Kennywood History, Lore Are Subject of Saturday Talk in Renzie

July 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Did you love the Turnpike and the Laser Loop? Did you kiss your sweetheart while rowing a boat in the Lagoon? Did you march with your high school band in the Fall Fantasy Parade? Then McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center has a program for you.

Author and West Mifflin native Brian Butko will discuss his new book "Kennywood: Behind the Screams" at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 9) at the Heritage Center, located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. The talk, part of the center's Summer Speaker Series, is free for members and $2 for all others.

The book is a pocket-sized guide to the history of Kennywood's attractions and is the first of a planned series of three books about the century-old West Mifflin landmark amusement park.

For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center's website.

In addition, Butko will be the guest on this Sunday's episode of "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," heard on WEDO (810), WZUM (1550 and 88.1) and WMCK.FM Internet radio. The show is sponsored by McKeesport Hospital Foundation and new episodes are available as a free podcast from iTunes and our website.

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Grant Ave. Work Begins in West Mifflin

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Part of Grant Avenue Extension in West Mifflin will be closed during evenings this week so that work can continue on the Homeville Viaduct.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works said closing the road is necessary so that crews from Mosites Construction can replace a bearing on the bridge. The 779-foot-long bridge, built in 1955, is undergoing a $10 million reconstruction project.

Grant Avenue will be closed nightly between Lower Bull Run Road and Edgewood Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through Saturday (July 9). All work is being done at night.

A county spokeswoman said motorists should follow the posted detour.


Three-Day Fundraiser Will Support Hospital Foundation

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Editor's Note: Tube City Community Media has a conflict of interest. Please see the note at the end of this story.)

There's a new twist to an old favorite --- the annual fundraiser known as the UPMC McKeesport Invitational.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the invitational will include what Eliana Latterman, director of development, calls a "Burgh-style cash bash" at 7 p.m. July 29 at the country club. Retired McKeesport Area High School football coach George Smith will serve as master of ceremonies.

The flagship event remains the annual golf outing at Youghiogheny Country Club, Latterman says.

Friday's cash-bash event will be Pittsburgh sports-themed, so ticket buyers will also get chances to win sports memorabilia prizes, each valued at approximately $300, that represent the range of Pittsburgh professional sporting, Latterman says.

Baskets are being created by the hospital's nursing units and other departments and will be raffled, she says.

The three-day UPMC McKeesport Invitational supports the work of the hospital foundation. Other events during the invitational include a Saturday tennis tournament and a Monday golf outing, followed by a dinner.

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Police Log: June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Editor’s note: This story was edited after publication to remove a charge that was withdrawn without prosecution.

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • A report of an arrest does not mean the person identified has been convicted of a crime.
  • All people arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Kid-Friendly Tours Will Explain Steelmaking Process

June 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A new series of tours aimed at elementary school kids will introduce them to the technology that powered the steel industry during its 20th century heyday.

"Kids at Carrie" will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 26, July 31 and Aug. 21 at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site, located in Swissvale near the Rankin Bridge. Advance registration is encouraged.

Ron Baraff of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which maintains the site, said the tours are designed to be short, kid-friendly, and interactive.

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Route 30 Closed in East Pittsburgh This Weekend

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Route 30 in East Pittsburgh will be closed this weekend so that workers can put a top coat of latex paving on a new bridge.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, the bridge that carries Route 30 over Bessemer Avenue between Center Street and Clyde Avenue, will close to traffic in both directions continuously through 6 a.m. Monday, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transporation.

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Route 885 Paving Work Begins Monday

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Crews will be repaving part of Route 885 between CCAC South Campus and Ravensburg Boulevard in Clairton, beginning next week.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said that parts of the road will be restricted to single, alternating lanes of traffic, weather permitting, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. is also possible.

Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

The project includes milling and paving, concrete pavement patching, base repairs, guide rail updates, shoulder work, signal improvements and line painting activities.  Work will conclude in late July. Lindy Paving Inc. is the prime contractor.


County Invites Property Owners to Claim Vacant Lots

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Benjamin Scott via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Residents of 45 municipalities --- including many in the Mon-Yough area --- can acquire vacant lots and structures in their neighborhoods through Allegheny County's Vacant Property Recovery Program.

The application period has opened for the 2016 Side Yard and Blighted Structure program, which allows people to purchase abandoned properties at a substantial discount, a county spokeswoman said. Applications must be received by Aug. 31.

Qualifying communities in the Mon-Yough area include Braddock Hills, Dravosburg, East McKeesport, Elizabeth Twp., Forward Twp, Liberty Boro., Munhall, North Versailles Twp., South Versailles Twp. (Coulter), Swissvale, Turtle Creek, Versailles, West Homestead, West Mifflin, Whitaker, White Oak and Wilkins Twp.

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Worldwide Knitting Event Comes to City This Saturday

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will participate in "World Wide Knit in Public Day," an annual event started in 2005 and designed to encourage people who knit or crochet to meet other hobbyists.

The library's event will be held on the main lawn at 1507 Library Ave., weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (June 18), a spokeswoman said. Everyone is invited and the event is free.

A picnic lunch will be served, but registration is requested at (412) 672-0625.

Created by Missouri hobbyist and clothing maker Danielle Landes, there were only 25 local knitting events on the first "World Wide Knit in Public Day." There are now hundreds of events in the United States and more than 50 other countries, including Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden.


Hometown Hoops Basketball Camps Scheduled

June 13, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Twenty-nine basketball mini-camps will be held this summer in locations around Allegheny County, including in McKeesport, Braddock, Clairton, East Pittsburgh, Homestead, Rankin and Wilmerding, a spokesman said.

The "Hometown Hoops" mini-camps are free and open to ages 9-18, and participants may attend as many mini-camps as they like. The camps are run by the Allegheny County Parks Department.

Both boys and girls may participate. Students will learn basketball skills from local coaches and players with experience in the NBA, NCAA and WPIAL. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and organizers are strongly recommending advance registration.

The camps will be held in the following Mon Valley locations:

  • June 29, 30 and July 1, Harrison Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 11 and 12, Crawford Village basketball court, McKeesport
  • July 13 and 14, Mapleview Terrace basketball court, Braddock
  • July 15, Marion Circle basketball court, Clairton
  • July 21 and 22, Wilmerding YMCA
  • July 27 and 28, Hawkins Village basketball court, Rankin
  • July 29, McKeesport Safe Passage, 1406 Cornell St., McKeesport
  • Aug. 1 and 2, Quarry Field basketball court, East Pittsburgh
  • Aug. 5, Charlie Batch Playground, East 16th Avenue, Homestead
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