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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.


Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen


Four Bellevue Police officers were honored at the Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday for their efforts to save two Dollar General employees and apprehend a robber.


Emsworth's Gibson Street Bridge project is nearing completion.

At the June meeting of Emsworth Council, Dan Lenz, chairman of infrastructure projects, said that a guide rail still needs to be erected. If the custom-designed guide rail is not finished, a temporary guide rail will be put up, he said.

After a guide rail is in place, Beech Construction will remove the temporary bridge, including about two feet of abutment on each side, Lenz said.


The Avonworth boys’ basketball team is proving itself to be the one to beat, as the Antelopes are in first place in their section, and taking out their opponents right and left as the season hits the midpoint. Pictured at left, Eric Gallupe (No. 31, red) is unstoppable during the team’s visit to Northgate Tuesday night.


Avalon Council gained some new members and new officers at its reorganization meeting Monday evening.

Taking the oath of office were new members Lee Nelson, William Pascale and Ryan Neal, who were joined by re-elected members Tom Lloyd and John Vetterly, and tax collector Ed Klicker. Pictured above being sworn in by solicitor Megan Ott are, from left, Neal, Nelson, Vetterly, Pascale, Lloyd and Ed Klicker.


New Bellevue director of administrative services Ron Borczyk, pictured above at center with council president Linda Woshner and vice president Jim Viscusi, is quickly settling in to his new job with the borough. Borczyk, who comes to Bellevue after working as the borough manager in Springdale, has a background in accounting and human resources in the private sector, as well as municipal government experience.


Avalon Police Chief Tom Kokoski (right) welcomes the borough’s newest full-time police officer. Chris Brown, who has been working as a part-time officer in Avalon for a couple years, was hired at Tuesday’s Avalon Council meeting in a unanimous vote. Brown is a former Marine who served in Iraq.


And you think you get a headache trimming your Christmas tree? A crew decorating the Bellevue Christmas tree Wednesday afternoon ran into a slight problem when the evergreen decided to topple over. The tree was soon upright, however, and firmly attached to the former Central Methodist Church building on Lincoln Avenue. Donated by WPAHS, the tree was the centerpiece of festivities sponsored by the North Suburban Chamber of Commerce Friday night.


Visitors to Bellevue’s business district have seen a dramatic transformation take place over the last few weeks, as the Central Methodist Church building is prepared to house a private event venue. The property has been purchased by Amos Harp Jr. of the North Side, better known as Professor Amos, whose cleaning products are featured on the Home Shopping Network. Once renovations and restoration are complete, the building will be used for weddings and banquets.


Big rigs used to be able to travel through the North Boroughs without too many concerns, due to the lack of a police officer certified in tractor-trailer inspections and safety. That is no longer the case. Avalon Police Officer Sean Khirley set up shop on Route 65 Wednesday, putting into practice the training he has received recently in an effort to make the highways safer and possibly even prevent some road damage in the borough.


Avalon officials showed their appreciation this week for two police officers injured during the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer earlier this year. Working in plainclothes along with Police Chief Tom Kokoski, Officers Sean Khirley and Walt Johnson pursued the fleeing suspect through a 20-foot jump and over a fence, finally nabbing him and recovering a quantity of suspected heroin. Both officers and the suspect were hospitalized after the chase. While Khirley has returned to duty, Johnson remains off-duty with a leg injury.


For the first time since March, the Borough of Bellevue has a director of administrative services on the job in the borough hall. Former Crafton manager Doug Sample began work Monday. The position has remained vacant since Connie Flasher resigned last spring.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.