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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Theory of Everything!


Tom Campbell's
Theory of Everything
Presented by
Joel Neatrour
Free Virtual Classroom Experience
Saturday, February 13, 11:00am
 Come to Mountain Palace and stay for lunch or join Joel on-line for the first 25 people. Enjoy the view of reality developed by Tom Campbell, a former NASA physicist.
Joel is a mechanical engineer who holds four U.S. and one Chinese patents. He has found Campbell's views of reality highly stimulating and is anxious to share.


Click the following link to participate, no software download required:

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614


Friday, February 5, 2016

Chinese New Year Special!


Year of the Monkey
Mountain Palace New Year Weekend Special Set
Chinese Meatballs with Broccoli & Rice
Fish Soup
Peanut Celery Salad
Three Mixed Dumplings
$18.66

Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The best Chinese New Year dinner in the area! In traditional Chinese culture: A round meatball - your life turns to perfect and smooth. Fish - you have plenty.
 
Weekend Classes:
Reservations Requested
Chinese Meridian System Acupressure - Menopause
Saturday, February 6, 11:00 $15
Happy Healthy Cooking - Menopause
Sunday, February 7, 12:00 $25 includes meal 

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake
724 717-8614
724 288-3872







Summer 2016
Beri Property Services, Inc.

724-401-1415



*Seeking Motivated & Punctual Individuals with a Can-Do Attitude*

Must have Excellent Time Management Skills

Position Often Requires Being Gone From Dawn to Dusk
Start time 7:00 a.m.

Need to be available all days of week* Typical week 4-5 days
Paid weekly


*Teams Use Beri Property Services Equipment*

Will Train Teams to Document Site visits using Photography and Detailed Notes


Must have a Good Driving Record
Must be able to pass a Background Check and Drug Test

Experience Driving with Utility Trailers & Equipment Maintenance preferred
*But not required*


*Great Opportunity for College Students*

*Local Business with Large Coverage Area*



Please Visit

To Apply Online


Thursday, February 4, 2016

it's Mellow Mike night!



Ligonier Tavern

6:30 to 9:30

Thursday, January 28, 2016

it's happening on the mountain!





LIGONIER (KDKA) — Major renovations are underway at Laurel Mountain Resort near Ligonier ahead of next ski season.

Once considered a premier ski facility, the historic Laurel Mountain ski area has sat unused for years. But Tuesday, it’s rebirth began with shovels full of snow tossed at the top of the windswept mountain.

Mellow Mike Tonight At Mountain Palace!


Live Music Night
The Best Hippie Music On the Planet
Mellow Mike
6:30 to 9:30
Thursday, January 28
Special for Tonight:
Pork & Sauerkraut with Rice

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

This weekend special:
Pork & Seaweed with Rice
Weekend Classes:
Chinese Meridian System Acupressure - High Blood Pressure
Saturday, January 30 11:00 $15

Happy Healthy Cooking - High Blood Pressure
Sunday, January 31 12:00 $25 includes meal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ligonier Valley Players present Godspell



Kevin Rabbits and Cassie Overly rehearse a dance number in Ligonier Valley Players musical Godspell. The show opens Jan. 29,30, Feb.5, 6, at 7:30 pm and Jan 31. Feb. 7, 2:30 pm at the Diamond Theatre of Ligonier. For tickets, call 724 238 6514.

police looking for stolen truck

Police are searching for a state-owned vehicle taken from a house in Ligonier Township.
Ligonier Township police Chief Mike Matrunics said the missing truck is registered to the Department of General Services. It disappeared sometime Sunday night or Monday morning from the house of a state worker in the Thomas Crossroads area of the township. Police haven't pinned down a more exact time the vehicle was likely stolen.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reports On Mountain Palace

Chinese M.D. brings healthy choices to Bolivar

"The single-story, wood-paneled home nestled into the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands is so nondescript you might pass it by if not for a modest sign that reads Mountain Palace and a 66-foot access ramp leading to the front door. Inside Lingzhi “Lacy” Cai offers up the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle including Northern Chinese cuisine and acupressure." ...

