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The Latrobe Municipal Authority (LMA) Board of Directors on Tuesday accepted a bid for a planned water line replacement project slated to begin this fall in downtown Latrobe.

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Longtime retired Greater Latrobe School District director Kathryn Elder is happy to return to the school board, but she didn’t want to come back in this capacity.

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The Latrobe Zoning Hearing Board on Monday night voted down a request from Faith Forward Ministries Inc., which would have paved the way for commercial office space on the first floor of a residential property along one of the city’s busiest streets.

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A sweet weekend is in store in Latrobe as the city hosts the seventh annual Valley Dairy Great American Banana Split Celebration. The event — which began in 2013 to celebrate the birthplace of the banana split — will feature free entertainment, activities, food vendors and more for all ages.

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Irene Riffle, born Aug. 20, 1919, in New Alexandria to Frank and Blanche Sigafoes, is 100 years old today. Her children held an open house Sunday afternoon, Aug. 18, at Waterford Fire Hall.

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Aubree, 1, and Avery Thoma, 3, helped mom Anna and dad sell drinks (and eat ice cubes) at the St. Stephen Orthodox Catholic Church picnic on Sunday. The family lives in New Stanton but attends the Unity Township church.

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Layla Klosky, 12, a seventh-grader at Greater Latrobe Junior High School, helps her grandmother Cathy Klosky sell desserts at the St. Stephen Orthodox Catholic Church picnic. The family lives in Latrobe and some of the family members are among the founders of the church.

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In the top photo, proud grandfather Matt Fine and father Joe Hickle introduce Abigail, 14 months, to the Kubota lawn mower at the Westmoreland Fair this past weekend. Their family is from Hunker.

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In the bottom photo, Rose Egan of North Huntingdon Township stands below her collection of Best of Show artwork at the Westmoreland Fair this past weekend.

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Gov. Tom Wolf took what he claimed is the first step toward curbing gun violence in Pennsylvania by signing an executive order early Friday that, essentially, orders state agencies under his control to develop abatement programs.

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Nick Tomasic of Murrysville liked the ambulance in the opening scenes on the television series “MASH” so much that he was inspired to find one just like it.

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Thomas Octave, assistant professor of music at St. Vincent College, sings the national anthem at Saturday night’s football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers won 17-7.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels takes the time to meet with a few young fans along the sidelines prior to Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Samuels finished with four carries for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers’ 17-7 victory.

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Westmoreland Fair Queen Sarah DuBrul (second from left), 17, of Scottdale, with her court, including Janee Weyandt, 16, second runner-up; Livy Jumper, 16, princess, and Kelly Gillis, 17, first runner-up. Dubrul is a member of the Westmoreland Squares 4-H and attends Southmoreland High School…

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that the turnpike will be closed in both directions between the New Stanton (exit 75) and Breezewood (exit 161) interchanges from 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, to approximately 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, weather permitting.

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Westmoreland County Maintenance Manager, Thomas Boyle, announced the following tentative work plan for the week of August 19, 2019. All maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis. Motorists should drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed wo…

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Ligonier Valley marching band member Ben Beech, an eighth-grader, reaches up to server Alexis Edge for his Kona Ice treat during a break at the Ligonier Valley High School football team practice on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Also enjoying the refreshment are seventh-graders Iva Droske and Cassidy Brown.

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Four-year-old Ethan and 2-year-old Nora came from Greensburg with their mom Kara Haupricht to visit their favorite playground at Friendship Park in Ligonier.

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5 p.m., Derry Borough Council, municipal building, special meeting (regarding community park bathroom bids)

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Students at Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley school districts all head back to school Monday, Aug. 26, but for many families, preparations — and spending — for the new school year likely started months ago.

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The late Bob Rusbosin spent a couple of years running the Diamond Furniture Store on Main Street in Latrobe and ended up liking the area so much that he and his wife Connie decided to relocate with their eight children. (There were later 11).

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A Unity Township woman was charged Wednesday with numerous counts of animal cruelty and neglect after humane officers allege she abandoned nine birds and two dogs in a Cook Township home when she was evicted in June.

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The newly formed New Florence Historical Society will take on a major milestone when it leads a celebration for the borough’s sesquicentennial this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 17, New Florence will mark its 150th anniversary with a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

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After providing services for more than 40 years at St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church in Rector, the Ligonier Valley Food Pantry is moving its operation to Holy Trinity Church in Ligonier.

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The Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) Joint Operating Committee (JOC) on Wednesday approved a number of clearinghouse items in advance of the start of the 2019-20 school year.

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Family and friends of Kevin Seremet, including Debby Bertig, Bev Skillings, Dianne Seremet, (standing) Jim Seremet, Beer Bottlers Local 144 President Steve Tulenko, Patty Sherback and Ken Seremet, stand in front of the new Mister Rogers trolley street sign at “33”rd and Ligonier Street, whic…

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Following flooding that caused widespread damage in the area, state Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced this week that homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by recent storms in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through …

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Seniors in Westmoreland County who need food assistance are invited to apply for the state’s Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and the Westmoreland County Food Bank Benefit program from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at A.V. Germano Hall, 100 West 2nd St., Derry Borough.

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Plans for a proposed mini-casino at Westmoreland Mall cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a gaming license for the long-discussed project.

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New Alexandria Borough Council on Wednesday approved a payment of $6,800 to Bove Engineering Company Inc. to secure a previously accepted bid for a paving project along Main Street.