Casino Night March 2 Will Support Port Vue Dog Park

January 07, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Above: Kenneth Schroder and Mike Diehl work on pillars for a sign at Cindy's Memorial Bark Park, currently being completed in Port Vue. (Photo courtesy Cindy's Memorial Bark Park via Facebook.)

Volunteers will hold a "casino night" on March 2 to support operation of a dog park being constructed in Port Vue, a spokeswoman said.

"Wild, Wild Woof" will be held at the Glassport American Legion, 417 Monongahela Ave., said Holly Turkovic, one of the organizers. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will include card games, raffles, a silent auction, a buffet supper, beer, door prizes and music by "D.J. Dale."

Proceeds will benefit Cindy's Memorial Bark Park, which is nearing completion on 3.5 acres of land off of Portsmouth Drive in the borough.

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LifeSpan Campaign Distributed Holiday Cookies to 709 Seniors

January 07, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Approximately 700 Mon Valley area seniors had a sweeter December after volunteers baked more than 6,300 holiday cookies --- 525 dozen --- to be distributed along with Meals on Wheels.

LifeSpan, a non-profit agency based in Homestead that serves seniors throughout the Mon Valley and South Hills, last week issued a "thank you" to everyone who baked or donated to its ninth-annual “Sweet Holiday Wishes” cookie campaign.

Each senior -- 709 total --- received a half-dozen cookies, a spokeswoman said.

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City Targets More Structures for Demolition

January 02, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Above: 1724 Butler St., McKeesport, via Google Maps.

More than 140 additional houses and commercial structures in McKeesport are facing condemnation proceedings and possible demolition.

City officials have advertised and will hold hearings at 1 p.m. Jan. 9 and 11 on 147 properties, located in practically every section of McKeesport.

But the list particularly targets blighted neighborhoods along Versailles Avenue, including 15 houses on Butler Street, 14 on Soles Street and eight on Jersey Street.

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County Offers Christmas Tree Recycling

December 24, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Allegheny County is again offering its annual Christmas tree recycling program this holiday season.

A spokeswoman said county residents may drop off Christmas trees beginning Wednesday and continuing through Jan. 14 at all nine regional parks from 8 a.m. until dusk.

All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. Trees will be mulched and used in the county parks.

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New Flag Pole, Flag Gracing City Hall

December 19, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(All photos: Courtesy Tom Rosso, City of McKeesport)

With an assist from McKeesport City Electrician Tom Rosso and other employees, crews from McKeesport-based Fort Pitt Flagpole Co. installed one of their namesake products outside city hall last week.

The flagpole is the first to grace the grounds of McKeesport City Hall, located in the former McKeesport National Bank Building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sinclair Street, Downtown.

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Restrictions This Week on Route 837

December 14, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Motorists may expect brief delays this week on state Route 837 between Clairton and Dravosburg while crews perform tests.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation says crews from Armstrong Drilling, Inc., are conducting geotechnical drilling between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today through Friday, weather-permitting, between Lebanon School Road and New England Road in West Mifflin.

Single-lane alternating traffic will be maintained, the spokesman said. Motorists should use caution when traveling in this area.


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.

A quarter-million page views in 2018

Last year, we served 240,745 pages to more than 64,000 readers. That's a 32 percent increase over 2017.

Another 133,983 people used Tube City Almanac's obituaries page. That's an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.

We appreciate your support

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We are an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) charity, and your donations may be tax deductible as allowed by law.

Donations may be made by check or money order to Tube City Community Media Inc., P.O. Box 94, McKeesport 15134; or via PayPal at:

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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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