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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Salty Sweet Cakepops!

Salty or sweet? How about salty and sweet---this week's cakepops feature either chocolate or almond vanilla cake, decorated with white chocolate or dark chocolate coating, and sprinkled with toasted almonds or pretzels chunks.

So, so good.

Get one or two or three at the Rector Country Market now!!


The Cakepop Lady

Metamorphosis at 28 West Second Gallery & Studio Space in Greensburg

Metamorphosis will feature local artists from the western Pennsylvania region and special guest curator, Sarah Lounsbery. Metamorphosis introduces Judy LaTorre, an established watercolorist who specializes in florals, landscapes and architecture. LaTorre recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area from Bucks County, PA. The exhibit will showcase her recent florals and kaleidoscopes. Metamorphosis will also feature recent works by Ashley Andrews, Susanne Andrews, Ashley Andrykovitch, Roberta Meyers, Meeghan Triggs, Mary Wilmes and Amy Yanity. There will be a wide variety of art work ranging from collage, painting, photography, glass art and poetry.

28 West Second Street
Greensburg, PA

Linda says check out the student artwork!

Please take a moment to enjoy the current art exhibition at the Student gallery of Ligonier Valley located in the Ligonier Town Hall.  The current show will run until April 28th.  A spring show will open on May 12th with an artists’ reception from 6:30-7:30 pm.  The reception is open to the public.  The gallery experience is a nice opportunity to enjoy wonderful artwork while supporting our young community members. 

Gallery Background

The Student Gallery of Ligonier Valley, located in the historic Ligonier Town Hall, is made possible through a partnership of private and public school art teachers with the support of their school communities and the Ligonier Borough Council.   Our mission is to provide a special means to showcase and celebrate the Visual Arts accomplishments of our community children while fostering creative thought and production.  The gallery features artwork by children in grades K through 12.  Several yearly exhibitions insure the Town Hall community room will always be filled with wonderful student artwork for all to enjoy.  The Student Gallery of Ligonier Valley, established in 2005, is funded entirely by private donations, corporate sponsors, and grants.  

reclaiming anti-skid material

Ligonier Township is reclaiming its anti-skid material according to Supervisor Timothy Komar.  Street sweepers are out doing the job.  Last year the township reclaimed 1200 tons valued at over $18,000.

Great money saving move, Ligonier Township!!!

boy has been on expeditions that would make most seasoned explorers and adventurists turn in their compasses and head home

Nico Saporito is just like any normal 11-year-old boy who likes to play outdoors and thinks he can climb mountains.

But when the South Florida pre-teen tells his parents he is going to reach a peak, they know he really means it.
Saporito, who hasn't even graduated grade school yet, recently became one of the youngest humans to scale Africa's mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

East Hills Wine Fest....regional over the mountain fun ;)

The second annual WineFest fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. May 14 at Highland Community Library in Richland Township.  Guests must be age 21 and older to attend.

The event will include wine tasting from Fine Wines & Winemaking of Windber, Helixville Winery, Oak Spring Winery, Starr Hill Winery, and Walnut Hill Winery.  Premium beers and non-alcoholic beverages will also be offered.

Music will be provided by Sam Coco throughout the evening.  There will be a variety of hors d’oeurves by Bigdogz Grill, a selection of farmstead cheeses by Van Grouw Family Farm, a basket raffle, and 50/50 drawing.

Entries for the amateur winemaking competition will be evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges, including two internationally award winning winemakers, a local wine connoisseur who regularly travels to European wineries, and two American Wine Society certified judges.

Entry guides are available at, or at Highland Community Library and Fine Wines and Winemaking of Windber.  The fee is $15 for each entry, which includes up to two tickets to the event.  Winemakers may submit up to four entries.  Each entry consists of two bottles of wine.  The entry deadline is 5:00pm April 29.

Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass and one chance to win the door prize.  Tickets may be purchased at the Highland Community Library and Fine Wines and Winemaking of Windber.

Proceeds will benefit the cost-free services and programs at Highland Community Library.

Call 814-266-5610 for more information.

Wellness Workshop!

