Thursday, July 31, 2008
.....can take some time. Frankly, I still haven't made it to all of our little shops. With most being closed in the evening and on Sundays, worker bees like me have a hard time of it. Once in awhile I get to escape the office during a weekday and jump into a shop for a quick buy. That doesn't give me window shopping time and so money stays in my purse but there's a lesson in here somewhere for merchants. We have a whole demographic of worker bees in town who might spend a nickel or two or three if shops in town stayed open in the evening or even on Sundays.
I know, it's a chicken and the egg kinda thing. You don't want to stay open because it's not worth it but it will never be worth it until shops stay open enough for people to figure it out and change their habits.
So often I see people walking around town at night, frustrated and looking in windows wishing there was something to do, somewhere to spend some money. I have run up the street countless times hoping to beat the clock and get cigars or coffee or food, only to find a locked door.
I noticed recently, maybe it was last Sunday, that Equine Chic was open at an odd hour and it was so exciting! It made that corner of the Diamond seem so alive and there were people inside and outside of the store.
So many gripe that big chains take business away from small shops but the reality is that Giant Eagle and Dollar General understand shopping habits and they stay open to cater to the needs of their consumers.
If you are paying attention to my office, you'll see people working at all sorts of odd hours. Though the front door may be locked after 5pm, we're still working. We do closings 8 to 8, Monday thru Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturday. If you lead with accommodating the needs of the consumer, they will eventually find you and take advantage of your goods and services.
Okay, what you don't know if that this post started as a way to say I really think you should stop by the Indian Jewelry Store cause they have all sorts on interesting things. LOL I know.......but seriously, it's one of those stores here in Ligonier that is a really fun browse.
Anyway, here's their blurb:
We offer everything from Native American pottery, Kachina dolls, and Navajo rugs to Sweetgrass incense, herbal tea, and Masterworks pewter. In additiona, our selection of Zuni furniture, nature still-lifes, tribal music CDs (including flute, cittern, and the mountain dulcimer), wildlife art brought to life on hand-cut, hardwood burls, make American Indian Jewelry an adventure to visit.
She was 14.
Friends will be received from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the J. Paul McCracken Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 144 E. Main St., Ligonier.
A blessing service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the funeral chapel followed by a Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Private interment will be Saturday at Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue.Sounds like this young lady cherished every moment of life. Deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
“They have had a great season, manager Mark Zimmerman said about his Ligonier team. “They’re good ballplayers. I’m proud to have coached them.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I had to chuckle last night as I was in bed nodding off. We had a full Seussical rehearsal Sunday night and I totally forgot dc's sunday night variety! I may be the only one who cares but I really like dsnv. I can't believe I forgot! Truly, though, we're caught in this get up, work, rehearse, sleep, get up, work, rehearse, sleep kinda cycle and for someone who is normally a workaholic and working in the evening and on the weekend, all my "extra" thinking time aka time that stuff pops into the brain for all kinds of various and sundry purposes like blogging! - LOL all my thinking time to used up singing about all the thinks you can think! ;)
Love Seussical. Hope you'll forgive oversight.
Morning, morning glories!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The alert took me to this blog post which includes this tidbit....
An event planner is looking for bluegrass musicians to play for Ligonier-area church service in a very old country church - low key instrumentals. Email for more information
Camp Tomlin 2008: Everything Steelers fans need to know
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Kickoff Camp opens for all players today when they must report and take their annual run test this afternoon. A roster of 81 players is expected . The Steelers have one International roster exemption for England native Marvin Allen, who will spend his second season on their practice squad. The roster includes 54 veterans, 7 first-year players and 19 rookies.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Ancient Manchurian lotuses will be blooming along with hundreds of water lilies at the annual Celebrate the Lotus luncheon next Saturday in Ligonier.
The annual fundraiser for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the summer home of florists George Griffith and Thomas O'Brien.
Tickets cost $75 per person and include a light luncheon. Artist Ron Donoughe will be on hand to paint flowers in and around 33 ponds on the 60-acre property.
For reservations, call Laura at 724-837-1500, ext. 33, or visit www.wmuseumaa.org.
As Pittsburgh area neighborhoods go, Regent Square can be compared to the Ligonier Diamond district. Yes, it's more urban but pedestrian traffic is comparable. It's a nice mix of neighborhood families and visitors. The Square Cafe is a destination place for me. When I'm in town visiting friends and family in the morning or afternoon, I will drive a few miles to get to this little cafe. Why? The food and service are tops, it's always clean and I love to eat outside on the sidewalk - literally right next to the parked cars. Dogs are welcome and the servers will bring a nice large bowl of water to your table for canine friends.Notice how small the tables and chairs are? Notice that they are fairly light and easy to fold? See how some tables are right up against the building and some are between the sidewalk and the parked cars? Pedestrians stroll through diners and nobody cares. You can't just walk up and sit down. You must see the hostess for indoor and outdoor seating, but it's all very casual.
I highly recommend that restaurant owners on Main Street who are thinking of outside seating, visit this place. Here's their web site. I also recommend that borough planners might want to stop by some Saturday or Sunday morning and see how very enjoyable this type of outdoor cafe can be. No need to build anything. It's quality and it's so simple.
