Monthly Archives: August 2017

Turner History Walk & Dedication Ceremony, Sept 30

Historic Turner Cemetery, Beechwood Boulevard (photo by Kate St.John)

Historic Turner Cemetery, Beechwood Boulevard (photo by Kate St.John)

Turner Cemetery is Pittsburgh’s second oldest cemetery. Dating back to 1785, it holds the remains of early settlers of Squirrel Hill and Greenfield plus veterans of the first four wars fought by the United States.

Every year the Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church and Friends of Turner Cemetery hold a history walk at the graveyard at 3424 Beechwood Boulevard.  This year the celebration will include the dedication of the new Simon Girty Pennsylvania State Historical Marker.

Ninth Annual Turner Cemetery History Walk & Dedication

Where:  Turner Cemetery, 3424 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.  Adjacent to the Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church.

When:  Saturday September 30, 2017.  Cemetery opens: 10:30am. Church opens: 11am.  

Schedule of Events:
11:30: Dedication Ceremony for the Simon Girty Pennsylvania State Historical Marker, with presentations by Phillip Hoffman, author of Simon Girty, Turncoat Hero, and Dr. Charles McCollester, author of The Point of Pittsburgh
• Performance by Tamsula, Withers & Kristy,a traditional string band
• Encampment of 8th Pennsylvania Regiment military re-enactors
• Self-guided cemetery tours
• Book signing by Mr. Hoffman and Dr. McCollester
• Historical displays
• Hot soups and cool desserts sale

Free Admission.  Parking is available along Beechwood Boulevard.

Donate for the historical marker: IOBY fundraiser for Simon Girty Historical Marker

Hosted by:  Mary S. Brown Memorial Ames United Methodist Church and Friends of Turner Cemetery


For more information, download the flyer here.
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Vote For Your Favorite City Steps


With over 800 staircases, Pittsburgh has the most public steps of any city in America.  In Greenfield we have staircases and jump-walks (*sidewalks with built-in steps) that make connections between streets and traverse our steep hills.

But with limited resources, the City of Pittsburgh needs to prioritize maintenance.

Vote For Your Favorite Steps!  Suggest improvements

  • Do you use City steps or jumpwalks(*) to get from place to place?
  • Are the steps in need of repair or maintenance (weeds or snow)?
  • Are there steps you’d use but they’re closed or too dangerous?
  • Do you have ideas on how to improve the City’s steps?

Learn about the steps and the project here:  Go to and click on the City Steps tab as shown above.

Then visit the City Steps wikimap to vote for the steps you use, report problem areas and suggest improvements at:

Questions or comments?  Contact:
Kristin Saunders
Principal Transportation Planner
Department of Mobility & Infrastructure
414 Grant Street


p.s. Here are some steps you might think abouy:  Alexis steps to Greenfield Avenue, Magee Field steps from McCaslin Street down and up to Greenfield Avenue, Coleman Street jumpwalks (sidewalks with built-in steps), Murray Avenue steps to Browns Hill Road.


Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale, Sept 9

Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale Map on 9 Sept 2017

Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale Map on 9 Sept 2017

Did you know that more than 60 Greenfield households will have a Yard Sale on Saturday, September 9?

What:  Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale

On September 9, 2017, Greenfield is hosting its first annual neighborhood-wide yard sale! There will be houses all over Greenfield participating in this huge sale. We’ll have maps available showing the locations of participating houses on the day of the sale, and available on-line prior to the sale.

When:  Saturday September 9, 2017, 8am to 3pm

Where: See the list of addresses and maps at the Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale website.  On the day of the sale, stop by Yard Sale headquarters at the Palisade Playhouse,  3929 Coleman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207.

Hosted by: Greenfield Neighborhood Yard Sale. For more information visit their website at or their Facebook event.


Bridge News: Parkway Lane Restrictions Thru Sept 5

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge progress as of 4 August 2017

Greenfield Bridge News:

Overnight Lane Restrictions on Parkway East

10pm to 6am, August 7 through September 5, 2017

As the Greenfield Bridge nears completion, work will focus periodically on areas overhanging I-376 (the Parkway East). This includes painting and the removal of any remnant bracing pieces and equipment.

To ensure motorists’ safety, PennDOT has approved lane restrictions for weeknights from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. starting August 7, through September 5, 2017.  There will be intermittent inbound and outbound single lane closures between Greenfield/Squirrel Hill and Oakland exits on I-376 East depending on weather and contractor schedule.

Motorists using I-376 East should expect delays and drive with caution when overnight lane restrictions are in place.

Additional information on the Greenfield Bridge Project can be found on the project website (

Questions concerning the overnight restrictions should be directed to Aaron Pickering, Project Manager of Michael Baker International, at 412-269-6423, or via e-mail to