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 Snow-capped Mt. Churchill, right, greets visitors traveling to Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia.

British Columbia floats your boat. Or plane.

There are so many year-round activities in the snow-sport mecca of British Columbia that more people are visiting in summer than winter.

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 "The Tampa Necklace" by Van Cleef & Arpels, on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as part of the "Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age" exhibit.

Stylebook snapshot: 'Out of This World' exhibit explores relationship between space, jewelry

More than 300 accessories and space-related ephemera are on display at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History through early 2016.

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 John Jamison of Jamison Farm in Latrobe, Pa. walks the field as his dog herds the flock.  Here, a lamb he and his wife Sukey bottle-fed stays close.

Dine: Now's the season for grass-fed lamb

Jamison Farm in Unity, Westmoreland County, lists the ways this is the time for Pennsylvania lamb

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 Spruce Tree House is one of more than 300 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado.

Exploring ancient Pueblo mysteries

The Southwest offers many opportunities to explore the mysteries of the ancient Pueblo people.

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 The Meditation Garden at Graceland contains the graves of Elvis Presley and his parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley.

In Memphis, Bass Pro Shop mixes with music and civil rights greats

A variety of sights in Memphis and surrounding attractions in West Tennessee offer an escape in music, arts and history.

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Travel talk: Passport options, cruise costs and cabins

How to get a passport quickly and get the best rates for a rental car.

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Cracking airlines' 'code sharing' rules

Starting your multi-segment trip on one airline doesn’t mean it’s operating all the carriers you ride -- so be alert to your rights.

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 There are just eight Ford Tri-Motors that are still airworthy from the nearly 200 that were made between 1926 and 1933.

Care to fly in a Ford?

A 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane will be available for rides July 10-12 at the Butler County Airport.

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 The house at 181 Dravo Ave, Beaver, Pa.

Buying Here: Beaver home gains charm over 35 years of renovation

From top to bottom, Foursquare in Beaver has changed much during couple's 35 years of ownership.

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 General Electric's third generation of GE Lighting’s A-line ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED bulbs, the industry’s first ENERGY STAR-qualified LEDs, give consumers greater control and flexibility in their home while offering a familiar shape, size and quality of light to traditional incandescent bulbs.

Going with LED lights is a bright idea

The new wave of LED light bulbs use less energy, last longer and are better for the environment than incandescents and CFLs.

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 A slug crawls across a cabbage leaf in Doug Oster's Ross garden.

How to keep slugs off your plants

Slimy slugs are loving all this rain. Here's how to keep them from making a meal of your hostas and other plants.

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 United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates with teammates Ali Krieger (11) and Morgan Brian after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament on June 30. It's USA vs. Japan at 7 p.m. Sunday in the finals.

5 things we love about July Fourth

A red-white-and-blue weekend: Dream On Fest, Fourth at Fifth, a Ferris wheel at the Point and USA vs. Japan in Women’s World Cup Soccer.

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 Summer Vegetable Guacamole Salsa comes together in minutes.

Let's Eat: Summer Vegetable Guacamole Salsa

SUMMER VEGETABLE GUACAMOLE SALSA

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Mt. Lebanon, Regent Square garden tours set for July 12

Mt. Lebanon, Regent Square garden tours will feature chefs, chickens, painting competition and more on July 12.

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 Possini Euro Design Vita 23 3/4" Wide Black Ring Pendant / MSRP $399.99

LED light fixtures come in many shapes

Designers are having fun with new technology in light-emitting diodes.

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 The owner of New York’s Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe is considering opening a restaurant in the former Masonic Hall in conjunction with nonprofit City of Asylum in Central North Side.

N.Y. cafe considering location in North Side

Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe is looking at the former Masonic Hall in conjunction with nonprofit City of Asylum in Central Northside.

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Three rivers, three states bike tour with family

Tour three states and three rivers with proceeds benefiting the Major Force Youth Cycling Program. The tour includes a Family Ride.

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Setting the SEEN: Behind the scenes at EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

The PG’s Natalie Bencivenga and Sara Bauknecht preview the Ferris wheel, sand sculpture and more at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta!

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 Olivia Anderson, 4, plays in the sand Friday as her brother Elliott Anderson, 5, both of Upper St. Clair, does cartwheels at the Travel to the Beach Kids Korner of the Three Rivers Regatta in Point State Park.

