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Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Movie Reviews | February 18, 2017
‘Fist Fight’ is rough, raunchy, rousing success
In “Fist Fight,” a rowdy, vulgar, surprisingly bloody action-comedy, human punching bags Charlie Day and Ice Cube are knocked across the screen by assorted wallops, fire extinguisher blasts, head butts, random billy clubs, hostile jailbirds, office rivals in the chaotic big city high sch...

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Movie Reviews | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
‘The Great Wall’ defies expectations
The buzz on “The Great Wall” has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called “The Great Wall” (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is n...

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Verse of the Day | February 18, 2017
Verse
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ...

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Chuckle of the day | February 18, 2017
Chuckle
Confidence is that inner strength you feel right before humiliating yourself. ...

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Town & County | February 18, 2017
Town and County
CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY Saturday is Ken Davis of Butler. ——— CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY Sunday is Connor Pflugh, 2, son of Ryan and Ashley Pfl ugh of Albuquerque, N.M., and Clay Township. ...

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Starwatch | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Solar system reduced in scale astonishes
In the history of this humble little star-watching column I’ve thrown a myriad of numbers at you about the sizes of the stars and planets available in our night sky and the tremendous distances between them. The numbers can get so big that it’s pretty much impossible to truly grasp thei...

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Business Features | February 18, 2017
McDonald’s tweaks menu staples
CHICAGO — Old favorites are getting new life under the Golden Arches. Last month, McDonald’s rolled out two new sizes of Big Macs — the Grand Mac and the Mac Jr. — and a few weeks ago, it added to its annual Shamrock Shake offer with four new mint-flavored drinks. Other riff...

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Business Features | February 18, 2017
Judge says blind man can sue McDonald’s
CHICAGO — To the many who succumb to late-night cravings, McDonald’s drive-thru can be a beacon of fast-food hope. But without a car, the dreams of indulging in that burger desire are dashed. A blind man from Louisiana wants the fast-food giant to come up with another solution for those...

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Business Features | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Auto union announces ad campaign
DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union is preparing an ad campaign that urges consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks as it tries to tap into President Donald Trump’s efforts to rebuild the country’s manufacturing sector. President Dennis Williams said the ads could be similar...

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Business Features | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
The Zuckerberg Manifesto
NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg’s long-term vision for Facebook, laid out in a sweeping manifesto Thursday, sounds more like a utopian social guide than a business plan at times. Are we, he asks, “building the world we all want?” While people use Facebook to connect with friends ...

