How Fit is Pittsburgh? Plus Ways to Help Plum
It’s the Friday news roundup! The research is in and (surprise, surprise) Pittsburgh is not the fittest city in America; an iconic Kennywood ride is closing for preservation; and details are still trickling about about how and why a house exploded in Plum Borough — we’ve got a few ways you can help the affected families in the coming days.
We love to cite our sources:
- Pittsburgh scored 29th overall in an annual survey on personal and community fitness markers
- The PG dug into more details about the American Fitness Index study and specific Pgh-area markers
- Learn more about Kennywood’s Turtle ride, once known as the Tumble Bug, and efforts to preserve it
- This is is one of the more comprehensive roundups we’ve found about what happened in Plum. The he story is still developing.
- The Trib has more details on previous house explosions in Plum.
- GoFundMe pages have been set up for the Clontz family and the Oravitz family, who each lost two members. There’s also a GoFundMe for the Smith family, who survived but lost their house.
- To honor Casey and Keegan Clontz’s love of fishing, community members Angela and Mike Blasko created a raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $10, and one winner will get an all-expenses paid, full-day offshore fishing trip on Lake Erie.
- The nonprofit Angels in DaSkys is partnering with the Renton Volunteer Firefighter Department to handle relief efforts for Plum residents. They’re accepting monetary and gift card donations. More information on how to donate is available on their Facebook page and this story from the Trib.
- KDKA has a look at how local businesses are supporting families who’ve been affected by the explosion.
- For events this weekend, check out the Uptown Partners Community Day Festival, the Reservoir of Jazz in Highland Park, and City of Asylum’s Dog Days of Summer Sale
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