See the following link for the entire article:

 http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2016/01/24/Chinese-M-D-brings-healthy-choices-to-Bolivar/stories/201601240017


Thanks much to Mary Thomas for her excellent article, Lake Fong for his photography, and the Pittsburgh Post-/Gazette for helping with the mission!

Mountain Palace in the news



The single-story, wood-paneled home nestled into the rolling hills of the Laurel Highlands is so nondescript you might pass it by if not for a modest sign that reads Mountain Palace and a 66-foot access ramp leading to the front door. Inside Lingzhi “Lacy” Cai offers up the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle including Northern Chinese cuisine and acupressure.
Dumplings are the centerpiece of a menu that also includes a traditional hot pot and weekly specials. Ingredients such as wood ear mushrooms, Chinese radish, ginger and Szechuan pepper are chosen for flavor but also for their health benefits. In addition, Dr. Cai teaches classes in Chinese Meridian System Acupressure to relieve maladies ranging from lower backaches to anxiety and has produced a DVD on traditional Chinese medical exercise.
The borough of Bolivar, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County, may seem an unlikely location for such a business. But the story of how it came about gives insight to the way demographics are changing in the region and to the accompanying embrace of new cultures.

fire in township

A couple was driven from their home in Ligonier Township early Saturday morning when a chimney fire spread inside the walls of their residence in the midst of the snowstorm, a fire official said.
The fire at a house on Fantasy Lane, located off Route 711 south of Ligonier, spread along the walls on both sides of the chimney, forcing firefighters to open sections of the walls to fight the fire, said Patrick Kromel, assistant Waterford fire chief. Firefighters were able to stop the fire, which was reported at 3:45 a.m., by using a minimal amount of water, Kromel said.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Chinese Cabbage, Wood Ears & Pork

A guy who can make dumplings! Seeks woman who can boil water :)
 Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Chinese Cabbage, Wood Ears and Pork with Rice
A Wood Ear (Mu Er) is a mushroom that grows in the tops of trees. They are very nutritious and have been documented by several Japanese medical research facilities to have strong anti-cancer properties. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to experience this unique food item for yourself. We are the only restaurant within about 8,000 miles to have a Mu Er special!

Weekend Classes Related to Menopausal Syndrome:
Chinese Meridian System Acupressure
Saturday, January 23 11:00 $15

Happy Healthy Cooking
Sunday, January 24 12:00 $25 includes meal

Mellow Mike
A memorable live music event!
Thursday, January 28 6:30 to 9:30

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8

724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Menopausal Syndrome Acupressure & Cooking Classes

Menopausal Syndrome Classes:

Chinese Meridian System
Acupressure Point Massage 
Saturday, January 23 11:00 $15

Happy Healthy Cooking 
Sunday, January 24 12:00 $25 includes meal

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. It can occur between the ages of 45 and 55 but usually occurs around the age of 51, when the ovaries stop producing eggs and estrogen levels decline.
Traditional Chinese Medicine sees menopause as a deep energy shift that extends beyond physical changes. It’s a natural and normal part of a woman’s life, yet it has the power to affect her mind, emotions and spirit. 
Kidney energy deficiency is one root cause of menopausal issues. Kidney energy powers many functions of the body.
Another organ which has a very important impact upon menopause is the liver. The liver meridian runs through the reproductive area, so when liver Qi is stagnant or weak, this area will be affected. The liver also regulates the smooth flow of blood and emotions.
The menopause transition is not just a simple biological event, but a long and ongoing process involving almost every part of the body.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine experience, most menopause symptoms belong to functional disorders as a result of disrupted hormonal balance. Since the whole body is undergoing changes and many influential factors are involved, a wide array of symptoms can appear, and frequency and intensity vary greatly.
 
 In the acupressure class, learn to stimulate your own pressure points to open blockages and restore energy flow to reduce menopausal symptoms. In the cooking class, learn to prepare foods that will facilitate relief from the symptoms.  

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923

724 717-8614
724 288-3872

PIANO LESSONS FOR BEGINNER OR ADVANCED STUDENTS

Remember it's never too late to start piano lessons!!! If you're interested in giving your kids or yourself the gift of music please feel free to send a message! or you can email me at joshuaben@excite.com. i live right in Ligonier and I'm currently taking students of all ages and experience.



