North scape: ‘Classical Fusion’ concert scheduled in Sewickley

January 22, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Concert Sewickley — Cello Fury will perform a “Classical Fusion” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. James Church, 200 Walnut St. Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Woodwinds will give a pre-concert performance at 2:30 p.m. Information: 412-741-6650. Donations needed Fox Chapel — Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox […]

Ross teen’s volunteer work impresses Salvation Army

Gigi Balsamico may seem mature beyond her years, but she still has the energy of a teenager — and that’s good because the 16-year-old from Ross is always on the go. The Salvation Army recognized Gigi on Jan. 8 for her volunteer work in creating a video to promote the organization’s emergency disaster services division. Video […]

Freezing rain advisory in effect for Allegheny County

January 24, 2015 8:16 PM Share with others: A short-term freezing rain advisory for Allegheny County went into effect at 7:11 p.m. and is scheduled to remain in effect until 1 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Parts of Butler, Beaver, Armstrong, Greene, Indiana, Fayette, Lawrence and Washington counties are also under advisory, along […]

5 Generation Bakers finds sweet success with taste of Jenny Lee

Scott Baker had a conundrum when he decided to start 5 Generation Bakers in 2010. He had the name recognition of Jenny Lee, a 70-year-old Western Pennsylvania brand. The problem was, he had the name recognition of Jenny Lee, a 70-year-old Western Pennsylvania brand.  “We wanted to see the continuation of the name because it gave […]

Vehicle accident downs power lines in Mount Oliver

January 25, 2015 8:31 PM Share with others: A single-vehicle accident in Mount Oliver severed a pole and left power lines in the street Sunday night, an Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor confirmed. City police and fire units responded to the accident on the 400 block of St. Joseph Street. There were no reported injuries. […]

‘We can lead today,’ says Pennsylvania’s new governor Tom Wolf

HARRISBURG — Tom Wolf was sworn into office Tuesday as the 47th governor of Pennsylvania, telling a crowd of dignitaries and citizens at the state Capitol that he will devote his administration to the goals of jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works. “With a large deficit, stagnant wages and a […]

Prosecutors say 22 arrested in Pa. prescription drug forgery ring

January 22, 2015 12:04 PM Share with others: PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania prosecutors say they’ve arrested 22 people in connection with a prescription drug forgery ring they say operated in two-thirds of the state’s 67 counties. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Tuesday members of the ring obtained more than 59,000 oxycodone pills using forged prescriptions and […]

West scape: Children’s party slated for Scott library

For children   Scott — Scott Township Public Library, 301 Lindsay Road, will hold a Mad as a Mad Hatter party for children ages 6-12 at 3 p.m. Sunday. It includes tea party, games, crafts and trivia contest with prizes. Information: 412-429-5380. South Fayette — The children’s department of the South Fayette Township Library, 515 […]

West municipal news: Green Tree, North Fayette, Scott

January 22, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Green Tree   The police department is warning residents to beware of calls from a person claiming to represent the IRS. The caller accuses the resident of owing a large amount of money to the IRS and of committing fraud and then threatens that the IRS will issue […]

West at a glance: Bidding open for state park concession contract

January 22, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Bidding is open for park concessions   Hookstown — The food concession contract for the beach area of Raccoon Creek State Park is open for bidders until 2 p.m. March 4. Bid packets and information:  724-899-2200 or www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ConcessionBids/default.aspx. Road work will restrict traffic Beaver County — There will […]

Woman killed on Route 66 in Westmoreland County

January 24, 2015 10:23 PM Share with others: A woman who wasn’t wearing a seat belt died on Route 66 today after she drove across the center lane and was hit by an oncoming vehicle, according to Westmoreland County deputy coroner John Ackerman. Jeannie Heltion, 57, of Washington Township, died from blunt force injuries to […]

National Briefs: Alabama seeks a stay on gay unions

January 25, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama’s ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state. Attorney General Luther Strange’s office asked a federal judge on […]

Delivery driver robbed on North Side

January 25, 2015 7:31 PM Share with others:   A pizza driver was robbed by an armed gunman in East Allegheny early Sunday morning. The driver was delivering a pizza near the intersection of Tripoli and Chestnut Streets when a man wearing all black approached him, pointed a gun at his face and demanded money. […]

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa. dies in helicopter crash

January 25, 2015 5:01 PM Share with others: A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash Friday. Capt. Kealey, 32, along with Lt. Adam Satterfield, 25, of Oldham, Ky., were conducting routine flight operations at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California […]

Sprout grant funds student collaboration on water issues

An educational initiative spearheaded by a group of Mt. Lebanon School District teachers has received a $13,500 grant. “Water Design Challenge: Dive In!” is designed to take students through the process of designing and creating solutions for local and global water issues. The project will involve about 80 to 100 high school students from Mt. […]

Aiken Elementary physical education teacher keeps kids moving

For many youngsters, school is low on their list of favorite things, and that’s why Jenn Watenpool tries to make her physical education classes fun. “For example, we dance every Friday, and I have one little guy that says that is the only day he wants to come to school — so he can dance,” Ms. […]

Anti-vaccine parents found to stick together as their ranks grow

January 24, 2015 10:54 PM Share with others: More parents are leery about vaccinating their children, even against once-common diseases such as measles and whooping cough. New research suggests that their beliefs are contagious, too. A groundbreaking study of 154,424 children covered by Kaiser Permanente in Northern California found five geographic clusters where children were […]

Obituary: Frank A. Koren / Funeral director in Pittsburgh for over five decades

Retirement wasn’t a good fit for veteran funeral director Frank A. Koren. Briefly sidelined by a stroke after a half-century professional career in Wisconsin and Pittsburgh, he soon returned to work for another decade at a funeral home in East Pittsburgh. Mr. Koren died of natural causes on Wednesday at his home in Churchill. He had […]

Winter weather advisory posted for Pittsburgh; 1 to 3 inches of snow forecast

January 21, 2015 5:24 AM Share with others: Related Media: Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close this weekend Up-to-date weather forecast for Pittsburgh region The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Allegheny County and much of Western Pennsylvania today. The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. The weather service expects […]

Monongahela Incline to close in fall for improvements

January 22, 2015 11:54 PM Share with others:   The Monongahela Incline will be closed for up to 70 days this fall during a $3.5 million project to replace rails and ties and make other improvements. A Port Authority committee on Thursday approved a contract with Mosites Construction Co. for the work, described by Keith […]