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Etna is a small bustling community covering one square mile along the banks of the Allegheny River, and is bordered on three sides by Millvale, Shaler Township, and Sharpsburg. Centrally located, Etna is just 10 minutes (non-rush hour) from downtown Pittsburgh and close enough for easy access to the shopping centers in North Hills, Fox Chapel, and Monroeville, the cultural opportunities in Oakland and North Side, and the nine local Colleges and Universities.

Once a mill town, over the past twenty years, Etna has re-emerged as a residential community with a highly diversified business base. Within its borders are over 160 businesses ranging from good-sized industrial firms to smaller, family-owned retail and consumer outlets.

Etna has an approximate population of 3924 and is growing younger each year as more couples with small children move into the community. These young families have a refreshing vitality and a dedication to get involved and work to make Etna a great place to raise children. Their efforts have been fruitful, as evidenced by the many youth-oriented activities that abound throughout the year. There's baseball, softball, and deck hockey leagues open to both girls and boys and active scouting troops from Cubs and Brownies to Seniors and Explorers. These activities, coupled with Etna's pool, playground, and sporting complex on Pine Street afford positive, close-to-home leisure time fun, not just for children, but for the whole family.

On the following pages we have outlined all the areas of community life that would be of interest and importance to all who live and work in our town.

Official Notice - Borough Of Etna Draft Comprehensive Plan

In accordance with the PA Municipal Planning Code please see the 2014 Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan Draft for Etna, Millvale and Sharpsburg Boroughs.   A public meeting will be held June 3, 2014 in the Etna Borough Municipal Building regarding this Draft Plan beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Please forward comments by May 23, 2014 to the following email address:

Environmental Planning and Design is the Consultant used for this initiative.  If you would like a hard copy, please notify Carolyn Yagel at the above email address and a document will be forward to you via US mail or CLICK HERE to download a copy.


Etna Borough was named a Banner Community in 2014

Etna Borough was named a Banner Community in 2014 by the Allegheny League of Municipalities. This is the second year in a row for Etna to hold this distinction. This program began in 2013 and recognizes communities that provide effective, efficient and accountable services to its residents and businesses.  It also acknowledges Etna’s efforts to inform and engage citizens through frequent and open communications, public events and community activities. Etna was honored at a Press Conference hosted by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in early April. We are proud to share this news with all of you and assure you we will continue taking our responsibility very seriously to improve our operations and to provide the highest quality of life for our community.


Web Site Award

Borough News magazine announced that Etna Borough has been awarded First Place in the 2014 Borough News Annual Municipal Website Contest. The Borough was awarded a plaque at the Pa. State Association of Boroughs annual Conference held in early April. We would like to acknowledge Mike Schmalstieg, volunteer fireman, who assists the Borough in our website design at no charge to the community. Mike has managed the Borough’s website since its inception  and we are grateful for the excellent and award winning service that he provides!!


Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification

Etna Borough is proud to announce that it
is among the first municipalities to become certified through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Community Essentials Certification program. Etna is recognized at the Silver level of certification for meeting the program’s rigorous performance criteria which tracks 131 policies and practices that define a sustainable community. This Certification, developed by Sustainable Pittsburgh, is designed for municipalities that are working to save money, conserve resources and serve vibrant communities. In earning the Silver Certification, Etna is acknowledged for its progress in addressing such areas as community design and land use, energy efficiency, health and wellness, mitigating blight, intergovernmental cooperation, recycling and waste reduction, fiscal controls, and internal management and operations. Details regarding how we are addressing these areas can be found on the certification
program’s website:

Etna has now been designated a Sustainable Pennsylvania Certified Silver Community.


Special Needs Registry

Allegheny County Emergency Management Agency launched the “Special Needs Registry” this past February. This Special Needs Registry allows residents with physical, mental health or intellec-tual disabilities to provide information to the De-partment of Emergency Services. This voluntary information may then be shared with those re-sponding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency. The Special Needs Registry is intended only for those who live independently and not in a residential needs facility such as a nursing home or group home. The Special Needs Registry can be found at the County’s website at Information provided through the Registry will be programmed to appear on the screen when an emergency call is made from the home. This will allow dispatchers to alert emergency responders that there may be a unique situation in the home involving a person with special needs.


Zoning Ordinance Rehab

The Borough will be undertaking
a massive rehab of its current Zoning Ordinance, which dates back to 1984 with subsequent amendments. We received grant funding through Allegheny County for this total update along with Millvale and Sharpsburg Boroughs. This was the next logical step as the new Comprehensive Plan(s) for the three communities nears completion. It is an exciting time for our community as we plan for our future and address much needed zoning changes for today’s real world. We thank all of you who have provided input during the process.


