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1/20/18

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion Tuesday at the Bellevue Borough Building on small-business development and jobs, part of the House Democrats’ “Plan4PA.”

Ravenstahl was joined by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, legislators from across the state and local stakeholders.

1/14/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (5-6, overall; 2-1 in section) took on the Freedom Bulldogs at home this past Tuesday night for their third game of section play, coming out on top in the high scoring affair, 84-71.

The ‘Lopes started off as they have normally done this season -- slowly -- until junior guard Jake Harper caught fire and ignited the Avonworth offense with a pair of three-pointers. The first quarter ended with the score 20-13 in favor of Avonworth.

1/14/18

On January 5, Bellevue Police were dispatched to Carson Street (off Spring Avenue) concerning a home invasion / burglary in progress. The homeowner, checking inside the residence encountered four individuals.

Learning the several individuals were inside the residence without permission, additional back-up was requested. Personnel from the Avalon Police, Allegheny County Sheriff, and Ross Township K-9 responded.

1/14/18

A proposal by new Bellevue Council president Tom Fodi to re-open the borough’s 2018 budget and decrease the property tax millage rate received a lukewarm response from many of his colleagues on council during Tuesday’s pre-council meeting.

Fodi noted that the borough has had a year-end surplus of around $250,000 each year for the past few years. He suggested eliminating that by decreasing the property tax millage rate by a half mill, from 4,89 to 4.39.

1/14/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (2-9, 0-4) had a tall task ahead of them on Tuesday night when they took on the Panthers from Sewickley Academy (8-1, 4-0). The Panthers are the defending state champions from last year, and though they lost nine seniors from that team, they look primed to defend the 2A state championship trophy deep into the post-season.

1/14/18

Barbara A. Lowrie Barbara A. Lowrie, 75, of Corsica, passed away Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018 at her home following a courageous fight with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born December 3, 1942 in Pittsburgh; daughter of the late Paul and Ethel Coyle Burlett.

1/14/18

It took some time and a little conflict, but Bellevue Council was able to fill a vacancy on the borough’s zoning hearing board at Tuesday evening’s pre-council meeting.

There were five candidates for the position. The first two nominated -- by council members Linda Woshner and Val Pennington -- were rejected in 5-4 votes that reflect the current political divide on council: Opposed were Tom Fodi, Grant Saylor, Glenn Pritchard, Anya Pikul and Jodi Hause. Voting in favor were Woshner, Pennington, Tom Hrynda and Anthony DiTullio.

1/7/18

Avalon’s recently elected council members were sworn in to office Tuesday evening by new Mayor Tom Lloyd, at far right, who took his oath of office earlier. Pictured from left are William Pascale, Shaun McWilliams, J.P. McFeely, Ruth Lloyd, Lee Nelson and John Crawford. Lloyd also administered the oath of office to new tax collector Dennis Narcisi.

1/7/18

Bellevue’s new officials are: seated, from left, new council member Val Pennington, new council president Tom Fodi, new council member Anya Pikul; Standing, from left, new council members Anthony DiTullio and Jodi Hause, Mayor Emily Marburger, new council member Glenn Pritchard, and new vice president Grant Saylor.

1/7/18

Emsworth Council members Jolene Bennett, Dan Lenz and Kevin Yurkovich take the oath of office from District Judge Tara Smith as Mayor Sue Ann Lillie, at far left, and tax collector Laura West, at far right, look on. Both were sworn in separately, as was new council member Carolyn Galante, who was appointed to fill a two-year seat on council.

1/7/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-3, 2-8) picked up their second win of the season and their first win at home Tuesday night when they out ran the Cougars from Carlynton High School (1-0, 3-7). The Flames came back after being down 32 – 29 late in the third quarter to claim a 51 – 45 victory over the visiting Cougars.

1/7/18

By JIM RUMBLE

After a 5-0 start to the 2017-18 season, the Avonworth girls’ basketball team finds itself on a bit of a downslide, with four losses coming over the last five games.

The most recent loss occurred this past Tuesday, when the Lady ‘Lopes dropped a 55-42 decision to Keystone Oaks in non-section play.

