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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A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

A Sweet Reminder of Pittsburgh’s Candy Past: The Clark Bar Sign

The slogan for the Clark candy bar was, “I want a Clark bar.” Though you may have wanted a Clark bar, often you weren’t able to get the confection. When the manufacturing of the Clark bar left the area, the only reminder of the city’s candy-producing past was the Clark bar sign atop its former production facility on the North Side. The Clark candy bar

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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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Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Exploring McConnells Mill State Park

Nestled in the scenic hills of Lawrence County, McConnells Mill is a paradigm of beauty and solitude for Pennsylvania natives and visitors alike. This state park is filled with endless natural wonders, including waterfalls, breath-taking overlooks, and a variety of trails perfect for hiking. And because of its close proximity to Pittsburgh (only 40 miles outside of the city), McConnells Mill makes a perfect day

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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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Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

There is something embedded into the human psyche that makes us long to be one with nature. It’s why we built tree houses when we were kids, why we go camping, and why we drive hundreds of miles to spend time next to the ocean.  Frank Lloyd Wright tapped into that longing when he designed Fallingwater. Fallingwater is regarded as one of the legendary architect’s

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Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

For the past 16 years the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to protect and restore the watershed ecosystem, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Born from a small project originally created by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the NMRWA has grown from just 1 employee at its inception, to now mobilizing 11 full and part time

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Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

Pittsburgh City Steps for Climbing

The City of Pittsburgh website states that there are 712 city steps, but in a 2014 Wall Street Journal article, Guy Costa, chief operations officer for the city, said that number was approximately 675. Bob Regan, who wrote the definitive book, The Steps of Pittsburgh: A Portrait of a City, contended in his book that that there were 712 sets of city staircases composed of

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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden: how it aimed to inspire people to value plants,

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Ticks: My Experience and Education

Ticks: My Experience and Education

In the past 4 years of taking nature walks through the woods of North Park, I have removed only 3 wood ticks from family members, pets, and myself.  However, on a recent walk with my husband and son (on a trail that we trek every summer), I was surprised to find 9 deer ticks cleverly embedded in our clothing. Although none of the ticks latched

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