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5/29/17

The Avonworth School District has the distinction of having the largest number of Modern Language Global Scholars in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School Board approved both the hiring of a nurse and a school reconfiguration.

At a brief meeting of the school board held Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 a.m., two motions were unanimously passed by two board members present in person, Beau Blauser and John Brandt, and four joining in on the phone: David Oberdick, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Carraway and Eric Templin.

Michelle Watkins was hired as an LPH nurse in the Primary Center/Elementary School, effective May 17, at an annual salary of $26,660 with benefits.

5/29/17

By Jack Reed

The Avonworth-Northgate track team headed off to the WPIAL championship meet on Thursday, May 18, to compete for WPIAL medals as well as for a chance to qualify for the state meets. There has been much anticipation in the local track community to see these special Avonworth-Northgate teams compete in the WPIAL championship and state qualifier meets.

First, in the boys’ 4 x 800 meter relay, Chase Rowsey, Jonas Jason, Kenny Azzarello and Jacob Noethiger ran a time of 8:25.56 to finish fourth in the WPIAL and qualify for a trip to state competition.

5/29/17

The Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association's All-State Festival, April 19-22, featured the best high school vocalists and musicians, with Avonworth sophomore Lukas Helsel being named the top trombonist in the state.

Studying and playing the instrument for the past seven years, Lukas, age 15, said that although he originally wanted to play the French horn, he decided on the trombone because, “I liked the fact that it had a slide and that it could make unique sounds.”

5/29/17

Bellevue Council has directed the borough’s solicitor to draft an amendment to Bellevue’s traffic ordinance that will turn North Avenue into a one-way street, at least for some people.

5/29/17

.Mary Kay Salkeld Mary Kay Salkeld, of Ben Avon, died Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of more than 40 years, Raymond C. Salkeld; her son, Daniel Salkeld; her sister, Eileen McGivern; and her brother, Thomas McDonald. In addition to Daniel, she was mother to Karen Simpson of McCandless, Michael Salkeld of Ben Avon; Kathy (Rick) Salkeld Euler of Franklin Park; David (Karen) Salkeld of Raleigh, NC; and Maureen (Jay) Redman of Davie, FL.

5/29/17

A business on Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on May 18.

Ohio Township Police responded to a disturbance/fight near the intersections of Church and Perrysville avenues on May 18.

While on patrol on May 20, officers found a suspicious vehicle parked on Huntington Avenue in Emsworth. After investigating, all was found to be okay.

A resident of Allegheny Avenue in Emsworth reported harassment on May 21,

On May 22, a resident of Laurel Oak Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.

A business located on Ben Avon Heights Road reported retail theft on May 23.

5/20/17

According to Bellevue Police, two people using a handgun attempted to rob an individual on Lincoln Avenue on May 12. The robbers were gone upon the arrival of the police.

A Sheridan Avenue residence was burglarized sometime between May 7 and May 10. Firearms, a firearm safe, jewelry, radios, tvs, vcrs, an XBox and shoes, all valued at more than $1,600, were taken.

A resident of North Howard Avenue reported vandalism on May 1. Multiple window screens had been damaged in a possible burglary attempt.

5/20/17

What started as a classroom discussion in Avonworth teachers Jason Smith's and Melissa DeSimone's co-taught eighth grade civics class turned into a memorable event involving all of the eighth grade, as well as students from other grade levels and several adults.

“We started working on the project in January after a class survey showed that over 75 percent of eighth grade students felt the country was 'too divided' right now,” Smith said. “Students were challenged to find a way to bring their community together and build citizenship skills by making a positive impact that unites people.”

5/20/17

Tuesday's primary election resolved some questions about who will be taking office locally next year, but also set the stage for a lot of general election contests. Overall, it was a bad election to appear on the ballot as an incumbent.

Bellevue

5/20/17

Daniel R. Condit Daniel R. Condit, 49, of Avalon, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was the son of the late William and Mary Condit; brother of William J. Condit and Sherri (Steven) Rectenwald; uncle of Kimberly D., Daniel J., Nathaniel, Grayson, and Aria Rectenwald; longtime, loving boyfriend of Clare Bukauskas-Kalmbach. Dan is also survived by countless friends that he loved like family and will be deeply missed. He was a loyal Pittsburgh sports fan and never missed an opportunity to attend a game. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

Lois H. Wineland

5/20/17

On May 3, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud.

A resident of Eicher Road in Kilbuck Township reported a disturbance on May 4.

On May 5, a resident of Willow Street in Emsworth reported harassment.

A resident of Huntington Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on May 6.

On May 6, a resident of Lowry Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

5/13/17

Incumbent Emsworth mayor Dee Quinn will have a challenger for the Democratic nomination in the primary election, as former council member Amy Sue Lillie also is running. Identical questionnaires were sent to each candidate, and their responses are printed here.

