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1/23/16

Following the retirement of Carmella Hallstein, Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting unanimously appointed a new borough secretary, Lisa Cronin.

Cronin's appointment was retroactive to Jan. 11.

Her hours at the borough building will be Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Cronin was also unanimously appointed the Right to Know officer. Council president Earl Bohn was absent.

1/23/16

Ben Avon is seeking to fill a seat on borough council that was left vacant after the last election. Vice president R.J. White said at Tuesday's meeting that council has received a few applications; however, president Earl Bohn was absent from the meeting because of illness, and White said Bohn would like to be and should be part of the review process.

Council voted unanimously to hold a special meeting Feb. 2 for the purpose of reviewing applications and filling the council vacancy.

1/23/16

By JIM RUMBLE

Following last Friday's overtime loss at Aliquippa, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back to their winning ways when they hosted South Side Beaver this past Monday.

Displaying good balance on offense with five players scoring in double figures, the Antelopes rolled to a home win against the Rams 78-48.

"I'm just glad we came out and played well after a tough loss at Aliquippa," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley.

"Sometimes those feelings and emotions can carry over and I thought we came out pretty good," he said.

1/23/16

Frank Sulzer of Avalon started his running a little later than many, beginning three years ago at age 38.

But don't expect to see Frank, who also is a member of the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company, jogging California Avenue in typical running attire -- sweats or shorts, water bottle and the obligatory headphones plugged in to some device that provides music to accompany the trek.

Instead, he takes a more serious approach by running in a full firefighter's bunker suit that includes jacket, pants, helmet and airpack, while also carrying the American flag.

1/21/16

The Northgate School District will soon be looking for a new superintendent. Current superintendent Dr. Joe Pasquerilla was hired to head the Bethel Park School District during a special school board meeting tonight.

Bethel Park's current superintendent will retire at the end of her contract this year.

Pasquerilla was hired by Northgate in 2012. The board approved a new contract for him just last year. He has been given a five-year contract with Bethel Park, at a starting salary of $152,500.

1/10/16

Police are investigating the shooting death of a North Side man in Bellevue Sunday morning.

The coroner's office has identified the victim as Graham Damion. He was reported shot during an altercation on Forest Avenue.

No further details were available.

12/12/15

Over the past several decades, the Bracken name has been closely associated with Bellevue.

Bill Bracken, a police officer there for almost 40 years, held the post of police chief, as well.

And there is Helen Bracken, Bill's widow, 86 years a resident of the town that she still loves, even though several of her friends and relatives are no longer here.

So many changes, but one constant that Bill followed until his passing and that Helen continues to follow: a sense of community giving, sharing, volunteering.

12/12/15

If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, the choruses at both local schools are ready to perform. Avownworth’s senior choral members group up for a photo while rehearsing for the holiday concert featuring the middle and high school bands and choruses. From left are Caroline Carlson, Alex Kirsch, Katlyn Weiser, Angie Tozzi, Jenna Foster, Alexey Stern and Jayelin Cameron.The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, in the high school auditorium at 7:30 p.m.. The public is invited, with free admission.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

A horse-drawn wagon provided rides along Lincoln Avenue. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

Santa got a helping hand from an Elf and, of course, Rudolph. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

The Bellevue Fire Department and Volunteer Fire Company assisted Santa Claus in making his annual appearance in Bellevue last Friday atop the borough's aerial firetruck. The event was sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

A nativity scene was made up of members of Bellevue Christian and Greenstone U.M. churches. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

Mayor Paul Cusick reads The Night Before Christmas to Sonny Senvisky. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

Kids line up, waiting for the tree-lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

David Oberdick will serve another term as president of the Avonworth School Board following the board’s reorganization meeting Monday.

Oberdick was the only person nominated for the office, and was elected by unanimous vote, as was Kristin Thompson as vice president.

12/12/15

The Northgate School District will see a personnel shift for the next school year.

Current English/literacy coach Beth Wells was transferred to a new position, that of K-12 principal/coordinator of curriculum assessment and evaluation, effective July 1, 2016. She will be paid $89,000 in the new job, pending completion of her principal’s certificate, which is expected to occur by the end of this year.

The literacy coach position will be eliminated effective June 30.

Several board members objected to taking a professional out of the classroom to become another administrator.

12/12/15

People who have been waiting to pay for parking meters in Bellevue with their cell phones will have to wait a bit longer. Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to have the borough solicitor terminate the borough’s contract with Meter Feeder.

The contract was approved last summer after representatives of the company presented their mobile device application to borough officials. However, according to the mayor and police chief, it was later discovered that the app could not be synchronized with the technology currently used by the borough to write meter violation tickets.

12/12/15

If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, the choruses at both local schools are ready to perform. Northgate’s middle and high school combined choirs, pictured here, will present “A FROZEN Christmas,” under the direction of Kelly Winovich on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the middle/high school auditorium. The public is invited, with free admission.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

12/12/15

Robert Kiefer Robert C. Kiefer, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. Mr. Kiefer was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Hornet. He is survived by four siblings, Patricia Bachmann and her husband Jim, A.J. Kiefer Jr. and his wife Kathy, Raymond Kiefer and his wife Lucetta and Beverly Kiefer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine J. and Margaret Hallstein Kiefer.

12/12/15

Not only were there no new board members taking office at Northgate this year, but the board voted unanimously to maintain the status quo with regards to its presiding officers.

Gary Paladin was re-elected president and Brigitte Jackson was re-elected vice president of the board during the reorganization meeting on Monday.

12/12/15

By MEL PERKINS

The 2015-16 Northgate Flames' boys' basketball season got rolling on Dec. 4 when they took on the Springdale Dynamos in the Springdale Tip-Off Tournament. The Flames lost to Springdale and Yough in the tournament, but section play starts tonight when they travel to Moon Township to take on the Chargers from Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH).

12/7/15

Mary Rieger Mary F. "Mae" Kuhn Rieger, 85, of Ross Township, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Elmer Rieger, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. She is survived by two siblings, John Kuhn and his wife Rosemary and Dorothy Hasenbein; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Mary Kodovsky Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Herbert Hasenbein.

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12/7/15

For the second consecutive year, Avonworth High School senior David Clark has been named Point Park University's regional journalism winner for editorial cartooning, a title that qualifies him to move on to Pennsylvania State Press Association competition, where he will defend the championship title he won last year as a junior.

Newspaper adviser Scott Tuffiash said that he is thankful that PSPA has this outlet for David's craft.

"His talent is remarkable and it is great to see him earn this recognition."