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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Did anyone lose this at mellow mike?

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Mellow mike. . . No j

Mellow mike. . . No song books tonight but the bad jokes were flying high lol

Podlucky warrant upheld

After using "345 Cobblestone Lane" as his home address for years, Gregory Podlucky can`t claim a search warrant was invalid because it used that address instead of the actual address of his home, 297 Sunrise Lane, a federal judge ruled today.

U.S. District Judge Alan Bloch ruled that the former LeNature`s Inc. CEO has "clearly associated" the Cobblestone Lane address with his Ligonier Township residence, and the search warrant physically described the residence, so it was clear as to what structure was to be searched.

Red Cross Blood Drive Tomorrow!

Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, June 1

12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church

300 W. Main St. Ligonier, PA

For information or appointment, call the church office at (724)238-2708

Walk-in donors gladly accepted!


There is a critical need for blood due to all of the natural disasters that have occurred around the nation in recent weeks.

Please come and give!


some nice photos of the Memorial Day parade courtesy of Legandear. Thanks, LAE!





Connections Menu for Tuesday

Salads ($5 & $7 Eat-in or Take-out)
Mixed Tomato & Asparagus
Wheatberry with Apple & Fennel
Chicken & Feta
Roasted Corn & Black Bean
French Potato & Green Bean
Shrimp and Mango over Rice Noodles
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Can't decide? Ask for a combo!
Fresh out of the oven ~ Dried Cherry Scones ~ $2
Today's Hours 9-5
Connections - 109 S. Market Street
724-238-9611

John wants to know about the turnpike toll money. Have an answer?

Dear Diane,
   Maybe some of our readers know the answer to this question and can shed some light on the subject. How is the money, collected day after day for tolls, being used? While traveling across PA on our Turnpike the other day, aware of the number of vehicles going East and West, I couldn't help but imagine the dollars being collected from each driver. I understand the money is to be used for the repairs and up keep of the Turnpike, but why then are so many miles of road in disrepair? The money collected everyday has to be mind boggling, and while there has been improvements, the PATP is not the best road in the state. Traveling on other roads in other states, you realize why so many complain about our turnpike. It cannot stand equal to other states' roads, but why? We collect a lot of toll money everyday, every minute, every second. I know it's a long road with lots of traffic, but so are other major roads in other states. But if this money is to be used to fix our turnpike, I would imagine we should have a better freeway. Is it possible every dollar is not used to repair and build our turnpike? Then it would make more sense to me. This money is additional to our state taxes, it just seems to me we deserve better
Thanks,
John

This picture is your clue to how I feel this morning. ;)


Good morning, Ligonier!

heard a pop in my head

It was a day in D.C. that changed everything for former "Morning Joe" producer Chris Licht. He was leaving the NBC studios near Tenleytown last April, checking another "annoying" voicemail, as the MSNBC morning show prepared to broadcast from D.C. during White House Correspondents' Association Dinner weekend. "Suddenly I heard a pop in my head and that was followed by the most horrific pain I had ever felt," Licht said.
FRESH ON MAIN
Today’s Menu
31 May, 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Irish Teas
Cappuccino, Espresso & Latte
Lemon, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Granola & Yogurt $2.50
Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal $2.50

Chicken Noodle $4.50
Asparagus, Bacon, Spinach & Fontina Quiche $4.50
Spring Green, Goat Cheese, Chick Pea & Cranberry Salad $4.50
Spring Green, Strawberry, Cucumber, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad $4.50
Add Grilled Chicken for $4.00
Add Prosciutto for $3.00
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper & Pita Plate $5.50

Wraps & Panini
The Club: Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo $6.50
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Cheddar & Sun Dried Tomato $6.50
Chicken, Parmesan Mayo & Tomato $6.50
Turkey, Smoked Cheddar & Chipotle Mustard $6.50
Chicken, Ranch, Provolone, Spinach & Pepperoni $6.50
Meghan’s Tasty Albacore Tuna Salad $6.50
Turkey, Capacola, 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, Provolone, Spinach & Pesto Mayo $6.50
Add Bacon for $1.00
Egg Salad $6.00
All sandwiches served with homemade Pita Chips

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9 to 7 Thursday thru Saturday
12 to 4 Sunday (Gelato and Coffee only)

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Monday, May 30, 2011



keep an eye on Egypt and remember those who died defeating the Nazis

A group of Egyptians have announced their intent to establish a Nazi party with "a contemporary frame of reference," an independent Egyptian news website said on Wednesday.

