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05.04.14

The Avalon Apple Vlossom Festival will take place on California Avenue in Avalon on Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and the Borough of Avalon, the festival will kick off with a pancake breakfast in the church 8:30 - 11 a.m.

Vendors, games and activities for children, entertainment, refreshments, a plant sale and giant basket raffle will be part of the festival. The Pirate Parrot will visit noon - 1 p.m., and a pie eating contest will begin at 12:45 p.m. A classic car cruise also will be held.

09.21.13

Visitors to Avalon's "Touch a Truck" event got a bird's eye view of the festivites if they took a short ride in the bucket of the snorkel firetruck. Pictured here, firefighters Joe Luxas and Chuck Berie prepare to lift a group of adventurous visitors. The event, which raised money for Avalon Library, featured a variety of vehicles, including police and EMS, towing and pub;ic works, and a monster truck.

07.27.13

Avalon and Bellevue will join together this year to celebrate “National Night Out Against Crime” with a community event in Bellevue’s Bayne Park.

A variety of activities for all ages will be held from 4 until 8 p.m.

Free hamburgers and hotdogs will be served while supplies last. The Allegheny County Health Department will fit children for free bike helmets, and the Venture Outdoors rock climbing wall will be set up in the park. There also will be an interactive rowing machine demonstration.

07.02.11

I received a phone call this week from an 86-year-old woman who lives in Avalon. She was so intent on speaking with me that she called the office four times before I was finally present and off the phone, available to take her call.

This woman has spent much of her adult life in Avalon, a homeowner who raised her family here and who wants to remain in the comfort of her home for the years she has left on this earth.

But how, she wanted to know, was she supposed to pay her Northgate property taxes at the increased millage rate?

05.06.11

The Avalon Apple Blossom Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., presented by Trinity Lutheran Church and the Borough of Avalon.

A variety of entertainment and festivities -- including a car cruise, huge basket auction, plant sale and entertainment -- will take place on California Avenue in front of the church and borough hall. The Pirate Parrot will visit noon-1 p.m., and there will be a pie eating contest at 12:45 p.m.

05.06.11

The Avalon Apple Blossom Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., presented by Trinity Lutheran Church and the Borough of Avalon.

A variety of entertainment and festivities -- including a car cruise, huge basket auction, plant sale and entertainment -- will take place on California Avenue in front of the church and borough hall. The Pirate Parrot will visit noon-1 p.m., and there will be a pie eating contest at 12:45 p.m.

09.20.15

Frustrated with the lack of response by Bellevue officials, Avalon officials say they will do whatever it takes to get the neighboring borough to address a destructive and dangerous situation at West Bellevue Station.

Massive amounts of water from Bellevue streets and properties have been running off into the area along South Starr Avenue where, just a couple years ago, the two boroughs spent more than $200,000 (including grant funds) to repair a broken sanitary sewer line. That line is being undermined by the stormwater flow from the Bellevue hillside, Avalon officials say.

08.03.15

If you happen to be strolling through Pittsburgh's suburbs -- or even the city itself -- don't be too surprised when you hear the soft cluck, cluck, cluck of...chickens?

Yes, chickens. They are a fast-growing trend in the area of urban farming, right up there with homegrown organic produce, beekeeping and community gardens.

An Avalon couple who recently moved to the area brought a unique request to the borough this month: Were they allowed to have a small chicken coop in their back yard?

08.03.15

Evelyn Guzzo Evelyn Arndt Guzzo, 66, of Coraopolis, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in Good Samaritan Hospice of Beaver. Mrs. Guzzo was a 1966 graduate of Moon High School. She served on the Coraopolis Public Library board for nine years. She was an avid reader and a sketch artist.

04.04.15

Trinity Lutheran Church and the borough of Avalon are looking for crafters to participate in the 15th annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival, Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The event will take place in front of the borough hall and the church on California Avenue

Cost is $15 per space. Spaces are limited. All individuals and organizations are invited to participate. Bring your own table. For more information, call Trinity at (412) 761-4010 or Denny at (412)761-5416.

04.04.15

Trinity Lutheran Church and the borough of Avalon are looking for crafters to participate in the 15th annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival, Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The event will take place in front of the borough hall and the church on California Avenue

Cost is $15 per space. Spaces are limited. All individuals and organizations are invited to participate. Bring your own table. For more information, call Trinity at (412) 761-4010 or Denny at (412)761-5416.

04.04.15

Alberta Mae Raines Alberta Mae Raines, 86, of Emsworth, died Saturday, March 14, 2015. She was the wife of 55 years to James L. Raines: mother of Bruce (Aline) Raines; grandmother of Emily, Karen and Claire. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m., at the Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave., Emsworth, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the church in memory of Alberta Raines.

Daniel Fullerton Daniel E. Fullerton, 63, of Zelienople, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

02.24.15

Avalon’s efforts to enforce a tenant registration ordinance enacted last year drew criticism from one owner of rental property.

