Avalon Volunteer Fire Company honored two longtime members and firefighters Monday evening. Receiving their pins for 25 years of service and becoming life members of the fire company were brothers Jim and Jeff Carroll. Life member Ed Werner applauded the two for their continued active service, both in fighting fires and serving in various offices and on a number of committees within the fire company itself. Pictured above from left are Werner, Jim Carroll and Jeff Carroll.

Giggles the Clown entertained children at Bellevue’s July 4th picnic by creating balloon masterpieces.

Tiny Mia, the grand-dog of Jane and Mike (pictured) Braunlich of Bellevue, makes a new friend while waiting for the start of the Pampered Pooch Promenade in Bellevue last Thursday evening. The annual event was part of the Summer Solstice Spectacular sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue. Proceeds of the walk will go to the Bellevue Dog Woods, an off-leash dog park being built by volunteers and private funds in Memorial Park.

Eric Cosmides has good reason to be leading up a team of volunteers who will assemble 800 brown bag lunches for cyclists riding in the Tour de Cure fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association this weekend in Harmony, PA.

His efforts will serve as his senior project at Avonworth High School, but, more importantly, it will send a personal message of the need to find a cure from someone who has lived with diabetes for more than six years.

"I was diagnosed with Type I juvenile diabetes in May of 2005," Eric, 17, said.

Bellevue Elementary second graders in teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley’s class led the way in a school-wide coin collection to benefit the Bellevue Dog Woods, an off-leash dog park being built with private funds in Bellevue’s Memorial Park. In one week, the school raised nearly $800, with the second graders pictured here bringing in a heavy 30.8 lbs. of coins to lead the primary grades and the entire school. In the upper grades, two fourth grade classrooms -- taught by Gail Bernauer and Wendy Santelli -- tied with 17.8 lbs. collected by each.

A color guard of veterans led the Avonworth communities’ annual Memorial Day parade in Emsworth and Ben Avon.

As Americans prepare to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed thousands, a piece of that tragedy has found a home in Bellevue.

Pictured above, Bellevue firefighters Jack Davin and George Malloy display a piece of one of the girders that gave form to the World Trade Center in New York City, brought down by planes that crashed into the towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

Avonworth filmmakers (seated) Olivia Konopka, Sam Werley, Tad Abramowich and (standing) Nathan Pool took first place in a regional competition with their animated film “Candy.”

Northgate third baseman Jordan Brennigan makes a valiant effort to catch an overthrown ball that allowed a South Fayette player to steal. The Flames went on to lose 14-4. They ended their season with a 1-13 section record, 1-14 overall, with their only win coming against Sto-Rox, 15-5.

Volunteers from Goodwill Industries help Bellevue resident Dennis Bowman unload his car during the “E-waste” recycling event sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue last Saturday. Part of Earth day clean-ups that went on across the North Boroughs, the collection filled a huge truck with an assortment of hard-to-recycle electronic equipment such as computers, copiers and old cell phones. Goodwill trains people to repair the equipment, adding an extra benefit to the effort.

Little Macklin Donovan just couldn’t wait another second to start searching for Easter eggs at the annual Emsworth event held last Saturday, heading out solo to get a jump on the crowd. The rain stopped long enough for the children to hunt a bunch of eggs and then spend some time with the Easter Bunny.

By late fall, Classic Chevrolet in Bellevue will be offering area residents the opportunity to drive -- and buy -- the new Chevy Volt, a completely electric vehicle named “Car of the Year” for 2011 by Motortrend magazine. Unlike hybrid vehicles currently on the market, the Volt can operate completely on electricity.

Northgate students, from left, Kelia Morrison, Sarah Amick and Rachelle Mortimer are spearheading an Earth Day project that not only will teach fellow students about environmental conservation, but get them involved in saving gorilla habitats.

Northgate High School recently kicked off its "Lights Off" project in celebration of Earth Day. The project began on April 9 and runs through April 19.

Among the cast members of Northgate High School's musical, "All Shook Up": (top) Lydia Glatz, James Kania, Leah Dunn, Colby Simpson; (middle) Bridgit Walters, Aaron Makatura, Taylor Reed, Kendra Anick, Sam Driscoll, Ayleah Whitehead; (front) Emily Sybo, Kim Senko, Casey Blackman.


Blending Elvis Presley with William Shakespeare for a night of upbeat entertainment might seem like a rather daunting task, but the cast and crew of Northgate High School's musical has done just that in their production of "All Shook Up."

Spending time with the residents of New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon started out as a project for the members of local Girl Scout Troop 50887. And although their efforts netted the girls the Bronze Award -- the highest award possible for Junior Girl Scouts -- the scouts are continuing their visits to the facility they have now “adopted.”

Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.

The Assumption Theater Guild will stage “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on two consecutive weekends, Saturdays, March 19 and 26 at 7 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 20 and 27.

Denise Plaskon took the long way around to reach Bellevue once again.

While studying at the University of Pittsburgh -- where she received a master’s degree in library and information science -- she did sales work that included Bellevue as part of her territory.

Since then, she has traveled a bit, working as the branch manager of the Lawler Branch Library in New Bedford, MA, for three and a half years, and then as director of the Everett Free Library in Everett, PA for two years.

Northgate’s Mackenzie Quinn grabs the ball during the Flames’ appearance in the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday, as lead scorer Josh Douglass follows the action. Northgate lost a close one to the Steel Valley Ironmen.

Avonworth girls’ basketball head coach Bob Schulz has spent most of his life in one or another of Avonworth High School’s sports arenas, as a player and a coach. Coming back from retirement two years ago, he resumed coaching the perennial girls’ basketball powerhouse to a career milestone last Saturday, as the girls rewarded him for his time and effort with his 500th coaching career win at the local high school.

We’re not suggesting that you actually give your Valentine a heart-shaped potato, but this large spud discovered by Allison Wurst of Avalon certainly would be a unique expression of love, if you could manage to find one yourself. As area sweethearts gear up for a weekend of love leading up to Valentine’s Day on Monday, Northgate students are sharing some love with the district’s senior citizens. Students have been working in classes and in the library during study halls to create handmade valentines for seniors at New Hope Assisted Living and those serviced by the area’s Meals on Wheels.

Student chefs Liz Berie, Amanda Cosimides, Gavin Carrigan, Eric Cosimides, Makenzie Hartle, John Moran and (seated) Tony Bevan prepare for Avonworth HIgh School's third annual Multicultural Dinner Festival on Saturday, Feb. 19, starting at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Under the direction of senior advisor and health/family and consumer science teacher Michelle George, students, faculty and community members have planned a fun-filled evening that will feature more than 50 ethnic food items, international exhibits, entertainment and a marketplace of imported merchandise.

Fifth graders at Avonworth Elementary learned how much math is involved in taking care of a Great Dane like Arthur during last week's Women in Math Conference.