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Articles from March 3, 2004

2 Lions Perfect Heading to States
Greensburg Salem hit the daily double at the Class AAA WPIAL/ Southwest Region Tournament last weekend at Canon-McMillan High School. Golden Lions teammates Donnie Jones and Andrew Haile each captured a WPIAL/regional title and remained unbeaten for...
Aficionados Get Big Kick out of Ultimate Fighting
Webster's New College Dictionary defines 'submit' as 1. To surrender or yield oneself to the will or authority of another. 2. To subject to a condition or process. 3. To commit to the consideration or judgment of another. In Bill Vucick's world, the...
Amateur Pens Girls' Team Gets Big District Contribution
Lauren Beuke, Tiffany and Mindy Juha and Chantal Ziemianski came to the sport they love in basically the same direction. They all watched their brothers play hockey and decided it would be fun to play themselves. Julia Brooks and Pam Ciardi took completely...
Barbie's Facing Things beyond Her Ken
Dear Barbie, I've only just heard. I'm so sorry. Are you all right? I can't imagine how you must be feeling right now. I've been through my share of breakups, but you and Ken -- you two were like an institution! After so many years, well, I don't know...
Bethel Park's Mcintyre Works into Champion
It all started soon after last year's PIAA swimming championships. Bethel Park's Damian McIntyre had just completed a highly successful 2002-03 season by competing on the state's fifth- (200- yard medley) and seventh-best (400-yard freestyle) relay teams,...
Big and Hard to Spell St. Germaine Pupils Build 9-Foot-Tall Rhombicosidodecahedron
Where in the world would one find a 9-foot-tall rhombicosidodecahedron? In Bethel Park, these days. Earlier this year, 37 seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at St. Germaine School were challenged by their teacher, Lillian Bricker, to build a 62-sided...
Boys Build, Repair to Become Eagles
A number of Boy Scouts in the South Hills have attained the rank of Eagle, the highest rank in Scouting. Six Scouts from Troop 215, including two brothers, became Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park. They are...
Brave Rottweiler Is Just a Baby at Heart
On an otherwise-ordinary day last July, Judy Gates came home from work and was happy to be greeted, as usual, by Bailey, the family's chocolate Labrador retriever. But Gates had an "uh-oh" moment: Where was the other dog? Carlee, the loyal and loving...
Buoyed by Wpial Splash, Gators Eye States
After the first day of the WPIAL swimming championships Feb. 19 at Pitt's Trees Pool, Gateway found its boys' team in first place. Although the Gators didn't hold that lead and finished in fourth, coach Herman DeMao is pleased after an entire season...
Bus Drivers Honored for Aiding Woman Who Fell
Three Port Authority employees were honored last week for saving the life of a woman who had fallen in the snow while trying to get to her mailbox. The incident happened Jan. 29 while Raymond Brooks, of the North Side, an 18-year Port Authority employee,...
Char Valley Sends Trio to Piaa Wrestling Meet
It was as easy as 1-2-3 for the Chartiers Valley wrestling team at the WPIAL/Southwest Region Class AAA tournament at Canon- McMillan High School last weekend. "We got a first, a second and a third," Colts coach Mike Johnson said. "It's great to have...
Char Valley Trio Making Sweet Trip to Hershey
It was as easy as 1-2-3 for the Chartiers Valley wrestling team at the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Regional tournament last weekend at Canon-McMillan High School. "We got a first, a second and a third," said Colts coach Mike Johnson, summing up the weekend....
City Champ Set to State Its Case
While basking in the glow of a second consecutive City League boys' basketball title, Perry Traditional Academy coach Chuck Franklin said he wouldn't mind another trip to a PIAA title game. It's not that outrageous of a thought given that the pool of talented...
Coach's Supporters Fill Board Meeting
Plum residents and former and current Plum High School football players packed into the school board meeting room last week to deliver a message: Rehire our football coach. Some told the board that Bill Rometo was more than an athletic coach and a high...
Cougars Defensive over Run to Crown Carlynton's Game Plan Works to Perfection
It's a cliche, but try telling any members of the Carlynton girls' basketball team that it isn't true: Defense wins championships. Carlynton claimed its first WPIAL title with a 42-20 win against Freeport at the Palumbo Center in the Class AA final Saturday....
Councils Differ in Reaction to Developer's Plan
A development that will include a double ice rink complex, an extreme sports park, housing and retail space has received initial approvals from commissions in both Plum and Penn Hills. But while Penn Hills officials are pleased with the idea, Plum council...
Decorating to Stay Home Kitchens and Bathrooms Lend Themselves to Warmer Design Innovations
Like women's fashion, home building and design are subject to trends. From Palladian windows to great rooms to kitchen islands, change affects the house from top to bottom and year to year. Today, it's all about making a home warmer and more family friendly....
