This is Ligonier's friendly neighborhood blog and an attempt to recapture our lively opinionated debates in a free speech zone.

Please join our conversations. Contributors welcome.

Friday, April 30, 2010

events by Ligonier Radio

  • MAY 1: Loyalhanna Watershed's annual Great Ligonier Valley Roadside Clean-Up. Call the Watershed to sign-up a team at (724) 238-7560.
  • MAY 1: Town Hall Model Train Layout Tour! Held by The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association. Don't miss it!
  • MAY 1: Ligonier Valley Historical Society Yard Sale. 8AM-1PM - Behind the Compass Inn Museum. Call (724) 238-6818 for details.
  • MAY 1: The music of Anne Murray. Tribute to Anne Murray with Suzanne Laughlin at the Ligonier Theatre. Call the theatre for more info at (724) 238-6514.
  • MAY 7-16: The comedy play "See How They Run" at the Ligonier Theatre. Showtimes by calling (724) 238-6514.
  • MAY 7-8: Relay For Life at Weller Field. Benefits the American Cancer Society.
  • MAY 8: The Ligonier Valley Relay For Life at Weller Field. To register call Leigh Ann at (724) 834-9081.
  • MAY 11: Ligonier Valley Library's Photography Show - "Coal and Coke in the Valley." See it in the PA room at the library!
  • MAY 13: The Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association's Grand Opening Dinner. For information call (724) 238-5859.
  • MAY 13: Penn State's "Pennharmonics" perform at the Ligonier Theatre. Ice cream social and Paterno giveaways. Call for tickets at (724) 238-6514.
  • MAY 27: April Cintron's violin students perform at the Ligonier Theatre! Donations accepted at the door that go towards the student;s scholarship fund. Details at (724) 238-6514.
  • MAY 27: Ligonier Country Market opens for the season at the bottom of West Main Street.

Liberty in America; Past, Present and Future...available at Second Chapter Books

Liberty in America; Past, Present and Future takes a long look back into the evolution of the personal liberty from its earliest recorded beginnings, through the middle ages to the founding of our unique American Republic and personal freedom. It goes on to describe how our liberties have been gradually eroded by the progressive encroachment of politically correct state and federal governments.  The author concludes with a practical solution to preserve our liberties into the future. This book was designed to be read in one evening, but the hyperlink references throughout the text may draw the reader to explore the topics online for days. So find a comfortable chair, sit back and enjoy a journey of re-discovering liberty in America.

need a notary public in Ligonier???


Pam McKay's
Administrative Services
293 Two Mile Run Road
Ligonier, PA  15658

fax 724-238-3009 

Sand Bucket Raffle Basket of the Day

Here is a sand bucket basket for your car!
It is filled with goodies to help keep your car in tip top shape for your summer vacation.

Some of the items in this basket include:
Fix a flat
LED flashlight
24" bungee cords
Armor all protection
Lock deicer
Bug & tar remover
Air freshener and cleaning cloths
Windshield cleaner and deicer
Fuel treatment/tune up
....and more

There are 10 more sand bucket baskets to choose from, each with a different theme. They are on display at the Ligonier Valley Library. Raffle tickets are now on sale at the library. Winners will be drawn on June 1st.

All proceeds benefit the Ligonier Valley Library.

Ligonier Township Blood on image to make it larger.

Good news! Marianne is going home tomorrow. ;)

They're setting her free!

Ligonier...after hours

I'd like to start a separate grouping of businesses that serve consumers after 5pm on any weekdays, on Saturday or are open at all on Sundays.  If you own a business that operates outside of normal Ligonier hours, please let me know and give include the hours of operation.  Thanks!

Quote of the Day: Bruce Lee

" Your Alternative to the Mundane "
110 N Fairfield Street

" Knowledge is fixed in time, whereas, knowing is continual.
Knowledge comes from a source; from an accumulation,
from a conclusion, while knowing is a movement."

Reunited and It Feels So Good!

Just wanted to take a moment to announce that "Chewy" was reunited yesterday with her family. It was quite evident that she was as happy to be home as her owners were to see her! A happy ending to this doggy adventure (for everyone but my granddaughter who had become attached). It is so nice to be able to use this forum for lost pets! Thanks to everyone who took the time to ask others about her owners!

