New Bellevue director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, pictured above at center with council president Linda Woshner and vice president Jim Viscusi, is quickly settling in to his new job with the borough. Borczyk, who comes to Bellevue after working as the borough manager in Springdale, has a background in accounting and human resources in the private sector, as well as municipal government experience.

Perched at the summit of Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township, the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church will host a celebration of its 175th anniversary this weekend. Built in 1837, the original church was made of logs. That building housed the congregation for its first 44 years, until a second building was completed between 1878 and 1884 to accommodate the growing number of members. Two more additions became part of the church in the 1950s.

Northgate middle and high school choral director Kelly Winovich has advanced to the final stages in the selection process for the first-ever Grammy Award for Music Educator of The Year.

Nominated by alumni, current students and parents, Winovich remains one of 200 out of nearly 30,000 contenders for the top prize, which includes $10,000 for the winner's middle/high school choral program and a matching amount for the teacher, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 Grammy Awards where Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake will presentthe award.

For the second consecutive year, Avonworth's spring musical production took "Best Musical" in budget category II of the Kelly Awards, which recognize high school musical performances throughout Western Pennsylvania. In addition to taking home the top award, "The Phantom of the Opera" was honored with four additional nominations: Emma Baker for best actress; Nathan Pool for best actor; best director; and best stage crew.

Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue, pictured at left, was a sea of people and classic cars last Sunday as Enjoy Bellevue and Classic Chevrolet sponsored the popular annual car cruise. Beautiful weather, vendors, music and raffles added to the festivities.

The pond and waterfall feature of the Bellevue Dog Woods off-leash dog park was a big hit with the canine visitors who helped celebrate the official grand opening last Saturday. Hundreds of dogs and their humans visited vendors that provide dog services and products, as well as rescue and shelter organizations, and enjoyed door prizes and give-aways. The Bellevue Dog Woods is open in Bellevue’s Memorial Park on Bellevue Road daily from dawn until dusk.

.Northgate High School's concert choir and the middle school chorus will present its spring show, "Broadway and Beyond," on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The choir previewed selections from their show for residents at New Hope in Avalon on May 1. Concert choir seniors pictured here from left are: front -- Chase Dermond, Mara Bartholomew, Rachel Rieg, Nicole Barton, Jeremy McCawley; middle -- Lauren McNeil, Colby Simpson, Kelsey Sozanski; back: Carolyn Kenyon, Amanda Woollard, Hannah Kunkel; not pictured -- Sarah Denes, Ashonti Walker.

Avonworth students, from left, Bethany Kujawinski, Chloe Mellon, Lauren Robinet, Ben Pietrusinski and Denise Stone have received top honors from the Carson Scholars Fund.The three ninth graders include Ben, son of Colleen and Carl Pietrusinski of Ben Avon; Chloe, daughter of Brenda and Steve Mellon of Emsworth; and Lauren, daughter of Jane Ellen Robinet of Ben Avon and Yves Robinet of Ohio Township. Bethany, grade 7, is the daughter of Kelly and Nick Kujawinski. Denise, a sophomore, is the daughter of Phil Stone and Peggy Ward of Emsworth.

Volunteers from Ben Avon and Emsworth, with help from members of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, planted trees on Laurel, Prospect, Dickson, and Sturgeon avenues in Ben Avon, as well as in Avon Park, on April 11. The trees, obtained through the TreeVitalize project, were selected specifically for each site by professional urban foresters. Local coordinator Ephraim Zimmerman said that the planting event was very successful.

Avonworth catcher Sonny Restelli stood his ground against a Seton LaSalle player’s attempt to fly into home plate, getting the tag and the out. Unfortunately, the Antelopes lost the game 15-13. They had better luck against Northgate, however. Page 12.

Avonworth seniors Nathan Pool and Emma Baker rehearse a scene from "The Phantom of the Opera."

It opened in London in 1986, in New York in 1988, and has been staged in national tours, regional theater and college productions across the country, making it one of the most popular shows in musical history.

And now, Avonworth High School presents "The Phantom of the Opera" for a two-weekend run, opening for a senior citizen performance at 4:30 p.m. on April 11, followed by April 12, 13, 19 and 20 shows with 7:30 p.m. curtain times.

