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Residents enjoyed music, spoken word performances, hot dogs and hamburgers as Duquesne celebrated its 31st annual Community Day on Saturday.
Even the weather cooperated, providing near perfect conditions for the event at Polish Hill Park.
Patricia Ann Haley Bluett, lovingly known as “Miss Pat,” is one of the driving forces for the success of Community Day, Councilman Derek Artim said. “Miss Pat” handed out community pamphlets and talked with countless attendees.
“She puts in a lot of work,” he said.
State Rep. Matt Gergely had an informational and “meet and greet” table, not far from a Pittsburgh Regional Transit booth, while performers from Duquesne-based “Trust In God Productions” shared prayers and inspirational stories.
The daylong event included information and raffle tables, entertainment, DJ’s, a children’s activity area and community fellowship. There was a table of backpacks for students heading back to school, and two of the city’s fire trucks that kids were able to explore.
Residents were able to see a number of cars on display thanks to the United Rays Corvette Club of Penn Hills, and to purchase commemorative T-shirts with Duquesne’s 15110 zip code on the back.
In addition to Saturday’s events, Fresh Word Ministries hosted a worship service on Thursday and a dinner dance was held at Westwood Golf Club.
Tom Leturgey is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh and the editor of KSWA Digest, the online news and features home of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance. His work also appears in The Valley Mirror and other publications.
Originally published August 08, 2023.