Reiki Box: Long Distance Healing

Dr. Usui Mikao Sensei 1865 - 1926

Founder of Reiki for more information please click the link


Reiki Box: Long Distance Healing

Do you know someone who could benefit from

Long Distance Reiki Healing?

Then stop by 110 N Fairfield Street. Simply write the persons FIRST name only on the slip of paper provided. Picture them in your mind as you are writing their name and place it in the Reiki Box. No other information is needed. First Name Only.

The Long Distance Reiki Healing will be sent within 24 hours.


The Enchanted Moment

"Your Alternative to the Mundane"

Looking forward to seeing you at our tent :)

Everyday Therapeutics On-site Massage
A Touch of Grace Massage Therapy
teaming up at Weller Field
24 hours
Raffling off a 4 handed massage AGAIN


I will be @ Mommy Gear on Sunday Noon -2pm
treating all Mom's to a complimentary chair massage
From Dawn:
Thanking her customers

visit my website 

I couldn’t sell him on my experience or my accomplishment, so instead I sold him on my energy and my enthusiasm ~ Donald Trump

Who is feeling that quote?

fascinating.....I wonder what kind of terror we're talking about.

Westmoreland County prosecutors want a county judge to order humane officers to take into custody two dogs from a Ligioner Township woman who has a history of letting them roam free in her neighborhood.

Assistant District Attorney Pete Flanigan, in a court motion filed this week, said Cheryl Sierocki, 52, is creating a danger in her community by failing to confine a pit bull and a Dalmatian that have terrorized neighbors, including a 6-year-old.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

This story has me wanting much more information.  Back in the days of REALITY before the GOVERNMENT decided to curtail liberties in the name of safety, we all enjoyed the company of neighborhood dogs.  All of our dogs were off leash except the few who were hunting or guard dogs.  We knew whose was whose and where they lived.  We knew which dogs were friendly and which were scary and how to behave around both.  We knew when a strange dog appeared and how to assess its mood.  We knew about packs of strays that lived in the woods and knew to keep our distance.  We knew to watch for dog poop and laugh when someone stepped in it.  These things we learned helped us to become self sufficient and able adults, capable of assessing danger, enjoying fun and navigating the unpredictability of life.

Now all dogs, mean or not, might be scary to an overprotected child of the nanny state.  These children whose bodies have been overprotected by drugs and anti-bacterial soap and whose minds and personalities have been left undeveloped by natural experimentation with life are so not ready for REALITY.

Oh, the poor tethered dogs.  Oh, the poor tethered children.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life provides communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of individuals who have been touched by cancer.  At Relay, teams camp around a local track and take turns walking for a 24-hour time frame to remind us that cancer never sleeps.

The Ligonier Chapter of Relay For Life will be held at Weller Field starting at 3:00pm on Friday, May 7th and concluding at 12:00pm on Saturday, May 8th. 

I have sponsored a team, TEAM EARTH LOTUS, to participate this year.  If you are interested:

** Please register with me at the Studio prior to Friday, May 7th
** You can decide when/how long you are want to walk between 3:00pm on Friday, May 7th and 12:00pm on Saturday, May 8th.  You DO NOT need to register for a specific time slot.
** If you join the team, a donation (of any amount) is greatly appreciated.

And if you are not interested in running/walking for Relay For Life but would still like to make a donation, I will be collecting money at the Studio through Saturday, May 8th.

Also, if you want to honor a loved one who has dealt with cancer, you can purchase a Luminaria with their name on it. The Luminaria's are placed around the track and light the way for the Relay For LifeOnce again, you decide on the donation amount.  All Luminaria's must be received by me by Thursday, May 6th.

Thank you for your support & Happy Walking,

Good morning, Ligonier!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Random thoughts....

The Ant Philosophy by Jim Rohn
 Over the years, I’ve been teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept: the Ant Philosophy. I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy.

Here is the first part: Ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over. They’ll climb under. They’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy—to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants gather their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to think ahead. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.

The third part of the Ant Philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.

And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.

Wow, what a great philosophy to have—the ant philosophy.
Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.

