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Welcome to This Awful/Awesome Life! My name is Frances Joyce. I am the publisher and editor of this magazine. We'll be exploring different topics each month to inform, entertain and inspire you. Meet new authors, sharpen your brain and pick up a few tips on life, love, entertaining and business. Enjoy and please share!

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Steel City Outdoor Adventures, LLC

Our feature of Steel City Outdoor Adventures, LLC in the August issue of This Awful-Awesome Life was very popular with our readers. Charles Graham has been kind enough to send us some information on what the business has been doing since then and what they have planned for this fall.

Steel City Outdoor Adventures, LLC started April 1, 2017. We plan and organize safe, fun outdoor adventures (biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and sailing instruction) for individuals and small groups (under 50). Youth sports teams, Church groups, Small business units and such are a perfect match.

The most popular activity this past season was our Introduction to Pittsburgh’s rail trails. College students liked learning how to get from point A to point B. The teens from the suburbs liked going someplace different to ride and some businesses used it to occupy out of town clients in the afternoon before business dinners.

For team building I took groups for a morning hike at a state park in Maryland and apicnic lunch followed by whitewater rafting. Depending on the size of the group and the options pricing was approximately $120-$170pp. We are currently working on adding trips to Cooks Forest for next summer.

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Fitness Day for Maddy Johnson Hosted by the Spencer Family YMCA Sponsorship and Event Registration*


Date: November 4th, 2016

Time: 3:00 to 5:00pm

Event Address: Spencer Family YMCA 305 Church Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102

Contact us at (412) 849-4196 or

Maddy Johnson is an 18 year old senior at Peters Township. On July 30, 2017, she was involved in a car accident and suffered a serious head injury along with other injuries. At this time she continues to recover in a rehabilitation hospital.

Those who have interacted with Maddy know her compassionate heart. Today she needs support and prayers. Please help support Maddy by becoming an event sponsor, participating in the November 4th event, buying an event T-shirt, or just making a donation.

Outside of direct event costs (shirts, banner…) all proceeds will go to the Johnson family to help with Maddy’s expenses.

For more information or to become a sponsor please go to:

*Registration required

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