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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jennifer Daugherty Memorial Fund

Jennifer Daugherty Memorial Fund
c/o PNC Bank
700 West Main Street
Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

The family is organizing different things for the future to benefit the community. 1. is a scholarship for a person like Jennifer, mentally challenged, to go to a Trade School or to College. Jennifer always wanted to go to school to become a mechanic. 2. An organization to raise awareness and help others that are mentally challenged to acquire the supervision and skills to be safe.  Stay in touch with Small Town Girl.

Pop'n Posie Bunny with Baby

Pop'n Posie  Bunny with Baby

by Delton Products

A soft plush bunny rabbit with baby

Approx 19" from tip of toe to tip of ear

Ages 3 and up

more spring items in The Toy Box.

Where am I?

If you have not tried this place - you are missing out...
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Tickets are going fast for the 19th annual Tastes of the Town. You can still purchase them in Ligonier at The Paper House, Betsy's or the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce office. Or send a check to the LV Historical Society office, PO Box 167, Laughlintown PA 15655.

Prices are $20 for LV Historical Society members; $25 for non-members. Limited number of tickets are available; no tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 724-238-6818

what do mothers get for flushing guppies down the

Her offence was to unwittingly sell a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy taking part in a trading standards 'sting'.
At most, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, expected a slap on the wrist for breaking new animal welfare laws which ban the sale of pets to under-16s.

Just Sharing ....

Hey LL readers..... I am relaxed today and chilling ~ My daughter said ALL this yesterday & I posted it on FB ~ just sharing b/c Laughter is Healing:

Grace~ism's this morning: I swore & she said "YOU ARE RIPPING MY REPUTATION" ~ "Did you know beavers have orange teeth" ~ "DON'T THINK I'M HARSH" ~ backed with her cat hissing sounds (swear she was a cat in her past life) "DID YOU THINK THAT WAS FUNNY HAHA OR FUNNY PECULIAR?" She keeps me laughing ..... can't wait to keep her this summer ~ yes remind me when I complain

Hahahaha Grace is so funny ~ today she said "If everyone looked the same, acted the same, thinks the same WE WOULD FORGET THEIR NAMES"..... okay she is here teaching me.....

Everyday Thoughts with Everyday Therapeutics

Taking a break ~ I take mental health days every so often & my daughter told me she needed a break today. Since this is the 5th Wednesday of the month I could take it off..... 

A word about Mellow Mike ~ I always think "THIS WAS THE BEST MELLOW MIKE EVER" ~ last night was the same with Grace staying up loving on me, Diane's heartfelt singing, dancing with my daughter with her new found friend (cindy too), I love friends sharing our desert, getting Joe to sing ON THE BLOG, Marianne's flutes, connections, then the little girl busting out her singing touched me, and PETE meeting our requests.  I loved our time together everyone.  All the love in the air....... leaves me with the feeling I had when I discovered this group.......ahhhh ~ dreamy :)- 

colors, colors, colors.....

It is possible to take a cookie cutter approach to any wedding – roses, baby’s breath, carnations, etc. It’s easy, boring, and cheap.  When we do a wedding I try to get into the bride’s head and find out what she really likes and then design something to fit - something unusual and memorable that will really make the ceremony and reception sparkle.  When the wait staff says, “Wow! We’ve never seen anything like this!”  I’m on my way to a good day.  Read more on

learn about cooking wild game and lots lots more

Reese to Host Sportsmen’s Saturday Event in Stahlstown 
An afternoon filled with family oriented events 
As warmer weather returns to western Pennsylvania, Rep. Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) reminds everyone that he will host his first Sportsmen’s Saturday at the Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant in Stahlstown from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2010. 
“We are blessed in western Pennsylvania with some of the finest outdoor recreational areas in the nation, and the time has come to shed that cabin fever and get back outside to enjoy our favorite outdoor sports,” said Reese. “This event will include a lot of information on fishing, hunting, archery, boating and the equipment that goes with those sports.” 
Among the activities included in the afternoon’s events are; a demonstration on cooking wild game by the chefs at Foggy Mountain, a fishing presentation, lessons on coyote-calling and a rifle-shoot. No firearms are permitted at this event. 
Foggy Mountain Lodge and Restaurant is located at 117 Foggy Mountain Lane in Stahlstown. For more information, including directions, visit Reese’s Web site at, and click on ‘Upcoming District Events.’ 
Rep. Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(724) 423-6503
Contact:  Raymond Smith

Ligonier Sweet Shop

Shop in person on the Diamond or online.  Here's their web site.

