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Mt. Pleasant's community yard sale to return June 14

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:30 p.m.

Yards and porches of Mt. Pleasant residences will soon be filled with a variety of items available for purchase when the borough holds its 4th annual Mt. Pleasant Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14.

The inaugural event was held in 2011 after the borough began to receive complaints about a yard sale ordinance established that year in the borough which normally requires permits and bans yard sales when large community events are being held such as the Mt. Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival or the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's Fair.

As in years past, all statutes of the ordinance will waived for the upcoming event, and everyone within the borough is eligible to participate.

“I think this community yard sale is good, because it puts us all on the same page. It allows everyone a day to have a yard sale, and it doesn't penalize anyone,” borough Councilwoman Susan Ruszkowski said. “It also brings people from outside the community into the community where they can see what we have in Mt. Pleasant and see that we're growing.”

The multiple sales, which occur simultaneously at multiple borough yards, can also create “quite a buzz,” Ruszkowski said.

“People who come to this event say there are so many different places they can go ... it's not limited to one yard; there's more of a variety,” she said.

Former borough Councilman Fred McCloy, who orchestrated the inaugural event, did so with the confidence that other area communities experienced success in pulling off such an activity, he said.

“After the first one, I could tell the way it was catching on, I got a lot of good comments, so I'm glad to see that's still going on,” McCloy said. “It's nice to do something for the community like this.”

Borough officials said they hope to see the event continue to gain steam in its fourth year.

Council President Joe Bauer said a community yard sale is also a nice way for neighbors to get together.

“I'd like to see it expand. I think it's a good chance for people to get rid of things, and one person's trash is another person's treasure,” Bauer said. “Of all things we do in the borough, this is one thing we haven't gotten a complaint about. It gets people out in the community and I think they enjoy it.”

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said the event has become a nice addition to the borough's cycle of annual happenings.

“It's nice to have it. It's becoming prevalent in a lot of communities. It's nice Mt. Pleasant does the same thing. It's good to see it's developed some longevity,” Landy said.

Maps and lists of participants will be available the day of the event in the parking lot behind Levin Furniture in the borough.

The registration deadline is noon on June 13.

Residents who wish to participate should provide their addresses to the borough secretary Bev Fedorchak, who can be contacted via email at or by telephone at 724-547-6745.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or