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Elderly couple took a photo every year in their garden

Written by Doug Oster on .

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This is pretty amazing. A couple took a photo once a year in their garden. Be sure to check out the last photo at this link.

 

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Rowan already near 1,000 ..... Weekend events feature top games

Written by Mike White on .

Maverick Rowan has a sophomoric attitude towards 1,000 points.

Rowan is a sophomore at Lincoln Park and will get to 1,000 points faster than just about any player in WPIAL history. A 6-foot-6 guard, Rowan enters tonight's game against Cornell with 996 points. Getting to 1,000 points by your sophomore year is pretty impressive.

Rowan's scoring statistics as a freshman and sophomore compare favorably with former Valley star Tom Pipkins, who graduated in 1993 as the WPIAL's all-time leading scorer with 2,838 points. Pipkins scored his 1,000th point in his 42nd career game as a sophomore. It came during an 80-78 victory against North Catholic when Pipkins scored 47 points.

Maverick RowanRowan (No. 24, pictured playing defense against Central Catholic) will get to 1,000 in his 44th game. By the end of his sophomore season, Pipkins had 1,176 points. Lincoln Park should go far into the playoffs this season, so Rowan could have more points after his sophomore year than Pipkins had. It helped Rowan that Lincoln Park played seven postseason games when he was a freshman. Valley did not make the playoffs when Pipkins was a freshman. 

Pipkins went on to play at Duquesne University. Rowan already has committed to Pitt.

Top matchups highlight weekend

There are two basketball events tomorrow and Sunday that feature some top matchups and players.

COACHES VS. CANCER CLASH OF THE TITANS - This six-game event is tomorrow at Geneva College and was put together by Allen Deep, who runs the Roundball Classic. Rowan and his Lincoln Park teammates play Kiski School in one of the interesting games of the event. Kiski School is a prep school in Saltsburg and features 7-footer Satchel Pierce, who already has signed with Marquette.

This event also features Hampton, the No. 2-ranked Class AAAA team, against Central Valley, the No. 2-ranked AAA team. I would imagine Ryan Luther is getting closer to 100 percent healthy. He missed a few games with a sprained ankle. But the question for Hampton coach Joe Lafko is do you use Luther that much in this game that really is meaningless? I'm sure Lafko wants Luther healthy for the playoffs.

The final game of the night is Beaver Falls-New Castle. It is scheduled to start at 9, but with it being the final game of the day, I bet it doesn't get started until 9:30.

Tickets are available at the door.

PITTSBURGH CLASSIC - This is a six-game event at the new Montour gym. It starts at 11 a.m. and the final game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The 2 p.m. game is a battle of unbeatens - Vincentian vs. Obama, the No. 1 team in the City League. This could be a fun game to watch. Vincentian averages over 90 points a game. Obama also likes a fast style and averages over 70.

Another interesting matchup is Lincoln Park vs. Hempfield. It will be the third game in three days for Lincoln Park, the No. 1-ranked team in the state. Hempfield is the Post-Gazette's No. 4 Class AAAA team. Both teams have talented individual players.

Tickets are available at the gate.

So, if you are a high school fan at all and would like to see some top teams and players, head to Geneva or Montour this weekend.

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Grants available for community gardens and green spaces. Deadline 2/17/14.

Written by Doug Oster on .

GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Application Process

in Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces

 Program Enters Fourth Year of Funding Local Greenscape Projects

Applications are now being accepted for the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program. These grants support community green space development. Grants are awarded to deserving not-for-profit civic organizations across the country and are part of a larger commitment ScottsMiracle-Gro has made to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, 406 community projects have been impacted by GRO1000.

The GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application for 2014 is available online at:

http://www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots

Submission Deadline: February 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST 

(Grants, that range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need, scope of project and long-term sustainability of the green space.)

In conjunction with the grant application period, ScottsMiracle-Gro has launched Gro & Chat, an online community dedicated exclusively to the community garden movement. Gro & Chat (Gro-Chat.com) was developed as a free online resource to support those who have a passion for community gardening, including previous and potential GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award recipients. To learn more about Gro & Chat and to join the community, visit www.Gro-Chat.com.

 
 
About GRO1000
Plant a Row for the Hungry and the Garden Writers Association are partners in the ScottsMiracle-Gro GRO1000 initiative to celebrate outdoor living by bringing community gardens and greenspaces to economically challenged communities. Other partners include: The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Gardening Association, Franklin Park Conservatory and Plant a Row • Grow a Row. GRO1000 supports ScottsMiracle-Gro's philanthropic strategy of "Give Back to Gro".

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Shell Game

Written by Rob Rogers on .

As part of a massive settlement with abuse victims, the Chicago Catholic Diocese released documents illustrating decades of a massive coverup that included the moving and hiding of pedophile priests. 

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Chiller's 'Monkey Paw' press kit wonderfully weird

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

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Back in the day, say, the 1990s, a television press kit might consist of a VHS tape or DVD, maybe a folder of glossy photos and information about the show.

Some screeners are still sent to critics in no-frills packaging. But there is a growing trend among some of the networks that's wildly imaginative, particularly for sci-fi and fantasy shows. A fairly large box arrived at the Post-Gazette before the holidays, bearing episodes of Syfy's "Being Human," tucked in with a bottle of Bloody Mary Mix, a drinking glass, herbal tea and Altoids mints.

MonkeysPaw Stalked webSyfy also sent screeners for its horror show, "Helix," in boxes embedded with heavy plastic helix designs, some dark liquid rolling around the DNA strand. Syfy's "Face Off" has packaged screeners with makeup kits and one season, a set of stick-on decorations like the Colorforms we played with as kids.

But the best of the bunch might be the press kit for "The Monkey's Paw," an original movie set to debut tonight at 9 on Chiller (which is owned by NBCUniversal, same as Syfy). Based on W.W. Jacobs' classic tale that warns "be careful what you wish," it's a cautionary tale about a man who is granted three wishes and finds nothing but grief.

The press kit is a grey, hardbound book of "grim rhymes." The concept and design are by Luke Watkins, with creepy limericks by Eve Penzer and black-and-white sketches by David Lupton. 

A couple of examples:

 

MonkeysPaw Stranded web"Demetri loved Madeline heaps

And he wished he could have her for keeps

But his heartfelt confession

Caused a dangerous obsession

Now she stands at his bed as he sleeps."

 

"Stefan made a wish to be free.

And to live in a home by the sea

But above the Pacific

His wish wasn't specific

And so lost in the ocean he'll be."

 

Chiller is carried in the Pittsburgh area on Verizon FiOS, DISH Network and DirectTV.

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