Al-Badeel, a leftist news portal, quoted founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying the party would bring together prominent figures from the Egyptian society. The party’s founding deputy is a former military official.
 

college is not for everyone

Last week, Thiel awarded 20 young people with “20 Under 20” Thiel Fellowships: $100,000 and two years of mentorship to develop entrepreneurial ventures in science and technology.

Thiel’s dismisses conventional wisdom, which says that college is the necessary next-step for success after high school. He understands that conventional wisdom is conventional ignorance now that the American university system is broken.

Read more on Town Hall.

a solemn holiday

The holiday Americans commemorate today was born in the awful carnage of the Civil War as Decoration Day. Officially, the quest to honor those who gave their lives for their country began in Waterloo, N.Y. But Decoration Day appears to have been an invention of Confederate women who used the occasion to visit and tend the graves of their fallen soldiers while the war was still raging.

Memorial Day has evolved from these humble beginnings. Sadly, in some respects it has devolved. In a moving op-ed column recalling the Memorial Day commemorations of his youth, retired journalist Ralph Kinney Bennett observes: "In 1971, ... Congress decreed Memorial Day henceforth would be not May 30 but the last Monday of May, thus ensuring a three-day weekend for federal workers. More and more, it seemed, this day was just one more holiday, one of the 'bookends' (with Labor Day) of the summer."

Read more on Republican American.

Gas drilling can spark neighbor disputes



Decisions on leases divide residents

Sunday, May 29, 2011
By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just ask and Paul Parker (a registered Republican but "independent thinker") will take you on a 20-mile drive around Washington County to show you why he has issues with the natural gas industry. It takes about two hours to cover those 20 miles and fit in all of Mr. Parker's commentary, which is delivered with tour-guide gusto.
He first heard of Marcellus Shale activity about two years ago, then read an infamous November 2008 article in the Washington Observer-Reporter about Ron Gulla, a Hickory farmer who says contamination from a nearby well ruined his drinking water and ravaged his land. (Watch video tour at the PG link.)


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11149/1150044-503.stm


Drilling rig near the Parker's home (....and coming to Ligonier Valley.):



--Submitted by Elizabeth Donohoe

Good morning, Ligonier!

CONCERT AND MEMORIAL DAY

Ligoner Now

It's a great day in Ligonier! As one weather forecaster said this morning, "You may be able to grill on the sidewalks."

Last evening our Ligonier Valley School students offered a great concert to open the Chamber's summer series. The Middle school strings, all those cellos!, opened the program, followed by the Middle School and High School bands. There were lots of proud parents there in addition to we "seasoned" veterans of the concert series. It was good to see and hear three of my Laurel Mountain Borough neighbors, Emma O'Brien on cello and french horn, Molly O'Brien on trombone, and Jordan Smith on clarinet. Good job, students!

Today at 11 AM there is a Memorial Day parade on East Main Street sponsored by the VFW and American Legion . What a good way to remember our fallen military and honor those who served our country and those who are still serving. Take a few minutes to honor our patriots before you begin grilling on your sidewalk this afternoon.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dovecote soaps made in Berlin

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love roses


military restraint

The United States needs a defense budget worthy of its name, one that protects Americans rather than wasting vast sums embroiling us in controversies remote from our interests. This paper outlines such a defense strategy and the substantial cuts in military spending that it allows. That strategy discourages the occupation of failing states and indefinite commitments to defend healthy ones. With fewer missions, the military can shrink its force structure — reducing personnel, the weapons and vehicles procured for them, and operational costs. The resulting force would be more elite, less strained, and far less expensive. By avoiding needless military conflict and protecting our prosperity, these changes would make Americans more secure.

Read more on CATO.

scaring people with cancer warnings

Many so-called “public interest” groups playing the cancer card have hidden agendas. CSPI’s leaders make noise about food coloring in soda because they want everyone to stop consuming soft drinks.

Similarly, trial lawyers have raised a ruckus about acrylamide and other chemicals. Their motivation is often a cash bounty offered by California to people who bring successful lawsuits under the Proposition 65 toxics law. Californians now see cancer warning labels on hammers, fishing rods and Christmas tree lights. (I couldn’t make this stuff up.)

