Flags fluttered, fireworks blasted, trumpets blared and at times tears flowed as Western Pennsylvania turned out to observe Memorial Day and honor its military men and women who served the nation in war and peace.
Patch brought you plenty of other stories as well from Around the Rivers over the past week. Among them:
Tortorea takes over from the Quakers' former head coach Bob Intyre, who resigned in April for personal reasons. He spent last season as an assistant coach under McIntyre.
While this is his first head coaching job, Tortorea previously was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Thiel College in Greenville, Mercer County. He's also coached at Reynolds High School in Mercer County and at Cornell and Carlynton high schools.
“It’s an absolute blessing to be working with these young kids," he said of his Quakers players. "They are great, great, great kids.”
After a 16-3 season, the Seneca Valley Raiders baseball team won its first WPIAL title since 1994 after defeating top-seeded Peters Township 15-4 in the Class AAAA championship game at Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA.
Good pitching by the Raiders' starting pitcher, junior Matt Smith, helped the team to win its first baseball title since moving up to Quad-A competition and second WPIAL title overall. The Raiders now head into the state PIAA playoffs, where they once again may face Peters Township.
“I’m so proud of this group because they’ve worked so hard,” Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega said. “And they made a pact. No excuses. No matter what the situation. So they’re a great team. I’m very excited for them.”
Officials with the Moon Golf Club asked the township Board of Supervisors to permit them to delay two $60,000 lease payments, saying an unusually rainy spring has cost the club nearly $100,000 in revenue this year.
Wet spring weather has forced club organizers to shutter the 18-hole course more than a dozen times this year and has left it short of funds, according to Ralph Canterbury, a member of the Moon Township Recreational Authority, which leases the course from the township. The payments were due in June and July.
Moon purchased the former Bon Air Golf Course on McCormick Road in 2005 and leased it to the recreational authority under a 50-year agreement. The authority makes three $60,000 payments annually to the township under the terms of its lease.
Supervisors approved the request, permitting the club to restructure its payment schedule after noting that otherwise it would be difficult for the club to operate for the rest of the season.
The 11-year-old who wowed the world last summer as she sang opera on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will perform on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Benedum Center Downtown as part of a festive weekend that begins with Pittsburgh Opera’s season-opening performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” on Oct. 15.
Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn said the company will present the 11-year-old singing sensation in concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.
“I am so excited to be singing with Pittsburgh Opera," said Evancho, who also will release a new CD, "Dream with Me" on June 14. Her signature performances of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “O Mio Babbino Caro,” “Nessun dorma” and other selections will headline the concert.
“It is quite unusual to hear a young girl with that level of warmth and roundness,” Hahn said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming a sold-out crowd, cheering for Jackie in her debut with us.”
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