August 26, 2014 | Link to this story

McKeesport Symphony Receives State Grant

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The McKeesport Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $2,103 grant by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, state Sen. Jim Brewster said last week.

"The McKeesport Symphony Orchestra has been a key part of the arts community in the Mon Valley for years," Brewster said. "I am pleased that the symphony will receive this grant so it can continue to provide wonderful music and enjoyment for years to come."

Brewster, who represents parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, said the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts was established by statute in 1966 to enhance the arts in Pennsylvania. Its mission is to develop the "excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts."

The grant program was started by the council in 1968. "The McKeesport Symphony has contributed immensely to the quality of life in the Mon Valley and has been an asset to our region," Brewster said.

The grant for the symphony was among a number of awards for groups throughout Allegheny County announced late last week by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.



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August 15, 2014 | Link to this story

Celebration of Carrie Deer Includes Film Debut

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Homestead's Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area will host an evening of "food, fun and film" this Saturday at the historic Carrie blast furnaces in Rankin.

The event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the so-called "Carrie Deer" --- a scrap metal stag's head created by guerrilla artists inside the abandoned mill in the late 1990s --- and a show of support for the historic site itself.

Special guest hosts for the event are actor and writer David Conrad and WQED-TV producer and filmmaker Rick Sebak.

Following a special VIP reception at 6 p.m., the gates open to the public at 8 with food and beverages from local eateries, as well as the debut of a documentary about the Carrie Deer. The documentary by filmmakers Sharon and Ken Brown of Glyph Inc was sponsored by The Sprout Fund and Rivers of Steel.

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August 13, 2014 | Link to this story

Thank You: Penn State Greater Allegheny

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August 13, 2014 | Link to this story

Thank You: McKeesport Housing Corp.

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August 12, 2014 | Link to this story

International Village Webcast: Day 1

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Visit McKeesport's International Village for official information, or follow McKeesport International Village on Facebook for regular updates.

Weather permitting, our live video webcast will begin when the entertainment begins at 6 p.m.

If for any reason (bad weather, bad Internet connection) we are not able to stream video live, we are taping the coverage and we will upload it one day later.

Unfortunately, WEDO (810) has informed us that they will not be carrying an hour of International Village this year.

Within Renziehausen Park, you will be able to hear International Village on an FM radio at 89.9. (Due to FCC regulations, we need to keep the signal confined as much as possible to Renzie.)

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This year's International Village webcast is sponsored by Penn State University Greater Allegheny and McKeesport Housing Corp., as well as reader and listener donations. Thank you!



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August 05, 2014 | Link to this story

The Beg-a-Thon Continues

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When public TV stations need to raise money, they put on programming that everyone wants to watch. We don't have that option, so we're using reverse psychology, and putting my ugly puss on camera.

Unless you want to see that again, please donate. Go to bit.ly/Begathon to make a secure donation via credit or debit card, and thanks for your ongoing support over the years.

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July 31, 2014 | Link to this story

Long Run Preschool to Close Aug. 15

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A White Oak-based preschool that has served the McKeesport area since 1962 will close its doors Aug. 15.

Long Run Children's Learning Center has been suffering from financial problems since 2010, when it lost a contract with Allegheny Intermediate Unit to provide early intervention services to about 100 special needs children. The board of directors voted at its July meeting to close the facility, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

"This is perhaps the most difficult decision I've ever had to be part of," said Cindy Popovich, who chairs Long Run's board of directors. She called Long Run "an integral part of the lives and education of hundreds of McKeesport-area families over the years."

"Unfortunately, we have had to face the economics of maintaining a highly specialized school with increasingly dwindling revenue sources," Popovich said.

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July 29, 2014 | Link to this story

International Village Website Revamped

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We recently did a thorough update of the International Village website, which is hosted free of charge to city taxpayers by Tube City Online and Skymagik Internet Services.

Point your fingers at www.internationalvillage.info, and remember that we also will be providing a live, video webstream from the main stage this Aug. 12, 13 and 14, as well as radio coverage (inside Renziehausen Park) on 89.9 MHz FM.

In addition, WEDO (810) will carry highlights from International Village each night from 7 to 8 p.m., produced by Tube City Online.

