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United States Congressman Mike Doyle (pictured above at center with local veterans) joined students at Bellevue Elementary School on Monday to honor more than 30 current and former members of the military who attended the special Veterans Day program. The program was organized by teacher Lynn Tennant-Heffley, and also attended by school and borough officials. A similar program was held at Avalon Elementary later that morning. Bellevue Borough held its annual salute to veterans on the prior Saturday.

The Avonworth boys’ cross country team celebrates winning the WPIAL champuionship last week. Pictured from left are Colton Fritts (sophomore), Kenny Baurle (sophomore), Shane Pentland(senior) Michael Noethiger (freshman), Adam Joyce (junior), Andrew Domencic (junior), Kyle Crilley (junior), Alex Domencic (freshman).

Finishing places and times for the boys are: 5th overall Adam Joyce, 17:29 8th overall Andrew Domencic, 17:39 22nd overall Colton Fritts,18:13 45th overall Kenny Baurle, 18:49 53rd overall Kyle Crilley,19:05 56th overall Alex Domencic,19:09

Avonworth’s 2013 homecoming queen, crowned at last Friday’s football game, is Erika Thomas.Pictured above from left are homecoming court members Olivia London, Breanna Lipchak, Sarah Kelly, 2012 queen Hannah Slenska, Erika, and court members Hannah Croft, Ashely Abernathy,

The Community Theatre Players will stage Peter Gordon’s “Murdered to Death,” a murder-mystery-comedy that spoofs the best of Agatha Christie traditions of theater. Set in a country manor house, the play introduces the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt, who battles against the odds to solve the murder of the house’s owner. Cast members pictured above are: standing -- Joe Stitman, Ellen Kalik, Joan Dawson, John Ewart, Susan Abramowich, Larry Lubin, Lauren Barber; seated -- Barbara Trehar, Mace Porac, Gary Weiss. Show dates are Oct. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, with all performances at 8 p.m.

As a reward for successfully performing his job, Ohio Township K-9 cop Rico, a Belgian Malinois, gets to play with his handler, Officer Eric Wallace, Rico’s favorite toy, a piece of PVC pipe.The two demonstrated how Rico locates narcotics at Bellevue's Health & Safety Day event on Sunday.

One of the many demonstrations at Bellevue’s Health & Safety Day on Sunday featured Ohio Township Police Officer Eric Wallace and the department’s K-9 cop, Rico. Pictured here, the Belgian Malinois indicates he has located narcotics by sitting still at the exact spot drugs were hidden in the 9-1-1 van for purposes of the demonstration.

Avonworth’s top grads are salutatorian George Liang and valedictorian Samuel Werley. George, the son of Wei Jun and Kiu Zhu Liang of Emsworth, will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Samuel, the son of Michael & Lynn Werley of Ben Avon, will attend Miami University of Ohio.

The A.W. Beattie Career Center has named Avonworth senior John Thomas Weingartner the Class of 2013 salutatorian for his achievement in computer systems technology classes over the past three years. The son of John and Sharon Weingartner of Kilbuck Township, John will study information systems at Robert Morris University, where he has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship.

Northgate High School’s top graduates are valedictorian Susie Byrd, daughter of Charlene and Edward Byrd of Bellevue, who will study economics at Marshall University next fall; and salutatorian Rachael Robertson, daughter of Jenn and Jim Robertson of Bellevue, who will study environmental science at Allegheny College.

Top Readers at Bellevue Elementary School helped the school score an amazing 20,580 points in the past year’s accelerated reading program run by teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley. Pictured above from left are the top readers in each class.

The Avonworth-Northgate track and field team continues to maintain its stride this season, again placing first in a tri-meet that saw both the girls' and the boys' teams winning against Rochester and Vincentian high schools earlier this week. Pictured above, Hasan Salih is on his way to first place in the boys' 300 meter intermediate hurdles. Despite a tumble on the final hurdle of the race, the Rochester runner took second, with AN’s Shaquil Knight in Lane 2 placing third and Tyler Boston coming on in the background.

Volunteers who helped haul trash and unload vehicles that arrived at the Dumpster Day collection site in Avalon included a large group from Northgate High School, both students and teachers, pictured above. Volunteers also included several elected officials, including Tom Lloyd, Josh Klicker and John Vetterly from Avalon Council, and Linda Woshner, Jane Braunlich, Lynn Tennant Heffley and Jim Viscusi from Bellevue Council.

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.

Avonworth-Northgate wrestler Khalil Condron wins with a first period pin against his Central Valley opponent.

The Avonworth-Northgate wrestling team came close to upsetting a strong Central Valley High School squad, losing 39-37, due mainly to forfeitures in unfilled weight categories.

Northgate's middle school chorus and high school concert choir will present their holiday concert, "When Christmas Comes to Town," on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, with admission free to the public. Pictured above are: back row -- Raju Gurung, Briana Roman, Ron Manuel, Rachel Rieg, Colby Simpson, Jena Michael; middle row -- Devin Sbraccia, Amanda Woollard, Tommy Thomas, Jessica Obriot, Jacob DeWalt, Madison Conley, Sam Sesti, Sara Hopkins; front row -- Nicole Barton, Chase Dermond, Lauren McNeil, Jeremy McCawley, Sabrina Patak, D. J. Powers, Justine Barry.

Frazier Hoak of Bellevue ran into a vampire dog at the Fall Festival.

The Avonworth girls’ volleyball team’s post-season play season ended this past Wednesday with a loss to Serra Catholic, three sets to one. Despite playing without key senior Mariah Eck, sidelined with a concussion, the players put up a strong fight, posting close scores in all of the lost sets. Pictured at left is junior Katie Pendrak hitting in the middle, with back-up from Taylor Jenkins, Rachel Turnbull, Abby Turnbull and Olivia London.

Last year’s homecoming queen, Alison Chambers (at far left), returned to Avonworth last Friday night to crown this year’s queen and to join the court (from left): Shelby Bell, Rachel Turnbull, Natalie Wimer, 2012 queen Hannah Slenska, Sara Knable, Olivia Davis and Lauren Brace.

Northgate’s Jonathan Gusew set a new course record at Tuesday’s meet against Avonworth and Quaker Valley.

The Assumption Theater Guild will stage a murder-mystery show, "Murdered by the Mob," on Saturday, Oct. 20, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., and the show beginning at 6 p.m. Cost per person for the event is $30 for the show and dinner (BYOB). Reservations may be made by calling (412)761-6024. Pictured above from left are cast members Andrea Zientara, Gene Stapleton, Scott Keener, Cindy West, Cathy Panza, Rob Keener, Babbi Keener. Missing from photo is Augie Cook.

These images show the proposed streetscape from Balph Avenue past Fremont.

These images show the proposed changes beginning at the Starr Avenue entrance to the main street business district.

Allegheny County Council representative for Bellevue, Amanda Green Hawkins, toured the borough Wednesday evening with director of administrative services Doug Sample and council president Linda Woshner. Among the stops they made was the Bellevue Dog Woods site at Memorial Park, where government and the private sector are working together to build a dog park.

Touring the Dog Woods are, from left, Doug Sample, Amanda Green Hawkins and Linda Woshner.

The family of Staff Sgt. Eric Holman -- brother Kevin, parents David and Carol, and sister Lisa -- share a photo montage after learning of Eric’s death in Afghanistan. The family formerly lived in Ohio Township, and Eric graduated from Avonworth High School.