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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.

Incumbent Kilbuck Township supervisor John Fader was elected chairman of the board of supervisors during the Jan. 4 reorganization meeting.

His election came after new supervisor Tom Tomaro, pictured above at left with Fader, took the oath of office.

The board remains short one member due to the midterm resignation of Sue Merckner last month. A special meeting to fill the vacancy will be held Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

Photo by Connie Rankin for The Citizen

Ben Avon's new mayor, Robert Jones, is sworn in by District Judge Tara Smith on Monday, Jan. 4.

Maria West was re-elected president of Emsworth Council during the reorganization meeting on Jan. 4.

The woman whose impact on Bellevue will be felt for generations has died.

Rosemary Heflin, 77, died in her Bellevue home on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009.

Heflin was the first woman ever elected to Bellevue Council, running for office in the 1970s, and later became the borough's first -- and only -- woman mayor. She devoted more than two decades to Bellevue government, but her involvement and activism started long before she took a seat in council chambers.

Journalist, novelist, short story writer and Burmese dissident Khet Mar addressed Avonworth students recently, speaking of her career as a writer in a nation where censorship is the norm and imprisonment for those voicing their opinions is standard practice. She spoke of how her activity in protests of the late 1980s and early 1990s led to a year in prison, and how she has worked as a teacher and for humanitarian causes following her release from jail.

The Northgate High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus will present "The Gift of Music" on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is free, and alumni are invited to join in singing the traditional, "This Christmastide." Rehearsing for the concert are members of the “Triple-Trio Ensemble (with Shaquille).” Pictured from left are Amy Haller, Rebecca Fischer, Kayla Moss, Ina Pierce, Shaquille Nicholson, Margaret Knight, Lydia Glatz, Leah Dunn, Kim Senko. Not pictured, Bridgit Walters.

Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus representative Kathy Ferri shows some of the extravagant theme baskets that are being raffled off to raise money for charitable efforts in the North Boroughs. The annual fund-raiser features baskets containing items donated by different hospital departments. This year’s baskets will include children’s bicycles, a flat screen TV, a Wii fitness package, among many other items.

This 12-foot-plus tree arrived in Bellevue on Tuesday, just in time to become a featured attraction at Bellevue’s annual Light Up Night tonight. Donated by Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus and delivered by hospital staff, it took Bellevue DPW’s Tony Fiorenzo (left) and Joe Wright (right), and AGH-SC’s Dave Kusserow (center) to unload the tree. It has been placed in front of Northwest Savings Bank on Lincoln Avenue, where it will be lit at 7 p.m., when Light Up Night festivities, sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce, kick off.

Running back Jimmy Zubik proved to be valuable to more than just the Avonworth Antelopes. Zubik, pictured above at right with Avonworth assistant coach Joe Zeglowitsch, was named the most valuable player (MVP) for his performance in a game that pitted all-stars from northern WPIAL teams against all-stars from city schools and southern WPIAL teams at Cupples Stadium on Nov. 21.

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