Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League “Beach Theme” Guest Day winners of the four-person scramble were, front, Michelle Gordan and Pat Sheleheda, and back, Susanne Hobart and Judi Murray. Second place were Janet Baum, Betty Lee Hancsak, Jean Joseph and Carole Friend, and third were Patricia Decima, Cora Guinto, Pat Lozano and Angie Piesik. Closest to the chair on No. 4 was Susanne Hobart, closest to the pin on the second shot on No. 5 was Murray, and longest putt on No. 9 was Joseph.  

August 24, 2021

Liberty church to host food truck, vendor fair

     A food truck and vendor fair is planned Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty Presbyterian Church, 900 Elizabeth St. in Liberty Borough. The following trucks will take part: Dead End Diner Truck, Sunny's Pierogies and Shaved Ice, Rolands Trattoria Italian Food, and Dip N Dots. The following vendors are scheduled to participate: Colorstreet Nails by Anita, Sydney's Scrunchies, Reitz's Just Flags, Tastefully Simple by Jennifer, Treasure's by Terry Laskey, Anything Goes Design by L & J, Pampered Chef by Lisa Fisher, Cassie's Handmade Designs, That's "Sew Grammy," Linda's Lenox and Collectibles, Paparazzi Jewelry by Charmayne, Pink Zebra by SHay, Homemade earrings by Jennifer, Kelly's T-shirts, tumblers, magnet and koozies, Boy Scouts meat sticks and candy bars, wooden furniture, signs and cupcake stands by Kris, "Aunt B's Sweet and Savory" salsa, jams and honey, wood items by John, Donna's Homemade Jewelry and Accessories, Sarraino wood products, wall art and wreaths by Kelly, Milo's Dream Designs, assorted flea market items, books, and craft supplies. 

Mon Yough Trail Council to celebrate 30th anniversary

     A celebration is planned Sept. 18 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Mon Yough Trail Council, part of the 150-mile rail-trail Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD. The council is one of the original, all volunteer, non-profit trail groups in Western Pennsylvania. 

     The day begins with Yough n' Roll, an annual fundraiser for riders of all ages. Participants can choose their own distance and pace and there are fully stocked rest stops and support from trail monitors. A limited number of commemorative T-shirts are available with pre-registration at thebostontrail.com.

     Community Appreciation Day is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with music, food trucks, and free hot dogs (while supplies last). There will be local artists, artisans, giveaways, children's games, and gift baskets. Railroader Rich and trail author Bill Metzger will offer facts and lore of the conversion from the railroad corridors to the historic park. There will be a program at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate and recognize 30 years of MYTC stewardship of the 15 miles along the Youghiogheny River. The council also will acknowledge the soon-to-be dedicated hydration station, provided by the American Water Foundation 2020 Keep Communities Flowing Grant Award and Pennsylvania American Water. The Red Lantern Bike Shop and the MYTC will collect bicycles to be refurbished then given at no charge to children and adults with limited access to obtaining one.

     For more information, go to thebostontrail.com.

Library to host program about benefits of exercise

     Lifeline Physical Therapy will present a program Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Information will be offered about exercise research and its connection to disease and diagnoses. There will be demonstrations of different exercises for seniors to stay fit and healthy. Light refreshments will be available.

     The library is open until 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Duquesne branch, located in the Duquesne school building, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call 412-672-0625.

St. Patrick's Day celebration planned at library

     In conjunction with the St. Patrick's Day parade this month in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport, will celebrate Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. with St. Patrick's Day crafts and snacks. For more information, call the library at 412-672-0625.

Nine-Hole golf event winners

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Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole League winners of the Chapman event Aug. 12 was the team of Pat Sheleheda and Jean Joseph, left photo. Winner of Flower Day Odd Holes event Aug. 19 was Pat Sheleheda and runner-up was Judi Murray, right photo.

July 28, 2021

NAMI McKeesport to gather

     NAMI McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. in the pavilion adjacent to the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. The meeting is open to families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness. For more information about the McKeesport meeting, call 412-527-6600. 

     NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The organization offers understanding and support unique to those who are affected by these conditions. NAMI McKeesport occasionally invites mental health professionals to speak about treatment and resources. For the NAMI Helpline, call 412-366-3788 between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Firemen to host Riverfest

     Riverfest, hosted by Elizabeth Firemen, will be July 30-31 at Elizabeth RiverFront Park. The event features games, food, entertainment, and a Kids Zone. Boats are welcome. Following is the schedule:

July 30

6-8:30 p.m. - 1985 (Pittsburgh band)

9-11:30 p.m - Steel Town Band

10 p.m. - Fireworks

July 31

8 a.m. - Firemen's Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Vendor Show

9 a.m. - Registration for the Anything Floats Race

11 a.m. - Kids Battle of the Barrel (bring swimsuits)

