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Angora Gardens Posts October Calendar

September 30, 2022 |

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

(Submitted photo)

Thursday yoga classes with Alice Kemp will be returning to Angora Gardens in White Oak this winter, and wreath and crochet classes will resume in November, a spokeswoman has announced.

The health and wellness center, operated by UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough, has released its October schedule, and also is seeking volunteers.

“Volunteering at Angora Gardens is an extremely rewarding experience that provides a valuable service for our community,” says Julie Pecora, program supervisor. “We offer volunteer activities for adults and youth.”

Individuals, families, scout and church groups, schools, corporate teams and others seeking community service hours are encouraged to participate.

The facility is located at 3 Muse Lane in White Oak Park.

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License Plate Replacement Event Today

September 14, 2022 |

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

State Rep. Austin Davis and Allegheny County police will host a free event today (Sept. 15) to help Mon Valley residents replace damaged or hard-to-read license plates.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., 2916 Jacks Run Road, White Oak.

The event is being held to help residents replace standard-issue license plates only and cannot accommodate specialty, vanity or handicap plates. New plates will not be issued at the event.

Registration is required prior to the event by calling Davis’s office at (412) 664-0035. Davis’s staff will help complete the necessary paperwork for a replacement license ahead of time to streamline the process. Attendees will need to bring a valid driver’s license and current registration to the event.

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department will also be at the event to collect unused or expired medications to dispose of them safely.


Breitinger’s Flowers Announces Retirement Plans

May 18, 2022 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: White Oak News

Russ and Bernadette Breitinger have announced plans to retire from their family business, Breitinger’s Flowers in White Oak. Founded 76 years ago in McKeesport, the business is for sale and will close in June. (Submitted photo)

After 76 years in the blooming business, the Breitinger family is hanging up its pruning shears.

On Wednesday, Breitinger’s Flowers in White Oak announced plans to wind down operations next month. The last day of business will be June 25, said Bernadette Breitinger, wife of Russ Breitinger, whose father founded the business in 1946.

The first store — a one-room, one-person shop — was located on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport. Russ Breitinger took over the business, now located on Cool Springs Road at Route 48, in 1979.

“Our daughters and their families both live out-of-state, and we’d like to be freer to visit with our grandchildren,” Bernadette Breitinger said in a press release. “When you own a business, it actually owns you, and these 65-year-olds are worn out.”

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Coulterville Road Closing Tuesday

May 02, 2022 |

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

Coulterville Road in White Oak will be closed at Lincoln Way beginning Tuesday (May 3) so that crews can replace a bridge, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced.

The closure begins at 9 a.m., a spokesman said, and is scheduled to continue through October. It will affect only a short stretch of the road near Lincoln Way Supply.

Crews are replacing a bridge over Long Run and also paving and installing new guide rail and signage, the county said. The $949,777 project will be done by Pugliano Construction Co., Inc., of Plum.

The posted detour includes Lincoln Way, Maus Drive, Clay Pike, Robbins Station Road and Ridge Road.


W.O. Gives Sonic Green Light

April 22, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Planning Commission has approved a lot consolidation for the building of a Sonic restaurant, White Oak council announced Monday.

Council Member Joelle Harbert, who chairs the planning and zoning committee, said the Sonic Drive-In will be located at 1160 Long Run Road in White Oak.

In other business, council outlined several upcoming recreational events for the spring and summer.

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W.O. Looks Forward to Summer

April 18, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Street paving and storm sewer repairs should be finished by mid to late May, White Oak council announced at Monday’s workshop meeting.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman provided updates on the borough’s ongoing infrastructure projects.

“The street paving and storm sewer projects are 65 percent done – should be finished by mid to late May,” Hillman said. “We will also reapply for grants for our streambank stabilization project and Heritage Hill Park.”

In related news, solicitor Pat McGrail announced that the status of the potential Sonic restaurant on Long Run Road depends on the approval of PennDOT.

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White Oak Council Schedules Spring Events

March 25, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak will hold several community events this upcoming spring, members of council announced at Monday’s meeting.

Health and Environment chair Loree Scharritter announced several upcoming events the community can participate in.

“Borough Clean-Up Day has been scheduled for April 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heritage Hill Pavilion. The Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Collection drop off will be May 3 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the borough building,” Scharritter said.

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Spring Cleaning Priority for W.O. Council

March 18, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Roofing is under way at the Borough Maintenance Garage, members of the White Oak Council announced at Monday’s workshop meeting.

“It will probably take two weeks to get done, depending on the weather,” Borough Manager John Palyo said. “Street paving and inlet repairs are underway.”

Palyo also announced that the lowest bid for the 2022 paving project was from Tresco Concrete Products, and the equipment for the new Cool Spring Road traffic signal is scheduled to arrive in mid-May.

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Lincoln Way Still Closed Following Landslide

March 08, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: White Oak News

A contractor on Wednesday will begin the process of clearing away a landslide that has closed Lincoln Way in White Oak since last week.

“We expect that work will continue into next week,” said Steve Cowan, district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

PennDOT will meet back at the site this Friday to review the progress and evaluate the condition of the road, he said.

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W.O. Moves Forward With Paving Project

February 27, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s 2022 paving project will go out to bid in mid-March, members of council announced at Monday’s meeting.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman provided updates on the borough’s ongoing infrastructure projects.

“The paving project is out to bid — the bids are due March 11,” Hillman said. “We’re also halfway done replacing the inlets on Fawcett Avenue.”

On a related note, Mayor Ina Jean Marton announced that White Oak and McKeesport Area School District will discuss conducting a traffic study around the Francis McClure school in mid-March.

“We’re meeting in mid-March to discuss having a traffic study conducted around Francis McClure for a school zone,” Marton said.

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