So much about Christmas can be summed up in the face of a child. Pictured above, a toddler enjoys the festivities at Emsworth’s tree lighting and holiday celebration held last Friday.

The Avonworth Brass Ensemble and the folk group from Sacred Heart Church provided music for Emsworth's holiday celebration on Dec. 3.

Emsworth Council president Maria West greeted residents who attended the annual tree lighting and holiday celebration.

Members of the Northgate chorus delivered a program of holiday cheer to New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon on Wednesday afternoon when they sang a program of Christmas carols for dozens of residents who gathered in the social hall. With the season’s first snowfall seen drifting past background windows, the students sang traditional as well as modern selections, passing out lyrics for the audience to join in on several songs. The program was arranged and conducted by Northgate choral director Kelly Winovich.

The duct tape didn't hold long after the crate was removed from beneath principal John Primrose's feet. Some gym mats were laid out just in case, but the detachment was so quick that the principal was able to remain on his feet.

The kindergarten class at Bellevue Elementary School taught by Elizabeth Doerr wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving as they donned costumes and made headdresses to become a tribe of Native Americans. The students performed a holiday pageant for their parents Tuesday morning, then enjoyed a small Thanksgiving feast of their own.

A SCUBA diver confers with his colleagues on boats in last Saturday's river rescue drill.

The Region 13 Homeland Security water rescue team participated in a drill on the Ohio River in Glenfield last Saturday. Pictured here, divers who are part of the Allegheny County Police bomb squad prepare to search for a “bomb” that went down with one of the “victims” of a “capsized” boat.

NorthWest EMS river rescue team chief Matt McDanel (in the white helmet) heads out onto the river in one of the easily and quickly deployable inflatibles used in water operations.

On-shore personnel can keep in constant radio contact with divers. In this case, the divers in question are from the Allegheny County bomb squad, whose communications lines are incorporated into their safety ropes.

Not even the presence of a scary witch (Bellevue Council member Susan Viscusi) or AGH's Kathi Ferri could distract Arthur from the smell of hotdogs and hamburgers that filled the air at the Fall Festival held in Bayne Park last Saturday. Arthur had a wonderful time, meeting several small dogs (his favorite) and lots of kids who were enjoying the festivities. He would like to thank Bellevue Council member Jim Viscusi and the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Comapny for the excellent grilled treats.

The Northgate Marching Band brass and drum sections move onto the field at Lenzner Stadium before last Friday's "Pink Out" game between Northgate and Avonworth .

Avonworth Head Coach Jason Kekseo paces the sidelines.

Kendra Anick prepares to direct the Northgate Marching Band's halftime performance.

The Northgate Flames coaching staff keeps an eye on the action.

Northgate Head Coach Mike Pipak is flanked by Chase Staiger and Connor Doscher.

The Northgate Marching Band's woodwind section is especially pretty in pink at last Friday's football game.

Ryan Schmid opens a clear path for Jake Szolis.

Even upside down and doing a one-handed hand stand, Josh Douglas does not let go of that football.

Northgate quarterback Jon Girvin prepares to fire a pass to Rob Vickers.

Avonworth's Ricky Lawniczak takes advantage of some excellent blocking to gain yardage in Friday's win over Beth Center.

Ricky Lawniczak is pursued by a pack of Bulldogs.

Quarterback Brian Vales throws a pass to Andrew Niklaus.

Northgate's Frank Camello takes down a Raider.