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Friday, July 29, 2016

Chinese Pork Chop!


Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Chinese Pork Chop, Vegetables & Rice
Enjoy a new special cooked in Chinese spices with vegetables and rice. 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Thank you Carol & Dave!






I found this article I'd written about Ligonier last year:



On a snowy December night in 2013 as the wind whipped outside the windows of Thistledown at Seger House, I was unable to sleep. My parents who have been married almost sixty years were heavily on my mind. Mom has the onset of dementia, and Dad still adores her, still treats her as if she’s the young beauty he married so long ago.
My husband slept soundly beside me while a story began forming in my mind.

We travelled to Ligonier that weekend for a winter getaway, escaping the Christmas shopping and hustle bustle of busy Monroeville. My husband had been working long hours and Ligonier is the perfect retreat for us, the quaint, charming town with the atmosphere of stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting.

We’d decided to stay at the newly renovated inn, Thistledown at Seger House, a wonderful old Victorian building in the heart of town. It was in that lovely inn with the snow falling outside that a wonderful golden year romance came to me.

I began thinking about my love for Ligonier and the historic place we were staying at. What mystery, what romance surrounded it? Or the whole town for that matter. What if I used the town of Ligonier as the backdrop for the story in my head? What if I approached not only the innkeepers of Thistledown, but other shops in town to see if they’d approve of me using their real store names? For I’d love to give something back to the town of Ligonier, as I feel they give to me and my husband each time we’re there. When Jim and I visit no matter what the season, we always take long walks, sharing stories with one another, bonding over our love of the cozy town. Shopkeepers and restaurant owners have been amazing, telling us stories of living there, and their own love and pride of that beautiful place.

Every nook, every avenue, every storefront is a writer’s delight. My vivid imagination runs wild when I am in Ligonier. Little by little, the golden romance, the story of Harry and Rose, progressed. Two people who meet in an independent living center and begin a warm friendship. Though they both carry secrets and issues from their past, and the relationship with their children is precarious, their lives become intertwined in ways even they won’t believe.

On February 15th of last year, a dream came true for me as a book launch was held for “Love Woven in Time: A Ligonier Golden Romance” at Thistledown at Seger House, the very place the idea for the book had come to me. In the charming sitting room of the inn, over thirty people ventured out on one of the most bitterly cold days of this winter. As I would find, it would take a lot more than a few snowflakes and below zero temperatures to keep hearty Ligonier people away. Everyone was cheerful on this cold day as I handed out a small gift to each person who attended: a hand-dried rose, in honor of the main character, and chocolates for Valentine’s weekend. We had a hearty, hot apple cider drink, lime punch, and homemade chocolate chip and Italian orange cookies. A giveaway of three baskets filled with lovely gifts and books was another nice touch, and the ladies who came remarked on what a lovely event it was.

Michelle Gardner, one of the owners of Thistledown spoke of the inn’s history, for it was once a hospital many years ago. Debbie Brehun of the Ligonier Echo also spoke about the town. I gave a little talk about my writing journey and all the events that have inspired me through the years to come up with my “stories from the heart and inspiration for the soul,” as I call them. We had a book reading and even popped a bottle of champagne in the end.

The amazing people of my favorite town did not disappoint. They showed up to support an author who hopefully captures some of the charm and old-fashioned goodness of a town that feels as if it has stepped back in time. For Ligonier will always be that to me: a place where I can leave the harsh reality of day to day living behind, if only for a weekend.

It is with great excitement that I write about the sequel to this first book. It is in the hands of my publisher, and will be available very soon. I am extremely fortunate to have an upcoming book launch at Carol & Dave's Roadhouse on Sunday, August 28th 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Once again, this awesome town did not disappoint. Carol was gracious and receptive to holding the book event at her establishment. And I'm thrilled to have it there since her restaurant is one of many of the shops mentioned in my upcoming fictional book. You see, I wanted to write a labor of love back to you all. For the many times my husband and I travel there, and how kind the townsfolk and shopkeepers have been to us. I'd like to paint a portrait of this town that I've fallen in complete love with. Here's hoping we have a great turnout that afternoon and make some new and lasting friendships. 

