Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FREE white particle board bookcase

We brought this bookcase to our new office and found that we don't need it.  Stop by 610 West Main Street 9 to 5 or call 724-238-7783.

trucks for sale

Ligonier Township Municipal Authority – Utility Truck & DRW Dump Truck

Utility Truck & Flatbed Truck from Ligonier Township Municipal Authority, located in Ligonier, PA.

First Lot Scheduled to Close: Oct 30, 2014 9:00 AM CT

Monday, October 20, 2014

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Daytrip Through Transportation History, brings together the KLBE Air Museum, the Lincoln Highway Experience, and the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum on Saturday October 25, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Preregistration is required for this guided tour, but attendees need to provide their own transportation to each site. The first museum on the tour is the KLBE Air Museum at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, which commemorates the history of air travel in Westmoreland County. Continue your journey up the Lincoln Highway to visit the Lincoln Highway Experience, which resides in a 200-year-old National Register listed building. The daytrip ends at the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, housed in a fully-restored original railroad station built around 1896. . Preregistration is required; the fee of $12 per person includes admission to all three museums. To register call the Lincoln Highway Experience at 724-879-4241.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cross-country climate action marchers arrive in Ligonier today...

From UU Church pastor, Rev. Rebecca Booher:

"The Climate Marchers will be arriving late this afternoon (in Ligonier).  They will be hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley.  We are having a potluck supper for them, followed by a discussion.  Everyone is welcome!  (If you come for the potluck, please consider bringing something to share, as there are 50+ marchers!)  Most of the marchers will be staying at the Fellowship for the night... some hardy folks are still planning to sleep outside in their tents!  (My guess is they'll change their minds!)  After an early breakfast, the group will leave around 8 am, and continue their march toward Washington DC, where they plan to arrive Nov. 1.  One (or more) of the marchers will stay behind and speak at the UUFLV Sunday service, which starts at 10:30 am."

For more information about life on this amazing march from LosAngeles to DC, go to

Pittsburgh and Monroeville hosted these marchers earlier in the week:

“I definitely wouldn’t have moved here if I had known there would be a well pad 1,200 feet from our home.”

               A Mars school district parent and child look at a drilling rig in Western Pennsylvania.

A group of concerned Pennsylvania parents have launched a legal challenge against their town council’s recent decision to allow five horizontal gas wells about a half mile from the Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The four parents, joined by the environmental groups Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Clean Air Council, contend that the Middlesex Township Board of Supervisors violated Pennsylvania’s state Constitution when it voted to change the township’s zoning laws back in August. Those changes legally opened up Middlesex’s residential and agricultural lands for potential drilling, despite the protests of parents and residents concerned about air pollution, water contamination, and noise.

The zoning law change has wide implications for drilling and fracking in Middlesex, but the main reason for the change was to pave the way for the proposed gas wells near the school. The Geyer well site would be placed on farmland owned by Middlesex residents Bob and Kim Geyer, and operated by a company called Rex Energy. The wells would be about 3,000 feet from all of the school district’s buildings, a youth homeless center, and just 800 feet from a residential community where many of the schoolkids live. Jennifer Chomicki, a party to the lawsuit and a mother of two young daughters who will attend the Mars school district, told ThinkProgress about her concerns with the Geyer well site in August. “I definitely wouldn’t have moved here if I had known there would be a well pad 1,200 feet from our home,” she said at the time. Watch more of Chomicki’s comments to ThinkProgress below:"

Friday, October 17, 2014

Would you like a box of garment bags?

Found this box of garment bags in the cupboard.  We used them in the old Harmony's Attic store.  It's a big roll of dry cleaning style bags.


Mountain Palace - Cumin Chicken Broccoli!

Cumin Chicken with Broccoli and Rice is the weekend special at Mountain Palace. Enjoy this or any of our other tasty and nutritious regular menu items. Enjoy a ride before the Fall foliage disappears and come to our rustic northern Chinese eatery. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Chinese Medical Exercise Class is at Mountain Palace Saturday at 11.  724 717-8614 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fort Days roundup

The streets of Ligonier were quiet Monday, only the rustling sounds of the fallen leaves on the pavement could be heard. It was a well-deserved reprieve from the 55th Fort Ligonier Days festival that began three days earlier, bringing thousands into the Ligonier Valley for food, crafts, music and a taste of history.
“What a fabulous Fort Ligonier Days,” said Holly Mowrey a co-chairwoman of the event and the executive director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Three days of awesome entertainment, second to none.”
“There are so many people to thank for the many different ways they contribute to making Fort Ligonier Days a fall festival that we all can be very proud of,” Mowrey said.

