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.


It was an emotional moment for Jennie-Lynn Knox as she held the wheel of LST 325, a Navy ship that paused in the Emsworth Locks on Wednesday morning on its way to docking on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

“I can’t believe that this is where he would have stood,” she said softly, looking straight out at the water just as her father, James W. Knox of Emsworth, must have done for countless hours during his service aboard LST 491.


Almost every girl has that ballerina dream. The lights, the tights, the music, the Prince Char-ming.

But then come the practice -- hours of practice -- along with ankle sprains and instructors' demands and so often that dream becomes a memory, along with Barbies and other childhood interests.

Amy Herchenroether, the daughter of Wendy and Dan Herchenroether of Ben Avon, probably experienced all of those stages in her dance training, but since starting "…about when I was 3," her love of dance has grown with her skills, and at age 17, the dedication is beginning to pay off.


“When we were doing our exterior facelift around four years ago,” Rev. Catherine Purves, minister of Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, recalled, “people kept asking if we were going to sandblast the stone too.” “No way,” she told them. “We earned that good Pittsburgh soot.” The blackened old church on Lincoln Avenue next to Bellevue Elementary has been a neighborhood institution for 109 years.


While the thermometer nudged its way toward the 90 degree mark on a recent Sunday, a gathering of friends and residents of Metowers in Avalon sang along to the strains of "Winter Wonderland" and "White Christmas" while dining on a sumptuous buffet luncheon, playing games and enjoying a nip or two, all as a way of celebrating Christmas in July, an indoor picnic held in Avalon.

Sally Adams, a Metowers resident, explained how this early version of the "season to be jolly" came about.


Cindy Bujalski found an unexpected benefit to working part-time in the Avalon tax office.

“I started hearing all these stories, the history of Avalon, things I didn’t know about the borough,” she said.

She found the tales of streetcars and stores long gone from Avalon’s landscape to be fascinating and wanted to learn more, but it seemed the history of the borough was more anecdotal than anything else, stories passed down from parents and grandparents but never recorded for future generations.


Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) has begun to enroll young children and pregnant mothers in its new Early Head Start program for low-income families.

Early Head Start is a free childhood development program for infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families. Staff work with families to promote a child's health/development and assist pregnant women in accessing prenatal and postpartum care.

Families from Bellevue, Avalon, West View and Ross Township can participate.


A local man graduated from boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia on June 25.

Ron Heinold of Bellevue currently is stationed in Germany with the Army Infantry. He is the son of Karen Heinold of Bellevue, and a 2008 graduate of Northgate High School.


Buying and selling a home are two of the most important decisions many people will make. When it comes time to make that decision, you want the help of a realtor who knows the business, knows the market, knows the neighborhood.

That's where Arrow Real Estate comes in.

The office at 201 Center Ave. in Emsworth may be new, but the people inside are anything but new to the real estate business, or to the community.


Locker clean-out.

It's part of students' end-of-year rituals. Sort of the ultimate "No more pencils, no more books…" chant that dates back decades as a year's worth of notebooks, folders, pens and pencils often get a quick pitch into one of the many trash containers stationed throughout school hallways.


Named for the legendary Pittsburgh performer, Gene Kelly, the Kelly Awards brings a taste of Broadway’s Tony Awards to the city as they celebrate the best performances and achievements in high school musical productions for the current school year.

Last Saturday’s 20th annual ceremony highlighted the talents of hundreds of actors, actresses and production workers as “the best of the best” gathered at the Benedum Theater to offer samples of individual and full-cast production numbers.


"Great Saves" don't happen only on the baseball diamond. They happen every day throughout the Pittsburgh region as EMS professionals and other first response teams save lives by delivering prompt, expert care.

West Penn Allegheny Health System and the Pittsburgh Pirates are teaming up this baseball season to salute local first responders at Pirates games and reunite them with the patients they helped save.


Day camps sponsored by Bayne Library in Bellevue will be held at the park this summer.

Each week will feature a different theme. Camp for kids 5-8 years will be held June 14-18, June 28 - July 2 and July 12-16. For 9-12-year-olds, camp will be held June 21-25, July 19-23 and July 26-30.

Registration fees are $10 per child, $15 for two siblings, and $25 for three siblings per week.

For more information, stop by the library, call (412)766-7447 or e-mail


Marie Elder of Bellevue belongs to a strongly patriotic organization that has a clock ticking against its existence.

That's because all of its members are over the age of 80, and recruitment of new ones simply isn't a possibility.

But that dire prospect does not diminish the personal connection with history that Marie feels when she slips into her Rosie the Riveter tee-shirt and begins to reminisce about the era that produced what many believe to be the greatest generation in American history.


Many people who attend next Monday’s Memorial Day service in Bellevue’s Bayne Park will walk along a pathway shaded by beautiful trees.

Some may even notice the markers placed in front of each of the trees.

It’s likely that few will realize the history and significance of that walkway.

On May 29, 1920, the Bellevue community gathered to plant 12 Pin Oak trees, one for each of the town residents who died in World War I -- 11 soldiers and one nurse.


A variety of day camps for children will be held at the Ohio Township Community Park on Nicholson Road this summer.

Among the camp themes are: how to draw, survival/nature, games, teen weight loss, Carnegie Science Center Insect Investigators, CSI: Pittsburgh, herb garden/nature, bugs, “learn to make stuff,” sock puppets, photography/modeling, “BFF”s, garden art and “Abrakadoodle Beach Party.”

The camps will be held during June and July.

For information on the camps, visit the Web site at


When Andy Lang began thinking about joining the service, he couldn't decide among the Air Force, the Army or the Navy. Family lineage solved the problem for him.

After all, his grandfather Chuck Lang served in the Navy with a construction battalion in World War II, detonating coral on Tinian, a South Pacific island where airstrips were built. Airstrips from which planes flew bombing missions that dropped the atom bombs on Japan.

And his father, Chuck, stationed on a communications relay ship in the Tonkin Gulf, served as a machinist in the Navy during Vietnam.