Karen Price, Author at PineCreek Journal

Author: Karen Price


Walnut Grill in Wexford hosting ‘Fill That Truck’ toy drive
December 13, 2019
The Ninth Annual “Fill That Truck” toy drive is almost over, but organizers are still accepting donations through 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when they start loading up the truck at the Walnut Grill location in Wexford.

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Pine community wants neighborhood speeding stopped before it’s too late
December 12, 2019
More than a half-dozen neighbors from Limerick and Killarney roads, MacBeth Place and Bonnie View Drive in Pine appeared before the board of supervisors at the most recent meeting to express their concerns over through traffic in the area.

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Longtime supervisors honored for service to Pine Township
December 6, 2019
Township of Pine staff honored outgoing supervisors Frank Spagnolo and Phil Henry for their service, totaling 36 years between them, at their final meeting of 2019 on Dec. 2.

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Applications being accepted for open seat on Pine-Richland school board
December 5, 2019
The Pine-Richland school board held its annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 2 and officially opened the period for community members interested in claiming the open seat to send in applications.

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Splash Pad in Pine slated to open by mid-summer
December 5, 2019
The cold months are just beginning, but Township of Pine personnel are already thinking ahead to warm weather and sunshine.

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Pine supervisors unanimously pass 2020 budget
December 5, 2019
Pine board of supervisors unanimously passed the 2020 budget at its Dec. 2 meeting.

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Pine-Richland grad, Naval Academy cadet earned 138 Boy Scout merit badges
December 2, 2019
Ryan Farbacher was barely into his teenage years when he set the lofty goal of earning every merit badge offered by the Boy Scouts before his 18th birthday.

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Carbon monoxide leak nearly disastrous for Richland family
November 27, 2019
The DeVito family of Richland Township was spared from tragedy recently, and now they’re using their experience to spread awareness and help others stay safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Pine-Richland organizations hosting holiday drives
November 22, 2019
If you’re looking to make a child’s holiday a little brighter with a new toy, there are a number of opportunities to do so in the Pine-Richland area.

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New Northern Regional police chief sworn in
November 21, 2019
The transition of chiefs of police continues as John Sicilia was officially sworn in as the new Northern Regional Police Department head at the Nov. 18 Richland Township board of supervisors meeting.

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Richland mulls projected stagnant revenues
November 20, 2019
Richland Township manager Dean Bastianini told the board of supervisors during the 2020 budget workshop Nov. 18 that the township is doing well financially, but that stagnant revenues could pose a challenge in the future.

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Pine-Richland School Board preparing to announce Region 3 vacancy
November 18, 2019
The Pine-Richland School District will officially declare a vacancy on its board of directors for a two-year seat in Region 3 on Dec. 2.

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Chief Amann to retire from Northern Regional Police Dept. after 44 years on the job
November 14, 2019
After 44 years with the Northern Regional Police Department, Chief T. Robert Amann is retiring at the end of the month.

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Pine-Richland senior, Allegheny Health Network partner on Pillows for Patients
November 13, 2019
After Wendy Petonak underwent a mastectomy as part of her treatment for breast cancer, she found one certain type of pillow best relieved her discomfort following surgery.

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Pine-Richland Thespian Society to present ‘Almost, Maine’
November 11, 2019
This year’s fall play by the Pine-Richland High School International Thespian Society tells not one story but rather many stories over the course of the production.

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Colombo, Avolio, Donahue react to victory in Pine supervisors election
November 8, 2019
Republicans Ryan Colombo, Pat Avolio and Jack Donahue won the election for the Pine Township board of supervisors.

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Eagle Scout project restores 200-year-old Pine cemetery where township founder resides
November 7, 2019
John Hoffman, III didn’t want to put a bench somewhere and call it his Eagle Scout project.

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Neighbors petition Pine officials to take action on ‘deplorable’ conditions of property
November 7, 2019
Dale Riley is tired of living next to a vacant property he said is in “deplorable” condition and presented a petition signed by neighbors of the property at 5028 Bakerstown Road in Pine Township requesting that officials take action.

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Pine-Richland students to bring ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ to the stage
November 5, 2019
The students in Pine-Richland High School’s advanced acting and theater classes are learning more than lines for their production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

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Collinwood Mansion in Pine hits the market for $3.5M
October 31, 2019
It turns out you don’t have to leave Pine Township in order to live in Collinwood Mansion, a Gilded Age summer home or a French chateau.

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Allegheny Health Network facility in Pine installs final beam
October 31, 2019
Dr. Allan Klapper, president of the new Allegheny Health Network facility under construction in Pine Township, said it was a “pretty euphoric” moment when officials signed and raised the final steel beam in the architecture of the Wexford Hospital.