Northgate High School will stage "Beauty and the Beast" for this year's spring musical, with performances scheduled for April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Pictured here during rehearsal are, from left: back -- Lauren Murphy, Kristine Houser, Colby Simpson, Sam Driscoll, Evan Sweeney, Laken Burns; front -- Sam Sesti, Lauren McNeil, Rachael Robertson, D.J. Powers, Madison Conley, Jeremy McCawley, Hannah Dunn, Chase Dermond. The April 5 show at 6 p.m. welcomes senior citizens and all Northgate staff for a full dress rehearsal, with no cost for admission.

Northgate High School sophomore Sara Hopkins won the semi-final round of the "Kean Quest Talent Competition" last weekend, advancing her to the finals, which will be held on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Kean Theatre in Gibsonia. "America's Got Talent" finalist Jackie Evancho will be among the hosts for the evening's performances. Sara will again sing, accompanied by Northgate choral director Kelly Winovich. "I am so proud of Sara's accomplishments. She is the perfect example of talent, hard work, and dedication," Winovich said.

Avonworth Ski Club members Austin Harvey, Alexa Valenta, Rich Kastory and Natalie Malloy were among two dozen who traveled to western New York last weekend to put in some time on the slopes.

The Assumption Theatre Guild will present the musical comedy "Once upon a Mattress" on Saturdays, March 9 and 16, at 7 p.m., and on Sundays, March 10 and 17, at 2 p.m. in McGovern Hall. Pictured above from left are cast members Cindy West (Queen Aggravain), Ryan Frawley (Prince Dauntless) and Katie Cwenar (Princess Winnifred).

It's never too late to be a cheerleader. Proving the truth of that statement, Denise Adams of Bellevue regularly attends Northgate sports events to cheer on grandson Shane Adams. Wearing her sparkling gold and red attire and a top hat trimmed with flames, Denise gave her support throughout last Friday's Northgate-Avonworth basketball game, joining at halftime with high school cheerleaders Zana Wiley (top left) and Mara Bartholomew (right), and Sarah Denes.

Northgate’s Justin Parra tries to score during the Flames’ 68-41 loss to Quaker Valley Tuesday evening. Northgate will host Avonworth this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Several Northgate students have earned the opportunities to showcase their vocal talents at events scheduled throughout the Pittsburgh area over the next few weeks.

Senior Chase Dermond, who sang his way through middle school chorus and the high school concert choir, will perform as a member of District I Chorus at Quaker Valley High School, Feb. 6-8.

"It's a great honor to represent our school in Districts, and I hope to make my school proud," Chase said.

Avonworth senior Ryan Pearson led the Antelopes to a satisfying victory over Sto-Rox last Saturday, in a game delayed overnight by heavy snow. See the full story in our sports section.

Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) welcomes the borough’s newest full-time police officer. Chris Brown, who has been working as a part-time officer in Avalon for a couple years, was hired at Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting in a unanimous vote. Brown is a former Marine who served in Iraq.

Avonworth - Northgate wrestling coach Timothy Giel has yet to check the record books, but it’s probably a safe bet to say that Tuesday night’s 58-0 victory over Riverview is the first total roster sweep in the history of the team. Pictured above is sophomore Wes Bartholomew, who won with a pin in the 138 lb. category. Bartholomew, currently ranked fifth in the WPIAL with an 18-5 record, is expected to do well in the post-season, along with Darion Trimmer at 132 lbs. and Ka'Dale Coles at heavyweight.

A group of pets will be breathing a little easier in 2013 after being given another chance at adoption as part of Animal Friends’ New Year’s Eve rescue.

The annual event saves dozens of animals who had been housed in shelters throughout Western Pennsylvania that are not no-kill, as is the Animal Friends shelter on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township.

Santa Claus was back in the Boroughs last Saturday, bringing along his wife to visit with children and pets. Santa and Mrs. Claus chatted with Mia, age 3, of Bellevue, pictured here, to find out what she hopes to receive when Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve. Santa also will be working with the Avalon and Ben Avon volunteer fire companies to visit children at their homes, and parents can register their children for a visit with the forms on Page 3 of this week's paper.

Santa Claus has been popping up all over the North Boroughs, including a visit to the Bellevue holiday festivities last Friday evening. Pictured here, 4-year-old Savian, of Avalon, goes over his Christmas wish list with Santa.