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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Folks come from all over to sing at Mellow Mike! This gentleman Is from New Jersey

The Art Room

Do you have a young artist on your hands?
Register Now for Fall Classes!!!
Ages 2 & up -
Visit our website to view fall schedule.

Studio also available for parties - all ages!

Kick off fall at Powdermill Nature Reserve

Enjoy scientific talks given by naturalists and researchers from Powdermill Nature Reserve and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, as well as some special guest speakers. Talks are geared toward adults and last between 30 and 60 minutes in the Parker Room of the Nature Center. Visit the Web site, for more information.

Natural and Cultural History of the Apple
Sunday, September 12, 1 p.m.
Free; no registration required
Joe Stavish, Powdermill Nature Reserve

In what's fast becoming an annual tradition, Powdermill naturalist Joe Stavish gives his popular talk on everyone's favorite fall fruit: the glorious apple. Stavish introduces the apple's biology—how to identify a fruitless apple tree, and how the tree flowers, reproduces, and grows—as well as the apple's unique position in our cultural history.

As Stavish says, "the apple is associated with everything in society." From Johnny Appleseed to the Big Apple to "mom and apple pie," this early American import is loaded with hidden meaning. The talk includes tastings of hot cider and local-orchard heirloom variety apples—no red delicious or granny smith here!—plus a chance to see Powdermill's antique cider press at what's bound to be one of the highlights of the fall Sunday series.

Other upcoming topics include:
September 5 – Pennsylvania Owls
September 19 – Powdermill Run: An "Exceptional Value" Stream
September 26 – The Amazing Story of the Dandelion
October 3 – Wastewater Treatment at Powdermill
October 10 – Living with Wildlife, presented by guest speakers from Wildlife Works, Inc., a Westmoreland County non-profit organization that rehabilitates distressed animals
October 17 – Skulls
October 24 – Night Sounds: Insects, Mammals, and Birds
October 31 – Introduction to the World of Dragonflies
I am indebted to Dr. Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., who coauthored the book "Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health" and is also the author of "The Instinct Diet" for parents. She really opened my eyes to the powerful effects of early choices.

Dr. Roberts points out that during the early years, as all the cells throughout the body are growing, they are sensitive to availability of nutrients. "The nutrients present at this crucial time of cell division and growth help determine which cell types become predominant with each tissue," she says. These tissues and organs become important in the essential body processes of hormone production and enzyme activity. So you can see why the programming of these cells begins so early.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

Mellow Mike tonight 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.....

MEET THE to the public...tonight at 7pm @ Weller Field

Support your local teams.  Meet the players and have a good ole time.  Refreshments to follow.
Saturday, on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington, Glenn Beck held a conservative rally on the National Mall. Civil rights activists called it a fraud. "He's mimicking Dr. King, in some sense humiliating the tradition," scoffed Jesse Jackson. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, declared, "We will not stand silent as some seek to hijack, as some seek to distort and contort, as some seek to bamboozle and confuse the vision of Dr. King's dream."

Relax. Nobody's going to mistake the Tea Party for the civil rights movement. And there's nothing unseemly about the right's embrace of King. This is America at its best: A man once disowned as a partisan and a rebel now belongs to all of us.

Read more on Slate.

Cathi Rhodes looking for votes for her brother's song. ;)

Help support BYRD'S entry, "Hard Hat Working Union Man", in Brother & Sisters in Song.
DuBOIS, Pa. | They're both Catholic, middle-aged, Harvard-educated white men - but the similarities end there between the two candidates running for Arlen Specter's U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
Former Rep. Patrick J. Toomey is a conservative Republican and one-time Wall Street derivatives trader who chased Mr. Specter from the GOP. On the stump, he's politically polished and has a knack for sticking to the script.
He's taking on Rep. Joe Sestak, a liberal Democrat and retired three-star Navy admiral who ended Mr. Specter's political career by defeating him in a hard-fought primary. On the stump, Mr. Sestak can throw out so many stats, personal stories and ideas that it he can leave a person's head spinning.

Read more in the WT.
Although the e-mail does not violate the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from participating in political campaigns, Education Department workers should feel uneasy, said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute.
"It sends a signal that activity on behalf of one side of a political debate is expected within a department. It's highly inappropriate ... even in the absence of a direct threat," Boaz said. "If we think of a Bush cabinet official sending an e-mail to civil servants asking them to attend a Glenn Beck rally, there would be a lot of outrage over that."

