Friday, October 31, 2008
This is my first time doing the merchant candy trick or treat. When we lived on West Main, I always did the normal trick or treat and we got at MOST 100, usually 50 trick or treaters.
I bought about 200 pieces of chocolate candy, my Halloween favorites, Clark Bars, Baby Ruths, Three Musketeers, Kit Kats. At first I figured everything was cool, then I said hello to the woman in front of the Finishing Touch. She told me they gave away 500 pieces last year.
That's when I knew I was in BIG trouble.
Suffice it to say all the chocolate is gone along with all the Cream Savers we had in the office - two big bags.
I had to laugh. The kids getting the chocolate were so thankful that it wasn't a pen...LOL....buT the kids getting the Cream Savers were like...what the heh? Their mothers all made them say thank you and yes they were all very polite but that JOY wasn't quite there.
OH WELL........I'll be a better prepared merchant lady next year.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, LIGONIER!
Oh, and BTW - I finally got to meet Byron and Lise and their two lovely daughters and yes I was able to recognize them costumed exactly as described! who who who!
Located on South Market Street, not far from Fort Ligonier, the Connections Store is a branch of the Ligonier Valley Learning Center, Inc. This not-for-profit merchandiser helps to support the programs offered by the Center.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I wonder if something like this would work in Ligonier, only on smaller scale. Just a thought, I may be totally off course, but I'm thinking that a center located in a historical building could be a wonderful draw for business meetings, weddings, events, etc. This is an article I found about a thriving small town in Newberry SC. I think about 10,000 people. So many small towns are looking for ways to keep what they have alive so that a larger percentage of residents can afford to work AND live there.
In my opinion, the best proposal for the Armory site is residential housing and the preliminary study done by EGC supports that. It is the best way to put that property on the tax rolls. Ligonier Borough has over 25% of the land tax exempt. In just the location of the Armory, we have Mellon Park, the School District property, Holy Trinity and the Pennsylvania Armory all without property tax assessments. We need to get more tax exempt property on the tax rolls.
If a safety center was to be built on this location, consider the following. The total cost was originally estimated at over $5,000,000.00. In addition to that cost, the only way the Borough could maintain the property would be with an additional endowment of at least $2,000,000.00. After that giant step is taken, the borough would be left with two dead properties. The current police/fire building is not conducive for a practical business. The current fire hall would be almost impractical for any business without major re-construction; both properties are in a residential zoned area which complicates the matter.
The ambulance station needs to enlarge and they have the ground to do that on the present site next to the Pennsylvania State Store. The Fire Company owns property adjacent to the fire station and can expand where it is at far, far less cost.
We have a great volunteer fire company with equipment second to none for a town of our size. I doubt if there is a town our size in Pennsylvania that can boast a better ladder truck than we have. Maybe thought should be given to a regionalized safety center located in the township so expenses could be shared between municipalities. We already share the man power and protection for our citizens.
Let the bullets fly……
A merchant said that is not good because he said the shop owners would park outside their stores and that would plug up the spaces for everyone else. If we had some way of making up the difference of 2 hr free parking vs paid meters, I'm listening!!! There are ways that you can beat 2 hr parking limit and I am not going to tell anyone how it is done. It's real easy.
I can enlighten you some. I was on Council when that all happened. There was the Commercial Hotel on that lot and it was in really bad shape. As the phone guy who had many trips in & out putting phones in for residents, I can verify that fact.The South wall was bulging out and had stars and rods thru the structure to keep it from falling into the street. Termites had eaten most of the support beams clean off due to a dirt floor in basement. It had at least two fires in the rooms upstairs that were never repaired that I can remember due to tenants catching their rooms on fire. There were BIG holes in the roof, leaking rain inside and it was an unsound structure There was a silver maple tree in back. It was pretty old we had a tree guy look at it and he said it was in the last stages of life. It was leaning East at a pretty good tilt. When Council acquired the place, we got two different plans from the Boro Engineer on how to a construct parking lot. 1st. was to save tree and take it down later if it didn't fall on a car first, that would cut the amount of parking spaces by almost half. 2nd.was to take it down now and be able to use the entire lot for parking. We chose #2 and lo and behold, the tree was hollow inside and not sound.
The reason no one parks there is the quirks of people, they will park above downtown and walk down to shop and then walk back up to their cars, but will not park below downtown and walk up to go shopping. Funny, huh?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Ligonier is a small town in Western Pennsylvania where my Italian great grandparents settled when they immigrated to the United States around 1912. I was finally able to visit it for the first time last weekend. It is probably the sweetest little slice of Americana that I have ever seen. The town square, called "The Diamond" has a gazebo where bands play in the summer. Surrounding the Diamond are stone churches, a brick post office and city hall, and unique little shops selling candy, apparel, and memorabilia. It was really special to see a piece of my family's history, and such a wonderful day to be there!
by Della Huff Photography
A True Story, written by Darlington resident Nellie Riggs McQuillis, was posted in the BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE on October 29. The author is a retired Ligonier Valley school teacher. To read it click on RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story (visitor writings)
The online magazine also features two Halloween stories, JOURNEY’S END (WR/BW JOAN-M) & THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS (CHILDREN)
A popular feature this time of year, when bears are prowling about before their hibernation, is BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS (WR/BW CAROLYN)
NOTE: If clicking on the titles does not work for you, go directly to the site: www.beanerywriters.wordpress.
