Throughout our lives, each of us will periodically need professional assistance. For example, most of us will require legal counsel and all of us will need medical care. Many times upon receiving those services we lambaste the service provider for overcharging and ‘ripping us off.”
On Jan. 18, Wildwood Highlands hosted an auction where the community could bid on items in the now closed facility. All of the equipment, including games, miniature golf items, rides, kitchen items, tables and chairs, arcade games and more were up for sale.
Folks looking to take their game room or man cave to envy-of-the-neighborhood status won’t want to miss the public auction happening at the recently shuttered Wildwood Highlands entertainment center in Hampton on Jan. 18.
The Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum will be open through Jan. 12, 2020. Founded in 1938, it’s the oldest model railroad organization in the country. The feature display is set in 1952, partially due to the fact that in that post-war era, railroads were at their busiest. The display features more than 6,000 feet of track.
A Christmas concert titled “Let Your Heart Be Light” was held at the Kearns Spirituality Center on Dec. 7 and 8. The North Hills Chorale performed this special concert in the Visitation Chapel to help the community get into the spirit of the season. The event was free and open to the public.
Poff Elementary held its annual Thankful Luncheon on Nov 26. Students and their families were invited to enjoy a Thanksgiving-style meal during the special event. Poff holds the event each year as a thank-you to the school community for its support throughout the year.
Every defense has its quarterback — the veteran tasked with relaying the calls from the sideline, getting players in position, understanding coverages and rotations. Rarely is that player a sophomore or a first-year starter.
A Friendship Dinner will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church, 4517 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. All are welcome. Enjoy turkey and all the fixings. Dinner is free. A donation for charity will be accepted.
The 19th annual Epworth Church Children’s Gift Making party will be held Dec. 8, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a pizza lunch. It’s a time for children ages 3 to 12 to make 10 handcrafted gifts to give during the holiday season. The cost for each child to attend is $5 and each is asked to bring along a photo of themselves that is no larger than 4-inches-by-4-inches.
The youth at Bakerstown United Methodist Church hosted an election day spaghetti dinner at the church on Nov. 5, 2019. Voters were invited to come in before or after voting for a meal and conversation.
Blessed Trinity Academy welcomed Linda Fischer and Jeanne Bittner back for a second year of reading enrichment. The two retired teachers visit BTA once a month and meet with the kindergarten through fifth grade classes to enhance the language arts program. This year they are focusing on examining different story characters for the kindergarten through third grade students and exploring a variety of genres with the fourth and fifth graders.
Hampton Township will observe treat-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Homes wishing to participate are encouraged to leave their porch lights on. Trick-or-treaters are asked to only go to homes with the lights on during the two-hour designated trick-or-treat time.
The Hampton High School Marching Band will compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Championships on Oct. 26, at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd, Monroeville.
Forty students from the University of Pittsburgh were in Hampton to remove invasive species from Crouse Run Nature Preserve. The volunteers then planted native shrubs and berry bushes on Oct. 19 to improve the health of the preserve . It was part of the 12th annual Pitt Make A Difference Day where thousands of students volunteered to help their community in a variety of ways.
Hartwood Acres hosted its fourth annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ event. The event included a plethora of pumpkin events, including pumpkin carving and decorating, ax throwing, crafts, games, food and beverages, as well as the always popular pumpkin launching. SHARP Robotics from the Sarah Heinz House helped prepare a traditional catapult to see who could launch a pumpkin the furthest.
On Oct. 5, the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence (HAEE) held its 27th annual 5K run/walk. Every dollar raised goes to help improve education to students in Hampton Township School District. The HAEE is a volunteer-run non-profit that grants thousands annually to be used by Hampton schools to enrich the learning experience.
Perfect autumn weather helped make The Hydref - a Fall Festival and Market Faire, a success at the Depreciation Lands Museum on Oct. 5 in Hampton Township. Skilled 18th century re-enactors portrayed what life was like with demonstrations, entertainment, food, activities and more.
Hartwood Acres bid farewell to summer and welcomed fall with its annual Hay Day on Sept. 21. This event had food, a petting zoo, games, face-painting, shows and a variety of activities for the whole family.
The Talbot Tailgate was full of activities prior to the homecoming football game on Sept. 20, at Fridley Field. The Hampton faithful were in high spirits even though the home team came up on the wrong end of a 16-13 score.
Before the Hampton Community Pool closed for the season, township officials offered one last splash that encouraged four-legged swimmers to enjoy the water. The first-ever Dog Day at the pool was held Sept. 8 and it was well received and may become an annual event.
The CMU User Experiences Design Team of Monica Chang, Janet Peng and Kade Stewart came to Hampton High School this week. They were there to evaluate how the curriculum CMU provided to Hampton for its Computer Programming I class is working and if there are any adjustments that should be made. They observed class, and then talked with students about their experiences using the curriculum.This one semester course is an introduction to programming with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Specific topics include functions, variables, expressions, conditionals, loops, strings, lists, graphics, and animations, as well as top-down design, testing and debugging.
