Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy launches Season 2 of For the Love of Parks podcast

For the Love of Parks, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s original podcast series, is back. Season 2 launched on Jan. 10 and highlights several of the city’s iconic spaces, including Schenley Plaza, Highland Park and Riverview Park.

The first six episodes launched last fall and were one of many ways the nonprofit organization celebrated its 25th anniversary throughout 2021. Each episode shares compelling stories from everyday park users, civic leaders and Conservancy staff about their experiences and connections to Pittsburgh parks.

Listen for free on the Conservancy’s website and through leading podcast subscription apps such as Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and more.

Episode seven, From Parking Lot to Park: The Story of Schenley Plaza, is now available. The remaining five episodes will be released every Monday through Feb. 14.

Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank seeks donors

In 2021, Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank distributed its millionth ounce of pasteurized human donor milk since January 2016. As the pandemic continues, demand remains strong.

Donor milk is provided by nearly 2,000 carefully screened volunteer moms and is bottled, pasteurized and tested to ensure safety for babies receiving it. Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank adheres to the policies of its accrediting organization, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Pasteurized human donor milk provides critical nutrients, immunological support for medically fragile babies and is the standard of care in the region’s NICUs.

“We are grateful that so many across our region have stepped up to donate their breast milk,” says Denise O’Connor,  executive director of Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. “The need is still there — and growing — so we are encouraging all moms who already supply enough milk for their own babies and are ready to clear some room in their freezer of stored milk, to join the dedicated corps of donors who support the nutrition of the neediest babies.”

To begin the screening process, contact the Milk Bank at 412-281-4400 or via email.

Photo courtesy of Turner’s Dairy Farm.

Design a Turner’s iced tea carton and you could win $2,000

Pittsburghers have been sipping — OK, chugging — Turner’s Premium Iced Tea for 50 years. To celebrate its golden anniversary, the company is asking fans to design their own commemorative carton. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and have their art featured on half a million cartons and limited edition merchandise. They’ll also gain yinzer cred for eterni-TEA. The submission deadline is March 18. See the full contest details online.