Good morning, Ligonier!!


Quote of the Day: Turkish Proverb

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Oops. I was trying to capitalize the "P" and all of a sudden the quote was unfinished and published. Sorry,...smiling. Let's try this again.

"If speaking is silver, then listening is gold."

Quote of the Day: Turkish

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Today’s photographs feature Holy Trinity Church in Ligonier, PA.

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read the series from the beginning go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Introduction.

Images of God – Psalm 23

Some Bible passages are much more familiar than others. We have already studied the very familiar Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40). One of the most familiar chapters in the Bible is Psalm 23, which has words of comfort that are often shared at funeral services. Many persons can recite Psalm 23 in the King James Version. Let us use that most familiar version:

Psalm 23 (KJV)

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

In living the Godly, moral life relating to God is essential. What images of this eternal, invisible God do we have? As visual-oriented people, how do we “see” God?

Psalm 23 starts with an image that made much sense to the Old Testament Israelites—the shepherd. I don’t personally know one shepherd, and I suspect that you don’t either. Yet we have an image of what a shepherd is, much of which comes from reading the Bible.

Shepherds first and foremost care for sheep. Jesus taught that a shepherd with 100 sheep would leave ninety-nine that were grazing together to seek out one that had strayed and was lost. The shepherd carries a crook that can capture a sheep on the run, and has a sheep dog that he could order to keep the sheep herded together.

The Lord God as our shepherd is a comforting image—God provides our basic needs, God leads us to green places to rest, by still waters, and along paths of righteousness. Even though enemies are around, God puts a bountiful table in front of us. God is with us even in the face of the greatest threat, death. God is a shepherd, a protector, comforter, and most of all a deliverer—delivering us into the eternity of God’s presence once life on this earth is over.

There are no specific instructions about the Godly, moral life here, but one gets the idea that God expects us, in thankfulness for God’s presence and care, to live the Godly, moral life. Nothing less is appropriate for the Shepherd that we come to know so well through the Shepherd Psalm.

For an exercise to accompany this devotional go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Day 37.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

joe on the blog
Diane and the beautiful scarf

Love new floors at tavern.

Diane by Droid

the mantel

Meditation is part of my business

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News Flash's Mary Kay representative, Nancy Baith, is having a "Before and After" makeover party at your favorite Ligonier Landmark Bakery, Monday April 12th, 5:30-7:30pm. Want to participate? Call Nancy at 724-238-6291

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

Ligonier Tavern
6:30 to 9pm

come to sing
come to drink
come to laugh
come to eat
come to read
come to listen
come to get mellow.....

Happy Easter from your friendly Ligonier Mellow Mikers!!

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PowerSchool in Ligonier

Recently, Ligonier Valley School District implemented PowerSchool, a web-based student information system. The online database makes class grades, schedules, attendance records and other student information easily available to view by students and parents alike. 
     According to, PowerSchool is “a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future.”  The main purpose of the PowerSchool online system is to enable teachers and students to easily view and assess grades and other important student information.  

Read more in The Valley Voice.

Armory Debate

Earlier the mayor posted about using the armory for public workers as housing and easier access to route 30. My husband and I have to agree. With out our emergency personnel we are sitting ducks due to our location. We are in a bowl. Just because we are a small rural town doesn't mean we can not have all the technology that is available. And still keep the small town feel that we all have come to love so much.

Our fire department only receive so much from the state? IF the other emergency services (police, EMT) have the armory, this opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Some Benefits:
* Emergency Vehicle Storage
* Shelter for EMS, Police, Firemen, Volunteers/Workers
* Community Fundraisers/Events to help raise money for Rescue Services
* Can hold carnivals/festivals
* Emergency Demonstrations "Mock"
* Training School
* Field Trips on the Importance of Rescue/Emergency Personnel
* Parking during Fort Ligonier Days and Large Community Events. If the fenced in area could be opened up for temporary parking charging only $5.00 per car will generate cash flow and relieve some of the parking issues during this period.
* Helicopter Emergency Landing Pad
* Seminars to the public and professionals teaching our professionals: Staying Current
* Instead of being dispersed, the community will have ONE localized center especially during an emergency situations (ie, flood etc,) where medical supplies and equipment would be on hand and ready because of a larger inventory area.
* Could be a Expo Center for Emergency personnel to hold meetings, trainings, etc which could be rented out for a fee. Thereby, bringing in more revenue to the community but having it far enough away from the center of the town and not to interrupt nor disturb our charming and relaxed atmosphere here.

