County, Local Officials to Cut Ribbon on New White Oak Playground

June 02, 2017 |

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

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will join other county and local officials on Saturday morning to cut the ribbon at a new playground in White Oak Park.

Located at the corner of Route 48 (Jacks Run Road) and McClintock Road, the new playground replaces an existing facility that was "antiquated," said a county spokeswoman.

The new playground includes updated equipment suitable for small children as well as teen-agers, plus new benches and waste recycling receptacles, and a new, shaded picnic area.

The ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. is open to the public. White Oak Park is an 810-acre county-owned facility bordered by Lincoln Way and Route 48.


Small-Business Workshop Slated for June 27 in Braddock

May 30, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Owners of existing businesses as well as people interested in starting their own business are being invited to a free workshop to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved.

The free business financing workshop will be held at 6 p.m. June 27 at 501 Braddock Ave., Braddock, and is being sponsored by Dollar Bank and Mon Valley Initiative.

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McKeesport Art Group Announces Show Winners

May 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(All photos: Courtesy McKeesport Art Group)

Jamie Matson was awarded "Best of Show" at the McKeesport Art Group's 59th annual Spring Art Show, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Jacob Woll Pavilion, Renziehausen Park.

Matson's oil painting, "Heron Rising" (above), received the top prize in the competition, judged by Renie Pollock, longtime art instructor, president of the Greensburg, Pa., Art Center, a former art gallery owner, and curator of the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Exhibits.

There were 93 entries in this year's competition, said Jan Catalogna, Art Group president. Also on display were paper gowns crafted as props by the McKeesport Area High School art department for the school's recent production of "Cinderella."

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City Slates Memorial Day Observances Monday

May 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The City of McKeesport will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in Memorial Park at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Market Street, a spokeswoman said.

Participants will include City officials, Allegheny County officials, local veterans, students enrolled in McKeesport Area High School’s Air Force JROTC program, and members of the McKeesport Area High School Tiger Band.

The keynote speaker will be JROTC Cadet Corps Commander Kyle Nelson.

The events will be broadcast live --- weather permitting --- beginning at 10 a.m. on Internet radio station WMCK.FM, which can be heard using the Streema, Tunein or smartphone apps, the free WMCK.FM Android app, or via the website. The event will then be re-broadcast following the 6 p.m. news Monday for the benefit of people participating.

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Gowns from High School Musical on Display at 59th Annual Art Show

May 19, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Neither glass slippers nor fairy godmothers are necessary to attend this year's 59th annual Spring Art Show by the McKeesport Art Group.

But a little bit of the magic from McKeesport Area High School's production of "Cinderella" will be on display. Handmade, full-size paper gowns that were created as props for the recent school musical will be exhibited at the art show, which opens at 5 p.m. today at Jacob Woll Pavilion, Renziehausen Park.

Jan Catalogna, president of the art group, says the gowns --- made by the school's art department --- are "gorgeously crafted." Few of the people who attended the high school's production of "Cinderella" got to see the gowns up close.

"It's a shame that so few people saw them during the running of their play," she says. "Needless to say, we are excited to be able to share this work with the public."

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City Business Named One of World's Top 100 Music Merchants

May 15, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Courtesy Progressive Music Company

Above: McKeesport Area High School principal Tom Bauman; band director Drew DeCarlo; orchestra director Sarah Persin; and Mark Despotakis, director of market development for Progressive Music. The National Association of Music Merchants last week recognized McKeesport Area School District as one of the best communities in the country for music education; Despotakis helped to present the award. (Photo courtesy Progressive Music)

McKeesport-based Progressive Music Company has been named one of the Top 100 musical instrument dealers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants, a spokesman said.

NAMM, the worldwide association of stores that sell music and related products, will formally present the award to Progressive Music on July 14 at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tenn.

It's the fifth time that Progressive Music, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, has been named to the Top 100 list. The company is located on Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

The company is "honored" to make the list during its anniversary year, said Mark Despotakis, director of market development for Progressive.

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Yarn Bombers Snag Target at McKeesport Library

May 15, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Members of the knitting club at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport "bombed" the facility on Saturday morning with a massive, colorful project. (No one was injured, though reports indicate a few stitches were dropped.)

The group, called the "Mad Hatters," decorated one of the trees on the library grounds with its knitting.

The Mad Hatters are one of hundreds of groups from around the world that will be participating in "World Wide Knit in Public Day" on June 10. World Wide Knit in Public Day began in 2005 and the McKeesport group participated for the first time in 2016.

The event at Carnegie Library will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to knitters of any skill level. For more information, visit the website or call Mary Rose Bendel at the library at (412) 672-0625.

(Photos courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport.)

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McKeesport 23 Monument Unveiling Slated for Saturday

May 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A monument honoring 23 McKeesport residents killed while serving in the military during the Vietnam War will be unveiled at 12 noon Saturday.

The ceremony in the auditorium of McKeesport Senior High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd., is open to the public and also will be streamed live on the district's website at, said spokeswoman Kristen James.

Volunteers, including former White Oak police Chief Joe Hoffman, raised more than $6,400 to complete the monument to the "McKeesport 23." Families of several of the fallen service members are expected to attend and tell their stories, James said.

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Bunola River Road Closed Due to Slide

May 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A portion of Bunola River Road in Forward Twp. has been closed due to a landslide, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The state-owned road is closed between Elkhorn Road and River Hill Road and traffic is being detoured as geotechnical engineers evaluate the roadway.

The posted detour includes River Hill Road and Raccoon Run Road. The roadway will remain closed until further notice as a precaution, the PennDOT spokesman said. Approximately 856 vehicles use the roadway on a daily basis.


Port Vue Slates Rabies Clinic on Saturday

May 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue will hold its rabies clinic from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday (May 13) at the borough garage, 1194 Romine Ave. (rear), a spokesperson said.

The cost $7 per animal for a rabies shot, or $20 for a rabies and distemper shot.


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