Church Plans Flea Market Saturday

August 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 19) to benefit a local animal shelter and the church's activities.

A spokeswoman said tables may be purchased by vendors for $10. The table fee will benefit the church. In addition, refreshments will be available.

The church is located at 220 Eighth Ave. at Market Street, Downtown McKeesport.


'Lego Batman' Screening Cancelled

August 18, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport officials have cancelled tonight's planned screening of "The Lego Batman Movie" at Renziehausen Park because of inclement weather.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Cherepko said the screening, part of the city's "Movies in the Park" series, will be re-scheduled for sometime after the start of the school year.


Filmmaker: 'In My Heart, I've Never Left McKeesport'

August 17, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

(Submitted photo courtesy Heinz History Center)

Sam Zolten was at the beach in North Wildwood, N.J., last week when he spotted someone wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers hat. So he walked over to say hello.

"He turned out to be a teacher at McKeesport High School," Zolten says. "In my heart, I've never left McKeesport. I'm still an 18-year-old, going to the White Elephant on Saturday nights. It's the town that grew me and the town that I fondly reminisce about."

Thanks to his new documentary, many more McKeesporters --- including those, like Zolten, who moved away long ago --- will likely be reminiscing as well. "Missing McKeesport" has yet to be screened and is already creating enormous buzz among past and present Mon-Yough residents.

More than seven years in the making, the movie will have its world premiere at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

"There's a lot of buzz in the community about it and it's a film I'm very proud of," Zolten says.

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International Village Coverage from Day 1

August 16, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Warm weather and plenty of sunshine greeted visitors to McKeesport's 58th International Village, which opened its gates at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Renziehausen Park and wrapped up at 9 p.m. with fireworks. Carol Waterloo Frazier has recapped the day's events at her website, Mon Valley Happenings.

Master of ceremonies Mike "Mikey Dee" Dorich noted that entertainment on the main stage ran ahead of schedule, joking that it was "the first time in 58 years that happened."

The entertainment on Tuesday included performances by the William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers, local church group Women of Worship, Trafford Junior Tamburitzans, the Grecian Odessey Dancers, the St. Nicholas Junior Tamburitzans and belly dancer Sara Deroy.

Tonight's schedule will include the Alpine Duo, the ABC Dancers, the Rankin Junior Tamburitzans, clarinetist Melissa Ishtar Murphy and the Otets Paiisi Bulgarian dancers, beginning at 6 p.m. Johnny Koenig's polka band will perform in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion beginning at 5 p.m.

Live video coverage of International Village is presented by Tube City Online each day, beginning at 5 p.m., with the support of Carriage Inn Restaurant and Catering; Creenan & Baczkowski, P.C.; Kane Regional Centers; the White Oak Rotary Club and Ziebart of McKeesport.

(We had some audio problems during parts of the broadcast, almost like another signal was interfering --- probably from a wi-fi router or something. We're going to try to work around the problem today.)

Day 1, Part 1:

Day 1, Part 2:


History Program on Saturday Will Explore U.S., Pa. Roles in WWI

August 16, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

In November 1916, Woodrow Wilson was re-elected President of the United States, in part on his promise to keep the United States out of the first World War.

Five months later, Wilson asked the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

Why did the United States switch its policy so quickly? And how did the Pittsburgh area mobilize both manpower and material to enter the conflict on the side of the Allies, led by the British and French?

A program on Saturday at McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center will explore those questions and how they resonate today. Retired Army Major Gen. John Stevens, a 1964 McKeesport High School graduate, will present "The United States Joins the Great War: The First Industrial War."

The event at 1 p.m. is free for members of the heritage center and $5 for non-members. For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit

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Sentencing Scheduled for State Representative Caught in Gambling Ring

August 16, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

State Rep. Marc Gergely will be sentenced Nov. 6 for his connections to a gambling ring that was broken up by investigators in 2012.

