New Parking Lot Answers Need at City’s Library

August 30, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

Michael Abraitis III, president of the board of directors of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, cuts a ribbon being held by White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton to officially open the facility’s new parking lot Aug. 9. Looking on are state Sen. James Brewster, state Rep. Austin Davis, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko and other library board members. (Vickie Babyak photo, special to Tube City Almanac)


Just a few hours after Carnegie Library of McKeesport cut the ribbon to its new parking lot, all 30 spaces were filled.

“We were all so excited,” said Colleen Rauschenberg Denne, library director, with a laugh.

The $256,000 project answered a long-standing need at the facility in the city’s Seventh Ward, which opened in 1900 with the help of a grant from steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

McKeesport’s library was the 12th of nearly 1,700 Carnegie libraries constructed in the United States during his lifetime.

 
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PennDOT Pledges $900K for Upgrades to County Airport

August 30, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

A STAT MedEvac medical helicopter lands at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. The facility is one of the busiest general aviation airports in Pennsylvania, with up to 75,000 takeoffs and landings every year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (Kevin A. Geiselman photo via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.)


A state grant will provide $900,000 to upgrade the terminal and apron area at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.

The grant is being made by the state Department of Transportation's Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program and Multimodal Fund, state Sen. Jim Brewster said this week.

“Allegheny County Airport is a regional resource that enhances development potential throughout the Mon Valley,” Brewster said. “An improved airport, in addition to the new Mon-Fayette Expressway and other local economic projects, creates business development opportunities for the area.”

Opened in 1931, Allegheny County Airport is the largest general aviation airport in Western Pennsylvania, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

 
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Wilmerding Community Center Prepares for Grand Opening at Former Y Site

August 29, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News, North Versailles Twp. News

Wilmerding Community Center board member Melissa Allenbaugh shows the indoor swimming pool to John Callahan of North Versailles Twp. during the open house held on Aug. 24. The grand opening will take place Sept. 3. (Richard Finch Jr. photo special to Tube City Almanac)


Greg Jakub has been involved in the Wilmerding Community Center project ever since “the YMCA handed me the old keys and closed the door.”

At an open house Saturday at the former Wilmerding YMCA, Jakub, the borough's mayor, said he would like to see people coming to the center to socialize as well as exercise.

“We have people that used to come in here, they didn’t swim, they came to sit and gab and that’s what we want to have happen again,” Jakub said. “All the hard work is finally paying off, but we're still a work in progress and there are things that need to be done.”

The center officially opens to the public on Sept. 3.

 
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Elected Officials Call for Pollution Crackdown; U.S. Steel Hit With New Lawsuit

August 28, 2019 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

(Photo by Mark Dixon, via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons.)

A group of 63 local elected officials --- including state Sen. Jay Costa, state Reps. Austin Davis and Summer Lee, and the mayors of Braddock, Duquesne and East Pittsburgh --- have signed an open letter calling for stricter air pollution regulation and tougher penalties on violators.

The letter --- released Wednesday during a press conference held by an activist group, PennEnvironment --- came two days after U.S. Steel was hit with another federal lawsuit over emissions from its Clairton Plant.

“Allegheny County is a great place to live — but air pollution is threatening residents' health,” says the letter, available on PennEnvironment's website. “Pittsburgh is a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family — but not if the air will make us sick.”

 
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Annual Fun Walk on Sept. 14 Benefits Programs for Kane Residents

August 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Submitted photo)

The eighth-annual "Joan Burns Fun Walk 4 Kane" will be held Sept. 14 to raise money for activities for residents of Allegheny County's four Kane skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Kane McKeesport, 100 Ninth Ave. at Water Street, and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. A picnic on the Kane lawn will follow. The first 100 people to register will receive a T-shirt.

The registration fee is $20, but will be waved for anyone who turns in donations and pledges of $50 or more, a spokesperson said.

 
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McClintock Road to Close for Paving This Week

August 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Milling and paving will close McClintock Road in White Oak on Thursday and Friday, weather-permitting, a district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation has announced.

The closure will be effective from 6 a.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Friday between Lincoln Way and Laurel Lane. Traffic will be detoured via Lincoln Way and Route 48.

 
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Soup, Salad Dressing Sale to Benefit Crew Missions

August 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The Crew Missions will be holding its annual soup and salad dressing fundraiser through Sept. 12, a spokeswoman said.

Frozen soup, sold by the quart, includes creamy pepperjack cheese and crab meat or shrimp bisque, $11; wedding soup, chicken dumpling or creamy beer cheese, $10; and French onion, $9.

The salad dressing pack includes fruit-infused vinegar, balsamic vinegar, infused olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil for $15.

 
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’Pooches in Pool’ Event Monday at County Parks

August 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Allegheny County photo via Facebook)

The wave pools at Boyce Park and South Park will host their fourth-annual “Pooches in the Pool” event from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, a spokesperson said.

During the event, dogs will be permitted to swim in the pools, but they must wear current license and rabies tags to enter the pools, and each dog must be accompanied by at least one guardian. The cost is $15 per dog with up to two guardians, and each additional attendee will be charged $5, the spokesperson said.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the pools on the day of the event.

 
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LifeSpan Schedules Car Show, Other Events

August 28, 2019 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy LifeSpan, via Facebook.)

LifeSpan’s annual Mon Valley Car Show will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Olympia Shopping Center, Versailles, a spokeswoman said.

Visitors can enjoy music from WEDO (810) radio personalities Candy and Mike, as well as a jewelry and craft booth, hot dogs and hamburgers, and a stuffed pepper dinner. There are also will be drawings and raffles.

There is a $5 entry fee for show cars. The rain date is Oct. 5. For more information, call Jerry at (412) 310-4646 or Michelle and Marcy at (412) 664-5434.

 
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NV Twp. Resident Complains About Right-of-Way Maintenance

August 26, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Jill Moran wants North Versailles Twp. to maintain the right-of-way adjacent to the property she and her husband purchased in January on Diane Drive.

“I own this house and we take (preserving) it very seriously,” she told commissioners at the Aug. 15 meeting. “In March we moved in and have been working hard to maintain the property, especially the yard.”

Moran said she is upset that she received a notice from the township regarding the right-of-way adjacent to her property.

“Some commissioner complained they couldn’t see when they pulled their car out on Diane and Foster, to the right, which is our property,” she said. “I don’t appreciate being welcomed to the township with a complaint that was not accurate.”

 
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