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9/24/18

Emsworth Mayor Amy Sue Lillie’s idea of “Hometown Hero” banners displayed in the borough received unanimous approval from council during the September meeting.

Lillie surveyed each pole in the borough to determine ownership, then she contacted both Verizon and Duquesne Light, requesting permission for banner-holding poles to be erected. Verizon has already approved the idea and officials from Duquesne Light anticipate likewise granting permission once an official application is submitted.

9/8/18

Avonworth’s second home game of the season will take on more significance than the typical high school football game.

Yes, everyone will be looking for great plays, no injuries, and a final score favoring the home team, but as announcers from the booth call the plays, the crowd will hear some unfamiliar names.

“Thirty-yard pass to Toby Hopkins is good for another Avonworth touchdown!”

“Rich McCormick runs it for 10 and another Avonworth first down.”

9/8/18

By MEL PERKINS

Northgate took a long drive into the country last Friday night where they met up with the Highlanders from McGuffy High School. The Highlanders are playing down in class this year, joining the WPIAL’s class 2A after playing up in 3A.

The Flames (0-0, 0-2) entered the game looking to rebound from their 22 – 7 loss to Perry High School in Week Zero. McGuffy (0-0, 2-0) was riding high after beating Ambridge 28 – 0 to start their season. But, playing out of conference proved to be too much for the Flames and they fell to the Highlanders by the score 48 – 0.

9/8/18

Thomas J. Andracki Thomas J. Andracki, 68, of Bellevue, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. Thom, a native of Lawrenceville, had also been a former resident of Shaler Township. He was the husband of the late Amy M. (Nauer) Andracki; father of Jason Andracki and his wife, Liz of Meadville; cherished Popeye of his granddaughter, Iris V. Andracki; brother-in-law of Tim Nauer (Georgine) of Shaler Township and their family, Becca, Aaron, Rachel, Joe and George; dear friend and comrade of Mike Alexander (Sue) of Economy Borough and their children.

9/8/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team saw their record improve to 2-0 when they opened conference play at Valley last Friday.

For the second week, the 'Lopes overcame a rickety start on their way to an impressive victory on the road, 33-12.

"The kids played hard and this is a big win," said head coach Duke Johncour. "If we keep starting slow like that, we'll take it as long as we win."

9/7/18

Four of six people charged in the racially-motivated attack of a black man in July appeared before District Judge Tara Smith in Bellevue Friday morning. The hearing was continued because three of those four people had not yet retained attorneys.

Of the two remaining defendants in the case, one is reported to be deceased, and another in the hospital.

9/3/18

By JIM RUMBLE

It was week zero in football around the WPIAL last week, but after a rocky start for the Avonworth Antelopes, they appeared to be in midseason form when they played at Neshannock last Friday.

"It was a good win, but it was not a great start," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

9/3/18

More than $9,000 in costs associated with the recent “WizardVue” festival in Bellevue appeared without warning -- or prior approval by Bellevue Council -- on the borough’s bill list last Tuesday. Although council questioned the expenditures, it also approved their payment.

9/3/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames hosted the Commodores from Perry High School last Saturday in what has come to be known as the “week zero” game. The Flames fell to the Commodores by the score 22 – 7 in a contest that is commonly thought of as a preseason game.

Perry kicked off to start the game, and the Flames quickly tried to establish the run game. Christian Davin handed off to Anthony Barbarino to get things started.A Davin pass fell incomplete and on third down Barbarino was stopped with no gain, and Northgate was forced to punt.

9/3/18

Joseph F. Stowell Joseph F. Stowell, 77, of Scottsdale, AZ, died July 10, 2018, from complications related to Alzheimer’s. He was preceded in death by Gayle, his wife of 53 years. Joe was born in Bellevue, PA to the late Joseph and Mary Stowell. After graduating from North Catholic High, Joe began his civilian career at HJ Heinz and attended University of Pittsburgh in the evenings, earning his bachelor’s degree. Upon graduating, Joe rejoined the armed forces as a member of the US Army Reserve, from which he retired after 20 years of service, with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

9/3/18

Time was that when kids were planning future careers, they often put "train engineer" near the top of their lists. And there was no better way to get a feel for driving the tracks than to have a model train chugging around the Christmas tree or maybe set up all year long on a platform in the basement or in a spare room.

Those days have passed, of course, replaced by Fortnite and dozens of other video games and electronics that have captured the attention and imagination of players of all ages.

8/25/18

By JIM RUMBLE

For the second straight year, three generations of Johncours will be expected to lead the Avonworth Antelopes football team as they embark on the 2018 season.

Senior quarterback Derek Johncour will lead the offense on the field with a full year of experience under his belt, while his father Duke Johncour begins his eighth season at the helm. What really makes the situation unique is that Barry Johncour, who coached his son Duke as a quarterback at Churchill several decades ago, has been with the team for some time as an assistant.