Gergely, 47, of White Oak, on Tuesday pleaded guilty before Allegheny County Judge Ed Borkowski to criminal conspiracy and violating state election laws by accepting cash contributions in excess of $100. Both charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying penalties of not more than $10,000 in fines or five years' prison or probation.

Related charges of participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy to participate in a corrupt organization, dealing in proceeds of illegal activity and criminal attempt to operate illegal gambling devices were withdrawn by prosecutors.

Gergely represents the 35th Legislative District, which includes Clairton, Duquesne, Lincoln, McKeesport, Munhall, South Versailles Twp., Versailles, Whitaker, White Oak and part of West Mifflin. He was first elected to the seat in 2002 and was re-elected last year after defeating McKeesport City Councilwoman Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who was running as a Republican.

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PennDOT, FHWA to Discuss Jerome Bridge Work at Meeting Wednesday

August 15, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

The city's iconic Jerome Street Bridge is getting a makeover, and the public is invited to learn more at a public meeting on Wednesday.

The Federal Highway Administration and representatives of District 11 of the state Department of Transportation will hold an open house and public meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the McKees Point Marina, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown.

A district spokesperson for PennDOT said members of the team working on the project will be on hand to provide project details, information about traffic restrictions and detours, and answer questions and gather feedback.

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Jewelry, Purse Donations Needed for Library Sale

August 11, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Donations of gently used jewelry, purses, scarves and other accessories are now being accepted by Carnegie Library of McKeesport as it prepares for a sale in September.

A spokeswoman says that proceeds of the sale, part of the "Love Your Library" campaign, will be matched by the Buncher Foundation throughout September.

Items may be donated at the circulation desk in the main library, 1507 Library Ave., McKeesport. For more information, call (412) 672-0625 or visit

In other upcoming programs announced by the Carnegie Library of McKeesport:

  • An adult crafting session will be held on the library grounds at 10 a.m. Aug. 23. Participants will paint and decorate rocks. The event is free but participants should register in advance at (412) 672-0625.

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Crafts From Around the World Represented at Village

August 11, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Crafts representing South America, Europe and Native Americans will be on sale when McKeesport's 58th International Village opens Tuesday.

The lineup of vendors in the global marketplace will include Eveleen Coope with Irish and Celtic crafts, Herminia Lees with Peruvian crafts, Angie Lipchick with assorted ethnic items, Preston Maruska with soy candles, Chris Miller and Laraine Kuchma with Austrian crystals, Richard Maldonado with Native American crafts and pan flutes, Ilona Ralston with Polish glass painting and face painting, Joe Rodkey with cutting boards and Hugo Maldonado with Ecuadorian and Inca crafts.

A spokeswoman says a popular kids' area featuring inflatables and other amusements also makes a return appearance when the village gates open at 3 p.m. Tuesday for the start of the three-day ethnic food and music festival in Renziehausen Park. Admission remains $2 and entertainment ends at 9 p.m. nightly.

Fireworks, sponsored by the McKeesport Lions Club and funded through sales of Turner Dairy iced tea, are scheduled for Tuesday night, weather permitting.

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Local Students Benefit From PNC, Salvation Army Backpack Program

August 08, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

More than 800 children throughout Western Pennsylvania, including 30 from the Mon-Yough area, will receive backpacks full of school supplies this month through the efforts of PNC Bank and the Salvation Army.
On Thursday, PNC Bank employees will distribute the backpacks to 113 of those students, including 10 each from McKeesport, Braddock and Homestead during an event at the Salvation Army’s Homewood Worship and Service Center on Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh, a spokeswoman said.

Other students at Thursday’s event from Pittsburgh’s Homewood, West End and North Side areas and from the South Hills also will receive backpacks with school supplies, according to the Salvation Army.

This is the second year that PNC has supported the Salvation Army’s back-to-school backpack program. The backpacks, containing a variety of necessary items, are being distributed by the Salvation Army for needy pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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