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‘Friends’ are hidden backbone of many libraries in Pittsburgh, elsewhere

By Deborah Weisberg
In early December, Valerie Bailey and assorted relatives gathered in Bailey’s Jefferson Hills’ home for their annual marathon cookie-baking session. Using her mother’s recipe for mini nut-rolls, they made about 70 dozen, all destined for the annual holiday bake sale …

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week evicted from Lincoln Center

By The Associated Press
C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint ...

Night-blooming cereus is stunning, fragrant

By Jessica Walliser
When in flower, night-blooming cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) is among the most stunning plants you’ll ever see — or smell. Though it is in flower for only one or two nights per ...

Homework: Winter care for birds

By Tribune-Review
Now is the time, before winter gets too serious, to do something for birds. And maybe for yourself, too. “One of the greatest benefits of feeding birds is that the homeowner can easily ...

Ski wear is not just for the mountain anymore

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Donna Gagliardi recalls a customer coming in for a bright aqua-colored ski jacket from The North Face. “She was an older woman, and I asked her if she was a skier,” says ...

Fashion FYI: Anais Anette trunk show set for Lawrenceville’s Glitter & Grit

By Tribune-Review
Glitter & Grit, a bridal boutique at 5300 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, will have an Anais Anette trunk show by appointment Dec. 26 to Jan. 4. Created by two sisters, Anais Anette ...

First Draft: There’s no time to spare when selecting brew method

By Chris Fleisher and Chris Togneri
To homebrew or not to homebrew? That is not the question. Obviously, you should brew your own beer. It’s affordable. It’s fun. It’s delicious. But you need to consider how deep you ...

Fanfare

Renowned neurosurgeon speaks at Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund auction

By Kate Benz
World-renowned neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Dr. Ben Carson (with Candy) hit rock-star status Dec. 8 thanks to an enthusiastic crowd of ...

Out and About

Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Westmoreland County holds holiday gathering

By Tribune-Review
The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Westmoreland County held its annual holiday gathering on Dec. 10 in the First Commonwealth Bank in ...

Fashion

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week evicted from Lincoln Center

By The Associated Press
C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint ...

Food and Drink

First Draft: There’s no time to spare when selecting brew method

By Chris Fleisher and Chris Togneri
To homebrew or not to homebrew? That is not the question. Obviously, you should brew your own beer. It’s affordable. It’s fun. It’s delicious. But ...

Travel

Road Trip! Destination: Bradford

By Rachel Weaver
Three hours north of Pittsburgh waits a wonderland for travelers looking to make the most of chilly temperatures. Bradford, nestled in Northwestern Pennsylvania and adjacent ...

Home and Garden

Homework: Winter care for birds

By Tribune-Review
Now is the time, before winter gets too serious, to do something for birds. And maybe for yourself, too. “One of the greatest benefits of feeding ...

Health and Fitness

How to work toward healthier habits

By The Washington Post
Eat more fruit and vegetables, steer clear of fried foods, walk more, sit less and so on. Heard these messages a time or two? Although you know that implementing one or more of these healthy behavior changes could help prevent ...

History

Book tells history of Mt. Pleasant

By Marilyn Forbes
From vivid scenes of the coal and coke industry that bustled in the area to wonderful glimpses into the old academic history that was once ...

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‘Friends’ are hidden backbone of many libraries in Pittsburgh, elsewhere

By Deborah Weisberg
In early December, Valerie Bailey and assorted relatives gathered in Bailey’s Jefferson Hills’ home for their annual marathon cookie-baking session. Using her mother’s recipe for mini ...

Fanfare

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Renowned neurosurgeon speaks at Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund auction

World-renowned neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Dr. Ben Carson (with Candy) hit rock-star status Dec. 8 thanks to an enthusiastic crowd of 200-plus …

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Out & About

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Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Westmoreland County holds holiday gathering

The Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Westmoreland County held its annual holiday gathering on Dec. 10 in the First Commonwealth Bank in …

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Jessica Walliser

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Night-blooming cereus is stunning, fragrant

When in flower, night-blooming cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum) is among the most stunning plants you’ll ever see — or smell. Though it is in flower for …

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Dave DeSimone

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The Wine Cellar: 2 decades in the making, these fortified wines will brighten the holidays

With holiday gift-giving front and center, gimmicky wine gifts abound. Avoid them like the plague. They might be good for a laugh, but then they’ll …

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Trib Tested

Trib Tested: Honeywell MistMate Ultrasonic Cool Mist Mini Humidifier
The claim: To provide protection against that dry, harsh air, Honeywell has launched its new MistMate mini humidifier. By adding essential moisture back into the …

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