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Passover: The Story Behind the Customs

Passover: The Story Behind the Customs

For the roughly 15 million Jewish people across the globe, celebrating Passover is an extraordinarily important part of their faith. However, for all of its significance, a large portion of people (Jews included) are left in the dark when it comes to why it is celebrated and the reason behind the various customs attributed with it. With that in mind, as the Spring season brings

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Easter Traditions: Why Do We Do Things We Do?

Easter Traditions: Why Do We Do Things We Do?

I was sitting in the sauna with a few other women, one of whom was Chinese. She asked one of the others there if they had a nice Easter? The woman replied that she did. Then the woman from China posed a question that stumped all of us sweating in the sauna. Why do people eat ham on Easter? No one could offer a reason,

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Mental Health First Aid Offers Answers and Hope

Mental Health First Aid Offers Answers and Hope

No one likes to feel helpless, and no one likes to feel helpless especially when they may be dealing with mental illness. Thanks to Mental Health First Aid more and more people are being empowered to know what to do or where to turn when confronting a mental health issue. “MHFA is designed as a first aid course that teaches the layman how to identify

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Punxsutawney Phil-The Real Party Animal

Punxsutawney Phil-The Real Party Animal

You may think that Punxsutawney Phil slumbers in his burrow the year round only to rise early once a year on February 2, Groundhog Day, to greet his devotees and hand down his weather wisdom. But Phil is the original party animal. There are so many events and parties leading up to his big day, that we suspect the furry fellow needs to hole-up until

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Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire

Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire

During the winter, it seems that almost every local newscast opens with a catastrophic home fire. Sadly, these fires are often deadly. The National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately three out of five deaths from fire happen in homes with no smoke alarms or whose alarms aren’t working. If you are changing your batteries regularly and think you are protected, you may be surprised

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Museum of the Bible Attracts Epic Crowds

Museum of the Bible Attracts Epic Crowds

On November 17, 2017, the Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C., and if the vast crowds lining up to get inside it are any indication, this new museum is a hit of epic proportions. Located three blocks from the National Mall, at 400 4th Street SW, the privately funded museum is housed in a former refrigeration warehouse and is a short walk from

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Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Hall Preserving Military History

Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Hall Preserving Military History

In his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951, legendary soldier General Douglas MacArthur said that, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” No disrespect to the general, but Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood was founded to ensure that our soldiers and sailors and their selfless service never fade from our memories. During the Reconstruction and healing of the

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Starting Out the New Year in Pittsburgh

Starting Out the New Year in Pittsburgh

After the champagne has been popped and the ball has been dropped, it is important to look towards all the opportunities a new year brings. With a fresh slate and open eyes, the world is yours to conquer. More specifically, the goals set for 2018–whether it is eating healthy, getting fit, or increasing charitable donations–can be easily accomplished in our beautiful city of Pittsburgh. Be

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New Years in Pittsburgh: Let’s Celebrate!

New Years in Pittsburgh: Let's Celebrate!

With 2017 coming to an end, it is always fun to look back into the past year to see all that happened. But, it is also important end the year with a bang by planning festive outings with family and friends. Below is a compiled list of Pittsburgh’s best New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day activities. First Night Pittsburgh: Head downtown for a night

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A New Holiday Tradition: Overly’s Country Christmas

A New Holiday Tradition: Overly's Country Christmas

The thrill of excitement that fills the air during the Christmas season is enough to crack a smile on even the biggest Scrooge. From baking cookies with the grand-kids to caroling with the family, there are endless traditions that warm the heart for years to come. While some traditions remain tried and true, it is always fun to amp up the holiday spirit with a

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