Ligonier Valley pitcher Ethan Neiderheiser (left) gets congratulated by shortstop Bradley Coleman (center) and second baseman Ryan Torrance (right) after making the first out in the fifth and final inning of the Pennsylvania Little League Major Division Western Regional Division Championship Friday, July 25, at Hermitage Little League Field. Read more....
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wait till you see what these two look like now!
Tina Sykes - my favorite reporter - was out last night taking pictures. You'll see the REAL Cat in the Hat and Jojo in the Ligonier Echo.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
OK so you MUST book your calendars on Aug. 19 11-4pm or Aug. 20 1-5pm to see Dr. Kinorea "Two Feather" Tigri at our Compass Inn (3 miles east of Ligonier) Route 30 in Laughlinton....can't miss it. Anyway Dr. Tigri is a Cultural Practioner and will present the hisory of the Wampum and different skills and trades that they did. Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students, under 5 FREE.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I bumped into our local pharmacist, Anne Coyne, this morning doing errands and she told me about this great article in last night's Trib. Here's a blurb:
Do many neighborhoods have that kind of rapport anymore? As our culture has grown more suburban, it seems to have moved to the back yard. House hunting, we looked at plenty of cul de sac neighborhoods with beautiful new homes. Almost every one had a deck in the back yard; few had a real front porch.
Obviously, the backyard lifestyle is a sign of our hectic lives, of our craving for peace and solitude and privacy. And I’m sure there’s plenty of back deck mingling between neighbors who choose each other. But back deck living also seems to be a turning away from the heart of a neighborhood, a retreat from the life of a place.
What better way is there to celebrate summer than to hike the entire Lincoln Highway (route 30 through Pennsylvania), which extends from New York City to San Francisco.
One man did that a few years ago. I caught up with him as he entered Laughlintown, PA., after descending Laurel Mountain. After interviewing him, the story of his adventures was published in two parts in the Lincoln Highway Journal. Below is the first segment. Read more...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Or maybe we have only 10 who give a hoot about their prime rib or maybe they like it anyway they can get it? Well, there's a big 8 days left to vote so don't fall all over yourselves clicking or anything.
Frankly, in a town that has no problem with controversy, I think we're all just too nice to take sides when it comes to food.
....are you kidding!!!!!!????? ;)
[Update: I'm calling the polls closed and putting up a poll that has some MEAT in it! ;)]
Board members Kevin McLaughlin and Kevin Pahach voted against hiring InShore because no other companies were invited to submit proposals before InShore was chosen.
"This item should be revisited at this time next year in a request for proposal so other firms have a chance to apply," McLaughlin said. Read more....
Monday, July 21, 2008
Jeena Valentine - The Cat In The Hat
Oktober Appleby - Jojo
Troy Kowatch - Horton
Eric Harris - Grinch
Michelle Uschock - Sour Kangaroo
Alexandra Wolff - Gertrude
Rachel Nicely - Maize
Patrick Sharbaugh - Mr. Mayor
Diane Cipa - Mrs. Mayor
Jill Brant, Aimee Manning, Luba Mintas, Sophia Mintas, Megan Monack, Alexis Raymond - Bird Girls
Trevor Octavio, Bryce Sulecki, Adam Stynchula, Andy Wyant - Wickersham Brothers
Maria Anto, Olivia Anto, Abigail Henry, Megan Monack, Peggy Ann Shaffer, Ellie Stewart, Ruthie Stewart, Hannah Uschock, Abbey Wallisch, Katie Wallisch, Luke Ankney
Major Division Western Regional
5 p.m. -- Ligonier Valley vs. Harborcreek
8 p.m. -- State College Nationals vs. Loyalsock
5 p.m. -- Ligonier Valley vs. State College Nationals
8 p.m. -- Harborcreek vs. Loyalsock
5 p.m. -- Ligonier Valley vs. Loyalsock
8 p.m. -- State College Nationals vs. Harborcreek
TBA -- Finals
Sunday, July 20, 2008
My basement is filled with the sound of Whos - much to hubby's loving chagrin, but from his perspective, I have to assume it is oh so much better than the aria incident or shall I say, fundraiser. ;) At any rate, I am still working on finding my character, my version of Mrs. Mayor. I don't like to mimic the Broadway performance, I'd much rather interpret the material and find her myself...............I know she's in there and she's just bursting to come out. Frankly, I think she's a wild and crazy but loving kinda mother who. It may take full make-up and costume for a full blossom or maybe just looking into the eyes of all the little whos.
This is going to be such a fun show. I do hope to see you there.
Better come to town yourself and hear this performance of Ray Ryan's New Orleans Riverside Band. ;)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Hubby and I finally got into the Main Street Cafe and had some gelato. I know. It's criminal that it's taken us this long. It's that goofy West Main - East Main thingy at lunch.
I'm looking at everything in Ligonier with new eyes now that the diner is closed. It was just so easy to say meet you at Erin's. Yes, we still called it Erin's even though it was the Fairfield Grille for 7 years.
