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‘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

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Former mayor Masloff passes away

Mike Funyak, Staff Writer August 18, 2014

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,...

‘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

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...

‘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

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Pirates Insider

PNC Park has been the 'Home' of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2001.
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer April 23, 2014

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: An Island In Pittsburgh

Neville Island is home to the RMU Island Sport Center.  The RMU Men & Women's Ice Hockey teams play their homes at the complex.
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer April 11, 2014

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: 2014 Kennywood Preview

The predecessor of Kennywood's Thunderbolt, The Pippin (pictured here in the late 1950s/ early1960s) featured the same trains the Thunderbolt currently utilizes.  2014 will mark the return of the train headlights.  The center will feature a new light with a glowing Thunderbolt 'T'.
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer March 21, 2014

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Roller Coasters Run In The Family

Ed Vettel Sr. (Right) & Ed Vettel Jr. (Left) discuss a roller coaster model & design.  Both Father & Son worked at Pittsburgh's West View Park.
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer March 18, 2014

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Changes continue at Heinz

'Round about Pittsburgh: Changes continue at Heinz
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer March 3, 2014

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...

‘Round about Pittsburgh: Giant Eagle to Expand Market

Giant Eagle Advantage Cards will soon appear in Indianapolis.
Mike Funyak, Staff Writer January 31, 2014

Giant Eagle, a Pittsburgh based and regional grocery store announced last week of plans to expand into the Indianapolis market. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Giant Eagle has signed an agreement...

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