'Fleatique' at Heritage Center Oct. 3-4

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The volunteers of the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will be hosting a "Fall Fleatique" flea market fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, a spokeswoman said.

They will also have an appraiser on hand Oct. 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring an antique item and have it appraised at a cost of $5 per item.

The fundraiser is at the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the website.


SA Slates Homecoming Festivities Oct. 2

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

South Allegheny High School will celebrate homecoming on Oct. 2 with a parade, beginning at 6 p.m. at Seventh Street and Monongahela Avenue in Glassport, a spokesperson said.

The parade will continue to Glassport Memorial Stadium, were the homecoming king and queen will be crowned during a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Gladiators will face Keystone Oaks at 7 p.m. in the homecoming football game.

Nominees for Homecoming King are Danny Bowling, Noah Elder, Tywuan Igles, Falco Muscante and Noah Stoker.

Nominees for Homecoming Queen are Amber Brownfield, Jenee Ewing, Madi Lotz, Nikki Ruhl and Gabbie Williams.

A portion of Monongahela Avenue will be closed from 5:30 to 6:30 to permit the parade.


Liberty Boro VFD Holds Fall Festival Saturday

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department will hold its third annual fall festival tomorrow (Sept. 26) from 4 to 11 p.m. with carnival games, pumpkin painting, hay rides, a live band, a bonfire, a pig roast and food and drink concessions, a spokesman said.

Free flu vaccine shots will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the fire department's website or find them on Facebook. The fire department is located at 900 Haslage St., not far from South Allegheny High School.

In addition, the fire department is currently accepting applications for vendors and crafters for its Oct. 10 craft show. Visit the website for more information.


Church Plans Fundraiser, Prayer Breakfast

September 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Bethlehem Baptist Church's Missionary Ministry will hold its annual prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Georgetowne Center, 528 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills, a spokeswoman said.

The theme of the breakfast is, "We have no excuse," and the guest speaker is the Rev. Pamela D. Spears of the Greater Light Fellowship AME Zion Church in Dallas, Ga.

The annual fundraising event benefits the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, as well as local community programs supported by Bethlehem's Missionary Ministry.

The cost of the breakfast is $35. To purchase a ticket or get more information, call (412) 664-7272.


Two Gifts Boost Penn State Jazz Fundraiser

September 16, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Penn State Greater Allegheny has received premier sponsorships from two local organizations for the 12th annual All That's Jazz Scholarship Benefit, to be held Nov. 7.

A $7,500 gift from Gala Jewelers along with the Rotary Club of White Oak's $10,000 will be added, with all of the other monies raised at the event, to the scholarship fund on campus. The total raised in the past 11 years is more than $825,000.

"Penn State Greater Allegheny is a valuable resource for the community and we are happy to support it," Chuck Gala, owner of Gala Jewelers, said, adding, "I am also a proud father of a Penn State graduate."

The scholarships benefit so many students each year. One of them is Kelly Hinerman from McKeesport, president of the Student Government Association.  She loves animals and is interested in pursuing a degree in wildlife and fisheries. Hinerman says that receiving a scholarship has been empowering and humbling.

"For a student, to be singled out from a crowd, chosen to do great things, propelled forward by the donor's trust, and to feel the faith behind the gift is truly amazing," Hinerman said. "One day, I want to give back the gift that's been given to me."

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Round Hill Road Closed Through Late November

September 15, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Round Hill Road in Elizabeth Twp. will be closed until late November to replace a small bridge, the Allegheny County Public Works Department has announced.

The existing structure, known as Douglas Run Bridge No. 10, will be replaced with a reinforced concrete pipe, a spokesman said.

The bridge is located one half-mile east of the intersection of Round Hill Road and state Route 48.

The detour route includes Route 48, Peairs Road and Simpson Howell Road. The $450,000 project is being completed by Pugliano Construction of Plum Borough.


New Effort Focuses on Improving Health in Mon Valley

September 14, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Allegheny County Health Department has been awarded a $150,000 two-year grant from the Jefferson Foundation to launch the Live Well Allegheny Mon Valley Initiative. 

The funding will aid the ACHD and its partners to increase the number of people in the Mon Valley with access to smoke-free and tobacco-free environments, access to healthy food and beverage options, and access to physical activity opportunities.

"We are so excited to be able to work with partners in the Mon Valley to address disparities in chronic disease outcomes," said health department director Dr. Karen Hacker. "The Jefferson Foundation is providing us with the resources but our partners are the real drivers of this collaboration."

The municipalities of the Mon Valley were greatly impacted by the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970s. Despite proximity to Pittsburgh, the communities of the Mon Valley have a disproportionate burden of chronic disease --- including cancer, heart disease, obesity and smoking --- compared to the county as a whole.

Many of Allegheny County’s neediest residents, about 64,000, live in the municipalities of the Monongahela River Valley, particularly in communities with the highest poverty rates.

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White Oak Authors Remember 'Old Versailles Twp.'

September 11, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History, Podcast

White Oak Park

(White Oak Park photo courtesy Allegheny County Parks Foundation)

The communities that now include White Oak, East McKeesport, North Versailles Twp., Wilmerding, Wall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles and much of McKeesport were part of one large township until the 1800s.

