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7/19/19

Lisa Wright’s Bellevue garden is not quite what many -- non-gardeners, in particular -- might consider to be spectacular, as “spectacular” gardens go.

No bubbling fountains, no unique statuary, no exotic plants blooming.

But it takes just a moment for gardening hobbyists, as well as for seasoned gardeners, to size it up and to describe it for what it is: a gardener’s garden.

7/19/19

Municipal swimming pools often have to hire additional personnel and circumstances change over the season, and Avalon officials are very pleased that they hired Nathaniel Hardiman as a lifeguard.

Avalon Council approved the hiring, retroactive to June 8, at council’s regular meeting Tuesday. Borough manager Lorraine Makatura reported that within his first day or two on the job, Nathaniel saved a struggling youngster in the pool.

7/13/19

Firefighters and EMS had to maneuver around live electrical wires to rescue the driver of a vehicle who barreled into a utility pole on Route 65 in Emsworth last Monday afternoon.

The one-car accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. near the North Avenue intersection, and close Ohio River Boulevard to traffic for an hour.

7/13/19

Bellevue Council president Tom Hrynda reported at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that he had received a resignation letter from council member Tom Fodi.

Fodi announced recently that he was planning to move from Bellevue to live closer to family. His four-year term on council ends this year, and he did not seek re-election.

Fodi said Tuesday that his Bellevue home has sold and although it is not known precisely when he and his family will be moving, he thought it best to submit his resignation effective July 31.

7/13/19

The current exhibition at Bellevue’s John Hermann Museum 318 Lincoln Avenue presents visitors with an art form with which most may not be familiar, either in style or in name.

Since 2008, Kathrynn Carr has been experiment with the German art form of paper cut art, Scherenschnitte (pronounced Schee-REN-schnitte, emphasis on REN).

7/13/19

The Lincoln Avenue streetscape project will continue for another year, according to Bellevue Director of Administrative Services Ron Borczyk.

Borczyk announced Tuesday that the borough received notification that a $300,000 grant has been awarded for Phase VII.

7/13/19

Bellevue Council members still bothered by the taxpayer cost that has resulted from the two WizardVue events sponsored by the Friends of Bayne Library were less than thrilled to find out the borough has been hit with another $2,000 in personnel costs.

7/5/19

By NANCY WHYTE

STEM, an acronym of the terms “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” is a current buzz word and a recent fad stressed in education. Attention is given to STEM because so much of society is said to depend on it, for example, in fields such as health care, manufacturing, construction and finance. Currently and in the foreseeable future, a majority of career fields will be populated by individuals who possess strong STEM-related skills.

7/5/19

Ohio Township has added three full-time officers to its police department, all of them serving until now as part-time officers with the department.

Barry Bissiere, Michael Weaver and Kevin Friess were introduced at the township supervisors’ meeting Monday night, and each received a new badge reflecting their full-time status from one of the supervisors.

7/5/19

The burglary of a Keswick Avenue home became one of the easier cases to be solved by Bellevue Police, thanks to a watchful neighbor and some detective work by the son of the victim.

7/5/19

This year, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Avalon is celebrating its quasquicentennial anniversary; it has been 125 years since the laying of the cornerstone of the original Trinity Lutheran Church in Avalon.

6/30/19

The magical forces that turned Bellevue into “WizardVue” last Saturday may have had some unfortunate mind-clouding side effects. The Harry Potter-themed festival has been the subject of heated discussion by Bellevue Council over the last few weeks, and continued to be front and center at Tuesday’s council meeting as officials expressed frustration that their directives had not been followed.

6/30/19

For the benefit of those who have never experienced a fire scene up close, it can appear to be a confused mass of people going every which way clad in heavy bunker suits and air tanks, hoses being attached to fire hydrants and pulled in various directions, flashing lights, sirens, ladders being raised, and lots and lots of trucks and firefighters racing in to help save someone’s home or business.

6/30/19

By NANCY WHYTE

Almost everyone likes a story. Whether a scary legend about ghosts told around a campfire, an embarrassing anecdote detailed at a family gathering, a cultural folk tale or just a narrative of the day's events, most people will listen, hoping and expecting to be entertained. Many people also enjoy reading for the same reasons – or perhaps to learn something and then pass on the knowledge to others.

Thus, telling stories is a great way to connect with others as well as a good way to explore, nurture and expand one's own creativity.

6/29/19

The North Boroughs Community Day and Fireworks Display have been canceled for Saturday, June 29, due to thunderstorms that are expected to move through the area.

The veterans wall rededication will still be held at the Avalon pool at 6:15 p.m.

The rain date for the Community Day event is Labor Day, Sept. 2.

6/22/19

Avalon’s 2019 street paving program should be underway soon, as the borough council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to award a contract to T.A. Robinson Asphalt Paving, Inc.

6/22/19

Northgate’s youngest students are responding well to a literacy program introduced in 2016, according to the principals of Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools.

6/22/19

As expected, the Northgate School Board voted Monday to approve a general fund budget for 2019-20 in the amount of $26,882,134, with a 3 percent property tax millage rate increase generating about $320,000 in additional revenue for the coming fiscal year.

6/22/19

The deadline for the 2018 Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

6/15/19

As expected, at Monday night’s meeting, the Avonworth School Board approved the final budget for the 2019-20 school year in the amount of $34,339,313.00.

Additionally, Resolution 061019-A was approved establishing the millage rate at an increased level of 19.53 mills for the 2019-20 school year.

The board also approved purchasing the Carnegie Learning Math Program for grades 6-8 at a cost of $65,000.

6/15/19

Bellevue mayor Emily Marburger’s latest misstep with regard to the WizardVue festivals will cost a nonprofit group a significant chunk of their proceeds, but could result in a more organized event procedure that will impact both officials and groups wanting to stage events in the borough.

6/15/19

The Northgate School District will welcome a new director of curriculum, as the school board voted unanimously Monday night to hire Dr. Christopher Caton for the position.

Caton will replace Shawn Tomaszewski, who will leave Northgate at the end of the month to take a position as principal of Baldwin High School.

The new director is coming to Northgate from the Moon School District, where he has been the director of curriculum since 2014.

6/15/19

Back in the day -- way back in the day -- William Shakespeare relied upon the iambic pentameter format style when composing his plays.

Remember in your senior year of high school? The teacher’s introduction to the 10-syllable lines, such as the famous line that begins the play, “Richard III”: “Now is the winter of our discontent…”?

6/15/19

Although it won’t stop the Northgate School Board from increasing taxes this year, the board has agreed to work with a local real estate broker to figure out why steadily increasing home sale prices are not automatically resulting in higher tax revenue for the district without an increase in millage.