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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Joel has a good point! We need positive things everyday!

I don't care if you're Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, or what.....being positive is contagious and amazing. People need smiles, kinda gestures, and love. Please remember to keep passing this free gift around.


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A fine way to end April, Poetry Month, is to read or write poetry, so today I posted links to poems in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, and Carolyn's Compositions. Many are written by local residents. Others have been submitted from visitors across the country. Click on A celebration of poetry in April. If that doesn’t work, type in and and scroll down.

Pictured reading at the Beanery Writers Group Poetry/Prose Reading last fall is Joan, who has since relocated to Seattle, Washington.

Second large truck with equipment

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Just part of the big equipment

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Countdown to Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr Auditions

The Valley Players' next show is Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday!

May 4 and 5 from 5 PM to 9 PM on stage at the Ligonier Theater

Note the time change from earlier notices. The auditions will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm - drop in when you can. I hope to see some oompa-loompas and wonkettes there. Some singing will be required, and probably some reading from a script. This is a musical - lots of singing and dancing with some lines in-between.

This is an "all kids" show, with Jeena Valentine and Yvonne Stack (the Dynamic Duo) directing.

Here's some hints:

Go here for a summary of the show and to hear samples of all the songs.

Go here for tips on each character and the music to the songs.

Unpack your adjectives, learn the preamble, count by threes and come join the Valley Players!

Rehearsal dates are already set: May 7, 11, 13, 16, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30; June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 16 & 18.

Special Sneak Preview Performance
June 13 in the afternoon at the Ligonier Country Inn.

Friday June 19 at 7:30
Saturday and Sunday June 20 and 21 at 2:30

media hype on swine flu is ridiculous

If you're not terrified of regular flu, why are you terrified of this new strain? Why? Because the goofballs in the media and two top level federal executives are acting like it's a big deal.

That just makes me suspicious. Is it a slow news week or do they just want to take the attention off something else?

I might not go to Mexico now, but I'd certainly fly or take the subway or sit in a crowded theater. Why don't we just take a sledge hammer to whatever travel businesses are trying to recover and knock out their fragile bottomline, huh? Idiots.

"Let's not lose track of the fact that the normal seasonal influenza is a huge public health problem that kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. alone and hundreds of thousands around the world," said Dr. Christopher Olsen, a molecular virologist who studies swine flu at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison. Read more...

Consignment riding clothes

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Fort Ligonier Cabin

Fort Ligonier Cabin
Originally uploaded by Jeff Kubina

Keltz Cemetery

Keltz Cemetery 04
Originally uploaded by geekneeallohgee

Donna says...

soon at your door step helping with your stress


Avoid eyestrain with prolonged computer use by
occasionally shifting your focus to distant objects
in order to relax your eye muscles.

"relieving stress one massage at a time"

Amerikohl looking to mine near Ohiopyle

Amerikohl Mining Inc. of Butler has applied for a special exception to mine 588 acres in Dunbar Township zoned A1 agricultural. The site is near the Great Allegheny Passage on the way to Ohiopyle State Park.

Those opposing the project ran the gamut from environmental groups and recreational businesses to municipal officials.

Their objections included the risk to animals and plants on an endangered and threatened watch list; acid mine drainage in the Youghiogheny River; an eyesore to the natural resources that draw tourists; heavy amounts of traffic; impact on the land; and how the noise such as blasting will affect people.


more on the accident involving Nancy Lynch

Terry A. Chestnutwood, 36, of South Fork, and Kenneth H. Bush III, 39, of Boswell, were driving their coal trucks in tandem east on Route 30 when Chestnutwood's vehicle slowed for traffic, police said. Bush swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid running into the rear of Chestnutwood's truck when he struck a 2005 Chrysler Sebring driven by Nancy C. Lynch, 67, who was headed west, police said.

