La Roche College Soccer Team Scores Big with a Five-Year Old Battling Leukemia

  By: Paula Green Sometimes a chance meeting can spark a special friendship.  Such was the case this past April, when La Roche College sophomore and soccer


Hiding the Holiday pounds – 5 fast fixes

By Kelly Smith December has arrived and if you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. You promised yourself that you wouldn’t fall prey to the easy trap of fall gluttony.


Tip Sheet for Visiting Aging Parents Over the Holidays

Tip Sheet for Visiting Aging Parents Over the Holidays Are you a long distance caregiver for an aging parent?  Will you be visiting him or her over the holidays?


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Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA in Cranberry: Offering Financial Assistance, an Expanded Wellness Center and Motivational Programs for Spirit, Mind and Body


Come along with me on a little visit to a school in Shadyside with a unique mission and a 108 year history.  Let’s start our visit on the lower level of the school.   Listen!  Do you hear that?  It is the sound of children chattering to each other in the lunch room. 


The New DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry is the brand’s first hotel north of the city. Prospera Hospitality assumed management of the property in 2015 and immediately made plans for a complete refurbishment of the hotel.

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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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Starting the Conversation – Should Retail Stores Be Open for Thanksgiving?

  By Marianne Reid Anderson For decades, retail stores know that they need to be “out of the red” and “into the black” in other words, financially profitable, by the end of Thanksgiving weekend to survive another year. This fact gave rise to retailers offering tremendous discounts and sales the day after Thanksgiving which has […]

Starting the Conversation Is the National Anthem Controversy a Conspiracy?

  I tend to be the type of person who rolls my eyes at conspiracy theories. However, when this one was brought to my attention – I just couldn’t help but wonder: A few weeks ago, one of this country’s most privileged, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was filmed sitting during the national […]

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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The Psychic Vincent Sisters: Communicating Beyond the Veil

By Marianne Reid Anderson It began when they were children. Their Grandma had passed to the other side and yet, she appeared to Suzanne and Jean Vincent. Suzanne, then 12 years old, went to her mother and said, “I see Grandma coming through the veil.” Grandma was appearing not only to comfort the children regarding […]

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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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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


Business Spotlight: Affordable Pet Care is Available at the Spay Neuter Clinic

The dedicated staff at the Spay Neuter Clinic provides high quality spays, neuters, micro-chipping, and vaccinations at the lowest possible cost. “We believe that there shouldn’t be a high price for a healthy pet.


Wexford Ale House Named “King of the Wings”

  The Wexford Ale House on Perry Highway has plenty to celebrate! They entered the Pittsburgh King of the Wings contest this year for the first time, and won the 2016 People’s Choice award for best overall wings! The wings are made in a truly authentic Buffalo-style and accompanied with a homemade bleu cheese dressing.

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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.

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 […]



Presidential Slogans Trivia

By: Paula Green By now you recognize “Make America Great Again” as Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and Hillary Clinton’s – “Stronger Together,” but have you ever heard of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too?” 

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