The Hampton faithful came out in full support as the Talbots christened their newly-installed turf on Fridley Field with a hard-fought 31-28 gridiron win over crosstown rival Shaler Area on Sept. 6. Hampton’s football team improves to 2-0 in conference play (2-1 overall). The Talbots will try to stay unbeaten in conference action as they travel to North Hills on Sept. 13 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The International Day of Peace will be observed in the North Hills with a festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Point Grove on Lakeshore Drive in North Park. This year’s theme is “Global Peace Starts with Us.” The goal is to come together with people of all ages to celebrate cultures, diversity, and community while promoting peace, safety, and respect for all.
Hampton High School’s Back to School Bash is organized by the Student Council as campus was shut down from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for students to enjoy a variety of fun activities both at the school and in the Hampton Township Community Park across the street. The Hampton Township Police Department provided extra traffic control and safety for the students during this annual event.
Luke Lindgren ran for 107 yards and a touchdown while teammate Ian Andersson rushed for 102 yards and another TD as Hampton earned a 30-12 victory over Armstrong (1-1, 0-1) in the Class 5A Northern Conference on Friday night.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, St. Catherine of Sweden Parish, located at 2554 Wildwood Road, Allison Park, will be hosting a Food Truck Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music from Second Breakfast, craft beer from Hop Farm Brewing, small batch wine from Mazzotta Winery and food from five food trucks: Mission Mahi, Bado’s Pizza, BRGR, Pittsburgh Smokehouse and Pittsburgh Halal. Top of the evening with ice cream from Brusters.
Greybrooke Garden Club, whose members reside in various communities of Pittsburgh’s North Hills, will meet Sept. 11 in the fellowship hall of Parkwood Presbyterian Church, 4289 Mt. Royal Blvd., Allison Park.
Clearview Road, between Harts Run Road and Hartswood Drive, will be closed during working hours while the Hampton Shaler Water Authority relocates a water line in the area prior to the Township doing some roadside stabilization. Clearview Road will re-open every evening during this project. The work is expected to last approximately one week.
Who wants to cook during the dog days of summer? No worries – head to Hampton Township Park this evening and bring your appetite! From 5-9 p.m. in the pool parking lot, Ash & Kris Kitchen, Call Keith Catering, Franktuary, PGH Crepes and Kona Ice will be serving up dinner, snacks, dessert and more.
The North Hills Squares is a western square and round dance club with events year round. The group is always looking for new participants. On
Sept. 3, the club will be hosting an open house for possible new members to come and see what it’s all about, featuring professional square dance caller Brad Dilbert. The event is free with complimentary refreshments. No experience is needed and casual clothing with comfortable shoes is all you need.
Hampton Township’s Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 16 in the Hampton Community Center parking lot. In addition to getting farm fresh produce, jarred goods and meats, there is a wide range of other items available weekly, such as soups, sandwiches, wine, juice and other goods.
I own a beagle named Dozer. He’s a great dog — loyal and friendly. But, he’s lazy and not real sharp. Dozer doesn’t play fetch or do tricks and, despite his award-winning pedigree, Dozer is no hunter. Except, that is, when it comes to chipmunks A.K.A. “chippys” or “grinnies.”
Mornings are the peaceful time of the day, especially after you prepare a brunch buffet that emphasizes summer food. Bring out the beauty of the morning with a perfect egg bake accompanied by a sour cream coffee cake that lets you entertain with complete satisfaction.
With temperatures reaching the 90s and humidity levels that are off the charts, the Hampton Community Pool is the place to be. After a slow start to the summer with unseasonably cool, rainy conditions, summer has struck with a fury.
In it’s continued effort to introduce people to the outdoors, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools hosted basic paddle boarding in the lake at North Park last week. Hosted year-round around the nation, L.L. Bean offers courses in kayaking, archery, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, canoeing, bird watching, outdoor fitness & yoga, hunter safety, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, children’s camps and much more.
There is a new “sensory walk” at Wyland Elementary, located outside the first-grade classrooms, which will be open to all students. The purpose is to give students the opportunity to move throughout the day as part of the school’s “brain breaks” so they can concentrate better on their school work. The sensory walk also is great for helping students to improve their coordination and gross motor skills.
Immediately following Hampton Township School District’s 2019 graduation ceremony, workers began the monumental task of replacing the track and field surface at Fridley Field. The target date for completion is Aug. 15 as to not impact the fall sports season at the school.
The Depreciation Lands Museum recently held its first Heritage Day, which allowed guests to explore the Depreciation Lands Museum Cemetery in Allison Park and the Pine Creek Cemetery in Gibsonia. The self-guided tours afforded attendees an opportunity to learn about the area in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh graduate Margaret (Molly) Maglio qualified as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which ranks her as one of the top 15,000 finishers of the more than 1.6 million entrants who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
PRO BIKE + RUN and Cannondale Bicycles hosted Brews, Bikes and BBQ in North Park on
June 15 and 16. There was a bike ride, bike demonstrations, food trucks, draft beer and more. This annual event gives riders the opportunity to meet other cycling enthusiasts.