Content about Kilbuck Township


The owners of Sunny Jim’s Tavern on Camp Horne Road in Kilbuck Township are sporting less hair than usual, as are many of their customers. Pictured at left, owners Jim Oliver and Mike Stachel led a group of 50 volunteers -- including three women -- who had their heads shaved last Saturday to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research. This is the second year that Sunny Jim’s has hosted the fund-raising event. Donations are expected to exceed $5,000 this year.


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.


The Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM) officials, along with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, has announced that three local communities are among 42 municipalities that have been selected as 2015 Banner Communities, indicating that those municipalities "implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner."

Ohio Township is one of only 17 municipalities to receive the designation each year since it began in 2012. Avalon and Kilbuck Township are among 12 to receive the honor for the first time this year.


Hedwig Richard Hedwig N. "Heddy" Richard, 90, formerly of Ben Avon and Ross Township and wife of the late Edward C. Richard, died Monday, March 30, 2015. Mrs. Richard was a 1942 graduate of Allegheny High School. She was one of the first women to sell real estate in the North Hills Multilist and had earned top sales person for several years during her 27-year career. She enjoyed garage sales and playing Wheel of Fortune with her grandsons.


After being pulled over on a traffic stop on Route 65 in Emsworth on April 22, Ryan J. Title, 38, from Crafton, was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, and driving while operating privileges were suspended.

Two people were arrested when police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a residence on Ben Avon Heights Road in Kilbuck Township. Bryan P. Thompson, 31, from Erie, and Gina Igersheim, 37, from West View, were charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy, and theft by unlawful taking.


The Kilbuck Township Supervisors voted Tuesday to award a bid for the reconstruction of Courtney Mill Road.

The contract will go to Independent Enterprises, Inc. of Bridgeville, which submitted a bid of $35,010 for the work.

The supervisors also opened bids for the repaving of a portion of Semple Avenue, but tabled any action on the project. The lowest responsible bid was for $48,241.


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 Kilbuck Township Supervisors adopted a resolution at their meeting Tuesday that will officially accept a portion of Semple Avenue as a township street.

An estimated 312 feet of the street lies within the township’s borders. Because Kilbuck has never formally accepted the portion, however, officials are unable to use state liquid fuels tax money to pave and repair it.


Kilbuck Township property owners who want to pay their real estate taxes in person will be able to do so on May 30.

Jordan Tax Service will be at the Avalon borough hall, California Avenue in Avalon, that day to receive payments.


Nearly five massive dumpsters were filled by residents of Avalon, Bellevue and Kilbuck Township who took advantage of the opportunity presented by the annual “Dumpster Day,” held last Saturday.

Organized several years ago by Avalon officials, the day has grown to include neighboring municipalities and is held once or twice a year to encourage residents to clean up their properties and dispose of items that aren’t normally collected during weekly trash pick-ups.


Nancy Brooks Nancy Jean Brooks, 76, of Kilbuck Township, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Mrs. Brooks was a summa cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. She was an administrator and educator at Eden Christian Academy for 15 years. She is survived by her husband, M. Richard Brooks; two sons, Richard L. Brooks and his wife Donna and Ronald Charles Brooks and his wife Lynda; five siblings, Virginia Held, Karen Miller, Kathryn Nordorff, Jim and John Kirch; and three grandchildren, Richard L. II, Dayna J. and David Brooks.


David Lozano, 54, from Bellevue, was charged with DUI following a Jan. 19 report of a possibly intoxicated driver at Sam’s Club at the gas pumps

John Krainz, 55, from Coraopolis, was charged with DUI and careless driving following a traffic stop on Route 65 in Kilbuck Township on Jan. 19.

Deborah Majzlik, 57, from New Brighton, was arrested and charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Route 65 in Kilbuck Township on Jan. 20.


Elsie Scialabba Elsie L. Macaluso Scialabba, 100, of Cohasset, MA, formerly of Metowers in Avalon and wife of the late Sam Scialabba, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in Sunrise Assisted Living in Cohasset. Mrs. Scialabba was a longtime member of the Church of the Assumption.


The former home of the Kilbuck Township fire station is being sold.

The township supervisors voted Tuesday to accept the high bid of $123,000 received from James Rich, a cement contractor.

The township received two bids, one of which was below the $120,000 minimum bid required.


Official approval of a subdivision plan that would expand the property available to Animal Friends has been delayed until the Kilbuck Township Supervisors meet in January.

Animal Friends is expected to purchase about half of a parcel of property purchased by Brian and Amy Niklaus. The Niklauses are building a home on the property that fronts on Newgate Road in Kilbuck, and hope to sell the other parcel to the animal shelter, whose Camp Horne Road facility abuts the land.


Kilbuck Township residents soon will have better tools against door-to-door solicitors.

The township’s supervisors have approved an ordinance that will allow residents to add their names to a “no soliciting” list that will be distributed to people who apply for a permit to sell in Kilbuck. Residents also can erect a “No Soliciting” sign on their properties that will have the same effect.

The ordinance will not apply to nonprofit, school, religious or political groups.



We live on our beautiful farm on Roosevelt Road in Kilbuck Township. Our community is protected by the Ohio Township Police, thank God.


Ohio Township Police are hoping to get similar solicitation ordinances in place in each of the Avonworth communities in preparation for an expected flood of door-to-door energy solicitors.

Police Chief Beaver Micklos told the Kilbuck Township Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday that residents are already beginning to see the initial wave of solicitors working for energy companies. The sales people often have a “high pressure,” style, Micklos said, and the companies may not be particularly careful about who they hire.

“There’s some bad people that come along,” he said.


The Kilbuck Township Supervisors will be asked to decide, possibly by early August, on a zoning amendment that will allow Animal Friends to expand into the community.

The township’s planning commission already has approved a zoning code amendment, which now is in the hands of Allegheny County. If the county approves the ordinance, the supervisors will need to hold a public hearing and then vote on the amendment.


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.


Dean Larkin Dean Larkin, 90, of Trunkeyville, PA, died Sunday evening, April 29, 2012 at his home.


Kilbuck Township is facing some major sewer funding issues in the coming years.

Township engineer Shawn Rosensteel warned the supervisors at their meeting Tuesday that three different projects could prove costly.


Kilbuck Township will not be able to provide much help in alleviating a landslide danger that threatens a Camp Horne Road business.

In January, the hillside above Sunny Jim’s Tavern collapsed into the business’s parking lot, and owner Jim Oliver told Kilbuck officials at their meeting Tuesday that the potential for another landslide still exists.

Officials said that the landslide is thought to have been caused by the owner of the higher property dumping fill onto the hillside, and channeling water from home rain leaders into the area as well.


Kilbuck Township has a new tax collector, but property taxes will continue to be collected by Central Tax.

Under state law, the township must appoint a real estate tax collector if no one runs for and is elected to the office. That person can then deputize another person or company to perform the actual tax collection.