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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"

Colorful Easter bunnies are popping up in businesses throughout the North Boroughs, a special holiday promotion sponsored by The Citizen and our advertisers. Before any of these bunnies left The Citizen offices, however, they received a sniff of approval from Arthur, our newest staffer. Arthur is a 140 lb. Great Dane who came to us via the PA Great Dane Rescue organization, and he is pretty much an expert on stuffed animals. Pick up this week's issue of The Citizen for details on how you can win one of the bunnies.

Students in Avonworth’s anatomy and physiology and advanced placement biology classes spent a morning on a mercy ship floating down the Amazon and stopping at ports where they provided health care via live video conferencing with the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, WV.

The experience was a simulation of what actually happens on medical ships such as the 1,100-bed facility now serving victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Several Avonworth senior high and middle school singers have been making their voices heard in chorus activities throughout the area.

From the senior high, Travis Kohler, a junior, and Andrea Weinzierl, a senior, recently participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association (PMEA) District 1 Chorus at Gateway High School. Travis also performed this week at the PMEA Regional Chorus held at Butler Arera High School.

The Assumption Theater Guild will celebrate its s 30th anniversary by staging the musical, "Annie," the story of the famous red-headed orphan, starting Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in McGovern Hall

Avonworth Elementary School used Read Across America Day on Tuesday to address national statistics that indicate young boys are less proficient in reading than are young girls, and also less likely to choose reading as a leisure activity. The school hosted nearly 100 male guest readers from the community -- including Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke, pictured above reading “The Boy Who Ate America” to students in teacher Dean Zuppe’s third grade class.

Ohio Township Police Department’s new canine officer is Rico, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois (mal-in-wa) trained in Holland. People who had the opportunity to meet Cak, the department’s former dog, will find Rico to be a lot more high-energy and affectionate. “He’s very intense,” said handler Officer Eric Wallace, who is pictured here with his new

Ohio Township's new K-9 officer met the Kilbuck Township Supervisors this week when Rico and his handler, Officer Eric Wallace, stopped by the supervisors' meeting on Tuesday. Pictured with the Belgian Malinois are, from left, supervisors Tom Tomaro, John Fader and Jean Sebastien Valois, and township secretary Harry Dilmore.

Kilbuck Township’s newest supervisor is Jean Sebastien Valois, who was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Susan Merkner. The Newgate Road resident is a scientist with the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

Avonworth students Molly Corder (left) and Kaley Zahren are headed for San Diego as one of only four North American finalist teams in the Polar Bears International competition to come up with ways to combat global warming.

Heavy defensive coverage by Sto Rox could not slow down Avonworth star center Tara Gallupe, who torched the Vikings for 31 points in the ‘Lopes down to the wire victory last week. Pictured here, Gallupe gets support from teammate Lauren Mayernik.

A Central Blood Bank nurse checks on Avonworth High School sophomores Jen Ward and Devon Godkin while they donate blood. Wednesday’s student drive, sponsored by the National Honor Society, collected 48 units of blood, according to school nurse Kathy Butterini, who noted that because one pint of blood can be used to save as many as three different lives, the Avonworth students potentially helped 144 people. Another drive is planned at the school in May.

Avonworth's Lauren Mayernik goes up for a rebound in the Lady 'Lopes' 74-13 win over Freedom on Monday.

A number of special visitors helped Avonworth celebrate the receipt of a $15,000 grant that will provide fitness opportunities for middle school students. Pictured above from left, back row, Steeler center Jeff Hartings, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Everette James, Steeler legend Franco Harris and state Secretary of Education Dr. Gerald Zahorchak; front row, Dr. Don Fisher (Highmark), Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation, Avonworth superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald and middle school principal Tom Ralston.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Northgate students who are conducting Penny Wars to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti are, from left: top row, Savannah Paladin, Alison Gusew, Shannon Burns; middle, Chloe Quinn, Megan Coleman, Sarah Dunn, Kim Senko, Amanda Silay; front, Emily Sybo, Jimmy Silay, Alex Werley, Aaron Makatura.

There's not much of a problem in picking up a bottle of wine these days. Stop at a wine and spirits shop (no longer called a liquor store) or maybe at one of a growing number of grocery stores offering hundreds of selections of chardonnay, cabernet or merlot to sip with dinner.

Easy, but not quite Jesse Colaizzi's idea of the best way to enjoy the fruit of the vine.