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New W.O. Council Takes Seats, Sets Projects

January 21, 2020 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

New members of White Oak Borough Council participated in their first monthly business meeting Monday night.

Council members Julie Opferman and George Pambacas, who were elected in November and sworn in at the council reorganization meeting on Jan. 6, joined the table, and Councilman Chuck Davis headed his first regular meeting as council president.

Another new face at the table was attorney Patricia L. McGrail. Council voted to name McGrail and her law firm as the borough's solicitor for 2020.

 
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Health Department, Police Issue
Rabies Warning in W.O.

January 06, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

White Oak police and the Allegheny County Health Department are warning residents to avoid and report any animals that appear to be unusually aggressive or lethargic.

The warnings were issued after the health department reported that a sick raccoon captured on Route 48 near White Oak Park tested positive for rabies.

Residents are reminded to watch for unusual behavior in animals, make sure their pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, and notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately if any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, said Ryan Scarpino, a spokesman for the health department.

 
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Local Christmas Tree Lots Keep Tradition Alive

December 20, 2019 |

By Emily Pidgeon | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

Herb Spang and an employee prepare to bale a customer’s tree at the family’s lot on Hartman Street in McKeesport. The Spangs have been selling Christmas trees at the location for nearly 60 years. (Emily Pidgeon photo special to Tube City Almanac)


Selling Christmas trees during the holidays may seem like a fun and easy way to make a buck, but after talking to some local tree lot owners, you may think differently.

“We have to fight snakes, spiders, the sun, the weather — everything, you know,” said Don Spang, 88, of White Oak, owner of Spang’s Trees on Hartman Street in McKeesport.

Spang and his brother Herb, 79, along with other family members and employees, are celebrating 59 years of selling Christmas trees in the very same location.

Spang said he’s sold as many as 5,000 trees in one season. These days, the lot sells closer to 500 trees.

 
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Pasternak, Pholar Thankful for
Time on W.O. Council

December 18, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton gives a hug to outgoing Council President Dave Pasternak. (Christy Walters photo special to Tube City Almanac)


Monday night’s White Oak Council meeting was the last for two of its members.

Council President Dave Pasternak and councilman Steve Pholar expressed gratitude to their fellow board members, borough employees, residents, and family members for support during their time in local government.

Neither man was re-elected for a new term in the November elections.

Pasternak served on council for 24 years and said he was appreciative of all the opportunities it afforded him, and the people with whom he interacted on a daily basis.

 
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No Tax Increase for W.O. in 2020, Council Says

December 17, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s 2020 budget will be adopted at a special meeting on Dec. 23, according to Council President Dave Pasternak.

At this week’s meeting, Councilman George Dillinger said the budget to be presented does not include a tax increase.

The meeting on Dec. 23 will be open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. Council will hold a reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 to install newly elected council members. That meeting is also open to the public.

 
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FBI, Police Seek Suspect in W.O. Bank Robbery

December 16, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, White Oak News

(Photo courtesy FBI Pittsburgh field office)


The Federal Bureau of Investigation and White Oak police are looking for a suspect in connection with the robbery Saturday of the PNC Bank on Lincoln Way.

FBI spokeswoman Catherine Policicchio said a man entered the branch at 2:45 p.m., just before it was scheduled to close for the day, and demanded money. The suspect did not show a weapon and left the bank on foot, Policicchio said.

No one was injured, she said.

The FBI has not disclosed how much money, if any, was taken in the theft and did not say if any customers were in the bank at the time. A PNC Bank spokeswoman declined comment.

 
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Holiday Concert Sunday Celebrates ‘Countdown to Christmas’

December 13, 2019 |

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

The Mon Yough Chorale will proudly present its annual Christmas concert, “A Countdown To Christmas,” at 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15), a spokeswoman said.

The concert will be performed at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak. Tickets are $8 and available at the door. A cookie reception will follow.

(Photo courtesy Mon Yough Chorale)

 


Police Departments Post October Reports

November 26, 2019 |

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

White Oak

In October, White Oak police made 14 total arrests, 13 adult and one juvenile: three assaults, two criminal mischief, two criminal trespasses, one DUI, one flight to avoid apprehension, one hindering apprehension/prosecution, two theft, one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 63 traffic violations, and 823 total incidents. -- Christy Walters

North Versailles Twp.

During October, North Versailles Twp. police department received 763 calls, made 19 arrests and housed six inmates from Turtle Creek and six inmates from East McKeesport, according to township Commissioner Russell Saula. --- Richard Finch Jr.

 


Saturday's Santa Parade Kicks Off
Holiday Season in Mon-Yough Area

November 21, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(Tube City Almanac file photo by Richard Finch Jr.)


McKeesport's 55th annual Salute to Santa parade will kick off the Christmas season at 11 a.m. Saturday along Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

Then, on Saturday evening, White Oak will light the borough's holiday tree with a celebration at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. on Long Run Road.

And McKeesport's 34th annual Festival of Trees is just a few weeks away.

First up is "Salute to Santa," one of the largest Christmas parades in Western Pennsylvania.

 
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WO Council Prepares 2020 Paving Program

November 20, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Council took action on a variety of construction and paving projects this week.

At Monday's meeting, council voted to authorize Senate Engineering Company to prepare specifications for the 2020 Borough Paving Program project.

Roads included in the project are Cool Springs Road, Messinger Lane, White Oak Drive, Rankin Road, the 2200 block of Cypress Avenue and the 1600 block of Ohio Avenue.

Council President David Pasternak abstained from voting, as he lives in the 2200 block of Cypress Avenue.

 
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