What’s in a Name? – Greene County

What's in a Name? - Greene County

If the counties in Pennsylvania were puzzle pieces, Greene County would be the corner piece that fits into the Southwest right angle of Pennsylvania, bordering West Virginia on the south and Ohio to the east. Greene County was founded in 1796 and named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. Nearly 90% rural, it’s one of the most sparsely populated counties in the state with approximately

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The Underground Railroad in Pittsburgh

The Underground Railroad in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania has played a pivotal role in current events in the United States throughout history. The Commonwealth made vital contributions to America’s independence from Great Britain in the 1700’s and continues to be an important part of history in the 21st century. Most recently, was the 2020 Presidential Election in which PA was a decisive battleground state. In the 19th century, when slavery was still

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Loving Locally – Valentine’s Day Under Lockdown

Loving Locally – Valentine’s Day Under Lockdown

With the future filled with so much uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a great chance that we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in a completely different manner than we have ever before. While changing our customary ways of celebrating the holiday is an annoyance, many local businesses have endured financial hardship under the strain of the pandemic. So, in addition to celebrating the

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Smiley Face Killers – Fact or Fiction?

Smiley Face Killers - Fact or Fiction?

One of the first questions a small child asks is: Why? Whether it’s a need to make sense of a sometimes chaotic world or whether it’s simply a need to satisfy our curiosity, there‘s something innate in humans that we need know to the reasoning behind events or circumstances. We need to know why. The Mysterious Death of Dakota James That same desire to know

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Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

On November 22, 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech at The University of Pittsburgh Student Union. His speech concluded with the words, “I still believe in the future. Our goal is freedom, and we’ll get there because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is

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Therese Rocco – A Memoir: Book Review

Therese Rocco - A Memoir: Book Review

The book Therese Rocco- A Memoir is a great read for anyone interested in learning about how Pittsburgh has changed and, in some cases, stayed the same in the years between Therese Rocco getting a job with the City of Pittsburgh in 1948 and retiring as Assistant Police Chief in the mid-90s. In addition, we get a glimpse at her life both before her days

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How to Start a Small Business in Pittsburgh

How to Start a Small Business in Pittsburgh

Home to the likes of Comcast, The Hershey Company, Crayola, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pennsylvania is a fertile ground for businesses big and small. In Pittsburgh in particular, the very city that had just been included in the ’25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018′ list, is becoming one of the most hospitable places for startups in the country. Small Biz Trends notes that this

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Timeline of Pittsburgh

Timeline of Pittsburgh

Many historic, tragic, triumphant, and innovative events have occurred in Pittsburgh. It’s no surprise as our history goes back nearly 300 years. Pittsburgh began as a French fort but progressed over the years to be the first leader in coal and today as a front runner in technology and the health care industry. To give you a broader overview of how the city has grown

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What’s in a Name? – Somerset County

What's in a Name? - Somerset County

Somerset County was thrust into national prominence during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but do you know how the county and many of the communities there got their names? Some are obvious, having derived from descriptions of geographical or features found in that area. But what about those other places? Some were named after people. Who were they? And why did they merit having a

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Christmas at Fort Pitt

Christmas at Fort Pitt

Pittsburgh’s First Christmas If those who first settled the city and lived at Fort Pitt in the 1750s got in a time machine and came forward to the future at Christmas, they’d be shocked at all the merriment and decorations. In 1758, Pittsburgh’s first Christmas was a particularly bleak one. Just one month earlier, the French had abandoned Fort Duquesne, burning it to the ground,

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