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Students at Bellevue Elementary School once again took part in the accelerated reading program directed by teacher Lynn Tennant Heffley, which awards points to students for the books that they read during the year, and rewards those who read the most.Pictured at right are the top readers at Bellevue Elementary by grade and school-wide: front row -- Anna Jean Patalano, fifth grade; Ellie Johnston, third grade; Emma Gratner, second grade; Owen Rollins, kindergarten; back row -- Caiden Klein, fourth grade; Henry Trevisan, third place school-wide; Molly Heeter, fourth place school-wide; Rebecca Be

North Boroughs residents gathered Monday to honor the many area residents who have died while serving their country as members of the U.S. military.

The Avonworth American Legion held its annual parade through Emsworth and Ben Avon, led by a military color guard and featuring old military vehicles in addition to the Avonworth High School marching band, local officials and organizations.

A pie eating contest was just one of the attractions at the annual Avalon Apple Blossom Festival held last Saturday along California Avenue. Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church and the Borough of Avalon, the festival also featured food, crafts, vendors, entertainment, games and a car cruise.

Tropical rainforest snakes found a friend in Bellevue lasst week during one of three presentations in the Northgate School District by the nonprofit group Understanding Wildlife. Students andf adults learned the critical role the rainforests play in the overall health of the planet, and how they can help preserve these vital habitats.

Avonworth-Northgate track team runner Hunter Robinson won all three sprints at the Butler Invitational, with times that put her at the top of the times in both the WPIAL and the state.

Avonworth-Northgate track coach Brian Veshio will be the first to admit that at last week’s Butler Invitational, “As a whole, the team didn't fare as well as it did last year, when the girls’ team was runners-up and the boys took home some medals.”

But one bright spot made up for any disappointments.

Both the boys’ and the girls’ Avonworth-Northgate track teams had sort of a “toss-up” meet this past Tuesday, both beating Rochester, but both losing to Southside Beaver, making the teams section runners-up. Pictured from left are Dan Brown, Ray Mangone, Alex Goeden and Kyros Thorpe, following their first-place finish with a 46.3 time in the 4 x 1. In other events, Thorpe took first place in the 100 with an 11.3 time and first in the 200 with 23.2 time. Also, Brown ran 11.9 in the 100 and 17.9 in the 110 high hurdles, both personal records for him..

Children throughout the North Boroughs celebrated with their own Easter tradition, the egg hunt. Pictured here, Avalon's municipal parking lot became a treasure field of eggs for the annual hunt, which also included crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny, on Saturday, April 8. Emsworth held its annual egg hunt on Saturday, April 15.

The North Boroughs YMCA kicked off its 2017 annual fund-raising campaign with a beach party Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bellevue. Those attending enjoyed beach-themed refreshments, games, crafts and entertainment. Pictured above are some of those who put together the event: seated, Tim Maloney; front row (left to right, Carol Craige, Shannon Thieroff, Alicia Passerin,Pat Drogowski, Deron Sferra; back row (left to right), Ron Coder, Bruce Berringer, David Meese, Jacob Singerling.

Three Avonworth High School seniors have received Avon Club Foundation scholarships, the winners selected from essays that explained their involvement in promoting civic participation in the advancement of their community.

Essays by the winning writers -- Abby Foster, Sophia Thompson and Anastasia Wagner -- reflect the focus of the Avon Club, which was established during World War II when club members met to aid the war effort by rolling bandages, knitting sweaters and keeping correspondence with the soldiers. Today, the club pursues projects devoted to the betterment of the community.

Avonworth School District's superintendent is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.The University of Pittsburgh's Tri-State Area School Study Council has honored Tom Ralston -- pictured above with middle school students Cooper Groll, Olivia Perry, Natalie Grillo and Jackson Southern -- for leadership contributions to the school district, community, and/or educational research or publications. Ralston will be honored at Tri-State's 69th annual banquet on March 9 at the Edgewood Country Club.

