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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Diana by "Dmitri" Beljan
Diana, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

ok so I posted it before but Im lookin at photos of 2011 and really like this and Im postin there

Happy New Year Ligonier !

To all you guys here

from surreal Pittsburgh

Edith Piaf- Un refrain courait dans la rue 1947

Judy Garland - Zing! Went The Strings


Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney - Could you use me?

Happy Talk...thanks Marnie. This is great!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tonight's special at Ligonier tavern

Pork Roulade

Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

"This was the year that "fracking" became a household word. It wasn't just that environmental concerns about the underground drilling process finally struck a mainstream chord -- after three years of reporting and more than 125 stories. For the first time, independent scientific investigations linked the drilling technique with water pollution, and a variety of federal and state agencies responded to the growing apprehension about water contamination with more studies and more regulation.

More at

So Long For Now

Today is the last day that Currant Thymes will be open to the public.  It's sad to see them go; Bob and Heather added so much life and vibrancy to the community!  It'll be a shame not to see them on a daily basis.

Please stop by and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts in owning a storefront here in Ligonier.  They've put a tremendous amount of energy and creativity into presenting a beautiful selection of goods.  While you're there, give them a big pat on the back and congratulate them – they are expecting their first child!

Don't forget that everything in the store is 50% off!  They still have a nice assortment of kitchen and garden stuff available.  So grab up some goodies at a great discount!

And... if you get a chance, "like" them on Facebook.  You'll be able to keep up to date with their latest goings ons and you'll be first to know about their future location.  CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page.

humming this today...recognize the song?

you've got to have a dween if you've got no dween how you have a dween come twue?

The latest

Good morning!
This afternoon Edible Kneads is creating a most delicious snack....BBQ Chicken Pizza!
Also...chili w/ cornbread. Stop in for a taste!
Enjoy the New Year!




“Let Food Be Your Medicine and Medicine Be Your Food”.
-Hippocrates, 460BC-377BC,
 Father of  Medicine


WHAT:            BUD’S PLACE  is a WELLNESS SUPPORT GROUP for people with           challenging health issues.

Ralph is very successfully  treating his LEUKEMIA with ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE and is happy to share this info with you.

                  191 Main St.  Donegal, PA 15628

WHEN:  THE 1ST MONDAY of every MONTH / 7-8:30PM

The first “BUD’S PLACE” meeting is on Monday, January 2nd at 7PM
(also, Bud’s Birthday.  He would be 50!)

WHY:   People can come here to be HEARD, to receive HELP, to be given Hope, and ultimately to be HEALED.

WHO:  Any one wanting to heal themselves or someone they know, is welcome to come.


CONTACT:  Judy Trabbold MH, NHR 
                       724-550-3884   or   724-689-5600    

In remembrance of “Bud” Trabbold.  “The passion behind the mission.”

                                                 -Hippocrates, 460BC-377BC
                                                  Father of Medicine

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Nova by imomyer
Nova, a photo by imomyer on Flickr.

happy holidays!

happy holidays! by cth825
happy holidays!, a photo by cth825 on Flickr.

Jill Stein, the Green Party and the 'Green New Deal'

Presidential candidate stresses jobs, environment, health care and peace

"Seven weeks before Jill Stein declared her candidacy for president, the Lexington, Mass., physician outlined her priorities in a plan she called the "Green New Deal" – jobs, climate change, universal health care and peace. When she announced her bid for the Green Party nomination on Oct. 24, 2011, the Chicago native presented herself as an alternative to the two "Wall Street parties." “They’re privatizing education, rolling back civil liberties and racial justice, plundering the environment and driving us towards the calamity of climate change,” she said in a news release accompanying her announcement. "… We need people in Washington who refuse to be bought by lobbyist money and for whom change is not just a slogan.” and

She said the Green New Deal would emphasize sustainable energy, transportation and production infrastructure, specifically renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, mass transit, railroads, bike and pedestrian traffic, clean manufacturing and regional food systems based on sustainable agriculture.

