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Saturday, April 30, 2011

congrats to Larry Barth of Stahlstown

Over 1200 carvings were entered by carvers of all levels, from Youth to World Class, in 38 different divisions which include life-size and miniature decorative bird carvings, interpretive carvings and several categories of working decoys. At the award ceremony this evening the winners of the World Champion Divisions were announced. They are as follows:

Division A - Decorative Life-size Wildfowl
1. Warbler by Larry Barth of Stahlstown, Pennsylvania, USA
2. Sunbird by Todd Wohlt of Kimberly, Minnesota, USA
3. Quetzal by Tom Horn of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA

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it's quite an honor to score a ticket to this - go Nikki! Ligonier is so proud of you. ;)

Ligonier native Nikki Schwab will be among those attending the White House Correspondent's Dinner this evening in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Pitt and American University, Nikki is the "Yeas and Nays" columnist for The Washington Examiner.


A WINE TASTING PARTY will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Vincent Grove in Latrobe from 6 to 8:30 PM featuring Walnut Hill Winery  -  Raspberry Acres  -  Cokeville Produce. 

Enjoy Cathi Rhodes singing the hits of Patsy Cline, raffles, baskets, food and more... all for just a $20 donation! Tickets are limited for this exciting event, so contact any Lions Club Member or call Judy at 724-539-7747 today!


hat tip to Clay for heads up on Armory site listing ...thanks, Clay!

Friends of the Ligonier Valley Trail Clean Up Team

Another great clean up job.
Thanks to the Loyalhanna Watershed Association for organizing this event. Jason, Shelley, Marsha, Dave, Carrie and Rose.
Yes those are machetes!

Lawn Mower

Looking for used mower to buy. Ours got damaged in the hailstorm. If you are looking to sell your old one... let us know... Thanks Cindy 724-238-3897

must read........"Unmonitored Vendor system Access and Logical Access Control Weaknesses."

Dear Diane,
The Department of the Auditor General commenced an audit on Feb 8 ,2011 and concluding on April 19, 2011. I submitted a RTK asking for the findings. Currently there was an informal audit review on April 20, 2011 with the board members and Dr. Oldham. Attached are 3 pages which discuss "Unmonitored Vendor system Access and Logical Access Control Weaknesses." As you read the document discussing the observations by the auditors the company referred to, I assume, is In-Shore Technology. In Shore Technology was introduced by Dr. Oldham two years ago in July. This is the same company which  has been awarded a 3 year contract by our school board. This company receives $95,000 a year. There is such a weakness it required a three page response from the Auditor General's office, and check out Dr. Oldham's response to the "Management Reply Form".

This board "had" to vote on awarding In-Shore a contract last month even though the current contract is not up until the middle of summer. If the board had used prudence in judgment waiting one more month other avenues may have been pursued. Hurry up and vote (8-1) to give Dr. Oldham what ever she requests!

Mary Raich

Good morning, Ligonier. Looks like a good day for a sub sale. ;)

"Public Input sought on Franklin Regional budget"

Dear Diane,

The article in the Tribune Review "Public Input sought on Franklin Regional budget" hit the nail on the head. Here is a school board that is doing exactly the opposite of what LVSD has been doing and is still doing for the last couple of years.

 Had people attended the open forum held by the ROCK candidates at the Ligonier Township Building and at the New Florence VFD  they would have heard the same philosophy of petitioning the tax payers for ideas and thoughts towards solving the problems of the school district.

 The PAC candidates had two years to alter their tactics and chose not to do so after numerous requests by the public were made for open discussion to take place for decision making. Conducting business with so many important issues in 15 minutes or less , with no input from the public has created this embarrassment to the LVSD. "I move, I second, all in favor say aye......8 to 1 again and again!

Mary Raich

World's Best Park for Families!

