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.”



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.”



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).



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.


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.


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.



The Avonworth boys’ basketball team extended their recent win streak to six games, capturing two wins over the past week.

The 'Lopes hosted Carlynton in a section game last Friday and defeated the Cougars 50-44.

"It was ugly but we'll take it," said coach Dan Bradley.

Avonworth jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter with three-balls by Mike Noethiger and Jake Harper and a basket in the lane by Matt Crilley, all coming on Avonworth's first three possessions to put them ahead 8-0.



The Northgate Flames girls’ basketball team entered last Thursday's game against Brentwood sporting a 5-3 overall record and having aspirations of pulling an upset against their section leader. The Flames hung tough early on, but the Spartans took over in the second quarter and never looked back on their way to a 55-34 win.


Hannah Isabelle Milbert Hannah Isabelle Milbert, 15, of Ohio Township, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Born April 3, 2001, Hannah was the daughter of Eric J. and Maureen J. (Aiken) Milbert; granddaughter of William and Marie Milbert and Shirley Petrovic; sister of Jennifer (Sean) Waters, Laura (Rocky) Yusi, Matthew (Emily) Milbert, Emily Milbert and Marissa Milbert. She is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township filed a threat report on Jan. 5.

On Jan. 6, a resident of Laurel Oak Drive in Ohio Township filed a theft report.

On Jan. 6, a resident of Penhurst Drive in Ben Avon Heights filed a theft report. Police say the items have been recovered.

A theft report was filed by a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 7.

A resident of Prospect Avenue in Ben Avon filed a fraud report on Jan. 9.


Police are looking for a man believed to have robbed employees at the Arby’s restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard in Bellevue Tuesday night.

The robbery was reported about 8:30 p.m., with police told that the man was armed with a black Glock handgun and a pink cannister of mace.

The suspect, who fled on foot, was described as a black male with a dark complexion, wearing a black jacket, black jeans and black Air Max tennis shoes, along with a Pirates cap. He is about 5’4” tall.

In other news from Bellevue Police:


A 15-year-old sophomore at Avonworth High School died Saturday night in a fire that destroyed her family’s home on Wible Lane in Ohio Township.

Hannah Milbert was pronounced dead at 9:26 p.m. Her parents, Eric and Maureen Milbert, were able to escape the blaze first reported at 6:13 p.m. The family’s cat, Ninja, also is believed to have died in the fire.


A woman was trapped in her car after it hit a house on Ohio River Boulevard on May 3. She reported that while coming down Harrison Avenue, the vehicle’s brakes failed and the car crossed all four lanes of Route 65, jumped a curb, went through a yard and hit the house. The driver was not injured.

A vehicle on California Avenue was broken into on April 27. Personal items valued at more than $200 were taken.

On April 28, Avalon Police responded to a downed wire and disabled vehicle on Ohio River Boulevard.



Avonworth School District is considering changing its policies and procedures to allow nurses to possess and administer the drug naloxone (Narcan).

Naloxone, commonly sold under the brand name Narcan, is a drug used to treat opioid overdoses. The drug works by blocking the opioid receptors in the brain, thus preventing and reversing the effects of opioids that have been recently used, including reduced respiration.



The Avonworth School Board has approved a proposed 2016-17 budget with no increase in the property tax millage rate.

At their May 9 meeting, board members approved the proposed budget showing revenue of $28,745,949 and expenditures of $28,895,949.

The millage rate will remain at its current 18.67 mills.

According to fiscal manager Brad Waters, the $150,000 difference between revenues and expenses in the proposed budget, will be met in one of three possible ways: expenses could decrease, revenues could increase, or through the use of unassigned reserve funds.


Although Northgate taxpayers are still being assured that there will be no property tax increase in the coming fiscal year, the proposed budget under consideration by the school board now boasts a dramatically increased projected deficit.

The budget initially was presented two weeks ago with a negligible deficit of about $7,000. The preliminary budget approved by the school board at its work session on Monday projects a deficit that is close to $1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


The Northgate School District will welcome its sixth superintendent in the district's 45-year history -- as well as its first female superintendent -- after the school board voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Caroline Johns.


Frances Hayden Frances Psomas Makray Hayden, 94, of Ohio Township, wife of the late Lawrence J. Makray Jr. and Eli Hayden, died Thursday, April 28, 2016. Mrs. Hayden had been a member of the Ohio Township Ladies Auxiliary and St. Mary Women's Guild.


Only one week after the parents of Northgate High School students received letters informing them that their children could apply for scholarships to attend classes in another school district because assessment test scores were so low at Northgate, the district’s school board voted to further reduce the number of remediation hours that will be required for members of the Class of 2016 who have not passed one or more of those assessment tests.


Five members of a Bellevue family have now been confirmed dead as a result of a fire in their Roosevelt Avenue duplex Friday night.