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4/1/17

Prom night. It’s supposed to be one of the most memorable and most enjoyable events in any high school student’s social life.

4/1/17

Several residents concerned about the Salvation Army’s plans to build a new worship center in Bellevue once again addressed Bellevue Council at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

4/1/17

The championship season is over. The Northgate-Avonworth swim team’s undefeated record for the boys, one loss for the girls, is now in the books, as are the great showings at state competition in both individual and medley events.

Not in any books, though, are the memories of the athletes whose skills and dedication placed the team at the top of the win column for all of the sports teams from both schools so far this year.

3/27/17

You may need a scorecard to identify Avalon officials for a while, as a number of key appointments - and one resignation - were approved during Tuesday's regular Avalon Council meeting.

3/27/17

Several personnel items were approved by the Avonoworth School Board during the March 13 meeting.

The board accepted the resignation of Barbara Clark, substitute food service worker, retroactive to Feb. 27.

The board approved Katie Libbon as a fourth grade day-to-day elementary school substitute for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, at $140/day with no benefits, retroactive to Feb. 27.

3/27/17

Avonworth will stage its spring musical, ‘Beauty and the Beast” March 31 and April 1, 7, and 8 in the high school auditorium, with a 7:30 p.m.curtain time for all performances.

Deborah Frauenholz, in her 20th year as musical director, said that the stage production is similar to the film, but that the live performance “…has more depth. Also, it has additional numbers.”

Approximately 70 students, grades 7-12 are involved in the production which has special lighting and staging effects.

3/27/17

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reminded his colleagues at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough must deal with two different sewer mandates in the coming months, and will rely on Gateway Engineers for assistance.

One is renewing a storm water permit – the current five-year permit is nearing its end, and in September, Ben Avon will have to express its intent to apply for a new five-year one.

3/27/17

Emsworth Borough is declining to accept an ALCOSAN grant due to the large amount of money the borough would have to contribute.

Emsworth applied for a grant to cover most of the $227,289 cost of improvements to lessen the amount of storm water entering the sewage system. In the grant application, Emsworth had anticipated ALCOSAN would pay 85 percent of the project with the borough paying the 15 percent remainder of $34,093.

3/27/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The meeting room of the Kilbuck Township Municipal Building building was crowded with about 25 individuals comprising elected officials of both Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township and residents attending the March 22 meeting to discuss the procedures that would be involved in the possible joining of the two communities.

Several factors might ease a merger or consolidation. Both townships are in the Avonworth School District. Both use the Ohio Township Police department. Residents regularly drive through each other's communities.

3/27/17

At their Monday, March 13 meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved creating five new positions, one of which will be half-time.

New positions for the 2017-18 school year include: a sixth grade elementary teacher, a seventh grade math teacher, a half-time music teacher, a media center specialist, and an instructional technology specialist.

3/27/17

Northgate middle schoolers joined students from six area schools -- North Allegheny and Norwin high schools, Pittsburgh Sci-Tech, Obama Academy of International Studies, Environmental Charter School, and University of Pittsburgh’s Falk School -- for a Monday morning conversation with Gene Luen Yang, an award-winning graphic novelist and the 2016 Library of Congress National Ambassador for young people’s literature.

3/27/17

Earl F. Harold Earl F. Harold, 87, formerly of Bellevue, died Friday, March 17, 2017. He was the husband of the late Clare (Lowrie) Harold; beloved father of Catherine (Ed) Mancini, Martin (Michele)Harold, Joseph (Lisa) Harold, Thomas Harold and James (Charlene) Harold; brother of Bernard Harold and the late Harold Harold; grandfather of Kristan Fisher, Megan Spanos, Eddie Mancini, William and Allison Harold, Shauni Johns, Brandi Harold, Austin and Hunter Harold. Great grandfather of Madeline Fisher and Michael Spanos; also many nieces and nephews.

3/27/17

A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported two retail thefts: one on March 11 and a second on March 14.

On March 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A patron shopping at a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported criminal mischief to a vehicle on March 18.