A very special thank you to Heather Roddy for the above photograph she took which is being used on the cover of the sequel.

Karen Malena

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Understanding Karma - Tsai Wenchin

The breakthrough of a person’s karmic fate can be categorized into two levels: one is for the worldly concern, the other for the spiritual. Mr. Tsai had talked about the first in his June 12th presentation and he will share with us the key and the practice for the breakthrough in the spiritual level in his next presentation which will take place on July 27th at 2:00 PM.
 
Tsai Wenchin
Presents
Wednesday July 27  2:00
 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
This is a free presentation opportunity 
If hungry, dumplings only can be purchased before or after the presentation


Friday, July 15, 2016

Happy Healthy Chinese Wrap


Chinese Cabbage, Cucumber, Onion, Tomato, Black Bean, Black Rice, Cilantro & Ground Beef with Special Sauce
(Chinese Burrito?)
Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Increase your kidney qi which increases energy level and many other healthy benefits!
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Monday, July 11, 2016

Session Reminder - Understanding Karma

The truth of life is karmic;

Acting in life makes karma;

Making karma not only causes miseries,

But also blocks the way back to Heaven.

Where can the way out be?

Let Mr. Tsai show you in the next presentation.
 
Tsai Wenchin
Presents
Tuesday July 12  2:00
 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
This is a free presentation opportunity 
If hungry, dumplings only can be purchased before or after the presentation

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five Years of Mountain Palace!


Mountain Palace Five-Year Weekend Special
Cumin Lamb & Vegetable with Rice
Free Yuzhen Salad & Beverage while they last!

Come to Mountain Palace this weekend and help us celebrate this anniversary milestone!
We greatly appreciate the support of our faithful customers who have made our survival possible!
 Mountain Palace 
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Understanding Karma - Tsai Wenchin


The truth of life is karmic;

Acting in life makes karma;

Making karma not only causes miseries,

But also blocks the way back to Heaven.

Where can the way out be?

Let Mr. Tsai show you in the next presentation.
 
Tsai Wenchin
Presents
Tuesday July 12  2:00
 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
This is a free presentation opportunity 
If hungry, dumplings only can be purchased before or after the presentation

Friday, July 1, 2016

Special Lomein!

Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Tomato, Ground Beef, Cucumber Lomein
&
Chinese Healthy Spices
with or without Cilantro
Come to Mountain Palace this weekend and enjoy this amazingly tasty treat!
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Burger war of Independence

Ligonier Tavern added 7 new photos to the album:BURGER WAR OF INDEPENDENCE — at Ligonier Tavern.
Published by Joy Scalzo- MonticueJune 23 at 2:24pm
JUNE 27-JULY4TH BURGER CONTEST
Every day we are featuring one of this wonderful Burger our staff made.... trying to out do the RED COAT BURGER made by our kitchen ManagerGraham A Easton.........
Come in try an try a different Burger each day Plus the RED COAT BURGER each day...
every time you purchase a Burger you get to but your name in the fish bowl... to win a $50.00 gift card from the Ligonier Tavern... Plus order a RED COAT BURGER and get a free admission to the FORT LIGONIER ..... CALL 724-238-7788 FOR RESERVATIONS OR MORE INFO

Friday, June 24, 2016

Pork Seaweek Special & Making Karma by Tsai Wenshin

Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Pork & Seaweed with Rice
Seaweed is high in nutrients and contains a variety of health benefits. These include digestive health, cholesterol-lowering effects, boosting immunity, anti-cancer properties and weight loss. You can get your daily dose of a number of essential minerals and vitamins with only a small amount of seaweed. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend and enjoy this extremely healthy and tasty treat!
Tsai Wenchin - Making Karma
Wednesday June 29  2:00 - No Cost Discussion
Dumplings only available for sale 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tsai - Making Karma

 
Tsai Wen Chin
Presents at Mountain Palace
The Mystery Underlying Human Living
Wednesday June 29  2:00 pm
 
Outline for the speech on Jun 29

The mystery underlying human life is the phenomenal “karma.” Making karma (= reacting to one’s perception “deludedly”) will result in the following three mysterious happenings:

