On Nov. 1, Bellevue Police received a report that a juvenile had items stolen while walking to school.

On Nov. 1, a Lincoln Avenue apartment resident reported items had been stolen.

A Shiloh Avenue resident reported that an unknown individual attempted to enter the residence by kicking in the back door on Nov. 1.

Bellevue Police are investigating a possible sexual assault reported on Nov. 2.

On Nov. 3, a resident of Division avenue reported damage to the vehicle’s driver side rear fender on Nov. 3.



Head coach Joe Cangilla returns this year for his third season with the Flames, and the players appear to have a renewed attitude with more energy

The Flames lost to Brentwood in the first game of the Brentwood Tip-Off Tournament, but rebounded nicely when they beat Propel Montour 80 – 42 the next night in the consolation game. Northgate’s second loss came at the hands of Avonworth when they fell 47 – 41 in a hard fought game that wasn’t decided until the last minute of the contest.



Having missed out on the WPIAL playoffs for over a decade, the Northgate girls’ basketball team has their sights set on changing all of that as the new season began last weekend in the Brentwood Tournament.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady Flames fell to Brentwood, the eventual tourney champion, 67-37.

Cierra Mason led the Northgate offense with 21 points.

The following night Northgate rolled past Steel Valley in the consolation game 50-17. Mason finished with 23 points. Savannah Livingston and Maddy Abramowicz dominated off the glass, combining for 25 rebounds.



The 2018-19 season for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team got underway when they competed in the Deer Lakes Tourney last weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady ‘Lopes fell to Quaker Valley in the opening game 47-34. Junior forward Kat Goetz registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Avonworth faced Riverview the following night in the consolation game and evened out their record as they cruised to a 53-31 victory.

Goetz, who was selected to the all tourney team, scored 13 points while junior guard Lexi Mankey poured in 24 points.


William R. Dugan William R. Dugan, 90, of Bellevue, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. He was the husband of 58 years of Claire (Schneider) Dugan; father of Mary Anne Foglio, Robert Dugan, and Janet (Kenneth) Briski; grandfather of Michael (Stephanie) Foglio, Nicholas Foglio, Joseph, David, Meghan, and Blake Briski; son of the late Thomas and Helen Dugan; brother of John P. (Elaine) Dugan and the late Richard (surviving wife, Jean) Dugan, Thomas (late Joanne), and Nancy Smith; brother-in-law of Jane Mousseau and the late Betty Ann Schneider; also survived by nieces and nephews.


By Patrick Gannon

On Tuesday the Avonworth Antelopes hosted the Northgate Flames at Avonworth High School. Both teams entered the contest with records of two wins and zero losses. The Antelopes won the game by a score of 57-51.


Bellevue Council will hold a hearing Monday on the borough’s proposed 2018-19 budget, which has undergone a few substantive changes since its inception and presentation by Mayor Emily Marburger in October. The proposed full-time paid fire chief position has been eliminated, the street repair budget has been increased, but the large salary increases remain part of the spending plan.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on North Home Avenue on Nov. 27. Police say no one was injured.

Three deer in the road caused a motor vehicle accident on Nov. 27 at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road. Police say no one was injured.

Jacob Hines, 23, of Bellevue, was arrested for public drunkenness on Nov. 28.

A resident of California Avenue reported on Nov. 28 that someone had stolen the handicap placard from a vehicle.

On Nov. 29, a resident of Semple Avenue reported fraud by someone using I-Tune cards.


By Nancy Whyte

As required by the Pennsylvania School Code, the Avonworth School Board held its reorganization meeting during the first week of December.

At Monday night’s meeting, outgoing president David Oberdick handled the duties of temporary president. Beau Blaser was declared president for 2019, and Vicki Carlson will serve as vice president.

Kate Monti and Jeff Carraway will be the 2019 representatives to the Northern Area Special (A.W. Beattie Career Center.)


On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue retail store reported that a $100 bill passed by a male customer was confirmed by a Lincoln Avenue bank to be counterfeit.

On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue drug store reported that a male customer attempted to stuff items in his shirt and leave without paying.

Bellevue Police received a report of two adult males fighting in the middle of Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 1.

A resident of Howard Avenue reported a stolen vehicle on Oct. 4.


