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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.


“Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House”

The ScareHouse is rated as one of the best haunted attractions in the country by Travel Channel, Forbes, Fangoria and Haunted Attraction magazine.

The ScareHouse returns for another season of screams on Friday, September 19th and is open select dates and weekends through November 1st. General admission tickets will be $24.99. Special discounts and promotions will be available throughout the season. Subscribe to the e-newsletter and like ScareHouse on Facebook to get the best deals. One ticket gives you admission to three Haunts but we’re not revealing the names of the haunts just yet. They are once again offering their “Turn Out The Lights” event for one night only on Saturday, November 8th in which customers go through a pitch black version of the haunted house with only a single glow stick!

“Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House” is located just minutes from downtown at 118 Locust Street with parking avail-able at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium lot where FREE shuttles will be provided to bring people back and forth. Please arrive at the lot 30 minutes before your appointed ticket time to allow time to be shuttled from the lot to ScareHouse. You can find dates, photos, ticket information and other “behind the screams” information at

So be prepared…..You are sure to be SCARED STIFF!!!!!! Exit doors are available for those unable to continue through to the end of what will prove to be the most terrifying, blood curdling, scream filled event of your life! FEAR IS HERE!!!!! Not recommended for children under the age of 13,
no one under 7 admitted.


Etna Teen Day

Back by POPULAR DEMAND, the Cops vs Kids Basketball game to be held Saturday, August 23 at the Etna playground! Basketball game to begin at 6 p.m. The Playground and pool will close to the general public at 5 p.m. and open up for our Teens at 5:30 p.m. Free Swimming, food and prizes for all teens ages 13 through 18. We would like to thank our local churches for food donations and the local business community who donated to the free prize raffle for our teens! What a partnership!


Stairway To Vista Beautification Project

Have you noticed the tremendous improvements made to the steps leading from Vine to Washington Streets?? In April, the Vista Street Home Owners Association in conjunction with the Vista Street Beautification & Planning Commission and the Borough of Etna made plans to clean up and beautify the area surrounding the steps to Washington Street. The neighbors surrounding the area rallied and created a landscaped area everyone can appreciate and be proud of.


They removed years of vines, trees and overgrowth and replaced them with plants, mulch and stone. What a huge labor of love! Etna Borough provided the railing for the steps, the stone to control the erosion of the hillside and traffic control while the area was under construction.

Many thanks to the volunteers who donated their time and labor, the use of their trucks or donated plants or money to purchase materials needed to complete this worthy endeavor. They are: Volunteers: Jeff Plowey, Gary and Karen Berner, Fielding Quinerly, Denise Ceh, Jason Belavic, Fay Cristina, Bill and Deb Kimmel, Tom Olzak & kids Tyler and Ray, Drew Hohman, Jon Hernandez & kids Johnnie and Shayla, Tomica and Rico Coates, Donations: Walt and Dot Bronowicz, Michael Kestner, Marianne Haggerty, Jeff Plowey, Gary and Karen Berner.

This is just an example of the wonderful things that can happen when everyone works together towards a common goal! Thank you to all the volunteers and the Borough of Etna for a job well done!

Is there an overgrown area in your neighborhood that you would like to re-hab? You, too, could get together with your neighbors, create a plan and perhaps spruce up an area in your neighborhood that is currently an eyesore! Wouldn’t it be great if every neighborhood picked out just one spot and did the same thing? It’d be awesome!!!!


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!


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

There is still one more Free Concert in the Park; the Molly Maguire’s will be playing at the playground on September 13 from 8 to 10 p.m. Anyone who attended an Etna school during the 1960’s and 1970’s will remember this famous Etna High School Band!! This concert is being held in celebration of their 50th anniversary! Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair as seating is limited!!

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’s final Free Movies in the Park night will take place on Saturday, August 30 beginning at dusk! Featured movie is “RIO 2”. Free popcorn and drink with some extra’s that evening! Come and set up a lawn chair and enjoy!


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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