She makes "Good Food Science beome Good Food Sense!" Good food science includes a vast array of experiences; it can be educational, entertaining, as well as excellent cuisine.
Currently, Chef Colombe Fruehauf has limited availability to do workshops.  She wanted to help people in the fastest way possible; therefore, Chef Colombe has put together a small 10-15 person workshop. To participate, call Chef Colombe at (724) 238-2271 or La Spa Ligonier (724)-238-9800 to reserve your seat(s).
When: April 15, 2011           6pm-8pm
Where: Ligonier Town Hall - Main Street On The Diamond Ligonier, PA 15658

This workshop is $40.00 per-person if purchased in advance or $50.00 at the door.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at this very special event!
 ( RSVP 724-238-9800 or 724- 238-2271  )

Lunch special today at Ligonier Tavern

Fresh shrimp salad wrap

Missing: Zachary Hunt

Please contact PA Police with any leads you may have. Thank You!

Missing, Zachary Hunt

"MISSING! ZACHARY HUNT since Sunday, March 27. State Police notified on Sunday, but missplaced paperwork until yesterday!! Please help us locate him. Left the Ligonier, PA area. Possibly headed to or already in the state of Washington. Brown hair and eyes. 5'10' 160 lbs. 17 years old wrangles, shirt, boots, cowboy hat and duster coat. Notify PA state police if you can help." Please Pass this information along! Thank you!


109 S. Market Street, Ligonier


Tuesday through Saturday 9 to 5
Sunday 12 to 5
Closed Mondays until Memorial Day
sports merchandise & fair trade gift boutique
featuring coffee from Old Linn Run Coffee Bean Roastery

shout out to Economic Growth Connection....We need to build smarter and not larger.

"Once I heard about the plan not only for the common areas but for the green aspects, I got excited," says Sowler, a nurse who handles medical claims. "This is what we need to be doing in our homes. We need to build smarter and not larger."

Todd and Jeannette Staheli and their two children live in a 1,000-square-foot cottage at Greenwood Avenue in Shoreline. After four years in their previous home, built in 1923, they still didn't feel like part of a community.

They know their neighbors at Greenwood. Kids play in the common area. Weekly potluck dinners bring everyone together. Need someone to water the plants or feed the fish? Ask neighbors. Plus, their utility bills have dropped by half.

"We have less than the square footage of the typical American home," Todd Staheli says, "and I'm sure we have less than half the hassle."

Missing, Zachary Hunt

Please contact PA Police with any information leading to Zachary's where abouts! Thank You!

Good morning, Ligonier!

there are long tectonic ridges extending thousands of miles

“This is the last of the classical planets, the planets known to the astronomers of Egypt and Greece and Rome and the Far East,” said Sean C. Solomon of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the mission’s principal investigator. “It’s an object that has captivated the imagination and the attention of astronomers for millennia.”
But never before has science had such a good front-row seat. “We’re there now,” Dr. Solomon said.

Read more in the NYT.

Yet attending "the new Woody Allen" is, for me, an annual rite.

Lots of cinephiles can quote the best lines from Love and Death. Sonja: "Sex without love is an empty experience." Boris: "Yes, but as empty experiences go, it's one of the best!" I can cite jokes from Take the Money and Run: "I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot." Or from Stardust Memories: "To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the loyal opposition."

Read more on Slate.


GREED #4 (failing to offer correct sacrifices, appropriate worship of God)


SCRIPTURE: 1 When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to the poor, don’t blow a loud horn. That’s what show-offs do in the synagogues and on the street corners, because they are always looking for praise. I can assure you that they already have their reward. 3 When you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know about it. 4 Then your gift will be given in secret. Your Father knows what is done in secret and will reward you. ( Luke 11.2-4) 5 When you pray, don’t be like those show-offs who love to stand up and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners. They do this just to look good. I can assure you that they already have their reward. 6 When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private and will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-6 (CEV))

1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. (Luke 21:1-4 (KJV))

DEVOTION: I don’t know how to handle the “bandwagon effect” that occurs whenever I donate to a charity—their wanting to list my name as a donor. I understand that they want to stimulate others to donate by showing how many others are involved and even how much they are giving.

The poor widow wasn’t on anybody’s donor list. Nobody would e-mail her or call her to make a donation. She had little and little was expected of her. She made no big deal that she was putting all her money in the collection plate.

I often wonder how much would be in the collection plate at a Sunday worship service if everyone present emptied their wallets and purses into the collection plate. We might be amazed! I guess if we were to compare this giving to the widow’s gift, we would have to give all we had in our wallets and write a check for all that was in our savings and all that was in our checking accounts.

