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Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA – “Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated”

Neighborhood Notes: Punxsutawney, PA - "Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated"

He has no weather radar, no weather maps, no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather prognosticator in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never duplicated. […]

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Neighborhood Notes: West Deer – “The Rural Life in West Deer Township”

Neighborhood Notes: West Deer - "The Rural Life in West Deer Township"

Drive a half-hour outside of downtown Pittsburgh and you’ll find yourself in the country. It’s one of the wonderful things about Pittsburgh, in my opinion, that we can enjoy the rural life and still be so close to the city (or vice versa for you city dwellers). If you head north on Rt. 28, then west on Rt. 910, you’ll come to West Deer Township. […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County – Windber: “A Special Memorial Day”

Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County - Windber: "A Special Memorial Day"

It was a warm, bright morning, Memorial Day of 2014.  The sky was unblemished, and the inhabitants of Windber filled the streets waiting for their annual Memorial Day parade. More people than in past parades squeezed together on sidewalks and lined the streets that surged with excitement.  The parade would be different this year. Loud cracks of the snare drum snapped through the air, successfully […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Homestead – “Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead”

Neighborhood Notes: Homestead - "Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead"

A dark past remains alive at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Reports of unexplained noises and ominous figures lead many to believe the building is inhabited by restless spirits. Could the building’s connection to the 1892 Homestead Strike be the cause? The Carnegie Library of Homestead was founded in 1896 to serve a community struggling in the aftermath of a bloody battle. The Homestead Strike in 1892 pitted the steelworkers’ union against […]

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Neighborhood Notes: West View – “West View Park”

Neighborhood Notes: 						West View - "West View Park"

I didn’t grow up under a roller coaster, like Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer in the movie Annie Hall, but I did grow up very close to one. I grew up in West View, the home of West View Amusement Park. I was a kid in the 1960’s and 1970’s, right before the park went into decline and closed. But even in its waning days, […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Collier Township – “Nevillewood”

Neighborhood Notes: 						Collier Township - "Nevillewood"

From Poorhouse To Golfer’s Paradise – The Transformation of Woodville All that remains is a makeshift cemetery. The graves are abandoned, smothered by weeds and brush in summer, and buried by snow during winter. Tucked away in transitional space between one of Pittsburgh’s most upscale housing developments and the commercial/industrial area that supports it, there is one major gravestone, marking and commemorating the institution for […]

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Neighborhood Notes – How To Submit An Article

Neighborhood Notes - How To Submit An Article

Welcome to Neighborhood Notes – a great place to read about the many neighborhoods around Pittsburgh! We are always looking for interesting articles and information about the areas in our fair city. Whether you are a student who needs to be published, or someone with an enjoyable story to tell about your community, this may be just the place for you. While the majority of […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Somerset County – Shanksville:  “The Flight 93 Memorial”

Neighborhood Notes: 						Somerset County - Shanksville:  						"The Flight 93 Memorial"

The most striking aspect of the Flight 93 Memorial is how isolated and hauntingly quiet the crash site is. The stillness almost has a presence. Located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the memorial is an easy day trip from the city, and one that packs a profound emotional experience. The memorial is 20 miles from Exit 110, the Somerset […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Brighton Heights – “Pappy’s Flowers”

Neighborhood Notes: 						Brighton Heights -  "Pappy's Flowers"

I’ve always enjoyed my neighborhood. A few years ago, I began to notice many improvements within the area, and realized that the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation was largely behind them. The BHCF has impacted Brighton Heights in the same way that other good civic organizations have added value to the neighborhoods they represent. I decided to attend one of their monthly meetings to show my […]

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Neighborhood Notes: Ross Township – “St. Benedict Academy”

Neighborhood Notes: 						Ross Township - "St. Benedict Academy"

The motto of St. Benedict is ora et labora, Latin for “pray and work.” Benedict, the patron saint of Europe, was a monk who lived 1500 years ago. Born in Nursia, he was educated in nearby Rome, but soon became repulsed by the decadence he found there. Desiring to serve God, he retreated to the mountains at Subiaco, where he lived as a hermit. Several […]

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