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Students in Lynn Tennant Heffley’s second grade class at Bellevue Elementary took some time to recall the stories behind the Thanksgiving holiday, donning Pilgrim and Indian garb to spread the message of peace, generosity and gratitude. That message will continue to spread over the next few weeks, as communities throughout the North Boroughs celebrate the holiday season.


Bellevue Council is expected to consider the final reading of an ordinance that would ban smoking in Bayne Park, but park-goers may not see much else in the way of change to the park rules.

Parks and recreation committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that the committee had reviewed the park rules and had decided that no major changes should be made, as some “tweaking” of the current rules would suffice.


Bellevue Mayor Paul Cusick broke a tie vote among Bellevue Council members Tuesday night to reject a proposal to hire an independent actuary to review the borough’s pension plans.

Although council voted in December to hire a new actuary, according to council member Linda Woshner, Tuesday’s vote on the matter came to a 4-4 tie, with Woshner, Jim Scisciani, Vence Menosky and Lynn Tennant Heffley in favor, and opposition from Kathy Coder, Matt Senvisky, Mark Helbling and Henry Lenard.


Bellevue Council will consider a proposal that would ban smoking in all of the borough’s parks.

Parks committee chair Lynn Tennant-Heffley said the idea had been proposed by the Friends of Bayne Library group as a way of keeping children from being exposed to second-hand smoke. Heffley, however, along with council member Linda Woshner, saw the proposed ban as being unenforceable. Heffley said that officials were constantly being told that police were available to address other problems at the park only on a limited basis. “We can’t control [marijuana] smoking at the park,” she said.


Miscommunication and misunderstanding, along with a splash of politics, led to a tidal wave of problems as Bellevue Council attempted to prepare Tuesday for the opening of the Memorial Park swimming pool.

An effort to hire personnel revealed several procedural problems that may have been overlooked during the transition to a new council at the beginning of the year.

Parks committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley announced that the pool manager this year would be subject to a new job description, which already had been explained to manager Maureen Grant, Heffley said.


Bellevue's Doughboy statue in Bayne Park will undergo restoration.

Bellevue Council parks committee chair Lynn Tennant Heffley reported that an expert from Soldiers & Sailors Hall had estimated that the price will be between $500 and $2,000. Heffley said that the statue had been restored in 1999, but had not been properly maintained since then.

Council members questioned whether special funds set aside for the statue's upkeep could be used to fund the project.


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.


United States Congressman Mike Doyle (pictured above at center with local veterans) joined students at Bellevue Elementary School on Monday to honor more than 30 current and former members of the military who attended the special Veterans Day program. The program was organized by teacher Lynn Tennant-Heffley, and also attended by school and borough officials. A similar program was held at Avalon Elementary later that morning. Bellevue Borough held its annual salute to veterans on the prior Saturday.


Three Bellevue Council seats left undecided after the primary election will be filled by voters who go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

In the borough’s first ward, two seats are open, and only one incumbent is on the ballot.Current council member Kathy Coder is joined on the Republican ballot by Megan Swackhammer. The Democratic ticket features Henry Lenard and Mike Braunlich. In The third ward, incumbent Democrat Lynn Tennant Heffley is running against Republican Grant Saylor. first ward


Bellevue officials will take a long, hard look at problems with the behavior of juveniles in Bayne Park that could be affecting not only the public’s perception of the facility, but the patronage of the borough’s library as well.

Council member Lynn Tennant-Heffley cited examples of behavior problems at the park, including offensive language, underage drinking, littering, fights and drug use. The circulation at Bayne Library is down, she said at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting, as is attendance at some library programs.


Top Readers at Bellevue Elementary School helped the school score an amazing 20,580 points in the past year’s accelerated reading program run by teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley. Pictured above from left are the top readers in each class.


The Bellevue Council meeting came to a screeching -- literally -- halt not long after it started Tuesday evening, with a recess called as a final effort to stop yet another tirade by the borough’s mayor.

The incident started calmly enough when Mayor George Doscher asked why he had not been informed in advance of an executive session held by council last Monday to discuss a personnel matter.

Executive sessions are meetings from which the public is excluded, held to discuss only a handful of subjects as defined by state law, among them litigation and personnel matters.


After a heated discussion that had more to do with airing past grievances than debating the merits of hiring a new solicitor, Bellevue Council voted to replace the solicitor that has represented the borough for the last three years.


Bellevue Council members (from left) Lynn Tennant-Heffley, Jane Braunlich, Linda Woshner and Jim Viscusi -- along with Susan Viscusi, Jim Scisciani and Mark Helbling and other volunteers -- served up hundreds of hotdogs, chips, watermelon slices and cold drinks at Memorial Park on Wednesday as the borough hosted its annual July 4th community picnic. The afternoon featured free swimming, food, entertainment and games.