November 2, 2016

Ukrainian church to host pyrohy sale
     St. John's Ukrainian Church, 1907 Eden Park Blvd. in McKeesport, will have a pyrohy sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. Items ready-to-eat will be potato and cheese pyrohy, homemade haluski, and homemade wedding soup. Also available are frozen potato and cheese pyrohy, and potato and sauerkraut pyrohy, and potato and bacon pyrohy. For more information, call 412-678-2206.

Flea market, bake sale planned

     A flea market and bake sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth. Outside space rental is $10; tables are not provided. Call 412-384-6464 to reserve a space. Homemade food will be available for eat-in or takeout.

Stuffed cabbage, bake sale scheduled

​     St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church, 330 Shaw Ave. in McKeesport, will have a stuffed cabbage and bake sale. Orders for stuffed cabbage ($1.75 each), homemade bread ($4 for plain bread, $4.50 for raisin bread), cheregie, cookies, and nut, apricot and poppyseed rolls ($10.50 per roll) must be made by Nov. 6. ; call 412-678-6393, 412-672-3444 or 412-672-0736 to place an order.

     Orders can be picked up Nov. 10.

August 1, 2019

Mon River Arts plans auditions for 'Rocky Horror'

     Auditions for Mon River Arts' fall Mainstage show, "The Rocky Horror Show," are from 7-9 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 at the MRA Studio. Roles are available for actors 17 and older. No appointments are required; prepare 32 bars of an upbeat rock or musical theater song, bring sheet music (an accompanist is provided), and be dressed to dance. The show is directed by Marty Savolskis and will be presented Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 at the Grand Theatre. For more information, call MRA at 412-405-8425 or email

Library to host public transit presentation

     "Beyond the East Busway: Better Transit Begins at the Grassroots" will be presented at 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The gathering will explain the tools used to determine the most effective way to plan public bus routes. Registration is not needed for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Library to show film about McKeesport

     "Missing McKeesport" by Philadelphia filmmaker Sam Zolten, will be shown at 5 p.m. in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The 92-minute film features interviews with the people who lived when the steel industry was thriving. Registration is not required for the adults-only event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Movie planned at library

     "Tolkien" will be shown at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. The movie is about the young J.R.R. Tolkein who is different from most of the other children in his class. He is able to find a select group that helps him learn about true friendship. No registration is necessary for the free, adults-only movie. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

August 19, 2019

July 23, 2019

Nature program planned at library

     Allegheny County Park Rangers will present a nature program about nocturnal animals at 1 p.m. July 31 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Families will learn about animals that only come out at night. Register online at for the free program. Space is limited. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

McKeesport garden club to meet

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet Aug. 19 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park.
President Marsha Pratt will conduct the business meeting at 11 a.m. The horticulture report is House Plants and the invocation will be given by Chris Keefe. Lunch will be prepared by Adrienne Virtes, Rose Rodgers and Mary Jane
Chemsak. The program is “Real Fungi LLC” with speaker John Jackson. Those attending are asked to bring food bank donations. There will be a Christmas in August sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 and will include fall plants and gifts for early Christmas shopping. The club will collect canned goods at the sale for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

     The garden club has maintained the Arboretum and Rose Garden in Renzie Park for 86 years. Fundraising events and member volunteer hours keep this garden looking beautiful. The club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, National Garden Club Inc., District VII Garden Club Federation of PA, and the Confederation of McKeesport District Women’s Clubs. For more information about the club, visit the web site at or email

Payne Chapel AME to host Sweet Potato Festival

     A Sweet Potato Festival is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at Payne Chapel AME Church, 601 Priscilla Ave. in Duquesne. The menu will include sweet potato pie, ice cream, cake and pudding, chicken wings, hot dogs, fried fish, kielbasa, barbecue ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, and watermelon. There will be a flea market at 9 a.m. For more information, call 412-466-6662.

Soap-making event planned at library

     Learn the art of soap making using different molds and colors during Soap Making with Miss Joyce at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Advanced registration is required for the free event and can be done by calling 412-672-0625.

Shattuck book topic of reading social

     "The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck will be discussed during a reading social rom 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at LifeSpan in Olympia Shopping. Registration is not needed for the free adult program presented by Carnegie Library of McKeesport. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Star of the Day

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole League Star of the Day winner is Pat Sheleheda, left, and winner of the gross score of even holes is Judi Murray.

