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Traveling Down Under with Hannah Hale

By: Paula Green G’day Mate!  We are about to introduce you a 16-year old Seneca Valley Senior High School student who recently returned from an once-in-a-lifetime adventure

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Starting the Conversation: Advice on Helicopter Parenting?

By: Marianne Reid Anderson The world is a dangerous place – without a doubt – and much different than the world I grew-up in where my mother could insist we go outside and play and without any supervision, just with the rule that we had to be back by supper-time. I applaud all the parents […]

Support Our Troops

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Checkpoint Where Military Meets Community

By: Paula Green               Southwestern Pennsylvania has the distinction of having one of the highest quantities of military Veterans in the United States. 

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Tips for tastefully showcasing your Legs

By Kelly Smith The heat is still on so use it to your advantage and show some skin!  We still have a good 6 weeks or so of summer sun in which to frolic and everyone knows frolicking just looks and feels better with a great pair of legs!  You don’t need to have a […]

Cover Stories:

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The 2014 graduating class at Oakland Catholic was accepted to over 160 different post-secondary schools of higher learning and received well over $10.8 million in scholarships.

 July marks the beginning of a signature season of summer events in Greene County, Pa., just two hours south of Butler County.  The Jacktown Fair kicks off the middle of the month, running July 15-19 in Wind Ridge, on the western end of the county. The longest continuously running fair in the country, the Jacktown […]

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 By Rosemary Garrity  Keep those fingers crossed! Can the Pirates not only repeat the great season they had last year…or better yet…surpass it??  That’s what most Pittsburghers are hoping they can do. And why not?  The roster is very strong with players like hometown hero, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutcheon, Pedro Alvarez, and Gerrit Cole, to […]

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By Marianne Reid Anderson Appearing on May 24, 2014 at Hartwood Acres, PyroFest is a one-of-akind spectacular fireworks event designed to amaze, thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. On May 24th the sky will become a festival of light and pyrotechnic special effects that are choreographed with split-second timing to a monumental musical score. […]

Starting the Conversation:

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Starting the Conversation: Advice on Helicopter Parenting?

By: Marianne Reid Anderson The world is a dangerous place – without a doubt – and much different than the world I grew-up in where my mother could insist we go outside and play and without any supervision, just with the rule that we had to be back by supper-time. I applaud all the parents […]

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Starting the Conversation Should We Bury the PA Death Tax?

By Marianne Reid Anderson A reader from McKeesport wrote to me to awaken me to the injustice of the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax also known as the “Death Tax.” As it turns out, Pennsylvania is one of only a handful of states that taxes certain beneficiaries of someone’s will even though the deceased has already paid […]

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Starting the Conversation “Manly, Yes, But I like it Too!”

By: Marianne Reid Anderson Growing up, this old slogan for Irish Spring® bath soap, pretty much said it all! Let’s break out of stereotypical thinking! Being born and raised a Pittsburgher, I always assumed that all girls were like me and were huge fans of professional sports, such as the Steelers and the Pirates. I […]

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Starting the Conversation: Why is it a “Boy” Thing?

By Marianne Reid Anderson Growing up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, the era of women’s lib, every teacher I ever had told all of us girls that we could do anything a boy could do, we could become doctors, lawyers, astronauts, professional athletes, you name it. And as I look around today, I see that […]

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A SUMMER OF HOPE…

 By Rosemary Garrity  Keep those fingers crossed! Can the Pirates not only repeat the great season they had last year…or better yet…surpass it??  That’s what most Pittsburghers are hoping they can do. And why not?  The roster is very strong with players like hometown hero, Neil Walker, Andrew McCutcheon, Pedro Alvarez, and Gerrit Cole, to […]

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PyroFest 2014! America’s Largest and Most Fantastic Fireworks Festival

By Marianne Reid Anderson Appearing on May 24, 2014 at Hartwood Acres, PyroFest is a one-of-akind spectacular fireworks event designed to amaze, thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. On May 24th the sky will become a festival of light and pyrotechnic special effects that are choreographed with split-second timing to a monumental musical score. […]

Fit Families

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Staying Fit when You’re Back in School 

    By:  Joella Baker   Staying active throughout the school year is tough for those kids who don’t participate in organized sports.  Summer is a great time to be out swimming, riding bikes and just being outside.

