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Monday, March 31, 2008

two ladies performed by guess who??

This cool car is sitting in front of Betsy's on West Main.

at the foot of the steps

I found this purple iris. At first I thought someone must have dropped it but there are no flowers in our office other than those pretty daffodils from Flickinger & Barr.

Hmmmm..could it be a secret code? You know, like GO TO THE HOUSE WITH THE PURPLE IRIS.......hmmm...

It certainly is more dramatic than...fell out of my grocery bag. LOL

You have to check out this blog I just discovered in a Google Alert

It's called adventures in bookcrossing.

Here's a blurb of the post that caught the Google Alert:

I was back in Ligonier this morning as part of my Daffodil Days duties, so I left "Princess in Pink," by Meg Cabot, on a bench outside the Ligonier Giant Eagle before setting up our daffodil selling area there. By the time I left, the book, which was release #25 for MRWiley's 2008 Movie/TV/News books release challenge, had been scooped up.

On my way home from Ligonier, I stopped at the Mountain View Inn in Greensburg. It's a lovely, historical hotel and conference center, and it was in dire need of a BookCrossing release, so I left "Executive Privilege," by Jay Brandon, on a picturesque white bench outside the front door.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ligonier Valley Mounties

the abandoned tunnel

Here's a nice slide show of photos Beth Caldwell has generously shared.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

slider shows


It's not hard but it's more just hearing about all this stuff. There are SO many free tools on the web. It boggles the mind.

The slider shows are one of the tools I 'd love to show everyone when we get those classes going at the Ligonier Library. That reminds me that I've got to call Janet Hudson and work out some dates.

Anybody out there interested in blogging classes? I figure everyone can create a blog in one two hour class.

Butch got me looking....

... at the Seven Springs web after seeing his post yesterday from the Pond Skim event. They have 730 photos (20 thumbnails on a page) taken yesterday and it looks like they had a lot of fun and a wild time. I sent nine pics to DC and she supposedly is attaching a slide show to this post. I don't know how she does this stuff, but she's good at it. Maybe I should have saved more photos?

I wonder if Butch stayed dry.....

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

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Loyalhanna Creek is featured in the Post Gazette

Nice article. Here's a blurb:

I accidently discovered "my boulder" some 30 years ago when my dad was teaching me to read the water. It was mostly at Loyalhanna that I learned to walk over slippery stones waist deep in a stiff current, when to want a natural drift and when to work the current and, most importantly, how to find fish where other anglers aren't.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pics From Open Stage At The Ligonier Tavern!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Pond Skim fun

LOL This is great. This must be live feed from Butch.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Office kitty .......Storm
She's our girl. ;)

Here's a heartfelt thank you to Rich Flickinger

and Dustin Barr for the lovely bunch of posies dropped at our office this week. Happy Spring, guys!

POND SKIM update

Top notch reporter and super ski bum, Butch Bellas, will be on the scene tomorrow at Seven Springs.

Butch will not only be dragging the green scummy totally WOO WOO bodies out of the dregs, BUT he will also be trying the....

super secret.....

special upload code to see if we can post PICTURES here on Ligonier Living LIVE from the scene.

I don't know about you, but I WILL be watching. coooool

speakina which YO Bandgirl!

watcha doing with all those open stage pictures???

people are popping up here alookin and ???????

These are the pictures that didn't make it into yesterday's micro brew post....

Seriously.....LOL. I was a bit concerned that Joy would not be pleased with the kitty in the toilet pic but as I was considering it, they simply....


Joy - How did you do that? heheh..anyway.........pop on over to the Tavern for some brewski. Sounds like one helluva good time.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

This picture is just SOOOO Ligonier....

Colonial guys eating pancakes.

Gotta love it...

Ligonier, that is. Come visit. We'll flip a hot one for you.

photo by Beth Caldwell

Pond Skim at Seven Springs

If you haven't seen a riot with snow, skis and cold water, check out Seven Springs on Saturday.
All the action takes place right out side the Foggle Google, slope side. You can see all the action from the deck. Kimi and I are on duty for the Ski Patrol and we will be watching and maybe pulling the skiers out who don't make it the whole way across. It is a great way to finish the ski season.


Dave Iglar, his Daughter on Sax, and Mark DeMeno on Bass will shake up the Tavern this Friday on the 3rd floor with MICRO BREW TASTING.

what a rockin good time!

Hey, I'm a Roboburgh gal....well actually Homestead but close enough. ;) has this nice little article on Pennsylvania. Here's a blurb:

Pittsburgh is probably the best example of this transformation. The lamentations of 1976 were real, and the old version of the Steel City is gone forever. What emerged was a new economy built around the knowledge base of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon was the nation's leader in robotics, giving rise to companies with names such as Applied Perception Inc. and to the National Center for Defense Robotics. By 1999, an article in the Wall Street Journal said the city should be renamed "Roboburgh," and the Journal called rust-belt Pittsburgh one of the country's 10 hotbeds of technology.

Planning a wedding?

Check out our 1st Annual Bridal Show sponsored by the Ligonier Tavern at MillCreek Hall over 30 Venders, plus a fashion show. Call 724-238-7788 for more info.

Sunday March 30th.

Are you a potential blogger??? Some folks love to read and comment and others like to post. Join us and have some fun!

We love comments from readers. Blogging is an interactive experience. Ligonier Living is a new blog and so our audience is just getting used to how this works AND we are still finding our blogging voice.

If you are curious about blogging and want to give it a try, I have good news! We're working with the Ligonier Library to set up FREE blogging sessions. We'll be doing beginner stuff for those just getting used to e-mail and the internet. We'll also have sessions for seasoned internet users. Give us two hours and you'll have your own real live blog. It will be fun.

Now for the comments. You can and should comment on any post that interests you. The fun thing about blogging is that comments often turn into conversations and take on a life of their own.

Here's an example of a heated discussion taking place on Lenderama. Lenderama is a blog for mortgage folks and I am a regular contributor. It's not my blog. I just contribute posts.

Huh? Contributor? Look at the bottom of our posts here at Ligonier Living and you'll see that the author of the post is identified. Let's say you want to comment on a post written by Uncle Sam aka Chick Cicconi. Here's what to do:

Click on the little comments link at the bottom of the post.

A separate window will pop up giving you a text box in which to type your comment. You might say something like, "Hi, Uncle Sam. Thanks for the tip and BTW would you consider writing a post about caring for roses? Your garden is always so beautiful."

Next, you have to choose an identity. It's okay to be anonymous but you have to make that selection. If you want to sign your name but don't have a Google account, select NAME/URL. If you don't have a web site, you don't have to fill in the URL box. If you have a web site, fill in the URL and the system will create a link to your web site. In this way, folks who are interested in your comment may click that link to visit YOUR web site or blog.

It's a good idea to check for typos, so after you have typed your text and selected an identity, click on PREVIEW. This gives you a chance to proofread and make changes before publishing your comment.

When you are satisfied, simply click on PUBLISH.

Your comment will not show up immediately on Ligonier Living. This is because I have "comment moderation" turned on. That means that I will read your comment before allowing it to go up onto the blog. All comments will be allowed as long as they are not obscene, defamatory or spam. Disagreement is okay with me because I love free speech and blogging is the most powerful medium I have ever experienced as an exercise in personal freedom.

So, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Don't Miss "Patsy & Friends" This Weekend At The Ligonier Theater

PATSY & FRIENDS will be at the Ligonier Theater this weekend.  Bring your friends and family and get ready to hear all of your favorite Patsy Cline tunes!  Cathi Rhodes stars as Patsy in this tune filled production.  Special guests are Kasey Zemba as Loretta Lynn, and Ellen Meyers as Louise Seger.

Show times are March 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m. and March 30 at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door.  For further information call (724) 238-6514 ext. 3.  Don't miss this one!

who's the mystery girl?

Is this a local photo?

Beach Party Basket, a perfect fundraiser

Hello This is a new basket idea I am trying. I am selling this one for $85.00 It is sure to double the money on a tip board.... would also make a great gift for someone going to beach. I currently have 2 this size and one a little smaller that will be selling for $70.00

PSALM 37:3-5 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfullness, andly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your ways to the Lord (roll and repose each care of your load on Him); trust(lean on rely on and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

6th Annual Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival ..... our own private Woodstock



Both the Friday evening and Saturday lineups will be filled with top-notch national, regional and local bluegrass performers. GREAT music will be provided by:

+ Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (IBMA award winners are back!)
+ The Jeanette Williams Band (Incredible singer from Virginia returns -- for both days!)
+ Bill Yates & The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band (Bluegrass legend!)
+ Mountain Therapy (You asked for them -- they're back)
+ Blue Shades (Crowd pleasing local favorites return)
+ Poverty Hollow (Hot new band that's quickly making a name for itself)
+ Hidden Drive (Great regional band makes their first appearance)
+ New Generation (A look at bluegrass music's future -- today)

Our ol' buddy John Trout from WYEP-FM's "Traditional Ties" show and Ligonier's Jeff Bell will once again serve as emcees, both keeping the show on schedule and adding that "certain something" to the festivities. (Whatever that may be.) First class sound will be provided by Don, Ginger, and Steve of Soaring Eagle Productions, Bedford, PA.

Let's play WHO'S THAT GIRL!

clues, anyone?

Yo, Bandgirl!

Anything special going on tonight?

psssstttt it's open stage at the Ligonier Tavern 7pm to 10pm

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The first spring flowers popping up in my garden....

...and I have NO idea what they are!

Anybody out there recognize these yellow flowers? They are sneaking out of the leaves in a naturalized garden I've been working on for a couple of years.

Good things happening on West Main Street

I'm happy to report that we are getting a new neighbor next door. Kimberly Riggs Pelger, Optometrist, will be opening her practice at 228 West Main Street in Ligonier on Monday, April 7th. Kim is a valley native and has been looking for a Ligonier location for some time. In case you wonder where 228 is, the photo will give you a better clue. Kim's new practice is West Main Vision Center. Wish her luck or better yet call after the 7th for an appointment. 724-238-8188 . . . . . . .
Good things are happening on West Main St.

Antiochian Village

A year or so ago I had a chance to spend the weekend at Antiochian Village. I did so as part of a Women in the Outdoors activity.

It wasn't the first time I had spent a weekend at the camp. I have fond memories of a junior high school retreat at Camp Fairfield, the predecessor to Antiochian Village. I especially remember playing football for the first time on the field, in the snow and winning the cheesy trophy for a wild catch.

Some friends had told me that there were some wonderful hidden beauties at Antiochian and so I opted to stay rather than commute even though I practically live right up the street. I'm so glad I did. What I loved most about being there was the sense of meditative quiet. After session hours, I skipped the looney socializing and enjoyed the peace of not having a TV or phone in the room. The bookstore was wonderful. I was able to choose from an unusual inventory. The chapel was simply serene. The museum had items that were wholly unexpected. I wish I had taken the time to read in the library and walk the nature trail.

I've perused their web site and see that there are family camps and lots of other activities for those looking for this type of vacation. I plan to visit in the warm weather months and I think you might want to sneak a peek.

Thanks for creating such a wonderful place here in our Ligonier Valley.

Here's an excerpt from The Valley Voice blog

Kristen Wilkins filed this fashion report:

Lindsey Michelle from Women’s Fashion took a peek at runway looks from New York Fashion Week. The trends she saw consisted of many whites, brights and florals. Models flaunted all-white outfits inspired by sunny beach scenes. Bright hues, such as hot pink and orange, were paired with daring patterns and soft neutrals. Anne Klein and Marc Jacobs are two designers that have taken special advantage of the hot floral trends of spring. The traditional, cartoon-like, “girlie” flowers were replaced with more realistic and blurred images in their collections. A more “watercolor” and classy look was incorporated.

Thanks, Michelle. I love that picture, too.

Michelle Clise is IN the blogosphere AND she uploaded a picture. Way to go, Michelle.

You rock!

Hello Ligonier.

I thought this was such a cute and loving picture that I just had to share it with you. Have a great day.....

short clip at Hollow Tavern fire

Sleepy Hollow Tavern

Welcome, Butch Bellas to Ligonier Living.

I am impressed. Butch, you are a great communicator. You got in here and posted....very smooth.

Butch Bellas, you rock!

South American visitors

We had our AFS daughter, Paola and her husband Galo here for Easter Weekend and what a fun weekend! They are from Ecuador and we ended up talking to their children from our living room via computer and webcam. Simply amazing technology.