Content about War

04.19.13

"These are the times that try men's souls"

When Thomas Paine wrote these words during the American Revolution, well over 200 years ago, I wonder if he had any inkling of how deeply they would resonate throughout the centuries? Did he have any idea that, perhaps, the worst was yet to come? That men would create bigger and better ways to torture each other?

11.16.12

Veterans Day became a four-day tribute to those who have served in the military, as North Boroughs vets were invited to take part in ceremonies at local schools and in municipalities.

Emsworth Borough took the opportunity to dedicate a new memorial plaque that honors two residents who died in the “War on Terror,” Patrick B. Kenny and Robert N. Gilbertson.

The plaque has been installed at the borough hall, and was dedicated during a ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

11.09.12

Avonworth American Legion Post 866 will officially dedicate the “War on Terror” plaque honoring Patrick Kenny and Robert Gilberston on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. (Veterans Day) at the Emsworth borough hall.

A short social at the Emsworth community room will follow.

At 1 p.m., a ceremony will be held by Bellevue Borough in Bayne Park.

All veterans are invited to attend.

09.16.11

Ben Avon volunteer firefighter Steve Kosak brought the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to life for Avonworth students this week. Kosak was part of an emergency response team sent to the scene of the plane crash in Shanksville, where volunteers spent weeks combing through the wreckage and debris.

09.09.11

The North Boroughs Fellowship of Ministries will hold a worship service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terroristic attacks on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The combined choirs of several North Boroughs churches will sing portions of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at Assumption Church, 45 N. Sprague Ave. in Bellevue, at 4 p.m.

Local first responders will be recognized.

05.27.11

As Americans prepare to acknowledge the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed thousands, a piece of that tragedy has found a home in Bellevue.

Pictured above, Bellevue firefighters Jack Davin and George Malloy display a piece of one of the girders that gave form to the World Trade Center in New York City, brought down by planes that crashed into the towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

03.18.11

Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.

11.20.10

There are some places that politics just do not belong.

Not many such places exist in today's United States, and I can handle most of that. I can accept that health care decisions are being made by doctors and politicians who are (heavily) influenced by pharmaceutical companies. I can even live with the fact that what I eat and what I pay for it are controlled in large part by which government regulations or subsidies we're enforcing this month.

But there are some places that must remain sacred, untouched by politics in any form, or humanity as a whole is threatened.

11.27.09

After a couple weeks of pretty much nonstop nastiness at municipal meetings -- highlighted by one resident actually accusing a Kilbuck official of putting melted marshmallows in her mail box -- I am issuing a plea that we all remember that this is a season of love, giving and joy.

Yeah, right.

10.17.15

Angelo Cammarata Angelo H. Cammarata, 101, of Ross Township, husband of the late Marietta Cammarata, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Passavant Hospital.

08.03.15

Evelyn Guzzo Evelyn Arndt Guzzo, 66, of Coraopolis, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in Good Samaritan Hospice of Beaver. Mrs. Guzzo was a 1966 graduate of Moon High School. She served on the Coraopolis Public Library board for nine years. She was an avid reader and a sketch artist.

07.27.15

Vincent Sirianni Vincent Joseph Sirianni, 92, formerly of Bellevue and husband of the late Maria "Mary" Menniti Sirianni, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

07.18.15

Sr. Virginia Cummings Sr. Virginia "Ginny" Cummings, OSF, 89, of the School Sisters of St. Francis of the United States Province, died Friday, July 10, 2015 in Mt. Assisi Convent Motherhouse, Ross Township.

07.06.15

The burglary of a Forest Avenue residence was reported to Bellevue Police on June 16.

A Division Avenue resident reported on June 18 that property had been stolen from the residence between June 9 and June 18.

Police received a report of vandalism on June 13. A Lincoln Avenue business owner reported that someone had damaged a roof.

On June 24, police received two reports of vandalism. A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a car had been egged overnight, and an Orchard Avenue resident said a brick had been thrown at a door window.

