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More Western Pennsylvanians asking for help with heating bills | TribLIVE

With temperatures dropping into the single digits across Pennsylvania, utility companies, charities and government agencies are expecting the requests for assistance to increase in coming months. Source: More Western Pennsylvanians asking for help with heating bills | TribLIVE

Want a stress-free Thanksgiving? Order dinner to go | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You can get smoked turkeys, ham with pineapple glaze, sweet potato sugared pecan casserole, vegan quinoa, boozy pies and ice cream sandwiches. Source: Want a stress-free Thanksgiving? Order dinner to go | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania ballot question focuses on property taxes

 BY Ed Palattella Referendum on election day would set up mechanism to lower or eliminate property taxes, but much more would have to happen. Voters across Pennsylvania will get a chance on Tuesday to vote on an enduring and typically unpopular issue: property taxes. Voters will decide whether to expand a statewide mechanism to allow for the eventual reduction or elimination of property taxes on primary homes. A ballot question on Tuesday asks voters if they want to amend the state constitution to authorize local taxing authorities, such as school districts, Read More

It will cost more to heat your home this winter | TribLIVE

Natural gas prices are expected to increase 12 percent, home heating oil will rise 17 percent, electricity will go up 8 percent and propane 18 percent, according to the2017 Winter Fuels Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Source: It will cost more to heat your home this winter | TribLIVE

Western Pennsylvania home sales increase in 2017 | TribLIVE

Comparing January-June 2017 with the same time period in 2016: • Closed sales are up 3.24 percent (13,682 units in 2017 versus 13,252 in 2016); • Closed sales volume is up 5.34 percent ($2,441,128,758 in 2017 versus $2,317,284,476 in 2016); • Average sale price is up 2.03 percent ($178,419 in 2017 versus $174,863 in 2016); and • Home listings are down 0.28 percent (18,433 units in 2017 versus 18,485 in 2016). Source: Western Pennsylvania home sales increase in 2017 | TribLIVE

Best of the ‘Burgh: Activities & Experiences – Pittsburgh Magazine – July 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA

From banjo night to moonlit horseback rides to taking a 10-meter plunge ––our favorite things to do in the ‘Burgh. Best Oasis in the City CHODERWOOD Nestled along the Allegheny River in Highland Park awaits a little piece of Eden that makes the grind of the city feel as though it’s an entire world away Once inside, everything — from the lush gardens and koi ponds to a greenhouse-enclosed swimming pool and a riverside fire pit The tranquil setting makes it an ideal spot for a weekend escape or the Read More

California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday. Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.” Source: California to list glyphosate as cancer-causing; Monsanto vows fight

Latrobe family rebuilding after skunk spray ruins home | TribLIVE

Latrobe resident Scott Gray tells WPXI-TV the family’s plight is worse than if their home was ruined by fire because their insurance won’t cover the damage. Gray says the skunk apparently sneaked into the house through a doggie door then spent three hours inside with the family’s dogs, spraying its noxious scent everywhere. Source: Latrobe family rebuilding after skunk spray ruins home | TribLIVE

Farm market stand opens in New Stanton | TribLIVE

A Hillside Orchards farm market stand featuring strawberries, microgreens, pies, jellies and other food has opened in the upper lot at Hepler’s Hardware in New Stanton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week at 818 Route 119 North, just east of the I-76/I-70/I-66 interchanges. Source: Farm market stand opens in New Stanton | TribLIVE

Most US homes have mobiles but no landline – BBC News

Widespread cable provision means many can get broadband without needing a landline. Less than half of US households now have a landline, according to a study from the US government. Of the households surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50.8% of homes had at least one mobile phone but no landline. A further 3.3% of homes surveyed had neither a mobile phone nor a landline. The CDC found that mobile-only households had become the majority during its twice-yearly survey into the health and habits of Americans. Read More

The Key To Cracking Easter Feasts? It’s All In The Eggs : The Salt : NPR

In the spring, a cook’s fancy turns to thoughts of eggs. They’re everywhere at Easter, in breads and pies and children’s baskets. Eggs can inspire sugary treats and offer hidden surprises. Source: The Key To Cracking Easter Feasts? It’s All In The Eggs : The Salt : NPR

1,000 Monroeville residents sought for annual cleanup April 22

By Samson X Horne Joe Sedlak is hoping this is the year that Monroeville can get 1,000 residents to participate in its annual cleanup day. The 22nd Annual Jack Sedlak Memorial Clean Up will be held April 22 throughout the municipality. The event was named after Joe’s father, a former Monroeville councilman who strived for a cleaner community, who died of cancer in 1995. “It’s all kind of falling into place. It’s the 22nd time we’re doing it. It’s on April 22, and you’ve got Route 22 running through our business Read More

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