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The Quaker Valley Council of Governments (COG) and its member municipalities will sponsor a Recycling Day on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Avalon Borough will host the event at the parking lot of the Avalon swimming pool on New Brighton Road across from the intersection of Frederick Street and New Brighton Road.


Okay, folks, get comfortable. This is going to take a while. Not nearly as long a while as Tuesday's three-hour Bellevue Council meeting, but there's a whole lot of muddy ground to be covered once your brain thaws out from that experience.


Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” (abridged), a staged reading by the Community Theatre Players of Ben Avon, will be presented on Friday, May 16, at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave.

Starting time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations appreciated.


Since 1927, Christian women around the world have gathered the first Friday of March to pray for peace. This year, on March 7 at 1 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave., the World Day of Prayer service will be held for the extended North Boroughs community.

Women from Egypt have written the 2014 service,entitled “Streams in the Desert.” An offering will be received for programs assisting American needy women and children.

A reception will follow the service.

Parking is available beside the church on Rostraver Drive.


A couple weeks ago my blog "And they're off..." noted that both Ben Avon and Emsworth councils had started the new year by abandoning procedures designed to make sure that taxpayers get the most for their money. In Ben Avon, the new council hired a solicitor without obtaining rates or proposals from other law firms. In Emsworth, the new council switched its legal advertising to a daily paper, which threatened to add some $11,000 to the borough's budget this year.


Every two years, on the first Monday in January, we at The Citizen are challenged to be at four municipal reorganization meetings within an hour and a half. By now, we pretty much have this down to a science, as we start in Emsworth and move up river to Bellevue in half-hour increments.

Historically, we breeze through Emsworth, Ben Avon and Avalon to get to the fireworks in Bellevue, where an obviously tainted water supply has made officials testy at best, and downright nasty at other times.


In his new book, “Civil War in Pittsburgh: Forge of the Union,” Ben Avon resident and Post-Gazette reporter Len Barcousky describes events in Southwest Pennsylvania during the Civil War. The public is invited to a free event to hear Barcousky tell these stories originally chronicled in Pittsburgh's major newspapers of the era.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Avonworth students, from left, Bethany Kujawinski, Chloe Mellon, Lauren Robinet, Ben Pietrusinski and Denise Stone have received top honors from the Carson Scholars Fund.The three ninth graders include Ben, son of Colleen and Carl Pietrusinski of Ben Avon; Chloe, daughter of Brenda and Steve Mellon of Emsworth; and Lauren, daughter of Jane Ellen Robinet of Ben Avon and Yves Robinet of Ohio Township. Bethany, grade 7, is the daughter of Kelly and Nick Kujawinski. Denise, a sophomore, is the daughter of Phil Stone and Peggy Ward of Emsworth.


The Quaker Valley Council of Governments (COG) and its member municipalities will sponsor a a Recycling Day on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Avalon Borough will host the program at the parking lot of the public works garage located at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road.

Only residents of of Aleppo, Avalon, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale and Sewickley may participate. Identification is required. No commercial businesses will be permitted to participate.


Volunteers from Ben Avon and Emsworth, with help from members of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, planted trees on Laurel, Prospect, Dickson, and Sturgeon avenues in Ben Avon, as well as in Avon Park, on April 11. The trees, obtained through the TreeVitalize project, were selected specifically for each site by professional urban foresters. Local coordinator Ephraim Zimmerman said that the planting event was very successful.


Since 1927, Christian women around the world have gathered on the first Friday of March to pray for peace. This year, on March 1 at 1 p.m. at the Community Presby-terian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave., the World Day of Prayer service will be held for the extended community.

The service for 2013 is written by women of France. An offering will be received for programs that help needy women and children in the USA. A reception will follow the service. Child care is available. Call (412)734-2263 for more information.


“A Grand Day and Night for Singing” is set for Sunday, Dec. 16, at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave..

The day of music begins at the worship service at 10:30 a.m. as the junior choir, chancel choir and bell choir lead the congregation in song. Guest musicians, including string players from the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and soprano Lynn Horton will accompany the choir in the mini-cantata.

At 4:45 p.m., on the front steps of the church, the community is invited to join Christmas caroling in the Ben Avon Community.


The Borough of Ben Avon will hold its annual Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon.

The parade will begin at the corner of Church and Dickson avenues and end at the Ben Avon volunteer fire station. Hot dogs and beverages will be served at the conclusion of the parade and each participant will receive a treat bag.

In case of rain, participants should proceed directly to the fire station located at 7219 Church Ave.

Trick-or-treat in Ben Avon will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 until 8 p.m.


The Community Theater Players will stage the Neil Simon comical farce "Rumors," at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 - 20, 25 - 27 at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave. Tickets are $7, and a special "VIP" dinner package is available for the Friday performances for an additional $15 per person. Dinner seating is at 6 p.m., and reservations may be made by calling (412)734-2050.


The North Boroughs Democratic Committees will sponsor their annual ice cream social on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1-3 p.m. at the Avon Park pavilion, Perrysville Ave., Ben Avon.

This free event will feature Giggles the Clown and games for children in addition to visits by area elected officials.


William Haller, professor of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University, and professor of oboe Cynthia Anderson will present a recital of organ and English horn/oboe music at the Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave., on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m.

The concert is free and the public is invited.


The Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Ave. is opening its doors to the community with several events being held in the next few weeks.

A Christmas concert and dinner will be held Sunday, Dec. 11. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and will feature chancel choir, junior choir, bell choir and soloists. Following the concert, dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall. There is no cost for the dinner. A basket for a free will offering will be available.


Ben Avon volunteer firefighter Steve Kosak brought the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to life for Avonworth students this week. Kosak was part of an emergency response team sent to the scene of the plane crash in Shanksville, where volunteers spent weeks combing through the wreckage and debris.


A color guard of veterans led the Avonworth communities’ annual Memorial Day parade in Emsworth and Ben Avon.


Did you ever take a logic class in college? Do high schools even offer logic classes? They should. The skills that come from a logic class are life-changing.

I loved my college logic class. It was one of the first signs that my future included law school. Right after debating everyone in my high school, regardless of position, and organizing a variety of protests. It was the '70s, after all.

But logic stuck with me even after I became a much mellower person, not inclined to frequent debate or protest.


There are only a couple weeks left until Election Day.

That probably isn't sending chills down the spines of most of you this year, but maybe it should.


The North Boroughs Independence Day Fireworks Celebration -- delayed due to flooding at the end of June -- will take place this Saturday, Aug. 29.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the second annual hot dog eating contest featuring members of the Avonworth and Northgate varsity football teams.

"Uptown Rhythm and Brass" will bring the musical entertainment right after the hotdog eating contest, about 7 p.m.

The fireworks will go off at dusk, which will be about 8:30 - 8:45 p.m.

There will be refreshments for sale.


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?


Boy Scout Troop 321 has added another Eagle Scout to its extensive list of those who have risen to the highest level in scouting.

Isaac George of Ben Avon recently was recognized for his achievements in an honor court held recently at Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church in Ohio Township.

Isacc's Eagle project centered on upgrading the library at his home church, Bellefield Presbyterian, in Oakland.