* This List could go on and on and planned out correctly, the old armory will pay for itself in time and keep the locals and surrounding areas educated and safe. If we claim to be "community supporters" then this is the best option. We would be able to be more self sufficient and less dependant on the state for funds.

All of the above opportunities can do just that. Raising funds to support our children, our families, our business's and our uniqueness. With out the men and women who give their lives freely to protect ours. We should be willing to do the same to protect their futures. We are the keepers of the promise of tomorrow. We must stand up and be responsible. So there will be a tomorrow to pass on. We must not be afraid of advancement. We can still hold dear of valued traditions and still move forward with technologies and fresh ideas. These are tools for our tool box and to give back to the future what we enjoy now.

check this out...Jess's Blog

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Feed Your System: Music

Feed it! :) Just like you should balance your diet with many different types of foods with varying nutrients and flavors, you should balance your diet of music. I can really rock out to some Miles Davis or some Mozart.

Check out your local music scene. At many local shows, you will hear more than one local act and sometimes someone from out of town. The wonderful thing about going out to see live music is knowing that you are supporting the local economy. Artists need to eat, too, and they don't get paid unless you show up.

read more of Jess's thoughts....

Who am I?

To find out the answer to yesterday's "Who am I?" click below.

Never Give Up.....I love this stuff

Quote of the Day: Mahatma Ghandi

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" You MUST be the change you wish to see in the world"

The spirt of tonight

Even if she can't come tonight

Everyday Thoughts with Everyday Therapeutics

changing video for a new laughter today
~staying healthy together blog ~
Donna shares thoughts:

Everything happens for a reason.  Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck.  Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.  Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. ~ justified miles of living

See you in town tomorrow for Chair Massage.  

You will be seeing A Touch of Grace with Everyday Therapeutics On-site Massage reaching all your needs from being Mobile to Spa needs.

Good morning, Ligonier!!



Today’s photographs feature St. Francis of Assisi (Lithuanian) Catholic Church in Minersville, PA. (Schuylkill County).

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read the series from the beginning go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Introduction.

The Lord’s Prayer (part 3)

Today we will look at the rest of the Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:13-15)

13Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.
14If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you.
15But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The optional ending of verse 13, as noted in The New International Version, is: for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen,” a modernization of: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. It is missing from the current translations, except the New King James Version, while in the other versions it is noted at the bottom of the page.

The Revised Standard Version notes: “Other authorities, some ancient, add, in some form, For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Verse 14 is beyond the end of the Lord’s Prayer and just adds some more information from Jesus.

Thus we see that the whole of the Lord’s Prayer as we use it comes from our early heritage with the King James Version of the Bible.

Our Roman Catholic friends have their biblical heritage in Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Bible dating from 420 AD. Matthew 6:13 is:
13 et ne inducas nos in temptationem sed libera nos a malo

One doesn’t have to be a Latin scholar to see that it basically reads: “and do not lead us into temptation but free us from evil.”

These variations show the origin of different versions of closing the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer ends on two high notes:

a. the hope that God will keep us from being unduly tempted and that we will be delivered from the ravages of evil forces and evil behavior.

b. the affirmation that God is creator and in charge. We tell God that we believe that God is all-powerful, worthy of praise, and eternal. It is punctuated by Amen (So be it!)

For an exercise to accompany this devotional go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Day 36.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Planting By the Phases of the Moon

Planting by the moon is an idea as old as agriculture, based both in folklore and superstition, but there are scientific ideas to back it up The Earth is in a large gravitational field, influenced by both the sun and moon. The tides are highest at the time of the new and the full moon, when sun and moon are lined up with earth. Just as the moon pulls the tides in the oceans, it also pulls upon the subtle bodies of water, causing moisture to rise in the earth, which encourages growth. The highest amount of moisture is in the soil at this time, and tests have proven that seeds will absorb the most water at the time of the full moon.