Education and work background Lillie: For 17 years I’ve been a Registered Nurse and I currently serve as the Post Acute Liaison at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Quinn: High school. Ran medical offices for 35 years.

Prior/current political involvement, offices , etc Lillie: Emsworth Council member 1999.

5/13/17

There are lots of Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for four four-year seats on the Ben Avon borough council. The candidates are: Megan Griffin Dolan, Henry Casale, incumbents Russell Kuehner and Richard White, along with David Stoeckle Jr. and Jennifer Bett.

Identical questionnaires were sent to each candidate. Richard White is the only candidate who did not respond. The others’ responses are printed here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Five candidates, all cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican ballots, are seeking each party’s nomination for four seats on the Avonworth School Board. Seeking nomination are incumbents Beau Blaser, Vicki Carlson and Patrick Stewart, along with newcomers Sandra Bolain and Renee Daniel-Simmons.

Neither Stewart nor Daniel-Simmons responded to a questionnaire e-mailed to each candidate by The Citizen. The responses of the other candidates are published here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Bellevue Council's plans to address several major infrastructure repair projects seem to be falling into place, with two major projects and a borough-wide street paving program on the horizon.

Borough engineer Ben Gilberti reported at Tuesday's pre-council meeting that bids for this year's paving program came in some $60,000 under the estimated cost. Council voted unanimously to award the contract for the work to A. Folino Construction, which submitted the low bid of $189,182.

5/13/17

The only primary contest for Bellevue Council will occur in the borough’s first ward, where former council member Jane Braunlich is seeking the party’s nomination along with newcomers Val Pennington and Jodi Hause. Voters will choose two.

A series of questions was e-mailed to all candidates. There responses are printed here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Five people are seeking both the Republican and Democratic nominations for four seats on the Northgate School Board. The candidates, all of whom have cross-filed and appear on both ballots in the primary, are incumbents Amy Joy Robinson and Jennifer McWilliams, and newcomers Christine King, John Gratner and Ryan McElravy.

McElravy is the only candidate who failed to respond to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by The Citizen. Their responses to the questions are printed here.

Education and work background

5/13/17

Jon J. Pollock Jon Jamison Pollock, Sr., 83, of Mechanicsburg passed away on May 5, 2017. He was born October 30, 1933 in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. Jon was preceded in death by his parents, Jamison and Alice (Stutsman) Pollock, his sister, Nancy Pollock Beuerman and his brother, Russell W. Pollock. Jon is survived by his wife, Donna, of 60 years, his son, Jon Jamison Pollock, Jr., his daughter, Allison (Pollock) Ott, his son-in-law, Hilary Ott, grandson, Ethan Ott, all of Mechanicsburg, PA and a granddaughter, Katie Ott, of Pittsburgh.

5/5/17

Three people are seeking the Democratic nomination for the mayor’s seat in Bellevue. Two of them are even running write-in campaigns on the Republican ballot. In the interests of transparency, candidate Tom Fodi has sought office twice as a Republican, and declared himself a Libertarian. Paul Cusick has always run for office as a Democrat, although he did switch his voter registration to Republican for a couple years. Emily Marburger is a lifelong Democrat who describes herself as a progressive.

5/5/17

What’s a good age for students to start becoming involved in community service, giving back, making a difference?

For Avonworth Primary Center teacher Maureen Frew, kindergarten through fourth grade is as good a time as any to start developing social awareness.

Frew said that the idea of helping out in their community was student-inspired, starting “…in 2016 when two first graders -- Julia Nardozzi and Amelia Lucas -- asked me if we could start a business of girls who could make items and sell them.”

5/5/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Residents of the Avonworth School District will not face a tax rate increase, based on the proposed final budget for the 2017-18 school year.

At the work session meeting, Monday, May 1, Brad Waters presented the 2017-18 Proposed Final Budget to the school board. For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate will remain at 18.67 mil. At that rate, a property owner is charged $18.67 for each $1,000 of assessed value.

The budget anticipates revenues of $30,176,000 and expenses of $31,362,000. Fund blance money would be used to make up the shortfall.

5/5/17

Colleen Connolly Rau Colleen Connolly Rau, 65, of Bainbridge, GA, died Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017. She was born July 13, 1951 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of John Lawrence Connolly and Doris L. Ogilvie Connolly. She was a member of V.F.W. Post 8681 Ladies Auxiliary in Spring Hill, FL and Colquitt Free Will Baptist Church. She loved cooking.

5/5/17

Joan Lucey Phillips Joan Lucey Phillips, 68, of Ohio Township, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017. She was the daughter of John and Joan Lucey; wife and best friend of David Phillips. Joan was retired from Pitt-DesMoines, Inc. where she was the payroll administrator. Her passions were family, reading, and gardening. She was one of a kind!