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Historic Allegheny County Airport celebrates 90 years

Take a trip (back in time) at the Allegheny County Airport.

Crews recently wrapped up a $2 million, grant-funded renovation project on the historic art deco terminal, which opened in 1931. The facility’s restrooms and vestibule received upgrades and a 4,600-square-foot space was converted into conference center.

In partnership with the West Mifflin Community Foundation, the airport will mark 90 years of flight with a free Mon-Valley Arts Festival on Sept. 25 from noon to 7 p.m.

The event will showcase more than 20 artisan and craft booths and six live performances, including a show by “American Idol” season 17 contestant Nate Walker. Local muralist Zachary Rutter will lead a live painting event outside the terminal. In addition, there will be food trucks and a variety of vehicle and aviation displays such as a C-17 from the 911th Airlift Wing, a STAT MedEvac aircraft and Airport Authority fire trucks.

Starting at 1 p.m., the Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard and West Mifflin High School Marching Band will participate in the opening ceremony, along with special guest speakers.

The Allegheny County Airport was among the leading airports in the country when it opened. It was the third-largest in the U.S. and the first with a hard surface. Today, it is among the busiest airports in Pennsylvania and handles approximately 60,000 operations a year, all non-commercial flights.

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Hard-to-recycle collection event at Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool

On Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pennsylvania Resources Council will host its final hard-to-recycle collection event of the season, giving residents a chance to drop off numerous items not suitable for curbside disposal.

After registering online or calling 412-488-7490 x1, participants will pay a fee to dispose of some materials such as televisions, printers, fluorescent tubes and tires. Other items, including cell phones, microwave ovens, video game consoles, computer towers and peripheral equipment like keyboards and laptops will be accepted for free.

Turn trash into treasure at Pittsburgh ReuseFest

If your house is overflowing with unwanted items, drop them off at ReuseFest, a large-scale collection of materials that will be reused by local nonprofits.

The event, also sponsored by Pennsylvania Resources Council, will be held on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot. Accepted items include gently used bedding, clothing, furniture, kitchen items, medical supplies and pet supplies.

For more information email Josh Schuneman at or call 412-488-7490 x 7.

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Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.