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Friday, December 31, 2010

PASSING STORM Steve P. gave me a link to software converting .wav files to .mp3 so now my music is in mp3 format will this work? click n see (hear)

Huge tree!

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

much thanks to Anon for this contribution to our reading...a good read to bring in the new year...

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

Read the rest here.



Pronto-Uomo Cuff links & 4 Studs

Click on the link to see these!   They are still in the box, NEVER worn.

Pronto-Uomo Cuff links & 4 Studs

Thanks for "checking them out!!!
Bell said police reported that when they arrived at the checkpoint, they found Tobey, "absent of pants and shirt in full public view, exposing language regarding the Fourth Amendment written on his chest and abdomen with marker or crayon."

The message read, "Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated," Bell said.

Read more in the Times Dispatch.

120 North Market Street, Ligonier

January Grooming Special

$5.00 any Grooming Service of $30 or more.
One coupon per visit
Valid January 1 - 30, 2011
We have a large selection of Grain Free treats and foods.

Around the world different cultures have their special traditions for welcoming the New Year and to ensure good luck. According to Jessica B. Harris in Wednesday's New York Times, "In Spain, grapes eaten as the clock turns midnight -- one for each chime -- foretell whether the year will be sweet or sour. In Austria, the New Year's table is decorated with marzipan pigs to celebrate wealth, progress and prosperity. Germans savor carp and place a few fish scales in their wallets for luck. And for African-Americans and in the Southern United States, it's all about black-eyed peas."

Read more in the HP.

Good morning, Ligonier!



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I remember seeing my mom wear this when I was a little girl.  Always thought it was Unique!


Thanks for checking my necklace out!!

The Politics of Snow

Diane, you've met your match-- here's what someone with a nanny-state chip on her shoulder REALLY sounds like :)

The Politics of Snow

I'm going to start highlighting the most absurd efforts to use for partisan or ideological gain news events that don't have anything to do with either. Today's example:

The blizzard is definitely a force for conservatism, and not only because it has had the global-warming crowd scrambling for explanations. The blizzard reveals something basic: Liberals in government want to tell us what to eat, counsel us about how and when to die, and in general attempt to engineer our lives. But when reality knocks, they can’t do the basic stuff such as clearing the streets so that newborns don’t die in bloody apartment-building lobbies. Mayor Bloomberg may be receiving an unfair amount of criticism for his lackluster performance in coping with Mother Nature, given the almost unprecedented nature of the storm, but the unplowed city streets provide a metaphor for the nanny state: It can order us to do anything, but it can’t take care of the basic obligations of government.

Warfare and corporate welfare

These days, old soldiers never fade away, they just pull down seven-figure salaries from General Dynamics. Reading this piece—and please do read it—the outrageousness of ex-generals raking in ungodly sums hawking war machines to their junior ex-colleagues becomes so vivid, one naturally wonders why it is so little remarked upon by the guardians of the public interest.
America's drawn-out wars abroad are stupendously expensive. The stupendous expense of course attracts profit-seeking firms rather like sharks to blood. And the wars are so drawn out in part because, as Mr Fallows and Robert Gates suggest, there's nothing concrete at stake for most Americans. Like the hum of an air conditioner, after a while, one simply stops noticing the wars are there, much less that many billions of taxpayer dollars are thereby making some private citizens immensely rich.
However, I don't think we ought to overlook the extent to which the rise of military corporatism (or is it corporatist militarism?) has been helped by the public-relations victories of the ideological advocates of American supremacy at Fox News, the Weekly Standard, and the Washington Post op-ed page. Among those victories is the close connection in the public mind between support for America's wars—for American military might in general—and American patriotism. That's why we don't much see putatively limited-government tea partiers decrying the relationship of symbiotic parasitism between arms makers and the war-making state.
dear mr. beck,

have you ever read the bible?  from cover to cover, scripture reveals the overwhelming concern of God for the poor, oppressed, marginalized, hungry, and vulnerable.  warnings aimed at the wealthy and those who benefit from exploitation also feature prominently.

jesus himself couldn't be clearer:  he said that the legitimacy of our faith will be judged by how we treat those whom he called the "least of these."  he began his public ministry preaching from a well-known messianic passage in isaiah and claimed that his coming fulfilled it:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-20).

Ligonier Living has been getting 1500 to 2000 hits per day pretty consistently.

