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Phipps Conservatory – A Grand Idea

Phipps Conservatory 						-						A Grand Idea

In the late 1800s, traveling any great distance was expensive, time-consuming, and inconvenient. Television and radio were yet to be invented and the first primitive cars were just coming on the scene. Manned flight was still years away. For the average person, the chance of ever seeing a cactus or a palm tree outside of a book was only a dream. Yet throughout history, perhaps

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Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Paradise Found

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Paradise Found

With the opening of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden located in Collier and North Fayette Townships, Pittsburghers may have regained paradise. The sprawling 460-acre garden is situated on abandoned mining land and when completed, will be one of the largest botanic gardens in the world, and the only one in the United States constructed on reclaimed land. The garden has been two decades in the making

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The Allegheny County Health Department: Working to Ensure the Public’s Health

The Allegheny County Health Department: Working to 						Ensure the Public's Health

History of the Allegheny County Health Department In 1885, 114 of the 8,000 residents in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, died of typhoid fever. As the commonwealth’s population grew and commerce expanded, it became apparent that the state needed some sort of governing body to safeguard its residents’ health. In response, Pennsylvania established a State Board of Health in 1886. Until the 1950s all public health matters were

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Colonoscopy: It May Be a Pain, But It’s Worth It

Colonoscopy: It May Be a Pain, 						But It's Worth It

Let’s face it, colonoscopies are a pain in the butt – well, not really.  The procedure itself takes place under sedation so you feel nothing during the examination.  What is inconvenient about a colonoscopy is the prep work.  The idea of drinking an unappealing liquid that induces diarrhea, something we spend the rest of our lives trying to avoid, all so that someone can thread

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What First Graders Know About Dental Health

What First Graders Know About Dental Health

By Dr. Jonathan Kolher, D.D.S. For the past few years in February (Dental Health Awareness Month) my staff and I head out to local schools to speak to first graders about dental health. We go over brushing and flossing, review what goes on at a typical dental office appointment, talk about how we prevent the spread of germs, and discuss healthy eating. After our little

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Open Wide and Say Ahhh — Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

Open Wide and Say Ahhh						-- Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

What is the state of Pittsburgh’s health?  Not the city itself, but our residents.  How healthy are Pittsburghers? According to Bert Sperling’s Best Places website, Pittsburgh ranks 22 out of the U.S.’s top 50 most populous cities in health.  Each city was evaluated on several criteria including Mental Health, Lifestyle, Activity, Health Status, and Nutrition. Mental Health evaluated aspects such as stress level, sleep issues,

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Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

McMutrie Sisters There are two kinds of people in the world: those who when they see a need, talk about doing something to satisfy it, and those who roll up their sleeves and actually get to work. Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie are of the latter stock. For nearly 14 years, the McMutries, who hail from Ben Avon, have been working in Haiti to

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Military Connections – Supporting our Troops

Military Connections - Supporting our Troops

Military Connections is a non-profit corporation that sends equipment, care packages, and supplies to military personnel stationed overseas. We have been shipping boxes since 2003 and celebrated our 9th anniversary in July. We are registered as a 501 (c) (3) with the IRS so that all donations are tax deductible. History of Military Connections I started Military Connections when my brother, Eddie joined the Marine

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Charities Near & Dear to Pittsburghers’ Hearts 

Charities Near & Dear						to Pittsburghers’ Hearts 

One of the best things about Pittsburgh is how generous the people are who live here. Below is a list of some local and national charities that are near and dear to the hearts of Pittsburghers as well as Popular Pittsburgh. Some of these charities have been founded by people just like you. Your support of them makes the world and Pittsburgh a better place.

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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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