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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Republicans Sweep White Oak Council Races

November 03, 2021 |

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

Republicans swept four vacant seats on White Oak borough council in Tuesday's election.

According to complete but unofficial results from the Allegheny County elections office, Loree Scharritter led the field with 1,188 votes, followed by incumbent Julie A. Opferman and newcomers Joelle M. Harbert and Jason Russell.

Former White Oak councilman David J. Pasternak came in fifth place; followed by Kenneth Robb and George Dillinger, who lost their bids for re-election; and Kenneth A. Obusek.

Pasternak, Robb, Dillinger and Obusek are Democrats.

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W.O. Council Candidates Make Case to Voters

October 31, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: Politics & Elections, White Oak News

White Oak residents on Tuesday will select members of council and decide whether to retain their mayor.

The Democratic ticket includes Lisa Pitchford for tax collector; with David J. Pasternak, George Dillinger, Ken Robb and Kenneth Obusek as members of council. The Republican ticket includes Julie Opferman, Jason Russell, Joelle Harbert and Loree Scharritter running for members of council.

There are four seats available on council. Dillinger, Opferman and Robb are incumbents.

Incumbent Mayor Ina Jean Marton faces a last-minute challenger, write-in candidate Kelly Doyle. (See related story.)

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Write-In Candidate Challenges W.O. Mayor

October 31, 2021 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: Politics & Elections, White Oak News

A last-minute write-in candidate is challenging incumbent White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton in Tuesday’s election.

Kelly Doyle, who manages the McKeesport Agape Center on Lincoln Way, says she’s running for mayor because she feels strongly about serving the people of White Oak.

“I already spend up to six days per week serving the community through the Agape Center, so the mayor position would come naturally to me,” Doyle says.

Marton, who has served as White Oak mayor since 2004, won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in May’s primaries. She has not faced opposition since her first election.

“I have no problem with anyone running against me,” Marton says. “I just ask for a good, honest and fair campaign.”

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W.O. Sets Halloween Events

October 22, 2021 |

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

The White Oak Parks and Recreation Committee announced that the Halloween Parade and Truck-and-Treat event will be held 12 noon until 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church. The parade line up will begin at 11:30 a.m.

“The borough will also host a Halloween decorating contest. Interested residents should email their name, contact information and pictures to Michelle (Gessner) at the borough,” said Councilwoman Julie Opferman.

Trick-or-treat hours in White Oak are designated for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.


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