Remembering G.C. Murphy's

Register at the Ligonier Valley Library to participate in the 2010 One Book, One Community History Book Discussion program. This year's book is "For the Love of Murphy's" by Jason Togyer. It is the behind-the-counter story of a great American retailer. G. C. Murphy Company was headquartered in McKeesport and had a huge presence in Western Pennsylvania.

Five-and-ten stores were immensely popular in the 20th century, selling cheap, dependable goods to people from all walks of life. Though not the largest store chain, nor the first, G.C. Murphy's is remembered today as a commercial trailblazer, a corporation run with honesty and integrity, and at its peak, a retailer with more than 500 stores.

Participation in the One Book, One Community History Book Discussion is free, but pre-registration is required to reserve a copy of the book to read prior to the discussion. The book discussion, led by a guest moderator from the Westmoreland Heritage, will be held at the library on Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to register for a free bus trip on August 28th to meet the author and visit the McKeesport Heritage Center.

The One Book, One Community History Book Discussion program is sponsored by the Westmoreland Federated Library System and Westmoreland Heritage.

april showers bring...


my husband foraged these yesterday.  the were delicious sauteed in butter and served over a quinoa pilaf.  i didn't even have to share, since he hates mushrooms:)

Out of the Ground: Western PA's Coal Mining Heritage

Mark your calendars for Out of the Ground: Western Pennsylvania's Coal Mining Heritage. This program will be presented at the Ligonier Valley Library on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. It is the final presentation held in conjunction with the library's exhibit, Coal and Coke Industry in the Ligonier Valley.

Andy McAllister, Watershed Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation will present and provide commentary on his acclaimed documentary film about the region's coal mining history and the life of the immigrant mine workers.

The Coal and Coke exhibit will remain on display in the Pennsylvania Room of the library through May 11. The program and the exhibit are open to the public free of charge.

Bethlen Communities is Asking Your Opinion!

As many of us are aware, the trend in healthcare continues to focus on providing services in the home and community as opposed to lengthy hospital stays. As consumers of healthcare, one must make wise choices as to how best to care for our family members. Across the United States as well as within Ligonier Valley, there are folks who are isolated at home as their family members go off to work and school each day. Adult day services is one avenue to improve the quality of life for these individuals through social activities, good nutrition and opportunities for health disciplines to provide services on site.

In response to this need, Bethlen Communities is anticipating the opening of an adult day service program in Ligonier. It would be housed on the second floor of the newly renovated Heritage Center which was the previous long term care facility. Typically, the person would arrive at the center early in the day and be provided with breakfast and lunch, take part in the daily activities some of which might address memory loss and other problems that affect seniors, be able to receive barber or beauty shop services, see the physical therapist on site and address other issues as needed.

I am asking your thoughts as to how you see this program being needed and utilized in the Valley. Please comment as to how this might work for your adult family member for whom you care and what you would like to see offered in terms of hours, transportation etc.

On another subject, apparently there has been a rumor circulating that Bethlen Communities is purchasing the Laurel Valley school in an effort to expand personal care services. This is not true. Not sure how this might have started, but Bethlen has not purchased any property for quite some time. Any further development of Bethlen Communities will be confined to the current locations of services.

Quote of the Day: Jack Kornfield

" Your Alternative to the Mundane"
110 N Fairfield Street
Friday and Saturday open till 7:00pm

This Mother's Day Give the Gift of Health
Isn't SHE worth it?

" Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. "

Getting Ready......


“As long as your going to be thinking anyway, THINK BIG.”
Donald Trump

Weller Field May 7th & 8th
Raffling a 4 handed massage
Joanne & I are teaming up at all the Relay events

May 15th @ 8:30 Zumba with Hope Bray ~ Latrobe Skating Rink $5 dollars
Auction Baskets $5 for 10 tickets (I have a basket of wellness w/ locals donating)
My "after training"  workout program

Truckapoloosa May 22nd Noon - 3 pm $5 entrance fee
Get a "FREE" massage after you donate ~ BUY a massage ~ portion of proceeds go to Relay for Life

Working the Mt Pleasant & Latrobe Relay

Please join at any Relay for Life, it is just one more way to be aware of your wellness.
Keep an eye out for
how A Touch of Grace & Everyday Therapeutics will be teaming up in the FUTURE!!

Good morning, Ligonier!


religious freedom gets a win over forced secularism

In a messy 5-4 ruling handed down Wednesday, the Supreme Court ordered a lower court to re-examine the case of a VFW memorial cross that stands in a California desert.