Richard A. Houy Richard A. Houy, 67, of Emsworth, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. He was the husband of Maureen (Cahill) Houy; preceded in death by his parents, Benedict L. and Alice M. (Leicher) Houy, Jr.; and his sister, Janet Houy; son-in-law of David J. Cahill and the late Ann Cahill; brother-in-law of David T. (Joyce) Cahill and Donald P. (Alice) Cahill; also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Rick was a USPS letter carrier for over 30 years, and a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Arrangements by the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc.


A resident of Avon Drive in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Nov. 17.

On Nov. 17, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported an attempted retail theft.

A civil dispute was reported by a business located on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Nov. 19.

On Nov. 19, a resident of Alder Drive in Ben Avon reported a dispute.

A business on Mt. Nebo Point Drive in Ohio Township reported theft from a vehicle on Nov. 20.

A business on Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township reported theft on Nov. 23.




Emsworth Borough's proposed budget for 2019 is available for perusal at the Borough Building during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The proposed budget anticipates receiving $2,169,904 in total income and plans on having $2,160,243 in expenses.

Proposed Emsworth Ordinance 1005, sets the 2019 real estate tax rate at 3.955 mils. This is the same millage as in fiscal year 2018.

Council anticipates approving both the budget and Ordinance 1005 at the Dec. 12 meeting.


After spending more than three hours of his 60th birthday in a Bellevue Council meeting Tuesday, Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk was honored with a proclamation declaring Nov. 27 to be “Ronald Borczyk Day” in Bellevue.

Council members also chipped in to buy him a birthday cake and a present, which was an addition to his Pittsburgh Pirates memorabilia collection.


Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger broke a tie vote among borough council members Tuesday night that will designate eight spaces on North Fremont Avenue as permit-only parking.


The inspiration for Tom Haines' book, “Walking to the Sun” begins in 2013 when the author observes the process of a natural gas furnace being installed in his New Hampshire home. As he watches the workmen making the connections, he ponders the implications of the fuel flowing through a pipe drilled through his basement wall, that pipe connected to other pipes, on and on to the source, wherever that might be.

His observation motivated him to launch a journey to find that source and to study it, as well as everything in between.


Karl Belany Karl Belany, 67, of Bellevue, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. He was the son of the late John S. and Helen Belany; brother of Dr. John (Tonie Marie) Belany, Keith (Laura) Belany, Kathy Jean (Peter) Hanas, and Carolyn (Darryl) Sigel. Arrangements by the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc.

Walter D. Marshall Sr. Walter D. Marshall Sr., 79, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.


After months of discussion, Bellevue Council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to allow a private company to solicit service line warranty business using the borough’s logo.


Bellevue Council did not, as expected, authorize the creation of a secure reception area further away from the current department administrative offices.


Lawrence Grimm, 37, of Bellevue, was arrested on Nov. 14 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of a conmtrolled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Following a traffic stop on Nov. 14, Damon Mills Elliot, of Crafton, was cited for drug equipment violations.

On Nov. 14, a resident of Taylor Avenue reported that someone broke into his apartment.

On Nov. 15, Avalon Police officers were called to California Avenue for a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported.


Avalon Elementary fifth grade science students under the guidance of teacher Karen Klicker recently learned that a project they had entered in a Rube Goldberg contest was among the winners in competition that included several schools from Western Pennsylvania. The contest was sponsored by Matt’s Maker Space and the Grable Foundation, in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.


It would have been great for the Avonworth boys’ soccer team to return last Friday from the Hershey state playoffs against Millville High School (21-2) with a victory. But even though the game ended 2-0 -- not in the ‘Lopes’ favor -- they definitely could not describe the experience as being a loss.

Friends and parents, plus three busloads of students and teachers were on hand to watch the team play with camaraderie, skill, and never-give-up spirit, the qualities that took them to the playoff berth.


Bellevue Police are warning residents to be vigilant about packages being delivered to their homes.

Monday, Nov. 26 is “Cyber Monday,” and because thieves may be preparing to take advantage of the holiday shopping season, police are encouraging on-line shoppers to take precautions when having items delivered.

One suggestion is to pick up delivered packages immediately or ask a neighbor to collect them. Most UPS, USPS, and FedEx deliveries have tracking ser-vices, so one has a good idea when the order will arrive.