Local Prof's Work Featured in Wired Magazine

October 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Above: Lori Hepner's photographs are produced by programming spinning LEDs to flash based on the binary code of each character in a tweet. This photo used a tweet from pop star Miley Cyrus. (Courtesy Lori Hepner)


A professor at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport has had her work profiled recently in Wired magazine ... and it may soon be sent to the moon.

The article describes how Lori Hepner, associate professor of integrative arts, photographs images produced by programming "eight spinning LEDs [to] flash based on the binary code of each character in a tweet."

These ‘Twitter portraits’ are part of a series Hepner calls "Status Symbols."

According to the article, one of Hepner's photographs will be included in an art collection to be sent to the moon as part of Carnegie Mellon University's entry in the Google Lunar X competition.

 
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Clairton, School District Join County's 'Live Well' Project

October 10, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Clairton is the latest Allegheny County community that's taking active steps to improve the health of residents.

City and Clairton School District officials this afternoon announced that they are joining the "Live Well Allegheny" project overseen by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the county's health department.

The announcement was made during the 10th annual Clairton CommUNITY Day at the Clairton Education Center on Waddell Avenue. The event included a multi-activity children's area, food and drink, live entertainment, a bake sale and ethnic foods.

Live Well Allegheny was launched in January 2014 as a comprehensive strategy to encourage physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more.

The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

Clairton City School District has begun several healthy living initiatives including Breathe Pittsburgh and Grow Pittsburgh, a spokesperson said. The district is also hosting an asthma camp, participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Adagio Power Up!, and Safe Routes to Schools Program. Future plans include the implementation of a Live Well Allegheny Field Day and a "drink more water" initiative.

The City of Clairton actively promotes a voluntary wellness campaign, wellness activities, an Annual 5K Run/Walk, bike and walking trails, healthy food options at community events and shares information on activities in the broader community. The city also plans to continue to work with Jefferson Hospital to improve the quality of life for all of its residents --- not only physical health, but financial empowerment and food security as well.

 
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Dead Man's Hollow Open House Slated Tomorrow

October 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Some trails open while other ones are closing. Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area, located off Scene Ridge Road in Liberty Borough, will hold a trail open house and volunteer event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10).

Visitors are invited to hike the first completed stretch of the Cool Spirit Trail, which features sweeping switchbacks, a new bridge at a waterfall crossing and a great opportunity to enjoy fall foliage, a spokesman said.

Participants will learn why some trails are more sustainable than others as they help close off some older, steep sections of the trail and spruce up the Catfish Pond and the surrounding area before winter comes.

Visitors should wear long pants and sturdy work shoes. Pizza will be provided for lunch.

The event is sponsored by the Allegheny Land Trust and the Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area.

Coming up on Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., visitors are invited to take a Halloween season "night hike" through the supposedly haunted industrial ruins of Dead Man's Hollow.

(Photo courtesy Allegheny Land Trust)

 

WMCK.FM Becomes McKeesport's Home for SLB Radio

October 09, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

SLB Radio Productions photo

Starting Oct. 10, WMCK.FM Internet Radio is proud to become McKeesport's home for The Saturday Light Brigade, one of America's most unique, and longest-running, public radio shows, broadcast live from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.

The affliation is especially appropriate because SLB is also a partner with the McKeesport-based Consortium for Public Education as well as Propel School McKeesport. WMCK.FM will provide the first locally based outlet for content recorded by K-12 students in Mon Valley area schools.

Launched in 1978, The Saturday Light Brigade is a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families.

Larry Berger serves as host and executive director.

More details here.

 

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.

 

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