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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Overheard in a Ligonier shop...

Proprietor discussing the town with an out-of-town customer: "Locals here go fast around the diamond and slow around the Giant Eagle." Never had heard this one before.

events by Earth Lotus

Good Morning,

As we move into March, I'm always reminded of the changes that this month brings, both externally (preparing for the light & Spring to return) and internally (re-dedicating myself to my New Year Intentions).  And trying to stay present and surrendering among these changes is where my yoga practice moves to the next level.  I invite you to join me this month in transforming your practice beyond the physical and making space to restore the lightness & passion.

This month, we'll conclude our Restoratives classes (it goes on hiatus for the Spring & Summer).  Restoratives will be held the FIRST and FOURTH Friday of March (March 5th & March 26th).   Also, the Greet Your Feet Workshop, originally schedule for Saturday, March 6th is postponed to early Spring.  Stay tuned for further details.

We also have a concert & several workshops during March:
** Life in Balance (
Saturday, March 13th from 7:00 - 9:00pm ($20 pre-pay, $25 at the door)
This local duo returns with their brand of ambient, trance-inducing electro-acoustic sound.  If you enjoy their music during Savansana (the resting pose at the end of class), mark your calendar for this special event. 

** Vernal Equinox 108 Sun Salutation
Friday, March 19th from 6:00-7:30pm ($13 or class card)
Afterwards, we'll head over to Casa Chapala for some dinner!

** Beyond Spring Cleaning Workshop with Jody Adams
Saturday, March 27th from 12:30 - 2:00pm ($25)

If you look forward to spring but dread spring cleaning, it’s not too late to change your perspective – and your clutter-creating habits!  Take advantage of this window-opening, let-the-sunshine-in time of year to finally declutter and get organized so you can enjoy all that the warmer weather has to offer.  Join us for this fun and interactive workshop that will help you to:
* clarify your organizing goals
* identify the clutter "hot spots" in your home (or car, or purse)
* determine what's causing your clutter
* learn the basics of sorting, decision making, and establishing systems 
* start on your path to organization

** Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Wednesdays from 4:15 -5:15pm ($15 drop-in)
March 3rd - Guided Imagery/Candle Gazing
March 10th - Mindfulness on the Mat
March 17th - Maintaining Your Inner Peace

Our Sanskrit Word of the Week is Ahimsa/Compassion for All Living Things.  Ahimsa is the first limb (the Yama's) on the classical Eight Limbs of Yoga.   

In Love and Light
Ahimsa/Compassion for All Living Things
Embracing reverence and love for all (Ahimsa), we experience oneness ~ Nischala Joy Devi
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Sukhasana/Easy Pose (sukha = ease, happiness, asana = posture)
Utkatasana/Chair Pose (utkata = powerful, fierce, asasana = posture).
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana/Upward Facing Dog
(urdhva = upward, mukha = face, svana = dog, asana = posture).
Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward Facing Dog
(adho = downward, mukha = face, svana = dog, asana = posture).
Chaturanga Dandansana/Four Limbed Staff Pose
(chatur = four, anga = limbs, danda =staff/spine, asana = posture).
Bhujangasana/Small Cobra
(bhujanga = snake, serpent, asana = posture)
Uttasana/Standing Forward Bend

(ut = intense, tan = to stretch or extend, asana = posture)
Tadasana/Mountain Pose

(tada = Mountain, asana = posture)

Hey John Trout!

COOL!!!  I didn't know you could create a blog post and schedule it to appear at a later date.  Nice.

Kitty has been sick and not eating so I went looking for food she liked.

I found B. F. F. at the pet shop in Latrobe Plaza.  Ginko and Kitty LOVE it.  I only bought two cans to try so I'm on my way out to get more today.


Guess I won't be drinking Starbucks!! Recently Marines in Iraq wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffees and to request that they send some of it to the troops there. Starbucks replied, telling the Marines thank you for their support of their business, but that Starbucks does not support the war, nor anyone in it, and that they would not send the troops their brand of coffee. So as not to offend Starbucks, maybe we should not support them by buying any of their products! I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this war might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street-to-street and house-to-house. If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and no one will never know. Thanks very much for your support

in an odd twist my blog class blog turned into

We are getting Ready

I had wedding soup this morning in honor of all those BRIDES.....don't underestimate a bride who wants to make her experience special.  I am expecting to see lots of excited faces with the anticipation of "THEIR BIG DAY"

It is more than just one day it is a whole experience & Everyday Therapeutics is here to help you enjoy ONE of the MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE.

