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3 Restaurant-worthy panini recipes you can make at home

Food

There are sandwiches and then there are sandwiches that excite. Creative ingredients, fresh veggies and, most of all, a sizzling grill can take your sad sandwich and leave you with a picture perfect panini. Naturally, we all love toasty browned bread with warm, gooey cheese spilling out. We love them so much, panini even get […]

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In the Garden with Kids – August

Garden

Last August, I went to Target to pick up a couple of things, and I couldn’t understand why the store was so packed. When I got home and started complaining to my wife about the crowds, she said: “It’s back to school. I never go in those stores now.” My kids are all grown up, […]

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Memorial Pond Garden

Garden

The view of George Kinder’s waterfall and pond from the deck is spectacular as the sound of the running water drifts through the air. “I can even hear it from the upstairs, he says smiling on overlooking the garden at his Hampton home. “The first thing I do in the morning is look at the […]

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Public shooting ranges offer great opportunities

Outdoors

If it had been colder, I might have expected to see Jude Law or Ed Harris. They were nowhere to be found, though, so I stuck the muzzle of my rifle into the tube, took aim and pulled the trigger. And so it went for several glorious, fun hours. Shooting is like that, after all. […]

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A look at the fisheries in Dutch Fork and other lakes

Outdoors

This wasn’t the plan for Dutch Fork Lake. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which owns the 91-acre water in Donegal Township in Washington County, drained it in November of 2004 after Hurricane Ivan damaged its dam, rendering it unsafe. It remained empty until spring of 2013. Then, the dam finally rebuilt, the commission stocked […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a Creamed Pike recipe

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Folding shovel and pick Company: Coleman Gear type: Tool Product description: It’s a safety thing, I suppose, but a sometimes difficult one to deal with. On a recent camping trip, the supplied, metal fire ring at our site was a good […]

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Northern snakeheads and other outdoor news

Outdoors

A roundup of outdoor news from around the country … The northern snakehead exists in two worlds. In one, they’re a villainous invasive species, a predator whose presence threatens smallmouth bass, walleyes and other native fish populations. In another, they’re a feisty game fish, one that bites eagerly, fights hard and tastes good. Either way, […]

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Rattling bucks an exciting, if only sometimes, technique

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It’s August, and the earliest archery deer seasons in most places are still weeks away. The whitetail rut is even farther in the distance. But admit it. If you’re a deer hunter, you’ve got big antlers on the brain. And maybe this year, you’re thinking, you’re going try rattling bucks in. Well, know this. It’s […]

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Hikes reveal interesting PA history

Outdoors

I was aware of Gifford Pinchot when embarking on a yearlong journey of hiking through history, Pennsylvania-style. His wife, Cornelia, was a mystery. Gifford was a two-time Governor of the state more famous for serving as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. In fact, as a contemporary of Teddy Roosevelt, he pioneered forestry […]

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Japanese Anemone “Queen Charlotte”

Garden

There’s a perennial bed just outside my vegetable garden where tall “Annabelle” hydrangeas and colorful Asiatic lilies are fading, giving way to Japanese anemone “Queen Charlotte.” I’ve waited all year to see them bloom. They are truly the “queen” of that bed as fall approaches. It’s not just the wonderful purple flowers that make me […]

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What causes ‘brain freeze’?

Food

It all starts with an innocent spoonful of ice cream. Then another. Then another. But before you know it, your ice cream sundae — or perhaps morning smoothie — has stopped you cold in your tracks with an old fashioned case of sphenopalatine ganglion neuralgia — better known as brain freeze. It’s so common, you […]

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Grounded Strategies

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The kids in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania call her Grandma Bev. The parents call her that, too, as does just about everyone else who knows her. It was three years ago when Beverly Howell sat on her front porch watching the local kids run up and down the street, wondering to herself, “Why […]

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A new era of wildlife diseases proving troubling

Outdoors

It is, it seems, the dawn of a new wildlife era. But not necessarily a good one. Disease – from chronic wasting disease in deer and elk to white nose syndrome in bats to mange in bears – continues to pop up in more places and with greater frequency all around the country. Populations are, […]

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Challenges to the future of hunting and fishing

