A crowd of 2,200 packed into Debi and Patrick Hampson’s Pine Township backyard for a concert, and while the final tally isn’t in yet, the event raised between $200,000 and $300,000 for various children’s charities. Chicago and Peter Frampton were certainly a draw for the fifth annual Celebrity Care Fest – but so was the cause.
In the middle of May, Pine-Richland alum Neil Walker, a former Pittsburgh Pirate and current Miami Marlin was named the 2019 American Legion Graduate of the Year, an award given to a former Legion baseball player and current major leaguer for his character, leadership, playing abilities and community service.
The weather was perfect for Richland Township’s 26th Annual Community Day on Aug. 10. Families at Richland Township Community Park enjoyed performances by the Pine-Richland marching band LDI DanceWorks dancers and live band SpinCycle, as well as games, Living Treasures petting zoo, inflatables, train rides, face painting and so much more. The day ended with a Zambelli fireworks display.
Pine Richland Kennywood Day is Aug. 16 – and the Pine-Richland Band Boosters annual Kennywood ticket fundraiser is currently taking place, offering folks the lowest price on Kennywood tickets. A ride all-day ticket is $36, and a night rider ticket (after 5 p.m.) is $29.
Jordan Wiegand spent his high school years playing soccer for North Hills, and now he will lead one of his alma mater’s biggest rivals as he is preparing to enter his first season at the helm of the Pine-Richland boys soccer team.
While Pine-Richland baseball player Tommy Beam is only halfway through his high school career, he decided he did not need the next two years to deliberate on his college plans. The Rams standout pitcher cemented his college decision July 5 when he announced on Twitter he had committed to play at West Virginia.
Sweltering conditions didn’t deter residents from celebrating the 30th Community Day celebration in Pine on July 20. Food booths, children’s activities, contests, crafts, presentations and more were available. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
In it’s continued effort to introduce people to the outdoors, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools hosted basic paddle boarding in the lake at North Park last week. Hosted year-round around the nation, L.L. Bean offers courses in kayaking, archery, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, canoeing, bird watching, outdoor fitness & yoga, hunter safety, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, children’s camps and much more.
I own a beagle named Dozer. He’s a great dog — loyal and friendly. But, he’s lazy and not real sharp. Dozer doesn’t play fetch or do tricks and, despite his award-winning pedigree, Dozer is no hunter. Except, that is, when it comes to chipmunks a.k.a. “chippys” or “grinnies.”
The Pine Creek Journal was honored as the Weekly Newspaper of the Year by the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania on July 12 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel during the American Legion’s annual Department Convention.
Isabella Ackerman and Kesar Sampat, both of Pine, earned their Girl Scout Silver Award at the Northern Tier Library. They refurbished the children’s department, added comfortable cushions and pillows to the existing benches. They refinished the children’s activity table, designed several “toppers,” including a sensory board, chalk board, and Lego board.
Richland Township Community Park has become the place to be for children looking to cool off this summer. The park unveiled its new playground and splash pad last week to rave reviews and the timing couldn’t be better as sweltering conditions made the splash pad a very popular location.
When you read and write for a living, it’s hard to shut it off when you go home for the day. Almost instinctively, I discover myself silently editing everything. I’m sure it’s the same for people in other professions. I’m sure mechanics always look at vehicles with a critical eye, engineers certainly look carefully at buildings and bridges, a proctologist is likely to be driving home from work when … well, they probably just go home after work, but you get my point.
For their skills in their sport and their commitment in the classroom, Aquinas Academy fencers Harry Hardman and Steven Giacobbe have both been distinguished as members of the 2019 USA Fencing All-Academic Teams.
On June 15, the Ladies of the Allegheny Region Porsche Club of America (ARPCA) enjoyed a wine-tasting at Narcisi Winery in Gibsonia. ARPCA is a not-for-profit organization that hosts driver education events as well as supporting other non-profits in the community through charitable giving tied to club events. Some of the groups the ARPCA has supported are the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pa., Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Hope Hospice, P3 - Supporting Active Duty Military Personnel, and PVGP - Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (Autism Society of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Valley School.
Pine-Richland rising senior Donnie Professori is looking to tee up a summer’s worth of strong performances on the golf course, and is already off to a productive start as he finished in a tie for fourth place at the 99th Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Championships at Westmoreland County Country Club this past week.
Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus was the site of a three-hour sourbread workshop on June 15 to teach interested community members how to make fougasse. This bread that originated in France benefits from slow fermentation, offering unique flavor and texture. The workshop included making the bread from scratch, tasting the finished product and taking home dough to make more.
R.A.W. Training and Crossfit R.A.W. hosted the 7th annual Patriot Games team event on June 15. This event was a one-day team event challenge with teams consisting of two males and two females. The athletes competed in a variety of events that tested endurance and strength in a variety of grueling ways.
PRO BIKE + RUN and Cannondale Bicycles hosted Brews, Bikes and BBQ in North Park on June 15 and 16. There were a bike ride, bike demonstrations, food trucks, draft beer and more. The annual event gives riders an opportunity to meet other cycling enthusiasts.
Pine resident Ty Voit recently received two of the biggest honors of his hockey career within the span of one month when he was selected in the 2019 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection draft and the 2019 United States Hockey League Phase I draft.
Thanks to the noise of the wind-driven rain, the endless splash of mud puddles and the smacking sound of my wipers, the truck radio was barely audible. But the rich voice of country crooner Luke Bryan would not be denied. So despite the deafening aquatic symphony I was able to make out the chorus of one of Luke’s smash hits “Rain is a Good Thing.”
Pine-Richland High School senior Tyler Hepler earned a Gene Kelly “Best Actor” award on May 25, 2019. He will travel to New York City in June to represent Pittsburgh in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Pine-Richland earned five Gene Kelly nominations for its production of “Guys & Dolls.” Senior Declan Allwein earned a […]
The race for Pine Township Supervisor is still undecided following last night’s primaries. While Jeffrey Hyams won the Democrat seat as the only candidate, the Republican race had seven vying for just three seats. While Pat Avolio and Jack Donahue won the first two seats, Ryan Colombo and Jeff Romano appear to be tied for the third seat.
Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus was the site of Sustainability Summit for Youth: Global Solutions to Combat Climate Change, on April 30. High school students from across the region were introduced to and encouraged to discuss ways to battle climate change.
Young bicyclists from all over the North Hills stopped by The Block of Northway on April 27 for a bike rodeo to promote safety. Everything from the rules of the road to bike skills to safety equipment were covered.
Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) and Allegheny Watershed Alliance (AWA) organized an event to plant native trees and shrubs in North Park on April 27 to improve Pine Creek with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
When my children were young, I loved to tell them stories. I created a cast of characters with funny accents and wild appearances and sent them on comical journeys through weird and interesting places. The kids howled at the stories, the players and the exotic lands in which they lived.
Kids can get to experience what it was like to live, work and play in the local colonial times at the Depreciation Lands Museum Children’s Heritage Day on May 5, which also marks the opening day for the season.
On Friday, April 12, Eden Hall Upper Elementary students took part in the school’s annual Science Olympiad. The students were tasked with a multitude of science-based activities to take part in and solve.
On Saturday, April 6, the top-ranked Pine-Richland boys lacrosse team rolled to a hardfought 5-3 victory over Hill Academy. This was a non-conference game against Hill Academy, an elite program from Kleinburg, Ontario.