Read more in Slate.

trial delayed

An AWOL soldier accused of slaying a Ligonier businessman in 2008 might suffer from a psychological disorder because he allegedly was raped by the victim years earlier, a defense attorney told a Westmoreland County judge Wednesday.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

LIGONIER IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.....Let's raise the banners high!


A few weeks ago there was a discussion on Ligonier Living regarding the hours kept by many of the merchants here in Ligonier.  I now hear a rumor that the Chamber of Commerce has decided that the merchants of Ligonier should be open on Thursday evenings until 7:00.  While applaud the concept of a new idea coming from the Chamber I question the choice of Thursday as the day of the week to offer extended hours.

I believe you made the point in the last discussion that the shops should try to be open to meet the need of the largest number of consumers.  And while Ligonier is a great small town, I think most would agree that the population grows noticeably on the weekends, particularly during the summer months.  Well, why don’t we take advantage of the larger number of people in town and be open on Friday or Saturday evenings.  I believe this would also help to create a more lively and exciting vibe in Ligonier when people arrive for the weekend.

I do believe that we, as a merchant community, need to make some changes here in Ligonier and I really look forward to feedback on this issue.  Your comments are most welcome



137 East Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: 724-238-242

Funny this subject should come up today, Andrew.  I absolutely agree with you.  Joy {at the Tavern} and I had this discussion last night and I offered to invite any businesses - Chamber members or not - to come to a meeting in which we could come up with a promotion idea which we could implement for free.  If people want to go out and advertise it that would be even better but I think we could get lots of free publicity.  I think if we could get a group of merchants to stay open and we also find other inexpensive ways to create a more consumer friendly atmosphere we can jazz this place up coming into the warmer weather.

I can offer my conference room for a meeting but it only holds about ten people with extra chairs. We just need to do something quickly and not have to rely upon getting a consensus from the Chamber.

Can I post your comment with my response on Ligonier Living?


Diane, yes please post it.  I am concerned that certain members of the chamber have already made their decision that it is going to be Thursday and the rest of us are expected to follow in line.  Ligonier seems to be getting quieter and quieter all the time and I think we can change the attitude around here.

Thanks very much.

OKAY! Who wants to get together and brainstorm this great community into prosperity?  Ligonier is a fabulous place to live and visit.  We just need to open our arms and our stores, right?  

Let's stop keeping it all a big secret.  There's magic in this town!!!

Funny at G Squared Gallery

Don't forget Mothers Day! We have these funny cards, magnets, notepads and bath salts from Shannon Martin, Girl Designer.

I'll never understand it.

The 22-week infant later died in intensive care at a hospital in the mother's home town of Rossano in southern Italy.

The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.

Read more on the Telegraph.

sign contract by 4/30.....close by 6/30

We are in the midst of a panic as homebuyers are trying to close on April 30 mistakenly believing that the 30th is the last day to close.

Please read this article.

Eligible borrowers must sign contracts by April 30 and close on their loans by June 30 to qualify for the tax credits, which include $8,000 for first-time buyers and $6,500 for home owners buying a new residence.
             CFWLogo                  Black and gold 
Community foundations to merge
in “groundbreaking” agreement
Plan creates “enormous potential for transformative change”
in Westmoreland County

GREENSBURG, Pa., Wed. April 28, 2010 – The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County today announced plans to merge with The Pittsburgh Foundation in an initiative that is designed to strengthen its grantmaking impact, enhance services for its donors and increase support for its local nonprofit organizations.

Following unanimous approval by the boards of both foundations, proposals have been submitted for review to the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Final authorization for the venture is anticipated within approximately three months.

Under the merger agreement the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (CFWC) will operate as part of The Pittsburgh Foundation while retaining its identity, staff and Greensburg offices, and its responsibilities for grantmaking in the region, community engagement, donor services and developing new funds.

The merger will provide CFWC with new and extensive administrative, operational and marketing resources provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation. Immediate benefits for the Westmoreland community will include:

Ø  Lower administrative fees for donor funds. Fees will fall to an average of approximately one percent, in line with The Pittsburgh Foundation’s fees, from CFWC’s current average of approximately 1.5 percent.

