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 The Gordon and Diane Marburger in the entry hallway of their house, which will be on the Cranberry tour.

Cranberry Christmas tour features 1894 farmhouse where 5 generations lived

The 1894 Marburger family farmhouse remains a fixture in booming Butler County and is the old-timer on the Cranberry Christmas house tour.

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 The Ticket Stub Diary is made by Chronicle Books ($14.95 at Urban Outfitters and other retailers.)

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for those who like it live

Suggestions for people who love to see their favorite performers or sports teams in person.

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Pet tales: Holiday decorations can be harmful to pets

This holiday, keep pets away from popcorn, cranberries, live Christmas trees, turkey skin and much more — but don’t worry about poinsettias.

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 Christmas steel ornament made by Audra Azoury of Environment, who will be at Handmade Arcade.

Handmade Arcade brims with local flavor, vendors

Handmade Arcade will offer live music, giant puppets and more than 150 craft vendors on Dec. 6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

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Get the picture?

When it comes to big-screen TVs, he’s a big baby.

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 This Queen Anne-style Victorian in Glen Osborne is on the market for $650,000.

Buying Here: Glen Osborne

Queen Anne-style house in Glen Osborne survived intact because of the care of its owners.

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 Cyclamen at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Cyclamen can brighten those gray days of winter

Poinsettias are the only plants for indoor color in the winter. This year, try cyclamen.

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 Devon Little and Danny Wallace, both of Salineville, Ohio, take a break from shopping today for a $2 massage at the Mall at Robinson. They had been shopping since 5 a.m.

Shoppers in Pittsburgh area and nationwide turn out for Thanksgiving openings

Retailers still haven’t quite figured out the 2014 consumer but early Black Friday results fed into hopes that this year will be better.

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 The Starbucks Advent calendar is a magnetic chalkboard with 25 reusable tins.

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for young professionals

Here are a few gift suggestions for the young businessmen and businesswomen in your life.

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 Civil War-era clothing, such as this wool-cotton dress, is on display in the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum.

New Franklin County museum details battle following Gettysburg

Few people had ever heard of the Battle of Monterey Pass, the second-biggest Civil War action fought in Pennsylvania.

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 The Official White House Christmas Tree arrives at the White House today. This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House from Pennsylvania

The 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

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 Burgatory opens another restaurant in The Waterfront in Homestead.

Pittsburgh restaurant scene: Fast food 2.0 sizzling as new restaurants open

Fast food gets a new face with eateries such Burgatory, BRGR, Max Mex and Hello Bistro.

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Munch goes to Ormsby Avenue Cafe in Mount Oliver

So in the spirit of rooting for the entrepreneur taking a big risk, Munch suggests a visit to the Ormsby Avenue Cafe.

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 The Rev. George Duffield

Thanksgiving was once more of a sober, moral reflection

A sermon by the Rev. George Duffield of Detroit delivers a classic Thanksgiving message -- half a tribute to American virtue, half a scold.

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My Generation Essay: NEWtrition: Eating habits of yesterday and today

People are so conscientious now about what goes into their bodies that food controls great chunks of their lives.

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Let's Talk About Science: Watersheds

Each body of water has a watershed — an area of land that drains into it.

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Let's Learn From the Past: Jack Lambert

Linebacker Jack Lambert was a fierce players for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ dominating defense in the 1970s.

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 A group of Great Pyrenees dogs from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving holiday brings its own set of hazards for pets

Pets can get into trouble while their owners are distracted by Thanksgiving cooking tasks and visitors.

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Tiffany, T.J. Maxx among retail holdouts ignoring Black Friday

Avoiding the promotional blitz, premium brands are trying to preserve their reputations, said Keith Jelinek, who tracks the retail industry.

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 Lou Christie.

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden dresses up for the holidays with its Winter Flower Show, opening on Friday.

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Excerpts from the Thanksgiving sermon: 'A return to the habits of virtue and integrity'

Thanksgiving sermon, “The Religious Character of a People the True Element of Their Prosperity,” by the Rev. George Duffield, Nov. 28, 1839.

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 Forever Collectibles launched the "Ugly Teams" line earlier this year, which will generate $10 million in wholesale revenue.

Sports enthusiasts cozy up to 'Ugly Teams' Christmas sweaters

Sports teams are the newest to embrace the ugly Christmas sweater trend

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Goodfellows campaign to brighten kids’ holidays begins

The Goodfellows campaign raises money to provide gifts for under-privileged children through Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army.

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 Richard Montgomery, 69, of East Liberty and other volunteers pack food at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne on Nov. 11.

Food banks busiest during holidays, but help is needed year-round

The need for food is greater during the holidays, in part because people must spend more on heating bills.

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Shaler's Cancer Fighting Princess delivering holiday dinners

Melissa Adams has raised funds the past three years to help women undergoing cancer treatment enjoy a less stressful Thanksgiving meal.