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Pine supervisors approve amount for Homestead Exclusion Act for 2020
October 28, 2019
The Pine Board of Supervisors approved setting the amount for the Homestead Exclusion Act for 2020 at $149,450, which is the maximum allowed under state law, at its October meeting.

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Pine Board of Supervisors race heating up with six candidates
October 21, 2019
In May’s primary election, seven Republican candidates for the Pine Board of Supervisors campaigned for three spots in November’s general election.

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Mom, inventor seeks change in how insurance companies operate
October 20, 2019
When Rose Morris couldn’t find a suitable product to keep her special needs son safe while he slept, she invented one.

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Pine-Richland blood drive vital as supplies are ‘dangerously low’ in Pittsburgh
October 15, 2019
The students of Pine-Richland High School will be holding their fall blood drive Oct. 23, and community members are invited to join and help replenish the low supply in Pittsburgh.

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Pine-Richland elementary school redistricting at beginning of 2021-22 school year
October 14, 2019
Pine-Richland’s redistricting of its three elementary schools will take place beginning with the 2021-22 school year, officials announced after an Oct. 7 committee meeting.

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Beekeeper’s ‘sweet’ occupation involved first getting over fear of bees
October 13, 2019
Vicki Kleber’s uncle tried unsuccessfully for many years to get her interested in beekeeping.

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Eden Hall Upper Elementary named Green Ribbon School
October 7, 2019
A contingent from Eden Hall Upper Elementary School traveled to Washington, D.C., at the end of September to accept an award as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, but the work isn’t over.

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Richland gets $187k grant for stream bank improvements
October 6, 2019
Richland Township received a $187,000 grant through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program that will allow it to make needed stream bank improvements without passing the costs on to taxpayers, township manager Dean Bastianini said.

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Caregiver honored regionally for service, excellence
September 27, 2019
When Heather Bailey first applied to be a professional caregiver three years ago, she wasn’t sure she was qualified for the position.

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PCN host to share stories, facts about Pennsylvania’s history at Northern Tier Library
September 24, 2019
For 20 years, Brian Lockman has hosted a Pennsylvania Cable Network show interviewing authors of books written about the state’s history, people and culture and on Oct. 21 he’ll talk about some of his favorites at Northern Tier Regional Library.

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Pine-Richland superintendent says communication is key when dealing with threats
September 19, 2019
Pine-Richland School District superintendent Dr. Brian Miller thanked the students, parents and community at large for their response to incidents the week of Sept. 9.

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Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund hosting fundraiser at Richland Barn
September 19, 2019
The Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund awards district students with scholarships and teachers with grants to fund innovative classroom projects, and community members will have a chance to help contribute to their mission at the annual fundraiser.

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New program coordinator has big plans for Pine Community Center
September 16, 2019
The Pine Community Center’s fall offerings include some old favorites and a slew of new programs for kids and adults.

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Pine-Richland officials begin preliminary redistricting discussions
September 15, 2019
Pine-Richland School Board members and administrators will begin preliminary discussions about redistricting at a joint student and operational services committee meeting on Oct. 7.

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Pine-Richland to host dyslexia simulation workshop
September 13, 2019
For students with dyslexia, the classroom can be a frustrating and tiring place.

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Wines of Gibsonia to feature Mazzotta Winery at Northern Tier Library
September 10, 2019
When Northern Tier Library Director Diane Illis stepped into the Mazzotta Winery, she was initially scouting a potential location for a book club outing.

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U.S. Brig Niagara’s historical significance to be shared at Northern Tier Library
September 9, 2019
Edd Hale was a longtime U.S. history teacher whose courses covered the time period around the War of 1812, but he’s learned more about that era during his retirement as a volunteer crew member of the U.S. Brig Niagara than he thought possible.

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DUI Task Force a cooperative effort between North Hills police departments
September 6, 2019
The North Hills DUI Task Force was established in 1994, but this year’s agreement between the participating police departments has an important addition.

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Chef Carol Nardello hosting cooking classes at Richland’s Northern Tier Library
August 31, 2019
When chef Carol Nardello was living and working in Hawaii as an instructor at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, her multicourse menu using chocolate as the star ingredient was featured on a television show about entertaining in paradise.

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Team Tessa family offers heartfelt thank you to Pine-Richland community
August 30, 2019
If kindness and generosity could have cured Tessa Tarasovich, her mother said, the little girl would be alive and healthy today.

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Pine-Richland students impress superintendent as they address teachers, administrators
August 23, 2019
Pine-Richland School District officially launched its “portrait of a graduate” initiative on Aug. 19, the first day back for teachers.

