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Crowdfunding for Slippery Rock trees

Garden

A walk down Main Street in Slippery Rock reveals empty patches of dirt every so often where ornamental pear trees once stood. Some of the other ‘Cleveland Select’ pear trees planted two decades ago are in decline, infected with a blight. That’s where the team of Luke Gregory and David Krayesky wants to help replace […]

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Practicing winter tree identification adds fun to outings

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Colonel Mustard, with a lead pipe, in the billiard room. Sleuths able to put together the right string of clues in the right sequence have found him guilty of murder — with just such a tool in just such a location – more than a time or two over the years. But what if he […]

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Maintaining public lands access goal of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

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The average American is richer than they might imagine. That’s how Land Tawney sees it, anyway. The fifth generation Montanans tells anyone who will listen that the nation is home to 640 million acres of federally-protected public land. That includes National Parks, as well as properties managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. […]

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Outdoor Extras

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Brute Force Company: T-Rex Tape (www.trextape.com) Gear type: Duct tape Product description: It’s almost a cliché these days, to suggest that anything can be fixed with duct tape. But the truth is the tape is great for a variety of uses, […]

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Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

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This avocado and egg salad is one of my favorite homemade lunches because it’s healthy, tastes great and uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo! Tuna salads and egg salads are often passed off as healthy, but they’re so loaded with fatty mayo that you might as well have opted for a cheeseburger! This salad has […]

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10 Easy ways to start a healthier lifestyle

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New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap — for a good reason. Does anyone actually find those things useful? Don’t waste your time setting big resolutions that you’ll dump before the end of the month. Instead, set a few small intentions that will make this year your healthiest ever, guaranteed. Here are 10 easy ways […]

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Lemon Almond Chicken Salad

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Show me the person that isn’t looking for more delicious, healthy lunch ideas — we all are! Rarely are we dreaming of digging into a lunch we threw together at home in a hurry. So forget the sad salads you usually pack, and whip up a batch of this lemon almond chicken salad for tomorrow. […]

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History of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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It was a gentlemen’s agreement between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Phipps that formed the genesis of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The conservatory is celebrating 125 years as a showcase for horticulture. “Andrew said he would build the libraries if Henry would build a conservatory,” says Phipps president and CEO Richard Piacentini. In 1889, $100,000 […]

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Making time to live an adventurous life

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Time is a teasing seductress. It dances close and coos tantalizing, half-heard whispers one moment, then giggles silkily while twirling away, just beyond reach, the next. It’s here and there, everywhere and nowhere, a fickle wind, a warm, moist breath on the back of your neck that disappears when you turn to embrace it. It […]

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Growing Impatiens

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There’s not a lot for gardeners to do this month except for dreaming, planning and more dreaming. If you’re itching to get started, forget planting tomato or pepper seeds. Those veggies will get too gangly for planting. Wait until March to sow them. Focus instead on smaller seeds, such as impatiens. I can’t imagine a […]

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Remember ice fishing safety as season gets started

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It’s the most basic tenet of firearms safety: treat every gun, always, as if it’s loaded. Mechanical safeties can fail, after all. So the surest way to avoid tragedy is to be extra cautious. The same principle applies to ice. Always treat it as unsafe until proven otherwise. To assume differently is potentially catastrophic. “Ice […]

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An attempt to simplify regulations, starting with orange

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The 30-06, the 30-30, those are venerable cartridges, time tested and still omnipresent in the whitetail woods just about everywhere. The 6.5 Creedmoor doesn’t have that status yet. But it’s gaining in popularity for being flat shooting. One problem with it, at least as it pertains to Pennsylvania? It’s not legal in every circumstance. According […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a bird feeding tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Freak Company: Phantom Lures (www.phantomlures.com) Lure type: Topwater Sizes and colors: Available in an 8-inch, 3-ounce model in seven colors: sucker, firetiger, frog, Canadian crush, black, black/orange and hot whitefish. Target species: Muskie and northern pike. Technique: These are meant to […]

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Chatham University Arboretum Winter Interest

