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Here is Pittsburgh Opera Festival’s 2022 Summer Season

The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has unveiled its 2022 summer festival season. This year’s festival represents a return to in-person performances for the organization, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. “After two and a half years of a pandemic, I am excited to present our summer festival in person,”...
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In brief: News from Blawnox, Fox Chapel and Sharpsburg

The Best of Blawnox is hosting its first annual Spring Art Fling from noon to 3 p.m. on June 4. Meander down the Blawnox business district on Freeport Road and experience various forms of art, music, food trucks and more. There will be demonstrations, exhibits and workshops for children. Visit...

Small plane crashes in Elizabeth Township

A pilot is in critical condition at a local hospital after crashing a two-seat Cessna airplane in a wooded area of Elizabeth Township Friday evening. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Saturday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

Teacher's pet at Fox Chapel Area schools, sort of

It all started with a Border Collie named Amber. Amber relentlessly barked at Fox Chapel School District Police Officer Dennis Lynch every morning during O’Hara Elementary School’s student drop-off time during the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, Lynch decided to make a friend. He gave her a treat every...

As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

HOUSTON — (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. Flags flew at half-staff. A sporting goods chain suspended sales of similar weapons. And longtime gun-rights supporters from both parties in Congress said they were willing to consider new legislation. The issue was complex, then-President Barack Obama said, but everyone was obligated to try.

Charleroi seniors return to elementary school

A new tradition began Friday in the Charleroi Area School District, and it provided some unforgettable moments for the Class of 2022. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Saturday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

Chromulak’s experiences in Vietnam featured in new book

Retired veteran S. Ron Chromulak of Monessen has kept meticulous records about his career serving in the U.S. military and in the years since. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Saturday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

Bernadine Helen Shaffer Kovacs Swiech – Elizabeth Township

Bernadine Helen Shaffer Kovacs Swiech, 66, of Elizabeth Township, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 26, 2022. She was born Jan. 13, 1956, in McKeesport, and was the daughter of Julia Glagola Shaffer of Elizabeth Township and the late Harry William Shaffer. She was a member of Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, McKeesport. She grew up in Crawford Village and later in life became the first female trustee for the Edwin R. Crawford Foundation. She was a legal secretary for 37 years for the late George F. Young and then became an account manager for Alpine Packaging for nine years. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of seven years, Vincent L. Swiech Jr.; daughters, Traci M. Hrehor of Elizabeth Township and Sheri A. (Glen W.) Yammarino of Frederick, Md.; and grandsons, Evan E. Hrehor and Isaac J. Hrehor of Elizabeth Township. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harry “Babe” Shaffer. Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at GILBERT FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 6028 Smithfield St., Boston, Elizabeth Township, 412-751-5000, Drew J. Gilbert, director. Panachida service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2022. The Rev. Dimitri Ermakov will be officiating. Interment will follow at McKeesport Versailles Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite McKeesport charity. Condolences may be made at

Margaret A. Parry Carr – Monongahela

Margaret A. Parry Carr, 56, of Monongahela, Carroll Township, passed away on May 26, 2022, at Jefferson Hospital. Born Dec. 26, 1965, in Elrama, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Judith Mardis Parry. Margaret was a 1983 graduate of Ringgold High School and worked for many years at Tri-Community Ambulance in Monongahela and Washington County 911 as a dispatcher. She then worked for Dr. Anthony Kirby in Bentleyville in the billing office. A member of the Christian Center in Belle Vernon, Margaret enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren and taking them shopping. She is survived by two sons, Bryan (Lindsay) Carr of Herminie, and Michael H. Carr (Katie Gogarty) of Fallowfield Township; one daughter and son-in-law, Sara A. and James Dumire of Belle Vernon; nine grandchildren, Tyler Bell, Marissa Clark, Natalee Lowther, Ryleigh, Payton, Makenna and Juliana Carr, Sophia Stonick and Emmett Dumire; and numerous cousins, especially Cory and Debie Behanna of Monongahela. At Margaret’s request there will be no services at this time and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. MARSHALL MARRA FUNERAL HOME, 216 Chess St., Monongahela, 724-258-6767, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences can be made online at
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Toddler waiting for heart transplant inspires charity event

While his grandson waits for a new heart, Tom Franzak will put on a charity concert to benefit other children in need of organ transplants. Franzak, of Bethel Park, is the director of music ministries for St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township. The concert is in honor of his 2-year-old grandson, Jude Sedor-Franzak, who has been at the Cleveland Clinic for several weeks.

Formerly endangered falcons calling Tarentum Bridge, U.S. Steel Clairton Works home

Youngsters of the formerly endangered peregrine falcon are popping up at usual places like the Tarentum Bridge and an unexpected location — the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works. The peregrine falcon was removed from Pennsylvania’s endangered and threatened species list last year. In the 1970s, exposure to pesticides, especially...

Padres beat Pirates 4-3

The Padres came from behind to beat the Pirates 4-3 on Friday night. The Padres fell behind early, as Bryan Reynolds hit a solo homer in the 1st inning and Pittsburgh added on 2 more runs in the 4th.