Ø  Increased funding and staff resources committed to maximizing grantmaking impact, support for nonprofit organizations and the engagement of existing and prospective donors.

Ø  Active cultivation of regional partners to increase collaborative initiatives and expand available funding for addressing big and critical community issues.

Ø  Enhanced efficiencies and cost-savings through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s broad back-office and support services, including finance and administration, development and donor services, grantmaking and marketing.

Ø  Access for donors to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s more diverse and robust investment options for endowment funds.

“Our overarching objective is to create a strong and resourceful community foundation that is better placed to serve the families, individuals and organizations of Westmoreland County,” said Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr., Chairman of the CFWC’s Board of Directors. “We are honored and delighted to be joining with The Pittsburgh Foundation, an organization that is recognized regionally and nationally for its bold, inspiring leadership and its transformative philanthropic work.”

“Human, social and cultural needs do not cease at the county borders and this groundbreaking agreement will enable The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to develop a vigorous coordinated effort to the benefit of our region,” said Greg Curtis, Chairman of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our shared mission is, together, to build better communities.”

On completion of the merger process, CFWC’s activities will continue to be overseen by its current 17-member Board of Directors who will form an advisory board reporting to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Board of Directors. CFWC’s Board Chairman, Mr. Quatrini, will join The Pittsburgh Foundation’s full Board.

CFWC’s employees – four full-time and one part-time – will integrate with The Pittsburgh Foundation’s staff and will continue to work from CFWC’s existing Greensburg offices.

Discussions between both foundations began in 2009, initiated by CFWC, concerned that its size may inhibit its abilities long-term to fulfill its ambitious goals as a community foundation for the Westmoreland region.  Established in 1995, CFWC currently has 363 donor funds and assets in excess of $17 million. Its grantmaking in 2009 totaled $1.14 million, but of this, less than $150,000 was available to CFWC for discretionary funding. Since 2006, CFWC has almost doubled its assets and its number of donor funds.

“It is an issue of capacity and on our own, we lack the critical mass to continue to develop our organization at the pace we believe is required in order to provide the impact, engagement and resources that are so urgently needed in our community,” said Kirk Utzinger, CFWC’s President. “We embrace this exciting venture from a position of strength recognizing the enormous potential it has to generate positive change and benefit for our community. This is the right time and the right move for us and The Pittsburgh Foundation provides us with the perfect partnership.”

The Pittsburgh Foundation currently has more than 1,300 donor endowment funds, and grantmaking for the Foundation and its supporting organizations in 2009 was approximately $33.7 million. The organization has awarded more than $500 million in grants since it was established in 1945.

Benefits for the Westmoreland region resulting from the merger will continue to grow over time, said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s President and CEO.

“Our guiding principles in our conversations with CFWC have been to give donors and nonprofit organizations in Westmoreland access to the very best in community philanthropy while preserving local identity and decision-making,” he said. “We will help CFWC to strengthen its presence, providing valuable resources and expertise. There are many critical issues that are common to both organizations and this merger will create a significant regional focus for creating positive, sustainable and transformative impact for our broad community.”

The Pittsburgh Foundation last year completed a major new strategic plan strengthening its focus on community and the positive impact it strives to achieve through its grantmaking, donor engagement and its convening and leadership activities, in collaboration with funding and civic partners. The Foundation has also developed a number of key initiatives as part of its mission to offer ‘go-to’ resources for philanthropy in the region.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the oldest and 14th largest of more than 700 community foundations in the United States.


For further information contact:
John Ellis
Vice President of Communications
The Pittsburgh Foundation

Quote of the Day: Unknown

" Your Alternative to the Mundane "
110 N Fairfield Street

" Its ok to think about what you want to,
until its time to do what you were meant to do. "

ulterior motives suspected in school closure

"I believe there are some ulterior motives for closing the building other than for the education or the health, safety and welfare of students," he said.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

next move...injunction request

NEW FLORENCE — A citizens group is taking action to keep Laurel Valley Middle-High School from closing.

The attorney for Save Our Rams Education (SORE), Garry Matta of Pittsburgh, said he is planning to file an injunction in Westmoreland County court later this week or early next week.

Matta talked about the plan to about 160 parents, grandparents and others at a meeting of the group Tuesday night at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church hall in New Florence.

