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Articles from November 4, 2004

Academies Vie for Girls' AA Title
Two Section 3 teams will play for the WPIAL Class AA girls' soccer title when Shady Side Academy and Sewickley Academy meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at at Elizabeth Forward. The Panthers (18-2) turned back Center, 2-1, in the semifinals Tuesday on Marisa...
Being in the Minutes, If Not the Moment Cell Phone Towers Come with Erasing the Limits of Where We Are and Who We're With
My dad had a thing about keeping it brief on the phone. "If you can't say it in five minutes, write a letter!" was his basic rule on using the household phone. He usually inserted that line into his standard "Money doesn't grow on trees" lecture whenever...
Bellevue Voters OK Referendum on Police Talks
Bellevue voters Tuesday decisively approved an amendment to the borough home rule charter that clears the way for a possible consolidation of the Bellevue, Avalon, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights and Emsworth police departments. The amendment, which frees...
Bethel Park No Art Lover
Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny has a keen appreciation of the work of Art on display along Fifth Avenue. His Black Hawks have played Central Catholic the past three seasons, winning once. "I know Artie and his team is well-schooled," Metheny said of...
Bid Eligibility at Issue in Road Equipment Sale
Who's going to get the old Ross dump truck and trailer? When bids were opened five weeks ago, it appeared that the township had an easy answer. But by the following morning, the answer got a little muddier. The township is trying to sell the dump...
Board Looks to Hasten 911 Center Work
Frustrated by a sense that things are moving slower than they should, Butler County commissioners are looking for ways to boost progress on the new emergency control center. Discussion was spurred by a 2-1 vote Oct. 20 to seek proposals for soil testing...
Brentwood Freshman a Champ
Rachel Erny tried to follow her brother's advice: Don't get too serious about the race. The Brentwood High School freshman did a pretty good job of staying loose before the WPIAL Class AA cross country championship meet last week at Slippery Rock University,...
Budget Would Raise Real Estate Taxes for the Second Time in Two Years
Municipal real estate taxes could be going up in Mt. Lebanon for a second consecutive year if the recommended 2005 budget is approved. The proposed $35.4 million budget, released Monday, calls for a 0.35-mill increase, from 4.34 mills to 4.69 mills,...
Carrick Continues Its Mastery of the City
That Carrick won its sixth City League girls' volleyball championship in Terry Cowden's eight years as head coach shouldn't come as any surprise. The Raiders completed regular-season City League play undefeated (9-0) and had not even lost a game within...
Different Campaign Tactics; Same Results
Freshman state legislator Marc Gergely, D-White Oak, and his colleague in Harrisburg, 10-term legislator David Levdansky, D- Forward, both kept their seats in Tuesday's election, though Ledvansky's margin of victory was considerably smaller than Gergely's....
Dynamos Spring to Life
Springdale, a true dynamo last season, has played catchup in recent weeks and relishes another run to Heinz Field. After losing back-to-back games to Duquesne and Clairton late in the regular season, the Dynamos appeared to be wilting as they pursued...
Eighth-Grader Stepping Feet First into Luge Camp
Eighth-grader Sara Scheirman has a good reason for missing class at Jefferson Middle School this week. The 13-year-old Mt. Lebanon resident is in Lake Placid, N.Y., taking part in the second step of the USA Luge Slider Search. Sara arrived at the site...
Elm Street Project Sprouts from Main Street Success
Efforts to revitalize Monongahela River towns have concentrated on finding new uses for former mill sites and sprucing up the Main Street business and retail districts. Now a new government plan is aimed at the residential areas near those districts....
GOP ELLIS REPLACES TRAVAGLIO [Corrected 02/29/16]
Don't expect Brian Ellis to come knocking at your door any time soon. The newly elected Republican state representative of the 11th District did a lot of that over the past three years, as he campaigned for the post to be vacated by retiring Democratic legislator...
High School Football Scouting Report
WPIAL CLASS AAAA PENN HILLS (9-1) VS. NORTH HILLS (8-2) * At North Allegheny's Newman Stadium, Friday, 8 p.m. -- Penn Hills, the Quad East Conference runner-up, is seeded third in the Class AAAA bracket. The Indians, making its ninth playoff appearance in...
Mcmurray Elementary Recognized on Character Only Pa. School of 10 in U.S. So Honored
After reading "Maniac Magee," which deals with racism, discrimination and segregation, sixth-grade classes at McMurray Elementary School talked about those issues. "Where else would you fit that in during a school day?" asked teacher Gena Kashak...
Mustio Plans Focus on Jobs
In a local race that was low on drama, incumbent Republican Mark Mustio easily beat challenger Tim McLaughlin for the state House seat in the 44th District. According to unofficial totals, Mustio, of Moon, captured 58 percent of the vote -- 18,125 to...
No Horsing around 10-Year-Old from Bethel Park Wins for Second Year in 4-H Competition
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Coffield, 10, of Bethel Park, was doing her homework earlier this year when her mother, Rene Relosky, called her to the stables to see the pony she'd just acquired to sell at the family's adjacent Hunter Spring Farm. When Lizzie...
