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Tennis Center Director Hank Hughes, center, flanked by tennis pros Scott Kahler, Ken Kohn, Jerry O’Hara and Joe McKennan. The Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center has been named a U.S. Tennis Association Middle States Premier Facility.

PREMIER TENNIS The Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center was one of just seven outdoor tennis venues to be named for this year’s U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Middle States Premier Facility list. The designation recognizes that offers innovative programming for players of all ages, including tournaments, educational opportunities and other efforts for growing and promoting tennis. USTA Middle States encompasses tennis facilities throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware and parts of New Jersey and West Virginia. Mt. Lebanon head tennis pro Hank Hughes is president of USTA Middle States Allegheny Mountain District.


RECYCLING SPECIAL EVENTS On Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your unwanted electronic items to the Mt. Lebanon Public Works Facility at 1250 Lindendale Drive to be properly recycled, and help minimize the amount of toxic heavy metals and recoverable materials currently destined for landfills and natural areas. Keyboards, printers and any other device that connects to a computer or television will be accepted, along with cell phones. There is no cost, and remember, under state law you can no longer leave these items at curbside. electronics_recycleHelp prevent identity theft by bringing your confidential papers and documents to the public works yard on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First box of papers is free, and additional boxes are $5 each. You may pay with cash or check. Staples, paper clips and plastic binders do not need to be removed. The next woody waste curbside pickup—shrubs, tree branches and limbs—is scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Pickup is free, but residents need to call no later than 4:30 on Thursday, June 12, to make a reservation. Place materials on the curb before 7 a.m. on June 14. Remove dirt and debris from the shrub roots. Gather small branches into loose piles less than 24 inches in diameter and 48 inches in length. Tree limbs should be six feet or smaller and not more than six inches in diameter. All of the material placed for collection should not exceed more than can be placed into a pickup truck.


ADOPT A FLOWERBED Mt. Lebanon Municipality contracts for the planting and maintenance of 31 flowerbeds in high-visibility areas, such as entrances to sub-divisions or major intersections. Volunteers, including Uptown businesses, care for 22 others (Thanks, guys!) Still, we have about 20 lonely neighborhood flowerbeds that need adopting. flower bedsAdopting a flowerbed is a true labor of love, for you need to supply the plants and the water (the municipality supplies the mulch). Still, a pretty flowerbed could beautify a small parklet and enhance the adjacent properties. If you have a scraggly bed in your neighborhood that has not been planted recently and could get a group of people together to “parent” it, please contact public works director Tom Kelley,, or 412-343-3869. You are welcome to design your own plantings, or if you need creative help, we have volunteer master gardener who can make suggestions. Thanks for considering.


TOUR MT. LEBO mtl has included several articles about the Mt. Lebanon Historic Preservation Board’s bid to get a large section of the community listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That should happen by July. To see why Mt. Lebanon qualifies, sign up for the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon’s Neighborhoods and the National Register Bus Tour. Led by Pat Calvelo, a former historic preservation board member and a trained docent, the tour focuses on Mt. Lebanon’s most important architectural highlights and will cover the history of the Virginia Manor, Mission Hills and Beverly Heights. Calvelo also will explore Mt. Lebanon’s history and how our values and growth shaped the community’s development. The two tours will be offered Thursday, June 26—one at 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. and another immediately following from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., Buses will depart from the Mt. Lebanon History Center, 200 Lebanon Avenue. Tickets are $30 general admission; $20 for society members. Tickets must be purchased by June 10, as seating is limited. Other tours this summer are the Saints and Stained Glass walking tour, which takes attendees inside St. Bernard Roman Catholic and Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian churches at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, Meet in front of St. Bernard Church. The Commerce and Architecture walking tour, which examines the history of the Washington Road business district, is 10 a.m., Saturday, August 16. Meet at 200 Lebanon Avenue. Each tour is $10; $5 for members. You can purchase tickets for the bus and walking tours online at or mail checks to HSMTL, 200 Lebanon Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Please indicate the tour and, for the bus tour, the start time you prefer. Questions? Contact