JOSH BEN

Ice Fest weekend!!




With Ligonier's first Ice Fest 25 years ago, the town's leaders and merchants took a chance that people would want to come to an outdoor event in the middle of winter.
Turns out, it was a good call.
Since then, the number of sponsored ice sculptures has increased tenfold, while new activities continue to expand the festival, which this year will be Jan. 23 and 24 around the Diamond in Ligonier.
Event chairwoman Cindy Purnell has been involved with the festival for the past dozen years.
“We've grown from five sculptures to about 55,” she says. “It gets people out of the house at a time when they're tired of being cooped up. It doesn't matter if it's 70 degrees or 7, people come out.”


Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/moreaande/9737794-74/ice-ligonier-festival#ixzz3xuIB7FSP 
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Monday, January 18, 2016

calling all oyster lovers!!



This is what's happening at Myriam's Table this week.

Friday January 22 we are having our Old Fashioned Steak and Oyster House. Steaks must be ordered by cut by Wednesday. Strip $35.00. Ribeye$40.00. Porterhouse $50.00. Oysters are$15.00/ dozen and shucked fresh. Please call for further details.

724-238-4584

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cumin Lamb Special!

Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Cumin Lamb & Vegetables with Rice
Cumin is a seed that has been used since antiquity. Its health benefits and medicinal uses were well known even then. Today, this seed of a small flowering herb of the parsley family might not be used as much in food preparation as it was 5,000 years ago, but its healing properties are still valued and used in natural healing.
This traditional herbal remedy has many uses. It is a stimulant as well as a great herb for digestive disorders and even as an antiseptic. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and are thought to help stimulate the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas which can help absorb nutrients into the system. It has also been shown to boost the power of the liver's ability to detoxify the human body. Recent studies have revealed that cumin seeds might also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In laboratory tests, this powerful little seed was shown to reduce the risk of stomach and liver tumors in animals.
The health benefits of cumin for digestive disorders have been well known throughout history. It can help with flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, morning sickness, and dyspepsia. Cumin is also said to help relieve symptoms of the common cold due to its antiseptic properties. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient. It is also thought to be a powerful kidney and liver herb and can help boost your immune system.

Classes - Menopausal Syndrome
Acupressure Class
Saturday January 23 11:00 $15
Learn to treat yourself with Chinese Meridian System Acupressure Point Self-Massage
Cooking Class
Learn to prepare foods with Chinese herbs and spices beneficial to menopausal syndrome
Sunday January 24 12:00 $25 includes meal
Reservations Requested
 Mellow Mike
A special Mountain Palace live music event!
January 28, Thursday evening 6:30 to 9:30
"Burned out hippie" music at it's finest!
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Thursday, January 14, 2016

new K9 officer hired by township

Sgt. James Friscarella, a 12-year veteran with Derry Borough Police, will start his new job in Ligonier Township at the end of the month. Police Chief Mike Matrunics said Friscarella will train for about six months before he gets a dog.

http://www.wtae.com/news/ligonier-township-hires-k9-handler-to-replace-fallen-officer/37417554

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ligonier Township Supervisors amend portions of zoning ordinance.

In other business at the meeting, the board held a public hearing to amend portions of its zoning ordinance.
Zoning/code enforcement officer Richard Bell reviewed 10 amendments, including allowing public clubs to operate until 2 a.m. instead of 11 p.m.; adding uniform references for 150-foot setbacks for barns, paddocks and pens; requiring halfway houses to be at least 2,500 feet from schools, churches and places common to minors — an increase from 1,000 feet.
No public testimony was offered.


Read more: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/9787150-74/township-board-including#ixzz3x9bCT6f8 
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Saturday, January 9, 2016

SPECIALS TONIGHT 
AT THE 
LIGONIER TAVERN



TONIGHT'S SPECIAL 
12 oz STRIP STEAK WITH A 
SEAFOOD SKEWER (WITH MARINATED
SALMON, TUNA,AND SHRIMP)


BAKED ALASKAN COD WITH RISOTTO PANCAKES


TUNA SPEARS WITH PEPPERS AND ONIONS 
AND A WASABI CREAM SAUCE

Friday, January 8, 2016

Mrs. Soffel's house is for sale!!