Stop by my table right next to The Tavern's table to get a hand massage, paraffin dip, enjoy my Unique Meditation CD while testing the chair, experience my Aroma Therapy while you are choosing one  packages that suites your bridal needs, or when you make a purchase get a complimentary Chair Massage.


visit my website @

Good morning, Ligonier!


It's On!

And it's for everyone!

Bridal Show today
at the Ramada Ligonier 1-3pm.
Fashion Show by The Bridal Suite of Johnstown
and Post and Rail Men's Shop at 2:30.
Raffle of Door Prizes immediately following.
Door Prizes include complimentary hotel stays,
restaurant gift certificates, floral arrangements,
jewelry, discounts on services and more!
Cake samples and h'ors d'oeuvres

remembering the quake of........

On Saturday, the world watched while cable television channels and Internet sites aimed cameras at the Hawaii coastline, waiting to see if a major tsunami would unfold after the devastating earthquake in Concepción, Chile.

Meanwhile, from his snowbound home in Ligonier, James E. Alexander was thinking about another devastating earthquake in Concepción, Chile, and another tsunami that the world never saw.
Mr. Alexander, who is 96, remembers it as if were yesterday.

firetrucks couldn't make it to the house

An early Saturday morning fire left a Jenner Township family homeless after poor road and weather conditions kept emergency responders from getting fire trucks and water tankers to the scene.

“We had to use four-wheel drive vehicles,” said Jennerstown First Assistant Fire Chief Mike Novak. “We couldn’t even get an engine into there.”

The fire, which started shortly before 4:30 a.m., completely destroyed a two-story wood home at 319 Zermatt Road in Laurel Mountain Village, Novak said.

Read more in the Daily American.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Live Music Tonight @ Ligonier Tavern

Just a reminder, I'll be playing at the Ligonier Tavern tonight from 9-1. Hope to see you there

Istvan Medgyesi

I got here but had some work to do...

I just came across the benefit concert on TV with Gretchen Wilson and others. Check out the website. I think we all are fairly aware of how farming has gone and especially dairy farming. Wouldn't it be great if farming was cherished like it used to be and people could truly make a living without being gouged.

"Working to keep family farmers on their land, Farm Aid brings together family farmers and citizens to guarantee family farm food is available to you. Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant family-farm centered system of agriculture in America."

Guest Bartender Benefit At Ligonier Ramada Tonight

We wanted to remind you about this important event tonight. The Bricks will be teaming up with the Ramada Inn in Ligonier and a handful of our musical friends to help raise money for a friend of ours who is in the hospital with cryptococcal meningitis. This disease requires extensive and expensive medical treatment and she and her husband are currently without health insurance. Tim has known Betty and Mike Payne for the last six or seven years, and both have bailed him out in different ways at different times without hesitation. We would like to return the favor in their time of need.

So here are the details:

Ramada Inn - Ligonier

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 from 8:00 till midnight

Tim and Sam have been invited to serve as guest bartenders for the evening, but you know we can’t do that without bringing our guitars. However, since we will be slinging team drinks from time to time, we will be relieved by the likes of Meredith Holiday, Johnny Roble, and perhaps a few other surprise artists. Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us to help raise a few bucks for some good people, and have a great time in the process!! A $5 donation is requested. We look forward to seeing you all there!

The Kids Come Through Again!

I want to give a shout-out to the LVM/HS Student Councils! The kids have come through! Leaving the adult consolidation concerns alone for a minute, the most important thing to the kids is getting along at school, having fun with new and old friends, and feeling safe with the kids you don't know. If that doesn't happen, not much learning will, either.

I was ruminating on my drive through the mountain pass, coming home one day, and I just thought how kids can often solve their problems if adults stay out of the middle. All they need to do is get together and do what they do best, and they need to get acquainted now when it's fun, not later when it's forced.

The THON sounds like a great idea! Congratulations to the Student Councils of Laurel Valley and Ligonier! Keep up the good work! You are going to make a real and important difference not only the entire Valley school system, but in all the valleys, hills, and mountains around.

(And congratulations to faculty advisors. We appreciate your hard work.)

I agree, big time.

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

Read more on CNN.

Good morning, Ligonier!


The Ivy Cafe is taking a winter vacation...

Spring is right around the corner....right???
So make your Easter Sunday Reservations early!

