Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday night's visit by a 250 pound black bear in North Park was not as rare as it used to be.
A black bear that disrupted a cub scout meeting in North Park Monday night is presumably roaming the woods of Indiana County now—but his visit is a sign of a growing trend. "This year, we've had a few bears in northern Allegheny County, and their population is expanding. They are getting into more non-traditional areas, such as North Park," said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor of the southwest region of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. "They have easy access, since most of the rivers and streams in this area are underdeveloped. Those river hillsides are like a highway for wildlife," he said. In May, a bear—or possibly bears—were spotted in Cranberry Township. Bear sightings were reported in the Woodbine neighborhood off …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Seventh Annual Allegheny County Mountain Bike Festival will be held July 13-15.
Mountain bikers will be wending their way through trails in North Park, Hartwood Acres and Boyce Park during a three-day festival this month. The Allegheny County Parks Department, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group and Pittsburgh Off-Road Cyclists, is hosting the Seventh Annual Allegheny County Mountain Bike Festival from July 13 to 15. All ages are welcome to participate in the free, organized rides, but a rider’s skill level must be “advanced beginner” or above. “Allegheny County arguably has some of the best mountain biking opportunities of any major urban area,” said County Parks Director Andy Baechle. “Within an hour’s drive of downtown Pittsburgh, there are an abundance of trails suitable for everyone from …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Bear wanders to Hampton Township before tranquilizer takes full effect.
A 245-pound black bear spotted in North Park on Monday night was captured in Hampton Township, according to a report from WPXI. McCandless police were called to the park about 6 p.m. along with Pennsylvania Game Commission officers and started chasing the bear near South Ridge Road, WPXI reported. The bear was spotted near the North Park pool and playing fields, where a number of people were outside, according to WPXI. Film footage showed McCandless, Hampton and game commission officers loading the bear into the back of a truck. A game commission officer tranquilized the bear and it will be moved to a safer area for bears, according to a 911 shift supervisor. Law enforcement officials had to search the woods for about an hour after it was …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Splash Pad at Henle Park opens Monday, June 11 in Leetsdale.
With temperatures heating up, it's time for the pool. Although a number of pools opened for Memorial Day weekend, some local pools are opening later this month. Henle Park in Leetsdale - The Splash Pad season opens Monday, June 11. Hours of operation will run from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday throughout the summer. Sewickley Community Center —The pool opens for the season on Thursday, June 14. Hours of operation are 12:30 to 6 p.m. daily. A full free day of swimming will be offered on June 23 during the annual Juneteenth celebration. For more information, leave a message at 412-741-5430. The pool season runs until Aug. 27. Sewickley Valley YMCA— the large pool and warm water pool are open all year round. For a complete pool schedule, …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Glut1 Foundation was created to raise awareness and funds for the rare disorder that affects the treatment of cancers, epilepsy and diabetes.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Remi Savioz Glut1 Foundation will sponsor its Valentine’s Day 5K and 5-Miler for the second year in a row on Saturday in North Park to raise awareness and funds for Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency Syndrome, a rare disorder. Remi Savioz, 13, of Franklin Park was diagnosed with the brain disease at age 8 after a lifetime of seizures, speech and language delay, renal complications, movement disorders and cognitive impairment. The Savioz family began this mission after researchers told them that little could be done due to the lack of funding for Glut1 DS. The Remi Savioz Glut 1 Foundation was founded in January 2010 by Samra R. Savioz, Remi's mother, to raise awareness of the disorder, as well as to raise money to support "much-needed …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Looking for some wintertime fun? Here's a roundup of just a few ways to find it around Pittsburgh.
Just because the days are shorter and colder, doesn’t mean opportunities to be active are gone until spring. Our area offers any number of ways to get out, whether by foot, snowshoe or ice skate. Walks and Hikes Hitting the trails is something that can be done any time of year, and local groups, like Pittsburgh-based Venture Outdoors, are making that easier than ever with scheduled outings that range from high intensity fitness hikes to more laid-back events where you can take in the sights of the season. A great example of that is the group’s Winter Brew Tasting Hike, to be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Boyce Park in Plum Borough. Guides will share the history of the park and the hike will conclude with a seasonal sampling of …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The event will benefit the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders.
TJ Burke, a local educator and law enforcement officer, has teamed up with the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders to conduct the first Frostbite 5K run at North Park. "I am so excited...to sponsor the race, benefiting the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD) and [its] mission of providing a lifeline to support families and individuals affected by autism," Burke said. Burke is the eighth-grade boys basketball coach at Community Day School in Squirrel Hill. He has spent six years working as an autism therapist and as a trainer advocate with adults diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. “TJ was very moved by his autism work and is driven to continue helping kids with autism," said Lu Randall, executive director …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Is your Christmas tree dropping its needles or looking a little tired? Drop it off to be turned into mulch at a county park near your home.
Allegheny County's fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program begins Wednesday, Dec. 26 and will run through Saturday, Jan. 19 at all nine regional parks. County residents may drop off trees from dawn to dusk daily. All lights, decorations, tinsel and stands must be removed from trees. The trees will be turned into mulch for use in Allegheny County’s nine regional parks. Trees may be dropped at these locations in the parks:
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Pittsburgh North People for Peace and the North Hills Anti-Racism Coalition sponsor the event planned by several area organizations.
Even the Pittsburgh Steelers game could not pull peace lovers away from the sixth observance of the North Hills International Day of Peace Picnic. The event, which took place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Point Grove in North Park, drew more than 100 people of various ages, ethnicities and hometowns. “It’s nice to see other people that are also interested in promoting peace,” said Rachael Smart, 37, of Sewickley. “I realize that coming here together is just people meeting, but you never know what could come of it," she said. "You might meet somebody who you find out is involved in a specific activity that you’re interested in.” The theme of the pacifist festival was “Make the World Smile,” an idea that was meant to reflect goals of a …
Friday, September 16, 2011
A girl who was determined to finish a 5K race despite the fact that walking was an immense struggle for her inspired Elorapalooza. Registration for the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a race start time of 9 a.m.
Friday, September 16, 2011
There will be a 5K race to raise awareness for those struggling with leukemia and lymphoma Sunday at the North Park Boat House in honor of 14-year-old Elora Geier, who died in 2006. The West Penn Allegheny Health System sponsors the annual Elorapalooza race, and proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Elora’s HOPE Foundation. Elora was not a runner, her mother, Leslie Geier, said. Walking was an immense struggle for the teenager, who besides cancer lived with physical and mental injuries sustained in a car accident when she was 22 months old. Her life was one dire prediction after another, but "she was a child that never let anyone get her down," said Geier of Allison Park. When she was 11-years-old, she announced she …