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Henry Long Ranger outshoots need for compromise

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I’d like to have rock hard, well-defined, Lord have mercy six pack abs. And I might, too. Except for pizza. And ice cream, the occasional high calorie beverage and, well, lots of other foods that promote softer edges. That’s the way things often are in life, though. We make choices, compromise really, and live with […]

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Who, how of wildlife management in PA a mystery to most

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It’s the same problem facing wildlife management agencies all across the country. And it’s one of relevance. According to a random, scientifically valid poll, more than half of Pennsylvanians – 52 percent to be exact – say they don’t know which agency is most responsible for managing wildlife in the state. By comparison, just 38 […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a CanCooker recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: CanCooker Jr. Company: Seth McGinn Gear type: Cooking pot Product description: Meals are a big part of any camping trip. But only so long as making them is fun. If you spend all your time slaving over the stove, and too […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal good, not so good for largemouth bass

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Somalis transform vacant city lot to farm

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Abdulkadir Chirambo smiles easily, especially when he’s talking about the vacant city lots the United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh have converted to a huge farm like garden. As president and spokesman of the organization, he gets serious when asked what brought him from Kenya to the Pittsburgh. “Peace, education and changing life,” he says […]

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Ask The Gardener: Tree lichens, bugs and a reader testimonial

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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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How to tell the difference between a shrimp and a prawn

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Shrimp might be the darling of coastal kitchens but they can be found on menus just about anywhere. Whether it’s shrimp tacos, shrimp scampi, or shrimp cocktail, Americans devour nearly 4.5 pounds of the delicious little crustaceans every year. But are we always sure what we’re eating? Come to think of it, maybe our neighbor’s shrimp […]

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How to get rid of fruit flies in your home

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The weather is warm, and your house is stocked with loads of yummy fresh fruit. This means it’s prime time to find those pesky little fruit flies floating around your kitchen. Rather than just shoo them away, here’s how to get fly-free in no time. Gnats vs fruit flies When you first spot little black bugs […]

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Bruschetta pasta salad

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If you had to describe summer in one bite, it would probably be something cool and refreshing. It would definitely be loaded with the flavors of juicy, local tomatoes and fresh, fragrant basil. It would be easy to make and light to eat. It would be this bruschetta pasta salad. You can choose any pasta […]

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Ask The Gardener: Peppers, tomato issues and plant identifications

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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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Hostels serve as fun, unique rest stops along Appalachian Trail

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Opulent is not a word usually associated with overnight accommodations along the Appalachian Trail. Rustic. Spare. Austere. Homey, maybe, if you’re in a particularly charitable mood. But not opulent. Most days on the trail involve walking mile after mile and eating dehydrated food while sitting on a stump or the ground, perhaps at best topped […]

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Legendary hunter Barry Wensel offers advice on killing mature bucks

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There’s no questioning Barry Wensel’s deer hunting resume. In six years working as a guide, he and his twin brother Gene helped more than 200 clients kill Pope & Young class deer with their bows. Their hunters had a 96 percent success rate overall. Barry has personally killed four Boone & Crockett bucks, all with […]

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Ask The Gardener: Tomato issues, tobacco hornworm, pests 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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Outdoor Extras, including a bluegill recipe

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Lure of the week Lure name: Frog Spinner Company: Uncle Buck’s (www.basspro.com) Lure type: Spinner Sizes and colors: Available a 1-inch, 1/16-ounce model. The blade is silver, the frog body a natural green frog color. Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills and crappies. Technique: Though anyone […]

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Ask The Gardener: Growing lettuce, starting lilacs, root crop problems 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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Love of Plant Breeding

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Sarah Zolock’s well-worn straw gardening hat reveals her silver hair through a hole in the top. “I want the hat like that,” she says smiling. “It lets the air through the crown better.” Along with her husband Steve, the couple are conducting a tour of their expansive and beautiful garden, explaining the intricacies of plant […]

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Ask the Gardener: Dogwood shrubs, tulips, preventing weeds 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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What’s the difference between limes and key limes?

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It’s August and the celebration of summer foods continues, as we gorge on watermelon, all things caprese, and grilled goods every night. One more summer speciality we just can’t get enough of? Key Lime Pie. Of course, if you’ve ever made or eaten a tart and tasty Key lime pie, you might have asked yourself: […]

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Put that basil to good use in this pistachio pesto

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If you haven’t peaked into your garden lately, you’ll likely find it blooming with basil! Which means one thing — it’s time for a million batches of fresh, homemade pesto. The only thing I don’t dig about making basil is those pricey pine nuts. For this recipe, we’re going to skip them and add a […]

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12 tips for making the best pesto

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Pesto is a simple and delicious summer staple. Without it, think of all the basil that would go to waste! But the trouble with this sauce is that it doesn’t always go so well. Here are 12 tips for how you can make your most perfect pesto. Clean your greens Always, always, always be sure your basil […]

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Help sought with dead bald eagle and live ones, too

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There’s one less to count this year. But, if all goes well, the person responsible for that will be made to pay. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are asking for the public’s help in figuring out who killed a mature bald eagle in Erie County recently. The bird was discovered on July 25, near Hope Cemetery […]

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Fisheries surveys reveal solid walleye populations

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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Large online license sales mix-up still being corrected

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This is what a snafu looks like. More than a month after 2019-20 Pennsylvania hunting licenses went on sale, tens of thousands of people who purchased theirs online are still waiting to receive them. Licenses bought online are supposed to be printed within 24 hours, mailed immediately thereafter and arrive within seven to 10 business […]

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The short-barreled revolver still viable, fun to shoot

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Perhaps they get paid by the bullet fired. The heroes – and the villains, too, to be fair — in contemporary action movies all carry high capacity firearms as a matter of course. They lug around spare magazines like they’re nothing, as well. And brother, do they pull the trigger. If shootouts on the scale […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a recipe for bacon wrapped peaches

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You want outdoor extras? We’ve got outdoor extras… Gear of the week Gear name: Power Armz Company: 4id (https://www.everybodyshops.com/power-armz-led-safety-armband.html) Gear type: Lighted armbands Product description: 4id’s Power Armz are a favorite of runners and cyclists because their bright light – which can be set to flash or shine continuously – are powerful enough to make […]

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Fisheries survey shows Allegheny River prime for big smallmouth bass

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So you want to catch some fish, huh? Well, here’s a tip. Start by casting your line where the fish are. Pretty sage stuff there, I know. Confucius-esque, almost. But if you want to catch fish, you’ve got to know what waters the fish call home and in what sizes and numbers. The good news […]

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