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Pine applies for grant to update Route 19 adaptive traffic system
August 22, 2019
The Township of Pine will apply for a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant to help bring the adaptive traffic system on Route 19 up to date.

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Wildbird Recovery hosts Fall Migration Festival in Valencia
August 17, 2019
Located on a 13-acre property just north of Richland Township in Valencia is Wildbird Recovery, which is licensed to take in abandoned and injured songbirds.

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Pine-Richland holds off on option for flexible instruction days
August 15, 2019
Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law earlier this summer that will allow Pennsylvania school districts to have students learn from home versus canceling school completely for snow days or other reasons, but Pine-Richland won’t be jumping on board just yet.

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Occupant with Autism stickers help with stressful situations
August 8, 2019
Individuals with autism may not always react to stressful or dangerous situations the way others might, may be unable to answer questions or respond to their names being called and could be triggered by stimuli such as sirens and flashing lights.

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Pine-Richland preps for new school year
August 8, 2019
It’s almost back-to-school time for Pine-Richland students, and district officials have launched a digital tool kit to help families gather the information they need for the first day of school on Aug. 22 and beyond.

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Richland Community Day has full schedule of activities
August 4, 2019
The 26th annual Richland Township Community Day is fast approaching, and organizers have lined up a variety of entertainment for residents and families.

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Pine, Richland performing raccoon rabies vaccinations
August 3, 2019
The annual rabies vaccination program for wild raccoons will take place in Pine and Richland townships through Aug. 21.

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Kids invited to learn to cook at Northern Tier Library
August 2, 2019
Summer may be in its final weeks, but children ages 8 to 12 still have the opportunity to attend one last weeklong camp at Northern Tier Regional Library and hone their culinary skills in the process.

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Northern Regional Police investigate calls about bear sightings
July 25, 2019
A black bear was spotted traveling through Pine Township, with sightings reported near Pine-Richland High School and along Old State Road last week.

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Manor Road project in Pine begins, detour posted
July 25, 2019
Travelers in Pine Township will find a detour around a section of Manor Road for the next two months as a construction project to replace a storm sewer culvert under the road began July 25.

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Pine man named in list of 50 most influential clinical executives
July 22, 2019
A Pine resident has been honored for his work with Highmark Health.

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Pine Community Day has something for everybody
July 19, 2019
The Township of Pine is celebrating 30 years of Community Day on Saturday, July 20, and they plan to make it a memorable evening for residents.

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Pine-Richland summer renovations on tight timeframe, but on schedule
July 19, 2019
Summer projects are moving forward throughout the Pine-Richland School District buildings and grounds, including the replacement of windows on the front side of the building, toilet room renovation and exterior facade improvements at Richland Elementary.

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Aviva Brick Oven opening second location in Richland
July 18, 2019
Pizza and pasta lovers will soon have a new option for dining in Richland Township with the opening of Aviva Brick Oven along Route 8.

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Pine resident named president of Allegheny County Bar Association
July 10, 2019
Longtime Pine resident Lori McMaster takes seriously the mission statement of the Allegheny County Bar Association — to empower their members, promote a just, accessible and inclusive judicial system and serve the community at large — and as the new president of the ACBA it’s a mission she’s looking forward to promoting.

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Seniors for Safe Driving program set at Northern Tier Library
July 3, 2019
Safe driving can be a taxing and stressful endeavor for anyone, but seniors face additional challenges behind the wheel as they age.

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Pine-Richland Youth Center hosting drone camp
July 2, 2019
Summer camps for kids span a wide spectrum of interests and likes, and a new camp being offered at the Pine-Richland Youth Center definitely falls into the category of camps that didn’t exist when today’s parents were kids — a drone camp.

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Pine-Richland’s solicitor retires after 30 years on the job
June 23, 2019
The Pine-Richland School District bid farewell to longtime solicitor Patrick Clair, who retired at the end of the school year after serving the district for nearly 30 years.

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Splash pad opens in Richland Community Park
June 20, 2019
Sunny, warm days have been few and far between the past few weeks in Pittsburgh, but on Wednesday, June 19 the weather cleared just long enough for Richland Township administrators to officially open the new splash pad at the community park.

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Tiebreaker puts Colombo on ticket for Pine supervisors race
June 20, 2019
Nearly four weeks after the Pennsylvania primary, Ryan Colombo learned that he will be on the Republican ticket in the race for a seat on the Pine Township board of supervisors this November.

