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Articles from March 30, 2005

2,000 Dogs Embark on Beauty Competition
A Doberman pinscher named Zima has brains and beauty, which is how he earned the right to have a title in front of his name and another behind. He's 10 years old, so his dog show days have been behind him for a long time. But Zima is making a bit of...
A Big Mac Attack Helps Rochester
Although he's just 22, Brendan McAllister figures his days of playing organized basketball are over. He leaves the sport with no regrets. Especially, after what happened this month. McAllister, a 6-2 senior guard at the University of Rochester, played...
A Family of Worshippers Finds a House That Will Be Its Home
Standing in the unfinished basement of a house that soon will become his new church, the Rev. Herb Shaffer was talking about the importance of fire walls, duct work and insulation. "In Bible college, they didn't teach us about construction," said Shaffer,...
Another State Title for Serra Scuttled by Bishop Mccort
Serra Catholic began this hockey season having to overcome many challenges. First, the Eagles would have a head coach in his first full season at the helm. It was Tom Mooney, the brother of ex-Eagles coach John Mooney, who had resigned in the middle...
Approach to Change Has Many Prongs
McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster said council had asked him to come up with a name to describe all of the initiatives that are under way in the city. He called it "McKeesport Renaissance 2005." Then he wrote up a news release and asked city Clerk Patricia...
Architect to Give Council Preview of Proposed Library Monday
A new, state-of-the-art Penn Hills Library is a step closer to reality as officials begin to tie up the loose ends of the $5 million project and prepare for groundbreaking. Issues that slowed the planning, such as a legal entanglement over a land deed...
A Second for the Motion: Don't Buy Those Cute Bunnies
I would like to thank PG writer Linda Fuoco for her continued interest in the efforts of those of us in the trenches. Her article, "Thinking rabbits for Easter? Try chocolate," (South, March 16 ) offers readers valuable wisdom. Sure, those baby rabbits...
Bethel Park Saves Best ... for Last
Frank Pietrangelo, meet Bryce Merriam. Merriam, the starting goalie for the Class AAA state champion Bethel Park Black Hawks (27-2), was only 3 years old when Pie- trangelo made a spectacular save on a shot by Petr Stastny in the sixth game of the first...
Blackhawk Junior Achievement Wins Matches
As freshmen, they led their team to a winning record and finished one match out of a playoff spot. As sophomores, they won Section 2-AA and competed in the WPIAL team tournament. With two years left, what can the nucleus of the Blackhawk boys' tennis...
COLLECTION TO ENABLE DISPOSAL OF HAZARDS [Corrected 01/27/16]
Southwestern Pennsylvania residents can safely dispose of hazardous products commonly found in their homes at the first of a series of collections sponsored by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Task Force. The kickoff collection...
Community to Design New Park Designskateboard Park
Skateboarders and wannabes, as well as their parents, will get a chance to help design the new skateboard park that's to be built in Cranberry, thanks to a grant from American Eagle Outfitters. The design meeting will be held between 5 and 8 p.m. April...
Cowboy Does It Naturally Slowly, Patiently, He Teaches Horses or Teens
Blairsville isn't exactly tumbleweed and cattle-drive country, but it's home to at least one honest-to-Pete cowboy. Bob Sagely's his name. Daytimes you'll find him at Blairsville High School, showing kids the finer points of frog innards. He's a biology...
Embraces a Cover for the Stealth of a Thief
Violet Lawton, 79, of Whitehall, still is trying to figure out what she could have done to keep from being robbed by a pickpocket who hugged people before lifting their wallets while they shopped at West Mifflin grocery stores. "I am not going to keep...
Enjoying Every Single Moment
You'd like 'Bad Dates,' " drama critic Chris Rawson said to me. And I believed him immediately. Like many single women, I know in my heart that I am the queen of bad dates. I have been on dates that included a gentleman's little brother; being dumped...
Ethics Board Seen More as Passive Deterrent Than as Active Regulator
If all goes according to plan, Monroeville's reorganized ethics board will do nothing. Deterring corruption and maintaining a reputation as a "no- nonsense, honest municipality" are stated purposes of Monroeville's ethics code. If no one complains,...
