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Sunday, October 4, 2015

We had a great time today at autumn fest at 7springs Oopsie Daisy seriously pure will be there again oct 18th and 19th !!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Good to know...


What You Should Know Before You Sign a Lease:

You should seriously consider consulting an attorney knowledgeable in this particular area of law as well as your mortgage lender and homeowner's insurance carrier as your decision to sign may affect your ability to refinance, sell, or be covered for any damages related to drilling.

Pennsylvania does not currently have automatic forced pooling (the act of being forced by state law into participation in an oil and/or gas producing unit) and it is very difficult, and impossible in many circumstances, for companies to use this controversial legal tool to gain access to minerals beneath your property. The promise of income for your family for generations is often exaggerated and there are hidden fees, taxes, deductions etc.

For a list of questions to ask the "Landman" before signing a lease:

Other concerns associated with unconventional gas development   
    Nuisance: Fracking is a heavy industrial process. Each well requires thousands of truck trips and results in significant noise. Drilling operations continue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and require substantial lighting and produces tons of waste.
    Fire & Explosions: There is always the potential for fire and explosions with the nature of natural gas production and the evacuation area on an unconventional gas well is typically a 1/2 mile radius from the well
    Water & Air Pollution: According to the DEP, in 2014 more than 240 private water supplies were said to have been damaged by oil and gas operations during the past seven years.  Streams and tributaries are also at risk from contamination due to spills or regurgitation of flow back from slick water hydraulic fracturing.  Residents living less than 1⁄2 mile from wells are at greater risk for health effects from exposure to air pollutants during well completion activities due to exposure to toxic chemicals released during the process.
    Property Value Depreciation: All of the above concerns are issues that can affect property values.  Property values will also be affected by whether or not the mineral rights have been severed from the surface rights, whether the mineral rights can be or are leased to an oil & gas company, and problems obtaining mortgages and insurance coverage.

Website References
Hear it first hand from a farmer who has been through it all:



Enjoy an evening with friends and learn to make artisan bread! 
$35 Includes:
A mixing bowl and spoon, all ingredients to make a batch of dough which you will mix and then take home and bake (3 loaves).  
And you will receive a copy of my secret recipe
Your choice of flavors:
Jalapeno Cheddar (my personal favorite!)
Cranberry Golden Raisin
We will also practice forming and baking bread along with other bread baking tips.
There will be plenty of bread samples, cheese, and wine!

This class is taught by the famous Ligonier bread maker Rick Adams!
Event Scheduled: Friday October 9th @ 7:00
for more information or to register ( Limited Space)
call Rick Adams 724-516-3187 or
Would You like to Host an event at your home?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cooking Class Success - Wood Ear, Pork & Chinese Cabbage Special

Last week's cooking class was a major success as all enjoyed their own creative efforts in making lomein from scratch. The flour was everywhere as dough was kneaded, rolled and cut, sauce was prepared, and participants enjoyed eating their tasty happy healthy Chinese meal!

Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Wood Ear, Pork & Chinese Cabbage
(Great for reducing cholesterol, boosting immune system, eliminating toxins & anti-cancer properties)
Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 3 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 8
(Late opening Saturday for daughter Lucy's White Coat event at medical school)
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake

Next Cooking Class:
Sunday October 18  12:00 $25 includes meal
Chicken Cashew Celery!
Reservations Requested
724 717-8614
724 288-3872

bumped by the Oregon shooting to tonight at 8pm, on Chris Hayes, MSNBC

GASWORK: The Fight for CJ’s law is a powerful new short by filmmaker Josh Fox that investigates the dangerous working conditions in the oil and gas fields.

When we hear politicians and gas companies extol the virtues of fracking, jobs created by drilling is usually high on their list of talking points.  But the jobs created by fracking are not the kind of quality jobs American workers deserve. They are extremely dangerous jobs, exposing workers to chemicals whose long-term impacts on human health are yet unknown. In fact, the fatality rate of oil field jobs is seven times greater than the national average.

