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Dad: The “Real” Indispensable Man

Dad: The "Real" Indispensable Man

It always pierced like a knife to the heart. When my children were young, I taught third grade religion class at my church. Each year, when I asked the students if they had any prayer requests, at least one or two children would respond: Please pray that God will make my daddy visit me. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children–1 out of every

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Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

Pittsburgh Pigeons: Love Them or Hate Them

There are two topics so controversial that to avoid arguments you don’t bring them up in polite company. They are religion and politics. But if you are in Pittsburgh, you may want to add a third subject to that list: pigeons. People in Pittsburgh either love or hate pigeons. Unlike their gray feathers, there is no gray area when it comes to these birds. Some view

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Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the ‘Burgh

Bald Eagles: The Birds Are Back in the 'Burgh

You’ve got to feel for the poor peregrine falcons in Pittsburgh. They were all the sensation when they began nesting in Pittsburgh in 1991, but recently, they’ve been shunted from the limelight by the return of bald eagles to the Pittsburgh area.  The Audubon Society is excited to announce that, in addition to the Hays Bald Eagle Nest WebCam that’s been running for the past

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Pittsburgh: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

Pittsburgh: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

We all know Virginia is for lovers and that everyone loves New York, but what about Pittsburgh’s relationship with love? You may be surprised to learn the Pittsburgh region is a veritable Paris in Pennsylvania. World Record Largest Wedding Vow Renewal To celebrate the city’s 250th birthday in 2008, 629 couples renewed their marriage vows, setting a new world record for the largest wedding vow

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Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Punxsutawney Phil: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

He has no weather radar, no weather maps, and no wind speed meters, yet Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather forecaster in the land. Others, like Staten Island Chuck from New York City, General Beauregard Lee from Lilburn, Georgia, and Buckeye Chuck from Marion, Ohio have tried to swipe some of Phil’s forecasting fame. Phil is an original. He is often imitated, but never

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The Pittsburgh Creche

The Pittsburgh Creche

The Christmas tree at the Point, department store window displays, and the decorated Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh are a few of the must-sees during the holiday season in Pittsburgh.  A new destination was added a little over a decade ago: The Pittsburgh Creche. Unveiled in 1999, The Pittsburgh Creche has quickly become a beloved Christmas observance for residents and visitors alike.  Located

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Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Pittsburgh was diverse before that term became a buzz word. Early immigrants to the city primarily came from Europe, while today’s immigrants come from all over the world, making the city a proverbial melting pot. When new arrivals settled here, they were faced with a dilemma: how to assimilate yet retain a connection to the culture they had left behind. One way to preserve their

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Jewish Immigrants Have Found a Home in Pittsburgh

Jewish Immigrants Have Found a Home in Pittsburgh

An examination of the long history of the Jewish people reveals immigration to many lands across the globe. Over the millennia, whether by force or by necessity, that Diaspora has left the world with communities of Jews scattered all over the world. Pittsburgh is no exception as Jewish people have lived here since the 1800’s. The exact time when Jews began to come to Pittsburgh

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The Rural Life in West Deer Township

The Rural Life in West Deer Township

Opinion by Julie Long Drive a half-hour outside of downtown Pittsburgh and you’ll find yourself in the country. It’s one of the wonderful things about Pittsburgh, in my opinion, that we can enjoy the rural life and still be so close to the city (or vice versa for you city dwellers). If you head north on Rt. 28, then west on Rt. 910, you’ll come

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Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Six Degrees of Pittsburgh

Not long ago, the U.S. Census bureau released information indicating that Pennsylvania leads all states in the share of homeowners who have lived on their property for more than 30 years. A statistic even more revealing of Pennsylvanians’ propensity for sinking deep roots finds that 78 percent of the state’s residents were born here. In this category, we rank second to Louisiana. Having never been

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