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Many of the local firefighters today are much too young to remember that early morning on Aug. 31, 1981, when the unthinkable happened.

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs had converged on Union Avenue in Avalon to fight a ferocious residential fire. Avalon volunteer firefighter William E. “Pete” Moss was one of them. Moss stood beside the Avalon snorkel truck, one foot on the running board, the other on the ground, when the top of the truck hit a live electrical line. Moss was electrocuted and died in the line of duty.


A number of motions pertaining to personnel were unanimously passed by the Avonworth School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11 meeting.

The resignation of Michelle Watkins, elementary school health campus aide, retroactive active to Aug. 15.

Hocelyn Puskar as the health aid (LPN) at the elementary school campus, effective Sept. 22, at an annual salary of $35,000.

Jamie Shaulis and Angela McDowell as part time food service workers retroactive to Aug. 22.

Linda Williams as elementary school cafeteria lead, at 6.25 hours/day, retroactive to Aug. 22.


Some long-awaited construction projects are about to get underway in Bellevue.

Engineer Ben Gilberti told Bellevue Council at its pre-council session on Tuesdaythat work will begin next week on the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall. The collapse of the wall closed a major artery into Bellevue for several years until funding for the project was available.


The commemoration of Bellevue’s sesquicentennial may stretch far and wide, as council approved a motion by council member Tom Hrynda to donate leftover t-shirts to an organization providing disaster relief in Texas and Florida.

The borough also will donate several boxes of t-shirts purchased years ago for an event canceled due to bad weather.



I hope you all took advantage of summer and vacations and all the good things that come with the warmer weather. In what seems to be turning into an extremely annoying summer tradition, I spent a portion of my summer in the emergency room, followed by way too much time in doctors’ offices. Fortunately this year’s catastrophe was only a broken wrist, which appears to be well on its way to healing.


Bellevue Borough wrapped up its months-long celebration of the founding of the borough on Sept. 7, 1867, with an old-fashioned community gathering last Saturday. Formal proclamations honoring the sesquicentennial were presented by representatives of local, county, state and federal governments.Pictured here, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl delivers the state houseproclamation. Behind him are Avalon Mayor Brigitte Jackson, state Sen.


Sat, 2017-09-30

"Dumpster Day" for Avalon and Bellevue residents will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 AM - NOON In the swimming pool parking lot at 708 New Brighton Rd.

Proof of residency required. Limited to 2 vehicle trips.

No contractors. Non-residents: $20/load

NO: Tires, car batteries, varnish, paint or appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or water coolers.

No bagged household garbage that is normally picked up by your regular hauler.

Fri, 2017-09-15 - Sun, 2017-11-05

The Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company will host a Holiday Craft and Vendor Show, Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Knights of Columbus on Lincoln Avenue.

Spaces are available for $25-$35.

For more information on becoming a vendor, pick up an application at the fire station or contact Jenn Slavicek,