'Dice Facing City-Style Foe
McKeesport is incorporated as a third-class city. But governmental status had nothing to do with Buddy Valinsky's assessment of the McKeesport Area boys' squad. "They would be one of the top two teams in the City," said Valinsky, who coaches Allderdice...
Families Buying Shares in Farming's Future
Liz McClunin isn't slowed by the steep hillside. The 41-year- old, with her dog at her side, strides upward, squinting against the snow glare. "Turn around now and look," she says. From atop her 42-acre piece of Chestnut Ridge in Westmoreland County,...
Gallagher Moon's Driving Force
Derek Gallagher pulled a Jim Valvano seconds after Moon Area defeated Knoch to win the WPIAL Class AAA title Friday at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center. Remember how the late Valvano ran around the basketball court, looking for someone to hug following...
Get Smart, Sign Up Now
The registration deadline is Monday for the Master Gardener "Smart Gardening" Workshop, which will be at 9:15 a.m. March 13 at the Penn State Beaver campus, Brodhead Road, Center. Among the speakers will be Sally Jean Cunningham, author of "Great Garden...
Governor Puts on His Reading Glasses to Deliver a Story to Penn Hills Pupils
Gov. Ed Rendell helped kick off this year's Read Across America program by reading to pupils at Washington Elementary School in Penn Hills last week. He read "The Cat in the Hat" to 60 kindergarten pupils at the school Friday morning. The governor...
Hiring Drivers Settles Grievance
To settle a grievance filed by the bus drivers union, the Bethel Park school board hired three permanent bus drivers for routes the board had considered eliminating. Those hires, which include drivers for two buses and one mini- bus, had been on the...
Kelly Reaches 1,000 for a Second Time
Mt. Lebanon High School graduate Ashlee Kelly, a 6-foot senior center on the Division I Quinnipiac University women's basketball team, reached another milestone recently when she surpassed 1,000 rebounds for her career during a 54-49 win over visiting...
Knoch Regroups for a Piaa Run
Knoch boys' basketball coach Les Shoop has said he specifically took the job coaching in the WPIAL after decades at Punxsutawney just for the chance to coach in a WPIAL championship game. After guiding the Knights to their first title-game appearance, Shoop...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTY ABBOTT, James A., of Shaler, died Feb. 26. Bock Funeral Home, Shaler. BANNER, Vera M. Ehrenberger, of Spring Hill, died Feb. 25. Sperling Funeral Home, North Side. BATTAGLIA, Agnes, 97, of Shaler, died Feb. 26. Bock Funeral Home, Shaler....
Libraries Get Grant for Free Programs
Local residents will be able to enjoy free programs ranging from antiques appraisals to organic gardening thanks to a $20,000 grant given to four eastern libraries. Jean Kanouff, adult librarian for the Penn Hills Library and facilitator of the grant,...
Living Moment Beats Capturing It
It's a good thing I saved the box it came in because the digital camera is going back. I ordered it on a whim from -- oh, the shame! -- a slice of Internet spam that popped up just before Christmas. It has never worked. I may or may not get my money...
LOOKING BACK [Derived Headline]
(Past sports highlights in the PG South area, March 3-9) 10 YEARS AGO March 8, 1994 -- Kevin Price had 20 points, 12 rebounds, helping Duquesne High win its third WPIAL Class A boys' basketball title in a row with a 70-57 verdict over Our Lady of the...
Love Me, Love My Neighbor Cooperation Could Be Best Way to Preserve Character of North Boroughs
A scout for a discount drugstore chain is looking for new locations and heads north on Route 65. After passing through the rows of muffler shops, gas stations and restaurants in Bellevue and Avalon, he crosses the ravine and suddenly find himself in...
MON VALLEY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Elizabeth Borough * Council appointed James Morrison to fill the council seat vacated by former council President Randy Shelton, who resigned after moving out of state to accept a job. Morrison, who has served on the borough's Sewer Authority for more...
Mt. Lebo Youth Boosts Central
Central Catholic goalie Russ Hefner was in tears. Halfway through the third period of the 2002 Class AAA Penguin Cup (Western Pa. hockey championship) semifinal, he was watching the clock and trying to nurse a 2-1 lead over undefeated and defending state...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Beaver Falls Frank Braykovich, director of code enforcement, zoning and development, retired Friday. He started working for the city 23 years ago as code endorsement officer, a job that has expanded over the past two decades. Chippewa Six traffic signals...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Edgewood The volunteer fire department is set to begin a major fund drive.Acting Fire Chief Dave Andrews said the department will work with Choice Marketing to send letters to all 1,300 borough households and to local businesses to raise money for new...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Wilkinsburg Residents tired of "busing it" to buy groceries at the big supermarket down the street now have a new choice on Penn Avenue. The family-owned Penn and Center Market opened for business Monday and will sell fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy...