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North Park site of program about resident bald eagles
June 14, 2019
Followers of the North Park bald eagles didn’t get the opportunity to watch the nesting pair raise eaglets this year, but there’s still an opportunity to learn more about the park’s newest avian residents.

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Richland’s splash pad, playground set to open
June 14, 2019
After some delays, the new splash pad and playground at Richland Community Park are set to officially open to the public.

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Pine, Richland residents urged to be wary of storm chasers
June 9, 2019
If you live in the area and have gotten phone calls or in-person solicitations for roof repairs following the storms that came through the last week of May, you aren’t alone.

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Northern Tier Library hosting galactic summer series
June 9, 2019
Summer is in full swing at the Northern Tier Regional Library, and this year’s theme for the annual summer learning program is “A Universe of Stories.”

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No tax hike planned for Pine-Richland
June 7, 2019
The Pine-Richland School Board approved the budget for the upcoming school year, and, for the second year in a row, it does not include a tax increase.

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Move over Marlon — Tyler Hepler’s performance in ‘Guys and Dolls’ lauded
May 31, 2019
Tyler Hepler’s musical theater career started with a dare.

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Pine official: Storms produced hail that made ‘chopped salad’ of trees
May 30, 2019
Pine Township Director of Public Works Tony Barbarino said township staff was “crazy busy” cleaning up during and after a damaging line of storms moved through Western Pennsylvania last week.

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Pine-Richland honors six retirees
May 29, 2019
Pine-Richland School District recognized six staff members who are retiring at the end of the year, and the honorees were also treated to a menu item prepared by one of Eden Hall Upper Elementary’s top young chefs.

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Developer plans 8400-square-foot warehouse in Pine
May 24, 2019
A developer’s plans to build an 8,400-square-foot warehouse at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Old State Road are on hold after the opening of the public hearing period at the Pine Township Board of Supervisors’ May meeting.

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Chatham’s Eden Hall campus hosting summer music series
May 23, 2019
From Game of Thrones-inspired dining to the sounds of an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band, there’s a lot planned for the public at Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus this summer.

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Pine Community Center hosting program to combat Parkinson’s
May 21, 2019
A national program founded in Ohio designed to help Parkinson’s disease patients is now being offered at the Pine Community Center.

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FedEx Freight development application withdrawn in Richland
May 19, 2019
FedEx Freight has withdrawn both its zoning variance application and land development application related to a planned addition at the Kramer Road facility in Richland Township.

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Candidates gear up for Pine-Richland school board primaries
May 15, 2019
Quin McLaughlin knows he’s an unusual candidate for a spot on the Pine-Richland school board.

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Pine-Richland explores creating rain date for outdoor graduations
April 29, 2019
Pine-Richland School District officials are exploring the idea of offering a rain date for high school graduation, although it isn’t something that would go into effect this year if they do decide to move forward with the plan.

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Superhero run in North Park benefits abused, neglected children
April 28, 2019
While a superhero costume might not be required to take part in the 11th annual Superhero Foundation 5K on May 11 at North Park, it definitely adds to the fun of the event.

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Northern Tier Library hosting informational session on native birds
April 23, 2019
Shortly after Doris Dumrauf and her husband bought their house in Robinson Township they hung a bird feeder and were thrilled by the different types of birds that started showing up, so they hung another.

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No tax hike in proposed Pine-Richland budget
April 15, 2019
The Pine-Richland school board approved the advertisement of the 2019-20 school year budget at its most recent meeting, and it does not include a proposed tax increase for residents.

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Pine Community Center hosting adaptive fitness classes
April 13, 2019
A new adaptive fitness program at Pine Community Center designed for teenagers and young adults with disabilities will begin this May, filling a need that exists in the center’s current offerings.

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Beewatchers sought for North Park project
April 11, 2019
Point Park University professor Matthew Opdyke launched Project Bee Watch last summer, and now the citizen science project aimed at determining the health of pollinators in Western Pennsylvania is coming to North Park.

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Reading advocate visits Pine-Richland schools, shares love of books
April 7, 2019
John Schu is an advocate for school libraries, and when he speaks to students and teachers, his exuberance for children’s literature and reading is palpable.

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Pine-Richland developing ‘graduate portrait’ for success beyond high school
April 5, 2019
In the coming years, Pine-Richland School District administrators hope to send their graduates into the world equipped with more than just the academic knowledge they need to be successful adults.

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Volunteers sought for North Park tree planting event
April 4, 2019
Richland Township is looking for volunteers to help plant trees at North Park in an effort to improve the environment and water quality along Pine Creek.

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Pine-Richland students excelling in academic, STEM competitions
April 1, 2019
Pine-Richland students continue to stand out in both area and state academic and STEM competitions.

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