Lynch was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center where she was in fair condition yesterday. Police said she suffered facial injuries in the accident.


it's a book lover's play, Witness for the Prosecution

It's sure not a musical, but it's filled with intrigue, laughs, drama and, of course, the triple twist surprise ending. I LOVE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION. I have enjoyed most of the shows I've done with the Valley Players but I tell you that I am most proud to be a part of this one.

We had our second week run through rehearsal last night and the cast shared notes and feedback from the audiences on Friday and Saturday last weekend. The audiences were small, but good. They were engaged in the entire production and laughed and gasped and enjoyed the show.

Believe me, I've been in shows where the positive feedback was polite. This wasn't polite ho-hum, this was "I enjoyed the show!" feedback.

So, why the small audiences? Well, it's billed as drama. That's true. It's not a comedy but it has comedic moments and every scene gets laughs.

It's a long show. It lasts for about two and a half hours. Interestingly, the audience we talked with didn't notice. They were engaged in the plot and stayed with us right through to the end.

I love books. I love to sink into a good story and get lost in it. I love wordcraft and appreciate the writer and the art. Witness for the Prosecution is stage entertainment for those who enjoy the written word. It's a celebration of the art of Agatha Christie.

The director, Patrick Mitchell, correctly in my view, has placed all the attention on the words. The set is bare, meant to simply set the scene without taking your mind anywhere but where it should be.....focused on Agatha Christie's story. If you very carefully pay attention to each line, like a jigsaw puzzle she tells you what will happen. If you are a careful detective, the triple twist ending won't be such a shock, but that's the fun of it. Can you pick up all those little clues, eh?

The cast is amazing. We've all come from a musical and comedy base into this cerebral and carefully crafted mystery. Maybe it's that base in music and comedy that gets the laughs because we can't help but interject comedic subtleties - the raised eyebrow, the bend of the head, the pregnant pause.

So, I guess, the bottom line is this. If you have a short attention span and need "in your face" simple laugh lines like you see on TV, please do not come to Witness for the Prosecution. You will hate it. If you love the written word and can get engrossed, paying attention to each carefully crafted line as the plot thickens, please come. You'll LOVE IT.

We have three more performances scheduled in this Valley Players Production, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.

Call 724-238-6514 for reservations.

Good morning, Ligonier!


it's about time...

Lawmaker introduces medical marijuana bill

HARRISBURG – A state representative from Philadelphia is introducing a bill to permit the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania under certain restrictions.


Laughlintown woman injured in wreck

JENNERSTOWN – A woman was admitted to Memorial Medical Center after the car she was driving was involved in an accident with two coal trucks.

She was identified by state police as Nancy C. Lynch, 67, of Laughlintown, Westmoreland County. She was listed in fair condition by a hospital supervisor.


Coach Page resigns

Laurel Valley coach Jerry Page said Tuesday night that he has resigned after 46 years at the school, including the past 30 as the head football coach.

He won 206 games, won at least seven games in 22 seasons and was under .500 only three times. He also coached baseball for 35 years at Laurel Valley.

"I'm going to miss it," Page said at the Judge John J. Driscoll Scholar-Athlete banquet in Hempfield Township. "It was a tough decision, but it was time to step down. Now I can go watch my son (Greg) coach at Homer-Center." Read more...

high school sports

Ligonier Valley 22, Penns Manor 0 (4 inn.) -- Kristen Gabelt and Sarah Heming each hit a pair of doubles for Ligonier Valley (11-0), as it rolled to a District 6 Heritage Conference victory over Penns Manor (2-8). Julie Kiser and Courtney Emery each doubled for Ligonier Valley.


Westminster College News

Steven LaRue, a sophomore business administration and financial economics major, tied for third place with a plan for a bed-and-breakfast business with a restaurant in New Wilmington. LaRue also earned a $1,000 academic scholarship for his efforts. LaRue is a son of William and Linda LaRue of Ligonier and a graduate of Ligonier Valley High School.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

You can own a cannon/mortar

Check this out: For 2000 bucks you can be the proud owner of a cannon/mortar from the fort.