The Ivy Cafe is taking a well deserved vacation. 
We will be closed From February 28th to March 18th 
 We will Re-open on Friday March 19th with the following hours

Tuesday - Wednesday       
Lunch: 11:30-5:00pm
Dinner: closed, resume on April 1st

Thursday - Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 - 5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - close

Sunday - Monday Closed for special events

Sunday brunch May - October 11am - 3pm

Easter Sunday Hours are:  Sunday March 4th Brunch 11:30 - 4pm


The back of a truck seen on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania

This is the tenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read from the beginning of the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

The Third Commandment: 7Do not misuse my name. [a] I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. Exodus 20:7

It is a matter of respect.

Name-calling is a common playground activity. I don’t know why, but we like to say bad things about people that are different than we are, or that we don’t like for some reason. We often like to say nasty things when somebody or something upsets us. For some reason we feel comfortable bringing God’s name into the fray. The third commandment makes it clear that since God is good, the name of God should not be associated with anything bad or any evil thoughts that we have. God is good, and God’s name should only be spoken when we are thinking good things about God or God’s Creation.

The Apostle Paul speaks of the positive role of the tongue (Romans 14:11 CEV): “In the Scriptures God says, ‘I swear by my very life that everyone will kneel down and praise my name!’” The role of the tongue is very specific—to praise God in all that is said.

God rightly demands that since God is purely good, any statement connecting God with evil is totally unacceptable. In the colloquial, “Using God’s name relating to evil things is ‘dissing’ God.” James writes (James 3:6 CEV): “The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself.”

Has anyone said to you, “I didn’t mean anything by it” when they used swear words? This in itself is disturbing. Throwing around God words without thinking can be as bad as intentionally using them relating to evil things. GOD’S NAME IS SO SPECIAL THAT IT SHOULD ONLY BE USED WITH GREAT INTENTION AND FOR GOOD!

DO NOT TAKE THE LORD’S NAME IN VAIN. (The Third Commandment tells us to not make disrespectful statements about others or situations by bringing God’s name into it.)

(To continue with exercises related to this devotional go to: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 10)

Friday, February 26, 2010

First Steps and More

By Monte Holland

For Christians, the subject of peace is often associated with religion. The Christian looks to the life and teachings of Jesus for clues to peaceful living. Jesus was non-violent and taught, by word and example, the value of such a life. He taught the value of loving your enemy instead of retaliating against evil with more evil. This is difficult to do, but in his teachings Jesus expressed the belief that all men are capable of living up to such ideals.

Such ideals, however, are not confined to Christianity. Peace is a part of life whether a person ascribes to one of the monotheistic faiths, one of the other world religions, humanism, or even if he/she claims agnosticism or atheism.

Read the rest of this article and more on PEACE PUZZLE.

UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley presents...

The March 5th First Friday will feature an outstanding documentary film, Out in the Silence, Love, hate and a quest for change. This film follows the story of a small American town confronting a firestorm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper.
Out in the Silence is an Official Selection of the 2010 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, taking place at New York's Lincoln Center this June.
This is a significant film because of the unprecedented visibility and attention it will bring to the struggle for fairness & equality for LGBT people in rural and small town America and because it will help set that struggle in the context of the global human rights movement.
Refreshments and discussion follow.
The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month.

Did You Vote Yet?
 Please Vote for The Ivy Cafe 
"Most Romantic Restaurant"  
You voted us "Most Romantic" last year!
Please do it again this year!
Have you been to the Ivy Cafe in Ligonier & thought it was the "Most Romantic" restaurant around?
Here's your chance to tell people about it AGAIN!
Pittsburgh Magazine is having their annual
scroll down and click on VOTE HERE
to register your votes.
Contest ends March 2, 2010. 
The results of the Readers' Poll will appear in the June issue of the magazine.
We would love to be recognized in
the category of "Most Romantic" 
for two consecutive years.
(of course the free advertising is always a plus!)
We appreciate your consideration & continued support! Thank you & See you at The Ivy!
Chef Anthony
The Ivy Cafe
 in historic Ligonier
201 E. Main St.
Ligonier, PA 15601

FREE blogging class at the Ligonier Tavern

Saturday morning 10 to 11:30.  You'll get a 10% discount if you stay for lunch - GREAT DEAL!

Bring your laptop. 

I'll see you there!

THON Event

Posted below is a flyer my daughter brought home from the high school the other day - all I can say is good for the student councils for planning this event and showing that our school communities CAN work together.