Read more on WT.

rethinking jail

Mentally ill convicts go untreated until they "suffer from severe hallucinations" and fall "into catatonic states." Suicidal inmates are "held for prolonged periods in telephone-booth sized cages without toilets." Some prisoners die for lack of medical care, and others kill themselves.

Actually, those quotes are not from Solzhenitsyn. They're from the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week on California's grossly overcrowded penal system. A majority of the justices decided that when a state approaches Stalinist standards of barbarity, something has to be done.

Read more on Creators.com.

Good morning, Ligonier!

I love this...Mrs.Blandings picks her colors.


Had my first triple Google alert for this new blog. LOL

There's a new blog chatting about the Podlucky case.  It's called TribLies.com and I found it this morning in my Google alerts.  It got a triple whammy alert for "Diane Cipa", "Ligonier Living" and "Ligonier". ;)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Save the Dates!!! Summer is HERE!!!!

June Events

Green Gables Restaurant in Jennerstown

First Friday Wine Tasting

Nantes to Pouilly-Fumé - Wines of the Loire Valley

June 3

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

$25 per person

Second Friday Beer Tasting

Another Look at Belgium

June 10

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm

$20 per person

Wine Dinner

June 17

Five Fabulous Courses

10 Tastes of Wine

7:00 pm

$125 per person

All inclusive tax & tip

Twilight Picnic on the Plateau

June 24
Gourmet Picnic * Live Music
7:30pm-10:30pm

$25 per person for Food only

$50 per person Wine*Beer*Food

814 629 9201

Or

www.mountainplayhouse.org

free easel

Diane,
Please post that we have an easel at the end of our driveway that is free for the taking. It has a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other, with a compartment on top for a roll of paper.  It is in great shape and very substantial.  Anyone interested would need an SUV or truck to haul it home.  We're at 832 Forbes Drive (the first right turn on 711N after Joann's ice cream place).  We just put it out at 1:00 p.m.
Thanks,
Arlene

my hat


couldnt help taking a photo of my hat ( oh thats Diana holding it up ;-) )

Making a shawl

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Handmade rugs

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Repurposing vintage clothing!

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Country Market beauty

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Hi Jim! Beautiful morning at the market.

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events by Ligonier Radio

  • MAY 21-OCT. 1: The Country Market at Millcreek will open again on May 21st and remain open every Saturday through October 1st from 8 AM to noon. For more information call 724-238-6702.
  • MAY 29-AUGUST 31:The free Sunday band concerts begin on the diamond on Sunday, May 29th at 7 PM and will continue every Sunday through the end of August. Bring your lawn chair and listen to some great music.
  • MAY 30: A Memorial Day parade will be held at 11 AM on the Diamond on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. A service will be held on the bandstand.
  • THROUGH MAY 31: Come relive the Civil War during the month of May at the Ligonier Valley Library with historic photo shows. The events begin on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6 PM with a reception with Abraham Lincoln, on the 17th at 7 PM the library presents the photo show "Historical Remembrances" and on May 31st it's an all day photo show presentation of Ligonier Valley Goes to War, 1861-1865. All presentations are in the Pennsylvania Room, contact the library at 724-238-6451 for more details.
  • JUNE 3: It's a Fun Friday Car Cruise on the Diamond, Friday, June 3rd from 5-8PM. Anyone with a classic car is encouraged to display it along the diamond. Ligonier's Radio Station - The Valley will provide the music beginning at 5PM - fun oldies for the Car Cruise.
  • JUNE 4: St. Michaels Country Fair will be held on Saturday, June 4th at St. Michael's Church in Rector.

at Main Exhibit Gallery on West Main

That's one cool woodpecker.  ;)

Visit the gallery.