1. Reinforcing spiritual delusion
2. Triggering the karmic law of cause and effect
3. Constituting reincarnation

1.    (Spiritual delusion) A person’s perception in life deludes him to take his physical body and its history as the totality of him and all others as the objective world he lives in and deals with. This blinds him from the truth of who he is in life so as to also block the way back to Heaven for him after the end of this life.
2.    (The karmic law of cause & effect) Every time his reaction to what he perceives from outside becomes a causative command to himself (in the spiritual level) to receive the same “intention” of the current reaction coming from outside as an external situation for him to experience and deal with in the future.
 3.    (Reincarnation) His present perception is confined and defined by his current karma, while his current karma is derived from his reaction to the perception each time in the past. This forms an incessant, self-producing (chicken-and-egg), cycling situation for his life to continue, even after the end of this one.

(To be continued next time: THE SOLUTIONKnowledge & Practice)


Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
This is a free presentation opportunity 
If hungry, dumplings only can be purchased before or after the presentation

War of independence Burgers

Coming soon to Ligonier Tavern ......

--
joy Scalzo-Monticue 
Banquet/Events Manager
724-238-7788
cell 724-600-9476

The Big One: 'Large scale motion' detected along San Andreas fault


Large scale motion has been detected along the San Andreas Fault line, thanks to new analysis of existing data that could help predict ‘The Big One’ in the future.
Previously uninterpreted data showing vertical movement of the fault’s crust detected several millimeters of uplift and subsidence in surface areas as large as 125 miles.
While these hotspots were predicted in models before, this is the first time scientists were able to block out white noise and other diluting factors such as precipitation and local surface geology.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Students making a replica of Fort Ligonier

Seventh-graders at Ligonier Valley Middle School are using their math skills to learn about history.
The students are making a replica of Fort Ligonier using measurements they took at the 18th-century fort, coordinating its layout and determining the scale of the 24-structure model.
“They've done a really nice job,” said Sarah Doris, math instructor for the nearly 100 students working on the project. “Every 38 of an inch represents a foot on the actual fort. We went to the fort in the fall and got all the measurements.” 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cumin Pork

Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Cumin Pork with Vegetables & Rice
 Cumin is well known for its health benefits including its ability to aid in digestion, improving immunity and treating insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, anemia, skin disorders, boils and cancer.Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy this healthy and tasty special!
Acupressure Consultations 
By Appointment
 
Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

it's Mellow Mike night!

MELLOW MIKEMELLOW MIKE
MELLOW MIKEmellow mikemellow mikemellow mikemellow mikeMELLOW MIKEmellow mike

tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 6:30 to 9:30

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fwd: Book your next party on our large coveted back deck at The Ligonier Tavern .



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Subject: Book your next party on our large coveted back deck at The Ligonier Tavern .


Great for rehearsal dinners . Birthday and anniversary party's ..... Call 724-238-7788 for menus including pasta bars and carving stations .....















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Tsai - The Mystery Underlying Human Living

 
Tsai Wen Chin
Presents at Mountain Palace
The Mystery Underlying Human Living
Tuesday June 7  2:00 pm
Tsai will lead a discussion based upon the concept of "Karma" with focus upon the nature of human reality

Mountain Palace
111 Creek Road
Bolivar, Pa 15923
724 717-8614
724 288-3872
This is a free presentation opportunity 
If hungry, dumplings only can be purchased before or after the presentation

Book your next party on our large coveted back deck at The Ligonier Tavern .

Great for rehearsal dinners . Birthday and anniversary party's ..... Call 724-238-7788 for menus including pasta bars and carving stations .....

Common Wardrobe Malfunctions: 19 Brilliant Tricks to Fix Them

Prevent knots in jewelry with a straw


Use a straw as a jewelry chain protector. Just run your necklace through a straw, then close the clasp. The straw will keep the chain from getting tangled. Your necklaces will always be ready to go. Here's how to use spare socks to keep jewelry safe when you travel.                                 http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/fashion/common-wardrobe-malfunctions-19-brilliant-tricks-to-fix-them/