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Hit the road, Jack!

Driving from New Jersey to Cleveland in one day. Are there any sites worth seeing? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 18, 2014 - 2 answers

DSL in Lancaster County, PA?

Moving to a fairly rural section of Lancaster County (Paradise, PA, to be exact), where cable isn't available. *Sad trombone* I work from home full-time and will need reliable, fast internet. Suggestions, please! BTW, FiOs isn't available here (I checked) and it's been hard to get a solid answer on exactly WHAT internet services are out there, so alternatives are welcome. The last tenants here used a mobile hotspot, which was unreliable and slow, so I want to avoid that. Also want to avoid working from a coffee shop every day.
posted by KateH on Jun 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I see an original Pennsylvania birth certificate from the 1920s?

My grandfather was born in Pennsylvania to Italian parents during the 1920s in Lackawanna County / Scranton. I was able to obtain a new birth certificate from the PA Dept of Vital Records, but the last name was misspelled. When I called about this, they could only tell me that the mis-spelling "was what it said on the birth certificate". How do I go about seeing the original to get the mistake corrected? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Jun 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Cast Iron Radiators of Death

Mr. Kitty and I are pretty handy, but removing 100 layers of 100 year old paint from our cast iron radiators may kill us. Who can we pay to make this problem someone else's? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

What to do and see between central Pennsylvania and New Orleans

I'm taking my two daughters to see my family and we're driving, from central Pennsylvania to New Orleans. Here's the basic route. Where should we eat? What should we detour to see? It'll be a two or three day drive. Help us plan it.
posted by Toekneesan on May 24, 2014 - 18 answers

Cool family neighborhoods around Lancaster, PA?

I'll be moving with my family (including two young kids) to the Lancaster, PA area in August. We'll be renting a place and I'd like to know the names of some good neighborhoods where we can concentrate our searches. In-town or slightly-outside-of-town are all okay (though I want to stay within a 40 minute drive of Middletown, where my husband will be studying). Important criteria: •Friendly neighbors •Relatively low crime •Good school zone is a plus •A cool neighborhood vibe is a plus
posted by KateH on Apr 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for a walkable Philadelphia suburb with ... (details inside)

Will be moving to Philadelphia metro soon for a new job. Looking for a place to live. Currently live in the NYC boroughs. Have a difficult list of must haves. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 22, 2014 - 23 answers

Incorporate an online-based business in New York or Pennsylvania

I'd like to start on online-base media/information/advice business, and I'm having trouble deciding on where to incorporate. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Feb 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Yinzer Gifts!

I need some gifts for my best friend that scream "Pittsburgh!". [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Jan 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Mid-Atlantic summer camps

Can you recommend awesome summer sleepaway camps within some vague driving distance of Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jan 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Allentown PA / Bethlehem PA - Indoor Playground or Children's Museum?

I need to entertain my 2.5 year old for several hours this weekend while my wife attends a bridal shower in Macungie, PA - which is right outside of Allentown PA, here's a Google Maps link of the area. Can anyone suggest an indoor playground or children's museum or something else that my kid might enjoy? Something within a 30 minute drive?
posted by exhilaration on Dec 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Southeastern PA: Where can I found a single tree in a forest clearing?

I'm trying to take a particular photo, so I'm looking for a clearing in a forest, that has a prominent tree by itself within that clearing (On top of a hill works too). [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 1, 2013 - 3 answers

We Can and WILL Force the Hand of Amazing (East Coast Road Trip-Filter)

East Coast Road Trip-Filter: a friend is having a very rough year but is finally taking three days (Aug. 24th - 26th) for much-needed road trip. She may not get to take another one for a while, so we want to make the most of it. My question: what can you recommend within a ~400-mile radius of Philadelphia (places, activities, events, gatherings, WHATEVER) that might be mind-blowingly memorable? The kinda stuff that makes you blurt, "Holy CRAP, this is AMAZING!"... the kinda stuff she and I can enthusiastically reminisce about for years to come. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Tell me what you know about the livestock feed called Chop

I live in a central Pennsylvania village that's almost 200 years old called Linden Hall. It was in the cellar of a home in our village that one of my neighbors found a bunch of old feed bags from the mill that used to be powered by the creek that runs through here. One of those feed bags looked like this. It uses this term "Chop." So we began to wonder why, if Chop was a type of feed, why did it had a protein and fat content label? And why are there horses on the bag? Was this actually livestock feed, or something else? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 25, 2013 - 7 answers

When is personal property considered abandoned in Pennsylvania?

