After enjoying over a decade of retirement from his job as a lab technician for H. H. Robinson Co., Herb Mcluckie of Emsworth returned to the work force four years ago to take up a new career that could only be described as being a labor of love.

Hard to think of serving as a crossing guard in such lofty terms, but just ask Herb and you'll get an answer that expresses his love for the people he greets and guards every morning and afternoon at the intersection of Oxford and New Brighton Road in Ben Avon Heights.


Residents throughout the North Boroughs took time to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who died in military service to this country, as Memorial Day services were held last Monday. Pictured here, Boy Scouts prepare to raise the American flag at Bellevue’s service in Bayne Park.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen


Both local schools had some strong ties to the Gene Kelly Awards presented at Benedum Center last Saturday evening.

For starters, on Thursday, each school hosted the famed performer's widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, who visited Avonworth in the morning and Northgate in the afternoon, speaking to audiences comprised mainly of cast and crew members of this year's musicals, "All Shook Up" at Northgate and "Oklahoma" at Avonworth.

In her presentations, Kelly recalled her life with her late husband and answered questions about the world of show business.


A plot of ground a little under one-third of an acre located at the eastern end of Bellevue may not qualify as urban gardening, but planted carefully, a garden that size will yield an abundance of produce for the North Hills Community Outreach [NHCO] food pantries.

It's not the first time that this mini-farm has been cultivated. Terrie Amelio, whose family gardened the Davis Avenue property many years ago, donated the land to NHCO, requesting that the land be used as an organic garden and that the produce support NHCO's food pantries in Bellevue and Hampton.


Vendors and organizations are invited to participate in the third annual Classic Car Cruise on Sunday, May 22, noon to 5 p.m., sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue and Classic Chevrolet.

Volunteers also are needed to assist with a variety of activities including set-up, registration, manning barriers, photography and clean-up.

For more information, visit the Web site at or e-mail


Anyone who grew up listening to the music of the Wee Jams probably calls one of the North Boroughs communities home.

It's been close to 50 years since the group formed, and as much as the world has changed, there have been a few constants, the sound of the band among them. The close harmony, the heavy bass, the soaring falsettos, the blue-eyed soul harkens to another era --pre-British music invasion, pre-heavy metal, pre-rap. Could it really survive nearly half a century?


"…God's first miracle was to turn water into wine…When the wine is gone and Twilight is upon us, it is time to thank God for all He has given us. And we have chosen to recycle God's gift back into light…"

This message on the front page of Cindy Rezabeck's Web site for the product that she creates in her Ohio Township home has a prayer-like tone to it, almost Biblical, in fact.

"I was thinking of a catchy hook. I'm religious, but I wouldn't say that I'm over-zealous," Cindy said.


In an era when blaring guitars, pounding drums and bizarre videos rule the musical worlds of teen audiences, many people would have been surprised to find well over 100 Avonworth middle and high school students seated on a stage floor, spellbound at the playing of two young ladies who expanded their listeners’ cultural tastes to appreciate the sounds of a harp.


North Hills Community Outreach has 69 openings available for low-income individuals who wish to participate in the soon to be ending Family Savings Accounts program.

Through this program, savers receive the dollar-for -dollar match on their savings, up to $2,000 for a specific goal such as a car purchase, home repair or purchase, small business asset or post-secondary education. The matching funds are provided by the Pennsylvania Depart-ment of Community and Economic Development.


Several members of the Three Rivers Rowing Association grouped up last weekend to row a distance that, if they would have been on water, would have taken them from Pittsburgh to Columbus, OH.

The young athletes weren't training for an upcoming competition. And they weren't showing off their skills for passersby at Ross Park Mall, where they had set up 10 ergometers, machines that simulate distances and intensity of rowing.


Walls have often been the objects of symbolic significance.

In his poem, "Mending Wall," Robert Frost wrote, "…something there is about a wall that wants it down…"

Then there's Pink Floyd's wall and President Reagan's end-of-the-Cold War-cry, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

And so on.


On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the 10 o'clock breakfast crowd at Totin's Diner on Perry Highway in Wexford extends out the door, hungry Christmas shoppers waiting for available seating.


