Crew Missions Holding Soup, Dressing Sale

February 04, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Crew Missions is selling soup and salad dressings to raise money to support its work.

Orders must be received by Feb. 10 and will be delivered after 4 p.m. Feb. 25, a spokeswoman said.

Crew Missions is a faith-based charity that organizes teams of volunteers to help homeowners in the Mon Valley and South Hills with small repair and clean-up projects.

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Shirt Sale Benefits Family of Medic Killed in Crash

February 04, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

(Submitted photo via Facebook)

A Washington County business is selling T-shirts and sweatshirts to benefit the family of a paramedic who was killed while responding to a car accident on Interstate 70.

Sparkles By Shell, located on West Main Street in Monongahela, is selling the items in honor of Matt C. Smelser, 43, of Charleroi, a paramedic supervisor for Rostraver-West Newton Emergency Medical Service who was struck and killed Jan. 5 near the Smithton exit.

A 1995 graduate of Perryopolis High School, Smelser had been an emergency responder for 24 years and in addition to Rostraver-West Newton EMS, also worked for UPMC's Paramedic Response Unit. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lynn Lenzi Smelser, and their children Logan and Adriana.

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Reader’s Viewpoint: Bunola Resident
Thankful Brewster Intervened

February 03, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Letters to the Editor

April Andrejdes of Forward Twp. writes:

I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to state Sen. Jim Brewster for all his hard work and efforts to get Bunola River Road reopened as soon as a permanent power source is secured.

I was told by PennDOT that they were tired of having someone charge the solar-powered signal light every day, and they were tired of spending money to repair Bunola River Road. I asked why we could not have an electric signal light and was told it was too expensive.

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County Reminds Fish Fry Sponsors
to Get Health Permit

February 03, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Churches, fire departments and other organizations in Allegheny County that will be holding fish fries during the Lenten season need to have a valid health permit to operate, a county spokesman said.

The fee for a temporary permit is $47 and should be included with the application.

The application, which also includes a checklist for applicants, can be found on ACHD’s website.

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Ministerium Slates Annual Lenten Services

February 02, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Area Ministerium will hold Lenten Luncheon services at area churches beginning March 4.

A spokeswoman said all services are non-denominational and begin at 12 noon. Each will include a light lunch following each service.

A free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the meal.

For Christians, Lent is the observance of the 40 days leading to Easter. It begins this year on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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W. Newton Lions Set Lenten Fish Fries

February 01, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, West Newton News

West Newton Lions Club will hold fish fries on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Good Friday, April 10, a spokeswoman said.

The location is the club's pavilion, 511 Pittsburgh St. Food will be served buffet style and attendees can choose their own fish, side dishes, soups or salads. Desserts and soft drinks also will be available.

Menu will include baked, unbreaded cod; breaded, deep-fried Alaskan pollock; and two sides, including macaroni and cheese, haluski, cole slaw or broccoli salad; plus bread and butter for $12.

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Three Charged in Connection With Hold-Ups, Crash

February 01, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people, including a juvenile, face charges in connection with a spree of robberies that ended in a chase and crash on Route 48 in Monroeville.

Robert Webb, 23, of Homestead and Deon Dutrieuille, 19, of Turtle Creek are each being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 10 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.

Details of the charges against the third person, a 16-year-old male, were not released to the public.

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Brewster: PennDOT Working to Reopen Bunola Road

February 01, 2020 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

State Department of Transportation officials are taking steps to reopen a portion of Bunola River Road near Lock 3 in Forward Twp., state Sen. Jim Brewster said Friday.

A portion of the road Pangburn Hollow Road and Third Avenue was restricted to a single alternating lane of traffic --- controlled by signals --- following a landslide. PennDOT closed that section permanently on Jan. 24 because, an agency spokeswoman said, motorists have been ignoring the signals.

The decision was sharply criticized by many Elizabeth area residents, including a letter-writer to Tube City Almanac who said the signals frequently malfunctioned.

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Model RR Club Marks 70th With Free Public Event

January 30, 2020 |

By Chris Baumann | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

(Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Model Railroad Club)

If you go...


70th Anniversary Open House

Where: McKeesport Model Railroad Club, 2209 Walnut St.

When: 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: Free

More information: 412-673-1100 or

The McKeesport Model Railroad Club will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a free public open house from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at its headquarters, 2209 Walnut St.

The event will include the presentation of a commemorative plaque from the office of state Sen. Jim Brewster.

“I’m still learning a lot of the history myself,” said George Sharp Jr., club president for the last two years. The original founders “were basically a group of (World War II) veterans with a common interest” in model railroading.

According to the club’s website, the club started with “a small local newspaper ad in December 1949 [that] called for interested persons to meet ... to discuss the formation of a local model railroad club.”

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After Nearly a Century, W.O. Pharmacy Closes Doors

January 30, 2020 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: White Oak News

Dave Manns, pictured with daughter Nikole and son Brandon, became the owner of Manns Drug Store in 1980. (Cami DiBattista photo for Tube City Almanac)

After 94 years of business in White Oak, Manns Drug Store closed its doors last week, much to the dismay of the Manns family and their loyal, long-time customers.

“I would truly like to thank everyone for their patronage,” said owner Dave Manns. “We truly feel like all our customers and employees are part of our family --- they are so important to us. We are blessed to have been a part of the White Oak community for so many years.”

Manns Home Medical Products will remain open and Manns said he looks forward to focusing on the home health care and mobility products portion of the business.

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