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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Parishes Announce Summer Festival at St. Angela Site

June 28, 2019 |

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

(Photo courtesy St. Angela Merici Church via Facebook)

The four-parish grouping of St. Angela Merici, Corpus Christi, St. Patrick and St. Robert Bellarmine will hold its combined Summer Family Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. July 11, 12 and 13, a spokeswoman said.

The event will be held on the grounds of St. Angela Merici, 1640 Fawcett Ave, White Oak and include a flea market, super basket raffle, Kids’ Kingdom, card games, money wheels, midway games, bake sale, bingo and other activities.

The raffle will include a $2,000 first prize, a $1,000 second prize, or a $500 third prize with the purchase of a $2 ticket, the spokeswoman said.

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White Oak Cleaning Up After Storm, Flood Damage

June 21, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

(All photos: Cami DiBattista, special to Tube City Almanac)

White Oak Borough was among the areas affected by Wednesday’s severe storm.

After the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for local counties, a storm passed through with produced a large amount of rain in a very short amount of time. The storm caused flooding in multiple areas along Lincoln Way which resulted in the road being temporarily closed in several places.

White Oak Animal Safe Haven, a no-kill shelter that has saved thousands of animals since its inception in 2003, was among the areas that were heavily affected when a small stream --- a tributary of Long Run creek --- overflowed its banks.

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'Yappy Happy Hour' Benefits White Oak Shelter

June 11, 2019 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Above: White Oak Mayor Ina Marton enjoys the company of Luke and Chewie during the Yappy Happy Hour on Friday, which was organized by the White Oak Animal Safe Haven fundraising committee.

The event included puppy-friendly lattes and ice cream treats for humans provided by McFeely's Gourmet Chocolate.

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Chorale Slates Spring Concert June 9 in White Oak

May 28, 2019 |

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

The Mon Yough Chorale will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. June 9, a spokeswoman said.

Entitled "Longing," the concert will be held at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, Dianne Ribecca said. Tickets are $8 and available at the door.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the concert, in the church hall. The concert is scheduled to be recorded for re-broadcast on WMCK.FM Internet radio, Ribecca said.

For more information on the chorale's spring and summer schedule, visit the website.


Greek Church Slates Food Festival on Saturday

May 15, 2019 |

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

Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church will hold a food festival from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Featured items include lamb shanks, Greek-style chicken, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries, honey balls and more.

The church is located at 1128 Summit St., White Oak. For more information, call (412) 673-1224.


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: McKeesport and Region 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

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