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Pitcher Park construction starts

Excavation is underway on the 13,000-square-foot Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark near the main picnic grove in Carnegie Park, and the entire construction project will be filmed, thanks to the donation of a camera from GoPro. The camera will provide a live video feed to the Pitcher Park website,

Construction of the $600,000 project is expected to take four to five months.

"I think it'll be really cool to document the whole process from beginning to end," Mary Shea Pitcher told Carnegie council last week after officials unanimously approved a lease agreement so that work can begin in the borough-owned park. After the skate park is completed, it will belong to Carnegie.

"This is a very positive step forward, Mary," Carnegie council President Rick D'Loss told Mrs. Pitcher, who spearheaded the skate park project as a memorial to her two sons who drowned in 2008.

Designed by Grindline Skateparks of Seattle, the skate park will feature an unusual pipe, two bowls and an intricate street course. Much of the construction is being funded by the nonprofit Ken & Carol Schultz Foundation, but 15 percent of the cost will be paid for by the borough. Drawings of the proposed skate park can be seen on the Pitcher Park website.

Mrs. Pitcher has raised funds and obtained donated services and materials. She is now looking for 100 tri-axle truckloads of clean fill.

In the fall, she and other skate park backers raised funds with a haunted trail at the park, which will be repeated this year.

Project supporters believe the skate park will be a draw to Carnegie Park and to the town of Carnegie.

• Council appointed Stephen Beuter as borough manager. He has been serving as interim manager since former manager and police Chief Jeffrey Harbin retired this summer.

Contract terms are still being worked out, Mr. Beuter said last week.

In other appointments, Dan Butera was named working foreman with the borough's Public Works Department, and Pete Schepis was named assistant working foreman.

• Council tabled action to advertise an ordinance that would recognize the Carnegie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Bureau as the borough's official fire company.

Council member Mike Sarsfield said officials were close to reaching an agreement and expect to move forward with the action next month.

• Council will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to discuss whether Capitol Drive should be made a one-way street and to talk about parking issues on nearby Beechwood Avenue.


Homecoming Sept. 7 for Tiger community

A daylong celebration of Tiger pride will take place for homecoming Sept. 7, when six alumni will be inducted into the McKeesport High School Hall of Fame.

Administrators and members of the Alumni and Friends Association are planning the event, which will kick off with a catered tailgate from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the inner courtyard at the high school.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children and can be purchased in the athletic office.

A parade will step off after lunch and before the 1 p.m. game versus Woodland Hills. There will be a half-time salute to members of the school's 1994 and 2005 state championship football teams and Hall of Fame members. Students will lead tours of the high school, and there will be Kids Zone activities during the game.

Those tapped for induction:

• Jack H. Olender, Class of 1953, is a medical malpractice trial lawyer in Washington, D.C.

• Michele Petrovich Matuch, Class of 1969, executive director of the McKeesport Hospital Foundation and community advocate.

• Albert A. Puskaric, Class of 1971, retired teacher, artist and civilian associate with NASA.

• Jeanne M. Erickson, Class of 1975, nurse educator with a doctorate specializing in oncology, also a researcher and author.

• David Bruce Garlow, Class of 1982, sales executive with Viega LLC and world traveler.

• William Harbert, Class of 1994, psychologist and educator.

A celebration for alumni will be held at 6 p.m. at Youghiogheny Country Club, Elizabeth Township.

Deadline for required reservations is Aug. 30. Cost is $40 per person. Contact the alumni office for reservations at 412-678-9215.


Bus traffic angers some residents

Some residents of Orchard Spring Road want to know why Port Authority buses travel their street from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, even on the weekends.

Many of the buses are empty, Lori Lang told township commissioners at a meeting last week. "They're using the street as a cut-through," she said.

The residents said more than 60 Port Authority buses use their street.

Commissioner Bill Wells suggested the reason may be that Port Authority needs to keep the 38C route operating to pick up and discharge Greentree Road riders going to and from Downtown.

Mr. Wells, who several years ago persuaded the authority to retain buses on Lindsay Road, pointed out that public transportation is a valuable asset that isn't always appreciated until it is needed. Illnesses or hardships can make public transportation a necessity for many, he said.

But Barbara Hopkins, who catches a bus every day on Orchard Spring, called the number of buses that daily traverse the road "ridiculous."

While conceding that a recount should be done to determine the number of buses needed on Orchard Spring, Mr. Wells said Scott is one of the few areas in Allegheny County that still has residential bus service.

Mrs. Hopkins, however, said she believes the buses are earmarked for Chatham Park.

Commissioner Craig Stephens, who lives on Orchard Spring, said he told state Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, about the matter, and Mr. Miller promised to talk to authority officials.


Town Hall will discuss health care

Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, and city councilman Joe Manning are hosting a Town Hall at 4 p.m Sept. 3 in City Hall to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Manning said the meeting was scheduled after local business leaders said they did not have enough information on the law.

City Hall is located at 55 West Maiden Street.

Details: 724-263-8543.


Winners listed for art show

Winners have been selected from the 40 works by East Suburban Artists League that remain on display through tomorrow at CCAC Boyce Campus.

Best in Show went to Barbara Jewell for her watercolor. Other awards went to Joy Anglin, Dorothy Lamuth, Jan Landini, Allen Maloney, Marci Mason, Evelyn Turocy, Sarah Wood, Linda Galati. Joyce Frost, Steve Frost, Bob Patterson, Christine Patterson and Gordon Sarti.

The show is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: 412-956-2034.

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