Monday, September 22, 2014

black bear killed hiker in NJ

Authorities believe a black bear attacked and killed a hiker in a northern New Jersey nature preserve.
West Milford police say five friends from Edison were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the bear on Sunday. Police say the group became frightened and ran in different directions. They noticed one member was missing when they regrouped.
A search team located the body of Darsh Patel, 22.  Police say evidence indicated he had been attacked by a bear.  It is believed to be the first recorded fatal bear attack in New Jersey.

Rockefellers Divesting From Big Oil

"The Rockefeller family is divesting some of its massive fortune from fossil fuels, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the family's charitable arm, will announce the landmark move in a video conference on Monday along with 49 other foundations. According to USA Today, the 50 groups will divest from 200 major oil and gas companies. The Rockefellers are especially noteworthy given their family history. Patriarchs John D. Rockefeller and William Rockefeller amassed their fortunes while working in their oil industry. The Rockefeller brothers were co-founders of the Standard Oil Company, the world's largest oil refiner at the time.
The Rockefellers were also celebrated for their philanthropic work. According to his 1937 New York Times obituary, John D. Rockefeller gave $530 million to charity during his lifetime. He also helped establish the University of Chicago. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has been a major supporter of environmental advocacy. Last year, the charity gave over $6 million in grants to sustainable development projects. The fossil fuel divestment movement has gained many other high-profile supporters in recent months, including actor Mark Ruffalo. "It's a snowballing movement," Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. According to the Washington Post, the Rockefellers plan to first divest from coal and tar-sands mining."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

These happy young people give us hope. They are brave.

Lawyer Farshid Rofugaran said Friday the seven have been sentenced to six months in jail and 91 lashes each, though the verdict won't be carried out unless the defendants commit crimes and are found guilty in the future. He says the suspended jail term is the punishment for acting in the video and the lashes are over ignoring Islamic norms.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Free Delivery! Awesome Gourmet Pizza & Burgers

Try Graham's Grill at Ligonier Beach! We have a newly remodeled family friendly dining room, awesome gourmet pizza and burgers, nightly dinner specials and free local delivery!

cellular tower talks continue

For the past six years, BuzB Corp. has worked to repurpose a 195-foot tower, formerly used by MCI Communications for long-distance telephone service. Busby said the tower could be used for multi-cellular carrier use, and his company has been trying to lease it to cellular companies.
“Our company provides engineering services on towers, tower mappings,” Busby said. He is familiar with the area because his daughter attends the University of Pittsburgh. “Western Pennsylvania is a market that we serve. We also felt the tower itself was a unique structure because of its location. It's right on 271 as it goes over the Laurel Ridge.”

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mountain Palace Happy Healthy Festival! Saturday Sept. 20 6:45ish!

Calling all burned out hippies! This is a "burned out hippie alert! Marianne M. & Diane C. will be performing at Mountain Palace in Bolivar, Pa live and in-person. The cake is not ordered, the grass is not cut, the mower is broken again, and nothing is ready. Pigou Lake is about empty that the frogs are beginning to look anxious but the humans are good. A favored moment of mine was when Mellow Mike were at Mountain Palace the second time. When finished they asked if any requests. Stating, "Freedom" by Richie Havens, they went directly into it. What a group! So if you're not here Saturday you will be missing the biggest event in Bolivar, across from Mirror Lake, since a meteor missed us by one-eight the distance to the moon. So, until we announce more mental health issues, live virtual classroom, or Pitt Innovation application videos, try to get a shower, pull yourself together and come as you are!

Mountain Palace Welcomes Marianne & Diane!

The sheds are moved, you can see Cozy Cottage from the Dining Room :)

What You Should Know About Sunday's Massive Climate March

"All of Dr Seuss’s children’s books – or, at least, the best ones – are sly, radical humanitarian and environmental parables. That’s why, for example, The Lorax was banned in some Pacific Northwest districts where logging was the chief economy. Or there’s Horton Hears a Who: if you weren’t a child (or reading to a child) recently, it’s about an elephant with acute hearing who hears a cry from a dust speck. He comes to realize the dust speck is a planet in need of protection, and does his best for it. Of course, all the other creatures mock – and then threaten – Horton for raising an alarm over something they can’t see. (Dissent is an easy way to get yourself ostracized or worse, as any feminist receiving online death threats can remind you.) And though Seuss was reportedly inspired by the situation in post-war Japan when he wrote the book, but its parable is flexible enough for our time." [...]

