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Please join our conversations. Contributors welcome.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I popped into the Ligonier Sweet Shop

with the hope of finding Valor chocolate and did I?  YES!  Yahoo & yum.  ;)

Ahhh July 11th is right around the corner.....

I have a mini triathlon tonight & have been enjoying quieting my mind chatter down in this past week.  Yes Keystone ahhhhh ~ I have been loving it there.

The Mighty Tri Girls
Chicagoland July 11th
I will be Mighty Strong when that HORN goes off 
The real game is your mind .....
Using laughter daily

I have been getting reiki, massages, stretching, thai massage, and now working on my inner strength

At the beach this Saturday & Sunday for the 4th of July 
I got the Mighty Tri Girls in at the Ligonier Beach this Sunday for a fun swim before they open
Dimitri ~ come take pictures

my laughter today was on the phone with my sister: sent to me in an email

   I rear-ended a car this morning.. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the
    other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed
    and little things just seem funny?
    Yeah, well I couldn't believe it... he was a DWARF!!!
    He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, 'I AM NOT HAPPY!'
    So, I looked down at him and said, 'Well, then which one are you?'
    And then the fight started...

    When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed.
    But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, playing golf '
    Always something more important to me.
    Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.
    When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny
    pair of sewing scissors..
    I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when
    I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.
    I said, 'When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway.'
    The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.
And then the fight started.......

Always bringing new people to MM

They loved it....

Love the t-shirt .....

on the flower paths of St. Vincent by Dmitri

thank you to Joe for sharing Mother Teresa's prayer

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

To which Joe adds:  And if you don’t believe in God, that’s all right. You have to believe in yourself anyway.
When the Ligonier Valley school board voted earlier this year to close Laurel Valley and transfer all of its student to Ligonier Valley High School for cost-cutting reasons, the Heritage Conference felt an immediate impact.

Mainly panic.

love music? check this out!

We're really trying hard to set some roots with this business so we can expand it into our dreams of having a music store along with the entertainment business.  We also want to share our love of music with those that otherwise couldn't afford to have their own instrument or equipment.    Most of what we make money wise goes right back into acquiring more equipment to resale at near our cost.
We currently have a saxophone that with a little TLC would make a great starter instrument for some young person.  I'm also working on rehab'ing a flute so that we can also get it to someone that really would appreciate having one.
We are working on having a "dust off your guitar" jam night at Cool Springs some night this summer......... trying to get all the old guitar players & garage band guys in the area to dig out their guitars & have some fun.
Cindy & Rob

Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet - By Granny Earth

Granny Earth, N.D.- Presents-


Queen Anne’s Lace

Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace, it’s other name- is a wonderful cleansing Weed. It supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and removal of waste by the kidneys. An infusion is made and used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases and in the treatment of dropsy. Her leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulates the pituitary gland and leads to the release of increased levels of sex hormones. A warm water infusion of the flowers has also been used in the treatment of diabetes and the grated raw root is used as a remedy for worms. She is best harvested in July and dried for later use.

Queen Annes Lace assists the body in several areas – It’s an aromatic herb that acts as a diuretic, soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the uterus. A wonderfully cleansing medicine, this weed supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys. An infusion is used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases (kidney stones, cystitis, etc.) and in the treatment of dropsy.

Queen Anne’s Lace is blooming all around where I live in Mt. Pleasant, PA. My daughter, Judy and I have been picking her and making some pretty amazing tea!

Blessings of Peace and Light-

Granny Earth, N.D.

Look for Granny at the Ligonier Country Market on July 10th as the

Featured Speaker-

(Near the main enterance to front parking lot.)

Friends of Granny’s-

Carol Wingert-

Mr. Twenty Twenty- WEBSITES THAT WORK!

Judy Trabbold- Historic Log Cabin Inn


Donegal, PA 15628

Quote of the Day: Micheal DeMontaigne

110 N Fairfield Street

" The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be oneself."

Dmitri took some really nice photos last night at Mellow Mike. Thanks, Dmitri!

extreme liberty chat

Jin Hua Cui, who was arrested for prostitution back in 2007, has been charged by New York prosecutors for running a ring that forced young Korean immigrants into lives as sex slaves. Cui, 44, found women by placing help-wanted ads for nail salons.  Read more in the New York Daily News.

