GA Campus Grad Makes $30K Gift Toward Scholarship Fund

March 20, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Barbara and Regis Becker (Penn State photo)

Penn State University's director of ethics and compliance is retiring June 30 --- but he's the one providing a retirement gift.

Regis Becker, a 1978 Penn State graduate, and his wife, Barbara, have made a $30,000 committment toward a new scholarship at the university's Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport.

The donation was announced by the university on Friday.

"When Barbara and I talked about what was important to us, she was the one who suggested the McKeesport campus," Becker said in a prepared statement. "She said, 'I really think we should try to do something for that campus, because they were so important in your career and your formation."

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Local Fire, EMS Departments Receive State Grants

March 20, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Mon-Yough area fire and ambulance companies will receive nearly $400,000 in state grants through Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

In addition to funding equipment and training, the money can be used for repairing, building or renovating facilities and for repaying debt related to equipment purchases or facility building and maintenance, a spokeswoman said.

“These grants will provide crucial funding to ensure that our local firefighters and EMS workers have what they need to carry out their life-saving work,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, who represents the 35th District. More than $160,000 is being awarded to 13 fire and ambulance companies in his district.

The funding will provide for equipment, training and other resources that are so important to their safety and the safety of our community, Davis said.

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Duquesne Police Officers Promoted

March 16, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Three Duquesne police officers were promoted to sergeant at the recommendation of Police Chief Thomas Dunlevy.

This week, city council approved a motion 5-0 to promote officers Melissa Kuks, James Foster and Nick Manday.

Kuks is a 14-year veteran of the department. Dunlevy said she "excels at community relations and has an excellent rapport with the community." She will be taking on the responsibilities of police administrator.

Foster, who currently serves as a field training officer, has a master’s degree in the administration of criminal justice and will be in charge of patrol, Dunlevy said.

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Turnpike to Display Mon-Fayette Plans, Discuss Route

March 16, 2018 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements, Duquesne News

Residents of communities that are in the path of the Mon-Fayette Expressway are being encouraged to attend one of three information sessions where the plans will be displayed.

Renee Vid Colborn, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, says the open houses will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 3, 4 and 5 at the Georgetown Centre, 526 E. Bruceton Road, Pleasant Hills.

The information will focus on Jefferson Hills, West Mifflin, Clairton, Dravosburg and Duquesne.

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Duquesne Partnering With Auberle to Clean Up Blighted Properties

March 15, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Correction: A story on Feb. 19 had the spelling of Jade Burleigh's name incorrect. The original story has been corrected and we apologize for the error. 

Duquesne is partnering with McKeesport-based Auberle this summer to provide employment to young adults and clean up blighted and abandoned properties.

Auberle will offer work for up to 100 participants between ages 14 and 24 clearing blight, Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby said this week.

Those interested should sign up with Tim Kelly at (412) 673-5800 or contact the city. The deadline to register is March 31.

The program is part of the administration’s effort to address blighted properties in Duquesne.

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'Day of Prayer and Healing' for HIV/AIDS Planned Saturday

March 15, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A day of "prayer for the healing" of people with HIV and AIDS will be held Saturday at Zion Baptist Church.

The event, called "The Balm in Gilead," begins at 11 a.m. at the church at 1300 Locust St., a spokeswoman said.

In addition to the church, sponsors include the Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention.

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Mon Valley Attorney Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Case

March 15, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A former attorney who was accused of funnelling money from one of his client's accounts into his personal businesses --- including the Mon Valley Independent newspaper --- has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for mail fraud.

Keith A. Bassi, 61, of Jefferson Twp., Fayette County, also must pay more than $505,000 in restitution and a $100,000 fine, and forfeit more than $235,515, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said Wednesday.

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

A graduate of Yale and Duquesne universities, Bassi was a partner in the Charleroi law firm of Bassi, McCune & Vreeland and a well-known attorney in the mid-Mon Valley, serving as solicitor to several communities and school districts and as general counsel to the former Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, now CFSBank.

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City Seeks Solution for Mansfield Bridge Ramp Flooding

March 14, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Above: McKeesport public works crews clear flooding at the end of the Mansfield Bridge following a severe storm June 13, 2017. (Tube City Almanac file photo)

McKeesport officials are hoping to have a lasting solution this summer to flooding problems that have forced repeated street closures at the southern end of the Mansfield Bridge.

Council this month authorized the administration to seek $255,000 from the state's Small Water and Sewer Program for repairs to a storm sewer under West Fifth Avenue.

The city will be required to match the grant, if received, with at least $45,000 of its own funding, Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

City engineer Jim Garvin said the grant money would initially fund a thorough inspection of the line, so that the scope of the work can be planned out.

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Ringgold Team Wraps Season; Featured Players From Across Mon Valley Schools

March 14, 2018 |

By Josh Rizzo | Posted in: Sports

(Photo courtesy Ringgold Hockey Association, via Facebook)

Clayton Colecchi doesn’t feel any different aversion to playing hockey with a different high school on the front of his sweater. The South Allegheny High School sophomore wanted a chance to compete in the PIHL -- the governing body for high school hockey in Western Pennsylvania -- and playing under the Ringgold Hockey banner was his only option.

South Allegheny is part of a wide-ranging agreement that features eight schools, including Belle Vernon, Bentworth, Brownsville, California and Yough.

“I’ve embraced it and so have the other kids in my school,” Colecchi said. “They come out and watch the games and support it. They don’t care if it’s Ringgold, they consider it South Allegheny.”

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Local DAR Chapter Honors Area Students for Citizenship, Essays

March 11, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Students from area schools were recognized for their citizenship and scholarship this month by the Queen Alliquippa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Spokeswoman Sharon Wallhausen said the local chapter of the DAR, founded in McKeesport in 1911, recently reinstituted its Good Citizen Award program. This year's winner is Owen Meilander (above right), a senior at Elizabeth Forward High School, shown with Maria Ferguson, regent of the Queen Alliquippa Chapter.

Meilander was recognized during a meeting at Norwin Public Library. His name will be submitted to the DAR's Pennsylvania State Competition, Wallhausen said.

Other finalists, who were nominated by their schools for the award, included Julia Conway, Gateway High School; Dana Ewing, Norwin High School; Kayley Bayne, Franklin Regional High School; Ashley Sandella, Serra Catholic High School; and Samuel Wilshire, Redeemer Lutheran School.

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