Closures Planned on W. Smithfield Street

December 02, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

West Smithfield Street in Elizabeth Twp. and Lincoln Borough is being closed weekdays between 12 noon and 5 p.m. so that crews can build a wall.

Work will continue through Dec. 13, weather permitting, he said.

Motorists are being detoured via Route 48, Lovedale Road and Liberty Way.


West Newton Center Hosts Bead Crafting Event Dec. 9

November 26, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

West Newton Center for Active Adults will host a free craft session at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 when attendees can learn how to make beads from paper. The event is being sponsored by the Rewind-Reuse Center and Workshop.

A spokesperson said the Rewind-Reuse Center and Workshop is dedicated to a green initiative reusing discarded materials and turning them into art rather than sending items to landfills.

Advanced registration is requested by calling (724) 872-4976. The West Newton Center is located at 103 East Main St.


Saturday's Santa Parade Kicks Off
Holiday Season in Mon-Yough Area

November 21, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(Tube City Almanac file photo by Richard Finch Jr.)

McKeesport's 55th annual Salute to Santa parade will kick off the Christmas season at 11 a.m. Saturday along Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

Then, on Saturday evening, White Oak will light the borough's holiday tree with a celebration at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. on Long Run Road.

And McKeesport's 34th annual Festival of Trees is just a few weeks away.

First up is "Salute to Santa," one of the largest Christmas parades in Western Pennsylvania.

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West Newton Church Plans Christmas ‘Cookie Walk’

November 15, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

First Church of God, 157 N. Second St., West Newton, will hold a “cookie walk” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church.

A spokesperson said more than 20 varieties of homemade cookies will be for sale on tables. Visitors will be invited to walk through the church hall with a box that they can fill with whichever cookies they want.

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Chamber Hosting Networking Luncheon, Craft Fair

November 14, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a women's networking luncheon and craft fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Dave & Buster's, 180 E. Waterfront Drive, Homestead. Tickets cost $20 for members and $25 for non-members, and registration in advance is required.

The event will include open shopping from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a buffet lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

The deadline to register is Nov. 15. To purchase tickets online, visit the website.

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Public Invited to Veterans’ Day Program at MAHS

November 08, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

Students perform during McKeesport Area High School’s 2013 Veterans’ Day program. (Photo courtesy McKeesport High School Tiger Band.)

McKeesport Area students will perform a one-hour concert, “A Tribute to Veterans,” at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the high school in honor of Veterans Day.

The event will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the McKeesport Area High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.

The program will feature the district’s symphonic and jazz bands, directed by Mark DeCarlo; the concert and a capella choirs; and the string orchestra directed by Sarah Persin, as well as a multimedia presentation including “Tribute to Apollo 11,” “75th Anniversary of D-Day” and Toby Keith's “American Soldier,” and conclude with an audience sing along with the a capella and concert choirs.

“The students are very excited to present their hard work to the veterans,” said Beth Eger, choral director at Founders Hall Middle School.  “This is one of our favorite programs, we get to show our appreciation to the men and women who fought for our country.”

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Scary Forecast Prompts Some Halloween Changes

October 30, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Illustration courtesy Clipart-Library)

A windy, wet weather forecast has spurred several municipalities to change or reschedule their Halloween activities, but McKeesport is not one of them.

Trick-or-treating will proceed as scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, said a spokeswoman for McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko.

"This decision was made because it is very difficult to communicate any changes effectively in a timely manner," the spokeswoman said. "Changes may be easy for some, but please consider families who have made adjustments to their work and/or personal schedules with Halloween in mind."

The National Weather Service in Moon Twp. is predicting a cold and windy Halloween night, with as much as a half-inch to an inch of rain, an overnight low of 35 degrees and winds from 16 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph.

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West Newton Church to Host
Election Day Luncheon

October 16, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

First Church of God, 157 N. Second St., West Newton will host an Election Day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a spokesperson said.

Soup, sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks will be available to eat in or take out.

The church is wheelchair and walker accessible.

For more information, call (724) 872-7467.


Boil-Water Advisory Lifted;
Authority Says Tests Were Clear

October 16, 2019 |

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

A boil-water advisory that has been in effect for McKeesport-area residents since Saturday night has been lifted.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County announced Wednesday morning that  water samples over two consecutive days from the city, Port Vue, Versailles and White Oak were all clear.

Storage tank levels are at normal conditions so it is no longer necessary to conserve water, said Matt Junker, authority spokesman.

The advisory was put into place after an intake pump at the McKeesport Water Treatment Plant failed Saturday evening, flooding the facility and forcing it to be closed temporarily. That caused water pressure to fall throughout the system, leading the authority to impose water conservation orders for some communities and a boil-water advisory for all four communities served by the plant.

About 16,000 customers were affected.


Free Smoke Detectors Still Available for City Residents

October 14, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Tube City Almanac photo)

McKeesport firefighters have installed 700 smoke alarms in city homes since 2015 and would like to make it an even 1,000 before the end of 2019.

Fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik said that in cooperation with the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the department will install smoke alarms, free of charge, in any residence in the city.

"Just call the fire station or email us," he said. "We will call you back and set up a time for installation. There is no income restriction. It just has to be installed in an occupied residence."

National Fire Prevention Week is held every year in October to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and firefighters were busy last week doing safety demonstrations in local schools, Tomovcsik said.

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