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Author: Judy Pastor

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This podcast features the people, businesses, and events of the North Boroughs of Pittsburgh, PA (Bellevue, Avalon, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Emsworth, Kilbuck and Ohio Townships).
64 Episodes
Judy talks with Tracy Ferguson, Dan Simkins, and Lynn Evans of the Avonworth Historical Society about future plans. Long-time President Tracy will hand over the reigns to Dan. As plans for the new headquarters at 7119 Church Avenue move forward, we share memories of the former Elste’s Market, a centerpiece of Ben Avon life for many years.Avonworth Historical Society7119 Church AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15202Email -
Hear about all the happenings this Summer in Bellevue, including the Big Bellevue Yard Sale, which will be held Saturday, June 22, from 9-3. Over 50 yard sales in the Borough of Bellevue and other activities, too. Historical Society Lecture, June 11, 7 pm, Anchor and Anvil Coffee Bar, Ben AvonTV and Movies in the Pittsburgh area
Hannah Dearborn, Director of the CTP Spring Play, talks to us about this unique performance. Hear about this free event at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon.Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pmFriday, April 19, 7:30 pmSaturday, April 20, 2:00 pmCommunity Theatre Players website:
Avonworth Alumni - ever wonder what is going on with the old shop building on Church Avenue? It is now home to Christopher’s Kitchen, an organization that provides meals to family and caretakers of children in the hospital. Learn more about this hard working group and it’s founder, Joni D’Alessandro.
Susann Schneider talks with Mark Lee of LAMP about the services they provide to help people (including many in the North Boros) access books and other reading materials when it is difficult for them to do so. A lot is going on with this project - Mark and Susann spell it all out. project is made possible in part by Library Services for the Visually Impaired and Disabled funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonw...
Guest host, Susann Schneider, talks with Chris Skerlong about the many services provided by the Salvation Army right here in the Boros. Learn more about the organization behind the bell ringers and what happens to the coins in the kettle. Salvation Army - North Boroughs Worship and Service Center podcast episode with Tylar Melfi
This episode gives an informal list of holiday events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you.Some event links:Avon Club Ben Avon Holiday House Tour Craft Show and Cookie Walk Band Craft Show Music Note of Ben Avonhttps://m....
Today we talk with Frances Halley from Community Theatre Players about their latest production, “That’s The Spirit”. In addition to Community Theatre, Fran is an instructor at LaRoche’s “Adventure in Lifelong Learning Program” and she gives us a preview of her upcoming class.Community Theatre Players Website:www.bactp.comThat’s The Spirit - Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14 and Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21, all shows start at 7:30 PM Where? Community Presbyte...
Today we talk with Alisa Mehlo and Ken Azzarello, both of Bellevue, about the Bayne Library and its interesting history.“Spooky” Tours of Bayne Library - Friday, September 22, 7, 8, and 9 pm.Tickets:
Today we talk with Michele Carville about this year’s Fall Festival, presented by the Avon Club, in Ben Avon. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 4 pm. Food, vendors, music, games for kids - fun for all ages.Website:www.theavonclub.orgAvonworth Historical
In honor of Betty Haughin’s 100th birthday, we reprise the episode where she tells us what it was like to chronicle life in the North Boros for 43 years. Betty is still writing emails to many folks of the Boros to this day. If you would like to send a greeting, her address is700 S. Green Lane #305Zelienople, PA. 16063Special Thanks to Mark Sciaruto for his music about Pennsylvania!
Peyton interviews Coach Lucas about the upcoming Northgate Flames Football season. Learn more about this steadily improving team.If someone from Avonworth would like to do a similar review on the podcast, please contact Judy Pastor at
Today we talk with Peyton Celesti who was on the very first North Boros Beat episode in 2019. Peyton catches us up on his high school activities and paints a picture of life at Northgate. He also shares his future plans. Join us for a lively discussion.Pirates vs CubsAugust 25, 2023, 7:05 pmPNC Park
Lynn Tennant Heffley, second grade teacher at Bellevue Elementary, discusses the Photo Mural project. This gigantic array of photos features student life in the building throughout its history as a high school and as an elementary school. We also talk about the transition from the Bellevue School District to the merger of Avalon and Bellevue to form the current Northgate District. Enjoy the memories these photos bring!
Today we talk with Faon Conley of Avalon about her cat rescue, Save Our Strays. Many lucky cats and kitties have found their forever homes through Faon’s work. Learn more about this non profit cat rescue on this episode.Website: Faon:faonconley@gmail.comMerlin Bird Identification App:
Today, we talk with Jennifer Bett of the Community Theatre Players (CTP) about their latest production, “One Stoplight Town”. This unique play portrays a small close knit town, similar to our own North Boroughs. Find out more about this FREE production (donations accepted), held at Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon, 7501 Church Avenue (please use side entrance). Dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 27-29. Doors open at 7: the play begins at 7:30.&nbs...
Today we talk with AHS’s Foreign Exchange Student, Lucy Ha, and Andy Theobald from her host family. Lucy is from South Korea and has quickly jumped into life here in Pittsburgh.
Hear all about Light Up Night in Bellevue and Avalon on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 5-9 pm. We talk with Becky Smolens Startzenbach and Paul Morack, planners for the event. More information: Pages
Today we talk with Kim McMillan, owner of Cats N’At, a cat boutique, cafe, petting room, and rescue in Wexford. Similar in concept to Mayim Bialak’s cat cafe on Fox’s “Call Me Cat”, Cats N’At provides cat lovers and cat curious folks alike a chance to enjoy some adorable kitties. Kim tells us how it started and the success they have had placing cats in their forever homes. www.catspgh.comFacebookCats N’AtInstagram@catspgh
This episode has been “crowdsourced” from Facebook and NextDoor posts. Judy compiles the collective memories of the Bellevue 5 and 10, especially in the 1960s and 70s. And she reviews what has happened to the building in the years since the store’s 1982 closing.Facebook Page - North Boros Beat PodcastPost-Gazette Articles