December 10, 2014 | Link to this story

Local Teachers Receive STEM Grants from Power Co.

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Three Mon-Yough area teachers have been awarded science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants by the parent company of West Penn Power Co., a spokesman said.

The grants will be used for a variety of hands-on projects, workshops and teacher development programs throughout the school year. Grant winners, their schools and projects include:

  • Paula Giran, Hillcrest Intermediate School, Norwin School District, North Huntingdon Twp.: Learn about solar power and build and use a solar oven

  • Lenni Nedley and Joshua Nicklow, Ringgold Middle School, Ringgold S.D., Finleyville: Exploration of circuits and switches to build a game box

  • Nick Arico, Charleroi Area High School, Charleroi S.D., Charleroi: Building a working drone

Eight other teachers in Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties also received grants for projects in aeronautics, robotics and plant science.

Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up FirstEnergy's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.

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December 09, 2014 | Link to this story

NVT Police Warn of Armed Robberies

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North Versailles Twp. police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a suspect involved in two armed robberies at local businesses over the past two days.

Police said the suspect entered the businesses, pointed a small, semi-automatic handgun at the clerks and demanded money. He was described as a light-skinned African-American male, six feet tall, weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He wore dark-colored clothing and wore a black mask and gloves. No other details were released by police.

Anyone with information is asked to call township police at (412) 823-1111 or dial 911.



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December 05, 2014 | Link to this story

CMU Cameras Allow Citizens to See Air Pollution

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Above: The Mon Valley, as seen from one of CMU's "Breathe Cams."

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A system of four cameras, called Breathe Cam, now keeps a constant watch on air quality over the Pittsburgh area --- including the Mon Valley --- providing citizens with a new interactive tool for monitoring and documenting visual pollution in the air they breathe and even tracing it back to its sources.

Funded by The Heinz Endowments as part of its Breathe Project, the camera system was developed and deployed by the CREATE Lab in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. Anyone can access the cameras online at http://breatheproject.org/learn/breathe-cam, where images of the Downtown, East End and Mon Valley skylines are updated around the clock.

Using the interactive controls, people can zoom in on items of interest, whether it's a hovering brown cloud or individual smokestacks or coke plants. They can scan back in time to observe changes in visibility or to try to find the sources of dirty air. They also can skip back to particular dates and times that have been catalogued since the cameras were installed.

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December 04, 2014 | Link to this story

P-G Reporter to Speak at Historical Society

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and local historian Len Barcousky will be the guest on Jan. 14 at the Mifflin Twp. Historical Society, a spokesman said.

Barcousky has been a journalist since 1970 and has been a suburban reporter for the Post-Gazette since 2002. In that job he has written about everything from George Washington's travels through Butler and Allegheny counties to the adventures of an Indiana Township doctor turned feature filmmaker.

He is the author of two books, Civil War Pittsburgh: Forge of the Nation and Remembering Pittsburgh: An Eyewitness History of the Steel City, and pens the "Eyewitness" column for the Sunday Post-Gazette.

Barcousky also will answer questions and autograph copies of his books. The historical society is located at 4733 Greensprings Ave., West Mifflin, in the former municipal building and police station.

For more information and exact times, visit the society's website, www.mifflintownship.org.



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December 04, 2014 | Link to this story

Penn State Campus Hosts Santa Breakfast Saturday

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Before Santa makes his annual trip around the world, he will make a very special visit to Penn State Greater Allegheny as the campus' Alumni Society sponsors its 26th annual Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 6) in the Student Community Center. More than 100 disadvantaged children from the Mon Valley area will attend the event.

The event will include many activities and entertainment throughout the morning. Children will enjoy breakfast and candy before Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on a fire truck. Each child will get to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and pick a present.

"The Alumni Society has been hosting the Breakfast with Santa for 26 years now," says Denise Kubli, president of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society. "It is one of the ways in which we give back to the community and show our Penn State Pride. And, of course, we love getting the chance to brighten the holiday season for these children and their families."

This event is made possible through donations from local area businesses, alumni, advisory board members, staff, faculty and friends of Penn State Greater Allegheny.

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December 03, 2014 | Link to this story

Festival of Trees Opens Thursday in Renzie

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One of the region's most popular holiday traditions returns to Renziehausen Park in McKeesport this week.

The 29th annual McKeesport Festival of Trees begins at 12 noon Thursday (Dec. 4) with nearly 100 hand-decorated Christmas evergreens representing churches, schools, social groups and other organizations on display in the park's Jacob Woll Pavilion.

An official tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Arboretum and Sycamore drives, near the pavilion entrance.

Hours for the show are 12 noon to 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $2 for adults, while children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with donation of one non-perishable food item for local food pantries.

Activities include live entertainment, visits with Santa, and hayrides through Renzie, provided by McKeesport's public works department. The park will be lit by luminaria at night.

Refreshments will be on sale at a concession stand operated by students from McKeesport Area High School, while a bake sale will benefit McKeesport's Semper Fidelis Club.

