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E-bikes in the crosshairs as a tool for exploring public land

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The very thing that makes them so attractive is what has some people worried. E-bikes, or electric bicycles, sport pedals like traditional bicycles. But they also have electric motors. Land managers and lawmakers categorize them as either class 1, 2 or 3, with the difference largely dependent on whether the motor can operate without pedaling. […]

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Keystone Wild Outdoors finds a new TV home

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Keystone Wild Outdoors may just have found a home by, well, coming home. The Pennsylvania-based TV show is the child of Steve and Joe Rocco of Westmoreland County. It launched on the digital network Hunt Channel TV in 2016 and stayed there for two years. Last year it moved to Pursuit Channel. Both offered a […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip for RV camping

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Mag Lip Finesse 3.0 Company: Yakima Bait Co. (http://www.yakimabait.com) Lure type: Casting plug Sizes and colors: Available in 2.5- and 3-inch models in eight colors, including California craw, Canada craw, mud minnow, coppertreuse, peanut butter and jelly, purple haze, sprayed grass […]

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Food Bank Garden

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Tony Miga is supervising the installation of tall, three-legged supports for pole beans in the one-acre plot at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus. The director of the farm on the Pittsburgh area campus is working with three students who he’s charged with caring for the growing of vegetables for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s […]

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The humble pretzel’s twisted path to becoming an Oktoberfest favorite food

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The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing freely at the massive two-week-long Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. More than 6 million people will descend upon the city to enjoy parades, music, rides, and of course, to guzzle nearly 7 million liters of beer — but revelers can not live on […]

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Ask the Gardener: Growing garlic, liriope problem and canna lilies

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Does pumpkin pie have to be refrigerated?

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If you only eat pumpkin pie in the fall, it’s easy to forget the rules of safely storing them. You may wonder if pumpkin and other custard-style pies can be left on the counter overnight or if you need to clear space in your fridge. And now that we’re on the topic, can pumpkin pie […]

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This is why vodka doesn’t freeze

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Vodka drinkers often like to keep their favorite alcohol chilled in the freezer. It gets nice and frosty, yet it never freezes solid. So what gives? Will vodka ever freeze? The short answer: Yes it freezes, but it’s not something you have to worry about in your home freezer. It all has to do with […]

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Cooking and canning your own crockpot applesauce

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October is National Apple Month, but we don’t need an official title to tell us that. Apples are everywhere. Grocery stores, local shops, farmers markets. I’ve seen whole bushels for sale for just $6. They’re probably piling up in your fridge drawer by this point, and you may be wondering what to do with all of […]

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How to make your jack-o-lantern last longer

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From funny faces to scary skulls, there’s no limit when it comes to pumpkin carving creativity. Displaying your handiwork is one of the Hallmark’s of Halloween. But that excited fall feeling quickly fades when your masterpiece becomes a mushy mess on the front porch. Of course you know your jack-o-lantern won’t last forever, but here are a […]

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Can you store open tin cans in the fridge?

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I’m willing to admit my dark kitchen secret because I know you’ve done it too. I, on occasion, leave food in its open tin can and pop it back in the fridge. Not proud of it. It happened just last week. I was done baking for the day and found myself with half a can of […]

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Stony Brook State Park beautifully scarred

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When it comes to hiking, New York’s Stony Brook State Park is more mom-and-pop store than big box outlet. Options are limited. The 577-acre park has just three trails, none of them much more than a mile long. Two snowmobile paths add another 2.5 miles or so of possibilities. And that’s it. But don’t be […]

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Game Commission unveils CWD plan, seeks hunter cooperation

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Hunters are being asked to save the day regarding the future of white-tailed deer. Again. But this latest request comes with a Bizzaro World-type twist. The Pennsylvania Game Commission rolled out its new chronic wasting disease response plan at a press conference in Harrisburg Thursday. It developed it in cooperation with scientists from wildlife agencies […]

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Panfish, bass, channel cats, more at neighborhood lakes

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Once-in-a-lifetime fishing trips are called that for a reason. They’re epic, awe-inspiring, spectacular even, for the fish, the scenery, the camaraderie, the adventure involved. But they are not in and of themselves the kind of things that create an angler. Consistent access to waters close to home is important, too. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a campfire recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Tick Remover Company: Sawyer (https://www.everybodyshops.com/tick-remover-plier.html) Gear type: Pliers Product description: There are a lot of tremendous reasons to be outdoors now and in the coming weeks. Hunters have their fall seasons, anglers their cooler water, hikers trails ablaze in color, campers […]

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Pollinator Educator

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Heather Holm and her husband were exploring Denmark, and as he delved into his family tree, the understanding spouse also knew he’d be spending time with flowers … as Holm’s passion for pollinators transcends international boundaries and vacation time. “I’m always interested in reading landscapes,” she says of the trip. “I was out looking for […]

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Healthier hacks for your Pumpkin Spice Latte order

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Fall is the season for swopping swim suits for sweaters and popsicles for PSLs. Yes, another Pumpkin Spice Latte season has arrived. But before you head to Starbucks to wrap your hands around a warm cup of PSL goodness, wrap your brain around the fact that each standard Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories […]

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Ask the Gardener: Plant ID, knotweed, tree selection and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Ask the Gardener: Magnolia tree, cactus care, avocado tree and more

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Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. (The questions may be lightly edited for […]

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Hocking Hills worth a visit around the crowds

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“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesn’t belong…” That’s an old tune from Sesame Street. It teaches children to identify differences in colors and sizes and shapes. It’s not the theme song of Hocking Hills State Park. But it could be. The park – a heartthrob of a […]

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Sunday hunting push faces obstacles in PA

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Hunters seeking the chance to pursue deer or other game on Sundays in Pennsylvania have a fight on their hands. And it’s one they’ll apparently have to wage with kid gloves. State lawmakers – either surprisingly politer or thin-skinned – made that clear this past week. The House of Representatives game and fisheries committee held […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for baked dove

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Erratic shiner Company: LIVETARGET Lures (https://livetargetlures.com/) Lure type: Spoon Sizes and colors: Available in four sizes – ¼-, 3/8-. ½- and ¾-ounces – in 10 colors, including gold/black, silver/blue, gold/green, glow/black and glow/pearl. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern […]

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Boating accidents, a look at how, when and why they occur

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It’s a new way to fight an age-old problem. Sometimes, people drink alcohol when out boating. And, as a result, some of them die. But there are new tools out there for detecting who’s had too much. The U.S. Coast Guard recently released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics report. It looks at boating accidents nationwide, […]

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How to pick the best butternut squash

Food

Fall has finally arrived and winter squash are stocked on the shelves — acorn, spaghetti, and of course, butternut. Butternut squash is a must-have fall vegetable that dates back nearly 10,000 years ago. It’s true! Archaeological evidence suggests that squash was first cultivated in what is now known as the Central America. Squash was one of […]

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Football whoopie pies are a total touchdown for game day desserts

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Football season is officially underway, so bring on the weekly goodies! These football-shaped whoopie pies will score points for being delicious as well as adorable. They’ll be the MVP of your tailgating table. Note: If you’re making these in the off season, or if you’re short on time, you can, of course, make this recipe […]

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Planting a Tree the Right Way

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There’s an old saying that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today.” Fall is the best time to plant trees as the temperatures and day length are conducive to root growth instead of top growth. They can be planted in the spring, but the […]

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