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6/12/17

Avonworth and Northgate high schools presented diplomas to the graduating classes of 2017 during ceremonies held last Friday at Avonworth, and Monday at Northgate.Both schools honored their top academic achievers.

Avonworth valedictorian Julianna Nicolaus, at right, daughter of John and Linda Nicolaus, will attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she will major in math and science. Salutatorian Abby Busse, daughter of Lisa and John Paul Busse, will attend George Mason University, where she will major in bio-engineering.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

6/12/17

Avonworth and Northgate high schools presented diplomas to the graduating classes of 2017 during ceremonies held last Friday at Avonworth, and Monday at Northgate.Both schools honored their top academic achievers.

Pictured here, Northgate valedictorian Alex Sklyar is the son of Sergey and Tatyana Sklyar of Bellevue. He will study neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. Salutatorian Kathleen King is the daughter of Lori and Andrew King, also of Bellevue. She will attend Chatham University next fall, majoring in biology as part of the physician assistant track.

6/12/17

By NANCY WHYTE

Avonworth School Board members faced a silent protest at Monday night's work session, as support staff asked the board to provide the same family health insurance benefit enjoyed by other employees.

6/4/17

Donald Ray Phillips Sr. Donald Ray Phillips Sr., 56, of Avalon, died Monday, May 29, 2017. He was the son of the Thelma and the late Donald Phillips; husband of Tena; father of Donald Ray Phillips, Jr. (Michelle) and Victoria Phillips (Christopher Davis); five grandchildren, Isabelle, Anthony, Sydney, Trevor & Penelope; brother of Lois Reynolds, Donna Kay Gold (Joe), Linda Wirkowski (Rick), Sharon Brown (Chuck), Bill Phillips (Tamara) and Brenda Rupprecht (Jason); also survived by many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

6/4/17

On May 24, a resident of Sylvan Walk in Ben Avon filed an assault report.

A resident of Banbury Lane in Ben Avon Heights filed a soliciting complaint on May 25.

On May 25, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Emsworth filed an ordinance complaint.

On May 26, a resident of Plummer Avenue in Emsworth filed a harassment report.

A resident of Thornridge Road in Kilbuck Township filed a fraud report on May 27.

On May 30, Ohio Township Police officers responded to a report of suspicious persons on American Way in Ohio Township.

6/4/17

“An army travels on its stomach.”

So who said it? Napoleon? Frederick the Great? Some historians attribute the statement to both of them.

Whoever. The message is the same: In combat, nutrition is almost as important as munitions in achieving victory.

But can the same be said for sports teams?

Step behind the scenes of the current Penguins quest for victory and head chef Geoff Straub would say that most assuredly, good nutrition is right up there with good teamwork in making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

6/4/17

By Jack Reed

Avonworth-Northgate track team’s Hunter Robinson stole the show in Shippensburg this past weekend, proving herself to be the best sprinter in the state at the PIAA championship track meets by taking two gold medals and one silver during her three events.

6/1/17

Fire was billowing out the front of a North School Street home when firefighters from throughout the area were dispatched to Avalon late Thursday morning.

5/29/17

Another glass ceiling cracked Tuesday evening, as Avalon Council appointed the borough’s first woman mayor.

5/29/17

On April 4, Bellevue Police received a report of larceny. The complainant said his deceased father’s caretaker had continued to access an account.

A resident of Forest Avenue reported on April 5 that a vehicle had been stolen from in front of the house.

A resident of West Riverview Avenue reported vandalism on April 5. Parked vehicles had been struck by eggs.

On April 7, a resident of South Bryant Avenue reported a stolen or missing pistol.

On April 10, a resident of South Fremont Avenue reported that a purse had been taken from inside of the house.

5/29/17

Several residents voiced questions and concerns about dangerous dogs at the May 10 meeting of Emsworth Council, just two weeks after a teenage Emsworth girl was bitten by a loose dog.

On April 30, a 15-year-old girl, walking down an Emsworth street, was bitten on the leg by a dog who came off its owner's Walliston Street property. The girl was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

5/29/17

A farmers market may be returning to Bellevue after several years’ absence, thanks to a group of moms who were looking for a way to add to their communities.

The farmers market envisioned by the group will be expanded to include crafters, according to organizer Kim Reed. It also would be moved from its former location on Hawley Avenue to Bayne Park, and be held on Wednesdays to coincide with the evening concerts and movies sponsored there by the borough.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School District has the distinction of having the largest number of Modern Language Global Scholars in the entire state of Pennsylvania.

5/29/17

The Avonworth School Board approved both the hiring of a nurse and a school reconfiguration.

