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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.


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.


Local families can get information on nutrition, meal planning and more, as well as shop for produce and nutritious snacks, during two movie nights in Bayne Park.

Volunteers will be available from 7 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 25.

The program is sponsored by the Borough of Bellevue in conjunction with the Allegheny County Health Department and Allegheny Together.


To say that I am disappointed in the proposed 2012 budget for the Borough of Bellevue is putting it mildly.

It's not so much the tax increase. It's not even the sewer surcharge increase.

It's the fact that this town obviously is governed by a whole bunch of people who just don't get it.


The Avalon Quality of Life Association will sponsor a community-wide effort to clean-up the Borough on Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Check-in will be at the borough hall starting at 10 a.m. Supplies will be provided at the time of check-in. Lunch will be provided after the clean-up for all registered participants.

Volunteers also can register by e-mail to aval, or by calling (412)376-7197.


The Borough of Bellevue will hold its annual July 4th picnic at Memorial Park next Monday from noon until 4 p.m.

Free hotdogs and other food and refreshments will be served, while Giggles the Clown entertains the children. Admission to the swimming pool is free from noon until 6 p.m.


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.


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.



Emsworth Borough is facing an expensive, unanticipated repair job that could cost up to $72,500. The emergency situation was discussed during Wednesday night's council meeting.

A storm sewer line -- which runs from a manhole along Route 65, travels down the steep hill toward the Ohio River and eventually under the Norfolk Southern railroad track -- needs to be replaced.



The only cell tower in Emsworth may be relocated and enlarged, if the variance requests of a tower company are granted by the Emsworth Zoning Board. The board will hold a meeting next week to hear more comments from the public.

A zoning hearing was held Thursday, June 11, at the Emsworth Borough Building, during which Crown Castle, a company that owns more than 50,000 towers across the United States, sought relief from permitted use and property setbacks in accordance with Emsworth Zoning Ordinance No. 925.


A challenging subject has become even more confusing as Bellevue Council agreed last week to reduce the number of years of service for non-uniformed employees to receive pension benefits -- something council may already have done three years ago.


Avalon residents in the area of a condemned house on South Chestnut Street may finally get their wish to see the fire-damaged building demolished.

Borough solicitor Megan Ott told Avalon Council members at their meeting Tuesday that efforts to have the homeowner or the mortgage company address the structure, which now presents safety concerns, have been unsuccessful. The borough now will take action to have the house, which has been vacant for more than a year, demolished using the proceeds of a fire escrow account through the homeowner’s insurance company.


Even though she never sought the top spot of Ben Avon Borough government, Claire Wilwohl served three terms as the mayor, deciding not to run for a fourth term in 1998, but having compiled a list of accomplishments that ranged from procuring grants for new street lighting to officiating at the weddings of 25 couples, to helping the "Lorenzo's Oil"crew with any needs during the several months of filming the movie in the borough.


The demolition of two abandoned houses on marie Avenue will be delayed a bit after an inspection turned up asbestos in one of the structures.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore said that because Avalon planned to demolish two houses on the same street, an asbestos inspection was required. Material containing asbestos was found in only one of the houses, he said.

Engineer Mark Scally said that it will cost $2,000-$2,500 for asbestos abatement.


Despite multiple inspections by varuious government agencies, officials are no closer to figuring out what is causing water tainted with fecal matter to seep onto Florence Avenue in Avalon.


Emsworth residents are invited by the Borough Council to attend the annual Light Up the Borough festivities, Sunday, Dec. 7. Horse-drawn carriage rides will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Activities include singing holiday tunes with the Avonworth Brass Ensemble and enjoying refreshments at the fire station while awaiting Santa’s visit.

Residents are requested to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Hills Community Outreach food bank.


A portion of Riverview Avenue in Bellevue will be closed for at least 90 days after part of a retaining wall collapsed last Sunday.

It will take at least that long for the borough engineer to evaluate the problem, arrange for geotechnical studies to determine if the road itself has been undermined, and for the borough to get bids on replacing the wall, according to director of administrative services Ron Borczyk.


Residents of the Avalon Arms apartment building on California Avenue complained to the borough council Tuesday that the alley behind the building, from which they access their parking facility, looks like a minefield.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore acknowledged that this was not the first time that residents had complained about the potholes in Cherry Alley, but noted that it is actually in better shape than the other alleys in the borough.

Dilmore said that the street department will patch the potholes this year, but it is unlikely that it will be repaved in the near future.


Mary Kruly Mary A. Kruly, wife of the late Charles J. Kruly, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Mrs. Kruly was a member of Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary and a former volunteer for VAMC for more than 20 years. She is survived by three daughters, Carol Lako and her husband Mike, Cecelia Kruly and Marian Campbell and her husband Scott; her sister, Sr. M. Norberta, O.S.F.; four grandchildren, Michael and his wife Nicole, George, Joanne and Joseph Lako; her great-granddaughter, Violette Lako; and nieces and nephews.



For two months -- August and September -- the topic of establishing a shade tree commission brought heated discussions to Ben Avon Council meetings. After finally coming to an agreement in October, council advertised Ordinance 764 last month and was ready to vote on it Tuesday, when Ben Avon resident George Trent brought additional comments to the table.


Facing a borough that has far more cars than places to park them, Avalon Council took action Tuesday evening to address not only the lack of parking, but the unacceptable way some people have dealt with the problem.

Judy Outly, a longtime Florence Avenue resident, expressed a frequently-heard complaint about the dearth of parking spaces in the borough’s residential areas. She often has to park two or three blocks from her house when she gets home from work at night, Outly said.


Ben Avon Heights, established as a borough in 1913, is celebrating its 100 years on June 21 and 22 with a weekend full of events and activities with both current and past residents.


The available traffic lane along North Birmingham Avenue in Avalon has been further restricted as design work to bolster a landslide area is underway.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore told council at its regular meeting Tuesday that traffic cones have been placed in the area to keep vehicles as far as possible from the unstable section of the road. Council may hold a special meeting to approved the design and advertise for bids so that work on the slide can begin immediately.


The Bellevue Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone who enjoys recreational fires in Bellevue that an open burn permit is required to legally burn in the Borough of Bellevue.

For those who have a permanent grill, a permit also is required under this ordinance. Before receiving a permit, an inspection of the open fire, fire pit or permanent grill location is required. This is a free, one-time inspection.

Contact the Bellevue fire marshal at (412)766-7455 to schedule a site inspection.