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06.22.15

The annual North Boroughs Independence Day Fireworks Celebration scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at Avalon Field has been canceled due to weather.

Because the rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the coming week, the rain date of Friday, July 3, also has been canceled.

The fireworks will be held on Sunday, Sept. 6, during Labor Day weekend.

05.02.15

This year The Citizen will publish its 11th annual Pet Photo Contest, benefitting a local animal-related project. It is usually our biggest selling issue of the year, because if there is one thing most of us can agree on, it's that we love our pets.

04.04.15

The Quaker Valley Council of Governments (COG) and its member municipalities will sponsor a Recycling Day on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Avalon Borough will host the event at the parking lot of the Avalon swimming pool on New Brighton Road across from the intersection of Frederick Street and New Brighton Road.

03.03.14

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.

04.19.13

The Quaker Valley Council of Governments (COG) and its member municipalities will sponsor a a Recycling Day on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Avalon Borough will host the program at the parking lot of the public works garage located at Frederick Street and New Brighton Road.

Only residents of of Aleppo, Avalon, Bell Acres, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Edgeworth, Emsworth, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Leet, Leetsdale and Sewickley may participate. Identification is required. No commercial businesses will be permitted to participate.

04.05.13

Recently I was rummaging through a closet looking for something, and came across a photo album that featured scenes from my high school and college years.

12.21.12

Adults age 50 and older seeking to learn basic computer skills or enhance their existing knowledge can enroll in classes offered by the ACTT Program at Lutheran Service Society, Bellevue office.

Computer Basics - four weekly sessions begin Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.

Internet Basics - four weekly sessions begin Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m.

E-mail Basics - four weekly sessions begin Thursday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m.

Course fees are $20. For more information, contact Norm Mast at (412)307-1782.

10.19.12

When it comes to political advertising these days, the entry of political action committees into the campaign wars has pretty much guaranteed that no blow is too low. Until recently, however, the mud-slinging has been focused primarily on statewide and national races. Now, it's oozing into our backyards.

The relationship between candidates and PACs is interesting. On one hand, the candidate can point to the offensive literature and say "I didn't have anything to do with that. It was the PAC!" And sometimes that is quite true.

07.06.12

The North Suburban Big Band (NSBB) will present its annual summer jazz concert on Saturday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland, 311 Cumberland Rd. in McCandless.

Featured this year will be arrangements from The Stan Kenton Orchestra, big band charts of well known George Gershwin melodies, and music from Pittsburgh's own Ray DeFade, among others. In addition, Tony Venneri and Jessie Wills will perform a variety of vocals.

07.02.12

Hiding out from the heat over the weekend, I had the chance to catch up on some television. My choice? The HBO documentary "One Nation Under Dog."

I picked this show from the On Demand menu with more than a little trepidation. I don't like to watch shows in which animals are mistreated. It makes me physically ill. But sometimes, no matter how much it hurts, we have to open our eyes and really see what's going on around us.

The documentary told many stories, shared many lessons, touched my heart any number of times.

06.23.12

The North Boroughs will celebrate Independence Day with an evening of entertainment and fireworks on Friday, June 29.

Uptown Rhythm & Brass, sponsored by Columbia Gas, will take the stage at 7 p.m. at Avalon Field on New Brighton Road. Avonworth and Northgate football players will compete in a hotdog eating contest at 8 p.m., and the band will return to the stage afterwards to provide music until the Pyrotechnico fireworks display at dusk.

Refreshments will be available.

03.17.12

Adults ages 50 and older seeking to learn basic computer skills can enroll in classes offered by the ACTT program at Lutheran Service Society, Bellevue office.

Featured courses include:

Computer Basics, four weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m. - noon.

Computer and Internet Safety, four weekly sessions beginning Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m. - noon.

Internet Basics, four weekly sessions beginning Thursday, April 5, 10 a.m. - noon.

Course fees are $20 for each course. For more information, contact Norm Mast at (412)307-1782.

02.25.12

Sacred Heart Church in Emsworth will sponsor an Irish Fest on Saturday, March 3.

Dinner will be served 4-6 p.m., followed by an Irish mass. Live music will be provided by “Carnival of Souls” 7-10 p.m.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for all students. Children under 5 eat for free. The price includes home cooked Irish stew, soda bread, beverage and cookie.

