A Leechburg running back doesn’t get far, thanks to Avonworth’s Dan Coulter.

The gazebo at Bayne Park was spruced up by volunteers.

More than 125 volunteers took to the streets and parks and lots and buildings of Bellevue last Saturday, accomplishing a long list of projects as part of the “Improve the Vue” project sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth (BIG).

There were notable wins both on and off the playing fields at both local high schools last Friday night. Pictured above, Northgate homecoming queen Bridgit Walters (center) was crowned at halftime of the Flames’ destruction of Wilkinsburg. She is flanked by the 2010 homecoming court (from left): Carolyn Denes, Amanda Sharlow, Julia Lauria, Emily Sybo, Sarah Dunn and Caitlyn Manion.

There was more than a little fun and excitement thrown in as Bellevue held a Health and Safety Day at Bayne Park last Saturday. Sponsored by the Bellevue police and fire departments, Allegheny General Hospital and NorthWest EMS, the event offered an afternoon full of educational and entertaining attractions for people of all ages. Pictured here, LifeFlight pilot Bryan Bly makes sure that Owen McKee, 4, of Ross, is strapped in tight in the helicopter seat.

Christopher Neal, 6, of Brighton Heights, demonstrates his agility in contests sponsored by the AGH sports medicine department.

Jonathan and Gabriella Pendrak think sharing the front seat of a Bellevue firetruck with grandpa Robert Shipman, a volunteer firefighter, is lots of fun.

Bellevue Police Sgt. Matt Lucas answers questions for Bailey Lubawski and Allysa Spezzano of Allentown, who were visiting Bellevue for the day.

NorthWest EMS's Matt McDanel explains to residents about the NorthWest EMS river rescue team.

Let's just put it this way, you don't ever want to be someplace that NorthWest EMS has to send this truck to help you, but if you are there, you're going to be very happy that the local ambulance service has these kinds of capabilities.

One of the LST vessels that put American troops onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day was returned from Greece, and this week passed along the Ohio River in the North Boroughs, stopping in Emsworth Wednesday morning.

World War II “state-of-the-art” communications equipment has been restored in the LST, including a functioning Morse Code transmitter.

Arthur was absolutely shocked when Avalon swimming pool manager Catie Makatura told him that dogs are not allowed in the pool. Who made up that silly rule? Fortunately Arthur has his own pool at home, so he & Catie are still friends.

The Avonworth football team took home its first hotdog eating trophy in the third annual event last Friday. Pictured above with head coach Jason Kekseo, the Antelopes slipped past their Northgate opponents in a tie-breaking round. A number of people commented on how spiffy the ‘Lopes looked with their names on the back of their jerseys.

Arthur did not take off with State Police Trooper James Pecori and Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski because, quite frankly, he did not fit in the helicopter.

Oyster and Chi Chi (from left) were the winners of the Pampered Pooch Promenade’s
contests for “most talented” and “best dressed” dogs, respectively.
The event, sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue, capped off the four-day
Summer Solstice Spectacular and raised funds for the Pennsylvania Great Dane Rescue.

Isabella Berie helped Arthur lead the Pampered Pooch Promenade sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue last Sunday. The event benefitted the PA Great Dane Rescue.

Jean Matvey and Moose, from the PA Great Dane Rescue, tell people about the joys of sharing your life with a 150 lb. dog.

Arthur finally meets a dog his own size! Pictured from left are Jeannie, Moose, Arthur and Debbie from the PA Great Dane Rescue.

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski prepares to take off in the state police helicopter used Monday in a multi-jurisdictional narcotics surveillance task.

State Trooper James Pecori and Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski take off on their mission.

A hand-crocheted flag originally donated to VFW Post 2454 is now in the safe-keeping of the Borough of Bellevue.

The flag was made by Loretta Hey, wife of VFW member Robert Hey. She is now deceased, and the VFW post is disbanding. Pictured at right, Hey and his daughters passed on the framed flag to Bellevue Mayor George Doscher, council president Kathy Coder and member Mark Panichella at the June 22 council meeting.

Sisters of Francis living at the provincial headquarters at Mt. Assisi Convent in Bellevue will be joined on June 29 by Franciscans living throughout western and eastern Pennsylvania, as well as New Jersey, for a blessing ceremony commemorating the recently installed peace pole located at the entrance to the convent grounds.

Sister Elaine Hromulak, one of the organizers of the project, said that the convent had a peace pole, but that it had been wooden and had deteriorated over the years.

Arthur enjoyed visiting with the Ohio Township road crew recently. He thinks they have a neat job when the weather's not too hot...or too cold...or too wet...actually, they have a pretty tough job, and he's glad they didn't put him to work!