Terri Johnson

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Bio: Terri T. Johnson joined The Almanac staff as a regional reporter in 2009. Prior to that time, she was a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter, handling a variety of assignments ranging from municipal government to Washington County court. Terri graduated from West Virginia University in 1971 with a degree in English literature and psychology.

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Stories written by Terri Johnson

Police participating in National Drug Take-Back Day

- Since National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day falls on the same weekend as the annual Fall Festival in Cecil Township, Chief Shawn Bukovinsky decided to hold the collection at the festival in Cecil Park along R...

Seniors celebrate High Holidays at Jewish Community Center


Milly Klein of Bethel Park has celebrated the High Holidays for more years than she will admit. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sept. 24, signaling the beginning of the High Holidays that culminate with Yom Kippur at sun...

Peters Township school board votes to acquire bonds to address building needs


By a unanimous vote by all nine members of the Peters Township school board Sept. 15, the board authorized the issuance of bond up to $12 million to address maintenance needs in several buildings. While the approval was ...

Peters Township elementary students help students in Georgia


When parent Chrissy Seidling was cleaning out her son’s backpack from school earlier this year, she noticed many of the suggested school supplies were barely or totally unused. That’s when she got the idea ...

Cecil Intermediate School celebrates 200th anniversary of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’


Two hundred years ago Sept. 13, a young Francis Scott Key and his good friend Dr. William Beanes were on board a British warship in the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812. Key, a Washington, D.C., attorney, had just...

Living Pink Pageant to raise money for breast cancer research


Breast cancer survivors will participate in the second annual Living Pink Pageant in Pennsylvania to raise money for the Cancer Caring Center.

Pool & Spa Outlet donates therapy pool to Doug Vitale


Jan Cerminara of Pool and Spa Outlet on Gallery Road in North Strabane Township said in the 26 years she and her husband, Fred, have been in business, the company has installed thousands of pools. However, the fiberglass...

Current ordinance regulating sprinkler systems in some Peters Township homes will remain unchanged


By a unanimous vote Sept. 8, Peters Township Council defeated a motion to approve a new ordinance to permit property owners who are required to have sprinkler systems, to turn off those systems during extended time spent...

McMurray man with Scheuermann’s Disease organizes first-ever fundraiser


Doug Strott remembers he had a growth spurt between the ages of 12 and 14 years when he grew about 10 inches taller. When he was 17 and was throwing javelin on his high school’s track team, he began to have diffic...

Calvary Full Gospel Church reaches to El Salvador


Hope is a prominent theme for the outreach programs at Calvary Full Gospel Church in South Fayette. For the past year, members of the congregation on Hickory Grade Road have sponsored several programs at home and in El S...

Peters Township police capture tortoise on East McMurray Road


Ask any police officer about an unusual call he or she has answered and there is usually one that stands out.

Dr. Kristina Skraitz joins father Dr. Timothy Skraitz in chiropractic practice

- Dr. Timothy B. Skraitz remembers the youngest patient he has ever worked on. She was about four hours old, was in the neonatal intensive care unit with breathing problems and was his daughter and oldest child, K...

At last, Valley Brook Road in Peters Township opens


More than 15 months and $7.36 million later, Valley Brook Road in Peters Township opened to traffic Aug. 28. The first car traveled west up the newly constructed ramp toward Washington Road at exactly 2:47 p.m., followin...

Valley Brook Road in Peters Township to open Aug. 28


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 ...

Peters Township Council hears traffic complaints from residents of Boyer Road


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.

Books stolen from Mt. Lebanon Public Library


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...

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


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...

Linus Blankets provide comfort to those in distress


In the “Peanuts” comic strip, Linus Van Pelt is rarely without his blanket, finding it a source of comfort and, in some ways, providing a sense of security. For the 20 or so women in the local chapter of Pr...

Franklin Graham bringing Festival of Hope to Pittsburgh


Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, will be the featured speaker during the Festival of Hope, a three-day Christian event planned for Aug. 15-17 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Nina Fatigati joins father’s medical practice


Nina M. Fatigati remembers the first time she accompanied her father, Dr. Mario Fatigati, on Take Your Daughter To Work Day when she was in first grade. She even recalls that she wore a blue dress. She also remembers mak...

Sprinkler systems in patio homes continues to be topic in Peters Township


Water was a recurring theme during a lengthy meeting of Peters Township Council July 28.

Peters chicken saga continues


Peters Township Council is sharply divided on the issue of whether chickens are pets or farm animals, with one member saying during a July 28 meeting that there are more important issues in the township than poultry.

Increase in free lunch eligible students in Peters Township


In a brief special meeting of the Peters Township School Board July 28, the six members who attended voted unanimously to approve an anticipated new position of Title I reading specialist at McMurray Elementary School. T...

Faith newest member of the freshman class at Bethel Park High School

- Clarification: An earlier version of this story stated that the service dog was trained to alert before a seizure happens. It has been updated to reflect that the dog is only trained to alert that a seizure ...