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Orchid show this weekend at Phipps Garden Center

Written by Doug Oster on .

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If you long for spring, there's no better place to get a flower fix than the annual Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania's Spring Show. Saturday 3/15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday 3/16 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Phipps Garden Center. The garden center is located at Fifth and Shady, it's not the conservatory.

Being greeted by the fragrance of these beautiful plants when walking in the garden center is wonderful. There will be lots of lectures, plants for sale and amazing exhibits too.

Take a day and visit the orchid show, the members are friendly and willing to share all they know about growing orchids and getting them to re-bloom.

Here are all the details.

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New local eagle nest?

Written by John Hayes on .

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A new bald eagle nest has been seen near Aliquippa, Beaver County, according to Post-Gazette reader Steve Cline. In his cellphone photo above, the nest is at the top left side of an electrical tower near the Ohio River.

Cline said the nest has been observed for months. Today, for the first time, two eagles were seen on the nest.

It would be the fourth active bald eagle nest site known to exist in Southwest Pennsylvania. The others are at Hays (where a live camera covers the birds 24/7), Harmar and Crescent.

The Beaver County site has not been confirmed by the state Game Commission.

 


 

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Pittsburgh makes list of Top 15 D-baggy cities

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

danecook200Dane Cook: We're No. 1!Just last year, Salon was asking, "Is Pittsburgh the new Portland?"

Now, we find out -- to the surprise of no one that's been on the South Side at 2 a.m. -- that Pittsburgh makes the cut of "The Top 15 Cities Where [D-bags] Live."

How did the real estate Estately come to this conclusion? They took the 100 most populated cities and crunched numbers on male Facebook 'likes' of such d-baggy things as Nickelback, Monster Energy, Axe, Ed Hardy, Vin Diesel, Chris Brown, Tosh.0, Mixed Martial Arts, Bluetooth and Dane Cook.

Does anyone care to argue with that criteria?

Didn't think so.

Here are the results

15. Anaheim, California
14. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13. Bakersfield, California
12. Wichita, Kansas
11. Tucson, Arizona
10. Norfolk, Virginia
9. Toledo, Ohio
8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
6. Glendale, Arizona
5. Corpus Christi, Texas
4. Aurora, Colorado
3. San Antonio, Texas
2. El Paso, Texas
1. Laredo, Texas

Whoa, Texas.

When you look closely at the numbers, what put Pittsburgh over the top was its No. 1 ranking for Dane Cook. We also hit Top 10 on "Tosh.o" (5) and Ed Hardy (10).
How much do we like Nickelback? No. 29. Chris Brown? About the same: 26
Estately theorizes that there's a hipster/d-bag axis. "Cities with the fewest [d-bags] (San Francisco, Seattle, etc.) are cities known to have large populations of obnoxious hipsters."

Maybe they haven't been to Lawrenceville on a Saturday night.

Kidding...

 

 

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Yinzerpedia: Swimming holes, recycling schedule and Pittsburg

Written by Ethan Magoc on .

Pittsburghers are a curious bunch.

Each week on message boards, forums and social media platforms, dozens of questions are asked on everything from where you work to your Burgh confessions to the best box gutter repair.

The insightful answers — those that aren’t complete snark — act as a helpful guide to 21st-century Pittsburgh, and we want to feature some of each week’s more helpful and interesting exchanges. Please do join the ongoing discussion in our comments below.

And yes, we’re affectionately calling this feature “Yinzerpedia,” because it takes the principle of crowdsourcing site Wikipedia, but the "crowd" for our purposes is all of yinz.

Question: Does Carnegie flood easily? (March 12)

A relative suggested the questioner avoid living in Carnegie due to flooding dangers. But as the commenters point out, Carnegie is no more prone to flooding than any other city neighborhood when more than an inch of rain falls in a few hours.

In our archive, we found little evidence of Carnegie’s flood risk being higher than other areas. It was hit hard in September 2004, but then again so was most of the region.

Question: What do you think of Tom Wolf for governor? (March 10)

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Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf speaks during an endorsement announcement in the courtyard of the County Courthouse. (Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

The Democrat is leading early polls among challengers to Tom Corbett, and he’s apparently getting attention of some voters.

Adding considerable funds from his own bank account is likely helping on that front, as Post-Gazette politics editor James O’Toole wrote earlier this year:

He sought to give his campaign an instant jolt of credibility with the news that he would spend $10 million of his own money on the effort. That's real money in a primary in which some better known rivals have discussed primary budgets in the ballpark of $5 million.

Question: Are there swimming holes near Pittsburgh? (March 10)

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Rock Furnace Trail near Ford City. (Flickr/eLeSeA)

After this grueling winter, the thought of it being warm enough in the Pittsburgh region to enjoy a swimming hole is inspiring. And that is perhaps why the topic came up on Reddit this week. 

A few contributed helpful suggestions, and one person linked to http://www.swimmingholes.org, which appears to be a great resource.

We plotted suggestions from the thread and that site on the map below. Hang onto it for a summer day when the weather is nice.

 

Question: Is it recycling week in Pittsburgh? (March 8)

If this guide isn't the easiest to decipher, the following is a rather simple alternative: http://isitpghrecyclingweek.com

A similar resource was among those produced at Steel City Codefest last month, though it’s evidently not yet fully developed.

Question: When did Pittsburgh get an “H”? (March 10)

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The answer is a little gray.

Pittsburgh was spelled Pittsburgh when incorporated in 1794. But as Rich Gigler wrote on the 1991 centennial of the name change, “Pittsburgh got the ‘h’ officially kicked out of it 100 years ago today.”

From 1891, when a federal report ordered all burghs to become burgs, until 1911, we were Pittsburg. The question arose on our Facebook page because the 1918 story about Daylight Saving Time still ran in a paper called The Pittsburg Press.

This might come as a surprise, but newspapers can be stubborn.

Question: Is the Sportsworks section of the Science Center open to adults? (March 11)

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(Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette photo)

Indeed it is.

But as one Redditor correctly notes, not for the 21+ nights:

“Aside from rock climbing there's a ton of stuff there that would be a bad idea to pair with drunk people: running, hockey sticks, baseballs…”

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Treat yourselfie with HISY remote shutter

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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We all can't have famous Hollywood friends in our selfies (Ellen really?), but it helps to have photo options. The HISY Bluetooth camera shutter remote works on later-model Apple devices to take photographs from as far away as 90 feet. Released last month, it retails for about $25.

A test drive in the Post-Gazette offices worked smoothly after pairing an iPhone with the slim, quarter-sized disc. Set the camera anywhere, from on top of a desk to hidden near a stack of press releases, and snap away using the little white remote. 

This also happens to be a boon for those of us with very short arms.

Certainly, HISY isn't the only way to take cell phone photos remotely, but it is rather fun, clicking away. Its battery life is a promised two years, assuming one takes about 100 shots a day. It also works with the video controls.

 

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