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2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing by a total of three points in consecutive section games, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back on track when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday. The teams exchanged leads four times early in the first quarter before the Antelopes powered ahead on their way to a lopsided 92-44 victory.

"I'm very pleased at how we came out after the first minute," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley. "After that we played 31 minutes of good basketball."

2/5/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-11, 4-15) continue to battle every game, but still have not been able to pickup that elusive first section win. Most recently, the Flames battled, but still fell to the Wildcats from Shenango (3-8, 5-13) by the score of 64 – 44.

The Flames opened the game in a 3-2 zone defense, and Shenango attacked it by shooting from the perimeter. The Wildcats hit a three to start, and then dropped into a full-court press to speed the game up and cause some turn-overs.

2/5/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth girls’ basketball team picked up one for the win column when they hosted Apollo Ridge this past Monday. Leading from start to finish, the Lady ‘Lopes dominated throughout on the way to a 64-29 win.

“It was a tough week last week’” said Avonworth coach Mark D’Alessandris as he referred to back-to- back losses heading into this game.

“We were working real hard and we came out on fire,” said D’Alessandris.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

After jumping out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their lead slowly disappear throughout the contest when they hosted Seton LaSalle in section play this past Tuesday.

The Rebels claimed their only lead with :04 left on the clock to defeat the Antelopes 49-47.

In the first quarter Matt Crilley-scored eight of his game-high 24 points, as he was unstoppable down inside the Seton LaSalle defense.

1/30/17

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 2, Anna Mae Seitz, 24, of Avalon, was charged with driving under the influence.

Avalon Police were called to a retail business on Ohio River Boulevard on Jan. 3, when a store video showed an employee taking socks, hats, and other items without paying. Jeffrey Glenn Grier Sr., 56, was charged with theft.

Following a traffic stop on California Avenue on Jan. 5, William M. Alexander, 46, of Avalon, was charged with narcotics possession.

1/30/17

A resident of North Sprague Avenue reported on Jan. 1 that a firearm had been stolen out of a vehicle overnight.

On Jan. 2, a resident of South Jackson Avenue reported a gun had been stolen from the bedroom between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, and on Jan. 3, Derek Smith Oliver, 21, was charged with theft.

On Jan. 2, a resident of North Bryant Avenue reported multiple items had been stolen from her home during a visit.

On Jan. 4, a resident of Dawson Avenue reported the house had been burglarized on Jan. 2.

1/30/17

Bellevue has taken the first steps toward refunding the borough’s 2011 bond issue, a move that could net the borough more than $100,000 that could be used for upcoming capita l projects.

1/30/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0 – 9, 4 – 13) are still in pursuit of their first section win after losing to the Bishop Canevin Crusaders (8 -1, 12 – 3) Tuesday night, by the score of 77 – 30. The Flames were at home, but the Crusaders entered the game with only one loss in the section, and tied for firstplace with Sewickley Academy.

The Flames have taken on a younger look over the past couple of weeks. Led by two seniors, Ray Man-gone and Stephon Adams, the team is made up mostly of freshman and sophomores and two juniors.

1/30/17

By JIM RUMBLE

In a non-section contest last Friday, the Avonworth girls basketball team hosted Sewickley Academy and rolled to a 58-32 win.

Hayden Robinson had a superb night all around, finishing with 22 points along with 12 rebounds.

In the first quarter sisters Hayden and Hunter Robinson combined for 10 points, and freshman Lexi Mankey scored four points and sophomore Alexa Davis scored from underneath at the buzzer to give the Lady ‘Lopes an early 16-10 lead.

1/30/17

Michael Benjamin Patak Jr. Michael B. Patak, Jr., 80, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He was the son of the late Michael B. Sr. and Emma (Morgan) Patak; husband of the late Dolores (McCartney) Patak; beloved father of Michael B. Patak III of Bellevue, Patrick J. Patak of Emsworth and Timothy S. (Denise Aubrecht) Patak of Bellevue; loving grandfather of Alicia M. (Patrick Garrison) Patak, Johnathan M. (Corinna) Patak and Sabrina M. Patak; loving great-grandfather of Logan Garrison.

1/30/17

On Jan. 19, a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A business on Spruce Street in Ben Avon filed a suspicious persons report on Jan. 19.

A threat report was filed from a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 21.

A resident of Woodland Avenue in Ben Avon filed a criminal mischief report on Jan. 22.

1/23/17

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys' basketball team saw their seven game win streak come to a halt when they traveled to North Catholic this past Tuesday.

On the line was sole possession atop Section 2 (3A) for both teams, but the Trojans managed to outscore the Antelopes in each quarter on their way to a 48-26 victory.

