Port Vue-Liberty High School Sets Class Reunion

October 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Port Vue-Liberty High School classes of 1965 and 1966 will be holding a reunion at South Hills Country Club at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24, a spokeswoman announced.

These are the only two graduating classes of Port Vue-Liberty High School. Prior to that, most students from Port Vue and Liberty attended McKeesport, and after 1966 Glassport entered the district and it became South Allegheny.

Anyone graduating from these classes who has not been contacted, and who would like to attend, call Naomi Neilson Vichich at (727) 866-0761.

 

Listen to the New Sound of the Mon Valley

October 06, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Well, we did it. The Mon Valley has a new radio station. WMCK.FM went live at 12:01 a.m. today.

It's Internet-only --- not AM or FM --- but if you're listening on your smartphone or wi-fi, the signal is traveling over radio waves, right?

First things first: This is costing us a lot of money. Music licensing alone will run us about $2,000 per year, which is three times what we budgeted. Please consider a tax-deductible donation, or, if you have a business or group, consider advertising on the station.

Now, the particulars ...

 
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26 New Restaurants in Allegheny County

October 05, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Allegheny County Health Department announced today that 26 food establishments have opened in the county over the last two months, including two in the McKeesport area.

"The key to a healthy diet is choosing foods that have more good fats than bad fats, or trans fats," said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the health department. "As part of our county-wide commitment to promoting individual and community wellness, we also look at and highlight those facilities that use trans fat-free cooking oils.  We see more restaurants taking that step toward living well.  These past two months, nine of the seventeen eateries that opened cook with these healthier oils."

The two new restaurants in the McKeesport area are Pizza Palermo, 406 Lysle Blvd. in the city, and Jazton 2 Jazton Smokehouse, 1955 Lincoln Way in White Oak.

Others are in Carnegie, Oakmont, Brentwood, Dormont, Ohio Twp., Upper St. Clair Twp., McCandless Twp., Ross Twp., Findlay Twp.., Castle Shannon, Pittsburgh.

In all, 17 restaurants, two retailers, two bakeries, a convenience store, two coffee houses and two mobile vendors opened in the county in August and September.

 

'Fleatique' at Heritage Center Oct. 3-4

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The volunteers of the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will be hosting a "Fall Fleatique" flea market fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, a spokeswoman said.

They will also have an appraiser on hand Oct. 3rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to bring an antique item and have it appraised at a cost of $5 per item.

The fundraiser is at the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the website.

 

SA Slates Homecoming Festivities Oct. 2

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

South Allegheny High School will celebrate homecoming on Oct. 2 with a parade, beginning at 6 p.m. at Seventh Street and Monongahela Avenue in Glassport, a spokesperson said.

The parade will continue to Glassport Memorial Stadium, were the homecoming king and queen will be crowned during a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Gladiators will face Keystone Oaks at 7 p.m. in the homecoming football game.

Nominees for Homecoming King are Danny Bowling, Noah Elder, Tywuan Igles, Falco Muscante and Noah Stoker.

Nominees for Homecoming Queen are Amber Brownfield, Jenee Ewing, Madi Lotz, Nikki Ruhl and Gabbie Williams.

A portion of Monongahela Avenue will be closed from 5:30 to 6:30 to permit the parade.

 

Liberty Boro VFD Holds Fall Festival Saturday

September 25, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Liberty Borough Volunteer Fire Department will hold its third annual fall festival tomorrow (Sept. 26) from 4 to 11 p.m. with carnival games, pumpkin painting, hay rides, a live band, a bonfire, a pig roast and food and drink concessions, a spokesman said.

Free flu vaccine shots will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the fire department's website or find them on Facebook. The fire department is located at 900 Haslage St., not far from South Allegheny High School.

In addition, the fire department is currently accepting applications for vendors and crafters for its Oct. 10 craft show. Visit the website for more information.

 

Church Plans Fundraiser, Prayer Breakfast

September 24, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Bethlehem Baptist Church's Missionary Ministry will hold its annual prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Georgetowne Center, 528 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills, a spokeswoman said.

The theme of the breakfast is, "We have no excuse," and the guest speaker is the Rev. Pamela D. Spears of the Greater Light Fellowship AME Zion Church in Dallas, Ga.

The annual fundraising event benefits the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, as well as local community programs supported by Bethlehem's Missionary Ministry.

The cost of the breakfast is $35. To purchase a ticket or get more information, call (412) 664-7272.

 

Two Gifts Boost Penn State Jazz Fundraiser

September 16, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Penn State Greater Allegheny has received premier sponsorships from two local organizations for the 12th annual All That's Jazz Scholarship Benefit, to be held Nov. 7.

A $7,500 gift from Gala Jewelers along with the Rotary Club of White Oak's $10,000 will be added, with all of the other monies raised at the event, to the scholarship fund on campus. The total raised in the past 11 years is more than $825,000.

"Penn State Greater Allegheny is a valuable resource for the community and we are happy to support it," Chuck Gala, owner of Gala Jewelers, said, adding, "I am also a proud father of a Penn State graduate."

The scholarships benefit so many students each year. One of them is Kelly Hinerman from McKeesport, president of the Student Government Association.  She loves animals and is interested in pursuing a degree in wildlife and fisheries. Hinerman says that receiving a scholarship has been empowering and humbling.

"For a student, to be singled out from a crowd, chosen to do great things, propelled forward by the donor's trust, and to feel the faith behind the gift is truly amazing," Hinerman said. "One day, I want to give back the gift that's been given to me."

 
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Round Hill Road Closed Through Late November

September 15, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Round Hill Road in Elizabeth Twp. will be closed until late November to replace a small bridge, the Allegheny County Public Works Department has announced.

The existing structure, known as Douglas Run Bridge No. 10, will be replaced with a reinforced concrete pipe, a spokesman said.

The bridge is located one half-mile east of the intersection of Round Hill Road and state Route 48.

The detour route includes Route 48, Peairs Road and Simpson Howell Road. The $450,000 project is being completed by Pugliano Construction of Plum Borough.

 

New Effort Focuses on Improving Health in Mon Valley

September 14, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Allegheny County Health Department has been awarded a $150,000 two-year grant from the Jefferson Foundation to launch the Live Well Allegheny Mon Valley Initiative. 

The funding will aid the ACHD and its partners to increase the number of people in the Mon Valley with access to smoke-free and tobacco-free environments, access to healthy food and beverage options, and access to physical activity opportunities.

"We are so excited to be able to work with partners in the Mon Valley to address disparities in chronic disease outcomes," said health department director Dr. Karen Hacker. "The Jefferson Foundation is providing us with the resources but our partners are the real drivers of this collaboration."

The municipalities of the Mon Valley were greatly impacted by the collapse of the steel industry in the 1970s. Despite proximity to Pittsburgh, the communities of the Mon Valley have a disproportionate burden of chronic disease --- including cancer, heart disease, obesity and smoking --- compared to the county as a whole.

Many of Allegheny County’s neediest residents, about 64,000, live in the municipalities of the Monongahela River Valley, particularly in communities with the highest poverty rates.

 
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