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1/7/18

Avalon’s recently elected council members were sworn in to office Tuesday evening by new Mayor Tom Lloyd, at far right, who took his oath of office earlier. Pictured from left are William Pascale, Shaun McWilliams, J.P. McFeely, Ruth Lloyd, Lee Nelson and John Crawford. Lloyd also administered the oath of office to new tax collector Dennis Narcisi.

1/7/18

Bellevue’s new officials are: seated, from left, new council member Val Pennington, new council president Tom Fodi, new council member Anya Pikul; Standing, from left, new council members Anthony DiTullio and Jodi Hause, Mayor Emily Marburger, new council member Glenn Pritchard, and new vice president Grant Saylor.

1/7/18

Emsworth Council members Jolene Bennett, Dan Lenz and Kevin Yurkovich take the oath of office from District Judge Tara Smith as Mayor Sue Ann Lillie, at far left, and tax collector Laura West, at far right, look on. Both were sworn in separately, as was new council member Carolyn Galante, who was appointed to fill a two-year seat on council.

1/7/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-3, 2-8) picked up their second win of the season and their first win at home Tuesday night when they out ran the Cougars from Carlynton High School (1-0, 3-7). The Flames came back after being down 32 – 29 late in the third quarter to claim a 51 – 45 victory over the visiting Cougars.

1/7/18

By JIM RUMBLE

After a 5-0 start to the 2017-18 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team finds itself on a bit of a downslide, with four losses coming over the last five games.

The most recent loss occurred this past Tuesday, when the Lady ‘Lopes dropped a 55-42 decision to Keystone Oaks in non-section play.

1/7/18

Ronald I. Young Ronald I. Young, 87, of Zelienople, formerly of Bellevue, died Monday, December 25, 2017 after a long illness. He was the husband of Marjorie (Haas) Young; father of Douglas (Karen) Young, Lucinda Redman, Christina (Ted) Parks and Randal (Jessica) Young; brother of Donna McCartney and the late Guy, Dallas, William, Marion and Hewett; also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Ron was a Bellevue Borough policeman for 22 years and was a Marine Corp Veteran of the Korean War. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

1/7/18

Although Wednesday night’s game between the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball teams started with the Flames taking a nine-point lead, it was the last time Northgate would pull ahead for the rest of the game.

By end of first period, Avonworth led 14-13 on athree-pointer from Jake Harper The score remained close at 24-19 at halftime, but Avonworth pulled out all the stops to move ahead 41-30 at end of third period. Northgate edged back up, 41-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but Avonworth hung on for the 60-43 win.

1/6/18

With the upheaval in national politics, North Boroughs residents joined citizens across the United States wondering what the new year would bring, and what effect the 2016 election results would have close to home. Turns out that the ripple traveled quickly, adding to all the expected events of 2017.

1/6/18

Emsworth Council held a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, Dec. 21, in anticipation of the Center Avenue Bridge opening on Friday, Dec. 22, well ahead of the construction deadline of April 2018.

The bridge is owned by Port Authority of Allegheny County. It was closed in February 2017 to make major repairs to improve the safety of the bridge and to enable the removal of weight restrictions.

1/6/18

Significant changes in composition, experience and leadership in the governments of two local boroughs are sure to bring a new day in this new year, although for better or worse remains to be seen.

Reorganization meetings were held in four North Boroughs municipalities Tuesday night.

1/6/18

By TOM STEINER Being named the top student trombonist in Pennsylvania last year was quite an honor for Lukas Helsel, but the Avonworth junior did not stop there.Over Thanksgiving break, Lukas traveled to the National Association for Music Education's All-National Orchestra at Disney's Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando. After last year's state achievement, he had submitted a video audition and was among six trombonists accepted into the orchestra and 14 into the concert band.

1/6/18

Elizabeth Claire Patterson Rainey Elizabeth “Betty” Claire Patterson Rainey, 98, a lifetime resident of the Emsworth area (Plumer Avenue), died December 17, 2017 in Lambertville, Michigan after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Samuel Patterson and Clara Block Patterson and sister, Georgene Patterson (Charles W.) Dickson. Mrs. Rainey was born in Pittsburgh July 4, 1919. She had moved to Michigan to be near her granddaughter and namesake, Elizabeth Eischen the past two years.

