August 24, 2018

Flower show winners announced

     The Garden Club of McKeesport hosted a judged NGC Standard Flower Show recently at the McKeesport History and Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park. There were three divisions – Division 1, Horticulture; Division 2, Design; and Division 3, Education. There were 353 entries.
     The show, “80 Years and Still Growing,” celebrated the Rose Garden and Arboretum maintained by the club since 1936. The Garden Club of McKeesport was voted one of the Best of the Best in the July issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

     Award winners:

    Table Artistry Award - Carolyn Monyok
     Design Excellence Award - Carolyn Monyok
     Petite Award - Lana Kling, Joyful Bloomers
     Designers Choice Award - Carolyn Monyok
     Award of Merit - Joyce Dupak for Rosemary (Horticulture)
     Growers Choice Award - Dorothy Zenkevich for Caladium (Horticulture)
     Arboreal Award - Dorothy Zenkevich for Hydrangea (Horticulture)
     Horticulture Excellence - Dorothy Zenkevich for Hydrangea (Horticulture)
     Award of Merit - Carol Korinko for Sun Flower (Horticulture)
     Award of Merit - Jane Miller for Coleus (Horticulture)
     Educational Top Exhibitor Award - Carol Korinko
     Education and/or Conservation Award - Mary Jane Hickman
     Staging Award - Dolly Heineman, Usha Gouda, Carol Korinko, Lawanna Spritz and Barb Willis
     Sweepstakes Design - Carolyn Monyok
     Sweepstakes Horticulture - Mary Jane Hickman

Division III:Design – How Our Arboretum Evolved

Section A - Starting Out 
Creative Style Line Design - Judy Geary
Cascade - Carolyn Monyok
Duo - Carolyn Monyok
Section BClassy Additions
Traditional Style Functional Table - Carole Korinko
Functional Tray - Betty Monyok
Exhibition Table (Frame) - Carolyn Monyok
Section CGardens Galore
Petite Design
(4 inch) Staged in a niche - Dorothy Zenkevich
(8 inch) Staged on round pedestal - Barb Willis
(6 inch) Staged on Z pedestal - Lana Kling
     First Place Winner Division III: Education Exhibits: Our Amazing Arboretum Through the Years
Exhibit 1: The Art of Pressing Flowers at the Arboretum - C
arole Korinko
     The Garden Club of McKeesport is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, National Garden Club Inc., District VII Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and the Confederation of McKeesport District Women’s Clubs. For more information about the club, go to or send an email to

Skolnick to discuss family's holocaust survival

     Irene Skolnick of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will discuss her book, In the Shadow of Majdanek, Hiding in Full Sight," at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Children's Room of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. There will be light refreshments. To register for the free event, call 412-672-0625.    

September 4, 2018

Checkers tournament planned for youth

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host a checkers tournament for youth at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Children's Room. Practice day is 11 a.m. Sept. 8. There will be two divisions: ages 5-8 and 9-12. Registration is required for the free event and can be done in the library's Children's Room. For more call 412-672-0625.

Bingo to benefit Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh

     A bingo fundraiser for Animal Lifeline Pittsburgh will be 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish, 363 West 11th Ave. in Homestead. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 and includes nine cards for 20 regular games paying $30 per game. There will be five specials for an extra charge that will pay $100 or $200. The jackpot will be $500. For tickets, email or visit the Animal Lifeline Thrift Store at 139 E. 8th Ave. in Homestead or call 412-464-9575.

Cornhole tournament fundraiser for Paws for Mady

     Registration deadline is Sept. 16 for the Paws for Mady cornhole tournament from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the pavilion at Butler's Golf Course. Cost is $60 per team, $15 for nonplayers. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place winners in the double elimination event. There will be a 50/50 and a Chinese auction. Registration includes tournament play, food, drinks and beer. This is a 21 and older event. To register, make checks payable to Kate Hobaugh and mail with team name to Paws for Mady, 109 Cascade Drive, McKeesport, PA 15135. For rules and regulations, go to pawsforMady on Facebook. For more information, email

Library to host afterschool programs

     Afterschool classes for children 5-12 are offered at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. For more information about the free event, call 412-672-0625.

September 7, 2018

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Sept. 10 at Boston Spectrum. Greeters will be Jann Molinari, Nancy Moffa and Carolyn Swain. Sandin Home Health Services will offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President Joe Procacina will conduct the meeting and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. Lunch will be ham salad sandwiches, pasta salad,
and cookies; cost is $4.
    The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the flag pledge and singing of "God Bless America." Tom and Estelle George will conduct Share the Wealth and there will be a basket auction. Those bringing items for the auction include Carol Bates, Barb 
Mantsch, Nora Luehm and Annie Prodan, Allen Lewis, Mary Sas, Flo Sullivan, Janie Littleton and Anna Mae Zubanas. Items should be there by 11 a.m.
    Tour director Bob Gillie will discuss upcoming trips and Jim Franciscus will call bingo after the meeting.