Neighbors Reach out to Injured Girl
Neighbors, relatives and schoolmates are rallying around a 5- year-old South Fayette girl struggling to overcome injuries sustained when her neck was caught beneath a garage door at her home. Four fund-raisers have been scheduled to help offset medical costs...
Parents Line Up to Protest Rumored Staff Cuts
Parents filled the meeting room of the Bethel Park school board last Wednesday, ready to protest significant cuts to staff and educational programs that had been outlined in an anonymous letter circulated through the community. But before they had a...
Penn Hills Skater Proves Skills on the Ice
The increased skill level of high school hockey in the area has meant players have to take to the ice earlier. Whereas a generation ago it was not uncommon to see players who were just learning to skate in varsity competition, today such players have...
Peters' Top Goal: A 'Three-Peat'
In recent times it has been commonplace for local high school hockey teams to "three-peat" as state champions. Bethel Park won three Pennsylvania Cups in a row from 2000-02 in Class AAA, as did Serra Catholic during the same period of time in Class...
Piaa Forecast: Storm Clouds
Perhaps by taking some journalistic license, one might say that the Butler Area girls' team's first-round PIAA Class AAAA tournament game has created a "storm of controversy." Despite losing in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs, Butler (14-11)...
Piaa Next for Sewickley
Winning its first WPIAL Class A boys' basketball championship as expected, Sewickley Academy (22-4) focuses its attention on a possible PIAA title, something the team won in 1997. The Panthers will play a PIAA first-round game vs. Penns Manor (15-11)...
Piaa Pairing a 'City' Game
McKeesport is a third-class city. But governmental status had nothing to do with Buddy Valinsky's assessment of the McKeesport Area boys' squad. "They would be one of the top two teams in the City," said Valinsky, who coaches Allderdice and was referring...
Plum Junior Hershey-Bound Clair Repeats as Regional 119 Champion
Sean Clair felt the pressure of being a defending champion at the Class AAA WPIAL/Southwest Region Tournament last weekend at Canon- McMillan High School. But it didn't show on the mat. Clair, a junior from Plum High School, won his second consecutive title...
POLICE BLOTTER [Derived Headline]
Carnegie Police have issued an arrest warrant for Terrell T. Perry, also known as "Train," in connection with a late Feb. 21 incident in which gunshots were fired out an eighth-floor window at Carnegie Towers. Perry, 19, has no known address but frequents...
Police May Join Teamsters Union
The 12 members of the Rankin police department may be voting on whether to join Teamsters Local 205 this spring. The officers sent an unsigned letter to Police Chief Darryll Briston, with a copy to the borough council, saying they intend to join the...
Public Hearing Set for Plum Zoning Change Request
Plum Property Associates' request for a zoning change to 55 acres off Route 909 in Plum has been rejected, approved, then vetoed in the past. But the firm is hoping that this time it will get its wish. This week Plum council set a public hearing for...
Racquet Club Shifts Focus to Family-Oriented Sports
Larry Evans, of Mt. Lebanon, is anxious for the onslaught of soccer moms driving minivans. Evans, operations manager for the newly named Greentree SportsPlex, described how the former Greentree Racquet Club on Iron City Drive is changing its focus from...
Riverview Team Wins City of Future Award
At least there's one city in the region with a budget surplus. That city has a population of 400,000, riverfront parks, a top university and world-class museums, libraries and science centers. The bad news is that it isn't even supposed to exist until...
Ross Teen Leads Food Bank Fund-Raiser Letter-Writing Campaign Yields $1,100 for North Hills Community Food Bank
Jennifer Stephany was at a Ross commissioners meeting in November when the director of the North Hills Community Food Bank asked the board for money for the food pantry. The township couldn't provide any funding because the food bank is a charitable...
ROUTE 19 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Dormont * Borough officials will transfer $100,000 from the general fund to the capital fund to cover expenses for the final phases of the public works building renovation. In addition to a payment of almost $58,000 to general contractor Lone ...
ROUTE 51 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Pleasant Hills * This year's road improvement program should continue a 10-year paving program initiated a number of years ago that calls for each borough street to be repaved or repaired every 10 years. However, before there can be any determination...
Schenley Girls Face Tall Task in Trinity
The headline in the Post-Gazette after Schenley defeated Westinghouse for the City League girls' basketball championship said it all: "Size, depth carry Schenley to title." Those advantages may be negated when the Spartans (24-3) play Trinity (17-8)...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Carlynton A Relay for Life Kickoff Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school cafeteria, Kings Highway, Robinson. People who register that evening to participate in the 24-hour fund-raising activity June 26 and 27 will pay $50 -- a $100...