At a brief meeting of the school board held Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 a.m., two motions were unanimously passed by two board members present in person, Beau Blauser and John Brandt, and four joining in on the phone: David Oberdick, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Carraway and Eric Templin.

Michelle Watkins was hired as an LPH nurse in the Primary Center/Elementary School, effective May 17, at an annual salary of $26,660 with benefits.

5/29/17

By Jack Reed

The Avonworth-Northgate track team headed off to the WPIAL championship meet on Thursday, May 18, to compete for WPIAL medals as well as for a chance to qualify for the state meets. There has been much anticipation in the local track community to see these special Avonworth-Northgate teams compete in the WPIAL championship and state qualifier meets.

First, in the boys’ 4 x 800 meter relay, Chase Rowsey, Jonas Jason, Kenny Azzarello and Jacob Noethiger ran a time of 8:25.56 to finish fourth in the WPIAL and qualify for a trip to state competition.

5/29/17

The Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association's All-State Festival, April 19-22, featured the best high school vocalists and musicians, with Avonworth sophomore Lukas Helsel being named the top trombonist in the state.

Studying and playing the instrument for the past seven years, Lukas, age 15, said that although he originally wanted to play the French horn, he decided on the trombone because, “I liked the fact that it had a slide and that it could make unique sounds.”

5/29/17

Bellevue Council has directed the borough’s solicitor to draft an amendment to Bellevue’s traffic ordinance that will turn North Avenue into a one-way street, at least for some people.

5/29/17

.Mary Kay Salkeld Mary Kay Salkeld, of Ben Avon, died Saturday, May 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend of more than 40 years, Raymond C. Salkeld; her son, Daniel Salkeld; her sister, Eileen McGivern; and her brother, Thomas McDonald. In addition to Daniel, she was mother to Karen Simpson of McCandless, Michael Salkeld of Ben Avon; Kathy (Rick) Salkeld Euler of Franklin Park; David (Karen) Salkeld of Raleigh, NC; and Maureen (Jay) Redman of Davie, FL.

5/29/17

A business on Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud on May 18.

Ohio Township Police responded to a disturbance/fight near the intersections of Church and Perrysville avenues on May 18.

While on patrol on May 20, officers found a suspicious vehicle parked on Huntington Avenue in Emsworth. After investigating, all was found to be okay.

A resident of Allegheny Avenue in Emsworth reported harassment on May 21,

On May 22, a resident of Laurel Oak Drive in Ohio Township reported fraud.

A business located on Ben Avon Heights Road reported retail theft on May 23.

5/20/17

According to Bellevue Police, two people using a handgun attempted to rob an individual on Lincoln Avenue on May 12. The robbers were gone upon the arrival of the police.

A Sheridan Avenue residence was burglarized sometime between May 7 and May 10. Firearms, a firearm safe, jewelry, radios, tvs, vcrs, an XBox and shoes, all valued at more than $1,600, were taken.

A resident of North Howard Avenue reported vandalism on May 1. Multiple window screens had been damaged in a possible burglary attempt.

5/20/17

What started as a classroom discussion in Avonworth teachers Jason Smith's and Melissa DeSimone's co-taught eighth grade civics class turned into a memorable event involving all of the eighth grade, as well as students from other grade levels and several adults.

“We started working on the project in January after a class survey showed that over 75 percent of eighth grade students felt the country was 'too divided' right now,” Smith said. “Students were challenged to find a way to bring their community together and build citizenship skills by making a positive impact that unites people.”

5/20/17

Tuesday's primary election resolved some questions about who will be taking office locally next year, but also set the stage for a lot of general election contests. Overall, it was a bad election to appear on the ballot as an incumbent.

Bellevue

5/20/17

Daniel R. Condit Daniel R. Condit, 49, of Avalon, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. He was the son of the late William and Mary Condit; brother of William J. Condit and Sherri (Steven) Rectenwald; uncle of Kimberly D., Daniel J., Nathaniel, Grayson, and Aria Rectenwald; longtime, loving boyfriend of Clare Bukauskas-Kalmbach. Dan is also survived by countless friends that he loved like family and will be deeply missed. He was a loyal Pittsburgh sports fan and never missed an opportunity to attend a game. Arrangements by the Devlin Funeral Home.

Lois H. Wineland

5/20/17

On May 3, a resident of Roosevelt Road in Kilbuck Township reported fraud.

A resident of Eicher Road in Kilbuck Township reported a disturbance on May 4.

On May 5, a resident of Willow Street in Emsworth reported harassment.

A resident of Huntington Avenue in Emsworth reported criminal mischief on May 6.

On May 6, a resident of Lowry Street in Emsworth reported a disturbance.