CFU Lodge Seeks Donations for Rummage Sale

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Donations will be accepted for the upcoming "Trash 'n Treasure" rummage sale at the Yukon Croatian Club, 109 Union St. in Yukon.

A spokeswoman said the sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Donations of household items, antiques and collectibles will be accepted at the club from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Although small appliances in working order will be accepted, the club cannot accept computers, televisions, clothing or large pieces of furniture. Proceeds will benefit Croatian Fraternal Union St. Nicholas Lodge 432.

For more information, call (724) 722-4100.


Port Vue Preschool Accepting Applications

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Port Vue United Methodist Church is still accepting applications for its preschool for the 2016-17 school year, a spokeswoman said.

Classes begin Sept. 6 and are open to children ages 3 and 4. Registration costs $35 and is non-refundable, and children must have a valid immunization record and birth certificate.

For more information, call (412) 672-7289 or visit the church's website. The church is located at 1565 Washington Blvd.


W.O. Farmer's Market Continues Til October

August 22, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The White Oak Farmer's Market is up and running and will continue on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October, a spokesperson said.

Located at Heritage Hills Park next to White Oak Pool, the market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, ice cream, baked goods, fresh eggs, crafts and other items.

The market accepts WIC checks and senior citizens' farmer's market vouchers.

Heritage Hills Park is at 169 Victoria Drive, just off Carmella Drive and approximately a quarter-mile from Foster Road.


Village Returns With New Performers, New Night for Fireworks

August 08, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Denise L. Ritter photo

Tube City Almanac file photo by Denise L. Ritter

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One of Western Pennsylvania's largest and longest-running ethnic festivals returns for its 57th consecutive year with many old favorites and a few new elements.

McKeesport's International Village will be held Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at Stephen Barry Field in Renziehausen Park, next to Penn State University's Greater Allegheny Campus and near McKeesport Area High School. Gates open each day at 3 p.m. and main stage entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

As in past years, a $2 donation is requested at the gate from visitors.

Gates and booths will close at 9 p.m. this year.

In addition, the fireworks display that has typically closed the three-day festival has been moved to opening night --- Tuesday --- as part of a lineup of entertainment that also will include the William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers, the Trafford Junior Tamburitzans, the Grecian Odyssey Dancers, the Saint Nicholas Junior Tamburitzans and a Lebanese bellydancer, as well as entertainment representing the traditions of Kenya.

Music for dancing will be provided in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion, beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, by the group Stari Drugovi, presented by the Swedish booth.

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County Police Seek Suspect in Forward Twp. Shooting

August 07, 2016 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 21-year-old man is wanted by Allegheny County police in connection with a triple shooting in Forward Twp. that left one man dead and two women hospitalized.

Joshua Wardlaw, who according to court records is out on bail while awaiting trial for drug arrests in Charleroi and Monessen, is charged by Allegheny County Police with criminal homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Court records indicate that Wardlaw has addresses in McKeesport as well as Donora and Carroll Twp., Washington County.

Police said that just before 2 a.m. Saturday, a man drove into the parking lot of Saloon 136, on Route 136 just north of the junction with Route 906, and opened fire. Forward Twp. police responded and found three victims --- a 27-year-old man and two 27-year-old women --- at the scene.

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Thank You to Our Donors!

August 04, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

We would like to extend BIG thank yous to Sofia S., Bob D. and Dennis B. for donations of $95 to help us produce this year's broadcast of McKeesport International Village, Aug. 16, 17 and 18!

We would like to raise at least $750.

Any extra not spent on the International Village broadcast will go directly toward keeping our websites --- Tube City Online, and WMCK.FM --- operational.

(We also donate to the City of McKeesport and maintain, free of charge, the International Village website at

If you're at all able to make a tax-deductible donation, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you in advance!

Click this button to make a secure donation using PayPal. PayPal will email you a receipt instantly:


Cornhole Tourney Aug. 13 in Port Vue

August 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A cornhole tournament will be held at Romine Field, Romine Avenue in Port Vue, on Aug. 13, a spokesman said. Registration begins at 10 a.m. There will be a disc jockey, a raffle and concessions.

Proceeds will benefit Cindy's Memorial Bark Park, a project to build a dog park area in Port Vue in honor of the late Cindy McGraw-Davic, a South Allegheny High School and Point Park University alumna who died in 2015.

For more information, visit the Facebook page set up for Cindy's Bark Park.


Forward Twp. Road to Close Aug. 8 for Repairs

August 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Pangburn Hollow Road will close on Monday (Aug. 8) for approximately one month so that a bridge can be repaired, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said.

The closure of the road in Forward Twp. was originally supposed to happen back in June, but had to be rescheduled.

Crews from Pugliano Construction of Plum Borough will be replacing a bridge just north of the intersection of Pangburn Hollow Road and William Penn Road. Traffic will be detoured using Bunola River Road, Raccoon Run Road and River Hill Road. 

The county spokesman said the work is being done as part of the 2016 Capital Bridge Repair Project, which is a $1.45 million construction contract to address seven structurally deficient bridges throughout the county.


CFU Club Taking Lamb Orders

August 04, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

CFU Lodge 432 in Yukon, Westmoreland County, is taking orders for barbecued lamb prepared by Mike Mezick, a spokeswoman said.

Orders should be made by calling (724) 872-7495 before Aug. 14. Orders will be available for pickup on Aug. 21 at the Yukon Croatian Club beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to stay for the indoor picnic that afternoon, the spokeswoman said. Cover charge is $8 for the tamburitza band, Forte, which will play from 2 to 6 p.m.

The club is located at 109 Union St. in Yukon, exit 53 on I-70. For more information, call (724) 722-4100.


Mon-Fayette Project Alive; Turnpike to Hold Public Meetings

August 03, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Jon Dawson via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution-No Derivatives

Seven years after halting work on the final stretch of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is putting the project back into gear.

The commission has scheduled a series of public meetings to collect input from residents and business owners about a new proposal to push on with a segment of highway through the Mon-Yough area.

The first meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Skyview Volunteer Fire Department, just off Route 885 in West Mifflin.

Subsequent meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Carlow University's St. Agnes Center on Fifth Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh; at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the gymnasium of Gateway Middle School, 4450 Old William Penn Hwy., Monroeville; and at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 in the auditorium of Woodland Hills Junior-Senior High School, 2250 Greensburg Pike, Churchill.

First proposed in the 1950s, the Mon-Fayette Expressway was envisioned as a link between Pittsburgh and Interstate 68 near Morgantown, W.Va.

The final, uncompleted 14-mile stretch from Route 51 in Jefferson Hills to the Parkway East in Monroeville would traverse the McKeesport, Duquesne and Braddock areas --- the most-populated stretch along the entire highway route, and arguably the most important segment in terms of economic development.

Plans to build a stretch of the expressway into the City of Pittsburgh have apparently been abandoned due to objections from residents, business owners and city leaders, according to published reports.

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