Robert Michael Colecchia Robert M. Colecchia, 77, of Avalon, died Thursday, September 14, 2017, after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. He was the son of the late Anthony and Columbia (Viscusi) Colecchia; brother to Tony (Chris) Colecchia and Ann Marie (Ed) Huber; devoted uncle to Dana Getz, Andrea Korade, Sarah Cardosi and Joshua Huber; great-uncle to Maia and Anna Getz, Luca and Jonah Korade, Anthony and Maria Cardosi, and Eli and Scarlett Huber.


On Aug. 30, a Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive retail business reported the theft of merchandise valued at $129.00. Ohio Township Police say charges are pending.

The following day, on Aug. 31, a Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive retail business reported the theft of merchandise valued at $63.99. Ohio Township Police say charges are pending.

A Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business reported a retail theft on Aug. 31. The case is still under investigation.

A resident of Manchester Circle in Ohio Township reported a theft on Sept. 1.


At their September meeting, Emsworth Council members continued discussing aspects of an ordinance draft requiring a camera inspection of sewer lines both before and after construction.

The purpose of the planned ordinance is to determine if damage to a sewer line took place when the line was worked on. If damage occurred, then the person/contractor who caused it will be held responsible. Likewise, a camera inspection of lines before work is performed can verify the extent of already-present damage.


Ben Avon Council voted unanimously to advertise an ordinance that would allow volunteer firefighters and other emergency service providers to receive tax credits. Based on Act 172, the borough can determine the amount of credit available for a volunteer's local earned income tax.

Council president Earl Bohn pointed out that the "rebate follows residency, not the area of service," meaning that a firefighter who lives in Emsworth, but volunteers in Ben Avon, would reach out to Emsworth to receive the credit. It is up to the volunteers to contact their local officials to apply.



It was a tale of two halves when the Avonworth Antelopes football team played a conference game at Serra Catholic last Friday.

After securing a 10-0 lead at the half, the 'Lopes were bogged down on offense in the second half as the Eagles came from behind to steal a 16-10 victory. It was a game that seemed destined for the win column for Avonworth, but ended up being their second consecutive loss in as many weeks to fall to 1-2 in the conference.


A number of motions pertaining to personnel were unanimously passed by the Avonworth School Board at the Monday, Sept. 11 meeting.

The resignation of Michelle Watkins, elementary school health campus aide, retroactive active to Aug. 15.

Hocelyn Puskar as the health aid (LPN) at the elementary school campus, effective Sept. 22, at an annual salary of $35,000.

Jamie Shaulis and Angela McDowell as part time food service workers retroactive to Aug. 22.

Linda Williams as elementary school cafeteria lead, at 6.25 hours/day, retroactive to Aug. 22.


Some long-awaited construction projects are about to get underway in Bellevue.

Engineer Ben Gilberti told Bellevue Council at its pre-council session on Tuesdaythat work will begin next week on the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall. The collapse of the wall closed a major artery into Bellevue for several years until funding for the project was available.


The commemoration of Bellevue’s sesquicentennial may stretch far and wide, as council approved a motion by council member Tom Hrynda to donate leftover t-shirts to an organization providing disaster relief in Texas and Florida.

The borough also will donate several boxes of t-shirts purchased years ago for an event canceled due to bad weather.



Coming off of a 29 - 28 win against OLSH on the road in week one, the Flames traveled to Union last Friday, but the road was not so kind this time around. Taking on the Scotties was far from a walk in the park. Union took the lead and the Flames were unable to get a spark on offense, falling to the Scotties 33 - 0.


Many of the local firefighters today are much too young to remember that early morning on Aug. 31, 1981, when the unthinkable happened.

Firefighters from throughout the North Boroughs had converged on Union Avenue in Avalon to fight a ferocious residential fire. Avalon volunteer firefighter William E. “Pete” Moss was one of them. Moss stood beside the Avalon snorkel truck, one foot on the running board, the other on the ground, when the top of the truck hit a live electrical line. Moss was electrocuted and died in the line of duty.


Edward C. Martin, Sr. Edward C. Martin, Sr., 87, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, September 12, 2017. He was the husband of the late Betty (Cassandro) Martin; father of Anna Marie (Richard Amorose) Martin, Edward C. (Linda) Martin, Jr. and Duane (Janet) Martin; also survived by seven grandchildren; preceded in death by brothers and sisters. Ed was a member of the Teamsters #249. Visitation Friday, 10-11:30 a.m., at the Lawrence T. Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue followed by Burial in Christ Our Redeemer (Northside Catholic) Cemetery.

