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11/17/18

David F. Dramble David F. Dramble, 59, a lifelong resident of Bellevue, died Monday, November 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Blair and Shirley Dramble; father of Danielle (Shawn) McCommon and Jessica Dramble; grandfather of Dylan McCommon; brother of Donna Veiock, Sharon Jones and Connie Dramble; also survived by his beloved dog "BooBoo." Dave loved cars, bikes, anything on wheels, and could always be found tinkering with one of them. He strongly believed in being an honest, hardworking man, and was always selflessly lending a helping hand to anyone in need.

11/17/18

Bellevue Police Chief Matt Sentner is asking the borough council to fund changes in the entrance to the department that will keep visitors even further away from personnel and access to the rest of the borough hall.

Sentner told council during Tuesday's meeting that an employee had been attacked by a visitor who was able to move past the vestibule where the elevator is located, into an area that now features personnel behind glass and a window/door, as well as stairs to the administrative offices on the second floor.

11/17/18

As a result of the Community Development Block Grant Ben Avon received, the borough was able to put out bids for handicapped ramps on Walnut Road and Virginia Avenue. Two bids came in, and council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $24,268 from DePasquale Construction Services. Earl Bohn was absent.

Ken Opipery said the work cannot be done now because of the cold, but with council having given approval, it can be started when the weather breaks in the spring.

11/17/18

By PATRICK GANNON

Avonworth’s boys’ soccer team (23-0-1) defeated Greensburg Central Catholic (21-3) for the second time this year on Tuesday night at Fox Chapel Stadium by a score of 1-0. The win gave the team the opportunity to travel to Hershey today for the chance to bring home the first PIAA title in Avonworth history, going up against the Millville High School Bulldogs at 1:30 p.m. at Hershey Park Stadium.

But back to last Tuesday’s win to get there.

11/11/18

Harold Gearhart, 32, of Avalon, was arrested for a state parole violation warrant following a traffic stop on Oct. 31.

Robert Brown, 70, of Avalon, was charged on Nov. 1 with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

On Nov. 1, a 63-year-old Avalon resident reported identity theft.

11/11/18

A little “preview” information for audiences attending Avonworth High School’s fall show -- “Clue” is a comedy-mystery with enough twists, turns and bizarre characters to keep theater-goers totally clueless right up to the final twists in the plot.

11/11/18

Prior to last week’s matchup in the WPIAL final, soccer Coash Tom Angell acknowledged the challenge that his team faced.

“This is our second WPIAL final in the last four years and we are very excited for the challenge that we will see from an excellent Greensburg Central Catholic team,” Angell said.

He said that going into the game, the team felt that GCC had two strong players and that if “we defended them strongly then we could beat them with our remaining nine, because we felt we had a deeper team.”

11/11/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The football season has ended for the Avonworth Antelopes, who lost in the first round of their WPIAL playoffs at Freedom this past Friday.

After overcoming a couple of turn-overs that led to a couple of scores by the Bulldogs, the Antelopes were not able to take advantage of several opportunities late in the fourth quarter on their way to a 24-21 loss to end their season.

"Could-a, should-a, would-a," said 'Lopes coach Duke Johncour. "We didn't make the plays we needed."

11/11/18

On the last weekend in October, both the Avonworth and Northgate cross country teams competed in the WPIAL championship meet at California University of Pennsylvania.

The Avonworth boys' team finished 13th out of 28 teams, led by sophomore Jackson Habala, who finished 27th overall out of 210 runners, and qualified for the PIAA state championship race in Hershey, PA on Nov. 3.

11/11/18

A recent second check of the air quality at the Avonworth Elementary Building resulted in normal readings.

At the Nov. 5 work session of the Avonworth School Board, Director of Fiscal Management Brad Waters stated that a second company had been contacted to conduct additional tests. “Normal air quality levels” were obtained in the elementary building, he said.

11/11/18

Barbara Ann Crumbaker Teves, 80, passed away surrounded by her family in Sarasota, FL in October 2018. She was born in September 1938 at Suburban General and grew up in Pittsburgh. She was educated at Brown University; she served in the first wave of the Peace Corps; traveled the world extensively, and had a career as a psycho-therapist for 25 years in Beaver County, PA and Dare County, NC.

11/11/18

A resident of Duff Road in Ohio Township reported fraud on Nov. 1.

A resident of Crawford Road in Ohio Township reported a civil dispute on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 5, a resident of Rostrevor Place in Ben Avon reported a disturbance.

On Nov. 5, a business on Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive in Ohio Township reported a disturbance.

A resident of Heritage Drive in Ohio Township reported a theft on Nov. 6.

On Nov. 6, a resident of Flaccus Road in Ben Avon reported a threat.

11/11/18

With even the traditional Republican strongholds in the North Boroughs voting for Democrats in Tuesday’s general election, local voters turned out en masse and helped push forward the nation’s “blue wave.”