Library to offer PreK Storytime

     Storytime for youngsters up to age 5 with a parent/caregiver will be offered at Tuesdays at the White Oak branch and Thursdays at the McKeesport site of Carnegie Library of McKeesport. Sessions at both locations begin at 11 a.m. and include books, songs, games and crafts. Registration is not needed for the free events. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

McKeesport Art Group marks anniversary with show

     In celebration of its 60th anniversary, McKeesport Art Group will exhibit works of its members through Sept. 15 at McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ministerium meeting planned

     McKeesport Area Ministerium will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at Auberle. A light meal will be served.

Library to show movies

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will show "Book Club" Sept. 11 and "A Quiet Place" Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room. Registration is not required. Attendees should bring a pillow. For more information, call 412-672-0625.     

August 27, 2018


August 21, 2018

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole League had a Rally for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen breast cancer research. Funds from the basket raffle and donations totaled $559. Chairmen of the event, which coincided with the 18 Hole Doe Day, were Jean Joseph and Carole Friend. Winners of the Nine Hole Two Person Chapman were Judi Murray and Angie Zalakar, left photo.  Nine Hole League members who hosted the breakfast and baskets were, right photo from left, Murray, Patti Decima, Ginger Spang, Rose Marie Zuro, Joseph and Friend.

September 17, 2018

August 31, 2018

Golf champion

Judi Murray is Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the two-day Championship Tournament.

September 12, 2018

Boston church plans spaghetti dinner

     An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Boston United Methodist Church, 6103 Smithfield St in Elizabeth Twp. Cost is $9, $3 for children under 12 and includes spaghetti, salad bar, beverage and dessert. Dinners are available for eat-in or takeout. Tickets will be available at the door.

Reading group to discuss Doctorow book

     "The March" by E.L. Doctorow will be discussed from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lifespan in Olympia Shopping Center. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk at Carnegie Library of McKeesport (use Libby or Overdrive). Registration is not needed for the free event. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

St. Stephen Church to host yoga program

     A free yoga and wellness program for women begins Sept. 13 from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at St. Stephen Church, 220 Eighth Ave. in McKeesport. The program, Empower, is taught by Ali Popivchak, founder of Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy.

     Volunteers are needed in the nursery for child care. Also, donations of gift cards and healthy snacks for the women and children will be accepted. For more information, email Popivchak at or register for the class at

Music on the Hill scheduled

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will host Music on the Hill from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 22. The Mon Yough Chorale and Macedonia Baptist Choir will perform. There will be a petting zoo, 50/50, raffle baskts and a picnic lunch. Free entry bands are available at the library's McKeesport, Duquesne and White Oak locations or call the library 15 412-672-0625 for additional locations.

Garden club to gather

     The Garden Club of McKeesport will meet Sept. 17 at the Margaret Larson Garden Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. President Pro Tem Marsha Pratt will conduct the business meeting at 11 a.m.; attendees should bring food bank donations. The horticulture report will be “Buy Locally” and "Clematis – Pruning and Planting." The invocation will be given by Betty Monyok and lunch will be prepared and served by Carle Korinko, Debbie Siegel, Willette Jackson and Usha Gowda. The program will be “Tick Awareness” by William Moore of the PA Lyme Resource Center.

     The club, arboretum and rose garden are celebrating 85 years of "Growing from 1933 through 2018." 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, go to or send an email to

Mon Valley Happenings


Concert to benefit Twin Rivers Teen Outreach

     A benefit concert to support Twin Rivers Teen Outreach will be from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Blaine Hill Fire Hall. Admission and food are free. Music will be provided by Mimi Lee, Rubbie A. Greenewald and Rewound. There will be a basket raffle and bake sale and a chance to learn about the ministry for high school students in Elizabeth Forward and surrounding communities. The ministry is partnered with Young Life. There will be opportunities to support the outreach financially and other ways during the event. The concert is alcohol-free. For more information, contact area director Ben Little at 412-721-1525.

Apple Fest, Log House Days planned in Greenock

     The annual Apple Fest hosted by Greenock United Methodist Church and Log House Days hosted by the Elizabeth Twp. Historical Society will be Sept. 22.

     The Apple Fest is from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature barbecue chicken and pork, homemade apple treats and bake sale, children's games, and music by Rubie Greenewald. For more information, call 412-751-7726.

     Log House Days is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes tours of the historic 1790 home, living history exhibits, reenactors, and vendors. For more information, call 412-751-5389.

     The events will take place at 1213-1215 Greenock-Buena Vista Road in Elizabeth Twp.

September 13, 2018

MLT to begin new season

     McKeesport Little Theater, 1614 Coursin St. in McKeesport, opens the 2018-19 season with "Sordid Lives." Show times are 8 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and 21-22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16-23. The comedy tells the story of Peggy, a good Christian woman who hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room and chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.

     The cast features Jack McClaskey as Wardell "Bubba" Owens, Deanna Marchese as Noletta Nethercroft (she's also the costume designer), Karl Rice as Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram, Ethan Olsen as Odell Owens, Elaine M. Lucas-Evans as LaVonda Dupree, Apryl L. Peroney as Latrelle Williamson and Anna Marie Colecchi as Sissey Hickey. The show is directed by Rob Connick and Serena Olsen is assistant director and stage manager.

