W.O. Council Votes Down 2022 Budget

December 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

CORRECTION: This article incorrectly reported the vote at Monday’s meeting. It has been corrected.

The borough of White Oak failed to pass its 2022 budget at Monday’s special council meeting.

Council members Julie Opferman, Charles Davis and Louis Bender voted yes. Council members George Dillinger, Joe Nagy, George Pambacas and Ken Robb voted no.

Pambacas expressed concern that although the spending plan was balanced, it would cut into the borough’s fund balance, or surplus.

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Christmas Tree Recycling Begins Dec. 26

December 20, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: White Oak News

(File photo from Georgia, courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, via Flickr)

The Allegheny County Parks Department is offering its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program again this holiday season, a spokesperson said.

Residents may drop off Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14 at all nine county parks from 8 a.m. until dusk.

All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. Trees will be mulched and used in the county parks. Drop-off locations include Alfalfa Shelter Parking Lot at Round Hill Park, Elizabeth Twp., and Chestnut Shelter Parking Lot, White Oak Park.

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Taxes Unchanged in Upcoming W.O. Budget

December 15, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s proposed 2022 budget will include no tax increase, officials said at this week’s borough council workshop session.

Borough manager John Palyo provided some updates on next year’s spending proposals. He said that key focus areas in the 2022 budget include pension plans and code enforcement.

It is possible that White Oak will continue to provide police services to South Versailles Twp. in 2022, Palyo said.

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White Oak Announces Upcoming Holiday Events

December 03, 2021 |

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

The borough of White Oak has a number of events coming up this Christmas season:

Holiday Home Decorating Contest: White Oak is holding its second Christmas decorating contest this year through Dec. 12. Interested residents can enter the contest by emailing their name, address, phone number and three photos to michelle@woboro.com. Prizes will be awarded for four different categories – Best Traditional, Clark Griswold, Buddy the Elf, and Kids Choice.

Winners will be announced at the Gingerbread House contest on Dec. 19.

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Furry Friends Pay Visit to Santa ‘Paws’

November 29, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Santa greets visitors during the annual Pet Pics event at White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. on Sunday. The event raised money for the fire department and White Oak Animal Safe Haven. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

For Amy Bower and her family, taking their pets to see Santa is a time-honored Christmas tradition.

“We live close by, and we’ve gone every year,” Bower said. “The people are nice, and it’s for a good cause.”

Sammy, an 11-year-old West Highland White Terrier, was one of several pets to get his picture taken with Santa on Sunday, when White Oak Animal Safe Haven hosted its annual Pet Pics event at the White Oak Volunteer Fire Co.

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W.O. Council OK’s Emergency Repairs to Signal

November 16, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

A traffic accident at the corner of Route 48 and Cool Springs Road near the Speedway store damaged a telephone pole and dislodged the traffic signal’s battery system, White Oak officials said.

At Monday’s meeting, council passed a resolution designating repairs to the damaged pole and signal as an emergency.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman said it’s the third time the pole has been replaced, and that White Oak is coordinating repairs with the state Department of Transportation.

“The foundation also needs to be replaced,” Hillman said. “Normally this would take three to four months.”

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RVFC Kicks Off Holidays With Annual Craft Show

November 13, 2021 |

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

Since he joined the fire department in 2002, Tony Villinger has wanted to keep the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.’s Christmas traditions going.

“I joined the fire department back in 2002, and have been involved with the show since 2005,” Villinger said.

The Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Show Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature a variety of vendors, including Farmers Insurance, Color Street, Auberle and Paparazzi.

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Rotary Celebrates DJ Antoncic With Fall Fundraiser

November 12, 2021 |

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

The White Oak Rotary Club will hold a fall dance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the White Oak American Legion to commemorate the “King of Vinyl” and fellow Rotarian Rich Antoncic, a long-time club and radio disc jockey.

Tickets cost $15 per person. Entertainment will include Antoncic, The Platinum Band, MC Lois Scott, and 2 Broke Country Girls. The proceeds will benefit the rotary club’s charitable projects, such as the Salvation Army and the White Oak Animal Safe Haven.

Rotarian Larry Anlauf said, “We’ve been hosting this dance for about six years. We use it to raise general funds, like our golf outing.”

There will also be a cash bar and food. Table reservations can be made by calling (412) 500-5314.

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W.O. Street Paving for 2021 is Complete

November 11, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak’s 2021 street paving project is complete, borough engineer Ken Hillman reported on Monday.

Hillman provided updates on the borough’s ongoing infrastructure projects during council’s workshop meeting.

“The borough building is nearly finished. Electrical work at Heritage Hill Pool will begin within a month,” Hillman said.

A public hearing to discuss home demolitions is scheduled for Nov. 15.

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Yoga Studio Brings Positive Energy to Community

November 03, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

We could all use more support and positive vibes. Healthy breathing and good posture don’t hurt either.

That’s where yoga comes in.

The Sunnie Vibes Studio Yoga & Wellness will hold an outdoor vendor show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 7). at 1206 Ohio Ave. in White Oak. The studio will officially open the following Monday, Nov. 15.

Founder Cameron Chemsak has been practicing yoga for eight years, and for her, it’s about more than just fitness.

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