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Articles from March 24, 2004

All Rise Judges Coming to Town
Toting boxes of legal briefs and black robes on hangers, a three- judge panel of Pennsylvania Superior Court will hold court next week in Butler County's historic courthouse. Though it usually convenes only in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia,...
All's Right for This Lefty as Na Grad Blossoms
For the University of Virginia baseball program, Andrew Dobies is the ugly duckling who became the beautiful swan. As a freshman, the Cavaliers' 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-hander, was unsure of himself and flopped around to the tune of an 0-2 record and...
Asteroid Named to Honor Astronomer
Tom Reiland sees things better when the lights are out. Reiland, of Shaler, is director of the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory in Frazer and a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. As such, he has spent many memorable evenings...
A Storybook Proposal with a Fairy-Tale Ending
Warning: The following story may be upsetting to women who are looking for the perfect guy. Apparently, he's been taken. When one thinks of a storybook marriage proposal, it evokes images of horse-drawn carriages or candlelight dinners. Matthew...
Board of Commissioners Reorganizes for 3rd Time
Collier's Board of Commissioners has undergone its third reorganization in less than a year. Officials accepted the resignation last week of Commissioner Sandra Lamb as board president and named Commissioner Darlene Restich its new leader. Lamb, who...
Can This Center Hold? Cranberry Has Left Little to Chance in Pursuit of a Town Center
We may be about to finally find out if the town center concept will really work in the suburbs. Why? Because Cranberry is trying it. And Cranberry can do anything. Municipal centers? Everyone's building one now, with a gym and meeting rooms along...
CHURCH ADDITION TO BE DEDICATED [Derived Headline]
CHURCH ADDITION TO BE DEDICATED Pastor Mark S. Egli and the Rev. Larry Swain, executive minister of the Pittsburgh Baptist Association, will conduct a dedication service at 2 p.m. Sunday for the addition to First Baptist Church of Coraopolis, 1443 Coraopolis...
Clinic for Poor Has Its Own Financial Troubles
Metro Family Practice Inc., of Wilkinsburg, is a twice-honored place of hope. Those who need medical care but can't pay for it can go there and find help. Now facing financial troubles, the practice has already lived through an ordeal that would have...
Development Corporation Set Up to Help Businesses Start, Expand
Members of the Penn Hills Chamber of Commerce aren't going to be content to let fate decide the economic development of the municipality. Instead, several of those members, led by economic development committee member Al V. Papa, decided to form a recognized...
Fighting Pollution Requires Reading Smoke
Some people call him "the smokemaster." Vern Irwin travels around Pennsylvania and surrounding states in a one-of-a-kind pickup truck. A tall smokestack juts off the back of the truck bed. Irwin and his partner, Margaret Gearhart, man a command center...
Focus Heats Up on Peters Twp. Baseball Squad
Before last spring, it was known as a program that produces a number of NCAA Division I players, some pros and a couple of major- leaguers. It also was known as a program that produces section championship teams on occasion and WPIAL playoff contenders...
Frugality Contest Engenders Scholarship
A contest credited last year with saving money for the Chartiers Valley School District has just reaped another benefit. The SuperSaver Contest, which was the brainchild of the district's Director of Fiscal Management Charles Koch, took the top achievement...
Greensburg Central Run a Study in Determination
Greensburg Central Catholic has been a WPIAL girls' basketball powerhouse for years. The Centurions' recent run in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, however, might have been the most unexpected ride in the program's proud history. GCC (22-7) ended the season...
Hopeful Beaver Falls Can Look Ahead to 2005
Despite losing in the PIAA basketball semifinals to eventual PIAA Class AA champion Sto-Rox last week at the Palumbo Center, 69-62, Coach Doug Biega said he believed Beaver Falls proved its WPIAL semifinal victory over Sto-Rox was no fluke. The Tigers...
It Seems like Old Times for Vikings, Meadville
Central Catholic and defending state champion Meadville will meet for the sixth time in seven years in the Class AAA high school hockey playoffs at 7 tonight at Mellon Arena. In 1998, the Vikings rolled to a Penguin Cup championship with a 6-1 win at...
'Keeping People First' for 50 Years Arc of Westmoreland Started as Group of Parents
Little did Mary Drylie know 50 years ago that she was starting an empire. She thought she was just helping her son. Drylie recalls sitting at the park that sprawls at the foot of Irwin's Main Street and wishing that her son, Chuck, then 3, had more...
