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Stories written by Marc Vlainich

I-79 traffic restrictions

- PennDOT is announcing single lane closures starting July 24 in Collier, Scott and Robinson townships along a nearly five mile stretch of I-79 between Bridgeville and Campbells Run Road.

Murders, suicides not required on real estate listings

- Pennsylvania realtors do not have to worry about disclosing murder-suicides to potential buyers. The Pa. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on July 21 that such grisly events do not constitute material defects and ...

Mt. Lebanon School District to maintain turf fields

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The Mt. Lebanon School Board approved a maintenance agreement with the municipality covering Middle and Wildcat fields. The municipality recently approved a controversial project that will replace the grass on both field...

Helmet giveaway

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The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting a free Hard Heads Helmet Fitting event for kids on July 24 at the 3B Action Park next to the wave pool in Boyce Park. Those 17 and under are invited to receive one of the ...

Tick bites, Lyme disease up in Allegheny County

- When it comes to Lyme disease, don't wait to see a bullseye. The Allegheny County Health Department Director is advising those who go outdoors to be vigilant as there were 145 cases of Lyme disease reported in 2...

Week of July 21

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CECIL TOWNSHIP

Triathlon provides soggy fun for kids with a cause

- Little kids like nothing better than splashing around in puddles and the children, ages 7-11, participating in the 14th annual Kids Triathlon enjoyed a soggy morning on July 19 doing just that at the South Park ...

Singin’ in the rain

- Mackenzie Conway of Bethel Park waves her flag and Cub Scout Ethan Fuson covers his heart while holding his pennant as the national anthem is sung prior to the Kids Triathlon. Despite inclement weather, ages 7-1...

St. Clair Hospital celebrates 60 years

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Piano jazz and the smell of grilled scallops greeted over 200 guests at the annual St. Clair Hospital Summer Swing fundraiser on July 18, as hospital leadership celebrated 60 years of growth at St. Clair Country Club. <...

Backyard chickens newest trend in South Hills

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With names like Scratchy, Ethel, Lorraine, Junebug, Daisy and Email, six chickens living in the backyard of the Lucas family residence in Peters Township are, by ordinance definition, family pets and are not strictly a f...

Week of July 23

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Louis L. Angelo of McMurray, son of Judy and Lou Angelo, graduated with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0 from Drexel University with an Ed.D. in educational leadership and management with a concentration in human ...

Kous Kous Cafe owner finds lessons in teaching

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Abdel Khila is always trying to find the time to keep Kous Kous Cafe open when people want to eat his sweet and spicy Moroccan fare.

‘Hairspray’

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July 25, 26, 31; Aug. 1, 2

Beer Garden Bash

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Aug. 23

LocaL to perform

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July 27

Bower Hill Swim Club celebrates 50 years of operation

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Nestled in a neighborhood dale off Bower Hill Road, near Vanadium Road, sits a summer jewel … the Bower Hill Swim Club. Despite competition from large community pools and recreation centers, the five-acre complex ...

‘The Cat in the Hat’

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Through Aug. 2

South Fayette Township seeks input on flood plan

- South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners is seeking public input on its new flood plan ahead of a Sept. 25 deadline to update ordinances to meet federal law.

Hobby Lobby ruling taking the country in the right direction

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On June 30, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of a privately owned company, Hobby Lobby, protecting its owners’ religious rights under Bill Clinton’s 1993 Religious Freedom Restoratio...

County Parks host basketball camps

- The Allegheny County Parks Department has announced that it will host “Play Well Allegheny Basketball Camps” in Boyce Park, August 7-9, and in South Park, August 11-13. Each three-day camp is open to...

In Peters Township, chickens are considered pets

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Six hens in Peters Township may live in an outdoor coop and lay eggs, because according to the township’s zoning hearing board and its interpretation of township ordinances, chickens are family pets.

Week of July 16

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The partners of the certified public accounting firm of Goff Backa Alfera & Company, LLC (GBACO) announce the hiring of Julia E. Backa as a staff consultants. Julia is a 2011 gr...

Tom Corbett has Pennsylvania’s best interests at heart

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I am puzzled by polling numbers regarding Gov. Tom Corbett. They lead me to wonder, “Exactly what are Pennsylvania voters looking for in a governor?” In Tom Corbett, we have a hard-working proven man of pri...

