Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Fall Things To Do...

My Fellow Tattlers,

As the leaves continue to change colors, means several events are coming up. Below is my list of must sees during this Tattler's favorite time of the year.

Soergel's -- This beloved apple orchard in Wexford is always a must see for my family. It is just a fun place to go. Once upon a time they had a huge pig named Tubby, who I fear is in a better place these days. The cider is dynamite and it's a great place to bring the kids.

Oktoberfest at Sisters of Divine Providence - This convent in McCandless sure knows how to have some fun. Come out on Saturday, October 17 to celebrate the harvest!

North Hills High School - A car cruise and homecoming carnival will be held on Saturday, October 3.
Several North Hills clubs, athletic groups and booster organizations will offer carnival games and activities including a hole-in-one putting game, football toss, bean bag toss, duck pond and a dunk tank where students can “dunk the principal.”

Winchester Thurston School - This school in Allison Park will hold its Apple Fest on Saturday, October 10. This event will include hay rides, live entertainment and family activities.

McKnight Road - Come and get your pumpkins and cornstalks in the parking lot of Ross Towne Center along McKnight Road. More details are coming.

If there are any events you'd recommend, let this Tattler know!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Who is Tom Michalow?

My fellow Tattlers,

I asked the same question when I got a campaign mailer yesterday. Well, he is the Democrat candidate running for the Allegheny Council seat against incumbent Matt Drozd (R).

I am not one to endorse candidates on this web site because I honestly hate how newspapers do such actions. However, I like voters to be informed. So, if Drozd's people or any other candidates want me to inform about their preferred candidate, you can reach me:

This guy has a website at Personally, I don't think he has a chance but stranger things have happened. Below are some adjustments to his web site he should make to become a little more competitive:

- Throughout his web site Michalow touts his background as a member of Avalon Borough Council. This is a good thing but the site lays it on a little thick. He should focus more on his background as a teacher. Most revere teachers much more than politicians.

- Michalow should put real issues on the web site. As a regular voter I would be more inclined to see what he thinks about Allegheny County-related issues such as the drink tax, city-county merger, airport opportunities, etc.

- I wish Michalow would Please, please, please upgrade his web site. It would be great if he could include some videos talking about specific issues. If that is too difficult, Michalow could create a YouTube page where such videos could be posted.

While I consider myself a moderate conservative, that doesn't mean I would never vote for Michalow. This Tattler is sick of partisan politics and votes for people on both sides of the aisle. I would just ask that Michalow give us Tattlers more information about his ideas.

These are just a few tips I'm offering as someone who has covered local politics for several years (RIP McKnight Journal). Trust me, these are good tips.

I wish you the best of luck Tom Michalow.