LIGONIER, Pa., April 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a national poll of its members, made up of experienced and well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts, the National Amusement Park Historical Association (N.A.P.H.A.) gave first place honors to Pennsylvania's Idlewild & SoakZone ( as the World's Best Park for Families

Connections Menu for Saturday

Salads ($5 or $7)

Black Bean with Mango

Curried Chicken

Wheatberry with Apple and Fennel

~Can't make up your mind? Ask Sharon for an assortment~


Cream Puffs $2

Apricot Scones $2

Orange/Cranberry Scones $2

Almond Fudge Tart $5

White Chocolate Raspberry Tart $5

We serve Old Linn Run Coffee & 16 Varieties of Loose Tea, Iced Tea, Soda & Juices

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9-5

Sunday 12-5

Stop in today and see what's brewing at 109 South Market Street

(across from The Toy Box)


Today's Menu

30 April, 2011

Fresh brewed coffee & Irish teas

Granola & yogurt $2.50

Flahavan's organic Irish oatmeal $2.50

Clam chowder $4.50

Roast beef, spinach, red pepper & cheddar quiche $4.50

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

Strawberry, cucumber, candied walnuts & blue cheese Salad $4.50

Add grilled chicken for $4.00

Add Prosciutto for $3.00

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $6.00

Greek chicken, feta, spinach & ranch $6.50

Grilled chicken, spinach, ranch, provolone & pepperoni $6.50

Roast beef, blue cheese & Ballymaloe tomato relish $7.50

Capacola, turkey, provolone, spinach & artichoke spread $6.50

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

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

Add bacon for $1.00

Chicken salad $6.00

Egg salad $6.00

Pasta salad $1.00

All sandwiches served with home made pita chips

139 East Main Street


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Don't miss the next Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast on May 11 at Casa Chapala at 8 am. Everyone is invited to attend!

events by HISTORIC LOG CABIN INN 191 Main St.

Wed. May 4th  7-9pm  and
Sun.  June 12   2-4pm
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Have fun with tasty & nutritious Dandelions! Learn how to make dandelion jelly, syrup, fritters, salad, wine, coffee-sub,
and discover the multitude of healing benefits found in this common unpretentious "WEED".
Please RSVP
Cost: $25

Wed. June 1, July 6, Aug 3, 7-9pm
Come find out how you can have fun without alcohol!  Enjoy great tasting, refreshing drinks bursting with antioxidants and age-reversing nutrients.  And the    side effect is, you'll feel great the next day!!  Join us for music and drinks as Local Musicians will add a flare to the evening.
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Please RSVP

Sun. May 1, June 5, July 3, July 31, Aug 14  3-6pm
Weed Walk & Learn Natural Medicine w/
Nature Inspired Dinner at the INN
Historic Log  Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Have fun identifying those "COMMON WEEDS" as you learn how they have been used for food and medicine for millennia!  You will learn which part of each plant is used, the proper time to harvest and ways to store for future use ie, dried, tincture, etc.  The WEED and wild flower inspired dinner will be served after the WAlk.
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant
Please see website for more info.
Please RSVP
Cost: $50

Wed. May 18, June 15th 7-9pm
Lose Weight & Feel Great Naturally
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Transform your body with a delicious, easy approach.  Learn how to use "Functional Foods" to burn-off the pounds and maximize your energy potential!  Be sure to bring your appetite along, as samples are encouraged!
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant
Please RSVP
Cost: $25

Sun. May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 1-3pm
Tastefully enjoy the art of getting healthy through medicinal teas while you have fun sampling "Judy's Specialteas"!
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant 
Please RSVP
Cost: $15

Sun. May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21  3-5pm
Weed Walk & Learn Natural Medicine
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Have fun identifying  those "COMMON WEEDS" as you learn how they have been used for food and medicine for millennia! You will learn which parts of each plant to use, the proper time to harvest and ways to store for future use ie, dried, tincture etc. 
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant
Please RSVP
Cost: $25

Wed. Jul. 20 7-9pm
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Transform your body with a delicious, easy approach.  Learn how to use "Functional Foods" to give your body the Super nutrition that it needs for optimal health and vitality.  This class is for anyone who would like to look and feel younger, have more energy, have greater libido, and lose weight. Be sure to bring your appetite along, as samples are encouraged!!
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant
Please  RSVP
Cost: $25