When I read an article like this I can only wonder why our society cannot see that forcing prostitution into the hands of criminals inflicts so much harm upon society.  If you don't trust a free market, why not license brothels and create some legal place in which consenting adults can buy safe sex?  I do not understand the hypocrisy of a society that so casually encourages sex by adolescents and tolerates a media steeped with overt sexual content.  Prostitution is an outlet for repressed sexual energy which has got to be expressed in some way.  Humans are humans.  Why not take the product out of the hands of monsters like this Jin Hua Cui?
The Interstate Commerce Clause has had a dramatic effect on the lives of Americans ever since the New Deal. It was the key issue in Wickard v. Filburn, which tested progressive President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1938 Agricultural Adjustment Act. FDR believed farmers had a "right" to sell wheat at a certain price, and he put quotas on it to drive up the price. Then, by stretching the Commerce Clause and engaging in several turns of hypothetical mental gymnastics, the New Deal Court, packed with Roosevelt appointees, said crops grown on private land for personal consumption could fall under federal regulation.

Read more in the Washington Times.
First, it assumes that local governments in New Jersey exist at their optimal sizes and that additional revenue is necessary to replace disappearing state aid. Advocates for small government, on the contrary, recognize the need for all levels of government to "right-size" during this economic downturn, coming to terms with the fact that profligacy in times of economic expansion leads to unsustainable levels of government growth. It is important to learn the correct lessons from this crisis - that budget holes are a product of overspending - rather than bemoan the decline in government revenue.

Read more in the Washington Times.
A Ligonier Township woman is charged with bilking Westmoreland County out of money for services never rendered and with taking more than $7,000 from two former employees.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Kathleen Sue Brownfield, 53, of 217 Wineland Road, by Greensburg District Judge James Albert. She is charged with theft-related offenses.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Good morning, Ligonier!


Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Pirates/Phillies ticket

Anyone interested in ONE ticket to see the Phillies/Pirates (I mean Pirates/Phillies ) this Thursday, July 1st night game? It is a great seat in section 115. Sit with me and Eric or bring a friend and sit in the restaurant section! $20.00 (was $27.00).
Call Maria 724-238-9090
If you don't like wrinkles and hate to iron, call or e-mail me. Will iron most anything. Most clothing items, $1.75 per piece. Drop off and pickup at my home in Ligonier.
Call 724-238-9680 or e-mail me at or

speaking of Mellow Mike, it's tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 6:30 to 9

See that Alan Alda quote in The Closing Specialists Daily?

Guess I better paste it here again since it will disappear and folks reading this post later might want to know what it said.

"Begin challenging your own assumptions.  Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in."  ~Alan Alda

I've been pondering something like that since yesterday but when I saw the way Alan Alda summed it up, I'd say he's saying it better than I would.

One of the things I like about Ligonier,  Mellow Mike, and Ligonier Living is that I am always meeting people who are unafraid to say what they believe and willing to challenge me to think and scrub off the windows.  Hopefully I give back a bit of something to challenge them to do some scrubbing, too.

Cleaning and refreshing the mind and spirit is a joy.  Thanks. ;)

a post from Cathi Rhodes

Dear Fellow Arts Advocates,

We need your help now...the Pennsylvania Senate is planning to vote on a state budget for FY 10-11 no later than Wednesday, June 30.  Please call your state senator ASAP with the message that $10 million for arts grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a priority to you.  Telephone numbers can be found at by typing your zipcode in the box at the top right corner.

Share information about jobs supported by the arts with your senators (there are 62,000 full-time equivalent jobs that are supported by nonprofit arts organizations in PA).  Also share information about the impact your organization has made in your community.  Remember that Pennsylvania's nonprofit arts organizations generate $155,970,440 in tax revenue for the Commonwealth.

Please make this call no later than Wednesday morning. 

 Thanks for your support on this issue,
Jenny L. Hershour
Managing Director
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

PS  Give me a call at 717-234-0959 or send me an e-mail at if you would like me to send you your senator's phone number.


Jim Pillsbury, Hydraulic Engineer for the Westmoreland Conservation District will present a program at the Ligonier Valley Library this evening at 7:00 p.m. about stormwater in Western Pennsylvania. He will discuss issues and solutions for land and home owners.

This program is held in conjunction with the current exhibit in the library's Pennsylvania Room--"The Westmoreland Conservation District: 60 Years." The exhibit will remain on display through July 17. The program and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Quote of the Day: Chuang-Tzu

" Your Alternative to the Mundane"
110 N Fairfield Street
" When we understand, we are at the center of the circle.
And there we sit while yes and no chase
each other around the circumference."

