Donors, Sponsors Needed for International Village Webcast

July 21, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

With less than a month to go until McKeesport's International Village, we're getting ready for our annual video broadcast of events, live from Renziehausen Park.

We would like to raise $1,250. Donations may be tax-deductible as allowed by law. All donors will be acknowledged on our website, in a sign on our booth at International Village, and during the broadcasts.

For the first time, you can now contribute online, securely, using our GoFundMe page. All donations will be tracked and managed by GoFundMe's charitable organization team.

We have already spent $458 to purchase badly needed new equipment.

For $135, we will make a minimum of one 30-second announcement every hour during the broadcast for your group, business or organization, plus we will run an ad on Tube City Online for at least 30 days.

For $250, we will make a minimum of one 60-second announcement every hour to promote your group, business or organization, plus we will run an ad on Tube City Online for at least 60 days.

We'll also promote your group, business or organization on Twitter and Facebook.

Any excess funds raised will go to support Tube City Almanac, the free Tube City Almanac obituaries, Internet radio WMCK.FM and the International Village website, which we maintain at no cost to city taxpayers.

Thank you so much for your support!


Nominations Open for New Directors

July 19, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc., the non-profit publisher of The Tube City Almanac and operator of WMCK.FM radio, is accepting applications from people interested in serving on its board of directors for 2019-2020.

Applications will be considered at the board's next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 4, and should be received by Aug. 1.

Nominees should be at least 18 years old, be able to pass a background check, and live within a nine-mile radius of McKeesport. Most importantly, they should have a sincere interest in local, non-profit media and in promoting the McKeesport area via the Internet, radio and other means.

Previous experience in college or professional radio; at a college or professional newspaper; or on another non-profit board is not necessary, but is helpful.

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Road Work Planned in Elizabeth Twp.

July 19, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Repairs begin next week to two important thoroughfares in Elizabeth Twp. --- Lovedale Road and Rock Run Road --- and crews are urging motorists to be cautious and prepare for delays.

A spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said workers will begin replacing a bridge on Lovedale Road at 7 a.m. Monday, which will force the road to be closed between Mill Hill Road and Scott Street.

The bridge is being replaced under a $1.45 million contract with Mele & Mele & Sons, Inc., of Swissvale, which also will be repaving the approaches to the bridge. The work is expected to conclude in November, the PennDOT spokesman said.

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On A Bicycle Built For Two

July 12, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Chase Clements of Pittsburgh takes a break recently along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail in Downtown McKeesport with his latest creation, a bicycle with a special compartment for his dog, Sonny.

Built about two months ago, Clements said it's the 10th such bike that he's constructed from spare parts.

Clements and a friend, Leia Tomer, were out for a ride on the trail when rain forced them to pause near the War Memorial at the end of Market Street.

(Tube City Almanac photo)


Fireworks at Renzie Follow Zoot Island July 4th Concert

July 04, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Courtesy Dr. Zoot and Zoot Island)

Zoot Island party will perform at Renziehausen Park at 7 p.m. tonight, with fireworks to follow for Independence Day.

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said this week the fireworks will be set off at around 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.

"Obviously, we'll keep an eye on the sky," he said.

McKeesport police will be out in full force to monitor traffic and crowd safety, Cherepko said.

The concert is sponsored by the McKeesport Lions Club, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the city of McKeesport and Mayor Michael Cherepko. Admission is free but attendees should bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

Zoot Island performs a mix of summertime favorites, including Jimmy Buffett tunes, classic rock and oldies, sing-a-long hits and beach party tunes.


Exhibit Uses Woodland Hills' Experience to Examine U.S. School Segregation

June 28, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Podcast

It's been 65 years since the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision that forbid public schools from being segregated along racial lines.

Yet according to several national studies, U.S. schools are now more racially segregated now than at any time since the 1980s.

Last week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talked to Katie Fuller, one of the curators of an exhibit currently at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, now through July 21. "Race and Revolution: Still Separate, Still Unequal" looks at school segregation in the northeastern United States --- including in the Mon Valley at Woodland Hills School District.

You can listen here.

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" airs Sundays at 8 a.m. on WEDO (810), 9:30 a.m. on The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel & WZUM (101.1/1550), 3 p.m. on WMCK.FM Internet radio, and as a free podcast whenever you like from our website at


Parishes Announce Summer Festival at St. Angela Site

June 28, 2019 |

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

(Photo courtesy St. Angela Merici Church via Facebook)

The four-parish grouping of St. Angela Merici, Corpus Christi, St. Patrick and St. Robert Bellarmine will hold its combined Summer Family Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. July 11, 12 and 13, a spokeswoman said.

The event will be held on the grounds of St. Angela Merici, 1640 Fawcett Ave, White Oak and include a flea market, super basket raffle, Kids’ Kingdom, card games, money wheels, midway games, bake sale, bingo and other activities.

The raffle will include a $2,000 first prize, a $1,000 second prize, or a $500 third prize with the purchase of a $2 ticket, the spokeswoman said.

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Chamber Hosts Economic Development Lunchtime Talk

June 25, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Lauren Byrne Connelly, assistant director for business innovation and technology in the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, will be the featured speaker during a "lunch and learn" session July 11 hosted by Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce.

Connelly will talk about small business and minority and women-owned business loans offered by the county.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the IMS Room of Allegheny Intermediate Unit, 475 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead. The cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.

Registration is required and lunch will be provided, a spokesman said.

For more information or to register, call (412) 678-2450 or visit the website.


Health Department: Clairton Works Pollution Equipment Back Online

June 18, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Pollution-control equipment that removes sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide from emissions at U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant is back in operation, the Allegheny County Health Department said late Monday night.

In a prepared statement, a county spokesperson said the department was informed that two control rooms that were damaged by a fire Monday morning were returned to service.

"Accordingly, our inspectors will verify that all systems are back online (Tuesday) morning," the spokesperson said.

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Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday With Vogues

June 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Chuck Blasko's Vogues kick off McKeesport's summer concert series at Renziehausen Park with a free show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

All of the concerts are held weather-permitting at the Lions Bandshell in Renzie, adjacent to Eden Park Boulevard. Visitors should bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Refreshments are available and members of the McKeesport Lions Club will be collecting gently used prescription eyeglasses that are redistributed to people who cannot afford them, a spokeswoman said.

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