Avonworth’s Mitch Locher (Number 22) scored 34 points to lead the Antelopes to a victory over Aliquippa Tuesday night.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Arthur the Great Dane-deer, along with all of us here at The Citizen, wish our readers and their families the happiest of holidays and a safe, healthy and prosperous new year!

What happens when two police chiefs run into each other on vacation? They go do police stuff, of course. That happened just last week when Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos (pictured above at left) and Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) ran into each other on the Caribbean island of Aruba. They were invited to accompany Aruban police detectives on helicopter surveillance of the island as police searched the surrounding ocean for any sign of drug traffickers bringing in narcotics from South America.

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Company recognized the long-time service of one of its members Monday evening. Bill Silay, pictured here at right with another fire service veteran, Ed Werner, was honored for having volunteered 25 years of active service to the company.

Holiday celebrations around the North Boroughs kicked off last Friday when Bellevue welcomed Santa Claus and friends. Pictured here, 4-year-old Troy Arluf of Bellevue gives Santa a list of what he hopes to find under his tree on Christmas morning. Sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Borough of Bellevue, the celebration featured a variety of entertainment and business-related events for those willing to brave the cold. Emsworth will host its annual tree lighting tonight, while Avalon has an entire day of festivities planned for Dec. 11.

Bellevue Elementary School kindergartener Isabella Rose, assisted by PTO volunteer John Stiber, puts the final touches of duct tape on principal John Primrose, who volunteered to become a decoration in the gym as an incentive for students selling candy to raise funds for the school’s PTO. Once the taping was complete, volunteers cheerfully removed the crate from beneath the principal’s feet.

The Avonworth Antelopes' winning season ended just a hair short of the WPIAL championship. The Avonworth offense struggled against a powerhouse Rochester Rams squad at Ambridge Stadium Friday, losing 20-7. The defense kicked in during the second half, holding Rochester to three points. The story was a different one the Friday before, as the Antelopes took on North Catholic in the WPIAL quarterfinals. Pictured here, the Trojan quarterback doesn’t get far, brought down the Antelopes’ star linebacker Eddie Kurtz, backed up by defensive lineman A. J. Mang.

A scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is rehearsed by Avonworth High School students Caroline Schaper (Puck) and Chris Pendrak (Oberon), who stand over sleeping Jon Wattras (Demetrius) and Amy Templin (Helena). The Shakespeare classic indicates a new direction for the traditional fall theater-in-the-round production, but one teacher and director Deborah Frauenholz found students were well prepared to tackle. The play can be seen Nov.17, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on the Nov. 20. The cast also will stage a dress rehearsal open to the public at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16.

The Avonworth cheerleaders and mascot get into the spirit during last Friday's WPIAL "Pink Out" to raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer.

Visitors to Avalon swimming pool next summer will be able to enjoy this recently finished mural on one of the buildings, the creation of artist Krystal Waldschmidt, pictured here with her work. A Northgate graduate who now attends Carlow College, Krystal also painted a mural at the South Birmingham Avenue park in Avalon, and worked on the one that can be seen at Allegheny General Hospital - Suburban Campus.

Many store windows in Bellevue are now colorfully decorated for Halloween, thanks to the efforts of art students from Northgate High School. Sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue, seasonal scenes were painted on glass throughout the business district. Pictured here, the big front windows of Classic Chevrolet provide the perfect canvas for students (from left) Sarah Denes, Becky Sheerer, Sydney Cousins and Grace Jason. The public can vote for their favorite windows by going to the Enjoy Bellevue Web site at

Cleaning up Lincoln Avenue on "Improve the Vue" Day are Ian Robertson and Tom Fedosick with Greenstone Cub Scout Pack members Daenon Robertson, Wayne Price and Sean Fedosick.

Liz Grambo became the 2010 Avonworth High School homecoming queen, crowned during pre-game festivities at Lenzner Field last Friday. Liz is pictured (third from the right) here with the homecoming court (from left): Natalie Zivic, Amy Templin, Chelsea Stewart, Lucy Angell and Catherine Costa.

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.

Winds estimated at some 60 mph swept through the North Boroughs beginning on Sunday, knocking out electrical service and taking its toll on trees. Pictured here, a tree outside a home on Hawley Avenue in Bellevue was uprooted. Other trees were simply snapped off mid-trunk. A greater problem was found in the loss of electrical power at homes and businesses throughout the area. With Duquesne Light unable to put workers in bucket trucks due to the high winds, much of the work on restoring power had to be delayed until sometime on Monday.