"Versailles Twp." was one of seven original communities created when Allegheny County was formed in 1788, and stretched from the mouth of Turtle Creek, down the south bank of the Monongahela River to the Youghiogheny River.

Over the years, though, as white settlers moved into the region and established towns and industries, communities were carved away from Versailles Twp., beginning with the "borough" (not city) of McKeesport in 1842 and continuing until 1948, when the remaining seven square miles of Versailles Twp. became White Oak Borough.

Local authors (and brothers) Frank Kordalski Jr. and Mike Kordalski have written a book called Old Versailles Township. They were our guests last week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes." We asked them how they became interested in the subject, and about some of the colorful events and places that shaped more than 200 years of history.

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" airs at 8:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810) and at 8 a.m. Sundays on WZUM (1550), and is also available as a free podcast from Stitcher and iTunes.

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ADVERTISEMENT: Support for "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" comes in part from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation. Since 1976, the foundation has addressed key concerns that affect our good health, as well as our education, social needs, recreation, and safety and security. The foundation partners with UPMC McKeesport and other agencies to eliminate barriers to all services for all residents of the Mon Valley. Visit www.mckhospitalfoundation.com, or call (412) 664-2590.


New Aldi Sets Grand Opening Sept. 24

September 11, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Aldi's McKeesport location will open to the public on Sept. 24, a spokeswoman said.

The new supermarket at the corner of Eden Park Boulevard and Walnut Street in Christy Park is part of a wave of stores being opened by the German-based discount chain as it reportedly plans to go head-to-head with Wal-Mart and other U.S. retailing giants.

The Consumerist website reported today that Aldi is in the middle of "a large-scale expansion" that it hopes will "make it a dominant player in the U.S."

Citing reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere, the Consumerist says Aldi intends to become a major competitor to U.S. chains including Kroger, Safeway and SuperValu. SuperValu supplies Pittsburgh-area Shop'n Saves.

McKeesport's Aldi will be located in a building constructed in 2012 by the now-defunct Bottom Dollar Foods chain.

A subsidiary of a German company, Aldi purchased more than 30 Pennsylvania and New Jersey locations from Bottom Dollar when that chain was closed by its parent company at the beginning of 2015.

Aldi is also renovating a former Bottom Dollar market in Homestead and will re-open it as an Aldi as well.

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NHT Police Set Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

September 10, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

North Huntingdon Twp. police will accept unused or expired prescription drugs for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Sep. 12), a spokesperson said.

No needles can be accepted.

The take-back program is at the police station, 11279 Center Highway. For more information, call (724) 863-8800.


Route 88 to Close for Repairs Near Finleyville

September 10, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A section of state Route 88 will be closed between Ginger Hill Road and Patterson Road beginning Sept. 21 and continuing through late October, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

The closure will be in place to allow crews to remove and replace a retaining wall that has failed between Route 88 and Froman Run.

The posted detour uses Route 837 and Finleyville-Elrama Road. The contractor on this $522,500 project is Allison Park Contracting, the spokesman said.


District Proposes Safety Improvements in Wake of Student's Death

September 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Local, school and state officials will make several changes to the intersection of O'Neil Boulevard and Eden Park Boulevard after a student died there last week while trying to cross the street.

The changes will include posting crossing guards, putting railings along the sidewalks to discourage students from jaywalking, staggering school bus departures to improve visibility, and additional safety education for students, said Kristen Davis, spokeswoman for McKeesport Area School District.

Deonte Cobbs, 15, was struck by a school bus on the afternoon of Sept. 3 as he crossed Eden Park Boulevard near the high school and middle school campus. He died at UPMC McKeesport hospital of his injuries.

District resident Kelly Sickels has created an online fundraiser to collect money to defray the cost of a funeral. The GoFundMe page had collected almost $2,000 as of Wednesday night.

Cobbs was hit not far from where one of his classmates, 14-year-old Alyson Higdon, was struck and killed in March 2014 when she stepped into the path of a truck.

The two deaths in less than two years spurred parents to stage a vigil and a protest. Over the past few school days, parents and grandparents have volunteered to help students cross the street safely.

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Sept. 22 Rock Concert Will Benefit City's Auberle

September 03, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Thirteen Pittsburgh-area musicians and WDVE morning show host Randy Baumann will donate their talent and time on Sept. 22 at a rock concert to benefit McKeesport-based Auberle.

The 11th annual Voices Carry concert at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue with live music until 10:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored in part by Huntington Bank.

Performers scheduled to appear include Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Chris Higbee, Melinda Collaizzi, Tony Janflone Jr., Sandy Dowe, Scott Blasey of The Clarks and others.

"Voices Carry is our largest event of the year and it's been one of the most exciting events in the city for the last 11 years," Auberle CEO John Lydon said.

"We are grateful that Pittsburgh's finest musicians and Randy Baumann donate their time each year to raise awareness about the work that Auberle does. It's a fun opportunity to celebrate with our supporters and introduce new people to Auberle."

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