Read more in the Tribune Democrat.
A Ligonier dentist on Tuesday detailed a plan to build a $72 million, Christian-based educational center to Unity Township supervisors.

Timothy Holloway, 59, creator of the nonprofit The Christian Leadership Academy Inc., asked the board to revise the zoning classification for about 65 acres of property the group owns along Christ's Lane in the village of Whitney.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Good morning, Ligonier!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vigil Held For Greensburg Torture Death Victim - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

Vigil Held For Greensburg Torture Death Victim - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

from Mike Reese

Invites participation in Second Amendment survey at 
Standing in support of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, Rep. Mike Reese (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) today participated in the annual Second Amendment Rally at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. 
“There is nothing more fundamental in our Commonwealth and nation than the right to keep and bear arms in defense of ourselves and our property,” said Reese. “I was pleased to see such a large turnout as we continue to be aware of the threats that some people make these days to try and take away that right. Not only are we defending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but in our own Pennsylvania Constitution, the right is clearly spelled out in Article 1, Section 21 that the rights of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.” 
Reese was joined by many House and Senate colleagues, and the speakers included National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre; former Texas state legislator, Right-To-Carry Law pioneer and best-selling author Suzanna Hupp; Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt and Firearms Owners Against Crime Chairman Kim Stolfer. 
Reese is also conducting a survey on the Second Amendment issue on his website, 
“I invite you to take part in my short survey, so that I can hear your opinions and issues dealing with the Second Amendment,” said Reese. “Please visit my website to take part in that survey, and I am always glad to hear your thoughts and concerns in person as well.” 
Rep. Mike Reese
59th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(724) 423-6503
Contact:  Raymond Smith
(717) 705-1834
House Republican Public Relations
Member Site:
Caucus Site:

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

come to sing
come to play
come to laugh
come to read poetry
come to listen, eat and drink and be mellow 

An hour just isn't enough ~


 A Touch of Grace & Everyday Therapeutics On-site Massage
Starting Friday May 7th thru Saturday May 8th
Weller Field

Serving Ligonier, Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant again this year.

I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's were the fun is.
~Donald Trump~

Yard Sale at Compass Inn Museum

The 2nd annual multi-family yard sale. Saturday, May 1, 8:00-1:00. The field behind Compass Inn Museum, 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown. Rain or Shine.

so these are ramps?

Any tips on where they like to grow?

roadtrips in PA

So you’ve decided to take a road trip for your vacation this summer, but you’re not sure where to go.
May we humbly suggest keeping it in-state for 2010?
“Pennsylvania is absolutely gorgeous,” said radio personality and Patriot-News travel columnist Sandy Fenton. “It holds more surprises and wonderful experiences to travelers than they may expect. We have so much beauty in the state, it’s amazing.”


Quote of the Day: Kerr Cuttulain

"Your Alternative to the Mundane"

(724) 771-1186
" Replace guilt with honor and responsibility."

Good morning, Ligonier!


civility gets a thumbs up

We’ll continue to monitor this hot issue in our news pages and in our letters to the editor.

Ultimately, this is a matter for the taxpayers in the Ligonier Valley School District to decide, if it hasn’t already been done.

Meanwhile, we congratulate both sides in this conflict.

Read more in the Tribune Democrat.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Agway- she is happy

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

prices slashed 50% to move remaining office furniture

office side chairs (2) $5 each
steno chair (2) $10 each
beige metal 2 drawer filing cabinet $15
beige metal 4 drawer filing cabinet (2) $25 each
beige metal secretary desk $35
typewriters (2) with extra ribbons $5 each
small computer desks (2) $5 each

exercise equipment for sale - both items were over $1000 new - in excellent shape
trimax weight machine $100
nordic track elite $125

We also have several four line office phones available - Radio Shack.

CALL MARTY @ 724-244-1288.

any other loons out there eat wild onions?

I ate a few yesterday for the first time.  Don't come near me cause I am reeking of garlic.  
Guess I am safe from evil spirits.  My stomach is also just a bit queasy.  That'll be the last time for me I think.  ;)

Joe responds to comments

Hi, Diane,

Here my answer to the comments my article brought on Ligonier Living. I hope this email gets through. Please let me know.


