Diwas Timsina has come a long way. Now studying information sciences and technology at Penn State Greater Allegheny in McKeesport, he is originally from Bhutan, and was raised for 14 years in Jhapa, Nepal, in a refugee camp. His family and 70,000 other Bhutanese were forced to leave the country due to the interethnic conflict that occurred in the 1990’s.
“We faced so many struggles and challenges like discrimination, crowdedness, floods, fire, hurricane and diseases. The list goes on and on,” Diwas says. In 2008, the Timsinas first arrived in the United States, settling in Atlanta, Georgia, where they stayed for three years before moving to Pittsburgh. Timsina has since founded a nonprofit organization, Children of Shangri-Lost.
On May 22, Timsina will be a featured speaker at TEDx Pittsburgh. He is going to share the story of his journey from Bhutan to the refugee camps in Nepal and to the United States.
Art and music will take center stage on April 23 at a festival to benefit Homestead's Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation.
The Steel to Sustainable Festival will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 23 at the Carrie Furnaces historic site near the end of the Rankin Bridge and will include musical performances by Red Room Effect, Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band, Daily Grind and more.
The festival is designed to take place to coincide with the same weekend as Earth Day, which is April 22.
The event also will feature a Hard Hat Art Show featuring local Pittsburgh artists in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the hard hat.
A section of Greensburg Pike near Great Valley Shopping Center in North Versailles Twp. will close next week and remain closed until mid-August.
A spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Department of Public Works said the closure, which begins at 7 a.m. April 18, is necessary to stabilize the road. A reinforced retaining wall built of "geo-grid" will be used.
The closure will affect the area behind the Save-a-Lot store.
The posted detour will use Route 30 and Warren Drive. The $590,000 project is being completed by A. Merante Contracting Inc. of West Mifflin.
Based on the hit 2001 DreamWorks film, as well as William Steig's 1990 book, "Shrek: The Musical" features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It premiered on Broadway in December 2008, closing after a run of more than 12 months and after being nominated for multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults.
Someone in Port Vue is $2.1 million richer --- minus taxes, of course.
A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Lottery says the Uni-Mart on Romine Avenue last week sold a lotto ticket that matched all six winning numbers in the March 31 drawing.
The winning ticket, on the lottery's Match 6 game, bears the numbers 10-13-14-26-27-47.
The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before the winner can be identified, the spokesman said. Match 6 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
Claims may be filed at the Pennsylvania Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County, or at the Pittsburgh regional office on Pittsburgh's North Side at 1424 Western Avenue.
Children from preschool to 10 years old are invited to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (March 19) at the Jacob Woll Pavilion in Renziehausen Park.
The event is sponsored by the McKeesport Recreation Board.
Children should arrive beginning at 9:30 a.m. and events begin at 10 a.m., a spokeswoman said. All participants will receive their choice of a children's book donated by Book Country Clearinghouse in McKeesport.