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Dog owners accessorize with canine couture

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
With National Dog Day coming up Aug. 26, what do you get the dog who has everything? Surprise your puppy love with a satin bow …

Google Maps opens business doors to online views for shoppers

By John D. Oravecz
Patti Danforth tells about a customer who comes into her deli in Aspinwall to buy grits. “This gentleman came in, he saw these grits online, …

Hax: She hopes to head off sister by ignoring sibling’s emails

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: H i, Carolyn: A relative is hosting a surprise event. My sister lives out of state but is going to drive here for the party. When she comes to visit, she always stays with …

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 …

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 …

Report: Cost to raise  today’s child tops $245,000

By The Associated Press
A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Aug. 18 …

Coping with Kids: Discard the boredom of family game night

By Tribune-Review
We’re all about families having fun together. Here are some great game-night choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing. Battle Sheep: (Blue Orange Games) Simple to learn, fun to play, but a new challenge every time. Players …

Living with Children: Why the deluge of potty-training issues?

By John Rosemond
On one of my websites, I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the past two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet-training. A 3-year-old is afraid of the potty. A …

Festival of Hope attendees enjoy final day of worship, music, Graham

By Matthew Santoni
The music drew some to Consol Energy Center on Sunday. For others, it was the chance to hear the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of legendary …

Master knitter Zylka to be featured in September at West Overton Village

By Stacey Federoff
Throughout the many years that Susan Zylka has served as superintendent of the knitting and crocheting department at the Westmoreland Fair, she often would encounter …

Hax: Mom seeks to stay connected to ‘all-boy’ son

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: D ear Carolyn: My only son is 8 and is all boy — he’s into loud noises, sports and being outdoors, and has no interest in chitchat. I wouldn’t trade him for the world, …

How to exercise on vacation with the gallon-jug workout

By The Washington Post
Sue Immerman of Mad Fitness in Takoma Park, Md., suggests these exercises for a quick and easy vacation workout that requires only two pieces of equipment: gallon jugs. Buy two 1-gallon containers of water, which weigh about  8 pounds each. …

How to boost back-to-school efficiency

By Chicago Tribune
Organizing for the school year goes beyond slapping a planner on the wall. Ellen Delap, a certified professional organizer in Kingwood, Texas, and family manager coach says there are three areas that need to be well-regulated: your house, your schedule …

Strong women, strong ads: Marketers target female empowerment

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Research shows the importance of reaching girls with positive images and messages between third and fifth grade. That’s a time when they often critique themselves …

Natrona Heights resident creates charity to help chronically ill children

By Emma Deihle
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Natrona Heights resident Amy Faltot …

Author travels, ‘hacking’ languages for fluency

By Kellie B. Gormly
Benny Lewis, a native of Ireland, hasn’t lived anywhere steady for 11 straight years, or even spoken the same language. The author of “Fluent in …

The Word Guy: Telling some ‘folk’ tales

By Robb Kyff
Q uestion: During a recent plane trip, the chief flight attendant repeatedly referred to us passengers as “folks.” There was not a single “ladies and gentlemen.” But how appropriate is “folks” to begin with? I was taught that “folk” is …

Graham’s Festival of Hope brings together denominations at Consol

By Rex Rutkoski
Sue Means has warm memories of watching evangelist Billy Graham, once called “America’s chaplain,” on television with her parents. “If there was a Crusade, we …

Hax: For niece’s sake, don’t let her get away with thievery

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: This summer, as a favor to my recently divorced sister-in-law, my husband (her brother) and I agreed to take her 13-year-old daughter for three weeks. My sister-in-law surprised us by delivering her daughter and another 13-year-old to …

No room on your phone? What to delete

By The Washington Post
There you are, looking at an error message that tells you that storage on your phone is full. And now you have to get rid of something. The first thing. Take a quick look at what’s eating up the phone’s …