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!

The Crawford Road round-about was formally dedicated last week. Pictured above, Ohio Township Supervisors Herb Hartle, Jim Reid and Tom Beatty, along with township manager John Sullivan, celebrated the completion of the project with representatives of the various private entities that worked with government to create this much more appealing answer to traffic control. When nearby residential development is complete, several more roadways will feed into the circle. The project took two years to complete, and opened to traffic in 2009.

Avonworth High School’s valedictorian, Alex Riddle, and salutatorian, Leah Pappas, are pictured at left with high school principal Ken Lockette. The son of Maxine and Bob Riddle of Ohio Township, Alex will head for the University of Rochester next fall to study math and physics. Leah, the daughter of Claire and Jim Pappas of Ohio Township, will major in foreign languages at Penn State University.

Northgate High School’s 119 members of the Class of 2010 were led by valedictorian Jimmy Silay (pictured at far right), salutatorian Megan Coleman and Beattie Tech salutatorian Dylan Winters. The son of Bill and Nancy Silay of Avalon, Jimmy will major in engineering at Case Western University. Megan, the daughter of Mark and Alice Coleman of Bellevue, will study actuarial science at Robert Morris University. Dylan will continue his study of advertising and design at California University. He is the son of Tim and Cyndi Winters of Avalon. See

Arthur knows he is smart, but maybe not as smart as these top Northgate graduates. He stopped by Northgate High School to congratulate Dylan Winters, Megan Coleman and Jimmy Silay on their outstanding academic achievements.

Arthur thinks that Northgate High School principal Bryan Kyle has THE best secretary in the whole world, and he is considering going back to school just so he can be spoiled by his new friend Dana Bloom.

This week's paper features pictures of a number of trips local residents shared with The Citizen, including this one of the Northgate Marching Band in Florida. Remember to take The Citizen along on your vacation and send us the photos of your local newspaper doing something fun. Check the "About Us" section for our mailing and e-mail addresses.

The Citizen's dashing canine reporter Arthur considered test driving a Camaro during the Classic Car Cruise on Sunday, where Chevy offered visitors a chance to take a spin in the hot new sports car. The backseat was not exactly Dane-size, however, so he decided to stick with his standard mode of transportation, a Chevy Blazer. Arthur was very excited by the Chevy people tweeting his picture!

Arthur enjoyed meeting Miss Sharon, Bayne librarian extraordinaire. Arthur enjoys having someone read him stories, especially if the stories are about other Great Danes. Or any dogs. Or cats. Or hamburgers.

A few (billion) raindrops didn’t put a damper on volunteer efforts as Avalon’s annual “Dumpster Day” took place last Saturday. Dumpsters were filled to the brim with items that might otherwise be cluttering homes and yards around the borough. Pictured above, volunteers included elected officials, community residents and Northgate Middle-Senior High School students. The students worked with Northgate teacher and former Avalon Council member Tom Michalow to pick up items from borough residents who are elderly or disabled, and unable to transport them.

Arthur stopped to meet Ben Avon firefighter Jim Rupert during a call on Perrysville Avenue Saturday afternoon. Being the intrepid reporter dog that he is, Arthur refused to sit in a nice dry car, and instead braved the downpour to do his job. He would like to thank the nice lady who stopped and offered him a ride.

Arthur, The Citizen's reporter dog, stopped by to lend a paw at Avalon's Dumpster Day on Saturday. His major contribution was eating a doughnut, but his heart was in the right place! Arthur is pictured here with his new buddy Aaron Meyer, Avalon Council members Rob Powell and Tom Lloyd, and volunteer Lee Nelson.

After years of canines taking the crown in The Citizen’s annual Pet Photo Contest, we have our first feline winner!

Fuzzy, a 3-year-old Ragdoll who belongs to Avonworth third grader Hannah Banks of Ben Avon, very nearly took the title last year. Neither he nor Hannah gave up, and came back for a strong first place finish in this year’s popular vote.

A contractor hired by Avalon borough demolished the house on Wednesday, and planned to load the debris into dumpsters the next day.

Pictured here, the house on Semple Avenue slipped away from street level.

It may be warm now, but it wasn’t very long ago that we had snow up to our bumpers. Bellevue Council acknowledged the great job done by the borough’s department of public works with a special proclamation at council work session on Tuesday. Pictured above from left are council vice president Linda Woshner, DPW supervisor Tony Barbarino, and employees Paul Mammay, John Scanlon and Joe Wright.