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.

Northgate valedictorian Emily Rose Leung, pictured here at left, is the daughter of Suzanne and Chi Leung of Bellevue. She will attend Duquesne University where she intends to major in chemistry and education while minoring in English, botany and math. Emily is the recipient of the Laval Scholarship as well as a Duquesne University Academic Scholarship.

Four runners on the Avonworth-Northgate track team posted impressive performances at state competition held recently in Shippensburg. In the 400 m, Kenny Baurle came in third at 49.48, with the 4 x 1 team of Khalil Thompson, Kenny, Jamal Hughley and James Busbee, pictured below, coming in second with a 43.63 time.

Selling tickets to a couple Pirates games paid off for the Northgate Flames, who took the field at PNC Park last Saturday to play a nonsection game against Shenango. Pictured at right, Xavier Rowsey takes a swing from the plate that has seen so many baseball greats. The Flames lost the game 13-3.

With sunshine and balmy temperatures, community volunteers couldn't ask for much more in mid-April as they worked to ready the Bellevue-Avalon Baseball Association field located adjacent to the Avalon fire hall.

Well, maybe for just one thing. A few more volunteers.

"We do this every year," Shari Larsch said, taking a break from moving sections of fencing with the help of fellow volunteer Kelly Kunst. "I just wish more people would get involved. It's a great program for the kids," Kelli said.

Avonworth students gathered in the school auditorium this past Wednesday for a program

Northgate's annual “Arts Odyssey" will be held next Friday, Feb. 27, 4:30-8 p.m. at the middle and senior high school. Described by assistant to the superintendent Francesca Lattari as "…an evening of free fun and entertainment for the family," the Odyssey will feature artwork, band and choral performances showcasing elementary, middle and high school talent, industrial arts projects and a theatrical performance that will offer a preview of the spring musical, "Mary Poppins" in the high school auditorium following an address there by superintendent, Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla at 6:30.

Northgate School Board member Dan O’Keefe was honored Monday night for his 12 years of service as a member of the board.Pictured above, O’Keefe, at left, receives a certificate from Anthony Piscioneri of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Avonworth's Brandon Wasko gains yardage.