“Green” means the jobs problem can be solved sustainably through an economy that protects the environment as the core foundation of prosperity, she wrote on Sept. 5. That would also address the converging water, soil, fisheries, forest and fossil fuel crises that imperil fundamental needs for food, water and energy. "Other countries are already making major investments for a secure, carbon-free future," she wrote. "America needs to catch up."

Read the full piece at

In Final Stretch, Newt Gingrich Holds Town Halls in Iowa | C-SPAN

In Final Stretch, Newt Gingrich Holds Town Halls in Iowa | C-SPAN

New Years Goodies at Rosary Acres

All Natural and Fresh
Boneless Pork Tenderloins-Whole/Roasts/Chops
Standing Rib Roasts

Shrimp- cooked and raw
FRESH and Wild caught Sockeye Salmon
FRESH and Wild caught scallops

and as always all the great fresh and organic produce you need to throw a party or just feed the family great food!

It has never been easier and LOCAL.

Friday 12-30...8:30-6:00pm
Saturday 12-31...8:30-2:00pm
CLOSED 1-1 -new years day( SUNDAY of course)
CLOSED-1-2- Monday Closed for inventory.

Long Legal Fight Over Texaco Drilling Lease Takes a Twist

ERATH, La. — It began as a landlord-tenant dispute, Louisiana style. The tenant was Texaco; the landlord the Broussard family, heirs of a Cajun rancher, who claimed that Texaco’s operation of a gas plant on their property had left the land contaminated. The lawsuit, of a kind not all that rare in these industry-heavy parts, had dragged on so long that 13 of the heirs had died.

But it took a sudden and bitter turn in recent months, when another company — a company that, like Texaco, is a subsidiary of Chevron — sued to condemn most of the disputed land and expropriate it, arguing that it was acting in the national interest. The boundaries of the national interest are hard to draw in any place, but particularly so here in south Louisiana, where pipelines run under the bayous and refinery flares light the sky.

As old leases get examined and environmental concerns become more publicized, neighborly disputes between residents and those drilling on their land are bound to get more heated. And few are more complicated than the fight between Chevron and the Broussards.

Read the rest, headlining at the moment, at the NYTimes:

events by Ligonier Radio

  • JANUARY 21: The Ligonier Theatre is sponsoring a Chiil Chaser on January 21st at 3 PM during the Ligonier Ice Fest. Come into town for the Ice Fest and then enjoy wine tasting, homemade soups, hearty breads and blues music performed by the Gil Snyder Trio. The Chill Chaser is only open for people 21 years of age or older and cost is $20.00 per person. Make your reservation by calling the theatre at 724-238-6514.
  • THROUGH FEBRUARY 11: The Southern Allegheny Museum of the Arts celebrates the work of local artists with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts 16th annual Juried Art Exhibition. See 75 works from 75 individual artists spanning an array of various media. The exhibition is on display through February 11th

You may be eligible for free tickets.

People who used a credit card to buy tickets to three Pittsburgh-area amusement parks may be eligible for free tickets under a class-action lawsuit settlement.
The settlement was prompted by a federal lawsuit filed in August against Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC by a man who says his credit card receipt at Idlewild & Soak Zone park near Ligonier contained his credit card's expiration date. That violates federal laws meant to protect credit card customer from identity thefts.

accused of killing

Springer said Hall told him he took Henderson's wallet because he feared his fingerprints were on it. Hall also told Springer that he took Henderson's cell phone because there were a number of text messages between Hall and Henderson and Hall feared he might be investigated.
Springer testified that, days later, Hall told him that he should tell anyone investigating the killings that Hall left the house closer to 8 p.m.
According to Springer, Hall said he threw Henderson's phone into Donegal Lake, wiped down his Jeep with bleach and discarded the clothes he was wearing while driving to a methadone clinic the next day.

Read more: Ligonier man to stand trial for Washington Township killings - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Green groups find success fighting shale oil boom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States that could slow, though ultimately not stop, development. Building upon their unexpected success in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.

"I think it's the totality of what's going on all at once, that's the biggest concern," said Barclay Nicholson, a lawyer for the Washington-based Fulbright & Jaworski law firm, which has represented companies involved in shale development. With new oversight pending from federal and state authorities and lawsuits, Nicholson said critics of shale development have a plethora of avenues to fight back.