Framed in large part as a referendum on the Trump Administration, the usually ho-hum midterm election drew record-breaking crowds of voters across the country this year. That trend was clearly evident in the North Boroughs, where voter turn-out usually hovers around 20-25 percent.

11/4/18

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth Antelopes football team will be looking to break a two-game losing streak when they play at Freedom in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The 'Lopes had their sights set on knocking off undefeated conference leader Shady Side Academy when the teams met at home last Friday. After leading early in the second half, something no other team has done all season against the Indians, the 'Lopes just couldn't maintain the upper hand.

11/4/18

On Oct. 16, an Avalon resident reported a lost passport.

On Oct. 18. Avalon Police were called to Cleveland Avenue concerning a vehicle into a retaining wall. Police say no one was injured.

A hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Florence Avenue and Locust Street on Oct. 18.

A Harrison Avenue resident reported a stolen bicycle on Oct. 21.

On Oct. 21, a taxi cab driver reported that a passenger he had transported did not pay his fare.

11/4/18

Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray Mary T. (Chitti) Thackeray, 96, of Avalon, died Saturday, October 20, 2018. She was the mother to Carol McFadden, Christina Patton (Robert); grandmother to Shari Butler (Michael), Michele Fisher (Jeffrey), James Patton, Jeffrey Patton (Jennifer); great-grandmother to Zachary Patton, Joseph Fisher, John Fisher, JD, Michaela, and Mackenzie Butler. She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Marie (Costantino) Fanto; husband, Joseph Chitti; and two brothers. Mary was a member of Church of the Assumption.

11/4/18

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-10, 0-7) suffered their final loss of the season to the Laurel Spartans (6-4, 5-2) at home on Saturday, Oct. 27. Laurel had just come off of a win against Sto-Rox a week prior, while Northgate played a nearly evenly matched game against Bishop Canevin,, which they ultimately lost.

11/4/18

Avonworth boys’ soccer faced off against a tough Springdale opponent in the first round of playoffs at Mars Field last Monday.

Head coach Tom Angell described Springdale as coming out “very aggressive” in the first half of the game. The opponent played strong and “…had us on our heels in the first half,” Angell said.

But Avonworth re-grouped at halftime and had a much better second half.

“The defense of Jonah Brandt, Jonathon Nicolaus and Matthew Carraway, along with goalkeeper Timmy Stewart, had very strong games to secure the shut-out,” he added.

11/4/18

A.W. Beattie Career Center has announced that senior Rebecca Hapeman, from Northgate, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the career center at the 2018 SkillsUSA Western Region Conference, which will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization for students in career and technical education programs. The organization focuses on career-readiness, skill-based training, competitions and developing expertise for job interviews, public speaking, problem solving and more.

11/4/18

By NANCY WHYTE

The Psychic Vincent Sisters returned to Bellevue last Monday night for what has become an annual autumn visit to the former home of Amanda Bayne, now the Andrew Bayne Library, at the corner of Teece and North Balph avenues. Many individuals believe the building is haunted by the friendly ghost of Amanda, whose husband James Balph, an architect, designed and constructed the Victorian brick mansion in 1875. James died in 1899, and Amanda died in her bedroom in August, 1912.

10/28/18

Bellevue Council got its first look at Mayor Emily Marburger’s proposed 2019 budget at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

Under Bellevue’s home rule charter, the mayor is required to submit a proposed budget to council by mid-November, at which point council has full power to change anything and everything the mayor has proposed, and advertise its own budget for a public hearing and eventual adoption.

10/28/18

In hopes of creating a safety net for Pennsylvania residents affected by and prone to landslides, state Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, who represents part of the North Boroughs, currently has a bill in the House of Representatives geared toward creating a Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program.

Kulik’s measure is a companion bill to S.B. 1131, which was introduced by state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

10/28/18

By MEL PERKINS

Last Saturday afternoon the Northgate Flames battled the Crusaders from Bishop Canevin, and even though the Flames came out holding the short end of the stick, they showed why football is a game that has endured for almost 150 years. Northgate lost 41 - 35, but the game was more a microcosm that magnified the struggle that small communities like Bellevue and Avalon have been up against for decades now, and how they've been determined to fight and never give up, hoping to get those communities back to the thriving towns they once were.

10/28/18

Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger swears in the borough’s newest police officer at last Tuesday’s council meeting. Joshua M. Diven is from Coraopolis and a 2006 graduate of West Allegheny High School who attended the Allegheny County Police Academy. He worked as a part-time officer for Avalon in 2012-13 until he was hired as a police officer for the Allegheny County Port Authority. Police Chief Matt Sentner said that Diven served on a number of task forces as part of his work with the Port Authority and has a solid background in narcotics investigations.