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09.24.17

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.

09.17.17

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.

07.30.17

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.

07.07.17

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.

07.01.17

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.

06.16.17

Four days of celebration marked the 150th anniversary of the decision by Bellevue’s founding fathers to apply for incorporation of the new borough in 1867. The application came just after the soon-to-be town gained the necessary number of citizens -- 300 -- achieved by the birth of a baby.

06.12.17

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

06.04.17

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.

05.20.17

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.

05.13.17

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.

04.17.17

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.

04.09.17

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.

03.11.17

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.

02.25.17

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.

02.13.17

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.”

01.23.17

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.

05.15.16

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.

04.03.16

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.

03.20.16

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.

01.23.16

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

11.22.15

Home for the Holidays is a special section filled with articles and ideas for your upcoming holidays. Click on the link below to view the entire section.

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11.06.15

Liv Holloway of Emsworth was one of dozens of children who paraded throughout the North Boroughs last Saturday as communities celebrated Halloween. Liv won the prize for most original and scariest in the 10-12 year olds category of the Emsworth parade.

10.26.15

Avonworth High School celebrated homecoming last Friday at the highly-anticipated Avonworth - North Catholic football game. Members of the 2015 homecoming court are, from left, Natalie Simmons, Alexandra Kirsch, Lauren Robinet, 2015 queen Emma Gustic, 2014 queen Caitlyn Miller, Abigail Oberdick and Brianna Knepper.

10.02.15

Northgate High School celebrated homecoming with the crowning of a new queen, Gina Ungarino. Denzie White was the runner up.

Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen