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Highmark Exec to Deliver Remarks at Penn State Commencement

December 13, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Fred Ramos, via LinkedIn)

Thirty-five students will graduate from Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus when the university celebrates its Fall 2018 commencement.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Wunderley Gymnasium on the McKeesport Campus, said Zack Rosen, a campus spokesman. Twenty-nine students are expected to process in the ceremony, he said.

Fred Ramos (above), senior vice president of corporate communications for Highmark Health, will deliver the commencement address. Ramos is a graduate of Northern Illinois University who joined Highmark in 2016.

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'Crushing It in the Mon Valley'? Well....

December 11, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

I was pleasantly surprised today to read an editorial in Print, a newspaper serving the East End of Pittsburgh, praising Tube City Almanac for its efforts to cover the Mon-Yough area.

We're grateful for their kind words --- but we're especially grateful for your support over the past three years. Thank you.

According to them, we're "crushing it." I'm not so sure about that. In my opinion, there is a lot of room for improvement in 2019, and many things that need to be done that we're simply not able to get to.

But all of us are doing the very best we can, with very limited resources. And we hope to do even more in 2019.

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Chorale Plans Christmas Concert Sunday in White Oak

December 11, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The Mon Yough Chorale will proudly present its annual Christmas concert, "A Chorale Christmas," at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak.

Tickets are $8 and available at the door, a spokeswoman said. A cookie reception will follow.

The chorale (formerly the Mon Yough Community Singers) also will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 13) at Monroeville Mall on the Lower Level, near Dick's Sporting Goods.

For more information about the chorale, any of its upcoming concerts, or to learn how to join, visit the chorale's website.


McKeesport Train Club Kicks Off Holiday Open House

December 09, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Jeri and Mark McGrail of North Huntingdon Twp. were among visitors to the McKeesport Model Railroad Club's annual holiday train show and open house. The show continues weekends through Dec. 30. (Photo by Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)

McKeesport Model Railroad Club began its annual open house and holiday train show this weekend, and Vickie Babyak caught up with some of the visitors.

Located at 2209 Walnut St. in Christy Park, the club's 2,200-square-foot model railroad depicts fictionalized scenes of Western Pennsylvania. The permanent layout is built in HO scale, about 1/87th of actual size or roughly half the size of larger Lionel-style trains.

The club, founded in 1950, also had an exhibit this year at the NRG Santa Spectacular in downtown Pittsburgh. More than 2,500 visitors viewed a portable layout depicting McKeesport's former Port Authority transportation center, including a model of the "PATrain."

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Speaker Praises NAMI Crisis Intervention Program

December 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The National Alliance on Mental Illness' Crisis Intervention Team program is a valuable resource for anyone who needs to de-escalate a situation, a speaker told NAMI's McKeesport chapter at its November monthly meeting.

David Pack, a sergeant in the Penn State University police at Greater Allegheny Campus, told NAMI members that the 40-hour training program had helped him "in every aspect of his career."

According to Anna Lisa Haughwout, president of the McKeesport NAMI chapter, Pack said NAMI's CIT training is a resource not just for de-escalating situations involving people with mental health issues, but in all crisis situations.

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Brisk December Weather Greets Festival of Trees Crowd

December 07, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Symphanique and her mom (not shown) Shalawrae Shogan of McKeesport visit with Santa Claus during the opening on Thursday night of McKeesport's 33rd annual Festival of Trees. (All photos: Vickie Babyak, special to Tube City Almanac)

With blustery weather designed to put dreams of a snowy Christmas into everyone's bones, McKeesport's 33rd annual Festival of Trees opened Thursday at Jacob Woll Pavilion.

The annual celebration of the holidays --- and of the creativity of more than 90 local groups and churches who have created hand-decorated ornaments for their Christmas trees --- is open from 12 noon to 9 p.m., now through Monday.

Admission is $2 for adults. Children age 12 and under are admitted free with one canned good for a needy family.

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Christy Park Resident, 6, Helps Light City Christmas Tree

December 06, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Above, Peyton Estochin, 6, of Christy Park helps McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko press the button to light the city's Christmas tree in Kennedy Park, Downtown, on Wednesday night.

Estochin, a student at Praise Christian Academy in North Versailles Twp., opened a sweet tea stand in her neighborhood in August and raised $700 to support the McKeesport police K-9 unit, which includes four canines and their handler/officers.

Estochin has hopes of being a police officer and K-9 handler some day.

(Photos special to Tube City Almanac)


Port Vue Plans Light-Up Night, Carol Sing on Friday

December 04, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue will hold its Christmas parade and light-up night on Friday, a borough spokesperson announced.

The event was originally scheduled for Dec. 1 but was rescheduled due to rainy weather.

The parade will line up at 5:45 p.m. at the parking lot of American Legion Post 447, corner of Romine Avenue and  Gumbert Street. Santa Claus will arrive via Vigilant Hose Co. fire truck at 6 p.m. and the parade will proceed down to Port Vue Municipal Fields, next to the municipal building.

Lighting of the borough holiday tree and Christmas caroling will then be held at the pavilion at the park.


Leaf Collection Available for City Residents

November 28, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The snow may be flying, but the leaves are still dropping, leaving (you see what we did there?) a Tube City Almanac reader to wonder what he should do with them.

A spokeswoman says McKeesport residents who have leaves that need to be picked up may call the city's public works department at (412) 675-5020, ext. 631, to arrange a collection.

The leaves should be in piles along the curb --- or the edge of the property --- to be swept up. Leaves can also be placed in bags for pick up.

No other debris or trash should be mixed in with the leaves, including branches. However, branches can be picked up separately.

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City NAACP Slates Holiday Party Dec. 8

November 27, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Unit of the NAACP will hold its annual holiday party from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Common Ground Building (former YWCA), 410 Ninth Ave., a spokeswoman said. For more information, email


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