Clarence M. Edmunds


Bellevue is about to receive nearly $200,00 from a combination of grants that will continue the renovation of the Bayne Park playground.

According to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, the borough has been awarded a $115,000 DCNR grant, a $60,000 CDBG grant, and expects abnother $15,000 Kaboom grant next month.

Council president Lynn Tennant Heffley said that five new pieces of playground equipment will be purchased with the funds.


The planned large group instruction / STEM room project at the Avonworth high school/middle school received financial approval at Monday night’s school board meeting.

The contract for general construction was awarded to Arcon Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $816,000.

The contract for HVAC construction was awarded to R&B Mechanical, in the amount of $75,700.

The contract for plumbing construction was awarded to Shipley Brothers Construction, in the amount of $108,000.



Having to face the top ranked team in the 2A classification, the Avonworth Antelopes football team had their work cut out for themselves when they hosted Steel Valley last Friday.

The Ironmen, coming in as the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion, looked every bit the part as they cruised to a 35-7 win over the Antelopes.

"They're a very good football team," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour.

The mercy rule came into play in the contest, as it did for all of Steel Valley's game's last season until Avonworth got on the board late in the fourth quarter.


On Aug. 4, a Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism had occurred the previous day.

A Lincoln Avenue pharmacy reported shoplifting on Aug. 4.

A Kendall Avenue resident reported vandalism on Aug. 6.

On Aug. 7, a Lincoln Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property the previous day.

On Aug. 8, a Division Avenue resident reported vandalism.

On Aug. 11, a North Sprague Avenue resident reported an assault.

A Burnside Avenue resident reported the theft of personal property from a vehicle on August 13.



Coach T.J. Wiley has readied his troops for the 2017 season after an incredible run last year. The Flames finished last season 7 – 1 in the Big Seven Conference and 10 – 2 overall, making it to the final four, semi-finals, in Class 1A.


While there is no shortage of history books, travel books, personal memoirs on a broad range of subjects, there are very few that combine all three with such original insight as can be found in “Discovering Gettysburg,” written by Dr. W. Stephen Coleman and illustrated by local artist Tim Hartman.

Hartman explained that the “team effort” began five years ago when Coleman “…asked me to meet him at the Public Theater to talk about a project he wanted to do.


Michael J. Ettore Michael J. Ettore, 80, of Bellevue, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He was the husband of the late Anna Mae (Eidenschenk) Ettore; father of Kimberly (Edward) Hock of Bellevue and Christina ( Michael) Robinson of Frederick, MD; grandfather of Eric Hock; brother of Linda Cronin of Valencia and the late Donald Ettore (surviving wife Maryanne). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.



With playoff appearances under his belt in his first six seasons at the helm with the Avonworth Antelopes football team, coach Duke Johncour will begin the 2017 campaign with a relatively young but experienced team. Expecting huge contributions and leadership from the seven seniors this year, Johncour feels confident that a lot of underclassmen will step up to play key roles as well.

"We bring back some talented young guys that we're excited about," said Johncour. "We have sophomores that played some as freshmen, and we expect them to do good things for us."


Northgate Middle School will be among 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTech Team, and Google. The program will work to improve education equity by empowering teachers to utilize technology in more powerful ways.  

Northgate Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need, existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.


While age and a recent illness have taken a toll on some of her long lifetime of memories, there remain with Florence Mertz of Kilbuck a glint in her eyes and a passion in her voice as she looks back on nearly a century of a life filled with family, friends and service to her country.


When the Northgate Flames football team talks about home field advantage this season, they won’t be talking about Alumni Field on Sheridan Avenue. To keep playing under lights on Friday nights, the team will move its games to J.C. Stone Field in North Park.


A handful of Bellevue residents expressed their concern to Bellevue Council Tuesday evening over the manner in which council’s newest member was appointed two weeks before schedule.



Data collection for and discussions about the possible merger of two local townships into a single combined municipality continues.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Kilbuck Township and Ohio Township Merger Committee met at the Kilbuck Municipal Building. The merger committee is comprised of both the Ohio and Kilbuck Township supervisors, their respective managers, and appointed citizen volunteers.