4 p.m. - Elizabeth Firemen's Parade Lineup

5 p.m. - Elizabeth Firemen's Parade Starts

6-8 p.m. - Chain Reaction Band

9-11:30 p.m. - Buckwild (Pittsburgh band) 

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to gather

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet Aug. 10 at the White Oak American Legion. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. and will go until 2 or 3 p.m. Plan to arrive around 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon and will be chicken salad croissant, fresh fruit salad, chips, and a cookie; cost is $9. A business meeting will follow lunch and upcoming trips will be discussed; money is due for those taking the casino trip. There will be a 50/50 drawing, basket auction, and bingo. A Facebook page has been established for all members to keep up to date about events; search Elizabeth Township Seniors.
Parish festival planned at St. Eugene Church

     Saints Joachim and Anne Parish Community Festival is Aug. 5-7 at St. Eugene Church, 3210 Liberty Way in Liberty Borough. Food booths open at 5 p.m. and includes haluski, stuffed cabbage, pierogies, hot sausage, funnel cakes with toppings available, fried Oreos, funnel cake fries, and fried Twinkies. 

     Festival hour are 6-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 5-11 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, rides, cash prize drawings, wheelbarrow of cheer, nightly ground prizes, specialty baskets, three-night super stars basket raffle, bingo, instant bingo, flea market, bake sale, children's area, entertainment, craft baskets, and a photo booth. A DJ will spin music each night; country band Tim Litvin & the Nature Boy Band will perform Friday from 7-9 p.m.

     Only service animals are allowed on festival grounds. This is a tobacco-free event. For more information, go to joachimandannediopitt.org/festival.

September 10, 2021

Concert planned at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library St. in McKeesport, will offer Music On the Hill Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. with The Boilermaker Jazz Band. The performance is possible by the generosity of The McKeesport Music Club.

Mon Yough Chorale rehearsals to resume

     Mon Yough Chorale, a community choral group, will resume rehearsals Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church, 1665 Lincoln Way in White Oak. New members are welcome and there are no auditions; at this time only fully vaccinated singers will be accepted and proof of vaccination is required. For more information, go to www.monyoughchorale.org.

August 10, 2021

Reading finale event at library

     Carnegie Library of McKeesport will  host the Summer Reading Finale and Petting Zoo Aug. 13 from 4-6 p.m. on the library lawn, 1507 Library Ave. in McKeesport. Summer readers will receive their raffle prizes. There will be food and drinks, games, and a petting zoo. Advance registration is required for the free event and can be done online at McKeesportLibrary.org or call 412-672-0625.

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League Mystery Hole Winner on Aug. 26 was Judi Murray, left photo. Winner of the Low Putts and Star of the Day on Sept. 2 was Ginger Spang, center photo; and the winner of the Scrambled Eggs Game on Sept. 9, right photo, were Spang and runner up was Jean Joseph.       

August 5, 2021

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September 13, 2021

YCC Women's Nine Hole Golf event winners

Nine Hole golf winners

Youghiogheny Country Club Women’s Nine Hole Golf League winner of the best score of the Even Holes was Judi Murray, left, and the runner-up was Jean Joseph.

'Beach Theme' Nine Hole Golf Winners

August 31, 2021

NAMI McKeesport to meet

     NAMI McKeesport affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at Penn State Greater Allegheny in Room F122 of the Frable Building. Families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness can attend. A representative from the NAMI Keystone office will give details of the annual NAMI Walk virtual fundraiser Oct. 9. A "care and share" session will follow for those in attendance.

     NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  We offer understanding and support unique to those who are affected by these conditions. NAMI McKeesport occasionally invites mental health professionals to speak about treatment and resources. For more information about the McKeesport meeting call 412-527-6600. For the NAMI Helpline call 412-366-3788 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Upon entering any Penn State property individuals are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status and to comply with such rules and precautions while on the property.

Open house planned for Donna's Kolo Klub

     Donna's Kolo Klub will have a free welcome back/open house Sept. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Versailles Croatian Club (upstairs), 4400 Third St. in Versailles. Meet those who attend the class, try kolo dancing, or just watch. There will be live music for the gathering. Weekly classes begin Sept. 14 and continue Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m.; cost is $5.​

Heritage Center to host Mikey Dee 

     International Hour with Mikey Dee will be Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Way in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. To gear up for International Village, he will talk about the history of polka and tamburitza  music and the local bands that brought the music to life. Suggested donation is $5; free for members. For more information, call the center at 412-678-1832 or visit the web site at www.McKeesport Heritage.org.

