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Residents couldn’t have asked for better weather. The kickoff event was a 9 a.m. “Fun Run.” Next was the “Hottest Dog” contest, where proud families showed off their adorable pets. Fair booths lined the parking lot of the municipal building where adults, children (and even pets!) could find fun things to do like ring toss, face painting, eating Italian ice or learning about different local organizations, such as the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi or the Upper St. Clair Citizens for Land Stewardship. Beta Sigma Phi was raising money to donate food and extend services to Interfaith Hospitality

Shannon Parker, Tess Dupree, Jolie Oswald

Network. Preston Shimer, board member of USC Citizens for Land Stewardship, patiently explained to anyone who stopped by how the

People enjoying the sun near the 1830 Log House.

organization is trying to get rid of non-native invasive plants that are crowding out the rest of the plant and animal life in the region. Members of the high school’s Spectrum Club, which provided the face painting and hair wraps, were raising money to promote equality. Other organizations rallied to raise money and support their own causes as well, such as the Environmental Club, the Boy Scouts Troop 366 and A Cause for Paws. By the way, did you know that the USC High School Environmental Club competed in a recycling contest with Mt. Lebanon High School and won? If that weren’t fun and exciting (and even somewhat academic) enough, tours of Gilfillan Farm

and

Homestead

were

available

Members of USC High School’s A Cause for Paws. L to R: Marisa Fobbs, Lyndsey Nagy and Abbey Ciancio

all

afternoon, the infamous 1830 Log House was open, there were inflatables and a petting zoo, pony rides and a treasure hunt. Perhaps the most anticipated event, however, was the Community Day parade. Relaxed and smiling families lined the street to wait for it to begin, chatting and conversing with one another. It began (and ended!) with a bang and kids chased after candy that was tossed into the street while everyone enjoyed the music and lively spirit of the day. Unarguably, USC’s Community Day had

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