Canonsburg’s Old-Fashioned Christmas rings in the season

Temperatures warmed up and the sun peeked through Saturday afternoon on the second and final day of Canonsburg’s Old-Fashioned Christmas. The event closed down a portion of Pike Street to make room for vendors, dancing Christmas trees, and real, honest-to-goodness reindeer. Friday evening was marked by the lighting of the community tree while Saturday was filled with performances from local dance and choir groups, and a parade in the evening.

Upper St. Clair student launches international writing contest

What started as a required school project turned into an international writing contest that bridged Upper St. Clair students to teen writers across the globe. Earlier this year, Nikhita Thakuria, then a sophomore at Upper St. Clair High School, created a website for the school’s mandatory International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, which encourages students to connect their studies and the real world. “The very second that my school introduced the idea of what the MYP project was, I knew I had to do something with writing,” said Thakuria, who has penned short stories and chapter books since she was young, and last year received the Scholastic Writing and Arts Award ...

Oh, Christmas house: Couple lights up Bayne Avenue for last holiday season

For more than two decades, the Christmas display at 20 Bayne Ave. in Lone Pine has put even the Griswolds to shame. “Eddie and I, we just really enjoy it,” said Wanda Wagner, a decorating enthusiast who goes all out for Christmas. “The kids, they’re applauding, people are videoing. They just applaud and scream and take pictures with all the decorations, and then you’ll hear the parents. Ed enjoys that so doggone much.” This year marks the last that Wagner and Ed Moore, her partner of 43 years, will transform their property into a spectacle of lights adored by the local community. The couple, now in their 70s, said the beloved Christmas display is simply too much ...

Greene Arc, Inc. offers support for individuals with disabilities

Since 1967, as a chapter of the national Arc of the United States, Greene Arc, Inc. has been serving residents in Greene County with a variety of programs that support individuals with disabilities. “Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) should have the ...

Local Jewish community prepares to celebrate Hanukkah

Though the Jewish population of Washington County has grown smaller over time, there remains an active community preparing to celebrate Hanukkah. The eight days of Hanukkah will commence Thursday evening and continue through the following Friday. The holiday is marked by the lighting of one of the eight candles on a menorah as each day passes. “By celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah, we encourage other people to recognize the beautiful miracles God bestows upon us in our everyday life,” said David Novitsky, the former rabbi of Washington’s Beth Israel congregation. Beth Israel’s synagogue on North Avenue was placed up for sale in 2021, 20 years after Novitsky began as ...

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PT’s defense stands tall in the end

ALTOONA – Peters Township’s defense has been a force all season long, but it had to make one more stop during Friday’s game against Cocalico in the semifinals of the PIAA Class 5A football championship at Mansion Park. The Indians were clinging to a 14-9 lead when the Eagles blocked a ...

Sieg, Fort Cherry to play for state title

By Joe Tuscano For the Observer-Reporter FARRELL – When they needed him most, Matt Sieg came through. The Fort Cherry quarterback rushed for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns, three of them in a critical fourth quarter as the Rangers defeated Redbank ...

Belle Vernon back in state final

WEXFORD – Belle Vernon has its chance to repeat. Quarterback Braden Laux had two short touchdown runs and passed for another score, sparking defending champion Belle Vernon to a 42-16 victory over District 10 champion Hickory on Friday night in the PIAA Class 3A football semifinals at North ...





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OP-ED: Schools should drop the obsession with gender identity

Let's make a deal. American parents stop harassing schools over library books that deal sympathetically with differences in sexual preference. And America's schools stop withholding information about a student's said preference from the parents.First, the ugly clashes over offerings at school ...


Greene County property transfers

The following property transfers have been recorded in the Greene County Recorder of Deeds office the week of Nov. 23. Cumberland Township Amanda Graham, et al., to Equity Point Real Estate LLC, Lot 195, Nemacolin, $16,000.00 (11-15-23) Charles T. Bokat, et ux., to Douglas Roher, et ux., ...


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