Mark your calendars for June 14th-Transcontinental Motor Convoy

This is so neat! The Transcontinental Motor Convoy will be leaving D.C. on June 13th and traveling through Pennsylvania on the Lincoln Highway and traveling onto San Francisco, hitting 11 states. The TMC is making the same route that was done in 1919!!

The first Convoy was through the Army to show that they could move materials and troops across the country. They wanted to show that they were becoming modern and making great advances. President Eisenhower was an officer in the Convoy and was said to say that the experience was what influenced him in introducing the interstate highway system in 1955. The Lincoln Highway was what linked the east to the west for the Army.

Please come out to support and see the Transcontinental Motor Convoy on June 14th sometime in the afternoon. Please tell Veterans that might not be reading Ligonier Living and get the word out to everyone you know. Think of this as another historical convoy and a great way to show our American Pride!! If you want to look at more information on military vehicles go to Let's get a great group for this!

Donna says....

Launching chair massage to your door step in May

A power down hour will help ensure a good
night's sleep. One hour before bedtime, prepare
your body for rest. Spend 20 minutes doing light
chores that must be done so you will sleep better
(pack book bags, make lunches, do NOT do heavy
cleaning), spend 20 minutes on personal hygiene
and 20 minutes reading or meditating. If you only
have 30 minutes, do each of these activities for
10 minutes.


Supporting art in song.....there's a

regional songwriters' concert at City View Restaurant. That's the restaurant at the top of the incline in Johnstown. The event will be held in the banquet room upstairs on May 16th. If you are interested, please contact Ernie at

On June 14th there will be an open mic for original songs, poetry and drama from 1pm to 8pm at the Village Street Cafe in 603 Grove Ave in Johnstown. Area artists are invited to participate.

Mellow Mike at the Ligonier Tavern was joy last night.

Though I did have two pints of this glorious nectar, the night was about the music. Marianne McAuliffe, busy as a bee with teaching regional youth about Native American music and art, was able to join us and OH did she play some wonderful flute. She teamed up with Ernie Peterson from the Southside Strays, a jam band from Johnstown, and they played the blues. What fun and the music Ernie added to Mellow Mike last night was so unexpected and rocking mellow. That's Ernie in the pic. He and his wife Barb stopped by to promote a couple of songwriter events in Johnstown. More on the events later. I have to get the notes from Pat. ;)

We had some new faces last night and next week, if we're lucky, we'll have a keyboard and some nice George Winston style music added to the mellow mix.

Joe Steirheim sang The Band Played Waltzing Matilda and brought tears to our eyes. Joe's rendition of that number is the most beautiful I have heard.

Late in the evening our surprise visitor arrived, Les Martin. If you used to go to the Roadhouse open stage, you'll remember Les Martin. Les and I share a love of folk music and we sang a couple of tunes together and by request, Les sang LaBamba. I love it when he sings that song. There's just no way I can sit in my seat. Gotta dance.

Single Payer Universal Healthcare H. R. 676

That's the topic for the First Friday Community Series sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley. The lecture, free to the public, will be held on May 1st from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The speaker will be Hal Sanders of the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare. Visit their web site HERE.

coal reclamation to improve site

Only a handful of residents attended the hearing last night at the township municipal building. None offered any testimony.

Coal Loaders General Manager Don Lupyan said the work would reduce hazardous conditions at the site and improve drainage.

"It will eliminate a highly hazardous area and re-establish its natural drainage pattern," Lupyan testified. "The reclamation to these areas will also reduce the amount of water that will come in contact with the abandoned mine ... by eliminating the high-infiltration zones."



"The project appears to benefit neighboring communities. We understand that Fairfield Township and Ligonier Borough hope to expand water availability to their residents if the water line is installed," Whipkey said.

Officials with water authorities in Westmoreland County and Johnstown have been in talks for months over a plan to install the pipeline along Laurel Ridge. MAWC would purchase water from Johnstown to supply Ligonier Borough.