This is a FREE platform on which to promote your ideas or business.  If you have a Ligonier business, HEY, think about posting.  Lots of folks will see your good products and services.

My friend Angie Noppe called me a few days after I posted some pictures from her new restaurant, Grannies.  She had some folks drop in for a bite to eat.  When she asked how they had heard about Grannies, they said they had seen it on Ligonier Living.  She asked if they were from Ligonier and they said no.  She asked if they knew me and they said no.

Lots and lots of folks read Ligonier Living everyday.  Here's a big hello to YOU and a thank you for reading.
The lanes were closed from Longbridge to Kingston Dam after six vehicles crashed in three separate incidents in the same location because of icy conditions, Ligonier Township police Chief Mike Matrunics said. No one was injured, but two of the cars had to be towed.

Read more in the Tribune Review.


Well I learned how to record the electrical output (not the sound from the speakers) direct from my keyboard to the computer. Then how to post it on Divsharre but how do I link the divshare site directly to the blog like I do a youtube video, but here only sound?? below is the URL for my test piece of music but you have to copy n paste to hear it.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Green Gables is open year round!

Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday ~ 5pm -9pm
Sunday ~ 5pm – 8pm

Brunch: Saturday ~ Noon – 4pm
Sunday ~ 11am – 4pm

1st Friday Wine Tastings
First Friday Wine Tastings are held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 8 pm. Themes of the tastings center on topics of wine novices and aficionados alike. Participants enjoy tastes of six wines and a selection of light hor d’oeuvers. Reservations are appreciated.

2nd Friday Beer Tastings
Second Friday Beer Tastings are held the Second Friday of every month from 6 to 8pm. Themes of the tastings center on topics of beer novices and aficionados alike. Participants enjoy tastes of eight craft beers and a selection of light hor d’oeuvers. Reservations are appreciated.

Overnight packages with Huddleson Court

Romance in the Mountains Package
Two -Three course dinners at Green Gables Restaurant including a
Choice of starter, entrée, and dessert. One night’s accommodations at Huddleson Court including a breakfast basket.
All taxes and gratuity.

Wine Tasting Package
A First Friday Wine Tasting for two at Green Gables Restaurant. One night’s accommodations at Huddleson Court including a breakfast basket. All taxes and gratuity.

Beer Tasting Package
A Second Friday Beer Tasting for two at Green Gables Restaurant. One
Night’s accommodations at Huddleson Court including a breakfast basket.
All taxes and gratuity.


solar shed light

Our solar shed light can be easily installed on all types of material; metal, wood or plastic. It is charged by a powerful Mono Crystal solar panel and the light fixture holds 24 LEDs. It stays bright up to 4 hours when fully charged.  Read more on CottageSimple.
No, that's not a Frisbee balancing on a stalagmite – it's an electron microscope image of the first all-optical transistor on a silicon chip.

See more interesting images on Physics World.
Punch bowls are back — but they're not flowing with lime sherbet or ginger ale or sugary juice mixed with handles of cheap booze. No, think Mr. Micawber's punch — from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield — a hot, steaming bowl of lemon, sugar and spirits that made Micawber's face shine "as if it had been varnished all over."  Read more on NPR.

Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl

events by UU Fellowship of Ligonier

First Friday Events...
January 7th - 7:00 -9:00 PM
Peace, Justice and Healing
An interfaith meditation. . .
Our whole Earth is in dire need of peace, justice and healing. This First Friday evening will be devoted entirely to contemplation, meditation and discussion directed at moving us towards inner, national and world peace.
Free to the public.
The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month.

How to Find Us
From Ligonier, proceed east on Route 30 approximately 1.5 miles. We are on the right hand side just beyond the Ligonier Valley Beach. Coming from the east we are about 2 miles west of Laughlintown on the left side of Route 30. Look for a large blue sign with white lettering.  

Other Activities...
Our book discussion group meets at 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month.  All interested readers are welcome to participate. One is not required to be a member.

January's selection is Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham.
February's selection is Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Our drumming group welcomes any interested persons. Drums and other instruments such as flutes or guitars are encouraged.  Meet every third Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8:30.
Game Night   Is usually held on the third Saturday at 6:00 PM. The next Game Night will be on January 15th. We will have a pot luck dinner followed by games chosen by the group. In the past we have played various word games such as Boggle, Anagrams and Scrabble, plus Trivial Pursuit and/or bridge when four interested players are present. Please let Kathy Bold know if you are attending and what you will bring for the pot luck.

what do YOU think? ;)

"We can't continue to put our heads in the sand and pretend we do not have qualified and capable students that unfortunately fall into this [illegal] category," Ramirez said.