Exercise and Diet: Myths and Facts to Help You Succeed

By:  Joella Baker I’m always hearing people talk about the different diets they are trying and ways they plan to lose weight, lose it fast and keep it off.    The truth is there is no easy way to do this.   If you really want to lose weight and have it last, it takes the following…

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The Worst Holiday Foods to Eat

 By:  Joella Baker For most of us, food is one of the center points of the holiday season.  It’s so tough to have the willpower to say no.  Worst of all, we always think that we will just have a small piece and it won’t be too bad.  Unfortunately, the holiday favorites are by far […]

See you at our upcoming events!

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All That Glimmers Bridal Event

  You and members of your family, friends and wedding partyare cordially invited toPittsburgh’s Premier Wedding Show: All That Glimmers Bridal Event Saturday, March 15th11-3pmVIP starts at 10am Conveniently held at The Grand Room of the new Holy Trinity Center985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237(at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road) VIP Event […]

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All That Glimmers Bridal Event

  You and members of your family, friends and wedding partyare cordially invited toPittsburgh’s Premier Wedding Show: All That Glimmers Bridal Event Saturday, March 15thConveniently held at The Grand Room of the new Holy Trinity Center985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237(at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road) VIP Event begins at 10:00 a.m. […]

Spotlight on Business

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A True Treasure of a Golf Course Celebrating their 25th Anniversary

July Business Spotlight: Clover Hill Golf Course By Marianne Reid Anderson Nestled in Franklin Park at 2200 Reis Run Road is the absolutely idyllic Clover Hill Golf Course. Besides being beautiful and extraordinarily well-kept and well-maintained, this 9-hole course manages to be both fun and challenging without

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Starfish Rentals and Realty Inc.

By: Paula Green            This past winter was a harsh one not only for Pittsburgh but for much of our country.  During those endless, blustery, snowy days so many of us longed to venture on a sunny, beach vacation.  Picture yourself walking along the sandy shores where you can sunbath, surf, […]

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Business Spotlight: Weirton Medical Center is New Home To Top General Surgeons

Weirton Medical Center is pleased to welcome three of the region’s top general surgeons home!  James Valuska Jr, MD, Thomas Lheureau, MD and M. Lance Weaver, MD make up the all new Innovative Surgical Group at WMC.    The doctors have practiced in the Wexford and Cranberry areas for the past several years and for […]

Health & Wellness

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2014 Healthcare Guide

Innovations in Healthcare By Marianne Reid Anderson Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas are known for leading the way in innovative healthcare. Treatments, surgeries, procedure, medications and much more continue to improve the lives

Brain Health Across the Lifespan

By Dr. Paul Nussbaum- The human brain is the single most magnificent miracle ever designed in the history of the universe. Weighing two-to-four pounds, composed of nearly 60% fat, and demanding 25% of the blood from each heartbeat, the brain is the origin of our every thought, emotion, and movement.  It reflects our very identity! […]

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Family Fitness with NFL’s PLAY60 Program

By Marianne Reid Anderson If your New Year’s Resolution is to achieve fitness for the whole family, you may want to get involved with the NFL Play 60 program. NFL PLAY 60 is the National Football League’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the […]

Just A Thought

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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 […]

Trivia

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All Shook Up with Elvis Presley Trivia: Celebrating 60 years of “the King’s” music

By: Paula Green           He shook the hearts of many and was “the King of Rock and Roll.”   Elvis Aron Presley was a music legend.  He was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Miss., to Gladys and Vernon Presley.  His twin brother Jessie Garon was stillborn, which left him to […]

Check out our Upcoming Special Issues

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Northern Connection’s 15th Annual Wedding Issue

Feature your business in Northern Connection Magazine’s upcoming WEDDING ISSUE! Email: northcon@consolidated.net for ad rates and more information! Space is limited! This issue will also be delivered at the All That Glimmers Bridal Event on March 15th, 2014. At The Grand Room at the Holy Trinity Center in the North Hillshosted byArista Catering and Event Planning!