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Latrobe again plays host to Great American Banana Split Celebration

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
Banana-split lovers will be able to get their fill this week at the second annual Great American Banana Split Celebration in downtown Latrobe. The dessert was invented in the city in 1904 by Dr. David Strickler at Tassel Pharmacy. “There …

Wine Cellar: Late-August foods require a certain type of wine

By Dave DeSimone
With vacations winding down and the kiddos reluctantly starting back to school, the overnight temperatures have turned a bit nippy to remind us of autumn’s looming arrival. Yet, on fair days, the …

Bartenders are discovering some inventive ways to use craft brews

By Alice T. Carter
John Schlimm admits that the idea of beer cocktails was not initially appealing. “It sounded almost sacrilegious,” says Schlimm, author of several books and cookbooks about beer. You could say beer is …

Alfresco Italian Garden Dinner fundraiser highlights local fare

By Candy Williams
It makes sense that a dinner celebrating the traditional family vegetable garden will take place outdoors in an open field on the grounds of Fern Hollow Nature Center. Up to 100 guests …

Healthy Eating: Corn adds sunny side to dinner omelet with salmon

By The Associated Press
For the first couple weeks of corn season, my family is content to eat plain old corn on the cob day after day. And why not? It’s perfect as is. But even …

Visit Pittsburgh continues to draw groups to town

By Alice T. Carter
If the region experiences a shortage of welcome mats next year, you can thank Visit Pittsburgh. Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of Visit Pittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, expects 2015 will be one of the region’s …

Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival will teach crafts, skills, history

By Deborah Weisberg
Artisans from throughout the region will gather this weekend to demonstrate and sell their work at the first Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival running Aug. 22 and 23 at the Four Points by …

Fanfare

Swarm! at the Duquesne Club touts beekeeping

By Kate Benz
A walk across the roof of the Duquesne Club and an introduction to a colony of 75,000 bees raised the bar on an otherwise dull …

Out and About

Flash!: Mt. Pleasant Cruise Night; Lammas Day harvest fest

By Tribune-Review
What else is happening in the area? Check out these snapshots. …

Fashion

Top nail trends: Flip-side manis, Louboutin red

By The Associated Press
Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips, says Kahlana Barfield, beauty director for InStyle magazine. “We’re seeing …

Food and Drink

Bartenders are discovering some inventive ways to use craft brews

By Alice T. Carter
John Schlimm admits that the idea of beer cocktails was not initially appealing. “It sounded almost sacrilegious,” says Schlimm, author of several books and cookbooks …

Travel

Visit Pittsburgh continues to draw groups to town

By Alice T. Carter
If the region experiences a shortage of welcome mats next year, you can thank Visit Pittsburgh. Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of Visit Pittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, expects 2015 will be one of the region’s …

Home and Garden

Experts: Use care with pressure washers

By The Associated Press
Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty? Power washing or pressure washing — the terms are used almost interchangeably — might be an …

Health and Fitness

Kayaks overtake canoes as paddlers’ choice in Western Pa.

By Bob Karlovits
Call it the Kingdom of Kayaks. From the calm waters in Moraine State Park, Butler County, to the varying rapids of the Youghiogheny River in …

History

Volunteers help organizations keep local history alive in South Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local history would be in danger of fading away if not for the work of historical society directors, presidents and boards who continue to labor …

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Hot weather flings don’t always cool with the season

By Kellie B. Gormly
When Jess and Greg Green first started dating as counselors at a summer camp, they didn’t imagine the relationship would last beyond the summer, let …

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Swarm! at the Duquesne Club touts beekeeping

A walk across the roof of the Duquesne Club and an introduction to a colony of 75,000 bees raised the bar on an otherwise dull …

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Out & About

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Flash!: Mt. Pleasant Cruise Night; Lammas Day harvest fest

What else is happening in the area? Check out these snapshots. …

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Jessica Walliser

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Garden Q&A: Sneak some new potatoes anytime

Q uestion: We planted potatoes for the first time this year, and they seem to have done great. The plants are very tall (almost 3 …

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Dave DeSimone

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Wine Cellar: Late-August foods require a certain type of wine

With vacations winding down and the kiddos reluctantly starting back to school, the overnight temperatures have turned a bit nippy to remind us of autumn’s …

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Trib tested: Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace
The claim: Venus Snap with Embrace mini razor offers instant smoothness on the go. With five curve-hugging blades and a portable compact, you’ll be ready …

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