In GASWORK, The Fight for C.J.'s Law, Josh Fox conducts an investigation into worker safety and chemical risk and has interviewed many workers who have been asked to clean drill sites, transport radioactive and carcinogenic chemicals, steam clean the inside of condensate tanks which contain harmful VOC’s, PAH’s and other chemicals and have been told to do so with no safety equipment.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's a question of will...and who controls Congress

After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn’t Had a Similar Massacre Since.

''On April 28, 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. By the time he was finished, he had killed 35 people and wounded 23 more. It was the worst mass murder in Australia’s history. Twelve days later, Australia’s government did something remarkable. Led by newly elected conservative Prime Minister John Howard, it announced a bipartisan deal with state and local governments to enact sweeping gun-control measures. A decade and a half hence, the results of these policy changes are clear: They worked really, really well. At the heart of the push was a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws prohibited private sales, required that all weapons be individually registered to their owners, and required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.) In the wake of the tragedy, polls showed public support for these measures at upwards of 90 percent.
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a conservative, lays a wreath at the memorial site of the Port Arthur massacre on its 10th anniversary. The mass killing spurred Howard's government to pass sweeping gun control laws.
What happened next has been the subject of several academic studies. Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since."

Conservatives in Australia saw the facts of gun violence and joined liberals to protect Australians. Why do American conservatives protect guns over people? That is anti-life, plain and simple.

beautiful memorial bench for trail

“Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you,” wrote Pittsburgh native and Pulitzer prize-winning author Annie Dillard.
Now, Ligonier residents and visitors have been granted an additional way to do just that, with the dedication of the Maggie Elder memorial bench, located along the Ligonier Valley Trail.
The bench overlooks the soccer field and a neighboring barn — soccer and horses were two of Maggie's favorite things.
Elder passed away in 2012 at the age of 11 with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of cancer, but she also passed with an everlasting spirit of vibrancy and endurance, one that family, friends and a community will continue to channel.
The official dedication took place Sept. 9, amidst a lively youth soccer game and a welcomed slight fall of rain.

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Foxley Farm news

Attorney James Cooney, who represents the Nieds, said their former attorney, Scott E. Avolio, committed legal malpractice by failing to insert any provision in the April 2013 consent decree signed by the Nieds that would have enforced the township's promise to amend the zoning ordinance so their farm could be used for commercial purposes. The consent decree limited the Nieds to conducting 11 weddings in 2013-14.
“They have no ability to use the farm for any type of commercial purpose unless the code is amended. That is simply malpractice,” Cooney said.
But Dennis J. Roman, a Pittsburgh attorney representing Avolio, Michael Korns and the Avolio Law Group of Greensburg, argued that his clients did not commit legal malpractice just because the Nieds' failed to get the necessary zoning approval. The Nieds' request to use their farm for weddings and banquets did not fit into any of the classifications of the zoning ordinance.
Although Avolio became Ligonier Township's solicitor after withdrawing from representing the Nieds in November 2013, Roman said it was not a conflict of interest because Avolio recused himself from that matter.
Cooney said Avolio's position as solicitor was “very relevant negligence” because he was “helping the other side.”

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The old paradigm is changing...all aboard the fossilfuelfree train

As filmmaker Klein, who acts as narrator in the film, asks provocatively, "What if global warming isn't only a crisis? What if it's the best chance we're ever going to get to build a better world?"

"Ask anyone on Earth if you can have infinite growth on a finite planet and everyone is going to say, 'Of course not.' It's common sense. And yet, our entire global economic system is premised on that crazy idea."

"People are ready for a deeper, much more systemic critique and much more grassroots, radical solutions."

Shot over four years on five continents and in nine countries, the film takes a global look at the intertwined crises of corporate greed, neoliberal capitalism, and climate change—but does so by sitting down with and listening to some of the very people who are standing their ground against those forces. Following the New York premiere at the IFC on October 2—which will include a Q&A with both Lewis and Klein—the film will open on the West Coast in Los Angeles on October 16, before a nationwide release—including select theaters, community screenings, and on iTunes—on October 20.