In addition, the nearby McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will be open for extended hours throughout the Festival of Trees, with free popcorn, hot chocolate, a raffle and craft activities for kids, along with five additional themed trees on display.

The Garden Club of McKeesport also will be open throughout the festival, with crafts available for purchase.

Parking is available in the lot near the Renzie Park Senior Center, and handicapped parking for cars with proper license plates or placards is available in the circle around the pavilion.



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December 01, 2014 | Link to this story

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November 17, 2014 | Link to this story

Jazz Fundraiser Nets $95K for Penn State Campus

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Betel Gebre and Matthew Curcio, members of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Lion Ambassadors, join MC Bill Flanagan on stage during the campus' "All That's Jazz" scholarship benefit Nov. 8. (Penn State photo)

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The Nittany Lion stood at the door of the Student Community Center at Penn State Greater Allegheny, as the house grew full for the 11th annual All That's Jazz scholarship benefit on Nov. 8. As guests entered the building, they heard the melodic voices of the Penn State Greater A Capella Melody Lions, led by Doretta Whalen, adjunct instructor in music.

All That's Jazz is an annual scholarship fundraising event that hosts donors from around the state. Nancy Herron, interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus, said the fundraiser helps students with great financial needs. Since 2004, the All That's Jazz event has raised $820,000 for students.

"The first year we raised $20,000 in scholarships," said Clifford Wise, president of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Advisory Board.

This year's event, which raised $95,476 for the McKeesport area campus, included improvisational musical-comedy group "Broadway's Next H!T Musical," a silent auction and Italian food. Music was provided by David Pellow, Mark Strickland, and Benny Benack Jr.

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November 17, 2014 | Link to this story

Bridge Linking Turtle Creek, NV Twp. Reopens

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Local, state and federal officials this morning celebrated the completion of the Greensburg Pike Bridge with a ribbon-cutting.

The new 663-foot bridge connects North Versailles Twp. with Turtle Creek boro., crossing the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and Turtle Creek itself. The former bridge, a steel truss structure, was built in 1925. It closed in November 2013 and was demolished.

Before closing, the former bridge carried upwards of 8,000 cars per day, linking Monroeville with Route 30 and serving the North Versailles Wal-Mart and the Great Valley shopping center.

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November 14, 2014 | Link to this story

Mifflin Twp. Historical Society Holds Ribbon-Cutting

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The Mifflin Twp. Historical Society will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new home, the former West Mifflin police station on Greensprings Avenue, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, a spokesman said.

The old township included modern-day Homestead, West Homestead, Munhall, Hays, Lincoln Place, Whitaker, Duquesne, Pleasant Hills, Clairton, Dravosburg, West Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills, Baldwin and West Mifflin. Festivities begin at 12 noon and continue until 4 p.m., with ribbon cutting at 12:30.

The police station moved in May to the new West Mifflin borough offices on Lebanon Road, near the Allegheny County Airport.

(Photo courtesy Mifflin Twp. Historical Society, via Facebook.)



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November 14, 2014 | Link to this story

City's Holiday Parade One of Region's Largest

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One of Western Pennsylvania's largest holiday parades gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the McKees Point Marina.

The annual "Salute to Santa" parade includes police, fire and EMS units, drill teams, bands and a visit from the Jolly Old Elf, himself, and continues up Fifth Avenue to McKeesport's City Hall at the corner of Fifth and Sinclair.

The parade will be followed by a party for kids at the Palisades Ballroom, corner of Fifth and Water streets.

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November 06, 2014 | Link to this story

Bottom Dollar to Sell, Close 20 Local Stores

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Local officials helped mark the January 26, 2012 opening of a Bottom Dollar supermarket in the city's Christy Park neighborhood. The parent company of Bottom Dollar announced plans Thursday to close all of the company's 66 locations, including 20 in the Pittsburgh area. (Tube City Almanac file photo: Denise L. Ritter)

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Less than three years after opening stores in McKeesport, Homestead and other nearby communities to great fanfare, the parent company of Bottom Dollar Foods announced Thursday that all 66 locations are being sold to a competitor, and will close.

Salisbury, N.C., based Delhaize America --- itself a division of Belgium-based Delhaize Group --- said all of its Bottom Dollar locations are being sold to Aldi in a transaction reportedly valued at $15 million. Aldi also will assume leases on Bottom Dollar stores, as well as other financial obligations, according to published reports.

About 2,200 employees will lose their jobs.

"This decision was difficult given the impact on our associates, customers and communities in which we operate," said Gene Faller, vice president of retail operations for Bottom Dollar Food. "We want to thank our associates, customers and communities for their support over the past four years."

Aldi is also a discount supermarket chain, albeit with a more limited selection than Bottom Dollar, and is also a division of a European supermarket chain. According to broadcast reports, an Aldi spokesperson said it is too soon to say if any of the Bottom Dollar locations might reopen as Aldi stores.

The nearest Aldi locations to McKeesport are in North Versailles and North Huntingdon townships and West Mifflin.

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