Three Rivers Regatta cancels all water-based activities this weekend

Land-based activities, including musical performances and Saturday’s fireworks display, will go on as scheduled.

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 The view of Pittsburgh's Fourth of July fireworks show from last year is quite grand along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Independence, fireworks: Fourth of July holiday weekend has arrived

Officials are urging caution and common sense during what one group calls “the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year.”

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 Fireworks are seen from Grandview Avenue atop Mt. Washington last Fourth of July.

Look to the sky all year for fireworks

Fireworks displays on July 4 dwindle as the industry shifts to offering pyrotechnics throughout the year.

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Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said he is open to expanding the availability of wine and beer into more locations, such as supermarkets.

Wolf vetoes GOP liquor privatization bill for Pennsylvania

The governor’s veto of the high-profile Republican priority comes after a Tuesday veto of a GOP-crafted state budget.

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 President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush both tweeted that green peas have no place in guacamole.

Don't declare a war on peas! PG food editor tries 'controversial' guac recipe

President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Jeb Bush even chimed in, noting peas have no place in guacamole.

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 Crew workers from Interstate Amusements of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., install the "Wheel of Light," in Point State Park on June 30, 2015. The attraction will be open to the public Thursday thru Sunday and cost $5 per ride.

Three Rivers Regatta takes over the Point this weekend

America’s largest inland regatta is back on Pittsburgh’s shores for its 38th year.

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 The Tako -- grilled octopus, harissa aioli, preserved lemons, mizuna and pickled red onion prepared at Tako on Sixth Avenue Downtown.

On the Table: Tako reaches out to the adventurous

Tako Downtown offers a top-notch staff and creative dishes.

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 Shelly Farren, proprietor of Shelly Pie Pizza in Turtle Creek, presents a pepperoni and mushroom pizza just our of the oven.

Munch goes to Shelly Pie Pizza

The pizza student becomes the Jedi Master in the Mon Valley.

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 Don Jones, with his Jones Robo-Works dogs, will be at the Westmoreland Arts  & Heritage Festival this weekend at Twin Lakes Park.

Preview: Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival offers variety of musical, artistic attractions

The annual festival Twin Lakes Park runs today through Sunday with music, crafts and food booths.

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 Illustrator Walter Cumming and his Malamute Tanook take a break near the sign posts at Weverton Cliffs along the Appalachian Trail near Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Twenty years on, revisiting the Appalachian Trail

Twenty years after a group of journalists hiked the Appalachian Trail end to end, the trail is different in many ways, but still the same.

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 The Ferris wheel located at Point State Park as part of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Regatta will open to the public tonight at 7 for $5 a ride. Media members were invited for a preview ride of the attraction.

Wheel of Lights set to roll tonight at the Point

The 90-foot tall Ferris wheel will spin up to 96 people high above the Point for about 10 minutes each ride.

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 Emma Bowser, 10, holds back 700-pound Jersey cow Rapunzel, from entering the judging ring too early during a previous Big Butler Fair. Rapunzel, from Rocky Maple Farm in Slippery Rock, went on to win two blue ribbons. This year's fair opens Friday and runs through July 11.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The Big Butler Fair, Kennywood fireworks, comedy and the Symphony are all on the slate for the coming holiday weekend.

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Let's talk about science: Hand sanitizer

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes, but what do you do if a sink and water aren’t available?

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Let's learn from the past: Mitchell Paige

A Marine sergeant from Charleroi earned his spot in history with his heroic efforts during one of the most important battles of WWII.

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 Nine of the original hikers for the Appalachian Adventure project reunite on the rocks of Weverton Cliffs overlooking the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers along the Appalachian Trail near Harper's Ferry, W.Va. From left:  Chris Hunt, Steve Grant, Scott Huler, Robin Rombach, Don Hopey, Martha Ezzard, Bo Emerson, John Ezzard and Walter Cumming with Tanook.

Profiles of the journalists who reunited for another hike on the Appalachian Trail

Thumbnail bios of the “Appalachian Adventure” journalists who returned for “Appalachian Adventure 2.0.”

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 Eliane Coates, an intern at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., takes a photograph of thru hiker Ryan Carpenter. All thru hikers who stop at the conservancy have their photo taken and placed into a binder for other hikers to see. Jean Cashin, an information specialist who regularly greeted hikers at the conservancy, died in 2013.

Some trailblazers who have passed on

Some Appalachian Trail stalwarts who’ve left their boot prints on the trail are remembered by those who have walked the trail.

