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Laurel Mountain man surpasses blood donation milestone

ALaurel Mountain Borough resident and longtime blood donor celebrated Red Cross month by donating his 100th pint of blood since 1968.  The Rev. More...

General News

Drue Heinz, philanthropist, widow of Heinz CEO, dies at 103 in Scotland

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Drue Heinz, the widow of the former head of the H.J. Heinz Co. and a longtime patron of the literary arts has died. She was 103.  The Heinz family and The Heinz Endowments said she died Friday in Lasswade, Scotland.  More...

Italian gourmet grocery pioneer Andrew Balducci dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Balducci, the New Yorker whose famed Greenwich Village gourmet food mecca attracted fans including Anna Wintour, Lou Reed and Lena Horne, has died. He was 92.  More...

‘Resistance,’ ‘The Pilot’s Wife’ author Anita Shreve, 71, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Best-selling novelist Anita Shreve has died.  Publisher Alfred A. Knopf said Shreve died Thursday at her home in New Hampshire. More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

Taking a fresh look at the Kiski-Conemaugh

In the late 1990s, close to $300,000 in federal funds were spent to study the most-polluted river basin in Pennsylvania. Why?  More...

Bulletin Board

Happy Easter and Passover to our readers!  Passover began Friday evening, March 30, and will end Saturday evening, April 7.  * * *  My thanks to St. More...

Political Cartoon

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Lifestyles

Ligonier Valley BPW lauds winners of two awards

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Ligonier Valley met Tuesday, March 27, at the Ramada, Ligonier.  As part of the evening’s program, awards were presented to 2017 New Member of the Year Amy Kohler and 2017 Employer of the More...

Campus Corner

Phi Kappa Phi inductees   Two local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.&n More...

Area Church News

Prince of Peace Easter Sunday services   Pastor Bill Schaefer of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1325 Mission Road, Unity Township, announced the Easter Sunday schedule:  • Sunrise service with Holy Communion, 7 a.m.  • Fest More...

Blessing of Easter baskets is Slavic tradition

The blessing of food has its roots in the Old Testament where food was not only sustenance, but also symbolic.  More...

Route 981 lane closure to begin next week

Starting Monday, April 2, traffic along Route 981 near the former intersection of Route 981 with Charles Houck and Gravel Hill roads in Unity Township will be restricted to one lane for a road widening project, Pennsylvania Department of Transportati More...

GL grad Claudette Graham takes on golf leadership role

Claudette Graham fondly remembers growing up in eastern Westmoreland County, living in Derry and going to Greater Latrobe High School.  She was Claudette Paskovitch back then. More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

MONDAY, APRIL 2  7 p.m., Derry Borough Council, work session, Derry Station  TUESDAY, APRIL 3  7 p.m., Unity Township Planning Commission, municipal building  7 p.m., Derry Township Supervisors, municipal building  More...

Pennsylvania city gets new mayor after corruption scandal

ALLENTOWN, Pa. More...

Bowling for DARCee set for April 14

Join the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Derry Area Revitalization Corporation (DARCee) for Bowling for DARCee from 1 to 4 p.m. More...

World News

In private, Trump has mused about Syria pullout for weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s unscripted remark this week about pulling out of Syria “very soon,” while at odds with his own policy, was not a one-off: For weeks, top advisers have been fretting about an overly hasty wi More...

Autopsy disputes police account of fatal Sacramento shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. More...

1,000 march in Salt Lake City over Mormon youth interviews

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - About 1,000 current and former Mormons marched to the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City Friday to deliver petitions demanding an end to closed door, oneon one interviews between youth and lay leaders where sexual que More...

Letters to the Editor

Letter to Editor

To the Editor:   The Fresh Air Fund looks forward to celebrating National Volunteer Week every year. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our inspiring volunteers, hosts and supporters in the Pittsburgh area. More...

Sports

DA track and field letter-winners

Returning lettermen this season for the Derry Area boys’ track team (above) include Robert Boyer, Justin Huss, William Huss, Shawn Broadway, Austin Miller and Elias Kott. More...

Replay review helps Pirates beat Tigers in 13 innings

DETROIT (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos slid across home plate, Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli lunged at him — and for a few fleeting moments, the Detroit Tigers rushed on to the field to celebrate a win on opening day.  All while More...

Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien says he attempted suicide, cites depression

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien said he has attempted suicide, hired prostitutes and suffers from persistent depression. More...

Entertainment

Movie review: Spielberg goes back to the future in ‘Ready Player One’

“Why can’t we go backward for once?” wonders the protagonist of “Ready Player One” shortly before gunning his “Back to the Future” DeLorean in reverse. “Really put the pedal to the metal.” More...

Steven Spielberg takes pass on having burger named after him

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Spielberg has a beef with the Carl’s Jr.  The hamburger chain wanted to rename its charbroiled slider a “SpielBurger.” It tried to deliver samples to Spielberg’s office and even left a note More...

Weike Wang’s ‘Chemistry’ wins $25,000 PEN/Hemingway Award

NEW YORK (AP) — A novel about a young scientist’s personal and professional journey has won a $25,000 prize for debut fiction.  More...

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