Good morning, Ligonier!

Writing for the majority, Justice Ginsburg said the First Amendment shielded the Christian Legal Society from discrimination at the hands of the state-run university, but it did not give the Christian group the right to exclude people while receiving the benefits of the university's resources.  Read more in the Washington Times.

Monday, June 28, 2010

the end of an era...last concert

pic by Claire

recognize the course?

You Could Win $50

There is still time to get your entry to the library for Ligonier Valley Library's 2010 Pet Photo Contest. We were planning to accept entries to the contest only through the end of June but since the month ends in the middle of the week we will continue to accept entries through Saturday, July 3rd.

It only costs $1.00 per photo to enter and you could win the $50.00 grand prize! There will also be prizes for second and third place.

Come in and view the competition. Not all of the photos are posted yet; they should all be posted by Tuesday, July 6. The voting begins next week!

Biking near Ligonier, PA

Waiting Their Turn

Waiting Their Turn
Originally uploaded by The Rocking Pony

Mail Pouch Barn

Mail Pouch Barn
Originally uploaded by mikegrados

enjoying discussions and debate

I am very much enjoying the discussions and debate on Ligonier Living.  Kudos to all participants. ;)

on freedom of speech

'This Secret was so well known to the Court of King Charles the First, that his wicked Ministry procured a Proclamation, to forbid the People to talk of Parliaments, which those Traytors had laid aside. To assert the undoubted Right of the Subject, and defend his Majesty's legal Prerogative, was called Disaffection, and punished as Sedition. Nay, People were forbid to talk of Religion in their Families: For the Priests had combined with the Ministers to cook up Tyranny, and suppress Truth and the Law, while the late King James, when Duke of York, went avowedly to Mass, Men were fined, imprisoned and undone, for saying he was a Papist: And that King Charles the Second might live more securely a Papist, there was an Act of Parliament made, declaring it Treason to say that he was one.

Read more on History Carper.
The U.S. Supreme Court extended the reach of the constitutional right to bear arms by saying it binds state and local governments as well as the federal government.

For more information, visit

Quote of the Day: Buddha

" Your Alternative to the Mundane"
110 N Fairfield Street
" Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence.
Hold to the truth within yourself, as to the only truth."

Good morning, Ligonier!

After studying the Bible and ancient pre-Christian and extra-Biblical literature, theologian Gunnar Samuelsson wrote a 400-page thesis that claims there are no explicit references to a crucifixion of Jesus. According to Samuelsson, a committed Christian associated with Gothenburg University, "the legend of [Jesus'] execution is based on the traditions of the Christian church and artistic illustrations rather than antique texts," the Daily Telegraph reported.
Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress, died at 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, his office said.

For more information, visit

Sunday, June 27, 2010






Visit us @ the BEACH

Back to garden. Market every sat 10 till 4pm

Old Linn Run coffee bean roastery

Great coffee Kandi and Dave! They will be at the Back to the garden market Saturday June 3 10 to 4pm coffee roasting demonstrations and drink.

Coffee Roaster

Ligonier...equestrian dream

FABULOUS COUNTRY VICTORIAN HORSE FARM 86.5 level acres with great views, indoor riding arena with attached horse stalls. Gorgeous setup for horses! Great new bank barn. Several outbuildings. House has 4 bedrooms & 2 baths $2,200,000 in town

4 bedroom, 2 bath home zoned Village Residential on Main Street in Ligonier Borough - live and work here! Office/den on 1st floor with separate electrical service; off-street parking.
Possibility of master suite on main floor; extremely good shape, must see to appreciate. Beautiful hardwood floors, large back yard and side porch.  $245,000 in town

1920 Craftsman style 4 bedroom with 2.5 baths kit has s/s App. & rough hewn granite tops on all working areas including center Island. Finished hard wood , ceramic, & Teracotta floors, quality throughout. $298,000 in town

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. $520,0000 in town

Move in and enjoy right away! 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath condo within walking distance to the diamond ++, Nice open main level floor plan with kitchen, dining area and great room with fireplace & cathedral ceiling,main level: master suite w/full bath, laundry + 1/2 bath. 2nd level: 2 bedrooms, full bath + storage. Attached 2 car garage $244,900

Good morning, Ligonier!


