Monday, September 1, 2014

FREE books and chair on porch at 204 West Main

Take a few or all.  As we prepare for our move in October, we'll be offering things for free to whomever wants them.  I just put these items on the front porch at 10:30 am Sunday.  Hope they are gone by tomorrow.  ;)

PS  The books are a hodge podge from in office book sharing shelves.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mountain Palace - Chicken Walnut Broccoli

This Labor Day weekend the special at Mountain Palace is Chicken, Walnut and Broccoli with rice. It is extraordinary nutritious and quite tasty. It is sure to make you Happy Healthy! We will be open on our usual weekend schedule of Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. We will be closed Monday for Labor Day. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise session will be at 11 Saturday. Our first Live Virtual Classroom session will be in regard to mental health with DSM-4 discussion of diagnostic criteria on Wednesday, September 3 at 7PM Eastern. You can find more information at with instructions on downloading the free classroom software, etc. The class will be presented free of charge to the first 22 individuals obtaining a virtual seat. We hope to see you at Mountain Palace this weekend!  724 717-8614

ISIS on our border. Thanks, Obama.

For those of us who’ve been raising alarms about both the jihadist threat and the national-security vulnerability created by the Obama administration’s non-enforcement of the immigration laws, this is not a surprise — particularly less than two weeks before September 11. But it is nonetheless jarring to read. Judicial Watch has just put out this statement:
Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of CiudadJuarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thursday night on back deck 8pm

Last of the Lincoln Highway Experience SupperMarkets

Last SupperMarket of the summer tonight, August 27. If you've been planning to come all summer, tonight's the night! Some seating provided but you are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Gashouse Annie will perform from 5 to 8 p.m.Call 724-879-4241 for more information. The Lincoln Highway Experience is located at 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650.


A number of people have asked me what they can do to as a memorial for Marty.  His sister, MM, came up with a great idea and that's to plant a tree in Israel.  I know Marty would like that.

Thank you.

After being kinda shell shocked for a bit - you cannot prepare for the empty space where a loved one should be - I am deeply grateful for having had my Marty as a friend and soul mate for 39 years.
Much thanks to friends and family for your good wishes and for rallying around me offering support and sharing tears and laughs for all the good memories.

with gratitude for having had my dear "Hubby" as my friend and soul mate for 39 years

Rest in peace my love.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Professor Honeydew's Assessment of Mountain Palace

The Phenomena of Mountain Palace and What it Means to be Happy Healthy

You may or may not be aware that there is a phenomenon of sorts taking place on a weekly basis at the Mountain Palace restaurant. Week after week and month after month, rich life experience and interesting conversation descends upon the restaurant, bringing a colorful array of people and personalities along for the ride. Apparently, a trip to Mountain Palace is not just another evening out – it's an EVENT. Notice my use of capital letters for emphasis. People come to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, family reunions, holidays, and any number of other occasions both typical and atypical, often bringing out-of-town relatives and friends along just to have the experience. And all this takes place in the most unlikely of settings: the very rural, very off-the-beaten-path locale of Bolivar, Pennsylvania. But what impresses me the most is that nearly everyone who walks through the door is, quite literally, thrilled to be there.

Lacy and Clay have created something quite extraordinary. For anyone who has had the privilege of experiencing the restaurant and seeing the two of them at work, it is obvious that they have something very valuable to teach. Those who have been lucky enough to taste the food have learned that healthy meals don’t have to be bland and boring. And those who are privileged to call Lacy and Clay friends have witnessed firsthand what imagination, courage, hard work, tenacity and – most importantly – cooperation can accomplish.

Happy Healthy is about more than just eating well and exercising. It is about caring for others and living conscientiously. It is also contagious. Get involved! I promise you that what happens will be as unexpected as it is worthwhile.
Thanks, Honeydew, your review means a lot!
Mountain Palace
Websites under continuing construction but currently operational.

