• Nick Buzzelli named SCJ Student Journalist of the Year August 28, 2014

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Long-Term Growth continues at Koppers

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Long-Term Growth continues at Koppers

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
August 21, 2014
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Koppers Holding Inc., most commonly known as Koppers, recently completed a $494 million acquisition of the wood preservation and railroad services business of Osmose Holdings, Inc. PNC Financial Services, another business headquartered in Pittsburgh provided Koppers with financial support in the acquisition... Read more »

‘Round About Pittsburgh: Legends of Terror come from Beaver

‘Round About Pittsburgh: Legends of Terror come from Beaver

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
August 18, 2014
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From 1919 to 1932, Beaver County resident Harry Traver was the world’s largest producer of amusement park rides. According to Richard Munch who wrote a book on Traver entitled Harry G. Traver: Legend of Terror, the Traver Engineering Company, located in Beavers Falls, Pennsylvania, built... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Former mayor Masloff passes away

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
August 18, 2014
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Pittsburgh icon and former mayor Sophie Masloff passed away August 17 at the age of 96. Masloff, who was the 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh, was the first woman and Jewish mayor of the city. Over her career, Masloff was a county government secretary, a minute clerk for the Allegheny County Court... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: A museum of the Gilded Age

‘Round about Pittsburgh: A museum of the Gilded Age

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
August 5, 2014
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Located in what is considered Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood is The Frick Art & Historical Center. The property is the home to Henry Clay Frick’s former estate and consists of Clayton (the Frick mansion), the Frick Art Museum, the Car & Carriage Museum, the Greenhouse, the Frick children’s... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Kennywood’s Thunderbolt receives top honor

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Kennywood’s Thunderbolt receives top honor

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
July 28, 2014
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The American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) officially dedicated the Thunderbolt roller coaster at Kennywood an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark on July 27. ACE previously named the Jack Rabbit and Racer as a Coaster Landmark in 2010. Kennywood is now the only park in the United States to have three coasters... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Pirates Insider

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Pirates Insider

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
April 23, 2014
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Since 1887, the Pittsburgh Pirates have called the city of Pittsburgh home.  With any sports franchise that has a celebrated history and tradition, numerous feats were most likely accomplished over the years.  With the recent passing of Pirate legend and Baseball Hall of Fame member Ralph Kiner, this... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: An Island In Pittsburgh

‘Round about Pittsburgh: An Island In Pittsburgh

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
April 11, 2014
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Too much surprise, islands exist within western Pennsylvania.  These islands exist within the three rivers that Pittsburgh is known for.  The most popular island is Neville Island, which is located west of Pittsburgh in the middle of the Ohio River.  In the 1700s, the island was referred to by three... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: 2014 Kennywood Preview

‘Round about Pittsburgh: 2014 Kennywood Preview

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
March 21, 2014
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Although summer is not for a while for most schools and colleges, Pittsburgh’s famed Kennywood Park is hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2014 summer season.  Although the local amusement park may not be introducing a new ride or attraction, that does not mean the park doesn’t have surprises... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Roller Coasters Run In The Family

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Roller Coasters Run In The Family

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
March 18, 2014
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Just prior to the start of the 20th century, brothers Erwin and Edward Vettel began working on projects for Pittsburgher T.M. Harton.  Harton who owned the T.M. Harton Company designed and built various attractions including Figure Eights (early roller coasters) for amusement parks across... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Changes continue at Heinz

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Changes continue at Heinz

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
March 3, 2014
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On February 27 and 28, Pittsburgh based H.J. Heinz Company announced the closure of two plants in Europe and the selling and closure of a factory in Canada. Since becoming a private company, Heinz has taken steps in becoming a more efficient, sustainable, and cost saving company. These cost-saving... Read more »