Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The boulevard in Oakmont looks beautiful this time of year.
Merry Christmas to all Plum-Oakmont Patch readers! This photo was taken on Allegheny Avenue in Oakmont. Don't the lights just beautifully twinkle? May you all have a great day! ___________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Monday, December 24, 2012
An exclusive one-on-one with arguably the most popular man of December—Santa Claus.
The jolliest man of the season will be flying around the world tonight delivering gifts to children everywhere, but he was able to take some time from his busy schedule to talk to Patch at the South Hills Village. Patch: What have been the most popular gift requests this year? Santa: Electronics. iPods, iPhone 5s, mini iPads, everything. Patch: How have gift requests changed over the years? Santa: All the electronics have been the biggest change. Even the small ones are asking for iPhones. Patch: What has been your most unusual and memorable gift requests? Santa: One wanted me to bring the parents back together. Another one wanted his family to have a very happy holiday. The best was two or three years ago, a four or five year old wanted a…
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Here's a look at local church services.
Several Plum, Oakmont and Verona churches will hold special services for the Christmas holiday. Here's a list: Plum Borough Our Lady of Joy—The church will hold Christmas Vigil Masses on Christmas Eve at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Christmas Day masses will be at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Unity Community Church—Special Christmas services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., and on Christmas Eve at 5 and 7 p.m. Holiday Park United Methodist Church—Christmas Eve services will be held at 7 and 9 p.m. A nursery will be available for children. Pittsburgh East Community Church—Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, and 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Presbyterian Church of Plum Creek—Christmas Eve services will be at 7 and 11 p.m. Communion will be …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Submit a photo of your decked out house this holiday season for a chance to win!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Wilson family of Oakmont will be together for the first time since 2006, and their house is going to look festive for the occasion.
Diane Wilson's children are giving back to their country, and this Christmas, she said she wanted to do something nice for them. This is the first time since 2006 that the Wilson clan--Diane, husband Chris, daughter Lauren, daughter Lindsay, son Chris Jr., daughter Megan and son Logan--will be together for the holidays because four of the children are actively serving in the Navy. When Wilson heard her children were coming back, she wrote a letter to Christmas Decor's Decorated Family contest, in which the company donates products, resources and time to decorate the homes of military families for the holidays. "I saw it on the news a few years ago, and I told my husband I would enter the next time we were all together," Wilson said. "When …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Local families are helping those in need this holiday season.
The Adlai Stevenson Elementary School student government and PTA are working together to collect toys for children in need this holiday season. The Plum school's student government is supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which delivers toys to less fortunate children during the Christmas season. Students can donate a new, unwrapped toy the Dec. 12. Donation boxes are located in the school lobby and in the school's sixth grade hall. The PTA also is sponsoring a family holiday movie night—"Arthur Christmas" will be playing—on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for Adlai Stevenson families. Toy donations also will be accepted at that time. _____________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Your good little boys and girls will receive a letter postmarked from the North Pole.
Dutiful little boys and girls writing a wish list to Santa this holiday season can get a unique response from the big guy himself, postmarked from the North Pole. All it takes is a little help from the post office—and you. The US Postal Service is once again keeping the magic of Santa Claus alive through its “Letter from Santa” program. Now in its 100th year, here's how the program works: NORTH POLE POSTMARK POSTMASTER 4141 POSTMARK DR ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998 Letters from Santa must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest. The personalized letters that parents send to their children via the Letter from Santa program is not to be confused with the …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Have you trimmed your spending because of the economy or has good fortune enabled you to spend more?
Many of you might already be done with your holiday shopping. Still others might be waiting for even better deals that sometimes pop up prior to Christmas. But how does your spending compare to prior holiday seasons? Those who have lost jobs due to the economy, who feel their jobs might be threatened or who have suffered other setbacks might be a little tighter with the purse strings than someone who just got that promotion. With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and Cyber Monday waiting for a business surge tomorrow, you should have a pretty good handle on your 2012 holiday budget. So how much do you plan to spend this holiday season? Let us know by voting in our poll. And tell us in the comments section why you are spending …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get your …