Local Fire Departments Receive Grants from Water Co.

June 13, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport officials, including city Administrator Tom Maglicco, community development director A.J. Tedesco, Mayor Michael Cherepko and fire Chief Jeff Tomovcsik, with representatives of Pennsylvania American Water Co. The company awarded a $1,000 grant to the fire department for the purchase of new hose nozzles. (Submitted photo)

Firefighters in McKeesport, Clairton, Glassport and Lincoln Borough are among those at 68 public safety agencies across the state receiving grants this month from Pennsylvania American Water Co.

The utility company announced that $50,000 is being disbursed through its annual Firefighting Support Grant Program to help fire and emergency services units to purchase protective gear, lifesaving equipment, firefighting apparatus and training materials.

“We are proud to support the critically important service provided by our communities’ emergency responders,” said Jeffrey L. McIntyre, company president, in a prepared statement. “At a time when funding and volunteers are stretched thin at many fire departments, our Firefighting Support Grants enable us to partner with and assist the dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our customers’ homes and businesses.”

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Basketball Mini-Camps Coming to McKeesport, Other Communities

June 13, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Free basketball "mini-camps" are coming to McKeesport, Homestead, West Mifflin, Wilmerding and eight other communities again this summer.

The "Hometown Hoops" program for ages 9 to 18 is offered by the Allegheny County Parks Department. The program kicked off Monday in Clairton.

A spokesperson said all events run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include a free box lunch for participants, provided through the county's Summer Food Program. Participants should wear proper basketball attire.

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Lions Club Makes Awards to Six Local Charities

June 13, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

From left, McKeesport Lions Club member Tony Ura; Jim Brubaker of Pleasant Hills; Geno Tognarine of Clairton; Eileen Lennart of McKeesport; Bill Lowman of Pleasant Hills; Jessica Carnprobst; and McKeesport Lions Club member Bobbie Billsborrow. (All photos special to Tube City Almanac)

Six local charities providing services to people with limited or no vision received donations Tuesday night from the McKeesport Lions Club.

In a ceremony at the McKees Point Cafe, Downtown, outgoing Lions Club President Duane Turnbull presented checks to Jim Brubaker, representing the Pennsylvania Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation; Eileen Lennart, representing the Carnegie Library of McKeesport; Geno Tognarine, representing Beacon Lodge Camp in Mifflin County; Jessica Carnprobst, representing Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and Bill Lowman, representing Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Also receiving a donation from the McKeesport Lions Club was Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh.

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Talk in Munhall Will Remember 'Carnegie's Captain' Jones

June 05, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The man who arguably made Andrew Carnegie a titan of the steel industry will be remembered during a free talk and book signing Thursday in Munhall.

Author Tom Gage (above) will sign copies of his book, "American Prometheus: Carnegie's Captain, Bill Jones" during the event at 7 p.m. at the Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive.

The event is sponsored by Rivers of Steel.

Gage is a great-grandson of William R. Jones, the first superintendent of Carnegie's Edgar Thomson Works in Braddock and the man credited, at the time, with perfecting and refining the techniques of steel manufacturing.

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Carnegie Library Posts June Events

June 05, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Carnegie Library of McKeesport photo via Facebook)

Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave., will again serve as one of the sites for the 14th annual World Wide Knit in Public Day, a spokeswoman said.

Knitters, stitchers and crocheters of any skill level are invited to join with other crafters on the library lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday (June 9). A picnic lunch will be served. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit mckeesportlibrary.org.

In other upcoming events:

The library will mark National Gardening Week with a visit by Carol Korinko of the Garden Club of McKeesport at 4 p.m. Wednesday (June 6). Participants will learn to plant flowers, herbs and vegetables.

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Service Restored After Water Break; 'Gas Line' Reports Were Exaggerated

May 30, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A water main break along Beech Street in McKeesport cut off service for an unknown number of customers Tuesday night.

But reports that a gas line was severed turned out to be exaggerated.

Matt Junker, spokesman for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, said water service was restored just after 12 noon Wednesday.

Crews repairing the water line did break a gas pipe at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Barry Kukovich, spokesman for Peoples Natural Gas in Pittsburgh, but it was not in service.


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Car Show, Memorial Day Parade Planned in W.O.

May 23, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The third-annual "Cars, Trucks and Bikes in the Park" is slated for 3 to 9 p.m. May 27 at the Heritage Pool Complex on Victoria Drive in White Oak.

Sponsored by the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company, the event will include food, drawings and entertainment, a spokesperson said. Registration for vehicles begins at 2 p.m. The first 100 cars will receive a dash plaque and trophies will be awarded.

The event will take place rain or shine. Music will be provided by Lights Up Entertainment and Dana Von Dangerously will be making an appearance.

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3rd Annual Bark in the Park Slated Oct. 6 in Port Vue

May 22, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: Volunteers work at the site of Cindy's Memorial Bark Park in Port Vue. Photo via Facebook.)

Work continues on a dog park in Port Vue and planning is underway for an October fundraiser and celebration.

The third-annual "Bark in the Park" for Cindy's Memorial Bark Park is scheduled for 12 noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at Romine Avenue Fields, a spokeswoman said. The dog park itself is being built near the Port Vue Athletic Association fields, just off Washington Boulevard.

A spokeswoman said there will be fewer vendor spots than in previous years, so organizations wanting to participate should get their applications submitted as soon as possible.

Cindy's Memorial Bark Park is named for Cynthia McGraw-Davic, a pet lover and animal advocate who died Oct. 5, 2015, of small-cell lung cancer at age 46.

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White Oak Legion Schedules Oldies Dances

May 22, 2018 |

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

DJs Candy and Mike will spin the tunes on May 26 and June 16 when American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701 in White Oak holds its next oldies dances.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music continues until 11 p.m., a spokesman said. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.


Art Group Celebrates 60 Years With Spring Show

May 15, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Art Group will celebrate its 60th Anniversary this weekend with one of its largest spring art shows in recent memory.

Scheduled to go on display at 5 p.m. Friday at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park are 135 entries, including many from area students, said Jan Catalogna, group president.

Awards will be presented during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. Hours are 12 noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Catalogna said. There is no admission charge, and original art and crafts will be for sale.

"We have metal working, 3-D art, photography and computer art, in addition to" paintings and drawings, she said.

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