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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.

Emsworth Mayor Dee Quinn welcomes new borough council member Alexander Nalevanko after he was sworn in during Wednesday’s council meeting. Nalevanko, his wife and three children reside on Courtney Street, and moved to Emsworth six years ago. He is a teacher with the North Hills School District.

Nalevanko was chosen from among three applicants for the seat left vacant by the resignation of Amy Adams. he was appointed in a 4-2 vote, with David Heflin and Dan Lenz supporting applicant Kevin Yurkovich.

Northgate's concert choir and middle school chorus will present “A Tribute to the Stars” on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is free to the public. Alumni and faculty are invited to join the students for a special "Heal The World" celebration. Senior choir members pictured from left are: front row -- Jeremy Denniston, Jack Wessel, Ryan Robinson; back row -- Stormy Dibucci, Margaret Knight, Ina Pierce, Amy Haller, LeeAnn Love, Brandi Jones, Leah Mantick, Jessie Picciano.

Fifth graders at Assumption School in Bellevue officially graduated from the D.A.R.E. program designed to keep children from such destructive behaviors as drug and alcohol use and bullying. Pictured above with Bellevue Police Officer Mike Hudson are, from left: front row -- Christina Del Nano, Lauren Kennelly, Kristen Collins, Jackie Pfeil, Bridget McCole, Luisa Valeriano and Ryan Hunt; back row -- Brianna Benson, Sam Matous, Luke Scioscia, John Tomasic, Seth Welch, Brayden Haun and Alex Parker.

Things will be getting pretty wild around Northgate High School, thanks to four students in Sam Donini’s biology class.

As part of the PA Game Commission’s “Seedlings to Develop Habitat” program, students Sarah Dunn, Mitch Vacek, Ed Mancini and Kayla Saylor planted 80 crab apple, pin oak, white pine and red elderberry seedlings around school property, where they will grow into a wildlife habitat for the area’s turkeys, deer, squirrels and birds. Pictured above from left are Donini, Vacek, Dunn and Mancini.

It’s hard to tell who was more surprised by the umpire’s call when Avonworth’s Nick Hobbs was ruled out at home plate during the bottom of the sixth inning as the ‘Lopes played OLSH at PNC Park last Friday. The Antelopes unfortunately emulated the success of the Pittsburgh Pirates who regularly play at the stadium, and lost 7-3.

Kim Zylinski admits that her debut novel was not the result of some burst of inspiration from the literary gods.

In fact, she'll be the first to tell you that her book, published just last month, was born out of boredom.

"I was working as a switchboard operator at Duquesne University. In between directing calls, I often would watch TV, something that the boss didn't like. I needed the job for another year, so I asked her what I should do with the gaps of time that could become boring."

Avonworth middle and high school art students will display their works in the school lobbies and cafeterias through April 19. Pictured above from left preparing displays are Lacey Scanlon, Sarah Cassidy, Jimmy Homza, Amy Herchenroether, Jon Hartman, Steve Johnston and Mike Simmons.

Among the principal characters of Northgate High School's production of "Bye Bye Birdie" are: front -- Aaron Makatura, Jeremy Deniston, Alison Gusew, Amy Haller; back -- Deanna Douglas, Hannah Reed, Taylor Reed, Leah Mantick, Shannon Burns, Bridgit Walters, Eugene Taylor. Performances are April 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.

“Mame” (Andrea Weinzierl) greets her fans in a scene from the Avonworth High School production of the Broadway musical, which opens next Wednesday.

Four generations of Millstines -- Herman H, seated, with son Herman W, grandson Mark, and great-grandson Erik -- celebrated Herman H.’s 103rd birthday this past weekend.

Herman Millstine recalls skateboarding as a youth.

"We'd get a flat piece of wood, and then take the wheels from an old skate and attach them, and there we were. Skateboarders"