Most people who know Sean Adams think he's a fairly down-to-earth guy.

His Emsworth office is as basic as an office can be: folding tables, folding chairs, a few laptops. No fancy eating habits, either. The mini-fridge is stocked with soft drinks and the microwave stands ready to heat up cans of Dinty Moore beef stew stacked five high on top.


"Believe it or not, but this is going to be finished by the end of next week."

Jerry Santucci applies finishing touches to the drywall work he's wrapping up in the area behind the bar of the new dining room scheduled to open as a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Ohio River Boulevard restaurant, Café Notte.

The grand opening of the room, scheduled for Nov. 26, marks the latest phase in the development of Santucci Plaza and will feature entertainment by two Pittsburgh legends, saxophonist Kenny Blake and drummer Roger Humphries.


Anyone reading a printed copy of this article -- paper with words and photographs on it -- is a dinosaur.

If you are reading it on-line at, you have at least advanced to the Bronze Age.

But since "The Citizen" has no app, that's as far as you're going to go. You are lost in the past, consigned to the dust bins of knowledge, denied up-to-the-nanosecond access to news as it is occurring from the North Boroughs to the northern steppes of Central Asia.


In 1967, S. E. Hinton published "The Outsiders," a novel set in Tulsa, OK, where two classes of teens, the poor kids, known as the Greasers, and the Socs, a reference to the socially elite, constantly butt heads.

Drop back to Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and you find the Montagues and the Capulets, who eventually became the Sharks and the Jets in "West Side Story."

And today, every school has its jocks and its preps and its Goths, among others.


Newspaper reports described streets clogged with fans trying to catch a glimpse of the singer as she approached the theater where she was scheduled to perform. The venue was “Standing Room Only” long before her arrival, with tickets selling for the equivalence in today’s money of nearly $200. Thousands unable to get tickets gathered beneath the windows of her dressing room, hoping to hear the distant sound of her voice.


Students at Avonworth High School have formed one of the newest chapters of America's oldest and largest service program for high school students, Key Club International. The student-led organization works toward the goal of teaching leadership through serving others.

Learning of the club through a close friend who attends North Allegheny High School, where the club has been offered as an extracurricular activity, sophomore Alexa Valenta led the effort to establish an Avonworth chapter that will be chartered by Allegheny North Kiwanis.


Hip-hop: Most people either hate or love the genre of music linked to bands such as Notorious B.I.G, Naz, Public Enemy, Lil Wayne.

And for most people over 40, it's probably more the former -- hate -- than the latter, with little chance that anything might change their minds.

Really, now. CD jackets with "Parental Advisory" prominently displayed, lyrics sometimes built around violence, drugs, life in the 'hood.

Not exactly North Boroughs fare.


The Community Theatre Players will stage the Orson Welles classic radio drama, "The War of the Worlds," at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, Church Avenue.


Leaf collection will begin in late October in Ben Avon.

Residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

Once a street has been collected for the last time, residents are asked not to place any additional leaves at the curb. Leaves can be bagged for disposal during weekly refuse collection.


After the mother of one of Susan Matthews’ closest friends passed away, the victim of breast cancer, she knew that she could not simply offer her condolences and go back to life and business as usual.

And it was her business, Matthews Arts on North Balph Avenue in Bellevue, that provided the perfect opportunity for a fund-raising project to support research that hopefully will lead to a cure for this disease.


Eric Lawry relaxes in a coffee shop and flips through a magazine of lists.

A list of the world's best beaches. A list of the world's tallest buildings

Not included in this magazine are two categories that he'd like to add: The most popular blues and rock music festivals of the past year, and the most popular bands appearing at them.

Because if such lists were compiled, Eric would be associated with both.


A celebration tomorrow on Lincoln Avenue will go far beyond simply marking the 65th anniversary of Bellevue’s oldest family business.

It also will commemorate an “American-as-apple-pie” recipe for success, as baked up by Lincoln Bakery owner Joe Porco, who purchased the business from his father-in-law, Andy Slezak, in 1990.

The recipe that has worked so well for him throughout the decades? Lots of hard work, quality service and products, dedicated employees and loyal customers.

Lincoln had already been established for 10 years when Slezak purchased it in 1945.