Saturday, December 22, 2012
A list of Christmas services offered in and around Upper St. Clair.
Christmas is just a few days away. Here is a list of special Christmas Eve and Christmas day services happening at churches in or near Upper St. Clair to help you and your family plan ahead. Christ The King Church: Christmas Eve Christ United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve Christian & Missionary Alliance Church: Christmas Eve Faith Lutheran Church: Christmas Eve Good Shepherd Church: Christmas Eve Peace Lutheran Church: Christmas Eve Christmas Day St. Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church: Christmas Eve Christmas Day St. John Capistran Parish: Christmas Eve Christmas Day St. Louise De Marillac Church: Christmas Eve Christmas Day St. Thomas More Church: Christmas Eve Christmas Day Westminster Presbyterian Church: Christmas Eve Did we miss a …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Christmas decorations and candles are the leading causes for holiday fires.
The holiday season brings an increased fire risk, warns the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department. The top causes for fires during this time of year are candles and electric—caused by Christmas decorations, according to Jerry Kopach, the department's president. "People need to pay attention to how they're decorating," Kopach said. "Use enclosed candles, no open flames." As for lights, check each set for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. And do not overload the circuit with wiring. Use no more than three sets of lights per single extension. Other holiday fire hazards include Christmas trees and wrapping paper. Keep your Christmas tree away from any heat source such as a space heater or fireplace. …
Friday, December 30, 2011
The Peters boutique retails fine alpaca clothing—including baby items—as well as eco-friendly jeans.
A few weeks ago, Premier Boutique opened its doors to the Peters Township community selling luxury items made of alpaca. The shop occupies the space where Maggie's Hardware used to be—on Route 19 (3328 Washington Road). Boutique owner Debbie Harden has owned and operated West Penn Alpacas in Claysville for nearly 16 years—approximately 200 Huacaya and Suri alpacas complete the herd on her 60-acre farm. Diving into what she didn’t realize would become such a passion, her father suggested she start an alpaca farm for the tax break and the chance to stay at home with her five children. She now operates an alpaca auction company, and was a founding partner in the Eastern Extreme Auction. The boutique exudes Harden’s obvious passion for fine …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Some malls have special hours to accommodate returns and sales.
To accommodate seasonal sales and the returns of items purchased, many Pittsburgh area shopping malls with have special hours of operation for the week following Christmas, while some malls will simply revert back to their normal schedules. See below for a list of area malls and their hours from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Also, see if those malls will keep their children's ride-along trains up after Christmas. All restaurant hours may vary.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
The Cathedral of Learning’s 27 functional classrooms, rich in heritage, are adorned in traditional holiday decor through Jan. 15, 2012.
Where can you visit 27 countries in one day? The University of Pittsburgh. Nestled inside the towering 42-story Cathedral of Learning—the world’s second tallest university building—sit small rooms, rich in heritage, each architecturally designed and decorated in the style of the country it represents. Especially beautiful during the holidays, the Nationality Rooms are bedecked in holiday décor through Jan. 15, 2012. So why not take a tour? On the weekends—through Jan. 14—narrated tape tours are available, without prior reservation, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The last tape tour is dispatched at 2:30 p.m. Guided holiday tours are available from 10 a.m. daily, with the exception of …
The theme of this year's Winter Flower Show is 'The Nutcracker.'
Escape the dreary, cold weather by checking out the Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory in Oakland. "It's a nice injection of color in the winter month," said Liz Fetchin, Phipps' spokesperson. Every year Phipps features a Winter Flower exhibit, filled with hundreds of poinsettias, amaryllis and fresh-cut evergreens adorned with LED lights. "It is very nostalgic for a lot of people in Pittsburgh," Fetchin said. "We have patrons who have been coming since they were little, and now they are bringing their grandchildren." Fetchin encourages patrons to make sure they check out the Winter Flower Show this year because of its "magical" theme. "Each year we try to give it that extra something special, and this year it's 'The Nutcracker,'" …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We could have a turkey or ham, tasty side dishes and elaborate desserts to celebrate, but this simple, meatless one reminds us of our heritage.
When my grandmother came to the United States in 1907, she brought a steamer trunk with all her worldly possessions. She also brought traditions steeped in the Byzantine Catholic heritage that formed the center of life for the peasant farmers and herders in her small village in the Carpathian Mountains, along what is now the Slovakian border with Poland. One of those traditions is what our family calls “Big Supper,” the Christmas Eve Holy Supper celebrated by Carpatho-Rusyns (Ruthenians) and other eastern European nationalities. We don’t follow most of the feast’s religious customs today—fasting before the meal, wheat at the table, clean white tablecloth, holy water and garlic. Nor do we drink the shots of whiskey before the meal (even …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Family and friends can view the greetings for free.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Comcast Corp. is offering Troop Greetings On Demand for the eighth consecutive year at no additional cost to its Xfinity TV customers through the end of January 2012. Troop Greetings On Demand delivers special holiday greetings from military personnel stationed overseas to their loved ones back home to watch as often as they wish. The greetings are now accessible under the “Get Local” folder in Comcast’s signature On Demand menu. The greetings are available online at http://xfinity.comcast.net/video/playlist/Comcast/2174078353/. “This special time of year is about family, friends and good will in the community, and we are proud to use our On Demand technology to bring holiday greetings from our troops overseas to their loved ones back …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
You could be allergic to poinsettias!
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Sunday, December 11, 2011
For people who suffer from allergies and asthma, the holiday season’s fun, festivities and food can hide dangers. Awareness and careful planning can help people with allergies and asthma avoid triggers that ruin their holiday fun, said Allegheny General Hospital allergist Deborah Gentile, MD. “Unfortunately, many holiday allergy and asthma triggers are hidden or not well known to the public,” Dr. Gentile said. “People think of fall or spring as prime season for allergies and asthma, but the December holidays can also be challenging.” Among the dangers: Does Christmas time trigger your allergies? Tell us in the comments.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania DUI Association discuss prevention of drunken driving.
It's an unfortunate part of the Christmas season each year, Pennsylvania State Trooper Robin Mungo said. "We usually start to see it rise around Thanksgiving," Mungo said of drunken-driving arrests and crashes. "So this is a reminder to people around the holidays. If you have a friend who you've seen drinking, stop them before they get into a car." Standing alongside the state's DUI Victims Moving Memorial at the Mall at Robinson, Mungo said state police typically handle an increased number of drunken-driving arrests, crashes and fatalities during the December holiday season. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania DUI Association officials joined her Friday at the memorial to urge western Pennsylvania's drivers not to …