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11/6/09

Avalon

All candidates running for election to office in Avalon were unopposed, and it still remains to be seen if a third ward council seat has been filled.

Mayor David Haslett was re-elected with 633 votes.

Current council president Ed Klicker will move into the elected tax collector's office in January. Klicker, who appeared on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, received 689 votes.

10/31/09

The Avonworth Antelopes are now focused on the WPIAL playoffs after suffering a disappointing loss to North Catholic Friday night.

The 'Lopes held their own against the undefeated home team throughout the first half, with neither team scoring. In the second half, however, penalties helped keep the 'Lopes out of the end zone. An 80-yard kick off return by Jimmy Zubik set up the only Avonworth touchdown of the night by quarterback Tom Turnbull. Kicker Houston Hunt added the extra point.

North Catholic picked up two touchdowns and a field goal to win 17-7.

10/30/09

The Riverview Raiders’ hopes for a win last week were put to sleep early by a heavy dose of Avonworth's running game, and the defense held a shut-out until the fourth quarter to give Avonworth the win, 41-8, on senior night.

And just because it was senior night didn't mean only the upperclassmen played. Head coach Jason Kekseo said that every member of the team that was dressed to play saw game time.

10/30/09

Herman Brown, 49, of Gilliland Place, and a 15-year old male were arrested Oct. 21 for disorderly conduct during an incident on Lincoln Avenue.

Monroe Jones, 53, of South Harrison Avenue, faces a charge of disorderly conduct following an incident at an apartment building on South Harrison on Oct. 20.

Thomas Saar, 44, and William Hamilton, 45, both of McKees Rocks, were removed from the Northgate football game on Oct. 23 for being intoxicated. Police say the men will be cited.

10/30/09

With five council seats to be filled, the Nov. 3 general election is an important one for Bellevue. There are contests to be decided in each of the borough's three wards.

First Ward

Voters will choose two representatives from among four candidates running for council in the first ward. Incumbents Jane Braunlich (Democrat) and Kathleen Coder (Republican) are joined on their respective ballots by newcomers Susan Schafer and David Piet.

10/30/09

Ben Avon voters will find a full slate of choices for borough office on the Nov. 3 ballot, and are sure to pick at least one new member of council.

The potential exists for voters to replace up to four members of council and the mayor, although incumbent Lloyd Corder has a head start on the pack by appearing on both the Democratic and Repub-lican ballots. Corder was listed on the GOP ballot in the primary, but picked up enough write-in votes to secure a position on the Democratic ticket as well.

10/30/09

Something about the North Boroughs inspires holiday decorations. Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, of course, and for some residents, what has become the favorite outlet of their creativity: Halloween.

While almost every area street sports its share of monster inflatables, witches, goblins and lights, Jeff and Mary Marous, who have lived in Avalon for the past eight years, have pumped the art of Halloween decoration to a new level -- sort of an interactive "happening."

10/30/09

In order to overcome a budget deficit of some $276,000, most residents and property owners in Emsworth can expect a sewer rate increase next year. How much of an increase, or how residents will be charged, though, has yet to be determined.

At a special meeting held Wednesday, Gateway Engineers presented a total of eight different rate options to Emsworth Council, each of which is projected to cover all sewer-related expenses for the next five years.

10/30/09

By JIM RUMBLE

Northgate football coach Mike Pipak has stated throughout the season how hard his team plays and the effort that they put in, even in defeat. Well, all of their hard work finally paid off. The Flames defeated Quaker Valley at home last Friday, 12-8.

"We did the things that we had to do defensively. Offensively, we moved the ball then sputtered a little," Pipak said after the game. He added, "This team really deserved to win with all of their hard work. They battled all night long."

10/30/09

Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) will open for the 2009-10 heating season on Nov. 2.

LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households to pay for home heating fuel, and crisis grants to address heating emergencies.

During the 2008-09 heating season, approximately 547,000 families were helped through cash grants, and more than 202,000 families received crisis assistance through LIHEAP.

For the upcoming heating season, the crisis portion of the program will open on Jan. 4.

10/30/09

Avalon Council member Tom Michalow is challenging Republican incumbent Matt Drozd for the District I seat on Allegheny County Council.

Michalow, a Democrat, was born and raised in McCandless and is a 1989 North Allegheny High School graduate. He is a 1993 distinguished graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

Michalow received a master’s of education degree from Duquesne University in 1998, along with teaching certificates for social studies and German. He teaches history and German at Northgate High School.

10/30/09

Emsworth quits COG

Emsworth officials have decided to cancel the borough's membership in the Quaker Valley Council of Governments as a cost-cutting measure, but the savings may not last long.

