Veterans, Family Members Invited to Learn About Benefits

March 21, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(U.S. State Department photo)

All Mon-Yough area military veterans are invited to attend a free briefing to learn more about what benefits --- including health care, home loans and housing --- may be available to them and their families.

The Veterans' Benefit Briefing will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Thompson Run Athletic Association, 4901 Ball Ave., West Mifflin, and is being hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 914 Intrepid and the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.

All veterans are encouraged to bring their DD Form 214 discharge papers and learn about what benefits may be available for themselves and their family members.

 
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Female WWII Pilots Are Subject of Women's History Program

March 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The life and legacy of women pilots from World War II --- including McKeesport's own Helen Richey (above) --- is the topic of an upcoming program at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.

Presented in recognition of Women's History Month, the public program begins at 1 p.m. March 25. Admission to the program is $5 for non-members and free for members.

Novelist, screenwriter and WWII aficionado Denise Deems will be the featured speaker, a spokeswoman said.

Deems will discuss the history of female pilots and their impact during WWII, set the stage for the discriminatory policies they faced both before and after the war, and explain both Helen Richey’s life as well as the death of her friend Amelia Earhart.

 
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Doyle Plans Town Hall on Health Care Legislation

March 17, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo courtesy U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle

The state insurance commissioner, a representative of the AARP and others will join U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (above) at a town hall meeting on Saturday (March 18) to talk about the proposed American Health Care Act.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at Pittsburgh's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland and is open to the public.

Proposed and endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, the AHCA would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Repealing the ACA was the number one goal of President Trump.

In addition to Doyle, a Democrat from Forest Hills who represents Pittsburgh and much of the Mon-Yough area, speakers at Saturday's event will include Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa D. Miller; Ray Landis, advocacy manager for AARP of Pennsylvania; Ali Shapiro, a business owner who purchases health insurance through the ACA; and Janice Nathan who is self-employed and also purchases health insurance through the ACA.

 
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Can Colon Cancer Be Avoided? UPMC McKeesport Discussion Will Highlight Prevention, Treatment

March 07, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Diseases of the colon and rectum are frightening --- but they can often be prevented or minimized, and when caught early, can be treatable.

That's the message that doctors from UPMC McKeesport hospital hope to deliver at an upcoming, free discussion.

Dr. Steven Gribar, general surgeon, and Dr. Vikrant Rachakonda, gastroenterologist will conduct the discussion on March 31, titled "How Colorectal Care Can Help You Avoid Cancer," as part of UPMC's ongoing "Alive and Well" series.

The event at the hospital, 1500 Fifth Ave., begins at 4 p.m. with screenings and a meal, and then includes a presentation from 5 to 6.

 
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Dobra Komedia i Dramat: 'Polish Joke' Opens at MLT

March 06, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

"Polish Joke," David Ives' semi-autobiographical play about growing up Polish, opens this weekend at the McKeesport Little Theater.

Described by Variety as sometimes "wildly funny" and at other times somber, the 2001 play is the story of a young man, Jasiu. Somewhat embarrassed about growing up in a Polish neighborhood, Jasiu tries to abandon his roots by turning to different vocations and careers, only to find that his past keeps catching up with him.

The play premieres at 8 p.m. Friday (March 10) and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through March 26.

 
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Local Churches Plan Lunchtime Lenten Services

March 06, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area Ministerium will again hold a series of inter-denominational lunchtime services on Wednesdays during Lent, a spokeswoman said.

Each service will begin at 12 noon at a different area church or location, and will include a light lunch. A donation will be accepted to help defray the cost of the meals.

The first service is this Wednesday at 12 noon at Rainbow Temple, 536 Shaw Ave.

 
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Fundraiser April 22 Will Benefit Local PSU Scholarship Fund

March 02, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Editor's Note: From a press release written by Christina Newmyer)

Every year, the Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society plans events that help them raise money for their alumni scholarship. This year a purse bash will be added to the list of fundraising events and is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 22 in the Wunderley Gymnasium on the Greater Allegheny campus.

“I was involved with another community organization that raised funds from a purse bash and it was very successful," said Dave Pasternak, president of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society. "I thought ‘Why not hold one for the alumni society?’ and the board agreed.”

Tickets to the event are $25 to enter and include two, three-digit numbers to win Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade purses. The cost of the ticket includes food and refreshments. Winners do not need to be present except for early bird drawing that will take place at 6:15 p.m.

 
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CFU Lodge Slates Tambura Dance March 19

March 02, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Sv. Nikola Brodar CFU Lodge 432 will have an afternoon of tamburitza music and dancing as Radost entertains from 2 to 6 p.m. March 19. Cover charge is $7. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with ethnic food and desserts for purchase. The event is open to the public.

The club is located at 109 Union St. in Yukon, exit 53 on I-70. For more information, call the club at (724) 722-4100.

In addition, pre-orders for barbecued lamb will be taken through March 12 for pick up on March 19. Call (724) 872-7495.

 

N. Versailles Twp. Road Work Posted

March 02, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Work crews will begin installing curb cuts --- wheelchair-accessible sidewalk ramps --- on East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Boulevard in North Versailles Twp. on Monday (March 6), said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

The construction work between Westinghouse Avenue and Maryland Avenue (the old Eastland Mall) will require occasional lane restrictions weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 28.  Lane restrictions will occur in each direction. At least a single-lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during work hours. No restrictions will occur non-working hours.  Flaggers may be used to control traffic.

Crews from M&B Services LLC will conduct the work, the PennDOT spokesman said.

 

On Vacation

March 02, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

I'm taking a few days off, which is why posting is light. The obituaries site is being updated. We'll resume normal service shortly.  -- Jason

 

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