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Sunday, July 31, 2011

God Save Our Rotting Dinosaurs by Diana Hunt

God Save Our Rotting Dinosaurs
Diana Hunt©2011 all rights reserved

(~This poem is dedicated to all of the prehistoric life, both plant and animal alike, that gives us our energy today.  For that we give thanks and tear you out of your eternal graves,  grind you up,  siphon you off, dig you out and rearrange the terrain so that wildlife will not live here again, by Golly~)

God save our rotting dinosaurs
and the ground on which they’d tread,
for some they are worth trillions,
for others, they bring only dread.

These long-dead creatures
have since turned into goo
whose once-frightening features
now burn in furnace flues.

Guard our yards, lakes and farms,
for soon us, your ghosts will follow.
Your ghouls pay to escape ,
rotting dinosaurs we are forced to swallow.

(I want to add for public knowledge, Oil & Gas rights are NOT Mineral rights.  Make sure that when you bought your property, you bought all of these rights, too!

a note from Patricia Johnson

Hello, Ligonier. I love your town and your people. You were so good to me while I was there. Unfortunately I became very ill and had to close my shop and move closer to my children in Texas.
After suffering multiple heart attacks I am well enough to have opened a shop here and continue my interior design work. You can check me out at,keyword Patricia Johnson Interiors. I look forward to hearing from you!
Cordially, Patricia


peeved about social security...courtesy of Walt

An "Entitlement???"
What the hell is wrong here?
Remember, not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only 30K over your working life, that’s close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working (me) you'd have $892,919.98.If you took out only 3% per year, you receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years, and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever had.

Entitlement my ass, I paid cash for my social security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! Congressional benefits, aka. free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare, and they have the nerve to call my retirement entitlements !!!!!!

Billy Stewart - Summertime (HQ audio)

for Angelina fans... ;)

Watching Angelina Jolie stride through a restaurant is to be given a lesson in how to avoid attracting attention in public. She looks ahead impassively, her back is straight and she walks at speed so that she will have moved on before any diners, who think they might just have spotted the world's biggest female movie star, have time to do a double take.

Read more in Slate.

PA booze

"I think it's insulting to Pennsylvanians. It's a socialist-type system," said Newman, who added it was also anti-consumer.
You mean there is a reason consumers reject Big Brother kiosks and risk bootlegging through borders just to find better selection and prices free of government approval?  You mean Americans actually like freedom?

on defined benefit public employee pensions

Before 1997, Michigan state employees (like those in Pennsylvania) solely received defined-benefit pensions in which employees are assured an annual retirement income. However in 1997, Michigan shifted public pensions from the defined-benefit program to defined-contribution retirement plan, like the 401(k) plans most companies in the private sector use.

Read more in CF.

Reason TV visits the Save Our Schools Rally

Google buys IBM patents

NEW YORK (AP) - Google Inc. has bought about 1,000 pending and issued patents from IBM Corp. in its quest to shore up its defenses against suits by other technology companies, according to documents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Google and IBM spokesmen wouldn’t comment Friday on the purchase.

a visit to Fort Ligonier

I took my two daughters to Fort Ligonier today, and thought I'd share some things I found interesting, and may be of some use to those interested. Unfortunately, the fort's museum does not allow any photographs to be taken, or I would have some good pictures to share. If any of you ever travel to southwestern Pennsylvania, please stop and visit the fort and its museum!

There are many fine examples of firearms from the period. Mostly smoothbores, but a fine example of a beautiful Jaeger rifle in .60 caliber. I'd estimate the barrel length to be about 32 inches at most. Interesting to me was a finely made, folding leaf rear sight on this rifle, and its silver front blade. 

Read more on muzzleloadingforum.

events by

  • Free Sunday Band Concert - July 31st, 2011 - East Winds Symphonic Band - 7pm Bandstand
  • Rotary Golf Outing at Champion Lakes - August 1st, 2011 - Call 724-237-0138 for details
  • Free Sunday Band Concert - August 7th, 2011 - Community Band South - 7pm Bandstand
  • Stroll Through Ligonier - August 5th, 2011 - 50s Theme - Sidewalk Sales - Classic Cars - Entertainment
  • Fine Wine & Cheese Tasting - August 12, 2011 - Ligonier Valley Fire Hall - Sponsored by the Ligonier Volunteer Fire Department.