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supervisors candidates

Ligonier Township voters will select two supervisors in the general election on Nov. 4.
Three candidates are seeking the posts created after voters approved last year a referendum to expand the board from three to five members

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Coffee House time...dadadada-da da da da

The Community Coffee House at The Barn, Springer Road in Ligonier opens for the season 7 p.m. Friday with a talented lineup of musicians new to the venue as well as some longtime audience favorites. Admission is $5 at the door. Coffee, tea and desserts are available for purchase.
Appearing for the first time at Coffee House is Cathasaigh, an award-winning roots revival singer-songwriter. She has been voted eight times one of Pittsburgh's best. She accompanies her vocals with acoustic guitar and or digital piano.

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mental health program proposed for students

Ligonier Valley School District is looking into starting a mental health program at its high school.
At the school board's meeting Monday night, school psychologist Rachel Clark described a “coping with stress” program she hopes to implement to target youth at risk for mental health issues like depression as a “preventative measure.”
“With the increasing concerns with adolescent mental health, I think it's important to possibly address this through our adolescent youth at the high school,” Clark said.

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Raise a glass to Four Seasons!

 Congratulations to Christian Simmons and head brewer Mark Pavlik, co-owners of Four Seasons Brewing in Latrobe, for winning a silver medal for their "Dark Side of the Pint" oatmeal stout at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Ebola story is interesting but keep it in perspective.

“I urge individuals to try to keep this in perspective. It is scary, it is worrisome, but in our country, more people will die from the flu than from Ebola,” Montgomery Health Officer Ulder Tillman said earlier this week.

Business Office Space for Rent

Office space for rent includes 3 rooms on the 2nd floor, private bath, all utilities, and free parking. Located on Route 30 between Latrobe and Ligonier. Call 724-879-4241 for more information.

Ligonier regional police force being considered

Ligonier Township will look into the feasability of a regional police force.
At the supervisors meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to send a letter of intent to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a regional police study, as well as an efficiency study of the township's public works.
Manager Terry Carcella said the study will look at aspects of the township, such as population, patrol area, current coverage, costs and availability of grants to fund a regional force for a number of years.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

PA Constitution...are our elected officials upholding it?

Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come.  As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

a good example of global warming activists making false and irresponsible claims regarding global warming to deliberately mislead people

According to NOAA’s new publication, Explaining Extremes of 2013 from a Climate Perspective, there is no discernible connection between global warming and 2013 extreme weather events such as the California drought, Colorado floods, the UK’s exceptionally cold spring, a South Dakota blizzard, Central Europe floods, a northwestern Europe cyclone, and exceptional snowfall in Europe’s Pyrenees Mountains.
The California drought provides a good example of global warming activists making false and irresponsible claims regarding global warming to deliberately mislead people who aren’t familiar with scientific studies and evidence. The liberal Center for American Progress and its media allies such as theWashington PostSan Jose Mercury News, Associated Press, and others have all published stories claiming global warming caused or worsened the ongoing California drought. Scientists, however, say just the opposite. “[F]or the California drought, which was investigated by three teams from the United States, human factors were found not to have influenced the lack of rainfall,”NOAA reported in an accompanying press release.

Friday, October 10, 2014

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Mountan Palace - Lomein Special & Old Fashioned Sing-A-Long

The weekend special at Mountain Palace is ground beef lomein with vegetables (with or without hot peppers). Saturday evening at 6:00 will be the Old Fashioned Sing-A-Long with songs from the World War II era. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend for our tasty special or other menu items. Enjoy the Sing-A-Long Saturday evening. Get Happy Healthy!
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