Good morning, Ligonier! Love this weather, don't you?


Laugh with me .....


stay healthy with simple life tools of laughter

She loved her first day

We can now return to our regular program...

Summer is over and the kids are back in school --I'm probably as disappointed as they are! We had such great weather and spent lots of time at the pool! Now I am back to regular business hours--Monday thru Friday, 9-4 with evening and Saturday appts.

I follow the school schedule, so if school is closed or delayed, I am probably closed or delayed. If in doubt, give me a call and I can set up an appt. Thanks so much for the support and patience during the summer!

Amy Johnston
Custom Sewing

Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet - Ragweed and Goldenrod

Granny Earth, N. D. Presents-
Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

Ragweed grows in, dry areas and often in poor soils where there’s no competition with other weeds. From end of July to mid-Sept., these plants release large quantities of pollen into the air and are responsible for the seasonal allergy- hay fever, which affects many people. It’s a weed that springs up in late summer and sends many folks to the medicine cabinet for relief from the allergenic effects of its pollen.Native Americans valued Ragweed as a topical remedy for insect bites and poison ivy. They chewed the leaves- then applied them to the problem area to relieve itching and swelling.
Goldenrod (Solidago Canadensis)

Late summer is the season for allergies, which are often attributed to Goldenrod. But, Goldenrod is wrongly accused! Goldenrod's heavy, sticky pollen is dispersed by bees - not likely to bother the casual passerby. It’s Ragweed, Goldenrod's companion that's the real culprit. Goldenrod is an antioxidant, diuretic and astringent- excellent for healing urinary tract disorders- nephritis and cystitis. It also helps flush out kidney/bladder stones and is used for Candida fungus, the cause of yeast infections and oral thrush. Due to its mild action, it’s good as a mouth-wash, or douche- in cases of yeast infection (In liquid, tea form).
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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Westmoreland County Coroner's Office Monday identified a 66-year-old Latrobe woman as the victim of a fatal traffic accident Saturday in Cook Township.

Janice L. Massimino was pronounced dead at Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant by Deputy Coroner Tim O'Donnell after the crash at 6:04 a.m. on Route 711, the office said.
Massimino was a passenger in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was driven by Carolyn Boerio of Latrobe. State police in Greensburg allege Boerio failed to stop at a stop sign while driving eastbound on Route 130 and collided with a van driven by Matthew Carter, 35, of Verona.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

How was the first day of school?

Laughter is healing


Local talent

Fort Ligonier Days

Fort Ligonier Days
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Ligonier Curve

Ligonier Curve
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Ligonier Town Hall

Ligonier Town Hall
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Gazebo Day

Gazebo Day
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The Driftwood

The Driftwood
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Good morning, Ligonier!

I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to Joyce and Mark Markosky, Kim Jones, Amy Gaynor, Jim Boyd, Dan Boyd, Bill and Lisa Pieringer, Alan Tennant and Stacey Knupp for all your hard work Saturday at Weller Field.  Without all your help we would have never gotten as much done as we did. 

Additionally I must extend and even bigger thank you to Mark and Jim for going ABOVE and BEYOND.  So everyone knows those two put in almost a 12 hour day trying to get the bleachers all power washed but ran out of time.  If anyone is willing to pitch in and finish helping to clean them that would be great.  The only part left to be cleaned is the first section closest to the concession stand and we can supply the power washers.  It would be great if another Booster organization could pitch in and help out with this.  Trust me when I tell you this but you have no idea how disgustingly dirty they were/are.  I have pictures that show before and after and wow what a difference. As always let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow for the “Meet the Rams” night!

Christy Boyd

 Remaining Football Booster Meeting Schedule for 2010.  Note: All meetings start at 7PM but the locations may change, see schedule below:
September 14th in the High School Library
October 12th in the High School Library
November 9th in the High School Library
A team of 80 lexicographers has been working on the third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, long considered the most complete and accurate reference guide to the English language, for more than two decades. But because more and more users are turning to the online edition and various Internet-based products offered by the dictionary's owner, Oxford University Press, it's likely that the OED3 will never appear in print.