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Bulletin Board | February 18, 2017
Bulletin Board
Saturday Spaghetti Dinner, 4 to 6 p.m., East Butler Presbyterian Church, 9th and Randolph streets, East Butler. Takeout available. FREE COMMUNITY MEAL, 5 to 6 p.m., North Street Christian Church, 220 W. North St. Card Party, 7:30 p.m., Jefferson Grange, 211 Bull Creek Road. Sunday All-Yo...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Police Reports
These items have been collected from various police departments. Adams Twp Police Feb. 10 — Julian W. Hood, 32, was arrested on charges he stole a car from a woman with whom he lives on Mars-Valencia Road. The victim told police that on Feb. 2 she loaned Hood her 2000 Subaru Legacy. ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Cranberry Twp.polling site gets room change
CRANBERRY TWP — Voters in one Cranberry Township precinct will have a new room, but the same building, to cast their ballots in the primary. The Butler County commissioners on Wednesday approved the relocation of the West 5 polling place from the gymnasium in the township building down the ha...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
SV students perform at jazz festival
SLIPPERY ROCK — Seneca Valley was represented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Jazz Festival held earlier this month at Slippery Rock University. Through a competitive audition process, 27 students from Seneca Valley were selected and performed at the an...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Haine designated as distinguished school
JACKSON TWP — Haine Elementary School has been named a 2016-17 Distinguished School under the federal guidelines for Title I Schools. Haine elementary is among the 179 Title I Distinguished schools from across the Commonwealth to receive the designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Ed...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
School News
Mars Elementary wins $10,000 award ADAMS TWP — The Mars Elementary School was selected as one of 100 schools across the country to receive a $10,000 award in the Campbell’s Grand Stand for School’s $1,000,000 Giveaway sweepstakes. The funding will be used to buy materials ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Students in Evans City Costa Rica interact
EVANS CITY — Students at Evans City Middle School got a glimpse Monday of school culture from another part of the world. As part of a school project, fifth grade English students read “Love That Dog” by Sharon Creech along with students from Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Cost...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Shamrock Shuffle slated
HARMONY — The ninth annual Shamrock Shuffle will be March 18 and benefit the Zelienople Rotary Club. “It’s become super popular,” race organizer Joella Baker said. “We have people who come in from about 15 different states, which is great.” This year’s shu...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Library to offer genealogy sessions
ZELIENOPLE — The Zelienople Public Library, 227 S. High St., will hold a genealogy workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Susan Ennis, school librarian and genealogical enthusiast, will lead the series of free workshops. Topics will include Ancestry.com, searching tips, new resources and prese...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Pittsburgh woman waives theft charges
CRANBERRY TWP — Police say a Pittsburgh woman tried making fraudulent returns for credit at two township stores. Leah L. Frazier, 36, allegedly made fraudulent purchases at Lowe’s Home Improvement and Kohl’s in October. According to police, Frazier went to Lowe’s on Oct. 1 ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Man accused of more bad checks
CRANBERRY TWP — Police say a Pittsburgh man with a history of writing bad checks was at it again at Costco. Alvin R. Simmons, 57, allegedly visited Costco Feb. 18, 2016, and purchased a Samsung tablet bundle for about $297 using a check from a Citizens Bank account. He returned to Costco Feb...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Graduation rules changes in works
ADAMS TWP — The wheels are in motion for an increase in the number of credits required to graduate from Mars High School. The school board at its Tuesday night meeting voted 7-1 to post a potential new policy that would change the graduation requirement from 23.5 to 25 credits. According to ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Supervisors fill 3 posts in Adams Township
ADAMS TWP — Members of the planning commission had so many qualified candidates for the seat vacated by Dan Bogdanich that they passed the task of selecting one to the supervisors. Tom Franceschina, the supervisors vice president, said at the Monday night township meeting that six excellent a...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Religion
Church members will meet Sunday MARS — The Rev. William Jackson will lead both services Sunday at Mars United Presbyterian Church, 232 Crowe Ave. The membership will have a meeting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The youth groups will resume at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday. GriefShare will meet at ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Community News
Learning center slates open house CRANBERRY TWP — The Cranberry Township Early Learning Center will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the township municipal center for the parents of preschool-age children from 2 to 5 years old. The preschool, which ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Siblings accused of theft, conspiracy
CRANBERRY TWP — A Westmoreland County brother-and-sister duo made the township Lowe’s one stop on an alleged spree. Police say Daniel H. Powell, 32, and Danielle L. Powell, 39, both of Herminie, entered Lowe’s on the afternoon of Nov. 13 with no merchandise. They selected a five...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
CAMPS CLOSING
FORWARD TWP — Camp Redwing will be downgrading its operations but will remain open despite the closing of other camps in the region. The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania plans to close five of its nine camps March 31 due to operating deficits. The Girl Scouts recently reported that only ...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Experts discuss signs, help
CRANBERRY TWP — More than 800,000 people around the world reportedly die by suicide every year, with more than 44,000 of those occurring in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Local agencies Wednesday evening aimed to educate people on suicide preve...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Father, son face retail theft charges
CRANBERRY TWP — Police say a father-and-son duo tried making their getaway after stealing from Walmart. Jordan Filsinger, 25, of Avalon and Patrick J. Filsinger, 49, of Pittsburgh allegedly stole about $740 worth of items and led police on a high-speed chase on the night of Dec. 21. They wai...

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Cranberry Local News | February 18, 2017
Twp. may permit drinks at pavilions
ADAMS TWP — Those who rent the pavilions in the Adams Township Community Park might be able to drink alcohol at their events in the near future. The township supervisors at their Monday night meeting voted unanimously to have solicitor Mike Gallagher look into an ordinance that would allow al...

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Cranberry Local Sports | February 18, 2017
Bowling
Hardwood Cafe Mixed Standings: Sweet Apple Chicken 49-14, American Classic 39-24, Chicken Artichokes 38-25, Lamb Chops 38-25, The Hardwoods 34-29, Speidini 34-29, Crabcakes 29-34, Fat Tony 27-36, Crabby Flounder 21-42 High men’s series-Jim Bowser 656 High men’s game-Keith Conditto 248...

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Cranberry Local Sports | February 18, 2017
Side Lines
Eagle County seeking players, more teams The Eagle County baseball league is in search of new players and/or teams for its 2017 season, which begins in May. The adult league currently has six members — Mars, Mars II, Zelienople, Cranberry Twp., Pine-Richland and the Mars Sliders. Tea...

