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Buddy and his "buddy" Karson Lorey work on some of the trciks that earned Buddy the title of smartest dog at the annual Pampered Pooch Promenade on June 23.

The honor of "best dressed" at the Pampered Pooch Promenade went to Oyster, pictured here with his family, the Taylors. Oyster donned the apparel of an ancient Greek athlete.

Thor and Trouble get acquainted with the help of Karson Lorey at the Pampered Pooch Promenade.

On a Sunday afternoon this past weekend, hundreds of area residents turned out for the third annual Classic Car Cruise sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue and Classic Chevrolet. Some 150 vehicles, such as this custom Steeler-mobile, lined Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue while businesses and community groups offered refreshments and more from sidewalk stands.

There was more than enough sunshine last Saturday to make the annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival a very popular place for area residents of all ages. Pictured above, children had fun playing a number of games set up by the Avalon Quality of Life Association. Adults were able to enjoy a car cruise, a quilt exhibition, numerous vendors and live music. The event is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Avalon Borough.

Bellevue Police Officer Mike Hudson was promoted to the position of sergeant and sworn in Tuesday by Mayor George Doscher.

The Northgate High School concert choir and middle school chorus will present their spring concert following the theme, "Music Through the Decades" on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Alumni members of the Northgate choir will be invited to sing along on "Seasons of Love." Music instructor Kelly Winovich conducts the choral groups.

Abigail Yeskatalas, an Avonworth junior, well understands the ravaging toll that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], takes upon its victims. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the illness affects the brain and spinal cord nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. With no cure, most of those who are afflicted with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within three to five years after being diagnosed.

Abigail, 16, learned at an early age --"…around 10 or 11," she recalls -- just how terrible this disease can be when her grandmother contracted it.

Family members gathered last Sunday at New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon to celebrate the birthday of the resident with "top seniority," Elizabeth Antal, who turned 102 on April 6.

Pictured above at right with her sister, Stella Trenk, Elizabeth was born in Belle Vernon, where she grew up one of 11 siblings, married in 1936 and raised her family, moving to New Hope six years ago to be closer to her daughter, Dorothy Duessel of Avalon.

Rallying to the slogan," Get involved! Make paper cranes! Rebuild communities!," members of Avonworth's International Club, along with other students in the building and community members, are creating a response to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Sendai, Japan, on March 11.

The project supports the Bezos Family Foundation, which has pledged up to $200,000 to support Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. For each paper crane submitted, the foundation will donate $2 to various projects in the stricken country.

Rehearsing for their upcoming production of “Oklahoma!” are Avonworth students (standing, back) Will Davis, Tad Abramowich, Duncan Shaper, Ethan Simmons, Megan Corder, Sean Harpst, Mackenzie Possage; (front) Emma Baker, Victoria Davis, Jon Wattras; (right) Travis Kohler, Chelsea Stewart, Zach Murray.

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Girl Scouts, from left, Katie Cubellis, Katie Gould and Anna Joyce sort through St. Patrick's Day decorations that will be used to celebrate the holiday at New Hope Assisted Living.

Girl Scouts Emma Herzig and Kimmi D'Ottavio prepare cookies for the residents of New Hope Assisted Living to try as part of a Girl Scout cookie taste test.

Girl Scouts Jessica Peters and Lindsay Tighe decorate walkers for residents of New Hope Assisted Living in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Girl Scout Zoe Patterson serves up some cookie samples at New Hope Assisted Living.

Members of avonworth High School’s Honor Society would have preferred wearing the clothing articles they were packing rather than readying them for distribution to Third World countries serviced by the international charity World Vision. But the mountains of shirts proclaiming Pittsburgh as winners of Super Bowl XLV will never be worn by diehard “ if only” fans or become eBay curiosity items.

Isaac Miller, 16, of Ben Avon, recently competed in the annual Shakespeare monologue competition at the O'Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh. Interpreting the character of Mercutio from "Romeo and Juliet," Isaac's three-minute presentation earned him one of 11 finalist positions selected from hundreds of students participating.A sophomore at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, the competition marks his first efforts with performing Shakespeare.

Members of Avonworth High School's newly formed Key Club, along with several parents and Kiwanis officials, gathered for a dinner celebration marking the official chartering of the club at the school. According to co-sponsor Breanne Maisner, "Key Club is the oldest international service organization in the U.S.

The Gallery on Baum in Oakland will exhibit art selections by Avonworth junior Krystina Thomas, pictured here preparing a canvas for future work, through Feb. 20.

The pen-and-ink drawings display patterns and line work "…inspired by nature," said Krystina, whose interest in art began in elementary school where she recalls starting simply by "doodling." Kristina hopes to make a career of her art talents and plans to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore following graduation.

Fourth and fifth grade students at Avonworth elementary got a broader vision of mathmatics when they heard from dozens of speakers during the Women in Math Conference held last Friday. Organized by teacher Amy Besterman, the program was designed to encourage young girls to do better in math by exposing them to women who use math in their professional careers. The fifth graders pictured above, from Laura Dzadovsky’s classroom, hosted The Citizen publisher Connie Rankin, who explained how much math comes into play in running and publishing a newspaper.

Arthur has been officially adopted as the mascot of the Northgate 9th and 10th grade mock trial team. He may also qualify as an expert witness on the subject of hamming it up for the camera.

Northgate eighth grader Matt Dombrowski, won the National Geographic Geography Bee for the Northgate Middle School, which was held on Jan. 10. Matt will now take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bees on April 1. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, for state champions to participate in the national championship rounds on May 24 and 25.

Emsworth’s newest council member is Thomas Madey of Courtney Street, who will serve on the parks copmmittee.

Although the Northgate-Avonworth swim teams dropped a home meet to Seton La Salle last Monday -- bringing the record for the girls' and the boys' teams to 1-1 for the season -- several individual swimmers had first-place finishes recently.