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3/18/17

Eight years ago, when David and Lisa Wert of Ben Avon were in the process of adopting their son, Alek, they weren't sure how they were going to afford all of the expenses involved in that process.

“We were short on funds,” David recalls.

He and Lisa shared their concerns with a friend visiting for the weekend. A few days later, their friend called and said they didn't need to worry about any fund-raisers because he wanted to give them the remaining money as a gift.

3/18/17

On March 1, Avalon Police received a report of criminal mischief from a resident of an apartment in a building on California Avenue. The resident reported that upon returning from walking the dog, pry marks near her apartment’s door were found. The police observed the marks and said they had been able to walk directly into the apartment building, although the doors were supposed to be locked. They advised the tenant to notify the building manager concerning the unlocked entry doors.

3/18/17

A resident of Madison Avenue reported a burglary on March 4. Items were missing from the residence.

A resident of Grant Avenue reported terroristic threats on March 6.

On March 8, a resident of Lincoln Avenue reported a burglary.

On March 8, a burglary that occurred between Feb. 28 and March 5 was reported by a resident of North Fremont Avenue.

A resident of Hallett Place reported on March 11 that overnight a rock had been thrown through a car window.

On March 13, a resident of Teece avenue reported internet fraud.

3/18/17

Emsworth Borough has entered into a contract with Holy Family Institute concerning the crosswalk across Ohio River Boulevard.

3/18/17

Ruth L. Saunders Ruth Loretta Saunders, 80, of Kilbuck Township, died Saturday, March 11 at Holy Family Manor in Ross Township. Ruth was the youngest of four children, to the late Joseph W. and Bertha L. (DiNucci) Saunders and was raised in a loving family on the north side of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Norbert and Joseph, and her sister Mary. Ruth is survived by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

3/18/17

Emergency service volunteers who reside in Emsworth will be able to take advantage of tax credits.

At the March 8 meeting, Emsworth Council unanimously passed Ordinance 997 authorizing local tax credits for residents who are active volunteers with volunteer fire companies or non-profit emergency medical services agencies.

According to borough solicitor Robert McTiernan, the Emsworth ordinance may very well be the first such ordinance passed in Pennsylvania since the state legislature authorized such tax credits last year.

3/11/17

Several streets in Kilbuck Township will be paved this summer as part of the township's 2017 paving project.

The supervisors voted to accept a bid of $110,750 from Russell-Standard Corp. The work, scheduled to be completed in May and June, will include Eicher Road, Hivue Lane, Plummer Avenue, Walnut Road, Ridge Avenue and Norwood Avenue.

3/11/17

Ohio and Kilbuck township once again will look at the possibility of consolidating the two adjacent municipalities.

Although explored in the past, the merger has never reached the point where Ohio Township was willing to take on the much smaller Kilbuck. With Kilbuck’s financial stabilization in recent years, new talks could produce a viable plan.

3/11/17

Ruth “Genny” Steigerwald Ruth “Genny” Steigerwald, 93, a former resident of West View Towers, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was the wife of the late Robert F. Steigerwald; beloved mother of Debbie (Charles) Conway, Ed (Fran) Steigerwald, Rick (Charlene) Steigerwald and the late Robert L. (surviving wife Linda) Steigerwald; also survived by six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

3/11/17

By NANCY WHYTE

At the first school board meeting held since the Avonworth Town Hall that took place 12 days earlier, more than 20 parents filed into the board room to voice concerns and complaints about various topics.

Generally, there are few if any individuals in attendance at such meetings, but the audience, in which almost everyone had something to say, at the March 6 school board workshop session created a standing-room-only situation.

Board vice president Kristin Thompson chaired the lengthy meeting. Each person was given unrestricted time to participate.

3/11/17

The boys as well as the girls on the Northgate-Avonworth swim team scored several impressive victories in WPIAL competition, finishing fourth overall out of 35 AA classification teams.

For the boys, the highlight of the meet came in its final event, the 400 freestyle relay, where the team of juniors Zech Boyce and Nick Madey, sophomore Aidan Sommers and freshman Luke Tomczak earned the school’s first-ever WPIAL swimming championship.

3/11/17

Work is expected to start in late June on a hillside stabilization project on Wilson Drive in Kilbuck Township.