But to other legislators, it's not a matter of academic ability.
Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore Co., says he will "lead the fight" against any bills to reduce tuition for undocumented students.

"They shouldn't be here, whether it's their fault or not, and they shouldn't receive a benefit for being here," said McDonough, estimating that $990 million is spent educating illegal students in the K-12 system. "In a state with a budget problem, that's not supposed to happen."

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

I love this idea, Cal.

I want to make a pin that has Lady Liberty sitting on a chip.  I'll wear it on my shoulder!  Thank you for the moniker.  I love it.  I'm proud to have a libertarian chip on my shoulder and you were right to notice!  ;)
Steven Rattner, who helped lead the Obama administration's auto industry overhaul, has agreed to pay $10 million to settle influence-peddling allegations in New York.

Rattner admitted no wrongdoing as part of the deal, which was announced by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

Cleaning Up Broken Fluorescent Bulbs

The EPA released today new guidance on how to properly clean up broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs....

And these are so much better for us than the old standard incandescent bulbs?? hmmm.

hearing route 30 is closed both ways through the Loyalhanna gap

Individual Action: Air Burst of an Atomic Bomb

Individual Action: Air Burst of an Atomic Bomb.

This statement from a picture of a 1950 Government Printing Office card, posted on Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Living blog by blog manager Diane Cipa, reminded me of the days when we thought more about nuclear attacks than we do today.

Another reminder of those days is a sci-fi program "The Shelter." This Rod Serling tale is part of the annual New Year’s Day The Twilight Zone’s marathon. The episode will air at 10:00 a.m., January 1, 2011, on the Syfi TV Channel.

These reminders bring me back to when I was a kid many years ago, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. I was growing up in Gouverneur, a small town in Northern New York. Like other towns, ours had a volunteer fire department. Red call boxes were located around the town, to be tripped in case of a fire. Each of these boxes had a number. In our house we had a card that listed the locations and numbers of all the boxes. When a box was tripped, the local milk plant whistle blew, announcing the fire and its location. The whistle would blow long signals for each ten’s digit and shorts for each unit’s digit. We lived in the district of box 17. The card also informed us that the number 11 meant that there was an emergency to respond to.

Another listing on the card: a continuous signal meant Air Raid. These cards probably had been printed during WW II. It was a time when school students were instructed to cower under classroom desks during Air Raid drills.

One day my friend, who lived across the street, and I were playing in the woods on the back of my family’s property. Alan Griffith was the best man in my 1966 wedding and has since died of cancer. That day, we were a quarter mile or so from the house. Suddenly the fire whistle blew one long continuous sound. Both of us were familiar with the fire card from our homes—being the kind of kids we were, we probably had memorized most of the box numbers and locations.

Immediately, panic set in. We’d never experienced an air raid, and we didn’t want to do so in any place but inside our homes. We ran back to our houses as quickly as we possibly could, expecting the worst. (Continue reading at Air Raid)

Carolyn’s Photographs for Sale

Deceptive Pricing Practices

Memories in a Bank and Three Chairs

Navy Yard Broadcast from Pearl Harbor: Part 3

Robert and Janet: Nowy Targ Holocaust Survivors

Vintage Hollycraft Multi Stone Necklace & Earrings Set

Beautiful Vintage Jewelry up for auction on Ebay!

Click on the link! Vintage Hollycraft Multi Stone Necklace & Earrings Set

Thanks for "checking them out"!

Good morning, Ligonier! The iceman careful.

Tom Payne, author of Fame: What The Classics Tell Us About Our Cult Of Celebrity, believes we need famous people. He opens his book with the story of Spears, who infamously shaved her head in full view of onlookers.  Read more on NPR.

Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity
Even noted atheist Richard Dawkins has praise for the volume: "You can't appreciate English literature unless you are to some extent steeped in the King James Bible. There are phrases that come from it — people don't realize they come from it — proverbial phrases, phrases that make echoes in people's minds," he said in a video released by the King James Bible Trust, the British organization that is one promoter of the 400th-anniversary celebrations due next year.

