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3/10/18

William R. Bender William R. Bender, 90, of Avalon, died Saturday, February 17, 2018. He was the husband of the late Rita (Thieret) Bender; father of Marilyn Bender, William K. (Anne) Bender, Christine (Henry) Stephens, Joan (Larry) Kresek, Thomas J. Bender, Nancy (Dave) Roman, Loraine (late Larry) Jeter and the late Stephanie Rose Bender; brother to Mary Bender Henning, Paul Bender, Bernard Bender and the late Kenneth Bender. William was proud of his 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

3/10/18

Teresa J. (Lang) Lavery Teresa Jean (Lang) Lavery died Wednesday, February 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father, Andy. Teresa is survived by her mother, Doris; her daughter, Madeline; her husband of 28 years, Bob; her brothers, Andy (Mark), Greg, Al (Margaret), Dave, Thom (Brigette) and Jeff (Mary-Beth); sisters, Nancy, Linda, Sherri (Richard), Nett (Wayne), Carol and Kathy; 23 nieces and nephews; and by countless friends.

3/10/18

Call the event the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Tonys for high school drama students in the Western Pennsylvania area.

That event would be the annual “Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Contest” sponsored by the Pittsburgh Public Theater and held at the O'Reilly Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh recently. Students from public schools, as well as home-schoolers and students from charter and parochial schools audition, are proud to make it to the finals and justifiably thrilled to be named the winners.

3/10/18

Going into WPIAL competition last weekend, the Northgate-Avonworth swimmers had the confidence of a strong season record behind them.

But WPIALs is a bit different than meeting up with opponents from the season schedule. It’s the best vs. the best, and as with any sport, a plan of action can be a big help.

2/10/18

Bellevue received a late Christmas present when it was announced Thursday that the borough had been awarded a state transportation grant of $315,000 that will completely pay for the West Riverview retaining wall project.

State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, who had worked with borough officials to secure the grant, informed Bellevue shortly after the announcement was made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

2/10/18

Northgate senior Conner Powers recently turned in an award-winning performance that brought him lots of cheers from the audience at Petersen Events Center.

Appropriate, since the cheers were for his skilled cheerleader routine that included double-full — a move that comprises a single back somersault with two full twists -- gymnastics and high-flying stunts that earned him first place among hundreds of competitors vying for the national title which, at the end of the day, Conner proudly carried home.

1/27/18

Bellevue Council is being asked to approve a zoning permit that would allow the opening of a pet funeral home and crematory on Ohio River Boulevard.

The property at 4325 Ohio River Blvd., currently a used car sales lot, lies within the joint zoning code’s highway commercial district. In this zone, a crematory is an accepted conditional use, meaning that its use as such must be approved by the borough council, which also may impose additional conditions, according to Bellevue solicitor Matt Racunas.

1/20/18

By PATRICK GANNON

The Avonworth Antelopes (7-6, 3-1) played their rival, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans (5-7, 2-1) Tuesday night at Avonworth High School, defeating the Trojans in a 42-40 thriller to take control of second place in AAA Section 2.

The first quarter began slowly, with both teams scoreless for the opening three minutes until CWNC’s Brian Davidson made a lay-up. This woke up junior Tyreek Davis, who scored five quick points to give the ‘Lopes the lead. But the Trojans were not looking to roll over, and took a 13-12 lead into the second quarter.

1/20/18

At Monday night's meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved motions that will will allow Avonworth High School students, beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the opportunity to take a wide variety of “College in High School” classes.

The school board approved removing the following courses from the Avonworth course book and replacing the traditional classes with courses from several local institutions of higher learning.

1/20/18

By MEL PERKINS

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 2-11) are still searching for their first win in the section. Tuesday night, the Flames lost to their section foe, the Sto-Rox Vikings (2-5, 3-10), 76 -55, after the Vikings built an insurmountable 18-point lead at half time.

1/20/18

By JIM RUMBLE

You would have to go back at least a couple of decades to find a four-game win streak for the Northgate girls’ basketball team, which the Lady Flames achieved following two wins over the past week.

1/20/18

Northgate High School’s auditorium had the look of an afternoon pep rally for one of the sports teams this past Tuesday, with the band paying spirited songs onstage, the cheerleaders performing routines as the entire student body and faculty filed in.

But it was more than a team pep rally. It was recognition of junior Anthony Barbarino, age 17, a student-athlete who had been selected to receive the KDKA TV and Allegheny Health Network’s “Extra Effort Award.”

1/20/18

Frederick J. Mueller Frederick J. Mueller, 90, of Emsworth, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was the husband of the late Nancy J. (Staub) Mueller; father of Karen (Paul) Getz, Eric (Cindy) Mueller, and Lisa (Joe) Libonati; grandfather of Chad (Megan) Mueller, Jonathan Mueller, Jennifer (Pierce) Robison, Nicholas Libonati, Julie (Travis) Furman, Adam Libonati, and Cory Libonati; great-grandfather of Chase Furman and Liam Robison; also survived by several other family members.

1/20/18

Some Emsworth Borough employees will be seeing a wage increase in 2018.

At the Jan. 10 meeting, Emsworth Borough Council voted unanimously to increase wages 3 percent, retroactive to Jan. 2. Secretary Cathy Jones, treasurer Rebecca McNeil, sewage fee administrator Kathy Taschner and Department of Public Works employees will receive the raise. Employees on snow removal were not included.

According to vice president Brian Fashian, it has been three years since DPW employees received a raise.

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.