     For tickets or more information, go to

     The MLT began in 1960 as the Mon-Yough Players. Using the McKeesport YWCA, they staged "Blythe Spirit" under the direction of Phyllis Braveman, a graduate of the Carnegie Tech School of Drama and the wife of a prominent McKeesport physician. The following year, the group did "The Boy Friend" under the direction of William Buchanan at White Barn Theater in North Huntingdon Twp. and in 1963 did "The Pajama Game" in the auditorium of McKeesport Vocational High School.

     Braveman and Buchanan decided to regroup and renamed the organization McKeesport Little Theater. The first home was at the corner of Penny and Jenny Lind streets and was purchased for $1 in 1963 from attorney Robert Palkowitz.  After nearly 10 seasons of producing four shows a year, a fire in the spring of 1972 destroyed the theater - which was midway through its production of "The Sound of Music." President and director Phyllis Gerber spearheaded the rebuilding of sets and costumes and within five days the show continued its run on schedule on the fourth floor of the Elks Building in McKeesport, and completed the run on schedule.

     A closed school on Walnut Street in Versailles was offered by the McKeesport School District, as a venue and the productions continued there for a year. In the fall of 1974, under the presidency of Arlene Gallagher, the group purchased its current home for $75,000 - a closed synagogue and adjacent dwelling located at the corner of Coursin Street and Bailey Avenue.

Dravosburg to mark 115th anniversary with parade, celebration

     "Celebrate Dravosburg/Celebrate America" will mark the 115th anniversary of Dravosburg on Aug. 25 beginning with a parade at noon followed by celebration beginning at approximately 2 p.m. at the ballfield along Route 837. Hosted by the Dravosburg Community Archives, there will be a golf tournament on Aug. 24 at Butler's Golf Course.

     The parade will feature the award-winning Kittanning Firemen's Band, four area high school bands, a dance corps, Star Wars characters, Civil War re-enactors, bagpipe bands, Shriners' miniature cars, more than 30 pieces of local fire and rescue equipment, police and K-9 units, antique cars, and the American Legion honor guard.

     Festivities will continue after the parade at the ballfields. Entertainment begins with the MAC Dance Studio followed by Two Broke Country Girls. The Dr. Zoot band will perform until 8:30 p.m. Children can take pictures with the Pirate Parrot and Star Wars characters. There will be horseshoe and corn hole contests for cash prizes. Food, prepared by local organizations, will be available, as well as a dunk tank, petting zoo, and games and rides for children. There also will be a chair decorating contest; applications are available at the borough office along Maple Avenue.

     Fireworks will follow the release of memory lanterns, which will honor and remember family members, veterans and those who worked tirelessly to make Dravosburg a great place to live and raise a family. For more information, go to the Dravosburg Community Archives web site and Facebook page.

Library to host salsa-making class

    Learn how to make salsa at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 on the grounds of Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

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.

Bingo planned for FosterCat

     FosterCat will host a bingo fundraiser for homeless cats on Sept. 23 at Royal Place Restaurant, 2660 Library Road in Castle Shannon. Doors open at noon and bingo is from 1-5 p.m. Cost is $30 for 10 games (six cards per game), regular games and specials. The event will include a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction and bake sale. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must be at least 18 years old to participate. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, go to

Kim claims championship

Youghiogheny Country Club's Women's Golf Association's champion and low gross winner is Hee Soo Kim, center. Teresa Garella, left, bested Vickie McDevitt in a sudden death play-off on the first hole to claim 1st Division low net. Maureen Fiore, right, won the 2nd Division low net. There was a champagne luncheon after the final round and Lynn Cherny donated a variety of golf memorabilia for door prizes.


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Hole in One

Heather Moon Johnson of Irwin, second from left, got her first Ace during the Monongahela Valley Country Club  Ladies’ Golf Invitational. Her TaylorMade 6 hybrid was the perfect club to hit her Nike Crush ball into the hole on the 95 yard par three. Witnesses to the hole in one were Lori Burns, left, Louise Moon and Jill Yahnite.

August 29, 2018

Documentary film rescheduled at library
     "Oxyana," a 119-minute documentary about the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Oceana, W.Va., will be shown at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 in the Children's Room  at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is not required. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

Sopko to discuss Idlewild park

     Local author Jennifer Sopko will discuss her book, "Idlewild, History and Memories of Pennsylvania's Oldest Amusement Park," at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Children's Room at Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Registration is required for the free event and can be made by calling 412-672-0625.

Nine Hole golf winners

Youghiogheny Country Club's Women’s Nine Hole League winners of the day were Star of the Day Angie Zalakar, left, and Judi Murray, who won Low Gross on the Even Holes.  

September 10, 2018

Annual Kane Foundation walk planned

     The 7th annual Joan Burns Kane Foundation Fun Walk 4 Kane is Sept. 15 at Kane McKeesport, 100 Ninth St. in McKeesport. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9. A picnic is planned after the walk. Registration fee is $20; $10 for the picnic only and $10 for only a T-shirt. Participants getting $50 or more in sponsorships will receive free registration. The first 100 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. All proceeds benefit the Kane Foundation and residents of Kane. For more information, call Bill LaLonde at 412-292-8069 or email him at