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10/26/15

Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

10/26/15

Officers of the Bellevue Avalon Baseball Association (BABA) responded Tuesday to a suggestion that the playing fields in Avalon be shared with a new, private youth baseball organization next year.

BABA vice president Scott Stiteler said that the organization has been in existence for more than 55 years, and last year provided athletic opportunities for 120 children from Avalon and Bellevue. Volunteers from BABA have donated countless hours and thousands of dollars to maintain and improve the ball fields located along New Brighton Road.

10/26/15

Avalon officials will take another look at the area around the recently-constructed retaining wall on North Birmingham Avenue to determine if it would be safe to park cars on top of the wall.

10/26/15

By NANCY WHYTE

The mystery as to the cause of storm water backing up with enough force to lift the 200 pound lid off a manhole has been solved, and the emergency repairs have been completed at a high cost to Emsworth Borough.

10/26/15

Avalon Borough and its police union have reached agreement on a new contract for 2016 and 2017.

The contract gives officers a 2.5 percent annual pay increase and an additional holiday, while increasing their health insurance contribution to an even 10 percent of the premium, capped at $150 per month. The officers currently are paying 7 percent plus 30 percent of any premium increase.

10/26/15

By J.J. IGIMS

Two consecutive wins do not exactly qualify as a win streak, but don't tell that to Northgate fans, players or coaches.

After some lopsided losses earlier in the season to teams such as North Catholic and Chartiers Houston, that two-game win streak looks pretty good, as the Flames have stirred up the fire they hope will lead them to post-season play.

The Flames took on the Western Beaver Golden Beavers in a home match-up last Friday, with Northgate totally dominating their opponent, as the final 41-8 score indicates.

10/26/15

Elizabeth Way Elizabeth Black Way, 94, wife of the late Robert E. Way, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Brevillier Village, Erie, PA. Mrs. Way was an Avalon High School and Burrough's Business School graduate. She was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church of Highland. She is survived by two children, Richard A. Way of Pittsburgh and Nancy B. Way of Harborcreek, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Martha Black; and four siblings, Meldrew Boyle, Agnes Britt, John Black and Robert Black.

10/26/15

Ben Avon Mayor Robert Jones recognized two members of the Ohio Township Police Department at Tuesday's council meeting with letters of commendation.

Police officer Ryan Ging and Detective Joseph Hanny were cited for their "dogged determination, astounding skill, and true police professionalism" while investigating a burglary in Ben Avon.

The letter further stated that these officers "are a benchmark that other police officers can only strive to emulate."

10/26/15

On Oct. 14, Ohio Township Police took a report that a person was attempting to sell stereo equipment out of a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township.

Ohio Township Police took a threat report from a resident on Sonie Drive in Ohio Township on Oct. 16.

A report of disorderly conduct was taken from a resident living in Bear Run Apartments in Ohio Township on Oct. 17.

A disturbance report was taken from a Virginia Avenue in Ben Avon resident on Oct. 18.

10/26/15

Girl Scout Troop 54259 would like to take on the project of renovating the “tot lot” located at Orchard and South Birmingham avenues in Avalon.

Scouts told officials at Tuesday’s council meeting that they are researching safety and handicapped-accessibility regulations, as well as fund-raising opportunities to upgrade the playground. They plan to meet with the borough engineer to formulate a plan for improvements, and welcome any volunteers from the community who may want to help.

10/26/15

Work to install a new Columbia Gas pipeline along Semple Avenue in Avalon should be done by mid-November, and will include replacement of street bricks, sidewalks and curbs.

Semple resident Michael Kurela questioned plans for Semple, given that many bricks have been removed from the street and the new sidewalks are not the same as the old ones.

10/17/15

By JIM RUMBLE

"It was a knock-down drag-out fight back and forth, and we couldn't stop them," said Avonworth football coach Duke Johncour after his team suffered its first loss of the season against Bishop Canevin at Dormont Stadium last Saturday.

The 'Lopes overcame a 13-point deficit late in the second half only to fall in the end as they were shocked by the Crusaders 35-28.

"They [Canevin] had a good game plan, they have some good athletes and they came to play tonight," said Johncour.

10/17/15

Bellevue Borough Department of Public Works will hold its annual loose-leaf pick-up season Monday, Oct. 19, until Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Loose-leaf collection will take place only on streets that have posted street sweeping days and times. Residents are reminded to place all loose leaves on the street at the curb line prior to 7 a.m. Note that leaf piles that are covered by illegally parked cars cannot be picked up.

Residents who live on streets that do not have posted sweeping days and times are to place the leaves for Friday front-street pick-ups.

10/17/15

On Oct. 1, Bellevue Police received a report of a wallet having been stolen from a vehicle while parked at a fast food restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard.

Bellevue Police received a report of vandalism on Oct. 10. A vehicle parked on North Balph Avenue had been keyed overnight.

Andrew J. Gorsuch, 28, was charged with simple assault on Laurel Avenue on Oct. 1.

John R. Ziler, 54, was charged with public drunkenness on Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 6.

Nicole Alexis Grake, 40, was charged with recklessly endangering another person on Ohio River Boulevard on Oct. 8.

10/17/15

Ben Avon will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at noon, at the corner of Church and Dickson avenues. The parade will end at the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Station with hot dogs and beverages being served.

Each participant will receive a treat bag.

In case of rain, proceed directly to the fire station located at 7219 Church Ave.

Trick or Treat in Ben Avon will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

10/17/15

Leaf collection will begin in late October in Ben Avon. Residents are asked to refrain from putting leaves on the curb until that time.

Additionally, residents are asked to rake leaves to the curb. No twigs, branches, mulched material, grass or other debris will be collected.

A final pass will be made on each street during the last week of November. Collection of leaves on Ohio River Boulevard will occur the first week of December.

10/17/15

The 57th annual Emsworth Halloween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 31.

Entrants must be age 12 or younger and residents of Emsworth Borough.

Line-up begins 9:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue for prize judging. The parade begins 10 a.m., and participants will march to the Emsworth Borough Hall for refreshments, prizes, and treat bags. In case of rain, meet at the Emsworth Volunteer Fire Station, 10 a.m., for festivities.

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Oct. 9,2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

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Oct. 9, 2015 Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

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Oct. 9, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

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Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

10/17/15

Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

10/17/15

Oct. 16, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen