy O’Connor hired as Bethel Park police chief


Bethel Park has an extensive history of having long-serving chiefs of police, and on Feb. 23, council hired a longtime member of Pittsburgh Police to lead its department.

South Fayette, Upper St. Clair post prelim budgets

- Upper St. Clair School District has posted its $73,169,752 proposed spending budget for 2015-16 with a .8398 mil increase, which amounts to $84 more in property taxes for a home valued at $100,000. Numbers are l...

Bill Flanagan gives regional economic forecast


Nearly 60 percent of all moves in Greater Pittsburgh are people who are moving into the region, not the other way around.

Former White House chef kicks off Washington County Restaurant Week


For more than a decade, Walter Scheib directed the cooking in the White House kitchen, carefully planning state dinners for the Clinton and Bush administrations for dignitaries from around the world.

Chartiers Valley reaches WPIAL final with win over North Hills


For Chartiers Valley boys’ basketball teams under the direction of Tim McConnell competing for championships is not a dream. It’s an objective.

Blackhawk beats Chartiers Valley; Cougars to play South Fayette in final


Chartiers Valley spotted the No. 1 seed in the WPIAL Class AAA girls’ basketball tournament 16 points and could not overcome that disadvantage as Blackhawk held on for a 64-52 victory at Moon High School.

Scott, Golden Center Living compel Mt. Lebanon to amend deer plan


After Scott Township commissioners passed a resolution opposing deer culling in Twin Hills Park, Mt. Lebanon officials say they will abide their request not to bait, corral and shoot deer in the park.

Bethel Park chastises state over education funding


Four decades ago, state tax dollars made up about half of Bethel Park School District’s annual budget, but over the years, the state’s share has dwindled to about 25 percent.

Almanac On-Air week of Feb. 25

- A federal rule requiring 1,000-feet setbacks for guns has Mt. Lebanon moving its deer culling operations. An Upper St. Clair man has been arrested on child porn charges. And a South Fayette Commissioner has ente...

Week of Feb. 25


At Center Presbyterian Church, McMurray, Talk Back Tuesdays are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Bride’s Room. Talk back to Rev. Jeff about the previous week’s sermon. L...

Jealousy at a fish fry

- It's not often one experiences jealousy at a fish fry. As I sat at a table at Holy Child Roman Catholic Parish in Bridgeville, my shrimp dinner laid out in front of me, I was surrounded by patrons scarfing down ...

Secret fish sauce at St. Joan of Arc

- I burnt my mouth biting into my fried fish sandwich and looked over in regret. “She has something different,” I thought. It was a fish taco. The orthodoxy of Lenten fish fries has been overthrown.

Penn Hills halts Bethel Park’s streak & title hopes


In a game between two streaking basketball teams something had to give.

Char-Valley students honoring Korean War veterans


Last year, Chartiers Valley High School students re-dedicated a World War II plaque to the combat veterans whose 17 names are listed below the memorial bell on the far side of the district’s football field. This y...

Online fundraisers: the new spaghetti dinner?


The Internet continues to add conveniences to everyday life – and fundraising is no exception. Thanks to websites like Go Fund Me, Kiskstarter, Indiegogo and YouCaring, raising funds is as simple as a few clicks o...

Mt. Lebanon residents opposed to deer cull

- Despite the bitter cold, Mt. Lebanon residents turned out in force on Feb. 23 to again protest the municipality’s capture and euthanize deer cull. They lined the length of road outside the municipal buildi...

Chartiers Valley, South Fayette girls advance to semifinals


Chartiers Valley (20-4) dispatched Beaver, 54-40, to advance to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. The Colts will play top seed and defending champion Blackhawk (21-3) 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at Moon.

Peters Township plans for additional ordinances


Peters Township Council may be faced with adopting additional ordinances on storm water management to come into compliance with state – and federal – regulations.

Minuth move makes Upper St. Clair better

- When the Bayer Corporation transferred his father from Germany to the Pittsburgh region a couple of summers ago, Fynn Minuth rejoiced. So did the Upper St. Clair swim program.

Bittersweet ending for Dudzinski in final WPIAL meet

- Exhausted, elated and exasperated described Ryan Dudzinski’s mood after the Upper St. Clair senior competed in his final WPIAL championships for boys’ swimming. During the two-day event held at the U...

Chartiers Valley lone Section 4 survivor in WPIAL Quad-A tournament


After the quarterfinal round of the WPIAL Quad-A boys’ basketball playoffs, all four Section 4 teams lived to play another game – but only one advanced to the Final Four.

South Fayette’s Walker wins fourth WPIAL title


With a come-from-behind victory, Jared Walker joined an exclusive club. The South Fayette senior is now one of 25 wrestlers to capture four WPIAL championships.

Upper St. Clair takes home two team trophies


North Allegheny walked away with two trophies during the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships held Feb. 20-21 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool. So did Upper St. Clair.

South Fayette commissioner enters ARD program


A South Fayette Township commissioner charged with conspiracy, insurance fraud and related charges over expenses related to a house fire in McDonald was admitted Feb. 23 to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition prog...

SHIM’s Job Talks adds to mentorship program


The impetus for Job Talks came from a Facebook poll to participants in SHIM’s teen mentoring program. The question was the typical, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Bethel Park High School Alumni Hall of Fame inductees announced


The Bethel Park Great Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2013 to recognize and honor Bethel Park High School alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments either personally or professionally after graduating f...

Peters parents get lesson in Common Core


Katherine Reitz of Peters Township is the mother of a fourth grader and a fifth grader. She was also a math major at Duke University, but she couldn’t help her children with their math homework.

Canon-McMillan breaks 4 records


The WPIAL swimming championships proved a record-breaking meet for Canon-McMillan swimmers. The Big Macs broke four school records.

Culling deer not civilized


While trying to keep both perspectives in mind, I feel I have to speak my mind on the deer culling issue in Mt. Lebanon. First is the fact that this was done in other boroughs, specifically, Bethel Park, and I see no maj...

Week of Feb. 25



Week of Feb. 25


ADDLEMAN - Virginia Lou (Morrell), 86, Upper St. Clair, Feb. 13.

Peters Township Library to host small business workshop


The Peters Township Library and the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce are hosting a workshop March 3, aimed at providing tools for want-to-be entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.

South Hills Interfaith Ministries fights hunger


South Hills Interfaith Ministries helped more than 3,000 people in the South Hills last year with basic necessities.

Upper St. Clair man charged with 15 counts of viewing child pornography


Investigators from the state Attorney General’s office and Upper St. Clair police arrested Thomas James Ketchum, 46, of 90 Long Drive, Upper St. Clair, Feb. 18 on 15 counts of child pornography and one count of cr...



Tom and Kristie Dawson of Bethel Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey, to Michael Barringer, son of Terry and Mary Ann Barringer of Boardman, Ohio.

Bob Segar tribute band rocks The Meadows


Feb. 28

Music for Mt. Lebanon welcomes Mexican brass quintet


Feb. 28

Cull the herd


For 20 years, I began my workday with an early morning drive through the deer herds of Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon.

Bartrug wins 200 free

- Maddie Bartrug agrees with Cyndi Lauper: girls just want to have fun. And, this South Fayette senior certainly did enjoy herself during the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships held at the University of Pittsbu...

NA, Upper St. Clair set record pace in WPIAL swimming


North Allegheny and Upper St. Clair set a record pace during the first day of action in the WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool.

South Fayette’s Mahoney dives to silver in WPIAL Class AA


Trevor Mahoney swims as a favor to his team. The South Fayette senior dives for his own pleasure.