‘Round about Pittsburgh: It Was 50 Years Ago!

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
September 15, 2014
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September 14, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only performance in Pittsburgh. On September 14, 1964, The Beatles performed at the now gone Civic Arena to an audience of 12,603. There are many interesting stories about when The Beatles came to Pittsburgh and the United States because... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: History Center Opens New Heinz Exhibit

‘Round about Pittsburgh: History Center Opens New Heinz Exhibit

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
September 8, 2014
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On September 6, the Senator John Heinz History Center, located on the edge of Pittsburgh’s Strip District, opened its newest long-term exhibit showcasing the legacy of Henry John Heinz and the Heinz Company. Throughout the new display, history center visitors will discover how Heinz started his... Read more »

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Our Claim to Fame

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Our Claim to Fame

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer
September 3, 2014
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This edition of ‘Round about Pittsburgh takes us away from the city of Pittsburgh and highlights two suburban towns. Our first stop is the town of New Castle. Once a major player in America’s railroad and industrial history, New Castle is still “The Fireworks Capital of America” and home... Read more »

‘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 »