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Scientist: Heat Waves in Pa. Getting Hotter, Longer

June 20, 2024 |

By Danielle M. Smith - Public News Service | Posted in: Announcements

A smoggy haze covered McKeesport after wildfires swept parts of Canada, spreading smoke over much of the northeast United States. A climate scientist said freak weather events such as forest fires, severe thunderstorms and heat waves are becoming more common in Pennsylvania due to climate change. (Tube City Almanac file photo)

Summer officially arrives today, and a climate scientist is warning that future heat waves in Pennsylvania will be longer and hotter than the current one affecting much of the Mid-Atlantic region.

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. has issued an excessive heat watch for Pennsylvania, including parts of east-central Ohio and the northern panhandle of West Virginia, through Saturday. The heat index is expected to reach 100 to 104 degrees every day this week.

Fiona Lo, climate scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, said climate change has increased and will continue to increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including heat waves in Pennsylvania.

“In the future, we’ll expect heat waves will likely be hotter, last longer and occur more often. And this will happen in Pennsylvania and all over the U.S. and likely over the globe,” Lo said. “This summer is predicted to be warmer than normal for Pennsylvania, and this is due to the shifting weather patterns from climate change.”

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Route 48 Restrictions in Boston Through Friday

June 19, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

​Traffic will be restricted on Route 48 in Boston this week as crews begin work to replace a wall.

A single, alternating lane of traffic will be maintained as crews work in the area between West Smithfield Street and Finney Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said. Crews from A. Liberoni, Inc will conduct the work.

Additional work will begin June 24 to replace a deteriorated block wall in the area. More information will be provided before that roadway closure begins.


Applications for Mail-In Ballots Being Accepted

June 13, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Applications for absentee and mail-in ballots for the upcoming Nov. 5 election are now available, an Allegheny County spokesperson announced.

Voters across the state can access and complete the applications for mail-in and absentee ballots.

The county Elections Division said it encourages all eligible voters who have not already applied to use the online application process to ensure timely receipt of their ballots. Voters should apply early to avoid any potential delays, the spokesperson added.

In addition to electing a president, voters will be selecting a U.S. senator, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and State Senate.

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‘Hoops’ Mini-Camps Return Across County

June 13, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Allegheny County photo)

The “Hometown Hoops” program will return to area parks and playgrounds — including Wilmerding and McKeesport — this summer.

The Allegheny County Parks Department has announced the return Hometown Hoops Mini-Camp for ages 9 to 18, beginning June 24 and continuing through Aug. 9 in 10 communities.

The 29 basketball mini-camps are free and take place 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, at the designated locations. A free box lunch will be provided at 12 noon each day by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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Mon-Yough Chamber Slates Golf Outing

June 12, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Butler’s Golf Course)

The Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Golf Classic on Sept. 16, a spokesperson said.

The event at Butler’s Golf Course, 800 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth Twp., begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The competiton begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

A dinner reception at Rock Run Inn will follow the day’s events. Registration is now open at the chamber’s website.

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City’s 60th Good Neighbor Day Set Wednesday

June 12, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

File photo: 2021 Good Neighbor Day (Vickie Babyak photo for Tube City Almanac)

More than 70 vendors, community groups and public service agencies will gather on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today as McKeesport celebrates its 60th annual Good Neighbor Day.

The event will stretch from Market to Locust streets and include games, a bounce house, inflatables, a playground area, and a petting zoo near the intersection of Fifth and Market, said a spokesperson for McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. said that conditions should be ideal for Wednesday’s event, with little to no chance of rain, mild winds and temperatures ranging from 78 to 81 degrees during midday.

The Mon River Fleet Lions Club will be passing out freeze pops, water, and chips, while McKeesport Fire Department will have snow cones.

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UPMC McKeesport Slates 4th Community Day

June 07, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPMC McKeesport is joining with the city’s faith-based “Call to Action” community health team to host the fourth annual McKeesport Community Day on from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (June 8) on Market Street at Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

McKeesport Community Day will be a “free, joy-filled day” for the whole family, featuring the Bill Henry Band, health screenings, children’s activities, raffles, giveaways, food and refreshments and more, said Sarah Diest, UPMC spokeswoman.

UPMC McKeesport aims to promote health awareness and healthier lifestyles through free health screenings, health education, and access to local resources, she said.

“UPMC McKeesport’s goal is to foster connection within the community, while sharing how important it is to prioritize your health,” said Kari Bedillion, vice president of operations for UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport. “We are looking forward to celebrating the community of people we are thankful to care for.”

The event is being made possible thanks to the support of UPMC McKeesport, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, UPMC McKeesport Medical Executive Committee, UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Western Behavioral Health, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Beulah Park United Methodist Church, Sister to Sister Outreach Ministries and Zion Baptist Church.

For more information, call (412) 664-6774.


Dress for Success Plans Library Event

June 05, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Dress for Success Pittsburgh via Facebook)

Dress for Success Pittsburgh will hold an event from 1 to 3 p.m. June 17 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman said.

The non-profit group provides business-ready clothing, shoes and accessories for women and female-identified persons who are applying for jobs and need wardrobe items to attend employment interviews.

Attendees can also receive personal care items, connections to interview and resume support, and other assistance.

Registration in advance is suggested by calling (412) 672-0625 or visiting the library’s website.


NAMI McKeesport Schedules June Meeting

May 29, 2024 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport support group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 5 in Room 122 of the Frable Building, Penn State Greater Allegheny, a spokeswoman said.

The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

A “care and share” session will be held. This opportunity offers understanding and support unique to those who are affected by mental health conditions of loved ones, the spokeswoman said.

For more information about the McKeesport meeting, call (412) 527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline, call (412) 366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Fundraiser June 7 Benefits Penn State Scholarships

May 29, 2024 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Brandon Short, center, and his wife Mahreen, right, with their late daughter Karli, left, outside the library at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport. Brandon Short is a Penn State alumnus and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. Karli Short was murdered in 2021. Her ex-boyfriend is awaiting trial on charges connected to her death. (Submitted photo courtesy Short family, all rights reserved)

Friends and family of Karli Short will hold a fundraiser June 7 to raise money for the scholarship fund in her name at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport — and for additional scholarships which will soon be extended to students at the University Park campus.

The third-annual Karli Short Better Tomorrow Scholarship Fund dinner will be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets are available online and start at $225.

Short, 26, a personal care worker who also had a catering business, was found dead outside her Christy Park home on Sept. 13, 2021. She was approximately four months pregnant at the time.

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