Thanks for your comment, Byron. It’s good to hear from you. I’m going to try to answer all five comments my article brought in one reply.

There seem to be two points that are being addressed here. First is the canceling of the night’s shelter for the walkers. I see no excuse for that. Whether these people are right or wrong is no reason for putting them in harm’s way. Rationalize as you wish, there was no need for placing them in the position of having no shelter for the night. That, of course, is my opinion and the reason for my article and I stated it as strongly as I could. I offer no apologies for doing so.

The other issue that comes up is the pro and con of nuclear power. The walkers present a point of view that is unpopular. That is a given. Is their point of view correct? I don’t know. The issue takes me back to an incident that happened many years ago. I believe it was in the 1960’s. I had a good friend named Alan who was a nuclear physicist and who was working in the nuclear power industry. I had great respect for him as a friend, as an ethical, moral person and as a scientist. We had many discussions on many things and though we did not always agree, we always remained friends.

In one discussion I had with Alan I mentioned that one of the things that bothered me about nuclear power was the fact that we did not know how to handle the waste products. He answered by saying that that was no worry because the waste would not become a problem for another twenty years and by that time a solution to the problem of making it safe would be found. It has been much more than twenty years and to my limited knowledge we still have a problem with the waste. We encase it with and by improved materials and methods, bury it deeper and transport it to more out of the way places such as the aboriginal lands of Australia, but have we made it any safer? What is the problem in bringing up the issue? And why should groups such as the peace walkers be prevented from doing so?

Read the original post and comments.

A Basket for a Rainy Monday

Don't forget to stop in the Ligonier Valley Library and purchase tickets for the library's sand bucket basket raffle.

Today's featured sand bucket basket is a perfect choice for a rainy Monday. It contains 3 lbs of organic free trade coffee beans, a coffee grinder, a French Press coffee maker, chocolate covered espresso beans, biscotti, a travel mug and a book, "The Devil's Cup: a History of the World According to Coffee" by Stewart Lee Allen.

Raffle tickets are only $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, 13 for $10.00 or 30 for $20.00. Winners will be drawn on June 1st. All proceeds benefit Ligonier Valley Library operations.

While pulling out of Abigail's this morning, listening to Leonard Cohen, it occurred to me that there is an unusually large population of Leonard Cohen fans here in Ligonier.   Cool.

Ten New Songs 

Good morning, Ligonier!



Found in Waterford.  Please call 412-576-1605 if you have any information.

You never know Ligonier?

Had to get gas this morning at Get Go. Going to visit our son and grandson this morning who lives about an hour and half away. Then back to Latrobe tonight for Zumba.

Anyhow, right before getting into my car a hear a woman's voice saying, "Excuse me, did you read the paper this morning?" replied, "No, I did not. Why?" Then she explain to me that today women around the world are showing off their cleavage to spread awareness of women's rights!

Who would of thought that a conversation like this would happen at the Get Go on a somber morning? So, now I am changing my shirt to show off some respectable cleavage!

Enjoy the softness that has been given to us on this fine Spring Day ; )

Everyday Thoughts with Everyday Therapeutics

Good Morning Ligonier
Your mobile massage company

If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.
Donald Trump

**inspired by some local people who worked for him** 

Looking forward to in May

Relay for life @ Wellers Field May 7th & 8th
4 handed massage raffle, free information and 1$ a minute massages

Truckapoloosa May 22nd noon till 3 pm 5$ entrance fee
Latrobe Memorial Stadium Parking Lot

Mother's Day @ Mommy Gear:  Massage offered from noon till 2 pm 
compliments of Mommy Gear's owner Dawn

Another Nancy Baith makeover night 
makeovers, massage & martini's @ Carol & Dave's May 20th

Ivy Cafe is having a Saturday Happy Hour soon including complimentary massage for their guests 

p.s. The rain gives us the time to do things we wouldn't dare do on a sunny day ~ I have to make the best of it.....

Quote of the Day: Saint Francis DeSales

" Your Alternative to the Mundane"
110 N Fairfield Street
" While I am busy with little things,
I am not required to do greater things."

Enchanted Updates

"Goddess Gossip"
Will resume on May 18th. from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
There will be NO class this Tuesday due to scheduling.