Borough council member David Heflin said that 2010 dues would run $1,600-$1,900, a sum council member Amy Adams said could be better put toward balancing next year's budget because the borough does not use any of the services that come from being a QVCOG member.

10/30/09

Alice Koenig Alice Faulkner Koenig, 64, of Emsworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Mark W. Koenig; six children, Laura Arcan and her husband Metin, Bob Faulkner, Tom Faulkner and his wife Debbie, Brian Faulkner and his wife Jill, Eric Faulkner and his wife Stacy and Alice Mack and her husband Ken; two siblings, Ralph Earl and Audrey Karr; 12 grandchildren, Bobby, Brandi, Ben, Amanda, Jeremiah, Brian Jr., Connor, Trevor, Peyton, Katelyn, Jeremy and Kenny; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Faulkner.

10/30/09

Alice Koenig Alice Faulkner Koenig, 64, of Emsworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Mark W. Koenig; six children, Laura Arcan and her husband Metin, Bob Faulkner, Tom Faulkner and his wife Debbie, Brian Faulkner and his wife Jill, Eric Faulkner and his wife Stacy and Alice Mack and her husband Ken; two siblings, Ralph Earl and Audrey Karr; 12 grandchildren, Bobby, Brandi, Ben, Amanda, Jeremiah, Brian Jr., Connor, Trevor, Peyton, Katelyn, Jeremy and Kenny; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Faulkner.

10/30/09

Alice Koenig Alice Faulkner Koenig, 64, of Emsworth, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Mark W. Koenig; six children, Laura Arcan and her husband Metin, Bob Faulkner, Tom Faulkner and his wife Debbie, Brian Faulkner and his wife Jill, Eric Faulkner and his wife Stacy and Alice Mack and her husband Ken; two siblings, Ralph Earl and Audrey Karr; 12 grandchildren, Bobby, Brandi, Ben, Amanda, Jeremiah, Brian Jr., Connor, Trevor, Peyton, Katelyn, Jeremy and Kenny; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Faulkner.

10/30/09

Two Johnstown residents were taken into custody by Ohio Township Police after being discovered with a stolen handgun in Emsworth on Oct. 23.

Taevon Tarrell Dixon, 21, and Lisa Rae Newcomer, 30, were arrested during a traffic stop on Route 65. Dixon was found to be wanted on an outstanding Johnstown arrest warrant, and also has been charged with providing police with false identification.

In other news from Ohio Township Police, scrap metal was reported stolen from the Emsworth public works property on Oct. 22.

10/30/09

Improvements to Avon Park will be modified to make sure the project does not cost more than the grant funds available.

Although the park property is leased and maintained by Ben Avon Borough, it lies within Kilbuck Township, and Kilbuck obtained a $25,500 grant to make the facility more handicapped-accessible.

10/30/09

No one is sure yet who owns the final 260 feet of Semple Avenue, but Kilbuck Township will pay to have the street paved.

Kilbuck was offered the opportunity last month to take advantage of the per-unit price for paving obtained by Avalon for its massive street rehabilitation program. Questions arose, however, as to whether the portion intersecting New Brighton Road in Kilbuck Township had, at some point, been turned over to Avalon, which owns the rest of the street.

10/30/09

Bad directions are to blame for heavy trucks traveling up Elizabeth Avenue in Avalon, including one that sheared off a fire hydrant and caused some $160,000 in damages last month.

10/30/09

The Kilbuck Township Supervisors awarded a contract for winter road service at their meeting Tuesday, and may do so again next month.

The township had solicited bids for road plowing and salting for each of the next three years, and originally announced that the contract would be awarded at the supervisors' September meeting. Supervisor John Fader was absent from that meeting, however, and Russ Hardiman and Susan Merkner could not agree on whether the contract should be for one or three years, so the vote was delayed until the Oct. 27 meeting.

10/24/09

The victory bell at Alumni Field got a work-out Friday night as the Northgate Flames pulled out a win over Quaker Valley, 12-8.

Pat Carr was the star of the Senior Night game, scoring both of the Flames' touchdowns and then intercepting a pass in the end zone to stop the Quakers' last minute attempt to win the game.

10/23/09

Animal Friends is offering free bags of straw for anyone who owns or cares for outdoor pets.

10/23/09

Avalon Police issued a citation to a North Side man for failing to pay his check at Eat n’ Park restaurant on Oct. 17. Police say Oliver Beasley, 24, of Chester Street, was identified through a license plate number and video taken at the restaurant.

10/23/09

Graffiti was painted on the rear of a Lincoln Avenue building, according to a report received by police on Oct. 14.