The Avonworth School Board is looking at a .43 mill property tax increase and a dip into the district’s reserve fund balance to fund the proposed 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

The $34.2 million proposed budget is expected to use $486,259 in revenue from an increase in the district’s millage rate from 19.1 to 19.53, a 2.3 percent increase that is the maximum permitted under the state Act 1 index. Another $840,277 could come from the fund balance in order to balance the spending plan.


Fifty years to the day after area firefighters battled for 12 hours to put out a fire that had started in the factory at Schaffner Manufacturing in Emsworth, the Schaffner Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation donated $40,000 to the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company. Pictured here, Jay Schaffner presents the check to EVFC president Joe Koehler Tuesday evening as other members of the fire company look on. Schaffner said that he clearly remembers the day of the fire, when a police officer knocked on the door of his home in Ben Avon at 6:15 a.m. to tell him that the factory was on fire.


The Pine-Richland Invitational Track and Field Tournament held last Friday brought together athletes from 57 schools competing in all of the standard events that the sport offers. From that 57-school roster, the Avonworth/Northgate girls’ team ended the day by walking off with first place honors.

The boys did not do quite as well, but topped 37 of the competing teams, taking home 20th place, as a team.

Among the notable wins:

Kayley Wisniewski, Anna Igims, Megan Wisniewski, Lindsey Hartle took first place in the 4 x 8 relay, posting a season-best time of 9:45;


Mary Patricia “Pat” Keir Mary Patricia “Pat” Keir, 90, of Avalon, died Saturday, May 4, 2019. She was the former spouse of the late Robert I. Keir; mother of Robert J. (Sandra) Keir, Tom (Beth) Keir, Gary Keir and Lynn (Bob) Botterman; grandmother of Cameron (Carolyn) Keir, Evan Keir, Maria and Katie Botterman; great grandmother of Charlotte Keir; sister of the late Donald Stoeckle. Pat was a member of the Church of the Assumption Christian Mothers and was a former Eucharistic Minister.


The Pittsburgh Business Times this week released its annual ranking of 102 area school districts, which showed some movement for the two North Boroughs school districts.

The Pittsburgh Business Times uses a proprietary formula that is based on each district’s PSSA and Keystone test results, and covers a three-year period. This year’s rankings are based on test scores from 2016, 2017 and 2018.


If Avonworth High School had a course titled “Fund-raising for Good Causes,” Emma Ronk, a Class of '20 student, could write the course curriculum. She also might be teaching it.

Emma, 17, the daughter of Robert and the late Melissa Ronk (2008), took part in this year's drive by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise funds and awareness for that organization's mission to find a cure for blood cancers.


In stark contrast to the local primary election two years ago, the 2019 municipal primary will offer few contests and even fewer candidates.

Traditionally, ballots in the North Boroughs have been sadly lacking in choices, with the fundamental task of getting one candidate for each open seat a challenge in many communities. In 2017, however, the ballots were bulging with choices for voters. If the 2019 election is any indication, however, that 2017 flurry of political activism was a fluke.



Earlier this past week, playoff hopes were alive for the Northgate Flames baseball team but the odds were stacked against them as they would need wins against the co-leaders of their section to finish out section play.

Northgate hosted Our Lady Of Sacred Heart this past Tuesday and lost 9-0. The next day the Flames hosted Avonworth and were defeated soundly 26-0.

Although Northgate will miss the WPIAL playoffs, Avonworth finished the regular season as co-champions with OLSH atop 2A Section 4 as the playoff pairings will be announced today.



The Avonworth Antelopes (11-3, 7-1) defeated the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers(10-2,6-1) on Monday by a score of 3-2. With this win the Antelopes took over the number-one seed in the section.

Avonworth looked to reliable senior Ryan Felter making his fifth start on the mound this season. Senior Jeff Zick would get the start for the Chargers.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on Elizabeth Avenue on April 15. Police say no one was injured.

A motor vehicle accident occurred on Ohio River Boulevard on April 16. Police say no one was injured.

Alex C. Smith, 32, of Pittsburgh, was arrested on April 16 for possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.

Following a traffic stop on April 17, Nathaniel Anthony, 27, of Avalon and Damien Leininger, 30, of Allison Park, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.



It was Senior Night for the Avonworth girls’ softball team, and it was an awesome time to pull out a victory and claim the 3A Section 2 title. Avonworth battled back from an early deficit and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Beaver at home on this past Monday 4-3.

For Lady ‘Lopes coach Jenna Muncie, it was her third section title here over the past four years.

"They're [Beaver] a good team," said Muncie. "We know the only way to beat them is to keep it close and grind and we came up with a big win in the end."


No matter what the Northgate School Board decides to do with the property tax millage rate in 2019-20, the district remains headed towards financial insolvency, perhaps even sooner than originally projected.


