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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Liberty Borough Sets Halloween
Parade, Trick-or-Treat Hours

October 14, 2019 |

By Marcy Cendroski | Posted in: Announcements, Liberty Borough News

Halloween in Liberty Borough will be celebrated with a parade and trick-or-treat on Oct. 31, Councilwoman Melissa Morgan said.

The parade will line up on Scene Ridge Road at 5:30 p.m., followed by trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents are asked to keep their porch light on if they are giving out Halloween treats.

Liberty police and volunteer firefighters will be patrolling throughout the trick-or-treat period.


Pasta Dinner Will Raise Money for Wheelchair Van

October 10, 2019 |

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

A pasta dinner on Sunday will raise money for a West Newton man to purchase a new wheelchair van.

The event is being held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the West Newton Lions Field House, 511 Pittsburgh St.

Participants will get ziti with homemade meat sauce, a tossed salad, bread and butter, soft drink and dessert for $10, or $5 for children under 10. Dinners will be available to eat in or take out.

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Area Veterans Invited to Breakfast at Legion Nov. 8

October 10, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy state Sen. Jim Brewster)

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jim Brewster are inviting all area veterans to a free breakfast with them on the Friday before Veterans’ Day.

The veterans’ breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at the White Oak American Legion, 2813 Capitol St., White Oak.

“Our veterans served our country with honor, integrity and bravery,” Davis said. “Sen. Brewster and I find that it’s only fitting to serve them breakfast as a small token of our appreciation for the service they’ve provided to our country.”

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Missionaries to Speak at West Newton Church Oct. 26 & 27

October 07, 2019 |

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

Pastors Caleb and Christina Acosta will speak at the First Church of God, 157 N. Second St., West Newton, at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27, a spokesperson said.

The Acostas have a ministry to Spanish-speaking communities and have set up churches in many areas, and will talk about their work.

The church is currently raising money for its own mission trip to the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona in 2020.

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Spaghetti Dinner Oct. 10 Will Benefit Food Pantries

October 07, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Shidle Lodge No. 601 of the Free & Accepted Masons will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at First United Methodist Church, 310 Oak St., Irwin, a spokesman said.

Proceeds will benefit local food pantries.

Attendees can have "all you can eat" for $7, and takeout items will be available.

For more information, call Dean Williams at (724) 875-9969 or Ben Douglas at (724) 681-5451.

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Flea Market Slated Saturday at St. Stephen's

October 02, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 5), a spokeswoman said.

Proceeds benefit Animal Full Life Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter located in Wilkinsburg, and the church.

Tables will be available for vendors and refreshments will be sold. The sale will be held in the undercroft (social hall) of the church, 220 Eighth Ave. at Walnut Street, next to the McKeesport post office.

Items also may be donated for sale. Any gently used item is acceptable except for clothing and electronics.

For more information, call (412) 673-0504.


Author, Retired Colonel to Speak About Women Marines Oct. 10

October 02, 2019 |

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

The author of a new book about the history of women in the U.S. Marine Corps will speak in West Newton Oct. 10.

The West Newton Library is hosting the discussion by retired Col. Nancy P. Anderson at 6 p.m. at the Le Grand Ballroom, South Second Street.

Anderson is a graduate of the Naval War College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the Naval Postgraduate School.  She began her career in the Marine Corps in 1972 and made history in 1977 as the first woman platoon commander at the Marine Corps' Officer Candidates School at Quantico, Va.

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Mon Yough Chorale Slates Hot Dog Cookout, Bake Sale

October 02, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon Yough Chorale will hold a hot dog and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Busy Beaver, Oak Park Mall, White Oak.

A spokesman said a hot dog, bag of snacks and a beverage will be sold for $2.50, and baked goods will be sold separately. All proceeds benefit the Mon Yough Chorale, a community chorus that performs throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Members of the chorus also will be on hand to discuss how to join the group. Meetings and open rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. Sundays at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, Lincoln Way, White Oak.

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