Wed. Aug. 17  7-9
Let Food Be Your Medicine and
Medicine Your Food- Hippocrates
Historic Log Cabin Inn
191 Main St. Donegal, PA 15628
Learn how to heal your body using delicious "Real Food" to bring optimal health & vitality to your life.   The bodies innate wisdom strives to keep us healthy and is challenged by today's psuedo foods which are a major contributor to modern day ailments.  Be sure to bring your appetite along, as samples are encouraged!!
Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist/Natural Health Consultant
Please RSVP
Cost:  $25

For your convenience, if you are interested in an event you may make your reservation and  pay through the website. Just click on the EVENTS AT THE INN  tab! 
Thank you, and hope to see you!

Judy Trabbold
191 Main St.
Donegal, PA 15628
Happy and Healthy Naturally


Come try our new total body fitness class," PERSONAL BEST"!!!!

Personal Best is a 60-minute fat burning muscle strengthening program for able-bodied men and women of all fitness levels. Fun, surprising and somewhat gritty, Personal Best will have you pushing your own limits. Bring a mat/towel (if you don't have your own, we have plenty here!), water and willingness to get off the couch.  Get your body confidence back with Personal Best.

Plan to stay a few minutes after Zumba this Saturday to try a sample of it!

PERSONAL BEST- every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45 pm at The Performance Health Studio behind Dollar General. Only $5 for the hour long class!! Plenty of free parking.  

And dont miss out on Zumba- Saturdays @ 9:30am and Mondays @ 6pm

events by Ligonier Country Inn

Spend Mother's Day in Laughlintown this year, and see what Ligonier Country Inn is doing to make Mother's Day special. 

Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th:
Mommy & Me Weekend
Bring your children and spend Mother's Day Weekend, eating great homemade food, singing karaoke or watching movies, and making garden crafts to take home and share. 
$15/person for each day; $99 for room on Friday and both days of fun for two people
Reservations required

Sunday May 8th:
Mother's Day Breakfast and Brunch
Don't worry about cooking this Mother's Day, we will do it for you! 
Breakfast: 8:00-9:45 ($7/person)
Brunch: 10:00-3:00 ($12/person)
Reservations requested

Ligonier Country Inn
1376 Route 30 East
Laughlintown, PA 15655

Friday, April 29, 2011

Waiting for Ms Marianne

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oh the music...oh the was a wonderful show

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Old seats in Homestead Library....

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waiting for Crosby and Nash at the Homestead Library Carnegie Music Hall

Waiting for Crosby and Nash

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Salad special at ligonier tavern tonight

Ahi tuna salad entrée more specials at www.ligoniertavern. com

if you like to dance, don't miss this...they'll be dancing in the aisles!

May 13 &14 at 7:30 PM and May 15 at 2:30 PM
Directed by Dom Camarote
The 'old gang' is back for more music and laughter! You'll see all your favorite Valley Players performing on stage in a rollicking musical showdown as rock 'n roll meets country music, featuring hits from the 60s through the early 90s!
You'll see and hear Joe Boggio, Eric Harris, Cathi Rhodes, Debbie Gruss, Dominic Camarote, Diane Paul, Gary Ed, Michele Clise, Barry Shirey, Fran Mitchell, Amy Jacobelli, Diane Cipa, Larry Shew and the Gals from Building Bodeez Fitness Center!
Don't miss it!!
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Students (6-17)
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Yard Sale

Huge yard sale in Laughlintown, rain or shine

Saturday, April 30
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Field behind Compass Inn Museum

A variety of items from 18 families; antiques, crafts, household, clothes, toys, games, house plants plus much, much more.

Sponsored by Ligonier Valley Historical Society

Ligonier Valley Library to Celebrate 65th Anniversary & Opening of Historic Photography Show

Explore the past... the present... and the future of your Ligonier Valley Library on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

Photos and documents waiting to hang
in the Pa. Room Hallway
Meet President Abraham Lincoln, as the Pennsylvania Room unveils its 2011 Historic Photography Show - "Ligonier Valley Goes To War, 1861-1865 : The American Civil War."

Become acquainted with our newly renovated Community Room.

