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9/17/17

Bellevue is about to receive nearly $200,00 from a combination of grants that will continue the renovation of the Bayne Park playground.

According to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, the borough has been awarded a $115,000 DCNR grant, a $60,000 CDBG grant, and expects abnother $15,000 Kaboom grant next month.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley said that five new pieces of playground equipment will be purchased with the funds.

9/17/17

The planned large group instruction / STEM room project at the Avonworth high school/middle school received financial approval at Monday night’s school board meeting.

The contract for general construction was awarded to Arcon Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $816,000.

The contract for HVAC construction was awarded to R&B Mechanical, in the amount of $75,700.

The contract for plumbing construction was awarded to Shipley Brothers Construction, in the amount of $108,000.

9/17/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to face the top ranked team in the 2A classification, the Avonworth Antelopes football team had their work cut out for themselves when they hosted Steel Valley last Friday.

The Ironmen, coming in as the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, looked every bit the part as they cruised to a 35-7 win over the Antelopes.

"They're a very good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

The mercy rule came into play in the contest, as it did for all of Steel Valley's game's last season until Avonworth got on the board late in the fourth quarter.

9/3/17

On Aug. 4, a Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism had occurred the previous day.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on Aug. 4.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a Lincoln Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property the previous day.

On Aug. 8, a Division Avenue resident reported vandalism.

On Aug. 11, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported an assault.

A Burnside Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property from a vehicle on August 13.

9/3/17

By MEL PERKINS

Coach T.J. Wiley has readied his troops for the 2017 season after an incredible run last year. The Flames finished last season 7 – 1 in the Big Seven Conference and 10 – 2 overall, making it to the final four, semi-finals, in Class 1A.

9/3/17

While there is no shortage of history books, travel books, personal memoirs on a broad range of subjects, there are very few that combine all three with such original insight as can be found in “Discovering Gettysburg,” written by Dr. W. Stephen Coleman and illustrated by local artist Tim Hartman.

Hartman explained that the “team effort” began five years ago when Coleman “…asked me to meet him at the Public Theater to talk about a project he wanted to do.

9/3/17

Michael J. Ettore Michael J. Ettore, 80, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He was the husband of the late Anna Mae (Eidenschenk) Ettore; father of Kimberly (Edward) Hock of Bellevue and Christina ( Michael) Robinson of Frederick, MD; grandfather of Eric Hock; brother of Linda Cronin of Valencia and the late Donald Ettore (surviving wife Maryanne). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

9/3/17

By JIM RUMBLE

With playoff appearances under his belt in his first six seasons at the helm with the Avonworth Antelopes football team, coach Duke Johncour will begin the 2017 campaign with a relatively young but experienced team. Expecting huge contributions and leadership from the seven seniors this year, Johncour feels confident that a lot of underclassmen will step up to play key roles as well.

"We bring back some talented young guys that we're excited about," said Johncour. "We have sophomores that played some as freshmen, and we expect them to do good things for us."

9/2/17

Northgate Middle School will be among 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTech Team, and Google. The program will work to improve education equity by empowering teachers to utilize technology in more powerful ways.  

Northgate Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need, existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.

8/25/17

While age and a recent illness have taken a toll on some of her long lifetime of memories, there remain with Florence Mertz of Kilbuck a glint in her eyes and a passion in her voice as she looks back on nearly a century of a life filled with family, friends and service to her country.

8/18/17

When the Northgate Flames football team talks about home field advantage this season, they won’t be talking about Alumni Field on Sheridan Avenue. To keep playing under lights on Friday nights, the team will move its games to J.C. Stone Field in North Park.

8/11/17

A handful of Bellevue residents expressed their concern to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening over the manner in which council’s newest member was appointed two weeks before schedule.

8/11/17

By NANCY WHYTE * - *

Data collection for and discussions about the possible merger of two local townships into a single combined municipality continues.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township Merger Committee met at the Kilbuck Municipal Building. The merger committee is comprised of both the Ohio and Kilbuck Township supervisors, their respective managers, and appointed citizen volunteers.

7/30/17

A contingent of Bellevue Council members took advantage of the absence of the council president to appoint their candidate of choice to the vacant council seat.

7/30/17

Not too many years ago, carnivals sponsored by suburban fire departments were among the mainstays of the summer social agenda.

But times have changed, as Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company (OTVFC) carnival chairman William Thomas observed.

“In a time when many fire companies have abandoned their carnivals, OTVFC continues to host its carnival, which started back in 1948 and is a tradition that multiple generations in our community have enjoyed,” he said.

7/15/17

Bellevue Council will shelve a proposal to hire part-time officers to help reduce police department overtime costs, at least for now.

7/15/17

The Northgate School District was one of only 11 districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized at the PA Literacy Conference, where representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education presented Innovation Incentive Awards.

The Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Innovation Incentive Awards program recognizes innovation in literacy among Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers: Keystones to Opportunity sub-grantees. Northgate placed third in the category for increasing literacy outcomes for children from birth to age 5.

7/15/17

Steven Galetich Steve Galetich, 91, of Avalon, formerly of the North Side, died Friday, July 7, 2017. He was the husband of the late Mildred Galetich; father of Sandra Galetich, Patricia “Tish” Barley (Richard) and the late Debora Demos; preceded in death by seven siblings: Pete, George, Frank, John, Kate, Mary and Isabelle; also survived by two grandchildren, nieces, nephews, his cat Rambo and many family members and friends. Mr. Galatich was a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Services and interment will be private.

7/15/17

If Bellevue is looking a little tidier these days, it is not necessarily because people have begun butting their cigarettes in sand pots provided or because they have suddenly become more careful about where to dispose of trash.

Well, maybe they actually have, but it also is because Bellevue has had some extra help lately in keeping the area clean, thanks to a young man, Alex Workinger, who has been stationed around the streets as a summer employee provided by Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

7/15/17

Bellevue's Lincoln Avenue streetscape progress has run into a problem as work heads into the next block of Lincoln Avenue.

7/15/17

A major road providing access between Bellevue's main street and Ohio River Boulevard could re-open to traffic by mid-September.

7/10/17

The Bellevue Community Herb Garden is open for use by the community.

Everyone is invited to "pinch what you need and use what you pinch".

Some of the plants that are large enough to provide herbs already are tarragon, oregano, parsley, marjoram, lavender, chamomile, and thyme. Sweet, purple, and Thai basil will be ready in a few weeks. Signs are posted to identify the plants and explain how they can be used.

7/10/17

The Ben Avon Area Historical Association (BAAHA) is changing its name to the Avonworth Historical Society, to better reflect the group’s primary areas of interest, which are the five municipalities that make up the Avonworth School District.

The society promotes local history and is a repository of documents and artifacts from the local area.

Currently the society collaborates with the Heinz History Center on an enrichment program for Avonworth eighth graders.

7/10/17

Geraldine B. Hoffman Geraldine B. Hoffman, 88, of Emsworth, died Friday, June 30, 2017. She was the wife of the late Francis P. Hoffman; mother of Donald Hoffman, Karen James (David), Gary Hoffman (Jean), Debbie Whiteford (Douglas) of West Chester, PA, Judy Salem (Pete) and Brian Hoffman; sister of Evelyn Dodd and the late Donald Yokel and Patricia Katterson; grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by grandsons Michael Hoffman and Anthony Bayne.