"Seuss’s Horton was alone. Climate activists in the United States are a minority, but there are vast numbers of people across the world who know how serious the situation is, who are facing it and who are listening and asking for action. Some of them will be with us when the biggest climate march in history takes place on Sunday in New York City – starting on the southern edge one of the nation’s largest urban green spaces, Central Park, running around Times Square and then moving west to the Hudson River – to demand that the UN get serious with this attempt to hammer out a climate change treaty at its summit next week. A whole lot more people are going to come together to demand that our political leaders do something about climate than have done so before. In a symbolic action, at 12:58pm local time, they will observe a collective couple of minutes of silence dedicated to the past. Wherever you are on Sunday, you can join us in observing that silence and remembering the millions displaced last year by the kinds of floods and storms that climate change augments, or the residents of island nations whose homes are simply disappearing under the waves; the small shellfish whose shells are dissolving or the species that have died out altogether; the elderly and infirm who have died in our longer, hotter heatwaves or the people who died in New York’s Hurricane Sandy not quite two years ago."


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

anonymous opines on Ligonier Township decision to stop financial support to the Ligonier Valley Library

At a Ligonier Township Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Secretary Bruce Robinson recommended that the Ligonier Township Supervisors not give the Ligonier Valley Library their annual $1500 contribution, citing that all sorts of other community groups will be after the Township for money and donations!  I was horrified, after all these years of giving money to the Ligonier Valley Library; the Supervisors are now going to stop?    If you were wondering Mr. Robinson, the Second Class Township Code allows Townships to make donations and gifts for providing library service to the township.  It seems that there is no new  policy required when it comes to the Township providing a $1500 grant to our library!
How many residents of Ligonier Township utilize the Library?  And of that amount, how many of them are children completing reports for schools, or our Senior Citizens enjoying  the daily newspapers?  How about the programs offered at the Library like the Cookbook Club,   the Genealogy Forum, the Mystery Book Club, Let’s Book, the Tea and Title Book Club or the Pennsylvania Room? Mr. Robinson, have you taken the opportunity to enjoy the WWI Photo Exhibit put together by our Library Staff?  Have you given any consideration to lives enriched by these programs and services?  Before you made this unilateral decision, Mr. Robinson, did you take the time to stop in and look around?  I know they carry Golf Magazine and have many books on improving your golf game!
The Library is a cornerstone of this Valley, a point of pride to the residents and I am ashamed of the Ligonier Township Supervisors for undervaluing the importance of this Library to the community at large!
I urge the Supervisors Knupp, Matson and Komar to re-examine this counsel offered by Mr. Robinson, open your checkbook and send that $1500 budgeted contribution to the Ligonier Valley Library.

Signed, Book Lover,  a Longtime Resident of Ligonier and a friend of the Ligonier Valley Library 

incident on North Market

A Ligonier Township man is in jail because he allegedly assaulted a police chief and threatened to set fire to a woman's apartment.
Alan J. Camp, 61, was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and simple assault before District Judge Denise S. Thiel.
Police received a call at 2:27 p.m. Sept. 10 from a North Market Street woman who said Camp was causing a disturbance at her home, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Ligonier Borough police Chief John Berger.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Walking with Thoreau - Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm

Join us for "Walking with Thoreau" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 pm in the Ligonier Valley Library's community room. Our featured speaker will be Bryon Williams.

"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields absolutely free from all worldly engagements." Henry David Thoreau

In his classic essay "Walking" and other works, Henry David Thoreau describes the act of walking as an uplifting art accessible to anyone with a spirit of adventure. In this talk, we will explore the ways in which Thoreau celebrates walking as an ideal method of communing with the wider world and as an essential complement to work, study, and contemplation.
Bryon Williams teaches American Literature at Duquesne University, where he is a doctoral candidates in the English Department. His research, writing and teaching focus is on the intersection of literature and the natural environment with a special concentration on the works of Henry David Thoreau.

This program is open to the general public, free of charge with no registration required.

**You do not have to be a member of our Let's Book program to attend this talk. However, if you love to walk and you love to read, then follow the link ( to learn more about Let's Book!

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Ligonier Highland Games

With its ragged hills, rolling meadows and a climate that often requires wool clothing, Western Pennsylvania can seem like home to a Scot.
Gordon Reid, who was born in Glasgow but now lives in Upper St. Clair, says on early mornings at the Ligonier Highland Games when pipers are warming up and mist is rising in the chill air, “You can close your eyes and open them again, and you'd think you were in Scotland.”

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The begonias are still pretty.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Don't forget the Flax Scutching!