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Cranberry Local Sports | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
True teamwork
BUTLER TWP — Thursday morning, the Seneca Valley boys and girls swimming and diving teams had a hard, early practice. “WPIALs will be held in the morning,” said Seneca Valley assistant coach Jeff Gavin. “We want their body adjusted to morning swims.” The practice didn...

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Cranberry Local Sports | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
The first step
ROSS TWP — Nicole McCloud had already experienced the worst North Hills' gym has to offer. “Two years ago, I was a sophomore on a team that played here in the (first round of the) playoffs. We were the No. 2 seed and lost (52-34 to South Park). It was a bad shooting day for us.” ...

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Cranberry Local Sports | February 18, 2017
Mars youth hoop tourney with new name
ADAMS TWP — The biggest youth basketball tournament in the region now has a big name to go with it. The fifth annual Mars youth basketball tournament — a 56-team event running this Wednesday through Sunday and using five gyms — has been renamed the Scott Lang Memorial Tournament. ...

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Cranberry Living | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
School News
Mars students join German society,/b> ADAMS TWP — Several Mars High School students were inducted into the school's German National Honor Society chapter, Delta Epsilon Phi, on Feb. 9. Delta Epsilon Phi is an honor society for high school students enrolled in German language classes. To b...

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Cranberry Living | February 18, 2017
Town Crier
School board members on Tuesday: Announced they will commission a new demographic study of the school district. The former study’s results were forecast until the 2017-18 school year. The study, which predicts future district needs based on growth trends and other factors, will cost about $15...

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Cranberry Obituaries | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Thomas “Wallace” Patton
Thomas “Wallace” Patton, 86, of Carlisle passed away Monday at the Claremont Nursing and Rehab in Carlisle. Born July 4, 1930, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late David and Elizabeth Swint Patton. A Presbyterian, Tom was a former chaplain of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire ...

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Our Opinion | February 18, 2017
Cheers & Jeers ...
Cheer It’s good news that the forthcoming VA Butler Healthcare center in Center Township is moving toward getting a proper name. And even better news that it’s on track to be named after World War II hero Abie Abraham. On Monday a resolution that would officially designate the center ...

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Rich Lowry | February 18, 2017
GOP Congress should air it all out
In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a h...

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Other Voices | February 18, 2017
The punishment may be harsh but it’s what voter law intended
The following editorial appeared Thursday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Try as we might, we can’t find a way to justify Rosa Maria Ortega’s voting in two elections when, as a legal U.S. resident but not a citizen, she did not have that right. Like many others, we consider OrtegaR...

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Other Voices | February 18, 2017
Democrats should not oppose Gorsuch
When he was nominated for a federal judgeship in 2006, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote in the Senate and there was not a single objection to an obviously qualified nominee. Though no one is expecting as smooth a ride for Gorsuch as President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, his q...

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Focus Features | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Family car trip covers 6,780 miles, 6 national parks
Amanda and Adam Miner, 165 McElroy Road, Sugarcreek Township, took their daughter, Julia, 8; and their son, Beck, 10 months; on a 16-day car trip that covered 6,780 miles and included six national parks, two national monuments, two South Dakota state parks and a South Dakota state monument, as well ...

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Focus Features | February 18, 2017
Pediatrician touts importance of vaccinations
“Vaccinations prevent infections before they occur,” says Dr. Vandana Bhide, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic. “Childhood diseases, once thought to have been eradicated, such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, are making a resurgence in th...

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Focus Features | February 18, 2017
Vo-tech students shine at SkillsUSA competition
ADAMS TWP — Two Mars High School students who attend Butler County Vocational-Technical School earned awards in the 2017 SkillsUSA “Champions at Work” District 10 Competition, held Jan. 13 at New Castle School of Trade. Sabrina Shick, a senior cosmetology student, earned a silver ...

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Potpourri | February 18, 2017
Potpourri
The Butler Health System Radiation Oncology Center will sponsor nutrition classes for those with a cancer diagnosis. The first class will be 2 to 4 p.m. Friday on the second floor of Benbrook Medical Center, 102 Technology Drive. Nutrition is a key ingredient for preventing cancer. Nutrition also ...

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Engagements | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Clouse, Titler
A Nov. 4 wedding is being planned by Jessica Clouse and Joseph Titler, both of Butler. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Andrew and Laura Graham of Cabot and Richard and Kimberly Clouse of Economy. Parents of the prospective bridegroom are Timothy and Patricia Titler of Butler. The future bride...