Jesus made it clear that this was a generous woman. We can only assume she was generous because she loved God. Certainly she wasn’t respected among the people in the temple. We know that poor people don’t get much respect.

Are we able to narrow our financial thinking to put it all in terms of God and God’s will? Greed steers us clear of such (to continue go to Greed #4)

Today's Menu

31 March, 2011

Fresh brewed coffee & tea

Cranberry & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & Yogurt $2.50

Flahavan's Irish oatmeal $3.50

Chicken noodle soup $4.50

Bacon, spinach & pepper jack cheese $4.50

Spring green, goat cheese, roasted chick pea, cranberry salad $4.50

Add Grilled Chicken $8.50

Hummus, roasted red pepper & pita $5.50

Handmade flat bread pizza: Add your own toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $6.50

Turkey, bacon, spinach & artichoke spread $6.50

Turkey, spinach, pepper jack cheese & sun dried tomato mayo $6.50

Grilled chicken, red pepper, brick cheese & pesto mayo $6.50

Roast beef, blue cheese & tomato relish $7.50

Virginia ham, brick cheese, spinach & sun dried tomato mayo $7.00

Roasted red pepper, provolone, spinach & pesto mayo $6.50

Chicken salad $6.00

Egg salad $6.00

All sandwiches served with home made pita chips

139 East Main Street


9 to 5

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

lawsuit settled

Keith Tucci, 54, of Ligonier claims in the lawsuit that he wasn’t carrying a sign or otherwise demonstrating while he walked past the Liberty   Avenue entrance of the clinic, but a Pittsburgh police officer cited him because he was a “known protester.”

Fresh local meats at Barb's Country Store

Barb's country store

Has fresh Boars Head meat and cheese here's Pat slicing me up some roasted turkey for Gary

Acting Secretary of Education doesn't like school tax increases.

"If I was a local school board member, I would not raise taxes right now," Tomalis said, but he acknowledged that, as the law is written, his department has no authority to deny applications for exceptions if a school district meets the requirements.

Tomalis said that he would support eliminating exceptions and subjecting every property tax increase above the level of inflation to a referendum, but such a change in the law would not take effect this year.


Please find attached the most recent RTK documents obtained by Mary Raich regarding the exceptions.  All requested exceptions were granted by the state PDE, therefore the district has been approved to raise taxes by the following amounts:
Index:  0.966 mils = $ 163,435
Exceptions approved:  3.98 mils = $ 667,969
For a total of 4.95 mils  - This amount will be raised without any approval or further action by taxpayers.  At the last budget/board meeting Dr. Oldham and Mr. Marnell indicated that they needed 10.6 mils to balance the budget (this was after the 2 pages of cuts that included teacher furloughs).
You can see what I assume is Jim Marnells adding tape where he figures the milage on the bottom of page 2.
With only 4.95 approved, where will they come up with the balance of 5.65 mils?  Will there be more staff and program cuts or will this additional amount appear on a referendum?
More questions than answers....
Carol Henderson

RTK LVSD Exception Approval


The First Friday Wine Tasting at Green Gables on April 1st will focus on one of the most prestigious wine regions in California, one which is simultaneously among the more celebrated wine regions of the world. Though Napa Valley was one of the last in California planted with vines (El Camino Real ends in Sonoma not Napa so vine plantings by Spanish missionaries did not make it inland to Napa), it is the one that first afforded the state its reputation as a quality wine producing region. This was true as early at the late 19th Century before phylloxera devastated the vineyards and before Prohibition. Together these events forced most early wine producers out of business. A small group of devotees persevered through the subsequent lean years (through the 1960s) and concentrated their efforts on the production of fine wine under their own labels. It was this effort that resulted in wine from Napa shocking the world by taking top prize over white Burgundy and red Bordeaux at the Judgement of Paris in 1976. Afterwards, the region experienced dizzying growth and today there are over 240 wineries and 40,000 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley. At the tasting, we will pour Girard Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Raymond Reserve Chardonnay 2008, Main Street Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2008, Cosentino Merlot 2005, St. Supery ELU 2005 (Bordeaux style blend), Buehler Zinfandel 2008. Join us next Friday for a taste of what Napa Valley has to offer today. The cost of $25 per person includes tastes of 6 wines and a selection of light hors d'oeuvres. CAll 814 629 9201

Learn How to Fly Fish in the Laurel Highlands

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish but not sure where to go? We have the best place for you to fly fish without breaking the bank or driving the distance. Stay with us at Ligonier Country Inn and spend the weekend learning to fly fish with Ligonier Outfitters. 

