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Emil Schultz IV Seven Seals Award Recipient

By: Paula Green   Emil Schultz IV, 22 of Middlesex Township is the owner of Schultz Ornamental Iron, a wrought iron fabrication business.  The company was founded in the 1940s, where it started off as a blacksmith shop run by Schultz’s great-grandfather.  His father, Emil III turned it into an ornamental iron business.


Western PA FIRST LEGO League Grand Championship

    On Jan. 9, La Roche College and Providence Heights Alpha School hosted the Western PA FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Grand Championship. Seventy-three teams of children ages 9 to 14 participated in the three parts of the FLL event: Robot Game, Project, and Core Values.


Three New Ideas to Increase Your Energy

We’re all a little more likely to feel slower in the winter with the colder days and less sunlight; but low energy levels are something that people will often have throughout the year.

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The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center is an independent, non-profit organization that founded and operates three programs: Adoption, Child’s Way®, and the Pediatric Specialty Hospital.

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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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  How will you make your mark on the world? What path will you go down? Will you choose medicine? Law? Economics? Education? These questions may seem overwhelming to students

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In the past five years, the National Aviary has undergone dramatic growth: new exhibits, a free-flight immersion theater, and more ways than ever before to have unique, up-close encounters with rare and exotic birds.

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Imagine a place where your child can explore new interests in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Envision a place where she can engage with caring educators committed to her individual needs. Picture a place where he will learn to excel in academics, arts, athletics – and in life. Shady Side Academy is that place. 

Starting the Conversation:

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.

Starting the Conversation: It’s Okay to Wish Me a Merry Christmas

By Marianne Reid Anderson Basically, it is okay to wish me a “Merry Christmas” because that’s what I celebrate. I also never mind receiving a “Happy Holidays” or a “Season’s Greetings” sentiment especially from people who may be unsure of my own personal affiliations and views.

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Starting the Conversation Should Everyone Get a Trophy?

By: Marianne Reid Anderson Recently, James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers made the news for his parenting skills rather than his football skills. His sons had received “participation trophies.”

Starting the Conversation What do you think of the “Cursive Controversy?”

By: Marianne Reid Anderson Is handwriting a thing of the past? There are only so many hours in a day and so many schools have stopped teaching cursive, also known as handwriting or penmanship. They are teaching “keyboarding” instead.

NC Events:

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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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Health and Wellness Spotlight Amorose Family Chiropractic

Be Happy. Be Healthy. Thrive Amorose Family Chiropractic was founded by the husband and wife team of Drs. Kelly and Lucas Amorose who are dedicated to the health and well-being of the entire family.

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Business Spotlight: Brooktree Health Services

Brooktree Health Services is a premier, outpatient drug and alcohol recovery program. The program offers an individualized, holistic treatment program rooted in the 12-step principles. Brooktree Health Services prepares you, or someone you love, for a long-term, sober lifestyle utilizing both individual and group counseling sessions, family therapy and the development of a sober support […]

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Dance for FUN! at Cynthia’s School of Dance!

Cynthia’s School of Dance helps children become confident and build resiliency at a very young age. Through dance skills, children learn stage presence, to work as a team and much more,

Health & Wellness

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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,


Three New Ideas to Increase Your Energy

We’re all a little more likely to feel slower in the winter with the colder days and less sunlight; but low energy levels are something that people will often have throughout the year.

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More Advances in Family Healthcare

We, at Northern Connection magazine, are delighted to continue highlighting the amazing advances family healthcare brought about by our area’s many devoted healthcare professionals and their amazing commitment to bringing the latest advances in healthcare to us and our families.

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 […]



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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Summer Camp Guide

Feature your summer camp and program in our Summer Camp Guide! This is a special section in the March & April issues of Northern Connection Magazine that will be dedicated to Summer Camps! You will receive a discounted ad rate as well as inclusion in our feature editorial! Call Mary or Laura today to reserve […]