Paisley Attracts Audience

Glen Dale native and country music superstar Brad Paisley’s first network variety show drew a huge number of viewers and generated an enthusiastic response from a nationwide audience earlier this month.

A spokeswoman for the singer and guitarist said the show, titled “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,” attracted 6.3 million viewers when it aired Dec. 3 on ABC and it was the most watched show on ABC for the evening, according to Nielsen.

The program also attracted considerable buzz online as viewers took to social media in support of the show. Paisley’s spokeswoman said the TV special had more than 390,000 social interactions across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, according to Nielsen Social Content Ratings.


If your holiday plans include a jaunt to Pittsburgh, you might want to make time in your schedule for a visit to the Carnegie Science Center, where the Miniature Railroad & Village exhibit is marking its centennial celebration this year.

The display’s 100th season features a new historic replica depicting Kaufmann’s Department Store and clock, which were landmarks in downtown Pittsburgh.

Officials of the Carnegie Science Center said visitors to the Miniature Railroad “will get to see a replica of the original downtown store, known as the ‘Grand Depot,’ complete with 15 window displays, a Swarovski crystal chandelier and delightful details that bring the magic of Kaufmann’s to life in miniature. Visitors will be intrigued by the original version of Kaufmann’s clock as well.”

Kim Amy, interim deputy director of the center, explained, “For the exhibit’s centennial anniversary, we knew this year’s model had to be extra special, a place Pittsburghers feel a sentimental connection to, the way they feel connected to the timeless Miniature Railroad.”

“Pittsburghers have a very deep-rooted ownership of their cultural institutions,” said Patty Everly, curator of historic exhibits. “The Kaufmann’s model brings to the Miniature Railroad a sense of activity, life and local pride. Visually it’s very captivating because it is such a big piece. It brings diversity to our display and helps us tell the immigrant story.”

According to the science center, the sprawling layout for the model railroad was created by Charles Bowdish in 1919 and displayed at his home in Brookville, Pennsylvania, to entertain guests at his brother’s wedding. In 1954, the display was moved to the former Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh. It was relocated to Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

Now, the Miniature Railroad & Village “includes more than 100 cleverly constructed animations, 250,000 handmade trees, and replicas of historic western Pennsylvania landmarks, such as Primanti Bros. in the Strip District, Forbes Field, Donora’s Cement City and Gobbler’s Knob,” officials stated.

The Miniature Railroad is open during the Carnegie Science Center’s regular operating hours and entrance is included with general admission.


As we reach the high point of the holiday season, I continue to be impressed, and humbled, by the outpouring of generosity that area residents share with neighbors in our local communities.

No matter what your religious beliefs, or lack thereof, a major tenet of our society is to help people in need. Folks in the Ohio Valley always do their fair share, and beyond, at this time of year.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, dear readers!

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net


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