The holiday version of The Allegheny Front features stories from staff and contributors.
For most of us, celebrating New Year’s Eve means champagne, noisemakers, party dresses, and Times Square on television. But last New Year’s Eve, Lauren Knapp found herself in Mongolia, ringing in the New Year by appreciating the simplicity of a night on Earth.
Joe Bezjak wanted pipeline workers off his property. They say he threatened to shoot them. He says he was trying to protect his herd, and land. The 73-year-old ended up in jail over the confrontation.
In winters past, Joey Spehar, spent a lot of time outside. His family's business required it. The Spehars own a gas station in Pittsburgh's North Side. For some years, full-service included more than washing windows and checking oil. There was a special additional service offered after Thanksgiving: Christmas trees. This is Joey's first commentary for The Allegheny Front.
Is it more environmentally friendly to have an artificial tree or to cut a real one down? The debate is rehashed year after year in the media, in the industry, and in who knows how many living rooms. This year we looked for some answers.