This is an event that deserves all of our support - please attend to show our kids that the adults in our communities can work together, too!


Live Music @ Ligonier Tavern - Saturday Night

Hey folks, just letting you know that I'll be playing at the Ligonier Tavern from 9-1 on Saturday night. Hope to see you there.


Profile Playlist by Dave Pahanish

Profile Playlist by Dave Pahanish

Check out Dave Panhanish who wrote "American Life" who Toby Keith to to "Number 1" on the country charts and Changed the name to American Ride I used to book Dave at the Hollow Tavern and Colonial inn, He has even played at our home!!

Breakfast Buffet

Yum, Yum. A happy time for our resident squirrels. We're happy to provide them with a bit of nourishment during these hard times. The latest amount in ur yard is an additional 7 inches so far. Ligonier is a fantastic place to live and this winter will provide us with lots of memories to share with our grandchildren!

Holy Trinity Fish Fry is ON :)

Come to the HTCS Fish Fry today Friday, Feb. 26th, from 4-7PM

Eat in OR Take- out
Order ahead 238-6430 after 3PM

Fried Jumbo Fish Sandwich $9
Fried Fish Dinner $9
Baked Cod Dinner $9
Baked Cod Sandwich $9
Fried Shrimp $9

Smaller size meals also available. All include french fries, cole slaw, and a beverage (Dinners also include a roll and butter)

Children's Menu:
Popcorn chicken with french fries $3
Fried Fish with french fries $3

Please come enjoy the Fish Fry and support the local school. Bring some friends, good reason for a dinner date, bring home to a hardworking wifey or hubby and get the kids something to eat too. Why not make a night of it and have take out and game night? Warm your body and soul with a good Fish Fry meal. Enjoy!!

new evidence regarding the "police impersonator"

Much thanks for Chief Berger for this update!

"We have new evidence regarding the "police impersonator" if you would be so kind to post it on the blog.

The black SUV was operated by an undercover law enforcement officer. Everything was legitimate.

As far as the girl that was stopped near Subway it appears to be a false statement."

Good morning, Ligonier!

Sorry so late on the hello.  Kitty is sick and I had the vet call on my mind.  The good news is that the blood work isn't showing anything serious but she is fighting off an infection and so she'll go on oral antibiotics and I'll just need to force feed her some wet food.  Poor little poopy.


a blog being born....

Joe F. Stierheim, local poet and writer and a participant in our blogging class at the Ligonier Tavern, has a nice new blog in progress.  It's called Bonnie Books and features Joe's self-published books.  It's far enough along to share a peek.  I just love this picture of Joe with his dog, Ralph.

more on that bogus police officer

Motorists in the Ligonier area are asked to "keep their guard up" after two incidents Monday in which a man driving an unmarked SUV and posing as a police officer pulled over two drivers, borough police said.

The first vehicle, stopped at about 8:45 p.m., was occupied by a younger couple whom police did not identify and was traveling east on Route 30 near Idlewild Park, said borough Chief John Berger.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Green Tip

Do you have new or old running shoes you would like to get rid of?
One World Running will send them to runners in need around
the world. If they are too warn, then they are sent to Nike's
Reuse-a-Shoe Program. Here, the shoes are recycled to pave
playgrounds. To learn more, got to


St. John's Church Rockport, Maine

This is the ninth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read from the beginning of the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

The Second Commandment: 4Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. 5Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations. 6But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations. Exodus 20:4-6

We have a natural tendency to like things: a fine piece of jewelry, a neat toy, a cell phone, or a shiny new car! The list goes on and on. In this commandment God reminds us that no “thing” is nearly as valuable as God, who has blessed us with these many nice things. We should never worship them like God. We should never elevate our “things,” making them something we value so much that we will do anything (even evil things) to keep them and protect them.

Good things are nice, and need to be cared for, but they are made out of earthly materials and they will wear out or decay over time. Houses fall down. Old gravestones wear away. Junkyards are full of worn-out cars. Our computers quit. God is different. God never ages. God never wears out or decays. God lasts forever and thus nothing that is made or is material in nature should be held in as high regard as God.

The moral, Godly life never values things a fraction as much as having God in our lives. If the choice is between honoring God and honoring things, God wins hands down.

This commandment is tricky. We may correctly say that we have never worshipped a golden calf (see Exodus 32:1-6) like the Israelites did while Moses was up on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments. Or have we?

