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10 Years Ago in Tube City Almanac

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
January 25, 2018
Posted in: History

The week of Jan. 21, 2008, from our archives:

State and federal environmental officials were investigating complaints about the Elizabeth Twp. Sanitary Authority. According to published reports, the township's sewage treatment plant had dumped raw, untreated wastewater into the Youghiogheny River on more than 70 occasions in 2006 and 2007.

During the most recent documented incident, state officials said, 6.3 million gallons were dumped into the river on Dec. 16, 2007. The township had contracted operation of the plant to Veolia Water, a French-owned conglomerate. The authority was closed in 2013 and wastewater is now treated at a plant in McKeesport.

McKeesport-based Blueroof Technologies was the subject of a feature story by Tonia Caruso on WQED-TV's "On Q" newsmagazine. The story spotlighted Blueroof's "model cottage," located on Spring Street just off of Walnut Street. The cottage was a "smart house" designed to showcase technologies that allow senior citizens and the disabled to live in their own homes and remain productive. Many of the devices were designed at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

The marketing manager of Century III Mall wrote a letter to the editor of the Post-Gazette to protest reports that the shopping center in West Mifflin is in trouble. "Century III Mall is lively and well," he wrote. "While we do not directly comment on such speculation, what we can tell you is that it is very much business as usual there. The mall has more than 130 specialty stores and services."

Cyclists from around the country were pedaling from McKeesport to Washington, D.C., to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation on behalf of the Skip Viragh Foundation, in memory of its namesake, the late Skip Viragh, founder of Washington-based Rydex Investments. Between 2004 and 2007, they had raised $85,000 from their rides.

Originally published January 25, 2018.

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