Flipside is a magazine written by the Young Observers, a group of middle and high school students from Washington and Greene counties, and published quarterly by the Observer Publishing Company.
By Grace Scofield
Last year’s first noticeable snow didn’t come until December, though there were traces of snow earlier. This year, the first noticeable snow fell Nov. 12.
The sparkling snow had a delicate, glistening appearance and was cause for excitement for students of all ages. One Washington are student said when she saw the snow in the morning, she instantly hoped for a two-hour delay. A Trinity Middle School student said she felt bittersweet because fall was coming to an end.
The snow stuck to road and driveways, but it melted after the sun emerged and a crisp, blue sky came into view.
The melted snow was likely a relief to fathers, older brothers and anyone else stuck shoveling.
By the time student got out of school, there wasn’t much snow left, but it was a good excuse to have snowball fights, hot chocolate and popcorn.
Dressing up not limited to Halloween
When most people think of dressing up and parading around in costumes, the first thing to come to mind is usually Halloween, especially in autumn. However, the city of Pittsburgh is home to several conventions that bring in hundreds (some, even thousands) of excited folks in costumes from their favorite TV shows, video games, and for some, their imagination.
Two of these events are hosted yearly in the fall, both of which are considered smaller offshoots of two larger events.
Western PA Furry Weekend (WPAFW) 2013, which took place on October 11-13, brought in a record number of 132 attendees this year. WPAFW has taken place nearly every year since 2004, and has been steadily growing. While not nearly as large scale as Pittsburgh’s other furry event, Anthrocon, the mini-convention raised $1,714 for their chosen charity, Hide-E-Hole Ferret Rescue.
While there is no single definition of what a “furry” actually is, it can be summed up as lovers of humanized animals. Many furries that attend events like WPAFW and Anthrocon dress up as a personal character like this, either in a full face mask and costume or just by wearing a tail.
The date for WPAFW 2014 is to be announced. More information on the event, as well as photos and related links, can be found at: http://www.wpafw.org
KuroKiiro Festival, which takes place from November 1-3 at the Boyd Community Center in Pittsburgh, is a similar family-friendly mini-convention. The focus of KuroKiiro, however, is Japanese pop-culture, and anime/manga fandom in particular.
This year, KuroKiiro’s list of special guests includes Crispin Freeman, a voice actor known for his work in Hellsing, Naruto, and Howl’s Moving Castle; Steve Rudzinski, a local Pittsburgh filmmaker; and the drumming ensemble Pittsburgh Taiko.
KuroKiiro Festival, as well the larger springtime convention Tekkoshocon, are both managed by members of Pittsburgh’s Japanese Culture Society.
A root beer float – tasty,simple, but not always easy to prepare. At least the ice cream isn’t.
Have you ever had ice cream so cold, you cant scoop it? Then, it melts too quickly in the root beer!
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier substitute? Try whipped cream.
It’s much easier to prepare, cheaper and has fewer calories. In my opinion, it is a lot easier to take off a lid and apply whipped cream in a few seconds than to pry off a lid and struggle to scoop the frozen ice cream off the side of it’s frozen container that sometimes leaves a watery aftertaste.
Second, a small tub of ice cream costs $5.20 on average. Whipped cream cost $3.20 on average. That’s a $2.00 save! Not to mention a 268-calorie difference! A serving of ice cream is 320 calories whereas, a serving of whipped cream is only 52!
All these reasons are why I believe whipped cream is a better option than ice cream for a root beer float.