My First Visit to Calvary Cemetery

My First Visit to Calvary Cemetery

I was six years old the first time I went to a cemetery. It’s a day I remember clearly, even some 70 years later. I grew up in a family where there were a number of elderly relatives. For the first half dozen years of my life I was chiefly unaware of the deaths in my family. Then, with the passing of some distant aunt,

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The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

What marks a new year? Across most of the Western world, parties leading up to midnight of January 1st celebrate a new calendar year. Often, the first day of school in September marks a new year. In the business world, fiscal years can begin and end at any time. For the Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is the two-day religious festival that honors the Jewish New

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The History Behind the Holiday: Labor Day

The History Behind the Holiday: Labor Day

We all look forward to that long weekend at the beginning of September. The one that celebrates Labor Day… or is it Memorial Day? Labor Day is the first Monday in September; it is a federal holiday that is often celebrated with day-drinking and barbecues. For a lot of people, it’s really just a long weekend. But, do you know why we get this extra

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Planning a Funeral

Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral is one thing that most people don’t think about until they have to. It’s not a particularly enjoyable process at any point. In fact, it is almost always accompanied with emotions of grief. In the midst of those emotions, there are hundreds of questions and decisions that need to be made. Do you know the answers? Many common practices of saying good

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Pittsburgh Police Building Community Through Chess in the Square

Pittsburgh Police Building Community Through Chess in the Square

Police officers in Pittsburgh are engaging with the members of the community over games of chess. “The focus of this outreach is to build relationships with our neighbors, and the objective of the chess program is to bring people together in conversations and healthy competition. Playing a game of chess breaks down barriers that may exist between police and community members,” said Tiffany Kline-Costa, Sergeant,

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Remembering Three Pittsburgh Police Officers

Remembering Three Pittsburgh Police Officers

Richard Poplawski was born on September 12, 1986, and for all intents and purposes was born with the deck stacked against him. He continued to play that losing hand all the way to a death sentence for murder.  Poplawski’s life seems like a recipe for disaster that unfortunately led to the killing of officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo III

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If you’re new to Pittsburgh, you must have these things on your to-do list

If you're new to Pittsburgh, you must have these things on your to-do list

Pittsburgh has been rated as one of the top 5 cities in the USA for having an active lifestyle. Thus, if you have newly moved to the city, there’s a lot that you can explore! Placed amidst a number of rivers and dotted with innumerable art galleries, museums, and parks, this city has a lot at its disposal in terms of adventure and outdoor activities.

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The Johnstown Flood of 1889

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

Nearly a century and a half ago, a catastrophe befell the citizens and visitors of an area in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 has become a tragic slice of American history. The events leave anyone who decides to explore this piece of history astonished by the engineering malpractice that led to the incident and the lack of justice that followed. On May 31,

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Poetry Corner

Poetry Corner

Monthly Poem Spring at Bay April Showers bring May flowers, but March paves the way. The seeds of future blooms are laid as winter’s snow fades away. The gray, bleak sky is but a passing phase, for blue skies and sun rays are coming to spend the day. A season of hope and renewal arrives. up until now, Spring was held at Bay Reader Submissions

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Best Ham Sauces in the ‘Burgh

Best Ham Sauces in the 'Burgh

As Easter approaches, many of us start thinking about our Easter dinners. When I was a kid, my grandmother always prepped our Easter ham by covering the outside of it with pineapple rings secured to it with toothpicks and putting a Maraschino cherry in the center of each ring and then studding it with whole cloves. She would then bake it in the oven with

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