FREE Mother's Day Gift Raffle
Stop by and fill out our registration card for a
FREE Mother's Day Gift Certificate.
(1) one Winner Only

Includes: Papaya Face Mask, One Hour Massage, Gourmet Chocolates

Starting: Tuesday April 27th - Tuesday May 11th.
Drawing: Wednesday May 12th
Winner: Will be announced the morning of Thursday May 13th

Reiki I Classes
Seats still available

Instructor: Mr. Gary Beatty
Tuition: $50.00
Start: Saturday May 1, 2010
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: The Enchanted Moment honoring the Goddess within

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Coming Soon to the Ligonier Theater!

See How They Run

The Valley Players' latest production - See How They Run - playing at the Ligonier Theater, May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16. Call 724-238-6514 for reservations.

This is not the trailer for the Valley Players production, but it does give you an idea of the zaniness that is in store.

Do You Kow Who This Dog Belongs To?

This beautiful dog found me tonight in the backyard in Waterford. She appears to be elderly as she has cataracts on both eyes. She couldn't be more friendly! She obviously has been well cared for and loved as her coat is beautiful and shiny after her bath she received tonite. I was told that she has been wandering around this week. She had lots of burrs which I have been able to remove most of them with a great deal of brushing. Please help me locate her family! Please call 412-576-1605 if you have any information. Surely someone is missing her!

Great news for Ligonier Valley area golfers!

View from No. 9 looking toward Chestnut Ridge.

Ridgeview Golf Club opened last month under new ownership, with Donald Gilbert Jr. taking charge of the course where he worked as a groundskeeper for more than a dozen years. Don is the son of Don ("Dunaldo") and Dawn Gilbert, who live just down Gravel Hill Road. A 1991 graduate of Ligonier Valley High School, Don received a bachelor's degree from Muskingum University in 1995, and later received a graduate degree from IUP.
Despite the hard winter, and the recent windstorm, the course looks great this year, and Don and his crew are working to resolve the the long-standing water problem on No. 7.
You can play nine holes for just $10 on weekdays; $15 for 18 holes. With cart the cost is $15 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. Weekend rates are slightly higher. Season memberships are very reasonable too.
If you've never played Ridgeview, it's a beautiful and challenging course, aptly named for all the wonderful views afforded of Chestnut Ridge. If you golf early in the day, it's not unusual to spot deer, turkey and other wildlife around the course. Last spring a family of Purple Martins showed up, and on Sunday bluebirds were spotted on the course. Most of the holes are par 4, but one (No. 5) is par 3 and the longest (No. 8), is par 5.
Stop by and say hello to Don and his lovely wife Amy and their new baby. Or give them a call at 724-238-7655, or visit their website,
Ridgeview is a great Ligonier Valley treasure and it would be great to see it continue to attract golfers for another 50 years.

live close to town.....

GORGEOUS VIEWS ON 10.1 ACRES Three-bedroom, 2-bath colonial ranch with family room w/Cathedral ceiling, living room w/fireplace, bright kitchen overlooking woods, & formal dining room. 3-car garage. Private, yet close to town in Ligonier Twp.  $399,900

(724) 238-3663

live in town....

Charming colonial home located near the Ligonier Diamond and business district with a large, level yard. Many upgrades including a newer kitchen, wood floors, large and spacious.  $129,000

live in town...

Adorable 2 bedroom home in beautiful Ligonier Boro. This home has a screened in front porch, beautifully landscaped,remodeled kitchen & bath, fenced in yard.  $156,000

Office: (724) 238-9099
Mobile : (724) 771-4347

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Single Level Living Just Seconds from the Diamond! Brand new spacious two-story detached homes will feature 10-foot ceilings on the main level along with formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with great room, powder and laundry rooms and a luxurious master suite with walk-in closets and master bath. The upper level will have two bedrooms and a full bathroom. With direct access to a two-car garage and an ample basement, these homes will have everything you need and more!  LIGONIER BOROUGH LUXURY HOME - $520,0000 

Telephone (724) 238-6881

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Great for large family! Classic brick home with 3rd floor as 4th bedroom, could be family room, living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room,floors: hardwood, carpeting & vinyl front and rear covered, porches...Residential   $159,900

137 W. Main St.
Ligonier, PA 15658

Exploring the great outdoors :)

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