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Engagements | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Thompson, Smith
A May 27 wedding is being planned by Shannon Leigh Thompson and Ryan Timothy Smith, both of Columbus, Ohio. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Judy Thompson of Hilliards. Parents of the prospective bridegroom are Tim and Sandy Smith of Centreville, Va. The future bride is a 2009 graduate ...

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Student Directory | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Student Directory
GREENVILLE — Thiel College senior Tina Kramer of Butler, was named a Thiel College Student of the Month for February. Kramer is a double major in psychology and English with a secondary education certification. She is a Thiel Presidential Scholar and is a five-time dean’s list awardee. ...

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Dean's List | February 18, 2017
Dean's List
The following students were named to the dean’s lists at their respective colleges and universities: Chicora: Leah Bullman at Gannon University and Taylor Ritzert at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Mars: Kevin O’Brien at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Slippery Rock:...

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Graduates | February 18, 2017
Graduates
The following students received degrees from their respective colleges and universities: Butler: Katie King at the University of Akron Grove City College Cranberry Township: Emily Owen Fombell: Austin Ridgley Grove City: Elisabeth Bowers, Kenneth McCracken and Michael O’Brien Mars: Payto...

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Recipes | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Extra yolks on hand?
The healthy eater charges through the kitchen, dropping detritus. A fine spray of protein powder, half-drowned cubes of tofu, the scorched remains of lentils. Also egg yolks, forbidden on her healthy lips. You admire the healthy eater, her devotion to protein powder, tofu and lentils. You admire he...

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Recipes | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Cheesy Baked Grits
A kind of carbo-licious porridge made from dried and coarsely ground corn, grits are to Southern cuisine what potatoes are to Northern cuisine — a deeply satisfying staple. Like squash, tomatoes and deep-pit barbecuing, grits came to define Southern cooking via the cuisines of such southeast ...

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Time Capsules | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Time Capsule
STUDENTS PROTEST — With a list of grievances against recent action taken by the Butler School Board, including a return to the semester plan from the current trimester system, hundreds of Butler Intermediate School students gathered Feb. 20, 1976, in front of the high school gymnasium. The stu...

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Local News | February 18, 2017
Police say couple on drugs crashed vehicle, baby inside
LANCASTER TWP — Police say a Beaver County couple was on drugs before crashing on Interstate 79 with an infant passenger in the vehicle. Emily M. Shontz, 22, and Nathan J. McKee, 34, both of Rochester, face criminal charges of child endangerment after crashing into a median Wednesday evening ...

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Local News | February 18, 2017
I-79, Route 528 interchange upgrade sought
JACKSON TWP — With new developments planned on or near Route 528, supervisors weighed in on the potential benefits of making the Interstate 79 interchange on that road fully accessible. The interchange currently serves interstate traffic traveling northbound to exit onto Route 528 — als...

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Local News | February 18, 2017
Opioid drug forum slated at SR High
SLIPPERY ROCK TWP — A forum being held this week will address the opioid epidemic in Butler County. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Slippery Rock High School auditorium, 201 Kiester Road. It is free and open to the public. Leaders in government, court, law enforcement...

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Local News | February 18, 2017
Women charged in fight that broke father’s nose
EVANS CITY — State police say an argument between a father and daughter over noise led to serious injuries for the family patriarch. Kaylan C. Domhoff, 20, and her girlfriend Brianna P. Lowery, 19, both of Butler waived assault charges to court Tuesday before District Judge Wayne Seibel in co...

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Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Ospreys no longer on endangered list
WORTH TWP — Ospreys have made a comeback in Pennsylvania thanks to the efforts of volunteers and state agencies — including a group that worked to reintroduce them at Moraine State Park. At their Jan. 31 meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commissioners voted to remove osprey from the state'...

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Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
SRU music students broaden their horizons
SLIPPERY ROCK — A little time away from Slippery Rock University and Pennsylvania in general gave a group of music education majors from the school a chance to broaden their perspectives last month. The group of four students and two professors from SRU spent more than two weeks in Santa Fe, ...

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Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Shamrock Shuffle preps for 9th run in Harmony
HARMONY — The ninth annual Shamrock Shuffle makes its return March 18 and aims to benefit the Zelienople Rotary Club. “It's become super popular,” race organizer Joella Baker said. “We have people who come in from about 15 different states, which is great.” This year'...

