Artists Invited to Enter Work in Spring Show at Renzie

May 02, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Art Group's 59th annual Spring Art Show will be held from May 19 to 21 at Jacob Woll Pavilion, Renziehausen Park.

Group president Jan Catalogna said artists of all types and skill levels --- including pen and ink artists, painters, watercolorists, sculptors and photographers --- are encouraged to participate. The show also has a special category for student artists.

To enter, visit the McKeesport Art Group website and download the entry form, or call (412) 469-2710, Catalogna said.

In addition, this year's show will include an instructional painting class at 1 p.m. May 20. No previous art classes or training are necessary, she said, and participants of all skill levels are invited.

 
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New Chancellor Named at Penn State's McKeesport Campus

April 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Penn State University photo)

After little more than a year, Andrew Egan has resigned as chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport.

Penn State on Thursday announced Egan's resignation and the appointment of Jacqueline Edmondson, Penn State associate vice president and associate dean for undergraduate education, as the new chancellor and chief academic officer for the 600 student undergraduate campus.

Edmondson has been appointed for a three-year term and will lead a national search for her own permanent replacement, the university said in a statement.

“Jackie brings tremendous knowledge of the university to this position, along with her experience as an accomplished leader in program and curriculum development, and general education," said Madlyn Hanes, Penn State vice president for commonwealth campuses and executive chancellor.

"She will provide excellent guidance and directions, with deep understanding of enrollment trends, the teaching-learning enterprise, and faculty development across the University,” Hanes said. “Jackie also appreciates the importance of our campuses to their respective communities, and the good that comes from collaborative ventures.”

 
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W. Mifflin Man Held in Homicide Attempt

April 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A West Mifflin man was arrested after police said he shot his wife in the chest during a domestic dispute.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

Richard Kadish, 55, is charged by Allegheny County police with attempted homicide and aggravated assault in connection with the incident at the family's home on Rossmoor Drive.

Although the victim's name was not released by police, court records identify her as Karen Kadish.

 
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E-F Teacher Honored by PBS Innovators Program

April 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Photos courtesy Elizabeth Forward School District)


A teacher from Elizabeth Forward Middle School is one of 52 educators from around the United States who's been honored for his efforts to incorporate digital technology in the classroom.

Stephen Hartnett, who teaches eighth-grade American history and also serves as assistant coach of the boys' soccer team, was named a PBS Digital Innovator by the nation's public broadcasting TV network.

The honor was announced by WQED-TV (13), Pittsburgh's public television station.

George Hazimanolis, senior director of corporate communications at WQED, said that over the coming year, Hartnett will partner with WQED personnel to help other teachers use digital audio, video and text and technology in their classrooms.

Hartnett will have access to exclusive training with PBS, as well as resources from PBS LearningMedia; and will be invited to the upcoming 2017 PBS Digital Summit in San Antonio, Texas, which is being held alongside the International Society for Technology in Education conference.

 
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Duquesne, E. McKeesport Among Four New 'Living Well' Communities

April 27, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Map courtesy Allegheny County Health Department)

Duquesne and East McKeesport are among four municipalities newly designated at "Live Well Allegheny Communities."

The designation by the Allegheny County Health Department signifies that the municipalities are committed to helping residents get better access to exercise and healthy food options and limit unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking cigarettes.

In Duquesne, officials announced that they are partnering with the Steel Valley Trail Council to promote the city's connection to the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail, and to encourage residents to use the trail. In addition, the city is seeking funding to provide better pedestrian and bicycle access to the trail from the neighborhoods on the other side of Route 837.

In addition, Duquesne is partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to provide and encourage residents to purchase fresh food from farmers' markets, and is encouraging buildings and playgrounds to go smoke-free.

 
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Groups Gathering Saturday at Marina to Salute Ship, Crew

April 26, 2017 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

Photo via Steamship Historical Society of America

(Above: Photo of S.S. McKeesport while under construction courtesy of Steamship Historical Society of America. To purchase this photo, visit the Steamship Historical Society of America website.)


After 74 years, there is probably no one left alive of the 67 crewmen who were aboard the S.S. McKeesport when it sank in the North Atlantic on April 29, 1943.

The merchant marine vessel was part of a convoy of supply ships that was returning to the United States from Europe when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat.

But McKeesporters haven't forgotten their namesake ship. At 12 noon this Saturday, veterans and volunteers will gather at McKees Point Marina along the Youghiogheny River to remember the S.S. McKeesport.

"We're trying to keep its memory alive, not just for the merchant marines who served, but for all of our veterans," said Mary Ann Goldie, one of the organizers of the annual remembrance ceremony, which has been held each April 29 for nearly 20 years.

 
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Police Log: April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and 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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14-Year-Old Killed in Shooting at Ridge Street Home

April 26, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-year-old was shot to death at a home on Ridge Street Tuesday afternoon, Allegheny County police said.

The teen-ager, a student at Founders' Hall Middle School, was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as William Chaffin. Chaffin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

McKeesport police were dispatched to a home in the 1300 block, just off Versailles Avenue, at 2:35 p.m. when callers reported that a young man had been shot.

County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said in a statement that Chaffin was a visitor to the home where the shooting occurred, and a close friend of the occupants.

All of the parties involved in the incident have been identified, Scherer said, and no charges have yet been filed. However, Scherer said, all of the investigative information will be turned over to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., who will decide whether charges are warranted.

 
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Four Honored by Mayor, Council for Living 'McKeesport Message'

April 25, 2017 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

(Above: Jason DeFelice, U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant (retired), and McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko. Tube City Almanac photo.)


Four people were honored this month by McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko and the McKeesport Message Committee for upholding the values of respect, dignity, hope and love.

A subgroup of the mayor's Select Committee on Crime and Violence, the committee accepts nominations from the public and makes the selections four times per year.

Citations were presented at the April 5 city council meeting to U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. (retired) Jason DeFelice; Sharon Soles; Coach Gerald Grayson; and McKeesport Area High School senior Hannah Klingensmith.

 
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White Oak Church Plans Greek Food Festival May 13

April 24, 2017 |

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

Photo by Penny via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND-2.0 license.

Annunciation of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church will hold a Greek Food Festival from 12 noon to 8 p.m. May 13, featuring lamb shanks, gyros, pastitsio, spanakopita, chicken, grape leaves, rice pilaf, Greek pastries, loukoumades (honey balls) and more.

The church is located at 1128 Summit St., White Oak. For more information about the church, call (412) 673-1224 or visit the website.

 
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