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 Creamed Turkey with Cornmeal Waffles.

What's for dinner: Creamed Turkey and Cornmeal Waffles

A tasty new use for those Thanksgiving leftovers.

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 Juvenile Diabete Research Foundation card.

Pittsburgh area charities offer holiday cards

Local charities once again offer holiday cards designed by local artists, children or beneficiaries in foreign countries.

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For some, the blues can color holiday celebrations

Social worker Elizabeth Babcock says it’s not unusual for people struggling with recent losses to not be in the mood to celebrate.

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Avonworth cheerleader to dance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

High school senior Abby Ifft will be in New York as part of a national cheerleading squad displaying the Spirit of America.

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 Gas prices at a GetGo station on Route 88 in Bethel Park.  In Pittsburgh, the average price on Tuesday was $3.02, 35 cents below the 2013 price.

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road; today busiest on Pennsylvania Turnpike

AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday; a storm warning has been issued for central and southeast Pa.

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 President Barack Obama, right, with daughters Sasha, third from right, and Malia, second from right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Also with Cheese are Gary Cooper chairman of the National Turkey Federation and owner of Cooper Farms and his son Cole Cooper, far left.

Obama defends legal authority to pardon turkeys

Following a longstanding tradition, President Barack Obama granted presidential pardons sparing two turkeys from the Thanksgiving table.

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 Rainbow lorikeet.

Let's Talk About Birds: Rainbow lorikeets

From its vivid red beak to the tip of its bright green tail, the rainbow lorikeet a brilliant patchwork of blue, yellow, green and red.

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Holiday closings announced

All city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 James Love tends Salvation Army red kettle  in Market Square as Kayla Cook, center, and her mother Ellen Collins, left, prepare to make donations.

Salvation Army lowers goal for iconic Red Kettle fundraising drive

Campaign goals are revised downward due to fewer days of giving between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

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 Hors d'oeuvre Guy

Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.

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Pigs too fat for holiday hams as prices surge

Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because pigs are too fat.

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 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine and Paddington Bear balloons through the parking lot at CitiField in New York. The two balloons were taken for practice runs along with four other new character balloons in preparation for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thomas the Tank Engine will be the parade's largest balloon by helium volume and the one containing the most balloon fabric ever used on one character. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

What’s Thanksgiving without helium? Deflated.

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Sampson Family YMCA dedicated in Plum

A ribbon cutting was held Nov. 8 for the $12 million, 52,000-square-foot expansion.

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 Mary Ann Wellener.

Steel Advice: When you are 40, don't dress like a teen

Older women can update their own fashion look without trying to mimic the style of teenage girls.

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Peters dog wins big prize, TV appearance

A bearded collie from Peters wins best of breed and first place in the herding group at the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.

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 New FDA rules released today require chain restaurants and large vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on menus to make people more aware of the risks of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods.

New FDA rules to put calorie counts on menus, supermarket meals, movie popcorn

Under the rules, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards.

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 Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart U.S., appears at a Walmart U.S. associates meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., in June.

Wal-Mart's chief merchandiser for U.S. departs just before Black Friday

Duncan Mac Naughton was a public figure at Wal-Mart, appearing before investors and media.

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 A mosaic by Ada Bosonetto.  Her work is available at the Holiday Shop at Pittburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside.

Let's Talk About Art: Ada Bosonetto

Mosaic artist Ada Bosonetto has a studio in her Highland Park home. She was born in Argentina and moved to Pittsburgh when she was 7.

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What's covered in new menu labeling rules

The menu labeling rules take effect in one year for restaurants.

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Into the woods: Recipes from hunters

For most hunters, good food is as much an expectation at deer camp as bringing home a year’s supply of venison and a eight-point rack.

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 A factory farm turkey at Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, a rescue for farm animals founded by Karen Phillips.

#LetsMakeASEEN: Hope Haven Farm

Farm animals get a second chance at Hope Haven Farm, a sanctuary founded by veterinarian Karen Phillips.

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 Chocolate Brownie Pecan Pie.

Your Thanksgiving pie doesn't have to be pumpkin

Here are a few different-from-the-norm recipes for your holiday pie day.

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 Dan and Bonnie Sandman with Sandy and Bill Lambert.

1879 Founders Dinner held at Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center welcomed 150 patrons to the 1879 Founders Dinner as a way to show appreciation.

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 Pieces from the Amsale collection will be at Bella Bridesmaids for a trunk show.

Stylebook: Say 'I do' to bridal wear at Pittsburgh boutique trunk shows

Plus: the Macy’s “Believe” campaign is back to add a sprinkle of magic to holiday shopping, Shadyside celebrates small businesses and more.

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 Bill and Scott Meoni-Ridenour say their vows to each other on the Grand Staircase in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Same-sex couples frequently chuck typical wedding traditions

From a simple backyard barbecue to an extravagant five-star bash, same-sex weddings are all about personal style.

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