Captured at least in part by the trailer that follows, the film explores the key themes of the book, but does so with a particular emphasis on meeting those individuals and communities from around the world who are confronting—not abstract disparities and economic theories—but actual injustices that have intruded on their lives in the form of polluted water and air, stolen land and traditions, and the systematic erosion of democracy which has been wrested from them by powerful fossil fuel companies and elite interests. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

how much methane is leaking in the oil and gas system in the US, anyway?

  The proposed rules would reduce methane pollution by 400,000 tons per year by 2025, the EPA said — the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the road.

"Supporters and opponents of the EPA’s proposed methane rules gathered in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a hearing on federal efforts to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production. Methane is up to 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The oil and gas industry is the country’s largest single source of methane emissions. In September, the EPA proposed the first federal rules to keep methane from oil and gas out of the atmosphere. The proposed rules are part of a plan that would reduce the industry’s pollution by up to 45 percent. The rule would require increased leak detection and repair of new well pads, pipelines, and gas processing stations, said David Cozzie, group leader of the EPA’s Fuels and Incineration Group, which helped craft the regulations.
 Amy Nassif, of Mars, Pa. testified at an EPA hearing on methane with her daughter, Julia

The rules would also require operators of compressor stations to use ‘low-bleed’ control systems that release fewer emissions, and require plant operators to replace equipment more often, in order to prevent methane from escaping through leaky seals. The EPA focused on well pads and compressor stations, Cozzie said, because they are constructed with equipment that allows methane to escape into the atmosphere. Studies have found that “super-emitters”–a relatively small number of leak sources–may produce the majority of methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. “There’s been lots of literature out there about these super-emitters, which are sites that have large emissions and they tend to be associated with well sites and compressor stations,” Cozzie said."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kieu Pham Gray Returns to Ligonier

Allegory Gallery is pleased to present the return of author and jewelry-maker, Kieu Pham Gray.  She will be coming back to the Laurel Highlands to teach six new classes and have a book-signing, tool trunk show, and meet-the-artist event.  To find out more about the upcoming classes (and to sign up if you're so inclined), just follow the links!  The classes will take place at Main Exhibit Gallery's new lower level art center.  Hope to see you there!

Meet the Artist and Book Signing – Saturday, October 3rd from 1:30PM to 2:30PM*
*This event will take place at Allegory Gallery at 215 East Main Street

Monday, September 28, 2015

JAZZ TRIP...excellent music right here in Ligonier. This Friday!

A Night of JAZZ !!!! 

Darnell Anderson-sax 
Joshua Ben- piano
Jason Hollar- upright bass
Zachary Bodolosky-drums 

The event will take place at Ligonier's coolest new Restaurant, Myriam's Table Café & Catering and is an all ages event.

Reservations required limited seating. 



Argentinian/ Brazilian Grill Grilled beef, pork ,lamb, chicken and shrimp..served with 4 sauces and roasted vegetables,all family style and Jazz entertainment !!!!

The event is BYOB no corking fee !!!

Alone together...on genuine conversation

"A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.”"

"WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates. My students tell me about an important new skill: it involves maintaining eye contact with someone while you text someone else; it’s hard, but it can be done.Over the past 15 years, I’ve studied technologies of mobile connection and talked to hundreds of people of all ages and circumstances about their plugged-in lives. I’ve learned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that they change not only what we do, but also who we are.

Our colleagues want to go to that board meeting but pay attention only to what interests them. To some this seems like a good idea, but we can end up hiding from one another, even as we are constantly connected to one another. A businessman laments that he no longer has colleagues at work. He doesn’t stop by to talk; he doesn’t call. He says that he doesn’t want to interrupt them. He says they’re “too busy on their e-mail.” But then he pauses and corrects himself. “I’m not telling the truth. I’m the one who doesn’t want to be interrupted. I think I should. But I’d rather just do things on my BlackBerry.”" 

township residents losing liberty to have campfires through the night

An ordinance to limit the times and days that outdoor burning is permitted in Ligonier Township was approved this week by the planning commission, which recommended sending the measure to supervisors for a final OK.
In residential areas, the proposed ordinance limits materials that may be burned to paper products, newspaper and yard waste — excluding grass and building materials — from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Saturday burning would be limited to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During daylight saving time and summer months, burning is permitted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The burning of garbage, rubber, tires, paint, animal waste, plastics, diapers, toxic materials and any other materials consisting of rubbish, trade waste, refuse or garbage is prohibited.

