Sunday, March 17, 2013
Let us know what this holiday means to you.
For some it's green beer and bangers. For others, it is a time for religious reflection on St. Patrick himself. Some people decorate their houses green. Others, who aren't Irish or Catholic, shun the fun. How do you celebrate? Vote in our Patch Poll and tell us in the comments section how you will spend your day.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
You can call him Leon for short.
Meet Leonidas, a.k.a. Leon! He's a cute 11-month old-Pit Bull Terrier mix who came to Animal Rescue League in Pittsburgh as a stray. Like most dogs his age, Leon is very active and could benefit from continued obedience training. Based on observation, he may be house-trained. He loved being with our volunteers getting his pictures taken, and will most likely be a very affectionate companion. Leonidas would be good for a novice owner and folks with an active lifestyle. That cute little face is hard to resist! For inquiries about Leon, contact his volunteer friend Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leon's adoption fee is $115. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
President Obama has proposed making minimum wage $9 an hour—and some Democrats want to push the minimum wage above $10 an hour. What do you think?
A majority of Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, according to NBC.com. Some 71 percent of those surveyed said they supported raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, while 27 percent opposed it, according to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday. States have the ability to set their own minimum wage level, as long as it is above the federal minimum wage. Pennsylvania maintains the federal standard at $7.25. The minimum wage in Pennsylvania for jobs where employees receive tips is $2.83. According to an editorial in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2.9 percent of U.S. workers make minimum wage. Most of them are students working part-time, not the primary wage earner supporting a …
Here's another great Lenten dining option.
Do you observe Lent? Are you tired of the same old stuff for lunch and dinner? If you can answer "yes" to either of those questions, here's a great pre-Easter meal that's refreshing and different. It's called, simply, shrimp and avocado salad. You can eat it by itself or between two pieces of bread, and it's good for either lunch or dinner. Here's a version of the meal as seen on Allrecipes.com. Ingredients: Instructions: _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State representatives Frank Dermody and Mike Hanna submit a column to the Plum-Oakmont Patch.
Tuesday, March 5
By state Rep. Frank Dermody and Rep. Mike Hanna Dermody is an Oakmont resident and represents the 33rd legislative district, which includes Oakmont and a portion of Plum. Here we go again. Just as we begin deliberations on some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have chosen to place their political party above the interests of Pennsylvanians. Last year, it was the sham voter ID law. This year, we have a brand-new effort to rig presidential elections. Senate Bill 538, sponsored by a gang of 13 Republican state senators, would distribute 18 of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes proportionally based on how presidential candidates performed statewide. The remaining two electoral votes would be …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Students who don't have the potential for success in college—or who don't want to pursue or can't afford a degree—might be better served by a vocational education program at the high school level.
College has always been part of the American dream. Laborers didn't want their children to have to do manual labor. Parents with college degrees expected the same of their children. And college loans opened the doors for some students whose families couldn't have afforded the bill. But is college the right choice for everyone? Data collected by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development for its report "Education at a Glance 2010" showed that, among 18 countries tracked, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it, according to a report in Reuters. That puts the United States behind Japan at 89 percent, and former Soviet-bloc states such as Slovakia, …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
This Shar Pei was left due to landlord issues.
Meet Lil' Ling Ling—a unique Shar Pei mix in need of a "furever" home. The 2-year-old was surrendered to the Animal Rescue League due to landlord issues. Her owner said Ling Ling loves car rides and other dogs and cats. She's also house trained. Ling Ling had eye surgery and, as a result, her eyelashes were growing inward and causing some irritation, so Animal Rescue League staff members recommend a home with older children. One staff member recently took Ling Ling to an adoption event. The staff member said Ling Ling was well behaved. Ling Ling was a bit shy, possibly due to her sore eye, but allowed people to pet her and gave out a lot of kisses. "We think she will make a wonderful companion with the right family with previous dog …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A number of movies filmed in whole or in part in Pittsburgh have been nominated through the years in various categories for the Academy Awards.
Tonight's a red carpet night—the time when people around the world wait to see which motion pictures and actors/directors win a coveted Oscar in the 85th Academy Awards. Through the years, a number of films shot on location (or at least in part) in Pittsburgh have received nominations from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a variety of categories. The only ones to emerge as Oscar winners for "best picture" are "The Deer Hunter" and "Silence of the Lambs." Here's a quick glimpse at movies filmed in Pittsburgh that made it as Academy Award winners or nominees: (Editor's note: The list has been changed slightly due to new information but it does not affect the voting statistics.) Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments …
With a little improvising, you can put your own personal stamp on this great potato cheese soup recipe!
Who doesn’t love making a great soup? We spent the past week buying fresh ingredients and stewing up a tasty potato cheese soup using this reciple from AllRecipes.com. It’s easy to make and tastes great. And with a little improvising, you can put your own personal stamp on this great recipe! In a large pot, combine the potatoes and carrot with water to cover and boil on high heat for about 15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the celery and onions in the margarine for about 10 minutes. You can also skip this step and just dump the vegetables in with the potatoes and carrots after they’re boiled. Drain all but about 2 cups of the water from the potatoes and carrots and add 4 cups milk. Reduce heat to low and …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Justice is an Akita/Terrier mix who grabs your attention with his beautiful blue-grey coat, hazel colored eyes and regal ears!
Justice grabs your attention with his beautiful blue-grey coat, hazel colored eyes and regal Shepherd ears. He’s a large breed dog who finds himself at the Animal Rescue League shelter due to his owner's move. His former owner told the shelter volunteers that Justice is extremely loyal and is a terrific companion The ARL recommends that Justice go to a home with children older than 5 because he is very affectionate and strong, and he has not yet been taught not to jump on people. Justice listens well on a walk, wants to please and appears to be a fast learner. He also likes to play with toys. With a little basic training Justice has the potential to be a wonderful family member. Justice is currently spending some time in a foster home, …