School Board Hires Kovach as Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach

August 19, 2018 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

Ending weeks of rumors and speculation, McKeesport firefighter Kevin Kovach has been named the coach of the boys' varsity basketball team at McKeesport Area High School.

The appointment of Kovach, 39, came at Wednesday's school board meeting by a 7-1-1 vote.

“I had some sweaty-palm moments,” Kovach said after the meeting. “I didn’t know anything coming into the meeting today. I don’t know what happened behind closed doors.”
 
Board member Ivan Hampton voted against hiring Kovach, with Steve Kondrosky abstaining. Kovach will be paid an annual salary of $7,100 for the 2018-19 school year, replacing Gerald "Puddin" Grayson, who retired in June.

 
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Rain Didn't Stop Families, Fans from Attending Village

August 18, 2018 |

By Charlotte Hopkins | Posted in: News

Above: Chuck Bray was born and raised in McKeesport and said he's never missed attending International Village. (Charlotte Hopkins photo special to Tube City Almanac)


McKeesport's 59th International Village got off to a rocky start this year due to a string of rain showers on the first day.

The muddy grounds at Renziehausen Park's Stephen Barry Field showed the aftereffects of the storm, but it didn't stop fans of the annual festival from joining in the festivities on days two and three.

The three-day event, which began in 1960, is run completely by volunteers, the majority of which are the array of churches playing tribute to the rich history of ethnic groups in America.

 
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Duquesne to Pursue Ethics Complaints Against Former Councilman, Employees

August 18, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne officials said they will pursue state ethics complaints against a former city manager, a former councilman and a police secretary.

Council voted unanimously this week to file the complaints against Frank Piccolino, John Gyure and Lori Achtzehn.

At council's meeting on Tuesday, Mayor Nickole Nesby alleged that Gyure, a former city councilman, removed playground equipment without authorization, while Nesby accused Achtzehn, a police department secretary who was terminated in March, with misuse of a city computer system to remove a citation.

 
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New Council Members Take Seats in Duquesne

August 17, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Two new council members were sworn in at Tuesday’s Duquesne city council meeting.

Terra Henderson-Murphy (above) and Elaine Washington were sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Scott Schricker after motions were passed unanimously to name them to council.

Additionally, a motion was passed naming Sidney Walker as the city’s new zoning officer.

 
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Church Hosts Flea Market Saturday

August 17, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 220 Eighth Ave. at Market Street, Downtown, will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 18), a spokeswoman said.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit a local animal shelter and the church and refreshments will be available. Tables cost $10.

 

After Near-Fatal Heart Attack, Man Returns to Thank Hospital

August 14, 2018 |

By Charlotte Hopkins | Posted in: News

Paul Glover (third from left) stands with a few of the staff members that oversaw his care at UPMC McKeesport hospital, including Robyn Stawinski; Rani Kumar, emergency department medical director; and David Courson, emergency department unit director. (Charlotte Hopkins photo special to Tube City Almanac)


Paul Glover was watching a basketball game with his girlfriend, Deanna Shannon, and eating Chinese food when he started to experience an uncomfortable feeling in his chest.

He told her he was going to lie down in bed. "No," Shannon said: We're going to the hospital.

Glover was having a heart attack. Moments after he arrived at the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport, his heart stopped. Doctors and nurses had to restart it three times, he said.

On Friday, two months after the incident, Glover came back to the hospital to meet with the doctors, nurses and staff. “I owe you guys my life, I appreciate you from the bottom of my healed heart,” he said.

 
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Rain Dampens Opening Night at 59th International Village

August 14, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

The first night of McKeesport's 59th International Village was a rain-out.

Severe weather forced the cancellation of most of the main stage entertainment, although the Pittsburgh Firefighters Memorial Pipe Band and "American Idol" contestant Aubrey Burchell did perform during an opening ceremony.

Fireworks scheduled for tonight will be presented on Wednesday, instead.

 
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Duquesne Man Dead Following Shooting

August 13, 2018 |

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

A Duquesne man died Monday morning following a shooting inside a bar on Kennedy Avenue.

Donnell Demery, 54, died of gunshot wounds to the torso and left leg, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Duquesne police said they were called to the shooting around midnight on Monday at the 1313 Bar. Officers and paramedics arrived and found the victim, identified as Demery, bleeding badly.

 
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NAACP Presses School Board on Hiring Policies for Basketball Coach

August 13, 2018 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News

The McKeesport NAACP has asked the McKeesport Area School Board to explain specific details of the hiring process in place to select the next head basketball coach. 

Their concerns were raised Wednesday during the public comment portion of the board's monthly meeting. 