Full article at,0,5974999.story

Mountain Palace - New Year's Weekend Specials

Chef Lacy has created some "sets" for the New Year's weekend to combine traditional northern Chinese style food with our western New Year event. Each set is served with three pork, sauerkraut, onion, and ginger dumplings; a Chinese salad created by Yuzhen; and a small bowl of soup of your choice (chicken potato; beef potato; or chicken, mushroom, and dancing noodles). The sets are: Fish and colorful vegetables with rice for $18.95; Chicken, cashew, and celery with rice for $16.95, Pork and bean sprouts or seaweed with rice for $16.95; or Beef and peppers with rice for $16.95. We will also have our regular menu available with dumplings and hot pots. Come and start the New Year with a northern Chinese flavor - people who have a bit of experience celebrating New Year's! Hours will be Friday 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday (New Year's Eve) 11:30 am until 10:00 pm or whenever everyone leaves; and Sunday from 11:30 am until 6:00 pm. Mountain Palace does not sell alcoholic beverages but permits bringing your own with a nominal corkage fee applied. Eleven miles north of Ligonier turn left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614

interesting...small claims flash mob

"I want them to know they can file in Small Claims Court and that it is not so scary," Peters said.

If she's successful in getting others to follow her example, Peters could inspire a whole new litigation strategy in the auto industry and other businesses. Working together but filing lawsuits independently, consumers could force companies to go mano a mano with individual plaintiffs in far-flung courtrooms nationwide.

Call it a small-claims flash mob.

Read more in LATimes.

Pittsburgh Dad: Raking Leaves

just love this picture....


An observant IDF soldier may have prevented a major terrorist attack in a large Israeli city, in what soldiers and commanders called a “Hanukkah miracle.” An Arab terrorist who may have been on his way to the town of Har Bracha in central Samaria, was nabbed Tuesday morning when an IDF soldier arrested him, finding two large pipe bombs on his person.

What attracted the attention of the soldier was the unusually large bag the Arab was carrying. The soldier stopped the Arab, who was climbing up a hill that leads to Har Bracha, located near Shechem. The soldier grabbed the 18-year-old Arab's bag, and found in it not only the aforementioned pipe bombs, but also a molotov cocktail and ammunition. The Arab was immediately arrested and questioned. A search of the area by troops yielded a second bag with similar contents.

Read more in Israeli National News.


JESSIE IMG_3185 by "Dmitri" Beljan
JESSIE IMG_3185, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

Evict BNY Mellon, not Occupy Pittsburgh

Evidence supporting the protesters' claim that major banks have engaged in illegal activities is mounting.
Monday, December 26, 2011
By Jackie Smith and Jules Lobel

(Diane, how do you do the link thing so people can just click on it?)

Ligonier calendar photos solicited

LIGONIER – Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding a photography contest.

The chamber is looking for photos that represent Ligonier during all the seasons. Winning pictures will become part of the group’s 2013 calendar.  

Read more in the Tribune Democrat.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Message From America's Rich

"People like Dimon (J.P. Morgan Chase CEO), and Schwarzman (Blackstone CEO ), and John Paulson (ex-Goldman CEO), and all of the rest of them who think the “imbeciles” on the streets are simply full of reasonless class anger, they don’t get it. Nobody hates them for being successful. And not that this needs repeating, but nobody even minds that they are rich. What makes people furious is that they have stopped being citizens.

Most of us 99-percenters couldn’t even let our dogs leave a dump on the sidewalk without feeling ashamed before our neighbors. It's called having a conscience: even though there are plenty of things most of us could get away with doing, we just don’t do them, because, well, we live here. Most of us wouldn’t take a million dollars to swindle the local school system, or put our next door neighbors out on the street with a robosigned foreclosure, or steal the life’s savings of some old pensioner down the block by selling him a bunch of worthless securities.

