Mon-Yough Fire Council Plans Monthly Meeting Feb. 27

February 21, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Mon Yough Fire Defence Council will be holding it's regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb 27, a spokesman said. The meeting will be held at Vigilant Hose Co. No. 1, 1800 Romine Ave., Port Vue. All members are encouraged to attend.

The fire defense council represents fire, rescue and EMS companies from Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington and Fayette counties.


Black History Month Program Examines Vietnam Wall's Visit

February 14, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Diane Richard (above right), host of the online series "Let's Talk," and cinematographer Carl Truss will present this Saturday's Black History Month program at McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center.

The program, titled "The Wall That Heals: Bringing Love to Our Valley of Tears," begins at 1 p.m. at the heritage center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. Admission is free for members and $2 for non-members, a spokesperson said.

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Ministerium Slates Annual Lenten Services

February 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area Ministerium will hold Lenten Luncheon services at area churches beginning March 13.

A spokeswoman said all services are non-denominational and begin at 12 noon. Each will include a light lunch following each service.

A free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the meal.

For Christians, Lent is the observance of the 40 days leading to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6.

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City Will Re-Enter Trash Hauling Business in 2020

February 07, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport will begin picking up its own trash again in 2020.

City council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $1.24 million, five-year, lease-purchase agreement with A&H Equipment of Hempfield Twp., Westmoreland County, for six vehicles --- three large trucks, two smaller trucks, and one truck equipped to handle large roll-off dumpsters.

Although called a "lease," McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said the city will own the vehicles outright at the end of 2024. All of the vehicles will be built new, to the city's specifications, he said.

McKeesport once used its own employees to collect refuse, but has been contracting with private haulers since 1982. Cherepko and other city officials have been talking about bringing the service back in-house since 2017.

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Brewster Expands Office Hours, Food Bank Reach

February 05, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

State Sen. Jim Brewster greets residents of McKeesport's Steelview Manor during a holiday party in December 2018. (Photo courtesy state Sen. Jim Brewster)

Brewster announced partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the Westmoreland County Food Bank as he also announced office hours for additional communities in the 45th Senatorial District.

The district stretches from Baldwin and Brentwood in Pittsburgh's South Hills to New Kensington in Westmoreland County.

“We’ve joined with area food banks to expand information availability and develop greater access to food for those in need,” Brewster said.  “Information about the food banks and locations of their services in our district are on our website and staff at my permanent and satellite offices will help facilitate contact.”

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Water Authority Offers Tips for Protecting Pipes During Freeze

January 29, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Cha già José photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.)

With temperatures predicted to drop below 0 in the Mon-Yough area this week, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has issued tips for keeping water pipes from freezing:

Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, so freeze conditions don't burst the faucet or pipe to which the hose is connected

Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas (garages, attics, crawl spaces) before freezing temperatures arrive

Consider installing "heat tape" or "heat cable" on all exposed water lines. Heat tape can be found at hardware and home improvement stores.

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School Canceled, Warnings Issued as Region Prepares for Freeze

January 29, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(The Ohio River froze at Point State Park, Pittsburgh, in January 2014. Photo by Matt Niemi via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0.)

(This story will be updated with new information as it becomes available)

Local school districts are canceling classes and McKeesport is opening a warming shelter as a so-called "polar vortex" swoops into the Mon-Yough area this week.

McKeesport Area, Clairton, East Allegheny and South Allegheny school districts have canceled all classes and school-related activities for students on Wednesday and Thursday, according to spokespersons, while Norwin School District will be closed Wednesday.

Penn State Greater Allegheny also will be closed Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. has issued a wind-chill advisory from 5 a.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters said that with air temperatures dropping to near 0 degrees on Wednesday afternoon, and winds reaching 30 mph, the temperatures will feel like 20 below 0.

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County Controller Seeks Public Comment on UPMC, Highmark Split

January 28, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will hold a public meeting at Carnegie Library of McKeesport to find out how residents are being affected by the upcoming split between UPMC Health System and Highmark.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the library, 1507 Library Ave.

Advance registration is suggested by calling (412) 672-0625.

A spokesman for Wagner said people who cannot attend are invited to submit their stories via the county controller's website.

UPMC has been feuding with Highmark for years. UPMC operates its own health insurance plan in competition with Highmark's Blue Cross and Blue Shield programs, while Highmark is the parent company of the Allegheny Health Network, which includes doctors and hospitals that compete with UPMC's.

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Free Tax Prep Available for Local Seniors

January 25, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Free income tax preparation help will be available for area senior citizens in February and March.

The sessions will be held on Fridays at the McKeesport office of state Rep. Austin Davis, located at 627 Lysle Blvd.

The AARP Tax Aide Program will offer the free assistance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays from Feb. 22 through March 29. Appointments must be made in advance and can be scheduled by calling (412) 664-0035.

Davis said his staff also will be available to help senior citizens with Property Tax or Rent Rebate applications and enroll in any of the state’s programs for which they’re eligible.

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Boil-Water Advisory Cancelled for Port Vue, 10th Ward

January 24, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A "boil-water" advisory for Port Vue and McKeesport's 10th Ward has been lifted.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County announced Thursday morning that the advisory, imposed following a water line break on Tuesday, has been cancelled following two water-quality tests.

The advisory was a precaution and no problems were found, said the authority, adding, "we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience."


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