5K Run in Renzie Will Benefit Veterans With PTSD, Related Illnesses

April 30, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

The second-annual Vet Connect 5K will be held June 8 in Renziehausen Park, a spokesman said.

The five-kilometer run and one-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. Registration costs $25 for runners and walkers, and $15 for veterans, active-duty military and first-responders.

The run is dedicated to Lance Cpl. Abram L. Howard of Lycoming County, a Marine Corps reservist who was attached to the Fourth Marine Logistics Group based in North Versailles Twp.

 
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W.O. Council Announces Pool Rates for 2019

April 22, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak borough council has set 2019 rates for Heritage Hill Pool.

At April's meeting, Councilman Lou Bender said rates for White Oak residents are $60 for a season pass; $30 for a season pass for senior citizens (65 and older); and $5 for a day pass. Proof of residence is required for White Oak residents.

Non-resident rates are $100 for a season pass; $60 for senior citizens; and $10 for a day pass.

During the public comments section of the meeting, a resident asked if the parks and recreations committee would consider adding a daily or weekly adult-only swim time. Bender said the committee would take the request into consideration.

 
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Lent's Last Fish Fries Draw Crowds Locally

April 20, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: News, White Oak News

Above: Deacon Brent Robertson and Jim Brown were manning the grill at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Downtown, on Friday. (Vickie Babyak photo, special to Tube City Almanac)


Lent marks the 40 days observed by Christians as a time of fasting, penance and prayer before Easter Sunday.

Traditionally, Catholics have given up eating red meat on Fridays during Lent as a form of sacrifice, and Catholic churches, volunteer fire departments and other organizations have held fish fries.

As a result, Lenten fish fries have always been a big deal in parts of the country with a large Roman Catholic population, including Western Pennsylvania.

But over the past 10 years, fish fries have become a major feature of Pittsburgh area culture, embracing not just Catholics, but Christians and non-Christians alike. Websites have sprung up to review and rank local fish fries, and some churches and civic organizations have added other ethnic foods to make their particular fish fries stand out.

With Easter Sunday upon us, Friday marked the last Lenten fish fries for 2019. Photographer Vickie Babyak stopped at some local fish fries in the Mon-Yough area to grab a few last scenes (and fish sandwiches).

All photos: Vickie Babyak for Tube City Almanac. To request a reprint, contact vbabyak@yahoo.com.

 
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National Library Week Brings Full Slate of Events

April 09, 2019 |

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

(Photo courtesy Carnegie Library of McKeesport via Facebook.)


Carnegie Library of McKeesport has scheduled a full slate of events during National Library Week. All events are free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the library's main branch, 1507 Library Ave., will screen the 2018 feature film "On the Basis of Sex," a biographical drama starring Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg arguing the early cases of her career as a lawyer.

The movie also stars Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates.

 
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WO Mayor Praises Police, EMS for Response to January Incident

April 02, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton praised the borough's emergency responders for their handling of a Jan. 2 incident.

At council's March meeting, Marton thanked White Oak Police Sgt. Dan Opferman and Officer Greg Smith, the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County police SWAT and their negotiator, and White Oak EMS's WOTAC team for working together to negotiate with an armed, suicidal man barricaded in a home in the borough.

 
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White Oak Preparing Pool for Upcoming Season

March 28, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

The bathhouse and pool roof replacement project at Heritage Hill Pool has been completed, White Oak Borough Engineer Ken Hillman reported at the March 18 council meeting. 

As expected, the project is finished in time for the pool's 2019 season.

Hillman’s report included a recommendation for council to authorize payments in the amount of $31,808.70 and $14,131.90 to Tennis Roofing, Inc. for completion of the project. Council approved the recommendation.

“This is the first roof replacement purchased,” Councilman George Dillinger said. “The original one on the building was from 1975. Things have to be repaired and (kept up).”

 
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White Oak Legion Holds Oldies Dances March 30, April 27

March 18, 2019 |

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

DJs Candy and Mike will spin the tunes on March 30 and April 27 when American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701 in White Oak holds its next oldies dances.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music continues until 11 p.m., a spokesman said. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.

 

White Oak Animal Shelter Receives Generous Donation

March 06, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

(Photo courtesy Jeff Stitt/Mon Valley Independent)

Alazae, a 17-year-old pit mix who is currently residing at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, Inc. was in attendance last week when the shelter was awarded a generous donation of over $28,000 from #1 Cochran Toyota in North Huntingdon.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation,” said White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton, who founded the no-kill shelter in September 2003. “This money will allow us to continue with our efforts in finding loving homes for many stray, surrendered or abandoned animals.”

More than 13,000 cats and dogs have been saved through adoptions and foster programs at the shelter since its inception.

 
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White Oak American Legion Slates Oldies Dances

March 01, 2019 |

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

DJs Candy and Mike will spin the tunes on March 9 and 30 when American Legion Gen. Smedley D. Butler Post 701 in White Oak holds its next oldies dances.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and music continues until 11 p.m., a spokesman said. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit veterans' programs.

The legion is located at 2813 Capital St. For more information, call (724) 984-6611.

 

Meetings, Hearing Scheduled by White Oak Council

February 27, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Zoning Hearing Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 7 to consider a request for a variance at 2908 McClintock Road.

Councilman Ed Babyak said the property owner wants to construct a five-foot fence to partially enclose their property.

Borough council will hold workshop meetings at 6:45 p.m. March 11 and 18. The March 18 workshop will be followed by the regularly scheduled council meeting at 8 p.m. Those meetings are open to the public.

The next meeting for members of the Active Shooter/Hostile Event working group will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 20, Councilman Ken Robb said.

 

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