Fabulous Five East Boys
DeJuan Blair Schenley Center, 6-7, Sophomore In his first full varsity season, Blair made the PG daily Fabulous Five, only the second sophomore in 20 years to do so. He also made Associated Press second-team all-state and was the runaway leader in the...
Fabulous Five East Girls
Eve Pyle Oakland Catholic Forward, 6-0, Senior Pyle guided the Eagles to their second WPIAL Class AAAA title in her four years as a starter and added a game-high 20 points in the Eagles' PIAA championship-game victory against Cheltenham. As a senior,...
Fabulous Five North Boys
Stu Anglum Shaler Area Forward, 6-51/2, Senior Anglum stood tall, literally and figuratively, throughout his three years as a starter. He averaged 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this winter, finishing second in the Section 3-AAAA balloting to...
Fabulous Five North Boys
Jack Anderson Beaver Falls Guard, 6-3, Junior Though Lance Jeter is the Tigers' marquee player, Anderson is a standout as well. He was the linchpin in their biggest victory, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter, 23 overall, as Beaver Falls (29-3)...
Fabulous Five North Girls
Rachel Frederick North Catholic Guard, 5-11, Senior A member of the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five this season, this four-year starter is going to Ohio University. She scored a team- high 517 points, giving her a 21.3 average, and completed her career as...
Fabulous Five North Girls
Toni Roscoe Carlynton Guard, 5-8, Senior Roscoe made 60 3-pointers this season and more than 200 in her career. She scored 383 points this season (14.7 per game) and led the Cougars to a 16-10 record, a spot in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals and...
Fabulous Five South Boys
Bill Arre Thomas Jefferson Forward, 6-41/2, Senior Coach Tom Berich gave Arre an edict a few years ago: be a scorer, not just a shooter. Arre complied, developing muscles and an all- around game that thwarted gimmick defenses, enabling him to score 1,230...
Fabulous Five South Girls
Amy Johns McKeesport Area Guard, 5-8, Junior Johns led the WPIAL in scoring with 617 points, giving her a 30.9 average. She tallied 40 or more points in three games, including a career-high 46 points against Plum and Norwin. She also scored 30 or more...
Flying on Wings of Music Teacher Brings Appreciation of the World of Sound to Her Pupils
Many people sing the praises of Sharon Kampe, most of them at Barrett Elementary School in the Steel Valley School District. Kampe, 39, of Munhall, is a 1983 high school graduate who returned to her alma mater to dedicate herself to the musical education...
Gateway Jumper Adds Spring to Team
Katey Lauer won the WPIAL AAA girls' championship in the long jump last year, which was a mild surprise to her coach. Tom LaBuff was not necessarily surprised that Lauer, now a senior at Gateway, won the event, considering she was recognized as one...
GOOD MORNING [Derived Headline]
Blood drive in Beaver Falls Beaver County CareerLink, in conjunction with the Central Blood Bank, is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at CareerLink, 2103 Ninth Ave., Beaver Falls. To schedule an appointment, contact Kate at 724-728-4860,...
Hospital Renovation Doesn't Keep the Sick Away
It was midmorning in the middle of the workweek and the main parking lot at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills was in gridlock. A guard was busy directing traffic away from a construction site between the emergency department and Jefferson...
Hospital Study Would Prove Board Wrong
Why has the Butler Memorial Hospital board of directors refused the generosity of Vernon Wise and the Butler Eagle to fund a feasibility study for renovating the current hospital by Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann? Are they afraid of what this study may prove?...
Humane Society Still Needs New Home
Newspaper stories on the Beaver County Humane Society's need for a new home generated a flood of phone calls and tips in the past two weeks. But none of the tips and offers have qualified as a solution, according to the society's co-executive director,...
Lekovitch Drops out of District Judge Race Move Allows Cioppa to 'Receive His Pension'
Braddock Hills resident William Lekovitch said he has not given up running for the office of magisterial district judge. He's just postponed it. Lekovitch, who works for the Port Authority and is a former Braddock Hills police officer and acting chief,...