Brenda D. Sawyer, McKeesport NAACP president, asked the board to explain the process used to determine which applicant should receive an interview and to describe the specific categories used to make that determination.  

Additionally, Sawyer asked for information on how the interview questions are scored and if the person who is being considered for the position scored more points than the other applicants.

 
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Former Daily News Building to Welcome Tenants in October

August 08, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

The former McKeesport Daily News building at the corner of Walnut Street and Lysle Boulevard will likely welcome its first new tenants in October.

At a meeting Wednesday, council by 6-0 vote awarded a $195,000 contract for renovations to the building to Kucich Construction of McKeesport. Council President Richard Dellapenna Jr. was absent.

Mayor Michael Cherepko said Kucich Construction's was the lowest of two bids received on the renovations, which will be made to the first floor of the building in the former advertising department. That area will be used by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office for training and meetings between prosecutors and police, Cherepko said.

 
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PurePenn CEO: Company Ahead of Schedule, Next Phase Underway

August 07, 2018 |

By Lynne Glover | Posted in: News

Above: Gabe Perlow, CEO of PurePenn, gives an interview to a reporter during a celebration July 24 in McKeesport. (Lynne Glover photo)


You could say that PurePenn is on a roll. The McKeesport-based medical marijuana grower plans to expand its facility by 40 percent and increase its employee count from 26 to 50.

In fact, the company's growth trajectory is ahead of schedule by almost two years, according to CEO Gabe Perlow. Still to come is a $1 million investment that will include an addition of a greenhouse and will allow PurePenn to double its growing space for the "Moxie by PurePenn" brand of medical marijuana extracts.

“The industry has grown much faster than we anticipated,” Perlow said.

 
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Motorcade Will Escort Vietnam Wall Into City

August 06, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Above: The mobile wall on display in Portland, Texas, earlier this year. Photo courtesy Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.)


A three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will arrive in McKeesport on Tuesday afternoon, and the community is being encouraged to welcome it to the city.

A procession of more than 200 motorcycles and emergency vehicles will escort the mobile "Wall That Heals" from Olympia Shopping Center on Walnut Street beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m., circling the city and arriving at Renziehausen Park shortly after 5 p.m.

Then, on Wednesday morning, a crew of 20 to 25 volunteers will meet at Renzie's Jimmy Long Field to begin assembling more than 140 panels into the 375-foot-long wall during what Tim Tetz, director of outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in Arlington, Va., calls "the largest game of 'Tetris' you've ever played."

The wall will open to visitors Wednesday evening, Tetz said, and remain open at Renzie, around the clock, through 11 a.m. Aug. 12. A formal opening, including a special ceremony recognizing 40 local veterans, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a spokesman for state Sen. Jim Brewster.

 
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Dravosburg Plans Birthday Bash for Borough's 115th

August 02, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

"Dravosburgh," as depicted in a portion of an 1877 lithograph by Eli L. Hayes and published by Titus, Simmons and Titus of Philadelphia. Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University.


Dravosburg Borough will celebrate its 115th anniversary with fireworks, a petting zoo, picnic and parade.

Festivities start Aug. 24 at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Twp., followed by the parade and picnic on Aug. 25, said Jan Catalogna of the Dravosburg Community Archives. Doug Baxter serves as the group's president.

"If anyone is looking for some old-fashioned summer fun, then the place to be is Dravosburg, beginning at noon Aug. 25," Catalogna said.

 
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Duquesne Man Shot; Police Seek Suspect

August 02, 2018 |

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

Submitted photo: City of Duquesne Police, via Facebook


Allegheny County and Duquesne police are looking for a suspect in the shooting of a Duquesne man.

In a statement released on Facebook, Duquesne police said officers and paramedics were dispatched at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday to a home at the corner of Edith and Clark streets when callers reported a man in his late 20s who had been shot.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to a trauma hospital, where he was in stable condition, a county police spokesman said. Duquesne police said the victim's wounds are not expected to be fatal.

 
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White Oak, Duquesne Prepare for Community Day Events

August 01, 2018 |

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

(Above: White Oak Community Day will feature a train ride around the grounds. White Oak Recreation Board, via Facebook.)


Residents of Duquesne and White Oak will be celebrating all the great things that make up their communities this Saturday during their annual community day events.

Sponsored by the White Oak Borough and the White Oak Recreation Board, White Oak Community Day will be held at the Heritage Hill Park and Pool Complex.

Duquesne residents are sure to enjoy the 27th annual Duquesne Community Day. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Duquesne Athletic Field on Commonwealth Avenue.

 
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