Nine Hole golf winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League Star of the Day during a recent outing is Ginger Spang, left, and winner of the play of the day, Low Putts, is Rose Marie Zuro, right.

August 20, 2019


YCC Ladies championship
The Women’s Golf Association of Youghiogheny Country Club had its two-day championship. Low gross winner with 188 and 2019 Club Champion is Diane Riley, center. Sara Kostelac, left, won 1st Division with a two-day net score of 150 and Maureen Fiore, right, won the 2nd Division with a two-day net score of 147. The winners were treated to a champagne luncheon.


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July 30, 2019

Gala 'thyme' for 18-hole golfers

The Youghiogheny 18 Hole Women’s Golf Association hosted its annual Gala Day at Youghiogheny Country Club. In the right photo, Penny Natale, left, assisted chairlady Jane Marino in organizing the herb-themed event.  Two teams, Basil Babes and Rosemary Rockets, were paired against each other in match play, with Rosemary outscoring Basil 65 1/2 to to 60 1/2. Winning team members, left photo, are Maureen Fiore, Vickie McDevitt, Carol Gates, Linda Byers, Sara Kostelac, Betty Lee Hancsak and Natale. The winning team received potted herbs, dried spieces, dipping oil, and plates. After an herb-infused luncheon, the golfers elected the nominating committee for 2020: Fiore, Marino, McDevitt, Sandy Payne and Diane Riley.


Ryder Cup winners

Teresa Garella, left, and Betty Lee Hancsak claimed the 18-Hole Women's Ryder Cup victory at Youghiogheny Country Club. They edged out Penny Natale and Jane Marino by one stroke, 98 to 99. YCC golf professional Troy Williams organized the teams, pairing a high and low handicapper for each team. The 27 hole event consisted of a different format for each of three nine holes: Better ball of partners, a scramble, and alternate shots. Last year’s winning team was Maureen Fiore and Lynn McHolme.

Mon River Arts plans 'Elf the Musical Jr.' auditions

     Auditions for Mon River Arts' fall Children's show, "Elf the Musical Jr.," are from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 31 and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Mon River Arts Studio. Children ages 8-18 should prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song and bring sheet music; there will be an accompanist. Those auditioning should be dressed to dance. No appointment is necessary.

     The show is based on the holiday film, following Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Show dates are Nov. 21-24 at the Grand Theatre. Director is Lorraine Mszanski. For more information, contact MRA at 412-405-8425 or email This is a tuition-based program.

Library to host miniatures program

     Local artist Jim Allan will present a program about miniatures at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Allan builds miniature structures of many locations and building types and he will explain his creative process, tools and supplies. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.

Nine Hole golfers raise money

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League joined with the Eighteen Hole Women’s Golf Association for a benefit for the Jodie Matta Dillinger Cancer Research Center at UPMC McKeesport, raising $730.00.  Chairladies were Carole Friend, left, and Jean Joseph. The Women’s Golf Association had its Doe Day and the Nine Hole League played a One Ball event. Winners were Friend, Joseph and Pat Lozano. Winners of last week’s event were Friend and Lozano.

August 13, 2019

August 6, 2019

St. Mark festival planned

     St. Mark Parish Community Festival is from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2, and 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3 at St. Eugene Church, 3210 Liberty Way in Liberty Borough. Food booths open at 5 p.m. and feature haluski, stuffed cabbage, pierogies, hot sausage, funnel cakes with toppings, fried Oreos, funnel cake fries, and fried Twinkies. There are games, rides, cash prize drawings, wheel barrow of cheer, nightly ground prizes, specialty baskets, super stars basket raffle, bingo, instant bingo, flea market, rides, bake sale, children’s area, entertainment, craft baskets, and a photo booth. DJ Tim will spin tunes each evening. County band Tim Litvin & the Nature Boy Band will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and polka music with Jack Tady and the Tady Bears is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3.  The Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy the Armadillo will be there Aug. 2. Only service animals permitted; the festival is tobacco-free.