07.06.15

The burglary of a Forest Avenue residence was reported to Bellevue Police on June 16.

A Division Avenue resident reported on June 18 that property had been stolen from the residence between June 9 and June 18.

Police received a report of vandalism on June 13. A Lincoln Avenue business owner reported that someone had damaged a roof.

On June 24, police received two reports of vandalism. A West Riverview Avenue resident reported a car had been egged overnight, and an Orchard Avenue resident said a brick had been thrown at a door window.

06.27.15

Robert Besser Robert John Besser, 79, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Bellevue and husband of the late Betty Schiellien Besser, died Sunday, June 7,2015. Mr. Besser was a Bellevue High School and Duquesne University graduate. He is survived by two sisters, Betty Haughin of Zelienople and Mary Alice Naylor of Bradenton, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emerick and Elizabeth Pohlot Besser; and his brother, Emerick Besser. Services and burial were held in Arizona.

Carol Lee Coward

06.22.15

Dale Pritchard Dale E. Pritchard, 50, of Avalon, died Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Mr. Pritchard was a lifetime member of Kilbuck Township Volunteer Fire Co. He is survived by his wife, Cathy A. Trischler Pritchard; two children, Joseph E. Pritchard and his wife Kristen and Katelyn M. Pritchard; two siblings, Glen Pritchard and Wendy Crawford; his grandson, Landon J. Pritchard; and nieces and nephews.

06.08.15

Russell Bookser Russell Noel Bookser, 63, of Denton, TX, formerly of Pittsburgh and the husband of the late Debra Keast Bookser, died Friday, May 22, 2015 in Presbyterian Hospital, Denton. Mr. Bookser was retired from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was a member of Stanfield Masonic Lodge in Denton. He was a former member of Brighton Heights Lutheran Church, Laurel Gardens Volunteer Fire Co. and a social member of Sgt. Joseph D. Caskey American Legion Post #80, all in Pittsburgh.

05.02.15

By NANCY WHYTE

Cancer survivor Dawn Reinhart of Ben Avon has been named chairperson of this year's “Race for the Cure” in Pittsburgh. As chair, Reinhart, a 16-year breast cancer survivor, becomes the "ambassador and face of the race," which takes place Sunday, May 10, at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park.

Reinhart has been active with the Susan G. Komen race since 2001. She finds gathering with other breast cancer survivors to be empowering.

04.25.15

James Malloy James Regis Malloy, 94, of Emsworth, died Monday, April 6, 2015. Mr. Malloy was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Duquesne Light Co. after 44 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy R. Gastner Malloy; and three children, Bonnie Bass and her husband James, Diane Barr and her husband James and Ronald Regis Malloy. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sister Mary Sheila Malloy. There was no visitation and services and burial were private. Arrangements were made by the Orion C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Avalon.

Frances Doerschner

04.11.15

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.

04.04.15

Alberta Mae Raines Alberta Mae Raines, 86, of Emsworth, died Saturday, March 14, 2015. She was the wife of 55 years to James L. Raines: mother of Bruce (Aline) Raines; grandmother of Emily, Karen and Claire. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m., at the Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave., Emsworth, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the church in memory of Alberta Raines.

Daniel Fullerton Daniel E. Fullerton, 63, of Zelienople, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

03.23.15

Michele Ostapchenko Michele R. Ostapchenko, 58, of Bellevue, formerly of Groveton, PA, died Thursday, March 12, 2015. Ms. Ostapchenko worked at the Allegheny County Court House in the Family Division. She was a member of Bellevue Christian Church.

02.28.15

Extreme hoarding conditions in a Madison Avenue, Bellevue, duplex hampered firefighters when fire broke out in the structrure about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters say that they arrived to find heavy fire in multiple rooms on the second floor, where items were stacked three to four feet high in what they called “extreme hoarding conditions.” Although crews were able to knock down the fire, they were kept busy extinguishing multiple “hot spots” due to the debris, as well as fire spreading through various walls and through a common attic. Firefighters were on scene for six hours.