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Roasted asparagus and pea soup recipe

Food

A cold spring presents a conundrum — you’re ready for fresh spring flavors, yet you still crave a hearty meal. Need a delicious solution? Try this asparagus and pea soup with a handful of crunchy croutons and flavorful asparagus pieces. It only takes about 30 minutes to make and it’s loaded with healthy vegetables and bright flavors. And […]

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Planting Summer Bulbs with Brent Heath

Garden

“Digging bulbs is hard, hot, dirty work,” Brent Heath said with a laugh. He was talking about growing up working for his parents’ mail-order bulb business. Those bulbs run in the family, as his grandfather Charles Heath started growing and selling daffodils in 1900, bringing modern hybrids to the country and even being featured in […]

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Students to explore along the brook trout trail

Adventure

Nobody said summer school was supposed to be fun. But nobody said it couldn’t be, either. Six college students are going to find that out starting in May when they spend nearly a month fly fishing and camping their way through the heart of Pennsylvania’s brook trout country. It’s all part of the “brook trout […]

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Spring gobbler season remains popular

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Pennsylvania’s most avid spring turkey hunters are going all in. With the 2018 season fast approaching – the youth only spring gobbler hunt is April 21, the regular season April 28 to May 31 – expect more than a few to buy a second turkey tag. That’s been the trend. Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania […]

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Camping memories stir thoughts of going afield

Adventure

We were wearing long pants, wool socks from an afternoon hike and heavy hoodies over t-shirts, and still we crowded the fire. The heat from its dancing flames was more than welcome. Our neighbors were few on this dark, chilly night. It was fall, and the campground – the only one of two in this […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a trout appetizer

Adventure

Lure of the week Lure name: Rooster Tail Minnow    Company: Yakima Bait (www.yakimabait.com/) Lure type: Inline spinner Sizes and colors: Available in 1/16-, 1/8-, 1/6- and ¼-ounce sizes in 15 finishes, including black, brook trout, firetiger, natural minnow, perch, hot pink and white shiner. Target species: Trout, yellow perch, crappies, bass. Technique: Everyone’s heard of […]

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Lawmakers taking a look at pheasant permits

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This is a brouhaha perhaps coming to an end. A little less than a year ago, Pennsylvania Game Commissioners created a $25 pheasant hunting permit. It’s required of all hunters chasing agency-stocked birds. Young hunters were exempt from needing one last fall. Old hunters were not. That includes those who hold a senior lifetime hunting […]

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20 Restaurant discounts every college kid needs to know about

Food

It’s the end of the semester for millions of college students across America, which means one thing — meal plans are running out. But the good news is that there are tons of restaurants offering killer deals for college kids. Lots of restaurants don’t advertise their deals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cash in on […]

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Grow Something Different

Garden

It is a weekly and wonderful ritual for Niki Jabbour — harvesting from her garden during the season and heading to the in-law’s home with her husband and two teenage children in tow for a family meal. The connection between family and gardening isn’t lost on anyone who spends time planting and can play an […]

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Lawmakers to put chronic wasting disease under a microscope

Adventure

It’s no on the calendar yet. But sooner rather than later – perhaps within a month – state lawmakers expect to hold a public hearing examining the problem that is chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania. Exactly what the members of the House of Representatives game and fisheries committee are going to focus on is something […]

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Opening day of deer season comes under review

Adventure

The Monday after Thanksgiving is always the first day of Pennsylvania deer season. Tradition, right? Yes, but not one that’s been around forever. “If you ask the average hunter, they probably think that’s how it’s always been,” said Travis Lau, communications coordinator for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. “But that’s not the case.” That Monday has […]

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Schnur’s Greenhouse Grows Something for Everyone

Garden

There’s something special about walking into a greenhouse. The aroma, warmth and humidity not only make the plants happy, but visitors too. Entering Schnur’s Greenhouse is Butler is no exception, as there are four women separating and deftly potting up celery plants. It’s been here since 1889, first as a truck farm and then as […]

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Explore the fresh flavors of tabouli quinoa salad this spring

Food

Maybe you call it tabouli, or maybe it’s tabbouleh?  Or, maybe you don’t call it anything because you’ve never heard of it. But what’s important, is the fresh flavors you’re about to behold. Tabouli (pronounced tə-ˈbü-lē) is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. The vegetarian salad is classically made with cracked wheat, loads of fresh […]

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Statewide trout season to bring crowds of anglers and fish

