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Crafts, Live Music Mark Good Neighbor Day

June 16, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McKeesport’s Good Neighbor Day will return Wednesday (June 16) to Fifth Avenue, Downtown.

A spokesperson said more than 40 organizations are scheduled to participate, including food vendors, craft booths and games for kids, local public officials, community service groups, churches and businesses.

Events will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along a two-block stretch of Fifth Avenue between Market and Locust streets. Admission is free.

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First-Responders Meet Kids During Career Week

June 14, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

Paramedics from McKeesport Area Rescue Service joined city police and firefighters to talk to local students about public-safety careers. (Submitted photo)

McKeesport Area School District students participating in a day camp are getting a close-up look at career paths this week.

On Monday, first-responders from McKeesport police and fire departments and McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service met with students to answer questions and show them how emergency equipment works.

The summer camp, funded by the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, includes daily sessions focused on hands-on learning, athletics and enrichment. This week is “Career Week,” organizers said.

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Roads Flooded, Power Off After Storms Slam Area

June 14, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News, White Oak News

A fast-moving storm knocked down this tree in McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park on Monday afternoon. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo)

For the second day in a row, intense thunderstorms slammed parts of the Pittsburgh area on Monday, flooding streets, knocking down trees and turning out the lights for thousands of residents.

Duquesne Light Co. said more than 5,200 customers were without power Monday night, including about 1,000 in McKeesport, North Versailles Twp. and Port Vue. About 3,000 West Penn Power customers in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties also were without power, including in White Oak, Coulter and Elizabeth Twp., company officials said.

A fast-moving line of storms swept through the Mon-Yough area between 2 and 3 p.m., bringing dangerous lightning, high winds and pea-size hail.

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City Man, Two Other Dead in Pittsburgh Crash

June 14, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Pittsburgh firefighters work to extinguish a blaze that ignited after a car crashed into this office building on that city’s North Side. Three people, including a McKeesport man and a Clairton woman, died in the crash. (Pittsburgh police photo)

Three people, including a McKeesport man, died after a car crashed into a blood plasma center on Pittsburgh’s North Side on Saturday morning.

Pittsburgh police said Ronald K. Morgan, 50, was inside the vehicle that crashed into the Biomat USA plasma center in the 1300 block of Western Avenue just before 12 noon. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two victims, Laura E. Meneskie, 35, of Pittsburgh, and Parveena Abdul, 55, of Clairton were employees of Biomat USA who were working inside the building, emergency personnel said.

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Library Hosts COVID-19 Clinic June 18

June 07, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, McKeesport and Region News

Carnegie Library of McKeesport will host a “pop-up” vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18 in the children’s room, a spokeswoman said.

All walk-ins will be accepted. The vaccine to be administered will be the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Masks will be required except for people with medical exemptions. The vaccine is free and is available to ages 16 and older.

For more information, call (412) 672-0624. The library is located at 1507 Library Ave.


EA To Host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

June 07, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

East Allegheny School District will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday (June 9), a spokesperson said.

This clinic will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Logan Elementary School, 1150 Jacks Run Road in North Versailles Twp., and is not limited to residents of the district. The clinic is also open to residents of surrounding communities.

This vaccine opportunity is available due to a partnership between UPMC, Children and Adults Developmental Agency Programs, the Neighborhood Resilience Project and East Allegheny School District.

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Seniors Cap Challenging Year With Final Concerts

June 04, 2021 |

By Bonnijean Cooney Adams | Posted in: Entertainment, McKeesport and Region News

Correction: This article was corrected after publication to fix a misspelled name. We apologize for the error. —JT

Senior members of the McKeesport Area High School Choir gather for their final spring concert on May 11. (Submitted photo)

Twenty-seven McKeesport Area High School seniors — some even participating in all three music ensembles — performed their final band, choir and orchestra concerts to culminate a challenging year during a pandemic.

The choir concert was May 11, while band and orchestra performed May 13.

Although practices, classes, and performances definitely were different than in the past for the students and their directors, some shared reflections of how they overcame the obstacles.

Three seniors receive awards annually for outstanding contributions, while a fourth is presented with a scholarship in honor of a long-time McKeesport Area High School music teacher and band director who passed away in 2017.

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Heritage Center Hosts Owston Concert Sunday

June 04, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

Pastor Chuck Owston (Submitted photo via Facebook)

The “rockabilly reverend,” Pastor Chuck Owston, will give a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, a spokesperson said.

Owston’s program, entitled “Highways & Railways,” will include a musical journey from the mountains of Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta “and beyond.”

A member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Owston has been playing and singing American roots music for more than 60 years. In the 1960s he did on-location research in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, studying folk music from people who were passing down traditional music from generation to generation.

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Renzie Market Opens This Saturday

June 04, 2021 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

Jaime DeCarlo and Camden Stover of DeCarlo's Fruit Market on the Glassport-Elizabeth Road had produce, honey and flowering plants available at the Renzie Market in 2017. (Tube City Almanac file photo)

The farmer’s market at Renziehausen Park resumes this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will continue through late August, a spokesperson said.

Located behind McKeesport Fire Station No. 2 at the corner of Eden Park Boulevard and Tulip Drive, scheduled vendors include DeCarlo’s Market, Jwicksbeads, Gifts of Paradise, 2 Guys & A Coffee Stand, Daryl’s Famous Rolls, Modest Lips, Sydney’s Scrunchies, Cheryl Yeager Gallery and more.

Fruit and vegetable vendors accept WIC and senior produce vouchers. For more information, visit Renzie Market on Facebook.


W.O. Remembers Sacrifices, Welcomes Summer

June 03, 2021 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

*Correction: This story was corrected after publication to fix a misspelled name. We apologize for the error. —JT

Vietnam-era veterans representing American Legion Post 701 ride in Monday’s Memorial Day parade on Lincoln Way in White Oak. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, White Oak resumed its annual Memorial Day parade Monday.

The parade began at 12:30 p.m. on Guice Street and ended at the American Legion post on Capitol Street.

Hosted by American Legion General Smedley D. Butler Post 701, the parade included units representing veterans’ organizations, the White Oak police department, area volunteer firefighters, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and the McKeesport Area High School Tiger Band.
For Laura Massie, executive director of the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, seeing the community come together is the best part of Memorial Day.

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