Ligonier Outfitters is located only minutes away in downtown Ligonier, and offers the top rated equipment and clothing for all levels of fly fishers. 

Don't forget that this is a perfect getaway weekend for a couple too! Bring your significant other, and if they don't really enjoy fly fishing, the shops at the Diamond in Ligonier offer a variety of items for all ages. The shops vary from toys, clothing, art, jewelry, interior decorations, garden items, spas, food, and much more. 

Book the Fly Fishing Package

$150/person - Friday Night
Package Includes:
Room for two
Dinner at Ligonier Country Inn
Continental Breakfast Saturday
Fly Fisherman's Gift 
Lessons or Fishing Trip (Trip available after April 16th)

Want to stay the whole weekend?
Add Saturday night for only $100 

Note: Clothing equipment will not be provided. Clothing can be purchased at Ligonier Outfitters (see coupon below) or from another location prior to the event. License must be valid and visible. A license may be purchased at Ligonier Outfitters if you do not have one. 

127 West Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658

1376 Route 30 East
Laughlintown, PA 15655

Gid in Prague at the Museum of Communism

my grandnephew

Two ladies with a basket of cookies are walking around Ligonier!

Sharon and Arlene want you to take a taste of the something special we'll find at Connections starting this Saturday.

remembering the birthday of Arthur St. Clair

Elected president of the United States in Congress Assembled, St. Clair presided over the 1787 Congress’ passage and signing of both the U. S. Constitution and the Northwest Ordinance.

St. Clair was born March 23, 1734, in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, and could easily be considered the man most singularly responsible for the early development of Ohio. He founded Ohio’s first nine counties and its territorial court system from 1788-1802. During that time he also governed a territory the size of the original 13 colonies.


Barb's country store (Rector Store)

Melinda 's Good Morning Bagels are sold at the store Wednesday Friday and Sunday and they are Good!

unspecified concerns about the care

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- U.S. Veterans Affairs officials have transferred eight patients out of a Pittsburgh VA hospital because of unspecified concerns about the care they were receiving.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the VA issued a statement saying, "Last week, VA Pittsburgh leadership were concerned that the services provided on one inpatient unit did not satisfy our commitment to provide effective, safe, and first-rate care to veterans."

Read more on AP.

The bill would do away with automatic pay raises and would base future wage increases on merit. Workers would also be banned from striking.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers was poised for a vote before the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday, one of its final hurdles before the measure goes to the governor.

The vote comes a day after a legislative committee approved changes to make the bill even tougher for unions. Met with chants of "Shame on you!" from nearby protesters, the GOP-backed revisions greased the measure for what was expected to be smooth passage in the House.

Read more on AP.

use the human heart to power a range of devices

A team has created a tiny chip which uses natural motion to generate power for hand-held gadgets.
They hope that it could one day even use the human heart to power a range of devices including iPods and mobile phones - and do away with batteries entirely.

Read more:

Good morning, Ligonier!

Dent Wizard

A company that specializes in paintless dent removal in vehicles has technicians working at Ron’s Collision Center, 918 Stoystown Road, Somerset, to repair vehicles damaged by last Wednesday’s hailstorm.

Dent Wizard International has a “hail catastrophe team” that travels wherever a storm has damaged an extensive number of vehicles.

“We go all over the world,” said Mike Beschen, a Dent Wizard technician from Richmond, Va.

Read more in The Daily American.


There will be no more Mad Men until 2012, AMC confirmed Tuesday, although fans will not be at a loss for drama in the meantime. An ongoing dispute between the network and the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, has delayed the arrival of the Emmy Award-winning show's fifth season, reports the New York Times.

Read more on Slate.

Mary on the elusive reading consultancy data at LVSD..what's the secret????

Dear Diane,
Last month Dr. Oldham told the board that she has a new reading-writing consultant who will be providing services to the district at a cost of $750 a day. I listened to the posted video  discovering that Dr. Oldham told a citizen (at the podium) last month that the guided reading phase will begin in May with the new consultant. I did a RTK ( which is posted) asking for documentation for the name and the credentials and tentative dates for this consultant (questions 1, 2, 3). The district did not provide any documents with that information.  I received only the sticky note stating $750. How is business being conducted without documentation? Something seems to be wrong with this picture.

