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The traditional opening celebrations of summer in the North Boroughs were held this past week to sweltering temps and big crowds. There was free swimming and lunch at Bellevue’s July 4th picnic, while Community Day on June 30 at Avalon Field featured fireworks, food trucks and the National Guard climbing wall. Upcoming community events include the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce annual Sidewalk Sales, July 20-21, which this year will feature an artist market and an art and wine crawl.

The Avonworth dugout emptied to greet Ryan Felter after his two-run walk-off home run that guaranteed the Antelopes a shot at the WPIAL District 7 title.

The annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival managed to get hours of entertainment in before the storms hit last Saturday.In addition to music, vendors, raffles, food and a pie-eating contest, the festival also included this classic car show. The event is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and Avalon Borough.

A portion of Camp Horne Road in Ohio Township was closed to traffic Tuesday morning after a truck hauling a dumpster full of scarp metal lost its load on the curve just beyond the Josephs Lane intersection. Photo by Jim Rumble for The Citizen

What would an Easter party for kids be without eggs and bunnies, not to mention candy and crafts. Children who visited Avalon last Saturday got all of the above, and more. Pictured here, Grace and Laila Tuffiash of Avalon meet one of the rabbits visiting from Animal Friends.

Northgate School District’s annual “Arts Odyssey” held last Friday at the middle-senior high school brought together students from every grade level, along with parents and community residents, all enjoying an evening of activities that ranged from viewing the art to taking in a preview of this year’s spring musical, “Cinderella.”

The artwork was displayed throughout the entrance hallways, as well as in the art room and in the cafeteria where cabinets, tables and other projects showed off students’ skills in wood shop classes.

Cast members representing Avonworth’s and Northgate’s upcoming spring musicals treated an overflow audience to previews of their shows last Saturday at the Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless Township.

West Riverview Avenue in Bellevue once again is open to vehicle traffic, supported by a new retaining wall that replaces the structure that collapsed several years ago.

For the second year, area students will display their original works at the John A. Hermann Memorial Art Museum, located at 318 Lincoln Ave. Bellevue PA. The show will open for visitors this evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

Participants will represent Bellevue, Avalon, and Assumption elementary schools, as well as Northgate Middle/High School.

Originally scheduled for last Friday evening, the opening was delayed a week because of the extreme temperatures and because the schools had been closed for the day.

The Avalon Police Department has a sergeant for the first time in several decades. Five-year veteran patrol officer Chris Brown, pictured here with Mayor Tom Lloyd, was approved for the promotion at the council meeting on Tuesday.

It must be Christmastime in Avalon if Deacon -- The Citizen’s official newspaper dog -- is allowed out in public to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. As Avalon NOW hosted an afternoon of vendors, crafts, treats and more, Deacon turned in his Christmas wish list and met up with some of his favorite people, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (left) and Avalon Mayor Brigitte Jackson (right).

Volunteers with Bonafide Bellevue, part of the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr) welcomed shoppers to “Small Business Saturday” in Bellevue last week. The annual event, created by American Express, encourages consumers to follow their “Black Friday” shopping with purchases at small, local businesses the next day. Pictured from left, volunteers Cindy West, Jean Dennison, Kathy Coder and Samantha Post greeted shoppers with snacks, “Shop Small” tote bags and information on participating businesses.

Avonworth High School principal Keera Dwulit, in uniform at left, joins a group of seniors following the Veterans Day ceremony held last Friday.

Cross country runners from Northgate and from Avonworth high schools registered impressive times at state competition held in Hershey last weekend.Competing in Class A, Northgate’s Megan Wisniewski placed 13th overall, with a 19:53 time. And with a 22:00 time, her sister, Kayley, placed 108, overall. Jonas Jason, a senior,pPosted a 17:30 time to finish 37th, overall.

The weather was a bit damp for those who came out for the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade through Avalon and Bellevue. That didn’t bother this group of pirates, however, or the many other kids, adults and dogs who joined the festivities, which were followed by a Fall Festival in Bayne Park and treats for all.

The Avonworth High School Homecoming Court, pictured above, featured, from left: Alaina Giovengo, Grace Eberhart, Savannah Grandovic, Jennifer Morris (Homecoming Queen 2017), Bethany Kujawinski, Abigail Crilley, and Kemmer Ifft.

Northgate Homecoming Court, 2017: (from left) Jenna Gobrecht, Jennifer Miller, Princess Cierra Tadda, Markie Kamdar and Julia Geeting. Markie was crowned by last year’s queen, Lauren Wanat (pictured at far right), during halftime ceremonies in the Northgate-Monessen football game played at J. C. Stone Field last Friday.

A crew of dirty but happy volunteers were among those who took to the streets of Bellevue last Saturday to “Improve the “Vue,” a project of the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr). Volunteers spruced up a number of public and private property areas, including the Lincoln Avenue bump-outs and planted areas.

Bellevue Borough wrapped up its months-long celebration of the founding of the borough on Sept. 7, 1867, with an old-fashioned community gathering last Saturday. Formal proclamations honoring the sesquicentennial were presented by representatives of local, county, state and federal governments.Pictured here, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl delivers the state houseproclamation. Behind him are Avalon Mayor Brigitte Jackson, state Sen.

Although not competing in the same section this year, the Northgate Flames and the Avonworth Antelopes took to the field in a pre-season scrimmage last Saturday afternoon. Both teams kicked off their regular seasons Friday night, with both scoring wins.

OT firefighters prepare for their 69th annual parade, where they were joined by at least 25 neighboring fire companies.Atop the vintage truck are driver Jerry Reichart, and future firefighters, Bobby, Will, and Henry Huffmyer, with Tyler Scherling; middle row, from left: Bob Huffmyer, Mike Delucia, Rob Penfield, Tom Heinsberg, Justin Klingenberg, Rob Wible, Mike Metz, Russ Huffmyer, Joe Nicholas, A. J. Verduce; front row: Dave Huffmyer, Rich Sadler, Scott Penfield.

Nothing says summer like celebrating the 4th of July, which is exactly what happened in Bellevue last Tuesday. The borough offered free admission at the Memorial Park swimming pool a free picnic lunch of hotdogs, watermelon and more, all served by borough officials, employees and volunteers.

The Bellevue Farmers Market opened Wednesday to large crowds and an expanded offering of vendors. In addition to produce and prepared foods, shoppers could visit the booths of artists and crafters while enjoying music, yoga, skateboarding and an imflatable for the children. Organized by some Bellevue moms, the event is sponsored by the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr). The market will be open in Bayne Park every Wednesday through the fall, 3-7 p.m. Bellevue sponsors free movies and concerts in the park afterwards.