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My happy new life in The ‘Burgh

My happy new life in The 'Burgh

By Raquel (de Gante) Issenberg It’s been less that a year since I left Mexico. What can I tell you? Actually, quite a lot. I had never, ever thought that I would live permanently somewhere else besides my country. It had crossed my mind but I never conceived the idea of actually saying ‘goodbye’ to my hometown nor end up living in the historical Pennsylvania […]

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Ten “Must Do” Autumn Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Autumn Family Activities

Nature Walks – It is said that angels whisper to you when you go for a walk. Nature walks are a divine way to bring the family together. Geocaching – When you combine hidden treasure with technology, exercise, and a sense of adventure, you know you’ve got a winning family activity. Pumpkin Carving or Painting – Everyone loves a hands-on experience, and pumpkin carving or […]

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Loving the Laurel Highlands

Loving the Laurel Highlands

Loving the Laurel Highlands There’s something invigorating about heading to Steelers training camp in Latrobe and watching the players work out in the shadow of the majestic Laurel Highlands. But if your experience of this area, which neighbors Pittsburgh, is only what you’ve seen at camp, then you are missing out on some spectacular beauty, awesome historic sites, and amazing attractions. The Laurel Highlands, the […]

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App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

App-solutely Essential Apps for Living in Pittsburgh

In spite of all the criticism lodged against cell phones for their addictive qualities and tendency to distract people from relating to each other, we must admit that smart phones and their handy apps help to make life more manageable, convenient, and, in some cases, economical.  Here are more than a dozen free apps that we find helpful and app-solutely essential for living in Pittsburgh. […]

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Ten “Must Do” Spring Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Spring Family Activities

Taste Real Maple Syrup – After enjoying real maple syrup, you may not be willing to go back to the store-bought stuff. Better yet, attend a maple sugaring event and learn that maple syrup doesn’t come from a glass bottle, but a tree. Plant an Indoor Herb Garden – A little investment in the spring could pay off well into the fall. Your cooking will […]

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Ten “Must Do” Winter Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Winter Family Activities

Museums – Everything old is new again when you visit a museum, especially for the youngsters in your family. OK, so you’ve been to the Carnegie a gazillion times, but this time, see it through the eyes of a child. Play Board Games – Have a good old-fashioned Family Game Night!  Board games are a great way to create interaction. Set up a game table […]

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Where to Sled Ride Around Pittsburgh

Where to Sled Ride Around Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, We Sled Ride We know Pittsburghers have a unique way of speaking. Apparently, even when it comes to describing having fun in the snow, Pittsburghers are a bit unusual. While it’s perfectly normal for people to go “sled riding” here when we get a snowfall, it seems that most of the country goes “sledding.” Whether you call it sled riding or sledding, there’s […]

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Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh

Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh

  Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home For many years Pittsburgh has been touted as a great place to live and great place in which to buy a home. But where is the best place for you to buy a home in the Pittsburgh area? That depends upon what you want. Do you desire a neighborhood that’s urban, suburban, or rural? Are […]

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Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh: Northern Suburbs

Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh: Northern Suburbs

  When Interstate 279 North was completed, the area north of the city experienced a housing boom. In the north, you can find communities that mimic urban areas to classic suburban neighborhoods, to rural communities. Below are some deserving a closer look. McCandless The town of McCandless is only 16.4 square miles, but it is packed with amenities from nearby North Park to LaRoche College, […]

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Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh: Eastern Suburbs

Some Great Neighborhoods to Investigate When Buying a Home in Pittsburgh: Eastern Suburbs

  Many of the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh are quite large in area, but there are smaller hamlets to be found within those larger municipalities. As is the case in most suburban communities, the closer you are to the city, the more established they are. Churchill Churchill is a small, lovely community 10 miles east of Pittsburgh. It is mostly residential with well-maintained, solidly built […]

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