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 Grace Woolard, 15, her mom, Kathleen, 51, of Lincoln Place, Richard Montgomery, 69, of East Liberty and other volunteers pack food at 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. More volunteers are needed, too.

about 6 hours ago


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.

about 6 hours ago


 Creamed Turkey with Cornmeal Waffles.

What's for dinner: Creamed Turkey and Cornmeal Waffles

A tasty new use for those Thanksgiving leftovers.

about 6 hours ago


 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.

about 6 hours ago


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.

about 6 hours ago


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.

about 6 hours ago


 As holiday travelers hit the road today, they'll face low gas prices in the Pittsburgh region. Prices have dipped below $3 a gallon in the area, like at this Sheetz on Route 88 in Bethel Park.

Traffic up, gas prices down for Thanksgiving travelers

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.

about 6 hours ago


 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.

about 6 hours ago


Holiday closings announced

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

about 6 hours ago


 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.

about 6 hours ago


 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.

about 6 hours ago


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.

about 7 hours ago


 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.

about 6 hours ago


Sampson Family YMCA dedicated in Plum

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

about 6 hours ago


 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.

1 day ago


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.

1 day ago


 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.

about 19 hours ago


 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.

about 16 hours ago


 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.

1 day ago


What's covered in new menu labeling rules

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

about 19 hours ago


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.

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 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.

2 days ago


 Jessica Romano, Brett Diamond and Laura Saulson.

'Mockingjay' premiere raises funds for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Roughly 250 moviegoers eagerly awaited the special premiere of the highly anticipated blockbuster “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I.”

2 days ago


 Jabari Weatherspoon, Omega Man of the Year, with Krista Brassell.

Iota Phi Foundation hosts Achievement Awards Dinner

The evening welcomed 280 attendees gathered to recognize outstanding leaders in the community who are making a difference.

2 days ago


 Steve and Brenda Schlotterbeck check out a sun conure parrot held by Nikki Majeran.

Allegheny Land Trust hosts anniversary party at the National Aviary

More than 130 guests attended the “Come Fly with Me” event and mingled with feathered friends at the Aviary.

2 days ago


 A spatchcocked turkey (backbone removed) cooks in half the time of a traditional roasted turkey.

Spread your (bird's) wings and it will cook in half the time

Spatchcocking is the secret to a tender, fast-cooking turkey on Thanksgiving.

2 days ago


Thanksgiving food questions? They're waiting for your call

A number of hotlines are ready to help you out of holiday cooking hot water.

2 days ago


Pittsburgher finalists didn't win the Bake-Off

Pittsburgh was well represented in this year’s Pillsbury Bake-Off, with four area residents and one former Pittsburgher among the finalists.

2 days ago


 Cauliflower Gratin with Garlic and Feta.

Last minute side dishes

Hare are four easy side dishes that will add color and incredible flavor to your Thanksgiving table.

2 days ago


 Art Institute of Pittsburgh culinary pastry instructor Randolph Russell.

The Food Column: Send yourself to culinary school for -- for a day

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is offering a series of recreational classes for teens and adults.

2 days ago


 Grape Eyeball Punch.

Spirits: Punch up your holidays

Punch, ideal for holiday entertaining, has a history that goes back to the British sailors of the 17th century.

2 days ago


 Friendship Dinner & Awards Ceremony: Ali Sezer and Serif Ali Tekelan.

#SEENFallPartyRoundUp

All around town, there were plenty of great events to enjoy.

2 days ago


Stargazing: Mars and apparent magnitude

Look for the waxing crescent moon to pass Mars this week.

2 days ago


 Conor Barrett, 25, of Lawrenceville is a finalist in the Wahl Man of the Year contest.

Stylebook Snapshot: Lawrenceville man a finalist in national facial hair contest

Conor Barrett is one of 12 finalists in the running for the title of Wahl Man of the Year for best facial hair.

3 days ago


 Brothers Daniel Adam Wells, 12, left, and Solomon Joseph Wells, 9, stand in the courtroom Saturday during their adoption hearing at Family Court, Downtown, with their adoptive mother, Pastor Claudia Wells, right, of Greater Prayer of Faith Ministry in the East Hills.

When adoption is more like a ‘merger’ of families

On National Adoption Day, families unite using new tool called Pre-Adoption Contact Agreement.

3 days ago


 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

3 days ago


 Thomas Wood, proprietor of Second  Breakfast in the Pittsburgh Public Market, shows off a crepe with a berry compote filling and a Liege waffle dressed with nuts and a maple-bacon-brandy-coffee syrup, left.

Dine: Off-the-grid dining options

Pittsburgh cooks up unique eats in non-traditional settings and events, and here are a few to consider this fall.

3 days ago


 A popular rest stop, the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley off Highway 95, features a restaurant, a mini mart, picnic areas and a brothel -- all with an alien theme.

Area 51 Alien Travel Center in Nevada includes a 'themed' cathouse from outer pace

In Nevada, there are close encounters of another kind.

3 days ago


Travel Notes: Airlines benefit most when fuel costs dip

Plus: American Airlines drops idea of adding more seats to medium-size regional jets; TSA screeners get better results with questions

3 days ago


Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future

Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future.

3 days ago


 Kelly Sobczak waits on a customer Saturday at her Global Girl Gifts store at the holiday market in Market Square.

Holiday market welcomes shoppers on opening weekend

Modeled on European markets set up around Christmas, it has grown from 15 booths to about 30 this year.

3 days ago


 Guilford Green is the color of the year for 2015 by Benjamin Moore Paints. The silvery green shade is compatible with many environments.

The color forecast is bright for interior paints

Sunny brights and shades of flowery bouquets clear the way for paint companies’ colors of the year for 2015.

4 days ago


 This four-bedroom home in East Deer is on the market for $97,500.

Buying Here: East Deer

After nine years of renovation, East Deer house is on the market for $97,500.

3 days ago


 Cheryl Lauer of Beaver prepares her dog Sophie for a distance jumping competition during the Pet Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center last Sunday.

Pet Tales: Frick Park dog run to stay open despite attacks

Despite a second incident at Frick Park, Pittsburgh is moving slowly on changes to off-leash area and rules on dogs.

4 days ago


Paint companies are making the user experience even better

From online to in-store retail centers, paint companies want to help you make the right choice.

4 days ago


 A "speakeasy" that had no permits, in the 600 block of Miller Avenue in Clairton. It was the site of a shooting early Friday.

What makes a place a speakeasy under Pennsylvania law?

People hear the word “speakeasy” and think secret passwords, but often it’s no more illicit than a college keg party.

4 days ago



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