Water Plant Back in Operation;
Boil-Water Advisory Remains

October 13, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

(This story will be updated with new information periodically)

Volunteer firefighters from White Oak No. 1 and Rainbow handed out cases of bottled water at the borough’s municipal complex on Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy White Oak Office of Emergency Management, via Facebook)

The McKeesport water treatment plant is back in production, but is pumping slowly to purge air from the distribution system.

Authority spokesman Matthew Junker said the plant went back into operation at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The plant shut down Saturday night when a pump failed.

However, a boil-water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for the city, Port Vue, Versailles and White Oak. Some customers at higher elevations in Port Vue and McKeesport were reporting a complete lack of water on Sunday.

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All Communities Served by McKeesport Water Plant Under Boil Advisory

October 13, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has now added White Oak to a precautionary boil water advisory that McKeesport and Versailles were placed on last night.

Port Vue was added earlier today. Issues with a repair to the raw water pump caused White Oak to be added as well, said Matt Junker, spokesman for the water authority.

Water tankers are available in White Oak at the municipal building, 2280 Lincoln Way, and PNC Bank, 1612 Lincoln Way, Junker said.

Water tankers also are available at 238 Atlantic Ave. in lower 10th Ward; Walnut and 12th streets, Third Ward; Walnut and Juniper streets, Versailles; and at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

Additional water tankers are stationed in Port Vue at American Legion Post 447, 304 Gumbert St.; and the shopping center at 1515 Washington Blvd.

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W.O. Council Gets Updates on Borough Projects

September 17, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Council has rejected all of the quotes it received to upgrade the gym lights at White Oak Athletic Association, and will seek new ones.

At September's council meeting, officials reported that over the past month, the borough used the request for quote process to solicit bids to convert to LED lighting. All of the bids exceeded the state's limits.

Council carried a motion to formally reject the bids received and rebid the project.

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White Oak Posts Halloween Event Schedule

September 17, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

White Oak Borough will hold a “Truck-or-Treat” event at the community center at the White Oak Athletic Association on Oct. 26.

Councilman Lou Bender announced details of the event at September’s borough council meeting.

This free, public event will include a Halloween parade on community center grounds, music, snacks, treat bags, prizes for best boy and girl costumes, and the opportunity to see, touch and explore trucks and heavy machinery.

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McClintock Road to Close for Paving This Week

August 28, 2019 |

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

Milling and paving will close McClintock Road in White Oak on Thursday and Friday, weather-permitting, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation has announced.

The closure will be effective from 6 a.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Friday between Lincoln Way and Laurel Lane. Traffic will be detoured via Lincoln Way and Route 48.

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Center St. Extension Reopens; W.O. Eyes Major Infrastructure Project

August 21, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

Center Street Extension in White Oak reopened for through traffic on Monday night.

The road, near the White Oak Farms apartment complex, has been closed since July 2013, when a series of heavy rainstorms triggered landslides and ground shifting.
Councilman Chuck Davis announced the reopening at Monday's council meeting.

Davis said that the road has been evaluated and the land has not shifted for a few years, therefore it could be opened to vehicles again.

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W.O. Council Addresses Flooding Concerns

August 20, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

Six years ago, after an unusually rainy summer, Center Street Extension near the White Oak Farms apartment complex was closed due to unstable ground.

Fast forward to summer 2019, and heavy storms are still causing problems in the borough, this time in the form of flooding.

Residents brought their concerns to White Oak Borough Council at the August meeting. Anton Leppo, who has lived on Kansas Avenue for about one year, is concerned for his home.

“Every time we have a half-decent storm, everything goes down the hillside and into the house,” he said. “The driveway is like a river coming down. I’m going to lose my house because of this. The foundation is only going to hold for so long.”

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Mon-Yough Area Finds Ways to Beat the Heat

July 21, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, White Oak News

Children play in the spray area at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport on Saturday. After several days of temperatures near or above 90 in the Mon-Yough area, the weather is expected to return to more seasonal conditions. (All photos: Vickie Babyak/Special to Tube City Almanac)

Mon-Yough area residents found ways to beat the heat last week as temperatures crept into the 90s, with humidity that made it feel closer to 100 degrees.

Below: At Heritage Hills Pool in White Oak, Tina and Bob Baker from North Versailles Twp. are regulars. Tina Baker says her dolphin-decorated floating device also has been making the trip every day.

Above: Bobby Petrosky of McKeesport is a lifeguard at Heritage Hills and was getting ready to take a dive on Saturday morning.

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Details for Annual White Oak Community Day Announced

July 16, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough will hold its annual Community Day starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Heritage Hill Park and Pool complex.

Councilman Lou Bender announced details of the event at the July Borough council meeting.

Activities will include a Moon Walk, train rides, pool races, crafts, raffles, swimming, music provided by Nite Life DJz, live entertainment and games for all ages.

Live entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. with The GBoyz, a local duo who sings covers of favorites from the past by artists like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

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WO Council Announces Hazardous, E-Waste Recycling Program

July 16, 2019 |

By Christy Walters | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough will hold a community hazardous and electronic waste recycling program Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the municipal building.
Councilman Steve Pholar announced the event at the July borough council meeting.
Residents can bring household chemicals -- including paint, cleaning products, batteries, pool chemicals, oil, and more -- and electronics -- such as TVs, computers, and cell phones -- to this pay-as-you-go program to dispose of these items in a responsible way.
To participate, residents must schedule an appointment through Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling by calling 1-866-815-0016, or by using the online scheduling portal.

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