Full article at


AURORA IMG_3386 by "Dmitri" Beljan
AURORA IMG_3386, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

Winterpalooza: New Year's Eve for kids & teens 6-17

Ligonier Camp invites your kids to Winterpalooza, a taste of summer camp fun in the bleak mid-winter--and a way for you to have a true grown-up New Year's Eve alone.

We've got a super hero theme, a dance party planned, and lots of activities for kids aged 6-17.  Whether you were a camper last summer or not, expect to see friendly faces and be ready to meet more friends!
Arrive: Friday, December 30, 2011, 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
Depart: Sunday, January 1, 2012, between 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Where: LCCC Lamont Lodge
Cost: $90 includes 2 nights, 5 meals, a big party and a cool gift!
What to bring: Bedding, toiletries, towels, warm clothes (and snow
clothes), sleds (no snowboards - sorry!), Bible, notebook, pen, cash for the
HUB, board games and other fun stuff, your best Superhero costume for
our annual New Year’s Dance Extravaganza!
Find more information on our website, or call the office at (724.238.6428).  Let's ring in 2012 in style!

Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)

John Lennon-Happy Christmas the War is over

The Beatles - Paperback Writer Promo Video HQ

The Ballad of Oslo's Children

Terror Attacks on Israel Since Oslo Peace Accord (Part 4)

Uncut Ron Paul Interview - CNN Gloria Borger

Rosary Acres Natural and Organic Foods

Have you thought about New Years Eve and New Years Day yet?  If not, nows the time!  Please let us know what Wholeys Seafood, and Mediterra bread you would like for your parties and gatherings.  Call (724-238-4140) or email ( or even better yet, stop by!  We will have sparkling juices that make a great non alcoholic drink, and lots of fresh produce .  We also have some beautiful standing rib roasts that we ourselves made for our Christmas dinner.  They are incredible!  We also have organic cheeses,  beautiful local lamb from Redtail Farms in Stahlstown, nitrate-free Kiebalsa and organic sauerkraut.  Call to reserve what your looking for.  Please let us know by Tuesday eve.  Merry Christmas!

Rosary Acres Natural and Organic Foods will be closed 12/26

We will be closed 12/26 (Monday) to enjoy a much needed day of rest with our family, and will resume regular business hours on Tuesday.  We hope that your Christmas was filled with blessings.  From our family to yours,  Merry Christmas!  Remember Christmas is a season...not just one day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Adeste Fidelis - Enya

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Look at that baby go!

Found this wonderful German nativity pyramid at Whistlewind on North Fairfield.  Was worried about finding candles in time for Christmas but Kelly had them over at The Paperhouse on West Main.  How cool is this?  ;)

Very last minute gifts...we have them!

Connections Cafe (across from the Toy Box) will be open until at least 2 p.m. today for lunch and great last minute gifts. Two new shipments of Fair Trade items - housewares, jewlery, purses, and novelty items just arrived and are available for purchase. Visit our lower level for Rams spiritwear from Dominic's Sports and Pittsburgh sports merchandise for the sports fan on your gift list. Happy Holidays from Connections!

violin thief found

A former caregiver at a Ligonier personal care facility allegedly admitted to borough police that she stole various items from elderly residents, including a cherished violin, police said.
Amy Louise Jones, 59, of Ligonier has been charged with stealing two rings worth $590, a violin valued at $130, and two bangle bracelets valued at $910. The items were removed in October from three rooms at Ligonier Gardens, a personal care and retirement center on Route 30 that is part of Bethlen Communities.

Read more: Police: Ligonier aide stole gems - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mountain Palace - Open Christmas Eve

Mountain Palace will be open Christmas Eve from 11:30 am until 6:00 pm. Lacy has created some special specials for the day which are northern Chinese style fish with mixed vegetables and rice for $9.95 and chicken, cashews, and celery with rice for $8.95. We will be closed Christmas Day. Mountain Palace wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas and a warm thank you to all of our customers who have enabled Lacy's dream to become reality! Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Village Musicians.....thanks for the heads up, Charles!

