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Scottdale Chamber of Commerce's Lunch in the Park ready for return

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | For The Independent-Observer
The first lunch in the park of the summer in Scottdale is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the gazebo downtown. Last year, Nick Ritz cooked up some burgers and hot dogs for Friends of the Library.

It's been missing from Scottdale thus far this summer, but now it is ready to return and satisfy the taste buds of borough residents.

What has been missing is the annual lunch in the park, which is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday at the gazebo downtown. Lunch in the Park is a Scottdale Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.

Pat Walker, Lunch in the Park chairwoman, said vendors who typically ply their wares at the lunch in the park will return this year. Those include, Friends of the Library, Scottdale Community Pool, Calvin United Presbyterian Church and St. John's Lutheran Church.

“Anyone can come and set up,” Walker said. “I hope everybody comes and gets their lunch. Hopefully, there could be some sidewalk sales, since people are out and about for those two hours.”

Borough Manager Angelo Pallone likes the atmosphere the Lunch in the Park creates.

“Nonprofits come together with their food booths at the gazebo,” Pallone said. “It's a way for them to earn some money. The downtown businessmen come down, enjoy the food and talk to each other. It's a successful program. There's good food, you can get desserts, food, drink. It's a mixture of everything.”

The lunch in the park events for May and June had to be cancelled this year as renovations of the gazebo were completed.

“Because of the renovation work, we were not able to do anything here. I would imagine we'll go back to its normal schedule next year,” Pallone said.

Now that work is completed and the welcome mat will be open for people to come outside and get some food on a summer day in Scottdale.

“It's nice,” Pallone said of the renovation work. “We've got a few things to go. I talked to the contractor. The lights are ready to be brought into the job site. That's exciting...We installed some of the sockets that are easily accessible as compared to before. Come Light-Up Night or the Christmas parade, it will be really nice to decorate the gazebo.”

Before that, however, the gazebo will be the host of some good food and entertainment.

There also will be a Lunch in the Park on Aug. 13.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or