Listen to what one author said about graven images (which are idols that we worship in place of God) in the book The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible, Vol. 2 (edited, Michael E. Williams, p. 89): “How unique was Israel to abhor such images, the very stuff of all other religions.—No religion (in Israel’s day or since) thought that the graven image was really divine. Each religion requires something tangible to embody the meeting point between God and believers. Yahweh wishes that the faculty of faith be not the eye but the ear. But the distinction between a graven image or idol and a mere symbol is a tricky one. – Iconoclastic controversies, (e.g. whether to have a cross represented with Jesus on it), have simmered throughout church history. The only image positively appraised in the Bible is the human creature, made ‘in God’s image.’”

DO NOT MAKE ANY EARTHLY IDOLS TO BOW DOWN TO OR TO WORSHIP. (The Second Commandment tells us to make sure that images are never a replacement for God.)

(To continue with exercises related to this devotional go to: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 09)

Ligonier Valley Girls Lose in Quarterfinals

Cambria Heights upset the second-seeded Mounties 65-49 last night in the District 6 Class AA quarterfinal.

Read more in the Tribune-Democrat

No school for Holy Trinity

No school for Holy Trinity but teachers still report.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

ब्लॉग्गिंग क्लास

दिअने इ नीद मोरे ब्लॉग्गिंग क्लास read this, translate to english

thanks to Sue for sharing this article

It's the end of February now, and I'm glad to report that each week we eat brown speckled eggs from pastured hens, creamy milk from a small family-owned dairy, fresh Amish roll butter and artisinal grass-fed cheeses -- all produced by small farms in and around Pittsburgh. We snack on red apples, chop onions for a saute, mash up Yukon Gold potatoes, bake acorn squash and whip up salads from pristine mesclun greens -- all from area farms.


If you are interested in the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags or would like to order one, go to West Wind Flags on the web.

Send your wishes out into the universe...

When we see pictures of climbers who have reached the summit of Mt. Everest, there are small, beautiful flags that have been placed there by previous climbers. These are Tibetan prayer flags. Traditional prayer flags have specific characters to show the wishes the person wants to send out to the universe. Traditional prayer flags have rough, unsewn hems so they may deteriorate more quickly and send out their messages faster.

On line, I found prayer flags that are blank, on which you can write/draw your own messages. I order one with 7 (?) brightly colored flags. Last night I took it to Mellow Mike. We discussed getting as many people as possible to put their own message(s) on it. In the spring, I will fly it out in my garden (or anyone else is welcome to do this). Grace was ther first to draw on it. She made a person with an oversized heart as she wishes for everyone to have a big heart! I added "Haiti".

The flags are at this moment with Diane Cipa at The Closing Specialists. Hopefully the flags will go on their own random journey until they are filled. I envision it as sort of like the bear who is photographed all over the world! Who knows where all it will travel?

FYI--while Tibetan prayer flags are a part of Buddhist practice, I in no way intended this to be a religious activity. So nobody take offense, please! A blank flag would make a terrific wedding, graduation gift. They must be treated with respect as we would any such symbol.

Where would you like to see it go next? Let me or Diane know.

Don't Stress Out - The Sun Will Shine

In the Meantime........

I've got your BACK!!!!


hey reach me by a personal email love to keep chatting up a storm....

or view me @

The theme this week is ....... win win win a 10 minute chair massage or to add all your wins for an hour massage.....



just send the best summer picture that warms me up & you win the massage...... my thoughts are on warming your muscles up with the new storm ....

"relieving stress one massage at a time"

here comes the snow again......... ;)

TakeOff is a race to honor DUI victims


Could you possibly post this on the LL Blog?  It is so important that the awareness to drunk driving is supported as often as we can.   Additionally, Mrs. Houck and her siblings were graduates of Ligonier Valley.  They are an incredible family and so deserve the support in honoring Trooper Kenton Iwaniec in this manner.

Thank you, for your attention to my request



On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. March 27, 2010 marks the two year anniversary of the DUI crash that took the life of my brother, Pennsylvania State Trooper Kenton Iwaniec. As a family we have tried to continue Kenton’s legacy of making a difference in this world as we honor him, share his story, and reiterate the dangers of impaired driving.
I would like to extend an invitation for you to join my family, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the GLSHS Students Against Destructive Decisions for a 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in memory of Kenton. Held at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, TakeOff is a race to honor DUI victims, raise awareness about the seriousness of impaired driving, and encourage the community to have a positive influence in the reduction of impaired driving. All profits will go to the purchase of breathalyzers for the Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth.
A race registration form is attached to this email. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone or any group that may be interested in this event. We welcome all ability levels. More information, donation/sponsorship forms, and a race map can be found at
Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to takeoff on the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport runway with us; with your help we can shape the future. Thank you for your support.

