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4/19/13

By JIM RUMBLE

Getting a break from section play this past Tuesday, the Avonworth baseball team hosted Cornell on senior recognition day and defeated the Raiders 11-4.

According to coach Phil Coffin, the non-section contest was a good time to use those players who work hard at supporting their teammates.

"We threw some arms that hadn't thrown all year, and a non-section game at mid-year is good work for kids that needed it."

4/19/13

A grant to fund the reseeding of Avalon’s athletic fields will leave a youth sports organization looking for a place to practice in a few months.

The North Boroughs Panthers youth football and cheerleading organization recently received a letter from Avalon Borough telling them that the group would not be able to use the fields on New Brighton Road this year, as the group has done for a number of years.

4/19/13

By LOIS THOMSON

The Bookmobile is always a topic for discussion in Ben Avon, but council was happy to hear Len Barcousky address the subject at Tuesday's meeting. The Bookmobile costs the borough $10,500 annually for a one-hour weekly visit, and every year at budget time, council is divided as to whether the money could be better spent elsewhere.

4/19/13

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with six losses, the Northgate baseball team earned their first win of the season when they hosted Cornell in a non-section game this past Monday.

Overcoming a slow start with an outburst on offense, the Flames banged out 12 hits on their way to a 15-7 victory over the Raiders.

Northgate pitcher Matt Dombrowski picked up the win, and Johnny Camello did a masterful job in relief by not allowing a run or giving up a hit over the final three-and-two-thirds innings.

4/19/13

A local municipal manager has been honored for his ability to think outside the box, and to do so with an eye toward intergovernmental cooperation.

Harry Dilmore, who is employed both as the borough manager for Avalon and the township secretary for Kilbuck, received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence during a ceremony in the state capitol building in Harrisburg on Monday.

Dilmore is credited with implementing one of the state’s first successful plans to have two municipalities share managerial and other services, saving both communities tax dollars.

4/19/13

Jane Corcoran Jane C. Riding Corcoran, 95, of Avalon, formerly of Greenfield, died Sunday, April 7, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Jayne R. Ciaramella and her husband Joe; two sisters, Dorothy Roberts and Ruth Smock; her son-in-law, Louis Gilberti; four grandchildren, Nick Ciaramella, Dena Roy and her husband Brooks, Ryan Gilberti and Alyssa Gilberti; and two great-grandchildren, Soloman and Nico. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Gilberti; and siblings.

4/19/13

There will be a handful of primary election contests in the North Boroughs, where voting on May 21 will set the stage for additional decisions in the November general election.

The Allegheny County Elections Division earlier this week released the ballot for the primary election, in which Democrats and Republicans will choose who will represent their parties in November.

The major local decisions to be made in the primary are limited to elected offices in Bellevue, the race for tax collector in Emsworth, and the Northgate School Board.

Northgate School Board

4/19/13

The available traffic lane along North Birmingham Avenue in Avalon has been further restricted as design work to bolster a landslide area is underway.

Borough manager Harry Dilmore told council at its regular meeting Tuesday that traffic cones have been placed in the area to keep vehicles as far as possible from the unstable section of the road. Council may hold a special meeting to approved the design and advertise for bids so that work on the slide can begin immediately.

4/19/13

With North Korea threatening nuclear war and with lawmakers battling over gun legislation, prospects for peace seem to be more elusive than ever. One man, though, in his own quiet way, has not abandoned the quest for a better future, taking his message to the streets as he walks from his home in North Manchester, IN to Elizabethtown in eastern Pennsylvania.

That walker, Bob Gross, stopped in Avalon last Thursday, spending the night with Rick and Jane Miller and family.

4/19/13

In an effort to alert drivers that bikers are in the community, Ben Avon will be placing shared-lane bike markings on the road. Council member Rob Galbraith presented the idea at Tuesday's meeting, explaining that the project would cost $175 for the stencil, plus the paint that would be needed.

The markings will run the length of Church Avenue, from Avalon to Emsworth. Public works foreman Dale Regrut will do the work, which he said would likely take a couple of days.

4/19/13

Avonworth Middle School has been named a 2012-13 “Mix It Up” model school, the only Pittsburgh school to be recognized.