The celebration is free to the public. Desserts will be served. Please RSVP to or call 724-238-6451.

We hope all of our wonderful patrons and friends will stop by to help us celebrate and enjoy everything that has made 65 years of the Ligonier Valley Library so great.

a budget meeting on Thursday?

Hello Diane,
Word is that a budget meeting will take place at 6:P.M. On Thursday night at RKM. I just checked the website and cannot locate the information. I could have over-looked it. Hope I did, for In-Shore has a 3 year contract in spite of the procurement contract.

morning chuckle courtesy of Walt

a pretty Flintstones concept of journalism for an administration that presents itself as the Jetsons

The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights.

White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news.

Siding search

Does anyone know where to get or have some of this wood grain 8" steel siding? We need several pieces for a repair. Color is not an issue, it is painted.

Meals on Wheels

As part of the continuing community service , the Rotary Club of Ligonier presented a grant of $ 500. to the Meals on Wheels. Accepting the grant was Gil Flint, president and fund raiser for the service. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Flint gave an interesting history of Meals on Wheels. The idea of providing aid and assistance such as food, hot drinks, clothing and general help at disaster sites, or to poor people in distressed areas began in England in 1936. This service became known as the Woman’s Volunteer Service (WVS), later to become the Women’s Royal Volunteer Service (WRVS) Later at the outbreak of World War II in 1939 and the extensive air raid campaign known as the “blitz” the WVS continued to provide much needed help to bombed out people, including the delivery of meals. Although the war finished in 1945, many households, disabled, distressed, or senior citizens still needed help, particularly in the area’s where extensive bombing had taken place.

Read more on Ligonier Rotary.

a think tank Pitt Student's take on the Corbett budget

There is nothing wrong with individuals attending college for the social experience or universities providing entertainment to their student body, so long as it is the students and the institution that fund these activities. The use of taxpayer dollars to encourage enrollment and to allow colleges to become bastions of entertainment, does a disservice to college students and a disservice to taxpayers.

Gov. Corbett's budget is not perfect, but reducing universities' reliance on taxpayers is a step in the right direction. Those who have portrayed Corbett's budget as an assault on higher education fail to recognize that institutions such as Pitt are no longer primarily educational institutions but instead insulated communities putting too many resources into entertainment, socialization and self-aggrandizement.

Read more on CF.

standing O for Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan received a standing ovation Thursday afternoon during the Q&A part of his meeting with constituents at a high school auditorium in a suburb of Milwaukee.

Ryan faced a larger number of hecklers at this event than previous ones, but they were just a sliver of the max capacity crowd. The vast majority of those present stood and applauded Ryan after one constituent rose to thank the congressman for producing his plan to rein in the federal budget. You probably won't see this on the nightly news (and not just because I'm a terrible cameraman; sorry if you get whiplash):

Read more on TWS.

states embracing school choice

In the state’s Blytheville School District, a charter school runs a certified nursing assistant program for high school students. Rather than spend two years at a college before being certified, students can spend two hours each day in a CNA class. If they pass the year-end exam, they’re eligible to get a job in their field.

“We have the ability to make that schedule,” because the charter school isn’t tied down by the same rigid course requirements often found elsewhere, said Paul Stubblefield, the school’s assistant principal. While he stressed that students still take “normal” classes in math, social studies and other subjects, they’re also able to devote extra time to nursing, culinary arts or other specialized fields.

Read more in WT.

Good morning, Ligonier!

raw milk .... contraband.....a sting operation on the Amish....something's wrong in the USA

Raw-milk devotees say pasteurization, the process of heating food to kill harmful organisms, eliminates good bacteria as well, and changes the taste and health benefits of the milk. Many raw-milk drinkers say they feel much healthier after changing over to it, and insist they should have the freedom of choice regarding their food.

One defense group says there are as many as 10 million raw-milk consumers in the country. Sales are perfectly legal in 10 states but illegal in 11 states and the District, with the other states having varying restrictions on purchase or consumption.

Read more in WT.