Read more in the WT.
House Republicans, who take control of the chamber in January, are planning a rules change that would end most commending resolutions, and in the process could slice down much of the chamber's workload — with the goal, the GOP said, of letting lawmakers focus on the big issues during the key work hours.

Read more in WT.
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act of 1916 was never intended to be a retirement plan, but critics say for thousands of government employees, that's just what it's become.

That's because under the federal system, disabled employees unable to return to work get to choose between receiving higher-paying workers' compensation benefits or the lower-paying federal retirement plan.

Read more on WT.
Next came Mrs. O’s push for the $5 billion expansion of federal child-nutrition programs. As I first reported in February 2010, the legislation was a pet project of the Service Employees International Union, which seeks to swell the ranks of dawn-to-dusk year-round public-school food-service workers, who organize under the progressive activist slogan “serving justice and serving lunch.” In addition to school breakfasts and lunches, the kiddie-food patrol is now pushing subsidized dinners and summer food service to create a “stronger nutrition safety net.”

Read more in the NR.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The framing introduction to this National Review chat with Ron Paul does a fairly good job summing up the set of beliefs that Ron Paul combines that give all sorts of folk who are apt to be with him on one thing to be against him on another. He's an anti-abortion and anti-open borders libertarian, an anti-interventionst far-right Republican, a fiscal conservative for earmarks, a hyperindividualist dogged with a racism scandal, a man the progressive left frequently loves for his views on war and privacy and the drug war who promotes free-market capitalism.

Read more on Reason.

Five myths about federal workers

Federal workers are America's new favorite target...

But are federal workers really the problem behind the struggling economy and the bloated budget? To answer, let's first dispense with some widespread misunderstandings about our federal workforce.

Read more in the Washington Post.

Dmitri photos MM (Mellow Mike) .

Hey where is every body?

Pete ! Glad to see you!

Got Walter smiling. (Looks like Walter got a lot "face time" on the blog this week.)

Dmitri phots MM . We had a small group so some of you appear more than once.

Dmitri photos MM

Dmitri photos MM Really like this one of Diane strumin the Guitar passionately

I say it desrves its own special post

Dmitri photos from MM Thought these three made nice portraits.

The Army's problem, Stone and others say, is that most current enlistees grew up on the couch, playing video games, rather than horsing around outside. And public schools have cut gym classes.

Read more on NPR.

Just opining on these two sentences I imagine a strong divide between those who seek government intervention to solve problems and those who figure people can fix things themselves.  In my opinion, children learn and develop important survival skills when permitted to engage in free play outside.  Organized sports and school gym classes may develop specialized skills but they can't replace basic young human play.

I know how to skip, run, race walk and jump.  I know how to select a good rock for writing or digging.  I know how to climb a steep hill and walk or rundown that hill safely.  I can climb a tree.  I can make a path through heavy brush.  I can walk across a rocky streamlet.  I wasn't the best at doing these things.  We had a real climber in our group.  She was born a climber.  The rest of us developed technique by doing.  

We weren't a bunch of wussies and we were girls who played with Barbies, too.  None of us played organized sports and none were particularly good in gym class.  We just played.  We still watched TV a bit after school before dinner and a bit before bed but otherwise our parents expected us to be outside.  If we stayed inside I think our parents would have thought we had mental problems.

So, I don't think this is a problem solved by more organized sports and gym classes.  I think we need to encourage - not force - a cultural shift in parenting that embraces some form of natural human play.  That doesn't cost money but it does require some rethinking of the limits of comfort and safety. 


In the version of history being taught in some Virginia classrooms, New Orleans began the 1800s as a bustling U.S. harbor (instead of as a Spanish colonial one). The Confederacy included 12 states (instead of 11). And the United States entered World War I in 1916 (instead of in 1917).

Read more in the WP.

Good morning, Ligonier!

Politically, the toughest cut would be to reduce the federal work force by 10 percent to save $13.2 billion over five years. The federal employee unions would scream bloody murder. But since the recession began, the nonmilitary federal work force has grown by 12 percent, or 240,000 workers, according to James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation.

Read more in the WT.
It was Dec. 14, 1958, and I was a 13-year-old boy living in New York City. I was at Yankee Stadium watching my (then) beloved Giants play the Cleveland Browns. We had to win to force the Browns into a playoff to decide who would be in the National Football League's championship game. There was less than two minutes to go, it was dark, and, worse yet, there were swirling winds and a driving snowstorm. Pat Summerall, the Giants' placekicker, lined up 49 yards away. If he didn't make it, the Giants would be eliminated. Given the conditions, I didn't think he had a chance. He was a straightaway kicker, and he drove it with everything he had.

