WPXI Holiday Parade

WPXI Holiday Parade

For 38 years, WPXI has been presenting its annual Holiday Parade to kick off the holiday season. It is the only local televised parade in Pittsburgh, and each year the parade features colorful floats, marching bands, specialty units, balloons, Santa Claus, as well as national and local celebrities. Past guests have included teen sensations, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler, pop superstar Christina Aguilera, R&B star User,

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Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

The white tail deer is the Pennsylvania state animal. Unfortunately, many of us in the Pittsburgh region are meeting our state animal up close and personal by colliding with them in our cars. According to statistics compiled by State Farm Insurance, for 12 straight years our neighboring state, West Virginia, has taken the title of the state with the most deer collisions in the country.

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Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

Review: The Pittsburgh Savoyards Inc.'s Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Yeoman of the Guard

One hundred and thirty years after it opened at the Savoy Theater in London, The Pittsburgh Savoyards presented The Yeomen of the Guard at the Andrew Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, PA. This production runs October 12-14 and 18-21. If you haven’t seen this work before, you may hear terms and phrases that are not heard in everyday English but that won’t prevent

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Another Opera Singer Makes Pittsburgh Her Home

Another Opera Singer Makes Pittsburgh Her Home

When you think of cities where opera singers may reside, places like Paris, Milan, or New York may come to mind, but another alumna of the Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program has decided to call Pittsburgh home. “The weather in Pittsburgh, and I are still trying to get along, but I love it here,” said Laurel Semerdjian, a mezzo-soprano, who will be playing the part

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Exploring the History of Pittsburgh’s Market Square

Exploring the History of Pittsburgh’s Market Square

Market Square truly is the many faceted jewel in the heart of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh was founded at The Point, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merged to form the Ohio Rivers, but it was at Market Square where Pittsburghers gathered. As the budding community at Fort Pitt grew beyond the settlement there, it became apparent that the developing city needed some direction. In 1784, Philadelphia

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Pittsburgh’s Puppet Maker Cheryl Capezzuti

Pittsburgh’s Puppet Maker Cheryl Capezzuti

Puppetry and puppet making is one of the oldest art forms; it is believed to have originated 4,000 years ago. Pittsburgh has had a love affair with puppets. The Lovelace Marionette Theater, founded by Puppeteer Margo Lovelace, opened in 1964 and became the longest-running professional puppet theater in the country. The theater closed in 1985. Mr. Rogers and his cast of puppets from the Neighborhood

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Women Wanted for Trade Jobs

Women Wanted for Trade Jobs

During the 1960s and 1970s, the feminist movement pushed for women to enter careers that were exclusively male-dominated, including the trades. As a result, women broke down barriers and became painters, plumbers, electricians, and the like. This movement was even reflected on the silver screen in the movie Flashdance, which featured a young woman welder as the main character. Today, we don’t hear much about

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The Buzz on Pittsburgh’s Bees

The Buzz on Pittsburgh’s Bees

Joe Zgurzynski is the owner and operator of Country Barn Farm located in O’Hara Township. A Master Beekeeper, he grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and has been interested in beekeeping since he was a teen. Not only does he teach beekeeping workshops and mentor novice beekeepers, he supplies Giant Eagle Market District stores in Bethel Park, Wexford, Shadyside, Waterworks, and Settlers

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BirdSafe Is for the Birds

BirdSafe Is for the Birds

The Plight for Birds Potholes and road construction can pose problems for drivers trying to navigate through Pittsburgh, but that is nothing compare to the plight of the migratory birds who pass through the city. Each spring and fall, hundreds of birds die in downtown Pittsburgh from colliding with buildings. According to BirdSafe Pittsburgh, it is estimated that “an average of 599 million birds die

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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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