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6/16/17

Northgate School District's reserve fund balance will be higher than projected at the end of the current fiscal year on June 30.

School board member Lisa Saylor said that conservative budgeting and spending have resulted in the fund balance being $11.2 million, rather than the originally estimated $9 million.

6/16/17

For its work in the community, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Memorial Garden has been awarded a $30,000 grant from Seeds of Change.

The Bellevue garden, operated by North Hills Community Outreach, was selected as a grant recipient for its dedication to providing hands-on food education opportunities and helping those in need.

In 2016, the garden provided a record 4,500 pounds of fresh organic produce to food pantries, and in doing so, improved the nutrition and overall health of 1,368 low-income families.

6/16/17

Bellevue Police officers will get the chance to weigh in on a department restructuring plan that, for the first time, would add part-time officers to the force.

The plan is being proposed by Chief Matt Sentner and Mayor Paul Cusick as a way to decrease operating costs, specifically those related to overtime pay. Additionally, the plan proposes creating two detective positions, with the officers selected to fill the positions available to fill in as patrol officers as needed.

6/16/17

Lois B. (Bechtold) McCrea Lois B. (Bechtold) McCrea, of McCandless Township, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. She was the wife of David A. McCrea, mother of Shannon and Brandon McCrea; sister of Judy O’Hara and Tim Wilson. Lois loved life, her animals, her house and her cars. There was no visitation. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

David A. McCrea David A. McCrea, 65, of McCandless Township, died Monday, June 12, 2017.

6/16/17

The Northgate School Board voted unanimously Monday night to hire two secretaries to replace two longtime staffers who have retired.

Fara Pienkosky was hired as a full time, 10-month secretary at Bellevue Elementary School, effective immediately.

Abigail Rose was hired as a full-time, 12-month middle/senior high school athletic secretary, effective June 19.

6/16/17

Nothing unusual about a 5-year-old girl enjoying a pony ride gift for her birthday.

But for Avonworth eighth grader Emma Smith, that gift has not ended, as she continues to ride, four to five days each week, building her skills as a hunter/jumper, riding and honing her skills at Candy Lane Acres in Sewickley.

Emma's mom, Janae, said that as a child, Emma showed an early interest, had a great passion for all animals and liked to jump the horses. But what started as a pastime has now advanced to some intense competition for students in grades 6-12.

6/12/17

A final determination of primary election results by the Allegheny County elections department will make a difference in one local race.

Five candidates were seeking both parties’ nomination for four seats on the Avonworth School Board. The preliminary vote counts immediately following the election indicated that the same four candidates -- Patrick Stewart, Vicki Carlson, Renee Daniels Simmons and Sandra Bolain -- had been nominated on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, with incumbent Beau Blaser losing the GOP nomination to Simmons by just one vote, 255-254.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

The subject of diversity – specifically the lack of it among the employees of the Avonworth School District – was a topic discussed at the June 5 meeting of the school board.

During the visitors' comments portion of the meeting, an man who said he had lived in the district for 39 years and was a 1989 graduate of Avonworth High School, said he was concerned that the members of the board, administration and most of the teaching staff all looked the same. He also expressed his view that the curriculum needed to be changed to reflect more diversity.

6/12/17

College students majoring in education take four years of content and teaching courses and then work in classroom settings before graduating to job search. One piece of information rarely offered in any of their academic instruction is very important, but only a few wise professors pass it along to soon-to-be teachers. The advice: Learn to appreciate the secretaries in the schools where you eventually will work. Greet them each day with a smile and a few kind words, because secretaries are as important as superintendents in keeping schools functioning efficiently.

6/12/17

James Joseph Kania James Joseph Kania, 59, of Bellevue, died Thursday, June 1, 2017. He was the son of Elizabeth “Betty” (Hay) Kania and the late Joseph J. Kania; father of James Joseph Kania, Jr. and Jason Willett; brother of John Kania and JoAnn Davis; uncle of Joseph and Joshua Kania, Jesse and Jacob Davis. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing, motorcycles, woodworking and NASCAR. He was retired from the US Postal Service after 20 years. Memorial contributions are suggested to Animal Friends, 526 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

6/12/17

On May 24, a resident of Sylvan Walk in Ben Avon reported an assault.

A resident of Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights filed a soliciting complaint on May 25.

On May 25, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Emsworth filed an ordinance complaint.

On May 26, a resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth filed a harassment report.

