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Hyacinth love

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog hyacinths tight 414Hyacinths fill the garden with their sweet fragrance. Photo by Doug Oster

hy woodstock main'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties.The intoxicating fragrance of hyacinths fills the air in late afternoon as the flowers give up their greatest gift.

Spring wouldn't be the same without hyacinths. I have them growing along the sidewalk which leads to the front door.

Cutting one or two blooms for a vase fills the house with the wonderful aroma too.

They are easy to grow, come back for years and come in many colors. I never met one I didn't like and they all go together. Like most bulbs they need decent garden soil and should be allowed to dry out in the summer.

Consider that when scouting for a planting location.

'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties. Beet red, double flowers fill the stem. Of course they also smell like heaven.

If you didn't plant any bulbs in the fall, you might be able to find some for forcing at a good nursery. Those bulbs can be planted indoors to be enjoyed in several weeks.

Put hyacinths on your planting list for the fall, they make spring smell sweeter.

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Warm-up moves from Mayor Peduto & Rich Fitzgerald

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It's official: Foxcatcher at Cannes Film Festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.

“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Bennett Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.

 

 

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Subtle Hate

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The USA should be a country where all races and religions can live in freedom and harmony. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. 

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McKay's streak continues ...... Matijevic's streak comes to an end

Written by Mike White on .

Blackhawk's Brendan McKay came into today with a pitching streak for the ages. Norwin's J.J. Matijevic had an unforgettable hitting streak.

Only one of the streaks continued.

Brendan McKayMcKay (pictured), a senior left-hander, shut out Central Valley, 8-0, and stretched his scoreless innings streak to 44 innings, dating back to last season. Eight more shutout innings will put him in the top 10 all-time nationally, according to the National Federation of State High School Association.

On top of the shutout, McKay struck out 20 batters. In covering more than three decades of baseball in the WPIAL, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone striking out 20 batters in a seven-inning game in the Pittsburgh area. But guess what? It is the second time McKay had 20 strikeouts this year.

While McKay's scoreless streak stayed alive, Matijevic's streak came to an end when he went 0 for 3 in a 2-1 loss to Hempfield. Matijevic had hit a home run in six consecutive games, a feat also unheard of around the WPIAL.

You knew Matijevic's streak had to end soon, didn't you? That is awful tough to keep hitting home runs. He also had 10 consecutive hits. A shoutout to him for an incredible feat, putting the two streaks together.

As for McKay? Heck, who knows when that scoreless streak will end. He is now 25-1 for his career but his statistics this season are surreal. He has pitched 20 innings and has 49 strikeouts. Are you serious? Girls softball pitchers don't do that and that sport is so pitcher-dominated. McKay gave up four hits and struck out two. He has allowed five hits in 20 innings. Today's effort came after he pitched a no-hitter last week against West Allegheny, despite McKay maybe not being at his best.

"I thought he was a little better today," said Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia. "His curveball was better and I think he had a little more pop on his fastball. I thought he was sharper."

Amalia thought McKay was throwing maybe 87-88 mph. He was clocked in the low 90s last month while pitching in Arizona. Several major-league scouts were on hand again today.

"His curveball must have impressed because some of those scouts left some packages from their teams in the dugout for him," said Amalia.

"I can throw harder, but it's still pretty cold," McKay said.

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