Good morning, Ligonier!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wu Tse Chi - Mountain Palace

Wu Tse Chi (Five Stones Game) Only at Mountain Palace can you learn and enjoy this ancient Chinese game. Five seconds to learn and a lifetime to master. Once you develop your skill you can play Lacy's mother Yuzhen for a truly humbling experience. This weekend special is the William Andrew Chinese Wrap and Chinese Meatball Zucchini Ginger Dancing Noodle Soup for only $4.95. Eleven miles north of Ligonier turn left off of Route 711 across from Mirror Lake. Saturday 11:30 to 9:00 and Sunday 11:30 to 6:00. 724 717-8614

Ligonier Virtual Yard Sale ... on Facebook. Stop by today & yard sale shop the easy way! Find what you need - sell what you don't. New items posted daily !!

District Justice Denise Snyder Thiel speaking

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Denise Snyder Thiel, attorney and District Judge of Court 10-0-39. Her office is located in Ligonier. She will speak about the functions of the district court with the power to administer the law. The public is always welcome to come and join members for the meeting.

Read more: Calvary church to hold Gospel Sing on Saturday - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

hiring at Ligonier Construction

Ligonier Construction Company
is looking for EXPERIENCED Operators, Laborers and Directional & Auger Drilling Operator and/or Crews. Apply in person at 1350 Route 30, Laughlintown (724) 238-4782

Good morning, Ligonier!

PS Bill Pribisco provided the photos from the show, The Fantasticks.

Thanks, Bill!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kudos to Anita Jacobs and Bob Lacovic for creating a marvelous performance in The Fantasticks.

We went to the performance this evening at the Ligonier Theater expecting a community theater experience.  Within moments of the show's start we realized this was something different.  The performance we enjoyed this evening was a cut above community theater.  It would be unfair to compare what we saw tonight to other shows we've enjoyed at the Ligonier Theater.  This was just so well done that it was like a professional performance.

Hubby said it was the best show he's ever seen there and he's a tough critic who doesn't really like theater.

My favorite performer was Jim Luksik who plays Henry.  I loved everyone in the show.  DOM - You were fantastic!  I just especially enjoyed the quirkiness of Henry and the gusto with which Jim Luksik played the role.

GO SEE THE FANTASTICKS.  There are only two more shows.  It was a small crowd tonight and it made me wonder if this show was too sophisticated for Ligonier, then I thought, NO, everybody is probably just like me.  There's something about the name of the show and the description that seems unappealing.  Take my advice.  Ignore that and if you enjoy a good book or good music or good theater, don't miss this performance.  ;)

morality of profit

Connections Menu for Friday

Salads for today: Curry Chicken, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Tuna & Red Bean, French Potato, Wheatberrry with Apples & Fennel, Chickpea & Feta

All $5 or $7, Eat in or Take-out

109 South Market Street


Fantasticks at the Ligonier Theater this weekend

SHOW DATES: July 29 & 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM and July 31, 2011
Directed by Anita Pro Jacobs and Music Directed by Bob Lacovic
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

The Fantasticks tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and stray from one another. Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the love they once shared—or create a permanent gulf between them? The Fantasticks is a quintessential celebration of love in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities.
RACHEL JOSEPH as The Harpist
BOB LACOVIC as The Pianist
Celebrating 50 years as the longest running musical in Off-Broadway history!

Disregard of Obvious Facts by LVSD

Dear Diane,

There was a meeting at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown yesterday with a guest speaker who stressed that school boards must consider student welfare only and not tax implications when looking to mergers.
That is the opposite of what the LVSD did when they closed LVMHS.
David Davare, the speaker at that meeting, said that research shows that small schools in high poverty areas produce higher achievement than in the case in consolidated larger buildings. He also said that parents want to know how long the bus ride is going to take for the children to arrive at their school when consolidation occurs.
Gee, who did the LVSD board members listen to when they made their decision to close the LVMHS? It was not the audience who spoke and pleaded and presented research and data concerning all aspects of the consolidation. In fact, the taxpayers did not even receive a tax break from the merger.
The paper reports that the LVSD was in attendance. I sent an e-mail to Dr. Oldham to see who attended this meeting at the Holiday Inn. Hopefully, who ever attended will see that their vote to close the LVMHS was an injustice to the students of the northern end and to the taxpayers of all the communities.