Patricia L. Gordon Patricia L. Gordon, 81, of Avalon, died Thursday, April 25, 2019. She was the wife of 47 years of the late Edward J. Gordon; mother of Edward Gordon, Jr. (Martha), Robert Gordon (Sue), Raymond Gordon (Jackie), Susan Hogan (Jason), and Loretta Gordon; also survived by grandchildren, Rege, Sloan, Casey, Don Jr., David, Renee, Tabitha, Cody, LeAnn, Sara, and Julia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Pauline Decker; brother, Edward Decker; and three children, Donald Gordon, Charles Gordon, and Catherine Wherry (surviving spouse Buck).


On April 17, a resident of Overlook Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.

On April 17, a resident of Alder Drive in Ben Avon reported harassment by communication.

A business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft on April 20.

On April 23, a business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported harassment by communications.

A resident of Patriot Lane in Ohio Township reported a threat on April 23.

A resident of Avonworth Heights Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance on April 24.



The Avon Club will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with an Open House May 11 at the Ben Avon Borough Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. Presentations that capture Avonworth history and the impact the Avon Club has had in the community will be displayed; local representatives will be on hand to offer a tribute; and light refreshments will be served.

Looking back over the history of the Avon Club, it's difficult to decide what is the more amazing accomplishment: the work members have done or the fact that the club has lasted so long.


Bellevue Council member Linda Woshner has been named to an advisory board with Allegheny County Clean Air Now (ACCAN) as the nonprofit group hopes to influence what happens at the former Shenango Coke Works site on Neville Island.

Shenango was closed by its parent company, DTE, in 2016, following years of battles over the air pollution being emitted, with the North Boroughs directly in its path. ACCAN volunteers monitored the emissions and encouraged enforcement of anti-pollution laws by the Allegheny County Health Department.


Ben Avon Council has awarded three contracts for sewer work in the coming months.

The first was for sewer excavation repairs and was awarded to Soli Construction Inc., which came in at the low bid of $27,760. Two were awarded for lining repairs, one for spot lining to Robinson Pipe, which had the low bid of $19,600, and one for manhole-to-manhole lining to Insight Pipe Contracting at $20,370.

Council member Ken Opipery said Gateway Engineering reviewed the bids and made the recommendations, all of which were unanimously approved. Megan Dolan was absentfrom Last week’s council meeting.


In her 20th year of teaching at Northgate Middle/Senior High School, Choral Director Kelly Winovich has entertained the community while teaching countless students the happiness and value of knowing and performing good music, from standards to contemporary, from show tunes to serious selections.


Dorothy “Dot” J. (Kline) Snow Dorothy "Dot" J. (Kline) Snow, 82, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. Snow, Sr.; mother of Raymond J., Snow, Jr. of Allison Park, Anthony "Tony" F. Snow (fiancé Dana Robinson) of Allison Park, Cynthia A. Kasper and her husband Paul of Coraopolis; Grandma of Elizabeth and Benjamin Kasper of Coraopolis; sister of Albert Kline and his wife Maggie of McKees Rocks and Richard Kline and his wife Pat of Beechview.


Parents and grandparents concerned that bullying is not being adequately addressed by the Northgate School District have asked the administration and school board to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the problem that has plagued schools probably as long as they have existed.


With bids coming in higher than available funds, Bellevue’s 2019 street paving program may have to be cut back, at least for a while.

Bids to resurface several streets and alleys came in at $312,577.90. Although Bellevue hoped to be able to do $350,000 worth of work this year, public works committee chair Linda Woshner reminded council at Tuesday’s regular meeting that $100,000 of the $350,000 total was expected to come from Columbia Gas by coordinating the borough’s paving program with the utility’s construction work. Columbia Gas has not yet committed to its 2019 projects.


In the final home meet for Avonworth/Northgate track and field, the boys beat South Side and Neighborhood Academy, giving them the Section 2 championship, with the girls beating Neighborhood but losing to South Side, and placing second in the section.

Team records stand at 7-0 for the boys, and at 6-1 for the girls.

Coach Brian Veshio had strong praise for many of the victories in Tuesday’s meet.


Area motorists can expect some delays on Union Avenue in the near future, as Bellevue has come up with a solution to the problem of a broken sanitary sewer line that has been leaking into the creek that runs through Avalon Park.



Avonworth defeated Northgate last Wednesday by a score of 12-2.

Senior Ryan Felter started off for the ‘Lopes on the mound, extinguishing the first three Flames he faced for a quick top half of the first. In the bottom half, the ‘Lopes took advantage of the errors made by Northgate and put up seven runs took take an early led.

The Flames held the ‘Lopes scoreless in the second inning, but In the third, Avonworth put up three runs, and took a 10-0 lead. The 'Lopes added two more in the fourth, and the Flames responded with two of their own in the fifth.