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Building a Life in Butler County

As 2022 enters the homestretch and we accelerate towards 2023, our newsroom looked at what it takes now to build a life here in Butler County. For our Progress edition of the newspaper, which publishes on Nov. 2, our team dove into a few of the many factors that contribute to how and why people choose to live here. We looked at and wrote stories about education, housing, government, recreation and business.  
Our journalism tells the stories of three families who chose Butler County as their home. We profiled families in Saxonburg, Cranberry Township and North Washington. We asked Mayor Bob Dandoy of Butler to share his thoughts on life in Butler. And we wrote about what it’s like to juggle the responsibilities of being a mayor and business owner in Harrisville.   
Other articles cover what it’s like to buy a house in this market, how school districts are adjusting to fluctuating populations and how municipal governments are working to improve recreation and more within their borders.
Business
If you don’t keep up you’ll fall behind. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, the health care and soc...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Those who have a hankering to grab their wallet and hit the stores or restaurants in Butler County will be pleased to discover a wide variety of opportunities, especially...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Jim Cunningham, director of development for the Jean B. Purvis Community Health Center, greeted a man in early 2020 who arrived at his clinic in dire condition. “All his ...
November 02, 2022 Progress
In the frenzy of modern life, it is easy to forget that no one has to face it alone. And nowhere is that creed more acknowledged than at social services agency Lifesteps....
November 02, 2022 Community
Kayla Fleming opened Totalus this summer in the heart of downtown Butler. The shop at 132 E Jefferson St. sells Boba tea, pizza rolls and more. Our vision of To...
November 02, 2022 Progress
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Education
A student walking the halls of school buildings at Butler Area School District this year might notice it’s a little more crowded than usual. The district has approximatel...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Public schools in the community aren’t the only options for families in Butler County.The area has 12 private schools that serve students in pre-kindergarten through eig...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
CHICORA — Title 1 reading teacher Christine Spencer likes to compare her job to that of a doctor. “We diagnose any issues that the kiddos are having with learning to read...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Our schools are your schools. Education can be a powerfully transformative resource in a child’s life. It is most impactful when all involved have a shared sense of purpo...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
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Government
It may be a park, a junk ordinance or top notch snow removal, but all municipalities in Butler County try to provide the things residents want and need. In Adams Township...
November 04, 2022 Progress
Gary Hughes has always had the scoop on Harrisville borough. That’s how he got elected as mayor nine years ago, by scooping ice cream and listening to residents’ problems...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Even though my time as mayor of the City of Butler has been relatively short, I have been asked again and again WHY I took on this role? Why am I so committed to our city...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
It may be a park, a junk ordinance or top notch snow removal, but all municipalities in Butler County try to provide the things residents want and need. In Adams Township...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
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Housing
According to Data USA, in 2020, the median age of the nearly 188,000 people living in Butler County was 43.4 years, with the median age getting older each passing year. ...
November 11, 2022 Progress
Jessica and Ben Brewster moved to Saxonburg in 2018 to provide a simpler life for themselves and their daughter, Ella, 12, and they haven’t regretted the decision for a s...
November 04, 2022 Progress
Butler County’s net population growth of 510 people from April 2020 to July 2021 was one of the largest percentage-wise and one of only two counties to experience growth ...
November 02, 2022 Progress
According to Data USA, in 2020, the median age of the nearly 188,000 people living in Butler County was 43.4 years, with the median age getting older each passing year. ...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
What is it about Butler? When I was asked to prepare this column about why folks make Butler their home when they have any number of options in southwestern Pennsylvania,...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
When Joe Taddy and his family moved to Cranberry Township seven years ago, the move was somewhat of a homecoming. Taddy had previously lived in the township around 10 yea...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
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Recreation
Plans are moving forward for the Butler Cultural District. The area bordered by East Jefferson, North Main, Howard, North McKean and Franklin streets, launched earlier th...
November 02, 2022 Progress
For nearly 75 years the Butler County Symphony Orchestra has served the local community with a professional level of musical excellence and accomplishment. Having the But...
November 02, 2022 Progress
The state parks in Butler County got a few face-lifts in 2022. Members of the Little Beaver Historical Society have been working on the historic gristmill at McConnells M...
November 02, 2022 Progress
CENTER TWP — For 46 years, the Butler County Soccer Association has been open to children looking to learn about and compete in the sport. Having grown during that time, ...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Butler County has events abound
November 02, 2022 Progress
For more than 50 years, Moraine State Park has conserved land and water in this area while offering a natural space for local communities and beyond to recreate, relax an...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Longtime Butler wrestling coach starts fitness program with that in mind
November 02, 2022 Progress
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Business Spotlight
Grove City College’s new master’s degree in Accounting program is designed to give working professionals and career-minded students the knowledge and skills to expand the...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Though the physical landscape of Cranberry Township has changed over the last three decades, the fabric of the community remains the same: Cranberry is a community that p...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Q: Is your office going to provide an over-the-counter hearing device? A: Yes we will be offering an over-the-counter device to patients. It is interesting to me tha...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Why Remo’s for all your Catering needs? Remo’s Catering of North Pittsburgh has been serving up quality dishes for every occasion like elegant weddings, barn weddings, co...
November 02, 2022 Progress
As a counselor who is both certified in standard counseling techniques and 21st century PTSD therapy, Dr. Cynthia L. Marshall sees her clients in her office located at Ho...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Myers Law Group PLLC was established in 2007 when Jeffrey Myers started his own practice in the suburbs of the North Hills. Over the last 16 years the firm has grown to i...
November 02, 2022 Progress
At the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (simply known as PA Cyber), we are proud to offer students in grades K-12 an alternative to traditional education. Families look ...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
Robert Stephens Custom Jewelers, located on Main Street in Butler, is owned and operated by a sole proprietor — Stephen Goslaw. Goslaw began his career as an apprentice g...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Dr. Stuart Surkosky is the director of Care Chiropractic Center in Butler. “Upon my graduation in 1993 from Palmer College of Chiropractic, I committed my professional li...
November 02, 2022 Progress
“Member owned, member appreciated, that’s our motto,” Allegent FCU CEO, Angelo Lucatorto, said. Back in 1935, Allegent was established with $70 and 10 members. The origi...
November 02, 2022 Progress
Did you know you have the power to save lives by donating blood? Nonprofit blood provider Vitalant provides blood to most hospitals in western Pennsylvania, including UPM...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
As the end of the year approaches, it’s only natural to reflect on accomplishments and look forward to the coming year and beyond. Tragic losses will never be forgotten, ...
November 02, 2022 Special Sections
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