ttp://​al/x1073meeting was held at the Johnstown Holiday Inn yesterday with consolidation of school districts being the main topic. The Pennsylvania School Board Association 354178/Expert-takes-on-school-​mergers
Mary Raich

Frontier Virtual Charter High School

Good Morning Diane,

I was wondering if you would post something on your blog about some new opportunities in education that are available to Ligonier and surrounding areas. There is a new cyber school named Frontier Virtual Charter High School that is currently trying to get the word out about their programs. I was just hired as the principal and I love their views on the world. They believe that all children should think globally, taking foreign languages or HTML language classes, learning Green Design etc. while volunteering in their communities and helping out their neighbors. acting locally. This is unlike any other cyber in the state because they promote career and technical awareness as part of each child's education. I read Ligonier Living all the time and thought maybe you would blog about it to let people know there are choices out there. We don't look at ourselves as competition to other schools or cyber schools just an alternative that may work for some families.

Our website is

Thank you for your time,

Sue Stiver

sharing bikes in DC

Despite such frustration, an unexpected side effect is emerging: A culture of urban chivalry, where pedalers go out of their way to look out for one another and synchronize handoffs.
“My parents’ generation had this thing where everyone who had a VW bug would wave at each other when they passed,” Tim Holland says as he drops a bike off at an otherwise-vacant station. “This is our equivalent.”

stepping into ice

The news has sent global warming theory advocates scrambling to discount and explain away the impact on global temperatures. However, the "news" is not really that new.
Many reputable scientists have been warning for decades that we are nearing the end of the 11,500-year average period between ice ages. And the last similar crash in sunspot activity coincided with the so-called "Little Ice Age" in the 1600s that lasted nearly a century.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:


Come and See Ligonier's new best kept secret
Every Friday we have Fresh Fish from Wholey's in Pittsburgh.
This week is Whole Red Snapper (descaled and cleaned) ready to grill,
Salmon Filets and Scallops...ALL FRESH AND WILD CAUGHT!
Just a few highlights!
Fresh Mediterra Bakehouse Breads... Wednesday and Saturday
Large Gluten Free and  Olde Style General Store Bulk Sections
New arrivals this week:
Olde Fashioned Organic Seeded Watermelons
Fresh Local Martinsburg Peaches
Stop in and visit we are adding new products everyday!
1869 Route 30w (next to Bull's Tavern)
Sun and Mon -Closed

Rick Adams

Good morning, Ligonier!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

evening chuckle courtesy of Francine...LOL

A single glass at night could mean a peaceful, uninterrupted night sleep.
cid:X.MA1.1298079602@aol.comNEW Wine for Seniors
I kid you not...
New Wine for Seniors

California vintners in the 
Napa Valley area, which primarily produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grapethat acts as an anti-diuretic.It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new wine will be marketed as
 I just could not help it.


