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Elizabeth Hamblin: Stars & Stripes Award recipient

Elizabeth Hamblin Stars & Stripes Award recipient By: Paula Green Eighteen year old, Elizabeth Hamblin was bestowed with the Stars & Stripes Award on April 22, in a Court of Honor ceremony.  This honor is the highest recognition offered to girls by the American Heritage Girls (AHG). Hamblin is a member of AHG Troop PA2551 […]


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.



Affordable, Customized Builder with Attention to Detail Over 18,000 dream homes built and the next one could be yours. Wayne Homes was founded in 1973 and was named in honor of Wayne County, Ohio, where their first homes were built.  They are currently serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan, and have been building […]


Navigating through 8 Spring Fashion Trends

By Suzanne Mauro, AICI Navigating through spring 2016’s Fashion Trends can be a little bit overwhelming, even for a fashion folk like me. Deciding what to add to our wardrobes is quite a challenge,

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  Fifth Annual PyroFest to Light Up Cooper’s Lake  Caution:  What you are going to read is not about your average fireworks display over Memorial Day weekend.  Rather, a chance to feast your eyes on the return of America’s largest fireworks festival, the most jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring weekend of skyscraping glory.

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 WHO WE ARE: Advantage Credit Counseling Service, Inc. has been a trusted resource in the community since 1968.  Headquartered in the Southside of Pittsburgh, Advantage has recently expanded its footprint in Pennsylvania.  In addition to its satellite offices in Altoona, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, and York, the agency now has locations in Pittston, State College, Stroudsburg […]

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  Want to look and feel your best? Tired of unwanted hair? Want smooth and sexy skin? Want to look and feel years younger?  At Ideal Image, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your personal best. Giving you the confidence you deserve.  Our service are performed by licensed medical and nursing professionals, with […]

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Passavant Hospital Foundation — a non-profit organization supporting UPMC Passavant and the health of our community — relies on thousands of local donors to raise the funds necessary for education, outreach, and grant making. Following the trail of contributions reveals some inspiring stories about loyal and creative donors who have made it possible for the […]

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Is there Still a taboo over Mental Illness?

ByMarIanne Reid Anderson Nothing is more tragic than someone taking their own life. It is especially tragic when it is a young person. The isolation, despondency and despair that must lead to such an act is heart-wrenching.

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Starting the Conversation Is Legalizing Medical Marijuana a Priority?

At the printing of this issue, a bill legalizing medical marijuana passed in the Pennsylvania House and was on its way to the Senate. After decades of research, the FDA has proven beyond a doubt that certain medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, when extracted, can have a tremendous positive effect on several disorders including […]

Starting the Conversation Sporting Concussions: Are We Too Violent?

It’s been a few months but I am still reeling from seeing Antonio Brown of the Steelers get hit and fall to the turf like a rag doll during the last Steelers-Bengals game. Such a great athlete, and a victim of such a cheap shot. It got me wondering how many other times he and […]

Starting the Conversation Technology, Children and Social Skills

By Marianne Reid Anderson The avalanche of Internet, hand-held phones and devices and social websites has altered the way all of us, young and old interact with each other on a daily basis.

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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!


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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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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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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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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 […]

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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.

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A little bit of paint. A little bit of wine. A whole lot of fun!

That’s the experience studio owner Amanda Lee wanted to bring to the Wexford/North Hills area when she opened Painting with a Twist- Pittsburgh-North in November 2014.

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Business Spotlight The Joint Chiropractic Comes to McCandless Crossing

The Joint Chiropractic is dedicated to making regular chiropractic care an affordable and accessible part of your everyday health and wellness routine. No appointments. No insurance required. Extended hours that include evenings and weekends. All in a warm and friendly setting.

Health & Wellness

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Advances in Women’s Healthcare

  Advances in Women’s Healthcare We, at Northern Connection magazine, are proud to help create awareness regarding several healthcare concerns that can effect women throughout their lives and the various methods of

Advances in Healthcare

Our community is so incredibly fortunate to have so many devoted healthcare professionals and their continuous dedication in bringing us the best advances for our health and wellness. Previous Advances in Healthcare columns are still available on our website at In this issue, we are pleased to highlight the following latest developments:

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Advances in Healthcare

By Marianne Reid Anderson We, at Northern Connection magazine, feel incredibly fortunate to live and work in an area with access to the most advanced medical technologies,

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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 […]



Pittsburgh Pirates Trivia -A Rundown of our Battling Buccos

  By: Paula Green You’ve gotta love our Battling Buccos!  Sometimes the Pirates’ season can play out like the Hollywood movie – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.  Over the years, we’ve had many good players, managers and exciting games.  On the flip side, we’ve also had some bad players, managers and heart-breaking losses. 

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Women’s Health 2016