Michals Reflects on McKeesport Roots, Future

July 17, 2023 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Artist Duane Michals, a McKeesport native, clowns with Meagan Donnelly, community outreach coordinator and research specialist at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center during an event Friday night. (Tube City Almanac photo)

Pittsburgh’s most famous 20th century artist wasn’t known for being articulate, one of his contemporaries told a crowd of McKeesporters on Friday night.

Talking to Andy Warhol — who was notoriously shy and tongue-tied — was “like talking to a phone off the hook,” Duane Michals said, imitating Warhol: “Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh.”

Michals, 91, a McKeesport native whose photography has appeared in galleries around the world and in magazines such as Life, Time, Mirabella and Vogue, returned to his hometown to lead a three-day photography and filmmaking safari in McKeesport, Rankin and Pittsburgh.

On Friday, more than 150 people were regaled with stories of Michals’ interactions with the rich and famous — his opinion of former President Donald Trump, who he photographed for a magazine feature story, is best described as “not family friendly” — and not-so-famous, like Arnold Varga, an illustrator for McKeesport’s Cox’s Department Store whose work went onto win national awards.

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Moose, DWNI Plan Spaghetti Fundraisers

July 04, 2023 |

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

Downtown West Newton Inc. and Moose Lodge 31 will hold a spaghetti fundraiser at 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 15 at the lodge hall, 102 S. Water St., to raise money to pay for the new Christmas decorations.

Meals will include spaghetti, side salad, bread and homemade desserts for $12. Dinners will be held the third Saturday of each month until further notice, a spokesperson said. For more information or to pre-order tickets, call the Moose Lodge at (724) 872-7264 or DWNI at (724) 872-0100.


Lions Dedicate New Fountain at Renzie

June 17, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Lions)

Members of the McKeesport Lions Club unveiled their new drinking fountain at the Lions Bandshell in Renziehausen Park just in time for the Summer Concert Series to begin on Sunday (June 18).

Performing this Sunday are The Skyliners, while next week’s concert (June 25) features the ABBA tribute band Dancing Queen.

Upcoming weeks include Chuck Blasko’s Vogues (July 4, followed by fireworks), Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Pendulum (July 9), and Jeff Jimerson and Airborne (July 16).

All performances begin at 7 p.m. A full schedule is available at www.mckeesportbands.com.

Concerts continue through Labor Day weekend. Support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the McKeesport Lions Club and the City of McKeesport.

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NAMI McKeesport Sets June Meeting

June 06, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

National Alliance on Mental Illness McKeesport support group will meet at 6 p.m. June 7 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in Frable Building Room 122, a spokeswoman said. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

Through a “care and share” session members offer understanding and support unique to those who are affected by these conditions. NAMI McKeesport occasionally invites mental health professionals to speak about treatment and resources.

For more information about the McKeesport meeting call (412) 527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline call (412) 366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


County Seeks Applications for Blight Program

May 25, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, State & Region

(Tube City Almanac 2019 file photo for illustration only)

Allegheny County Economic Development is currently accepting applications for the 2023 round of the Blight Removal Program, a spokeswoman said.

Municipalities, public authorities, councils of government, land banks and private developers may apply for funding to remediate established blight conditions. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. June 16 and individual awards of up to $250,000 are available.

Approximately $1.5 million is available during this round of funding, county officials said.

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UPMC Sponsors Discussion on Hernia Repair

May 24, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Minimally invasive surgical techniques have the potential to reduce recovery time and pain for people suffering from hernias.

Dr. Steven Ballesteros, a general surgeon at UPMC McKeesport hospital and UPMC East, will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of hernias using robotic-assisted technology during a free talk at 12 noon May 30. The discussion will be held online, a spokeswoman said.

This live, virtual presentation is free and open to the public. To register, visit UPMC.com/VirtualEvents. You must provide a valid email address in order to receive the registration link.

For more information, email communityoutreach@upmc.edu.


Volunteers Needed for Memorial Day

May 18, 2023 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Volunteers are needed this Saturday to help place American flags on veterans’ graves in McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery, a spokeswoman said. Please meet at the cannon near the mausoleum in the veterans’ section of the cemetery at 9 a.m. and bring a hammer with you, she said.


School Board Questionnaires Mailed

May 09, 2023 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Two weeks ago, Tube City Almanac mailed questionnaires to all 13 candidates running for McKeesport Area School Board. The questionnaires include 10 questions that were created by Almanac editor Jason Togyer and freelance writer Adam Reinherz with help from several non-profit associations for school board members.

Over the weekend, we sent a reminder to anyone who had not yet responded. Both the questionnaire and the reminders were sent to the addresses candidates listed on their nominating papers.

One candidate just called to ask if the questionnaire was a “scam.” It’s not a scam, it’s an honest attempt to get every candidate’s opinions to questions such as, “Why did you decide to run for school board?”

If you are a registered candidate and did not receive your questionnaire, please email tubecitytiger@gmail.com or call (412) 357-2670. We will be publishing everyone's answers this weekend. Thanks!


Middle Schoolers Present ‘Beauty Jr.’ May 4-6

May 03, 2023 |

By Adam Reinherz | Posted in: Announcements

Both photos: Adam Reinherz for Tube City Almanac

Students from the Founders’ Hall Drama Club will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 4 to 6) in the auditorium at Francis McClure Elementary School, 500 Longvue Drive, White Oak.

Last week, cast members previewed songs for members of the McKeesport Area School Board.

The box office opens at 6 p.m. each night of the show. The producer/director is Edward Moore, choreographer is Cassie Fedor, musical director is Drew DeCarlo and technical designer is Nathan Cross.

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Community Singers Plan Friday Performance

April 27, 2023 |

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

The West Newton Community Singers will present “When I Sing” at 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 5) at West Newton United Presbyterian Church, Third and Main streets, West Newton, a spokesman said. Rick Carson will serve as director and Lauren Cross as accompanist.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gary’s Chuck Wagon Restaurant, South Second Street, and are $7 for adults, or $8 at the door. Children’s tickets are $5.


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