Keystone Oaks Schools Mt. Lebanon Land Eyed for Expansion
The Keystone Oaks school board voted last week to explore the annexation of Mt. Lebanon land at Eastmont and Kelton avenues, contiguous to the high school grounds, as part of a long-term plan for building an athletic stadium on the campus. "The process...
Kids' Group, Genealogical Society to Work at Cemeteries
Several Butler County cemeteries and burial plots are going to get some much-needed attention from two local civic organizations. People Against Threats and Harassment and the Butler County Genealogical Society are individually working on preserving...
LATEST DEATHS [Derived Headline]
ALLEGHENY COUNTY ANDERSON, William, of Cheswick, died March 17. Burket-Truby Funeral Home, Oakmont. ASONE, Anne Sisca, 83, of Springdale Township, formerly of O'Hara, died March 14. Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Aspinwall. ATWELL, Opal H., 87, of Shaler,...
Library Opens the World to Homeless
Bradley Tucker's favorite part of the day is the time he spends in the library. He likes it so much that he woke his mother up one morning, just after 5 a.m., and asked if they could go read a book. At 4 years old, Bradley has to be excused for his youthful enthusiasm....
LOOKING BACK [Derived Headline]
(Past sports highlights in the PG East area, March 24-30) 15 YEARS AGO March 30, 1989 -- The PG East Girls' Basketball Fabulous 5 consisted of: Penn Hills' Jenine Joyce, Sacred Heart's Shannon Davis, Latrobe's Jody Sobota, Wilkinsburg's Maude Searcy...
Low-Tech 'Art' Is First Defense in Battle against Air Pollution
Some people call him "the smokemaster." Vern Irwin travels around Pennsylvania and surrounding states in a one-of-a-kind pickup truck. A tall smokestack juts off the back of the truck bed. Irwin and his partner, Margaret Gearhart, man a command center...
Money-Saving Contest Nets Administrator Statewide Honor
A contest credited last year with saving money for the Chartiers Valley School District has just reaped another benefit. The SuperSaver Contest, which was the brainchild of Charles Koch, the district's director of fiscal management, took the top achievement...
Montour Looking Sharp on Diamond
At first glance, it might appear that the Montour baseball team is in for a rebuilding season. The Spartans didn't qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs last year with a 10-8 record, 2-6 in Section 8-AAA. They lost seven seniors from that team, including...
Moon Airport Plaza Hotel to Become Colonial-Style Bed and Breakfast
If you're dining at the banquet hall at the Terrace at University Boulevard next spring, keep in mind the following rule of etiquette: "Drink not nor talk with your mouth full neither Gaze about you while you are a Drinking." The 18th century reference...
Moon, Stars Align for a Piaa Title
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Jeff Ackermann knew there was little basketball tradition at Moon Area before he took the boys' basketball coaching job there three years ago. But he always believed the program was a sleeping giant that just needed a different approach....
Mt. Lebanon Man Cheering Sports, Life
Investing money is Marty Gannon's vocation. Investing time in athletics is his avocation. Gannon, 49, of Mt. Lebanon, plays golf and is an inveterate basketball fan. He has Pitt season tickets and attends as many Chartiers Valley and Mt. Lebanon high...
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
CHIPPEWA Supervisors voted last Wednesday to sell the township's FCC license for $1,095 to Beaver County's 911 Emergency Service Center. Plans to erect a communication tower in neighboring Big Beaver have been scrapped because Big Beaver has not renewed...
New Ef Coach Rostosky Going 'Home'
Elizabeth Forward graduate Pete Rostosky, a Steeler from 1983 to 1987, has run a family coal business since his playing days were finished. For more than a decade, Rostosky figured his football career was over, but in recent years he has gotten back...
NORTH NEWS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
AVONWORTH SCHOOLS The school district will hold its Kindergarten Roundup at 7 p.m. April 1 in Avonworth Elementary School, 1320 Roosevelt Road. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2004. Parents should bring their child's birth certificate and...
Ohio River Corridor Could Lead Mergers
It was a real treat to see someone put into print things I have been saying and thinking for quite some time. And Pittsburgh North Bureau Chief Brian David's series of editorials in January did just that, wishing that the 38 north suburban municipalities...
Panel to Discuss Police Staffing Suit Stymied Last Try, Second May Be Made
Civil service commission meetings are generally of interest to job applicants and virtually no one else. But tomorrow night's meeting of the Homestead Civil Service Commission should be of interest to anyone concerned about crime in the borough. The...
Penguin Cup Semi a Neighborly Brawl for Mt. Lebo, Usc
There is a chance tonight's Penguin Cup semifinal at the Mellon Arena between Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair could be an indication of the next dominant high school hockey team in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh. When Mt. Lebanon shut out Bethel...
