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Fish Fry Tradition Alive,
Well in Mon-Yough Area

February 26, 2020 |

By Emily Pidgeon | Posted in: McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

(Editor's note: This story was corrected after publication.)

Volunteers at Corpus Christi Church in McKeesport prepare pierogi dough for assembly for annual fish fry. (Emily Pidgeon photos for Tube City Almanac)


Deep fryers pop and hiss, phones ring, volunteers shout out orders and collect totals. The air smells of fresh seafood and butter, cabbage and onions. Lines of people form, all waiting to place or pick up their order on the first evening of the Lenten season.

It’s just another Friday for church members and firemen alike at local area fish fries in the Mon Valley.

For the West Wilmerding Volunteer Fire Dept. in North Versailles Twp. and Mary Mother of God Parish in McKeesport, frying fish and serving the community go hand in hand with Lent. Both institutions cite religion and tradition as the reason for the fish fries each year.

“God and Money,” said Bud Pusey, West Wilmerding assistant fire chief. “That’s how we live here in the Steel Valley. That’s all we know. We get up and go to work each day to make a living and try to do the right thing. We work and we eat, and that’s how it’s always been.”

 
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Sewerage Rate Increase Planned for NV Twp. Residents

February 25, 2020 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Sewerage bills will be increasing next month for residents of North Versailles Twp.

At the monthly meeting Feb. 20, township commissioners said the increase is the first in four years.

“We don’t ever like to see the rates go up but we are simply passing on the increase that we are seeing from Alcosan,” said Sam Juliano, vice president of the township commissioners.

“There have been a number of additional factors that play into the rate increase,” said Frank Pearsol, chair of the North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority.

 
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Employee Urges EA Board to Keep Bus Contract

February 12, 2020 |

By Jason A. Mignanelli | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

An Allegheny Transportation Services employee made a passionate plea to East Allegheny School Board prior to its upcoming contract negotiations with the company.

East Allegheny School District is currently in its final year of a five-year contract with Allegheny Transportation Services. ATS provides regular student-to-school transportation as well as charter services, such as field trips and travel to and from sporting events.

Standard procedure is for the school district to review contracts every five years and potentially open the bidding process to other transportation companies.

The board recently voted to begin accepting new proposals for the transportation services.

 
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SWAT Raids Duquesne Home in
Search of Shooting Suspect

January 10, 2020 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, Duquesne News, North Versailles Twp. News

The Allegheny County SWAT team raided a Duquesne home on Thursday night, looking for a man wanted in connection with a North Versailles Twp. homicide.

Although the wanted man wasn't found, county police arrested a woman after they said they found suspected drugs, a loaded handgun and ammunition inside the house.

Police said Erik Desean Addison, 23, of Pittsburgh remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

 
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NV Twp. Slates Holiday Party, Decorating Contest

December 02, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will hold a community Christmas party at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave., said township Commissioner Tracy Yusko on behalf of the parks and recreation department, the North Versailles Twp.

The township also will hold a contest to choose the "best decorated house," with judging on Dec. 13. To nominate your own house or someone else's, please register with the parks and recreation department. The township office phone number is (412) 823-6602.

 


NV Commissioners Hold Line on Taxes, Spending

November 27, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved a preliminary budget for 2020 that includes no tax increase.

At this month's meeting, commissioners approved a tentative budget for 2020 in the amount of $8.1 million, consisting of $7,577,657 for the general fund; $331,248 for the liquid fuels fund and $205,010 for the fire tax fund.

Commissioners also gave preliminary approval to an ordinance fixing the tax rate for the year 2020 at 7.25 mills for the general fund and 0.5 mills for the fire tax.

 
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Police Departments Post October Reports

November 26, 2019 |

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

White Oak

In October, White Oak police made 14 total arrests, 13 adult and one juvenile: three assaults, two criminal mischief, two criminal trespasses, one DUI, one flight to avoid apprehension, one hindering apprehension/prosecution, two theft, one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, 63 traffic violations, and 823 total incidents. -- Christy Walters

North Versailles Twp.

During October, North Versailles Twp. police department received 763 calls, made 19 arrests and housed six inmates from Turtle Creek and six inmates from East McKeesport, according to township Commissioner Russell Saula. --- Richard Finch Jr.

 


NV Twp. Sewer Rates Increasing in 2020

November 26, 2019 |

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. residents can expect an increase in their sewer bills as a result of the sanitation authority budget, approved by the board of commissioners at Thursday's meeting.

The increase will amount to approximately 24 percent, commission Vice President Sam Juliano said.

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, or Alcosan, treats wastewater from the northern part of the township, while sewers in the southern part of the township are connected to Pennsylvania American Water Co.'s McKeesport treatment plant. PAWC took over the McKeesport sewerage authority in 2017.

Township officials said for the past three years the North Versailles sanitary authority held rates constant despite increases from Alcosan totaling more than 21 percent for that time period.

 
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Shooting, Crash Leaves One Dead,
Several Others Injured

October 29, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

Two people have been charged after a car chase and shooting in North Versailles Twp. that left a Pittsburgh man dead and closed Route 30 for nearly 12 hours.

Several people were injured during the incident, which ended with a three-car crash Sunday night between Great Valley Shopping Center and the George Westinghouse Bridge.

Richard N. Littlejohn Jr., 32, of Pittsburgh's Hill District was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

 
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Pedestrian Killed in NVT Crash;
Police Seek Car That Fled Scene

October 23, 2019 |

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News, North Versailles Twp. News

A pedestrian died Wednesday morning after being struck by at least two cars on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp.

One of the vehicles fled the scene, police said.

Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said 63-year-old Ritchie Holmes of North Versailles was struck near the intersection of Route 30 and Taylor Street at around 7 a.m.

 
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