State Commits $2.9M to Upgrade County Airport

February 23, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Avicennasis photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under Creative Commons

West Mifflin's Allegheny County Airport is in line for $2.9 million in state funding to upgrade the parking lot and sidewalks leading to the terminal building.

Leslie Richards, acting state Secretary of Transportation, announced the grant as part of a package of $9.7 million in improvements at six airports in Pennsylvania.

"With aviation supporting thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, it's vital that we ensure airports in Pennsylvania can make safety and operational upgrades," Richards said. "These projects are also investments in the
communities these airports serve."

Built in 1931, Allegheny County Airport served as the Pittsburgh and McKeesport area's primary airport for commercial passenger flights until 1952.

Allegheny County is currently Pennsylvania's seventh-busiest airport, with 75,000 takeoffs and landings every year, according to state and county officials. Now used by business, charter, freight and corporate aircraft, the airport also hosts the Pittsburgh Flight Training Center and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, as well as the regional network of STAT MedEvac medical helicopters.

 
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Police Seek Help in Man's Killing

February 21, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

A McKeesport businessman was found shot to death last night near the 2900 block of Jenny Lind Street.

Allegheny County police said the victim, who was identified by friends as Brandon Barley, 60, was found in Pope Alley, parallel to Jenny Lind, and not far from the former George Washington school.

He had been shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the scene, Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

Barley was the owner of Brandon Barley and Sons Plumbing on Locust Street, and also was well-known for raising and training dogs.

Witnesses described two males fleeing the scene in a dark sedan, Allegheny County police said. The car fled the scene from Fremont Street onto Jenny Lind Street.

Schurman said police have no motive in the shooting. An autopsy was pending Saturday morning.

Anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious in that area is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5016 or the Allegheny County police homicide unit at (412) 473-1300.

 
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Local Penn State Students Meet With Refugees

February 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

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Above: April Belback, Center for Academic and Career Excellence program director, spoke to a group of high school students from the South Hills Interfaith Ministries' Youth Mentoring Program about college goals, expectations and support systems on campus. (Penn State Greater Allegheny photo)

Imagine being forced out of your country, coming to a new country and not knowing anyone at all. All of a sudden, you are in an unfamiliar community surrounded by strangers, you don't know the language and even the foods are strange.

The South Hills of Pittsburgh is home to a growing refugee population with families from around the world, according to the South Hills Interfaith Ministries website. Currently, more than half the individuals served in SHIM's programs are refugees. The organization recently brought 25 of the refugees served at SHIM to visit the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport.

 
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Former Duquesne Works Equipment Goes on Display at Carrie Site

February 20, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Rick Rowlands photos

(Rivers of Steel photos by Rick Rowlands)

A bucket and skip car from U.S. Steel's former Duquesne Works site have been placed on display at the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin and Swissvale boroughs.

The Carrie Furnace site is part of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which was recently reauthorized by the U.S. Senate through 2021, a spokesperson said.

The 15-ton capacity bucket was built by Blaw-Knox and will be installed permanently in the ore yard. The Neeland skip car, the last physical remnant of the Duquesne Works No. 1 Furnace, will be placed in the ore yard near the existing skip hoist. A spokesperson said it will "provide visitors to the site an up-close and personal look at these important artifacts."

Beginning in 1886 as a state-of-the-art Bessemer steel rail mill on the banks of the Monongahela River across from McKeesport and the National Tube Works, the Duquesne Works' use of the "direct" process for rolling rails quickly led to the addition of a twelve-furnace open hearth steel plant. Each furnace was capable of pouring out fifty-ton heats of steel up to three times each day.

The Duquesne Works closed in May of 1984.

 
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Police Seek Leads in Shooting

February 18, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

City and county police are looking for help in identifying the suspect in a shooting incident at the corner of Beech and Beaver streets.

Police said officers were called just before 2 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 19) for reports of shots being fired into a house in the 1700 block of Beech Street.

Several people were inside the house at the time of the shooting, and a woman inside the house was injured. Her name was not released by police.

Police said do not know who the target of the shooting was, or what the motive might have been. Anyone who was in the area and heard or saw anything suspicious is asked to call McKeesport Police at (412) 675-5016 or the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300.

 
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Rent, Property Tax Rebate Forms Available Now

February 17, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Application forms for the state's Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2014.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.

The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that applications and free filing help are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators' offices.

Applications are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

 
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We're All Getting Tired of 'Frozen'

February 17, 2015 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Editorial Cartoons, News

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Forecasters see no end in sight for the bitter cold temperatures that have gripped the Mon-Yough region --- and much of the Northeastern United States --- for much of February.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Moon Twp. say temperatures in our area aren't expected to get out of the teens until this weekend. Wednesday's high will be 18 with a low Wednesday night of 0 degrees.

Thursday is more of the same, with a chance of snow showers and a high of only 6 above zero, with a low that night of -7 degrees.

A fast-moving high pressure system will move eastward on Saturday and Sunday, forecasters say, bringing a chance of snow mixed with freezing rain, along with slightly warmer temperatures in the low 30s.

But more extremely cold, dry air will be behind that pressure system, meaning the start of next week is expected to be just as cold as the start of this week.

 

Drone's Eye View

February 13, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

Jeff Tomovcsik photo, all rights reserved

McKeesport firefighter Jeff Tomovcsik recently captured this view of McKees Point Marina and the Jerome Avenue Bridge using a flying remote-control drone.

The photo was taken during recent warmer temperatures. With lows expected to dip below zero degrees on Saturday night, and daytime highs remaining below freezing at least through next week, the Youghiogheny River's surface will be showing a lot more ice soon.

Meteorologists for the National Weather Service in Moon Twp. issued a hazardous weather advisory for the Mon-Yough area on Friday morning and said dangerous wind chills will likely result in additional advisories over the weekend.

(Photo by Jeff Tomovcsik, used with permission.)

 
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Forward Twp. Farm Added to State's Preservation Program

February 13, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News

A Forward Twp. farm is one of 18 that have been added to Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program, state officials announced Thursday.

John Opatkiewicz Farm No. 1 is a 117-acre crop and livestock operation located on Pangburn Hollow Road near William Penn school.

The Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program identifies properties and slows the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. It enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland.

Besides the Forward Twp. agreement, Pennsylvania's Agricultural Land Preservation Board safeguarded nearly 1,400 additional acres.

 
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Valentine's Day Events Planned at South Park

February 13, 2015 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

The North Park and South Park ice rinks will host Valentine’s Day celebrations on Saturday (Feb. 14).

Session times at both rinks are 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 4:30 to 7 p.m.; and 7:30-10 p.m. Valentine’s Day specials include:

  • Buy one full-price admission, get second admission of equal or lesser value for free (see rates below).
  • Free Valentine tri-color leis for all skaters, while supplies last.
  • Free commemorative photo booth for all skaters from 1 to 9 p.m.
 
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