Read more on Slate.

Sue's hilarious story in the PG. ;)

All in all, growing up in the 1950s and early '60s, our lives were pretty safe and secure. Yes, we had air raid drills at school. We got our polio shots. Mom lined us up every night for a dose of cod liver oil. We survived measles, mumps and chicken pox.

My mother, however, seemed to always be warning us about some dreaded, awful thing. She told us way too much about Nazis. She said they shot little kids if they didn't look German. We were Irish/Italian.
Aug. 29--A groundbreaking regional water connection between Johnstown and Ligonier Borough will move forward after officials landed a key $9.8 million loan.

First proposed in early 2009, the link between Greater Johnstown Water Authority and Westmoreland County Municipal Authority now can proceed beyond the planning stage.

Read more on iStock.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

perfect evenng for band concert


events by Earth Lotus

Good Evening,

Whew - it's already the end of August.  It's been a great summer at the Studio - Thank you all for your continued attendance and support!

As we begin to transition to Fall, the big news on the home front is that Earth Lotus Yoga Studio is moving to the HR Block building.  Same mini-mall - different location.  I don't have any further details at the time, but know the move will happen this season.  I'm excited to start our 4th year together with a bang!

And speaking of Fall, below is the "Fall 2010 Workshop Series".  We'
ll be kicking off this session with "Balancing the Chakra's with Kundalini Yoga & Mantra Workshop" on September 20th.  Speaking from personal experience, Kendall & Ami are amazing teachers & will provide you with a supportive environment to open and take relaxation to a whole new level.

A complete listing of the workshops and further details can be found on the website at

Our Sanskrit word of the week is Parighasana/Gate Pose (parigha =iron bar or beam; asana = posture).

Have a most wonderful week & See you on the mat,
In Love & Light
phone: 724-259-3405
Fall 2010 Workshop Series

Balancing the Chakra's with Kundalini Yoga & Mantra Workshops with Kendall Romanelli and Ami Sciulli
Where: Earth Lotus Yoga Studio
When: Saturday, September 20th
Time: Kundalini Yoga 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Mantra 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: $25 for one session or $50 for both sessions

108 Sun Salutations Celebrating the Autumn Equinox
Where: Earth Lotus Yoga Studio
When: Thursday, September 23rdh
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: By Donation

Honor Your Heart and Belly with Ruth Rittenhouse
Where: Earth Lotus Yoga Studio
When: Saturday, October 2nd
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Cost: $45

Journey to Your Authentic Self - A Women's Retreat presented by Melissa Marasia & Deborah Thackrah
Where: Camp Sequanota, Jennerstown
When: Friday, October 22nd - Saturday, October 23rd
Time: 5:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $90.00

Family Yoga
Where: Earth Lotus Yoga Studio
When: Saturday, November 6th
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: $15.00

Introduction to QiGong with Linda Vucelich
Where: Earth Lotus Yoga Studio
When: Saturday, November 27th
Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm
Cost: $20.00

My granddaughters 2nd birthday party ! Adrianna. Scalzo

It was such a bizarre sensation last night

as our end of the valley reverberated with the sounds of The Clarks.

I was sitting on my couch with the windows and doors closed, watching a movie when I felt and heard the vibrations of extraordinarily loud music.  I felt like I was standing on the corner of a busy city street being subjected to the loud hip hop coming out of a car waiting for a traffic light.  You know the feeling - usually short and fleeting - waiting for someone else's music to move out of your space.

We figured there was a car stopped for some reason on the road and waited for the noise to move on.  It didn't.  We opened the door ad couldn't figure out where it was coming from them I remembered the concert.


I cannot imagine what it must have been like for folks who live closer to the Waterford event.  We've never heard anything from that venue other than fireworks.  How loud must they have been playing and did anyone who was there have their hearing damaged?

They must have either turned down the volume or we just got used to it.

Anyway, I hope everyone at the concert had a good time.  We enjoyed our movie.  Yesterday was just a glorious day.  Couldn't have asked for better weather, eh?

Good afternoon, Ligonier!