Date:                     March 27, 2010
Events:                 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk
Time:                    Registration– 7:30am
                                Race– 9:00am
Location:             Arnold Palmer Regional Airport
Entry Fee:           $20 Early Registration (received on or before March 12)
$25 Registration (received after March 12)

Mrs. Acacia Houck
Broadcast and Video Production Teacher
Greater Latrobe Senior High School
131 High School Road
Latrobe, PA 15650

The weather is dicey but......

Eric Clapton tonite, Mellon Arena, 7:30.



Good morning, Ligonier!



Today’s photographs feature: Iglesia Methodista de Mexico Templo “El Divino Redentor” in Mexico City (Entrad por sus puertas con accion de gracias)

This is the eighth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start with the first lesson, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

The First Commandment: 2I am the LORD your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves. 3Do not worship any god except me. Exodus 20 :2-3

God gives a very specific order that the Israelites, who left Egypt when God parted the Red Sea, respect and worship God. To understand this order we need to look a little further into who God is.

In the first chapter of Genesis we learn that God created everything in the very beginning. God is the Creator. Without God we wouldn’t exist, nor would the earth and people around us exist. God deserves our thanks, our praise, and our worship as our Creator.

Furthermore, He provides for us each day. He provides the sunlight. He provides the rain (even the 2010 snow). He provides everything we have. A second reason to thank and praise and worship God is that God provides everything we need.

The First Commandment is pretty much a “slam-dunk:” we believe in only one God—we have that in common with the Jewish and Islamic faiths—and God has put us here and cares for us. Doesn’t it make complete sense that we should thank God—that is, worship God and God alone?

At the same time, we need to be honest with ourselves. We aren’t very good at thanking people who provide things for us—our parents who gave us a home and put food on the table while we were growing up; teachers who helped us grow in knowledge; pastors who give us spiritual teaching, and family and neighbors who teach us about life.

We may need a big-time attitude adjustment about being thankful to even make it through the First Commandment, with its call to continual thanksgiving and praise of God. Yet, this is essential in order to be able to obey the next three commandments.

DO NOT WORSHIP ANY GOD EXCEPT THE LORD GOD. (God’s First Commandment for us.)

(To find exercises that accompany this devotional, click on: A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 08)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Website dedicated to Jennifer Daugherty

Someone made a website dedicated to Jennifer and her case. Take a look at it.

Slumber My Darling Performed by Alison Krauss

had lunch at DeNunzios at airport great lunch great service great atmosphere ! joy taking picture no shown lol

Mellow Mike tonight at the Ligonier Tavern

6:30 to 9pm

fun fun mellow fun

music poetry

good food

good company

Reminder for this weekend.

Note time change - opening earlier to accommodate "Dancing Cow" performance.
Stop by with the family before heading to the play.


more notes on the flood prep meeting

"Don't get caught up in the mindset, 'It hasn't happened to me before, it's not going to happen to me this time,'" said Paul Church, chief of Ligonier Borough Volunteer Hose Company 1. "The potential is there."

On the other hand, the creeks are in no imminent danger of flooding, and Dan Stevens, Westmoreland County's Department of Public Safety spokesman, said if temperatures remain consistent — slightly warmer during the day and freezing at night — snow will melt slowly enough to avoid any potential flooding.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

note to bloggers

Hey, if you have a blog ready that can and should be a part of our Ligonierish blogroll, shoot me an e-mail with a URL and I'll get it posted.  ;)

Good morning, Ligonier!


keep your ear tuned to Ligonier Radio.

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Today's photos are of Hebron Lutheran Church in Blairsville

This is the seventh in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To go to the beginning of this series, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

To view yesterday's A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 06

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3 NRSV)

Our detailed look at the Godly, moral life starts with the Law. The Bible teaches over and over that we should meditate on the Law. Psalm 119, the longest psalm by far (176 verses), has section after section all devoted to the importance of the Law. Psalm 1 states that happy people delight in the Law and meditate on it day and night.

