'Toy Bash' Will Benefit Dravosburg Firefighters

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A "toy bash" will be held Nov. 12 at the McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., to benefit Dravosburg Volunteer Fire Department No. 1, a spokeswoman said.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the drawings begin at 3.

Events will include a 50/50 drawing, a Chinese auction and a "pick of the table." Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the fire hall, 598 Ravine St, Dravosburg, or call (412) 466-2405.


Christy Park UMC Slates October Events

October 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Christy Park United Methodist Church has slated events for the last week of October, including a pancake breakfast, a cooking class for kids, and a "trunk-or-treat" event on Halloween.

"Kid's Kitchen" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church, corner of 29th and Beale streets, McKeesport, a spokeswoman said. If your child likes to bake, come to the church for an evening of fun.

A pancake breakfast and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Oct. 29.

"Trunk or Treat" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and children of "all ages" are welcome to participate. There will be hot chocolate, candy, hot dogs and "maybe even a trick or two." There is no charge for the event but children should be accompanied by a grown-up.

For more information about the church, call (412) 678-3110, or visit them on Facebook.


Mayor Honors Recipients for Upholding 'McKeesport Message'

October 14, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko presents a citation to youth leader Helene Phelps of the McKeesport Black Berets for upholding the value of "Respect." (Tube City Almanac photo)

Four people were honored this month by McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko for upholding the city's message of "Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love."

Citations were presented at the Oct. 5 city council meeting to Helene Phelps, Janet Kulis and Jason Togyer. The fourth recipient, Arlen Harper, was unable to be present at the meeting. Biographies of the winners, written by Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor, follow.

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HS Students Invited to Local Penn State Campus This Saturday

October 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

High school juniors and seniors who are curious about attending college are invited to visit Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 15).

The Penn State Day Fall Open House offers information to high school students considering admission to Penn State.

In addition, students who apply during the open house for admission to the Greater Allegheny Campus for either summer or fall 2017 semester will have their application fee waived, a spokeswoman said.

Students’ families are welcome to attend as well. Visitors will take a tour of the campus and learn about student life, hear from recent alumni about their Penn State experience.

“I made some of the most incredible friendships here and have had such a positive experience both in the classroom and in the residence hall," said Dion Harris, a 2008 alumnus who will be one of the featured speakers on Saturday.

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Mon Yough Chamber Plans Move to Versailles

October 12, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: The Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual "Tour de Mon" bicycle event along the Great Allegheny Passage on Sept. 24. Stephanie Scanlon photo for Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce, via Facebook)

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The Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce is moving to new, larger office space in Versailles Borough.

Executive Director Maury Burgwin said last week the chamber has outgrown its space on the second floor of McKeesport's former municipal building at the corner of Lysle Boulevard and Walnut Street.

The chamber is relocating to the Versailles Professional Plaza on Walnut Street, across from Olympia Shopping Center. The move should be complete Oct. 28, Burgwin said.

"It has a better layout and room to grow," he said. "Right now we don't even have a conference room --- but we will in the new location."

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Dravosburg Church Plans Autumn Auction Oct. 29

October 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

First Christian Church, 100 Duquesne Ave., Dravosburg will hold an auction Oct. 29, a spokeswoman said.

The event, to benefit the church, will be conducted by Donald Strickler of Strickler Auction Services.

Items to be auctioned will include quilts, small appliances, Lenox Christmas giftware, Royal Dolton China, Avon Cape Cod ruby glassware, Fostoria crystal and ceramics.

Food, beverages and baked goods also will be available.

A preview begins at 11 a.m. and the auction begins promptly at 12 noon.


Event Saturday Will Raise Funds for Proposed Port Vue Dog Park

September 30, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Cindy McGraw-Davic lost her fight with small-cell lung cancer almost exactly one year ago, at the age of 46.

Her friends and family don't intend to let go of her memory, or her passion for her pets.

On Saturday, they'll gather at Port Vue's Romine Avenue Fields --- on the site of the old Romine Avenue Elementary School --- to raise money for a new dog park in the borough.

"Bark in the Park" will feature 35 vendors, crafters and artists along with a Chinese auction, face painting and games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dogs, of course, will be welcome.

Also scheduled to attend are the characters "Chase" and "Marshall" from the TV show "PAW Patrol," officers from the McKeesport police K-9 unit, and the Rev. Hyung-Suk Joe of Port Vue United Methodist Church, who will do a blessing for pets.

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Workshop Oct. 10 Designed to 'Tackle' Financial Problems

September 30, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Conflict of Interest: See editor's note at the end of this story.)

Mon Valley Initiative will invite local residents to "tackle" their financial goals at a free workshop Oct. 10.

Sponsored by Pittsburgh-based Neighborhood Allies, the event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at MVI's office, 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead, and will include refreshments and door prizes.

Pre-registration is requested at (412) 464-4000, ext. 4001, or by emailing gbachy@monvalleyinitiative.com.

Barry Courson of Monroeville-based Waddell & Reed will discuss “mental roadblocks” that prevent people from making smart decisions about how they spend and save money, while Bobby Smith, a financial coach and workforce development specialist at MVI, will lead a trivia game to test participants on their own spending and saving habits.

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Walkers Raise Awareness of HIV/AIDS During Saturday Event

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Collaborative HIV/AIDS Working Group and its partners are preparing for the 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk, set to take place this Saturday.

The walk is now an annual tradition that gathers hundreds of people committed to raising awareness for HIV/AIDS, and is still the only one of its kind in Allegheny County.

The 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Walk will start and end at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 716 Walnut St., Downtown. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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Concert Raises $150K for McKeesport's Auberle

September 28, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A concert Sept. 20 at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Side raised more than $150,000 for McKeesport-based Auberle.

Spokeswoman Deb Hilton said the 12th Annual "Voices Carry" event was the most successful ever for the charity, which provides both in-community and residential services for at-risk children, teen-agers and young adults throughout Western Pennsylvania.

More than 450 people attended the event, which was sponsored in part by Huntington Bank and hosted by Randy Baumann of WDVE-FM (102.5). Entertainers included Donnie Iris, Jeff Jimerson, Scott Blasey of the
Clarks and Etta Cox

Voices Carry was launched to raise awareness and funds for Auberle’s 16 program areas that provide services to over 3,400 at-risk children and families each year, Hilton said. This year's event set records both for attendance and for the amount of money raised, she said.


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