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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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This weekend in Pittsburgh style and society: Q Ball, Project Prom, Sneaker Convention + more

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

In this week's installment of "Setting the SEEN," Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and I dish about hot events to check out this weekend in Pittsburgh and the latest insights from the local fashion scene. 

This week's highlights include the return of Allegheny County's Project Prom initiative, a new "dream prom" contest, the Q Ball and the Pittsburgh Sneaker Convention & Pop-Up Shop. To learn more about these and other events, watch the video below -- and have a great weekend!

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Doug's favorite exhibits at the Home and Garden Show, last chance for free tickets

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog doug and fansThe best thing about the Home and Garden Show is getting to meet other gardeners.

Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live highlighting some of my favorite exhibits at the Duquesne Light Home and Garden Show.

I couldn't include everyone, but these are a few of the fun places to visit at the show.

I'm appearing Friday between 4-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. I've got free tickets if you'd like to come see me. Just send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Why Hampton vs. New Castle is at Bethel Park

Written by Mike White on .

It's New Castle vs. Hampton IV. And why is it being played at Bethel Park, you may ask?

Because other bigger venues aren't available and it makes the most sense to the WPIAL and PIAA.

New Castle will play Hampton for the fourth time this season, Saturday afternoon at 2 at Bethel Park. Many are asking why Bethel Park? That's a natural question. But here is the scoop, straight from WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley:

Earlier this week, the WPIAL and PIAA started contacting facilities that could possibly play host to the game if it came about. The first call went to Duquesne University's Palumbo Center. Sorry, not available, said Palumbo officials. The next call went to Robert Morris. Sorry, not available. Slippery Rock University was called, and O'Malley said Slippery Rock said it is not available for PIAA games after Wednesday.

Ambridge is a good-sized gym and played host to New Castle-North Allegheny Wednesday night. Sorry, not available, said Ambridge officials.

So, the WPIAL and PIAA decided to go to the biggest high school gym in the WPIAL that was available. No, not Chartiers Valley. And no, not North Allegheny. It was Bethel Park, said O'Malley.

 

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Bethel Park opened a sparkling new gymnasium in January of 2012 and seating capacity is 2,450. Seats are even in the end zones. But the gym also has a track above the seats that circles the entire facility. The track will accommodate those people who have to stand. (Bethel Park gym photo courtesy of Mascaro Construction and Bethel Park)

Tickets will be hard to come by again for this game, but that's just the way it is. There is no reason to complain about the WPIAL or PIAA. It's one of those rare situations that a lot of people want to see these two teams play. It's a hot ticket. Sometimes tickets are hard to get, no matter the level. But actually, isn't this great for basketball in this area to have this much interest in games?

And sure, New Castle is 62 miles from Bethel Park (according to Mapquest) while Hampton is only 22. But it's the "state" playoffs. Sometimes because of the situation, you have to travel. New Castle fans, make a day of it. Head down I-79, stop for a late breakfast or early lunch, get off at the Bridgeville exit and head the back way over to Bethel Park.

Tickets today are available only at the two schools. Each school received 1,200 tickets. Both schools will probably sell their allotments. Heck, the way New Castle fans are, I wouldn't be surprised if New Castle's allotment was gone before athletic director Sam Flora finished breakfast.

Bethel Park athletic director Any Scheuneman said the school will put about 300 standing-room tickets on sale tomorrow, beginning at 1 p.m. Judging by the line to buy tickets for this game at Palumbo two weeks ago, it wouldn't surprise me to see people lining up at 9 tomorrow morning to get a ticket. It will be "breakfast at Bethel" for some.

"People say, 'What about the Petersen Center?' But that's not even realistic," said O'Malley. “People are of the opinion that we can go where we want for these games and that’s not true. For whatever reason, places weren’t available. Obviously, we’ve played games at North Allegheny and Chartiers Valley, but Bethel Park is a new gym with seating capacity that exceeds both of those places.

“We looked around to see what’s available. Bethel Park has the largest seating capacity of any gym available in the WPIAL. Yes, it’s probably off the beaten path, but if we put it in a place like Chartiers Valley, we’d have to turn away 400-500 more people, and there is nowhere for standing room like Bethel Park.”

 

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