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Train rides, live music and a dip into the Heritage Hill Pool were all part of the fun at this year’s White Oak Community Day.
Held Saturday at Heritage Hill Park, featured vendors included Paint Parties & More, the White Oak Rotary Club, the Rainbow Volunteer Fire Co. and the FIRST Robotics team from McKeesport Area High School.
For Debbie Washowich, co-owner of Paint Parties & More, participating in community day was a natural fit.
“This is my first year doing Community Day,” Washowich said. “My husband has lived here for years, and we opened our business here. We travel around doing fundraisers, birthday parties and showers.”
Joyce Lebowitz, longtime resident and a member of the White Oak Democratic Committee, said that reaching out to neighbors is the best part of community day.
“My husband (Milton) was the mayor. We’ve been coming to Community Day since the beginning, so it’s been at least 20 years,” Lebowitz said. “My favorite part is giving away popcorn.”
Along with the vendors, attendees could enjoy live music, and a story hour for children. The festivities concluded at dark with a fireworks show, staged by Pyrotecnico.
White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton said the purpose of Community Day is to celebrate the residents and organizations who make the borough their home.
“Community day is about bringing people together. To recognize the residents and businesses of White Oak. It’s also a fun day for the kids with swimming, train rides and a live animal safari display.”
Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor’s Note: Wayne Washowich, husband of Debbie Washowich, is a board member of Tube City Community Media Inc. He did not participate in the editing of this story or selection of sources by the author.
Originally published August 11, 2021.