The Phases of the Moon

The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each. The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.

FOR MORE ON MOON GARDENING CHECK OUT.....Gardening by the Phases of the Moon.

FOR MORE ON GARDENING CHECK OUT my blog.....Our Good Earth.

I think Mellow Mike (Diane) should perform .........


by Joni Mitchell   Printer-friendly version of this lyric

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm *
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden

on the armory project....

"We are really trying to work with the feedback we've received -- both formally and informally -- in the past," Skiavo said. "Obviously, there are a lot more details that need to be worked out before we come back to the planning commission to make sure we meet your ordinance requirements."

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Boston Terrier needs to find his mama and papa!

This is a compilation of a couple emails. I'll work on a contact if we get to that.He is house broken and lap dog....someone found him along the road....Seems to be an intact male...
Adorable male Boston terrier that is black/brindle and white with big brown eyes. He is probably a few years old, athletic, house trained, sits when told, rolls over to have his belly rubbed and loves to ride in the car on the driver's lap. He cuddles, he jumps for food and is quite playful.
Otherwise he may need adopting. He's been around a few days looking for his home.
Do you know anyone who loves Boston terriers because this one is a great pet?

even Maddie loves our wine!

Everyday Thoughts with Everyday Therapeutics


A Life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks

"I've got your back in town this Wednesday" 

Holistic Recipe: Apple Spice Turnover

Spring is HERE and it's time to start baking fresh and fill Ligonier (or your local town) with the sweet aromas of Grandma's Kitchen once again. Mmmmm, can you smell it? Is your mouth watering? Can you taste it? Click the link below
and try it for yourself.

Who am I?

I am used to treat depression, anxiety and fear. One aromatic that instantly provides "Happy" thought patterns and emotions. As an Aphrodisiac...!/pages/Ligonier-PA/The-Enchanted-Moment-honoring-the-Goddess-within/322800851685

Quote of the Day: Timothy Leary

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Leaving Ligonier

On Wednesday, I have appointments at the "Intergalactic Medical Center" in Oakland. I dread this, not because of the doctor part so much but the trip. I take 711 to Donegal and catch the turnpike as I just loathe the drive to the Irwin interchange (except for the stop at Delallo's). The traffic, the sprawl make me feel what the Amish call "jangled". I prefer the tranquility of 711--the pumpkin farm, the "oreo" cows, the spot on the right going up a hill with a changing array of stuff for sale--fire wood, and once fox tails. I look for the small white building trimmed in green with a clock on the side--always accurate when I have gone by. Too bad the vegan food store is gone.

My actual doctor's office, once located at Magee, is now in downtown Pittsburgh in the old Gimbel's building. The genius bean counters at UPMC decided unilaterally (without consulting the center's medical director) to do this. I expect some more lucrative program was given the space. It is a rheumatology clinic specializing in autoimmune disorders and the waiting room is always full of very, very sick people. Now, instead of getting dropped off at the main entrance to the hospital and walking 100 feet, patients must drive into the heart of downtown, find a parking garage that is not full, trek heaven knows how far and go up several floors to the doctor's office. Blood work and testing that once could be done on site now requires another trip (or trips). Hard to believe there was no other space available in Oakland.

I remember as a little girl the thrill of going to downtown Pittsburgh--at Christmas, Easter and always to get new school clothes. My favorite part was the trolleys. One of the worst decisions ever made was to remove them from the downtown area. Better traffic flow, but far less charm. I plan to park my car in my old neighborhood of Highland Park and take a bus downtown then repeat the process on the way back. A friend will come with me. I will pack water, an asthma inhaler, lots of ibuprofen and pray. The planning and logistics make me anxious. I used to marvel at people who ran marathons, now I admire people who can walk six blocks.

I lived in Pittsburgh for 34 years and loved most of it. Now I cannot imagine living there and dealing with the hassle. When I get back here, I will take a spin around the diamond and know I am home.

Good morning, Ligonier!



Today’s photograph features First United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where Monte had the opportunity to preach in 2003.

This is the thirty-fifth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To read the series from the beginning go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Introduction.

