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Extreme pogo film released

A short movie filmed in Braddock featuring extreme pogo athletes was released last week.

The 15-minute movie, "RISE," followed six of the world's top Xpogo athletes as they performed stunts throughout the borough.

The movie was filmed at locations in Braddock and at the Carrie Furnace site.

Nick Ryan, CEO and cofounder of Xpogo, said he has filmed extreme athletes in more than 15 countries.

Mr. Ryan grew up in York, the same town as Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. He said he wanted to show the world why Xpogo is a legitimate sport in the same way that Mr. Fetterman wanted to show why Braddock is a burgeoning community.

"In Braddock's case, it's a town and a community, and in our case, it's an extreme sport," he said in May.

While in town filming at such locations as the Carrie Furnace site, the half-dozen athletes also showed off their tricks during Braddock's Community Day.

The film can be viewed at


Hope for Pope fundraiser set

A spaghetti dinner called Hope For Pope will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Christian Church, 3400 Garvers Ferry Road.

The benefit is for Sue Pope, a local resident and single mother of three who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer.

Ms. Pope works at Belair Health and Rehabilitation Center and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. The benefit is being organized by her co-workers and friends.

A Sue Pope Family Fund has been set up at PNC Bank; donations will be accepted at any branch. A GoFundMe site has also been created to raise money. To learn more, visit


Trick-or-treating set for Halloween night

McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko said during last week's council meeting he'd heard "rumors" surrounding the time and date of trick-or-treating in the municipality.

He said he wanted to put the rumors to rest and announced trick-or-treating will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.


Sienna Ridge now has municipal roads

The municipality has officially accepted the streets in the Sienna Ridge plan. During a meeting last week, commissioners identified the roads as Sinan Farms Drive, Parkview Court, Summit Court, Evans Road and Sinan Road.

By accepting the roads, the municipality assumes responsibility for storm sewers, storm sewer easements and the maintenance, repair and removal of snow from the streets. Maintenance of sidewalks will remain the responsibility of the property owner.

Pleasant Valley Park may soon become an official municipal park.

Council President Joan Kearns said last week that the park entered the municipal park system in 2002 but was never officially accepted.

Council instructed the solicitor to draw up an ordinance designating it as a municipal park. Some council members, before the unanimous vote, did express concern about the cost of maintenance, grass cutting and paving.

Council approved the application and site plan for a new self-storage facility to be built at 6335 William Penn Highway. The request from STORExpress was presented by Steve Mitnick, who presented council with samples of a stucco-based building material to meet the request for a brick-type treatment on the lower portion of the building's exterior. The four-story self-storage facility will be built in two phases and provide drive-in access.


Old records get destroyed

Council has voted to approve the destruction of some old municipal records. The routine action came during Monday night's meeting.

Records to be destroyed included purchasing records from 2002, vendor orders from 2005, tax returns, W-2 and 1099 forms from 2003 and a variety of records from 2004 including liquid fuels records, accounts payable and payroll ledgers, payroll bank statements and cancelled checks.

Council also allocated an additional $25,000 to complete paving on Pearl Road.Planning Director Howard Davidson said the move was needed because of a recent waterline replacement project on the road. , a portion of the road was re-paved by the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority. Council approved authorization to hire Tresco Paving to finish milling and paving the remainder of the road. Funds from the Community Development Paving Account will be used.

A public hearing for comments on the municipality's 2013 -2018 Capital Program plan was held Monday. Mr. Davidson said the plan includes proposed projects for paving and road improvements, a new EMS facility, improvements and repairs to the municipal building. He said most projects in the plan that are scheduled for 2013 and 2014 are funded; but funds for future projects are unknown at this point.

There were no public comments.

The plan will come before council for a vote in November.


Leaf pickup scheduled

Curbside leaf pickup will occur the weeks of Oct. 7 and 21, Nov. 4 and 18, and Dec. 2 at locations west of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pickup will occur the weeks of Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and Dec. 9 at locations east of the turnpike.

Bagged leaves will be picked up by Waste Management throughout the township Wednesday and Nov. 6 and 27. Leaves must be placed in biodegradable bags, not plastic ones.

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First Published October 10, 2013 7:29 AM


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