So, here's my impression of the Main Street Cafe which is on East Main Street across from the Nearly New and Underneath shops.
I like it! I like it alot. They have freshly made deli sandwiches and a few salads and wedding soup. They have gourmet coffees and espresso, but the REAL draw is the gelato. Do NOT miss trying the gelato. I intend to try every flavor. The small serving is HUGE. Don't let the little cup fool you.
The deli is clean and the service was fast and friendly. The sandwiches are a bit pricey but worth it for what you are getting. They're big and fresh. They have seating inside or out.
139 East Main Street, Ligonier, PA 15658
Here's a link to the schedule.
Youth Outdoor Adventure Camp 2008
Friday, July 25th - Sunday, July 27th, 2008
Wilderness Wildlife Museum Property
Friday, July 18, 2008
If we had our old Ligonier Echo, we'd have a clue. Here we sit clueless and have you noticed the absolute lack of news on the Armory property?
Bradley Coleman picked up the victory and had two singles, and Ligonier cruised to a victory in the 11-12 division Section 2 tournament in Connellsville. Kolby Luttner and Alex Tutino each had two singles for Ligonier, who must now defeat Moon at 7 p.m. tonight to advance in the tournament.
Rafferty referred to the possibilities for exploration in the Marcellus Shale Formation, an expanse of sedimentary bedrock that extends throughout much of the Appalachian Basin. "I see it as a volatile market right now; these companies really want to capitalize on it." Read more...
LIGONIER, Pa.—State police are looking for a fast-talking man who invaded an elderly Ligonier woman's home and stole prescription drugs from her medicine cabinet.
Police say the man came to the woman's door about 4 p.m. Wednesday and walked past her when she opened the door, talking quickly about cleaning her carpets. Read more....
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Promise that's the last of the pics. Thanks for being patient with my excitement
Lincoln Highway News Blog is reporting that this gas station was on the Sleepy Hollow site and burned down in the 1920s..... hmmmm.
sponsored by Dr. Henry Croft of Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic
Accepting entries until July 19 @ the Ligonier Valley Library
Are you a booksale junkie, like me? Here's the library notice for this year. Looks very interesting. ;)
Annual Book Sale Preview Party kicks off with a different twist
The Preview Party will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22. Tickets are $20 per person at the door, $15 per person if paid by August 16. Checks are to be made payable to Ligonier Valley Library.
This year's book sale is a little different from previous years, as only bargain books will be available in the basement. Also, participants in this year's Annual Book Sale Preview Party, "Odds & Ends," will have the unique opportunity to go home with a bag of books.
Only during the Preview Party ... Fill a bag for a Buck!
Re-Readables Bookstore* will be open during the party. However, the items found in the bookstore are not included in the "Fill a Bag for a Buck" offer. All items in the bookstore are marked with a price inside the cover.
One aspect of the Annual Book Sale Preview Party that will not change...
the chance to fill up on delicious hor d'oevures, drink some wine and enjoy the company of other book lovers!
The Summer in Ligonier arts and crafts show will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25 and 26 on the Ligonier Diamond and surrounding streets.
Paintings, wooden country items, stained glass, jewelry and pottery will be among the wares featured during the quality arts and crafts show. Merchants will have sidewalk sales. The Popcorn Man, Dave the Balloonatic and Face Painting by Tony will be on the scene both days.Read more.....
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Look on over at the right side of the screen. See that voting poll over there?
If you like prime rib and have a favorite, let us know. I find it really interesting that we have so many weekly prime rib specials here in the Ligonier Valley.
It's really a personal taste kinda poll because I've tried all but one they are all good. I'm gonna have to force myself to eat MORE PRIME RIB and try just one more. LOL
[FYI - I'm a big au jus fan. ;)]
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
They even have a local teacher coming early to give lessons if you'd like to brush up your footloose skills. ;)
So, form a line and boot skoot boogie on over to the Ligonier Country Inn....
Sandy Vansuch, Executive Director, is a pro. [Here's a big thank you to the board of directors for hiring and supporting Sandy.] She's teaching us theater, real theater, at every rehearsal. She has taken a very large cast, including children and just brought out the best in everyone.
The kids are hilarious and doing such a great job. We wade through feathers - boy there are lots of fun feathers in this show - and have loads of fun.
Veteran Valley Players will understand when I say the cast is practically "off book" and we are three weeks before the first performance. We are running the show from start to finish and we haven't yet had our first rehearsal with the music director who meets with us for the first time this week. How can we be so far ahead without the musical director? Sandy arranged for us to have computerized accompaniment. It's amazing! She's amazing. The set has been magically growing every day and the entire show is blocked. This is just a wonderful experience. We now have three solid weeks to polish the act.
(724) 238-6514 ext.2
August 10, 2008 at 2:30 PM
$15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $7 Students
This theater is alive with joyful talent and fun.
Take a break and visit the world of Seuss.
Come have a good time.
I can't wait. Cathi, if you are reading, would you share the song list?
You can visit Cathi's web site here and leave your e-mail address. She'll let you know when they are available.
I'm hoping she might have some for sale at the Ligonier Theater.