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.


“Open Your Heart to a Senior” is awarding four mini-grants of $500 each to groups that implement volunteer recruitment and outreach projects that help older adults.


Broadway arrives in the North Boroughs this week, with the staging of two standards of American musical theater at local high schools.

Northgate students will take audiences back to the era of Elvis and the earliest days of rock 'n roll with its production of "Bye Bye Birdie," while Avonworth students will drop back a few years more, to the Roaring ‘20s, with its presentation of "Mame."


Avonworth sophomore Holly Hunt turned in books and wrapped up the school year a bit earlier than her classmates, traveling last Friday to Niigata, Japan where she will spend 11 months as an exchange student in the American Field Service program.

"My mom was an AFS student when she was in high school, spending time in Colombia, so she helped me with the application process," Holly said.

During her 11-month stay, Holly will live with a host family and attend school, which, she said, differs from American scheduling.


Emsworth resident Richard "R. J." Hufnagel admits that having his head shaved for charity does not entail that much of a sacrifice.

"Really, there isn't that much there," he said, running a hand through some of the thicker areas remaining on sides and back, all of it scheduled for removal this Saturday, March 13, as part of a fund-raiser for childhood cancer research.

"A friend's daughter died of cancer a few years ago and she got people together to do this. That's how I got involved."


The Pennsylvania Middle School Association has honored Avonworth Middle School principal Tom Ralston with the Administrator's Award, an honor that recognizes his achievements in promoting middle school education and encouraging professional development.

Now in his fifth year as an Avonworth principal, Ralston has earned high marks from his students, as well as from PMSA, with three eighth graders expressing their views.

"Mr. Ralston is the most amazing and understanding principal in the state," said Natalie Malloy.


North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) and Community Auto have formally merged in order to operate more efficiently.

NHCO is a 23-year-old interfaith organization addressing the needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty. Programs include two food pantries, utility assistance, emergency financial help and volunteer care-giving for older adults.

Community Auto was founded in 2003 as a volunteer-run program to accept donated vehicles, have them repaired and sell them at reasonable prices to low-income people.


For the second consecutive year, North Hills Community Outreach is partnering with Christ Lutheran Church in Millvale to provide minor home repairs to qualified seniors and adults with physical disabilities.

Applications are now being accepted for repair projects that will be completed by supervised groups of youth between June 28 and July 2.

Senior citizens or adults with physical disabilities who wish to be considered for home repairs should:

Own and reside in a home in northern Allegheny County, outside of the city limits.


Avalon residents were thrilled to find their Citizen delivery uninterrupted during the recent blizzard, thanks to carrier Jesron Hall, something neither of the daily papers could do.


In an effort to promote cultural diversity and a global perspective within the community, Avonworth High School will hold its second annual multicultural dinner festival on Feb. 6, starting at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The opening attraction of the evening -- food -- will feature cuisine prepared by parents, teachers and students, as well as by restaurants.


Avonworth and Northgate students joined millions of Americans in holding fund-raisers for Haitian earthquake relief, with some activities beginning last week and others extending throughout the rest of the month.


A local Navy veteran has been honored in Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh.

Petty Officer First Class Matthew Koll, a graduate of Northgate High School, won Recruiter in Charge [RINC] of the Year honors at Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh's annual awards banquet in Niagara Falls.


Christmas dinner came to Bellevue a little early for Kim Roney and her sons.

And Santa came almost two weeks ahead of schedule, with presents exchanged on Dec. 13.

But the family was not rushing the season. They were just fitting everything in before Josh, 24, and Mark, 22 had to report back to their ships, Josh to the USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan, and Mark to the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, VA.

The family last spent time together in August, 2008, just before Josh deployed to Japan.


An Ohio Township man has been named as the North American representative to an international council focused on Carpatho-Rusyn culture.

John J. Righetti was elected to the North American seat of the World Council of Rusyns, the coordinating body for Carpatho-Rusyn cultural activity internationally.

He was elected at the 10th World Congress of Rusyns held in Ruski Kerestur, Serbia, in June.


Northgate’s James Brahm Chapter of the National Honor Society is collecting new and gently used formalwear.

Gowns, wraps, jewelry, purses, shoes and other accessories will be collected until March 1. The students then will hold a sale, with all proceeds benefiting “His Place” in Pittsburgh. Any unsold items will be donated to a local charity.

Gowns should be dry-cleaned.

Items can be dropped off at Northgate High School, 589 Union Ave.


While politicians and television personalities dither about what to do to protect the environment and some argue if global warming even exists, two Avonworth High School students have taken on a pro-ject that addresses the perils of the planet, with special emphasis on the plight of polar bears.


Avalon Library is offering "Letters from Santa Claus." Parents can have a personalized letter sent from Santa to their children.


Tim Hartman laughs at any suggestion that his family name is taking on the fame of the legendary Barrymores.


Something about the North Boroughs inspires holiday decorations. Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, of course, and for some residents, what has become the favorite outlet of their creativity: Halloween.

While almost every area street sports its share of monster inflatables, witches, goblins and lights, Jeff and Mary Marous, who have lived in Avalon for the past eight years, have pumped the art of Halloween decoration to a new level -- sort of an interactive "happening."


People who need a little structure and encouragement in their efforts to get healthy may find success in the new community wellness program sponsored by Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus.

The “20 Week Challenge” that begins Monday, Oct. 12, will promote healthier choices related to diet, exercise and relaxation.


An Emsworth man was named "Volunteer of the Month" for September by the American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter.

Dan Lenz volunteers as a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT), which responds to house fires, flooding and other emergencies, helping victims find food, shelter and other necessities. A volunteer for the past four and a half years, Lenz also trains new DAT members and works as part of the the group's public affairs team.