Hi Diane,
The Village Musicians will give its 14th annual concert in the Ligonier Town Hall at 2:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 28th.
The Village Musicians is a chamber group of professional and amateur musicians led by Anthony McCarty. The program will include performances by three time champion Scottish fiddler, Colin Fisher and Julliard graduate R.T. Moeller.
The ensemble will present classical seasonal music and works by Mozart, Haydn and other well known composers.
The public is invited.

First Friday Community Series

First Friday Community Series
January 6th - 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Domestic Violence
Speaker: Terry Stewart
Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Domestic violence affects not only the victim and the abuser but also the defenseless children who are involved. Our speaker will explore with us the history and root causes of violence and the Blackburn Center’s role in working to help the victims and families. 
The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month. 
Free to the public - Sponsored by 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route 30 (Beside Ligonier Valley Beach)


There will be NO MOVIE over the Christmas & New Year Holidays. Our movies will resume on January 6, 2012. Thank you so very much for supporting the Ligonier Theater in 2011. The management & staff wish you & yours a Blessed Christmas and a Happy & Safe New Year. See you at the theater in a few weeks!

Christmas Standing Rib Roasts and more at Rosary Acres

We have beautiful standing rib roasts for your Christmas dinner table!  Also we have nitrate free spiral cut hams,  and freshly butchered grass fed lamb from Redtail Farm in Ligonier in our freezer case!  Need fish for Christmas Eve?  We have it!
How about some local honey or local maple syrup for your breakfast table?  We also have all the fresh produce you will need for your holiday meals, and Mediterra bread , and their Stollen.
Come on down and get some great stocking stuffers for your loved ones...two and four legged!
From our Rosary Acres Family to yours we wish you a very blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Unicef photo of the year 2011

"The Unicef photo of the year award has been held annually by Unicef Germany and GEO magazine since 2000. The award is given to photographers whose work captures the personalities and living conditions of children around the world in an outstanding manner."

From runway models in wealthy countries to the poorest of the poor, from a Roma youth on a horse to children in a day care, a wide variety is presented.

See a selection of the winning photos at

Hallelujah Chor...porations!

Treat yourself and your friends this holiday to a musical tribute to corporate excess! Clever, clever people have written for four lovely voices in the style of the Capitol Steps, and the resulting video is a winner. If you like the "Hallelujah Chorus," this variation is sure to please.

In the midst of it all, you just have to laugh... .


Capitol Steps:

Happy Holidays from G Squared Gallery!

  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
This is a wonderful time to celebrate and give thanks to all those who provide for loved ones and spend time helping others navigate the rough spots. We at G Squared are very thankful to our old and new friends for finding the time to shop local, shop "Made in America" or simply come in for a chat. These have been tough years for everyone in the retail business and we could not have survived if it hadn't been for you - our ardent supporters.
Pat & I think it's important to express our thanks to our customers for their support this year.  We love that we have the opportunity to serve you and the community at G Squared.  Without you, none of what we do would be possible.  We know you played an important part in any success we may have.  It's important that you let us know how we can continue to grow and meet your expectations.

As for our artists,  they are people who believe in their work so much that they have dedicated their lives to excellence and inspiring others.  They show us that beauty, creativity, spaciousness, and generosity of spirit are alive and well in the world.  Important reminders.

Finally, we cannot thank our exceptional staff enough.  They are the glue that binds all of us together, representing the outstanding work of our artists so that our artists continue to grow. They are the team that understands our vagaries and occasional "waffle" and keeps us from wavering too far off the track. Thank you!

It requires a whole team of people to make business possible -- dependable vendors, faithful customers, excellent employees and of course the cornerstone -- exceptional artists making exceptional art. 
Thank you to all of you that make our livelihoods possible.We are finishing up our 16th year in the Ligonier community and hope to have many more years providing an outlet for American and Canadian artists to showcase their work.
 Once again, Happy Holidays to your and all your friends and family members! Health, Happiness & Prosperity in 2012!

Ft. Lauderdale police to help homeless get back home.

“I came here because my boyfriend was on the run and I left Johnstown, Pennsylvania and came here five years and for months ago and I been here ever since,” said Nugent.  “I just got stuck.  I can’t explain it.”