3/27/17

A number of staff members from the Avonworth School District will be attending out-of-state events as a result of motions approved by the school board at the March 13 meeting.

Keera Dwulit and Gabrielle Swaney were to attend a DML 6 Playlists for Learning Workshop in Chicago March 20-22. This is part of the Digital Media & Learning grant awarded to Avonworth. They will present on digital badging and playlists for students, specifically associated with the Galleries Projects.

3/27/17

The story of a young orphan boy choosing to rise above his circumstances takes to the Northgate High School stage in the musical, “James and the Giant Peach” April 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., with a family and sensory-friendly show Thursday April 6. Activities and dinner for the Thursday show begin at 4:30 p.m., with a 6 p.m. curtain.

Karen Klicker, in her 14th year as musical director, said that the story has an all-ages appeal.

3/18/17

Eight years ago, when David and Lisa Wert of Ben Avon were in the process of adopting their son, Alek, they weren't sure how they were going to afford all of the expenses involved in that process.

“We were short on funds,” David recalls.

He and Lisa shared their concerns with a friend visiting for the weekend. A few days later, their friend called and said they didn't need to worry about any fund-raisers because he wanted to give them the remaining money as a gift.

3/18/17

On March 1, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief from a resident of an apartment in a building on California Avenue. The resident reported that upon returning from walking the dog, pry marks near her apartment’s door were found. The police observed the marks and said they had been able to walk directly into the apartment building, although the doors were supposed to be locked. They advised the tenant to notify the building manager concerning the unlocked entry doors.

3/18/17

A resident of Madison Avenue reported a burglary on March 4. Items were missing from the residence.

A resident of Grant Avenue reported terroristic threats on March 6.

On March 8, a resident of Lincoln Avenue reported a burglary.

On March 8, a burglary that occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5 was reported by a resident of North Fremont Avenue.

A resident of Hallett Place reported on March 11 that overnight a rock had been thrown through a car window.

On March 13, a resident of Teece avenue reported internet fraud.

3/18/17

Emsworth Borough has entered into a contract with Holy Family Institute concerning the crosswalk across Ohio River Boulevard.

3/18/17

Ruth L. Saunders Ruth Loretta Saunders, 80, of Kilbuck Township, died Saturday, March 11 at Holy Family Manor in Ross Township. Ruth was the youngest of four children, to the late Joseph W. and Bertha L. (DiNucci) Saunders and was raised in a loving family on the north side of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Norbert and Joseph, and her sister Mary. Ruth is survived by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

3/18/17

The Salvation Army has announced plans for construction of an $8 million worship and service center in Bellevue, hopefully opening in the fall of 2018 on property that currently houses the Lutheran Service Society (LSS) Center at 440 Lincoln Ave.

Once a Lutheran church, the current stone building has been owned by The Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania since 1996. It offers a meal site and programming directed at senior citizens.

3/18/17

Emergency service volunteers who reside in Emsworth will be able to take advantage of tax credits.

At the March 8 meeting, Emsworth Council unanimously passed Ordinance 997 authorizing local tax credits for residents who are active volunteers with volunteer fire companies or non-profit emergency medical services agencies.

According to borough solicitor Robert McTiernan, the Emsworth ordinance may very well be the first such ordinance passed in Pennsylvania since the state legislature authorized such tax credits last year.

3/11/17

Several streets in Kilbuck Township will be paved this summer as part of the township's 2017 paving project.

The supervisors voted to accept a bid of $110,750 from Russell-Standard Corp. The work, scheduled to be completed in May and June, will include Eicher Road, Hivue Lane, Plummer Avenue, Walnut Road, Ridge Avenue and Norwood Avenue.

3/11/17

Ohio and Kilbuck township once again will look at the possibility of consolidating the two adjacent municipalities.

Although explored in the past, the merger has never reached the point where Ohio Township was willing to take on the much smaller Kilbuck. With Kilbuck’s financial stabilization in recent years, new talks could produce a viable plan.