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“If Mr. Carnahan can get his wheelbarrow around the Diamond, we'll have school.”

When Bud Carnahan was superintendent of the Ligonier Valley School District, students had a saying about how much snow it took to keep them out of class.
“If Mr. Carnahan can get his wheelbarrow around the Diamond, we'll have school,” said Irma Hutchinson, 72, of Ligonier, a former student who knew him for more than 50 years.
Milroy “Bud” Carnahan of Laughlintown died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Ligonier Gardens of cancer. He was 85.
Born March 5, 1930, in Latrobe, a son of the late Benjamin and Viola (Finley) Carnahan, he was a 1948 graduate of Latrobe High School and earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Carnahan worked for the Ligonier Valley School District for 33 years as a teacher, home and school visitor, business manager and school superintendent. He served as superintendent for 20 years and retired in 1989.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Homegrown Bean Sprouts, Dandelion Dumplings & Lomein Cooking Class!

Mountain Palace Weekly Special
Yuzhen's Homegrown Bean Sprouts with Pork and Rice

Handmade Beef Dandelion Dumplings

Lomein Cooking Class
Sunday 1:00 $25 Includes Meal
Reservations Requested

Yuzhen has been busy this week! In addition to bowling and attending Jazz Night at Speal's Tavern, she found time to gather and prepare dandelion dumplings and generate a mountain of fresh bean sprouts. Lacy will be teaching how to make noodles from dough and prepare lomein in Sunday's cooking class.

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 directly across from Mirror Lake

724 717-8614

Thursday, September 24, 2015

it's time for Highland Games

All things Scottish will rule the day when the Ligonier Highland Games returns to Idlewild Park on Sept. 26.

In addition to the traditional athletic games that are the centerpiece of the festival, visitors will find musical performances, dancing and singing competitions, Scottish-breed dogs and livestock, storytellers, dance and harp workshops, Scottish food and military re-enactors.
Appropriately, the park's setting among the forested hills of Ligonier is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands.
“I've had people from Scotland say that it reminds them of being at home,” says event executive director Rick Wonderly.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A good CEO...what a relief to find one

"Turkey-born Chobani yogurt company CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurd, recently visited the Greek island of Lesbos, to see for himself the plight of the tens of thousands of mainly Syrian refugees who are flooding into Europe through Turkey. He tells Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd that he saw desperate conditions there: “You would assume there would be tents, there will be housing, there will be food, a cup of soup at least … none of that.” So he’s set up a new foundation, called Tent, to help. And he wants other CEOs to join him in hiring refugees, something he’s done for years at his production plants."
Ulukaya has given half of his fortune to make immediate aid available to the refugees. See the top link for the very revealing 10-minute interview with this amazing CEO. (Would that they were all this human.) And I learned at the Chobani website that they don't allow rBGH in their cows or use any GMOs. They source locally, and are committed to open labeling of their ingredients. Not organic, but going in the right direction. And even before the decision to give half his fortune away (because he can), Chobani gives 10% of their profits to charity. Amazing. They hire new immigrants to the US. My immigrant grandfather would've appreciated that when he faced those "No Micks need apply" signs everywhere when he looked for work in the 20s. We are all immigrants here.

This man walks the talk, and leads the way.

Good to know, way to go.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WOW...Jazz Trip in Ligonier!

A Night of JAZZ !!!! 

Darnell Anderson-sax 
Joshua Ben- piano
Jason Hollar- upright bass
Zachary Bodolosky-drums 

The event will take place at Ligonier's coolest new Restaurant, The Myriam's Table Café & Catering). and is an all ages event.

