Penn State Plans Outreach Center in City's Heart

October 04, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus will open an outreach center in the heart of Downtown to offer computer literacy classes, homebuyer counseling and other services.
Jacqueline Edmundson, Greater Allegheny chancellor, said the university is preparing a space on the third floor of the former YWCA building on Ninth Avenue in an effort to re-connect with the Mon-Yough community.

The building is also home to the Ninth Street Clinic and a temporary office for medical cannabis company PurePenn. Those tenants are expected to remain.

The Ninth Avenue location is "an opportunity for us to engage the community in a number of different opportunties, and we'll have students involved in that outreach as well," Edmundson said in an interview.

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Brewster to Amazon: Don't Forget the Mon Valley

October 03, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

While Pittsburgh political leaders are encouraging to locate its new headquarters in the Steel City, a state senator representing the Steel Valley wants to make sure his constituents aren't left out.

State Sen. Jim Brewster said that he has suggested former industrial sites in Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne, East Pittsburgh and McKeesport as possible locations for an Amazon campus, as well as another former industrial site in New Kensington, Westmoreland County.

“We have to be collaborative and work cohesively so that Amazon gets a full understanding of the array of sites that are available in our region,” Brewster, a Democrat from McKeesport, said. “There are plenty of locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania that are excellent sites and I am certain that the region’s application will be inclusive and strong.”, the world's largest Internet retailer, is based in Seattle. But in September the company announced that it was looking to create a second headquarters campus somewhere in North America, and that it was prepared to spend up to $5 billion to do so.

The company expects the second headquarters to include "as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs" and claims it will create "tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment" in the surrounding region.

Amazon, which reported nearly $136 billion in revenue last year and employs more than 268,000 people worldwide, contends that it contributed $38 billion to the economy of the Seattle region between 2010 and 2016.

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Performers Listed for Oct. 22 Concert at First UMC

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

First United Methodist Church will hold a fall concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 22, a spokesperson said.

Scheduled performers include Angel Redwood of Zion Baptist Church and Gena Wells of Judah Ministries International Worship Center, as well as other local musicians.

The concert is free but "love offerings" will be accepted. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

For more information, call (412) 664-9349. The church is located at 1406 Cornell St., near Twin Rivers Elementary School and the Carnegie Library of McKeesport. The event is co-chaired by Della Meekins and Sandra Christian.


West Side Methodist Plans Flea Market

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

West Side United Methodist Church will hold a flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 7), a spokesperson said.

The kitchen will be open for refreshments and there will be a Chinese auction. The church is accessible to the handicapped.

West Side United Methodist is located at 307 Atlantic Ave. in lower 10th Ward. Call (412) 672-7755 for more information.


'Fall Into Wellness' With UPMC McKeesport Health Fair

October 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

UPMC McKeesport will offer free flu vaccinations, cholesterol screenings, giveaways and more at "Fall Into Wellness" this Saturday (Oct. 7).

The health fair will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the ground floor of the hospital's Kelly Building, 1500 Fifth Ave. Parking in the hospital garage for the event will be free. Call (412) 664-2306.

A spokeswoman said that free screenings to be offered also will include blood pressure and blood sugar tests and lung function tests. Free giveaways will include "cold and flu survival kits," refreshments and other items. Health professionals will be available to answer questions.

The flu vaccinations will not be given to children under age 18, and a nine-hour fast is recommended for anyone who wants to get a cholesterol screening. No appointments are necessary and the event is open to the public.


Public Meetings Will Shape Future of Mon Valley Bus Routes

October 02, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

A plan for a so-called "bus rapid transit" loop between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland has the potential to change the way commuters in the Mon Valley get to work or school.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County will hold the first of three public hearings on the bus rapid transit proposal tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Avenue apartments, 325 Braddock Ave. in Braddock.

The second will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Palisades Ballroom, 100 Fifth Ave., Downtown, and the third at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Duquesne City Hall, 12 S. Second St.

Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said in a prepared statement that riders of the 61A, 61B and 61C buses are particularly urged to attend the hearings and provide input.

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ICYMI: A Conversation With Penn State GA's New Chancellor

September 29, 2017 |

By Advertising | Posted in: Podcast

In case you missed it: This week on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," we talked to Jacqueline Edmondson, the new chancellor of Penn State University Greater Allegheny, about the students, the programs and role of the McKeesport campus in the region and across the state.

You can subscribe to "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" using Stitcher, iTunes, Player FM, or almost any podcast app, or you can go to our website at

"Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" also airs Sundays on WEDO (810), WZUM (1550) and WMCK.FM.


Train Traffic Restored After Wednesday Derailment

September 28, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(CSX workers assess the damage following a derailment Wednesday in Downtown McKeesport. Almanac photo.)

The Federal Railway Administration has joined CSX Railroad in trying to determine the cause of a coal train derailment Wednesday afternoon in Downtown McKeesport.

Warren Flatau, a public affairs officer with the FRA in Washington, D.C., said investigators from the agency's Region 2 are looking into the accident, which derailed more than two dozen loaded coal cars, including three that flipped over on the ground behind the McKeesport public safety building.

It may be some time before the final cause of the wreck is determined, Flatau said, but a preliminary report based on the railroad's findings will likely be available for the public in about two months.

Train service was restored Wednesday night on one track through the derailment site, with the first train passing through at approximately 11 p.m., said Rob Doolittle, a CSX spokesman.

Trains will continue to operate while the recovery effort is underway, he said.

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Rock Run Road to Close for Bridge Replacement

September 28, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Rock Run Road in Elizabeth Twp. will close near Butler's Golf Course next week so that a bridge can be replaced.

A spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 near the interesction of Williamsburg Drive and Rock Run Road and will continue through the end of November.

The closure is necessary so that crews from Pugliano Construction of Plum can replace a small bridge over a stream called Wildcat Run, the county said.

All traffic to access Butler’s Golf Course will have to enter from Industry Road, the county said.

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A 'Really Good Day' at LaRosa Club as Pens' Letang Visits

September 27, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Above: Kris Letang prepares to run dek hockey drills with kids at the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club in McKeesport. Submitted photo)

Apparently, when you strip him of his helmet, pads, guards and playoff beard, Kris Letang doesn't look much like Kris Letang.

"A lot of the kids didn't believe it was him," says Jim Barry, director of special projects at the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club on Ravine Street, where the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman visited on Tuesday, along with Pittsburgh attorney Edgar Snyder. "They kept saying, 'Is that really Kris Letang?'"

It was. Letang, Snyder and several of Snyder's associates spent several hours running dek hockey drills and playing games with about 14 kids, age 10 through 12, in the LaRosa club's outdoor sports pavilion. Later, the guests bought pizza and pop for everyone at the club Tuesday night.

"It was a really good day for us here at the club," says Barry, who also holds an administrative position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. Letang "is just like a big kid," he says. "They had fun."

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