The school is being honored for implementing events all year that encourage students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. The 11th annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” was held October 30. The event, launched by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project in 2002, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Many schools plan similar barrier-busting activities throughout the day.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

With the usual weather related delays to the start of baseball season behind them for now, the Avonworth Antelopes played their home opener last Thursday, when they hosted the Northgate Flames.

Getting a solid pitching performance from freshman Brach Herzig in his debut, the Antelopes notched their first win of the season, downing the Flames 12-6. Herzig surrendered one hit while striking out four and walking four through the first four-and-a-half innings.

4/12/13

The much-debated streetscape design feature known as the “bump-out” is back in the plans for the first phase of Bellevue’s main street revitalization project. Advocates for the feature appealed to Bellevue Council once again at council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, and received permission to add one set of bump-outs to the construction plans.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

After starting the season with three consecutive losses, it seemed as though things were due to change for the Northgate Flames softball team as they hosted Avella this past Tuesday.

The Eagles, who were also winless coming into the game, took advantage of the Flames' struggles on the mound as well as a stagnant offense on their way to a 10-0 victory. “We have a young pitching staff and they're still learning," said first-year coach Jody Harrison.

4/12/13

By JIM RUMBLE

One of the critical things about a winter season that just won't go away is the effect that it may have on sports that start up in the spring. That appears to be the case for the very young Avonworth softball team that is 0-4 and still searching for their first win.

"It has been a very difficult start to the season, as the team has had only one outdoor practice due to the cold and wet weather," said coach Chris Knox.

All of the team's scrimmages and the first two games of the 2013 schedule had to be cancelled.

4/12/13

The Northgate school district’s 2013-14 calendar will have to be revised to accommodate recently announced training requirements for the Keystones to Opportunity program.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla said that at least two or three Act 80 days, during which students are off while staff participates in training, will have to be added to the calendar.

The board is expected to vote on the revised calendar in May.

4/12/13

Lynn Searight Jr. Lynn R. Searight, 83, of the North Side, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Searight; four children, Lee and Tim Searight, Lisa M. Blauch and her husband Victor and Sherri L. Searight-McKinney and her husband Bob, all of Pittsburgh; two siblings, William F. Searight and his wife Virginia and Geraldine M. Searight; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews. Friends were received at McDonald-Linn Funeral Home, Avalon, where a blessing service was held on Friday.

Vernon Connell

4/12/13

The Avonworth School Safety Committee will take on the issue of student pick-ups at the elementary school after addressing a number of safety-related matters in the district’s schools.

4/12/13

Increasing tensions among members of Emsworth Council got in the way of several efforts at Wednesday’s regular council meeting, ultimately erupting in accusations, threats and a failed attempt to unseat council president Paul Getz.

4/5/13

The Bellevue Fire Marshal’s Office would like to remind everyone who enjoys recreational fires in Bellevue that an open burn permit is required to legally burn in the Borough of Bellevue.

For those who have a permanent grill, a permit also is required under this ordinance. Before receiving a permit, an inspection of the open fire, fire pit or permanent grill location is required. This is a free, one-time inspection.

Contact the Bellevue fire marshal at (412)766-7455 to schedule a site inspection.

4/5/13

Bellevue Police are investigating several burglaries and thefts.

Burglaries were reported on Tingley Avenue on March 26, and on Forest Avenue on March 27.

A copper downspout connected to a house on North Howard Avenue was reported stolen March 25.

An Orchard Avenue resident reported March 26 that items had been stolen from a garage and the garage had been damaged sometime since Jan. 5.

Multiple vehicles on South Harrison Avenue were found broken into on March 28.

4/5/13

The fissure at the construction site of the future Avonworth primary center has been plugged.

Officials report that more than 60 cubic yards of concrete and 45 cubic yards of limestone were poured into the hole, which was 18 - 24 inches wide and 48 feet deep. As the fissure was surrounded on both sides by solid rock, the opening posed no long-term complications, they said, however engineers wanted the void filled.

4/5/13

Area firefighters made quick work of extinguishing a fire that had traveled through all floors of a three-story duplex on Grant Avenue in Bellevue about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

4/5/13

By the time Avonworth middle and high school students return to classes next fall, the school library will have been transformed into what the district is calling a “21st Century Collaboration Center.”

A $170,000 grant from the Grable Foundation will allow the district to reconfigure the library space, taking advantage of adjacent office and classroom space to add new opportunities for education.