We have two confirmed sponsors --- Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus and McKeesport Housing Corp. --- but we are still short of the money we need to break even. If your group or business would like to help sponsor our broadcast at the $100 or $250 level, we would appreciate it. Email tubecitytiger@gmail.com or call (412) 614-9659. And thank you.

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July 26, 2014 | Link to this story

'Hard-to-Recycle' Items Collected Aug. 16

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You can get rid of those hard to recycle appliances, computers, old tires and other junk at a collection event at the Allegheny County Airport.

That's on Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's sponsored by the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Resources Council. Recycling experts will haul away your old DVD players, cell phones, ink cartridges and used cooking oils, free of charge.

They will also collect old tires, batteries, small refrigerators and TV sets for a small fee. TV sets and items containing refrigerant are among the types of trash no longer accepted as household waste.

For more information, call (412) 488-7490 or visit prc.org.

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July 23, 2014 | Link to this story

Arts, Craft Show in Renzie Park Planned

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Planning is underway for the first-ever "Patriot's Day Arts and Crafts Show" in Renziehausen Park from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

The event will be held, rain or shine, in the parking lot next to the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, in Renzie. The show is being timed to coincide with a planned "Patriot's Day" parade at 6 p.m. and a concert in Renzie at 7 p.m. on the same day.

Vendors can sell art, crafts and antiques. A 10-by-10-foot space can be reserved for only $20 until Aug. 8, or $25 after Aug. 8. Vendors should bring their own table or tent, if desired.

The event is being sponsored by the Heritage Center, the McKeesport Art Group and the WIP Arts Project. An application can be downloaded from the heritage center's website.

For more information, call the Heritage Center at (412) 678-1832 or email Jan Catalogna at jacat99@aol.com.



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July 19, 2014 | Link to this story

Bookstore Owner Holding On for Downtown Revival

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Downtown McKeesport's long-battered business district, where boarded-up storefronts outnumber active businesses, is primed for a comeback within three years, predicts Larry Wolfe, owner of L&L Christian Bookstore on Walnut Street.

Wolfe just hopes that he can hold on that long. He was our guest at 9:30 a.m. Friday on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," heard over WEDO (810) and also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

"I think things are going to turn around here," he says. "I think some of the people who own property around here are holding onto it because they know that ... they've got the marina with over 200 boats in there. I'm sure they're going to expand that. If you have 200 boats you have 400 to 800 people there every weekend."

An entrepreneur who owns several businesses in his native Cleveland, Wolfe opened the bookstore two months ago in the former Golden Rule home decorating store near the intersection of Fifth and Walnut. The brightly lit store is packed with new merchandise ranging from books and gospel CDs through children's toys, coloring books, choir robes and liturgical material.

Wolfe has a similar successful store in East Cleveland that he claims is the most successful independent Christian bookstore in Ohio.

Yet in McKeesport, business has been slow --- some days, he makes only one or two sales. He watches hundreds of cars pass his front door, but few stop. "You've got one or two businesses trying to do something here," Wolfe says. "But you need other things here."

The Downtown district needs small specialty stores --- gift shops, card shops, beauty salons --- that people don't go to the mall for.

Unfortunately, Wolfe argues that uncooperative landlords and property owners who refuse to rent or sell their buildings are a big problem in Downtown McKeesport. "They've got a lot of people who own these buildings and they're not trying to rent them," he says. "They've let these buildings go so long they'll need $300,000 just to fix them up."

The biggest misconception is that Downtown McKeesport is unsafe, Wolfe says. "It's safe down here. Nobody bothers anybody during the daytime. You can walk the streets and nobody bothers you. Now, you come down here at 11 o'clock or midnight? I'll tell you to stay home. But that's anywhere you go."

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July 13, 2014 | Link to this story

Sponsors Needed for Village Webcast

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We are still looking for donors and sponsors for our upcoming video webcast of International Village.

For $100, we will make a minimum of one 30-second announcement for your group, business or organization every hour, plus we will run a banner ad on Tube City Online for at least 30 days.

For $250, we will make a minimum of one 60-second announcement for your group, business or organization every hour, plus we will run a banner ad on Tube City Online for at least 60 days.

If you simply want to make a gift and do not want an announcement, your donation may be tax-deductible next year. Thank you!







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