The Lord’s Prayer (part 2)

Today, we will look at the Lord’s Prayer and what it says. While reading the words is important, the “rubber hits the road” when we pray it and experience God’s presence in that time of meditation.

The Lord’s Prayer is well-known because it is used so often. It is about the only prayer that can be said by many people in unison in public without a printed sheet. Church services usually include the Lord’s Prayer, prayed in unison.

When I was growing up, we always prayed the Lord’s Prayer as a team before our high school wrestling matches. For many of the athletes, it was their only contact with that prayer and became a way to learn to recite it. It was also a good prayer to recite, because the alternative might have been a prayer to ask God to help us beat the other team---which isn’t in the true spirit of praying to God.

Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name.

In the King James Version style, Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.,
we acknowledge that God exists, that God is in heaven (in reality everywhere)--- and that God above all else is worthy of honor.

We talk about a person’s name and whether that name has a good reputation. Last year my daughter asked me if I was going to order a load of topsoil from the area businessman whose telephone number we had seen on a roadside sign. She added that she spoke to a person at work who lived near the man and vouched for his reputation, even though he didn’t know the man personally. In other words the businessman had a “good” name. That sealed the deal for us.

In the Lord’s Prayer we verbally say that we know God to have a “good” name and we aren’t afraid to tell others that God’s name is not only good, but to be revered.

10Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven
In the more traditional King James style we say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

In this verse we have shades of the Beatitudes, in which Jesus had stated just previously in Matthew: “Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are to be blessed with a foretaste of the kingdom of heaven.”

In the Lord’s prayer we ask God for the kingdom of heaven to come into our midst.

I don’t think it is stretching the meaning here to say that we are also inviting the persecution that comes to those who follow Jesus closely. We should not pray this prayer lightly, since we praying that our level of commitment and risk-taking for the Lord God step up a notch. Do we really mean it, and are we ready for the consequences?

On the grand scale this prayer makes a plea for a better world, one in which obedience to God is on the hearts and minds of all of humanity. This has not been realized throughout history, but it is something that we agree with God about each time we say the Lord’s Prayer.

Heaven is the ideal. We dream of heaven as that place where God’s will is done, period!

11Give us our food for today. 12Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.
In our King James style, “Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

This petition, prayed with expectation, asks God to meet our basic needs. We know the nature of what God is to provide. God creates us all with the expectation of having basic subsistence. Many people (hopefully, most or all people) believe that being human is the only requirement to receive what is basic for survival. Food, water, shelter, clothing, health care, and safety from external threats are so basic that many people believe that God expects that society will see that they are available. I believe that God intends that all people have these blessings, even the unjust and unrighteous.

Yet, the world is full of children and adults who are starving or in harm’s way caused by war. In our own well-blessed country, a significant number of people live in poverty, lacking some of the basics. We struggle to put together a health system that adequately cares for all people in our country.

When we ask God for our daily bread (provision of all our basic needs), we should be prepared to listen when God tells us to help provide the basics to all our neighbors, using some of the blessings we, and our nation as a whole, have received. Remember, God has made us stewards, not owners.

Surely many disagree with me, but I think God’s care for the poor and widows and orphans is so clearly and repeatedly announced in the scriptures that it is time to quit speaking about the poor in terms like “welfare queens” and “they need to earn these things.” Caring for the poor may not be popular in a society where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, but being a human being is the only requirement for receiving the basic blessings from God.

The next phrase may not be any easier to deal with. Our trespasses are forgiven because we forgive others their trespasses against us. We put it on the line with God. Lying to God is the epitome of wrongdoing. If we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we say that we do forgive the trespasses of others. If you are anything like me, in offering frequent prayers to God, there better be a healthy dose of “C” for confession. I do not do a good job of forgiving others when they wrong me. And I need to acknowledge that to God on a regular basis, and, with God’s help, try to make things right with those other persons.

Only in that context should we expect the blessing part of this prayer—God’s forgiveness of our sins.

For an exercise to accompany this devotional go to Daily Lenten Devotional Study Guide: Day 35.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Do all roads lead to Ligonier?

Although Ligonier is a great town to live in or visit, there is one flaw. A major one.

The town isn’t a very gracious host(ess).

I attended the soup sampling event on March 28 with a friend. This creative, innovative, idea was well advertised. People were invited to participate in the party for $5.00 and a can of food for the food bank.

