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Summer in the Park series to kick off in Scottdale

| Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Scottdale Parks and Recreation Commission is planning to bring more people into the parks this year with planned monthly events as part of its new Summer in the Park series.

Borough Councilman Andy Pinskey said the event for June will be American Flag week from June 12 through 18. There will be an essay contest and even a Betsy Ross look-alike contest.

He said there were three reasons for the borough to start the Summer in the Park series — to increase attendance to the borough parks, benefit nonprofit organizations and generate revenue for the parks.

Pinskey said collection cans for donations that will benefit the park will be put out in area businesses. The donations will also benefit whatever nonprofit organization is chosen for each event.

On June 14, as part of Lunch in the Park at the gazebo parklet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will be handing out American flags as well as pamphlets on how to fly the flag.

Pinskey and Councilwoman Joan Brown will sponsor this event and any donations collected for the nonprofit organization will go towards the Local Disabled Veterans.

On June 16 at 7 p.m. a Betsy Ross look-alike contest will be held at the Gazebo Parklet. Pinskey said he's hoping mothers and daughters will get into the spirit and come out in revolutionary-period costumes.

King Investigations will sponsor this event and any donations collected and designated for the nonprofit organization will go toward the Geyer Performing Arts Center.

Throughout the week individuals can get involved in writing a 100-word-or-less essay on "What the American Flag Means to Me."

Essays should be turned in to the borough and the winning essay will be posted at Scottdale Bank and Trust. The bank is the sponsor for this event and the winner of the contest will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

The nonprofit organization that will benefit from donation cans at the bank will be the Scottdale Kiwanis Club.

While the dates haven't been set for the event in July, Pinskey said it will be dubbed "Hot Summer in July."

"We want to get the fire departments involved in this one and possibly have a chili/rib cook-off or something like that," Pinskey said.

The dates are also not set for the August event, but it will be "The Dog Days of August" and have everything to do with pets.

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