Shelly Danko+Day holds "Scrappy" a rooster that lives in her Highland Park backyard along with four hens. Danko+Day, who has had the chickens for over a year and a half, keeps the chickens as pets and for the eggs they produce. More and more city dwellers and suburbanites, including those in the Pittsburgh area, are raising chickens as pets and food-producers. It's legal in the city of Pittsburgh to keep up to five chickens.
West Mifflin VFW's Post Quartermaster, Mike Mauer (left), and Post Commander Chuck Krebs, (right) stand at the post in West Mifflin on Friday afternoon, December 26, 2008. VFWs are struggling to maintain membership and reinvent themselves and their image into a more than a neighborhood bar.
Diana James of McKeesport walks past a mural along Lysle Boulevard in McKeesport on a rainy Christmas Eve afternoon. While a white Christmas isn't in the forecast for most of the region the rain is anticipated to end by Thursday.
The Mayview State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital located in Bridgeville, PA. It was opened in December of 1893 and now, after nearly 115 years the hospital is scheduled to close by December 31st of this year. Once housing over 4,000 patients, there are only a handful of patients left residing on the hospital grounds. Nearly all of the 35 buildings are vacant with only a few buildings still being used. Driving through the hospital's 300 plus acres it feels as though you are in a ghost town.
Jim Krenn and his wife, Hedy, search for their missing dog, Gizmo, in Banksville Park on Wednesday afternoon, December 17, 2008. Gizmo, a 7-year-old rat terrier wearing a tan coat and tan corduroy collar has been missing since Tuesday evening.
The last couple of nights have provided some spectacular moonrises. As always I couldn't resist shooting a few frames. Here is one of the moonshots and a quote from Mother Teresa: “See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”
These are just a few photos from Sara & Tim's wedding this past Saturday. They are a terrific couple and it was a great wedding to end this year's wedding season for me. While I'm ready for a few weeks off from weddings I am looking forward to my 2009 wedding season.
Kevin Malloy and his daughter, Aubrei, 6, enjoy their new hot tub in their West Mifflin backyard on Wednesday afternoon, December 3, 2008. Aubrei who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 2 uses the hot tub to help relax her muscles. The hot tub was donated to the family by the spa company since the Malloy's insurance no longer covers spa treatment.
Charles Utz, 82, of Wexford sits in the kitchen of his home surrounded by mementos of his time as a tail-gunner in a B-17 during World War II and his getting shot down over Germany and spending four months as a POW. Perhaps his prized possession is a diary his mother urged him to write after returning home to document his memories of his entire experience.