Photo courtesy of Kennywood.

Help Kennywood refresh the Phantom’s Revenge

The Phantom’s Revenge roller coaster at Kennywood has been thrilling Pittsburghers for three decades. Now the park wants to give the ride a makeover.

This upcoming off-season, the entire steel structure will receive a fresh coat of paint. While the signature black supports will remain, park officials want fans to pick the accent color. You have until the end of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to go online and choose between Petrifying Purple and Terrifying Teal.

The new look will debut in 2022.

Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Household chemical collection event

Safely dispose of household chemicals this weekend.

On Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Pennsylvania Resources Council will be stationed at the South Park Wave Pool parking lot to collect common chemicals such as cleaners, paints, stains, batteries, motor oil and pesticides.

To ensure it is a nearly contactless event, participants must register in advance online or by calling 412-488-7490 x3. A $20 fee will cover the cost of disposing up to 10 gallons/50 pounds of materials, which should be placed in a car’s trunk or truck bed. Loads exceeding the limit will be subject to additional fees at the discretion of the on-site staff. Participants will also pay $12 per fire extinguisher and $15 per pound of liquid mercury.

Participate in the Garbage Olympics

The citywide Garbage Olympics will take place Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The event, which started in 2017 as a fun way to redd up Pittsburgh, pits different neighborhoods against each other in an effort to collect the most trash. Go online to join a registered team or spearhead the effort in your own neighborhood.

A closing ceremony will be held at Threadbare Cider House & Meadery in Spring Hill from noon to 2 p.m.

In 2020, 38 teams participated and collected more than 1,000 bags of trash.

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Kristy Locklin

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.