Submissions can be sent to the Beanery Online Literary Magazine through email: firstname.lastname@example.org the word “SUBMISSION” in the subject line.
The online magazine is sponsored by the Beanery Writers Group, which meets in Latrobe the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the Coffee Bean Café meeting room, Rt. 30, Latrobe (across from the outdoor movie theater). Membership is open, including on-site and online membership, and multi-genre.
AVAILABLE: Beanery Writers booklet, A Commemoration of Ligonier’s 250th Anniversary, which contains ten Ligoier Valley writings by group members. Priced at $3.75, it’s available from the Second Chapter Bookstore, group members, through E-mail email@example.com or by contacing the group facilitator, Carolyn C. Holland, 724/238-3493
There's so much on their web site that you really need to GO THERE to absorb it all. Here's a blurb:
TYPE OF SERVICE: Therapeutic Staff Support Services (TSS)
TSS services are supportive, time-limited, one-to-one planned behavioral health interventions directed by a detailed treatment plan. TSS services are to be used for children/adolescents who have been diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance, for whom it is determined that use of professional services alone (e.g. outpatient psychotherapy, Mobile Therapy, or family based rehabilitation services) is insufficient to meet established needs. TSS services are to be used when these other resources and services are documented within the psychological or psychiatric evaluation as insufficient or inadequate to meet the needs of the child/adolescent presents social, emotional, or behavioral issues that result in impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child/adolescent's role or functioning in family, school, or community activities. The services may be provided in a variety of settings, including the child/adolescent's own home, day care center, school, adoptive or foster home, including a group home, and non-secure juvenile justice placement.
The TSS worker assists in the implementation of planned one-to-one interventions, and planned interventions involving the child/adolescent and family jointly, as designated on the treatment plan. These services are not intended to assist children/adolescents and their families in dealing with the normal and expected behaviors related to the child/adolescent's stage of growth and development.
We finished the day eating at one of our favorite restaurants, The Ligonier Tavern. It could not have been any better. OK, if they would have had their incredible 7 layer Loyalhanna cheesecake it would have been better. I just kept thinking of all the calories they saved me. Read more....
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP POETRY & PROSE READING
November 1, 2008
Ligonier Valley Library basement
(on the Ligonier (PA) diamond)
Contact: Carolyn C. Holland at 724/238-3493 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1:00-2:00 Readings by and of Beanery Writers Group Members
2:00-3:00 Open Mike---bring a 5-8 minute reading to share
Music by Diane Cipa and Marianne McAuliffe
Snacks and Book/Literature table
(local writers: bring a copy of your published books to publicize)
AVAILABLE: Beanery Writers Booklet: A Commemoration of Ligonier’s 250th Anniversery, writings on Ligonier Valley by members of the Beanery Writers Group
and THE LOYALHANNA REVIEW
whose odor he'd rather disown
now he's taming his poo
by anointing the loo
and now happily sits on his throne!
1917 - Former Yankees Closer Joe “Fireman” Page (1944-50) was born. The Yankees signed Joe as an amateur free agent in 1940. Joe Page was the Yankees bullpen closer from 1944-1950. He finished his Yankees career with a 57-49 record in 278 games with 76 saves. He led the AL in saves in 1947 with 17 along with 14 wins, again in 1949 with 27 saves and 13 wins. Joe appeared in 2 World Series with the Yankees, going 2-1 with 2 saves. Joe was named to the AL All Star team in 1944, and in 1947-48. In 1949, Joe won the Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the World Series against the Dodgers. On May 16, 1951, the Yankees released Joe. Joe passed away on April 21, 1980, at the age of 63. Before his death, he ran a hotel-bar in Ligonier, Pa.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Musical: October 31, Nov 1, 7 & 8 at 8 PM and November 9 at 2:30 PM
Tickets $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $7 Students
SPECIAL NOTE: I hear folks who go to the opening performance will be treated to a special blue grass jam after the regular show!
Caught my eye, too. LOL It's still an interesting article. Who could it be?
There are roughly 2,000 people working in that field in Westmoreland County. If everyone's average wage rose by $4,760 a week, there was an aggregate weekly wage increase of $9.5 million, year over year.
"There was definitely a lot of companies that paid out bonuses, but one in particular" caused the enormous jump in weekly wages across the country, Ms. Nimal said, adding that some bonuses were in excess of $1 million.
But which company is the one doling out the big bonuses?
That remains a secret for now, for privacy reasons -- the quarterly census of employment and wages is an anonymous report.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
.....Some rainy day, go into the Ligonier Valley Library, visit the Pennsylvania Room and find photos of everyone you know in Ligonier and all their old wacky hairdos from high school. Gotta get that stuff on the blog! LOL
We are missing the following years: 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Donations for these years would be greatly appreciated. We also have a few Laurel Valley High School yearbooks from the 1970s.
Team Keslar took 6 hunters to western Alaska for a combo hunt. The hunters were Monte MCcfadden,Dennis Marcelli,Armour Mellon,Don and Dave Francois, and myself Jack Keslar. We were after Caribou primarily, but that proved difficult. So we started to see bears, grizzlies, and black bears everywhere. Read more...