Local Business Recovering After Explosion

October 27, 2022 |

By Elizabeth Laughlin | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Shalay Williams, founder of Care Heart CPR, conducts a training course. The building and other tenants were displaced when a natural gas explosion heavily damaged a small-business incubator on Ninth Avenue, Downtown. (Submitted photo courtesy Care Heart CPR, via Facebook)

For business owner and licensed nurse Shalay Williams, saving lives is the top priority.

“If I can train one person to save another, I’ve done my job,” Williams said.

Shalay Williams is a practical nurse with 13 years of experience. She graduated from UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing, located in Pittsburgh. She opened Care Heart CPR, an emergency-training service, in July 2021.

Until Aug. 2, the business was located on Ninth Avenue in McKeesport, at Penn State Greater Allegheny’s small-business incubator, the Mon Valley LaunchBox.

That morning, a devastating natural gas explosion heavily damaged several businesses supported by the LaunchBox, including Care Heart, Painting with Rissa and The Fry Bar.

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New Director Puts Heart, Soul Into MLT’s ‘Rocky’

October 27, 2022 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, the photos on this story were incorrectly credited. They were supplied courtesy of Edward E. Bostedo Jr.

Jacob Hecht as Dr. Frank-N-Furter (center), makes his first appearance to his unexpected visitors Brad and Janet, while members of his household and others look on. His creation Rocky (Ayden Freed), has not yet been revealed at this point in McKeesport Little Theater's production of "The Rocky Horror Show." (Submitted photos courtesy of Edward E. Bostedo Jr.)

If you go...


“The Rocky Horror Show”

Where: McKeesport Little Theater
1614 Coursin St.

When: All shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 28), Saturday (Oct. 29) and Sunday (Oct. 30).
Tickets: $25 for adults, or $30 with prop bag.

Recommended for ages 18 and older. Ages 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

Once Heather Atkinson found out McKeesport Little Theater had acquired the rights to “The Rocky Horror Show,” she knew she had to be part of it.

“I’ve been an avid ‘Rocky Horror’ fan most of my life,” she said.

That began when she and her father, who also is a big fan of the cult classic, went to a midnight viewing of the 1975 movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She said she was approximately 12 years old at the time.

An avid performer at McKeesport Little Theater and other venues, Atkinson applied to direct “Rocky,” with veteran director Edward E. Bostedo Jr. as her mentor and director.

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Communities Post Halloween Events, Times

October 26, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

“Jack o’Lanterns” by Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Mon-Yough area communities have slated times for trick-or-treat and other Halloween activities.

The City of McKeesport will hold trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday (Oct. 31), along with Liberty Borough, North Versailles Twp., Port Vue, Versailles, West Mifflin and White Oak.

Trick-or-treat hours in Dravosburg are 6 to 7:30 p.m.

In the City of Pittsburgh, trick-or-treat will be celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. for those who participate.

Duquesne will not have door-to-door trick-or-treating. Instead, Duquesne’s Halloween festivities will take place at Memorial Park from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Mayor Scott Adams said. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved to the police garage.

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Duquesne Working to Address Vacant Properties

October 26, 2022 |

By Tom Leturgey | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne officials will seek a state grant to purchase license-plate readers for the police department.

At the October meeting, Mayor Scott Adams said the city is seeking $100,000.

The mayor said he also hopes that the state can obtain funding with the help of state Sen. Jim Brewster to purchase a new pickup truck with snow-plowing and road-salting capabilities for the public works department

In other business, the city is moving forward with programs to address the number of vacant and abandoned properties in Duquesne, Adams said.

The city’s goals include both redeveloping vacant properties and removing abandoned structures, Adams said.

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NAMI McKeesport Sets November Meeting

October 26, 2022 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 in Room F122, Frable Building, Penn State Greater Allegheny, a spokeswoman said.

The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness.

A special presentation via Zoom will be given by financial advisor Brian Kelnhofer of 1847 Financial in Conshohocken.

Kelnhofer will provide an overview of government benefit programs as well as strategies for protecting and maximizing eligibility for certain government benefits, the spokeswoman said.

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Bowhunting Near Park Worries NVT Resident

October 26, 2022 |

By Dianne Ribecca | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A resident told North Versailles Twp. commissioners this month that he’s concerned about people who are hunting deer close to Fairhaven Park.

During the public comment session at the October meeting, the resident said some bowhunters are parking their cars inside the park, near the baseball field, before going into the woods. Some hunters even trespass in the neighbors’ back yards, he said.

On at least one occasion, he said, he found a “gut pile” near the basketball court from someone who had cleaned a freshly killed deer. The resident told commissioners he is worried about the safety of kids playing in the park and people walking their dogs.

Commissioners said a “No Hunting” sign can be placed at the park and said the township could begin locking the gates near the baseball field during the off-season. That way, they said, residents and children would still be able to use the park, but hunters would not be able to use it for parking.

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Teen Dead Following Duquesne Shooting

October 25, 2022 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News

Allegheny County police are investigating the death of a teen-ager who was found slumped over the wheel of a car on Tuesday morning in Duquesne.

Durobb Johnson, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 900 block of High Street of apparent gunshot wounds, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.

In a prepared statement, county homicide detectives said a caller to 9-1-1 just before 6 a.m. reported the incident. Police are investigating but have released no other details. Anyone with information concerning the incident is being asked to call the county police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.


It’s Here: Last Day to Register to Vote on Nov. 8

October 24, 2022 |

By Danielle M. Smith - Public News Service | Posted in: Politics & Elections, State & Region

In Pennsylvania, today is the last day to register to vote or update your voter registration before the Nov. 8 midterm election.

You have until midnight to register to vote.

In the 2020 General Election, which included the presidential race, 71 percent of Pennsylvanians cast their ballots. Meg Pierce — executive director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania — said the state saw a huge surge in participation in the 2020 presidential election.

Then the numbers dipped a little in 2021. But Pierce predicted a high turnout again this November.

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Nominations Being Accepted for Tube City Board

October 19, 2022 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Tube City Community Media Inc., the non-profit publisher of The Tube City Almanac and operator of Tube City Online Radio, is accepting nominations from people interested in serving on its board of directors for 2022-23.

Nominations will be considered at the board's next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 30, and should be received by Oct. 23.

Nominees should be at least 18 years old, be able to pass a background check, and live within a nine-mile radius of McKeesport. Most importantly, they should have a sincere interest in local, non-profit media and in promoting the McKeesport area via the Internet, radio and other means.

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With 5 Conference Wins, Serra’s Eagles Flying High

October 17, 2022 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: Sports

Serra Catholic’s Eagles are flying high after another regular season football victory.

On Friday, Serra defeated Ligonier Valley 27–18 on the road to run their record to 7–1 overall and 5–0 in the WPIAL AA Allegheny Conference.

On Oct. 7, Yough surprised Serra, and although the Eagles won that matchup 28–14, untimely penalties and poor field position seemed to haunt the team the entire game.

Serra players said they knew they had to come out firing on all cylinders against Ligonier Valley.

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