An area youth recently placed first in the 7-8 year-old category in the pitch, hit and run competition at PNC Park.

To qualify for the championship, Turner Grau had to win at the local level preliminaries at Pine-Richland, and at sectionals at Springdale. In the finals at PNC, he went up against three other sectional winners from Western Pennsylvania. Athletes compiled points in each of the three categories to determine the winner.


Even as local emergency responders and municipal officials waited to see what weather was in store for the area over the weekend, crews began the clean-up Thursday morning of the debris left behind by heavy thunderstorms Thursday night.


An employee of an Ohio River Boulevard business was charged with indecent assault after he reportedly made unwelcome advances to a female co-worker.

Police say that Eric Smith, 24, of the North Side, is accused of inappropriately touching the woman while both were at work.


Police and firefighters spent several hours Sun-day night searching for the body of a woman who jumped from the Jacks Run Bridge on Route 65. Allegheny County homicide detectives and the medical examiner’s office were called to the scene once the woman was located in the heavily-wooded area.

One person was taken into custody after an occupant of a vehicle reportedly flashed a gun at the Dairy Queen on Ohio River Boulevard on June 5. Police quickly stopped the vehicle and discovered that one of the occupants was wanted on warrant by the county sheriff’s office.




Wonder how many of the Avonworth School Board members who voted for the recent tax increase for the school district complained this week when the Governor raised the state income tax? I am sure there were a few.

Between the governor and school board, they have now wiped out any savings from the funds received from the casinos across the state for property owners.


Local officials are cautiously optimistic about the new countywide tax collection system that will move into development this fall.

The state law known as Act 32 will reduce 560 taxing authorities (representing 2,900 municipalities and school districts) to a mere 69 by mandating that earned income taxes be collected on a countywide basis except in Allegheny County and Philadelphia. Because of their size, each of the latter will feature multiple districts; Allegheny County will have four, representing the north, south, east and central areas.


Assessments opposed The Northgate School Board has voted to oppose new graduation competency assessments proposed by the state.

The board passed a resolution at its regular meeting on June 15, opposing the high school graduation competency assessments and Keystone exams proposed by Pennsylvania Governer Ed Rendell and the Department of Education.

According to Northgate superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield, the assessments would create a new way to evaluate whether a student is ready to graduate.


Even with stimulus funds, the Northgate School District might have to take a big dip into reserve funds to cover expenditures included in the 2009-10 budget.

The $19.4 million spending plan received unanimous approval from the district's school board at a meeting on Monday, June 15. The property tax millage rate will remain at the current year’s level of 24.5 mills.


Kathleen Snyder Kathleen E. Snyder died Wednesday, June 10, 2009. She is survived by her goddaughter, Kathleen Starkey Cooley and her husband Timothy and their children, Allison and Jordan Cooley; her cousin, Jefferson Starkey and his wife Shannon and godchildren Shawn and Aleisha Starkey. She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Miller Snyder; her uncle, Louis Miller; and her cousin, Judith Mulder. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Saturday.

Terry Ingerick


A radio and a backpack were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon on June 16.

On June 17, it was discovered that change had been stolen from vending machines at ACORD Park.


Residents in the Avonworth School District will be paying more in taxes to the district, as the Avonworth School Board approved a property tax hike as part of the 2009-10 budget at the board's regular meeting on June 8.


Avonworth may look to the junior class or create a “super-booster” group to operate the concession stand at football games.

Parents from both the band and cheerleading booster groups were present at the school board's regular meeting on June 8 to discuss who should be running the concession stand.


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh has selected Avonworth High School teacher Jeff Boggess as one of 10 area teachers who will participate in a summer study tour of Brussels and Vienna, June 26 - July 10.

Council representative Christine Unger notified Boggess of his acceptance to the program in what she described as being “…a highly competitive process.” Boggess said that the application required two recommendations from Avonworth administrators, a resume and an essay.


The A. W. Beattie Career Center is asking board members of the districts that use the center their opinions on spending some of the excess bond money to build a large meeting area.

According to Avonworth School Board member Marybeth Sommers, Beattie is considering adding a meeting room to the current building project.

Beattie has excess bond funds after bids for the project came in $3 million less than estimated.


Bellevue’s two newest police officers are wrapping up the details that will put them on the streets of Bellevue within the next two weeks.

The pair were sworn in Monday by Mayor George Doscher.


Boy Scout Troop 321 added another Eagle Scout to its roster in a court of honor recognizing Jacob George for his accomplishments during his seven years as a Boy Scout.

In the ceremony held last Sunday at the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, assistant scoutmaster Steve Cupcheck said that anyone who achieves Eagle status represents “…the perfect, ultimate, complete Scout.”


The Northgate School Board voted earlier this week to allow a “Girls Little Hoopers” camp to be held at the middle-senior high school.

The board voted unanimously at its work session on June 8 to authorize the camp to be held June 15-17, from 9 a.m. until noon.


Editor: The June 5th article “Concession Stand Up for Grabs” was very misleading. Avonworth School Board President David Oberdick indicated that the Avonworth Football Boosters were giving up the concession stand due to “lack of volunteers.” This is not the case. The decision to eliminate the concession stand as a fund-raising endeavor was not taken lightly and the pros and cons of operating the stand were considered for several months. The school district, in fact, started this whole process when they tried to take the stand from the football boosters this past season. The events and facts that led up to this decision are as follows:


A coaching dynasty may be in the making at Northgate, as the current middle school football coach’s son is expected to take over his dad’s position next fall.

David Haslett Sr. recently resigned both his coaching position and his job with the district’s buildings and grounds department to accept another job outside Northgate.

Northgate School Board athletic committee chairman David Natale said that Haslett’s son, David Haslett Jr., is the recommended candidate for his father’s coaching job.


Shop equipment donated Metal shop equipment deemed unnecessary by the Avonworth School Board has found a new home.

The board approved, at its regular meeting on June 8, the donation of various pieces of equipment to the A.W. Beattie Career Center. Beattie will receive a rotary bender, sheet metal roller, welding table, spot welder, sheet metal shear and a box and pan finger break.

A metal shop lathe will be donated to Carnegie Mellon University.


Elaine Genberg Elaine Z. Genberg, 82, of Bellevue, wife of the late Samuel H. Jackson and John B. Genberg, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Mrs. Genberg was a volunteer for many community organizations. She is survived by two nieces, Rebecca and Frances Weiss; her nephew, Lawrence Weiss; her brother-in-law, Edward Haber; and other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean, Helen and Caroline.


Emsworth Borough Council has cleared the way for another bar to open up shop in Emsworth.

Council unanimously authorized, at its regular meeting on June 11, the transfer of a liquor license to Gennaro's Cafe, Inc. at 8070 Ohio River Blvd. The license will be coming from an bar in McKeesport, according to borough solicitor Mike Marmo.

A public hearing was held prior to the council meeting for residents to voice their concerns over the transfer. There were no comments from the public.