This time, however, the EPA did not make its decision on the merits of the argument. The agency instead agreed with an Aug. 20 filing from the National Rifle Association that explained how Congress had specifically excluded ammunition from the Toxic Substances Control Act which governs potentially harmful materials such as lead. This failed attempt to harass law-abiding gun owners using an unelected bureaucracy underscores the importance of perpetual vigilance in preserving the most important of constitutional rights.

Read more in the WT.
Witnesses said that a Jeep Grand Cherokee failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 711 and 130 in Stahlstown and was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming Kia Sedona minivan, according to a police report.Police said that a female passenger in the Grand Cherokee was killed in the crash due to blunt force trauma. The driver of that vehicle was said to have a major injury and is being treated at UPMC Presbyterian, WTAE Channel 4 Action News reported.

Read more on WTAE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Good morning, Ligonier! It's a day for treasure hunting in Ligonier. ;)


Gerty's Attic Antiques
211 E Main St, Ligonier, PA
(724) 238-6510

Curiosity Shop on West Main

This place is awesome for finding treasures. I bought 2 quilts that are nicely loved, but have that wonderful quilt feeling. Found some vintage silverware, a fun array of plates, and some canning jars. There is some really great stuff to look at and discover at the Curiosity Shop. Lots of furniture, dolls, books, home decor, kitchen items, etc. Pop in and see what treasure you can discover!
Antiques on the Town Square - Laura R. Mari - 724-238-9595   
113 East Main Street, Ligonier,   PA  15658

The NEW antique mall on the Ligonier Diamond. A gallery of fine dealers of American, European and Asian antiques and primitives, interiors and art. Located between Persnickety and Citizens/Mellon Bank. A great variety of antiques in an old, spacious building. Neat, clean, bright and air-conditioned. Bay window on Ligonier Diamond features dealers' unique items, changed monthly. Space available for rent:6-month lease. Open every day 11-4, Sunday 1-4, closed Tuesday.

Antiques on the Diamond today

8am to 4pm

60 quality antique dealers set up shop

around the center of town

Friday, August 27, 2010

At Whistlewind on North Fairfield

Victrola at Whistlewind

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Some little girl would love this dress.....whistlewind

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Worlds on the Edge
This artist’s concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission. The star system is oriented edge-on, as seen by Kepler, such that both planets cross in front, or transit, their star, named Kepler-9. This is the first star system found to have multiple transiting planets.
Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech
Click image for full-resolution.

Read more on  NASA.
Several environmentalist groups led by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) are petitioning the EPA to ban lead bullets and shot (as well as lead sinkers for fishing) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Although EPA is barred by statute from controlling ammunition, CBD is seeking to work farther back along the manufacturing chain and have EPA ban the use of lead in bullets and shot because non-lead alternatives are available. But here's the catch: the alternatives to lead bullets are more expensive. A ban on the sale of lead ammunition would force hunters and sport shooters to buy non-lead ammunition that is often double the cost of traditional lead ammunition.  A box of deer hunting bullets in a popular caliber could be upwards of $55.

Read more in The Weekly Standard.
Just one last reminder that we need help in at Weller Field tomorrow morning.  Once again our task list is to weed the entrance, caulk the windows in the entrance, power washing the bleachers and painting the side of the field house.  If anyone has any hoses they could bring in for us to use that would be greatly appreciated as well as any other weeding items.  Once again we are planning to start around 8AM and the more help we have the faster we will get done.  As always let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Christy Boyd

 Remaining Football Booster Meeting Schedule for 2010.  Note: All meetings start at 7PM but the locations may change, see schedule below:
September 14th in the High School Library
October 12th in the High School Library
November 9th in the High School Library

Dix Baines Oil Painting Workshops

Save the Date…

G Squared Gallery is pleased to announce a painting workshop with Colorado artist Dix Baines on September 16th and 17th.

Bring your paints, easels and materials and come to create, discuss and enjoy art! This casual, two morning workshop will include :
· Oil painting demonstrations
· Importance of composition thumbnails in outdoor painting
· Critiques of your work

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM
Cost: 1 day 50$ / 2 days 80$

Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your own lunch.


Day 1: Laurel Valley Farm on Freeman Road
Day 2: Pine Springs Farm in Stahlstown

Dix Baines paints a variety of subjects in his expressive light infused style. Characterized by his bold brushwork and dramatic use of light and color, his paintings depict landscapes, villages, barns and adobe buildings, fishing scenes and the river environment as a whole. A pond, is the latest feature at his studio. Small works of Koi and water plants will be on display in the Gallery. Dix will also have work featured at the Loyalhanna Watershed Auction this same weekend.

