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David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor

David L. Lawrence- Pittsburgh's Renaissance Mayor

For those born after 1960, the name David L. Lawrence may mean nothing more than the it being the formal title of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, but the man behind this name is one of the most important figures in the city’s history and quite possibly its best mayor. If it weren’t for Lawrence, Pittsburgh would be a whole lot different today. Who […]

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Butler County Enjoys the Best of Both Worlds

Butler County Enjoys the Best of Both Worlds

If there is a “sweet spot” in Western Pennsylvania, it may be Butler County. Located only 25 miles north of Pittsburgh, Butler County is close enough to enjoy all the attractions and amenities that the city offers, but is far enough away to retain the charm of small-town America and the peacefulness of rural life. Butler County was founded in 1800 and named for General […]

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

  Groundhog Day was released on February 12, 1993. Why it wasn’t release ten days earlier is one of the criticisms I have about this movie. The others are that it wasn’t filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and finally, that director Harold Ramis felt it wasn’t necessary to use the real Punxsutawney Phil to star in his production. Other than those shortcomings, this film is one […]

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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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Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Front Porch Theatricals Takes the Spotlight

Front Porch Theatricals debuted in 2009 with its production of the locally written and composed musical Only Me at East Liberty’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In less than a decade Front Porch Theatricals has established itself as one of the brightest stars in Pittsburgh’s theater scene. Bruce E. G. Smith, an area businessman, and Leon S. Zionts, an attorney and actor, collaborated to produce Only Me […]

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Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

Michael Bonaventura: Pursuing Love and Pasta in Pittsburgh

  By Raquel Issenberg   When Michael Bonaventura arrived in Pittsburgh in 1983, the city’s steel industry had bottom out, but Michael’s life was on the rise. He had come here to purse two dreams: marrying his beautiful Pittsburgh fiancée, Antoinette, and becoming a well-respected chef. Happily, both of those dreams have come true. Michael married Antoinette, and they are the owners of the renowned […]

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

  The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is categorized as a fantasy, and its premise is that Pittsburgh has a major league basketball team that has a chance to start winning its games. After you accept that fantasy, you have to buy into the idea that a major league franchise can be owned and operated by someone with limited mental ability. OK, maybe the first two […]

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Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

  Pittsburgh has a vibrant theatrical scene. While the big production companies often spring to mind first, there are many smaller theatrical companies in the area that stage first-class productions. Some are affiliated with their own theaters, while most take their show on the road and appear at different venues. Below are some noteworthy theatre companies in our area that help to make our area […]

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The Best of Westmoreland County

The Best of Westmoreland County

  Westmoreland County is where it’s at if you like natural, beautiful surroundings, affordable housing and taxes, numerous parks and opportunities for recreation, and history. Located to the east of Allegheny County, Westmoreland County combines the best of both worlds–rural life and the amenities of metropolitan areas. Below are some of the things Westmoreland County has going for it. Arnold Palmer Regional Airport With plentiful […]

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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

  Although the story of the The Mothman Prophecies is set briefly in Washington, D.C., and mostly in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the film was shot primarily in Western Pennsylvania. So we consider this a “Pittsburgh movie.” The Mothman Prophecies was released in 2002 and is based on a book by the same name written by parapsychologist John Keel. The movie stars Richard Gere as […]

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