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"WE WILL ACT TODAY SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR COMMUNITY IS AN ATTRACTIVE PLACE THAT IS THRIVING AND ECONOMICALLY SOUND. WE ENVISION AN ETNA THAT IS KNOWN FOR A GOOD SCHOOL SYSTEM AND COOPERATIVE GOVERNMENT. OUR FUTURE INCLUDES A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND A RESPECTED, COMMUNITY-
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-
Once a mill town, over the past twenty years, Etna has re-
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-
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.
Etna Named 2013 Banner Community
Etna Borough has been named a 2013 Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities for providing effective, efficient and accountable services to its residents and businesses. The designation also acknowledges Etna Borough’s efforts to inform and engage citizens through frequent and open communication, public events and community activities. “The Banner Communities Program recognizes municipalities that implement best practices in all aspects of their operations and that govern in an inclusive, collaborative manner” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who is also Chairman of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. “These are cities, boroughs and townships that understand fiscal accountability, customer service, and civic responsibility”. We are honored to receive this designation. Residents and businesses rely on the various services we pro-
Light The Night
The Holiday Committee has been busy working their “magic” planning our Light the Night festivities! Lots of new ideas to SHAKE things up a bit this year! All taking place on Friday, November 29, 2013!
Our schedule remains the same; parade begins at 6:30 p.m. (flyer enclosed) but we have added a few new surprises to our lineup which includes the Volunteer Fire Department’s Open House and “WYZKIT” (see story below) distribution, Parade, Christmas & Phone Card Collection for Soldiers, Pine Creek Community Band, Free Children’s Games, Magician and Balloon Artist Dustin Ashbaugh, Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Reindeer, Organ Grinder, Photo Booth, Bag Piper, Raffles, Train Rides on Butler Street all the way to Christmas Corner at Washington and Parker Streets, Crafts for Kids, Refreshments at First Congregational Church of Etna and our FABULOUS FINALE – ZAMBELLI FIREWORKS – WITH A NEW TWIST – STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE ON BUTLER AND/OR WALNUT FOR A GREAT VIEW!!!
Fund raising helps defray the cost of these festivities. Get your tickets now for the Bountiful Baskets full of wrapping paper, Christmas Cards, Candles, decorations, etc. in plenty of time for the holidays. Tickets are three for a $1.00, seven for $2.00 and twenty for $5.00; 50/50 tickets are also on sale for the same price right now at the Municipal Building! Raffle held on Light the Night. Or if you would like to make a straight out donation to the “Holiday Fund”, please send your check or money order to ‘Etna Holiday Fund, c/o 437 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223. Everyone donating will be listed in the February, 2014 issue of the Byline. Please help us keep this wonderful Etna tradition going strong!
You may ask what is a WYZKIT?? Each year over 800 children die in house fires and thousands more are injured. Fires and related burns are the third leading cause of injuries to children. Most of these could have been prevented if the children were given a better education about fire safety. The WYZKIT is the most innovative and comprehensive tool on the market today. It is designed for children ages 5 through 12 and combines traditional fire safety programs with actual fire survival techniques used by actual firefighters. The concept is to teach children basic fire behavior, show them the skills to escape a fire and provide them with a few valuable tools to assist them in getting out safely. These kits are commercially sold but our local Holiday Committee, our wonderful Volunteer Fire Department and the Borough of Etna decided to purchase some of these kits and give them out FREE at Light the Night to qualifying residents, (limit one per household, Etna residents only, call for particulars) a truly generous, caring way to usher in the Holidays. The Holiday Committee is using funds raised through donations for Light the Night to help pay for these kits!
Shaler North Hills Library Free Reading Program Partnership With Our Churches
Fun and educational programs kept right on going past the summer and beyond with the summer free reading program. Our great churches, again partnered with the Shaler North Hills Library to continue the program this fall. There are still a few sessions left and you are more than welcome to participate. Emmanuel Lutheran Church is hosting Reading Readiness for kinder-
First Congregational Church continues their Community Spirit Dinners where you can enjoy a simple community meal and relax among friends. Youth play games, read stories, make crafts and more with Miss Dolores and Miss Jan from the library. Thursday, November 21 and December 19th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The ScareHouse has been voted the #1 Haunt in the World by Tophaunts.com and one of the top 3 Haunted Houses in America by Haunted Attraction magazine.
The ScareHouse returns for another season of screams on Friday, September 27th and will be open on select dates through November 2nd. General admission tickets will be $19.99 but there will be some discounts online and available at local Subway stores. One ticket gives you admission into three haunts within the historic, and most definitely haunted, building: The Forsaken, Creepo’s Christmas in 3D, and Pittsburgh Zombies.
This year they are also offering a very intense and terrifying experience for a select amount of guests…but we can’t let that secret out just yet. They are also once again offering their “Turn Out The Lights” event on Friday and Saturday, November 8th and 9th – 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 available at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium lot where FREE shuttles will be provided to bring people back and forth. You can find dates, photos, ticket information and other “behind the screams” information at www.scarehouse.com.
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 cur-
It’s that time of the year when we all are making plans for yard and landscaping work in anticipation of the summer months! This is a great time to consider doing a legal disconnect of your roof leader (downspout) from the combined sewer system. A rain barrel is one way to accomplish that and save you on your water bills by reusing the rain water to water your plants. If you are considering this, contact the Municipal Building regarding an inspection to see if you are eligible. Don’t forget, an approved downspout disconnect can save you $5.00 quarterly on your Sewer Environmental Surcharge (for a three year period, pending annual inspection). Click here for the Ordinance and Permit application. See our Stormwater Management Page for more info.
In February, Council adopted Ordinance No. 1345, the Solar Installation Ordinance. The origination of this came from a multi-
The Borough has hired Stormworks for the installation of rain barrels at several of our publically owned facilities and for the installation of a rain garden at the swimming pool bath-
The Borough of Etna received a Water Resource Education Network grant from the League of Women Voters to host a Rain Garden and Design Management: A Technical Workshop for Landscape Professionals, which will be held at the Clarence Fugh Memorial Park and Pool facility on September 7. At that workshop, a rain garden will be installed just outside the swimming pool bathhouse. The downspouts from the roof of the bathhouse will be disconnected and feed the rain garden. This workshop is for professional landscapers who will see a rain garden installed from start to finish. The Borough hopes to host a second workshop for residents in the near future. As part of Community Day, August 10, the Borough will be hosting an informational table for residents on storm water management. Free brochures and posters will be available for residents to take home.
Free Concerts In The Park & Youth Craft Schedules
The free concerts in the park will continue this summer with three concerts, one of which will be held during the Volunteer Firemen’s Street Fair at their fairgrounds (Dougherty Veterans Field) while the other two will be held at the playground. All concerts are from 8 to 10 p.m.
■Saturday, June 15...............SHOT OF SOUL; Firemen’s Street fair
■Saturday, July 6..................MIKE SCHEER BAND; Playground, Pine Street
■Saturday, August 17............SLIM FORSYTHE; Playground, Pine Street
■Saturday, September 21......NEID’S HOTEL BAND; Playground, Pine Street
The Free Youth Craft Schedule will continue this summer on the following Wednesdays from 1:00-
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!!!
Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program
For a limited time only, Allegheny County will be accepting applications to acquire vacant property in 25 municipalities at reduced cost to the applicant. The purpose of the Allegheny Couonty Vacant Property Recovery Program is to take blighted, tax delinquent properties and resell the to an applicant to reuse as determined by their application and as approved by the municipality. CLICK HERE for more information.