The 107th Annual Flax Scutching Festival is being held this weekend in Stahlstown. Sunday's schedule begins with a worship service at 9 a.m. There's music throughout the day, along with demonstrations of the art of turning flax plants into linen cloth; food and craft booths throughout the festival grounds; Civil War re-enactors; Boy Scouts making fresh cider, and a nice display of antique tractors. Fresh buckwheat pancakes and sausage will be available all day. If you've never seen flax scutched, this is the time!

Podlucky crazy house goes to sheriff's sale

A mansion in Ligonier Township that was being built by former LeNature's Inc. CEO Gregory Podlucky will be sold at a Westmoreland County sheriff's sale on Nov. 10 to pay more than $1 million owed to creditors, according to court records.
The sprawling structure off Route 711 in Ligonier Township has been on the market for several years, but the $2.5 million asking price and $500,000 down payment has attracted no buyers. The completed mansion would have cost $15 million, court records show.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Mountain Palace - Pork Cabbage Tomato Special!

This weekend Mountain Palace will be serving Pork, Cabbage and Tomato with Rice as our special. Mountain Palace remains eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Chinese Medical Exercise and Acupressure class will be on Saturday at 11. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy our authentic Northern Chinese Happy Healthy menu.
Remember Marianne and Diane will be providing us live music next Saturday evening September 20. It is positively guaranteed to be a most wonderful event!  724 717-8614 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Marty's mission and a promise. It all started 13 years ago today - 9/11.

When I read Obama's ignorant statement - “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said, speaking from the state floor of the White House residence. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” - it was a call to arms for me. I realized it is time for me to follow through on my promise to Marty to read this book.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Marty, who considered himself well informed on many subjects found that he truly had no idea what Islam was all about. He started a quest that ended during this, the last year of his life. Close friends know that Marty was obsessed with understanding Islam. We have every version of the Qur'an that was translated into English. Marty read every available book on the subject. We have shelves of books. I picked up the most obscure books from some of the wildest places in the Middle East at the post office. He dug and dug and read and read. He created a monumental compendium to cross reference subjects through the Qur'an and Surah. I learned much at his side, just listening but I left the study to Marty. I felt that he had a mission and someday it would be understood. As he approached death a few months ago, he told us that having read all that was available, we really only had to read one book to understand - this book. I made a promise that I would read this book and I am unwrapping it and starting today. He gave a warning that it took him several months to read this book thoroughly so don't be discouraged. I am sharing it with you, because I believe this was Marty's mission. He did the legwork. Now we have a signpost pointing the way to understanding Islam.

WRONG, Obama. ISIS is pure unadulterated Islam - Islam condones and in fact requires the killing of apostates and infidels.

“Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said, speaking from the state floor of the White House residence. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”


AnnaLynn Boutique at 125 West Main

Throughout her life, Lynn Brown was inspired by her grandmother, Anna Slate.
“Even at 100 years old she would say, ‘If you want to do something, just do it. Don't get to my age and wish you had,'” said Brown, 46, of Greensburg.
Brown is carrying on the memory of Slate, who passed away almost two years ago, through a new business venture.
AnnaLynn Boutique at 125 West Main St. in Ligonier is a new gift shop that Brown opened this summer. The boutique specializes in unique gifts, home decor, skin care and cosmetics.
“When I shop, it's always nice to go in a store and be able to find something for somebody who has everything,” Brown said.

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James and the Giant Peach

The community is invited to support Ligonier Valley youth and enjoy a live performance of James and the Giant Peach, an upcoming show at the Ligonier Theatre.
“Footlights,” the Valley Players of Ligonier's Youth Troupe, will present the show about an orphan who befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant, magical peach.

“We have a very, very talented group of children who are eager to put on a great show,” said Sharon Vito McCue, president of the Valley Players. “I know it's going to be an outstanding performance.”
Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 21.

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9/11: 13 years later by Carolyn