Reservations required limited seating. 



Argentinian/ Brazilian Grill Grilled beef, pork ,lamb, chicken and shrimp..served with 4 sauces and roasted vegetables,all family style and Jazz entertainment !!!!

The event is BYOB no corking fee !!!

The problem with sanctimonious environmentalists (it's not their use of baking soda)

"Really? OK, yes, on a purely environmental basis we’d all be better off giving up our cars and our electricity and living in yurts. To achieve maximum environmental impact we’d ground flights, turn our backs on advertising and consumer culture, and hand-weave a single burlap sack towel for each of our 1.5 children. Hands up those willing to do that? Anyone?

Driving a car, having a refrigerator or a cellphone – even occasionally using evil plastic bags – exactly none of these things disqualifies you from being an environmentally friendly person if you continue making greener choices elsewhere. If you were reading about my strange little shampoo situation above, shaking your head and thinking, “There is no way this strange Canadian lady can convince me to wash my hair with the same stuff I use to unclog my kitchen sink,” does that make you a crap environmentalist? No. Not doing anything because you can’t do everything? That makes you a crap environmentalist, and a defeatist. No one likes a defeatist. Do what you can and ditch the guilt. You don’t have to wash your hair with baking soda to make a difference, although it would make a certain strange Canadian lady immensely happy if you did. Even just once."

Don't miss this sanctimonious environmentalist author's healthier (and cheaper, and much-much greener) alternative to the poisonous stuff called "shampoo" that may be on your shelf. (see link above)

Rule of thumb: Look at a "beauty product's" ingredients and, if there are more than 5 listed, and if one of them is "perfume," you are buying a chemical. You are therefore bathing the largest organ of your body - your skin - with chemicals, daily, week-in, week-out. We pay for it immediately at the checkout, and then pay again, down the road, once the toxic load on our bodies from all of what we're exposed to eventually tips the scale into the red area.

Sad to say that very, very little for sale commercially is benign today. Interestingly, risks to you personally are usually embedded in that which is a risk to the world, meaning the world that supports your life...the air, the water, you know, your matrix. And, vice versa. Bad for the environment, bad for you as a piece of the environment.

Broad-brush solution to begin with? Simple, clean choices, whether it's your shampoo or your power source.   ....everything around us is alive, and it's all connected...and we need it to be healthy in order to live...  We swim through Nature from birth to death...much of it invisible to us, and therefore taken for granted. We are nature; what happens to it happens to us.
Newsflash: We are not separate beings, safe from harm as long as we build higher fences and have more money than our neighbor. The more complicated something is - a product or an entire industry - the more room there is for error. Organic farming: simple, safe. Industrial farming: complex, less nutritious, damaging. Fossil fuel production: damaging every step of the way. Renewables: much simpler, much less impact. 


What to do right now? Thought: Look at all your shampoo and conditioners, lotions and potions, and make a change there for your own good. Then realize that it's the same damn thing to allow the oil and gas industry to bathe the water and air that supports you with toxins as it is for you to wash yourself in chemical-laden soaps and shampoos.

Take care of yourself: Join the push-back against fracking, before it's too late.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Layered Chain Necklace at Allegory Gallery

Isn't this a stunning necklace?  Mixed metals and layered chains are all the rage nowadays and have a very chic and modern look.  I've seen similar looking pieces going for upwards of $500 in upscale boutiques in New York City... but why pay more, when you can make it yourself?  Laurel will be showing people how to create this look for much less during Beading Basics at Allegory Gallery.  You can drop by any time between noon and 3PM and Laurel will show you how to make your very own!  (This also makes a great holiday gift!)  Instruction is completely FREE!  All you have to pay for are the materials.  (Depending on your chain selection, this project will cost around $20.)  This project takes about 20 minutes to make!  Stop in today!