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more on the robbery story

Whether as Sarah Blair or Sarah Jay, the woman indicted yesterday on federal charges in a Ligonier Township bank robbery is well known to police in the New Kensington area.

Blair of Pittsburgh's Sheraden neighborhood has been indicted on charges of armed bank robbery in an Aug. 6, 2008 hold-up strikingly similar to one in New Kensington on April 24, 2008.

Both robberies involved diversionary shootings.

Read more....

Good morning, Ligonier!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ligonier Beach

Bar Bingo- new thing for Lig bar fun!

I could see this making the bar scene more fun. Everybody loves a game! Just think if Ligonier bars carried these for say a free drink or something. Play 1x a day....

see all the swanky styles

Ligonier Valley BPW's
Mothers Day Style Show and Luncheon

Saturday May 9th
Ligonier Town Hall

Doors Open at 10am
Show Begins at 11am


Proceeds benefit Sandra Neiderhiser Memorial Scholarship

Contact Judy Hoffer 724-238-5896

Republican meet the candidates night

April 30th at 7pm, Ligonier Town Hall

Row Officers and School Board Candidates

SPECIAL NOTE: Mannion vote is write in.

documentary by local filmmaker, Andy McAllister

The story of the area's early coal miners will come to the big screen April 30 at the Heritage Discovery Center with the screening of "Out of the Ground."

The documentary was produced by Andy McAllister, of Ligonier Valley. But McAllister considers himself a biologist, not a filmmaker.



Sen. Spector says, "Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."

I wonder how many made the switch to vote for Hillary to try to stop Obama?

Senator Specter to become a Democrat

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania intends to switch parties and become a Democrat. The switch puts Democrats closer to 60-vote control in the U.S. Senate.



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Mellow Mike is tonight and I'm sure hoping to hear

the haunting and lovely sound of Marianne's flutes. I've missed that vibe. See you tonight?

Mellow Mike 6:30 to 9:00 tonight at the Ligonier Tavern

Donna says...

Fliers at your doorstep to describe the service this week.

It only takes a few minutes a day to de-clutter your house. Taking just 10 minutes a day to organize really adds up over time and simplifies your life.

everyday therapeutics on-site massage
"relieving stress one massage at a time"

PS on the Google services..hey Ron Adams!

Ron: Question. Does the Ligonier map on Ligonier Radio, The Valley web site update or is the business info based on the date the map was created?

high school sports

Laurel Valley 8, Purchase Line 3 — Patrick Hall hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to help lift Laurel Valley to a District 6 Heritage Conference victory over Purchase Line. Mike Skovira and Johnny Jones added a double each for Ligonier Valley.

Ligonier Valley 10, Saltsburg 0 (6 inn.) — Christine Henderson struck out 13, as Ligonier Valley blanked Saltsburg in a District 6 Heritage Conference game.


promote your business using Google for free!

Check this link.

The listing you see - hopefully - for The Closing Specialists is entirely FREE!

Google has an amazing variety of tools that are free. I use lots of them. There are a few I pay for and they are outrageously inexpensive.

Start by creating a Google account. When you go to Google, look in the top right hand corner and you'll see a place to sign in. Click it, then create an account. Surf around and explore all your options. Once you have an account, you can go in and find Ligonier businesses and put up your personal reviews. Help promote Ligonier and in the process you'll be promoting your own business!

Good morning, Ligonier!


Monday, April 27, 2009

For Those Interested in Civil War History

Ligonier is a place with a healthy interest in military history. Of course we have the Fort, but there is also a Civil War Roundtable that meets regularly at the library. Anyone interested in the Civil War may be interested in the recently released book, The Shiloh Campaign.

