What’s in a Name – Allegheny County

What’s in a Name – Allegheny County

We live, work, worship, and play here, but do we know how some of the towns, boroughs, and municipalities around us acquired their names? Some are obvious, having derived from descriptions of geographical or features found in that area. For instance, Oakland is reported to have gotten that name because of the numerous oak trees found there. The North Shore received that appellation because it

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Eat’n Park Bringing Food and Smiles to Pittsburghers for 7 Decades

Eat’n Park Bringing Food and Smiles to Pittsburghers for 7 Decades

For many Pittsburghers, they have never known a time without Eat’n Park restaurants, which was founded in 1949 before many of them were even born. Eat’n Park’s first location opened on June 6 of that year on Saw Mill Run Boulevard and was a sensation from the start. So much so, that the grand opening caused a traffic jam on Route 51 necessitating that the

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100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

100th Year of The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village

Pittsburgh is rich in history. From the ancient oaks that line the streets of its old steel mill towns to the Revolutionary War landmarks; there is much for Pittsburghers to take pride in. This past week, one of Pittsburgh’s smaller-scale historic attractions reopened for its 100th season at the Carnegie Science Center. The Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad & Village reopened on November 21st with

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Explore the Mummies of the World

Explore the Mummies of the World

When mummies are mentioned, images of Egypt or classic horror films with Boris Karloff tend to come to mind. It is true, Egypt had mummies, but what many don’t know is that South America had them 9,000 years before the Egyptians. The Carnegie Science Center’s Mummies of the World: The Exhibition expands the horizon on mummies and shows that mummification practices have spanned the globe

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Creating America’s Best Front Yard

Creating America’s Best Front Yard

When Kevin Anthony Prall and his husband, Layne Bennett, bought their historic home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, they knew there would be a lot of work to fix it up, but what they didn’t know was that their hard work and beautiful garden would eventually earn them the title of America’s Best Front Yard from Better Homes and Gardens. A Botanical Paradise Kevin and Layne’s

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RMU Courts Headliners and Conferences With Its New UPMC Events Center

RMU Courts Headliners and Conferences With Its New UPMC Events Center

In May 2019, Robert Morris University debuted its new $43 million UPMC Events Center, which will not only serve as the home for both the Colonials men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team, but is also a state-of-art, gleaming venue that will play host to family-friendly shows and concerts. “The events center was constructed on the former site of the Sewell Center and

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This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

This Ice Cream Will Put a Spell On You

Finding good vegan ice cream can seem like something of an oxymoron. All too often, dairy-free ice cream lacks the creaminess of real ice cream. It also tends to have an aftertaste of pretending to be something it’s not. That’s why I was so surprised by the deliciousness of Sugar Spell Scoops’s amazing vegan ice cream. This past weekend, we decided to give it a

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9 Reasons to Travel to Ohiopyle (and Why You Should Start Packing)

9 Reasons to Travel to Ohiopyle (and Why You Should Start Packing)

Located on the Southern region of the Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park consists of over 20,000 acres of rugged beauty and small town charm. The added benefit of this local getaway is it close proximity to Pittsburgh, as it is only an hour and a half drive. If  you aren’t sold already, find out 19 reasons you need to travel to Ohiopyle- better start packing!

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Sight & Sound Theatre: Amazing Audiences in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sight & Sound Theatre: Amazing Audiences in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

It’s hard to dazzle these days with technology like virtual reality, self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence becoming commonplace, but the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, does just that. I recently had the pleasure of attending a performance of their production Jesus, and it not only lived up to the glowing reviews I’d heard from others who had been there and seen it, but

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Pittsburgh Fountains: There’s Something in the Water

Pittsburgh Fountains: There’s Something in the Water

Whether bubbling, spraying, dancing, or cascading, there’s something inviting, relaxing, and hypnotic about a fountain. Pittsburgh has no shortage of fountains. In fact, the calling card to our city is a water fountain—the Point State Park fountain—and fittingly so, since our city’s founding hinged upon the favorable location of being near our three large, navigable rivers. The landmark fountain at the point is majestic, with

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