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Doug is keynote speaker in Venango County Saturday morning

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blog corydalis luteaCorydalis lutea so one of the plants I'll talk about Saturday at the Venango County Garden Collage. It's the ultimate "low maintenance" plant.Photo by Doug Oster

I'm excited to be the keynote speaker Saturday 3/29/14 at 9am in Franklin, Pa up in Venango County.

I'll be talking about "The Low Maintenance Garden." I've got lots of tips and tricks too keep the work to a minimum. Right after that I'll lead a break out session and talk about three of my favorite things, "Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil."

The Venango County Garden Collage runs from 9amto 4pm and is filled with great garden speakers and vendors.

Here are all the details.

 

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West Liberty gives more Pittsburgh connections to the NCAA tournament

Written by Mike White on .

It has been documented this week how this is a one-of-a-kind year with Pittsburgh area connections in the NCAA tournament. The Millers - Archie and Sean of Blackhawk - are coaching brothers who have made the Elite 8 at Dayton and Arizona, and Kentucky's John Calipari (Moon) will try to join them tonight.

Arizona plYWE T.J. McConnell (Chartiers Valley) is in the Elite 8. Iowa State's DeAndre Kane (Schenley) will try to join him tonight.

But now there's even more to add to this Pittsburgh-NCAA connection that really is making this an unbelievable year. The West Liberty University team has made it to the NCAA Division II national championship game tomorrow. West Liberty beat South Carolina Aiken, 86-83, in last night's semifinals. 

Mike LambertiWest Liberty has three WPIAL players and two of them are significant parts of the team. Mike Lamberti (pictured to the left), a graduate of South Fayette, started last night's semifinal and had six points in 13 minutes. C.J. Hester of West Mifflin is one of the top C.J. Hesterplayers on the team. Although he isn't starting now, Hester (pictured to the right) still is a vital part of the Hilltoppers and is third in scoring at 14.3 points a game. He played 23 minutes in the semifinals and scored nine points.

Both Lamberti and Hester have both started 17 games this season. Lamberti plays 14 minutes a game and averages 4.8 points. Hester is second on the team in minutes at 28 a game.

Lamberti is a 6-5 sophomore forward and Hester a 6-4 junior forward. Hester has scored more than 1,000 points for his career.

West Liberty is in the national championship game for the first time in school history. West Liberty (31-3) will play Central Missouri (29-5) tomorrow at 3 in Evansville, Ind., in a game that will be televised live by CBS.

The Millers, Calipari, McConnell, Kane and now Lamberti and Hester, this really is an incredible year for Pittsburgh hoops "representing."

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Support strong for FGI Pittsburgh at first meeting as provisional chapter

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More than 60 people turned out Thursday evening at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, for the first general meeting since Pittsburgh was granted permission to establish a provisional chapter of Fashion Group International, a nonprofit that unites and promotes fashion communities across the globe.

Ideas for getting the group going were the night's discussion points, led by Stephanie Taylor (pictured above, at center), who heads the fashion retail management and fashion design programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Ms. Taylor initiated last summer efforts to bring an FGI chapter back to the city. (One existed here about 20 years ago but fizzled out as the city's major retailers closed.)

She was inspired to try to rejuvenate the group locally based on a lack of a nucleus in Pittsburgh for fashion where everyone can come together and exchange ideas and network. FGI Miyoshi

"I know there's a lot of talent here in Pittsburgh fashion-wise, but I don't know who to connect with," she said she commonly heard. FGI Pittsburgh could help forge those connections.

Ms. Taylor will serve as director of the Pittsburgh chapter during its probationary period, which could last six months to a year. Janey Cink and Renee McCafferty also will serve on the board as public relations and social media directors. A co-director, membership coordinator, programming coordinator, financial coordinator, secretary and development coordinator still are being sought for the board of directors. 

To achieve permanent status, the Pittsburgh chapter has to put in place a solid board of directors and have at least 40 members attend meetings and events on a regular basis. FGI's headquarters in New York City will determine when Pittsburgh's chapter can move beyond provisional status.

At the meeting, attendees split into five discussion groups to brainstorm ideas for the fledgling group. Conversations covered ways to attract members, brand building, community events and how to create a presence on social media.