Today's Menu

29 April, 2011

Fresh brewed coffee & Irish teas

Blueberry, lemon & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & yogurt $2.50

Flahavan's Irish oatmeal $2.50

Stuffed pepper soup $4.50

Artichoke, spinach, red pepper & pecorino cheese quiche $4.50

Spring green, goat cheese, check pea & cranberry salad $4.50

Add grilled chicken for $4.00

Add Prosciutto for $3.00

Strawberry, cucumber, candied walnut & blue cheese salad $4.50

Hummus, roasted red pepper & pita plate $4.50

Home made flat bread pizza: choose you favorite toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $4.50

Greek chicken, spinach, ranch & provolone $6.50

Grilled chicken, spinach, ranch, provolone & pepperoni $6.50

Capacola, turkey, spinach,provolone & artichoke spread $6.50

Roast beef, blue cheese & Ballymaloe tomato relish $7.50

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

Roasted red pepper, spinach, provolone & pesto mayo $7.00

Add bacon for $1.00

Egg salad $6.00

Chicken salad $6.00

Pasta salad side $1.00

All sandwiches served with home made pita chips

139 East Main Street


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on May 11 at Casa Chapala. Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

meet and greet candidates

I am sorry that I could not attend the meeting this evening and will also not be able to attend the meeting on Monday.  We're in the final stages of rehearsals for a Valley Player production which I can't miss though I really really would like to have attended both events.

I do hope folks will share comments and maybe some pictures. 

Dmitri goes to Times Square (didnt take my camera...cell phone pics)

Thats me pointing at the "Broadway" sign
Photo by my friend Larry

Hey I actually was on one of those huge signs! See the person sitting at a table in the street, in the very center of this pic. Thats my image on a huge sign in Times Sq for all the world to see! (Actually anyone standing at the right place and time gets there image in Times Square.)

Wish you were here.

A group of three women was, as I recall, doing a promotional video in Times Square.

Ham on Times Square.
Photo by my friend Larry

Shawn's Poetic Places - hat tip to Byron for link

Discover Pennsylvania's beautiful Laurel Highlands region portrayed in a uniquely artistic way. "Come Walk with Me"  takes you on a picturesque adventure that begins with poetry and closes in a timeless song.  Along the way, you will take a journey through the changing season's of WesternPennsylvania,
 set to the soothing sounds of Acoustic Guitar.

Ralph Nader wants a contested primary.

Ralph Nader is convinced that Barack Obama will win reelection in 2012, but that won’t stop him from trying to organize a slate of Democrats in the coming months to challenge the president in party primaries next year.

Nader told POLITICO on Wednesday that he is working on bringing together about half a dozen presidential candidates who could “dramatically expand a robust discussion within the Democratic Party and among progressive voters across the country.” Each would focus on a specific issue where the far left says Obama hasn’t done enough, including the environment, labor and health care.

no MM photos as D was in d big apple

wish you were here

Huckabee not running either

It looks as if Mike Huckabee won’t be making a presidential run in 2012 after all.  An article at the Process Story blog says they have been told Huckabee is “giving his former S.C. supporters the nod to seek work on other presidential campaigns. The word is that he’s told South Carolina staffers that they have his blessing for them to peddle their wares elsewhere.”

Read more on Human Events.

on Ayn Rand

And contrary to what liberals think about Ayn Rand's attitudes about capitalism, here is Dagny on the morality of free trade:
"If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud." (p. 425)
As for Ayn Rand herself, here is the author on individual rights:
"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."
Here is Rand on slaves and masters:
"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master."

Read more on HP.

The Beanery Writers Group April 25, 2011, Writing Prompt

The second week in May is National Pet Week. Do you have a pet? Do you prefer to own a cat or a dog? If you have a pet write your most memorable experience with it. If you do not have a pet, tell us why not. Perhaps you can write about a pet you had in the past.
Sit down for 7 minutes and just write. Then, if you feel so inclined, develop your 7 minute writing further.
Send your results to beanerywriters at Even though we haven’t responded to each submitter, some responses have turned into posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (
NOTE: The Beanery Online Literary Magazine seeks submissions for Memorial Day, July 4 and summer issues.
The Beanery Writers Group meets the second and fourth Fridays (except the first Friday in October, and the second Friday in November and December). It is open to writers in all genres, either seeking assistance on a single project or ongoing membership.
The next meeting date is Friday, May 13, 2011, at the regular place---the Coffee Bean Café 1:00-3:00. Gather early for sociability and/or eats. The back room is being reserved from noon to three, so we can gather and socialize without taking up the space for customers at the coffee shop.
For further information contact facilitator, Carolyn C. Holland: beanerywriters @
Carolyn (a WordPress daily post challenge)

new PA law - Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act

The act addresses properties with serious code violations that are determined to be public nuisances. It provides several remedies to address decaying properties.