Joe F. Stierheim

The barn on the farm I once owned was built sometime shortly after the Civil War. When I bought the property, some of the tools and machinery that had been used on the farm from that time to the present were still in existence in that barn, although few of them were still in use. There were small tools such as scythes and fencing tools and some obsolete machinery such as a grain separator. There were also several hundred glass milk bottles, reminiscent of a period when the farm was part of a dairy operation.
Some devices that especially took my interest were short lengths of chains, each consisting of about a dozen links of unique design. From each of the links projected horizontal spikes. I inquired about them of old timers in the area and was told they were for the purpose of drying seed corn. At the time of the harvest, some ears of corn were selected, husked, and impaled on the spikes of the chains. The chains were then hung from beams of the barn to dry. The dried corn was later shelled from the ears and stored as seed for the spring planting. The process was part of the cycle on the farm—planting, growing, harvesting—and then replanting for the continuation of life, the cycle through which all life passes.
I made use of those seed corn chains. I grew dent corn, a multi-colored wind pollinated corn resembling Indian corn as feed for the cows and chickens. Each fall some of the ears I harvested were hung in the barn on those chains. When they had dried, the kernels of corn were put safely away for the spring. There was a sense of satisfaction for me in doing this. I felt more a part of life, a part of the universe. It was a way of arriving at one of the reasons my wife and I had come to live on the farm—to be closer to the basis of life, hopefully to discover the deeper meaning of existence.
I think I did discover some of those things, but it was not in the way I expected. First of all, I discovered why those seed corn chains are no longer used. They are obsolete, completely unnecessary. Modern corn seeds are produced in factories. They are biologically engineered to produce corn that is “superior” to ordinary corn. They are also engineered so to be non-propagating. You can’t use the corn kernels from this year’s crop to grow next year’s corn. You have to buy new seed from the manufacturer.
Think about that.
For millions of years nature has built up a system for the express purpose of the continuation of life. All life reproduces itself. That is the way it survives; that is the way it progresses. Now, through genetic engineering we have found a way to detour that process—to a dead end. In the interest of making money, the natural reproduction of food has been brought to a halt. That which has always been free to all has been terminated in order to make a profit. Apparently, there is nothing that God can create that man cannot destroy and call it an improvement.
The ramifications of this, I believe, have much more importance than the mere availability of corn. We are all a part of a great circle of life. Man is very aware of the tenuousness of his place in that circle and is very protective of it. But his attention is not where it should be. He is looking for threats from outside. By his own activity he is doing more harm than could be done by any outside agency.  What is done to one part of the circle is done to the whole. We have chosen to take a step that affects a critical part. Sooner or later we may find that all of us are affected and in ways that we will not welcome. Hopefully, that discovery will not come too late. We may be sowing seeds for our own destruction.

Mountain Palace Weekend Special

This weekend Mountain Palace is having a special William/Andrew Chinese Wrap with ground beef cooked in Chinese healthy spices with cucumber, sliced potatoes and carrots and onion in soft wrap along with Chinese Meatball Zucchini Ginger Soup with dancing noodles for $4.95. Come enjoy this summer delight inspired by two of our most loyal customers! Zucchini is considered an excellent facilitator of lower cholesterol, cancer prevention, prostate health, anti-inflammatory, heart attack and stroke prevention, and lower blood pressure. Mountain Palace is located 11 miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 directly across from Mirror Lake. Open Saturday 11:30 to 9:00 and Sunday 11:30 to 6:00. Phone 724 717-8614 Website:

no-bake dessert

chocolate gelato

Recipe in the LA Tmes.

tagging along with Earth

Turns out the moon's not the Earth's only traveling companion. Space scientists have discovered an asteroid that's been following our fair planet for thousands of years, at least — and there may be many more where it came from, according to a recent study.

If other so-called Trojan asteroids are found, they could turn out to be ideal candidates for a visit from astronauts, something NASA hopes will be possible within the next 15 years.

Read more in the LA Times.

"Polite society has agreed on a set of actually pretty insane policies that are christened as the status quo, and people who talk and insist on talking about stuff that is outside of that are treated as crazier than they actually are"

Mr. Paul, in an interview with The Washington Times, said he hopes that is the case because the two major parties essentially have become one.
“Although the rhetoric might vary, they’ve been one party,” Mr. Paulsaid. “They both support the same foreign policy, the same monetary policy, the same domestic welfare policy - regardless of what they claim they believe.”

Good morning, Ligonier!

file this under DISTURBING

Anjem Choudary has claimed responsibility for the scheme, saying he plans to flood specific Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the UK and ‘put the seeds down for an Islamic Emirate in the long term’.

In the past week, dozens of streets in the London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Newham have been targeted, raising fears that local residents may be intimidated or threatened for flouting ‘Islamic rules’.

Read more:


Plans are underway to create a Mellow Mike Sing Along at the Ligonier Theater over the Labor Day weekend - either Friday or Saturday evening.  This event will be FREE.  [We'll have a little bowl to take free will offerings to help cover the cost of theater rental.]  The concession stand will be open and so will the doors.

Some folks confuse Mellow Mike with an open mike.  MM is a bit of an open mike but that's only a part of what happens.  Mellow Mike is more about creating a feeling of community and laughing and singing together, so it's not what we would normally call a show or open mike, it's a fun evening get together where strangers become friends and friends groove to music and enjoy some readings.