Allegory Gallery is located at 215 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA.  If you know you'll be joining us, give us a call 724-610-3770 (and leave a message), email us (, or just swing by!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

People want clean food...imagine that

"Americans are increasingly hungry for naturally-grown and healthier foods and, according to a new USDA statistics, sales of the organic farms in the U.S. skyrocketed in 2014 with consumer spending up 72 percent since 2008.The 2014 Organic Survey, released Thursday by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), indicated that in addition to the $5.5 billion dollars worth of organic products purchased by consumers last year, there is plenty of space for continued growth of organic sales nationwide. In fact, said Laura Batcha, chief of the Organic Trade Association, consumer demand is so high, its outpacing sales. "We need a higher rate of growth in order to get close to meeting the demand," said Batcha.
NASS administrator Joseph T. Reilly added, "Producers reported in the 2014 Organic Survey that they expect to expand U.S. organic production in the coming years, making the data even more important for policy and programs." Reilly said the reports also "shows that organic producers are providing a wide variety of products to customers and are getting those items from farm to table more efficiently." As such, the report noted that nearly 50 percent of organic items were bought within 100 miles of the farms where they were grown or produced. Demand for organic goods has risen in recent years, with increased consumer consciousness about the environmental impacts of factory farming and the agriculture industry at least one of the reasons for that trend. A report published in April by the Center for Food Safety also found that healthy soil, fed by organic agricultural practices, could be the solution to mitigating climate change and addressing food and water security."

And organic food production cannot happen in fracked land, folks, as farmers I know will tell you. Knowing they can't have their carefully tended organic produce bathed in frackcrap, small-scale farmers from western PA have left our state to get away from the death-wish of their near-by neighbors who self-servingly leased land that then pollutes everyone around them.

Wake the *%&@ up, people. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Wondering about your water quality, Ligonier?

Free water testing, this Saturday at the farmers' market, 8am-12noon.

As a community service, Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens' Group will provide free testing of your well or spring water's Total Dissolved Solids and pH. They will have info on water safety and government-certified water labs for professional testing. Results are confidential, and there is no obligation.

***Bring about one cup of water in a never-used zip-locked bag, sealed in a jar with a lid.*** 

Mountain Palace

Weekend Special:
Ground Beef, Zucchini Lomein

Come to Mountain Palace this weekend for the most unique, happy healthy northern Chinese menu!
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake
Extended hours: Friday 5 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 8

People interested in weekday take-out, let us know a day in advance that we can prepare.
Cooking Class: Next Sunday 9-27 1:00
Chinese Lomein
Make Reservations Now

Above Lacy and Joel work on Cozy Cottage. For our Friday customers, Joel has left to start a new job in Arizona. He will be sorely missed! Best wishes, Joel!

724 717-8614

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fishing Derby - September 26th

Please consider registering for the annual Fishing Derby on September 26th, presented to you this year by Ligonier Camp and Conference Center and Boy Scout Troop 375! 
For more information and to register, please visit 
Thank you!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

police study continues

Ligonier Township Supervisors voted unanimously Sept. 8 to move on to the second phase of a study to determine if efforts to regionalize police forces are feasible. The next phase will involve a more detailed analysis of the consolidation of Ligonier Township and Ligonier Borough police departments.
“We need to study this more. We will work with the borough to estimate how it would be put together,” said township Manager Terry Carcella. “It's a perfect match. We need to put the numbers in and determine how the department would function. Our purpose is to keep the public safe. We want to work together to provide safety for residents.”

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jazz Trip at Myriam's Table!

A Night of JAZZ !!!! 

Darnell Anderson-sax 
Joshua Ben- piano
Jason Hollar- upright bass
Zachary Bodolosky-drums 

The event will take place at Ligonier's coolest new Restaurant, The Myriam's Table Café & Catering). and is an all ages event.

Reservations required limited seating. 



Argentinian/ Brazilian Grill Grilled beef, pork ,lamb, chicken and shrimp..served with 4 sauces and roasted vegetables,all family style and Jazz entertainment !!!!

The event is BYOB no corking fee !!!

I was diagnosed with cancer at age 11.

