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Mayor resurrects Delmont community day

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It took six years and two mayors, but a community day celebration is poised to return to Delmont this fall.

Mayor Alyce Urban announced last week that “Delmont Daze” will be held Sept. 6 in the borough parklet.

“That is such an adorable place down there that is such an asset to the community,” Urban said. “It seems like it's going to be a nice little community thing.”

Urban said she has been discussing bringing the celebration back to the borough in recent weeks and received support from the library, Boy Scouts, local churches and the fire department.

Unlike previous years, there won't be a parade.

“I'm not ready (to plan) for that yet,” Urban said. “The library is extremely excited, talking about face painting and ice cream.”

The borough last hosted a community day in 2008. The following year's celebration was cancelled with no reason given by then-Mayor Fran Jennings. Officials later attributed the cancellation to worries about cost and obtaining sponsorships from local businesses.

In 2010, former Mayor Gill Sanchez tried unsuccessfully to organize groups to revitalize the celebration, which used to include a parade and events at Shield's Farm.

The event was popular in the borough, attracting about 1,000 people. Local businesses and private donors absorbed most of the costs, with the borough donating the use of Shield's Farm.

The last community day was held in conjunction with the borough's 175th anniversary. That celebration included fireworks and a three-day carnival that the local fire department hosted.

This year's event won't be as large, Urban said. Churches plan to sell apple dumplings, and local Boy Scout troops plan to sell hoagies.

Council President Jim Bortz said he's excited to see a community day return to the borough.

“I'm encouraged,” Bortz said. “I'm all with you. That's a program that's near and dear to my heart.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or

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