PENN HILLS [Derived Headline]
PENN HILLS Starting April 5, council will meet on Mondays instead of Wednesdays. Mayor Anthony DeLuca and council members Mary Rose Davis, Yvonne Lamanna and the Rev. J-Lavon Kincaid Sr. approved the change. Councilman John DePietro was absent. Council...
PEOPLE & PLACES [Derived Headline]
Five Mt. Lebanon Fire Department employees recently completed a 48-hour officer development course and received state and national certification at the Fire Officer 1 level. They are career firefighters Christopher Switala, Kevin Abbott and Loren Hughes,...
Piaa Semifinalist Moon Girls Get 'A' in Chemistry
The Moon Area girls' basketball team clearly proved itself. Things like winning 20 games, making the playoffs in possibly the most competitive Class AAA section and advancing to the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals speak for themselves. The Tigers even boasted...
POLICE BLOTTER [Derived Headline]
CARNEGIE Benjamin W. Fisher, 27, of Bellevue, and Michael D. Lemmon, 25, of Crafton, were charged last Wednesday with disorderly conduct after a road rage incident on Washington Avenue. * * *Mykola Bohonok, 41, of Carnegie was charged Thursday with...
Push Is on to Teach Languages to Youngest Report Urges Program Begin by Fall Session
It wasn't your parents' Twister. Last week in Mt. Lebanon, parent volunteer Suzanne Good led 10 youngsters from the Jefferson Elementary foreign language club in a round of German Twister, using German words for colors, body parts and "right" and "left."...
Quaker Valley Sparked by Seniors Who Ushered in Ice Age
More than six years ago, Ben Herring, Sam Hairston, Brett McBee- Wise, Tyler Miskiel, Lucas Vasiladiotis and James Michael took the ice for the Quaker Valley freshman team with little more than hope. A hockey program was just starting at the school and...
Qv Sparked by Seniors Who Ushered in Ice Age
More than six years ago, Ben Herring, Sam Hairston, Brett McBee- Wise, Tyler Miskiel, Lucas Vasiladiotis and James Michael took the ice for the Quaker Valley freshman team with little more than hope. A hockey program was just starting at the school and...
Real News Doesn't Come in a Can
As if we in the news biz don't have enough threats to our livelihood, with declining readership and widespread distrust and computers that make us wish we had become professional shepherds, now there's another. The Department of Health and Human Services...
Results State Strong Case for Rocco Penn Hills Coach Takes Team to Top
Among boys' basketball coaches in the WPIAL, you'll never hear Jim Rocco claim to be a top dog. He's too humble. But among his WPIAL coaching brethren, Rocco is a rare breed. He's a golden retriever. Rocco and Penn Hills went to Hershey this past...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
BEAVER VALLEY The Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit is accepting registration for an emergency substitute teacher training program, which will be offered May 13 and 14 in the Beaver County Vocational Technical School. The program will enable participants...
Season Full of Hope for Pine-Richland Star
Very few scholastic athletes gain the kind of national recognition Pine-Richland's Neil Walker has this year. He played a prominent role in the Rams winning the WPIAL Class AAA football championship in the fall. Walker was part of the arguably the greatest...
Sewickley Falls Short in Piaa Title Game
HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Sewickley Academy boys' basketball team took a great first step toward becoming the kind of program that Panthers third-year coach Win Palmer envisions. It won 26 games, its first WPIAL Class A title and advanced all the way to...
Shaler Graduate Wins NCAA Title in Fine Rematch
It was quite a weekend for Troy Letters, his Lehigh University teammates, and wrestling coach Greg Strobel, at the NCAA Division I championships. Shaler Area graduate Letters, a sophomore, claimed his first NCAA title, while four other teammates earned...
South Park Grad Wolf Springs to NCAA Titles
The pipeline that runs from South Park High School to the Clarion University diving team has been fruitful. The most recent, impressive example of that is Jamie Wolf, a 2003 graduate who won both NCAA Division II diving championships earlier this month...
South Park Squad Rates Favorite's Role
Fifth-year South Park baseball coach Steve Bucci feels the pressure. Despite making the playoffs every season in which he has been with the Eagles as well as a WPIAL championship game appearance on his resume, he says he recognizes that if South Park...
Starstruck Nervous Sewickley Team Falls Short in Piaa Final
HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Sewickley Academy boys' basketball team took a great first step towards becoming the kind of program that Panthers third-year coach Win Palmer envisions. It won 26 games, its first WPIAL Class A title and advanced all the way to...
