Trail-Side Cabin Begins Hosting Weary Hikers, Bikers

July 11, 2016 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News

A trailside cabin --- or "hostel" --- near McKeesport's marina has begun accepting its first paying guests.

Located in a former snack bar at Gergely Riverfront Park, the brick cabin is secured with an electronic lock and offers four beds, clean linens, a shower, bathroom facilities and a kitchenette, says Linda Brewster, president of the McKeesport Trail Commission.

The commission hosted an open house at the facility on Friday. Visitors who want to rent a bed overnight are charged $30 per bed, per night, and must pay using a credit or debit card; arrangements can be made by calling the trail commission at (412) 523-2972 or (724) 433-5640 before 10 p.m.

"This has been a long time coming and finally it's done," Brewster says. "Everyone who has helped us has been tremendous."

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Ardara Road in NHT to Close for Repairs

July 10, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

North Huntingdon Twp. officials said Ardara Road will be closed Monday and remain closed for about three weeks to allow for roard repairs.

The road is closed from Masters Lane to the bottom of hill near Leger Road, officials said.


Eight Honored by Mayor, Council for 'Living the Message'

July 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Eight people --- including four fourth-graders at Twin Rivers Primary-Intermediate School --- were honored this week for their efforts to live "McKeesport's Message" of "respect, dignity, hope and love."

McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko presented proclamations to each awardee before Wednesday's city council meeting. The honorees were selected by the McKeesport Message Committee, which is currently accepting nominations for the next round of awards, to be presented this fall, said Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor.

"Every three months, the message committee has been giving out these awards to different individuals," Cherepko said. "Really, society as a whole needs to look at increasing dignity, respect, hope and love, and we need help spread that message out into the community."

Nominations for "Living the Message" awards are due by July 31 to Cherepko's office, McKeesport City Hall, 500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport 15132, or via email to To nominate an individual or group, describe in 250 words or fewer how that person or persons embodies one of the four words.

July's award winners follow below.

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Kennywood History, Lore Are Subject of Saturday Talk in Renzie

July 07, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo by Jeremy Thompson via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons

Did you love the Turnpike and the Laser Loop? Did you kiss your sweetheart while rowing a boat in the Lagoon? Did you march with your high school band in the Fall Fantasy Parade? Then McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center has a program for you.

Author and West Mifflin native Brian Butko will discuss his new book "Kennywood: Behind the Screams" at 2 p.m. Saturday (July 9) at the Heritage Center, located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park. The talk, part of the center's Summer Speaker Series, is free for members and $2 for all others.

The book is a pocket-sized guide to the history of Kennywood's attractions and is the first of a planned series of three books about the century-old West Mifflin landmark amusement park.

For more information, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the center's website.

In addition, Butko will be the guest on this Sunday's episode of "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," heard on WEDO (810), WZUM (1550 and 88.1) and WMCK.FM Internet radio. The show is sponsored by McKeesport Hospital Foundation and new episodes are available as a free podcast from iTunes and our website.

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Grant Ave. Work Begins in West Mifflin

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Part of Grant Avenue Extension in West Mifflin will be closed during evenings this week so that work can continue on the Homeville Viaduct.

The Allegheny County Department of Public Works said closing the road is necessary so that crews from Mosites Construction can replace a bearing on the bridge. The 779-foot-long bridge, built in 1955, is undergoing a $10 million reconstruction project.

Grant Avenue will be closed nightly between Lower Bull Run Road and Edgewood Avenue beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through Saturday (July 9). All work is being done at night.

A county spokeswoman said motorists should follow the posted detour.


Three-Day Fundraiser Will Support Hospital Foundation

July 05, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Photo courtesy UPMC Health System

(Editor's Note: Tube City Community Media has a conflict of interest. Please see the note at the end of this story.)

There's a new twist to an old favorite --- the annual fundraiser known as the UPMC McKeesport Invitational.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the invitational will include what Eliana Latterman, director of development, calls a "Burgh-style cash bash" at 7 p.m. July 29 at the country club. Retired McKeesport Area High School football coach George Smith will serve as master of ceremonies.

The flagship event remains the annual golf outing at Youghiogheny Country Club, Latterman says.

Friday's cash-bash event will be Pittsburgh sports-themed, so ticket buyers will also get chances to win sports memorabilia prizes, each valued at approximately $300, that represent the range of Pittsburgh professional sporting, Latterman says.

Baskets are being created by the hospital's nursing units and other departments and will be raffled, she says.

The three-day UPMC McKeesport Invitational supports the work of the hospital foundation. Other events during the invitational include a Saturday tennis tournament and a Monday golf outing, followed by a dinner.

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Police Log: June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

  • Arrest records published here were provided by the McKeesport Police Department.
  • 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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Kid-Friendly Tours Will Explain Steelmaking Process

June 16, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

A new series of tours aimed at elementary school kids will introduce them to the technology that powered the steel industry during its 20th century heyday.

"Kids at Carrie" will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 26, July 31 and Aug. 21 at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site, located in Swissvale near the Rankin Bridge. Advance registration is encouraged.

Ron Baraff of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, which maintains the site, said the tours are designed to be short, kid-friendly, and interactive.

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Route 30 Closed in East Pittsburgh This Weekend

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Route 30 in East Pittsburgh will be closed this weekend so that workers can put a top coat of latex paving on a new bridge.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, the bridge that carries Route 30 over Bessemer Avenue between Center Street and Clyde Avenue, will close to traffic in both directions continuously through 6 a.m. Monday, said a district spokesman for the state Department of Transporation.

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Route 885 Paving Work Begins Monday

June 15, 2016 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Crews will be repaving part of Route 885 between CCAC South Campus and Ravensburg Boulevard in Clairton, beginning next week.

A district spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said that parts of the road will be restricted to single, alternating lanes of traffic, weather permitting, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Weekend work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. is also possible.

Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

The project includes milling and paving, concrete pavement patching, base repairs, guide rail updates, shoulder work, signal improvements and line painting activities.  Work will conclude in late July. Lindy Paving Inc. is the prime contractor.


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