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Sole Highlands HS twirler follows in grandmother’s footsteps

By Joyce Hanz
Old school meets new school when grandmother and granddaughter share their love of twirling. Remember batons? The art of twirling is still in good hands, …

Ex-etiquette: As kids age, consider change in visitation schedule

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex and I have been sharing our children’s time equally ever since we broke up five years ago. We have a daughter, 14, and a son, 11. We have both remarried, and both of us have a …

Hax: Boyfriend backtracks on idea of cohabiting

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: D ear Carolyn: I moved back in with my parents after college to save money and have been here three years. I have a good job and support myself, but because of the savings, …

Technical difficulties: Living with the angst of a digital diet

By Kate Benz
We’re tethered, enslaved, panic-stricken and obsessive-compulsive about it. It gives us panic attacks, phobias, potentially stinting our psychological growth, and is most always never (ever!) …

Predictions are for lots of brilliant color this autumn

By Deborah Weisberg
While the Farmers Almanac is predicting a woeful winter, foresters say the prelude should be a colorful fall. Moderate temperatures and precipitation this past summer …

Pittsburgh region’s covered bridges perfect for scenic fall drives

By Rex Rutkoski
Covered bridges have no season. It is difficult to deny, however, their enhanced charm in the fall: standing ready in often-picturesque rural backdrops. The folks …

The Word Guy: Some sentences convey 2 opposite meanings

By Rob Kyff
Today, three dispatches from the Word Front... Double talkers: Bill from Acton, Mass., notes the double meaning of a sentence from the rules governing public meetings in his town. They state that people must speak politely and respectfully, and add, …

Hax: She pouts when he doesn’t ‘check in’ during the workday

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: H i, Carolyn: I feel hurt when I don’t hear from my boyfriend during the day, but he maintains that we should be fine just re-connecting when we both get home from work. He …

Teen hangouts at home offer privacy for kids, peace of mind for parents

By Kellie B. Gormly
Lynn Cisneros’ Chalfant house has become the happening headquarters for her teenage son’s circle of friends, who flock to the home a few times a …

Coping with Kids: All work and no play? Naaaaah

By Tribune-Review
With school in session and bags of homework, these activities will keep smiles on children’s faces during breaks from the grind: View Master: (Fisher Price) The new View Masters — celebrating 75 years — are pretty much the same as …

Study: Dads get more love  from bosses when seeking flextime

By Heidi Stevens
First, the good news: Men who ask for flexible work arrangements to care for their children are considered “very likely” to have their requests granted, according to a new study. As a bonus, these family-minded men are thought of as …

Groups get an early start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Pamela Murphy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month doesn’t officially start until Oct. 1, but some groups are getting an early start at raising money and promoting education about …

Ex-etiquette: Put child first before rekindling romance with her dad

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter. I married her father at a young age, and we divorced three years later. It has been two more years, and over the past few months, my old feelings for …

A trip down on the farm provides a chance to relax, learn

By Rachel Weaver
Dale Tudor loves the life of a farmer, when every work day is a half day. He just has to choose which 12 hours he …

Taking too many quizzes? There’s a quiz for that

By Rachel Weaver
What city should you really live in? What Disney character most relates to you? What type of pizza best defines you? There’s a quiz for …

Babypalooza in Monroeville offers all things baby

By Candy Williams
A one-stop shop for “prenatal to preschool” baby products and services might sound tempting to busy moms and dads. But that’s only part of the …

Living with Children: Late nights, not school start time, problem for teens

By Tribune-Review
It’s a fact that a good night’s sleep is essential to optimal performance, no matter the task. It is also a fact that America’s teens, generally speaking, don’t get enough sleep. Ergo, American teens, as a group, underperform in school. …

Ex-etiquette: Fiance lets ex-wife move in

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My fiance and his ex-wife of 26 years have a very close relationship. They say they love each other but aren’t in love with one another. They lived separate for the past year, and she recently moved with …

How to avoid tech-support scams

By Mct Information Services
The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller’s well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that’s odd, because our family uses only Macs. …

Branching out: Home furnishing retailer West Elm opens store in Bakery Square

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Whether your home needs an entire new living space or just a few new pillows, you’ll likely find options among the furniture and accessories at …