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May 11, 2018

The Edible Schoolyard

In 1996, California restauranteur Alice Waters joined forces with a middle school principal to turn an acre of asphalt into the first Edible Schoolyard. Students in Berkley, Calif., cultivated a love of nature as they learned how to make healthy choices and prepare the fruits and vegetables they grew. During the next two decades, Edible Schoolyards spread across the country. While many now exist in the Pittsburgh region, they are not the first schoolyard gardens to be cultivated by Pittsburgh students.

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April 25, 2018

Camp Meadowcroft

Creating a museum in rural Washington County that has lasted five decades took an enormous effort from Albert and Delvin Miller. Much of the legwork for such a task began with Camp Meadowcroft, which welcomed scouts and groups for overnight visits. The camp, which would eventually become the museum we know today, began as a parcel of coal stripped land.

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December 21, 2017

Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid

Did you ever send a letter to Santa on Paul Shannon’s “Adventure Time” show? You’d wait every day as a rocket carrying the letters would blast off, then the TV would tune in to the North Pole, where Santa sat back to read a few. The big guy holding those letters was George Heid, and for a generation, he was Santa to kids in Pittsburgh and across the country.

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