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Not every angler with a Pennsylvania fishing license will be on the water when the statewide trout season opens on April 14. But it might feel like it. If history holds, more than half a million people – about 60 percent of all those who buy a license – will fish for trout this season. […]

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Tips for bringing wildlife into the backyard

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Chances are you’ve looked outside a window and seen backyard wildlife roaming your property at one time or another. Maybe it was a robin, blue jay or even a barred owl. Perhaps it was a white-tailed deer. Or it might have been a salamander, turkey or cotton tail. Probably it was exciting to see. But […]

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Outdoor Extras; including a DEET-free insect repellent

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Gear of the week Gear name: Picaridin Company: Sawyer Products (https://www.everybodyshops.com/sawyer-premium-insect-repellent-20-picaridin-6-ounce-continuous-spray.html) Gear type: Insect repellent Product description: Ticks, some of which carry Lyme disease, are a huge problem for anyone who spends time outdoors these days. That’s just the unfortunate reality. So it pays to take precautions. That’s where Picaridin comes in. It’s an insect […]

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Gentle Yoga for Gardeners

Garden

It was nerve wracking walking into the yoga studio at LPS Strength and Meditation in Uniontown with Elizabeth Cellurale from Cellurale Garden Center. Neither one of us knew much about yoga, but Cellurale agreed to participate with me in a demonstration of gentle yoga for gardeners. “I’m a newbie,” she said, but she was game […]

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EASY 6 INGREDIENT LEMON BARS WITH POPPY SEEDS

Food

If you have a love of all things lemon, then this easy recipe will quickly become your new favorite go-to. It’s just six simple ingredients — including the crust. Waiting for the pan to cool before cutting into the lemon bars is honestly the hardest part. The sweet and tart flavors and the cheery yellow color make this dessert […]

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License fees perhaps tied to executive director’s fate

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Last week it was an olive branch. This week it was an apology. Will either be enough to get the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission its much-desired fishing license fee increase? And save executive director John Arway’s job at the same time? Those are the questions. Arway appeared before the House of Representatives game and […]

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Wolf Rocks Trail offers easy hiking, wonderful views

Adventure

Wolf Rocks is one overlook. But it tells different tales based on the season. Sometimes, with rattles. One year we’d hiked from Laurel Summit State Park – the six-acre site of the trailhead, atop the Laurel ridge in eastern Westmoreland County – to the rocky outcrop in Forbes State Forest in early April. There wasn’t […]

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Tree stand safety campaign to begin

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Education rather than enforcement, that’s how the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going to promote tree stand safety this fall. Board members have been debating whether to require anyone hunting from an elevated platform on state game lands to wear a safety harness. Increasing numbers of falls are the reason. Joseph Smith, a doctor in the […]

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Outdoor Extras; including boater safety tip

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Lure of the week Lure name: Trout WormZ Company: Lip RipperZ (www.lipripperz.com/) Lure type: Soft plastic Sizes and colors: Available in a 2.5-inch model in 13 colors, including zebra, banana split, fighting frog, strawberry cram, white lightning, candy cane and chartreuse shine. Target species: Trout, crappies, bluegills, bass and steelhead. Technique: These are designed to […]

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Google Earth a handy tool for finding fishy hot spots

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Waterfowl hunters – at least those in the know — use Google Earth all the time to find hidden beaver ponds and other watery holes where wood ducks and other birds might be. Fishermen can make use of the web-based application, too, though. It’s great for finding farm ponds, small lakes and other waters – […]

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CARROT CAKE PANCAKES ARE PERFECT FOR SPRING BRUNCH

Food

If you’re a fan of carrot cake, these orange-hued silver-dollar pancakes will hit the spot. With all the spices of traditional carrot cake, and a sweet cream cheese drizzle on top, these tiny breakfast bites taste just like the real thing. Try them for an Easter brunch or even just to celebrate a bright, spring morning. *Note: Pancakes don’t […]

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Rent The Chicken provides backyard birds for fresh eggs and down-home fun

Food

If you’ve ever thought about raising hens, but chickened out, Jenn and Phil Tompkins have an eggsellent solution. The Armstrong County, Pennsylvania couple incubated their company, Rent The Chicken, to be a low-risk introduction to backyard bird farming. The business model is all about giving the general public an opportunity to get closer to one source of food, while taking the hard work and […]

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Raised Bed Gardening

Garden

Noel Valdes might be best known as the inventor of the CobraHead weeder, but he’s a lifelong organic gardener who has been growing in raised beds for three decades. “I’ve gardened forever,” the 73-year-old said with a laugh. “We had to garden for food. I liked it since I was a little kid.” In the […]

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