Living Will -- a Good Idea and Free
It's something most of us don't want to think about. Like visiting the local mortician to preplan our funerals, looking up an attorney to help put together a living will is not high on our priority list. Until recently. The Terri Schiavo case has focused...
Loss in Cup Final Can't Dim Pine-Richland's Year
For the past two seasons, there has been some question about the direction the Pine-Richland hockey program would be taking. Mind you, nobody felt the Rams were on their way to the bottom of the PIHL, but the championships they contended for with the...
Lowber Mine Pollution to Be Reduced
In times past, Lowber was a black little town, wearing a coat of coal dust and shipping tons of coal to fire the mills of Pittsburgh. Now that period's past, and Lowber's mines produce a less desirable product -- abandoned mine discharge. For 50 years,...
Mayor Makes City Seem to Be a Good Bet
John McShane swears he was nervous only because the mayor was. The municipal bond broker never doubted that the deal that would keep McKeesport from entering Act 47 distressed status would materialize. But Mayor Jim Brewster, who had been a vice president...
Mckeesport Move Mayor Makes City Seem to Be a Good Bet on The
John McShane swears he was nervous only because the mayor was. The municipal bond broker never doubted that the deal that would keep McKeesport from entering Act 47 distressed status would materialize. But Mayor Jim Brewster, who had been a vice president...
Mckeesport Team Seeks Robot Victory
A group of engineering students from McKeesport High School has qualified to compete in an international robotics championship, to be held next month in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. They were given approval by the McKeesport Area school board last week...
MON VAL.EY BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Elizabeth Borough * Mayor John Yacura, waving a neon-colored parking citation at council's meeting March 22, said the borough's increased monitoring of parking meters was working. "For the first time in my entire life, I got a ticket," he said....
MUNICIPAL NEWS [Derived Headline]
East Allegheny The East Allegheny School District won the seventh annual Mon Valley Education Consortium's Carmen A. Sarnicola Creative and Collaborative Leadership Award. It is the second time East Allegheny's 28-member Leadership Design Team composed...
NEWS BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Carnegie Spring Gallery Walk Celebrate the end of winter with an Early Spring Gallery Walk, sponsored by Carnegie Renaissance and the borough's four art galleries from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Invitations marked by each gallery will be collected for a drawing...
New Softball Test Awaits Hempfield in Class Aaaa
Hempfield is coming off a section championship softball season in which it qualified for the WPIAL playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year. The Spartans have a little rebuilding to do despite nine returning letter-winners. Hempfield (14-6 last season)...
North Allegheny Stunned by Result in Penguin Cup
Sometimes even tough guys cry. That determination could easily be made after watching North Allegheny's hockey team leave the ice at the Mellon Arena following its 1-0 loss to Bethel Park in the Class AAA Penguin Cup final Wednesday night. All season...
Old Rivals Monaca, Quigley Apply for Co-Op Agreement
Quigley Catholic athletic director Ed Driscoll has fond memories of the football games between Monaca and Quigley. "The atmosphere was always electric. You'd walk down the hill [at Monaca's stadium] and the fans would be yelling at you. It was just a...
Penn-Trafford Baseball Doesn't Fear the Unknown
Penn-Trafford coach Ron Evans told his team something recently that he never told a team in the past. "I told my team I expect to win every game," he said. "We set our goals very high." Indeed the Warriors' baseball team has raised expectations. They've...
PEOPLE NEWS [Derived Headline]
New chamber board The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce has nine new board members: Fran Merritt, MJP Enterprises; Sean Henderson, Kelly Services; Pat Matthews, Citizens Bank Business Center; Col. Carl Vogt, 911th Airlift Wing of the Air Force...
Peters Overcomes Many Hurdles to Win State Title
The Peters Township hockey program was often the subject of controversy this season. There were disputes on player eligibility, causing coach Mark Cooper to throw up his hands and walk away from all the political bickering by announcing he was leaving...