8/25/18

The Northgate School Board overwhelmingly agreed Monday not to direct the district’s superintendent to formally contact other school districts to gauge interest in a potential future merger with Northgate.

The decision by the board came after a mixed group of residents stated either that the tax increases projected for at least the next five years are not acceptable, or that they were willing to pay even more for their children’s education.

8/25/18

The legal dispute over a transitional housing program in Bellevue launched into full gear last week with the first of at least two lengthy sessions before the borough’s zoning hearing board.

The issue drew large, angry crowds to Bellevue Council meetings last spring when long-time residents of the townhouses on Laurel Avenue and Gilliland Place began receiving notices that their leases would not be renewed because all 46 units had become part of a master lease held by the Zero Six Eight corporation, which planned to rent them for transitional housing.

8/25/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames begin the 2018 season on Saturday when they host the Commodores from Perry High School.

8/25/18

James M. Aubelle James M. Aubelle, 66, of Emsworth, formerly of Swissvale, died Friday, August 17, 2019, after a nearly five year battle with cancer. He was the son of Mary Louise Aubele and the late Regis Aubele; brother of Regis, Edward (Patty), Michael (Joyce), Paul (Sherry), Mark (Gloria), Daniel (Terri), and the late Keith. Also many loving nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Arrangements by the Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home, Inc.

Dorothy C. Vancheri Dorothy C. Vancheri, 91, of Avalon, died Saturday, August 18, 2018.

8/25/18

Editor -

Shame on them. That’s really the only thing that goes through my mind when I think about the Northgate School Board after Monday night’s discussion regarding the coming financial insolvency of the district. Shame on them!

8/25/18

“It’s a life-changing thing,” Lanae Lumsden told Avalon officials at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Lumsden and her family, including young children, live mere feet from the Jackman Inn in Avalon, where, on July 7, a local black man was attacked by a group of self-professed skinheads who pledged to “eradicate” the world of people of color.

“I need to know that my community takes these incidents seriously,” Lumsden said.

8/13/18

During a traffic stop on July 27, Avalon Police officers arrested David Roose, 46, of Renfrew and John Roose, 45, of Avalon, charging both with possession of suspected heroin.

Following a traffic stop on July 28, Murphy David East, 32, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Aug. 1, a McKinley Terrace resident reported that someone had broken the front window of her home. Police say that no entry was made and nothing was stolen.

8/13/18

A number of personnel matters were approved by the Avonworth School Board at their Thursday, July 26, meeting.

Tommie Murray was hired as the assistant elementary school principal commencing Aug. 1, pending release from her current district, at a salary of $75,000 with benefits.

Ashley Randall was hired as a temporary professional employee with an assignment as a first grade teacher. Kathy Reichart was named Randall’s mentor for the school year.

Meghan Kelly was hired as a professional employee with an assignment as a second grade teacher commencing Aug. 17.

8/13/18

Bellevue Police received a report of an attempted burglary on North Balph Avenue on July 3.

An assault on Lincoln Avenue was reported on July 4.

On July 5, A bicycle was reported taken from a Division Avenue residence on June 4-5.

A Lincoln Avenue retail store reported shoplifting on July 7.

A resident of Teece Avenue reported larceny on July 7. A resident of Woods Avenue reported larceny on July 10.

A Lincoln Avenue retail store reported shoplifting on July 10. On July 14, a Lincoln Avenue retail store reported larceny.

8/13/18

With criminal charges still pending against six people associated with a “White Nationalist” hate group for the assault of a local black man in an Avalon bar last month, two events have been scheduled to express the community’s intolerance of racism and hate crimes, and to question the way the case was handled by Avalon Police.

8/13/18

Virginia Ruth (Butler) Miranda Virginia “Ginny” Ruth (Butler) Miranda, 83, of Bellevue, went home to be with Jesus and her beloved husband, Jim, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Ginny was the only child of the late James and Sophie Butler. She was preceded in death by her husband, James who passed away in 2017. She had a long and impressive career as a top-notch secretary working for a senator, a district attorney, an airline executive and retired as a public servant for Allegheny County. Ginny and Jim were active in several churches throughout the years.

8/13/18

A Dalzell Avenue in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on Aug. 1.

A Spruce Street in Ben Avon resident reported a disturbance on Aug. 3.

On Aug. 4, a Cypress Knoll Drive in Ohio Township resident reported disorderly conduct.

A Louise Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute on Aug. 4.

An Overlook Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a disturbance on Aug. 4.

On Aug. 6, an Overlook Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute.

A Louise Drive in Ohio Township resident reported a civil dispute on Aug. 7.