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Talkin' Bout Practice: August 8

Written by Sam Werner on .

IMG 1767 copyPitt put on full pads for the first time today, and you could tell. The contact was increased even from earlier this week when they were wearing shoulder pads. In case you missed it, here's my story from today's P-G about Pitt's options — albeit inexperienced ones — at receiver. Now, on to some notes from today's session...

- Receiver Tyler Boyd was back on the field today. He missed yesterday's practice for what Paul Chryst essentially said was a maintenance day. Chryst said he plans to do this with a number of guys as training camp continues, so keep an eye on it. No one notable was absent today.

- One thing that's been a theme of camp over the first week was more passes to the running backs. These are coming in the form of screens, swing passes and check-downs. It's tough to tell if this is a theme for Pitt this year, or if it's just part of their standard play installation. Either way, that's an area I expect the Panthers to improve in this year. Pitt running backs combined for just 29 receptions last year, but I think Chad Voytik's skill set is more conducive to these types of passes. That is, Tom Savage was more of a pure downfield passer, and Voytik's bread and butter might be roll outs and shorter passes to running backs, tight ends, etc.

- Trenton Coles laid a good hit on Jaymar Parrish during a contact drill. Let me repeat that: 175-pound Trenton Coles knocked down 270-pound Jaymar Parrish. I'm not sure how it happened, either.
That said, I think Coles' durability is something that will really be tested this season. He has the ability to make good plays, but needs to make them consistently and stay on the field. Like I mentioned yesterday, he is relatively small, so he needs to play smart. He suffered what looked like a minor groin injury later in practice, but it didn't appear serious.

- The team ran red zone drills at the end of practice. In general, it was first-team offense vs. first-team defense. Here's a rundown of what happened:

First drive (first team): Two runs up the middle by James Conner combined for six yards. Voytik was sacked by Todd Thomas on third down.

Second drive (second team): Trey Anderson completed a swing pass to Kevin Weatherspoon for eight yards, and Rachid Ibrahim ran left for four yards. On the third play, Anderson hit Ibrahim on a playaction pass in the flat for eight yards and the touchdown.

Third drive (1T): Voytik hit J.P. Holtz for 10 yards, followed up by a Conner run right for four yards. On 2nd-and-goal from the six, the offense took a delay of game penalty. From the 11, Conner ran right for three yards and Voytik hit Holtz again on third down for eight yards and a touchdown.

Fourth drive (2T): Anderson tried for Adonis Jennings deep in the end zone on the first play, but it fell incomplete. He tried again to Jester Weah on second down, and Weah got both hands on the ball but couldn't come down with it. On third down, Conner came in at defensive end and Anderson scrambled on a busted pass play but was short of the first down.

Fifth drive (1T): Voytik scrambled on the first play and was physically knocked down by David Durham (who quickly put his hands up to indicate he didn't mean to knock down the man in the red jersey). On second down, Voytik threw a nice fade pass to Weatherspoon who made a good play to bring it in.

That's all for today. Pitt's back on the practice field tomorrow for its final open practice of the first week of training camp.

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Music in a Great Space series announced

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

From Shadyside Presbyterian Church:

Music in a Great Space, the concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, proudly announces its 2014-2015 concert season, which includes the following performances:

§ Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Lyric Fest in Pittsburgh: La Bella Vita! – An Afternoon of Italian Arias and Art Songs

§ Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Jose Ramos Santana, pianist

§ Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Music for Two Organs: John Cummins and Michael Messina, duo-organists (Co-sponsored by the Organ Artists Series)

§ Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Shadyside Chamber Choir and Chatham Baroque, presenting Messiah, by George Frideric Handel

§ Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, featuring Symphony no. 3 "Organ Symphony," by Camille Saint-Saëns – Lawrence Loh, conductor; Mark A. Anderson, organist

§ Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: Trio Nova Mundi

Tickets for the concerts above are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors (60 and over). Season subscriptions also are available: $70 for adults and $45 for seniors/students. For more information on the Music in a Great Space series, call 412-682-4300 or visit www.shadysidepres.org.

Also, the church welcomes the community to the following free, non-ticketed musical events:

Choral events featuring the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir:

§ Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: Requiem in C Minor, by Luigi Cherubini

§ Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.: A Service of Lessons and Carols

§ Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at 9:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, with Extended Choral and Instrumental Prelude at 8:40 p.m.

§ Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.: Choral Evensong

§ Friday, April 3, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.: Good Friday Service of Music and Readings, featuring Agnus Dei, by Egil Hovland

§ Sunday, April 5, 2015, at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Easter Services of Worship

Candlelight vespers during Advent and Lent featuring the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Choirs of the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts:

§ Wednesdays in Advent at 7:00 p.m.: December 3, 10, and 17, 2014

§ Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00 p.m.: February 18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015

Guest choirs:

§ Seton Hill Una Voce Choir on Sunday, March 22, 2015: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. prelude; 11:00 a.m. worship; 12:00 p.m. light reception; 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. free concert – Mark A. Boyle, conductor

§ University of Pittsburgh Men's Glee Club on Sunday, April 12, 2015: 10:45 to 11:00 a.m. prelude; 11:00 a.m. worship; 12:00 p.m. light reception; 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. free concert – Richard Teaster, conductor

Shadyside Presbyterian Church is centrally located in the heart of Pittsburgh's university district, just a few blocks away from the campuses of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The church is situated on the corner of Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place, only one block off Fifth Avenue. Free on-street parking is available surrounding the church.

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"Setting the Seen": Style Week Has Arrived!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Check out our latest #SettingTheSEEN video as we talk fashion trucks, Style Week Pittsburgh, and get tips to walk the runway like the pros do at the Priory on the North Side!

 

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Style Week Pittsburgh preview, fashion trucks + more

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

It's Friday -- and fashion is in the air!

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In this week's "Setting the SEEN," Post-Gazette SEEN editor Natalie Bencivenga and style editor Sara Bauknecht preview the second annual Style Week Pittsburgh, which kicks of Monday at The Priory. They also learn how to channel their inner Naomi Campbell with tips from runway coach Jaylee Lemon of ReFined Culture.

And do you need something to wear to the seven days of fashion-focused events? Pittsburgh's mobile boutiques have apparel and accessories to satisfy your style appetite!

Until next time ... we'll be seeing you!

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When squash attack!

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog spaghetti squashThe spaghetti squash that ate the garden!

It was one little spaghetti squash plant which ran wild in Olivia Walker's Finleyville garden. Her daughter Madison had planted it innocently enough, just hoping to see what this unique vegetable was all about. Peppers, cucumbers and onions were overrun by the vines as they conquered the garden. Olivia said, "It has TAKEN OVER. Is there ANY way we can prune this and not kill it, HELP!!!"

Anyone who has ever planted a vine crop like spaghetti squash knows how quickly they can carpet the garden, cover fences, homes and in rare cases the neighborhood children too.

Experienced squash growers have learned to be vine wranglers, training vines each day into paths and away from other plants. That was my advice to Olivia and Madison whose vines are filled with blossoms and fruit.

I also told them if the plant was just too much for the garden that the ends of each plant could be pruned without really negatively affecting the vine as a whole, but eventually the vines would continue to grow.

Beware the squash plant! It can devour the garden. A good lesson for planning next year's garden.

 

 

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