Ballot Bins- A Creative Anti-Litter Effort in Pittsburgh

I saw my first Ballot Bin today on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Here’s an article in The City Paper about this method to reduce cigarette butt litter in the city. Fighting litter is an ongoing battle. By the number of cigarette butts deposited in the bin, I’d say the Ballot Bin seems to be working.

Non-residents of Pittsburgh may not be familiar with the language of Pittsburghese so click here to familiarize yourself with the dialect. Or Wikipedia has a definition of Western Pennsylvania English with examples of lifelong speakers. Or scroll below photo to see these two words definitions. The questions can be changed on the bins. I’ll keep my eye out for some more examples of this anti-litter campaign.

Guess a tagger saw the Ballot Bin as a blank slate to deface

yinz –The term stems from the word you ones yinz (or yunz), a second-person plural pronoun brought to the area by early Scottish-Irish immigrants.

jagoff- an inept person, an idiot, a jerk

From the Archives

Still missing this wonderful restaurant. reblogged

MONTH: JANUARY 2010

COOKING CLASS “LA CUCINA FLEGREA” WITH ANNA

Rigatoni alla Vodka Spaghetti alla Rucola (Arugula) Tagliatelle Zucchini When we arrived Anna had bruschetta made on grilled bread, a plate of verdi and Kalamata olives and two cheeses for appetizer placed on a table waiting for us. She poured a glass of wine for each of us, red or white. A bottle of water, too. She demonstrated all three dishes and then each of us got to choose and make one by ourselves. The four of us made the Rigatoni with the Vodka Sauce. Watching all the work behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen was impressive. When Anna prepared each dish it looked effortless. The combination of the ingredients makes each dish taste perfect! She had the recipes printed and tied together so we could add more recipes from another class. We ate AND took home leftovers. Delicious. We learned a lot about different olives, cheeses, pastas, olive oil, how to dice an onion without crying. All the classes are held 12:30 so we were finished in time for them to get ready for the evening service. What a satisfying way to spend a winter afternoon.

Miniature Dining Room at CMOA

Carnegie Museum of Art Miniature Gallery

“This dining room is one of three reproductions that Sarah Mellon Scaife commissioned around 1950. It was made by a New York gallery and interior decorator, French & Company, as a tiny copy of the actual dining room at Penguin Court, the Scaife residence in Ligonier, PA

The mansion at penguin Court has been demolished and the 900+ acre property is a conservancy

Annual Fruitcake Reveal

Thank you for the gift of a delicious homemade fruitcake like none other!

I’m loving that darling Tea Cozy too. No matches allowed near that muslin cloth wrapping it!

My sister Mary and I indulged today, now we are back in the Burgh.

A great way to start the new year.

Do you like fruitcake? I especially like this homemade one, chock full of wonderful ingredients.