The Avalon - Bellevue Kiwanis Club held its final meeting last Monday evening. After 63 years of charitable work, membership in the club had declined to a handful, who decided to disband.Among the longtime members who attended Monday’s final meeting were, pictured above from left: seated - Stanley Zawojski, Will Mecklinburg, William Shirley and Frank Setcavage; standing - Brian Shirey, Lenora Bauer and Charles Miklos. The club raised funds for a number of local projects and programs, including school arts and DARE.

Avalon-Bellevue Kiwanis Club member Lenora Bauer presents Bellevue Police Officer Michael Hudson with a $500 contribution to the DARE program, which targets issues of substance abuse and bullying among school children. The Kiwanis Club, a longtime supporter of the local DARE program, made a final contribution Monday evening before the club disbanded.

Northgate's Josh Ellis catches a pass from quarterback Jon Girvin in the second quarter of the Flames' Senior Night win over Quaker Valley. Visit the Sports section for the full story.

Some 30 Northgate High School art students spent last Monday decorating the windows of businesses in Bellevue with seasonal images. Pictured from left with their creation are Carolyn Denes and Alison Gusew. Windows were painted at 28 shops in the Lincoln Avenue business district.

Firefighters, police and medics work to free Jean Parilla, 63, of Irwin Avenue, Bellevue, from her vehicle after it was hit head-on on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon last Friday morning, Oct. 16. The driver of the second vehicle -- Jennifer White, 32, of Anaheim Street, North Side -- told police that she was traveling south on Route 65 when a brown car pulled out in front of her, causing her to lose control and cross over the center line, where her car collided with the vehicle driven by Parilla.

Avonworth’s 2009 homecoming queen, Kate Ward, received her crown during pre-game festivities last Friday from 2008 queen Shelby Bassinger. Also pictured are homecoming court member Kaley Zahren and Kate Ward’s parents. Other members of the court were Abigail Donovan, Molly Frew, Andrea Weinzierl and Jessica Wintermantel.

Members of the 2009 Avonworth High School homecoming court, from left, are Andrea Weinzierl, Kaley Zahren, queen Kate Ward, Jessica Wintermantel, Molly Frew and Abigail Donovan.

“Play On!” will be presented by the Community Theatre Players Oct. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24. Cast members pictured above from left are: seated -- Debbie Van Maele, Betty Liddle, Gary Weiss, Susie Angelelli, Megan Corder; standing -- Joe Stitman, Joan Dawson, Diana Hartman, Jeff Cieslak, Mace Porac. For more information, call (412)734-2050 or visit the Events section. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Among the visits around the world made by the Stanley Cup trophy was a stop in Bellevue last Monday, courtesy of Penguins’ communications VP and Bellevue native Tom McMillan. Before a surprise appearance at Assumption School arranged by teacher Rich Bell, McMillan and the cup stopped to visit old friend Luigi Della-Ragione and have lunch at Luigi’s on Lincoln Avenue. Pictured above are Luigi (left) and McMillan.

Assumption School students take a close look at the Stanley Cup.

The entire student body gathers for a photo with the Stanley Cup during an assembly at Assumption School on Monday.

Young hockey fans get up close with the Stanley Cup.

Avonworth's Jimmy Zubik gets crunched between two Springdale defenders.

The Avonworth defense moves in to take down a Dynamo runner: Mike Simmons (34), Eddie Kurtz (45), Donte Ianelli (66) and Jake Szolis (33).

Ryan Schmid gets a tackle.

Jeff Wehner moves in to help Andrew Niklaus pick up some yardage.

Ten Bellevue Elementary School teachers were randomly selected to receive $100 gift cards from Sam’s Club after the school was given the Mt. Nebo store’s designation as having the “teachers of the year.” Store representatives said that the cards could be used to purchase items for their classrooms, something teachers often pay for themselves. Pictured above with Mt.

There was something to celebrate at Northgate’s football game last Friday night -- the crowning of a new homecoming queen. Leah Mantick is pictured with runner-up Shannon Burns, backed by her court, from left, Abby Haag, Becki Lasher, Carlee Mazuer, Erica Benny and Emily Forkin. The halftime ceremony was the highlight of a game that pitted the Flames against one of the best teams in the WPIAL.

NorthWest EMS personnel tend to a woman injured in a head-on crash on Center Avenue in Emsworth that occurred Wednesday afternoon. Police say that the unidentified female driver complained of chest pain after her vehicle crossed the center line and slammed into the front of another car near the Redbird Point intersection. A third vehicle also was involved in the accident, reportedly struck before the driver pictured above struck the second car. The vehicle hit head-on contained a woman and two small children. Police say they were not injured.

The Avonworth Antelopes kicked off the varsity football season with a 19-0 win over Western Beaver at home last Friday night. Pictured above, Ryan Schmid (#2) keeps the Golden Beaver runner from advancing, while Tyler Noethinger (#3) and Andrew Niklaus (#15) look on. The same night, in Bellevue, Northgate suffered a brutal loss to Seton LaSalle.

Northgate varsity football players celebrated last Saturday evening after taking the trophy in the second annual hotdog eating contest. Pictured above from left are members of the Northgate team who beat out the Avonworth squad by one hotdog: Joe Barker, Ryan Castleberry, Chase Staiger and Josh Schultheis.

The contest kicked off the annual North Boroughs fireworks celebration, postponed from July due to flooding at Avalon Field along New Brighton Road.

Thousands of area residents enjoyed music by Uptown Rhythm and Brass before the Pyrotecnico fireworks display.

Moro Garden: An abundance of flowers and whimsical statuary have helped Dubrvka and Zdenko Moro and their family feel right at home in Avalon. The family left Bosnia and Herzegovina when war broke out.

One of the great joys of late summer is the harvest of locally grown produce. You may be surprised to find out just where the tomatoes pictured here were grown. See our 2009 Garden Showcase story in the Features section.

Joe’s Rusty Nail owner Joe Elbicki celebrated the Bellevue restaurant’s 30th anniversary on Aug. 13. Employees presented him with a plaque recognizing the accomplishment and his contribution to the local community. They also put together a slide show that featured 30 years worth of photos and such memorabilia as old menus, all set to music. While Elbicki credits the restaurant’s employees with his success, they maintain that he has set the example by setting a standard for quality food and excellent customer service.