Northgate students, from left, Nate O'Mara, Paul Baldauff, Alec Likens, Hailey McClain and Michael Thomas work on projects that will be displayed at the Arts Odyssey on March 3. The district will present the annual event celebrating the arts at the middle/senior high school from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Middle/high school art instructor Lory Farrow said that all students who participate in any creative arts electives, K-12, are involved. Working with Farrow is elementary art instructor Kelly Sorce.

Avonworth’s and Northgate’s spring musicals were featured last weekend, along with cast members representing nine northern Pittsburgh high schools, all who gathered at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park as a fund-raiser supporting North Hills Community Outreach programs. Each school presented one selection from their school shows.

Introduced by Anders Ove, who performs in Avonworth’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Lucas McDonald sang “If I Can’t Love Her,” and Northgate presented “Everywhere That You Are” from “James and the Giant Peach.”

Five Avonworth High School seniors signed letters of intent to attend colleges and universities, Avonworth High School senior athletes recently accepted offers from area colleges and universities and signed letters of intent. Pictured here from left are Whitney Brown, Addy Helffrich, Emily Paszkiewicz, Nathan Slenska, Elaina Tkaczenko.

Whitney Brown, a six-year volleyball stand-out, will attend Robert Morris University, where she will major in pre-medicine.Whitney is the daughter of Jason Brown and Kim Gourley of Ben Avon Heights,

Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Avonworth’s library is receiving a donation of books in recognition of the school board members.

In Pennsylvania, January is School Board Recognition Month. At the Jan. 16 meeting , representatives of both the Avonworth elementary and middle school student councils presented specially-selected books for donation to the library in honor of the dedication and hard work the members of the school board contribute to the district.

AVONWORTH’S Darius Simmons hits a shot from the lane early in the second quarter against Carlynton last Friday. The Antelopes went on to defeat the Cougars 50-44 in the section contest. The win was followed by a victory over Freedom on Tuesday.

Avalon's annual Apple Blossom Festival took place last Saturday, attracting many area residents who enjoyed the beautiful weather, shopping among the vendors, the massive basket auction, a car cruise and entertainment.

Avonworth-Northgate track team senior Kenny Baurle finishes first in the 100-yard dash, with a time of 11.2 seconds. The home opener for the track and field team saw victories over Aliquippa and Eden Christian for both the boys' and the girls' teams. Speaking of Baurle's finish, Coach Brian Veshio said, "Kenny's time is better than where he was at this time last year. His 51.0 in the 400 on Tuesday is more impressive, as we worked out hard on Monday and it is still very early in the season."

An enthusiastic group of Cub Scouts finished the work required to earn a badge Wednesday evening by planting a dogwood tree at the Bellevue Dog Woods off-leash dog park in Memorial Park. Scouts who worked to plant the tree include Ian Jackson, Christian Madsen, Bralen Klein, Emmett Watson, Patrick Heflin, Joshua Bandi, Zachary Fleckenstein and Savian Baptiste, pictured above with Pack 257 leader Derek Jackson.

Three young women recently received scholarships from the Avon Club. Winners of the two Avon Club Foundation scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each are Lauren Robinet and Monica Yang. Lauren plans to study marine biology at the University of Alabama, and Monica plans to study pharmacy and/or physical therapy, either at Duquesne University or at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lauren is the daughter of Jane Ellen and Yves Robinet, and Monica is the daughter of Jackie Chun.

In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, student groups from the Avonworth School District once again purchased books to be donated to the library in honor of the board. Pictured above from left are: front row -- Ryan Ehmann, Peyton Faulkner, Sophie Guest, Mary Gannon; middle row -- Vicki Carlson, Kirstin Thompson, student council advisor Jeff Dzubinski, Kate Monti; back row -- Jeff Carraway, Beau Blauser, David Oberdick, John Brandt, Patrick Stewart.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

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After a nailbiter loss on Nov. 7 -- the only goal being the one scored by Seton-La Salle in overtime -- the Avonworth boys' soccer team nonetheless still had another goal to look forward to. The loss denied them the WPIAL championship title, but there was still state competition, with the first round against Mercyhurt Prep in Erie on Nov. 10. That game unfortunately ended in a 5-0 loss for the Antelopes, but established a new level of competition for the soccer team.