The most familiar portion of the Law is the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments (Part 1) – Exodus 20:1-11 (NRSV)
(also recorded in Deuteronomy 5:1-15)

1God said to the people of Israel:
2I am the LORD your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves.
3Do not worship any god except me.
4Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. 5Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations. 6But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations.
7Do not misuse my name. [a] I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. 8Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. 9You have six days when you can do your work, 10but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day--not you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live in your towns. 11In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That's why I made the Sabbath a special day that belongs to me.

Comments on this scripture passage:

The Bible is the Word of God. This passage records the writing on two stone tablets that Moses received from God on Mt. Sinai. This is literally the Word, coming from God in written form. (The rest of the Bible is a record of spoken word passed down from generation to generation and finally written down by human beings and compiled into what we call the Old and New Testaments.)

The Old Testament records the Ten Commandments at least twice—once in Exodus and once in Deuteronomy. The Hammurabi Code (1750 BC), which predates the time of the Old Testament Ten Commandments (from maybe 1100-1200 BC), includes similar statements. Thus, we are dealing with teachings that are over 3000 years old, and are still considered supremely important and relevant in today’s world. They have stood the test of time.

In this second week of daily devotionals we look at the first four Commandments, which deal with our relationship to God. During the past week you have been asked to answer the question: “Who is God?” These commandments help us define who God is, and they tell us what God expects us to do as we relate to Him.

(Next week we will study the other six commandments, which speak to our relationships with other people.)

(To find exercises related to this devotional go to: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 07)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

notes on the public meeting this evening

Kudos to our emergency teams for pulling together an informative presentation and for keeping the meeting at one hour.

So far the slow thaw looks good but residents are advised to do their homework now just in case of flooding.  If you live in a flood zone they advise that you move personal items from the basement to a higher level. Test your sump pumps by pouring in a gallon of water to make sure they are working.  Plug floor drains.  Have 72 hours worth of water - one gallon per person per day and some food handy just in case you need to survive on your own.  If you need medication, they suggest having a one week supply on hand. Get a battery powered radio.  Think about where you can go if there is an evacuation order.  If you have pets, make plans.  Pets are not accepted in Red Cross shelters.

In the event of an evacuation, you will be notified through the local media.  If you are able bodied and evacuations orders are issued, evacuate the area.  Don't stay and become a victim.   Leave a white pillow case, towel or rag over the top of your door before locking it so that emergency workers know you have evacuated and they don't have to be concerned about anyone being trapped in your house.

Households with individuals who are blind, non-English speaking, hearing impaired/deaf, have reduced mobility, require oxygen, immobile [bedbound] or have other special needs, should take time now to get information to Ligonier Town Hall or Ligonier Township Building.  They have a short form you can fill out just in case.

This presentation was all about being prepared - just in case.  In the event of flooding, do not go into water without wearing a life preserver.  Do not drive through standing water.  When driving in the dark be especially careful to look ahead for cracks in the road or holes.  Drive with caution.  Remember.  Expect the unexpected.

Be safe.  Hopefully, this is all academic.

Great meeting.  To all who worked on the plan - thank you!

beware of a man in a black SUV pretending to be a police officer

Chief Berger took a minute tonight to warn Ligonier Valley residents that two incidents occurred in which a 40ish man wearing sweat pants and driving a black SUV pulled folks over.  He used red and blue flashing lights and had no other markings on the car.

Chief Berger suggests that you turn on your flashers and drive to an open business if you are being pursued by a vehicle that does not have clear recognizable police markings or if you have any concern at all.  You can also call 911 and they will check to see if the cruiser is legitimate.
George Washingtons Birthday cake was great!
Albert Hayes a Army National Guard Cook shows us what army rations look like and how to heat up in a bag the pork rib boneless imitation. wow we should always pray for our troops


How do you like this one? This is my old High School

At Harriton High School in suburban Philadelphia, a family alleges in a federal lawsuit that the school spied on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations. Credit: Matt Rourke, AP

Forget the Fourth Amendment. Forget common decency. Officials at Harriton High School in Pennsylvania have every right to send kids home with laptops and use the webcams to spy on them.


So says Denise Welsh, mother of a student at Harriton. Thankfully, she's in the minority of folks who believe it's okay for schools to spy on kids in their own homes.

Mama Welsh tells ABC News that the computers are the school's property and therefore, school honchos can do whatever they want.

Nope, not so. When Patrick Kaiser tried to pull this one, it didn't fly. The Oneida, NY landlord set up secret cameras to watch his tenants have sex. Kaiser, 49, got two to six years in state prison when he was convicted of unlawful surveillance in 2007.

