What’s in a Name? – Fayette County

What's in a Name? - Fayette County

Fayette County was named for the Marquis de Lafayette, the French aristocrat who fought for independence along with the Americans in the Revolutionary War. The southern border of the county abuts the Mason-Dixon Line, the demarcation that separates Pennsylvania from West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Fayette’s county seat is Uniontown. Below are some of the communities in Fayette County and how they were named. Belle

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Fast Food and Nutrition in America

Fast Food and Nutrition in America

The Big Mac and the banana split were both invented in our area, illustrating how much Pittsburghers have always loved fast food. But does fast food love us? In 2017, the Allegheny County Health Department released data on fast food restaurants in the county. The health department defines fast food as chain restaurants without a liquor license, whether local or national, having one or more

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13 Spooky Halloween Treats

13 Spooky Halloween Treats

No matter if you are young or old, when Halloween rolls around, you still like a treat. Below are 13 ideas for Halloween goodies that are sure to make your Halloween spook-tacular. Banana Ghosts Not all treats have to be unhealthy. Peel bananas and cut the banana in half.  Press two mini chocolate chips into the pointy end of the banana to make a ghost.

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Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller: Pittsburgh’s Premiere Rapper

Mac Miller lived his life like his songs—fast, ambitious, and raw. Born Malcolm James McCormick, the American rapper began his career in Pittsburgh’s hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of 15. Between 2010 and 2018, he released five studio albums and founded his own record label. Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa are proud Pittsburgh natives who became award-winning rappers and musicians. Pittsburghers and

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Mayors of Pittsburgh

Mayors of Pittsburgh

The records for leaders in Pittsburgh go back to the year 1794 with George Robinson as the first of eight Chief Burgesses of Pittsburgh. Then, in 1816, Pittsburgh incorporated as a city and the first mayor was appointed by the city council. Here’s a brief bio of each Pittsburgh mayor, from present day to 1816. + Open All Ed Gainey (2022-present), Democrat On January 3,

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The Best of Somerset County

The Best of Somerset County

Somerset County is located to the southeast of Pittsburgh, and its southern edge borders Maryland. Its county seat is also called Somerset and the names derives from Somersetshire, England. Primarily a rural, agricultural county, it is known for its beautiful rolling farmlands and mountain peaks. The county is home to the highest point in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis, at 3,213 feet above sea level. Two recent

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It’s a Wrap…at the Walnut Grill

It's a Wrap...at the Walnut Grill

When someone asks me to meet for lunch, a few restaurant names come quickly to mind. Until recently, the Walnut Grill restaurants have not been on that short list. Don’t get me wrong, I like all three of the Walnut Grill restaurants that surround Pittsburgh, and if someone suggested we meet there, I would certainly show up. But I don’t think I’ve ever considered it

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The Rotunda

The Rotunda

The Rotunda at The Pennsylvanian on downtown Pittsburgh’s Liberty Avenue is so magnificent. It’s difficult to imagine that such a beautiful landmark was nearly demolished. A Beautiful Gateway Pittsburgh was the original “Gateway to the West” long before St. Louis claimed the title. Our rivers made us the embarkation point for those heading to the unsettled land west of the area. With the advent of

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The Steel Curtain

The Steel Curtain

If you grew up in Pittsburgh during the 1960s and early 70s, you probably watched Paul Shannon’s Adventure Time and remember him introducing cartoons by taking his “magic sword” and saying the phrase, “Down goes the curtain and back up again for Beanie and Cecil” or some other cartoon. However, there is another famous curtain in Pittsburgh, and when it went down, it stayed down

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