The Avon Club will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with an Open House May 11 at the Ben Avon Borough Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. Presentations that capture Avonworth history and the impact the Avon Club has had in the community will be displayed; local representatives will be on hand to offer a tribute; and light refreshments will be served.

Looking back over the history of the Avon Club, it's difficult to decide what is the more amazing accomplishment: the work members have done or the fact that the club has lasted so long.


In her 20th year of teaching at Northgate Middle/Senior High School, Choral Director Kelly Winovich has entertained the community while teaching countless students the happiness and value of knowing and performing good music, from standards to contemporary, from show tunes to serious selections.


Avonworth’s Third Annual Chase the Antelopes 5K and 1 Mile Walk will take place in the Ohio Township area on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 9 a.m., with runners and walkers meeting at Lenzner Field across from the high school on Josephs Lane and following routes through nearby neighborhoods.

All of the proceeds and donations will benefit the Hannah Milbert Memorial Fund, which was established to provide students with scholarships that may be used for college expenses and to help them attend school-sponsored trips.


The idea of getting people together to discuss issues that are of importance to their community, as well as to the country, is not a new one. In May, 1986, for example, millions of Americans joined in “Hands Across America” to bring attention to poverty in our nation.

Fast forward to a few weeks from now, when Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. invites the Pittsburgh region to connect with each other “…in self-organized small groups to have meaningful conversations, over food, to deepen our understanding of shared values as a community of caring residents, businesses and organizations.”


Last week marked the seventh year for Northgate elementary students to display their cooking skills in the annual Young Chefs Cooking Contest sponsored by Sodexo Food Services.

Under the direction of Julianne Griffin, general manager for Sodexo at Northgate, the event began in January when students in grades 3-6 were encouraged to fill out recipe cards for this year's “Healthy Mexican Food” theme. Griffin received 29 recipes, from which seven finalists were chosen.


Avonworth High School senior Wiley Bozada has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar.

Each year, Coca-Cola recognizes the most outstanding high school student leaders in the United States based on their academic excellence, leadership, and service demonstrated in school and community activities. As a member of the 31st class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Bozada exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics as well as positively affecting others in his community.


Northgate artists, craftsmen, and techies, along with cast members of this year’s musical, “Freaky Friday” teamed up to showcase their talents in the annual Arts Odyssey, open to the public at the high school last Friday evening.

Avalon Elementary School Principal Joseph Peacock noted, “Aside from the musical preview and performances, this year's Arts Odyssey featured over 1,000 pieces of student art and featured works across all the levels of our school district.”


Avonworth eighth graders had the opportunity to reverse their roles when they visited the Heinz History Center on the evening of Feb. 22, with 118 students becoming the teachers, and serving as docents to explain aspects of displays that are part of the Center's current exhibition, “From Slavery to Freedom, Western Pennsylvania Sports, Innovators and Special Collections.”

Students visited the museum in mid-December to select pieces that they wanted to research with more depth.


Aidan Sommers, 17, of Kilbuck Township, was promoted last month to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, the highest rank a cadet can achieve within the national U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC). His rank was marked by a ceremony in Pittsburgh, presided over by U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Commanding Officer Guy Mignogna.


When Avonworth freshman Jay Foster first heard of plans for a week-long series of Fund-raising activities to support an illness that has afflicted him for the past four years, he was, at first, a bit reluctant about some of the plans.

The fund-raising will be a focal point to acknowledge Rare Disease Week, Feb. 25-28 when schools and other organizations plan events and awareness activities that can support individuals and medical teams working to find cures.

Jay's mom, Nikki Wallace, understands his reluctance.


Fish can provide a host of flavors and make for a healthy addition to one’s diet. Alaskan cod, for example, is easy to find and, because it’s high in certain omega-3 fatty acids, packs quite a heart-healthy punch. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that wild Alaskan cod contains the same levels of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, as salmon.


Heart disease might be seen as something that predominantly affects men, but women are not immune to this potentially deadly condition. In fact, doctors and healthcare professionals advise women to take serious heed of heart disease, which claims more female lives than breast cancer, other cancers, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s disease combined.


The annual student art show at the Hermann Museum on Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue opened on the evening of Jan. 11, with displays that ranged from abstract works to realistic nature scenes. The show continues through Jan. 27

The show includes works from nearly 40 Northgate and St. James students. The pictured student-artist is Avalon Elementary third grader Olivia Bach, whose artwork blends her original ideas with those of a Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky.


Reading, writing, arithmetic -- and then on up to Shakespeare, advanced composition and calculus. All lessons taught in schools to prep students for moving on and earning a living. But what about another form of education: the education for life?




After spending more than three hours of his 60th birthday in a Bellevue Council meeting Tuesday, Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk was honored with a proclamation declaring Nov. 27 to be “Ronald Borczyk Day” in Bellevue.

Council members also chipped in to buy him a birthday cake and a present, which was an addition to his Pittsburgh Pirates memorabilia collection.


The inspiration for Tom Haines' book, “Walking to the Sun” begins in 2013 when the author observes the process of a natural gas furnace being installed in his New Hampshire home. As he watches the workmen making the connections, he ponders the implications of the fuel flowing through a pipe drilled through his basement wall, that pipe connected to other pipes, on and on to the source, wherever that might be.

His observation motivated him to launch a journey to find that source and to study it, as well as everything in between.


Avalon Elementary fifth grade science students under the guidance of teacher Karen Klicker recently learned that a project they had entered in a Rube Goldberg contest was among the winners in competition that included several schools from Western Pennsylvania. The contest was sponsored by Matt’s Maker Space and the Grable Foundation, in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.


A little “preview” information for audiences attending Avonworth High School’s fall show -- “Clue” is a comedy-mystery with enough twists, turns and bizarre characters to keep theater-goers totally clueless right up to the final twists in the plot.


A.W. Beattie Career Center has announced that senior Rebecca Hapeman, from Northgate, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the career center at the 2018 SkillsUSA Western Region Conference, which will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization for students in career and technical education programs. The organization focuses on career-readiness, skill-based training, competitions and developing expertise for job interviews, public speaking, problem solving and more.



The Psychic Vincent Sisters returned to Bellevue last Monday night for what has become an annual autumn visit to the former home of Amanda Bayne, now the Andrew Bayne Library, at the corner of Teece and North Balph avenues. Many individuals believe the building is haunted by the friendly ghost of Amanda, whose husband James Balph, an architect, designed and constructed the Victorian brick mansion in 1875. James died in 1899, and Amanda died in her bedroom in August, 1912.


Anyone with an interest in art, along with a love of nature will surely be impressed by an upcoming Hermann Art Gallery exhibition titled, “Beauty and the Beasts,” with all of the works based upon scenes and creatures from the world of nature.

The artist, Clarita Scioscia, was born in Peru and has lived in Florida most of her life. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 1982 with a bachelor of fine arts degree and with minors in art history and education.


Ohio Township Police Chief Joe Hanny is rebuilding his department from within, filling the vacancies left by his promotion from detective to chief earlier this year.


“Nightmare on Sprague Street” has returned to Bellevue this fall for “The Return of Michael Myers,” a Halloween walk-through at 63 N. Sprague Ave.

Ken Azzarello said that over the past three years of the “fright site,” he and his team have accumulated lots of materials to keep expanding the feature.

“It takes about four months to set up and the same amount of time to take it apart,” Azzarello said.

But for the creative crew, it's lots of work and lots of fun, with profits going to the Northgate football team.