For example, beside the extradition option and potential criminal charges, cities can place a lien on an owner's assets, such as on a car, boat or bank account, for serious property code violations.

Municipalities may also deny permits, such as building and zoning permits, to property owners for unremediated code violations and for delinquent payments on taxes, utilities or other city services, according to the law.

Read more on Housing Wire.

How mesmerized are they by Dr. Oldham?

Dear Diane,

Most of us kept wondering why a 3 year contract was given to In-Shore so quickly without reservation. There were also questions raised by citizens concerning  the Nutrition Inc's contract.
At the same meeting a contract was awarded to Procurement Specialty Group to review and analyze commodities and contract data for price/cost reductions.

Apparently, Dr. Oldham pushed these contracts through right under the noses of the board because now these costs are locked in! Another example of this board paying for a service that will not be utilized in its potential and this board giving Dr. Oldham another rubber stamp of approval. How mesmerized are they by Dr. Oldham?

Mary Raich

Good morning, Ligonier!

I enjoyed this humorous article from our sister city. Hey, why don't we have Ligonier Visitors Center?

Some weeks I enjoy following national politics and some weeks, well the subject kind of gives me a temporary bout of Tourette’s.

For most of this week, I was all set to go ballistic on Donald Trump, who is toying with the idea of running for POTUS.*

Read more on FWDailyNews.

Connections Menu for Thursday

Stop by Connections today...We're across from the Toy Box

Sweet Treats

Cranberry Orange Scones $2

Almond Tea Cake $4

White Chocolate Raspberry Tart $5

Almond Fudge Tart $5

Chocolate Peppermint Cake $5

Salads ($5 or $7)

Curry Chicken

Spicy Peanut Noodle

Tuna & Red Bean

Chickpea & Feta

Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

We have a gift waiting for you!

Open 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday

12-5 Sunday

Volunteers needed for Clean Up Day April 30, 9am-Noon -Trailhead- Baltic Road

The Friends of the Ligonier Valley Trail are participating in the 6th Annual Great Ligonier Valley Cleanup, and we are looking for more volunteers to work on the trail head clean up on Baltic Road.

The event goes from 9am to noon and if the trash clean up is completed ahead of time, we will work on some brush clean up to blaze a clear space on our lot.

Send an email to and give us your name and telephone number. We will get back to you with any additional information if necessary. Otherwise, please show up at the trail head site on Baltic Road in work attire and waterproof work shoes as the area is currently VERY wet. Bring clippers, rakes, hoes, shovels, and a wheel barrow if you can. The trash will need to be transported to People's Road for pick up on the work day.

Our brush clean up task will require a few more tools if you can bring them, and the more we have working, the sooner the job will be done. A bow saw or large loppers will be needed for some of the more vigorous saplings and shrubs. Clippers for the brambles and other growth will be handy. Be sure to wear heavy work gloves and work clothes for your protection from thorns and whatever the lot holds.

Directions: From the Diamond take 711 North about one mile. Turn left onto Peoples Road. Follow Peoples Road about 1/2 mile to the Baltic road on the left. We are about 200 yards down, just over the small bridge.

We will also have a booth on May 21 at the first Farmers Market. Come look for us there.

We are planning a children's bike rally and helmet give away in June. Date and time to be determined.

Please stay in touch through the trail blog or be sure we have your correct contact information.

iPad duffers

I’m a novice golfer at best, but as a gamer, I can appreciate the wealth of options and features granted for the $10 fee in this slick simulation.