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Local News | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Prison boiler room upgraded
Butler County Prison Deputy Warden Beau Sneddon shows new pipe in the boiler room of the South Washington Street building Friday. The county replaced 370 feet of pipe for $49,154 due to the original steam vent lines deteriorating, which resulted in too much condensation and fumes. ...

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Pennsylvania | February 18, 2017
Pennsylvania links fracking and quakes
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania environmental regulators say there’s a likely correlation between a natural gas company’s fracking operation and a series of minor earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year. The Department of Environmental Protection revealed its findings Friday. The...

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Pennsylvania | February 18, 2017
‘Dance Moms’ star gets OK to travel
PITTSBURGH — “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been allowed to travel overseas while awaiting sentencing in her bankruptcy fraud case. Federal prosecutors objected to Miller’s trip because of the chance she won’t return before her sentencing hearing Frid...

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National | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Pruitt named director of EPA over objections
WASHINGTON — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels. Pruitt wa...

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National | February 18, 2017
U.S. public deeply divided, dug in about Trump performance
WASHINGTON — Less than a month into President Donald Trump’s tenure, an overwhelming share of Americans already have strongly held views about his job performance and positions are deeply polarized. Trump’s core supporters continue to strongly back the new president, a survey from...

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National | February 18, 2017
Trump gets out of D.C.for ‘America First’ rally
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — After four tumultuous weeks of governing, President Donald Trump is out of the White House doing what he loves best — campaigning. Trump was planning a campaign rally at an airport hangar in central Florida on Saturday afternoon. The event in Melbourne comes as h...

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National | February 18, 2017
Heavy rainfall ravages S. Calif.
LOS ANGELES — A huge Pacific storm parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least two people. The storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the ocean was at its most fierce late Frid...

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International | February 18, 2017
Pence calms NATO allies
MUNICH — Vice President Mike Pence vowed Saturday that the United States will “hold Russia accountable” even as President Donald Trump searches for new common ground with Moscow at the start of his presidency. Pence, in an address to the Munich Security Conference, also offered as...

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Court News | February 18, 2017
Court News
District Judge David T. Kovach CRANBERRY TWP — District Judge David T. Kovach recently heard these cases: Timothy James McCullough, 22, of Chicora waived to court charges of retail theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and conspiracy to commit retail theft filed Aug. 10 by...

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Town Crier | February 18, 2017
Town Crier
The supervisors, at their meeting Wednesday: Heard supervisors Vice President Don Marshall suggest the township buy a used police car with low miles to update the township police department’s fleet. Township manager Travis Cavenaugh agreed to research the police cars currently available. Hea...

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Death Notices | February 18, 2017
Death Notices
Robert Bernard Gallagher II, Franksville, Wis. Daniel L. Flick, Sarver Howard R. James, Callery Archie W. Mann, Butler Samuel E. Mathias Jr., Slippery Rock David R. Reynolds, Kennerdell Paul Ray Werner, Butler ...

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Birthday Tributes | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
William “Bill” Graham
In loving memory of our beloved William “Bill” Graham whose birthday is February 18. Go Rest High on That Mountain -Vince Gill- I know your life On earth was troubled And only you could know the pain. You weren’t afraid to face the devil, You were no stranger to the rain. G...

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Birthday Tributes | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Joseph Shramawick
In loving memory of our beloved Joseph Shramawick whose birthday is February 18. Gone, dear father, gone forever, Away from sorrow, cares and pain, May you rest in peace, dear father Until we meet again. Sadly missed by his Son ...

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In Memoriams | February 18, 2017
Marcella Fetterman
In loving memory of our mother Marcella Fetterman who’s journey ran from November 29, 1922 through February 18, 2015. Your Three Sons ...

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In Memoriams | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Stanley C. Langston Jr.
In loving memory of our beloved Stanley C. Langston Jr. Four years ago, your life was a blessing, Your memory a treasure, You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Your Family ...

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In Memoriams | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Eleanor M. Cooper
In loving memory of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Eleanor M. Cooper who passed away three years ago today February 18, 2014. We love and miss you so much. Son Gary and Janet Grandchildren Amanda, Aaron and Abby Great-Grandchildren Aria and Charlie ...

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Photo Gallery | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
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Professional Auto Racing | February 18, 2017
NASCAR hopes for big boost
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship. Money is down across the board and everyone is doing more with less to try to sav...

