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Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Nestled in the scenic hills of Lawrence County, McConnells Mill is a paradigm of beauty and solitude for Pennsylvania natives and visitors alike. This state park is filled with endless natural wonders, including waterfalls, breath-taking overlooks, and a variety of trails perfect for hiking. And because of its close proximity to Pittsburgh (only 40 miles outside of the city), McConnells Mill makes a perfect day

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Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Whether you are a scout, a nature enthusiast, or an outdoor aficionado, the ubiquitous adage “Leaves of three, let them be” is always a present and clear reminder to be aware of your surroundings and keep a healthy distance from the devilish, itch inducing plant: poison ivy. However, while charming, this simple rhyme grossly underestimates the amount of poisonous plants lurking in Pennsylvania’s forests, green

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Flashdance (1983)

Flashdance (1983)

Before the talent and production company came to Pittsburgh to start filming Flashdance and after it was opened in theaters around the country, people who knew about these matters felt strongly that this film was going to be a flash in the pan.  The director, Adrian Lyne, turned the script down a couple of times before agreeing to work on this project.  When the film

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A Burger at Tessaro’s

A Burger at Tessaro’s

At 4601 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield stands a building that was constructed around 1892 and has been home to a Bar/Restaurant named Tessaro’s since 1980. In 1984 the Herrington Family bought the business and it has been in the family ever since.  Most of us have probably heard claims that they have really good burghers.  I’ve had a  few people have tell me that they

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The Grant Building’s Presence in Pittsburgh

The Grant Building's Presence in Pittsburgh

When showing off our city’s skyline to visitors from atop Grandview Avenue, Pittsburghers often make sure to point out that the lights on top of the Grant Building flash out the word P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H in Morse code. While the Morse code fact is attention getting, there is a lot more that can be said about this skyscraper. In the late1920s and early 1930s, the Pittsburgh skyline

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Farmers’ Markets

Farmers' Markets

There’s nothing like summer produce, homegrown tomatoes, local corn, and freshly picked strawberries. In years past, if you wanted local produce, you had to visit a nearby farm, but in the last decade or so the cropping up (pun intended) of Farmer’s Markets has continued to proliferate much to the delight of area consumers. A few markets open in May, while most open the beginning

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Authentic or Unique Restaurants

Authentic or Unique Restaurants

Humans tend to be creatures of habit; we do the same things over and over because it is easy, safe, and familiar. But sometimes, we need to shake things up, try something new, and that even extends to our eating and drinking. Below are some establishments you may want to try because they are either unique, authentic, or different. Black Cat Market Inspired by their

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Relocation Professionals

Relocation Professionals

When it comes to searching for a place to live, mortgaging, renovating, selling your house, or retirement, you need someone to consult with. George R Payne nmls# 139971 Mortgage Specialist, Federated Mortgage Corp nmls# 101475 My aim is to customize a program for you to achieve your goals whether it is to purchase a home, home improvement (equity line) or refinance your current home. One

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The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The mention of Cinco de Mayo brings to mind bright colors, refreshing alcoholic drinks, and of course a celebration of the Mexican people. However, while America loves any reason to celebrate, the true meaning and purpose of celebrating the “Fifth of May” is often lost beneath fluttering pinatas and the glitters of alcohol-fueled parties. But fear not, because of Popular Pittsburgh’s never-ending thirst for knowledge,

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The Best of Lawrence County

The Best of Lawrence County

Lawrence County lies to the north and west of Pittsburgh and abuts the Ohio line. Its county seat is New Castle. The county was once known as the Fireworks Capital of America, and two of the largest fireworks manufacturers are still located there. Below are some attractions that draw visitors to Lawrence County: Living Treasures Animal Park Unlike larger zoos, Living Treasures Animal Park allows

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