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Memorial Park Mission Trip to Mexico

By: Paula Green An enthusiastic group of parishioners from Memorial Park Church in McCandless Township returned recently from a mission to Camp Kikomar, near Tuxpan, Mexico on the Gulf coast. 

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Celebrating Senior Champions Creating a Better Life for Seniors

  Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl champion, Rocky Bleier will serve as master of ceremonies when UPMC Senior Services honors extraordinary individuals and organizations who contribute significant time and energy to serving seniors throughout Western Pennsylvania.


Educator Making a Difference: Dr. Todd Allen of Grove City College

Dr. Todd Allen, professor of communications studies, is making a difference in the classroom at Grove City College and beyond. Allen teaches courses in persuasion, rhetoric, culture and communication, civil rights/public memory and crisis communications, but his work as an educator isn’t limited to the classroom. In 2006 he founded The Common Ground Project, a […]


3 Stresses That Affect Kid’s Bodies

Back to school can bring a new set of stresses for kids. Some are mental,

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Each and every day, ordinary citizens do extraordinary things to help make UPMC Passavant a world-class hospital right here in our own backyard. Passavant Hospital Foundation — a non-profit organization supporting our hospital and the health of our community — would like to share just a few of these inspiring stories.

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This summer students were busy serving others, exploring the world outside of the classroom, and preparing for post-secondary education opportunities.

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Green, a color that stands for balance, spring, nature and rebirth. Just like the color represents, Greene County symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, hope and generosity. With the sun shining more than usual, the Pennsylvania weather heating up, it’s now the perfect time to follow your compass south to partake in fun summer activities. Just an […]

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You are not alone! Millions of Americans have let the pounds creep on and are now carrying too much weight to enjoy the active lifestyle they deserve.

Starting the Conversation:

Would Changes to the School Year Help Parents?

I often hear parents say that they believe the school day starts much too early. Many students catch the bus as early as 6:30 a.m. Some studies show that students have a hard time focusing so early in the morning.

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Starting the Conversation – Do We Appreciate What We Have?

  In my younger days, I would have given a resounding, “YES!” I was raised to be keenly aware of how bad my grandparents had it back in the old country and how lucky and fortunate we all are to be Americans. But somehow, in my mind, I pictured the old country being like an […]

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Starting the Conversation: Where Does the Buck Stop

By: Marianne Reid Anderson In addition to my work here at Northern Connection, I also have my own sideline business where I recently had a rather unpleasant experience. A person who shall remain nameless inadvertently sent me a different file than the one she “meant” to send me. When I opened the file, technically everything […]

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The Restroom Privacy Controversy

By: Marianne Reid Anderson I honestly never thought about privacy regarding a public restroom before the recent controversy. Usually, I’m just relieved one is available when I require it. But a few years ago, before there was any controversy, a young Dad that I know mentioned to me, “The best thing ever invented was the […]

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Celebrating Senior Champions Creating a Better Life for Seniors

  Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl champion, Rocky Bleier will serve as master of ceremonies when UPMC Senior Services honors extraordinary individuals and organizations who contribute significant time and energy to serving seniors throughout Western Pennsylvania.

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Celebrating Senior Champions Creating a Better Life for Seniors

On Wednesday October 21, UPMC Senior Services, the Aging Institute and the University of Pittsburgh will host the seventh annual Celebrating Senior Champions Benefit Dinner and Auction at the Omni William Penn. Nearly 400 business leaders and friends will attend this event to celebrate three outstanding individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to […]

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EQT Children’s Theater Festival Focuses on Theater, Activities and Fun!


Fit Families

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Multi-sport Fun: Something for Everyone!