1/7/18

Ronald I. Young Ronald I. Young, 87, of Zelienople, formerly of Bellevue, died Monday, December 25, 2017 after a long illness. He was the husband of Marjorie (Haas) Young; father of Douglas (Karen) Young, Lucinda Redman, Christina (Ted) Parks and Randal (Jessica) Young; brother of Donna McCartney and the late Guy, Dallas, William, Marion and Hewett; also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Ron was a Bellevue Borough policeman for 22 years and was a Marine Corp Veteran of the Korean War. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

1/7/18

Although Wednesday night’s game between the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball teams started with the Flames taking a nine-point lead, it was the last time Northgate would pull ahead for the rest of the game.

By end of first period, Avonworth led 14-13 on athree-pointer from Jake Harper The score remained close at 24-19 at halftime, but Avonworth pulled out all the stops to move ahead 41-30 at end of third period. Northgate edged back up, 41-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but Avonworth hung on for the 60-43 win.

1/6/18

With the upheaval in national politics, North Boroughs residents joined citizens across the United States wondering what the new year would bring, and what effect the 2016 election results would have close to home. Turns out that the ripple traveled quickly, adding to all the expected events of 2017.

1/6/18

Emsworth Council held a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, Dec. 21, in anticipation of the Center Avenue Bridge opening on Friday, Dec. 22, well ahead of the construction deadline of April 2018.

The bridge is owned by Port Authority of Allegheny County. It was closed in February 2017 to make major repairs to improve the safety of the bridge and to enable the removal of weight restrictions.

1/6/18

Significant changes in composition, experience and leadership in the governments of two local boroughs are sure to bring a new day in this new year, although for better or worse remains to be seen.

Reorganization meetings were held in four North Boroughs municipalities Tuesday night.

1/6/18

By TOM STEINER Being named the top student trombonist in Pennsylvania last year was quite an honor for Lukas Helsel, but the Avonworth junior did not stop there.Over Thanksgiving break, Lukas traveled to the National Association for Music Education's All-National Orchestra at Disney's Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando. After last year's state achievement, he had submitted a video audition and was among six trombonists accepted into the orchestra and 14 into the concert band.

1/6/18

Elizabeth Claire Patterson Rainey Elizabeth “Betty” Claire Patterson Rainey, 98, a lifetime resident of the Emsworth area (Plumer Avenue), died December 17, 2017 in Lambertville, Michigan after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Samuel Patterson and Clara Block Patterson and sister, Georgene Patterson (Charles W.) Dickson. Mrs. Rainey was born in Pittsburgh July 4, 1919. She had moved to Michigan to be near her granddaughter and namesake, Elizabeth Eischen the past two years.

1/6/18

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association recently named Avonworth's Nicole Levis School Counselor of the Year at its annual conference, this year held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The presentation highlighted an awards banquet held during the organization's 62nd annual meeting.

12/23/17

On Dec. 13, a student at the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School on Ohio River Boulevard was struck by a vehicle. The student had a sprained ankle and some bruising. Police say that no charges were filed against the driver.

Mark Nicholas, of Pittsburgh, was arrested for public drunkenness on Elizabeth Avenue on Dec. 16.

Following an incident at an Ohio River Boulevard fast food restaurant, Geoffrey Burkhardt, of Bellevue, was charged with criminal mischief on Dec. 16.

12/23/17

The 2018 Ben Avon budget as presented in November was brought before council on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with a few revisions.

According to council member R.J. White, a minor adjustment was made to increase some of the insurance figures, with an off-setting decrease in the road paving budget. As a result, the budget still stands at $1,233,900.

Council voted unanimously to pass the revised budget. Earl Bohn, Ken Opipery and Brad Cole were absent.

12/23/17

Bellevue will not seek new proposals for the Lincoln Avenue streetscape design, and instead voted Tuesday to approve payment to the current firm, CEC, to submit a preliminary design at a cost of $28,375.

The much debated contract was approved without discussion at council’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19. With council member Linda Woshner absent, the 5-3 vote featured negative votes from Henry Lenard, Lynn Tennant Heffley and Tom Hrynda.

12/23/17

The real estate millage rate for Kilbuck Township residents will decrease in 2018.

At the Dec. 19 meeting of Kilbuck Township supervisors, both the 2018 budget and millage rate were unanimously passed.

The real estate millage rate decreases to 4.9 mills, down from 5.22 mills. The 2018 budget for the township lists projected revenue at $567,850 and expenses at $538,865.