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Mayor lights city tree for last time

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic game during the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field on Saturday November 23, 2013. The mayor's father, Bob Ravenstahl, is the team's head coach.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic game during the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field on Saturday November 23, 2013. The mayor's father, Bob Ravenstahl, is the team's head coach.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Santa Claus listen to the Christmas wishes of the mayor's son, Cooper, right, and Cooper's friend, Nathan Schanbacher. The two 5-year-old boys helped the mayor throw the switch to light the tree at the City-County Building, Downtown, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Santa Claus listen to the Christmas wishes of the mayor's son, Cooper, right, and Cooper's friend, Nathan Schanbacher. The two 5-year-old boys helped the mayor throw the switch to light the tree at the City-County Building, Downtown, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - New graduate Knowledge Hudson of Lawrenceville, front, takes a picture of fellow graduate Carlin Twedt of Shady Side,with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the ninth Civic Leadership Academy graduation in Council Chambers of the City-County Building. The 10-week program gives an participants a close up view of the different city departments.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heidi Murrin  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>New graduate Knowledge Hudson of Lawrenceville, front, takes a picture of fellow graduate Carlin Twedt  of Shady Side,with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the ninth Civic Leadership Academy graduation in Council Chambers of the City-County Building.  The 10-week program gives an participants a close up view of the different city departments.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Cooper Ravenstahl, 5, gets a close look at the ornaments as his father, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, keeps him close by. Cooper helped the Mayor throw the switch to light the Christmas Tree at the City County Building, Downtown, Friday, November 22, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Cooper Ravenstahl, 5, gets a close look at the ornaments as his father, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, keeps him close by. Cooper helped the Mayor throw the switch to light the Christmas Tree at the City County Building, Downtown, Friday, November 22, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review - Graduate Knowledge Hudson of Lawrenceville poses with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at the Civic Leadership Acedemy graduation in Council Chambers of the City-County Building Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Participants in the 10-week program got an education on different departments in the city.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Heidi Murrin  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Graduate Knowledge Hudson of Lawrenceville poses with Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl at the Civic Leadership Acedemy graduation in Council Chambers of the City-County Building Wednesday, November 20, 2013.   Participants in the 10-week program got an education on different departments in the city.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl helps a Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic kicker get his leg warmed up during the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field on Saturday November 23, 2013. The mayor's father, Bob Ravenstahl, is the team's head coach.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl helps a Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic kicker get his leg warmed up during the WPIAL Class A championship at Heinz Field on Saturday November 23, 2013. The mayor's father, Bob Ravenstahl, is the team's head coach.

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The Tribune-Review is chronicling Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's service until his term ends in January.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl continued his farewell tour last week, presiding over his ninth Civic Leadership Academy graduation and lighting the city's Christmas tree for the last time.

Ravenstahl was in his office on Monday attending to city business, according to spokeswoman Marissa Doyle, who did not address a question about his specific activities.

He met Tuesday with Hazelwood community leaders to break ground on a spray park at Burgwin Playground at Johnston Avenue and Mansion Street. The event commemorated completion of the Warrington Spray Park in Beltzhoover.

Pittsburgh will have six spray parks, which squirt water for summertime recreation, when the Burgwin facility is finished.

On Wednesday, Ravenstahl attended the graduation of the Civic Leadership Academy, which he developed. The 10-week free program is designed to school residents on the workings of city government. Ravenstahl said he hopes Mayor-elect Bill Peduto continues the academy.

He presented 23 graduates with certificates and hung around afterward to pose for pictures.

“Just based on what the folks said tonight, it's been a great program,” Ravenstahl said. “It really gives them a true sense of what happens day to day in city government.”

Doyle said the mayor was again in his office on Thursday, but she did not provide details.

Ravenstahl lit the Christmas tree outside the City-County Building, Downtown, on Friday. He was accompanied by his son, Cooper, 5, Cooper's friend Nathan Schanbacher, 5, and nephew Brody Ravenstahl, 2.

“It gives me great pleasure to light the tree for a last time,” Ravenstahl said. “Cooper, he's 5 now, and he can understand this (event) better. It's fun for him, so it's fun for me.”

As of the weekend, Pittsburgh residents have paid Ravenstahl about $97,600 this year. He makes $108,000 annually.

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