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McKeesport Housing Authority Maintenance/Section 3 Program is now accepting applications for:
Maintenance Technician – Full Time & Part Time

Minimum requirements: PA Drivers License; High School Diploma or GED; and minimum of 2 years' building trade (carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing) high school or vocational training - or - associate's degree from accredited union/trade apprentice program in building trades -or - a minimum of 5 years of actual trade experience with a trade company or self-employment (this must be documented and verified).

Other requirements: Must be a City of McKeesport resident; must pass pre-employment testing and evaluation; must pass pre-employment drug testing and background check; and must have valid ID.

Apply at: McKeesport Housing Authority, 2901 Brownlee Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132. Hours are 8:30-4:30. Closed 12-1 for lunch


To place your ad, email Ads start at $1 per day, minimum seven days.

Work Underway to Renovate Two City Ball Fields

May 17, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: News, Sports

Work is underway to renovate two community ball fields in the city to update the facilities and make them more accessible to people with disabilities.

The projects at Fawcett and Duncan fields, totaling $210,000, are designed to enhance recreation opportunities for younger residents and make the neighborhoods more attractive places to live, McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said.

The fields are used on a daily basis during the baseball and softball season, he said, including by several leagues.

“Youth sports (are) a way to keep our children active and involved in a structured program that will teach them cooperation, team building and other responsibilities that will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” Cherepko said. “My administration always will support initiatives and developments that provide positive life-learning experiences for our children.”

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Art Group Celebrates 60 Years With Spring Show

May 15, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

McKeesport Art Group will celebrate its 60th Anniversary this weekend with one of its largest spring art shows in recent memory.

Scheduled to go on display at 5 p.m. Friday at Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park are 135 entries, including many from area students, said Jan Catalogna, group president.

Awards will be presented during a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. Hours are 12 noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Catalogna said. There is no admission charge, and original art and crafts will be for sale.

"We have metal working, 3-D art, photography and computer art, in addition to" paintings and drawings, she said.

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LifeSpan Slates Renzie 'Picnic in the Park' May 24

May 13, 2018 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements

All area seniors are invited to LifeSpan Mon Valley Center's annual "Picnic in the Park" at the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion in Renziehausen Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 24, a spokeswoman said.

There will be live music from Darryl & Kim playing Motown favorites, along with bingo, dancing and lunch. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (412) 664-5434.


Auberle Award Ceremony Recognizes Success Through Teamwork

May 13, 2018 |

By Tyler Pack | Posted in: News

In sailing, it's not as simple as just setting out a boat on a straight course.

Instead, Kathleen Miclot told an audience at Edgewood Country Club, navigating a sailboat is all about turning and steering to follow the wind and the current. And succeeding depends on the whole crew.

“It takes work and it takes help from other people," said Miclot, who spoke at the 32nd annual All Star Banquet Dinner and Award Ceremony for McKeesport-based Auberle. "With the correct help, you can get where you are trying to get.”

The ceremony, held May 7, recognized donors, foster parents and corporate sponsors.

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Duquesne Achieves Better ISO Fire Rating

May 13, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne has improved its fire preparedness rating by five points, according to a national agency.

At last week's Duquesne City Council meeting, fire Chief Frank Cobb said the Insurance Service Office, Inc., has moved the community from a 9 to a 4, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst.

The city had last been rated in 1989, Cobb said. The rating reflects the overall effectiveness of the department, he said.

Cobb said 24 calls for service were answered by the department for April. The chief also thanked Mayor Nickole Nesby and city council for funding repairs to the department's ladder truck.

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Response to New Transit Plan Positive, Port Authority Says

May 10, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Image courtesy Port Authority of Allegheny County)

Port Authority's recently appointed CEO, Katharine Eagan Kelleman, is scheduled to attend a public hearing at 6 p.m. tonight at the Palisades, corner of Fifth Avenue and Water Street, Downtown, to discuss the latest proposed changes to Mon Valley bus routes.

But the public response to the changes --- planned in conjunction with a proposed new Bus Rapid Transit loop between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland --- have been "overwhelmingly positive," says Adam Brandolph, a spokesman for the transit agency.

Additional public meetings are planned May 14 in downtown Pittsburgh, May 17 in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood, and May 22 and 24 in Oakland, Brandolph says.

The current proposal would preserve the frequency of 61 A, B and C routes that connect Mon Valley communities such as Braddock, Swissvale, Homestead, West Mifflin, Duquesne and McKeesport with downtown Pittsburgh via Oakland.

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Duquesne Fire Dept. Awaits Results of Insurance Inspection

May 09, 2018 |

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Fire company Vice President Chas Woolsey, junior firefighter Nate Beck and fire Chief Frank Cobb look over equipment at the Duquesne fire station. (Cami DiBattista photo for Tube City Almanac)

Firefighters and city officials in Duquesne are awaiting the results of an evaluation of the fire department's readiness.

The evaluation is being done by the Insurance Services Office, Inc., said Duquesne fire Chief Frank Cobb. The last ISO inspection of Duquesne was done in 1989, he said.

ISO assigns a Public Protection Classification rating between 1 and 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst. Duquesne's PPC rating was seven, Cobb said.

“They seemed pleased,” he said. “It’s looking pretty good and we’re anticipating a much lower rating than we received several decades ago.”

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Authority Seeks Solution for White Oak Sewer Backups

May 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: White Oak News

Officials at the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County are working on a solution to sewer backups that have repeatedly flooded the basements of several White Oak homeowners.

John Palyo, borough manager, said the problem in the area of Vermont and Ohio avenues is particularly acute during wet weather and following heavy rainstorms.

White Oak sold its sewer lines to the Westmoreland authority --- which also provides water to McKeesport, Port Vue, White Oak and several neighboring Allegheny County communities --- several years ago, Palyo said.

And although Pennsylvania American Water Co. now owns the McKeesport sewage treatment plant, Gary Lobaugh, a spokesman for the water company, said it only treats White Oak's wastewater --- it doesn't maintain the underground lines in the borough.

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Correction, Not Perfection

May 09, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements, White Oak News

Due to an editing error, a story published May 1 about a White Oak borough council meeting was incorrect.

Although White Oak's wastewater is treated by Pennsylvania-American Water Co. at the McKeesport treatment plant, the sewer lines themselves are owned and maintained by the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, and have been for several years, according to borough manager John Palyo and Gary Lobaugh, spokesman for the water company.

The mistake was made in editing and was not the fault of the writer. I apologize for the error.

-- Jason Togyer, editor and executive director

Tube City Almanac corrects all known errors of fact, promptly. If you think a news article is factually incorrect and needs to be corrected, please email or call (412) 614-9659.


Letter Carriers, Volunteers Prepare for 26th Annual Food Drive

May 08, 2018 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Announcements

(Photo courtesy Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank)

Retired postal worker Chuck Jarrell will be up before 6 a.m. this Saturday, buying dozens of donuts for his former colleagues at the McKeesport post office.

"I like to get them all sugared-up before they go out," he says, joking.

Saturday is a special day for the men and women of the McKeesport post office --- and post offices around the country --- as the National Association of Letter Carriers will be running its 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Since 1993, the food drive organized by the postal workers' union has collected 1.6 billion --- that's 1,600,000,000 --- pounds of food for the needy and hungry.

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