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Natrona Heights man’s work helps lure purple martins back to Harrison Hills Park

By Debbie Black
All the time and dedication put in over the past several decades finally paid off for Natrona Heights resident Ken Kostka, who enticed a blue-black ...

Depp puts France estate — including village — up for sale

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Sometimes it takes a village. For Johnny Depp, make it the whole village. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor has put his ...

Real Estate Notes: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre seeks expansion of educational programs

By Tribune-Review
• Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Charitable will seek approval from the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on plans for a two-story addition to 2900 Liberty Ave., Polish Hill, to expand the theatre’s educational programs. Romaine Fulton wants to use a structure ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — July 5

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2,435,000 Property: ...

Burgeoning garden trend looks to nature as healing aid

By Matthew Zabierek
Maybe Mom was right: Sometimes all you need is some fresh air. That’s what mounting research has indicated about the healing and psychological effects ...

Garden Q&A: Beware the peach tree borer

By Jessica Walliser
Q uestion: We’ve had our peach tree for eight years, and it produces an abundance of fruit. My husband recently noticed a small wad of ...

Experts recommend checking your home’s deck frequently

By Bob Karlovits
Deck professionals are trying to make sure homeowners don’t end up playing with a bad hand. They say yearly inspections of decks — at the least ...

Homework: Day lilies on display at Trax Farms

By Tribune-Review
Day lilies  on display The Pittsburgh Iris and Daylily Society will have its 46th annual Daylily Show on July 11 at Trax Farms in Finleyville. Plants ...

Viburnum leaf beetles have made way to Pa., but you can limit damage

By Jessica Walliser
The viburnum leaf beetle (Pyrrhalta viburni) is a relatively new pest to Western Pennsylvania. Now found in parts of eastern Canada and several states in ...

Auction watch: Spirit of freedom comes to local auctions

By John Altdorfer
A couple of local auctions will help celebrate the spirit of freedom in the coming weeks. Constantine & Pletcher Dan Pletcher won’t mind if ...

Perk up decor with fruity hues

By The Associated Press
Ah, summer — the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies and berries take over nearly every dessert from June to September. Citrus and other fruity hues look fresh and energetic ...

How to design your home interior

By The Washington Post
Nate Berkus, founder of the interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates, author of “The Things That Matter” offers some of our favorite pieces of advice: • Don’t worry about trends. Love traditional Oriental rugs but seeing modern patterns in all ...

Ohio Township family selling farm wants buyer to maintain equestrian uses

By Bob Karlovits
The Manko family is not horsing around with the sale of its Ohio Township horse farm. “We just want to find the right buyer,” Jeanne Manko ...

Best passive ventilation: soffit-roof vent combo

By Henri De Marne
Question: We live in the Chicago suburbs and are in need of a new roof. Our contractor recommended Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration Shingles and ridge vents. We heard about DaVinci slate roofs and would like to know what you think ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — June 28

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2,825,000 ...

Slash, wife list rockin’ Beverly Hills villa

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Call it a closing act for Slash in Beverly Hills. The top hat-wearing rocker and his wife, Perla Hudson, have put their ...

Scaife estates’ decor set to hit auction block, could fetch $2M

By Natasha Lindstrom
One-hundred and thirty-two years ago, the father-son Roebling team won global accolades for its work on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was dubbed the “eighth wonder ...

Garden Q&A: Less can be more with low-maintenance blueberries

By Jessica Walliser
Question: Our blueberries aren’t looking so good. There are lots of dead branches, and they hardly produced any fruit this year. They’re about four years ...

Composting advocate looks to feed public information

By Rachel Weaver
When it comes to composting, Travis Leivo isn’t afraid to do the dirty work. As owner of Shadyside Worms, Leivo runs a curbside compost-exchange program ...

Woodwork turns heads at symposium

By Matthew Zabierek
Befitting a hobby that often calls for one to cut against the grain, woodwork can seem increasingly less fashionable in today’s digital age of attention ...