Feline Friends Welcome New Living Space

August 30, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Members of White Oak Rotary Club and staff and volunteers of White Oak Animal Safe Haven dedicated the facility’s new cat patio — catio — on Thursday. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

The White Oak Animal Safe Haven dedicated its new catio Thursday evening.

Members of the White Oak Rotary Club, as well as shelter staff and volunteers, gathered at the shelter to thank the rotary club for its efforts in building the catio.

According to shelter founder Ina Jean Marton, “It’s an honor to be here again. The cats have more room and they love it. I want to thank the rotary and the shelter for all their hard work.”

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Lack of Communication Frustrates W.O. Resident

August 19, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

A member of the planning commission told White Oak Council to improve its methods of communication after they were left unable to answer questions about a personnel change.

At Monday’s meeting, planning commission member Glenn Beach expressed disappointment in how the situation was handled.

“I’m disappointed in how the council handles communicating with the planning committee. No one knew anything about the removal of the code officer. The planning members looked foolish because no one could answer the public’s questions. It’s absolutely inexcusable that we had to hear about it from a third party,” Beach said.

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Volunteer Firefighters Strengthen Local Bonds

August 12, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Members of Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. relax after a parade in Pitcairn in 2018. (Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. via Facebook)

After 19 years as a firefighter, Brandon Schmidt knows how volunteering can strengthen the bonds between neighbors.

“My dad has been here for over 40 years. The satisfaction you gain can’t be put into words or a dollar value,” said Schmidt, chief of White Oak’s Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co.

One of two volunteer fire departments in the borough, Rainbow recently wrapped up its recruitment week.

Schmidt leads a team of 42 active volunteers from ages 19 to 89, along with eight to 10 associates. The volunteers handle everything from fighting fires to raising funds.

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W.O. Community Day Provides Fun for All Ages

August 11, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Train rides, live music and a dip into the Heritage Hill Pool were all part of the fun at this year’s White Oak Community Day.

Held Saturday at Heritage Hill Park, featured vendors included Paint Parties & More, the White Oak Rotary Club, the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. and the FIRST Robotics team from McKeesport Area High School.

For Debbie Washowich, co-owner of Paint Parties & More, participating in community day was a natural fit.

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Residents Not Liable for Paving Damage, Towing

July 28, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak Borough’s ongoing paving project has posed challenges for residents. Deborah Kidd of Ohio Avenue reported marks on her driveway.

“I’ve tried pressure washing, and I cannot get them off,” Kidd said. “It’s only four years old.”

Borough Manager John Palyo agreed that the paving company should take responsibility for removing the marks. Residents should contact the paving company to have damages repaired.

In related news, council voted unanimously to reimburse residents whose vehicles were towed due to roadwork. Residents whose cars were towed should contact council for reimbursement.

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Paving Work Continues in W.O., Sparks Concerns

July 13, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Summer paving projects are continuing in White Oak borough, but not without some questions being raised.

At Monday’s workshop meeting, Councilman Ken Robb expressed concerns about how the ongoing road work is affecting residents.

“I’ve gotten a lot of complaints about the road work on Maple (Drive),” Robb said. “There’s been a lot of damage to people’s cars.”

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Fire, Rescue Companies Receive State Grants

July 12, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Duquesne News, Liberty Borough News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

More than $270,000 in grants have been awarded to Mon-Yough area fire and EMS companies through a state program.

For agencies that could not conduct regular fundraisers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the money can be used to help make up for lost revenue, say local state representatives.

The annual Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, provides funding for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services and rescue squads.

Eligible organizations can use the funds for facilities and equipment, debt reduction, training and education and recruitment and retention.

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W.O. Safe Haven Holds Microchipping Clinic

July 02, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

With the summer holidays just around the corner, White Oak Animal Safe Haven Director Laura Massie knew she had to go the extra mile to help local animals.

Thursday marked the shelter’s first microchip clinic, with nine animals being microchipped.

“We decided to do this because a lot of shelters are full this time of year. Especially with (July 4) coming up – fireworks tend to spook the animals and they run away. So I came up with the idea that people could bring their pets in to be microchipped at a discounted price,” Massie said.

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W.O. Council Votes to Keep Pool Guidelines

June 29, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

White Oak council will continue its current policy of allowing only passholders into Heritage Hill Pool this summer.

The policy was enacted as part of COVID-19 protocols, but as the number of new cases has sharply fallen, Pennsylvania has relaxed almost all of the restrictions imposed in March 2020.

“This season, the pool will be open to passholders only, as decided back in April,” Councilman George Pambacas said at the June meeting. “We didn’t feel comfortable opening up the pool to everyone for Community Day and then closing it again. Community Day isn’t just about the pool.”

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Roads Flooded, Power Off After Storms Slam Area

June 14, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

A fast-moving storm knocked down this tree in McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park on Monday afternoon. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

For the second day in a row, intense thunderstorms slammed parts of the Pittsburgh area on Monday, flooding streets, knocking down trees and turning out the lights for thousands of residents.

Duquesne Light Co. said more than 5,200 customers were without power Monday night, including about 1,000 in McKeesport, North Versailles Twp. and Port Vue. About 3,000 West Penn Power customers in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties also were without power, including in White Oak, Coulter and Elizabeth Twp., company officials said.

A fast-moving line of storms swept through the Mon-Yough area between 2 and 3 p.m., bringing dangerous lightning, high winds and pea-size hail.

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