The Kilbuck Township Supervisors have accepted a bid from Geobuild, LLC of Columbus, OH, for the project. Work is expected to take about one month, during which time Wilson will be closed to traffic between Perrysville Avenue and Newgate Road, with lane restrictions on Perrysville during the day.

3/6/17

 By NANCY WHYTE

More than 200 people attended Avonworth’s “Pathways for the Future” town hall two-hour meeting, held Wednesday Feb. 22, in the primary center, where superintendent Tom Ralston discussed the district’s plans to focus on the personalization of learning, interdisciplinary learning and the use of space and time throughout the various classroom buildings.

3/6/17

Bellevue Council approved the expenditure of funds for various purposes at Tuesday's regular council meeting.

The borough will spend no more than $1,500 to update its codification of ordinances.

Jet Jack will complete the 2016 sewer project work at a cost of $148,308.

The borough will buy additional fire hose at a cost of $5,984.

3/6/17

Three ordinances received final approval from Bellevue Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

3/6/17

A business on Lincoln Avenue reported on Feb. 1 that three juvenile males had left the store without paying for three cap guns and caps.

A resident of Teece Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. She stated that her art work was being sold by someone other than herself.

A resident of Lincoln Avenue reported fraud on Feb. 2. He said funds had been stolen from his bank account.

A retail store on Lincoln Avenue reported shoplifting on Feb. 3.

A juvenile was reported missing from Lincoln Avenue on Feb. 4.

3/6/17

Bellevue Council will consider adoption of an ordinance this month that would authorize re-funding the borough’s bond issue, and produce savings that would help pay for the long-awaited repair of the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall.

3/6/17

As one reads through the memoir, “Dear Mater, A Soldier's World War I Letters to His Mother,” a personal attachment to that soldier soon begins to develop. For aside from differences in the details -- time, location, enemies -- the collection of letters written by William Arthur Jewell could be letters home from a relative or a friend stationed in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq -- wherever the never-ending tragedies of war continue to unfold.

3/6/17

By JIM RUMBLE

Having to play the number-two seed in 3A was a daunting challenge for the Avonworth girls’ basketball team when they faced undefeated East Allegheny in a quarterfinal game played at Penn Hills last Saturday.

Playing much better than a lot of people expected, the Lady ‘Lopes gave the Wildcats a run for their money, but came out on the short end as they were defeated 68-59.

“We wanted to win," said 'Lopes coach Mark D'Alessandris. "We had a game plan to go after them and get them, but they [East Allegheny] got a lot of calls," he said.

3/6/17

Residents of North Avenue in Bellevue and the adjacent streets should have received a notice from the borough regarding potential changes to traffic and parking on North.

Safety concerns and congestion have prompted police and council's safety committee to recommend either making the street one-way, or completely eliminating parking on North. Residents and those who travel the area are being asked for their input before a decision is made.

3/6/17

Sr. Genevieve Mary Jurick O.S.F. Sister Genevieve Mary Jurick, formerly Sister Assumpta, 95, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis United States Province, in her 76th year of Religious Profession, died Feb. 26, 2017, at Marian Hall Home in Pittsburgh.

3/6/17

Ohio Township Police said that there were several attempted thefts from vehicles reported on Feb. 23. The residents that reported the attempts were located on Huntington, Hazelwood, Walliston, Oliver, Allegheny and Allison avenues. No forced entry was made to any of the vehicles, and most were reported to be unlocked

On Feb. 27, a resident of Alaqua Drive in Ohio Township reported a theft.

2/25/17

By JIM RUMBLE

An upset seemed imminent for the Avonworth boys’ basketball team when they squared off with the Southmoreland Scotties in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs last Saturday. Foul trouble, unfortunately, took its toll toward the end of the contest as the Antelopes were defeated in overtime 64-55 to close out their season.

Give credit to Avonworth's play defensively for keeping Southmoreland's 6'10" center Brandon Stone in check, limiting the big guy to 14 points -- 12.5 points below his average.

2/25/17

A new permitting process will be in place for groups wanting to use ballfields in Avalon this year.

Council members said at their meeting Tuesday that the new permit procedure will allow the borough to enter into an enforceable contract with groups wanting to use the field, and give the borough manager the authority to both grant and revoke permits.