Reading, writing, arithmetic -- and then on up to Shakespeare, advanced composition and calculus. All lessons taught in schools to prep students for moving on and earning a living. But what about another form of education: the education for life?


The first touch of wintry weather in the North Boroughs took its toll, making for some slippery brick streets Wednesday evening. This vehicle was traveling down Kendall Avenue in Bellevue about 8:30 p.m. when it slid into a utility pole at the corner of Rheams Avenue. The pole splintered and fell, taking down some wires and the nearby street sign. The driver told police that he was not injured. Bellevue Police and Fire departments were dispatched to the scene. Photo by Jim Rumble for The Citizen


The Pennsylvania Football Writers all-state teams were released last week, with two local players being selected in their respective classifications.

Avonworth senior quarterback Derek Johncour was chosen in class 2A after throwing for 2,420 yards and 23 touchdowns in the regular season while leading his team to a WPIAL playoff berth. Derek was coached by his father Duke, who just completed his eighth season as the head coach at Avonworth.


Avalon residents who are bothered by door-to-door solicitors now have the ability to keep those sales reps off their front porches.

Avalon Council has adopted an ordinance that will create a “No Knock” list. Residents will be able to have their addresses included on a list that will be distributed to solicitors with instructions that they are not permitted to visit those homes.

The new ordinance also increases the fee for a solicitation permit from $10 to $30.


On Dec. 17, an Avalon resident reported to police that someone stole a winning lottery ticket from his vehicle.

On Dec. 18, Andrew Gorsuch, 31, of Avalon, was cited for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

A resident reported the theft of packages from his porch on Dec. 21.

Max Ringer, 50, of Avalon, was arrested for public drunkenness on Dec. 22.

Following a traffic stop on Dec. 23, Britney Gibson, 32, of Avalon and Tawana Hamilton, 40, of McKees Rocks, were arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.



Northgate (0-3, 1-8) played host in their first annual Northgate Holiday Tournament last week, bringing in Hopewell, Quigley Catholic, Brentwood, Perry Traditional Academy, and Carlynton for a six- team tournament with three games on Thursday and Friday nights. Unfortunately, the Flames came out of the tournament winless, unable to break their eight-game losing streak.


Richard C.Miller, Ph.D.


A resident of Bryson Avenue in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Dec. 19.

A business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct on Dec. 19.

On Dec. 20, a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported disorderly conduct.

A resident on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth reported harassment by communications on Dec. 25.


The 203rd Legislative Session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began Jan. 1 with the swearing in of new and returning legislators.

The North Boroughs municipalities make up parts of three different legislative districts, where voters went to the polls last November to elect two veterans and one rookie to the state house.


Avalon Council has adopted a $3.3 budget for 2019 with no increase in the property tax millage rate, but officials are still looking at how they might fund the government until property tax revenues start coming in next spring.



The Northgate Flames hosted Winchester Thurston on Tuesday night, and it was a hard-fought battle. But the Flames were just unable to hang on at the end for the victory, losing by the score of 52 – 50.



It was a down-to-the-wire game for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they hosted Mohawk in their home-opener this past Monday. The Lady ‘Lopes led through most of the contest and managed to hang on to defeat the Warriors in section play 46-43.

"It was a tough fought game defensively both ways and there were a lot of swings in the game," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris.

Hayden Robinson carried the Antelope offense with eight points early on, but a basket by Alexa Davis allowed Avonworth to go into the locker room at the half leading 22-19.


Courtney L. (Denniston) Perkins Courtney L. (Denniston) Perkins, 30, of Ben Avon, died unexpectedly from a rare heart condition, Friday, Dec. 12, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Jason Perkins; mother of Arelyn, Emerson, and Wailand; daughter of Maureen (Helbling) Denniston and Timothy Denniston; sister of Jeremy Denniston; daughter-in-law of Tina and James McCroskey; sister-in-law of JC McCroskey; also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Before becoming a mother, Courtney assisted with sign language for deaf and autistic children at Pressley Ridge.


A business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township reported harassment by communication on Dec. 5.

A resident of Hiland Avenue in Emsworth reported fraud on Dec. 5.

On Dec. 6, a resident of Cliffside Drive in Emsworth reported a disturbance.

On Dec. 7, a resident of Wedgewood Drive in Ohio Township reported the theft of a package.

A resident of Avon Drive in Emsworth reported a disturbance on Dec. 10.