Read more in the WT.
"In the public sector, you don't have that flexibility," he said. "You have a privileged [employee] class of people that have been promised things, and they expect those promises — even if those promises come at the expense of everybody else's job."

Read more in WT.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Up for auction! This Vintage 1950s Charm Bracelet - Plenty of space for your favorite charms!!!

Click on the link below!


Celebrate the Year Gone By !!
Why not begin your New Year's Eve
celebration in style with fine dining at Green Gables Restaurant?
Chef Susan Kroft
has devised a five course menu for the evening's dinner service.
The menu includes
a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert plus salad and intermezzo.
Specialties from the menu include:
the appetizers
Beet Veloute with crème fraîche and caviar
Lobster Pot Pie
the entrees
Peppercorn Crusted Filet with beef confit blue cheese smashed potatoes, spinach, green peppercorn brandy cream
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with smoked onion risotto, broccoli rabe, cognac cream, crispy prosciutto salad.
Click here to see the entire menu.
New Year's Eve Five-Course Menu
$55 per person.
Wine pairings and champagne
will be available along with Green Gables'
a la carte wine list and beer menu.
Looking for Gifts of Culture and Entertainment?
Still shopping for deserving people on your list this Holiday Season?
Consider gifts of culture and entertainment for an easy way to wrap up your holiday shopping.
Gift packages for professional theater,
wine or beer tastings, fine dining, overnightgetaway packages
more are available at Green Gables Restaurant's reservation desk.
Packages range from $40 for two admissions to a beer tasting
$78 for two tickets to the upcoming production of Ring of Fire at the Mountain Playhouse
in 2011
FlexPasses at 2010 prices (range from $160-$192)
the Theater in the Mountains package
which provides fine dining, live professional theater
a relaxing overnight stay at Huddleson Court.
all in a single gift package (range from $250-$400).
See our gift guide for the complete list of gift ideas.
Call 814 629 9201, option 1
drop by Green Gables Restaurant to purchase your gifts today!

it's Mellow Mike night!

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.....


Pay close attention to that word and when you hear that a city or state or school district is in trouble and you will more often than not find PENSIONS at the center of the discussion.

Think about how often politicians have caved over the decades to union demands - always leaving the problem for some future generation.  Well, guess what?  We may be that "future" generation.

How much further do you want your taxes raised to cover this political cowardice?

Are unions willing to renegotiate?  Will government bodies have to file bankruptcy to get out of the contracts?

It's a very interesting conundrum.  No one wants to hurt anybody else and I am not saying people who bargained for these pensions are bad but I want to direct attention to PENSIONS as an across the board problem which has to be resolved in some manner.
Scientists have upgraded their opinion of Neanderthal cuisine after spotting traces of cooked food on the fossilised teeth of our long-extinct cousins.

The researchers found remnants of date palms, seeds and legumes – which include peas and beans – on the teeth of three Neanderthals uncovered in caves in Iraq and Belgium.

Among the scraps of food embedded in the plaque on the Neanderthals' teeth were particles of starch from barley and water lilies that showed tell-tale signs of having been cooked.

Read more in the Guardian.
But Republicans are all too aware of this conundrum, and have been looking for ways around it. What they found is an obscure authority provided by a 1996 law called the Congressional Review Act. It provides Congress with an expedited process by which to evaluate executive branch regulations, and then give the President a chance to agree or disagree.

Read more on TPM.

reading the Chesapeake Bay story makes me think about simple solutions....

I really think small simple steps go a long way to resolving this type of pollution.  We can do so much without throwing huge amounts of tax money at problems.

Imagine if just 10% of folks in a neighbor replace a portion of their lawns with naturalized island gardens, like the rain garden shown in the illustration below.

Imagine if just 10% of folks chose to have stone drive and walk ways rather than concrete or asphalt.

Think of the additional habitat supporting life above and below the surface.  Think of the runoff that water that would be naturally leeched into the ground rather than moving into the storm system and into the creeks and rivers.

I realize the difficulty of making this kind of cultural change.  People have long held ideas about what is acceptable and normal.  I can only do what I am able to do.  I preserve what I can and add island gardens where I am able.