Matt Crilley led the ‘Lopes offense with nine points.

Avonworth hosted Brentwood in section play and defeated the Cougars last Friday 60-45.

1/23/17

The Emsworth Bridge will be undergoing reconstruction beginning next month, and Ben Avon Council wants residents to know how it will impact them and the borough.

The bridge is set to close Feb. 13 and could be shut down for as long as a year.

1/23/17

Employees of Avalon's street department now have a contract that will provide them with both retroactive and future pay increases.

The borough council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the agreement, which covers the years 2015-18. Officials said that the union representing the workers earlier agreed to a salary for 2015, so the new contract provides for a 3 percent annual increase retroactive to 2016.

1/23/17

Emsworth volunteer firefighters may soon be eligible for tax credits, if council passes a proposed ordinance.

Last November, Pennsylvania House Bill 1683 was signed into law as Act 172 of 2016. It granted municipalities the authority to offer active volunteers an earned income tax credit and a property tax credit of up to 20 percent, based on certain criteria.

In December, Emsworth Council discussed and members suggested approval of granting such credits, and requested that the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Company present a definition of “active volunteer.”

1/23/17

By NANCY WHYTE-

Sister Linda Yankoski of Holy Family Institute asked Emworth Council at its Jan. 11 meeting to consider contributing approximately $1,500 toward costs incurred by Holy Family Institute in the process of obtaining a four-way traffic light stop for pedestrians, at the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Ohio River Boulevard.

Borough residents, Yankoski suggested, had requested and would benefit from the halt to all traffic as they crossed the busy highway. As such, she said, perhaps the borough could assist with the cost.

1/23/17

Both Avalon and Bellevue officials are drafting ordinances that will give fire fighters easier access to commercial and multi-family residential properties.

Bellevue has had such an ordinance in place for several years, but is now looking to expand the types of properties that will be required to participate.

1/23/17

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 4-10) were still looking for their first section win last Friday night when they took on the Lancers from Neshannock (3-3, 8-4). The Flames’ offensive struggles continued as they fell to the Lancers 72 – 46.

1/23/17

Joanne Ecker Joanne Ecker, 78, of Avalon, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2017. She was the wife of the late Jesse Root Ecker; mother of Joseph F. (Nancy) Ecker of Ross Township, Jesse R. Ecker, Jr. of Shaler, Jean Kania of Avalon, John Ecker, Janice (Ron) Cushman of Jacksonville, FL; grandmother of Sara, Melissa and Christina Ecker, Jesse, Jr. and Jessica Ecker, Jason Willett and James Kania, Evan and Gracie Joanne Cushman; great-grandmother of Connor Joseph “Scratch” Kilpatrick, Anthony Laborers, Kayden, Cloe and Jesse Ecker.

1/23/17

Following what Northgate-Avonworth swim team coach Jessie McKelvey describes as being a new section “adjustment period,” before becoming more focused and unified, she is quick to tell anyone that this year’s team is doing well.

How well? Very well. Undefeated, record-breaking well!

“We always have exciting swims each meet for all kinds of reasons. I think the most notable this year is Karen Siddoway clenching all of the girls’ individual records. All the girls’ relays are now broken, so the girls’ side of the board has been cleared and all the holders are current swimmers.”

1/23/17

Editor:

The purpose of this letter is to inform and encourage everyone who reads this to raise your voice to let your legislators know your thoughts about the repeal of our health care legislation. The Senate and the House of Representatives have voted to start dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

1/21/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Residents of Emsworth Borough continue to be inconvenienced by street damage and road closures due to broken West View Water Authority water lines.

The latest situation occurred on Dec. 22 on Pennsylvania Avenue, the upper part of which remains closed to vehicle traffic.

Members of council debated whether a quick emergency fix should be made on Pennsylvania Avenue in order to open the road, or a more-complete repair, including replacement of the water line, should be made that would greatly diminish the likelihood of future breaks.

1/21/17

Most artists can wait a lifetime before seeing their work displayed at a gallery or museum.

Not so for nearly 35 Northgate students whose works will be on display at the John A. Hermann Memorial Museum located on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue.

1/14/17

This past Monday, faculty members, administrators, and students at Avonworth High School had to work through one of the toughest lessons they ever would teach or learn: how to make sense of the sudden loss of a beloved friend and member of the community.

By the time the school day had started, all knew the tragic details that claimed the life of sophomore Hannah Milbert who, despite valiant efforts to rescue her, became the victim of a fast-moving fire that two days earlier had raged through her family home on Wible Lane in Ohio Township.