David Oberdick will serve another term as president of the Avonworth School Board following the board’s reorganization meeting Monday.

Oberdick was the only person nominated for the office, and was elected by unanimous vote, as was Kristin Thompson as vice president.


The Northgate School District will see a personnel shift for the next school year.

Current English/literacy coach Beth Wells was transferred to a new position, that of K-12 principal/coordinator of curriculum assessment and evaluation, effective July 1, 2016. She will be paid $89,000 in the new job, pending completion of her principal’s certificate, which is expected to occur by the end of this year.

The literacy coach position will be eliminated effective June 30.

Several board members objected to taking a professional out of the classroom to become another administrator.


People who have been waiting to pay for parking meters in Bellevue with their cell phones will have to wait a bit longer. Bellevue Council voted unanimously Tuesday to have the borough solicitor terminate the borough’s contract with Meter Feeder.

The contract was approved last summer after representatives of the company presented their mobile device application to borough officials. However, according to the mayor and police chief, it was later discovered that the app could not be synchronized with the technology currently used by the borough to write meter violation tickets.


If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, the choruses at both local schools are ready to perform. Northgate’s middle and high school combined choirs, pictured here, will present “A FROZEN Christmas,” under the direction of Kelly Winovich on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the middle/high school auditorium. The public is invited, with free admission.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen


Robert Kiefer Robert C. Kiefer, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. Mr. Kiefer was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served on the USS Hornet. He is survived by four siblings, Patricia Bachmann and her husband Jim, A.J. Kiefer Jr. and his wife Kathy, Raymond Kiefer and his wife Lucetta and Beverly Kiefer; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine J. and Margaret Hallstein Kiefer.


Not only were there no new board members taking office at Northgate this year, but the board voted unanimously to maintain the status quo with regards to its presiding officers.

Gary Paladin was re-elected president and Brigitte Jackson was re-elected vice president of the board during the reorganization meeting on Monday.



The 2015-16 Northgate Flames' boys' basketball season got rolling on Dec. 4 when they took on the Springdale Dynamos in the Springdale Tip-Off Tournament. The Flames lost to Springdale and Yough in the tournament, but section play starts tonight when they travel to Moon Township to take on the Chargers from Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH).


Mary Rieger Mary F. "Mae" Kuhn Rieger, 85, of Ross Township, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Elmer Rieger, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. She is survived by two siblings, John Kuhn and his wife Rosemary and Dorothy Hasenbein; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Conrad and Mary Kodovsky Kuhn; and her brother-in-law, Herbert Hasenbein.


For the second consecutive year, Avonworth High School senior David Clark has been named Point Park University's regional journalism winner for editorial cartooning, a title that qualifies him to move on to Pennsylvania State Press Association competition, where he will defend the championship title he won last year as a junior.

Newspaper adviser Scott Tuffiash said that he is thankful that PSPA has this outlet for David's craft.

"His talent is remarkable and it is great to see him earn this recognition."


A bit of detective work has put an Emsworth man behind bars, charged with the robbery of two area service stations.

Michael Rusak, 26, most recently of Emsworth, is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail, waiting for a preliminary hearing on robbery and theft charges filed by both Ohio Township and Avalon police departments.

Rusak is charged with robbing the Mt. Nebo Service station on Nov. 20, and the Marathon station on Union Avenue in Avalon a couple weeks before.


Matthew Ehrick Campbell, 31, of 15202, was charged with public drunkenness on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 5, Avalon Police responded to South Home Avenue concerning a dog fight.

Avalon Police took a report of an armed robbery at a Union Avenue business on Nov. 8. A customer requested a pack of cigarettes, and when the store clerk stated the price, the customer showed a black handgun and demanded the money in the register. Between $300 and $500 was taken, according to the report.



Injuries were part of the adversity the Avonworth Antelopes football team had to deal with all season, and that continued to be a factor when the 'Lopes met the Clairton Bears in a WPIAL quarterfinal game played last Friday.

Avonworth battled Clairton to a 14-14 tie by halftime, but just couldn't match up with the Bears in the second half as they fell 46-21 to end their season.

"I'm proud of these kids. They came out, gutted it up, and played their hearts out," said Antelopes’ coach Duke Johncour.


