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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby, Malkin, Jagr all get wins - 05-11-15

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IIHF World Championship

-Penguins captain/forward Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which routed Switzerland, 7-2 in a preliminary round game.

-Crosby and Canada forward Jordan Eberle had a chat:

-Eberle didn't face much resistance from Switzerland goaltender Reto Berra or defenseman Robin Grossman on this goal:

-Canada forward Cody Eakin had a good view of his own goal:

-Canada defenseman Aaron Ekblad had a shot teed up:

-Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia in a 3-2 overtime win against Slovakia. Malkin had 18:07 of ice time on 27 shifts.

-Happy times for Russia forward Artemi Panarin:

-Happy times for Russia. Not so much for Slovakia forward Milan Bartovic:

-Slovakia forward Richard Panik didn't seem too upbeat here:

-Slovakia goaltender Julius Hudacek lost his lid on this shot:

-Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had issues with this puck:

-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr netted a goal and an assist for the Czech Republic which defeated Germany, 4-2.

-Jagr being popular:

-Happy times for the Czech Republic. Not so much for Germany goaltender Timo Pielmeier:

-Islanders forward Brock Nelson had two goals and an assist for the United States in a 3-1 win against Slovenia.

-United States goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was all over this puck:

Penguins

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joe McDonnell. A free-agent signing midway through the 1984-85 season, McDonnell spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1984-85, he appeared in 40 games and recorded 11 points. The following season, he only appeared in three games and failed to record a point. In the 1987 offseason, he was released. He is currently the director of amateur scouting for the Red Wings.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Greg Tebbutt. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, "Truck" Tebbutt appeared in 4 games for the 1983-84 Penguins and recorded two assists. The following season, he joined the Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Todd Nelson (right). A fourth-round pick in 1989, Nelson's Penguins' career amounted to one game in the 1991-92 season. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the Capitals. He is currently head coach of the Oilers.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Pesonen appeared in seven games for the 2008-09 Penguins and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia's KHL. He currently plays for Skellefteå of Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 23rd birthday to current Penguins forward prospect Bryan Rust. A third-round pick in 2010, Rust made his NHL debut this season by appearing in 14 games and scoring two points. He is currently assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-After the Jump: The Ducks eliminate the Flames.

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Frackwater Blues

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The New York Times reported that fracking fluid was found in well water in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. 

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Empty Netter Assists - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes Games 3 - 05-10-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-"Every year has had its own story. This year, it came down to the injuries we had. The way guys came in was unbelievable -- Taylor Chorney and Brian Dumoulin, that pair, they came in and played great. It was just a matter of getting that extra goal. We lost every game 2-1; it wasn't like we were totally out of our league. A couple of those overtime games could have gone either way." - Penguins center Sidney Crosby on the Penguins' first-round exit of the playoffs.

-Goaltender Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 win against the Manchester Monarchs in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Manchester leads the series, 2-1. Forward Conor Sheary recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton which hosts Game 3 Monday, 7:05 p.m.

-Highlights:

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Randy Cunneyworth. Acquired prior to the 1985-86 season along with Mike Moller in exchange for for Pat Hughes, Cunneyworth spent parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. His first season with the Penguins saw him appear in 75 games and record 45 points. He improved in 1986-87 by playing in 79 games and scored 53 points. Cunneyworth would set career highs in 1987-88 for goals (35), assists (39) and points (74) in 71 games. His totals took a tumble in 1988-89 as he only scored 44 points in 70 games, but he helped the Penguins reach the postseason for the first time in seven years. He appeared in 11 postseason games that spring and contributed nine points. In the 1989 offseason, Cunneyworth was traded to the Jets along with Rick Tabaracci and Dave McLlwain in exchange for Jim Kyte, Andrew McBain and Randy Gilhen. In 295 regular season games with the Penguins, Cunneyworth scored 216 points, 38th-most in franchise history. He is currently a player development coach for the Sabres.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Steve Gotaas. A fifth-round pick in 1985, Gotaas spent one season with the Penguins. In 36 games with the 1987-88 Penguins, Gotaas appeared in 36 games and recorded 11 points. Midway through the 1988-89 season, Gotaas and Ville Siren were traded to the North Stars in exchange for Gord Dineen and Scott Bjugstad.