visiting Ligonier

Allegheny, Westmoreland districts struggle to balance budgets

By Jodi Weigand
Sunday, June 27, 2010

They're raising taxes, draining rainy-day funds, even laying off teachers and closing schools.
School districts are taking drastic measures to balance budgets socked by falling tax revenue, skyrocketing pension obligations and uncertain state and federal funding. By law, districts must pass a balanced budget no later than Wednesday.
In all, at least 20 districts of the 43 school districts in Allegheny County will raise taxes next year. In Westmoreland County, 11 of 17 districts will.
"Budgets this year are very ugly," said Jay Himes, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. "I'd say probably the worst in two decades in terms of schools having to deal with both revenue declines and cost increases."
The ugliness has four causes:
• An economy that has damaged the property- and income-based taxes districts rely on for as much as half of their revenue.
• Districts' contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System will quadruple by 2015 because a state act that defers their liabilities expires in 2012-13.
• Uncertain state support. Districts worry the legislature will reduce Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed $350 million increase in the basic education subsidy in next year's budget.
• Federal stimulus money that will disappear in 2011-12, money that districts began receiving in 2009.

Read the rest of the article here:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I think I need to put my left hand on ice!

Played all morning in Rector and had lots of fun seeing everyone who stopped by.  What a beautiful Saturday.  Had a great cup of Linn Run coffee.  More on that later but it was black, hot and strong!  ;)

Good morning, Ligonier!


be a Valley's fun!

Auditions for this comedy will be held on Monday & Tuesday, July 26 & 27 from 7 to 9 PM.
Cold readings will be taken from our scripts.
~ ~ ~
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Director Eric Harris will hold auditions for the
on Sunday, August 29 from 5 to 8 PM on Monday, August 30 from 6 to 9 PM.

ALL people auditioning MUST prepare a 3 minute monologue on
 and also submit it in writing to Mr. Harris. Cold readings will be taken from the script.
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The Valley Players of Ligonier is successful because of the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers who give freely of their time and their talents. If you want to become a part of our theater family, we would love to have you.

We welcome people of all ages and all interests.

Volunteer opportunities exist for people who have theater skills and for those who have people skills.

Volunteer opportunities exist for people who believe theater should be an integral part of the community and want to help make that happen.
If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, please call 724-238-6514.
If you are not sure of what you would like to do, please call so we can talk about what would work best for you.

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Musical Director
  • Musician
  • Stage Manager
  • Set Construction
  • Set Painting
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Lights
  • Sound
Performance Date
  • Tickets
  • Ushering

Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County will host a series of community meetings to introduce the Power of 32, an effort to engage residents in 32 counties throughout Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to help shape a vision for the region's future.  Read more in the Tribune Review.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dave Rauschkolb Starts Hands Across the Sand Movement Against Offshore Drilling

Dave Rauschkolb Starts Hands Across the Sand Movement Against Offshore Drilling

Draw a line in the sand. If interested, if able, to add your hands, join hands across the sand tomorrow. Please refer to hands website for map and PA locations. I think two beaches are within a few hours of westmoreland county.

4 Sets Of Twins Born In Just 3 Days At Westmoreland Hospital - Family News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

4 Sets Of Twins Born In Just 3 Days At Westmoreland Hospital - Family News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh

Ligonier Valley Library Pet Photo Contest

Next week is the final week to enter the 2010 Ligonier Valley Library Pet Photo Contest. Stop in the library and pick up an entry form or download one from the library's web page. Voting begins on July 1.

June 27 talk at Powdermill Nature Reserve

Birds of New Guinea
Sunday, June 27
1 p.m.
Free; no registration required

Though it occupies less than 1% of the Earth’s land area, New Guinea is home to about 6% of animal species known to exist on the planet, and is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. In this illustrated talk, Powdermill Senior Scientist Andrew Mack, PhD, will discuss his research in New Guinea and why such biodiversity exists there. Mack, who is the William and Ingrid Rea Conservation Biologist, will also highlight some of New Guinea’s—and the planet’s—most interesting birds, including birds of paradise and the cassowary, which weigh at more than 100 lbs. Mack’s talk is geared toward adults and will last between 30 and 60 minutes in the Parker Room of the Nature Center.

