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Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the ‘Burgh

Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the 'Burgh

You’ve got to feel for the poor peregrine falcons in Pittsburgh. They were all the sensation when they began nesting in Pittsburgh in 1991, but recently, they’ve been shunted from the limelight by the return of bald eagles to the Pittsburgh area.  The Audubon Society is excited to announce that, in addition to the Hays Bald Eagle Nest WebCam that’s been running the past few […]

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Pittsburgh: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Pittsburgh: Looking for Love 						in All the Right Places

We all know Virginia is for lovers and that everyone loves New York, but what about Pittsburgh’s relationship with love?  You may be surprised to learn the Pittsburgh region is a veritable Paris in Pennsylvania. World Record Largest Wedding Vow Renewal To celebrate the city’s 250th birthday in 2008, 629 couples renewed their marriage vows, setting a new world record for the largest wedding vow […]

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Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson – Pittsburgh’s Playwright

Pittsburgh Profiles: August Wilson - Pittsburgh's Playwright

In the last century, Pittsburgh spawned two Pulitzer-prize winning playwrights: George S. Kaufmann and August Wilson. Kaufmann’s greatest success came in the first half of the 1900s with the prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing in 1931 and the drama You Can’t Take it With You in 1936, while Wilson won two Pulitzers during the last half of the century with Fences in 1987 and […]

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Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

Great Coffee Shops in the Pittsburgh Area

How great are coffee shops? Not only do they provide cups of coffee, but they provide a wonderful place in which to meet. When you need to meet with someone, but meeting at your home or office is just not practical, a coffee shop provides a great neutral venue. In years past, business leaders often met in smoke-filled social clubs or over three Martini lunches at restaurants, but with the passage of time, the coffee shop […]

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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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Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

As the snow falls steadily and begins to accumulate, you scan the television, scroll through websites, or turn your ear toward the radio, waiting.  Then there it is.  What you’ve been waiting for–the cancellation.  It’s a snow day!  A perfectly legal excuse for changing your regular routine and enjoying one of winter’s special gifts. While the rich may fire up their private jets for a […]

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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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Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns – Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Profiles: Maxine Bruhns - Bringing the World to Pittsburgh

Maxine Bruhns is the director of the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, which is impressive in itself, but to have done so for 50 years and still be on top of her game and the world at 91 is extraordinary. A small town girl from Grafton, West Virginia, Mrs. Bruhns has made herself at home in the world, visiting more than 80 countries […]

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Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: Which Do You Prefer?

Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: Which Do You 						Prefer?

Do you prefer a real tree or an artificial one? The elves at Popular Pittsburgh have both and wanted to pass along some of the pros and cons of each one for you to consider before you start to decorate for the holidays. Real Tree Pros Real trees are the genuine article and are traditional. They smell better than a plastic tree, bringing that fresh, […]

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Christmas Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count

This Christmas, you may want to leave the partridge in his pear tree and the three French hens in France and instead, give a gift to the birds by taking part in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count. For more than 100 years, volunteers across the United States, Canada, and many other nations in the Western Hemisphere, have participated in this bird census, […]

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