Characters From Region's Past Will Be Remembered During 4th Annual Cemetery Tour

October 18, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center)

William Sample, one of the soldiers who carried President Lincoln from Ford's Theater on the night he was shot, will receive a new headstone on Saturday morning.

During a ceremony at 11 a.m. at McKeesport and Versailles Cemetery, members of McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center also will dedicate a new headstone at the grave of George Simmons, the city's first African-American policeman.

The ceremonies, which will begin near the old mausoleum, will kick off the heritage center's fourth-annual cemetery tour. Actors will portray 10 prominent McKeesport-area residents of the past who are buried at the cemetery.

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New President Named at UPMC McKeesport, East Hospitals

October 17, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(UPMC photo)

Mark O'Hern has been named the new president of UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East hospitals, the health system announced.

He succeeds Mark Sevco, who has been promoted to chief operating officer of UPMC Pinnacle, based in Harrisburg.
O'Hern, of Murrysville, had served as vice president of operations for UPMC McKeesport and UPMC East since 2014, when the two hospitals were placed under the same management.

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McKeesport Lions Raising Money Saturday at Olympia

October 15, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Lions Club will hold a White Cane Day event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20) in front of the Olympia Shop 'n Save.

A spokeswoman said the Lions will be collecting money for local sight-related charities. Pictured during a similar event in April are Lions Club members Marie Domingo, Milan Washowich and Colin Clarke.

(Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Lions Club.)


Patton Street Bridge to Close for Repairs Monday

October 11, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Patton Street Bridge in Wilmerding will close for repairs on Monday morning, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced.

The closure, expected to last until 4 p.m. Oct. 22, is required for repairs to the bridge deck, a spokesman said.

The bridge serves as a connection for people traveling between East McKeesport and Monroeville. Traffic will be detoured over Middle Avenue, Route 130, Route 48 (Mosside Boulevard) and Wall Avenue.

The work is being done by Pugliano Construction Co., Inc. of Plum, the county spokesman said.


Run/Walk This Weekend Will Benefit Veterans' Organization

October 11, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Operation Vet NOW, via Facebook.)

A five-kilometer run and one-mile walk in Renziehausen Park this weekend will raise money for veterans suffering from combat stress, traumatic brain injuries and other ailments.

The event, called "Vet Connect," begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday near the tennis courts and is being sponsored by a charity based in White Oak called Operation Vet NOW Inc. The entry fee is $25.

The walk is dedicated to the so-called "McKeesport 23" -- the McKeesport-area soldiers who were killed during the Vietnam War --- and the 5K run is dedicated to Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard, 21, of Willliamsport, a Marine who was killed in July 2010 in Afghanistan.

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Governor Plans Visit to City for Pre-Election Rally Saturday

October 11, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (above) will visit McKeesport on Saturday to take part in a political rally at the Palisades Ballroom, Fifth and Water streets, Downtown.

The "Mass Rally in the Valley" is being sponsored by a group calling itself the Mon-Valley People's Action Committee and begins at 2:30 p.m. A complete list of guests has not been announced.

Wolf, a Democrat, is running for re-election on Nov. 6. Seeking election as lieutenant governor on the same ticket is John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock.

Wolf and Fetterman are being challenged by Republicans Scott Wagner, the gubernatorial candidate and a former state senator from York County; and Jeff Bartos, the candidate for lieutenant governor and a real-estate developer from Montgomery County.

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McKeesport Campus to Host Regional Business Expo Oct. 18

October 09, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Valley business owners --- and people hoping to start a business --- are being encouraged to attend a free networking event and workshop Oct. 18 at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport.

The Mon Valley Business Development Expo is being sponsored by PurePenn, the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce and Penn State, a spokeswoman said. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Ostermayer Room of the campus' Student Community Center. Breakout sessions will follow from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with a procurement fair from 1 to 3 p.m., following a lunch break.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Gina Rosso at

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Penn-McKee Tops Preservation List; Other Valley Sites Noted

October 08, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Conflict of Interest Note: The editor of Tube City Almanac, Jason Togyer, has a conflict of interest involving this story.

(Photo by Nyttend via Wikimedia Commons)

McKeesport's Penn-McKee Hotel has been named the Number One preservation opportunity in Western Pennsylvania by the group currently studying whether or not the building can be saved and reused.

At a ceremony Friday at Alphabet City on Pittsburgh's North Side, the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh unveiled its annual list of the 10 neglected historic or architectural sites that are most worthy of rescue.

The Penn-McKee was named the number one site because it has both historic and architectural value, the group said.

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Activist, '60s Icon Angela Davis Coming to City Oct. 19

September 30, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: Angela Davis speaks to students in Wellington, New Zealand, during a 2007 lecture tour. Jonathan Ah Kit photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.)

Legendary activist Angela Davis --- who was fired from her job at the urging of Ronald Reagan and was labeled a "dangerous terrorist" by Richard Nixon --- will come to McKeesport this month to speak at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Davis, 74, will be the third keynote speaker in the university's Crossing Bridges Summit and is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 19.

Although Davis' visit to McKeesport has not yet been formally announced by the university, tickets for students are still available on the EventBrite website and a spokesman confirmed that she is scheduled to appear. No additional tickets remain for the general public, according to EventBrite.

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Port Vue Slates Fall Clean-Up This Weekend

September 24, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue will have fall cleanup days this Saturday and Sunday, a spokesperson said.

Trash bins for bulk collection will be located at the Romine Avenue Fields, in the parking lot near the comfort stations, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only borough residents with proper identification may use the bins.

Electronics also may be recycled for $5 per item. For more information, call 412-664-9323.


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