If you like the idea of helping to create a more natural space, and you can only do just a little tiny thing, do it.  It's the little acts that make all the difference.  If just 10% did just a little bit, maybe someone would notice the improvement and make it easier to so just a bit more.

Demonstrating by doing simply rather than forcing and spending lots of OPM [other peoples money] just seems to make sense for a whole lot of stuff, at least to my simple brain.
A rain garden is not a boggy, mosquito infested swamp, but rather a year-round low cost, low maintenance garden filled with plants indigenous to your neck of the woods.  Simply put, a rain garden is a man-made filtration system that catches and filters rain water from roof tops, driveway, and roads into a lovely space that recharges soil and helps keep our waterways clean.

Read more on the Pleated Zucchini.
RICHMOND -- The Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of improvement but remains afflicted with dead zones, fish kills and pollution, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said Tuesday in its "State of the Bay Report."

The report notes improvements since the last report in 2008 in eight of 13 indicators, including a rebounding blue-crab population and flourishing underwater grasses, a key habitat for crabs and other marine species.

Read more in the WT.

Good morning, Ligonier!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Bernie lynch rocking it out at the tavern!


Having fun at Ligonier tavern!

The Campell House B & B is looking lovely.

Amy, are you starting a new Ligonier fashion trend?! This is so cool.....

Check it out on Amy Johnston....Custom Sewing.

an ugly sweater party... how fun!!

See more fun photos on SoMuchShoutingSoMuchLaughter.

Sarah Swain with The Greenheads tonight at ligonier tavern 7:30

Jonathan Franzen may be the country’s most popular literary novelist. In Freedom, his aptly titled new book, he takes on the question of American liberty: what it means and what it’s worth. He stumbles over some political stereotypes along the way, but in the end Franzen’s fatalistic message has an optimistic edge: that there just might be something noble about our freedom to fail.

Read more on Reason.

Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
The campers, all of whom hail from the Stahlstown area, took four bears this fall.

That's impressive enough in a state where only about 2 percent of the nearly 150,000 bear hunters get an animal in any particular year, and many go years without so much as seeing a bear in season. But it only tells a small part of the story.

The camp has taken 102 bears — with rifles, slug guns, pistols and bows — in its 30-year existence.

Read more in the Tribune Review.
Celebrate with Us! 
Join us for a Festive Dinner
 & Cocktails by the Fireplace
 to ring in the New Year!
The Ivy Cafe will be closing on January 22, 2011 9pm
Come celebrate our last New Year in Ligonier!

Choose One

Antipasti Bruschetta

Lobster Bisque

House Salad  

Goat Cheese Souffle

Choose One


Prime Rib

Black Forest Pork Loin

Grilled Filet Mignon

Crab Stuffed Shrimp

Snapper Francaise

Pecan Crusted Atlantic Salmon  


The Ivy Signature Trio of Desserts
A Happy Ending...A Sweet New Year

$50++ per person  
Reservations Suggested, Full Bar 
We accept Visa, Mastercard & Gift cards are encouraged for this event.
Menu items may change due to availability & the whims of Chef Anthony 

See You At The Ivy!
The Ivy Cafe in historic Ligonier
201 E. Main Street  Ligonier, PA 15601

Good afternoon, Ligonier!


Good morning, Ligonier!

Hey. That's not the Diamond. ;)
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Green Gables

Green Gables Restaurant



New Year's Eve Gourmet Dinner

5 courses

$55 per person


Beet Veloute with Creme fresh & caviar

Lobster Pot Pie

Duck Confit Pizza- Winter Squash & Chervre


Warm Arugula salad- bacon, gorgonzola, fennel & beets


Grilled Pork Tenderloin, smoked onion risotto, Broccoli Rabe,Cognac cream,

Crispy prosciutto salad.

Peppercorn crusted beef filet, confit blue cheese, smashed potatoes,spinaach, green peppercorn brandy cream.

Dijoin roasted lamb rack, grilled peach & mint quinoa, pine nut relish, port & fig gastrique.

Green Lip Mussels & Tiger Fish, white bean puree, rosted tomato brood & arugual.

Oven Rostead Chicken breast, wild Mushrooms en croute, caulifower puree & truffle oil.


Champagne & Rapsberry Sorbet.


Chocolate Creme Brulee


Walnut Crisp with Ice Cream.

Seatings from 5 pm - 9pm

814 629 9201 for reservations

Good morning, Ligonier!