PAWC Customers Get Precautionary Boil Water Order

November 06, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Above: Areas in red are affected by Monday's boil-water advisory. (Source: Pennsylvania-American Water Co.)


About 100,000 customers of Pennsylvania-American Water Co. in the Mon Valley, South Hills and Washington County were told Monday evening to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it.

Melissa Walters, a spokeswoman for the water company, said that technicians had noticed during routine testing that the water was unusually "turbid" --- cloudy or hazy-looking --- and were concerned that harmful bacteria might be present.

Turbidity is a key measurement of water safety, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In a prepared release, Jefferson Hills police said Monday afternoon the cloudiness was related to "a serious (water) main break in Jefferson Hills late last week" causing a loss of water pressure in the system, but PAWC did not confirm that detail.

Jefferson Hills was one of the communities affected, along with Clairton, Dravosburg, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Twp., Forward Twp., Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln, and West Elizabeth, and much of Washington County.

South Allegheny School District has cancelled classes for Tuesday due to the water problem, a spokesperson said Monday night, though "12 month employees" should report for work as usual.

 
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Hearing Slated For Man Charged in Attempted Homicide

November 06, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

TW: Domestic violence


A McKeesport man is charged by city police with attempted homicide in connection with a violent domestic dispute.

Andre Taylor, 44, faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 20 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint and simple assault.

Court officials said Taylor is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $7,000 cash bond.

McKeesport police said officers were dispatched to a home on Baldwin Avenue early on the morning of Sept. 26 when callers reported a domestic dispute in progress.

 
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Police Log: Nov. 6, 2017

November 06, 2017 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • Not all arrest records are published.
  • 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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National Works Remembered: Bill Copper

November 03, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History

This year, the 30th anniversary of the closing of U.S. Steel's National Works, I'm continuing to look through items that we collected in 1997 at the McKeesport Daily News on the 10th anniversary --- but for, whatever reason, were never published.

William J. Copper was born in 1914 in McKeesport and was a third-generation National Tube employee --- both his grandfather and father came to McKeesport from West Bromwich, England, to work in the mill.

 
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Free Training for Dementia Caregivers Available Nov. 15

November 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Kane McKeesport will present a session on caring for people with dementia on Nov. 15, a spokeswoman said.

Presented by Kane McKeesport Family Council, the event will include a discussion led by Nancy Ehrman, chief nursing officer at Allegheny County's four Kane regional centers.

Ehrman will discuss the signs of "normal aging" versus "not-normal aging," symptoms of decline in sensory and processing systems, and physical techniques for helping dementia patients.

 
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Tamburitzan-Style Dance Classes Offered at Croatian Club

November 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A Croatian club in Westmoreland County is bringing Eastern European style dance lessons to young people ages 7 to 16.

A spokeswoman says the classes will be offered on six consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 8, at the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 432, 109 Union St., Yukon. Adults are welcome to participate, though instruction will be directed to the youth, says Caroline Kalich, recording secretary.

"The instruction is in dancing like a 'Tamburitzan,' also known as kolo or circle dancing, which has not been locally available until now," she says.

 
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Lions Slate Toys for Tots Drive at Palisades

November 03, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The McKeesport Lions Club will hold a "Toys for Tots" Collection Drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26, a spokeswoman said.

The drive will be at the McKee's Point Cafe, first floor of the Palisades Ballroom, corner Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown.

The breakfast buffet will be open at a cost of $8. Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation will receive free cookies.

All proceeds raised from the breakfast will benefit Toys for Tots, the spokeswoman said.

 

National Works Remembered: Ed Brush's Poem

November 02, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: History

In 1997, while working at the McKeesport Daily News, I realized that it had been exactly 10 years since U.S. Steel's National Works had closed --- actually, I think I noticed an item under "This Day in History."

Business editor Sue Simkovic, photographer John Barna and I decided to do something we called "The National Works Project," and we asked readers to send us their memories of working in the mill.

For a variety of reasons, none of which I remember (probably lack of space), we didn't use everything we collected. One item I particularly regretted not using was a poem that came to us from a retiree named Ed Brush.

 
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State Regulators OK Sale of City's Sewerage Authority to PAWC

November 02, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Photo by Jeff Tomovcsik via Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport website.)


Details:

  • Pennsylvania-American to pay McKeesport $159 million for the assets of its sewer system
  • All existing McKeesport authority employees will be offered comparable jobs at PAWC
  • Rates will be frozen for one year
  • PAWC will begin $62.7 million worth of improvements to the McKeesport system
  • State will require PAWC to do "ongoing, targeted outreach" to low-income customers about utility bill assistance

The state Public Utility Commission has voted unanimously to approve the sale of McKeesport's sewerage system to Pennsylvania-American Water Company.

The transaction, valued at $159 million in PUC documents, will affect nearly 13,000 customers in McKeesport, Duquesne, Dravosburg, and Port Vue, as well as thousands of additional customers in Elizabeth Twp., North Versailles Twp., Liberty, Lincoln, Glassport, Versailles, White Oak and East McKeesport whose wastewater is treated by McKeesport's sewage treatment plant, located in lower 10th Ward.

About 64,000 people are affected by the switch.

At their regular meeting Wednesday, McKeesport council voted 7-0 to authorize city officals to formally dissolve the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport, which was created in 1949 to build and operate the sewer system.

Mayor Michael Cherepko said Wednesday the city hopes to close the sale by Nov. 30.

 
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Mayor: City Acquiring Daily News Building, Plans Digital Media Center

November 01, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

The city of McKeesport is acquiring the former Daily News building and is exploring the creation of a digital media center there, in cooperation with Point Park University, Mayor Mike Cherepko said Wednesday.

Cherepko told city council that officials are close to a deal with the parent company of the Tribune-Review and TribLive.com to purchase the building for what he described as "an unbelievably good price."

Details are expected within a few weeks, he said. "The Trib has truly been working with us to make this a reality," Cherepko said.

There are hopes that part of the building will be used by students in Point Park's Center for Media Innovation, which was launched in 2015 with help from a $2.5 million grant from the Allegheny Foundation. The foundation was created by the late Richard Mellon Scaife, publisher of the Tribune-Review.

"We've got a lot of ideas at this point, but to be honest with you, we don't want to close any windows of opportunity," Cherepko said in an interview Wednesday night.

 
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