...the federal agency in charge of safeguarding human health and the environment panders to polluters and lacks the political wherewithal to make them rectify their injustices. The Superfund tax once held polluters liable for their refuse, but since it expired in 1996 Congress has failed to renew it. 

"As the surgeons put me under for an operation that would remove my thyroid, I hoped I would still be able to run around outside with my brother, to clamber through the groves and streams that surrounded my home in the mountains of North Carolina. While I lay on the operating table, an abandoned factory a mile from my house silently seeped toxic chemicals into the creeks and valleys. Yet no warnings were posted outside the gates. The polluted streams were not fenced off. Like the other neighborhood kids, I had no idea of the toxins lurking in our midst. [...]

The shuttering of the factory did not spell the end of the pollution, however, as chemicals continued to migrate from the dumping-ground into the local environment. In 1999, the carcinogen trichloroethylene (TCE), CTS’s primary solvent, tested in one woman’s well at far past the legal limit of five parts per billion: she was drinking 21,000. Thyroid cancer had struck her several years before. The assault on human health did not end there: non-Hodkin’s lymphoma, birth defects, and liver and kidney disease showed up in droves. By the time of my diagnosis in 2005, such ailments had already taken a toll on my community. Over a single decade, one man lost ten family members to cancer."

If fracking is allowed to get a foothold in our hills and streams, scenarios like this are the potential near-future of the Ligonier Valley. Given the overwhelming evidence of toxins discharged in fracking (often dumped or leaked where ever it's convenient for the frackers to do so), denying the danger of fracking to Ligonier is self-destructive, in addition to being immoral. 

The EPA will not protect us. They are bought and sold. 

Push back, people...the gas industry is quietly holding its breath, hoping Joe Public will stay asleep, hoping you'll stay passive/distracted, hoping you'll stay trusting of their deceitful ads and the useless EPA.

Stand up, roll up your sleeves and join those fighting this destructive-to-everything industry. It is your backyard now, and unlike ISIS (or any other fill-in-the-blank danger that the mainstream media is distracting you with), this will hurt us all in many, many ways over time.  

Monday, September 14, 2015

Battle stations...

"CHURCHILL, Pa. —"Not in my backyard” is the sentiment residents of Churchill and nearby towns and boroughs are adopting. Natural gas producer EQT is making its way around the area, chatting with landowners about leasing their land for drilling. The company has not filed any permits to drill yet, but is exploring the idea. It took just a few days to organize, but more than 150 people showed up to a meeting Sunday to show their position against fracking. “They have invested now in coming here," an attendee said. "So now we are at the junction where we have to do something radical." “We wanted to feel the passion about what it is that's so important to our community; which is clean air, clean water, a safe place to live, property values that don't go down,” said Elizabeth Czekanski, who organized Sunday night’s meeting.

One of the areas already leased to EQT for drilling is the old Churchill Valley Country Club. Others in Churchill say EQT has approached them too. Community members, including the borough's council president, said Churchill isn't the place. “My opinion, my personal opinion, Churchill is not a place that should ever have fracking,”** Jay Dworin said. Those who attended the meeting are encouraged to tell neighbors not to sign leases and attend public meetings where the issue will be discussed. The first opportunity is a council meeting Monday night.

It's early in the process, but borough leaders say it's not as simple as a blanket ban on fracking. For legal reasons, leaders say the borough must take it step-by-step. “It is going to be a battle, and so we need to stay together and (show that there is) strength in numbers,” Czekanski said."

** No place is "the place for fracking", Mr. Council President.

Tonight's Churchill council meeting should be interesting. Reminds me of what went on here in Ligonier...where we have much less enlightened supervisors, bought out by greed and disregard for all forms of life.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Dear Kim Davis...

Dear Kim Davis,
The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage. *
Planting Peace

*(Something she's conveniently decided to overlook.)

...if Davis is going to use Biblical rhetoric to justify her opposition to same-sex marriage, she might want to take a closer look at how else marriage has been redefined in relation to the book's sacred teachings.