events by Ligonier Radio

  • FORT LIGONIER DAYS - OCTOBER 10-12: It's  the 55th Annual Fort Ligonier Days on October 10-12. Stay tuned to the Valley for all the event information. The schedule of events will be announced three times an hour during the festival! Listen: CLICK HERE.
  • SEPTEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 18: The Ligonier Valley Library will hold an Historic Photograph Exhibit -Faces of Ligonier- Veterans of World War I from September 9th through November 18th in the Pennsylvania Room. The exhibit will commemorate World War I veterans of Ligonier through photographs.  The library is requesting to borrow any photos, artifacts and memorabilia. Contact the library at 724-238-6451 for more details. 
  • OCTOBER 10: The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will host a Lunch a l’Art with journalist and paperweight historian Michael Calleri on Thursday, October 16. The program, which begins at noon, includes lunch and a presentation by the speaker. Cost is $15 or $12 for SAMA members. Reservations are required by October 10 and can be made by calling the Museum at (724) 238-6015 
  • THROUGH OCTOBER 10: The Fort Days Information Booths need volunteers to take two hour shifts in one of the booths. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Chamber Office at 724-238-4200.  Call the Chamber Office also if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donating a raffle prize for the Fort Ligonier Days 5 K race....that number again is 724-238-4200.
  • OCTOBER 10-12: Fort Ligonier Days organizers are adding something new this year to the festivities – recycling! During the Fort Ligonier Days festival on the weekend of Oct. 10-12 guests will be able to recycle with help from Westmoreland Cleanways, which will supply special containers to recycle bottles and cans throughout the festival.
  • OCTOBER 18: Come out to the Compass Inn on Saturday, October 18th for Spooky Hoot! Trick or treating at the Compass Inn. Call 724-238-4983 for more details.
  • OCTOBER 21: On October 21st at 7 PM in the Community Room of the  Ligonier Valley Library,Susan Huba, Executive Director of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, will discuss the Watershed Farm Conservation Project.  Come and learn about the many intitiatives that are planned to benefit our community. The Weeders & Seeders invite everyone to come to this free program.  You are also welcome to join us for our Business meeting which begins at 6 PM.
  • OCTOBER 18-31: The Annual Ligonier Scarecrow Contest takes place October 18th through the 31st all around the Ligonier Diamond. If you or your business would like to sponsor a scarecrow, contact the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce at 724-238-4200.
  • OCTOBER 18: The Tamburitzans will perform at Town Hall on October 18th at 7 PM. Come see and hear the music and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling 1-877-826-6437.
  • OCTOBER 23: The Ligonier Valley Library is sponsoring technology classes. On October 15th at 6:30 PM, it's Tech Smart. And on October 23rd from 1:30-3:30 PM,it's Changing the FACE of Facebook. There is no charge for the classes but registration is required. Call the library for more details.
  • OCTOBER 24-26: The Compass Inn will host Hallow Hauntings and Storytelling Tours October 24th through the 26th for more information, call the Compass Inn at 724-238-4983.
  • NOVEMBER 28: Santa's Arrival & Diamond Lighting  will be on Friday, November 28, 2014 6:30pm. Santa will kick off the Christmas season in Ligonier! Join us for the countdown to light up the Diamond!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

nuff said

Confirmed: Billions of Gallons of Fracking Waste Contaminate Drought-Ravaged California's Aquifers

lmost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.The documents also reveal that Central Valley Water Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates — contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater — in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations. “Clean water is one of California’s most crucial resources, and these documents make it clear that state regulators have utterly failed to protect our water from oil industry pollution,” said Hollin Kretzmann, a Center attorney. “Much more testing is needed to gauge the full extent of water pollution and the threat to public health. But Governor Brown should move quickly to halt fracking to ward off a surge in oil industry wastewater that California simply isn’t prepared to dispose of safely.”

The state’s Water Board confirmed beyond doubt that at least nine wastewater disposal wells have been injecting waste into aquifers that contain high-quality water that is supposed to be protected under federal and state law. Thallium is an extremely toxic chemical commonly used in rat poison. Arsenic is a toxic chemical that can cause cancer. Some studies show that even low-level exposure to arsenic in drinking water can compromise the immune system’s ability to fight illness. “Arsenic and thallium are extremely dangerous chemicals,” said Timothy Krantz, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands. “The fact that high concentrations are showing up in multiple water wells close to wastewater injection sites raises major concerns about the health and safety of nearby residents.”

I laughed so hard today, I almost peed my pants.

As we are packing up our office for the move, we remembered our "safety closet" tucked behind a table and unopened for a really long time.  This is where we stashed first aid and other provisions after 911.  As we moved the table to open the closet, I wondered if the Chunky Soup was still there.

LOL!!!!!  It is!   ;)

Mountain Palace - Old Fashioned Sing Along!

This Saturday at 6:00 Mountain Palace is hosting an Old Fashioned Sing Along. We plan to enjoy music from the World War II era. Keyboard will be performed by Diane Shirey Lenz who will accompany a local WWII combat veteran singing some of the older tunes. We welcome all who may enjoy this trip back to an older time.

Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6.  724 288-3872

cell tower news in township

Cingular Wireless, doing business as AT&T, received favorable votes from the Ligonier Township zoning hearing board Wednesday night.
The board unanimously granted the company's request for dimensional variances to build a monopole cellphone tower at 100 Route 271 North.
Before the vote, two residents who live near the site spoke against the request.
Jim Giesey, who was recently appointed as an alternate for the board, wanted to challenge board member Gary Thistlethwaite's vote. Through a right-to-know request, he obtained emails between zoning officer Shelly Kaltenbaugh and Thistlethwaite in which Thistlethwaite asked for the name and phone number for the “cell tower people.” In her response, Kaltenbaugh recommended he not speak to the people directly and direct his questions for them through her

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wine-tasting at Thistledown during Fort Days

For the first time, this year's festival, from Oct. 10 to 12, will feature a wine-tasting area. Eight Pennsylvania wineries will display their wares on the lawn of Thistledown at Seger House B&B on West Main Street. The tasting will be free and open to those 21 and older.
“The wineries will serve a 1-ounce tasting,” says Tom Kenney, who arranged the event with his wife, Sue. “People can purchase bottles of wine, not to be consumed at the festival.” Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in festival areas.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

smart landowners who see the danger of pipelines

“We’re rural, but I think we matter, too,” he said.

"A group of Lancaster County landowners held a press conference Saturday to publicly reject what they call Williams Partners’ “disrespectful” and “ludicrous” offers to buy easements allowing a massive natural gas pipeline to cross their properties. At the event, held in the driveway of his home on Susquehannock Road in Martic Township, Ed Saxton defiantly tore up the contract Williams sent him. The company had attached a Post-It saying one copy was for him to keep for his records. “Williams, for my record, I do not accept your proposal,” Saxton said, adding: “Stay off my land.” [...]
Williams is proposing to build 35 miles of 42-inch-wide high-pressure gas pipeline through Lancaster County. It is part of the company’s 177-mile Atlantic Sunrise Project to transport Marcellus Shale gas to market. Hundreds of county properties would be affected. In September, landowners reported that Williams had begun sending them offers, typically a few tens of thousands of dollars, for right-of-way for the pipeline. Williams promises to pay several thousand dollars upfront if property owners sign within 60 days. [...]

The clear-cutting for the pipeline will create a de facto pathway “for anyone to run up and down our properties,” said Kevin Shelley, Saxton’s neighbor. He questioned the industry’s assurances about safety. Displaying a photo of an aftermath of a pipeline explosion, he asked: “Are we going to have this in our back yards?" Should a rupture occur, the blast radius would be many hundreds of yards wide, Conestoga Township landowner Kim Kann said."

Thank you Ligonier Borough for seeing the danger of drones flying over a highly populated area.

“In this day and age, everything is changing so fast that the FAA in the county hasn't even caught up to these things, and there are risks,“ McDowell said, “so, authorizing a resolution to restrict them, I think takes us off the hook.”
Councilman Jim McDonnell asked how it would be possible to stop someone who has a drone from using it.
“You can't, but at least you won't be liable if something happens, because you did your due diligence to try to stop them,” McDowell said. “Obviously, anybody can be sued. A good lawyer can beat anybody at anything anywhere, but it's at least an effort to discourage it.”
McDowell said the photographer reported that his friend's house was struck by a drone, causing significant damage.
Council made a resolution to address the matter because it did not have enough time to pass an ordinance in time for this weekend's festival.
Secretary Paul Fry suggested council consider banning the devices for any special events.
Solicitor George Welty said council should explore the issue and get information from the county to craft “something more permanent for next year.”

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Casey's sharing an app for Fort Days...thanks, Casey!


Something to share with that people of Ligonier as an information portal for the weekend.. Could you post to Ligonier Living? I just downloaded and this app would be very helpful for the out of towner and just as beneficial for us who live her all year round.

Thanks and hope you are well!


Fort Ligonier Days by Fort Ligonier Days Inc

congrats to Rick Schwab and yeah for Ligonier!!

Ligonier has a new zoning officer.
During a meeting Monday night, borough council voted unanimously to appoint Richard Schwab to the post previously held by Merle Musick.
Council President Robert Helterbran said he had spoken to Musick about the change, and Musick was in favor of it. He said it will “take some of the load off of” Musick, who does work for other municipalities.
“He has so much work. ... He's just not able to do it justice here,” Helterbran said.
Helterbran said Musick is willing to make the transition smooth and easy.

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it's Mellow Mike night!

MELLOW MIKEmellow mikemellow mikemellow mikemellow mikeMELLOW MIKEmellow mike

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

a message from local fire companies

Locally the focus this week will be Fort Ligonier Days, but this is also National Fire Prevention Week.  We want to remind area residents (or any reader of Ligonier Living blog) about some seasonal safety tips.  Thank you.

Friday, October 3, 2014

...that's a lot of walruses!

How to adjust to changes in conditions that used to happen over millennia but are now occurring over decades?
Thousands of Pacific walrus come ashore near Point Lay, Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration counted 35,000 during their survey. The shrinking of Arctic ice due of climate change is making walrus vulnerable and affecting marine ecosystems and wildlife depending on the Arctic habitat.

Graham's Grill Special

Stop by Graham's Grill at Ligonier Beach this evening for our delicious specials! Spicy sausage corn chowder and The Combination Burger. Burger with fried egg, cheddar, ham, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo. We do free local delivery on our full menu as well as our great gourmet pizzas. Check out our newly remodeled, family friendly dining room. Our menu is available on our facebook page-

Mountain Palace - Chicken Walnut Chaofan!

Chicken Walnut Chaofan is the weekend special at Mountain Palace. One of our most popular specials, it is both tasty and nutritious! Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy the 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 directly across from Mirror Lake. Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise class will be Saturday at 11 at Mountain Palace. Latrobe Chinese Meridian System Acupressure class will be Friday at 1:30 at 350 Main Street.  724 717-8614