Providing new insights into the Civil War’s bloodiest battle

Some 100,000 soldiers fought in the April 1862 battle of Shiloh, and nearly 20,000 men were killed or wounded; more Americans died on that Tennessee battlefield than had died in all the nation’s previous wars combined. In the first book in his new series, Steven E. Woodworth has brought together a group of superb historians to reassess this significant battle and provide in-depth analyses of key aspects of the campaign and its aftermath.
One of the editors of this book is Sylvia Frank. For nearly 20 years, Sylvia has been editing and acquiring books for publication, with Stackpole Books, the LSU Press, and most recently the Southern Illinois University Press. She is the author of two books, Historic Baton Rouge (2005) and Images of America: Baton Rouge (2008). She runs her own editorial consulting service, Sylverlining.

And, I am proud to say, she is my sister.

the writers in my family...Reb and Kathy

Amy's blog is just so interesting, now she's making tents!

I love backpacking and this project is so much fun for me. I have always loved hiking and I never understood why anyone would want to burden a beautiful walk by carrying so much stuff with them. Til I tried it! Instead of being burdensome, it's incredibly freeing!

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Ligonier soccer

the Clifford family, part of Ligonier history

Joseph Clifford had a tour of militia duty in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 31 March to 3 June 1791, under the command of Captain John Craig, Sr.588 Joseph Clifford first appeared in the federal censuses for Westmoreland County in 1800, with, as indicated by age distributions, Isabel and first four children.589 Age distributions reported in the 1810 federal census suggests one of Joseph and Isabel's sons was not enumerated;590 if not an error, the son would probably be the oldest, Charles, who would have been 15 at the time of 1810 census. However, in 1820 and 1830, apparently all three sons were enumerated.591

Joseph owned 381 acres of land in the Ligonier area.592 As is often the case when several related families remain in one area, a particular home sometimes become the center of family activity. Apparently for the Ligonier Cliffords this home would have been that of Joseph, then passed to his son Edward and then to Edward's son Abram Clifford. According to Charles D. Clifford (#1981) (Fort Mitchell, Kentucky), Abram's house was the repository of Clifford family mementos and family records.

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Antiochian Heritage Museum to host Munayyer Syrian Collection

Coming April 2009 the Antiochian Heritage Museum in Bolivar, PA will host the Munayyer Collection of Syrian costumes and crafts. This exhibit, the first of its kind in the USA, will include embroidered costumes representing many regions of Syria including accessories like jackets, vests, veils, headdresses and coats. Brass items and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl will also be on display.



what a beauty

Hillock Goldens is a small home-based kennel striving to fulfill our passion for goldens.
We have been active in golden retrievers since 1971.

We are committed to producing healthy, sound puppies with true golden temperament. All of our breeding stock is clear of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cataracts, and heart abnormalities.

Our puppies are sold with a written guarantee against any hereditary problem.

All pet puppies are sold on a Limited Registration.

Hillock is located 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the small town of Ligonier. This is approximately 10 miles north of Exit 91 (old Exit 9)

lucky people didn't die in a stampede

Amy in Jersey City wrote: "I work in the 30 Hudson building in Jersey City, on the side that faces the Statue of Liberty. Our group is on one of the top floors and needless to say we probably had some of the best views of this incident. We were conducting work as normal when all of a sudden we see this huge commerical plane coming at us. People were ducking and on the floor because it came so close. The plane flew right over us and couldn't have missed the building by more than 100 feet. Then we heard people scream it was coming back. The plane literally looked like it was going to barrel into our building coming straight at us until it turned upwards at the last minute. I can't believe I saw the underbelly of a plane fly over me. When it started coming back a 3rd time, we ran for the stairs. It's safe to say we are pretty angry about having to evacuate and go down 30+ flights of stairs for a 'photo shoot.' What a start to the week."


much thanks to Byron for keeping an eye on links

I love the look of the new Ligonier Valley Writers web site. Enjoy their slide show HERE.

Way to go, Anthony Saunders!

LATROBE — Anthony Saunders had quite a Saturday afternoon at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association track and field championships.

