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🌱 Want to be an organic farmer? No, seriously.

Plus, the year in beer ahead.

Hello and welcome to Thursday.

Do you want to be an organic farmer? No, seriously. 

A successful, family run organic farm in Beaver County is going idle because it hasn't found anyone to take over. 

Current owner Don Kretschmann says they ran ads in agricultural publications nationwide looking for a successor but came up empty. 

"I just thought somebody would come," Kretschmann told the Post-Gazette. "Nothing worked out there — unless some miracle happens." 

The P-G has a fantastic feature about the Kretschman farm and family here.

Here's what else we have for you today: CMU has a Richard Grenell problem, where to find the COVID-19 vaccine, Paris via Millvale, the year in beer, and behind the scenes with an Incline Insider.

What Pittsburgh is talking about

Speed of light. | Tag #theinclinepgh to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @majokophoto)

4 things to know today

🗣 CMU has a Richard Grenell problem. The former Trump appointee and new Institute for Politics and Strategy senior fellow has made no secret of his belief (one unsupported by experts or evidence) that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. "Rest up and get ready to fight back," he tweeted the morning of last week's Capitol attack. The university is facing calls to cut ties and condemn his misleading claims, just as they did the Capitol violence that similar claims fueled. TribLIVE has more

🚨 A Pittsburgh-area resident was interviewed by FBI agents about possible plans for more violence leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, but the bureau says it's unaware of any ongoing or substantiated threats in the region. The FBI did confirm open cases against protesters from southwestern Pennsylvania related to the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week. Here's KDKA-TV's report on both probes.

  • Related: The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump yesterday for his role in inciting the Capitol riots. Trump is now the only U.S. president to be impeached twice. NBC News has live updates here.

📊 Officials say Pennsylvania is ramping up COVID-19 vaccine distribution after a slower-than-expected rollout. But many non-hospital workers included in Phase 1A of the state’s distribution plan — dentists and home health aides, for example — have reported frustration and confusion trying to find a local vaccine provider. A new map from the department of health lists providers across Pennsylvania in an attempt to help. 90.5 WESA has the story (and map) here.

🎓 Pitt is delaying the return of students for the spring semester until further notice. The reason? A possible surge in COVID-19 infections after the holidays. Classes are scheduled to begin on Jan. 19 but will remain mostly virtual for the time being. Here are five ways COVID-19 will continue to shape Pittsburgh college life, via PublicSource.

4 things to make you smile

🌱 A farm in industrial Braddock is growing all the greens eaten by Pittsburgh Penguins players before games — and might deserve some credit the next time they win. TribLIVE has more.

📸 Ever wonder what Pittsburgh would look like without the Mon River? This Dave DiCello photo gives us a pretty good idea.

🇫🇷 A French bakery in Millvale is "a Pittsburgh treasure," according to Good Food Pittsburgh. Find out why.

🍽 Win-win-win. Buy prepared meal kits from local restaurants that use products from local farms and support free meals for struggling service industry workers. The Post-Gazette tells you how.

Meet our Incline members: Dana Vingin

Dana and Angus at Bettis Grille. (📸: Courtesy of Dana Vingin)

Supporting members (aka Incline Insiders) make what we do possible, so we like to put them in the spotlight when we can. Today we’re introducing you to one of our newest Insiders, Dana Vingin of Collier Township, with a quick Q&A:

Where in town might people run into you?

Bettis Grille (and any other dog-friendly restaurants), the North Shore in general, dog events, farmers markets. Sadly, COVID has made trips into Pittsburgh not do-able.

What made you decide to become a member of The Incline?

I’ve been reading it for a while and enjoy the content. I figured it was time to support the small business.

What’s something you’re working on — in big ways or small — that you could use help with?

I could use incentive to exercise! (Editor's Note: Same.)

What local business do you think deserves a shoutout (and why)?

Goblin Girl Designs. Lori (Korchok) provides quality dog accessories, toys, and masks of many patterns. Our dogs wear only Goblin Girl bandanas. And we wear only her masks. She gives back to the community in many ways, from rescue support to providing free masks to frontline workers. Lori’s small business is getting hammered by COVID restrictions.

What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved?

Bloomfield Farmers Market.

What’s a recent story you’ve read about Pittsburgh that you wish more people cared about (and why)?

This morning I read about Pittsburgh police officer Paul Abel. More than a dozen complaints have been filed with the Citizen Police Review Board because of his actions. I know this isn’t representative of all police! I wonder how someone can retain their job with such a history/reputation. (Editor's Note: Paul Abel was removed from the force after Dana provided her answers for this Q&A.)

What are you celebrating in your life right now?

That we live in a city where there’s so much offered.

Want your turn in the spotlight? Become an Incline member today and we'll send you a handy little form with questions like these. You'll also get special perks like event discounts, ticket giveaways, and bonus/exclusive content in the newsletter. 

Things to do 

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

🔮 Take on the new year with a free vision board workshop from the Pittsburgh Professional Women group (Online)

👩‍💻 Join Hazelwood Local and Digital Bridges for a virtual marketing workshop geared toward small business owners to help jumpstart your business goals for 2021 (Online)

Tomorrow

📣 Join Pennsylvania's Second Lady, Gisele Fetterman, and The Ellis School for a discussion about activism and high schoolers making authentic social change (Online)

Saturday

🎵 Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 14th annual Let Freedom Sing Concert live-streamed from the Hill District (Online)

🎟 Hear the Pittsburgh opera group Aria412 perform its annual Wheel of Opera fundraiser concert on Zoom, with all proceeds going toward more programming in 2021 (Online)

Monday

⚾️ Explore "The Story of the Great One" Roberto Clemente in this virtual event from Doors Open Pittsburgh and the Clemente Museum (Online)

Tuesday

🍺 Join author Alison Feeney for a talk about the cultural heritage of Pennsylvania breweries (Online)

One more thing ....

Fresh Fest headed south, Necromancer headed north, and more open-air barrooms are just some of the things on tap for the local beer scene this year. 

Here's Very Local Pittsburgh's look ahead — along with a farewell from staff writer Aadam Soorma, who's moving on after two years with the outlet. 

Thanks for reading to the bottom. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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