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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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin'

Excluding salt-water fishing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place in the country than the Pittsburgh area to be an angler. We have lakes great and small, rivers, streams, creeks, and ponds scattered throughout the area where you can try your skill at snagging a prize catch. Many of these spots also offer ice fishing in the winter. Below are some of the

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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp

How to Choose the Best Summer Camp

Many factors go into choosing a summer camp. The best place to start is with your child. If you want your him or her to be the proverbial “happy camper,” then the selection of a camp should be a joint decision made by you and your child. Fortunately, there are many more options than in days gone by when you simply sent your child to

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It’s the Christmas Season, Let the Fun Begin!

It's the Christmas Season, Let the Fun Begin!

Christmas is a season for making memories.  To help remember all the things to do, many people start making lists when the holiday season approaches: shopping lists, Christmas card lists, etc. But what about a list detailing things to do to make it your best holiday season ever? The most memorable and enjoyable, instead of just a task list? What would you put on that kind

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The Best Autumn Family Activities

The Best Autumn Family Activities

Nature Walks It is said that angels whisper to you when you go for a walk. Nature walks are a divine way to bring the family together. Geocaching When you combine hidden treasure with technology, exercise, and a sense of adventure, you know you’ve got a winning family activity. Pumpkin Carving or Painting Everyone loves a hands-on experience, and pumpkin carving or painting can’t get

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The Best of Laurel Highlands

The Best of Laurel Highlands

If you and your family are on the hunt for a fun, new adventure, Laurel Highlands is the prime spot to check out. Filled with natural beauty, incredible historic sites, and one-of-a-kind attractions, this 300 square mile area of the Allegheny Mountain Range is a part of Pennsylvania you will not want to miss out on!  Before traveling be sure to read up on some

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Ten Birds You Might See in Pittsburgh

Ten Birds You Might See in Pittsburgh

One indicator of an environment’s health is a vibrant avian population. With the abundance of wooded areas in and around Pittsburgh, it’s no wonder that according to Birding.com there were 397 species seen in Pennsylvania, making Western Pennsylvania a great place to spot our feathered friends. Most of the time, we go about our lives paying little attention to the birds around us. We tend

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The Birthplace of Mixed Martial Arts Matches

The Birthplace of Mixed Martial Arts Matches

Since ancient times, men have been debating and fighting over who is the toughest guy around. In 1979, that age-old question was posed by two Pittsburgh-area men, Frank Caliguri and Bill Viola. Both men were accomplished martial artists and began pondering: Who would win in a match between Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and Bruno Sammartino? That hypothetical question was the spark that launched CV Productions,

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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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Off the Beaten Path: Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

Off the Beaten Path: Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

When you think of gardens in Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden in Oakland, the Biblical Botanical Garden at Rodef Sholem Synagogue, and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden near Settler’s Cabin Park immediately spring to mind. But there are other lesser-known gardens and arboretums in the area that are no shrinking violets when it comes to natural beauty. The Arboretum at Penn State In the mood for

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