Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Can they be stopped?
The return of warm weather means a lot of great things—swimming, cookouts, parades, baseball. But it also means the return of one of the Mid-Atlantic states' most ubiquitous pests—the Halyomorpha halys, or brown marmorated stink bug. Somehow accidentally introduced in the United States during the late 20th century (or thereabouts), stink bugs are now so prevalent that exterminating them—or at least trying to do so—has become quite the industry. A "stink bugs" search on Amazon.com shows a number of traps and sprays for sale—and even a book—that are designed to get rid of the exotic insects. But how can they be prevented from first coming into our homes, where they buzz and fly and create a foul odor when crushed? And, lest we forget, they'…
Friday, April 19, 2013
The prevalent creepy-crawlies typically feast on abundant prey.
If you haven't seen them crawling around your house, consider yourself lucky. But for those that have Scutigera coleoptrata, or house centipedes, inside of their homes, they can be a big (literally)—and creepy—nuisance. Yes, though their venomous bites can be painful, centipede venom is "not normally life endangering to humans," according to Orkin.com. But, according to Steve Jacobs, an urban entomologist at Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, "If house centipedes are seen frequently, this indicates that some prey arthropod is in abundance, and may signify a greater problem than the presence of the centipedes." "During the daytime, the centipedes inhabit dark, damp locations in the home and come out at night to forage…
Friday, February 15, 2013
Baldwin's Ed Helbig is the only coach to be inducted this year.
The face of Baldwin High School track & field will soon be where it belongs, as a selection committee of the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) has chosen Ed Helbig to be a member of PTFCA Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. The organization's hall of fame was established in 1995 to honor the elite individuals in Pennsylvania track & field history. A selection committee consisting of more than two-dozen coaches, officials and journalists collects and reviews information about individuals who have been nominated. Further research is conducted, and a new ballot is formed every summer, followed by voting in the fall and induction at the coming year's indoor state championship meet—Feb. 23 this year at Penn State University. …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Don't make your Pittsburgh Christmas company sit around on your couch all day. Here are 10 places that you can show your guests.
1. CONSOL Energy Center Here's a great idea for all of you with hockey withdrawal. The inaugural Three Rivers Classic is taking place on Dec. 28 and 29. The four NCAA Division I men's teams scheduled to participate are from Robert Morris University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University and Miami (Ohio) University. Click here to buy tickets. 2. Frick Art & Historical Center Experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age. View arts and artifacts, check out vintage cars and carriages, and enjoy fine dining and more. The exhibition of Walter Gay masterpieces is now on view. Click here to plan your visit. 3. Senator John Heinz History Center Check out "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" at the Heinz …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Pennsylvania taxpayers can donate all or part of their income tax refund to cancer research in the state through a program called Refunds for Research.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
The PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) has an annual program that allows Pennsylvania taxpayers to support cancer research in the Keystone State. The program is called Refunds for Research. By checking "YES" on line 35 of the PA 40 tax form, any taxpayer can donate all or part of his or her state income tax refund to breast and cervical cancer research, and every penny contributed goes directly to cancer researchers as they work for a cure. By donating, the taxpayer will join thousands of Pennsylvania tax filers who have contributed to over $2.8 million for Pennsylvania-based cancer research. Recent recipients of the funds include doctors at Penn State University, the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University. "Pennsylvania…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
In July 1979, Carol Jursik picked up some groceries on her way home from jogging but vanished just 10 houses from her front porch.
Life seemed like it was on the right path for Carol Jursik on a July evening in 1979 as she jogged with a housemate. A nationally ranked college fencer and a possible contender for a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympics team, Jursik, 24, was a Penn State University graduate student working during the summer through a cooperative job program at a U.S. Steel facility in Monroeville. Jursik and a friend, Michael Pierce, had jogged 15 miles together the night of July 30 before they separated at roughly 9:15 about one mile from the home in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill North neighborhood that they shared with four other friends. The home, which had been converted into apartments, was found on Murrayhill Avenue (also spelled Murray Hill). Jursik …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Thomas Pastorius, a pioneer of the craft brewing movement who was proud to be known as 'Mr. Beer,' died on Thursday.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Thomas Vaughn Pastorius, 67, of Sewickley Borough, died on Thursday, Sept. 6, while surrounded by his family. The founder of the Pennsylvania Brewing Company (or Penn Brewery) in 1986, where he served as the company's president and CEO until July 2010, Pastorius was a pioneer of the craft brewing movement and was proud to be known as "Mr. Beer" while winning numerous national and international awards. Pastorius was born in Pittsburgh on Sept. 22, 1944, the son of the late James G. and Ruth Edwards Pastorius. A graduate of Baldwin High School, where he was a bagpiper for the Baldwin High marching band, Tom earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and was a member of the varsity swimming team there. He received a Master of …
Monday, July 16, 2012
'It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package.' — Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and a Baldwin Borough resident.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, is sponsoring another raffle where the prize is a grown-up version of the "Golden Ticket." Junior Achievement has again assembled an extraordinary prize for Pittsburgh sports fans, as the winner of this fundraiser—determined by the Pennsylvania Lottery's evening Big 4 number on Aug. 30—will receive a pair of tickets to each of the following attractions: Raffle tickets will be sold by Junior Achievement through Aug. 30 for $50 each. "It's the ultimate Pittsburgh sports package," said Dennis Gilfoyle, president of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and a Baldwin Borough resident. Each ticket …
Friday, July 13, 2012
The Pennsylvania Republican told The Associated Press that he "hopes the case helps people recognize that everyone has an obligation to report child sex abuse."
More than four hours after the Freeh report was made public on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett refused to comment on the matter but spoke to The Associated Press regarding a former probe conducted partially under his watch during his own tenure as attorney general—defending it. Corbett, who refused to comment on the most recent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal because he hadn't read the report yet, said that he hopes that the case helps people to recognize that everyone has an obligation to report child sex abuse, according to the AP as reported by PennLive. In defense of the probe that began under his watch as attorney general, Corbett told the AP that it took "a monster" off the street. Later, Corbett said that …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Republicans call spending plan responsible; Democrats decry social service cuts.
The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to vote on Friday on a $27.66-billion spending plan that holds the line on taxes for the new fiscal year, which begins on Sunday. The state House of Representatives approved the measure by a vote of 120-81 on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The new budget increases spending by less than 2 percent over this year's budget, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported. The spending plan maintains current funding for public schools and colleges. However, it eliminates the state Department of Public Welfare's cash assistance program and cuts $84 million—half of what Gov. Tom Corbett had proposed cutting for county-provided human services. The budget also includes a tax break that could exceed $1…