We parked the car, and I clicked the handle for the bonus 15 minutes, and deposited a quarter---for an hour and 15 minutes. Then we set out to sample soups created by local chefs and served in local businesses. I returned to the car before the meter ran out, glanced at the car windshield to see if there was a ticket (even though the meter had some time on it), and deposited two quarters---two more hours. When I returned to retrieve the car there was 30 minutes left on the meter.

Shock! There was a pink envelope under the windshield wiper. A parking ticket.

Why? I went into the store adjacent to the parking meter, had the clerk witness the meter, and then noticed the time: 1:15 p.m. And it was the correct parking meter.

While I was checking the ticket, two women came over to the yellow ticket box beside where I was parked. They, too, had received a ticket. They admitted their meter might have run out.

“If you’re having events in town, and inviting guests in, why are they ticketing?” I was asked. I had no answer.

Later I heard that the businesses were receiving glowing comments on the event and only one complaint: people getting parking tickets. The business operators were being asked: Why invite people to town and then give them a parking ticket?

The event stretched out from the bookstore on East Main St. to the shops beyond the theatre on West Main St., with a few on side streets. Unless one raced through the event, it was highly unlikely one could do it in the limited time on the parking meter. If the participant can’t walk fast, or far, running back to the car to deposit more money detracts from the event.

How many other persons received tickets during this event? How many tickets were received during other events?

My friend paid the parking ticket under protest. She said it was wrong and inaccurate to have received the ticket. She had been keeping track of the time because of our scheduling of other events of the day.

Is it compatible to ticket cars to increase the Borough budget and to sponsor community events which invite guests to participate? Perhaps Ligonier needs to rethink their use of ticketing cars during town events. There should be some leeway.

How many people will not return to Ligonier to support future community events for fear of being presented with a $5.00 parking ticket? Will these events become “ghost” events?

Should people parked in Ligonier need to rush their business in town due to the threat of a $5.00 traffic ticket?


An unidentified individual enjoys sampling soup.

Cedar entertained guests visiting Post & Rail Men’s Shop to sample crab bisque prepared by Carol & Dave’s Roadhouse.

The day was perfect---the hint of cool was warmed by the bright sunshine and blue sky. The Chamber of Commerce could not have wished for better for its “soup sample” event. Mixing the merchants with the restaurants---having businesses host soup sample tables---benefitted both. Participants of all ages benefitted from being able to taste chef creations from different restaurants in the Ligonier area. And the county food pantry will benefit from the canned goods collection.

I haven’t heard which restaurant received the most votes for their favorite soup. I wonder how many persons will agree with my choice, which was made difficult by the delectable samples I tasted.

The event was not without humor. The advertisements suggested that, following the event, the participants return to the restaurant which served their favorite soup. Right! By the time participants tasted half to three-quarters of the twenty-two samples, they complained of being full. How could they eat a meal after this event? The hope is that participants return later to enjoy a meal---including soup---at the restaurant with their favorite soup. And, perhaps, over time, visit other restaurants which participated.

Participants entered at least one shop sporting a sign stating: NO FOOD OR DRINK allowed in the shop. Hmmm….

Rumor had it that shop owners and restaurants received many positive comments on the event---many were asked if it would be repeated next year. I heard unofficially that 145 tickets were sold.

Way to go, Chamber….


Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania: Quaint

My Childhood Home: 29 Spring St., Portsmouth, N. H.

Amish Grace, Thomas Cornell, & Intertwined Love: Risks of Writing Historical Fiction

Need Info Please...

I need contact information on renting the little pavilion area in rector across the street from the little store. The pavilion area has the basket ball and tennis court, picnic tables outside, small little kids park and what use to be (I think) a baseball field and of course the creek. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

His Passion Forever

" His Passion Forever " 35th year, by the youth and members of the Holy
Trinity Church and other community volunteers,  Monday Mar.29 7:30 pm. at the
Holy Trinity church, Ligonier and Good Friday April 2, at the Ligonier Town
hall 7:30 pm free to the public.

soup's on

"soup's on" yesterday was such a fun event.  we bought the last two armbands after 1 o'clock and hit as many places as we could in fifty minutes with a baby and toddler in tow:)

twenty-two local restaurants participated and had soup stations set up in boutiques and stores in and around the diamond.  crab bisque, chicken chili, mushroom soup...i only wished we'd tasted them all and allowed time for browsing.

it was totally worth waking the baby up for.  i hope the chamber of commerce hosts it again next year.

photo:  thebittenword

blog surf to unexpected beauty

Found this lovely site through Should Vegetarians Eat Animal Crackers?

making Easter plans?