I recently had some house guests stay with me for four months. They were not tenants. There was no lease, either written or oral. They did not contribute to the upkeep of the house; they bought no food, paid no utilities. They left behind a bunch of stuff. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Mar 20, 2013 - 10 answers

What should I do in Philadelphia in a day?

I will be in Philadelphia from 9am to 5pm today with my wife to celebrate her 30th birthday. It's our first time here. What are some things that we can do and a brunch that we can have to make it memorable?
posted by libbrichus on Jan 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Roadtrip- IN, OH, PA, and NY are beautiful in January, right?

Solo January roadtrip from western Indiana to RI. Up to a week to do it in (if I really wanted to), want to visit a friend in State College, PA on the way. How can I make this the least amount of terrible? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Find the Mystery Halloween House

A few years ago (at least 3 years but probably 5 or more), I was driving with my mom and we saw the extremely decorated house in these pictures: [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jan 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania next week!

Help us hike with our dog in Pennsylvania! We'll be driving from NJ to Chicago in the last week of December, and would love to stop somewhere along the way for a few days of hiking. [more inside]
posted by walla on Dec 21, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm driving through flyover country. Where should I stop?

I'm driving from northern New Jersey to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow via I-80, and returning to DC on Sunday via 76/70/270. What can I do to make these journeys less boring? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Yes, I know I need a lawyer

My niece is incarcerated in Lancaster County PA, and I'm trying to get her help from NY. Can you help with lawyer recommendations, or PA programs, or any knowledge of the PA criminal system? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Help plan my road trip in south PA!

Road Trip (sort of) with my boyfriend this Monday from Pottstown, PA, to Hanover, PA, to Chambersburg, PA, then back to Pottstown. Any Mefites know of things to do/places to go along the way to make it fun? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Oct 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Where should I live and teach?

Where should I live: Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, or Utah? Or beyond? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on Oct 1, 2012 - 21 answers

Don't have money for repairs to pass inspection, what do I do?

Car needs to pass annual inspection in Pennsylvania. Turns out I need $1000+ in repairs, and I paid $1400 for the car itself (valuable lessons about buying used cars learned). I can't afford this and it doesn't make sense anyway. I need a car. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 21, 2012 - 24 answers

Sights/regional specialties in Lancaster, PA?

I will be taking a day-trip to Lancaster, PA for business. Anything of note to see or bring back? [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki on Sep 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Wednesday in the park with Mom.

I'd like to take my 85-year-old mom to Delaware Water Gap for a picnic on July 4th. Mom has mobility issues (is unsteady on her feet) so our picnic spot and the route to it needs to be as short and flat as possible and preferably paved. But I'd like to get as scenic a picnic spot as I can. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Me Plan A Vacation In Pennsylvania

Looking at taking vacation in Southeastern Pennsylvania third week of June: Lancaster County (Amish), Gettysburg, Hershey, that area. We think we'll stay at a Four Points Sheraton in York using accumulated points, which puts us close enough to all of those things so we can hit any combination of stuff over the space of a week. Two adults, one 11-yr-old girl. Please share your first-hand impressions, suggestions, things to do or avoid. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by briank on May 27, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I document my sideline business while collecting unemployment in PA?