Today we pause to remember the 9/11/2001 events that altered so many aspects of the United States. My husband Monte and I live about 20 miles from where Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County. Below is a list of articles I’ve posted through the years since the tragedy. I hope you take time to read some of them on this day of remembrance. Click on the titles to access the complete articles.
All of the following articles are posted on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS except LMB RESIDENT’S SEPT. 11, 2001 STORY: Part 1 of 2
NOTE: The Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine being released later this month contains an in depth article on Flight of Valor, the music composition commissioned by the Somerset County Community Band. It ties in the roles many Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, residents took following the crash of Flight 93 in the adjacent county of Somerset.
NOTE: September 11 is also the birthday of my late nephew Todd James Jay. Keep my sister in your prayers today, too.
NOTE: This story is posted on the Laurel Mountain Borough newsletter site.
LMB resident John was working in one of the twin towers in New York City the morning of September 11, 2001. His story will be posted in the LMBoroLMPark Newsletter in three parts. To view photo illustrations taken by John, click on: September 11, 2001, John was in New York City working as a freelance sound recordist/video engineer. He had many clients in downtown New York, where he found most of his jobs. He also worked in Philadelphia and other places, but the New York work was most challenging.This Tuesday he was working at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (Company), a very large financial consultant company similar to J. P. Morgan. He’s worked there a half dozen times. They had a television studio they’d just built, completed in December 2000.They had called me to Read more of this post

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

call for flash mob

Flash Mob!
Join many civic organizations on the Diamond at Noon on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem! Sing along, and pledge allegiance to the flag for this anniversary celebration, which is being held all over the Country!
Dare to be patriotic!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mother Earth News (not a hippy rag anymore) Fair this weekend at 7Springs (not a family-owned place anymore)

Everyone on the sustainable bandwagon, now...giddyap!'s big money for the companies (who own granola-crunchy magazines and baseball teams) and some go-o-ood savings for the rest of us. See y'all there!


Seven Springs, Pa. | Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Sept. 12-14, 2014

777 Waterwheel Drive
Seven Springs, Pa. 15622

Friday Fair hours: 12:00 PM-7:00 PM
Saturday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

About the FAIR

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events. The Seven Springs FAIR features practical, hands-on workshops:
  • Renewable energy
  • Small-scale agriculture
  • Gardening
  • Green building and more
We hand-select local and national exhibitors to bring you the best in:
  • Organic food and drink
  • Books and magazines
  • Tools and seeds
  • Clothing and more

Joel Salatin...anti-fossil fuel conservative (who will be at 7Spings this weekend, come to think of it...)

A prolific author and charismatic speaker, Salatin has been preaching his unique brand of agrarian gospel for more than two decades, and his scathing criticism of factory farming ruffles more than a few feathers. (Salatin describes) himself as a “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer.

"In the U.S. we should have been using petroleum and modern technology to build healthy soil. Instead petroleum is put into chemical fertilizer, which further deteriorates the soil. We have squandered our mother lode of fossil fuels. Americans haul off 70 percent of all the urban compostable waste and dump it into landfills. It’s unconscionable. This is the number-one thing that has to change in modern agriculture. We cannot afford to continue floating our food* on oil. Farmers need to grow the carbon and fertilizer on-site, not bring it in from elsewhere. They need to move toward compost generation with light carbon footprints and away from factory-farming methods with heavy footprints."

"We did an audit here two years ago, when fuel prices spiked, because we’d read that 50 percent of the average farm’s expenses is energy. The audit concluded that energy was only 5 percent of (Polyface Farm's) expenses. That includes the cost of delivering our products to our customers, an expense that the average farm doesn’t have. The price of diesel fuel could go as high as almost ten dollars a gallon, and our farm would still be able to absorb the cost, because our energy expenses are currently so low. I should note that, for the purpose of that audit, we did not include the energy use associated with the feed we buy for the pigs and poultry."

*or the rest of what we seem to feel we need to live, for that matter.

Ol' Bible-thumpin' Libertarian Joel Salatin...gotta love him

"Our bodies, that three trillion member community in our insides, is not meant to receive substances that you can’t pronounce or you can’t make in your kitchen. Or that were grown with artificials. Sir Albert Howard said in 1943 in his foundational work in agricultural testament that when we use artificial manure (that’s what he called chemical fertilizers) artificial manures for the soil, then they grow artificial plants, which then make artificial animals, which then make artificial humans, which require artificials in order to keep us alive. And if that isn’t a commentary on where we are today with the drug trade and the pharmaceutical industry, I don’t know what is. In the last 35 years, our culture has exchanged an 18% per capita expenditure on food and 9% on health care to 18% on health care and 9% on food. And I would suggest that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to think there might be a connection between the inversion of those two numbers."

"If all the diesel fuel being put through refrigerated trucks to bring unseasonable produce to New England and Virginia – I’ll call it the northern tier – if all that diesel fuel was converted into plastic to make coop houses, season extensions, and solariums on the south side of buildings, we wouldn’t have to run any of those trucks, we wouldn’t have to build any of those roads, we wouldn’t have to use any of that energy to do that. And that becomes, see, that’s an integrated holistic approach, rather than some sort of “I’m going to continue to eat my California-introduced mesclun mix in February in New York City. Hang the system and let’s figure out how to make more cheap fuel.” "      

"...the political leadership on this issue has been gravely lacking.'