POLICE NEWS [Derived Headline]
Carnegie Cynthia L. Peluso, 48, of the 200 block of Second Avenue, was charged March 21 with disorderly conduct on Second Avenue. Collier Between 7 and 11 a.m. March 20, someone broke into a home on Dorrington Avenue and stole $2,000 in cash and coins,...
PRIMARY ELECTION CANDIDATES / ALLEGHENY [Corrected 02/01/16]
Here are candidates from Allegheny County West towns and school districts for the May 17 primary ballot, listed by community, office, number of candidates to be nominated, party and ballot order, according to the Allegheny County Division of Elections....
Projects in Works or in Planning for City
McKeesport Mayor Jim Brewster said council had asked him to come up with a name to describe all of the initiatives that are currently under way in the city. He called it "McKeesport Renaissance 2005." Then he wrote up a press release and asked City...
Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan Tonight Tonight
Planners will hold the first of five public hearings tonight on a proposed comprehensive plan that could shape Monroeville for years to come. The comprehensive plan will set the tone of government debate and decision-making, according to one of its authors....
Rites of Spring Are Plentiful for Upper St. Clair Graduate
Brendan Enick's college baseball resume was short and not very sweet. He batted just three times for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University as a freshman in 2003 and went hitless. Last year, he was redshirted. No one was expecting Enick, an Upper...
Rotary Celebrates 100 Years Local Clubs Look toward 100 More
Fresh from celebrating the 100th birthday of Rotary International, 51 Rotary clubs scattered throughout Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland counties are gearing up for more milestones in 2005. Though Rotary International was founded in Chicago in 1905,...
ROUTE 19 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Green Tree * Council will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Monday in council chambers on a proposal to open a restaurant in a vacant building at 990 Greentree Road. Council's regular monthly meeting will follow the hearing. Mt. Lebanon * Mt. Lebanon...
ROUTE 51 BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
TOWNS Baldwin Borough * Borough officials are seeking applicants to fill a position for an alternate on the zoning hearing board to replace Ron Burger, who moved out of the borough. The term will expire Jan. 1, 2008. Contact borough Secretary Ann Scott...
Royals Anything but Blue after Switch Leaves Team in New Wpial Alignment
Sam LoFaso is in his first season of varsity softball coaching. However, he brings a wealth of experience to the job as he takes over at Vincentian Academy for Fred Zangaro, who stepped down after leading the Royals to five consecutive second-place section finishes....
Saint Vincent Adds Building
Westmoreland County grew up with higher education in its midst, and today its colleges and universities continue to grow and change along with the communities they inhabit. Saint Vincent College in Latrobe is dedicating the long-awaited Alex G. McKenna...
Saxonburg Plan to Be Presented
A street-design plan for the historic district of Saxonburg is to be unveiled to the public tonight. The Saxonburg Historic Main Street Committee will couple the presentation of its Streetscape Design and Plan with the debut of the historic preservation...
SCHOOL NEWS [Derived Headline]
Carlynton The Carlynton Swim Club will offer Red Cross level swimming lessons at the junior-senior high school pool. The sessions will be offered April 11, April 25 and May 9. Lessons will begin at 6 p.m. and are $30 per person per session and $25 per...
Shady Side Takes Sunny View of Spring
The Shady Side Academy baseball team began its "spring training" when it met Blair Academy of Blairsville, N.J., in Vero Beach, Fla. last week. The game effectively began a modest Grapefruit League schedule in preparation for Shady Side's season-opener...
Sto-Rox Welcomes Move Up in Class for Softball
The Sto-Rox softball schedule has gone through a dramatic change this season. Some of the changes are pleasing to coach Bill Palermo, but others have gotten him a little hot under the collar. Regardless of who they are playing, the Vikings are expected...
STUDENT NEWS [Derived Headline]
These Parkway West Students of the Month for the first semester were honored recently at a recognition luncheon: October -- Kristopher Turkaly, auto body, Upper St. Clair; Ashley Grimm, food store operations, Montour. November -- Steve Hudspeth, drafting...
Sunnyview Auxiliary Backs Plan to Reduce Patient Beds
An agency that has donated money and woman-power to Butler County's Sunnyview Nursing Home for the past 33 years is speaking up in favor of a plan that would cut beds at the facility but garner millions for a renovation. Lillan Schad, vice president...