The Valley senior earned the combined Most Valuable Player award by winning the long and triple jumps, anchoring the winning 400 relay team and placing third in the 100 meters at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium.

Saunders also set a meet record in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 9 inches. He broke the mark of 22-8 1/2, which Kiski Area's Bret Gunn held for one year.

His effort helped Valley's place second overall and win the Class AA title with 62 points. Hempfield was the overall team winner with 87 points.

"I didn't think I'd set a record, but after my second jump I knew it was possible," Saunders said. "The jump was my personal best in both jumps. Now I can't wait to compete at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.


Donna Lenzi says


Walking is an ideal way to get daily exercise - it strengthens almost every major organ in the body, promotes bone density, and boosts the immune system. But have you considered how to best put one foot in front of the other? Your walking habits can have an impact on how much benefit you get from each outing. Keep the following in mind when walking:
  1. Walk with your head erect. Look ahead and train your sight 10 to 20 feet ahead of you. If you need to check the ground to avoid obstacles, lower your eyes, not your head.
  2. Keep your back straight. Stretch your spine so your shoulders are level and square, and tuck your buttocks in.
  3. Bend your arms. Flex your elbows at close to 90-degree angles and let your arms swing at waist level.
  4. Take shorter, measured steps, with your feet striking the ground with the heel and pushing off with the toes. Too long a stride can throw you off balance.
  5. Avoid lowering your head, thrusting your trunk forward or letting your arms dangle listlessly at your sides.
-Dr. Weil

two challengers in school board race

Five incumbents on the Ligonier Valley school board face two challengers with four, four-year seats open in the May 19 primary.

Incumbents Kevin McLaughlin, John Maier, Todd Martin, Martin Stahl and Kevin Pahach all cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican tickets, along with challengers Jim Cunkelman and Carolyn Shafer. Read more....

looking good

Today: Sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind between 7 and 15 mph. Read more...

Good morning, Ligonier.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

GALA Opening of The Conservatory...May 2nd

Saturday, May, 2nd, 2009
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

(3rd building past the Pie Shop)
Hanging baskets
Annual flowering plants
Indoor plants
Heirloom tomato and vegetable plants
Garden tools and accessories
Gifts for gardeners – and Mothers!
Punch and cookies
11:00 am - 6:00 pm •Phone 724 238 2288

The Conservatory offers a wide variety of flowering indoor plants, hanging baskets, annuals, heirloom tomato and vegetable plants, garden tools and accessories and many gifts for gardeners. The indoor plants feature Streptocarpus, sometimes called Cape Primrose, but are actually of the African violet family. These plants are easy to grow, hardy, pest and disease resistant and come in a wide variety of striking colors. Some say they look like orchids. The shop also features unusual succulents, bromeliads and tillandsias – also known as air plants. “These are unusual plants you won’t find in any of the big box or Mart stores,” said Terry Coyne, the shop’s proprietor.

There is also a variety of garden ornaments and accessories – mostly handmade by local artisans. There are delightful ceramic birds made by Bridget Mayak of Somerset; painted primitive pieces by Amiee Stutzman, also of Somerset; original watercolor greeting cards by Patricia Loughren of Ligonier and Eileen Stoner of Latrobe; painted garden markers by Diane Ambrose of Latrobe; bird house and early American painted items by Dave Armstrong of Irwin; and other bird houses by Don Landis of Friedens. You will also find garden gloves, hats, tools, pruners, watering cans and other garden needs – “which make perfect gifts for so many people who are gardening these days.,” said Terry.

The Conservatory is located on Route 30, three buildings past the Pie Shop going east. The building is a converted two-car garage purchased by Ms. Coyne some years ago.

lawnless goats

Look What Arrived on the Front Lawn

We are doing dandelion removal the natural way with the goats this week-end, but that didn't stop Speckles from taking a moment to give birth.

A sweet, healthy doe.


