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Kennywood at 120

by Kate Benz
Everyone has at least one, and probably way more memories of Kennywood: Finally getting behind the wheel of the blue car on the Turnpike. Stealing a kiss on the Old Mill. Begging Mom for another hour at the park. Putting up with your own whining kids when you say it’s…

Play Ball! Faster Please

by Marino Parascenzo
Major League Baseball’s department of Faster Play, fearing that people will think the game has become sluggish and dull and will quit watching, has devised yet another new rule to perk things up, as Pirates fans might note this season. This one’s about mound visits. Like when the catcher goes…

Steelers Add Key Players Who Should See Playing Time

by Matthew John Milligan
The 2018 NFL draft is in the books. The league again elected to feature a number of former NFL players to make team selections, perhaps to quell the booing of Commissioner Roger Goodell. It didn’t make a difference.

The Allegheny River

by Thomas Saunders
In many ways, the Allegheny River is the centerpiece of our region. It traverses landscapes from wilderness to urban and provides recreational opportunities in many different places along its course. One of the most spectacular parts of the river is the free-​flowing 125 miles of the middle Allegheny from the…

Our Changing Pastime

by John W. Miller
On a snowy night, I’m tossing winter batting practice in a gym to nine-​year-​old boys who play for Steel City Select, an elite Pittsburgh travel baseball club.

Becoming a Deer Farmer

by Bridget Fertal
Deer may be the taxidermy industry’s essential resource, but living deer are making a much bigger economic impact now, thanks to the growing business of deer farming.

The Art of Taxidermy

by Bridget Fertal
The Victorian Era is known for its décor, literature and scientific developments. However, alongside the works of Dickens and the birth of photography, a long-​dead style of art re-​emerged in Victorian homes: taxidermic animals.

What a Rack! The True and Weird Story of Antlers

by Bridget Fertal
Doug Lovstuen saw movement first, then his quarry. The average buck’s antlers are seven points, but this one had the biggest antlers he’d ever seen.

Venison: Pennsylvania’s Favorite Meat

by Bridget Fertal
The primary red meat of Pennsylvania is probably not at your local grocery store, but it may be romping through your backyard. And it turns out that venison (deer meat) trumps beef not only in popularity, but also, the experts say, in health benefit and nutrition.

Things Seem Great with the Steelers, But…

by Matthew John Milligan
Something’s missing. That seems to be the general feeling among pundits of late, even as the Steelers sit comfortably atop the AFC North with a 3-​game lead over the Ravens.

Steelers Ready to Go: Breaking Down the 53

by Matthew John Milligan
The Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 by the Saturday deadline, and the acquisitions of cornerback Joe Haden and tight end Vance McDonald signal that this team is built to win now. Ben Roethlisberger has already mulled retirement once, James Harrison can only hold off retirement for so long, and…

Steelers Rundown: Progress Report After Two Preseason Games

by Matthew John Milligan
The Steelers are halfway through the preseason, and all signs are pointing to another electric season on both sides of the ball. Here are a few notes from Pittsburgh’s victories over the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants, as well as some training camp observations from Latrobe.

Unfair to Athletes?

by Marino Parascenzo
Speaking of high school football, as I am, I knew of a chemistry teacher who was so tough, so mean — or at least mean-​looking — that he produced decades of superb students. Not that I’m advocating mean as a teaching method, but he was so good that college chemistry professors could pick his…

Sailing into the Fray

by Douglas Heuck
In May, my older sister emailed, wondering if I’d be sailing in the nationals, which this year would be where we spend summers in Michigan. I’d been considering it, but there were two impediments — pulling together a four-​man crew and the spinnaker. No problem with the crew, but flying a spinnaker…

“The Slide” chronicles the tough years of the Pittsburgh Pirates

by Fred Shaw
For some locals, October 17, 1979 was the date parents all over southwestern PA let their kids stay up late. That night baseball fans young and old got to witness Willie “Pops” Stargell homering against the Baltimore Orioles, propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates to their most-​recent World Series title. The sound…
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