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Ohio Township’s annual Touch-a-Truck will take place Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Ohio Township Community Park. Everyone is invited to “get behind the wheel” of various police, fire and construction vehicles.

Admission is free. Local food trucks will be there serving food.

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Demolition on the Anthony’s Restaurant property on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon began last week to make way for several new businesses. The Anthony’s building housed several enterprises over the years, including a restauarant/lounge and a barbershop.While the restaurant has closed, the barbershop has moved to Forest Avenue in Bellevue. The new building that soon wuill be under construction will feature a Dunkin’ Donuts store with a drive-through, as well as three other commercial spaces.


The Northgate School Board is facing quite the decision, but may have already stacked the deck against themselves and their ability to make meaningful change in the district by presenting what failed miserably at being the dog and pony show that was needed.

The first thing anyone attempting to govern needs to learn is that seeking opinions from the public on an idea that is, at best, half formed, is suicide. People will have questions about anything new, and inevitably will opt for the status quo when those questions cannot be answered. The drama that will ensue is hardly productive.


Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church will sponsor a picnic-style dinner, strawberry festival and car cruise on Saturday, June 21, 4-7 p.m.

The church is located on Roosevelt Road in Ohio Township.


Any of you who have had any contact with me over the last six months knows that my Christmas present to me this year was a Great Dane puppy. Deacon is the new Citizen dog, and you all will be seeing a lot of him as the weather gets nicer.

He has some big paw prints to fill. Arthur was loved and welcomed by so many of you during his short life with me, and losing my constant companion last May was a life-changing experience.


Ohio Township is offering flu shots for senior citizens.

Seniors should bring their Medicare cards to receive flu shots at no cost. Pre-registration is required by calling (412) 364-6321, so they have enough shots on hand

Shots will be given on the lower level of the Nature Center at the community park on Oct. 10, 1 to 3 p.m.


The temperature in the area had pushed into the 90s last Thursday, but one spot in Ohio Township registered some extra degrees. As winner of radio station WDVE's contest to host a porch/patio party with TV star and comedian Billy Gardell, the Hartle family’s house on Bradshaw Drive was definitely the hottest place around. Pictured at the party, from left, are Joey O'Connell, John Hartle, Billy Gardell, Jodi Hartle and Makenzie Hartle

John Hartle explained how his family's home came to be party central for the day.


The Northgate football program will hold a fund-raising car wash on Saturday, June 28.

The car wash will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon.


Perched at the summit of Mt. Nebo Road in Ohio Township, the Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church will host a celebration of its 175th anniversary this weekend. Built in 1837, the original church was made of logs. That building housed the congregation for its first 44 years, until a second building was completed between 1878 and 1884 to accommodate the growing number of members. Two more additions became part of the church in the 1950s.


Ohio Township is offering a program designed to help students learn the basics of golf, including putting, chipping and the full golf swing.

Students ages 8 - 17 will receive hands-on instruction at Ohio Township Community Park and the North Park driving range so they will be able to practice the skills they are taught. Students also will have the opportunity to compete on the Par 3 course at North Park.

Session 1 will be held June 19 - Aug. 21 (no class July 3 or 31) for beginner golfers.


I planned to blog about politics and the upcoming election this week. I thought it might be helpful to provide a brief civics lesson about the two-party system in America, and warn about hysteria and paranoia running rampant in the streets of Bellevue. I planned to urge people to remain calm and think before going to the polls.

Then my life got rocked by an unforseen crisis or two, and my desire to be the voice of reason waned just a bit.


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.


A group of pets will be breathing a little easier in 2013 after being given another chance at adoption as part of Animal Friends’ New Year’s Eve rescue.

The annual event saves dozens of animals who had been housed in shelters throughout Western Pennsylvania that are not no-kill, as is the Animal Friends shelter on Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township.


National Night Out Against Crime will be celebrated in Ohio Township on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m. in the area of the Target store at Mt. Nebo Pointe, Mt. Nebo Road.

The Ohio Township police and fire departments will participate, and there will be give-aways and activities for children. A raffle will benefit the DARE program.


The Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Company will hold its annual carnival at Ohio Township Community Park (325 Nicholson Rd.) on July 20 and 21. The firetruck parade will begin at the new OTVFC fire station at 7 p.m. on July 20.

Traditional games of chance, several new games, an enlarged Kid-die Land and hayrides will be featured. The carnival will end Saturday night with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.

The annual carnival raffle will offer cash prizes of $2,500, $1,000 and three $500 prizes. The drawing will be held at the end of the carnival on Saturday night.


"Team Tyler's Pasta Bowl," a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser benefitting a 13-year-old Ohio Town-ship resident will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, 4-8 p.m. at the Ross Township Community Center.

Suggested donation is $10 per person, which benefits Tyler Ruff, an Avonworth Middle School student diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. He is the son of Angel (Cook) Ruff.

Financial donations can be sent to The Tyler Ruff Fund, c/o PNC Bank at Mt. Nebo Pointe, 118 Green Valley Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15237. Make checks payable to "The Tyler Ruff Fund."


Avonworth High School teacher Breanna Maisner (pictured here at left) and juniors Sean Harpst and Alexa Valenta were among more than 1,000 Pittsburghers who took part in the “Polar Plunge” last Sunday morning to raise funds for Special Olympics.With temperatures just above 30 degrees, the participants jumped into the Ohio River on the North Shore. The two students raised more than $700 in pledges for Special Olympics.


Ohio Township Community Park will sponsor an Election Day food drive to benefit the Mt. Nebo Food Pantry.

Voters can bring non-perishable food to their voting place on Nov. 8. Donations also can be dropped off at the Ohio Township Municipal Building during the week of Nov. 7-11 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


“Heart Healthy Diets” will be presented Jan. 11, 1-2 p.m., at the Ohio Township Nature Center.

This class is designed for individuals who want to increase their knowledge of manageable ways to protect their heart with helpful and practical foods and menus. Clinical staff and a registered dietician will be on hand to discuss concerns.

On Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., a physician will discuss “Four Simple Truths of Good Health.”


What happens when two police chiefs run into each other on vacation? They go do police stuff, of course. That happened just last week when Ohio Township Police Chief Beaver Micklos (pictured above at left) and Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) ran into each other on the Caribbean island of Aruba. They were invited to accompany Aruban police detectives on helicopter surveillance of the island as police searched the surrounding ocean for any sign of drug traffickers bringing in narcotics from South America.


Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth will sponsor a “giant” flea market on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7.

The flea market will be held in the church auditorium on Ohio River Boulevard in Emsworth from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday.

Refreshments will be sold, and parking is available.

For more information, call Dorothy Codori at (412)761-3322.


The Avonworth softball boosters and players will hold a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for next year's spring training in Myrtle Beach, SC.


Local police departments will participate in a special program conducted by the Drug Enforcement Adminis-tration (DEA).


The Ohio Township 5K Walk & Run will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.