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Paul Boyce gets fitted for a new bike helmet by AGH LifeFlight outreach development coordinator Eric Schmidt during Bellevue's Health & Safety Day at Bayne Park on Sept. 25.

The Emsworth Fire Department’s rescue truck was just one of a variety of vehicles featured at the “Touch a Truck” event sponsored by Avalon Public Library last Saturday on California Avenue. Pictured here, 11-year-old Jacob Burns of Bellevue gets to experience sitting behind the wheel of the emergency vehicle. The avenue was lined with vehicles ranging from police cars to hearses and dump trucks. The event also featured a scavenger hunt and other activities for children, and fund-raisers for the library.

Football is not the only game in town, you know. While the boys are brawling on Friday nights, the girls are taking to field and court for competitions in volleyball and soccer. Pictured here, Avonworth junior midfielder Abby Niklaus (in red) played hard in Wednesday’s soccer match against Vincentian. Although Avonworth was ranked higher prior to the recent game, Vincentian pulled out a 3-0 win. The Avonworth and Northgate girls’ volleyball teams will compete in a “Volley for the Cure” game to raise awareness of breast cancer on Sept. 28.

The Northgate Flames exploded into Class A competition last Friday night, obliterating the OLSH Chargers’ WPIAL debut. It took the Flames until the second half to heat up, but a stunning third quarter performance contributed to the 44-6 win for the home team. Pictured above, quarterback Jon Girvin looks for an opening. Girvin scored four of Northgate’s touchdowns. The Flames remain at home tonight, taking on Jefferson Morgan at Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m.

Area football teams got a break with some slighter cooler weather this week as they pulled on pads and helmets to ramp up their preparation for the upcoming season. Pictured above, Northgate head coach Mike Pipak puts his players through a drill.

In April, 2008, Andy Tempalski of Bellevue answered a classified ad for a watch repair technician, a position that did not call so much for knowledge of timepieces as it required work experience with intricate hand tools.

"I had been using small screwdrivers for computer repairs," Andy said. And based upon skills learned with computers, he was hired by Fast-Fix, a jewelry and watch repair shop located in an area shopping mall.

It was a job, but not much of a challenge. "I changed batteries, and I changed watch bands."

A little bit of rain didn’t stop area families from enjoying safety-themed activities offered at the National Night Out Against Crime event held outside the Target store at Mt. Nebo Pointe in Ohio Township. Pictured here, Jenna and Brianna Thomas of Avalon create their very own safety t-shirts. Area police, firefighters and emergency responders participated in the event, part of a national effort to educate residents about crime prevention and create a sense of community.

When Alex Riddle addressed his fellow seniors as class valedictorian at Avonworth High School's graduation ceremonies in June, nobody doubted his claim to being at the top of the Class of 2010, his grade point average being 4.28.

For the first time since March, the Borough of Bellevue has a director of administrative services on the job in the borough hall. Former Crafton manager Doug Sample began work Monday. The position has remained vacant since Connie Flasher resigned last spring.

You won’t find kids struggling with the heat. They know exactly how to keep cool, and it involves a giant green frog slide at the Avalon swimming pool.

The Avonworth School Board, like others across the state, will meet next Monday to welcome newly elected members and say goodbye to those who have served and are leaving office. Pictured above from left, John Brandt and Kathryn Monti will be sworn in next week, taking the seats previously held by Brenda Barlek and Rob Wible. Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

The Assumption Theatre Guild will stage its fall production, the murder-mystery dinner theatre production of "Wheel of Murder," on Saturday, Nov. 7. Pictured in rehearsal, from left: Andi Zientara, Ryan Frawley, Lynn Keener, Cindy West, John Mihaljevic and Amanda Leight. The show is under the direction of Casey Duffy. Doors open to McGovern Hall, with entrance on North Jackson Avenue, below Assumption Church, at 5:30 p.m., with curtain at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the show, with a four-course dinner included. All proceeds benefit Assumption School.

Avonworth's boys' and girls' soccer teams closed out their regular season home games with wins this past Tuesday, the girls topping Deer Lakes, 2-1 and the boys posting a season-high 11-1 score over Carrick. Senior forward Johnny Oddo set a school record by scoring five of those goals in an eight-minute span. The boys also set a school record for number of season wins and number of players tallying 15 or more goals in the season. Those high scorers include Griffin Geppert, Johnny Oddo and Cole Pappas.

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Sept. 4, 2015 Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen