Saturday, May 31, 2008
and that means you are surrounded by people who are unafraid to come to your defense AND a high percentage of residents have guns and know how to use them. We live in a town filled with "good guys" so where these creeps surface, expect them to be shunned and watched.
It's really only stupid idiots who try to harm folks around here. We have great police force who patrol a very small area and so get to wherever they are needed pronto.
since when did Ligonier get so looney......I thought this was the same guy who raped the woman at the runaway but looks like it's not........
A 35-year-old Ligonier man was released Thursday from the Westmoreland County Prison after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest earlier in the day for allegedly assaulting a Ligonier woman and carrying a firearm without a license.
Richard M. Leshko, of 207 Bunger St., allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and threatened her Wednesday, according to a complaint filed by Ligonier police Officer Amber Noel. Police said Leshko then fled the Ligonier residence at 11:07 p.m. Wednesday in a pickup truck. He was apprehended early yesterday.
Leshko was arraigned before Mt. Pleasant District Judge Roger Eckels on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, harassment, reckless endangerment and simple assault. A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 6 before Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel.
Friday, May 30, 2008
....into the Ligonier Library for a nice read, and now I know. Saw this on the new library BLOG:
Many people enjoy sitting at the café tables inside the library’s bay window that boasts a view of the Diamond. People set up their lap tops or stop by to enjoy the daily paper. Add a cup of coffee from Abigail’s and you have the perfect setting for a wonderful morning or afternoon. Of course, there’s also plenty of books to read…
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This is my favorite place.
It makes living in Ligonier worth it to me.
Forget about the suburbs. For me, the choice is living in the city and visiting the green OR living in the green and visiting the city.
So, I live in the green and vacation in the city.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Arsenal Family & Children’s Center announces its 16th Annual Golf Outing at Laurel Valley Golf Club, 175 Palmer Drive in Ligonier, PA, on Thursday, May 29, 2008. Registration at 10:00 a.m. Buffet Lunch at 12:00 Noon. Shotgun Golf Start at 1:00 p.m. Reception immediately following completion of play. For more information, visit www.arsenalfamily.org or call 412-345-0008
Dead center in the shot is a black bear fleeing back to the woods. He was attempting to cross 711 and a noisy motorcycle scared him.
i have yet to find more than a handful of people who have expressed positive sentiments toward "arborgate" and "the village". in the rare case that someone tells me they like either of those developments, i begin to calmly explain the multitude of reasons both of those developments actually erode, though not entirely, the fabric of this community...at least on a planning level.
in my opinion, the least offensive of the two (that's my nice way of putting it) is "arborgate". this development began as a total debacle. over the period of two completely different planning commissions, the result is what you see. that result is vastly improved over the original concept. unfortunately, "arborgate" is a case where the town had to settle for something less than what it deserved. but, as i said, it's not entirely without redemption. here's where it succeeds: it relates to the neighboring houses by way of its 2 story appearance and "front porches". here's where it fails:
it's just poorly conceived. an incredible lot with great exposure and the result is a major missed opportunity. the architectural aesthetic of the building is foreign and odd in relation to the overall aesthetic of the town (not to mention the houses right next to it). not that everything has to look 100 years old. i love modernism, classicism, colonialism, etc. but, only if they're done well. only if they address their surroundings. the front porches are clearly afterthoughts. most successful parts of ligonier give equal attention to both the street and the private yard. this development doesn't. "arborgate" is like the cheese. it stands alone. like i stated, it's not entirely bad. it continues the "street wall" concept that i love about (much of) ligonier. the colors are ok. the buildings are too bulky and boxy. that same condominium concept could exist there and look absolutely beautiful in the form of a different design without having to be financially unfeasible for the developer. just not a good concept from the start
"the village" is just like the movie with the same name. it's a pseudo-gated community that COMPLETELY turns its back on the neighborhood and attempts to create its own mini-town. thus, the need for the ridiculous tag: THE VILLAGE. i continue to be under the impression that ligonier, in itself, is small enough to be considered one community. it doesn't need, and should discourage, the breakdown of the town into little enclaves reminiscent of suburban planning. is the armory to be called "creekside" or "squirrel valley"? luckily, "the village" is tucked back far enough into town that people can reasonably avoid it. take a stroll down that block...notice how every single other house on that block has a front porch that encourages interaction between home owner and pedestrian. notice how "the village" only has a white picket fence (don't cross into our compound unless you live here) and blank brick walls that face the street. i won't even bother pointing out that once you get inside the sub-community all the houses are dominated by the garage. is there anyone who thinks that it would be a good idea to take pictures of this development, put them on postcards, and use those to promote the town of ligonier to the general public? is it unreasonable for a developer to consider this one question: once my stuff is built and i leave this town, would i feel fairly confident that my product could proudly represent ligonier on a postcard?? "arborgate" - NO. "the village" - NO.
west church street development? - YES.
the armory? - to be continued...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
What do you get when you take the words Idlewild Park and then add the words Family Reunion? CONTEST!!!
Got this e-mail this morning:
Good morning Diane,
I do some marketing work for Idlewild and enjoy reading your Blog posts in
Ligonier Living and thought your readers would be interested in a unique,
first ever contest the Park is running - a Great family Reunion Contest -
where the winner will receive a fully catered family reunion for 50 at the
Have a great summer.
Thanks, Steve, and you're right. We ARE interested. What do we have to do?
What's that? Make a video? No problem, we have YOUTUBERs galore reading Ligonier Living. OK, guys, pass the word.......
Saturday, May 24, 2008
THIS IS A MUST STOP NEXT TIME. I'D LOVE TO FIND A OLD PICTURE OF OUR THEATER BUILDING. I'M ALSO ALWAYS ON THE LOOK OUT FOR OLD PICTURE OF HOMESTEAD. IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF THE OLD LEONA THEATER, I'D SURE LIKE TO SEE IT.
It's a beautiful sunny day in Ligonier today. Of course, the split second I decided to take a video the sun hid behind a cloud. ;)
I was surprised that I was directed to the back parking lot when I arrived. There were two full parking lots this morning but there was no feeling of being crowded.
I found what I was looking. Al my regular favorites were there. I bought two containers of tomatio salsa [not sure of the spelling], a jar of black currant jelly, a gift for a friend [cute pink apron made out of vintage fabric], and two loaves of bread, banana nut & cinnamon.
On Friday, the group was among 38 recipients receiving about $300,000 in grants through the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.
- The Cottages at Millbank, Ligonier Township, $3,952 for a Web site, advertisements and brochures.
- Idlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier Township, $20,000 to support advertising through Northeast Ohio in June and July.
- Ligonier 250, $10,000 for marketing to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Fort Ligonier.
- Ligonier Highland Games, $7,500 for marketing the 50th anniversary of the games.
- Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, $5,500 to market to antique enthusiasts.
- Ligonier Valley Railroad Association, $12,000 to complete flooring at the Darlington station, which will be used as a museum.
- Mountain Herb Shoppe, Donegal Borough, $7,500 for botanical gardens.
- Powdermill Nature Reserve, Ligonier Township, $10,000 for brochures and advertising.
- Ramada Historic Ligonier, $1,906 for brochures to be used at trade shows and the hotel.
- Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in the Ligonier Valley, $5,000 for press kits for exhibition tours for educators and media.
- Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, $3,500, for an advertising campaign involving other area festivals as well as brochures.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Have you heard? J. A. Cooper is opening a studio where the sandwich shop used to be across from the Fairfield Grille.
Ms. Cooper will be holding an open house at her gallery at 6 pm Saturday, June 21, 2008 followed by a reception for a private viewing of the show Portraits of the Eastern Frontier at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art from 7 to 9 pm. Original paintings and prints will be on sale during the reception, including two new releases by J. A. Cooper. Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served. RSVP is not required but is requested by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 724-771-4102.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I've been hearing reports from all counties that the courthouses are full of people searching mineral rights. I had an employee in Clearfield County the other day - which is normally a quiet courthouse - and they were packed.
With oil prices where they are, there's a bit of a bonanza or gold rush kinda feel to the momentum of these searching groups. I don't know what it will mean to you or to me but if you have property that may have mineral rights issues, you may wish to consult with one of the local attorneys in town to see if you should be concerned or perhaps have an opportunity for reward.
OK, I'll admit that no matter what she sure is cute.
Visit the Ligonier Valley Library's new blog for all the info on the 3rd Annual Pet Photo contest.
I'll have to get a good shot of Office Kitty. ;)
When I met Joe in the blogging class I asked about his book and he handed me a card. It says.......
Ralph is a very ordinary dog; a mutt, a cur. In performing a selfless act, saving a little girl from being hit by a truck, Ralph dies. But that is only the beginning of the story. In the Misty Place, a land in which he finds himself, he is given the opportunity of coming back to life and performing an extraordinary mission -- that of bringing peace to the world as a new Superhero, Americur. Ralph accepts the mission and thus begins a series of adventures that bring Ralph -- an the world -- to a new realization and a new future.
I once had a small, tan dog named Ralph. He was a mongrel, a mutt, but he possessed intelligence and an attitude toward the world that was far above his station in life. He was kind and loving toward all creatures and went out of his way to be helpful to the other members of the menagerie that shared my life and his. I often wondered what he would do if somehow he were given the ability and power to fully express those qualities to the world. Out of those thoughts was born the idea for Americur.
Order this book by calling 888-795-4274 ext.7876 or online at www.xlibris.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.borders.com or visit your local bookstore.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
- Thank you, Butch, for calling me at 7:04pm when you found out they changed the date.
- I attended the last meeting and took careful note of the time and place so as not to miss this important meeting. I am curious about the notices given to the public. It was mentioned that the change was advertised in the Echo, however, I get my Echo on Thursdays by mail so that was a big help.
- I really miss Rick Schwab. Even before this evening, I'd been pondering how large a void we have in his absence as our editor. I miss seeing him around town with his camera. I miss seeing him at meetings. I miss the way the Echo used to be. I miss his column. I miss the editorial page because it's GONE. The letters to the editor are just GONE. Are people no longer writing or are the letters being severely edited?
- That said, you should know that there was NO ONE at the planning commission meeting from the press.
- Representatives from Montgomery & Rust were in attendance to present and discuss the West Church Street property. They presented two proposals, both of which included the construction of four single family detached homes in the form of condominium ownership. The declaration of a condominium will allow the project to move forward without variance requests as the common elements will sit upon the existing lots and no further subdivision is needed. After some discussion, agreement was reached that the structures could sit in line with the Tantlinger property and that they could have covered - not closed - porches in front. All agreed that this design would fit in well with the neighborhood and since it meets current zoning rules, no variances would be required. Let's have a big cheer because we need these houses in town and we need to have quality developers such as Montgomery & Rust interested in doing business here in Ligonier.
- There was no discussion of the Armory property.
- The next meeting - unless it is changed - is set for June 4th.
There's a very interesting history of the theater building. Here's a blurb:
On April 5, 1920, Adriano Marozzi and Cesira Marozzi, his wife, conveyed to A. J. McColly Lot No. 18 in the Borough of Ligonier, fronting 60 feet on Main Street and extending back 180 feet to an alley, and having thereon erected two frame dwelling houses [sic] and a blacksmith shop.
Here's the rest of the story....
On May 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
Here's the web site.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
That's a great weekend get-away for golfers.
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These baskets make wonderful raffle prizes for groups and they make nice gifts, too! Each basket is unique and created around a special aromatic candle. Missy uses only Mia Bella Candles which are high quality, long burning, soy candles. She has a stand at the Fairfield Grille, so stop over and sample a fragrance. Contact Missy at email@example.com.
Monday, May 19, 2008
For those of you who didn't know (and frankly, I couldn't find a mention of it anywhere locally) yesterday at Idlewild Park, Autism Speaks sponsored the Laurel Highlands Walk Now for Autism. There were forty nine teams in attendance, and though the teams numbered anywhere from two to about twenty five members or so, I never did get an official count. There were many, in spite of the sun hiding behind clouds on occasion and a few sprinkles that left us all feeling a bit soggy. The teams raised funds for autism research and also helped to raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder. For example, one in 150 children have autism, and a diagnosis of autism is made somewhere every twenty minutes.
The walk was held throughout Story Book Forest, and there were resource tables, face painting, crafts and refreshments for all. Each team also had the opportunity to have a team photo taken. As of a few minutes ago, the official amount raised was $17000.00 for this particular walk, although I believe money is still being raised and submitted. In addition, there are also other walks being held all over the country including June 7th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Perhaps you know of someone with autism, or perhaps it's time to find out exactly what this disorder is all about. More information can be found on the Walk for Autism site, or at the Autism Speaks site. Take a minute to educate yourself about this increasingly common disorder.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I think it is safe to say that it was love at first sight!
My excitement was overwhelming: so many talented people, creating things and growing things with their very own hands! The market then became a Saturday ritual: We would stop at Tracy's Treats (lotions and soaps made from shea butter... this was always a treat for me- I've got a thing for handmade soaps). We would stop at Nature's Comeback Ranch for bison meat ( which is basically just like beef, only there is no fat!), then it was off to Gosia's Perogies for homemade perogies. We also liked to make a special stop for our son for being such a good boy when Mommy and Daddy shopped: we would always get him a few packages of pizelles. Yum.
If you have never been to a farmer's market, I highly suggest that you do so. Not only are you supporting your local farmers, but you are purchasing quality veggies and fruits and goods that have not been shipped from other countries, and have not been sprayed with chemicals, etc.
I look forward to making the market a Saturday ritual for our family again this summer.
Here's a shot of my mom the day she met my dad at my great aunt's cottage. The field you see behind her was next to Ruthie's diner right were the turnaround that destroyed the cottage sits.
I always wonder what was so important about that turnaround that it needed to take out such a wonderful little cottage lined lane.
Anyway, please visit the article that Cookie Lady has so graciously shared and think about why we love living here and how we can preserve the unquantifiable "wonderful" we know still survives before it's gone.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hello! Welcome Rachel to Ligonier Living as a contributor. Make yourself at home, put on your comfy blog shoes and post at will.
We have some great spots in Ligonier and the hunting is good.
West Main Street
East Main Street
- Nearly New
- Graham's Antique Mall
If you've got some other area favorites, please comment and share!
These are Ligonier favorites. If you planning to visit town, here's the inside info.
Plan to get to the Country Market early [opens at 8am] and have some great coffee and maybe a delicious breakfast sandwich or pastry. Everything is fresh and oh so good.
Stroll through the booths and you'll find great food and lots of wonderful handmade and homegrown good stuff. If you're a gardener, now's the time to get great deals on those perennials you've been wanting.
Spend the weekend in Ligonier. There's a whole lot to do. Check some of the links here on Ligonier Living.
Cap the weekend off with the Sunday evening Band Concert. Folks just bring a lawn chair and sit in the Diamond park and listen to some old fashioned music. Pop on over to Abigail's and get an old fashioned ice cream cone and have a ball.