STUDENT NEWS [Derived Headline]
David Zihmer, a Hopewell Area High School junior, won the grand prize in the Seussentenial Poetry Contest in conjunction with the Read Across America Program. Zihmer received a Hopewell High School T-shirt donated by the student council and a copy of...
Take Unconventional Approach to 'Traditional Neighborhood'
Now that plans to create zoning for a new kind of neighborhood are racing through the Cranberry bureaucracy, township leaders have a chance to achieve a feat seldom seen in local architecture: defiance of the cookie-cutter housing plan. Although most...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
GETTYSBURG LEADER Bishop Canevin grad Jackie Pareso, a junior infielder/pitcher on the Division III Gettysburg College women's softball team, was hitting .424 (14 for 33) and leading the Bullets in hits and RBIs (9) heading into yesterday's play. As...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
NCAA SWIM CHAMPION North Allegheny grad Brian McCarthy, a senior on the Carnegie Mellon University men's swim team, put together an outstanding performance at the NCAA Division III championships, March 18-20, at St. Peters, Mo. McCarthy won the 400...
THE BRIEFS: Schools [Derived Headline]
ELIZABETH FORWARD Bus drivers packed the school board meeting last week in support of their jobs as school directors awarded the bus transportation contract to Pennsylvania Coach Lines of McKeesport. Laidlaw, which has held the contract since 1989,...
THE BRIEFS: Towns [Derived Headline]
CASTLE SHANNON The borough has changed its property and casualty insurance from its current carrier St. Paul to low bidder ALEA after a unanimous vote Monday by council. The cost for one year's coverage starting April 11 is $71,464. Manager Thomas...
THE BRIEFS: Towns [Derived Headline]
BALDWIN BOROUGH Members of the Streets Run Watershed Association have allocated $3,000 from a state grant for the purchase of hundreds of environmental education books for the community. Founder of the association, Ann Nix-Scott, said the books, aimed at...
THE VALLEY [Derived Headline]
NORTH HUNTINGDON Residents from the Falcon Ridge, Park Meadows and Camelot housing plans are vowing to fight a proposed garden nursery business at the wooded corner of Clay Pike and Barnes Lake roads. Veychek Gardens and Nursery Inc. is requesting a...
Third Hershey Trip Simply a Joy Ride for Sto-Rox Seniors
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Sto-Rox senior Adam DiMichele remembered how long the bus ride from Hershey to McKees Rocks can feel following a loss in the PIAA championship game. So did DiMichele's teammates, Davon Huger and John Geiger. The Vikings had advanced...
Township Sells Land Lease to Shalercrest Association
Shaler and the Shalercrest Housing Association have reached an agreement concerning the lease on the land where a controversial skate park once stood. The skate park, located within Shalercrest, was a point of contention from its opening in August...
Twain Ne'er Met, but It Interfaces Bethel Park Students Connect with China
Zach Thomas, a senior at Bethel Park High School, was having an online conversation with friends one evening recently when Chinese characters started to appear on his computer screen. "It was really cool, even though I didn't understand what they meant,"...
Victory Celebration
They were cheered on by fans and escorted by police cruisers on their way to Hershey Friday morning and welcomed home the same way on their victorious return. Now Penn Hills High School varsity basketball players will be treated to a banquet and more...
Walgreens, Addition for YMCA Backed
Penn Hills will soon have a bigger YMCA and an outlet of a nationwide drugstore chain, if municipal officials give plans the go- ahead. Tomorrow, the YMCA of Pittsburgh is expected to ask the Penn Hills Planning Commission to approve its site plan and...
When Afoot in Traffic Be Careful
Back when we were a one-car family, the kids and I walked ... to the park ... to the pool ... to the ice skating rink ... to the library ... to stores ... to restaurants ... to school. All of which is easily accomplished in a "walking community" like...
Wrestling Honors Allison Park Man
Just look at the March 15th issue of Sports Illustrated and you'll see why Fred Ambrose could not attend the PIAA wrestling championships to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ambrose, a graduate of Dormont...
Wrestling Rules for Dormont High Grad
Just look at the March 15th issue of Sports Illustrated and you'll see why Fred Ambrose could not attend the PIAA wrestling championships to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ambrose, a graduate of Dormont...
Wvu's Greg Jones Reclaims NCAA Title
Fans of Greg Jones tuned into ESPN2's broadcast of the NCAA Division I wrestling finals, but due to a commercial break, didn't get to see the first minute of his 184-pound title bout with Northern Illinois' Ben Heizer. Fortunately, that was the only...
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