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In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, student groups from the Avonworth School District once again purchased books to be donated to the library in honor of the board. Pictured above from left are: front row -- Ryan Ehmann, Peyton Faulkner, Sophie Guest, Mary Gannon; middle row -- Vicki Carlson, Kirstin Thompson, student council advisor Jeff Dzubinski, Kate Monti; back row -- Jeff Carraway, Beau Blauser, David Oberdick, John Brandt, Patrick Stewart.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

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After a nailbiter loss on Nov. 7 -- the only goal being the one scored by Seton-La Salle in overtime -- the Avonworth boys' soccer team nonetheless still had another goal to look forward to. The loss denied them the WPIAL championship title, but there was still state competition, with the first round against Mercyhurt Prep in Erie on Nov. 10. That game unfortunately ended in a 5-0 loss for the Antelopes, but established a new level of competition for the soccer team.

Liv Holloway of Emsworth was one of dozens of children who paraded throughout the North Boroughs last Saturday as communities celebrated Halloween. Liv won the prize for most original and scariest in the 10-12 year olds category of the Emsworth parade.

Avonworth High School celebrated homecoming last Friday at the highly-anticipated Avonworth - North Catholic football game. Members of the 2015 homecoming court are, from left, Natalie Simmons, Alexandra Kirsch, Lauren Robinet, 2015 queen Emma Gustic, 2014 queen Caitlyn Miller, Abigail Oberdick and Brianna Knepper.

Avonworth's Erin Welsh (in white) takes on the Bishop Canevin left back to win a loose ball in front of the Canevin goal in a hard-fought soccer match that saw Avonworth come through the 2-1 winner in overtime play last Monday. With the victory, the team advanced to an 8-4-1 record in Section 3(A) competition.

Northgate High School celebrated homecoming with the crowning of a new queen, Gina Ungarino. Denzie White was the runner up.

Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Nearly 180 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds took to Bellevue’s Memorial Park swimming pool Monday evening for the annual Labor Day dog swim party. The event is a fund-raiser benefitting the adjacent Bellevue Dog Woods off-leash dog park,

Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

The rains held off long enough for area residents to join Bellevue at its annual July 4th community picnic. Free food and swimming, along with games and attractions for all ages, were highlights of the event.

Four Bellevue Police officers were honored at the Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday for their efforts to save two Dollar General employees and apprehend a robber.

Emsworth's Gibson Street Bridge project is nearing completion.

At the June meeting of Emsworth Council, Dan Lenz, chairman of infrastructure projects, said that a guide rail still needs to be erected. If the custom-designed guide rail is not finished, a temporary guide rail will be put up, he said.

After a guide rail is in place, Beech Construction will remove the temporary bridge, including about two feet of abutment on each side, Lenz said.

Bellevue Elementary School honored its top readers on Wednesday, naming the students who excelled in the accelerated reading program at each grade level. Pictured here with The Citizen dog Deacon, from left, at top, Josie Helbling, kindergarten; Elliana Johnston, first grade; below -- Anna Jean Patalano, third grade; Isabella Uccellini, fifth grade; Caleb Gratner, second grade; Nate Fal, sixth grade; and Henry Trevisan, fourth grade. In addition to these students winning top honors at their grade levels, Nate placed first school-wide, followed by Isabella and Anna Jean.

The work of artists at every grade level was presented recently to the Northgate School Board. Matted and framed, the selected pieces of art will be on display throughout the district’s buildings. Pictured from left are some of the chosen artists and their work:Elizabeth Ahlborn from the middle/senior high school; Gabriella Sbraccia of Bellevue Elementary, Daniel Bonnett of the middle/senior high school and Gabriella Salas of Avalon Elementary. Artists not pictured include Jordan Smalley, Katie Yeschke and Jesron Hall.

Northgate Middle School Chorus and High School Concert Choir will stage its spring concert with the theme, “Music Makes Us Happy,” under the direction of Kelly Winovich, on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the middle/senior high school auditorium. There is no charge for admission.

“We would greatly appreciate your support of the choral program. This is sure to be a night filled with music that is sure to make you ‘happy!’” Winovich said.

Back row: seniors Tori Kolarik, Sara Hopkins, Justine Barry, Emily Leung; front row: Ron Manuel, Allie Wurst and D.J. Powers.

Demolition on the Anthony’s Restaurant property on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon began last week to make way for several new businesses. The Anthony’s building housed several enterprises over the years, including a restauarant/lounge and a barbershop.While the restaurant has closed, the barbershop has moved to Forest Avenue in Bellevue. The new building that soon wuill be under construction will feature a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a drive-through, as well as three other commercial spaces.

The Easter Bunny was back in town last weekend for a stop at the annual egg hunt in Emsworth.

They weren’t exactly wearing Easter bonnets -- more like earmuffs and mittens -- but dozens of children in Avalon and Bellevue didn’t let frigid temperatures stop them from hunting down Easter eggs last Saturday. Pictured here, the kids at Avalon’s festivities traded in their eggs for prizes from borough manager Harry Dilmore, council member Vicki Donnelly and volunteer Chris Dilmore. Although the egg hunt was held in the California Avenue park, the other planned activities were moved to a warmer location inside the borough hall.

Baseball and softball seasons have gotten off to a slow start, thanks to lingering winter weather, but the Antelopes managed to get in a game this past week. Pictured here, Avonworth’s Eric Lippert scores during the Antelopes’ 10-0 victory over Quigley.

They graduated from Avonworth High School 33 years apart, Tim Hartman in 1977, Andrea Weinzierl in 2010. But in the anything-goes world of theater, they were paired as siblings in last month’s “The Little Mermaid” and now as a budding romantic couple in the Mel Brooks musical comedy “Young Frankenstein,” Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s current production.

Hartman plays The Monster, with Weinzierl cast as Elizabeth, who by show’s end has transformed into the bride character from the 1935 film, “The Bride of Frankenstein.” All very Mel Brooks, to be sure.

Swimmers on the Northgate-Avonworth squad continue working out at the Northgate pool even though their seasons ended at the WPIAL qualifying level, where several of them broke records. Pictured above: front, Quinn Theobald, Steve McClain, Anna Wagner, Nick Madey, Brachman Herzig; back, Chad Kolarik, Zech Boyce. Additional qualifiers, though not pictured, include Becca Volk, Carrie Haney, Maura Scrabis, Tucker Yovetich and Ava Groll.

Northgate's annual “Arts Odyssey" will be held next Friday, Feb. 27, 4:30-8 p.m. at the middle and senior high school. Described by assistant to the superintendent Francesca Lattari as "…an evening of free fun and entertainment for the family," the Odyssey will feature artwork, band and choral performances showcasing elementary, middle and high school talent, industrial arts projects and a theatrical performance that will offer a preview of the spring musical, "Mary Poppins" in the high school auditorium following an address there by superintendent, Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla at 6:30.

Avonworth and Northgate students joined up last week for an evening of friendly athletic competition that supported a good cause by raising more than $400 for Breastcancer.org, a fund devoted to beating the disease.

Each team consisted of five players who worked their ways through the brackets, boys against girls, boys against boys, until a Northgate team emerged as the overall winner of the tournament, pictured below

Organized by Avonworth senior Jay Knable as his senior project, the event was the second tournament, with $710 raised in all.

Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a movie at the drive-in. You just have to follow the lead of a group of local children who created their own drive-in theater, complete with their own vehicles, at Bayne Library in Bellevue last Saturday. Aiden Russell, 7, of Brighton Heights, decided that his vehicle was going to be a monster truck, “Autobot.” After building their vehicles, the kids enjoyed snacks and a movie.