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W.O. 75th Anniversary Committee to Meet

December 27, 2022 |

By Elizabeth Laughlin | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Borough 75th Anniversary Committee will hold a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the municipal building, 2280 Lincoln Way, Councilwoman Julie Opferman announced.

Anyone interested in helping plan the borough’s anniversary celebration is welcome to attend.

At council’s Dec. 19 meeting, Opferman also awarded the winners of the Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

“Best Traditional” display was awarded to Josh Shega, the “Clark Griswold” award was presented to Russell Morgan, the “Buddy the Elf” award for the “most festive” decorations was presented to Dawn Riggs, and the “Kids Choice” award was presented to Diana Ray.


W.O. Council Set to Approve Budget

December 27, 2022 |

By Elizabeth Laughlin | Posted in: White Oak News

Correction: A quote from Councilman George Pambacas was corrected after publication. We regret the error.

White Oak council will hold a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday to finalize the borough’s 2023 budget and to award a contract for trash collection.

At a meeting last week, council members expressed their frustration over the increasing cost of waste hauling. The borough’s current hauler is Big’s Sanitation.

Councilman George Pambacas, who chairs the public works committee, said the deadline for residents to pay a reduced “early bird” rate has been moved to April 30. “Isn’t there something else we can do to help the average citizen with this bill?” Pambacas said.*

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Firefighters Keep Christmas Eve Tradition Alive

December 27, 2022 |

By Elizabeth Laughlin | Posted in: White Oak News

Santa visited White Oak neighborhoods on the night before Christmas, courtesy of the borough’s two volunteer fire departments. Although many Mon-Yough communities give Santa a lift during December, White Oak officials think the community is one of only a few that holds the event on the night of Dec. 24. (Submitted photo)

On Christmas Eve, two local volunteer fire departments — Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company and White Oak Volunteer Fire Company #1 — celebrated the holidays by visiting neighborhoods in White Oak. Riding the back of fire trucks, Santa Claus waved and handed out candy canes.

Brandon Schmidt is the fire chief of Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., located on Jacks Run Road, and has been an official member for 20 years. Most of his family, including his parents and brother, have also been affiliated with the organization. Currently, there are 42 active members of the company.

Schmidt expressed his excitement over the Christmas Eve tradition. Although many fire departments in Western Pennsylvania give Santa a ride through the community each holiday season, Schmidt said the White Oak departments are one of the few that do it on the night before Christmas, “to the best of my knowledge.”

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Angora Gardens Sets Dec. 16 Open House

December 05, 2022 |

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

Angora Gardens will host a holiday open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 featuring photos with Santa, vendors, a miniature village, entertainment and crafts for children, a spokeswoman said.

Donations of gift cards and new holiday-themed items also are being accepted through Dec. 9 for the Mistletoe Magic Mega Auction Basket raffle, said Julie Pecora, program supervisor.

“Come make a memory at Angora Gardens!” she said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to our Holiday Open House! ​Our community events are open to everyone and feature unique activities and entertainment for all ages.”

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Angora Gardens Posts October Calendar

September 30, 2022 |

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

(Submitted photo)

Thursday yoga classes with Alice Kemp will be returning to Angora Gardens in White Oak this winter, and wreath and crochet classes will resume in November, a spokeswoman has announced.

The health and wellness center, operated by UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough, has released its October schedule, and also is seeking volunteers.

“Volunteering at Angora Gardens is an extremely rewarding experience that provides a valuable service for our community,” says Julie Pecora, program supervisor. “We offer volunteer activities for adults and youth.”

Individuals, families, scout and church groups, schools, corporate teams and others seeking community service hours are encouraged to participate.

The facility is located at 3 Muse Lane in White Oak Park.

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License Plate Replacement Event Today

September 14, 2022 |

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

State Rep. Austin Davis and Allegheny County police will host a free event today (Sept. 15) to help Mon Valley residents replace damaged or hard-to-read license plates.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co., 2916 Jacks Run Road, White Oak.

The event is being held to help residents replace standard-issue license plates only and cannot accommodate specialty, vanity or handicap plates. New plates will not be issued at the event.

Registration is required prior to the event by calling Davis’s office at (412) 664-0035. Davis’s staff will help complete the necessary paperwork for a replacement license ahead of time to streamline the process. Attendees will need to bring a valid driver’s license and current registration to the event.

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department will also be at the event to collect unused or expired medications to dispose of them safely.


Breitinger’s Flowers Announces Retirement Plans

May 18, 2022 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: White Oak News

Russ and Bernadette Breitinger have announced plans to retire from their family business, Breitinger’s Flowers in White Oak. Founded 76 years ago in McKeesport, the business is for sale and will close in June. (Submitted photo)

After 76 years in the blooming business, the Breitinger family is hanging up its pruning shears.

On Wednesday, Breitinger’s Flowers in White Oak announced plans to wind down operations next month. The last day of business will be June 25, said Bernadette Breitinger, wife of Russ Breitinger, whose father founded the business in 1946.

The first store — a one-room, one-person shop — was located on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport. Russ Breitinger took over the business, now located on Cool Springs Road at Route 48, in 1979.

“Our daughters and their families both live out-of-state, and we’d like to be freer to visit with our grandchildren,” Bernadette Breitinger said in a press release. “When you own a business, it actually owns you, and these 65-year-olds are worn out.”

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Coulterville Road Closing Tuesday

May 02, 2022 |

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

Coulterville Road in White Oak will be closed at Lincoln Way beginning Tuesday (May 3) so that crews can replace a bridge, the Allegheny County Department of Public Works announced.

The closure begins at 9 a.m., a spokesman said, and is scheduled to continue through October. It will affect only a short stretch of the road near Lincoln Way Supply.

Crews are replacing a bridge over Long Run and also paving and installing new guide rail and signage, the county said. The $949,777 project will be done by Pugliano Construction Co., Inc., of Plum.

The posted detour includes Lincoln Way, Maus Drive, Clay Pike, Robbins Station Road and Ridge Road.


W.O. Gives Sonic Green Light

April 22, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

The White Oak Planning Commission has approved a lot consolidation for the building of a Sonic restaurant, White Oak council announced Monday.

Council Member Joelle Harbert, who chairs the planning and zoning committee, said the Sonic Drive-In will be located at 1160 Long Run Road in White Oak.

In other business, council outlined several upcoming recreational events for the spring and summer.

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W.O. Looks Forward to Summer

April 18, 2022 |

By Sarah Turnbull | Posted in: White Oak News

Street paving and storm sewer repairs should be finished by mid to late May, White Oak council announced at Monday’s workshop meeting.

Borough engineer Ken Hillman provided updates on the borough’s ongoing infrastructure projects.

“The street paving and storm sewer projects are 65 percent done – should be finished by mid to late May,” Hillman said. “We will also reapply for grants for our streambank stabilization project and Heritage Hill Park.”

In related news, solicitor Pat McGrail announced that the status of the potential Sonic restaurant on Long Run Road depends on the approval of PennDOT.

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