The ordinance, approved by council early last year, formalizes a past borough practice of having landlords report tenant information to the borough. The ordinance imposes fees to cover the administrative costs of processing the information, according to council president Josh Klicker, who said that the borough was just now beginning to enforce the law by sending landlords a letter.

02.23.15

Marjorie Curtin Marjorie J. "Margie" Curtin died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Mrs. Curtin was a retired crossing guard for the City of Pittsburgh. She is survived by two children, Dena Hitchan and her husband Paul and Don Curtin and his wife Mary of Columbus, OH; her brother, Jim Montgomery and his wife Rayna; and six grandchildren, Haylee and Megan Hitchan, Joshua, Andrew, Zachary and Samantha Curtin. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Smith Montgomery.

02.16.15

Deborah Lee Hartwick Deborah Lee Hartwick, age 57, of Avalon, died Feb. 5, 2015. Loving mother of Michael A. Hartwick and Daniel C. Hightower (Stefanie); dear sister of Louie and John Lamonde and Alvin Clark, adoring grandmother of Keyonna, Michael Jr., “DC”, Dante and Danica; treasured aunt and friend of many. Memorial service Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in New Life Community Church, 45 N. Fremont Ave., Bellevue, PA. 15202. Arrangements by Ball Funeral Chapel, Inc.

Georgia Augustine Georgia Marie Dorben Augustine, 77, of Ross Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015.

01.26.15

By NANCY WHYTE

By donating their time, energy and talents, volunteers play an important role at a variety of local organizations. At the Avalon Library, volunteers perform various duties in assisting the library staff, helping patrons, and in fund-raising activities.

Two of the Avalon Library’s volunteers are particularly well-known to library director Rania Sullivan -- her parents. Both Linda and Andrew Halcoussis enjoy spending numerous hours each year volunteering at the library.

05.18.14

The effects of legislative redistricting will be apparent in the May 20 primary election, and especially for voters in Avalon and Bellevue.

The two communities have been absorbed into the 20th Legislative District, which encompasses West View, parts of Ross Township, Brighton Heights and other areas of the North Side, as well as Lawrenceville. With the changes, the 20th District becomes less a City of Pittsburgh district and more evenly divided between the city and its closest suburbs to the north.

05.10.14

Catherine Berad Catherine L. Zdilla Berad, 95, of Zelienople, formerly of Brighton Heights and wife of the late Louis J. Berad, died Friday, May 2, 2014. She is survived by five children, Georganne Dixon of Grafton,WI, Gregory Berad and his wife Georgene of Monaca, Bernadette Berad of Cranberry Township, Catherine Berad of Stanton Heights and Dolores Nochese and her husband Steven of Fombell, PA; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ann Pasterik Zdilla; and three siblings.

01.17.14

Elizabeth Barger DePalma Elizabeth "Betty" Barger DePalma, Avalon, Pa, formerly of Stoneboro and Sewickley, PA, passed away peacefully Jan. 14, 2014, following a lengthly illness, surrounded by her devoted family in her home. Born in Sewickley, July 14, 1929, to the late Guy William and Bernice Gilliland Barger. She was a 1947 graduate of Sewickley High School and a graduate of Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

01.17.14

Elizabeth Barger DePalma Elizabeth "Betty" Barger DePalma, Avalon, Pa, formerly of Stoneboro and Sewickley, PA, passed away peacefully Jan. 14, 2014, following a lengthly illness, surrounded by her devoted family in her home. Born in Sewickley, July 14, 1929, to the late Guy William and Bernice Gilliland Barger. She was a 1947 graduate of Sewickley High School and a graduate of Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

11.23.13

Skinny Pete's Kitchen or, as the menu prefers to call the restaurant, "A unique luncheon and gourmet food destination," opened in Avalon last February, with a menu heavy on comfort foods served in an intimate and comfortable setting.

Neither of the co-owners, Tina Grindeland and Danielle Mashuda, lives in Avalon, but, as Tina said, "We knew the area from when we grew up. We had friends here, and we like the community."

11.10.13

While Bellevue may have had the most contentious races in the 2013 general election, some of the most surprising results came in the neighboring boroughs of Emsworth and Ben Avon. All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Allegheny County Elections Department.

Northgate School Board

11.02.13

Although school board races are often wrapped up in the primary, thanks to candidate cross-filing, that wasn’t the case in Avalon and Bellevue, where three candidates received nominations on both the Democrattic and Republican ballots, while two others captured only one party’s nomination.

Running on both tickets are Jennifer McWilliams, Amy Joy Robinson and Lisa Saylor. Bryan Johnston will appear only on the Democratic ballot, and Daniel Klicker only on the GOP ballot.

07.27.13

[The Avalon Motel is well known to most area residents, and not always for the best reasons. Few people, however, know the history of the motel. Here, we take a look back with an Avalon man who had a unique role in the creation of what once was a flourishing local business.]

By Denny Brown

Sometimes when I'm working on the property across from the Avalon Motel, I stop and reminisce about how we use to play “one hand below” in the parking lot every Sunday night.