“It’s easy to get cynical about politicians, and then one of them shows a real maturity and grace.” -Bill McKibben

"A local district attorney in Massachusetts surprised parties on all sides on Monday after he sided with two climate justice activists who employed a "necessity defense" to justify their use of a small lobster boat to block the path of an enormous coal freighter trying to dock at the Brayton Point Power Station in the town of Somerset last year. Several serious charges were brought against two men, Jay O'Hara and Ken Ward, for their attempt to wedge their boat, the Henry David T., between the dock and an approaching coal freighter, the Energy Enterprise, on May 13, 2013.
For the brazen act of civil disobedience both O'Hara and Ward faced many thousands of dollars in fines and as much as two years in jail, but it was Bristol County DA Sam Sutter who decided that all charges in the case would be dropped after he determined that their expressed purpose—to put an end to the carbon-spewing pollution directly related to the current climate change crisis—was an adequate and defensible position.  Sutter dropped all charges against the two. And he did more than that. Following an agreement between his office and O'Hara and Ward which would see the most serious charges—including conspiracy—dropped and fines replaced with orders of restitution (both men agreed to pay $2,000), Sutter emerged from the local court house to express why he thought the two activists were ultimately justified in their creative protest."

“I do believe they’re right, that we’re at a crisis point with climate change.” --Bristol County DA Sam Sutter 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Are You Ready to 'Disrupt'?

"On Sunday night, a new documentary film highlighting the intertwined story of  the climate crisis and the growing social movement which has grown in response to it was released online for national screenings that took place in people's home and public meeting spaces. At just under an hour long, the film, entitled 'Disruption', was produced with a stated goal to "galvanize a new wave of climate action and climate leadership" across the globe and comes just weeks before the 'People's Climate March' being organized for New York City that will take place on Sunday, September 21.

As Jamie Henn, a co-founder of—which is leading the organizing effort for the march and also produced the film—said to his organization's members in an email:
Here’s the most exciting part of this story: it’s not finished yet. The next act will be written in the streets on September 21st, when the People's Climate March takes over New York (and cities across the globe). This is the history we'll tell the next generation -- about the end of fossil fuels, about how the world was in crisis, about how we started to turn it around together." 

A reluctant environmentalist (former oil field worker turned artist)

"“I’m not trying to get money for my land, I’m just trying to relate to these companies on their level,” says Tiesenhausen from his home near Demmitt, Alberta. “Once I started charging $500 an hour for oil companies to come talk to me, the meetings got shorter and few and far between.” Tiesenhausen is in a unique position to understand both the realities of industry and the value of the natural world. As a young boy working on the family ranch, his daily job of surveying the cattle left him with an intimate understanding of the family’s land. He left school at 17 to work in the oil fields and eventually found himself in the Yukon in the early ’80s, digging away at surface gold mines. Before he committed to being a full-time artist in 1990, he worked crushing boulders in Antarctica while building an airstrip through the permafrost.
Today, Tiesenhausen is an artist, an active member of his community and a somewhat reluctant environmental icon. “I’m just a guy that likes to have an exciting life,” he says earnestly. “I went to the gold fields, worked in Antarctica, but what I found was that staying at home and making art was the most exciting my life ever got.”
In 2003, he presented his copyright argument before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, which told him that copyright law was beyond its jurisdiction and he would need to pursue that in the courts. So far that hasn’t been necessary. The oil and gas companies have since backed off, even paying for an expensive rerouting of pipelines, and have yet to bother testing his copyright." 

Last box of FREE books on the steps at 204 West Main Street.

Get em while you can!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mountain Palace September 20th.....We're playing some tunes.

Our hairs are a bit different now but the music is the same.  Join us for some mellow music and have some delicious and healthy Northern Chinese cuisine at the Mountain Palance in Bolivar - just across from Mirror Lake.

That darn Waggles started something wonderful.

A missing pet can cause panic in any household.
That’s why one Ligonier woman is taking it upon herself to reunite these lost animals with their owners.
Elizabeth Nordstrom, of Ligonier, hosts lost and found pet groups on Facebook for Allegheny, Westmoreland, Somerset and Indiana counties. The Indiana County, PA Lost and Found Pets group, which she started in March, has become a public forum for posting pets that have been seen wandering or that have been lost.

Her mission to reunite missing animals with their owners began a few years ago, she said, when a dog named Waggles went missing in the Ligonier area.