Pittsburgh Mayor still talkingby Everett J. Thomas
Although some 6,000 Mennonites were long gone from the July 4-9 convention, Pittsburgh’s mayor was still talking about their impact on his city the following week.
On July 12, mayor Luke Ravenstahl commended the work done by the volunteers during Pittsburgh 2011 by issuing a Proclamation honoring their time and labor.
“Their many hours of volunteer work was an enormous benefit to many communities and neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh area,” Jack Dougherty, the mayor’s spokesman, said on July 13.
Arloa Bontrager, the Mennonite Mission Network staff person who coordinated the 2,800 volunteers, wasn’t sure what the fuss was all about.
“I mean really, all of this was no big deal,” Bontrager said this morning, “It’s just what Mennonites do. However, it’s nice to be appreciated.”
The Proclamation was mailed to the convention office on July 14.
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