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.

North Boroughs residents gathered Monday to honor the many area residents who have died while serving their country as members of the U.S. military.

The Avonworth American Legion held its annual parade through Emsworth and Ben Avon (pictured here), led by a military color guard and featuring old military vehicles in addition to the Avonworth High School marching band, local officials and organizations.

The North Boroughs YMCA kicked off its 2017 annual fund-raising campaign with a beach party Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bellevue. Those attending enjoyed beach-themed refreshments, games, crafts and entertainment. Pictured above are some of those who put together the event: seated, Tim Maloney; front row (left to right, Carol Craige, Shannon Thieroff, Alicia Passerin,Pat Drogowski, Deron Sferra; back row (left to right), Ron Coder, Bruce Berringer, David Meese, Jacob Singerling.

Bellevue firefighters, as well as volunteers from surrounding communities, responded to a fire in a duplex in the 500 block of Forest Avenue last Thursday night, March 23.

Firefighters say that the blaze started in the basement and spread through the walls to the upper floors of one of the units.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photo by Nathan King for The Citizen

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

Avonoworth valedictorian Ryan Johnston, the son of Michelle and Keith Johnston of Ben Avon, will attend Georgetown University where he intends to major in finance.

Avonworth salutatorian Billie Jo Richardson, daughter of Michele Richardson of Ohio Township, will attend Clemson University, where she intends to major in biology. Billie Jo is the recipient of an annual $7,500 merit scholarship.