Tour a 1900 Manchester Home the Night Before It Is Demolished

Travails of the Yinzer

My friend Ed wrote this on his blog Travails of the Yinzer. This house has been empty for 20 years and home to many, many generations of cats and groundhogs and possum and some humans here and there. Miss Maryjanes haas. They are tearin dahhn Miss Maryjanes haas today. I stopped in for one last […]

Outcomes from #ManchesterCatTrap and a Plea for Help

feral cat clinic

I’ve been mulling over how to write this post, a ‘report out’ from our recent cat trapping and pet food distribution event. So let me jump ahead to yesterday, July 6. I was going through the invoices and feedback forms to compile some solid information. I checked Facebook and saw that a neighbor on the […]

Media Alert: The Manchester Cat Trap Launches June 16-19, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sue Kerr Phone: 412-216-3535 Email: [email protected]   The Manchester Cat Trap Launches June 16-19, 2021 Pittsburgh, PA.—June 19, 2021—The Manchester Cat Trap Project and Pet Food Distribution project will begin Wednesday, June 16 through June 19th.  The all-volunteer group is dedicated to trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and releasing (TNVR) outdoor community cats […]

The #ManchesterCatTrap Will Be Saving Cats and Feeding Pets on Saturday, June 19

We hope you will join us for a mini “mass trapping” event of homeless and feral cats in the Manchester neighborhood on the Northside. The date is Saturday June 19 and the location is “near my backyard” along Faulsey Way. What are we doing? We are TNVRing (Trap, Neuter/Spay, Vaccinate, Return) feral cats from the […]

The #ManchesterCatTrap Offers Free TNVR and a Pet Food Distribution to Pittsburgh’s Northside

TNVR

There are a lot of cats without homes in Manchester and nearby neighborhoods. I’ve trapped 12 this year alone and I’m definitely a novice. So wit the advice of experienced trappers, I proposed a “mass trapping” where colony caretakers and volunteer trappers get the kitties and we take them en masse to the Fix’n Wag’n […]

Q&A with Aerion Andrew Abney, Candidate for PA State House District 19

A few years ago, I answered a knock on my door in Manchester and met this energetic young man who was running for a committee seat. His enthusiasm was contagious and we became Facebook friends. I’ve followed his career and continue to admire his enthusiasm, his leadership in Manchester, and his passion for service. Aerion […]

Northside Food Pantry Launches Food Drive Blitz To Meet Holiday Needs

The food pantry hosted by Northside Common Ministries on Brighton Road is the largest pantry in Western Pennsylvania. Each month, they distribute food to over 1,000 families and households in the Northside zip codes. The pantry is set up in a ‘shopping model’ which allows clients to select the items they prefer from whatever is […]

Neighborhood Welfare, the Animal Rescue League and Examples from Manchester

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

I didn’t intend to write this post because I don’t live in Homewood and I can’t articulate what would be in the best interests of those who do. Then I saw the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette weighed in on the matter so I thought I would, too. You can read more details here about community response to […]

Strongly Afraid

Marge Piercy said: “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” Tell us about a time when you did what couldn’t be done. As I review various advocacy projects in my mind that fit this criteria, I realize how the devil is in the detail. For example, […]

A Confession – I Reported You to the U.S. Postal Service

USPS

We all hate junk mail, yet through the mail slot it comes almost daily. So I scoop it up, sort it and don’t worry about it for another 24 hours. Except, the post man is not the only perpetrator. There’s a whole slew of folks who like to use my mail slot to deliver their […]