Those interested in applying for a position on the board of directors should email a letter of interest and resume to Stephanie Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 14. The next general meeting will be 6 p.m. May 29 at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 

Learn more about membership at www.fgi.org.

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Discussion groups under way at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown, on Thursday at a FGI Pittsburgh meeting. Above right, Miyoshi Anderson, founder and executive director of Pittsburgh Fashion Week, leads a discussion group about member recruitment. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 03-28-14

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "One of those would have been nice." - Chris Kunitz on the Penguins being blanked on seven power plays.

-The Los Angeles' Times recap. "Yeah, I gave him a few shots from behind. but that had nothing to do with his stick and pushing [goaltender Martin Jones'] pad right into the net.” - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on the goaltending interference call against Brandon Sutter which wiped out a potential game-tying goal for the Penguins.

-The Associated Press' recap."We did some good things. It just couldn't go in. It's disappointing when you have that many opportunities. It's not common when you get that many. You want to make sure you try to make them count. We didn't do that." - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Chris Kunitz doing his thing:

-Lee Stempniak kicked up some ice while cutting inside Doughty:

-It's been that kind of season for Rob Scuderi and Craig Adams:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-Brandon Sutter speaks:

-"I would relate it to a concussion. Even if you're cleared [medically], you might still have some symptoms. You don't want to go out there if you don't feel comfortable. I'm kind of in that process. We're still answering questions. I have a lot of questions for the doctors. They still have a lot to think about." - Kris Letang on his recovery from a stroke.

-Andrew Ebbett has been a key to Chuck Kobasew's success with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins recalled defenseman Harrison Ruopp from the Wheeling Nailers and assigned goaltender Eric Hartzell and defenseman Alex Boak to Wheeling.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defensemn Dennis Owchar (right). A second-round pick in 1973, Owchar spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 1974-75, Owchar appeared in 46 games and scored 17 points. In six postseason games that spring, he recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1975-76 by playing in 54 games and once again netting 17 points. He saw action in two postseason games that season and failed to record a point. In 1976-77, Owchar played in 46 games and accumulated 23 points. After 22 games and 10 points in 1977-78, Owchar was traded to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Tom Edur. In 168 regular season games with the Penguins, Owchar recorded 67 points. In eight postseason games, he recorded one assist.

-After the Jump: A 13-round shootout?

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Doug at Beaver County Home Show Saturday 2:30pm creating a Steel City Garden

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I’ll be appearing at the Times Home and Garden Show on Saturday 3/29/14 at 2:30 p.m. The event is at the Golden Dome on the campus of the Community Collage of Beaver County. I’ll be talking about The Steel City Garden, showing how to create a garden of black and gold.
Pittsburgh Dad will be there too and lots of great garden activities also.
It’s only $5 to get in and it’s well worth the price of admission.
Here are all the details.
There are many fascinating exhibitors and events all day. Kids under five are free!
Here’s the main stage schedule-
10:00 am
Quikrete Leaf Casting – Learn to Make Bird Baths, Feeders & Lawn Ornaments
Maxine Gress, Quikrete representative

11:15 am
Wild World of Animals Show

1:00 pm
Pittsburgh Dad Question and Answer Session
Curt Wootton and Chris Preksta, co-creators

2:30 pm
The Steel City Garden: How to create a garden in black & gold
Doug Oster, Co-Host of KDKA Radio Show, “The Organic Gardeners”

Demonstration schedule is as follows-
9:30 am
Upcycle Your Garden: Reusing plastic bottles to create garden tools and terrariums
Penn State Master Gardeners

10:30 am
Right Seeds, Right Time: Selecting the right seeds and transplants for your garden
Penn State Master Gardeners

12:00 pm
Painting Ideas & Inspirations
Chippewa Home Depot

1:30 -3:00 pm
Pittsburgh Dad Meet & Greet

Money Machine
Win a chance to grab cash at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, Noon, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Special drawing at 12:45pm for those who buy their tickets at ESB Bank.

“That Guy with the Birds”
Exhibit open all day, with 30 minutes live shows at 10:30 am, Noon and 2:00 pm

Home Depot Kids Club
Kids can stop by anytime throughout the day to make a birdhouse and get their own Home Depot apron

Airbrush Tattoo Artist
Available for kids between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm

 

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