Saturday, April 27, 2013
Can they be stopped?
The return of warm weather means a lot of great things—swimming, cookouts, parades, baseball. But it also means the return of one of the Mid-Atlantic states' most ubiquitous pests—the Halyomorpha halys, or brown marmorated stink bug. Somehow accidentally introduced in the United States during the late 20th century (or thereabouts), stink bugs are now so prevalent that exterminating them—or at least trying to do so—has become quite the industry. A "stink bugs" search on Amazon.com shows a number of traps and sprays for sale—and even a book—that are designed to get rid of the exotic insects. But how can they be prevented from first coming into our homes, where they buzz and fly and create a foul odor when crushed? And, lest we forget, they'…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
County officials unveiled the first two compressed natural gas trucks put into service for their public works department at an Earth Day press conference on Monday.
To most Bridgeville, Heidelberg, Collier and Scott residents, the new, white Allegheny County trucks that they might pass on the roadways won't appear to be anything extraordinary. But they are a first step in the county going green with a cleaner-burning fuel for fleet vehicles. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and other officials unveiled the county's first two compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles at a press conference on Monday. Each vehicle cost $35,285. The Silverado 2500HD, four-wheel drive, extended cab pickup trucks contain specially designed 6.0-litre Vortec V8 engines and have a gross vehicle weight of 9,500 pounds. The trucks are factory-built with hardened valves and seals, which are critical for CNG vehicles, …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The Post-Gazette looks back at Kristina Coyne and her career as place kicker on the Chartiers Valley Colts football team. Good read and great photos.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Fire companies from Dormont and Castle Shannon joined Mt. Lebanon firefighters in battling the blaze.
TRAFFIC UPDATE (3:39 p.m.): All of McNeilly Road has been reopened. A Thursday morning fire at a McNeilly Road home in Mt. Lebanon killed two people. The Post-Gazette is reporting that crews were dispatched to 916 McNeilly Rd. about 7:20 a.m. Mt. Lebanon police Deputy Chief Mike Gallagher said the house was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. In addition to Mt. Lebanon firefighters, fire companies from Dormont and Castle Shannon boroughs also responded. The Allegheny County fire marshal is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, but the blaze is not suspicious, according to the Post-Gazette. Also according to the P-G, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the couple as Dennis Miller, 61, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Bridgeville residents and officials are baffled over a column published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that likens the borough council to the disarray in Libya.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Mike Jones
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A column published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that likens Bridgeville Borough Council to the disarray in Libya has baffled the community’s residents and government officials. Columnist Dan Simpson wrote an opinion piece in the P-G on Dec. 5 about why the U.S. should not become engaged in more wars when he, for some reason, cited the tiny borough’s government council. While opining about potential problems should the Syrian regime fall to rebel forces, Simpson wrote this sentence: “If the opposition were to somehow take power in Syria, there is every reason to believe it would make today's disorder in post-Gadhafi Libya – no authority, no law and order – look like the Bridgeville Borough Council by comparison.” That sentence ruffled …