Westmoreland Trail Eyes Mon Valley Connection

January 12, 2023 |

By Amy George | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

The Westmoreland Heritage Trail connects Saltsburg to Trafford, via Monroeville. A proposal is underway to connect the trail to the Great Allegheny Passage via North Versailles Twp. and Turtle Creek. (Daveynin photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Changes coming to the regional trail network could make it easier than ever for Mon-Yough area bicyclists to reach destinations in Monroeville and Westmoreland County.

Currently in the works are plans to extend the current Pittsburgh-to-Maryland trail — the Great Allegheny Passage, or GAP trail — deeper into local communities. One such plan — the Turtle Creek Connector project — would extend the Westmoreland Heritage Trail through Turtle Creek and North Versailles Twp. to meet the GAP, which serves McKeesport, Duquesne and Homestead.

Once a bustling network of railways akin to the region’s industrial history, these converted trails have seen new life in the past few decades and continue to develop with innovative community visions.

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Freezing Temps Break Pipe at E.A. High School

January 03, 2023 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Freezing temperatures and high winds over the Christmas weekend caused a water pipe in a sink on the second floor of East Allegheny High School to rupture and cause flooding, the district announced.

According to a letter written and posted on the school district’s website by the Superintendent of Schools, Alan Johnson, the water damage was quite significant, and affected the second-floor science wing and the rooms below on the first floor and basement levels.

As a result of continued cleanup and testing to ensure the building is safe, seventh through 12th graders attending the junior-senior high school will learn remotely this week through Jan. 6.

Logan Elementary students will resume classes in person as usual.

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Winners of NV Twp. Holiday Contest Announced

December 21, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. has announced winners of the holiday light contest for 2022.

Township Commissioner Tracy Yusko said this year’s winners are:

• Thomas residence at 785 Angeline Dr. won Best Children’s Theme.

• Procacina residence at 206 Taylor St. won the Traditionally Elegant category.

• Clark Griswold award went to the Nichol residence at 302 Lincoln Ave.

Each of those homes won a $50 gift card for Home Depot.

The Connelly residence at 515 Cedarhurst Dr. won the Best Overall category and was awarded a $100 gift card for Home Depot.


NV Twp. Commissioners OK 2023 Budget

December 19, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

There will be no local property tax increase for North Versailles Twp. residents in 2023 — but sewerage rates will be increasing slightly.

Commissioners this month approved next year’s $8 million spending plan with a property tax rate of 7.25 mills and a fire-tax of 0.50 mills. The fire tax helps fund buildings, vehicles, equipment and operations of the township’s volunteer fire companies and also helps pay for the training of fire personnel.

The 2023 budget is slightly less — about 1 percent — than the 2022 budget. (PDF download)

The commissioners also approved an increased budget of $4.68 million for the North Versailles Twp. Sanitary Authority. Sewerage rates will increase by $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

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NV Twp. Slates Christmas Party Dec. 10

November 28, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will hold a Christmas party for children from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, said township Commissioner Tracy Yusko.

Kids will be entertained by Spice the Silly Magician, and there will be children’s crafts, activities and light refreshments. Expect a special guest visit from Mr. Grinch. Please register by Dec. 5 by calling (412) 823-6602, extension 104, or emailing nvtparks@verizon.net.


Twp. Board OK’s Park Terrace School Acquisition

November 28, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will take over the former Park Terrace School property from East Allegheny School District.

At this month’s meeting, the commissioners unanimously accepted the donation of the lot. Township officials said the plans are to use the property for recreational purposes.

Located at 224 James St., Park Terrace School was dedicated to seventh and eighth grades between 1968 and 1982. The facility closed before the 1982-83 school year and both grades were consolidated at the junior-senior high school. The building was eventually torn down, leaving a vacant lot owned by the school district.

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Serra Faces Wash High in Playoff’s First Round

November 04, 2022 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, Sports

Serra Catholic’s Eagles will take on the Washington High School Prexies in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs tonight at the Norwin High School stadium.

The 7-3 Eagles are coming off of a 28-0 loss last week to the Steel Valley Ironmen (9-0). Tonight’s game is a rematch of the third game of the season, when Serra Catholic defeated Wash High (6-4) in a very close game, 35-34. 

“It is always difficult to beat a team twice,” said Michael Betler, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Serra Catholic. “They have the added motivation of beating us since we won the last game. We have some film on them from last time, so we can see what they did against us, but I am sure they will make adjustments, just like we will.”

In other matchups of local interest, the 9-1 McKeesport Area Tigers were defeated by (7-3) Thomas Jefferson High School on Oct. 28 by a score of 20-10. McKeesport (5-1 in conference play) will have a home playoff game in the first round of the AAAA WPIAL football playoffs, and are hosting (6-4) Mars High School at 7 p.m.

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Bowhunting Near Park Worries NVT Resident

October 26, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A resident told North Versailles Twp. commissioners this month that he’s concerned about people who are hunting deer close to Fairhaven Park.

During the public comment session at the October meeting, the resident said some bowhunters are parking their cars inside the park, near the baseball field, before going into the woods. Some hunters even trespass in the neighbors’ back yards, he said.

On at least one occasion, he said, he found a “gut pile” near the basketball court from someone who had cleaned a freshly killed deer. The resident told commissioners he is worried about the safety of kids playing in the park and people walking their dogs.

Commissioners said a “No Hunting” sign can be placed at the park and said the township could begin locking the gates near the baseball field during the off-season. That way, they said, residents and children would still be able to use the park, but hunters would not be able to use it for parking.

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NV Twp. Man Killed in Saturday Shooting

August 30, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A North Versailles Twp. man died Saturday evening after a shooting in the Crestas neighborhood.

Lyndale Irish-Knight, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene just after 5 p.m., the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said.

Allegheny County police said in a prepared statement that police and paramedics were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of Porter Street at approximately 4:47 p.m. when a caller to 9-1-1 reported a shooting. There, police found the victim, later identified as Irish-Knight, suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso, officials said.

County homicide detectives are investigating but few details have been released. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.


Police: Driver in Fatal Wreck Topped 90 MPH

August 18, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A Glassport man accused of causing a fatal car wreck in North Versailles Twp. in March was driving at speeds above 90 mph just before the crash, police said.

Allegheny County police allege that Shamar A. Roach, 24, also was legally intoxicated and driving under the influence of marijuana before the collision on March 2 that fatally injured John D. Semenko, 59, of White Oak.

Police said Roach was arrested Monday without incident after surrendering to officers. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending an Aug. 26 hearing before Magisterial District Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.

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