Last Friday’s game featured two Century Conference teams in search of their first win of the season when the Northgate Flames played host to the South Park Eagles. Although the Flames turned in their best effort of the season, they were on the losing end of the 13-7 final score.


Kilbuck Township officials will be looking for more information before deciding how to proceed with two road repair projects.

Chairman Russ Hardiman and supervisor Susan Merkner found themselves without critical information about problems on Wilson Drive and Semple Avenue. Supervisor John Fader was absent from the Sept. 22 meeting.


Relief funds Kilbuck Township officials are not sure what to do with almost $5,000 in fire relief funds received recently.


Donna Flory Donna M. Talak Flory died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Loose and her husband Alex of Conneautville, PA; her father, Jack Talak; three siblings, Darlene Radzanowski, David and Dennis Talak; and two grandchildren, Chole A. and Dante S. Loose. She was preceded in death by her mother, R.M. Geraldine White Talak; and her brother, Daniel Talak. A memorial mass was held in Risen Lord Church on Wednesday. Donations are suggested to Rundells Grange, c/o Nancy Holler, 20161 Smith Rd., Conneautville, PA 16046.

Pauline Mosur


Most Northgate School District students are ahead of the grade when it comes to Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test results.

Assistant to the superintendent Kathleen Gallagher told school board members at their regular meeting on Monday that Northgate surpassed the state required percentages of students that are proficient or advanced in reading and math on the 2008-09 tests.


Tensions among the Kilbuck Township Supervisors escalated earlier this week when supervisors' chairman Russ Hardiman refused to consider several items on the regular meeting agenda because of the absence of supervisor John Fader.


A substantial portion of Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon is believed to be undermined after a tractor-trailer truck sheared off a fire hydrant Friday morning, Sept. 18.

The accident occurred just after 6 a.m. when the driver, traveling up Elizabeth from Ohio River Boulevard, attempted to turn left onto Jackman Avenue.

Sandra Zimmerman, 45, of Juneau, WI, was delivering rolls of paper to the Post-Gazette.


Avonworth's first section game of the season against Brentwood went down to the wire, and the 'Lopes defense was asked to come up big late in the game.


Last night's high school football games went full force into the final moments of the games, unlike past weeks when the local teams' fates were pretty much decided shortly after half time.


Two men fled on foot after robbing the Ben Avon Mini Mart on Friday, Sept. 11.

Police say the two, believed to be white males, showed a gun to the clerk and stole more than $500.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, two tires on a vehicle parked on Laurel Avenue in Ben Avon were reported cut on Sept. 13.

Police recovered a bicycle in the 500 block of Crawford Road on Sept. 16. It is described as a silver Pacific Eclipse D.J., BMX-style bike.

Julian Morgart, 19, of Verona, was cited for disorderly conduct on Sept. 10 after a disturbance at a Camp Horne Road business.


Bellevue Police officers arrested two individuals for driving under the influence (DUI).

Lynn Ward, 42, of Union Avenue in West View, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Grant Avenue on Sept. 8.

Harold Novick Jr., 29, of Aliquippa, was arrested for DUI during a traffic stop on Ohio River Boulevard Sept. 13.


As the eyes of the world turn toward Pittsburgh and international leaders prepare to meet in the Steel City, few will have any idea how far and wide the impact of the G-20 Summit will reach locally.

While most resources will be focused within the City of Pittsburgh, the suburban areas will not be left unaffected by the Summit and its related events.

For school children throughout the North Boroughs, the Summit is providing an opportunity to learn everything from economics to geography to statesmanship. For municipal officials, however, the darker side of the Summit must be addressed. For others, the event is providing a renewed commitment to community involvement.


Someone once said, “You’re never as good as you think you are when you’re playing well and you’re not as bad as they think you are when you’re playing poorly.” Let’s just hope that is the situation following the Northgate Flames football team’s second overwhelming loss of the season last Friday at Steel Valley.

The Flames were powerless in stopping Steel Valley’s ground game, which accumulated 316 yards. They picked up their second consecutive defeat as they were pounded by the Ironmen 47-19.


Education funding urged A resolution approved by the Northgate School Board will be sent to the state legislature, urging representatives to maintain state funding for schools.

"They're talking about giving us less money than they did last year," said superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield at the school board's committee of the whole meeting on Monday. "Hopefully that won't happen."

Team elimination? Northgate could eliminate its ninth grade boys' basketball team in an effort to bolster the school's varsity program.


With school children now considered the group most at risk of getting the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus this year, the Northgate School District will be working with the state health department to provide students and faculty with the new vaccine created to combat the virus.


Elizabeth Croker Elizabeth “Betty” Muckian Croker, 82, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Elvin “Sonny” Croker; her brother, Raymond Muckian; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by five siblings, Mary Rita, Dorothy, Bernard, Eileen and Martin Muckian. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in the Church of the Assumption on Saturday.

Frank Timpani


After what Avonworth varsity football head coach Jason Kekseo called a "great week of practice," the 'Lopes found themselves in a back-and fourth-battle last week against the Neshannock Lancers.

The first half of the non-section game was close. It wasn't until late in the third quarter that the 'Lopes took control of the game.

Avonworth did, however, win its first away game of the season 34-19, advancing to 2-0 overall on the year.


Both local varsity football teams took to the road Friday night, where they ended up in some high-scoring games.

The numbers worked in favor of the Avonworth Antelopes, who brought home a 34-19 win over Neshannock. Antelope stand-out Jimmy Zubik scored three touchdowns and pulled down an interception, while teammmate Eddie Kurtz returned a fumble recovery for another touchdown. Quarterback Tom Turnbull added another TD to the scoreboard. Defensively, Ryan Schmid and Andrew Niklaus had interceptions for the 'Lopes.


A driver police say was responsible for injuring himself and two others in a three-car accident has been charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to the collision on California Avenue on Sept. 7. Police say a vehicle driven by Stanley A. Kos, 49, of Orchard Avenue, struck the rear of another vehicle, pushing it into a third.

All three drivers were taken to the hospital, and all vehicles were towed. Kos was later charged by police.

A Marie Avenue resident reported Sept. 4 that someone had made an unauthorized charge of $600 on her credit card.


The Avonworth School District may hire an assistant principal for the elementary school.

Personnel committee chair Brenda Barlek told school board members at their work session on Tuesday that the district needs to look into hiring an assistant, preferably this year.

Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said that consultant John Esaias currently is helping elementary school principal Dr. Darlene Tartaglione.


The Shadeland Beer Distributor on Brighton Road was reported burglarized during the night on Sept. 3. The incident is the second burglary reported at the store in a month.

A vehicle on Grant Avenue was reported stolen on Sept. 2.

Stereo equipment was reported stolen Aug. 30 from a vehicle on Burnside Avenue.

A vehicle on Washington Avenue was reported broken into and items taken from it on Aug. 30.

A vehicle on Lincoln Avenue was reported broken into during the night on Sept. 7.


A one-time donation to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company, approved by Emsworth Borough Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, will help the borough’s firefighters keep up with national standards.


While many students across the country were watching a live broadcast of President Obama's back to school speech on Tuesday at noon, many local students were not, and continued with their school days as normal.

That's not to say that they won't get an opportunity to in the future, though.


Emergency repair An emergency repair to a lateral sewer line near the Emsworth borough garage was approved by Emsworth Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

The repairs will cost some $37,000.

According to council member Paul Getz, the Allegheny County Health Department notified the borough that the sewer line was leaking into Lowries Run Creek.

Council unanimously authorized the repairs.

Council members Ed Politylo and Rob Bennett were absent.

Solicitor named