Outdoors

Hunting and fishing in America – and by extension the nation’s system of sustaining wildlife and fish – are in trouble, right now. And unless something changes, even darker days are ahead. A new, just-released report titled “The Future of Hunting and Fishing” reveals that participation in those sports is declining, especially in relation to […]

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Fish and Boat director calls it quits

Outdoors

He’s calling it quits. John Arway, executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, is retiring effective Nov. 2. He announced that in a letter to agency commissioners and staff on Tuesday. “Retired friends have told me that you will know when the time has come to retire. I now understand,” Arway wrote. “I feel […]

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Green heron a fascinating bird that doesn’t take any grief

Outdoors

I don’t like crowding other fishermen and I don’t like other fishermen crowding me. But this guy and I, we had something going on. Not in a bad way, necessarily. We’d arrived at this shallow, weedy spot at the back end of a 22-acre pond – or at least become aware of each other’s presence […]

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The non-lead ammunition debate and more outdoor news

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A roundup of outdoor news from around the country … The lead debate rages on, but with a new twist. Lead dominates the ammunition market, serving as the raw material for more bullets than anything else. It’s been that way for centuries. Only when it comes to waterfowl are hunters required to use anything else. […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for stink baits

Outdoors

You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras…   Lure of the week Lure name: Hollow Body Crawfish Company: Livetarget Lures (www.livetargetlures.com) Lure type: Crawfish Sizes and colors: This will be available in three sizes and weights: 1.5 inches and 1/2 ounce, 1.75 inches and 5/8 ounce or 2 inches and 3/4 ounces. There will […]

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11 Fun facts about watermelon, plus two easy watermelon recipes

Food

August 3 is National Watermelon Day, but that doesn’t stop us from eating it through the entire summer. It’s a mainstay at backyard barbecues and picnics, and definitely a favorite poolside snack of all ages. On a hot day, there aren’t many things more delicious than a big slice of juicy watermelon, but that’s not […]

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A Library’s Story Garden

Garden

Amaris Geer is wearing a pair of sky blue wings adorned with an intricate sparkle design as she explores the fairy garden at Mount Pleasant Library. “It’s just beautiful,” the 4-year-old says in a soft voice. Holding hands with her 2-year-old brother, Greyson, the pair are transfixed by the tiny fairies, gates and a multicolored […]

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Stargazer Lillies

Garden

“Stargazer” is probably the most popular hybrid lily growing in gardens today. There’s a reason for that; it’s not only carefree, the plant has stunning flowers that return annually and fill the garden with sweet perfume in mid-summer. In July, it can be found either blooming or just past its prime for cheap at nurseries […]

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Three 6.5 Creedmoor rifles reviewed for deer season

Outdoors

The 6.5 Creedmoor is still, relatively speaking, a baby. It was only a little more than a decade ago that Hornady introduced the cartridge to the world. Aimed at long-range target shooters initially, it’s since found its way into the hunting realm, too. But compared to, say, the venerable.30-06, it remains an unknown for many. […]

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Cabin camping a unique way to get outdoors in comfort

Outdoors

This was outside the norm for us, at least as far as summertime goes. I’m not talking about the kayaking and the fishing we did; those are staples of our outdoors activities. The same is true with the hiking and the cooking over the fire. So, too, our several-times-a-week trips for ice cream. Speaking of […]

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Chemical-free planting for pollinators

Garden

There is something wonderful about growing for pollinators. It’s a hopeful feeling seeing a host of insects, free from pesticides, doing their job. That’s the most important rule for this type of planting, no chemicals. I’ve been an organic gardener for more than 30 years, so the recent focus on growing for pollinators is great, […]

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Dahlias a showstopper in the garden

Garden

The hectic pace of May planting is over, and it’s time to fill the gaps in the garden. June might be an even better time to plant as the weather has stabilized and there’s time to think about the right plant for the right place. Dahlias come into their own at the end of the […]

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Stressed fish are often dead fish and other outdoor news

Outdoors

A roundup of outdoor news from around the country… Warm weather and stressed fish With the dog days of summer approaching, state fish and wildlife agencies are advising anglers to take it easy on fish. Trout in particular are vulnerable. In Vermont, for example, water levels are low and temperatures are high. That can be […]

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