Please call G Squared for more information or to sign up for one, or both, of the workshops.

For more information on the artist, go to

The Carousel at Idlewild

View from the Top

View from the Top
Originally uploaded by Scott Michaels

In a recent Time magazine poll, two thirds of the respondents say they oppose a second government stimulus program and more than half say the country would have been better off without the first one. People see the stimulus, fashioned and passed by Congress in such a hurry, as a metaphor for wasted money. They are highly critical about the lack of discipline among our political leaders.

Read more in USNews.

We Read the Constitution event September 18th at Ligonier Town Hall

Attendees will each receive The Pocket Constitution.  Well, the first 500, that is.  Heavens, if we have anywhere close to 500, I think I'll faint. 

Anyway, the event is set for Ligonier Town Hall at 5pm.  This is an open event and a non-political, non-partisan, simple exercise in the reading of the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Stream at Linn Run

Why not take a moment this weekend and go stick your foot in the stream at Linn Run?

Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

Photo courtesy of Carol Wingert and

Good morning, Ligonier!



Whistlewind will be OPEN 10-5 TOMORROW (Saturday) to participate with Antiques on the Diamond. Don't pass me by, antiquers. I have a couple of very nice pieces, including a beautiful victrola! Word has it that some old games and puzzles are arriving tomorrow. There are some retro items in the store that might just catch your fancy!
See you then!!

The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to "regulate commerce . . . among the several States," and for more than 100 years federal lawmakers invoked it for a very narrow purpose—to prevent states from imposing trade barriers on each other. But today members of Congress act as if it gives them the authority to do just about anything—including forcing you to eat your vegetables.

Source - Reason TV
U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch also ruled that the government couldn't prove without the Sheraden woman's testimony that a shot fired at a Dollar General store two miles away just prior to the robbery on Aug. 6, 2008 was intended to draw police way from the First Commonwealth Bank on Route 30.

Read more in the Tribune Review.
Rethinking Overseas Outsourcing
For years, Americans have had their phone calls about credit card bills and broken cell phones handled by people in the Philippines or India. But American firms are starting to bring call centers back to the U.S. — and this time around, they are hiring more people to work in their own homes.

Read more on NPR.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Women paid dearly for the right to vote. Alice Paul was beaten, imprisoned and brutally force-fed by her jailers for daring to demand American women should have the vote. But the courage and persistence of Paul and her fellow suffragettes paid off ninety years ago today with the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women their political equality. Today, even though women turnout at equal or great numbers than men on election day, more than one in four American women is still not registered to vote. If you're one of them, thank Alice Paul today by visiting Women's Voices. Women's Vote website and registering to vote.
Read more on the Huffington Post.

ALERT - searching for a pretty blue stone

Hi Diane,
Could you please post these pictures on the Ligonier Living Blog?  My daughter was in Ligonier today and discovered on the way home that the stone from her ring is missing.  I know this may be a long shot in finding the stone, but it's worth a try.  The stone from the ring matches the stone in the necklace.  I do know that she ate at Abigails and walked the streets of Ligonier plus visited a lot of the stores in town.  If anyone would happen to find it, please call me at 412-601-1496 or email
Kimberly Shaffer
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." ~~William Wordsworth

eating lavender?

We were just chatting about that on Saturday at the Back to the Garden.  A nice lady was saying she had  recipes for using lavender then she remembered that she MEANT rosemary.  So, that was that until I saw this blog post:

Lavender's flavor and aroma are instantly recognizable, which makes it a perfect unexpected culinary herb. Its most typical pairing is dairy, be it cream, custard, or butter. Scones, muffins, biscuits, ice cream, and frosting are all excellent candidates for a small amount of lavender. Mellow but assertive, lavender rides on rich flavors and textures while giving them a much needed lift.

Read more on the Serious Easts blog.
For years, my friend Annette has been telling me about a great little museum near Ligonier, PA, called the Compass Inn. I finally got there over the weekend. What a hidden gem!!!!  Read more on The Fork and The Road

Upcoming Yard Sales & Flea Markets

Mark your calendars !!