A resident of Thornridge Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on May 27.

On May 30, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a report of suspicious persons on American Way in Ohio Township.

6/12/17

Avonworth and Northgate high schools presented diplomas to the graduating classes of 2017 during ceremonies held last Friday at Avonworth, and Monday at Northgate.Both schools honored their top academic achievers.

Avonworth valedictorian Julianna Nicolaus, at right, daughter of John and Linda Nicolaus, will attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she will major in math and science. Salutatorian Abby Busse, daughter of Lisa and John Paul Busse, will attend George Mason University, where she will major in bio-engineering.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

6/12/17

Avonworth and Northgate high schools presented diplomas to the graduating classes of 2017 during ceremonies held last Friday at Avonworth, and Monday at Northgate.Both schools honored their top academic achievers.

Pictured here, Northgate valedictorian Alex Sklyar is the son of Sergey and Tatyana Sklyar of Bellevue. He will study neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. Salutatorian Kathleen King is the daughter of Lori and Andrew King, also of Bellevue. She will attend Chatham University next fall, majoring in biology as part of the physician assistant track.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School Board members faced a silent protest at Monday night's work session, as support staff asked the board to provide the same family health insurance benefit enjoyed by other employees.

6/4/17

Donald Ray Phillips Sr. Donald Ray Phillips Sr., 56, of Avalon, died Monday, May 29, 2017. He was the son of the Thelma and the late Donald Phillips; husband of Tena; father of Donald Ray Phillips, Jr. (Michelle) and Victoria Phillips (Christopher Davis); five grandchildren, Isabelle, Anthony, Sydney, Trevor & Penelope; brother of Lois Reynolds, Donna Kay Gold (Joe), Linda Wirkowski (Rick), Sharon Brown (Chuck), Bill Phillips (Tamara) and Brenda Rupprecht (Jason); also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

6/4/17

On May 24, a resident of Sylvan Walk in Ben Avon filed an assault report.

A resident of Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights filed a soliciting complaint on May 25.

On May 25, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Emsworth filed an ordinance complaint.

On May 26, a resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth filed a harassment report.

A resident of Thornridge Road in Kilbuck Township filed a fraud report on May 27.

On May 30, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a report of suspicious persons on American Way in Ohio Township.

6/4/17

“An army travels on its stomach.”

So who said it? Napoleon? Frederick the Great? Some historians attribute the statement to both of them.

Whoever. The message is the same: In combat, nutrition is almost as important as munitions in achieving victory.

But can the same be said for sports teams?

Step behind the scenes of the current Penguins quest for victory and head chef Geoff Straub would say that most assuredly, good nutrition is right up there with good teamwork in making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

6/4/17

By Jack Reed

Avonworth-Northgate track team’s Hunter Robinson stole the show in Shippensburg this past weekend, proving herself to be the best sprinter in the state at the PIAA championship track meets by taking two gold medals and one silver during her three events.

6/1/17

Fire was billowing out the front of a North School Street home when firefighters from throughout the area were dispatched to Avalon late Thursday morning.

5/29/17

Another glass ceiling cracked Tuesday evening, as Avalon Council appointed the borough’s first woman mayor.

5/29/17

On April 4, Bellevue Police received a report of larceny. The complainant said his deceased father’s caretaker had continued to access an account.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported on April 5 that a vehicle had been stolen from in front of the house.

A resident of West Riverview Avenue reported vandalism on April 5. Parked vehicles had been struck by eggs.

On April 7, a resident of South Bryant Avenue reported a stolen or missing pistol.

On April 10, a resident of South Fremont Avenue reported that a purse had been taken from inside of the house.

5/29/17

Several residents voiced questions and concerns about dangerous dogs at the May 10 meeting of Emsworth Council, just two weeks after a teenage Emsworth girl was bitten by a loose dog.

On April 30, a 15-year-old girl, walking down an Emsworth street, was bitten on the leg by a dog who came off its owner's Walliston Street property. The girl was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

5/29/17

A farmers market may be returning to Bellevue after several years’ absence, thanks to a group of moms who were looking for a way to add to their communities.

The farmers market envisioned by the group will be expanded to include crafters, according to organizer Kim Reed. It also would be moved from its former location on Hawley Avenue to Bayne Park, and be held on Wednesdays to coincide with the evening concerts and movies sponsored there by the borough.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School District has the distinction of having the largest number of Modern Language Global Scholars in the entire state of Pennsylvania.