A resident of Norwood Avenue in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on Dec. 12,

On Dec. 14, a resident of Gateway Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.


On Nov. 1, Bellevue Police received a report that a juvenile had items stolen while walking to school.

On Nov. 1, a Lincoln Avenue apartment resident reported items had been stolen.

A Shiloh Avenue resident reported that an unknown individual attempted to enter the residence by kicking in the back door on Nov. 1.

Bellevue Police are investigating a possible sexual assault reported on Nov. 2.

On Nov. 3, a resident of Division avenue reported damage to the vehicle’s driver side rear fender on Nov. 3.



Head coach Joe Cangilla returns this year for his third season with the Flames, and the players appear to have a renewed attitude with more energy

The Flames lost to Brentwood in the first game of the Brentwood Tip-Off Tournament, but rebounded nicely when they beat Propel Montour 80 – 42 the next night in the consolation game. Northgate’s second loss came at the hands of Avonworth when they fell 47 – 41 in a hard fought game that wasn’t decided until the last minute of the contest.



Having missed out on the WPIAL playoffs for over a decade, the Northgate girls’ basketball team has their sights set on changing all of that as the new season began last weekend in the Brentwood Tournament.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady Flames fell to Brentwood, the eventual tourney champion, 67-37.

Cierra Mason led the Northgate offense with 21 points.

The following night Northgate rolled past Steel Valley in the consolation game 50-17. Mason finished with 23 points. Savannah Livingston and Maddy Abramowicz dominated off the glass, combining for 25 rebounds.



The 2018-19 season for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team got underway when they competed in the Deer Lakes Tourney last weekend.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the Lady ‘Lopes fell to Quaker Valley in the opening game 47-34. Junior forward Kat Goetz registered a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Avonworth faced Riverview the following night in the consolation game and evened out their record as they cruised to a 53-31 victory.

Goetz, who was selected to the all tourney team, scored 13 points while junior guard Lexi Mankey poured in 24 points.


William R. Dugan William R. Dugan, 90, of Bellevue, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. He was the husband of 58 years of Claire (Schneider) Dugan; father of Mary Anne Foglio, Robert Dugan, and Janet (Kenneth) Briski; grandfather of Michael (Stephanie) Foglio, Nicholas Foglio, Joseph, David, Meghan, and Blake Briski; son of the late Thomas and Helen Dugan; brother of John P. (Elaine) Dugan and the late Richard (surviving wife, Jean) Dugan, Thomas (late Joanne), and Nancy Smith; brother-in-law of Jane Mousseau and the late Betty Ann Schneider; also survived by nieces and nephews.


By Patrick Gannon

On Tuesday the Avonworth Antelopes hosted the Northgate Flames at Avonworth High School. Both teams entered the contest with records of two wins and zero losses. The Antelopes won the game by a score of 57-51.


Bellevue Council will hold a hearing Monday on the borough’s proposed 2018-19 budget, which has undergone a few substantive changes since its inception and presentation by Mayor Emily Marburger in October. The proposed full-time paid fire chief position has been eliminated, the street repair budget has been increased, but the large salary increases remain part of the spending plan.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on North Home Avenue on Nov. 27. Police say no one was injured.

Three deer in the road caused a motor vehicle accident on Nov. 27 at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road. Police say no one was injured.

Jacob Hines, 23, of Bellevue, was arrested for public drunkenness on Nov. 28.

A resident of California Avenue reported on Nov. 28 that someone had stolen the handicap placard from a vehicle.

On Nov. 29, a resident of Semple Avenue reported fraud by someone using I-Tune cards.


By Nancy Whyte

As required by the Pennsylvania School Code, the Avonworth School Board held its reorganization meeting during the first week of December.

At Monday night’s meeting, outgoing president David Oberdick handled the duties of temporary president. Beau Blaser was declared president for 2019, and Vicki Carlson will serve as vice president.

Kate Monti and Jeff Carraway will be the 2019 representatives to the Northern Area Special (A.W. Beattie Career Center.)


On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue retail store reported that a $100 bill passed by a male customer was confirmed by a Lincoln Avenue bank to be counterfeit.

On Oct. 1, the manager of a Lincoln Avenue drug store reported that a male customer attempted to stuff items in his shirt and leave without paying.

Bellevue Police received a report of two adult males fighting in the middle of Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 1.

A resident of Howard Avenue reported a stolen vehicle on Oct. 4.