Can you walk me through the steps/documentation necessary to collect Pennsylvania unemployment while maintaining a "sideline" business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Birdcaller ID

Trying to identify a (possibly migrating) bird by its call, which sounded like CHEE-fo-TEE-TEE. I heard it in southwest Pennsylvania in April. My attempt at mimicking the call is inside. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Quick camping trips from Lancaster

Where are some great places to camp within an hour or two of southeastern PA? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Apr 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Big E! I think. And then it gets blurry.

Question about the eye exam necessary to get a Pennsylvania drivers license. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Strike up the music the band has begun - Groundhog Day Celebration

Has anyone here traveled to Punxsutawney, PA to celebrate Groundhog Day? Does anyone live there? What kind of stuff is there to do? What are the sites to see? Places to eat? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Feb 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Searching for Proxy in Doha for US Court Search

Need help with accessing a Pennsylvania court docket search from overseas. I'm in Doha, Qatar, and for some reason can't access this link here to search for court dockets in Pennsylvania - I can access the rest of the site though. I haven't been able to find a proxy IP that seems to work here, which seems like a possible solution... any suggestions on getting through?
posted by Unsomnambulist on Dec 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Unwanted guests

Can anyone tell me what this beastie (warning: dead insect) is? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Oct 18, 2011 - 6 answers

We Must Protect This House

Suddenly I own a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, 3000 miles from my home. How the heck do I take care of it? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Aug 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Where to move for a job in west/central NJ?

Moving from Seattle to west/central NJ. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on Aug 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Will the welcoming committee don white hoods and burn crosses?

How's life in Lancaster, PA for a non-white person? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Aug 22, 2011 - 19 answers

Suggestions for places to rent a cottage in Western Pennsylvania?

Where should we rent a cottage in Western PA? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jul 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Routes through western Pennsylvania

What's the best driving route from Harrisburg, PA to Newburg, NY? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Baby Rhyme Translation

Can anyone translate this baby game rhyme? It's possibly German or Polish. [more inside]
posted by Toothless Willy on Jul 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Recommendations for things to do near Seven Springs, PA?

Recommendations for things to do near Seven Springs, PA? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

What to do in Wayne, PA?

I'm in Wayne, PA until Monday for a wedding. I've never been to this town--what can I do/see around here? Where are the best places to eat? Tips for things to do in the Philadelphia area would also be very appreciated!
posted by Stephanie Duy on Jun 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Will I have to take a drug test?

I'm unemployed and living in Philadelphia. I'd like to get an idea of how likely it is that I will have to pass a drug test in order to get a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Recommend a PA real estate lawyer

I need a recommendation for a real estate lawyer in the Easton, PA area. I'm the buyer. It's a short sale and I'd like to find a lawyer with some experience. I don't want to pick someone out of the phone book. Ideally you have actually worked with the attorney but any reliable advice would be appreciated. Responding here is best but MeFi mail is good too. Help? Thanks in advance!
posted by gdf on Feb 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Who will deliver a lot of food and drink in Pittsburgh?

I need to have a large quantity of drinks and snacks delivered to a hospital in Pittsburgh (for a non-profit). Usually when I do this kind of thing in NYC it is easy to use Fresh Direct, but I haven't had any luck finding a service in Pittsburgh that will take care of it for us. [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Feb 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Antiqing in PA

Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

What To Expect When You're Expecting (to Testify at a Trial)

I received a court summons - eeek! They'd like me to be a witness at another individual's criminal trial (whew!). What should I expect? Note: this question involves Pennsylvania and the the Magisterial District Court system. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Truckers Delight?

Travelling on I81 in central Pennsylvania there are several large, sleazy billboards advertising places to get a "massage." From the billboard, it's hard not to get the impression that you will get more than a massage at the advertised establishment (the billboard gives an address.) What's going on here?
posted by ennui.bz on Jan 24, 2011 - 23 answers

[fungusfilter] another unidentified fungus, this one with shiny translucent beads

Any idea what this fungus is? Found in northwestern PA.
posted by buttercup on Dec 30, 2010 - 12 answers

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