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The tri-level fountain in Clearview Common offers handicap access as well as a spot for pups.

COOL WATER: A On a hot, steamy day, it’s good to stay hydrated. But until now, there was nowhere in the business district to get a cool drink of fountain water.

Thanks to a grant from Accessible Lebo, Clearview Common has a new water fountain. And since it comes from the nonprofit that wants to make Mt. Lebanon amenities available to everyone, the fountain works for people of all abilities, even those who use wheelchairs. The special part? A bottom fountain will keep Rover hydrated too, whether he’s a service dog or not.

The $18,000 fountain, including all engineering and installation (it had to be tied to both the water and sewer lines), came from funds raised at the last few ULTRAparties and Block Parties, which are presented by the Mt. Lebanon Partnership. The Partnership, which is charged with keeping our central business district vital, created Accessible Lebo to channel funds into appropriate projects that will serve all residents.


RECYCLE RIGHT There is no such thing as too many recycling stickers. The more stickers you put on your recycling can/s, the easier it is for the crews, who make hundreds of stops a day, to identify the correct receptacles. Put stickers on more than one side of the cans, so the crew can see them from any direction.  Pick up stickers at the Mt. Lebanon Customer Service Center in the lobby of the municipal building. Also, it’s a good idea to put a lot of distance between the trash and the recycling containers.

A holiday setting from the Symphony Splendor 2016 tour. Photo: George Mendel

SYMPHONY SPLENDOR RETURNS Symphony Splendor 2017, the Pittsburgh Symphony Association’s popular tour of homes bedecked for the holidays, returns to Mt. Lebanon’s historic Virginia Manor again this year.

The walking tour, which has raised more than $240,000 for Pittsburgh’s world class symphony over the past four years, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 19.

Last year, hundreds of people from all over the region toured Virginia Manor homes, all architecturally significant and beautifully decorated for the holidays. This year’s event will provide a similar experience, with eight homes featuring interesting antiques and collections open to the public for the first time.

Adding to the festive experience at each stop on the tour is music by classical musicians, including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, many of whom live in Mt. Lebanon.

Event chair is former Mt. Lebanon resident Cathy Trombetta.

Tax deductible tickets are $60 or two for $100 in advance, or $70 on the day of the tour. People will pick up tickets and programs (or purchase day-of tickets) on the day of the tour at the ticket booth inside Manor Oak II, off Cochran Road just over the border in Scott. There will be no on-street parking along the tour route; however, there is ample parking in the Manor Oak lot, 100 Roessler Road.  Molly’s Trolleys will  transport people from the ticket booth to Virginia Manor and will circulate, allowing people to start the tour wherever they wish and catch a lift if they don’t want to walk.

To purchase tickets online, visit the PSA website,, or call 1-888-718-4253.