If Kate Soffel had found as much solace in her summer home as its current owners, her story might have had a happier ending.
The three-bedroom, 1½-bath stone home at 1100 Route 30 in Ligonier Township is on the market for $210,000 (MLS No.1201245) through Lorraine M. DiCecco and Lisa A. Davis of Loyalhanna Realty (724-238-3663 or www.loyalhanna.com). It is open by appointment.
Peter Soffel, warden of the Allegheny County Jail, built a house on these 3 picturesque acres in the late 1890s as a getaway from smoggy Pittsburgh for him and his wife.
Mrs. Soffel often accompanied her husband to work, ministering to prisoners and that is where things went sideways. She fell in love with Ed Biddle, who was sentenced to die by hanging along with his brother Jack for killing a Mount Washington shopkeeper.

Mellow Mike Night - Thursday Evening January 28!


Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Shredded Potato, Hot Pepper & Ground Beef with Rice
A cold weather special, tasty and guaranteed to warm you up!

Mellow Mike
A special Mountain Palace live music event!
January 28, Thursday evening 6:30 to 9:30

Classes - Menopausal Syndrome
Acupressure Class
Saturday January 23 11:00 $15
Learn to treat yourself with Chinese Meridian System Acupressure Point Self-Massage
Cooking Class
Learn to prepare foods with Chinese herbs and spices beneficial to menopausal syndrome
Sunday January 24 12:00 $25 includes meal
Reservations Requested

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Healthy New Year!


Mountain Palace Weekly Special
First of 2016!
Pork, Sauerkraut & Rice
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake

Special New Year Event!
Mellow Mike
Thursday January 28 
6:30 to 9:30
Enjoy wonderful live music and authentic northern Chinese happy healthy cuisine!

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Look for Jaime Cooper Gallery in the Diamond by the library courtyard.



HAPPY NEW YEAR, LIGONIER!!

2016......2016..............2016.....2016

Woohoo!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Connections Cafe in the news


Sharon Detar was tired of the same-old, same-old for lunch, and she thought other people probably were, too. So, she opened a restaurant that serves “the kind of food I like to eat,” namely fresh and healthy alternatives to the usual burger and fries.
The Laughlintown resident opened Connections Cafe in Ligonier about five years ago, followed by a second location in downtown Greensburg in September.


Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/diningout/9388922-74/cafe-ligonier-connections#ixzz3vaP8pmcr 
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ski resort ahead of schedule

Warm weather since Thanksgiving has put work to revamp the long-defunct Laurel Mountain Ski Resort far ahead of schedule.
“This weather, it certainly has not been good for skiing, but it is great for those in construction,” said state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spokesman Terry Brady. “And that's what we've seen at Laurel Mountain ski area. The engineers and construction representatives met Wednesday on the project, and the word is they're already 30 percent complete with all the work there.”


Read more: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/9678330-74/mountain-laurel-resort#ixzz3vaOhQBcW 
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Clean Water Kenya has a new web site.



Clean Water Kenya is a grassroots non-profit organization supplying Water Filtration Systems to rural Masai villages throughout the Great Rift Valley of Kenya.

www.cleanwaterkenya.com

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Lomein with Ground Beef & Chinese Special Sauce
This lomein has been very popular. Made with a special Chinese sauce, it also contains ground beef, tomato, shredded cucumber and cilantro if you like. It's hau chr gila! A perfectly refreshing treat for the post Christmas traditional meals.

Mountain Palace is closed Christmas Day
Open Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Updating Ligonier Living

Will look for a new comment system that also works in mobile form. Intense Debate can only be used in the web version of the blog. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Doris

Thank you to Elizabeth for her diligent posting.

I hope that you will encourage Elizabeth to start a blog if you miss her posts.

I have decided to move Ligonier Living back to it's old style voice and will make the effort to post more regularly.  Thanks for your patience, Ligonier!!!


gotta love Julie

SLEEP WELL LIGONIER!




Saturday, December 19, 2015

for your pleasure....