Clairton Unity Group president Richard L. Ford III, treasurer Kathy Ulmer, vice president Wayde Killmeyer, secretary Joyce Hammons and CommUNITY Day chairwoman Rikell Ford demonstrate their logo by locking arms.
Clairtonians to get together for 8th CommUNITY Day
By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Staff Reporter, 412-664-9161 x1956
Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 4:26 a.m.
Updated 17 hours ago
Clairton residents will celebrate unity and friendship in their neighborhoods for an eighth year with the aptly named CommUNITY Day.
The annual street fair-styled festival will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. along Waddell Avenue and on the practice field outside Clairton Education Center.
There will be free hot dogs and hamburgers, snacks and beverages and activities for all ages.
“It's a day of food, fun and fellowship,” said Councilman Richard L. Ford III, who is president of Clairton's Unity Group. “Most everything is free, and it's a wonderful day — a fun day for the whole community. Come out and meet your fellow residents.
”On the school field, Bear Country will be a kids' zone for games, crafts, temporary tattoos and other activities. Local churches and organizations will sell ethnic foods and homemade baked goods.
The day will feature free entertainment by local performers. Volunteers will staff a clothing giveaway. Agencies and churches will distribute information about regional social services. There will be blood pressure screenings and a blood drive.
“Join us as the Clairton community and our friends turn out to celebrate the beauty of our unity and diversity,” Unity Group secretary Joyce Hammons said. “This is all about the community, so we want the community to be out there with us.
”Organizers said they would love to see more participation by young families and a boost in volunteerism among young adults.
Deputy Mayor Kathy Tachoir, who chaired the first seven CommUNITY Days, has passed the baton to Rikell Ford, the councilman's daughter. Co-chair is Unity Group treasurer Kathy Ulmer.
Ford said she wants to be one of many young people stepping up to help their hometown.
“I want to be an example for young people in Clairton,” she said. “We need to be involved in our community, and people need to enjoy each other.
”The event committee includes Unity Group vice president Wayde Killmeyer, Jennifer Williams, Sister Mary Parks, Dorothy Ellis, Wilma Reaves, Mary Glover, city manager Howard Bednar and police Chief Rob Hoffman.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.