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Professional Baseball | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
McCutchen calls move to right difficult
BRADENTON, Fla. — Andrew McCutchen began what could be his final spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates by moving to a new position. In late January, team management decided to move two-time Gold Glove winner Starling Marte from left field to center. McCutchen was switched to right field...

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Professional Baseball | February 18, 2017
Westbrook, Durant reunion adds awkward spice to All-Star game
NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first All-Star appearance. Just not about one another. Reunited on the Western Conference All-Star team, the former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates — until Durant left for Golden State last summer — will...

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Professional Baseball | February 18, 2017
Swisher officially retires
At spring training with the New York Yankees as a guest instructor, Nick Swisher says he has retired as a player. Swisher issued a statement Friday on The Players Tribune. Slowed by knee injuries the past several years, Swisher appeared in 76 games with Atlanta and Cleveland in 2014. The 36-year ...

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Professional Hockey | February 18, 2017
Weary Pens nipped
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets provided a sellout crowd at Nationwide Arena with a captivating look at what the first round of the playoffs might look like. The high-energy Friday night game between the Metropolitan Division rivals had tight checking, big h...

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High School Baseball | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Herrit in the army now
JEFFERSON TWP — Jake Herrit has always been fascinated with the military. The Knoch junior baseball standout will soon be a part of it. Herrit verbally committed to the Army baseball program recently. He was offered a spot after standing out at a Prospect Camp last weekend at West Point. He...

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High School Basketball | February 18, 2017
PCS senior putting up gaudy numbers
PORTERSVILLE — Stephan Graham is a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to the Portersville Christian basketball record book. The 6-foot-3 senior guard-forward will leave the Warriors with the program’s career points, rebounds and steals marks secured deeply in his back pocket. “H...

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High School Basketball | February 18, 2017
Rockets defused in Erie
Nick Wherthy scored 15 points as the Slippery Rock boys basketball team hung with Strong Vincent for a half before falling 81-47 in the District 10 4A playoffs in Erie. The Rockets (5-18) trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter and 36-26 at the half, but Strong Vincent (20-3) roared out of th...

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High School Basketball | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Storybook ending spoiled by Wolves
CLARION — Moniteau had its storybook ending. North Clarion spoiled it. Senior point guard Alazia Greaves, who played sparingly all night while battling the flu, sank a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in the Keystone-Shortway Athletic Conference girls basketball championship game Friday night. ...

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High School Basketball | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
The first step
ROSS TWP — Nicole McCloud had already experienced the worst North Hills' gym has to offer. “Two years ago, I was a sophomore on a team that played here in the (first round of the) playoffs. We were the No. 2 seed and lost (52-34 to South Park). It was a bad shooting day for us.” ...

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High School Soccer | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Not the end
FREEPORT — When the final second ticked off the clock on the Freeport girls soccer season this fall, senior center-midfielder Olivia Gaspersic immediately felt a void. She had planned on not playing soccer beyond high school. That quickly changed. She craved more time on the soccer pitch. ...

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High School Wrestling | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Comeback underway for Rockets wrestling
SLIPPERY ROCK — Wrestling is alive and well in Slippery Rock. And getting better. The high school varsity team finished 7-7 in dual meets this season — a so-so record on the surface — but Slippery Rock had to forfeit five weight classes in every meet. The Rockets entered section...

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Jeff Knapp | February 18, 2017 Butler Eagle Online
Chase the rainbow trout in Buffalo Creek
Flowing through Butler and Armstrong counties, Buffalo Creek is an important trout fishing venue in west-central Pennsylvania. Located within the stocked section is a nearly four-mile-long Delayed Harvest, Artificial Lures Only project that is traditionally stocked in early March — weather and...

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John Enrietto | February 18, 2017
No. 100 is impressive for Clement and UConn
Let’s talk 100s. As in 100 wins in a row for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team and 100 career victories for Butler High School boys basketball coach Matt Clement. Both achievements are notable — for different reasons. The Huskies have turned into the most dom...

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Trivia | February 18, 2017
Trivia
Who is the only player to ever homer four times in a World Series twice? ...

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Scoreboard | February 18, 2017
Events
Boys Basketball WPIAL Class 3A playoffs Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic vs. Burrell, 1:30 p.m., at North Hills Girls Basketball WPIAL Class 4A playoffs Freeport vs. Elizabeth Forward, 3 p.m., at Fox Chapel Wrestling Grove City at section tournament, Sharon Swimming Seneca Valley at North Alle...

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