We've been doing Mellow Mike for over two years now at the Ligonier Tavern and over that time it's always surprised us that the folks who really LOVE Mellow Mike are usually Leonard Cohen fans or after they hear a song or two BECOME Leonard Cohen fans.  LOL

We like to sing Leonard Cohen songs and Beatles mixed in with folk tunes and oldies and not so oldies and meditative musical improv, Dmitri style.  It's all very casual and not a professional performance - very pub or salon style.

MM usually starts around 6:30 on Tuesday evenings and runs officially until 9 but really until 9:30 or even 10.  For the Mellow Mike Sing Along - since we'll be limiting the time because of the theater rental [;)].  Doors will open at 6:30 and we'll be in there playing and singing until 8 or 8:30.  Plans are to include all the Mellow Mike favorites.  We'll be in the pit rather than on stage because this is not a show it's a big casual sing along.  Please bring along any little music or percussive instrument you have that would be comfortable to play in a theater chair.  Folks at Mellow Mike play harmonicas, tambourines, drums, shakers or just sit and listen or get up and dance.

To give you a flavor of songs, we'll be sure to sing Hallelujah, Let It Be, Woodstock, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Who By Fire, Little Red Riding stuff like that.  Got it?  We'll mix in a couple of Mellow Mike poets and hopefully Pete will do some Dylan.  ;)  Will be back with a firm date later.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mellow Mike yesterday





more MM




jury having trouble making a decision

Jury deliberations in the trial of former LeNature's Inc. executive Robert Lynn of Ligonier Township "have hit a wall," according to the jury.
Lynn, 67, of Ligonier Township, was charged with 24 counts of conspiracy, bank, wire and mail fraud.
Lynn had been waiting for a verdict today when the jury told Senior District Judge Alan Bloch that they were fighting among themselves.

Read more: Jury deliberations in trial of LeNature's executive 'hit a wall' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It's like finding money in a coat pocket.

It's a good idea to check the PA unclaimed property search site.  If you've never taken a peek, go there now.


Just put your last name in and see what happens.  You may get lucky.  If you see that money is owed to you, just look for the claim form, fill it out and send it.  Viola!  Cash you didn't know was yours is coming home. ;)

goldfish rescued after earthquack.....went four months without human help

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- There were no Scooby snacks to eat - but at least they had each other for company.

Two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, have become the smallest and hardiest survivors of the devastating February earthquake in Christchurch that killed 181 people.

Read more on the AP.

military blimp down near Pittsburgh

A remote-controlled, unmanned reconnaissance blimp launched from Ohio by defense contractor Lockheed Martin was brought down Wednesday in a controlled descent in the woods of southwestern Pennsylvania after it was unable to climb to the desired altitude.
The HALE-D blimp was designed to float above the jet stream at 60,000 feet and can be used for reconnaissance, intelligence and other purposes often accomplished by satellites, but at lower cost. The blimp was being tested as a communications relay device as part of a contract Lockheed Martin has with the Army's Space and Missile Defense Systems Center in Huntsville, Ala., Lockheed spokesman Keith Little told The Associated Press.

bat carcass exchange in the Ligonier Diamond! ;)

One carcass hunter in central Pennsylvania found a Seminole bat felled by barotrauma under the blades. Seminole bats live in the southeastern United States and rarely show up in Pennsylvania.
"It's like a double-edged sword," said Librandi Mumma. "You're excited because it's a new bat, but it's a dead one."
The Seminole specimen was kept on dry ice in a small styrofoam container by a commission employee and handed over to Suzanne McLaren, the collection manager at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's research center in East Liberty. They met in the Ligonier Diamond town square -- home to a postcard-perfect gazebo and lots of sunlight -- for the transfer.

The Saga of the Pay Freeze

Dear Diane,

The saga of the "pay freeze" goes on between the LVSD and the right for the taxpayer to receive information of payments made to others. At the July 11th board meeting the superintendent refused to answer me if she has a MOA signed by the administration and the district which stipulated the pay freeze that she announced at the March meeting that they would be taking for the new school year.  Mr. Robinson, nor any other board member, refused to comment when I asked for the record to be set straight on this matter. The solicitor said he would be drawing up a document to address the MOA. First pay day for the new year was July 15 and now there will be one more at the end of this week. The payroll would reflect if there is a pay freeze or if the automatinc salary increments are in effect.

