Seats Available for State Capital Holiday Tour With Kortz

November 22, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Seats are still available for the annual Harrisburg holiday bus tour sponsored by state Rep. Bill Kortz.

A spokeswoman said the tour, which includes the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol Building, leaves at 6:45 a.m. Dec. 4 from the parking lot of the former Macy's (Kaufmann's) at Century III Mall and is designed to give local constituents a chance to see the Christmas decorations.

The cost of the trip is $35 and all seats are first come, first served. Seats are not secured until payment is made.

Lunch is included in the price of the ticket.

For more information, call Sherry Butler at (412) 466-1940.

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Mobile Food Pantry Posts Schedule Changes

November 22, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The mobile food pantries at Beulah Park United Methodist Church and Christy Park United Methodist Church will shift their schedules for December, January and February, a spokeswoman said.

Beginning in December, the mobile food pantries will only visit on the third Thursday of each month, Dec. 21, Jan. 18 and Feb. 15.

In March 2018, the food pantries will resume visits on the first and third Thursdays of the month, beginning March 1.

Times will remain the same for all months, the spokeswoman added --- 11:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. at Beulah Park and 1 to 2 p.m. at Christy Park.


Mon River Lions Host 'Frozen'-Themed Pancake Breakfast

November 21, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Kids of all ages are invited to a pancake breakfast themed around the Disney movie "Frozen."

The Mon River Fleet Lions Club will hold its "Frozen" Winter Wonderland breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Dec. 2 at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park, a spokesman said.

Entertainment begins promptly at 10 a.m. with an hour-long show featuring the Ice Queen, Ice Princess and their snowman friend Olaf.

The breakfast will include pancakes (including siliver-dollar pancakes for small children) and sausages, beverages and a topping bar. Waffles also will be available for adults, the spokesman said.

Children also will be invited to make Christmas crafts.

Tickets are $3 for children age 3 and under, $4 for children ages 4 to 10, and $8 for adults and children 11 and up. For more information, call (412) 398-1256.

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Ministerium Offers Prayers for City During Thanksgiving Service

November 21, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Clergy and residents gather in a prayer circle Sunday afternoon during the McKeesport Area Ministerium's annual Thanksgiving prayer service.

The Rev. William B. Meekins Jr. of the United Methodist Church's McKeesport Charge Shared Ministry gave the message, "Giving Thanks," during the service at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Downtown.

Mimi Bandola Langer and Cheryl Myers Cotter were honored with the ministerium's Community Servant Awards for sharing local news stories on their Facebook pages, McKeesport and Neighboring Communities Newswatch and All Things McKeesport.

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Parade Lineup Announced for City's Salute to Santa

November 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac file photo by John Barna)

More than 60 parade units are scheduled to participate on Saturday morning when McKeesport's 53rd annual Salute to Santa gets underway on Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

Events begin at 11 a.m. at the McKees Point Marina and the parade proceeds up Fifth Avenue to McKeesport City Hall, 500 Fifth Ave. at Ringgold Street. The reviewing stand will be located near the intersection of Fifth and Walnut.

Last year's princess and queen, Caleah Wright and Dalana Gebis, will escort this year's princess candidates,  Mackenzie MacDonald of White Oak Athletic Association and Cassie Ward of Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, and queen candidates, Cassie Ward, Grace Shelly, Madeline Hawkins and Cheyenne Burns, all of McKeesport Area High School.

  • The parade will be broadcast over the Internet on Tube City Almanac's Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Weather permitting, a live video stream also will be provided on the Tube City Online Facebook page.

The lineup also will include fire units from Clairton, Dravosburg, East McKeesport, Liberty, North Versailles Twp. and Port Vue, as well as McKeesport, as well as the McKeesport Area High School and Serra Catholic High School bands.

Following the parade, Santa Claus will meet and greet children during a luncheon at the Palisades, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street.

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Residents Urged to Pitch In During America Recycles Day

November 15, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Above: Seasonal public works employees Myselo King, left, and Austin Fagan and load recycle bins for delivery to McKeesport residents. Bins are available in 95-gallon and 32-gallon sizes by contacting the City of McKeesport’s Public Works Department at 412-675-5020, ext. 631. (Submitted photo by Jennifer Vertullo, City of McKeesport.)

On "America Recycles Day," McKeesport officials are asking residents to do their part and boost the city’s recycling program.

With the help of a $216,934 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the city has purchased more than 4,000 new recycling bins, as well as a leaf collection machine. The city matched about 10 percent of the program's cost.

Every item recycled reduces the amount of trash hauled to a landfill, which is environmentally responsible and also reduces the city's trash-collection costs, Mayor Mike Cherepko said.

“This is a great opportunity to teach McKeesport residents about the value of recycling from both budgetary and environmental perspectives,” Cherepko said.

For several years, McKeesport has offered single stream recycling, which allows paper, cardboard, most kinds of plastics (numbers 1 through 7), glass bottles, and aluminum and bi-metal cans to be mixed into the same recycling bin or bag.

But the last bins purchased by the city were smaller, meaning residents had to purchase their own larger bins or use bags.

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Christmas Season Kicks Off Saturday in Mon-Yough Area

November 14, 2017 |

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

The countdown to Christmas has begun and Mon Valley communities --- including McKeesport, White Oak and Duquesne --- are getting ready.

Events begin Saturday (Nov. 18) with McKeesport's 53rd annual Salute to Santa Parade and White Oak's Season of Lights Celebration.

  • Editor's Note: Weather permitting, our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, will broadcast the Salute to Santa Parade beginning at 11 a.m.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line Fifth Avenue to collect candy while watching local bands, emergency vehicles, businesses, nonprofit organizations and student groups parade up the street from McKees Point Marina to City Hall.

Lineup for parade units begins at 10 a.m. at the Palisades, Fifth Avenue at Water Street, with the parade kicking off promptly at 11 a.m.

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Lovedale Road Delays Likely in Lincoln, Elizabeth Twp.

November 13, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Traffic delays are likely this week as crews from Golden Triangle Construction replace waterlines on Lovedale Road in Lincoln Borough and Elizabeth Twp., a spokesperson has announced.

Single-lane alternating traffic will occur on Lovedale Road weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between McKeesport Road and Mill Hill Road, said a district spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation. The restrictions are likely through Dec. 15, weather permitting.

Motorists should use caution when driving through the area, the PennDOT spokesperson said.


Veterans Day Events Planned in City

November 10, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Two services will be held in the city on Saturday in honor of Veterans Day, spokespersons said.

At 11 a.m., veterans groups will gather at Memorial Park on Lysle Boulevard at Market Street for a ceremony recognizing local residents who served in the armed forces.

At 12 noon, the LaRosa Boys and Girls Club, 901 Ravine St., will hold its 51st annual Veterans Day Program.

Master of Ceremonies will be Walt Yager, assisted by City Administrator Tom Maglicco and Councilman Jim Barry.

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City's Carnegie Library Schedules November Events

November 09, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Lee Paxton photo via Wikimedia Commons. Used under GNU Free Documentation License.)

A discussion with a local author, a driving refresher course for senior citizens, craft parties and movies are on the schedule at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., a spokeswoman has announced.

Local Author: Craig Stephan, author of "Riding On Empty," will discuss the process of writing and getting his book published at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The book, released in 2010, is Stephan's chronicle of a cross-country motorcycle trip he took with his wife on their honeymoon, set against the story of his mother's fight against cancer. The event is free and open to the public, but is recommended for adults age 18 and up. Registration is recommended.

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