Read more on MiamiCBSlocal.

Ligonier Valley Library Holiday Hours

The Ligonier Valley Library will be closed on...
Saturday, December 24 and Monday, December 26, and Saturday, December 31 and Monday, January 2 (2012)!

Just because the library is closed over the holidays does not mean that patrons can't enjoy some of the things they love about the Ligonier Valley Library. Our system's OverDrive site for borrowing eBooks and Audiobooks is available 24/7. You can also use the Online Catalog to check your account and to place reserves any time day or night. Browse our website and various databases or keep in touch with us on Facebook and our Library Blog.

We wish all of our patrons and friends a safe and happy holiday season!!!


IMG_2933 by "Dmitri" Beljan
IMG_2933, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

Occupiers, Take a Walk Down The Street

If the Occupiers want hope, the answer isn't in Washington or Wall Street but in the humble manger within their reach. I suggest a stroll down the street.

new particle identified

It is called Chi_b (3P) and will help scientists understand better the forces that hold matter together.
The as-yet unpublished discovery is reported on the Arxiv pre-print server.
The LHC is exploring some of the fundamental questions in "big physics" by colliding proton particles together in a huge underground facility.

cyber graduates and the military

Graduates of cyber high schools could soon be equal to everyone else in the eyes of military recruiters.
The House Armed Services Committee inserted language into the 2012 defense budget bill that says the military has to treat diplomas from cyber schools and other alternative schools the same. The bill is awaiting President Obama's signature, and the administration has said he likely will sign it.

Read more: Military likely to alter rule for cyber - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Why We All Need to Experience Occupy Wall Street

"One of the most remarkable things about the United States is how rarely its citizens experience democracy. We do have a right to vote, and, within limits, assemble with others and speak freely. We have other rights as well, but in our daily lives - in our families, jobs, schools and other institutions - there is often a lack of democratic participation. For much of our lives, decisions are made by others. We are rarely consulted, and we are expected to do what we are told.
Question the prevailing way of thinking at home, work, school, even in church, and there can be serious consequences. Over time, we become accustomed to believing in the authorities, of following, of allowing others to make decisions for us. Having been deprived of democracy, over time, we begin to forget what it looks and sounds like. However, the idea that each of us should have a voice in the decisions that affect our lives is a powerful concept. That concept gave birth to this country, and it has been the central idea that encouraged struggles to create social, political and economic institutions that are responsive to human needs. Moreover, participatory democracy is alive and well in the Occupy movement.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


IMG_2675 by "Dmitri" Beljan
IMG_2675, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.


IMG_2747 by "Dmitri" Beljan
IMG_2747, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.


IMG_2789 by "Dmitri" Beljan
IMG_2789, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.


Neila Dahas, director of the Santa Casa hospital said: 'If both their brains are functioning, how are we going to choose which head to remove?
'We are not considering the possibility of surgery. What we've got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.'

Read more:

it was a shot in the air that killed the Amish girl

The man had fired the gun in the air about 1.5 miles from where Yoder was shot, Zimmerly said. State investigators were checking the rifle for a ballistics match, he said.

"In all probability, it looks like an accidental shooting," Zimmerly said.

Read more on AP.

shared this morning by a mother who received it from her son in Afghanistan ;)

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, 'No, Lord, I guess I have
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear...
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Covenant Presbyterian Church in the news

Covenant Presbyterian Church has about 425 members, Benz said.
In court documents, the national organization contends that the Ligonier church failed to comply with requirements that would allow Redstone to question members to see if any wanted to keep the current affiliation. The Ligonier church also ignored a requirement to turn over its financial records, the lawsuit alleges.
Last month, Redstone voted to seize the keys of the church to thwart the move to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, saying it first needed to assess church members' desires and the church's finances before allowing the move.

Read more: Ligonier church sued over withdrawal - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ta! Da!

Thank You All for pitching in each and every dollar to get us ready to build a bridge over Mill Creek.  
We completed the challenge and we can all be so thankful for the Challenge Grant for pushing us to get to our goal. 
 Happy/ Healthy New Year to YOU!!!!!