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.

New Bellevue Police Officer Aaron Nutter was sworn in by Mayor George Doscher on June 8.

New Bellevue Police Officer James Dold was sworn in by Mayor George Doscher on June 8.

Learning became a lot of fun for second graders at Bellevue Elementary School when the students managed to hatch their own flock of chickens. Children in Lynn Heffley’s class watched over the incubator of eggs for 21 days, then watched as the hatchlings made their way out of the shells. Heffley took advantage of the students’ intense interest to incorporate the experience into a variety of subject lessons. The eggs hatched last week, and the students are working on naming their new classmates. Fluffy and Sweetie have been chosen as names for the first two chicks to make an appearance.

Members of VFW Post 2454 place a wreath and begin to raise the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony in Bellevue’s Bayne Park.

Emsworth residents lined the streets to watch a parade that continued through Ben Avon to end with a Memorial Day service at the Lance Cpl. Patrick Kenny Field.

NorthWest EMS personnel, Emsworth and Ben Avon firefighters and Ohio Township Police tend to Emsworth public works employee Rick Cummings after he was extracted from the borough’s pump station Wednesday morning. Cummings reportedly was performing maintenance on the station, which lies some 30-40 feet down a ladder in the small building pictured above, when he passed out, possibly due to low oxygen levels. Photo by The Citizen

Northgate high school students got a pretty realistic look at the consequences of drunk driving Wednesday afternoon when Bellevue police and firefighters staged a “mock crash.’ Presented in hopes of protecting students who will be attending proms and graduation parties in the coming weeks, the mock crash features a scenario in which a car of teenagers who have been drinking crosses the center line and collides with a vehicle full of their friends, killing one girl and sending two others to the hospital, one by helicopter.