There is no admission fee. The event includes a movie room for kids, auctions and a concession stand.

Details are on the Web site at www.sacred heartavonworth.org

01.22.12

Members of the community who are interested in providing input into the search for a new superintendent for the Northgate School District are invited and encouraged to attend a focus group meeting.

Joseph Werlinich of the University of Pittsburgh is conducting the search and will meet at 7 p.m. with interested community members on Monday, Jan. 30, in the Avalon Elementary auditorium, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, in the Bellevue Elementary auditorium.

Also, a survey is available on the district’s web site, www.northgate.k12.pa.us, until Feb. 17.

01.08.12

Adults age 50 and older seeking to learn basic computer skills or enhance their existing knowledge can enroll in classes offered by the Lutheran Service Society.

Featured courses include:

Computer Basics, four weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1 - 3 p.m.

Internet Basics, four weekly sessions beginning Thursday, Jan. 12, 1 - 3 p.m.

Course fees are $10 for each course.

For more information and enrollment, contact Norm Mast at (412)307-1782 or nmast@lsswpa .org.

11.05.11

There are two schools of thought regarding change.

The first is that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The second is that you have to keep evolving or eventually you will become extinct.

The key to a successful business is probably found somewhere between the two philosophies.

07.22.11

The Community at Holy Family Manor will host a Family Fun Day with activities for all ages on Saturday, July 30, 1-5 p.m.

The celebration commemorates the 40th anniversary of Mt. Nazareth Learning Center and the 45th anniversary of Holy Family Manor.

Those who attend will have the chance to learn about the programs available to the community, tour the facilities and see what services are provided.

06.28.11

The North Boroughs Independence Day Fireworks Celebration will take place on Friday, July 1, at Avalon Field on New Brighton Road.

Uptown Rhythm and Blues will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. The Avonworth and Northgate varsity football teams will face off in a hotdog eating contest, and the Avalon Police Department will be raffling off free bicycles for children.

Hotdogs, snow cones and much more will be available at the refreshment stand.

The fireworks, by Pyrotechnico, will begin at dusk.

In case of rain, check this Web site for any cancellation and rescheduling of the event.

05.20.11

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.”

05.06.11

Volunteers from Goodwill Industries help Bellevue resident Dennis Bowman unload his car during the “E-waste” recycling event sponsored by Enjoy Bellevue last Saturday. Part of Earth day clean-ups that went on across the North Boroughs, the collection filled a huge truck with an assortment of hard-to-recycle electronic equipment such as computers, copiers and old cell phones. Goodwill trains people to repair the equipment, adding an extra benefit to the effort.

04.30.11

If you haven't already made up your mind how to vote on Bellevue's alcohol referendum, you really should make the effort to read and listen to many of its proponents.

More than any evenly presented recitation of facts and opinion about the future of a "wet" Bellevue, the paranoid, delusional, downright incorrect ramblings of some of these people will have you steering way clear of the "yes" button on the voting machine.

04.15.11

I don't want to be your friend.

And by "friend" I mean the modern definition associated with Facebook, which in most cases involves people who really aren't your friends at all.

You can never have too many real friends -- you know, people who are there for you and support you through the best and worst of times. People who don't gossip about you behind your back, but gossip with you behind other people's backs. Those kinds of people.

04.15.11

Northgate students, from left, Kelia Morrison, Sarah Amick and Rachelle Mortimer are spearheading an Earth Day project that not only will teach fellow students about environmental conservation, but get them involved in saving gorilla habitats.

Northgate High School recently kicked off its "Lights Off" project in celebration of Earth Day. The project began on April 9 and runs through April 19.

04.08.11

With this issue, The Citizen celebrates 35 years of North Boroughs publishing history. Looking back it seems as if so much has changed, and so little.

In 1976, when Earl Rankin published the first issue of The Citizen, competition was fierce. There was another weekly newspaper in the North Boroughs, as well as a biweekly for the North Hills and two daily newspapers that published weekly sections dedicated to the area. Today, the weekly and biweekly are gone, and the dailies limit their regional coverage.