W.O. Safe Haven Holds Microchipping Clinic

July 02, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

With the summer holidays just around the corner, White Oak Animal Safe Haven Director Laura Massie knew she had to go the extra mile to help local animals.

Thursday marked the shelter’s first microchip clinic, with nine animals being microchipped.

“We decided to do this because a lot of shelters are full this time of year. Especially with (July 4) coming up – fireworks tend to spook the animals and they run away. So I came up with the idea that people could bring their pets in to be microchipped at a discounted price,” Massie said.

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W.O. Council Votes to Keep Pool Guidelines

June 29, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council will continue its current policy of allowing only passholders into Heritage Hill Pool this summer.

The policy was enacted as part of COVID-19 protocols, but as the number of new cases has sharply fallen, Pennsylvania has relaxed almost all of the restrictions imposed in March 2020.

“This season, the pool will be open to passholders only, as decided back in April,” Councilman George Pambacas said at the June meeting. “We didn’t feel comfortable opening up the pool to everyone for Community Day and then closing it again. Community Day isn’t just about the pool.”

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Roads Flooded, Power Off After Storms Slam Area

June 14, 2021 |

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

A fast-moving storm knocked down this tree in McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park on Monday afternoon. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

For the second day in a row, intense thunderstorms slammed parts of the Pittsburgh area on Monday, flooding streets, knocking down trees and turning out the lights for thousands of residents.

Duquesne Light Co. said more than 5,200 customers were without power Monday night, including about 1,000 in McKeesport, North Versailles Twp. and Port Vue. About 3,000 West Penn Power customers in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties also were without power, including in White Oak, Coulter and Elizabeth Twp., company officials said.

A fast-moving line of storms swept through the Mon-Yough area between 2 and 3 p.m., bringing dangerous lightning, high winds and pea-size hail.

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W.O. Remembers Sacrifices, Welcomes Summer

June 03, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

*Correction: This story was corrected after publication to fix a misspelled name. We apologize for the error. —JT

Vietnam-era veterans representing American Legion Post 701 ride in Monday’s Memorial Day parade on Lincoln Way in White Oak. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, White Oak resumed its annual Memorial Day parade Monday.

The parade began at 12:30 p.m. on Guice Street and ended at the American Legion post on Capitol Street.

Hosted by American Legion General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, the parade included units representing veterans’ organizations, the White Oak police department, area volunteer firefighters, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and the McKeesport Area High School Tiger Band.
For Laura Massie, executive director of the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, seeing the community come together is the best part of Memorial Day.

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Communities Slate Memorial Day Observances

May 27, 2021 |

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

A color guard comprised of then-McKeesport Area High School Junior Air Force ROTC Cadet Dylan Vaniel and members of the McKeesport police and fire departments present the American and Pennsylvania flags during 2017 Memorial Day ceremonies. (Tube City Almanac file photo)

Local communities have slated Memorial Day observances, including ceremonies in McKeesport and Glassport, and a parade on Lincoln Way in White Oak.

Observed annually on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for honoring and mourning military personnel who died in the performance of their duties, and is distinct from Armed Forces Day — which is set aside to recognize active-duty personnel — and Veterans’ Day.

Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day,” because it was used as a time to decorate troop graves. The holiday has been marked in the United States since the Civil War.

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Heritage Hill Pool to Open May 31

May 21, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Heritage Hill Swimming Pool will open to the public May 31, White Oak officials said. Pre-sale of passes began May 12.

Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, no daily passes will be sold this year. Cost of a season pass is $60 for residents and $75 for non-residents. For senior citizens, passes for $30 for residents, and $60 for non-residents. Proof of residency and age is required.

Passholders will be given a photo ID which will be required to enter the pool complex.

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W.O. to End COVID-19 State of Emergency

May 21, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Council is lifting the COVID-19 emergency declaration it implemented in 2020.

With state and county officials easing restrictions, and following the recommendation of the borough’s Office of Emergency Management, Mayor Ina Jean Marton said White Oak will lift its emergency declaration, effective June 1.

Borough Manager John Palyo expressed optimism about the future, while stressing the need to remain vigilant. “Safety comes first,” he said.

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Children Found Handcuffed, Two Adults Arrested

May 06, 2021 |

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

Two people face child abuse and assault charges after school officials and White Oak police said they found two children handcuffed in the back seat of their car.

According to court records, Richard Hayes, 37, of Mt. Oliver is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail, while his girlfriend, Natosha Bell, 26, of Rankin is free on $50,000 bond. Hayes faces a preliminary hearing May 19 before Magisterial District Judge Richard G. King, while Bell faces a preliminary hearing June 30.

The two children who were restrained in the car, ages 7 and 10, and a third child, age 11, are now in the emergency care of Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families, said county police Inspector Michael Peairs.

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White Oak Slates Upcoming Events

April 23, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Clean-Up Day will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24, borough officials said.

Volunteers should gather at Heritage Hills Park no later than 9:30 a.m. to receive assignments and supplies.

Electronics and household hazardous waste recycling collection will be held on the same day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the borough building.

Councilwoman Julie Opferman, who chairs the parks and recreation committee, said that Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.’s Cars in the Park from 1 to 7 p.m. May 16 at Heritage Hill Park. The rain date will be May 23.

Councilman George Pambacas said a rabies vaccination clinic will be held at the Municipal Public Works Garage on Lincoln Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5.

“It’ll be a drive-through clinic, where you stay in your car until you’re called,” Pambacas said. “Dogs should be on a leash and cats should be in a carrier. The animals must at least three months old, not pregnant, and not sick.”

Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at sarahturnbull323@gmail.com.


W.O. Mayor Breaks Tie on Contract Vote

April 22, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Council approved a new contract with the union representing borough police officers after the mayor cast the tie-breaking vote.

Council voted 3-3 to adopt the four-year agreement with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 91, with council members George Pambacas, George Dillinger and Kenneth Robb voting no.

Councilwoman Julie Opferman abstained due to a conflict of interest. Mayor Ina Jean Marton broke the tie.

Pambacas said he voted against the resolution for financial reasons, while Robb expressed concerns about the length of the contract.

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