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McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center
is seeking a Community Liaison.

Part-time professional position. Responsibilities include community outreach, managing membership program, public relations, gift shop management, some administrative duties. Requires some nights/weekends & ability to travel to events within region. Computer & sales experience a must. The Community Liaison works closely with Board of Directors, History/Research staff, and volunteers.

Computer skills required, including Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel. Experience in online sales & web publishing preferred.  Must have excellent communication skills & be creative & attentive to detail. Multi-tasking & problem-solving skills needed. Fundraising experience necessary; familiarity w/museum concepts, practices, procedures a plus. Ability to lift 30 lbs. and climb a ladder. The Heritage Center is a local history museum and research center dedicated to preserving the history of McKeesport and surrounding communities.

Please send resume & cover letter to: McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132 or email

30D 6/13/19-7/13/19

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Health Department: Clairton Works Pollution Equipment Back Online

June 18, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Pollution-control equipment that removes sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide from emissions at U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant is back in operation, the Allegheny County Health Department said late Monday night.

In a prepared statement, a county spokesperson said the department was informed that two control rooms that were damaged by a fire Monday morning were returned to service.

"Accordingly, our inspectors will verify that all systems are back online (Tuesday) morning," the spokesperson said.

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Health Department Gives U.S. Steel 24-Hour Deadline

June 17, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

UPDATED with comments from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The Allegheny County Health Department has given U.S. Steel 24 hours to develop a plan to reduce its emissions at the Clairton Plant.

If the company doesn't present that plan --- and then get pollution levels from the facility under permitted limits within 20 days --- the county will order U.S. Steel to shut down its coke ovens or face fines of $25,000 per violation, per day.

An emergency order signed by Jayme Graham, manager of the county's air quality program, was issued Monday (June 17) after a fire at the Clairton Plant damaged equipment that removes sulfur dioxide from the plant's emissions.

The order questions the effectiveness of U.S. Steel's emergency strategies to reduce emissions following an earlier fire on Dec. 24 that damaged the same pollution-control equipment.

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Emissions Equipment Off-Line After Fire at Clairton Plant

June 17, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant in a 2010 photo by Patrick Cain. (Via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0)

U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant in a 2010 photo by Patrick Cain. (Via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0)

For the second time in six months, a fire has knocked out emissions-control equipment at U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant.

A company spokesman said that a small electrical fire was detected early Monday morning (June 17) in a circuit-breaker panel that delivers power to the byproducts facility at the plant. There were no injuries "and the fire was quickly extinguished," the company said in a prepared statement.

But the blaze knocked out processing equipment that removes sulfur dioxide emissions, the company said.

There are no specific precautions recommended for the public at this time, said Ryan Scarpino, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Health Department.

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Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday With Vogues

June 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Chuck Blasko's Vogues kick off McKeesport's summer concert series at Renziehausen Park with a free show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

All of the concerts are held weather-permitting at the Lions Bandshell in Renzie, adjacent to Eden Park Boulevard. Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Refreshments are available and members of the McKeesport Lions Club will be collecting gently used prescription eyeglasses that are redistributed to people who cannot afford them, a spokeswoman said.

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Opioid Prevention Workshop Rescheduled for July 24

June 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A free community meeting to discuss opioid abuse and prevention has been rescheduled.

The event, which was to be held Thursday, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. July 24 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman said.

The discussion will be led by members of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at the University of Pittsburgh and will include information about treatment and recovery from opioid addiction, as well as a panel discussion and training on the use of naloxone, a drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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Grand Opening Planned Saturday for Renzie Dog Park

June 13, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

City officials will celebrate the grand opening of a new dog park at Renziehausen Park on Saturday with a "leash-cutting" ceremony at 10 a.m.

Vendors with refreshments, dog licensing information and other items also will be available during the celebration scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new facility, located near the Sulphur Springs access road, off Eden Park Boulevard at Palm Street.

The dog park's opening also will coincide with the first day of this summer's Renzie Farmers' Market, located behind No. 2 Fire Station.

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33 Charged as Drug Sweep Touches Mon Valley, East Suburbs

June 12, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

More than 30 people --- many from the Mon Valley --- were rounded up early Wednesday morning by FBI agents and local police and arrested on federal drug charges related to trafficking cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine and firearms.

In a prepared release, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has issued three separate, but related indictments which were unsealed this week.

Brady said that charged by federal prosecutors in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and crack between August 2018 and May of this year are:

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Celebration Will Mark Opening of New Machinist Training Center

June 12, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Workers maneuver a lathe into a new training classroom at the former McKeesport Daily News Building. New Century Careers is holding an open house in the space on Thursday. (Photo special to Tube City Almanac)

Community members and elected officials are being invited to tour a space that will soon be used to train machinists for jobs in manufacturing.

New Century Careers is holding the open house and VIP reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Tube City Center for Business and Innovation, 409 Walnut St. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The Pittsburgh-based non-profit is offering its "quick-train" introduction to manufacturing curriculum in McKeesport for the first time.

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Letters to the Editor: 'Red-Light Cameras' Are a Cash-Grab

June 12, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

James Sikorski Jr. of Luzerne County writes regarding June 4's story, "$344K State Grant Will Fund City-Wide Safety, Traffic Improvements."

Sikorski is "Pennsylvania Advocate" for the "National Motorists Association," which describes itself as a "grassroots alliance of motorists joined together to protect our rights."

It should be noted that versions of this same letter have been sent to other publications around the state:

Sadly, the speed kills myth is alive and well in Pennsylvania. A real 25-state analysis was done of NHTSA data, which showed that 1.6 percent of crashes are caused by excessive speed. Barely above zero, then.

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'Yappy Happy Hour' Benefits White Oak Shelter

June 11, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Above: White Oak Mayor Ina Marton enjoys the company of Luke and Chewie during the Yappy Happy Hour on Friday, which was organized by the White Oak Animal Safe Haven fundraising committee.

The event included puppy-friendly lattes and ice cream treats for humans provided by McFeely's Gourmet Chocolate.

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