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11/6/15

John Lutchko John R. Lutchko, 80, of Ross Township, husband of the late Patricia Paulson Lutchko, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. He is survived by two daughters, Karen Martin and her husband Kevin and Carrie Anderson; his sister, Jean Brown; and a grandson, Tyler Martin. Friends were received at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Church of the Assumption today, Friday, at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery.

Rev. Norman Young

11/6/15

On Oct. 29, Ohio Township Police responded to a dispute at a residence on Terrace Avenue in Ben Avon.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Avonworth Heights Drive in Ohio Township.

On Oct. 30, two individuals who were attempting to sell stereo equipment out of their vehicle at a retail store on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township, were cited by Ohio Township Police officers for soliciting without a permit.

11/6/15

The topics discussed by members of the Women's Literary Club of Bellevue are, by their nature, works of historical interest rather than works of fiction. In fact, the 17 ladies who meet once a month from October to June truly qualify as being academics rather than readers of the classics or of “best seller” contemporary literature.

The formula that the ladies follow, is, indeed, tried and true, having been practiced for over a century, with the club's 110th anniversary being marked on Nov. 1.

11/6/15

If you are a high school football fan and you missed last Friday’s regular season finale between Avonworth and Northgate, you really should be kicking yourself right now. It was a high-intensity, non-stop action game that surprised more than a few people who expected to see Avonworth once again walk away with a not-too-difficult win.

10/26/15

On Oct. 10, Avalon Police took a report of an internet fraud scam involving Craig’s List from a resident on Norwood Avenue.

Avalon Police responded to a motor vehicle accident without injuries on Oct. 10. A driver lost control, and the vehicle flipped onto the driver’s side on North Birmingham Avenue, police say.

On Oct. 14, Avalon Police took a report of criminal mischief at a gas station on Ohio River Boulevard.

Avalon Police responded to Elizabeth Avenue on Oct. 17 concerning an unconscious male lying in a yard. He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital.

10/26/15

By JIM RUMBLE

With injuries beginning to take their toll, the Avonworth Antelopes football team had their work cut out for themselves heading into their showdown against conference leader North Catholic last Friday. The Antelopes battled to make a game of it against the Trojans at home, but wound up on the short end of it in a 26-14 loss.

"They [North Catholic] made plays. We didn't and they came out on top," said coach Duke Johncour. "We stalled some drives with a couple of penalties and that set us back," he said.

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

10/26/15

Officers of the Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association (BABA) responded Tuesday to a suggestion that the playing fields in Avalon be shared with a new, private youth baseball organization next year.

BABA vice president Scott Stiteler said that the organization has been in existence for more than 55 years, and last year provided athletic opportunities for 120 children from Avalon and Bellevue. Volunteers from BABA have donated countless hours and thousands of dollars to maintain and improve the ball fields located along New Brighton Road.

10/26/15

Avalon officials will take another look at the area around the recently-constructed retaining wall on North Birmingham Avenue to determine if it would be safe to park cars on top of the wall.

10/26/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The mystery as to the cause of storm water backing up with enough force to lift the 200 pound lid off a manhole has been solved, and the emergency repairs have been completed at a high cost to Emsworth Borough.

10/26/15

Avalon Borough and its police union have reached agreement on a new contract for 2016 and 2017.

The contract gives officers a 2.5 percent annual pay increase and an additional holiday, while increasing their health insurance contribution to an even 10 percent of the premium, capped at $150 per month. The officers currently are paying 7 percent plus 30 percent of any premium increase.

10/26/15

By J.J. IGIMS

Two consecutive wins do not exactly qualify as a win streak, but don't tell that to Northgate fans, players or coaches.

After some lopsided losses earlier in the season to teams such as North Catholic and Chartiers Houston, that two-game win streak looks pretty good, as the Flames have stirred up the fire they hope will lead them to post-season play.

The Flames took on the Western Beaver Golden Beavers in a home match-up last Friday, with Northgate totally dominating their opponent, as the final 41-8 score indicates.

10/26/15

Elizabeth Way Elizabeth Black Way, 94, wife of the late Robert E. Way, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Brevillier Village, Erie, PA. Mrs. Way was an Avalon High School and Burrough's Business School graduate. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church of Highland. She is survived by two children, Richard A. Way of Pittsburgh and Nancy B. Way of Harborcreek, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Martha Black; and four siblings, Meldrew Boyle, Agnes Britt, John Black and Robert Black.

10/26/15

Ben Avon Mayor Robert Jones recognized two members of the Ohio Township Police Department at Tuesday's council meeting with letters of commendation.

Police officer Ryan Ging and Detective Joseph Hanny were cited for their "dogged determination, astounding skill, and true police professionalism" while investigating a burglary in Ben Avon.

The letter further stated that these officers "are a benchmark that other police officers can only strive to emulate."

10/26/15

On Oct. 14, Ohio Township Police took a report that a person was attempting to sell stereo equipment out of a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township.

Ohio Township Police took a threat report from a resident on Sonie Drive in Ohio Township on Oct. 16.

A report of disorderly conduct was taken from a resident living in Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 17.

A disturbance report was taken from a Virginia Avenue in Ben Avon resident on Oct. 18.

10/26/15

Girl Scout Troop 54259 would like to take on the project of renovating the “tot lot” located at Orchard and South Birmingham avenues in Avalon.

Scouts told officials at Tuesday’s council meeting that they are researching safety and handicapped-accessibility regulations, as well as fund-raising opportunities to upgrade the playground. They plan to meet with the borough engineer to formulate a plan for improvements, and welcome any volunteers from the community who may want to help.

10/26/15

Work to install a new Columbia Gas pipeline along Semple Avenue in Avalon should be done by mid-November, and will include replacement of street bricks, sidewalks and curbs.

Semple resident Michael Kurela questioned plans for Semple, given that many bricks have been removed from the street and the new sidewalks are not the same as the old ones.

10/17/15

By JIM RUMBLE

"It was a knock-down drag-out fight back and forth, and we couldn't stop them," said Avonworth football coach Duke Johncour after his team suffered its first loss of the season against Bishop Canevin at Dormont Stadium last Saturday.

The 'Lopes overcame a 13-point deficit late in the second half only to fall in the end as they were shocked by the Crusaders 35-28.

"They [Canevin] had a good game plan, they have some good athletes and they came to play tonight," said Johncour.