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Two local Boy Scouts hoping to achieve Eagle status spent some of their summer vacations on projects that will benefit countless numbers of people. Pictured here, Sam West of Emsworth (center) installed decals on some 200 catch basins in the borough, warning people not to dump toxic materials that could pollute the area’s drinking water. He was helped by a number of scouts from the Mt. Nebo troop, including Tyler McCalmon (left) and John Weingartner.

Thoma garden: Want a vegetable garden but don't have room for a traditional plot? Use the space you do have, as Bill Thoma demonstrates by fitting tomato plants among the bushes along the side of his house.

Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime celebration at Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township provided area residents the opportunity to learn about a variety of safety-related issues. Pictured here, Ohio Township Fire Chief Jeff Frazier (at far left) helps a number of future firefighters become familiar with the township’s aerial firetruck. The event, co-sponsored by Target and the Ohio Township Police Department, included a number of fun and educational activities for children and adults.

Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos treated children to rides in the police department's off-road vehicle during the Aug. 4 National Night Out Against Crime event at Mt. Nebo Pointe.

Emma Patsilevas is somewhat skeptical about the crime prevention value of insects, who visited Tuesday's event at Mt. Nebo Pointe from their regular home at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Face painting was among the many activities for children at the National Night Out Against Crime event in Ohio Township Tuesday. Target employee Debi Mannhaupt creates special artwork for Juliette Boughton, while Caroline and Claire Boughton wait.

Five years ago, Donna Snyder downsized from her nine-room house in Franklin Park to a one-story ranch in Bellevue. At the same time, she traded nearly an acre of land for fairly small front and back yards, with a narrow patch of lawn that runs the length of one side of her property.

Snyder garden: Some decorative rocks also were just “too beautiful to leave behind,” and have become part of a new landscape that includes groundcovers of creeping and mini thyme.

Snyder garden: There are few things more inviting than a garden path, unless it's a stone bench set among the plants.

Snyder garden: Annuals are used to provide bright spots of color on a backdrop of greenery.

Hatala garden: Annuals in containers and shade-loving hostas thrive alongside a birdbath tucked beneath a magnolia tree.

Hatala garden: The big picture of a garden often is comprised of many perfect little snapshots.

Hatala garden: Who says you need a lot of room for a vegetable garden?

Emily Keener touched up a grape leaf on the mural being painted on two walls of the Pennsylvania Macaroni building in the Strip District. Appropriately, the sun was blazing on this late afternoon scene of sunny Italy: grapes, peppers, pasta, tomatoes and the Italian flag.

Emily is part of the Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project, which features portraits of people, events and structures that have shaped the region's history.

Volunteer Dolly Archey helps two dogs rescued from a cliffside cool down with a bath after an eventful day in their new hometown.

Two pooches got a little bit too independent for their own good, with the result being that Avalon and Bellevue rescue workers spent several hours of their Fourth of July holiday rescuing the pair from the cliffside behind the former Ponderosa restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon.

Firefighters help one of the rescued dogs reach the top of the hill behind the former Ponderosa restaurant in Avalon.

Public access to the Bellevue Police Department was eliminated this past week while crews excavated the area of the building that soon will house an elevator. The elevator will take visitors to borough offices on the second floor, and the new council chambers on the third floor, when the project is complete. The work is part of a $1.2 million rehabilitation project that will use up the remainder of the borough’s bond funds. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

Bellevue public works employee John Scanlon prepares to operate the borough’s new street sweeper, which took to the streets this week. The new sweeper replaces a machine that was about 15 years old and once shared by Bellevue and Avalon boroughs. Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

The area around Bellevue Elementary School has been fenced off and the windows covered while workers remove the parapet from the building. School officials opted to remove the unstable structure rather than replace it due to the cost.

Labeled “The most fun you can have with garbage,” the annual Avalon - Ben Avon Heights - Kilbuck Township “Dumpster Day” was a huge success, due in large part to the many volunteers who helped out. Among the volunteers were a number of Northgate students, recruited by Northgate teacher and Avalon Council member Tom Michalow, pictured at left front. Two dumpsters were filled at the New Brighton Road location in Avalon, while another was available on Eicher Road in Kilbuck.

Tiger Narcisi was the official mascot for Avalon's Dumpster Day on June 20.

After exchanging their vows of love in a wedding ceremony at Phipps Conservatory last Sunday, Scott Tullar and Julie Moehring showed their love for the Penguins by slipping on jerseys over wedding gown and suit for a photo at Mellon Arena. Julie, a 1994 Avonworth grad, teaches math at her alma mater. She is the daughter of Larry and Margery Moehring of Kennedy. Scott, Avonworth Class of ’93, is the assistant manager of Advance Auto Parts in Ross Township. He is the son of Ken Tullar of Ohio Town-ship and Connie Tullar of Bellevue.

Demolition of the former location of the Ponderosa Steakhouse on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon started last week and picked up speed earlier this week. The building was removed to make way for a Burger King restaurant, which was good news for those who have missed the eatery since it left Bellevue several years ago. According to Keith Egyed of PEC Management, a Burger King franchisee, construction of the new restaurant should be complete and the business open to diners by early to mid September. The restaurant expects to create about 45 new jobs in the area, Egyed said.