Players get a golfing avatar all gussied up - complete with purple pants, black gloves and baseball cap - that can shoot a solo round (from three to 18 holes), compete in a full calendar’s worth of PGA Tour events or challenge Tiger himself.

Read more on WT.

“I’vejustdonethejobyoushouldhavedonethreeyearsago. You’rewelcome.”

No matter how the White House tries to spin this, President Obama has been deeply damaged by this birth-certificate mess, damage that is entirely self-inflicted. If his long-form birth certificate was available to the president all along, why on earth did he not release it years ago? Instead, he stonewalled just enough for the whole matter to appear suspicious to large numbers of Americans, leaving a perfect opening for a skilled opportunist like Donald Trump, who has played the president like a well-worn violin.

Read more in WT.

Today's Menu

28 April, 2011

Fresh brewed coffee & Irish teas

Cranberry, orange & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & Yogurt $2.50

Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal $2.50

Wedding Soup $4.50

Chicken, bacon, spinach & ranch quiche $4.50

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

Add grilled chicken $8.50

Strawberry, cucumber, candied walnut salad $4.50

Hummus, red pepper & pita plate $5.50

Hand made flat bread: choose your favorite toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $6.50

Chicken, spinach, ranch, provolone & pepperoni $6.50

Turkey, spinach, smoked cheddar & artichoke spread $6.50

Roast beef, provolone & horseradish mayo $7.00

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

Roasted red pepper, spinach, provolone pesto mayo $6.50

Chicken salad $6.00

Egg salad $6.00

Pasta salad $6.00

All sandwiches served with home made pita chips

139 East Main Street


9 to 5


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

@ Ligonier Equestrian Center

school choice is winning

Barbour out of the race

After months spent on the campaign trail, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour today decided against entering the 2012 presidential race despite a strong history of political fund-raising.

Barbour released a statement this afternoon, in which he explained his decision.

Read more on Open Secrets.

New at G Squared

How cool are these? Tiny necklaces hidden in a walnut shell? Just crack them open for a beautiful surprise. Perfect for Mothers Day! Handmade by Michigan artist by Robin Goodfellow. Stop by to see them for yourself.

Cool Springs Express has lunch delivery

NOW OFFERING LUNCH DELIVERY, 11:AM THRU 2:PM Tuesday Through Friday (2 Mile Radius Including Ligonier Borough)

HomeMade Soups and Chili

We now have whole wheat PIZZA dough! 

Visit site.

events by Colonial Inn

Fri. April 30th- Hansel 7-10pm

Saturday, May 7th- Kentucky Derby Party starts 4pm!! Live Entertainment Outside by Hansel 4-7pm, Hat Contest, Mint Juleps, Prizes!!! Make your Dinner reservations ASAP!

Now booking for Mothers Day Brunch/Dinner Buffet 11am-5pm Sunday, May 8th

Connections Menu for 4-27

Stop by Connections... at 109 S. Market for a Tasty Salad

Menu for Wednesday, April 27th

Tuna Red Bean

Spicy Peanut Noodle

Curry Chicken

Chickpea & Feta

Small Salad $5/Large Salad $7

While you're at Connections, try one of Sharon's delectable desserts!

~Special Gift for all Administrative Professionals this Week~

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9-5

Sunday 12-5

the Podlucky saga continues

Gregory J. Podlucky, accused of multi-million-dollar fraud in the run-up to the bankruptcy of Le-Nature's Inc., launched the first salvos last night in his legal defense, asking to throw out evidence gathered with a search warrant, sever one defendant from his case, and move the trial out of western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Podlucky's attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay, filed a motion to suppress evidence gathered from a search warrant executed in 2007, noting that it lists an address of 345 Cobblestone Lane, Ligonier, which is a vacant lot. Agents instead searched the Podlucky family home at 297 Sunrise Lane, Ligonier.

events by Rep. Mike Reese

Make Plans To Attend My Annual
Children’s Day!

It is time once again for OUTDOOR FUN for the entire family!

Saturday, May 14
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Idlewild Park
Route 30 East
In Ligonier


Enjoy Story Book Forest and Jumpin’ Jungle as you learn about beneficial services available in our community.