Mary Raich

events by Historic Log Cabin Inn



                             W/DINNER at the INN.

* April 6  Wed.  FOOD IS MEDICINE



* April 20 Wed. Reversing the Aging process NATURALLY


                            W/DINNER at the INN.







SLOTH #3 (acts of violence against others, or ways of secretly hurting or harming others)

Scripture15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. (Luke 18:15 (NIV))

13 Some people brought their children to Jesus so he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. (Mark 10:13 (CEV))

7 Tell all this to everyone, so they will do the right thing. 8 People who don't take care of their relatives, and especially their own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn't have faith in the Lord. 9 For a widow to be put on the list of widows, she must be at least 60 years old, and she must have been faithful in marriage. 10 She must also be well-known for doing all sorts of good things, such as raising children, giving food to strangers, welcoming God's people into her home, helping people in need, and always making herself useful. (1 Timothy 5:7-10 (CEV))

“Stop bothering Jesus.” Have you ever told someone that?

Was Jesus really too busy to touch a child? Is Jesus to busy today to touch my life or the life of one of my friends? I think we would surely say, “No!”, agreeing that the disciples were wrong. They treated Jesus like a dignitary or a king that required a special invitation for an audience with him. They treated him like we do sports stars today: Pay your fee and get in line for an autograph and a picture if you are lucky.

The disciples weren’t very good businessmen. They could have let all the people with children come to Jesus as long as they made an adequate donation.

That I should even think this way shows how messed up our “star-crazed” society is. Even I have stood in line for autographs.

Certainly Jesus didn’t physically heal or touch everyone he came near. On the other hand we don’t see him turning people away or charging a fee. Jesus came for all (to continue reading click on Sloth #3)

Today's Menu

30 March, 2011

Serving fresh brewed coffee & teas

Cranberry & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & yogurt $2.50

Flahavans Irish oatmeal $3.50

Tomato & roasted red pepper soup $4.50

Ham, spinach & pepper jack cheese quiche $4.50

Spring green, goat cheese, roasted chick pea & cranberry salad $4.50

Add grilled chicken $8.50

Hummus, roasted red peppers, & pita $5.50

Flat bread pizza: choose you own toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $6.50

Turkey, bacon, spinach & artichoke spread $6.50

Turkey, spinach, pepper jack cheese & sun dried tomato mayo $6.50

Grilled chicken, red pepper, brick cheese & pesto mayo $6.50

Roast beef, provolone & horseradish mayo $7.50

Virginia ham, brick cheese, spinach & sun dried tomato mayo $6.50

Roasted red pepper, provolone, spinach & pest mayo $6.50

Chicken salad $6.00

Egg salad $6.00

All sandwiches served with pita chips

139 East Main Street


9 to 5

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ligonier Country Inn owners get approval to open B and B

There was a standing room only crowd in the Ligonier Twp building tonight as PJ and Maggie were requesting a conditional use to open a B+B. There were more supporters from both the township and boro than objectors (who submitted 72 signed form letters) You would have thought the Neids were going to put in a high traffic, big activity farm B+B. I don't think any of the "objectors" have stayed at a B+B...but they have a "vested interest" as they live near the area...the naysayers gave no thought to the financial impact, the boost in tourism to the area this much needed type of B+B would give. Just in case any of the "objectors" read this...I would like to give you the MO of the B+B guest-have expendible cash, like to travel, like to enjoy a getaway, visit, tour and experience the Laurel Highlands. They like to dine, shop, stay over night, hike, bike, swim, golf, theater, enjoy nature and our way of life. They enjoy good wine, books and movies. They don't stay out late, they don't get drunk, they don't get disruptive and they don't drive like "hell's angels". Now if traffic and parking wasn't enough for these folks to worry about...they were worried about lighting. Evidently these folks know nothing about a B+B which is meant to be a relaxing getaway not a football field lit up for a night game. I will put my money on my guests being in bed earlier and being quieter than the "objectors". As I stated at the meeting..."We need this B+B in the area". With all those acres surrounding the proposed B+B how bad could 12 to 15 B+B guests be? The Ligonier Township Supervisors should be commended for thinking of the future of farming and tourism. Maggie and PJ were supported by so many folks this evening. They give to this valley and all whom they have touched in one way or another. Congratulations!