Celebrate at The Ivy Cafe!
We are open on Easter Sunday April 4th from 11am to 4 pm
& we are currently accepting reservations
See You at The Ivy!
-Chef Anthony 
Easter Brunch MenuComplimentary Mimosa &
 Basket of Home Made Muffins, Scones, & Sticky Buns
First CourseChoice of
Lobster Bisque

The Ivy House Salad

Spinach Salad
 with nut crusted Goat Cheese
Poached Pear Salad  
pecans,bleu cheese, craisins & port vinaigrette
EntreesChoice of

Chicken Cranberry Crepes
walnuts & craisins, sherry butter sauce

Quiche Lorraine
with Potato Hash & Honey Glazed Ham
Sausage & Herb Frittata
with Potato Hash & Honey Glazed Ham
Eggs Benedict
two poached eggs on Canadian Bacon & toasted
English muffins topped with creamy Hollandaise sauce

Stuffed French Toast
stuffed with Strawberries & Cream Cheese, Honey Glazed Ham

Black Forest Pork Loin
stuffed with Amarini cherries, cabernet reduction sauce & tarragon drizzle
Chicken Pesto Pomodoro
pan seared boneless breast, tomato basil sauce, pesto over Cappellini
Fresh Fruit Cobbler
 with Housemade Sour Cream Vanilla Ice Cream & Fresh Whipped Cream
$25 pp++  Menu items may change due to availability & the whims of Chef Anthony.
The Ivy Cafe in historic Ligonier
201 E. Main Street 
(724) 995-1050

events by Earth Lotus

Good Afternoon,

As we head into the final week of March, with the Easter and Passover Holiday's on the horizon, please note that ALL CLASSES WILL RUN AS SCHEDULED, Monday through Saturday this week.

Also, I'm continuing to take registrations through this Thursday, April 1st for "The Artist's Way Workshop - A Spiritual Path to Greater Creativity".  Please scroll below for a detailed description of the workshop.

And as we start a new month and a new season, the Spring Class Schedule (April 1st - May 31st) is provided below.  While some classes have been removed for Spring (Chair Yoga and Restoratives), a new class "Dharma Talks" is a continuation of our Mindfulness Meditation series.  Details to follow in the coming weeks!  Also, please note that the drop-in rate and some class card pricing has changed as well.

Our Sanskrit Word of the Week is Santosha = Contentment.

Have a most joyous week,
With Love and Light
SPRING 2010 CLASS SCHEDULE April 1st - May 31st

9:30 am - 11:00 am    Intermediate Yoga
6:00pm - 7:30 pm      Beginner's Yoga

9:30 am - 11:00 am  Beginner's Yoga
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm    Intermediate Yoga

7:30 am - 9:00 am    All-Level Class
9:30 am - 11:00 am  Intermediate Yoga
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm    Dharma Talks (1st and 3rd Wednesday of each Month)
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm    Heated Vinyasa Flow

No Classes

9:30 am - 11:00 am   Intermediate Yoga

8:30 am - 10:00am        Intermediate Yoga
10:15 am - 11:45 am     Beginner's
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Drop-in class:  $15

4 class card:  $45 (5 week expiration)

8 class card:  $85 (8 week expiration)

12 class card:  $112 (12 week expiration)
THE ARTIST'S WAY WORKSHOP led by Paula Guinther
April 7th - May 26th
Wednesday's 1:00pm - 3:00pm
$250 (includes course materials)

We are here

Come see us at Millcreek for the craft show......

Starts at 11 am till 3pm

We Have Food provided by our Local Chef Wayne listen to
Our very own Marianne playing her Music
Hoop it up with Bellahoops then get a
Hand Massage with a fun Product finish with a ......
Dash Out the Door Look with Nancy using Marykay!!!!

coltsfoot time in the garden again....