Area Schools to Mark Veterans' Day With Tributes

October 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Two local high schools have announced plans to honor area veterans in November.

McKeesport Area High School will host a reception, concert and multimedia presentation at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the auditorium, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. The McKeesport Area High School orchestra, band and choir will perform and the public --- in addition to all area veterans and military personnel --- is invited to attend.

Light refreshments will be served following the event.

From 12 noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, West Mifflin Area High School, 91 Commonwealth Ave., will host a free lunch for veterans, sponsored by teachers and administrators. Lunch includes pasta, chicken, salad, dessert and a beverage. Reservations are requested no later than Nov. 4.

For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Oreste (Otis) DiCerbo or Maj. Scott Harbula at (412) 896-0789, or email


Local Churches Post Italianfest, Election and Thanksgiving Events

October 23, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 336 East 10th Ave., Homestead, will hold an Italianfest from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The event includes a pasta dinner with vegetables, tiramisu or cannoli, and a beverage, and live music will be provided during the event by Kevin Solecki. Items will be for sale and a raffle also will be held.

Doors open at 4:30 and a $25 donation is requested. To make a reservation or get more information, call (412) 461-5920 or (412) 835-2887.

West Side United Methodist Church, 307 Atlantic Ave., 10th Ward, will hold an election day bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8, a spokesperson said. In addition, the kitchen will be open. The church is wheelchair accessible.

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church will hold a Thanksgiving community luncheon beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 17, a spokesperson said. All are welcome.

A prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. and a lunch of hot turkey, stuffing, gravy, vegetables, salad and dessert will be served at 1:30. The cost is $15 and reservations are requested by Nov. 3. The event is at the Port Vue worship site, 1125 Romine Ave. For more information, call (412) 678-6275.


New Penn State Mom Discovers Family History at Nearby Center

October 19, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

(Conflict of Interest Warning: See note at the end of this story.)

While newly minted college freshman Jonathan Doonan attended orientation at Penn State Greater Allegheny, his mom, Michelle Doonan, went off on a tour of the nearby McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

He was discovering classes, academic programs, clubs and sports teams available at the local Penn State campus. She was discovering a piece of her family history.

By chance, Michelle Doonan met a woman --- Pat Begandy, a volunteer tour guide at the center --- whose husband had served with her own grandfather during World War II.

“I couldn’t believe it! It was a wonderful coincidence that I would happen to meet this woman at the center, and she knew of my grandfather,” Doonan said.

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Yukon CFU Indoor Picnic on Oct. 23

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Food, fellowship, good music and dancing are on tap at the Yukon Croatian Club on Oct. 23 as CFU Lodge 432, 109 Union St., Yukon welcomes Stari Prijatelji to its indoor picnic.

The band will play from 2 to 6 p.m. The club opens at 12:30 p.m., so come early to visit with friends and to enjoy a lunch of ethnic foods. Those who pre-ordered lamb from Mike Mezick may pick it up beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The club is just off exit 53 on I-70. For more information, call (724) 722-4100.


'Toy Bash' Will Benefit Dravosburg Firefighters

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A "toy bash" will be held Nov. 12 at the McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., to benefit Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, a spokeswoman said.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the drawings begin at 3.

Events will include a 50/50 drawing, a Chinese auction and a "pick of the table." Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the fire hall, 598 Ravine St, Dravosburg, or call (412) 466-2405.


Christy Park UMC Slates October Events

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Christy Park United Methodist Church has slated events for the last week of October, including a pancake breakfast, a cooking class for kids, and a "trunk-or-treat" event on Halloween.

"Kid's Kitchen" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, corner of 29th and Beale streets, McKeesport, a spokeswoman said. If your child likes to bake, come to the church for an evening of fun.

A pancake breakfast and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Oct. 29.

"Trunk or Treat" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and children of "all ages" are welcome to participate. There will be hot chocolate, candy, hot dogs and "maybe even a trick or two." There is no charge for the event but children should be accompanied by a grown-up.

For more information about the church, call (412) 678-3110, or visit them on Facebook.


City Seeks Funds for New Intersection at Long Run, Walnut

October 14, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

McKeesport officials are asking for state funding to reconstruct the heavily traveled intersection of state routes 48 and 148.

Meanwhile, the nearby neighborhood is about to have another new tenant: A new O'Reilly Auto Parts store is likely to be built at the former site of Chick's Grill.

City council in September approved a request to the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Multimodal Transportation Fund for a grant of $334,000 to improve the traffic flow and add signals to the intersection where Walnut Street meets Long Run Road.

"Anyone who travels those roads knows it's tough to get out of there," McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "This is a chance to redesign the entire intersection."

New signals and turning lanes also would speed the opening of a partially completed shopping center that's been under construction along the west side of Walnut Street for nearly a decade.

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Mayor Honors Recipients for Upholding 'McKeesport Message'

October 14, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko presents a citation to youth leader Helene Phelps of the McKeesport Black Berets for upholding the value of "Respect." (Tube City Almanac photo)

Four people were honored this month by McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko for upholding the city's message of "Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love."

Citations were presented at the Oct. 5 city council meeting to Helene Phelps, Janet Kulis and Jason Togyer. The fourth recipient, Arlen Harper, was unable to be present at the meeting. Biographies of the winners, written by Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, follow.

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Braddock Man Indicted for Bank Robberies

October 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Police News

A 34-year-old Braddock man was indicted by a federal grand jury this week in connection with two bank robberies.

Wallace Banks was arrested Aug. 19 by Pittsburgh police and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond pending formal arraignment.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton said prosecutors allege that Banks robbed a WesBanco Bank branch on Pittsburgh's North Side on Aug. 15, and that he then robbed a Huntington Bank branch on Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh the following day.

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HS Students Invited to Local Penn State Campus This Saturday

October 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

High school juniors and seniors who are curious about attending college are invited to visit Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 15).

The Penn State Day Fall Open House offers information to high school students considering admission to Penn State.

In addition, students who apply during the open house for admission to the Greater Allegheny Campus for either summer or fall 2017 semester will have their application fee waived, a spokeswoman said.

Students’ families are welcome to attend as well. Visitors will take a tour of the campus and learn about student life, hear from recent alumni about their Penn State experience.

“I made some of the most incredible friendships here and have had such a positive experience both in the classroom and in the residence hall," said Dion Harris, a 2008 alumnus who will be one of the featured speakers on Saturday.

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