Bellevue has taken the first steps toward refunding the borough’s 2011 bond issue, a move that could net the borough more than $100,000 that could be used for upcoming capita l projects.



The Northgate Flames (0 – 9, 4 – 13) are still in pursuit of their first section win after losing to the Bishop Canevin Crusaders (8 -1, 12 – 3) Tuesday night, by the score of 77 – 30. The Flames were at home, but the Crusaders entered the game with only one loss in the section, and tied for firstplace with Sewickley Academy.

The Flames have taken on a younger look over the past couple of weeks. Led by two seniors, Ray Man-gone and Stephon Adams, the team is made up mostly of freshman and sophomores and two juniors.



In a non-section contest last Friday, the Avonworth girls basketball team hosted Sewickley Academy and rolled to a 58-32 win.

Hayden Robinson had a superb night all around, finishing with 22 points along with 12 rebounds.

In the first quarter sisters Hayden and Hunter Robinson combined for 10 points, and freshman Lexi Mankey scored four points and sophomore Alexa Davis scored from underneath at the buzzer to give the Lady ‘Lopes an early 16-10 lead.


Michael Benjamin Patak Jr. Michael B. Patak, Jr., 80, of Bellevue, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. He was the son of the late Michael B. Sr. and Emma (Morgan) Patak; husband of the late Dolores (McCartney) Patak; beloved father of Michael B. Patak III of Bellevue, Patrick J. Patak of Emsworth and Timothy S. (Denise Aubrecht) Patak of Bellevue; loving grandfather of Alicia M. (Patrick Garrison) Patak, Johnathan M. (Corinna) Patak and Sabrina M. Patak; loving great-grandfather of Logan Garrison.


On Jan. 19, a business located on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township reported a retail theft.

A business on Spruce Street in Ben Avon filed a suspicious persons report on Jan. 19.

A threat report was filed from a business on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township on Jan. 21.

A resident of Woodland Avenue in Ben Avon filed a criminal mischief report on Jan. 22.



The Avonworth boys' basketball team saw their seven game win streak come to a halt when they traveled to North Catholic this past Tuesday.

On the line was sole possession atop Section 2 (3A) for both teams, but the Trojans managed to outscore the Antelopes in each quarter on their way to a 48-26 victory.

Matt Crilley led the ‘Lopes offense with nine points.

Avonworth hosted Brentwood in section play and defeated the Cougars last Friday 60-45.


The Emsworth Bridge will be undergoing reconstruction beginning next month, and Ben Avon Council wants residents to know how it will impact them and the borough.

The bridge is set to close Feb. 13 and could be shut down for as long as a year.


Employees of Avalon's street department now have a contract that will provide them with both retroactive and future pay increases.

The borough council voted at its regular meeting Tuesday to approve the agreement, which covers the years 2015-18. Officials said that the union representing the workers earlier agreed to a salary for 2015, so the new contract provides for a 3 percent annual increase retroactive to 2016.


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.