North Catholic Builds a Winner
North Catholic High School, a longtime powerhouse in girls' basketball, has come a long way in a short time in girls' volleyball, too. "This is the fifth year for the program and the third year that we've qualified for the WPIAL playoffs," said North...
Power Play Two of Wpial's 'Big Boys' Face Off
On a quarterfinal Friday in WPIAL Class AAAA that features some of the biggest-name programs in the area, perhaps no game is bigger than North Hills-Penn Hills. These two tradition-rich teams, both nicknamed the Indians, meet at North Allegheny's Newman...
Purchase Ok'd of Damaged House
Jefferson Hills council has formally approved buying the house of a borough employee that's being damaged by water from a broken sewer line, after agreeing over the telephone to use money from the borough's sewer fund to close the deal. Last month, council...
Putting a Squeeze on a Shoestring Budget
Men are always asking me the big question about women. No, not "What do women want?" If you have to ask, we're not telling you. Not "Why do you go to the bathroom in herds?" That's classified. The big question is: "Why do women need so many shoes?"...
Quaker Valley Preparing for States
Until Tuesday, Quaker Valley had not reached the WPIAL boys' soccer semifinals since 2000, the year it won its most recent PIAA Class AA title. The Quakers (16-6) lost to Thomas Jefferson in overtime in the 2000 WPIAL Class AA semifinals. Then they came...
Ramaley to Seek School Funds
The addition of North Hills territory to the state House 16th District made a difference. Republican Pat Geho eked out a voting edge in the Allegheny County part of the district, getting 6,238 votes in Leet, Leetsdale, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Crescent...
Retiring Superintendent Reflects on Tenure, Future
Despite the pending departure of four top administrators in the next four months, retiring Chartiers Valley Superintednent Bernard Sulkowski said the district will not be left with a leadership vacuum. Sulkowski, 57, who has been superintendent since...
South Park Boys Advance to Title Game
From a 0-3 start, South Park is headed for the WPIAL Class AA boys' soccer finals for the first time under coach Jon Cantwell. South Park (18-4-1) edged upstart Southmoreland, 1-0, in overtime Tuesday at Shaler in the semifinals. South Park was scheduled...
Sprint Tries Again for Cell Tower at Library
Northland Public Library is the 14th location for a cellular tower that Sprint has studied since September 2000, according to company lawyer Joseph Cortese. McCandless allows communications towers as special exceptions, with the approval of the zoning...
STUDENT NEWS [Derived Headline]
STUDENT NEWS Twenty-four Bethel Park High School students have been selected for apprenticeships through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit this school year. The apprenticeships focus on the arts, science and humanities, and students will attend about once...
Talbots Make for Fierce Underdogs
With a two-game midseason losing streak behind it, the Hampton football team has to believe it has played as well as anyone the past four weeks. At 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Pine-Richland Stadium, it gets to find out if it is playing as well as the best...
THE BRIEFS: Schools [Derived Headline]
DUQUESNE School director DeWayne Tucker received a certificate of recognition from the Pennsylvania School Board Association and was placed on the Honor Roll of School Board Service for his 20 years on the board. Tucker began his career when his...
THE BRIEFS / SCHOOLS [Derived Headline]
BETHEL PARK * The board voted last Wednesday to install temporary barriers, such as sawhorses, on Blackhawk Drive after school directors and officials again raised concerns about speeding endangering students.The barriers will remain for a 90-day...
THE BRIEFS: Towns [Derived Headline]
BETHEL PARK A hearing is scheduled Monday night by council to consider a zoning change request to allow three office buildings to be built on 10 acres at McMurray Road and Limestone Drive. Council begins meeting at 7:30 p.m. Also slated to be heard is...
The Voters Have Spoken a Higher Than Usual Turnout Led to Long Lines at Some Polls, but Voters Didn't Seem to Mind
A line of voters snaked its way around the inside walls of Forward's public works garage early Tuesday, but Joe Clark didn't mind waiting 30 minutes to cast his ballot. "This is what voting is supposed to be," said Clark, looking over the 40 or so...
This Old House Should Be Saved
In Richland, at Ewalt Road and Route 8, stands an old, red-brick colonial house built for John Ewalt in 1852. It is in grave danger of being razed by a bulldozer to make way for a chain restaurant or drugstore. The township supervisors will have the...
Turzai Promises to Help Businesses Create Jobs
After winning a resounding victory Tuesday night, incumbent state Rep. Mike Turzai pledged to continue efforts to improve the business climate in Pennsylvania. "You can't have good jobs without employers," said the Republican from Bradford Woods. "We...
Victory Is Sweet for North Hills
North Hills High School boys' cross country coach John Wilkie would not go so far as to say winning the WPIAL Class AAA team title this season was more satisfying than last year's first-place finish. But there was no disguising the pride in his voice....
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