I sent a RTK requesting the document the solicitor referred to and the motion which shows that the board adopted this agreement. Today I received a response from Dr. Oldham that states "The nature of the request precludes a response within the required time period; therefore the decision has been made to take a 30 day extension..." 

The administration either took the pay freeze or did not. Why is there such drama and secrecy to receive an answer from this school board?

Mary Raich

News from The Art Room

Bottlecap Mural

3 Weeks & 30 Kids Later!

Created with paint & plastic lids in our summer art camps. 30 students ages 5-12 worked together over a period of three weeks to create our final mural measuring 8'x12'. We displayed our masterpiece this past weekend in front of the library during the art & craft fair. This was only one of the projects we completed during camp please check out our website & the gallery page to view more pictures of all our work & play!

Good morning, Ligonier!

Christopher Preksta’s 'The Mercury Men' Lands on Syfy

Preksta, who hails from the Steel Valley, previously attracted attention with his successful first web series, "Captain Blasto."

"In summer or fall of 2007, I had been working on some other film projects. I was writing, taking meetings and pitching projects, and everything was going so freakin' slow that I just wanted to get behind the camera again. I wanted to shoot a short film. And more importantly than that, I wanted to shoot something with ray guns. I absolutely love ray guns," Preksta said.

politicians want to keep the stolen dough

The fundraising arms for Democratic and Republican members of Congress don’t agree on much, except when it comes to all the big donations they’ve gotten over the years from jailed financier R. Allen Stanford.

Read more in WT.

Loyalhanna Watershed Association's Youth Conservation Corps

As they raked wet and muddy shale onto the trail they were rebuilding, the work crew started talking among themselves. The topics -- Broadway musicals, Disney on Ice and Avon bug wipes -- were not what you would expect on a typical construction site.
Then again the Loyalhanna Watershed Association's Youth Conservation Corps -- a group of six teenagers all -- are not a typical construction crew. For more than three decades, they have provided valuable assistance in clearing trails, working on stream improvement and conducting other projects in the Laurel Highlands.

Read more: Corps of 6 teens tackles Forbes State Forest projects - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

a rare peek inside the Somerset Trust property courtesy of Chick

Welcome to Mellow Mike !

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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.....

Ethan Ganzy

The modern pentathlon is a five-part Olympic event that includes epee fencing, pistol shooting, swimming, cross-country running and horseback riding.
He qualified for the national competition after winning the Eastern Regionals — one of four qualifying events across the country — held in Ligonier in June. 
Norm Flam, Ganzy's instructor with the Ligonier Fencing Club, said Ethan accepted his challenge to participate in the Ligonier event and did not disappoint.
"Of all my students, he's the one who stepped up to the line and did it.  He's reaping the benefits of that now."

Read more in the Daily American.

students survive grizzly attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A grizzly pounced so furiously on a group of teenagers in the Alaska wilderness that they did not have time to pull out their bear deterrent spray to defend themselves, the father of one of the boys said Monday.
The seven teenagers were in the last leg of a 30-day backcountry education course when they came upon the bear and its cub on Saturday night. The teens at the front of the pack bore the brunt of the attack, authorities said.

Good morning, Ligonier!

I am loving The Mercury Men on

Just watched episode two and it's got the US Steel Building in it.  Very retro, very scifi, very cool original miniseries on the web.

If you like monsters, comics, filmmaking or a just plain good story, check it out  on

Monday, July 25, 2011


Headline at

Headline at
Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found In Drinking Water

Small Communities Struggle To Keep Water Clean

Excerpt: "State inspectors have cited the Ohiopyle borough's water plant 35 times in the past the five years, including ten violations for high levels of trihalomethane and haloacetic acids, which are cancer-causing chemicals. Ohiopyle's water serves a million-and-a-half people who go there every year to enjoy the natural beauty of the park."--Submitted by Elizabeth Donohoe

10% Off Holiday Parties At Antiochian Village for 2012!

10% Off Holiday Parties for 2012! 

(Forget this heat: It's not too soon to think of December!)

Just announced: If you book your office Holiday Party at Antiochian Village by September 15th you will receive 10% off! Small, medium and large office parties are all welcome! Come celebrate the holidays with your coworkers in the mountains, with the famous food of our Chef Tim!

To take advantage of this limited time offer, call The Antiochian Village Conference and Retreat Center at 724-238-3677, and ask for Zach!