IIHF World Championship

-Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal of the tournament and netted an assist for Russia in a 7-0 rout of Belarus in a preliminary round game.

-Malkin controlled things along the boards:

-Painful times for Latvia forward Arturs Gavrus:

-Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which held off France, 4-3.

-France goaltender Ronan Quemener had a bad view of Canada's celebration:

-Panthers forward and former Penguin Jussi Jokinen had an assist for Finland in a 3-0 shutout of Slovakia.

-Finland forward Jarkko Immonen went airborne while pursuing this puck:

-Finland forward Leo Komarov fended off a stick check from Slovakia defenseman Marek Daloga:

-An overtime goal by Predators forward Filip Forsberg gave Sweden a 2-1 win against Switzerland.

-The Switzerland crease was crowded:

-A referee tried to break up Sweden forward Anton Lander and Switzerland defender Timo Helbling:

-This Switzerland fan thinks his team is No. 1:

-An overtime goal by former Bruins/Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins led Latvia past Denmark, 2-1.

-Former Johnstown Chiefs goaltender Sebastien Dahm made 24 saves for Denmark in a 4-1 win against Norway.

-Norway goaltender Lars Haugen was all over this puck:

-After the Jump: The Canadiens force Game 6.

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Mother's Day

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! All moms are great, but today's moms really have their work cut out for them. 

051015 Mothers Day

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Shadyside Worms offers innovative curbside compost exchange

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog 20150510dohomesworms1aTravis Leivo, owner of Shadyside Worms gets a new bucket ready for one of his compost exchange customers. Photos by Doug Oster

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The low morning sun flashes between brick buildings as Travis Leivo drives through the streets of Pittsburgh. He takes another sip of coffee while driving his white pick-up truck on an unusual mission, to collect food scraps.
He owns Shadyside Worms, a company which collects those scraps from homeowners and uses worms to turn the material into compost. In just a few months, the homeowner is rewarded with a bucket of finished compost. It’s called a compost exchange.
The 32-year-old entrepreneur has space at Shadyside Nursery where his worms convert the scraps.
“There are plenty of people who want to compost. They just don’t have the time to do it,” he says.
That’s where he comes in. His route continues through Friendship, Bloomfield and other East End neighborhoods. At each stop, he jumps out of the truck, picks up filled 3 1/2-gallon buckets on clients’ porch or back stoop and replaces them with clean buckets with wood shavings in the bottom. Swapping out buckets for his 30 subscribers once a week can take most of the day.
The compost he provides every 3 1/2 months is technically called worm castings. They are filled with nutrients and help prevent plant diseases, too.
“Worm castings have a very rich microbial content, mostly beneficial bacteria. Those particular bacteria out compete other diseases,” he says.
Mr. Leivo’s business began as a dream on an online “fund me” site. He raised $1,000 from friends and relatives to get started.
“There was just something about wanting control over my income. But on top of that, I want to do something good. I want to have a business that’s doing something proactive.”

 blog running 20150510dohomesworms3aTravis hustles between stops.
He partners with non-profits and community gardens, offering his gardening and composting expertise and even a strong back when the compost needs to be turned. Subscribers who don’t have a use for their compost can donate it to one of the groups he works with or just give it to friends.
One of the other most fulfilling parts of his job is doing workshops with kids, he says. Mr. Leivo teaches that bugs and worms are great for the garden and enjoys when children see his co-workers in the best light.
“It’s getting one kid to finally hold a worm and figure out it’s the coolest thing ever,” he says with a laugh.
He also spreads the word about the power of compost in the garden.
“People always say they don’t have a green thumb, but you’re human. You invented agriculture. If you have healthy compost, you’re going to do fine. Nothing tastes better than your own produce you grew in your backyard.”
There are two ways to be part of the compost exchange: A three-month subscription to try out the service costs $50, or a one-year subscription is $180. That breaks down to $15 a month.
“Most of my customers just enjoy the fact that they are not throwing their food away,” he says. “Once you start composting, it kind of feels gross throwing your food stuff in the trash again.”
He doesn’t want Shadyside Worms to just be about worms or a compost exchange, “but a way to connect people to gardening, and a way to get people to stop and think creatively about how they are going to be sustainable.”
Click here for more information about Shadyside Worms, or call 412-532-6896.

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