Also at Powdermill this Saturday, June 26, is the weekly nature hike which begins at 1 p.m., as well as the annual Butterfly count. More information on these programs is available on the Web site Calendar of Events:

fabulous fresh broccoli and eggs

I just had a quick and delicious lunch of broccoli cooked up with the most amazing fresh eggs - all bought at the Back to the Garden Farmers market.  Stop by tomorrow 10 to 4 at the old Rector store in the parking lot.  It's the new hidden gem in Ligonier.  Not big, but good!  ;)

From the Fort gift shop

I just picked up three fun toys for my grand-niece and grand-nephew.  I had stopped at The Finishing Touch because it is so convenient to my office but all their kid stuff was made in China.  I decided to pop down to the Fort hoping for another option.  Well, two out of three were made in the USA and one in Taiwan, plus they are cool old fashioned toys.

I love the Fort Ligonier gift Shop.

freedom! freedom! freedom!

Micky Dolenz and the Congress Monkeys

Check out the story in the Yeas and Nays.

Be patient with pedestrians please

It's a beautiful summer morning and I'm walking up from the newsstand, just a tiny bit upset at the loss of the trees in front of that place and Betsy's, when I get to the crosswalk.
Motorist A, a kindly gentleman in a pickup truck, stopped at the stop sign, waves me across. So I start off. Motorist B, in a big dark Chrysler van, is coming around the Diamond, no signal indicating a turn onto West Main, so I continue tentatively, always wary of the distracted or disoriented motorist. She is indeed turning, but slowing down, so I make my way safely across. As the van whizzes past, a loud-mouthed woman in the passenger seat yells out at me, "Why would you ever walk in front of a car?!"
She kept on going, giving me no opportunity to explain, but since there's a chance she might log into Ligonier Living, I'll explain here what I was doing there.
First of all, lady (and while I use that term, I can see you definitely don't qualify) I was already in the crosswalk, sometime before your van approached, so presumably I had every right to be there.
Secondly, the law is quite explicit that pedestrians have the right of way in a crosswalk (and even outside a crosswalk by the way). So your job was to wait until I was safely across.
Thirdly, what in hell did you expect me to do? Freeze halfway through the intersection so you could pass unimpeded and not be delayed a milisecond? Retreat back to my starting point? Run?
Fourthly, it would help if motorists not only knew and understood the rules of the road regarding pedestrians, it would help greatly if motorists signaled their intent when turning from the Diamond. Had your van been signaling a turn onto West Main, I might have waited to cross the street, even though I was urged to go ahead by Motorist A.
Lastly, "lady," I would urge you to get a life and take time to smell the roses, and to let the pedestrians go about their business without your unneeded and ill-informed commentary!

Byron inspires sarcasm......we need a shoe law dagnabit!

People just can't be relied upon to preserve and foster foot health.  WE NEED A LAW!

Outlaw stiletto heels!  They make sex toys of women who wear them even if the women like to be sexy, we must protect them from themselves.

Outlaw platform shoes for people over 5'6"!  Think of the short people.  Even with platforms they cannot see parades because of the tall.  Give them a chance for heavens sake.

Outlaw shoelaces.  People cannot be trusted to truly tie them tight enough and when they untie, passersby might be harmed by a fall and what if it happens on steps or what if those laces get tangled in the feet while driving a car!  Velcro is the answer.  It's reusable and safer for the environment because you hardly EVER have to replace Velcro.  Only Velcro can safely be used for sneakers.  And while we're at it, outlaw the word sneakers.  It implies hostile intent.  From this day forward all shoes previously known as sneakers shall be called athletic footwear.

While we're at it, provide a shoe card for the poor and underprivileged who feel left behind when they cannot compete with the wealthy who enjoy closets full of shoes.  This is America.  We have a right to have as many shoes as you have!

Ban flipflops.  Studies shoe, sorry, I meant show - that flip flops are bad for foot health.  We cannot and should  not be forced to pay for the healthcare of a generation hooked on flip flops.  Besides we're sick and tired of looking at toes in restaurants.  At the very least, require that restaurants provide separate rooms for those who like to expose their toes and those repulsed by the sight of hairy toes while eating.

events by Ligonier Radio

  • JULY 5 : The Ligonier Theatre Summer Camp for kids is July 5-9 and 12-16th. For registration call (724) 238-6514.
  • JULY 17 : The Ligonier Valley Writer's Conference at the camp and conference center. Workshops on songwriting, poetry,non-fiction and fiction. Call Judith for details at (724) 593-7294.
  • JULY 24-25 : 250th Anniversary of the Fall of France at Fort Ligonier. Demonstrations at 1 and 3PM. Battle reenactments both days at 1:30PM and 3:30PM.

Good morning, Ligonier!