Spaghetti dinner to support Karing 4 Karson

     A spaghetti dinner to benefit Karing 4 Karson will be Aug. 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the Thompson Run Athletic Association, 4901 Ball Ave. in West Mifflin. Cost is $15; $8 for children. There will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, face painting, a Mario Kart tournament and other activities. Proceeds will benefit the cancer fund for 9-year-old Karson Kasiorek.

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September 8, 2021

Elizabeth Twp. Seniors to meet

     Elizabeth Township Seniors will meet at noon Sept. 14 at the White Oak American Legion. Sandin Home Health Services may offer free blood pressure screenings until noon. President George Cipriani will preside and Chaplain Don Kuhns will offer the table blessing. The business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. after lunch with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the national anthem. Lunch is $9 and will be pasta with sauce, salad, rolls and butter, and cookies. There will be share the wealth conducted by Gayle Wills and Linda Baila, and a basket auction conducted by Carol Butler and Betty Lucot. Those bringing items for the auction include Butler, Cipriani, Brenda Hoffman, Wills and Baila. Items should be there by 11 a.m. Officers for 2021-2022 will be sworn in by
former president Jack Greenewald. Bingo will follow the meeting.
     Tour directors Debbie and Vaughn Gilbert will discuss the following upcoming trips:

     Oct. 20, Jimmy Stewart Museum in his hometown of Indiana, Pa. The museum features glimpses of his childhood through his legendary career in Hollywood. Behind the scenes details are given about his Oscar-winning performance in “The Philadelphia Story,” the holiday favorite “ It’s a Wonderful Life” and comedies like “ Harvey” to Alfred Hitchcock’s intense drama “ Rear Window.”
A luncheon buffet will be in the ballroom at the Chestnut Ridge Resort. Cost are $80 and includes transportation, tour and meal.
     Nov. 11, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Tribute at the Amish Theatre in Ohio. A duo from Australia performs love songs from the famous crooner from Ohio and antics and comedy from his partner. Cost is $100.
     Nov. 3, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Cost is $25 and includes $20 free play and a $5 food coupon.
     Payments are due at the meeting. For trip details, e-mail slimjimjones@comcast.net.

Fun Walk 4 Kane planned

     The 10th annual Joan Burns Kane Foundation Fun Walk 4 Kane will be virtual on Sept. 11. Dedicated in memory of longtime volunteer Joan Burns, the fundraiser benefits all the Kane centers. Because the walk is virtual, participants can walk anywhere for as long as desired. Registration is $20, free for those getting $50 or more in pledges. Fees can be paid online at https://www.alleghenycounty.us/kane/fun-walk-4-kane.aspx. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact Bill LaLonde at 412-292-8069 or email KaneFundraiser@alleghenycounty.us.

INSPIRE program caters to caregivers

     The INSPIRE free virtual program will be Wednesdays Sept. 8-29 from 1-2 p.m. to help caregivers facing a variety of challenges in caring for older loved ones. Topics will include: learning options to make the best decisions; working through behavioral problems in older adults with dementia; finding resources and support; maximizing optimal physical and emptional health; and private meetings with participants for individualized resources. To register, go to https://upmc.asapconnected.com/?org=3750#CourseID=234423. For more information, contact UPMC Senior Services at 866-430-8742 or UPMCSeniorServices@UPMC.edu.

Bingo to benefit FosterCat
     FosterCat Bingo Fundraiser to benefit homeless cats is Sept. 19 at Salvatore's Restaurant, 5001 Curry Road in Baldwin. Cost is $40 and includes bingo (10 games, six cards per game - regular games and specials) and a full-course luncheon; beverages, dessert and tip included. Doors open at noon, lunch is at 1 p.m. and bingo is from 2-4 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and bake sale. Last day for ticket sales is Sept. 14; no walk-ins accepted. Participants must be at least 18 years old. For more information or for tickets, go to www.fostercat.org.

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.

September 15, 2021

McKeesport Art Group to host fall show

     A Fall Art Show hosted by the McKeesport Art Group will be Sept. 17-19 at the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Awards and reception are Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Work by local artists will be showcased and most original artwork will be available for purchase, as well as prints and other items. Show hours are Sept. 17, 5-9 p.m.; Sept. 18, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sept. 19, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the web site at www.mckeesportartgroup.com.

Festival planned in Port Vue

     Port Vue Fall Festival will be Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at Romine Field in Port Vue. Festivities will include hayrides, free pumpkins, bounce houses, face painting, music, vendors, and food. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be inside the Port Vue Events Center.

Classes to begin at MRA

     Mon River Arts in Elizabeth will offer classes starting Sept. 21. Classes are: Rising Stars for ages 5-7; Begginer/Intermediate Tap for ages 8-12; Musical Theatre Movement for ages 8-12; and Showstoppers for ages 13-17. To register, go to the web site at www.monriverarts.org or call 412-405-8425. MRA is located at 206 Plum St.