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Huge sycamore trees along Woodland Road and throughout the campus of Chatham University tower over Kristen Spirl as she remarks on their seasonal beauty after it snows. “It’s really a beautiful sight. Right after the sun opens up, we have these sycamore trees, and the light hits their white bark,” she said with a smile. […]

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Gardening Calendar January

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January is the month to miss the garden, grow things inside and scour seed catalogs. Give your houseplants a shower. Take them all into the tub and let the water run over them. Not only will it flush out any salts in the soil, but it will also wash off the foliage. It’s important that […]

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Indian-inspired vegetarian chickpea soup

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Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. A 1-ounce serving provides about 3 grams of protein, plus they are full of fiber, so making them a part of your meal can keep you full longer. These little legumes have become more popular in recent years thanks to an increased interest in Middle Eastern and Indian […]

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Winter driving safety to experience outdoor adventure

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The whole experience lasted three, four, maybe five seconds. But what a few seconds they were. Exciting, but not necessarily in a good way. It was early winter and my son, then in his early teens, and I were deer hunting. We were on a relatively large piece of public land where we’ve had success […]

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Muzzleloader bear hunting and other changes could be coming to Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania’s large and sometimes problematic black bear population might produce an opportunity for muzzleloader hunters. Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will give preliminary approval to seasons and bag limits for the 2019-20 hunting and trapping seasons when they next meet in January. Final approval follows in April. They talked about what they might want to do with […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for rabbit sausage

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Talkabout T800 Company: Motorola (www.motorolasolutions.com) Gear type: Walkie talkies Product description: There are a lot of two-way radios on the market. What makes these different? These work with an app, so that users can share and track their locations and send […]

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Smoked salmon crostini bites with mustard butter and dill

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This elegant appetizer is easy enough to prepare, you’ll whip it up party after party. Pour your guests some Chardonnay and snack on these salmon bites to get the engagement going! Notes: Substitute Italian bread if that’s what you have on hand. Also, you can use goat cheese instead of butter, or chives or capers […]

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A Special Christmas Cactus

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The long trailing branches of a family heirloom Christmas cactus cascade down nearly five feet, coming close to touching the floor in David and Kathy Brooke’s Natrona Heights home. The plant is covered with stunning red blooms that appear annually for the holiday and sometimes again in the spring. It belonged to Margaret Presutti Souse, […]

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Stand up paddleboarding basics to get started

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It wasn’t a surprise, really. On vacation a while back at a state park, while kayaking, the family and I decided to rent a stand up paddleboard. We’d never tried one before, but it looked fun, right? We figured we’d take turns riding it. There were two college-aged guys working the concession along the beach. […]

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Incidents show need for awareness in living with bears

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This wasn’t much of an issue in your grandfather’s day. But abundance has consequences. That’s the case with black bears, anyway. They roamed virtually the entire North American continent when the first Europeans arrived. Then their trouble started. “Early settlers considered the bear a dangerous and fatal element that only added fear and misery to […]

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Opening day of deer season may change in 2019

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A green light will set this train in motion. Whether it’s got the steam to roll very far remains unclear, though. Opening day of Pennsylvania’s statewide firearms deer season was the Monday after Thanksgiving this year. There’s no surprise there. That’s the way things have been since 1963. But at least some Pennsylvania Game Commissioners […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a flintlock deer hunting tip

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Rotating Power Minnow Company: Custom Jigs and Spins (https://customjigs.com/) Lure type: Jig Sizes and colors: Available in 2-inch, ¼-ounce and 2 ¾-inch, 3/8-ounce models in 16 colors, including black tiger, emerald shiner, Wonderbread Glow, fluorescent orange, silver, pink and clown. Target […]

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Gardening with Kids – January

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Back in a strange and ancient time called the 1970s, terrariums were all the rage. These “far out” containers were filled with a variety of cool plants that were easy to grow. Even though mood rings, puka shell necklaces and Earth shoes have fallen by the wayside, terrariums are still around and gaining popularity. Making […]

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