A Piece of Etna’s Past Returns Home……

Several months ago, Joe Hoesch from Carnegie, contacted the Borough looking for information regarding a historical society in the Borough. He had a friend who resided in Arizona who gave him an old photo album that had been in his family for many, many years from the Spang Chalfant Co. which he was looking to donate. A week or so later, Joe popped in and gave the Borough the most astounding photo album! It was a leather-bound photo album of “Spang Chalfant & Co., Inc.” It contains one hundred and six 12” x 10” sepia and black and white photographs. An unbelievable treasure was simply handed over to our care! Joe watched with a smile as many of the buildings were recognized and the photographs of their interiors gushed over! There are some incredible interior and exterior photos of the Chalfant House (corner of Locust and High Streets), and many incredible interior photographs of the old Elks Building, areas which are now being used as part of the annual “ScareHouse” exhibits. This incredible piece of our history was donated by Elmer Steuernagel who now lives in Arizona. Elmer’s father, Elmer Miller Steuernagel, Sr. was born in 1886 and started working at the plant at age 15 in the billing department. He eventually became head of this department and retired at age 75. His son, Elmer, felt it was time to pass this book which illustrates our rich steel mill history over to the community.


Pride of Etna Monthly Litter Cleanup:

March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15
December 20

all at 9:45 am Municipal Building

Watch for some really cool stuff being added to the Dougherty Nature Trail! Owl boxes! How cool is that?!! The Borough will also be installing bat boxes to provide all our feathered friends a home within our home!!!


Have you seen the new slide at the swimming pool?? WOW! Check out the most recent addition to our swimming pool facility, installed this past March to enhance the fun for our children at our community swimming pool. This slide was the brain-child of newly elected Junior Council Person Nate Porter. It is a great feature for our pool and we welcome you to stop down and try it out!


Memorial Day Parade

Begin your holiday weekend honoring our veterans by raising your flags and attending the Memorial Day Parade! Arrive early and reserve your spot along the parade route which begins at 9:30 a.m. on the corner of Butler and Maplewood Street. The parade route continues all the way through Sharpsburg to Kittanning Pike! Preceding the parade, stop by the cemetery on High Street for a Memorial Service at 8:45 a.m. Or, at 11:30 a.m. you can attend the ceremony at the War Memorial on Crescent Avenue at Dougherty Veteran’s Field for a moving tribute honoring those who gave their lives for freedom around the world.

The Garden Club will be selling memorial ribbons for $1.00 each where you can honor your loved ones by writing their names on the ribbons which will be hung on the fence at the War Memorial. Ribbons are available for purchase at the Borough Office Building and will be for sale along the parade route.

The Third Annual Bike Decorating Contest will also take place at 9:00 a.m. that morning. Decorated bikes, big wheels or wagons should be ready to roll and are meeting in front of the Bell Monument at the Etna Borough Municipal Building for judging. Trophies to First, Second and Third Place Winners will be awarded courtesy of Pittsburgh Trophy!


Shaler North Hills Library Free Reading Program

Back by popular demand, Ingrid and the SNHL Free Reading Program at the playground. Every Thursday beginning June 19 running through August 21 beginning at 2:00 p.m., at the Playground, the Library will host a one hour program of stories, games and craft projects for our youth. New this year, free snack provided to participants at 2:30 p.m., as part of the Summer Food Service Program.


Free Youth Craft Program

The free youth craft program will continue this summer on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. June 25, July 9, July 23 and August 6. Our favorite Instructor, Margie Vinski will be back to run this program.

Lots of good stuff for you and your family to enjoy this summer at our recreation facilities. We hope that you take some time out of your busy schedules to come down and check out some of these wonderful programs being brought to you by Etna Borough in partnership with so many of our local organizations!


Free Concerts In The Park

This year’s lineup includes the following concerts:
Friday, June 13 ............ SHOT OF SOUL, Firemen’s Street Fair
Saturday, July 12 ......... ELVIS LIVES, Playground
Saturday, Sept. 13 ........ MOLLY MAGUIRES, 5OTH REUNION!

Playground, Sponsored by the Etna Neighborhood Association!!!! THANK YOU!!
All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m.


Etna Neighborhood Association Movie Nights

The Etna Neighborhood Association is hosting three free movie nights this summer at the playground on Pine Street. The movies will begin at 8 p.m. on the following Saturdays – June 28, July 26 and August 30. Bring the family down for an evening of free fun with your neighbors and friends and ENJOY THE SHOW!


Murder Mystery Dinner

Get ready Trekkies!!! On Sat. Oct. 11, the Fifth Annual Murder Mystery Dinner will be held at Fugh Hall. Join Mystery’s Most Wanted for an out of this world evening of comedy, mystery and dinner with STAR TREK: Set phasers to Murder! Join the universe’s favorite crew for an adventure that will definitely be the final frontier for one crew member!

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