Bellevue Police received a report on Nov. 6 that a forced burglary had occurred at a Crawford Avenue residence.

On Nov. 7, Bellevue Police received a report that after a driver had stopped to use a MAC machine, an individual attempted to enter a vehicle.

From a Brighton Road resident, Bellevue Police received a report of internet fraud on Nov. 8.

Bellevue Police received a report of a disturbance on North Sprague Avenue on Nov. 9.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a shoplifting incident on Nov. 10.

A Lincoln Avenue business reported a suspected retail theft on Nov. 12.


Council member Richard J. White presented a proposed 2016 budget of $1,183,300 to Ben Avon Council at Tuesday's meeting.

The budget lists total tax revenue income of $930,000, the majority coming from $521,000 in current real estate tax collections, along with $342,000 in current earned income tax. The estimate for major sources of non-tax revenue is $253,300, including county sales tax ($40,900), cable franchise fees ($39,700), and delinquent sewage charges ($39,000), among others.


Both Avalon and Ben Avon councils voted at meetings last Tuesday to sign the extended administrative consent order that continues efforts to abate the release of raw sewage into the area’s waterways during periods of wet weather.


Emsworth Borough's proposed budget for 2016 is on display at the borough building, and council anticipates approving it at the Dec. 9 meeting.

The proposed budget sets the real estate tax at 3.955 mills, with one of the mills being dedicated to roads.

Total income for the borough is projected at $1,590,532 and total expenses are expected to be $1,587,452.

Capital funds are expected to be used to cover the shortfall in sewage, where revenues of $597,710 do not meet anticipated expenses of $645,794.


The Northgate School District and the Northgate Education Association have agreed to a new contract for the district’s teacher.

Retroactive to July 1, 2015, the contract approved by the school board Monday night extends through June 30, 2020.


James McCarthy James M. "Jimmy" McCarthy, 83, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Mr. McCarthy was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved to New York to work on a farm. He was a horse jockey in Ireland and England and rode a number of winners, notably in the Curragh with Martin Quirke and Tom Costelloe in Clare, and he rode the most famous Montcapitane, sire to the legendary Gold Cup winner Captain Christie in 1977. When he moved to Pittsburgh, he worked on Barberry Farms in Sewickley.


On Nov. 10, Ohio Township Police took a disturbance report at a McKinley Avenue in Emsworth residence.

Ohio Township Police officers responded to a disturbance on Berringer Place in Ben Avon on Nov. 11.

On Nov. 11, a theft report was taken at a Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township business. Some 20 to 25 pallets were taken from outside a building. The incident is still under investigation.

Ohio Township Police took a shoplifting-in-progress report from a Ben Avon Heights Road in Ohio Township business on Nov. 11.


Ben Avon Council unanimously accepted borough secretary Carmella Hallstein's notice of retirement at Tuesday's meeting.

Council member Julian Wynnyckyj was absent.

The official date of Hallstein's retirement is Dec. 24, but she will be taking vacation the final week, so her last day of work is scheduled for Dec. 17.


Emsworth Borough residents will face higher sewer bills in 2016, in addition to the 11 percent increase that will be levied by ALCOSAN..

At the Nov. 11 meeting, council announced plans to institute a flat quarterly usage fee of $13.78 plus an additional fee of $10.96 for each 1,000 gallons of water usage for each meter in the borough.

According to council member Kevin Yurkovich, even with the proposed change, revenues still won't cover the costs. The proposed 2016 Emsworth budget faces a shortfall of more than $48,000 in the sewage category, Yurkovich said.


The Northgate School Board has officially agreed to limit any potential property tax increase for 2016-17.

Under state law, school districts can agree to raise taxes no more than the state-determined index for each particular school district, or they can seek exceptions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that would allow tax increases to exceed the index to cover a limited number of specific costs. The PDE exceptions allow districts to avoid obtaining voter approval of higher tax increases through a referendum on the primary election ballot.



In their WPIAL first-round game played at Beth-Center last Friday, the Avonworth Antelopes football team overcame a slow start with a dominating second half to dispose of the Bulldogs 27-12.

The Antelopes had a difficult time in the first half containing Beth-Center's Anthony Welsh, who rushed for 152 yards early on, but was neutralized in the second half.