Chicken Ordinance Passed In North Versailles

August 26, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Chickens are now welcome in North Versailles Twp. after a unanimous vote of commissioners at their August meeting.

The new ordinance, approved by commissioners, will allow homeowers to apply for a permit to keep up to four female chickens on their property. The property must be a single-family dwelling and chickens must be secured at night in their coop.

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EA Marching Band Plans Rock-Themed Show

August 20, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Assistant Drum Major Aidan Foscoe directs the East Allegheny High School band during a Monday night practice. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

After several years of jazz-themed shows, the East Allegheny High School Marching Band is changing its tune.

For the 2020 season, the band will do a rock-themed show spotlighting the music of Elton John, including arrangements of hits such as “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding,” “Your Song” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.”

Band director Justin Rosco says the decision to move away from jazz was based on the departure of a number of seniors last year, and his desire to change things up a bit.

“We had a good trio,” Rosco says, “that was one of the reasons we did several jazz shows in a row.”

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East Allegheny Fine Tunes Fall School Plan

August 13, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

More details have been released regarding the school start plan for East Allegheny School District.

At this week’s school board meeting, Superintendent Alan Johnson clarified the wording of the health and safety plan that was approved by EA directors on July 31.

The majority of students are expected to start the year remotely, but the wording has been changed to more accurately depict how EA’s education plan will be executed for the first nine weeks.

“We have a sizable number, not a majority, but a good number of students who will require some face to face instruction,” Johnson said. “These are students that have learning disabilities who really would probably not do well in a remote learning environment, so we are making arrangements that they can come into the school.”

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Pandemic Inspires Local Scout To Get Involved

August 02, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

(Submitted photo)

Turning double digits is a milestone in a kid’s life. Most children ease into a new decade maybe by playing with some of the presents they received and eating leftover cake.

But in June, two days after Adeline Naser turned 10, she was making a presentation to the North Versailles Twp. Commissioners. Her presentation was turned into a newly drafted ordinance to allow chickens in the township, which will be voted on in a few weeks.

Naser got the idea at the beginning of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order when eggs were in short supply. Her friend had chickens and was giving away eggs to her neighbors.

That’s when the wheels started turning for Naser, a local Girl Scout who has set her sights on making a difference in her community and earning her bronze award, the highest honor for a junior scout.

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School Year To Start Remotely At EA

July 29, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny School District will begin the 2020-21 academic year remotely.

At a special meeting held virtually on Monday, Superintendent Alan Johnson said that with Allegheny County still experiencing new COVID-19 cases — close to 200 per day — and with more young people being diagnosed, the district has decided to shift to a remote opening plan.

“We just do not believe we are in a position to safely operate any kind of on-site class within the school district for the first nine weeks,” Johnson said.

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NV Twp. Will Consider Chicken Ordinance

July 21, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will consider an ordinance that would allow residents to keep chickens on their own property.

At the July meeting, Solicitor Greg Evashavik presented a draft of the ordinance to commissioners for their consideration. The ordinance, expected to be put to a vote at the Aug. 20 meeting, is available for review at the municipal building.

Raising backyard chickens as a hobby has become increasingly popular in recent years and is permitted in many Mon-Yough municipalities.

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New NV Twp. Commissioner Sworn Into Office

July 21, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Joseph Kutch takes the oath of office as the new commissioner for North Versailles Twp.’s Second Ward. Also shown is township solicitor Greg Evashavik. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

Joseph Kutch has been sworn in as North Versailles Twp.’s new commissioner for the Second Ward.

At the July meeting, township commissioners appointed Kutch to fill the remainder of the term of Commissioner Daryl Mitchell, who died June 15.

The meeting was held in the township community center to ensure social distancing requirements could be met.

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EA Board Tables Vote on School Reopening

July 14, 2020 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny school directors have delayed action on a proposed health and safety plan for reopening the district.

At a special meeting held Monday, the board voted to table the first draft of the plan, which was posted for public review on the district’s website July 9. The meeting was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New school superintendent Alan Johnson cautioned that the plan would probably need to be modified as the school year approaches because of the way things are changing so rapidly.

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Duquesne Man, 20, Sought in
Connection With Homicide

July 10, 2020 |

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

Calvonte Moore, 20, of Duquesne has been charged in connection with a shooting Wednesday in North Versailles Twp. (Photo courtesy Allegheny County police)

A Duquesne man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a fatal shooting Wednesday morning in North Versailles Twp.

Calvonte Moore, 20, shown above, is charged by Allegheny County police with criminal homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the death of Jamey Green, 29, of West Mifflin, at the Green Valley Flats Apartments.

County police Lt. Venerando Costa said Friday that township police and paramedics were dispatched at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday to the apartment complex after a caller reported a man had been shot.

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Local Catholic Churches Part of Next Merger Phase

May 29, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Roman Catholic churches in Duquesne and Wilmerding are among more than 60 in Western Pennsylvania that will merge into new parishes on July 1, Bishop David Zubik announced this week.

The mergers, which affect every part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will create 15 new parishes, the diocese said in a press release.

They are among the latest changes that began in 2015 under the program the diocese calls “On Mission for The Church Alive.”

In a letter to parishioners released Wednesday, Zubik said the parishes to be merged had already been working closely together since October 2018 in regional church groupings to share clergy and resources.

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