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 Respect - a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

2015 Winter Quarter Awardee

Nayelle  Williams 17 

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Respect Respect

Dignity - a sense of pride in oneself; self-respect.

2015 Winter Quarter Awardee 

Linda L Croushore Ed. D.

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Dignity Dignity

 Hope - a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

2015 Winter Quarter Awardee

 John Patrick Lydon

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Hope Hope

Love - an intense feeling of deep affection

2015 Winter Quarter Awardee 

Cheyenne Burns, 16

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Love Love

McKeesport Mayor Michael CherekoMcKeesport Mayor Michael Chereko

Working Together For A Better McKeesport

The City of McKeesport is focusing on its countless volunteers who have gone above and beyond their civic duty to make the town where they live, work and worship a wonderful place to live. From beautifying neighborhoods to rallying support for one of our cities finest, not a single effort has gone unnoticed by the Mayor’s office.

In the Winter Edition of our Community’s In McKeesport Area magazine, we have highlighted our ReClaim McKeesport Ambassadors who have turned their corners of our city into beautiful parklets and play spaces. In addition, the YouthCAST leaders who have committed to continue GTECH projects in the coming year. Moreover, our "Living the Message Awardees" who share the notions of Respect, Dignity, Hope, and Love with the Community. Last but far from least, our families who have taken the time to recognize their loved ones with the McKeesport Veterans Banner Program and our entire community for supporting Deputy Fire Chief Vince Wassel in his battle with cancer.

This fall, we also had two unique opportunities in working with volunteers from Word & Worship Church and the University of Pittsburgh for trash removal along city streets. With the abundance of debris that accumulates in many of our city neighborhoods, our public works crews and local volunteers were fortunate to receive a helping hand. Their generous public service helped us tackle weeks of work in just two days.

I declared November 1st, 2015 to be Extra Mile Day in the City of McKeesport. In accordance with the efforts of Extra Mile America, I urged every individual in the McKeesport community to take time on this day, not only to go “the extra mile” in his or her life, but to acknowledge all those who are inspirational in their efforts and commitment to make this community a better place.

McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is a city that acknowledges the special vibrancy that exists within the entire community when its individual citizens collectively go “the extra mile” in personal effort, volunteerism, and service. The City continually promotes its motto of “Working Together for a Better McKeesport” as my administration encourages citizens to maximize their personal contribution to the community by giving of themselves wholeheartedly – with total effort, commitment, and conviction – to their individual and community goals. The City of McKeesport celebrates individuals who go “the extra mile” to make a difference and uplift the community as a whole, as we proudly support “Extra Mile Day".


About Living The Message 

The McKeesport Message Committee, a subgroup of McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko’s Select Committee on Crime and Violence, invites the public to nominate Community members who exemplify the words, “Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love.” McKeesporters of all ages – from youth volunteers to senior citizens – display characteristics of Respect, Dignity, Hope and Love on a daily basis in our community. Whether through organizing community activities or offering a helping hand to those in need, everyday people are doing their part to make our city a better place.

If we look within our schools, our neighborhoods, our churches and our service organizations, we will find acts of kindness for which we all can be proud. Living the Message awards are intended to showcase these individuals and
give the community an opportunity to share its good news. Awards will be given quarterly each year. Using 250 words or fewer, describe how the individual of your choice embodies one of the four words.

For more information, contact the mayor’s office at 412-675-5020 Ext. 605.
Nominations can be mailed to the mayor’s assistant Jennifer Vertullo, 500 Fifth Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15132, or emailed to mailto: 

The deadline for the Spring 2016 award nominations has expired.

The Summer 2016 award nominations may be submitted per the above.


Last but far from least, once again our resident volunteers have met and exceeded the challenges that guaranteed McKeesport's recreation events and programs,  were a huge success in 2015. Words of thanks and appreciation are not enough however, they are offered sincerely to all the volunteers that participated in those efforts. Hopefully, our folks will continue that tradition in 2016 and once more thanks to all!

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