August 15, 2019

St. Therese festival to begin

     St. Therese Parish Festival is July 31 through Aug. 3 at the church, 1 St. Therese Ct. in Munhall. Dinner specials are offered each day from 4-7 p.m. and include fried chicken dinner on July 31, meatloaf dinner on Aug. 1, fish fry on Aug. 2 and stuffed pork chop dinner on Aug. 3. There also will be ethnic food booths featuring American (hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, mild, barbecue or plain wings, chicken planks, and nachos with cheese), Polish ( stuffed cabbage, pierogies, haluski, and kielbassa sandwich), German (snitzel dinner, German mashed potatoes, red cabbage, pretzel, bratwurst, and potato pancakes), and Italian (hot sausage sandwich, meatball sandwich, pizza, and salads). The Bistro will offer Belgan waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, crepes, ice cream, milkshakes, and Sno Cones. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. and features Three Sides on Wednesday, Loose Change and the Maryann School of Dance on Thursday, Mansfield 5 and Fran's School of Dance on Friday, and Dallas Marks on Saturday with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There also will be a variety of rides including a Snoopy Ride.

Mon River Arts to host Dance Camp

     A Musical Theater Dance Intensive camp is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-9. Instructor Sami Park will work with performers ages 10-18 to enhance their knowledge of dance terminology, learn musical theater dance techniques, and build their confidence in learning choreography. There will be a focus on jazz dance technique, musical theater technique, and a beginner level tap curriculum with a focus on tap for musial theater. Choreography will be taught from different styles of music theater. There will be a final performance at 6 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost for the camp is $275. For more information or to register, call 412-405-8425.

July 31, 2019

18-Hole golfers venture to wild side
The 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association of Youghiogheny Country Club hosted Doe Day.  Left photo, Chairlady Sandy Payne, left, and committee members Linda Byers, Lorraine Payne and Dottie Wissen organized the continental breakfast, luncheon and prizes for members and guests. In keeping with the "wild side" theme, many golfers wore animal print attire and the theme was on pencils, water bottles, straws, and snack bag items. Foliage with tiki torches decorated prize hole. Skill prize winners for longest putt on No. 9 were member, Sara Kostelac, and guest, Maureen Stewart; for second shot closest to the pin on No. 7 member, Cora Guinto, and guest, Lori Burns; for closest drive to the pin on No. 13 member, Vickie McDevitt, and guest, Bernice Francia. The format was two better balls of four.  The winning team with 125 points, right photo, were Susie Perrin, left, Lorraine Payne, Denise Kahler and Donna Schneider.  All golfers received a variety of gifts including animal prints on scarves, rain hats, purses, make-up bags, jewelry, and lunch bags (with Cheetah beer), and banana liquor.

Mon Valley Happenings

August 7, 2019

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meetat noon Aug. 12 at the Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Carol Bates, Dorothy Sorick and Winnie Weber. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure readings until noon. Lunch is $4 and will be chef''s salad. President Tom George will lead the meeting and chaplain Don Kudas will offer the table blessing. Jean and John Stefl will conduct the Share the Wealth and tour director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips. Speaker will be Elizabeth Forward School District Superintendent Dr. Ted Keruscan. The group will celebrate its 52nd anniversary in October and a celebration is planned. 

    There will be a basket auction during the meeting. Those bringing items include Brenda Hoffman, Ralph Hoffman, Mary Ann Hall, Linda Bennett, Carolyn Swain and Barbara Iouele; items should be there by 11 a.m. Bingo will be played after the meeting.

Community Days planned at Blaine Hill

     Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Co. Community Days is from 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 and 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 10 at the fire hall, 409 Oxford Ave. in Elizabeth Twp. There will be a DJ on Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. and Mimi Lee will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a parade on Saturday with lineup at 5 p.m. on Park Avenue and the parade starting at 6 p.m. There will be a DJ from 3-7:30 p.m. and the band Stone Horse will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight. Parade awards will be given at 9 p.m. and fireworks are planned at 10:30.

Legal, financial workshop caters to seniors, professionals

     The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and University of Pittsburgh willhost a free legal and financial workshop from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Usman Ahmad Conference Center (first floor Mansfield Building) at UPMC McKeesport. The workshop will include elder law topics such as estate planning, long-term care planning, and trusts. The event is free; validation for the parking garage will be provided. Valet parking is available. For more information or for reservations, call 412-664-3463 or email