Little mandolin on st james infirmary


The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city's Work Experience Program - which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks.

events by Ligonier Country Inn

Mommy & Me Weekend

Bring your child or children for a fun filled weekend of music, crafts, and great homemade food. Why wouldn't you spend Mother's Day any other way? 

Enjoy a homemade, buffet style dinner and karaoke on Friday. Then wakeup Saturday to a scrumptious homemade breakfast followed by a craft project that will leave you smiling. (Suggested for children 13 and under, but all ages invited)

Weekend Package - $99
Saturday Breakfast and Crafts - $15/person

Ligonier Country Inn
May 6th and 7th
Begins 5:30pm Friday
Begins 8:30am Saturday
1376 Rt 30 East
Laughlintown,PA 15655

Spam from UPS

I have been getting a regular dose of SPAM from someone suggesting it is a UPS notification. I looked up UPS and found their fraud division. If you are getting the same crapolla, forward your emails to Dear Customer,

Thank you for contacting us regarding the suspicious e-mail you received. UPS has become aware that unknown third parties are sending out e-mails that somewhat resemble an actual UPS message. These e-mails are not from UPS. The message leads the recipient to believe that a UPS shipment could not be delivered. The recipient is then advised to open an attachment containing a waybill or invoice for the shipment to be picked up.

We have investigated some of these SPAM messages, and verified that the e-mail attachment did contain a virus.

We recommend that you do not open the e-mail attachment as it may contain a virus. We also recommend that you delete the e-mail immediately. While UPS does send official notification messages to our customers, rarely do they include attachments.

We take our customer relationships very seriously at UPS, and I apologize that you received one of these e-mails. For more information from UPS on protecting yourself against fraud, please visit at the address below:

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.....

If you are interested in the plans at Foxley Farm,

I hear there is a public hearing at the Ligonier Township building this evening at 6:30pm. 

I think the plans proposed by PJ and Maggie Neid are terrific.  I would go to express my support but I'll be at Mellow Mike.  Good luck, PJ & Maggie!!

Ligonier Valley YMCA Bicycle Maintenance Course

Join us and learn a little more about that bike
of yours! This four part series will include
introductory information about bicycles,
bicycle maintenance pointers, and bicycle
safety and riding tips. Benefits will include
greater self-sufficiency when executing
roadside repairs and home maintenance while
helping participants navigate and engage the
services of bike shops. Come for one or for all
four sessions! Sessions are Thursday evening
starting at 7:00 PM and will range from one to
one and a half hours in length.

March 31: Foundation
April 7: Roadside Repairs
Bring your front wheel and a
roadside repair kit
April 14: Home Maintenance
April 21: Bring your own bike!

an artificial leaf

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they've developed an artificial leaf that produces energy ten times faster than natural photosynthesis. Thinner than a playing card and made from cheap materials, the leaf could create enough energy to heat one house for one day, says the Daily Mail. Although a scientist named John Turner created the first artificial energy producing leaf more than a decade ago, the MIT researchers' model is smaller, more powerful, and cheaper than Turner's template.

Read more on Slate.

Good morning, Ligonier!

morning chuckle from be fair, she sent a whole bunch of cartoons - I picked this one. ;)


Today's menu

19 March, 2011

Select coffee and teas

Blueberry & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & yogurt $2.75

Flahavan's Irish oatmeal w/preserves $3.50

Wedding soup $4.50

Greek chicken, spinach & feta cheese (very different and tasty) $4.50

Spring greens, goat cheese, walnut & cranberry salad $4.50

Add grilled chicken $8.50

Hummus, roasted red pepper & pita $5.50

Flat bread Pizza: choose your own toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty tuna salad $6.50

Turkey, spinach, bacon & artichoke spread $6.50

Grilled chicken, red pepper, brick cheese & pesto mayo $6.50

Roast beef, provolone & horseradish mayo $7.50

Virginia ham, spinach, brick cheese & sun dried tomato mayo $7.00

Roasted red pepper, provolone, chick pea & pesto mayo $6.50

Meghan's special chicken salad $6.00

Meghan's extra special egg salad $6.00

All sandwiches served with pita chips

139 East Main Street


9 to 5

teacher unions v taxpayers on money and school choice

For unions - especially teachers unions, it would seem - when it rains, it pours. They not only face off against a budget reform sentiment among the taxpayers, who view public employee union contracts as bloated and wasteful. Now they also face off against growing education reform sentiment among the public, who see the educational and economic benefits of another movement unions have opposed: school choice.