Senior's Fund-Raiser Is Paean to Classmates
Montour High School senior Greg Redmerski expected his senior project would be a lot of hard work. What he didn't expect was the resentment, resistance and doubt that his emotionally charged project would incite. "Do you actually think people are going...
Sewickley Primed for Pihl Playoffs
Just what did it mean when Sewickley Academy's Trevor Heck buried a rebound for the game-winning goal with 28 seconds left against Serra Catholic? "It was the biggest win in the history of Sewickley Academy hockey ... ever," said Panthers coach Erik...
Sewickley Ready to Be a Factor in Pihl Playoffs
Just what did it mean when Sewickley Academy's Trevor Heck buried a rebound for the game-winning goal with 28 seconds left against Serra Catholic? "It was the biggest win in the history of Sewickley Academy hockey ... ever," said Panthers coach Erik...
Shalerto Get Fit for Free
Pupils at Shaler Area Intermediate School are about to get the same "lift" as the students in Deer Lakes and Springdale high schools. The National School Fitness Foundation will bring its Leadership In Fitness Training, or LIFT America, to the Shaler...
Sharing the Harvest Organic Farms Sell Produce by the Season
Liz McClunin, a 41-year-old woman with poker-straight hair, isn't slowed by the steep hillside. She strides upward, squinting against the snow glare. She and her Labrador retriever throw long shadows down the field. "Turn around now and look," McClunin...
She Overcomes Anxiety, Counsels Others
When Joan Kaylor was in high school, she was so unhappy and anxious she was literally pulling her hair out. "I was miserable and I was getting C's and D's, and my mother knew I was more intelligent than those grades would indicate," Kaylor said. This...
South Park's Wells Honored at Clarion
Over the past seven years, football player Reggie Wells has reached great heights. And in some cases, he's climbed to mountain tops few before him have seen. * As a junior at South Park High in 1997, Wells was a key defensive lineman on the Eagles'...
STUDENT NEWS [Derived Headline]
West Mifflin Area Advanced Education Curriculum students are advancing in the KDKA-TV 2 Hometown High Q Academic Competition under the direction of teacher Brian Aufman. High School students Sarah Kampert, Michael Sharbaugh and David Wittman competed...
'Students, Start Your Engines' Team from Norwin, Takes 1st in Auto Repair Competition
Here's a quandary for you weekend mechanics: Take a car that won't start for reasons unknown to you, and get that baby to purr in under two hours. Up to the task? That's exactly what high school students participating in the Pittsburgh Automobile Trade...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
Diving honors Montour High grad Cassidy Krug, a freshman at Stanford University, was first in 1-meter diving and in 3-meter diving at the Pac-10 women's swimming and diving championships, Feb. 26-28. College basketball stars West Allegheny High grad...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
Colonial baseball star North Allegheny grad Mike Butia, a junior right fielder at James Madison University, was the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Co-Player of the Week for the third week of February. In a three- game series against Bucknell,...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
Basketball all-stars Upper St. Clair grad Leigh Sulkowski, a 5-11 sophomore guard at Washington & Jefferson College, was a first-team (five players) Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Basketball All-Star. Seton-LaSalle grad Kristen Gattuso, a 5-6...
They Turn Silence into Purring Young Compete as Mechanics
Here's a quandary for you weekend mechanics: Take a car that won't start for reasons unknown to you, and get that baby to purr in less than two hours. Up to the task? That's exactly what high school students participating in the Pittsburgh Automobile...
Town Rallies to Help Girl, 5, Injured by Door
Neighbors, relatives and schoolmates are rallying around a 5- year-old South Fayette girl struggling to overcome injuries sustained when her neck was caught beneath a garage door at her home. Four fund-raisers have been scheduled to help offset medical costs...
Trip to States Silver Lining for Shaler Threesome
Shaler Area's top three wrestlers have amassed 115 victories among them this season. The Titans' top three, however, went 0-3 in the Class AAA Southwest Region finals Saturday at Canon-McMillan. The Nelson twins, freshmen Matt and Nick, fell short of...
VALLEY NOTES [Derived Headline]
Penn Hills A Linton Middle School sixth-grader has been suspended after school officials found an unloaded BB gun in the pupil's locker. A teacher spotted the weapon at about 9:30 a.m. Friday while the pupil's locker was open and immediately took action,...
WESTMORELAND NEWS BUREAU BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Franklin Regional Fifty-two percent of Pennsylvania school boards have a student representative serving on them, offering their youthful, hands-on input and taking board decisions back to the student body. This week, the school board debated the possibility...
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