Terri Johnson

Staff Writer
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724-941-7725

Email:
tjohnson@thealmanac.net

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.

Department: News

Stories written by Terri Johnson

Spanish exchange students in Upper St. Clair learn about Halloween American style

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In Spain, Halloween is observed more as a religious holiday – the beginning of All Saint’s and All Soul’s days – rather than an occasion to dress in costume and go door-to-door collecting cand...

South Hills quintet rides 100 miles in one day to raise funds for Arthritis Foundation

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Jeff Krakoff knows that exercise is an excellent way to maintain mobility for those with arthritis, and that riding a bicycle is a great non-impact activity for those who suffer from the joint disorder.

Administrative changes in the Peters Township School District

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After 12 years as principal at Bower Hill Elementary School in the Peters Township School District, Kelly L. Gustafson submitted her resignation during the regular school board meeting Oct. 20. No effective date was anno...

Two arrested in Peters Township for drugs and weapons

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Peters Township police found three people inside a vehicle parked in the lot of Donaldsons Crossroads shopping center at 5:57 p.m. Oct. 16, along with drugs, drug paraphernalia and a loaded pistol with the serial number ...

Upper St. Clair couple finds adventure at every turn

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Love started on a double date when Don Williams met a young nursing student named Mary Lou at a Thursday night dance. That was more than 60 years and a lifetime ago.

Elderly Peters Township woman out $4,000 in elaborate scam

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An 86-year-old Peters Township woman is out $4,000 after bogus telephone calls convinced her she won a $600,000 prize from Publisher’s Clearing House, township police said.

South Fayette police officers trained on Project Lifesaver

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One of the worst fears caregivers face is when their loved one – an adult or a child – wanders away.

Pati Petite Bakery changes yet stays the same

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Pati Petite Cookies Inc. has been a staple in South Fayette Township with the yellow smiley face on the adjacent silo along Mayview Road since 1964. And even though the family-owned bakery was sold almost a year ago to t...

Peters Township and sanitary authorities applying for portion of Local Share Account Grants

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The deadline for applying for grants through the Washington County Local Share Account from gaming funds is Oct. 15, and Peters Township wasted no time in applying for money, including supporting requests for funds from ...

Peters Township residents conquer Mt. Rainier

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Dr. David N. Vaughan, D.M.D., a Washington dentist and a Peters Township resident, has climbed Mt. Rainier not once, but twice in the past 15 years, the most recent being Aug. 4-9.

Governor signs death warrant for Richard Baumhammers

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Gov. Tom Corbett signed a death warrant Oct. 6 for convicted killer Richard Baumhammers as Baumhammers, 49, exhausted his state appeals. The execution was set for Dec. 3.

Two men helping high school students and families prepare for college

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While playing paddle tennis at St. Clair Country Club a few years ago, Brad Killmeyer and Matt Sherwin discovered they had more in common than the game.

Town Hall South kicks off with Robert Edsel

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Robert Edsel, founder and president of The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, began his speech during a Town Hall South lecture Oct. 7 by asking all those in the audience who served in the military, in...

Chili cook-off benefits woman with paraganglioma

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Most have never heard of the disease paraganglioma. For Christy Hazaga and her mother Debra Mayotte, both of Pleasant Hills, the diagnosis is all too familiar.

$4 million in renovations for Peters Township’s McMurray Elementary School

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Members of the Peters Township School Board spent more than two hours during a special meeting Sept. 29 discussing possible renovations at McMurray Elementary School as outlined by HHSDR Architects of Pittsburgh.

Peters Township High School Assistant Principal resigns two weeks into the job

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Jason Marvin began his duties as the new assistant principal at Peters Township High School Sept. 15. On Sept. 29, the school board accepted his resignation.

Accused Alex Hribal in Franklin Regional High School stabbing not being housed in Upper St. Clair

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Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old accused in the stabbing incident April 9 at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, will not be housed at Southwood Psychiatric Hospital in Upper St. Clair – at least not yet.

New businesses to open in Peters Township

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Two new businesses are open in Peters Township at 3855 Washington Road, with another to open soon.

Joe Unitas recalls time as lighting director on ‘night of the living dead’

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Photographer Joe Unitas of Peters Township knows all about lighting, including shooting in black and white, and the use of shadows to create what he calls “terror, fear and suspense.” Those skills served hi...

Local women band together to help fellow women in Zimbabwe

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In the African country of Zimbabwe, and in many other countries, when a woman is having her menstrual cycle, she is considered to be unclean. Young girls who are having their period must miss an entire week of school onc...

Venetia Road bridge replacement detour in 2016

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Traffic backs-up practically on a daily basis along Venetia Road near a one-lane bridge on the boundary of Nottingham, Union and Peters townships near the Finleyville Cemetery. With about 6,000 vehicles a day traveling t...

Peters Township Council passes amendment for electronic signs in residential areas

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Following a brief public hearing before the regular meeting Sept. 22, Peters Township Council adopted an amendment to an existing ordinance that regulates the size of electronic signs in residential areas.

Peters Township residents conquer Mt. Ranier

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Dr. David N. Vaughan, D.M.D., a Washington dentist and a Peters Township resident, has climbed Mt. Ranier not once, but twice in the past 15 years, the most recent being Aug. 4-9.

New principals in Peters Township look to the future

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Adam Sikorski and Jason Marvin knew they had one very important thing in common –both are newly hired administrators in the Peters Township School District who share a love of learning. And as the two recently sat...

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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...