Gee, what's the big deal? It was his property.

Sure, but the court saw through that argument. He wasn't monitoring his property, he was monitoring other human beings -- without their knowledge or consent. The same is true with what Harriton High officials did to their students.

School Superintendent Christopher McGinley said in a statement on the district Web site that webcams were used to only to help locate a computer "reported missing, lost or stolen."

But the parents of Blake Robbins argue in a lawsuit filed against the Lower Merion School District that their 15-year-old son was not told Big Brother was watching him on the school laptop he was allowed to check out and take home.

That's a no-no. And it's not just my opinion. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office in Pennsylvania have now gotten involved. "The issues raised by these allegations are wide-ranging and involve the meeting of the new world of cyberspace with that of physical space," says U.S. Attorney Michael L. Levy. "Our focus will only be on whether anyone committed any crimes."

People have a right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects -- especially when the peepers are publicly funded. It's called the Fourth Amendment. (Do they still teach civics over there at George Orwell High School?)

Something about high-school students evidently strikes fear in the hearts of grownups. Many adults feel they must monitor everything kids do. When I was the editor of the newspaper in Polk County, Ore., I covered an effort by a local high school to randomly drug test student athletes. The school district ended up with nothing but controversy and legal problems.

I later reported on Coeur d'Alene High School in Idaho when officials started the 2007 school year with surveillance cameras dotting the hallways. Officials learned nothing from the surveillance cameras other than that people don't like to be watched.

But darn it, kids are scary. They remain scary even as they head off for college.

Washington State University officials came under fire five years ago for entering students' dorm rooms without search warrants or probable cause. They ended up with a small amount of marijuana but a huge lesson in constitutional law.

Official spying usually yields more headaches than information. Remember what happened to Richard Nixon when he tried it?

Other than such official statements, however, school district officials aren't talking to the press. And I certainly respect their privacy.

Still, I am a snoopy reporter. I would love to know what's being said behind those closed doors. Anyone know where I can pick up a surveillance camera? After all, the school district office is public property. We have a right to monitor our own property, don't we?

Good Morning Ligonier

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"relieving stress one massage at a time"

send your A&B questions to

Here is an example of a game question

A: would you rather be famous & everyone knows you or B: invent something that changes the world-but never get credit


This week at Abigail's!

House Blend: Dancing Goats
Coffee of the Week: Italian Roast
Flavor of the Week: Toasted Almond
Drink of the Week : Heath Bar Latte
Sandwich of the Week: Honey Salmon Spread
Call or stop in for our daily soup specials!

Mellow Mike has been moved to Wednesday this week...

to give residents a chance to attend the meeting concerning flood prep tonight.  Mellow Mike will be at the Ligonier Tavern tomorrow night 6:30 to 9pm.

Good morning, Ligonier. Don't forget the public meeting tonight.



This is the sixth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read the study from the first devotional, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

God’s Expectations and Your Expectations

Today we close out the first week of looking at the Godly, moral life in general terms. I’d like you to answer three questions as we prepare to move forward to study specific instructions from God: What does God expect of you? What do your family and others expect of you? And what do you expect of yourself?

The following scripture passage may help you formulate your answers:

Moses said to Israel:
1The LORD told me to give you these laws and teachings, [a] so you can obey them in the land he is giving you. Soon you will cross the Jordan River and take that land. 2And if you and your descendants want to live a long time, you must always worship the LORD and obey his laws. 3Pay attention, Israel! Our ancestors worshiped the LORD, and he promised to give us this land that is rich with milk and honey. Be careful to obey him, and you will become a successful and powerful nation. 4Listen, Israel! The LORD our God is the only true God! [b] 5So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. 6Memorize his laws 7and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. 8Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them. 9Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates. Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (CEV)

(To continue to a detailed look at each of these questions, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 06

Monday, February 22, 2010

Playing to Win


Wednesday is right around the corner

I dedicate Wednesdays to "TOWN"

Donna's thoughts are on the A&B GAME:

A: would you rather get caught eating a french fry off of a total stranger's plate


B: have a person start picking food off of your plate

Here is one......

A: would you rather go on a first date w/ extremely wrinkled cloths or B: have your car be filled with trash falling out


post your version of the A&B game on here or email them to me.......I have to tell you my hourly clients are winning (the best game question wins)

win win win **** 10 minute chair massage **** win win win


more nice February pics from Beth Caldwell

more nice February pics from Beth Caldwell