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Articles from December 26, 2004

An Artist's Touch Mccandless Woman Picked to Paint Ornament for White House Tree
On what started as a typical Wednesday last month, Donna Claire Sperling found an unusual envelope mixed in with her mail. Embossed in gold in the upper left-hand corner, the return address read, "The White House." "I just stood there shaking my head,"...
Big Macs Lead Way for a Fabulous Group
The 2004 scholastic football season wasn't exactly kind to Washington area teams. Only Charleroi Area, Monessen and Carmichaels managed to capture a share of conference championships. The Cougars shared the Class A Black Hills conference with Bishop Canevin...
Board Member Seeks to Stay Connected Via Speakerphone
Larry Goettler hopes modern technology will enable him to participate in school board meetings even when he is hundreds of miles away. He has asked his fellow Butler Area school board members to let him take part in at least some meetings electronically....
Carmichaels on Target for Playoffs Again
Carmichaels boys' basketball coach Don Williams knew his team would be competitive despite heavy graduation losses since last season's 13-9 playoff campaign. His confidence may stem from the Mikes (5-3, 3-0 through games of Dec. 22) still having 6-foot...
Fabulous 22
Robert Heller Ringgold, RB-DB, 5-9, 166, Jr. Exlposive player the past two seasons, he rushed for 1,547 yards on 243 carries (6.4 yards per carry), scoring 14 touchdowns. He had five receptions for 133 yards and a TD. He also returned an interception...
Getting a Handle on Santa Spirit of Christmas Finds Us Young. after That, It's Up to Us
I figured this was the year I'd field the "big question" from my 8-year-old son. "Mom, is Santa ... you know ... real?" he asked soberly one night, two weeks ago, as I tucked him into bed. My 11-year-old son threw me a wide-eyed, eyebrows-arched glance from...
GOOD MORNING! [Derived Headline]
Snow is on the ground and a chill is in the air, but if you're already planning a picnic next summer in one of Washington County's three parks, now is the time to reserve a space. The county Department of Parks and Recreation will accept 2005 shelter...
Houses in Plan to Be Grouped to Preserve Trees
Many of the houses in Franklin Park's new Spring Ridge neighborhood will be clustered in an effort to maintain extensive wooded areas and open space. The 104 acres, known as the Dimond tract for the family that long owned it, is to be developed into...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTY AMANTEA, Rose T., of Richland, died Dec. 14. Bock Funeral Home, Shaler. BISCHOFF, Arlene Calvas, 67, of McCandless, died Dec. 11. Richard D. Cole Funeral Home, Sewickley. BURNS, Agnes Veronica, of Gibsonia, died Dec. 11. Miller Funeral Home,...
Merger Referendum Will Go on Ballot
In separate meetings earlier this month, Smith and Burgettstown agreed to place on the May ballot a referendum on whether the township and borough should merge. Having approved placement of the referendum on the ballot, their next step involves filing...
Networks Should Resolve to Keep These Shows
This is the week for resolutions: Time to lose weight, quit smoking, even --horrors! -- watch less TV. But let's try to be more affirmative when crafting resolutions for the broadcast networks. Rather than suggesting things to give up that we know they...
Newsmakers Have Their Say
It's that time again when we look back at the issues, the characters, the events and the political intrigue that dominated the year, so we can embrace the past before crashing headlong into 2005.So, in keeping with Washington Sunday edition tradition,...
Peters Township Offering Golf Lessons without Clubs
Golf lessons without clubs. Hmmm, the concept is not as farfetched as, say, Christmas without crowded shopping malls. Nancy Griffin is putting the concept into action with what can perhaps best be described as unconventional winter golf training. Rather...
Police Force in Union May Be Facing Layoffs
The police department in Union may be facing cutbacks, primarily because building permit fees in the township have not met expectations. Supervisors had expected $200,000 in building permit fees from housing development; $14,000 in permit fees have...
Powerade Has Power
The Powerade Christmas Tournament is considered the best scholastic wrestling tournament in Pennsylvania and this year is no different. The 38th annual Powerade Tournament features 33 wrestlers who competed in the 2004 PIAA Tournament, 10 who wrestled...
Quite a Kick Rostraver's Rechichar an NFL Treasure
The girls riding in the school bus probably have no idea. They've just played a soccer game for Belle Vernon Area High School and, let's face it, school bus passengers generally don't put much thought into the lives of the people driving the vehicle....
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
Big East baseball star Waynesburg High grad Lee Fritz, a senior outfielder at West Virginia University, was named to the 13-player Big East Conference Preseason All-Star Baseball Team. Fritz, an all-Big East selection a year ago, hit .364 for West...
Treasure Trove of Trolley Memories Found in Old Vault
Workers broke through the wall of a forgotten vault early this month and stepped into the Allegheny County of the 1920s and '30s. Undisturbed by light, air and touch for 70 years, the cache of trolley records discovered at Epic Metals Corp. in Rankin...
Veteran Avella off to a Fast Start Eagle Girls Seeking Another 20- Win Year
The Avella Area High School girls' basketball team has qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs in each of Jim Matalik's previous four seasons as head coach. Despite averaging nearly 18 wins per season in the process, however, the Eagles have lost...
Watching Women Do Whatever Women Do
Over the years, I've aspired to write more often about energetic, talented and, yes, the wild women of Washington County, and this year I accomplished that goal royally. In retrospect, 2004 was a male columnist's dream. I wrote about the many sides...
Women's Book Club Nurtures Social Conscience Service at the Heart of 110-Year-Old Aurora Reading Club, One of the Oldest Women's Groups in Western Pennsylvania
Rachel M. Lovett Jones' life centered on her daughter. Back in 1880, her neighbors on Logan Street in Pittsburgh's Hill District probably noticed the 24-year-old mulatto woman from Winchester, Va., hurrying past with Maude, who was then 5. Lovett Jones,...
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