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Community-based and independently-produced Maker Faires are happening all over the globe -- from India to Egypt to Greece -- and this weekend, in Pittsburgh, where students from both Northgate and Avonworth school districts will have the opportunity to display some of their recently-learned skills by demonstrating products of their own making.

Maker Faires were created by the publisher of "Make Magazine." They are gatherings of artists, inventors, designer, tinkerers, and do-it-yourselfers, all who exhibit, share and "make" or create things.


Oct. 2, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


Oct. 2, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen



By now, any of you not living under a rock know that The Pitttsburgh Steelers have hired dog fighting poster child Michael Vick, and you more than likely have formed an opinion on that. In an area as crazy about dogs as it is about football, the hiring was bound to result in some epic battle lines being drawn. I do believe the Steelers grossly underestimated the fallout from this decision.

But I am not here to rehash the many, many stories published by the media or the vicious battles being waged on social media. I am here to tell you about Phoenix.


Avonworth's Erin Welsh (in white) takes on the Bishop Canevin left back to win a loose ball in front of the Canevin goal in a hard-fought soccer match that saw Avonworth come through the 2-1 winner in overtime play last Monday. With the victory, the team advanced to an 8-4-1 record in Section 3(A) competition.


Wed, 2015-11-11 - Fri, 2015-12-11

North Hills Community Outreach is accepting new toys, games, sporting equipment, sports apparel and gift cards for children ages birth through 18, from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11. Earlier donations are encouraged.
Gifts appropriate for teens are especially needed.
Donations can be dropped off at NHCO, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m-4 p.m., and at the food pantry behind the building, 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.
For more information, contact Vicki at or (412)487-6316, opt. 1.

Sat, 2015-10-03

The Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company will hold a “Fall Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2-9 p.m. The event will be held on Bayne Avenue at Hawley Avenue.

Featured events include a bounce house and other activities for kids, craft vendors, raffles including a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction, food and drinks, a D.J. and more.

Proceeds support the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company.