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12.08.18

A little rain did not stop the Knight family of Bellevue -- Charles, Colleen and Snickers -- from finding the perfect Christmas tree for their home at the annual sale held by the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company, where they received expert assistance from firefighter Jerry Lundy. A wide variety of trees in all sizes can be found in the lot across from the fire station on New Brighton Road. The lot is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Avalon Volunteer Fire Company.

11.24.18

When the Northgate School District asked its staff and students to perform acts of kindness in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Avalon Elementary second grade teacher Nicole Borza asked her students what they might like to do. The students decided to collect food for the “Backpack Buddies” program that ensures that every Northgate student has enough to eat during weekends when they don’t have the school lunch program.

11.17.18

Avonworth Principal Keera Dwulit led middle and senior high school students in a special Veterans Day morning Pledge of Allegiance as the flag was raised at the front of the school. Dwulit was in military attire worn on special occasions during her four years of service in the U. S. Army, from which she retired as a captain

11.11.18

A funeral home and crematorium exclusively for pets celebrated its grand opening in Bellevue last Saturday. Pictured above, Bellevue Council president Tom Fodi and member Linda Woshner (at center) joined the Green family to officially cut the ribbon for the new business. The George Irvin Green Funeral Home in Munhall has been providing services for humans since 1941, but recently recognized the need to commemorate the loss of all family members, even the non-humans.

11.04.18

Before the kids took to the streets for trick-or-treating on Wednesday, children of all ages paraded through Avalon and Bellevue last Saturday as part of the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce’s annual event, which ended with a fall festival at Bayne Park. Pictured below, a family of circus performers led the group category of the parade with slightly smaller “big tops” sheltering them from the rain.

10.28.18

Northgate cheerleaders not only were cheering on the Flames in their home game against Bishop Canevin last Saturday, they also were sending out a “Cheer for a Cure” for breast cancer. The message was printed on pink hoodies and pink socks they wore to the game. The logo was designed by senior cheerleader Elizabeth Ahlborn. High school athletesacross the country have enthusiastically joined the annual October effort to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage women to get mammograms every year. Caitlin Gates is the sponsor for the cheerleader squad.

10.20.18

The 2018 Avonworth Homecoming Court, from left: Emily Tyler, Megan Robbibaro, Hayden Robinson, Tara McCafferty, 2018 Queen Caitlin Bellotti, Karen Siddoway, Marion Haney, and Abigail Wert. The queen was crowned prior to last Friday’s game against East Allegheny.

10.13.18

The 2018 Northgate High School homecoming court includes, from left, Miranda Asche, Emily Matz, Megan Wisniewski, queen Katrina Kolsosky, runner-up Madeline Abramowitz, and Samantha Spade. The queen was crowned during last Saturday’s football game against Springdale.

10.06.18

...and whatever other creatures enjoyed the Avon Club’s annual Fall Festival last Saturday, U.S. Congressman Conor Lamb (17th Congressional District) took the opportunity to chat with The Citizen’s ace reporter dog, Deacon. Although the North Boroughs currently are part of two congressional districts, the 12th and the 14th, the redistricting that goes into effect this year puts the entire area into the new 17th District. Lamb won a special election this spring, and now faces incumbent Republican Keith Rothfus in the November general election.

09.30.18

Avalon Police Officer Steve Impell helps Eli McKivigan, age 6, try out some of the nifty equipment inside a police car, one of many vehicles featured during the Touch-A-Truck event sponsored by the Friends of Avalon Library. Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

09.24.18

Members of the Avonworth and New Brighton football teams entered Lenzner Stadium behind two flag bearers as both teams honored members of their communities who had been killed in war. Families of the fallen heroes were present as football players took on the name of one of the lost, and played the game using those names. This “Gold Star Game” is the first of its kind to be held in this area, and the first to include both teams.

08.13.18

Bellevue and Avalon once again came together to celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, part of a national event designed to combat crime by making communities more cohesive and familiar with their public safety responders. Pictured here, Bellevue Police Sgt. Mike Hudson joined the fun when he was challenged to a bag race.

07.28.18

The weather was close to ideal for last Saturday’s annual North Boroughs YMCA 5K run that attracted 125 total participants in a variety of age groups.

YMCA director Jake Sekich acknowledged groups who contributed to the success of the event. “We are happy to have had Allegheny Health Network as our top sponsor of the event, as well as Dr. Dahar, DMD and Associates for their contributions, and all of our other sponsors.”

07.07.18

The traditional opening celebrations of summer in the North Boroughs were held this past week to sweltering temps and big crowds. There was free swimming and lunch at Bellevue’s July 4th picnic, while Community Day on June 30 at Avalon Field featured fireworks, food trucks and the National Guard climbing wall. Upcoming community events include the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce annual Sidewalk Sales, July 20-21, which this year will feature an artist market and an art and wine crawl.

05.19.18

The annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival managed to get hours of entertainment in before the storms hit last Saturday.In addition to music, vendors, raffles, food and a pie-eating contest, the festival also included this classic car show. The event is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Avalon Borough.

03.31.18

What would an Easter party for kids be without eggs and bunnies, not to mention candy and crafts. Children who visited Avalon last Saturday got all of the above, and more. Pictured here, Grace and Laila Tuffiash of Avalon meet one of the rabbits visiting from Animal Friends.

03.10.18

Northgate School District’s annual “Arts Odyssey” held last Friday at the middle-senior high school brought together students from every grade level, along with parents and community residents, all enjoying an evening of activities that ranged from viewing the art to taking in a preview of this year’s spring musical, “Cinderella.”

The artwork was displayed throughout the entrance hallways, as well as in the art room and in the cafeteria where cabinets, tables and other projects showed off students’ skills in wood shop classes.

02.10.18

Cast members representing Avonworth’s and Northgate’s upcoming spring musicals treated an overflow audience to previews of their shows last Saturday at the Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless Township.

01.14.18

For the second year, area students will display their original works at the John A. Hermann Memorial Art Museum, located at 318 Lincoln Ave. Bellevue PA. The show will open for visitors this evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

Participants will represent Bellevue, Avalon, and Assumption elementary schools, as well as Northgate Middle/High School.

Originally scheduled for last Friday evening, the opening was delayed a week because of the extreme temperatures and because the schools had been closed for the day.

12.23.17

It must be Christmastime in Avalon if Deacon -- The Citizen’s official newspaper dog -- is allowed out in public to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. As Avalon NOW hosted an afternoon of vendors, crafts, treats and more, Deacon turned in his Christmas wish list and met up with some of his favorite people, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (left) and Avalon Mayor Brigitte Jackson (right).

12.03.17

Volunteers with Bonafide Bellevue, part of the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr) welcomed shoppers to “Small Business Saturday” in Bellevue last week. The annual event, created by American Express, encourages consumers to follow their “Black Friday” shopping with purchases at small, local businesses the next day. Pictured from left, volunteers Cindy West, Jean Dennison, Kathy Coder and Samantha Post greeted shoppers with snacks, “Shop Small” tote bags and information on participating businesses.

11.18.17

Avonworth High School principal Keera Dwulit, in uniform at left, joins a group of seniors following the Veterans Day ceremony held last Friday.

11.04.17

The weather was a bit damp for those who came out for the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade through Avalon and Bellevue. That didn’t bother this group of pirates, however, or the many other kids, adults and dogs who joined the festivities, which were followed by a Fall Festival in Bayne Park and treats for all.