a message for dog owners using the Ligonier Valley Trail

The Ligonier Valley Trail is getting a lot of use.  It's wonderful to see so many using the trail to not only get some great exercise and improve their health but to enjoy the outdoors. We have received many compliments concerning the trail.  Folks of all ages are using it from younger kids to those in their golden years and even whole families have been walking on a regular basis.  However, I have also received complaints about the dog waste on the trail and finding dog waste bags on the ground.  I personally have picked up numerous dog waste bags.  It's not only an eyesore but it ruins the day for other people who like to enjoy the trail too.  We welcome folks who are dog lovers and their dogs on the trail.  Doggie Poop bags are supplied for you free of charge and there is a waste container a short distance away near the tennis courts.  You can also take the dog waste bags home for disposal.  If you're not a true dog lover, willing to clean up after your dog, then leave your dog at home.  We have considered a waste container to be placed near the bridge. However they cost about $800 each.  That's a lot of money and those that throw their dog waste bags in the weeds probably wouldn't use them anyway.  Once a waste container is in place, there is a cost to servicing it.   There are some dog owners that let the dog poop right on the trail with no thought of picking it up.  That's not pleasant either.  We've made a nice trail for everyone to use so we are asking you to please be considerate and kind to your fellow man as well as your dog.
Thank You
Larry Shew

Project Manager

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Early Saturday morning in Ligonier

Mill Creek meanders toward the Lincoln Highway bridge as fog lifts early this morning in Ligonier. Ligonier County Market vendors get organized nearby.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mountain Palace - Shrimp Youcai - Again!

For those of you who may have missed this special last week, we are offering it again as the weekend special. Youcai is a water vegetable resembling a small bokchoy. It is very tasty and goes quite well with shrimp. Enjoy it this weekend at Mountain Palace or any of our other northern Chinese tasty menu items. It is all sure to make you Happy Healthy - guaranteed! Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise class will be Saturday at 11.  724 717-8614 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peach Festival Saturday at St. James

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Meet the band" at Weller Field tonight has been cancelled due to the weather!

"Meet the band" at Weller Field tonight has been cancelled due to the weather!  

Author Ed keleman

Ed Keleman, author of the new Haunted Route 22 ghost story book, will be signing his books at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum tonight, August 20, from 5 to 7 pm. His books will be available for purchase.

Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

Our August 20 Lincoln Highway SupperMarket is ON. The rain is moving away and the sun is shining. There are only 2 left this summer so come out tonight. Join the crowd at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA from 5 to 8 pm tonight. Enjoy the sounds of musician Marty Zundel. Purchase food from 6 local restaurants. Call us at 724-879-4241 for more information or visit .

Is America Dreaming?

"It's been a little over a year since the first Brookings Essay. In that year, its authors have taken readers around the world and back to stimulate debate on the most critical issues of our time. In the latest Brookings Essay, Economic Studies expert Richard Reeves examines an issue so threatening to the American ethos that President Obama has called it “the defining issue of our time.” Today, children born into the poorest parts of American society have a slim chance of moving upward. Even worse, their chances are often decreased by a number of factors outside their control, such as race or class. You can learn more about mobility by reading the latest Brookings Essay by Richard Reeves, Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream. Before you do, watch as Reeves provides a quick snapshot of mobility in today’s America:
For even more from Brookings on social mobility and inequality, visit the Social Mobility Memos blog for the latest research and commentary from Reeves and his team at the Center on Children and Families at Brookings."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We have 2 copiers to give away.

This is one of them.  Both copiers have served us well over the years and received regular maintenance.  They have been retired to light usage.  We are moving our office to a smaller space and won't have the room.  Please call our office at 724-238-7783 or send me an email

Ligonier Valley Writers to Hold Community Picnic and Readings

Ligonier Valley Writers to Hold Community Picnic and Readings:
Be Part of the Entertainment

Do you take ketchup or mustard with your literature? For an entertaining afternoon of fun, food, and fiction (not to mention nonfiction and poetry), come to Ligonier Valley Writers' annual community picnic. It's on Sunday, September 7, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector.  The event is free for LVW members and just $5 for nonmembers.
Bring a covered dish or dessert if you like (although it’s not required). Join us for good food and good conversation in the scenic Laurel Highlands. Both LVW members and nonmembers are welcome to read from their own writing after the meal. You’ll also have a chance to win raffle prizes.
Copies of the 2014 edition of The Loyalhanna Review will be available free of charge. The magazine features top-quality essays, short stories, and poems, as well as photos and fine art. Among the offerings this year are Lou Steiner's meditation on time, Nancy Clark's humorous essay on "Cups in the Cupboards" and what they tell us about their owners' personalities and, as always, breathtaking art, including many locally shot photos.