Sept 4 (Saturday) ......Multi family yard sale - Orchard Lane (Darlington) 8 am until 3 pm. Furniture, antiques, electronics, something for everyone....... see our website for musical items

Sept 18 (Saturday) Darlington Firehall Flea Market 9 am until 2 pm.

on privacy

Credit bureaus may also sell information about you to lenders and insurers who use the information to decide whether to send you unsolicited offers of credit or insurance. This is known as prescreening. You can opt out of receiving these prescreened offers by calling 1-888-567-8688.


Good morning, Ligonier!

That announcement, made in March of last year, dismantled the limits imposed by the Bush administration. The change, in Obama's view, was a triumph over ignorance and ideology.

His executive order was, the president claimed, "about protecting free and open inquiry" and letting scientists "do their jobs, free from manipulation and coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it's inconvenient." When science wins, he led us to believe, we all win.

Read more on Reason.

this is so exciting - the trail is coming alive!

Excavation and construction of the trail surface begins next week, and the stone for the surface should be delivered and rolled the week after Labor Day.

Read more on the Ligonier Valley Trail blog.
Plenty of liberals have objected to this kind of spying, but it is the conservative Chief Judge Kozinski who has done so most passionately. "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last," he lamented in his dissent. And invoking Orwell's totalitarian dystopia where privacy is essentially nonexistent, he warned: "Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010



Tuesday, August 31st,  7:00pm at Weller Field.
Come and meet the 2010 Ligonier Valley Fall Sports teams and show your support for all of our teams!!

Saturday, September 18th

This is a great event for our area athletes, be sure to sign up your child!

This event is in need of volunteers for many areas, including the concession stand. Please contact Christy Boyd if you can help at the event, or Wendy Fennell,, if you can help at the concession stand.

weird stuff on Google Earth

philly taxes bloggers to the tune of $300

from the philadelphia city paper:
After dutifully reporting even the smallest profits on their tax filings this year, a number of Philadelphia bloggers were dispatched letters informing them that they owe $300 for a privilege license, plus taxes on any profits they made.
Even if, as with Sean Barry, that profit is $11 over two years...
...Even though small-time bloggers aren't exactly raking in the dough, the city requires privilege licenses for any business engaged in any "activity for profit," says tax attorney Michael Mandale of Center City law firm Mandale Kaufmann. This applies "whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year," he adds.
So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there's the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check.

a must have for new Steeler Nation moms.....

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Ligonier Valley Library Booksale Opens Saturday

Bring your bags and boxes to the library this Saturday for the opening of Ligonier Valley Library's basement booksale! The sale opens at 10 a.m. and remains open until 4 p.m.

This is a cash only sale. Sorry no checks or credit cards...but every item costs only 25 cents each!

If you still have a cassette player at home, you will love the large selection of audio-books on cassette...only 25 cents each.

All proceeds benefit the Ligonier Valley Library.
As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.
American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E’s machines over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.

Read more in Forbes.

Linn Run State Park - Westmoreland County

forest trail

forest trail
Originally uploaded by Christi.Palladino

I love this article. Michael Boldin, YOU ROCK!

The odd man out was Michael Boldin, the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, a tiny California think tank that cosponsored the event. Unshaven and dressed in jeans, an untucked button-down shirt, and hipster glasses, Boldin stood out from the crowd, which included the obligatory Tea Partier in a tricornered hat. The 37-year-old Wisconsin native told me that the Moore who'd inspired his activism was Michael, not Roy. Boldin describes himself as a "recovering Catholic" and reads Mother Jones. He got into politics because of the invasion of Iraq and has come to believe "that most of what the federal government does, from foreign to domestic policy, is a constitutional violation."

Read more in Mother Jones.

calling all dogs!

William D. Donovan Memorial Rabies Clinic
- Benefiting the Wilpen Volunteer Fire Department

When:     Saturday, September 25, 2010
Place:      Wilpen Fire Hall / Wilpen
Time:      1pm to 3pm
Cost:       $10

**NOTE: all cats and dogs must be leashed or caged!

For more information, please call Dr. Connie Donovan Matson at 724-238-9645

Dmitri's Mellow Mike pics ;) Thanks, Dmitri!