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keeping the Sabbath day holy

There is something wonderful to me in tradition and ritual, providing the outcome does not cross over the live and let live principle. In other words, if your tradition says you should cut off my head, well then I'll just have to disagree.

I listen with wonder when my Jewish friends and family talk about the observance of the Sabbath, called Shabbat. As you may know, Shabbat starts at dusk on Friday evening. Preparation for Shabbat takes place before that with the baking of bread for the Friday evening meal, and the preparation of food to be available during Sabbath. This, because food preparation is work for the wife and mother and since she is to have a rest, she should not have to cook during the Sabbath. Mother starts the Sabbath with the lighting of candles.

At least two candles should be lit, representing the dual commandments to remember and to keep the sabbath. The candles are lit by the woman of the household. After lighting, she waives her hands over the candles, welcoming in the sabbath. Then she covers her eyes, so as not to see the candles before reciting the blessing, and recites the blessing. The hands are then removed from the eyes, and she looks at the candles, completing the mitzvah of lighting the candles. Read more....

My mother recalls my grandmother covering her head with a tea towel to hide her eyes while she recited the blessing.

My Sabbath memories are those of a Catholic since my mother converted to marry my father. I would say preparation for Sabbath started with keeping Friday holy by not eating meat. On Saturday I went to confession, then on Sunday, we went to church. We had blue laws back then so everything was closed and no one would even think about going shopping. It just didn't happen. We hung around the house or played with friends. My parents relaxed and read the Sunday paper. After dinner the extended family would gather at my great aunt's house where we'd all sit and chat. Kids had cherry pop and the adults had highballs. Eventually the adults went into the dining room to play poker and we kids would goof around while watching Lawrence Welk, the Ed Sullivan Show, Hogan's Heroes and Petticoat Junction or whatever else was on that channel that year.

So, what about now? Well, we have the liberty to rest or not, don't we? When I can, my favorite way to rest for a day is to light a fire in the backyard and just be, listening to the sounds of the woods, watching the birds, smoking some cigars and feeding the fire....away from the office...away from the phone...away from the TV and the computer.

Hmmm. better get out there, huh?

Shabbat Shalom, my friends.

Good morning, Ligonier. We are set to have a glorious day, yet again.


Saturday, April 25, 2009


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No longer content to be the unofficial greeter on warm evenings in front of the Ligonier Theatre, our resident neighborhood feline made his debut on stage in Act III on opening night in Witness for the Prosecution. The handsome Tigger made his entrance from the right side of the stage and his orange color was a neat contrast with the black back drop curtain. Although Tigger had a non speaking part, his entrance and exit did elicit snickers from those in the audience who caught his performance.

The actors on stage must have wondered about the untimely snickers as they were unaware of Tigger’s stroll behind them. His hasty retreat may have been caused by the antics of the sly Romaine on stage.

Tigger is basking in the lime light and hopeful of having a larger part in future performances at the Ligonier Theatre. On warm evenings, with the doors open at the rear at the theatre, who knows when our star Tigger will stroll in again and sashay his way into our hearts with his brilliant talent…..

PS Tigger will be giving autographs as he welcomes theatre goers this evening and next weekend. Don’t miss Witness for the Prosecution. It’s a great show with a great ending, even when Tigger doesn’t appear.

New Flash: Accident on US 30

Scanner says near the Kingston / Kennametal area on US 30 West. Car overturned. Helicopter is being dispatched. One lane (at least) will be closed.

4:00 PM Saturday.

Play last night and a cameo appearance by...

A gorgeous orangey colored big cat. We were sitting there listening to Romaine explain herself when the cat decided to check things out and then turned around and left. I saw the same cat hanging around "A Touch of Grace" today when I went there. For a second I thought oh this cat is one of the many cats that Madame French owned. LOL well anyway it was fun seeing people in the Play and I enjoyed the role of Romaine! Think Natasha Fatale...

Uncle Sam

How do you keep your grass so green? I'm envious!
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