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After an absence of three years, vintage neon holiday decorations have returned to the windows of the former McKeesport Daily News building.
The lights --- a staple of the holiday season in McKeesport for decades --- returned just in time for the planned lighting on Wednesday night of the city's official Christmas tree.
The ceremony in Kennedy Park will follow Wednesday's regular council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Local gospel group "Chalice" is scheduled to perform.
The holiday lights, depicting angels, wreaths and candles, were last seen on Dec. 31, 2015, when the paper published its last edition before closing.
The paper's owners, the parent company of the Tribune-Review, then boarded up the windows with plywood.
Mayor Michael Cherepko said that city electrician Tom Rosso re-hung the lights and took down the boards in preparation for Wednesday's tree-lighting ceremony. The tree was cut in Renziehausen Park from a parcel between Jacob Woll Pavilion and the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.
Cherepko said the parcel is scheduled to be cleared in the spring for a new pavilion and parking area. City officials decided to put the tree to use for the holidays instead of letting it go to waste.
McKeesport purchased the Daily News Building from Trib Total Media in late 2017 and is currently renovating it for a variety of tenants, including regional offices for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. The renovations are designed to improve security, accessibility and the suitability of the building for more than one tenant.
Originally published December 04, 2018.