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When the Northgate School District asked its staff and students to perform acts of kindness in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Avalon Elementary second grade teacher Nicole Borza asked her students what they might like to do. The students decided to collect food for the “Backpack Buddies” program that ensures that every Northgate student has enough to eat during weekends when they don’t have the school lunch program.

Avonworth Principal Keera Dwulit led middle and senior high school students in a special Veterans Day morning Pledge of Allegiance as the flag was raised at the front of the school. Dwulit was in military attire worn on special occasions during her four years of service in the U. S. Army, from which she retired as a captain

A funeral home and crematorium exclusively for pets celebrated its grand opening in Bellevue last Saturday. Pictured above, Bellevue Council president Tom Fodi and member Linda Woshner (at center) joined the Green family to officially cut the ribbon for the new business. The George Irvin Green Funeral Home in Munhall has been providing services for humans since 1941, but recently recognized the need to commemorate the loss of all family members, even the non-humans.

Before the kids took to the streets for trick-or-treating on Wednesday, children of all ages paraded through Avalon and Bellevue last Saturday as part of the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce’s annual event, which ended with a fall festival at Bayne Park. Pictured below, a family of circus performers led the group category of the parade with slightly smaller “big tops” sheltering them from the rain.

Northgate cheerleaders not only were cheering on the Flames in their home game against Bishop Canevin last Saturday, they also were sending out a “Cheer for a Cure” for breast cancer. The message was printed on pink hoodies and pink socks they wore to the game. The logo was designed by senior cheerleader Elizabeth Ahlborn. High school athletesacross the country have enthusiastically joined the annual October effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage women to get mammograms every year. Caitlin Gates is the sponsor for the cheerleader squad.

The 2018 Avonworth Homecoming Court, from left: Emily Tyler, Megan Robbibaro, Hayden Robinson, Tara McCafferty, 2018 Queen Caitlin Bellotti, Karen Siddoway, Marion Haney, and Abigail Wert. The queen was crowned prior to last Friday’s game against East Allegheny.

The 2018 Northgate High School homecoming court includes, from left, Miranda Asche, Emily Matz, Megan Wisniewski, queen Katrina Kolsosky, runner-up Madeline Abramowitz, and Samantha Spade. The queen was crowned during last Saturday’s football game against Springdale.

...and whatever other creatures enjoyed the Avon Club’s annual Fall Festival last Saturday, U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb (17th Congressional District) took the opportunity to chat with The Citizen’s ace reporter dog, Deacon. Although the North Boroughs currently are part of two congressional districts, the 12th and the 14th, the redistricting that goes into effect this year puts the entire area into the new 17th District. Lamb won a special election this spring, and now faces incumbent Republican Keith Rothfus in the November general election.

Avalon Police Officer Steve Impell helps Eli McKivigan, age 6, try out some of the nifty equipment inside a police car, one of many vehicles featured during the Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by the Friends of Avalon Library. Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

Members of the Avonworth and New Brighton football teams entered Lenzner Stadium behind two flag bearers as both teams honored members of their communities who had been killed in war. Families of the fallen heroes were present as football players took on the name of one of the lost, and played the game using those names. This “Gold Star Game” is the first of its kind to be held in this area, and the first to include both teams.

Bellevue’s newest police officer, Corey Wendel, was sworn in by Mayor Emily Marburger during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. Wendel is a native of St. Marys, PA and a 2011 graduate of St. Marys High School’ In 2015 he graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in criminal justice. He has worked as a full-time officer with the City of Butler, and prior to that he served as a narcotics detective with the Lycoming County Narcotics Agency. He's a baseball enthusiast and avid weightlifter.

Bellevue and Avalon once again came together to celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, part of a national event designed to combat crime by making communities more cohesive and familiar with their public safety responders. Pictured here, Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson joined the fun when he was challenged to a bag race.

The weather was close to ideal for last Saturday’s annual North Boroughs YMCA 5K run that attracted 125 total participants in a variety of age groups.

YMCA director Jake Sekich acknowledged groups who contributed to the success of the event. “We are happy to have had Allegheny Health Network as our top sponsor of the event, as well as Dr. Dahar, DMD and Associates for their contributions, and all of our other sponsors.”

Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger swear in the borough’s newest police officer at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting. Officer Michael Blair is a 2010 graduate of Canon McMillan High School, and graduated from Westminster College in 2014 with a bachelor of arts degree in in sociology and criminal justice. According to Chief Matt Sentner, Blair has been working as a part-time officer for the Canonsburg and Ohio Township police departments for the last three years. He currently resides in Bridgeville.

The traditional opening celebrations of summer in the North Boroughs were held this past week to sweltering temps and big crowds. There was free swimming and lunch at Bellevue’s July 4th picnic, while Community Day on June 30 at Avalon Field featured fireworks, food trucks and the National Guard climbing wall. Upcoming community events include the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce annual Sidewalk Sales, July 20-21, which this year will feature an artist market and an art and wine crawl.

The Avonworth dugout emptied to greet Ryan Felter after his two-run walk-off home run that guaranteed the Antelopes a shot at the WPIAL District 7 title.

The annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival managed to get hours of entertainment in before the storms hit last Saturday.In addition to music, vendors, raffles, food and a pie-eating contest, the festival also included this classic car show. The event is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Avalon Borough.

A portion of Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township was closed to traffic Tuesday morning after a truck hauling a dumpster full of scarp metal lost its load on the curve just beyond the Josephs Lane intersection. Photo by Jim Rumble for The Citizen

What would an Easter party for kids be without eggs and bunnies, not to mention candy and crafts. Children who visited Avalon last Saturday got all of the above, and more. Pictured here, Grace and Laila Tuffiash of Avalon meet one of the rabbits visiting from Animal Friends.

Northgate School District’s annual “Arts Odyssey” held last Friday at the middle-senior high school brought together students from every grade level, along with parents and community residents, all enjoying an evening of activities that ranged from viewing the art to taking in a preview of this year’s spring musical, “Cinderella.”

The artwork was displayed throughout the entrance hallways, as well as in the art room and in the cafeteria where cabinets, tables and other projects showed off students’ skills in wood shop classes.

Cast members representing Avonworth’s and Northgate’s upcoming spring musicals treated an overflow audience to previews of their shows last Saturday at the Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless Township.

West Riverview Avenue in Bellevue once again is open to vehicle traffic, supported by a new retaining wall that replaces the structure that collapsed several years ago.

For the second year, area students will display their original works at the John A. Hermann Memorial Art Museum, located at 318 Lincoln Ave. Bellevue PA. The show will open for visitors this evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

Participants will represent Bellevue, Avalon, and Assumption elementary schools, as well as Northgate Middle/High School.

Originally scheduled for last Friday evening, the opening was delayed a week because of the extreme temperatures and because the schools had been closed for the day.