1/6/18

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association recently named Avonworth's Nicole Levis School Counselor of the Year at its annual conference, this year held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The presentation highlighted an awards banquet held during the organization's 62nd annual meeting.

12/23/17

On Dec. 13, a student at the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School on Ohio River Boulevard was struck by a vehicle. The student had a sprained ankle and some bruising. Police say that no charges were filed against the driver.

Mark Nicholas, of Pittsburgh, was arrested for public drunkenness on Elizabeth Avenue on Dec. 16.

Following an incident at an Ohio River Boulevard fast food restaurant, Geoffrey Burkhardt, of Bellevue, was charged with criminal mischief on Dec. 16.

12/23/17

The 2018 Ben Avon budget as presented in November was brought before council on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a few revisions.

According to council member R.J. White, a minor adjustment was made to increase some of the insurance figures, with an off-setting decrease in the road paving budget. As a result, the budget still stands at $1,233,900.

Council voted unanimously to pass the revised budget. Earl Bohn, Ken Opipery and Brad Cole were absent.

12/23/17

Bellevue will not seek new proposals for the Lincoln Avenue streetscape design, and instead voted Tuesday to approve payment to the current firm, CEC, to submit a preliminary design at a cost of $28,375.

The much debated contract was approved without discussion at council’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. With council member Linda Woshner absent, the 5-3 vote featured negative votes from Henry Lenard, Lynn Tennant Heffley and Tom Hrynda.

12/23/17

The real estate millage rate for Kilbuck Township residents will decrease in 2018.

At the Dec. 19 meeting of Kilbuck Township supervisors, both the 2018 budget and millage rate were unanimously passed.

The real estate millage rate decreases to 4.9 mills, down from 5.22 mills. The 2018 budget for the township lists projected revenue at $567,850 and expenses at $538,865.

12/23/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team overcame a sluggish start this past Monday when they hosted Steel Valley to begin section play, and cruised to a 60-38 victory.

Coach Mark D'Alessandris stated that the girls’ game last Saturday, a 73-38 win at Cornell, followed by inactivity on Sunday, may have been a factor in the first half of play, but added, "It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

12/23/17

The owner of rental property in Avalon complained to the borough council at their Dec. 14 meeting that inspection fees were getting way too high.

The owner told council that in addition to the annual registration fees, landlords have to pay for inpections of their units every other year. The rate per unit was $25 when the practice began in 2002, he said, and increased to $35 in 2013. This year, he said, he will pay $75 per unit inspection.

12/23/17

Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick said that one of his final acts in office will be to veto the 2018 salary ordinance adopted by Bellevue Council Tuesday evening. The move comes after council refused to provide administrative employees with salary increases comparable to what union employees receive under their contracts.

12/23/17

Emsworth residents will not face a local tax increase in the new year.

At the Dec. 13 council meeting, a motion to adopt the 2018 millage at 3.955 was unanimously passed. Thus, the 2018 millage rate will remain the same as 2017.

Members Jolene Bennet, Paul Getz and Brian Fashian were absent from the meeting.

12/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-2, 0-5) played host to the Crusaders (1-1, 1-4) from Bishop Canevin this past Tuesday in their section opener, and both teams entered the game looking for their first win. The Flames battled hard, taking a 36 – 35 lead into the fourth quarter, but they were unable to hold it, and lost to the Crusaders by the score 57 – 47.

12/23/17

Michael J. Delfine Michael J. Delfine, 85, of Baden, formerly of Canonsburg and Bellevue, died Sunday, December 17, 2017.

12/23/17

They were nights to remember, and say thanks, as outgoing officials in the four local boroughs received recognition at their final meetings.

Some were defeated in the primary or general elections of 2017, while some chose not to seek re-election.

In Bellevue Tuesday evening, council president Lynn Tennant Heffley read proclamations honoring outgoing council members Kathy Coder, Henry Lenard and Vencent Menosky, as well as outgoing mayor Paul Cusick, before Cusick read a proclamation recognizing Heffley’s own service on council.