September 09, 2014 | Link to this story

GTECH: Why We're Working in McKeesport

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This fall, 10 McKeesport residents have the opportunity to clean and green vacant lots in their neighborhood. This is GTECH Strategies' first vacant land Ambassador program outside of the City of Pittsburgh.

Why did we choose to work with the City of McKeesport to create new community green spaces?

1. The vacant land. There are lots of vacant lots in the City of McKeesport. More precisely, there are more than 2,500 vacant parcels of land; that number grows every month with each vacant house torn down.

Vacant land is a detriment to communities. Reports suggest that they attract crime and create other public safety issues. (In another study, violent crime rates were shown to decrease up to 8 percent near greened, former vacant lots.)

From an economic standpoint vacant land decreases property values, possibly up to as much as 20 percent (PDF). There are a lot of good reasons (PDF) to focus on cleaning and greening vacant land. (And GTECH is here to help!)

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September 05, 2014 | Link to this story

Renzie Hosts All-Day Christian Music Fest Saturday

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City residents Lou and Kris Rhoades have parlayed their small business acumen, and their passion for Christian ministry, into a musical and outreach effort that spans the Mon Valley and Western Pennsylvania.

Their non-profit group, The Well Ministries, will sponsor its 14th annual all-day Inspire Christian Music Festival this Saturday (Sept. 6) at the Lions Club Bandshell at Renziehausen Park. Admission is free.

In an interview this morning on "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes," our weekly public affairs program, the couple (married for more than 30 years) discussed the music festival and The Well's many ongoing projects, which include a band called Chalice.

Lou Rhoades also discussed the puppet shows he puts on throughout the area. To see a schedule for Saturday's event, visit the website, where the festival also will be streamed live.

"Two Rivers" airs at 9:30 a.m. Fridays on WEDO (810) and is also available as a free podcast download via iTunes and Stitcher.



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September 05, 2014 | Link to this story

'Patriotism Day' Events, Art Show Sunday in Renzie

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The City of McKeesport will hold its first-ever celebration of patriotism this Sunday as part of a full slate of events planned for Renziehausen Park.

A "Patriotism Parade" will begin in the park at 6 p.m., followed by a salute to local veterans and local servicemen and servicewomen at 6:30 p.m. The River City Brass Band will perform at the Lions Club Bandshell at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the McKeesport Bands website.

In conjunction with the patriotism celebration, the WIP Arts project, McKeesport Art Group and McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center will hold an "Art in the Park" craft show and sale in the parking lot of the Heritage Center from 12 noon until 7 p.m.

Art and craft vendors will be on hand to sell creative works and community organizations will be providing family-friendly arts and crafts activities. The Heritage Center museum will be open and entertainment will be hosted at the Heritage Center.

Musical performances include Luis Castillo at 1 p.m. and the MoneyPenny Band at 3 p.m. Spaces are still available for vendors at a cost of $20.

For more information, visit the WIP Arts website.



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September 05, 2014 | Link to this story

Mansfield Bridge Traffic Changes Coming

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Traffic patterns on the Mansfield Bridge will be switched Monday night (Sept. 8), and the new patterns will be in effect for approximately two weeks, a county spokeswoman said.

The Mansfield Bridge is being reconstructed as part of a $34 million project being done in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Work is being performed by the Joseph B. Fay Company of Tarentum.

The next phase of construction will have cars traveling from Glassport and McKeesport to Dravosburg using the newly constructed side of the bridge. Traffic on either side of the bridge will be restricted to one lane.

The temporary traffic signal which was installed in March 2012 on the Glassport side of the river will be removed and traffic coming onto the bridge from Glassport to Dravosburg will be controlled through a stop sign.

Traffic traveling onto the bridge from McKeesport to Dravosburg and traffic going to McKeesport and Glassport will have the right-of-way.



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August 30, 2014 | Link to this story

Renzie Ribfest, Labor Day Concerts Underway

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The city's summer concert series winds down this weekend during the Labor Day Weekend McKeesport Rib Festival in Renziehausen Park, today, Sunday and Monday.

Vendors begin sales at 12 noon today near the Lions Club bandshell at the corner of Eden Park Boulevard and Tulip Drive. Admission is free.

"Born and Raised" begins the entertainment at 2 p.m. Aug. 30, followed by the Ed Harmon Band at 4 and the U.S. Army Field Band's "Volunteers" at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the McKeesport Lions Club hosts a car cruise beginning at 5 p.m., and Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz take the stage at 7 p.m.

On Labor Day, Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners take the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Zambelli International fireworks after dark. For more information, visit the McKeesport Bands website.



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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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Thank you to Penn State University Greater Allegheny for being one of the sponsors of this year's broadcast of International Village!

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August 13, 2014 | Link to this story

Thank You: McKeesport Housing Corp.

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Thank you to McKeesport Housing Corp. for being one of the sponsors of this year's broadcast of International Village!

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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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