While there is yet to be a high-profile standoff between education reformers and union bosses like there have been between budget reformers and union bosses, momentum nonetheless continues to build in favor of school choice. In Pennsylvania, legislators are pursuing a school choice bill. In the U.S. Congress, efforts are under way to revive the District of Columbia’s voucher program. The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program has enjoyed tremendous popularity and a graduation rate 18 percent higher than Milwaukee public schools.

Read more on WT.

keeping an eye on the condo board

Bottom line: Condominium owners must vigilantly monitor their board's decisions. If you don't agree with their decisions, mount a campaign with as many fellow owners as you can, and call for a special meeting of the association. Your bylaws spell out the procedure for this process.

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business responding to consumer desire for biodegradable packaging

The frozen peas from Stahlbush Island Farms tend to stand out in the freezer at the grocery store. They're in a brown bag -- a heavy paper bag with a biodegradable liner -- rather different from the dependable plastic packages that have kept veggies from getting freezer burn for decades.
The Corvallis, Ore., company had to spend only five or six years trying to get that package right before rolling it out in April. Then, said Debbie Cozzetto, director of sales and marketing, the company started getting calls from other processors and manufacturers to find out how it was done.


GLUTTONY #3:acts of violence against others

Themes from a Scattered Garden

Reverend Bill Pieringer
Calvary United Methodist Church, Ligonier

SCRIPTURE: “Therefore do not worry, saying what will we eat? or what will we drink? or what will we wear? ..indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31-33 (NRSV)

DEVOTION: Feeding the birds at, this time of the year, is a popular activity in Western Pennsylvania. The one problem many bird feeders face, however, is the ever present, ever persistent efforts of the gray squirrel. Anyone who has ever watched a squirrel atop a bird feeder knows a little something about gluttony. They don’t stop until they have cleaned you out.

Over the years we have “squirrel proofed” our feeder, though it hasn’t been easy nor cheap. We removed a deck from which the squirrels would jump to our feeder. Then we purchased an aluminum cylinder that prevents the squirrels from climbing up the 4x4 post. Next came the chicken wire that we stapled over the sides of the feeder to prevent squirrels from sitting upon the feeder’s ledge.

Yet because we feel badly for the squirrels during the winter, we always spread seed, and cracked corn around the base of the feeder upon which the squirrels feed.

A few Saturdays ago, I woke up to see a squirrel looking through (to continue reading click on Gluttony #3)

Monday, March 28, 2011


The Performance Health Studio has moved to 122 South Fairfield (attached to the Dollar General). 
ZUMBA classes are starting on Saturday April 9th at 9:30am!!!! They will continue on Saturdays at 9:30am and on Mondays at 6pm!!! Class is an hour packed full of fun and cardio for only $5!!!!!
More classes will be starting in the next 2 weeks (soon as equipment gets delivered), so call (724-238-4090) for more info or check the web
                                             Spread the word and hope to see you there! Amanda

my oldest friend on the planet sent this to me today....and yes we are older than dirt

This was sent to me by someone a little older than us- but alot of it still applies...
 'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.' 

mon, seriously Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !
'Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

 By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore   Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck.
Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died. 

My parents never drove me to soccer practice.. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer... I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow)
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 16.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people.

 I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.'
When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

 I never had a telephone in my room.
The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers -- It cost 7 cents a paper, and they  got to keep 2 cents. They had to get up at  6AM every morning.
On Saturday, they had to collect the 42 cents from their customers. Their favorite customers were the ones who gave them 50 cents and told them to keep the change. Their least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

 If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you 
may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing

 Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend :
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
 Ignition switches on the dashboard.

 Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.

> Real ice boxes.

 Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner. 
 Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. 

Older Than Dirt Quiz :
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1 Blackjack chewing gum
 2.Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 
3. Candy cigarettes
 4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles 
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke  boxes 

6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers 
7. Party lines on the telephone
 8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers

 10. Butch wax 
11.. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels...
 [if you were fortunate])
 12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
 S& H greenstamps 
16. Hi-fi's
 17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper

 19. Blue flashbulb

 20. Packards
 21. Roller skate keys

 Cork popguns 
23. Drive-ins
 24. Studebakers
 25. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
 If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older 
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age
 If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!