Tickets for this event are free but necessary
and available at my Mt. Pleasant and Ligonier district offices. We have a limited number of tickets available so call or stop soon to get your tickets.

I hope you will be able to attend this fun day filled with activities, which will be a well-deserved celebration following our harsh winter. I look forward to seeing all of you!   

spring cleaning

Need help with your spring cleaning?

Do you want to tackle the dreaded "junk" room or maybe even organize your closets and make room for your summer clothes? Helping Hands For Home is your number one choice in organizing and cleaning. We offer deep-cleaning, organizing, spot cleaning and even whole room makeovers. With our affordable rates, you can get the job done and have the time you want and need instead of spending grueling hours on your home projects. Leave it up to our cleaning experts to get the job done, in a timely manner and with the prices you can afford!
Call or click to get a FREE estimate with no obligation to a contract unless you like what you see!
May is also our refer a friend month!!! If you refer a friend, and they sign a contract, you and your friend get 10% off your services during the whole month of May! WOW! What a deal!! Ask for more details!

Thanks, Diane!
Have a lovely day!!!

goodbye Hi-Way Drive-In

When Howard Rose started his now-successful key-cutting business 26 years ago, he didn't have a storefront.

His "shop" was at Unity Township's iconic Hi-Way Drive-In outdoor flea market, where every Sunday he would ply his craft before the throngs of people who shopped there.

"The flea market is the birthplace of Keyworld," Rose said. "It's something that I did to become known by the people in the area."

case dismissed

A federal magistrate judge has dismissed Grandview Elementary School from a lawsuit alleging a former Derry Area administrator sexually harassed a behavioral specialist assigned to a student at the school.

Good morning, Ligonier!


Today's menu

27 April, 2011

Fresh brewed coffee & Irish teas

Cherry & white chocolate chip scones $1.75

Granola & yogurt $2.50

Flahavan's Irish oatmeal $2.50

Stuffed pepper soup $4.50

Chicken, bacon, spinach & ranch quiche $4.50

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

Add grilled chicken $8.50

Hummus, red pepper & pita plate $5.50

Home made flat bread pizza: choose your favorite toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

Meghan's tasty albacore tuna salad $6.50

Chicken, ranch, spinach, provolone & pepperoni $6.50

Turkey, spinach, smoked cheddar & artichoke spread $6.50

Roast beef, provolone & horseradish mayo $7.50

Ham, brick cheese, spinach & sun dried tomato spread $7.00

Roasted red pepper, spinach, provolone & 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


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

hey, it's Shirley!

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.....

Here's an odd question for you. Do you know what counter-clockwise means?

I ask because I would've assumed that most everyone knows what counter-clockwise means but my sister doesn't agree that we can make that assumption.  The subject came up this morning when I called to check on the installation of their new TV.  Apparently the installation guy was lost presumably because my mother told him to go counter-clockwise around a building.  My sister said she should have just said go around the back of the building and he would have figured out which way to go by seeing the one way signs.

It all ended well as they found him in the parking lot but it left me thinking about simple phrases we take for granted.  My sister implied that younger people are less likely to know things like clockwise and counter-clockwise.  That surprises me.  What do you think?

Thursday April 28th at 7pm at the Ligonier Twp Bldg

ROCK will host an open forum, townhall style meeting for the public to meet the candidates for school board. A public question and answer period will be followed by an informal meet and greet.

Questions should be formatted in a clear and concise manner and may be asked directly by you, or if you prefer, submitted to the moderator who will read it to the candidates for you. Reasonable follow up will be permitted. Multiple candidates may respond. Attendees may comment on questions and responses.

 A moderator will be present to help organize and keep things flowing. Questions should be relevant and respectfully presented.

Come out and see how open and cooperative candidates will better represent ALL members of the community. See you there!

Revitalize Our Community and Kids
Registered PAC


Please accept the following Press Release. We would appreciate if you post it on your blog, it is an excellent place to reach our community.

Any questions about this release may be directed to this email address: or Mike Kelly at (814) 241-0665

Time is short and we’d appreciate your quick action on this.