Improvements to Avon Park will be modified to make sure the project does not cost more than the grant funds available.

Although the park property is leased and maintained by Ben Avon Borough, it lies within Kilbuck Township, and Kilbuck obtained a $25,500 grant to make the facility more handicapped-accessible.


No one is sure yet who owns the final 260 feet of Semple Avenue, but Kilbuck Township will pay to have the street paved.

Kilbuck was offered the opportunity last month to take advantage of the per-unit price for paving obtained by Avalon for its massive street rehabilitation program. Questions arose, however, as to whether the portion intersecting New Brighton Road in Kilbuck Township had, at some point, been turned over to Avalon, which owns the rest of the street.


Bad directions are to blame for heavy trucks traveling up Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon, including one that sheared off a fire hydrant and caused some $160,000 in damages last month.


The Kilbuck Township Supervisors awarded a contract for winter road service at their meeting Tuesday, and may do so again next month.

The township had solicited bids for road plowing and salting for each of the next three years, and originally announced that the contract would be awarded at the supervisors' September meeting. Supervisor John Fader was absent from that meeting, however, and Russ Hardiman and Susan Merkner could not agree on whether the contract should be for one or three years, so the vote was delayed until the Oct. 27 meeting.


The victory bell at Alumni Field got a work-out Friday night as the Northgate Flames pulled out a win over Quaker Valley, 12-8.

Pat Carr was the star of the Senior Night game, scoring both of the Flames' touchdowns and then intercepting a pass in the end zone to stop the Quakers' last minute attempt to win the game.


Animal Friends is offering free bags of straw for anyone who owns or cares for outdoor pets.


Avalon Police issued a citation to a North Side man for failing to pay his check at Eat n’ Park restaurant on Oct. 17. Police say Oliver Beasley, 24, of Chester Street, was identified through a license plate number and video taken at the restaurant.


Graffiti was painted on the rear of a Lincoln Avenue building, according to a report received by police on Oct. 14.



Ben Avon is considering eliminating the Bookmobile service in the borough. In drafting the 2010 budget, council member Judy Konitsney, head of finance, said at the Oct. 20 council meeting that she recommends not renewing the service for the coming year.

The Bookmobile comes to Ben Avon once a week for an hour, and she said that on average, 24 people have been using it, of which 16 are borough residents. And at a cost of $9,115, that averages out to $11 per person, per hour. Ben Avon Heights had contributed to the cost in 2009, but is not planning to do so next year.



Terrible would be the word to describe the cold, damp and rainy conditions that prevailed when the Northgate Flames played Bishop Canevin at Dormont Stadium last Friday.

It also would be used to describe Northgate’s field position on almost all of their offensive possessions, a situation that helped the Crusaders easily whip the Flames 31-0.

While registering two field goals, Canevin kicker Drake Greer boomed almost all of his kick-offs into the end zone or at the goal line to force the Flames’ offense to play on a much longer field.


Northgate High School is hoping that next year its athletic teams will be competing in Class A instead of AA.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) makes class assignments every two years based on the number of boys and girls in grades 9-11. Northgate's current count of 176 boys and 141 girls would have been low enough two years ago to put the school's teams into Class A, competing against schools of a similar size instead of the larger AA schools. Northgate exceeded the last cut-off level by some six boys.


Northgate H1N1 vaccinations The Northgate School District has announced dates for H1N1 vaccinations for students in grades 5-12.

Superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield said, at the school board's regular meeting on Monday, that students in grades 9-12 will be able to receive the vaccine on Monday, Oct. 26, and Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Bonfield said that students in grades 5-8, who are 10 years old or older, will be able to receive the vaccine on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m.


Richard Lundell Richard E. "Dick" Lundell, 78, of Ben Avon, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.

Mr. Lundell was a U.S. Amy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Headliner as a lithographer.


Repair work on Pennsylvania Avenue in Emsworth will have to wait until the spring.


Police have arrested a man they say fired several shots and assaulted a Bellevue doctor and his wife Wednesday evening before stealing narcotics.

Police were called to the Suburban General Professional Building at the corner of Lincoln and South Jackson avenues shortly after 5:30 p.m. when shots were reported fired in an office on the basement floor of the building.


Bad field conditions, cold weather and a light drizzle slowed down the 'Lopes’ offense last week against Leechburg. But that didn't matter. The defense came up with two scores on turnovers and carried Avonworth to their sixth win of the season, 21-6.

The game was the 'Lopes' first of the season on a muddy grass field, and it showed. Avonworth's offense was unable to put any points on the board until the final play from scrimmage in the first half.

Head coach Jason Kekseo said that the bad weather and "terrible field conditions" were not conducive to their fast-paced offense.


Both local high school football teams took to the road for another rainy Friday night of competition.

Avonworth returned home victorious, beating Leechburg 21-6. It was a night for underclassmen to shine. Both sophomore Brian Vales and junior Ryan Schmid returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Vales added another score via a reception.

Northgate struggled with bad field position, turnovers and penalties in the Flames' 31-0 loss to Bishop Canevin. Pat Carr took a pass from QB John Girvin some 90 yards across the goal line, only to have the TD called back due to a holding penalty.


Police and firefighters from Avalon, Ben Avon and Bellevue worked to rescue the driver of a vehicle hit head-on on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon Friday morning. The woman was believed to have suffered a leg injury. She was transported to the hospital by NorthWest EMS. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen


Except for one quick score, it took almost the whole first half of last Friday's section match-up against the Carlynton Cougars for Avonworth's offense to finally get its engine going.

Nonetheless, on the wheels of Jimmy Zubik, the 'Lopes picked up the shut-out win at Lenzner Field, 27-0, and improved to 5-1 on the season.

"We came together as a team in the second half," head coach Jason Kekseo said.

The match-up marked the most intense, hard-hitting game of the year, with both sides playing until, and sometimes after, every whistle.


Avalon Police officers answering a disturbance call on South Ohio Street Oct. 10 ended up arresting a North Side man and seizing some 65 bags of suspected heroin.


A resident of Meade Avenue reported that two purses and a vehicle had been stolen during a burglary at the home on Oct. 10.

A Cliff Avenue resident reported an attempted burglary the same day.

A vehicle on Kendall Avenue was reported broken into on Oct. 7. Money and electronics were reported stolen.

The door to a home on South Harrison was reported vandalized on Oct. 11.

Ian McGee, 33, of Orchard Avenue, faces charges of simple assault and obstructing justice at the scene of a vehicle crash on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 6.


The death of a man whose body was discovered during a Bellevue fire has been ruled a homicide.


In an effort to spread the cost of covering a projected budget deficit and the cost of mandated sewer repairs, Emsworth residents urged officials Wednesday to increase a tax levied on people who work in the borough.

Facing an increase in sewage fees next year, residents who attended the Oct. 14 council meeting called for an increase in a $26 Local Services Tax (LST) approved by council at a special meeting on Sept. 23.


A Bellevue native and Northgate High School graduate has been named head basketball coach at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville.

Matthew Driscoll will lead the Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference, team in its first game on Nov. 14 against Notre Dame.

Driscoll began his career in 1988 as the head coach at Northgate. He served as head coach at LaRoche College 1993-97, and was an assistant at Baylor for six years. He also coached at Clemson and Wyoming universities.

Driscoll is a 1992 graduate of Slippery Rock, and is married with two sons.