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 Hikers on the Appalachian Trail walk along the C&O Towpath leading to Harper's Ferry, W.Va.

Day hikes around Harpers Ferry

There’s good day hiking in and around the AT and Harpers Ferry.

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The Next Page: Illustrations of life on the Appalachian Trail

As part of a package on the AT, we present these sketches of people and scenes encountered on a recent visit reprising our 1995 adventure.

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 A plaque marks the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at the summit of Springer Mountain.

From the archives: March 5, 1995 / Hiking America's trail

A dozen writers and photographers from 5 eastern newspapers stand on top of Springer Mountain, southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

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 Debbielyn Mills and her son, James Milton, 12, fix biscuits and gravy for dinner on Big Cedar Mountain near Woody Gap. It was their third day out on the Appalachian Trail.

From the archives: March 12, 1995 / Rains, pains, gains along the trail

Our weary and wet band of nine hikers slogged off Blood Mountain's 4,458-foot summit through 30 mph wind and sideways rain last week.

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 Rappellers descend the rocks of Stony Mountain, which overlooks Shenandoah National Park.

From the archives: June 11, 1995 / Close encounters in Shenandoah National Park, nature and civilization cross paths

Today, the baton is passed to Don Hopey and Robin Rombach, who will share their observations in this relay for the next five weeks.

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 Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, the former Arizona governor, is concerned about congressional proposals that would scale back federal acquisition of land for parks.

From the archives: June 12, 1995 / Hiking the trail with the top granola guy

Three days into the forest-green tunnel that is the trail in mid-spring, we found the secretary of the interior in his natural habitat.

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 Since 1979, it has been a ritual for thru-hikers to have Jean Cashin take Polaroid pictures in front of the Appalachian Trail Conference building. Tony Dus, in blue shirt, and Rich Sprow joke with Cashin after their picture session.

From the archives: June 18, 1995 / Trail's own Earth mother bestows humor, wisdom on weary hikers

If this Civil War shrine is Oz for wayfarers on the Appalachian Trail, and it is, then Jean Cashin must be Glenda.

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 Hikers leave the woods to cross Interstate 70 in Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

From the archives: June 25, 1995 / Halfway point inspires hikers to reflect on miles past and future

It's all downhill from here. That's a thru-hiker's joke.

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 Mark Lentini of Duncannon kisses PT-40, a baby hawk that was nursing back to health, in the Doyle Hotel in Duncannon, where hikers pay $10 for a room.

From the archives: July 2, 1995 / Catching up with the first thru-hiker

We were supposed to hike lily-bedecked valleys and rocky ridgetops with Earl Shaffer, but he never showed.

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 After climbing over many of the famous rocks of Pennsylvania, Post-Gazette staff writer Don Hopey reaches to the sky on top of Bear Rocks. Under clear skies, the spot has almost 360-degree visibility.

From the archives: July 9, 1995 / Rocksylvania is a real boot-buster

Rocky Raccoon. Rocket man. Rock Lobster. Crocodile Rock. Rock and Rye. Roxanne. Ouch! Damn rocks!

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 Rob Adams, 44, of Sheffield, England -- whose trail moniker is "Rob of Loxley" -- climbs a 900-foot-high barren wall of stone that stretched over a mile and a half out of Lehigh Gap.

From the archives: July 16, 1995 / A respite that ministers to body and soul

It is a summer Thursday, and the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain's weekly dinner for hikers on the Appalachian Trail is in full swing.

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 Andy and Jan McClain of Moon stop on the I-80 bridge over the Delaware River. The bridge carried them into New Jersey.

From the archives: July 16, 1995 / When Warren Doyle leads the way, you hike without a 50-pound pack

It was easy to spot Warren Doyle among the dozen or so thru-hikers who strolled off the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap.

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 Post-Gazette reporter Don Hopey, left, and photographer Bill Wade pose with the sign for Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.

From the archives: October 8, 1995 / The Maine event

I have made the five-mile ascent from Katahdin Stream campground to the peak that is the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.

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 Traditional Picnic Basket filled with fried chicken, herbed potato salad, lemonade and chocolate sheet cake.

Go Fourth with a picnic: Some star-spangled ways to celebrate the holiday

Make a classic American, Pittsburgh or melting pot basket for a festive picnic.

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 Penne with Asparagus and Goat Cheese.

Yes, you can eat pasta -- and book shows the smart way to do it

“Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food” is a new book by Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.

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