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Here are positive things happening within our community (5/11/20)

PITTSBURGH — We know that the coronavirus pandemic is an overwhelming and stressful time for everybody, so we’re going to put together some positive things that are happening within our community to help those in need.

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It’s apparent that during hard times, the Pittsburgh region always comes together to help one another.

100th birthday celebration for Murrysville facility residents

The special celebration was held at Redstone Seniorcare for the two residents who recently turned 100-years-old.

The facility planned a parade in their honor that included area fire companies and medics, while people also lined the street with signs to wish them well.

Chartiers Valley staff delivers caps and gowns to class of 2020

COVID-19 has really hit the class of 2020 seniors hard, so the staff at Chartiers Valley took time Monday to make their seniors feel special.

They traveled to every senior’s home to deliver their cap and gowns.

“I love all of my teachers. everybody. its just amazing that they are coming out and doing this for us when there are schools that aren’t even having graduations," said Sara Hinnebush, a graduating senior.

The seniors also got class of 2020 yard signs, plus a drawstring bag and card from the principal and superintendent.

AHN Canonsburg food drive to benefit families in Chartiers-Houston School District

Members of Allegheny Health Network’s Canonsburg Hospital are donating 100 tote bags of groceries Monday morning to families of the Chartiers-Houston School District.

It’s part of a hospital-wide food drive.

Members of the school district will pickup the donation to be handed out at a later date.

Beckie Lemley, therapy services manager with the hospital, spearheaded the initiative in an effort to pay it forward to a community that has rallied around its caregivers as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local mother, son put together book to help teach children about COVID-19 pandemic

Talking with your kids about the coronavirus pandemic can be hard, so a local mother and her son put together a new book to help.

It’s called “When the World Turned Upside Down,” and the author Jessica Heckroth is a local preschool teacher.

She said parents she talked to were looking for a way to explain to their kids why they aren’t in school anymore and why people are wearing masks.

"This is really a lot for a child to absorb, why everything just shut down and stopped and they're not seeing their friends and they’re not going to school," Heckroth said.

Heckroth’s son illustrated the book, that is available on Amazon.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor to arrange “appointments” to eat ice cream

As soon as it’s allowed by the state, Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District will let customers arrange an appointment online to get their ice cream.

Here’s how the shop hopes it’ll work:

  • Diners launch their Yelp App on their phone or on their web browser.
  • They search for Klavon’s, ice cream, or ‘Waitlist restaurants’ in Pittsburgh.
  • They pull up our information.
  • They click “Join the Waitlist” on the right side of the menu.
  • The app will then tell them how long the time is until a table is ready.
  • The app will notify them when it is their turn.

Tables at Klavon’s are set apart at least six feet from each other. Klavon’s will keep track of who is coming and who is going, and seat people according to who is coming up on the waitlist. This will keep people in the shop to a minimum, and far enough apart from each other to be safe.