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Avalon Council gained some new members and new officers at its reorganization meeting Monday evening.

Taking the oath of office were new members Lee Nelson, William Pascale and Ryan Neal, who were joined by re-elected members Tom Lloyd and John Vetterly, and tax collector Ed Klicker. Pictured above being sworn in by solicitor Megan Ott are, from left, Neal, Nelson, Vetterly, Pascale, Lloyd and Ed Klicker.


The new year provides us with the perfect opportunity to clean house, so to speak, in all aspects of life. The new year coinciding with the installation of new government officials just reinforces our learned tendency to make the new year a time of dramatic change.

We need to be careful, however, that the "junk" we're throwing out isn't the critical piece of an important item, or a rare collectible that will enrich us all.


Avonworth filmmakers (seated) Olivia Konopka, Sam Werley, Tad Abramowich and (standing) Nathan Pool took first place in a regional competition with their animated film “Candy.”


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.



Cancer survivor Dawn Reinhart of Ben Avon has been named chairperson of this year's “Race for the Cure” in Pittsburgh. As chair, Reinhart, a 16-year breast cancer survivor, becomes the "ambassador and face of the race," which takes place Sunday, May 10, at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park.

Reinhart has been active with the Susan G. Komen race since 2001. She finds gathering with other breast cancer survivors to be empowering.


Reorganization meetings held Monday by Avonworth and Northgate school boards resulted in a change in officers for both boards.

At Northgate, Gary Paladin was unanimously elected board president, with Brigitte Jackson elected vice president. They are pictured here. Dan O’Keefe was nominated for president, but declined the nomination to the seat he has held for the past six years. O’Keefe instead will fill Paladin’s unexpired term as treasurer.


Rev. Doyle Snyder Rev. Doyle H. Snyder, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople.


Three brand new council members, a new mayor, and a new council president and vice president have started the year in Bellevue, where there also will be a change in the monthly meeting schedule.

Henry Lenard, Vencent Menosky and Matt Senvisky took the oath of office for Bellevue Council Monday night along with re-elected incumbents Kathy Coder and Lynn Tennant-Heffley. Also sworn in were the new mayor Paul Cusick, re-elected tax collector Joe Nolan, and his son, Michael Nolan, who was elected on write-in votes to become the borough’s auditor.


Ben Avon Council started its year with political discord after some council members were surprised to find out that the borough would be getting a new solicitor.

New members Philip Brind'Amour, Michael Wrbas and Julian Wynncyckj were sworn in, along with re-elected council member Richard White and mayor Bob Jones.

Earl Bohn was elected president of council in a 5-2 vote, with Michael Bett and Sue Weiss opposed. White was elected vice president.


Emsworth residents may have gotten a look at how their new borough council will operate in 2014, after a surprise move Monday by the new council president will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Emsworth kicked off a series of municipal reorganization meetings held Monday evening throughout the North Boroughs. After the newly- and re-elected officials were sworn in, Alex Nalevanko was elected president of council and Brian Fashian was elected vice president of council.


Paul Shabla Paul Shabla of New Galilee, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Leo Shabla; and two nieces, Sandy Zilles and her husband Jack and Kathy Chmura and her husband Tim. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Andy, John and Ann. Friends were received at Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, North Side. A funeral service was held in St. George Ukrainian Church on Monday.

Donald Giovengo Donald D. Giovengo, 79, of Emsworth, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.


Edgar Steinmark Edgar George Steinmark, 88, of Providence Point, South Hills, formerly of Bellevue, Wallingford, PA, Upper St. Clair, Wilmington, DE and Bath, OH, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 in Family Hospice and Palliative Care.


Michael Weinzierl Michael J. Weinzierl, 55, of Ohio Twp. died Wednesday, August 14, 2013.


Emsworth Council member Tom Maletick has resigned from council, effective June 12.

Maletick, who is frequently absent from meetings, cited personal reasons for his resignation.

Anyone interested in filling the remainder of Maletick's term -- which runs only until the end of this year -- should submit a letter to council at the borough hall.


Two Bellevue government veterans will face off in the Democratic nomination for mayor in the May 21 primary.

Under Bellevue's home rule charter, the mayor's primary duties are to present a budget to council, and to oversee the police department.

Democrats will choose between current council member Jane Braunlich, and former mayor and current borough treasurer Paul Cusick. Braunlich now holds one of the first ward council seats formerly held by Cusick for two terms, before he was elected mayor for two terms. Braunlich has been a member of Bellevue Council for the past six years.


Bellevue’s former public works supervisor, who resigned effective Tuesday, was honored at the council meeting that night with a proclamation presented by Mayor George Doscher.

The proclamation credited Tony Barbarino with 16 years of “outstanding efforts” with the borough’s DPW.

Council members echoed the mayor’s sentiments and wished Barbarino luck in his new job.


While most of their constituents celebrated the first day of the new year, the newly elected and re-elected members of the state house and senate were sworn in during ceremonies held at the capitol in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania’s constitution mandates that legislators take office on the first Tuesday of the year, whether or not it is a holiday. After several hard-fought local elections, however, it was a great way to start 2013.


The Avonworth School Board held its annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 3, and voted to reverse the positions of president and vice president.

Current vice president Brenda Barlek was elected president for 2013. The board elected current president David Oberdick as vice president for 2013. The board elected to keep board members Jeff Carraway and Robert Wible as its representatives to the board of the A.W. Beattie Career Center.

The reorganization of the board's committees was deferred until January.


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The Avonworth School Board has another new member.

At its work session on Monday, the board unanimously voted to appoint Beau Blaser to the vacant seat. Blaser replaces Peter McKay, who resigned his position in July.

Blaser is a lifelong resident of the district, and currently lives with his family in Ohio Township. He is the director of technology at Sewickley Academy. Blaser has three children. His two older children currently attend Sewickley Academy, but will be attending Avonworth Elementary next year.


Bellevue Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to continue a contract with the Northgate School District for a full-time school resource officer (SRO) at Northgate Middle-High School.

The proposed contract, already approved by the Northgate School Board, would have Northgate contributing $25,000 to have a Bellevue Police officer at the school on a full-time basis, according to council members who discussed the issue at last tuesday’s pre-council meeting.


Expressing their appreciation for the efforts of two retiring administrators, Northgate School Board members voted Monday to shift the positions of others to fill in some administrative gaps.

The board unanimously approved resolutions of appreciation for superintendent Dr. Reggie Bonfield and assistant to the superintendent Kathleen Gallagher, both of whom will retire on June 30.


Catherine Smith Catherine Smith, 83, of Avalon, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Ms. Smith was retired from Bell Telephone Co. She was an active member of Telephone Pioneers. She is survived by her sister, Joan Moore and her husband Paul; her brother-in-law, Clarence Dively; nieces and nephews; and aunt of Pam and Jessica Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Stella Smith; and five siblings, Anna Dively, Mary Lamberth, Jim, Jack and Tom Smith.


Audrey Kirsch Audrey K. Trunick Kirsch, 74, of Bellevue, died Thursday, May 10, 2012. She is survived by her husband, James R. Kirsch; four children, Bruce Kirsch and his wife Kim of Pittsburgh, Keith Kirsch and his wife Lesley of Audubon, NJ, Pamela Michelitsch of Port Allegheny, PA and Glenn Kirsch and his wife Beth of Emsworth; four siblings, Leah Carlisle, Shirley Tyson, William and Harold Trunick; and nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Samantha, Allison and Carolyn Kirsch, Ryan Michelitsch, Alexandra, Cameron and Baylor Kirsch.