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An Icelandic Vacation

An Icelandic Vacation

By Scot Noel   Our Trip Begins It’s mid-September, 2017, and we are on our way to vacation in Reykjavik, Iceland. WOW Airlines, which operates direct flights from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik, has some really good prices. My wife Jane and I heard about tours to Iceland becoming very popular, and when we mentioned it to friends and relatives, we quickly ended up with a little

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Making Senior Money Last

Making Senior Money Last

  By: Tom Pollard My father served in the Navy throughout the South Pacific during World War II, and when the war ended, he returned to Homestead, Pennsylvania, and labored in the mills for 30 years.  At age 65, my dad celebrated his well-deserved retirement—then went right back to work.  With his pension ravaged by the collapse of the steel industry and with a family

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A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

A Night at the Opera – A Review of The Marriage of Figaro

By: Tom Pollard On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music beautiful,

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To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

To Succeed in Business, You Need a Team

By Janice Palko According to the Small Business Administration, a business that started in 2004 had a 78.9 percent chance of lasting one year. However, that same business had a less than 50-50 chance (48.9 percent) of making it to the five-year mark. There are many reasons why a business may fail, believing you can launch, maintain, or expand a business without any help is

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Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

For the past 16 years the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to protect and restore the watershed ecosystem, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Born from a small project originally created by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the NMRWA has grown from just 1 employee at its inception, to now mobilizing 11 full and part time

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Across The Sea to Ireland

Across The Sea to Ireland

By: Janice Lane Palko According to EPIC , the Irish Emigration Museum, there are 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish ancestry and heritage. Recent census information reveals that one in six Pittsburghers claim Irish ancestry. With so many having green roots, chances are you may be Irish or know someone who is, and you may also be wondering what it would be like to

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Retiring in Pittsburgh

Retiring in Pittsburgh

By:  William G. Michaud American’s retiring citizens have been at the center of much attention in the media for the past few years. Bloomberg reported that last year in the fourth quarter of 2016, the number of Americans aged 65 or older without a disability that weren’t in work rose by 800,000. As the number increases more Americans are looking for new pastures that will suit their

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Ticks: My Experience and Education

Ticks: My Experience and Education

  In the past 4 years of taking nature walks through the woods of North Park, I have removed only 3 wood ticks from family members, pets, and myself.  However, on a recent walk with my husband and son (on a trail that we trek every summer), I was surprised to find 9 deer ticks cleverly embedded in our clothing. Although none of the ticks

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You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

You Need a Team When Buying or Selling a Home

Buying or selling a home can be a complex and confusing endeavor, but there is a cast of professionals who can help you to navigate the process. Some of them are obvious–like a Realtor–while others may not be so well-known or may be someone you never even thought of consulting. Below is a rundown of the professionals you may need to have in your corner

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Water, Water Everywhere: The Pittsburgh Area’s Water Supply

Water, Water Everywhere: The Pittsburgh Area’s Water Supply

  We simply turn the faucet and water flows out. We are so accustomed to having fresh, clean water that we rarely think about where our water comes from unless it’s time to pay the water bill or if there is a problem. However, with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, garnering so much news coverage, more people have been thinking about their drinking water,

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