St. Michael's is located at 2535 Route 381 in Rector (Ligonier Township): (724) 238-9411. Ligonier Valley Writers has been serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania since 1986. For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lapp Family Market to Open in Latrobe, PA on Thursday August 21

Lapp Family Market to Open in Latrobe, PA on Thursday August 21

Mervin and Ina Lapp and their family of six children announce their plans to open a new neighborhood grocery store in Latrobe on Thursday.  Lapp Family Market will offer standard grocery items, bulk foods, deli meats and cheeses, and sugar-free and gluten-free products, as well as a variety of cookbooks, cooking and canning supplies, and home d├ęcor items.  Outdoor living product such as swingsets, decking, porch railing, fencing will also be offered.  Lapp Family Market will be open 8:30-5:30 Monday-Friday, 8:30-4 Saturdays, and closed Sunday.

The Lapp family has roots in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Holmes County, Ohio.   (The Lapp family moved from Lancaster into the Latrobe area in 2012.)  Lapp Family Market will draw from these roots, as many of the items carried in the store come from the Lancaster, PA and Holmes County, OH areas, including Walnut Creek Foods product lines, Coblentz Chocolates, Uncle Mike’s Beef Jerky, Mrs. Miller’s homemade noodles,  Jake & Amos canned goods, Kauffman’s Fruit spreads, and Kutztown sodas.  Lapp Family Market also carry’s Angies Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, Bob’s Red Mill products, New Hope gluten-free baking mixes, and Nature’s Sunshine.  The Somerset area Moo Echoes line of milk and ice cream will be offered, as well as local honey, maple syrup, and eggs.  Old-Fashioned nut butters (peanut and almond) will be ground fresh on the premises.

Located along Route 30 East, Lapp Family Market is conveniently located to serve customers from Latrobe, Ligonier, Greensburg, and surrounding communities.

Lapp Family Market
216 Kingston Street, Latrobe PA 15650
(724) 879-4848

Just relax and build nuclear plants. Wind and solar farms are constant killers.

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one "streamer" every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator's application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
The deaths are "alarming. It's hard to say whether that's the location or the technology," said Garry George, renewable-energy director for the California chapter of the Audubon Society. "There needs to be some caution."
The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Check out 518 N 7th St, Jeannette, PA 15644I found on Trulia

I thought you would be interested in seeing this property my son is selling

518 N 7th St, Jeannette, PA 15644

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Joy monticue
Banquet/event manager

He is correct. There should be no tolerance.

“The position is clear. If people are walking around with Isil flags or trying to recruit people to their terrorist cause they will be arrested and their materials will be seized,” he says.
“We are a tolerant people, but no tolerance should allow the room for this sort of poisonous extremism in our country.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

probable scam reported on Facebook

"Just to keep an eye out: I went to the grocery store and my grandson was home alone. I wasn't gone long but, someone came to the door and he answered even though he been told not to. His answer was that he had a bat in his hand so he was ok. Now the story.....There was a lady with long blond hair and she was selling childrens books or mags. She asked for a parent and he told her no and shut the door. I was out with a group of ladies last night and one of them talked about the blond woman selling childrens books at around 10:00pm and just didn't want to give up. The husband at last got firm with her and she then left. I called the police today and they are coming to talk with my grandson. So please watch out. I don't know if there is anyone else with this lady or what. The only thing the police told me was that no one had asked for a sales permit. So they would like info if you have any or saw something out of place."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mountain Palace - Shrimp Youcai

The weekend special at Mountain Palace is Shrimp Youcai with Rice. Youcai is a water vegetable similar in appearance to a small bokchoy. It is very tasty and quite healthy and goes very well with the delicate taste of shrimp. This special has been very popular many times here at Mountain Palace. Come this weekend to enjoy our special or any of our other Happy Healthy menu items. Friday 6 to 9 Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614 

not a fan of wind farms

The finding, which threatens the entire rationale of the onshore wind farm industry, will be made by Scottish government-funded researchers who devised the standard method used by developers to calculate “carbon payback time” for wind farms on peat soils.
Wind farms are typically built on upland sites, where peat soil is common. In Scotland alone, two thirds of all planned onshore wind development is on peatland. England and Wales also have large numbers of current or proposed peatland wind farms.
But peat is also a massive store of carbon, described as Europe’s equivalent of the tropical rainforest. Peat bogs contain and absorb carbon in the same way as trees and plants — but in much higher quantities.
British peatland stores at least 3.2 billion tons of carbon, making it by far the country’s most important carbon sink and among the most important in the world.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fracking Beyond the Law: Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing

At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The illegal injection of diesel fuel during hydraulic fracturing has continued over the last four years, despite repeated denials by the drilling industry, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP).  In its investigation, EIP also found troubling evidence that drilling companies have been changing and eliminating their disclosures of past diesel use from the industry self-disclosure database of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, called FracFocus.
Injecting diesel fuel into the ground to fracture shale and extract gas or oil is a potential threat to drinking water supplies and public health because diesel contains toxic chemicals, such as benzene, that cause cancer or other serious health problems, even at low doses.
EIP’s report, “Fracking Beyond the Law,” uses self-reported data from drilling companies and federal records to document at least 33 companies fracking at least 351 wells across 12 states with fluids containing diesel from 2010 through early August 2014.   Diesel fuels were used to frack wells in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Montana without required Safe Drinking Water Act permits.
Read the full report and see the well data – including PA data - by visiting this link:

Watershed farm project

A vision nearly 15 years in the making marked a major milestone Friday when the Watershed Farm Project was revealed during a special ceremony on the 123-acre former McConnaughey Family Farm owned by the Loyalhanna Watershed Association.
“When we were looking for the proper name for this ceremony, we decided on “ground-saving” because we are not rebuilding on the site we are saving an historic site,” said Susan Huba the association's executive director.

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ever hear of QuickBooks? does payroll, too.

Zickefoose said the authority's payroll from Paychex Payroll Services, a Pittsburgh-based company, was received eight days late.
The board discussed four options for addressing the issue: not changing the system, paying $15 for UPS to overnight the checks, buying checks and processing them in house, or asking all employees to enroll in automatic deposit. The board decided to table the matter until next month's meeting.
The board approved a $2-per-hour raise for Zickefoose, who works part time. She will receive $14.50 an hour. Despite being a part time employee, Zickefoose has worked full time hours due to the authority's numerous projects and its conversion to new billing software.

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celebrating 15 years

The shop's inventory has grown more diverse over the years, Richard McNatt said, adding that the clientele is changing.
“I think it's going from the people who like to collect to the newer generation that don't particularly like what their parents have,” he said. “They're looking for something that they can identify with, not so much antiques but things they can relate to.”
McNatt said it's hard to tell what people are looking for when they first come into the store. Recently, a young girl interested in sewing came in the shop asking for clothing patterns and left with a mannequin.

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I agree with Mary. Why no activity bus???

The United School District, 4 miles from the Northern End, understands and addresses the needs of all their students allowing an equal opportunity for success. The LVSD board "Refuses" to provide the students of the northern end with an activity bus. Oldham applies for grant after grant and gives contracts and raises after raises to her friends with the boards' blessings ,in addition to the $1.8 million from the RKM foundation , and taxes raised 3 times in four years. I see monies were found for the painting of the shed behind the adm bldg while 1 activity bus cannot be provided . That is Hutchinson's , Tantlinger's , Maier's, Robinson's and , Shafer's means of punishing the Northern End. Why doesn't Thistlethwaite or McDowell or Dickert -Wallace or Wilcox speak up? 

Mary Raich

"EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — United School District students will have transportation services provided to them for after-school activities through Tri County Transportation Inc.
Board members on Tuesday voted to implement the transportation services for the benefit of the district’s students who participate in sports or any other after-school activity. Such services were cut in the past due to budgetary concerns.
Board President Don Davis said Tri County “was able to bring that back” at virtually no cost to the district save for anything over the price of the diesel fuel, the wholesale cost of which is $1.50 per gallon. Tri County would accept the money it received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Davis said.
The district has gone at least two years without after-school transportation as a cost-saving measure, leaving parents responsible for transporting their children home.
Davis said when the district negotiated its contract with Tri County, the after-school transportation service “was one of the things we liked about their proposal.”
“This is a great service for our students and district residents, because we do cover 132 square miles,” he said."

a bookish choice

A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: with a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions. Which do you choose?
It seems my choice was made when I read one sentence in my maternal genealogy:Madame Rosalie de Leval gave her land to Louis des Isles. I set out to discover who Madame Rosalie was and why she would give my ancestor her land. In the process, I discovered a unique French woman whose story had never been told. Such a strong woman deserved to be recognized.
And so I set out on a journey of discovery.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

township barn courtesy of Paul Church

fire in township

At least one barn was destroyed by fire Tuesday while two other structures were in danger in Ligonier Township.
The Westmoreland Department of Public Safety reported the blaze started just after 9:30 p.m. The fire was brought under control within 30 minutes.

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