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Saturday Features

In Focus: Youth America Grand Prix ballet competiton

The biggest ballet competition in the world came to Pittsburgh last weekend, as Youth America Grand Prix held semifinals at Upper St. Clair High School. Nearly 400 females and males from Pennsylvania and 10 other states competed in categories including "pre-competitive" (ages 9 to 11), junior (ages 12 to 14), and senior (15 and older). Top winners were chosen to move on to the finals in April in New York City, where YAGP is based. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City. Every participant went home with evaluation forms from each judge, and they also could take master classes from some of them at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. View The Gallery >

In Focus: Preserving the Mill … Preserves the Town

Volant Mills was established in 1812 and is one of the few remaining wooden grist mills. It is at the center of the village along Main Street in Volant, Pa., with a dam on the Neshannock Creek. The Mills is now used for shopping and gifts wrapped around two ton milling stones, gears, shafts through three floors, processing equipment, shuckers, and pulleys mounted in the ceilings. The Mills is a restoration project of the Volant Community Development Corp. View The Gallery >

In Focus: Mall relics

The Parkway Center Mall was Opened in the early 1980s and was closed in 2013. Giant Eagle is the only remaining business. As the remains of the the Mall taken apart some of the Mall's signs still stand along with the metal frames for the atriums, hanging strips of metal and escalators of a once thriving mall. View The Gallery >

WaterFire Sharon

At Dusk, fifty-five floating "braziers" that house wood and fire, line the sides of the Shenango River in the heart of Sharon, Pa. A "Fire Globe" burned on the State Street Bridge while forty artists held torches over the side of the bridge. The theme for the August 20th production was "Artists At Work". "WaterFire Sharon" is a free event and sponsored by the non profit arts Fund of Community Foundation of Wester, Pa. and Eastern Ohio. The third and last "WaterFire Sharon," for the 2016 Season will catch fire on Saturday Sept. 24th at dusk. View The Gallery >

In Focus: 13 years of camp

This is Ben Roethlisberger’s 13th year in often sticky heat at the Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College. We’re guessing it was easier (at least physically) back in 2004, when he first came to Latrobe as a young man of 22. Of course, he went on the next season to become, at age 23, the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He has led the Steelers to eight postseason berths, five AFC North championships, three AFC championships. Then, there are those Lombardi trophies — two, since he’s been the quarterback. Now, at age 34, the rigors of training camp take a daily toll as he prepares for the upcoming season. View The Gallery >

Let’s go to the fair

From the screams of carnival ride-goers, to the sounds of livestock being prepped for show and the revving of engines during a demolition derby, nothing says summer like the county fair. The Fayette County Fair in Dunbar Township, which started July 28, closes today. View The Gallery >