Flashy U.S. Embassies not worth the cost

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As of this writing, the United States deficit is $366 billion – and that is actually a 26 percent decline from the previous year.

Week of July 16

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Acting camp

Week of July 16

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SF seniors meet

South Fayette School Board president’s arrogance unacceptable

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Public discourse hit a new low when South Fayette School Board president Leonard Fornella told a reporter for the Trib, “I won’t give incomplete, indecipherable financial information to a novice who won...

Week of July 16

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BP German awards

South Fayette school board mulls expansion

- Costs for any potential expansions and renovations at South Fayette School District will stay secret for now. After the district denied the Tribune-Review's right to know request citing "pre-decisional deliberat...

Two trapped after car, T crash in Castle Shannon

- Red line T service was temporarily shut down and two people were taken to St. Clair hospital after the car they were riding in collided with a T train in Castle Shannon.

Kids Triathlons on tap in the area

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This Saturday, the Kids Triathlon, benefiting Habitat For Humanity, kicks off a series of such events in the area. In addition to the race being held from 8-11 a.m. July 19 at the South Park Wave Pool in Bethel Park, Upp...

At 86, Riggs laps up swimming

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Joan Riggs gingerly ascends the steps leading upward to the slide at Bower Hill Swim Club. At the top, she takes a deep breath, pushes herself through the chute and plunges 12 feet into the pool below. At 86 years young,...

Bower Hill Set to Defend title

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When he was 7, Alex Hardwick remembers breaking the country club record for the 100-yard freestyle relay with his buddies, Joe Repischak, Ryan Dudzinski and Jake Murphy at Valley Brook. Today, the recent Upper St. Clair ...

The Milk Carton Kids

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July 23

Bethel Park Council recognizes South Hills Veterans Honor Guard

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The July meeting of Bethel Park Council was a celebration of the nation’s birthday and patriotism as members of the South Hills Veterans Honor Guard were recognized and the flags flying at the veterans memorial in...

Amendment approved declaring parts of Peters Township mineral extraction ordinance invalid

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Peters Township was one of the first municipalities in Washington County to enact a mineral extraction ordinance regulating drilling for natural gas. However, later court challenges and rulings countered some portions of...

Week of July 16

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Week of July 16

- Collier appoints chief of police

Week of July 16

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BETHEL PARK

New law prohibits minors from tanning

- It'll be spray-on tans for most prom goers from now on. New state regulations take effect this month requiring tanning salons to turn away 17 year-olds. The Indoor Tanning Regulation Act requires any salon or gy...

Canceling the Tomahawk is a gamble we can’t afford

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Once again, our military leaders face a tradeoff. Can the United States meet the serious new security challenges we face while staying within strict budget limits?

Cool retreat

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Regis and Helene McQuaide enjoy their pond and garden with their daughter, Elle, and dog, Stella. The couple showed off their backyard retreat during the 24th annual Mt. Lebanon Public Library Garden Tour. Six gardens an...

Stormwater law frees homeowners to build infrastructure

- A new law allows property owners to stave off potential floods without municipal authorities. Senate Bill 1255, which passed in May, allows property owners to implement stormwater management practices to stem th...

Peters Township couple ask for variance to raise chickens

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On a regular basis, the Peters Township Zoning Hearing Board fields requests for variances on existing ordinances, such as the need to encroach a few extra feet near a boundary to build a shed or swimming pool.

Morlock – Bykovets

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Morlock - Bykovets

Week of July 16

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ADAMS - Jack H., 59, Upper St. Clair, July 9.

Lawrence Music, Stratocaster celebrate 60 years

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Lawrence Music in Castle Shannon has seen three owners in 60 years, but not a change in name.

Water safety top priority at South Hills pools

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There is nothing that grabs as much attention as when a lifeguard blows a whistle at a crowded swimming pool on a hot summer day. Technology may have advanced, but it’s the sound of a whistle that signals someone ...

Week of July 16

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At Baldwin U.M. Church, a bus trip is planned to see “Moses” at the Sight and Sound’s Millenium Theater in Lancaster Oct. 14-15. For a complete itinerary and co...

Week of July 16

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Brittany Wanamaker, a 2013 graduate of Bethel Park High School, was recently inducted into the California University of PA chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and ...