TALK OF THE TOWN [Derived Headline]
Rookie of the Week McKeesport High grad Jay Schillaci, a freshman outfielder at Division I Central Connecticut State, was last week's Northeast Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week. Schillaci hit .444 (4 for 9) during a three-game weekend series against...
These Cups Are Made for Stacking New School Sport Improves Hand-Eye Coordination, Dexterity
This story previously ran in the Post-Gazette's South edition. Listen up, sports fans. There's a new sport that's growing in popularity. It can be played alone or in teams; it can improve your hand-eye coordination; and you don't need a bat or a ball....
Tough Section Should Challenge Butler
By all indications, the Butler boys' tennis team should be just as good as in the past two seasons, if not better. The problem for coach Aaron Wilf and the Golden Tornado is that it might not be enough to match last season's record. Butler, second place...
U.S. Tightens Rules for State Math, Reading Tests
Federal education officials have tightened Pennsylvania's standards for math and reading tests, raising the stakes higher than ever just as many students prepare to take the tests beginning on Monday. In years past, schools whose students failed to make...
VALLEY NOTES [Derived Headline]
PLUM The man council hired as the borough manager two weeks ago has decided not to take the job. Bruce Jamison, 47, was to have started work in Plum this week but decided to withdraw. The position pays $65,000 a year. Personnel committee Chairman Jeff...
West Mifflin Up to Speed as Season Begins in Earnest
It should come as no surprise that Mike Mazzarese, head boys' track coach at West Mifflin, considers Montel Williamson and Brandon Coleman team leaders. The two sprinters have, after all, been leading the pack throughout their high school careers. Williamson,...
WESTMORELAND NEWS BUREAU BRIEFS [Derived Headline]
Greensburg Builders will be busy soon expanding the city's educational offerings. City council has approved unanimously a planning commission proposition that will see a new dormitory rise above Seton Hill University and a new Greensburg Salem Schools...
When It Comes to Going the Distance, Ellwood Can
Don't tell Jake Walker there is no such thing as a perfect race. Walker, a junior at Ellwood City High School, won the 3,000- meter run at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor championships at Penn State's Multipurpose Building...
Whitehall School Wins Diocesan Title
In 27 years of running the Catholic grade school boys' basketball program at St. Gabriel School in Whitehall, Rich Kuntz has coached many winning teams. He has led the Gators 14 Pittsburgh Diocesan playoff appearances in the past 15 years. St. Gabriel,...
Wilkins Boy Follows His Often 'Soft Heart' Tyler Insists Charity Work Be Part of His Gifted Plan
Helping people is a hobby for 11-year-old Tyler Bubin. In the fall, the mohawk-sporting Rankin Intermediate pupil organized his second clothing drive for homeless women living at Debra House in Braddock. Recently, he's excelled in a schoolwide can drive,...
Word of Mouth Has Them Flocking to Bellevue
While attending a food show in New York City last March, Bellevue restaurateur Roberto Caporuscio was invited to concoct his light-as- air pizzas at Naples 45 Ristorante on Park Avenue. Among the crowd of 50 gathered to taste the special Neopolitan pies...
W. Pa. Kennel Club Show Features New Event
A Doberman pinscher named Zima has brains and beauty, which is how he earned the right to have a title in front of his name and another behind. He's 10 years old, so his dog show days are behind him. But Zima will make a bit of a comeback this weekend,...
Young Book Reviewers Broadcast Critiques
Pupils at Avalon Elementary School in Northgate School District got radio airtime and their names on a compact disc when they were chosen to record book reports. Eighteen youngsters from third through sixth grades read books ranging from a Judy Blume...
Young 'Contractor' Convicted of Theft Pleads Guilty to 4 Counts in Sewer Tap-In Scheme
When Economy was putting in sewer lines last year, contractors swarmed to build tap-ins for homeowners along the lines. Among them was Brian Ivanchan, a recent Ambridge High School graduate who, despite his 19 years, appeared to be a go-getter, and a...
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