'Hand'-y PSGA Students Learn Engineering, Provide Helping Hands

January 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Editor's Note: This story was written by Linda Curinga, manager of marketing and communications at Penn State Greater Allegheny.)

Students in an engineering design class at Penn State Greater Allegheny learned about 3-D printing technology as well as the challenges faced by people who need assistive devices when they participated in a contest to design and make their own prosthetic hands.

The students, who were taking instructor Alandra Kahl's Introduction to Engineering Design class during the fall semester, participated in the nationwide challenge put on by the E-Nable Project and the Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge.

“It’s always a plus when students can find a way to help others in the community while learning and expanding their knowledge base," Kahl says. "This project helped students to learn and hone basic design skills, and will, hopefully, be able to make it easier for children to perform daily tasks."

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Citizens Honored for Embracing Respect, Hope, Dignity, Love

January 23, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko and city council this month honored another group of local residents for living the "McKeesport Message" of "Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love."

Biographies of the winners, written by Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, follow.

Living the Message awards are intended to showcase these individuals and give the community an opportunity to share its good news. Awards are given quarterly.

Using 250 words or fewer, describe how the individual of your choice embodies one of the four words.

For more information, contact the mayor’s office at (412) 675-5020, ext. 605. Nominations can be mailed to Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, City of McKeesport, 500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132, or emailed to jen.vertullo@mckeesport-pa.gov

The deadline for the next round of nominations is Feb. 15.

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Police Log: Jan. 19, 2017

January 19, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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West Mifflin Teacher Honored by State VFW Leaders

January 18, 2017 |

By Mike Mauer | Posted in: Announcements

A Mon Valley educator with more than two decades of experience has been named by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Pennsylvania as the VFW "Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year."

Melissa L. Fulmer, an English teacher at West Mifflin Area High School, earned the VFW's top honor for encouraging dozens of her students to participate in the VOD program over the last two years.   

She will receive a VOD plaque on Saturday at the organization’s Mid-Winter Conference banquet held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Green Tree.

“I am honored to be acknowledged for encouraging students to voice their opinions and am proud of them for doing so in a respectful and meaningful manner,” Fulmer said.

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Pittsburgh Man Charged in Century Square Gun Theft

January 18, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 19-year-old man from Pittsburgh's Knoxville section has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he stole five rifles and ammunition from a West Mifflin sporting goods store.

Marquis Trammel, 19, is charged with stealing firearms from a licensed dealer and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song in Pittsburgh.

He also faces charged from West Mifflin police in connection with the Dec. 20 incident at Dunham's Discount Sports in Century Square shopping center off Lebanon Church Road.

According to Allegheny County court records, borough police arrested Trammel on Dec. 22 and burglary, five counts of theft by unlawful taking, unlawful possession of a firearm, criminal mischief, conspiracy and carrying a firearm without a license.

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Dura-Bond to Re-Open Former U.S. Steel Pipe Mill in McKeesport

January 12, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Photo above: Dura-Bond pipe manufacturing operations near Harrisburg. Dominion Gas Co. photo via YouTube.)

McKeesport's claim to be the "Tube City" appears to be alive again.

Westmoreland County-based Dura-Bond Industries, which operates pipe-coating operations in Liberty Borough and Duquesne, announced today that it is leasing and will re-open U.S. Steel's former McKeesport Tubular Operations plant, also known as the electric resistance weld mill.

The McKeesport mill is the second pipe-manufacturing operation to be re-opened by Dura-Bond, which also owns a former Bethlehem Steel pipe mill in Steelton, near Harrisburg.

Terms of the purchase were not released. The ERW mill in McKeesport is the last remaining vestige of McKeesport's National Tube Works, which once employed more than 7,000 people.

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