By: Joella Baker In 4 weeks I will be heading to my fifth ITU Long Course World Championship Race.  I will have to swim 2.5 miles, bike 75 miles and run 18.6 miles as I compete for Team USA in Oklahoma City on September 24.  My family lives a multi-sport life.  My son and husband […]


Kids and Breakfast:  What are your kids eating each morning?  By: Joella Baker

By Joella Baker My summer camps have been very busy.  Serving nearly 250 kids this summer, I have a great opportunity to talk to the kids about what they eat and when they eat.  In fact, I went as far as to bring a nutritionist in to several of my camps to discuss nutrition and […]


A New Celiac’s Fight for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

By:  Joella Baker This will be my first holiday going gluten-free.  I’m actually excited about the naturally gluten-free items that I plan to include in my Thanksgiving.  I love food and I love to eat and I especially love my Thanksgiving favorites. Just because now I’m gluten-free doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the holiday […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? Kean Quest Searches for the Next Big Star!

By Jill Greenwood If you think you’ve got what it takes to become the next Jackie Evancho, we’ve got the opportunity for you! The 2016 Kean Quest Talent Search attracts singers of all ages and has seen its share of amazing talent since launching in 2004. Richland Township’s own Jackie Evancho, who was the runner […]

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Need to Get-Away: Visit Garrett County

Neighboring Garrett County, Maryland has been selected by Travel & Leisure as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors. Located only two hours outside of Pittsburgh, Garrett County is the western-most county in Maryland and home to: Deep Creek Lake, the state’s largest freshwater lake Wisp Resort, Maryland’s only ski resort (32 slopes & trails for […]

Spotlight on Business

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Jimmy Wan’s Restaurant and Lounge Serving the Best in Pan-Asian Cuisine

Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, Dim Sum, Sushi, Sashimi and more, Jimmy Wan Sr. has been bringing the best of Pan-Asian cuisine to the Pittsburgh-area for over 30 years.

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Enjoy Your Own Outdoor Oasis through M.R. LAWNscape

Business Spotlight M.R. LAWNscape: A Family Run Business Providing Quality and Professionalism Escape into your own tranquil outdoor oasis that is serene, tasteful and elegant as well as beautifully picturesque. An oasis that is designed, built and created especially for you by team of professionals at M.R. LAWNscape


Business Spotlight Yours to Mine

Opening the door to Yours to Mine consignment shop, is like lifting the lid on a treasure chest. Inside you’ll find exquisite furniture, stylish home décor, antique trunks, unique paintings, and dazzling jewelry.

Health & Wellness


3 Stresses That Affect Kid’s Bodies

Back to school can bring a new set of stresses for kids. Some are mental,

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Back-to-School Preperation

A Note From Dr. Godinez It’s that time of the year to start thinking about children returning to school — new clothes, new school backpacks, new lunch bags, new hairstyles, new school supplies. Lots of new things. But it’s a good time remember some of the old “things” as well (at least from a Pediatricians […]

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Advances in Men’s Healthcare  

  We, at Northern Connection magazine, are proud to help create awareness regarding several healthcare concerns that can affect men and in some cases both men and women, throughout their lives and the various methods of care and treatments that are available from the dedicated healthcare professionals in our area.

Just A Thought


Just a Thought—Viva la Difference

    By Janice Lane Palko During the Christmas holidays, my husband, 25 and 20-year-old sons and I went to see Les Misérable at the movie theater.  It was the only movie that all four of us had not seen so that’s why we chose it.  While I enjoyed it, I could tell after 10 […]

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Just a Thought: A Christmas Collage By Janice Lane Palko

This year I will celebrate my 53rd Christmas, and I guess I have enough years under my belt to wax a little nostalgic on Christmases past.  It has happened gradually, but Christmas has changed a lot over the decades.  When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, the month of December was a […]


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Star Trek Trivia To boldly go where, no man has gone before….

By: Paula Green “Space the final frontier…” many folks recognize the opening from the original Star Trek series that aired from Sept. 8, 1966 to Sept. 2, 1969.  This month in honor of its 50th

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17th Annual Back to School Guide

17th Annual Back-to-School Guide featured in Northern Connection Magazine’s August & September 2016 Issues