General Orders No.11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic

General Orders No.11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

Read more in WT.
FRESH ON MAIN
Today’s Menu
28 May, 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Irish Teas
Cappuccino, Espresso & Latte

Lemon, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Orange, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Granola & Yogurt $2.50
Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal $2.50
Chicken Noodle $4.50
Asparagus, Bacon, Spinach & Fontina Quiche $4.50
Spring Green, Goat Cheese, Chick Pea & Cranberry Salad $4.50
Spring Green, Strawberry, Cucumber, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad $4.50
Add Grilled Chicken for $4.00
Add Prosciutto for $3.00
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper & Pita Plate $5.50
Home Made Flat Bread Pizza: Pick Your Toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini
The Club: Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo $6.50
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Cheddar & Sun Dried Tomato $6.50
Chicken, Parmesan Mayo & Tomato $6.50
Turkey, Smoked Cheddar & Chipolte Mustard $6.50
Chicken, Ranch, Provolone, Spinach & Pepperoni $6.50
Meghan’s Tasty Albacore Tuna Salad $6.50
Turkey, Capacola, Spinach, Provolone, Artichoke Spread $6.50
Roast Beef, Provolone & Horseradish Mayo $7.50
Virginia Ham, Brick Cheese, Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Mayo $6.50
Roasted Red Pepper, Provolone, Spinach & Pesto Mayo $6.50
Add Bacon for $1.00
Egg Salad $6.00
Pasta Salad $1.00
All sandwiches served with homemade Pita Chips

139 East Main Street
724-238-9490
9 to 5 Monday thru Wednesday
9 to 7 Thursday thru Saturday
12 to 4 Sunday (Gelato and Coffee only)

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Ligonier Zen

great video of the house move by Romesburg Media


FREE SUNDAY NIGHT BAND CONCERTS START THIS WEEKEND

FREE SUNDAY NIGHT BAND CONCERTS START THIS WEEKEND
The first in our series of free band concerts on the Diamond is this Sunday night, May 29, 2011 at 7pm. The weather is expected to cooperate and give us a beautiful late spring evening. Bring a lawn chair and spend the evening with us. For more information, call the chamber at 724-238-4200.

Read more on Ligonier.com.

an odd but funny happy birthday tribute to Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - You Can Call Him Zimmy - recently turned 70 years old, which means he's almost certainly drawing a monthly Social Security check for as much as $2,346 that's being paid for by the relatively young and poor of America. That's how Social Security works, after all. The program will run a cash flow deficit starting this year; in any case, today's benefits are financed by taxes paid by today's workers. The old are generally wealthier than the young.

Read more on Reason.

afternoon amazing picture courtesy of Walt

Waimea Bay shore-break surfing pioneer, husband, and father of two, Clark Little has gained nationwide recognition for his photography with appearances on Good Morning America,Inside Edition, and many local news stations across the U.S.

using an autopen to sign a law?

Obama signed the bill into law late Thursday night. The autopen was used because the president was in France, meeting with G8 leaders, and the bill's provisions expired at midnight.

Graves cited Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution, which says that the president must sign a bill to approve it into law.

Read more on The Hill.

.....okay, now we can file this under..come on now...that's ridiculous but

since stick horses are so cute, I guess we can say okay that's cute.....

Read the story in KSL.com.
Utah looks likely to be the next state to follow the example set by Texas in attempting to make TSA grope downs a felony.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman has introduced a bill into the Utah House of Representatives that would ensure TSA agents would have to abide by the same Fourth Amendment limits that police do when performing searches on Americans.

Read more on Prison Planet.

SPEND A DAY IN LAUGHLINTOWN

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Spend a day in Laughlintown. Take a guided tour through Compass Inn Museum, dine at Ligonier Country Inn, get your plants and out door accessories at the Conservatory and find that great buy at Laughlintown Antique Mall. For more information call 724-238-4983.

Butch shared this terrific photo and story from his friend who found the baby deer.


This little guy (or girl) nearly became bologna this morning. It shocked the hell out of me when I first saw it from no more than 4 feet away while mowing with the Gravely. It was clearly born this AM and was still wet when I first saw it at around 1000.  I snooped around for mom, without any luck.
 
I went out and checked on it around 2 PM, armed with my camera, and was amazed to find it still there and simply turned 180 degrees. I found mom this time. She actually made a false charge.

Once Sally explained the meaning of a liberty hat,

this image of Lady Liberty has become my favorite.

Podlucky saga

Guilty, and agreeing to serve five-year sentences, are Jonathan E. Podlucky, 37, and Donald K. Pollinger, 68. Mr. Podlucky, of the Ligonier area, was the chief operating officer at Le-Nature's, which was headed by his brother, Gregory J. Podlucky. Mr. Pollinger, of North Carolina, said he signed fraudulent documents that he knew Le-Nature's would use to fool auditors and thereby set the stage for massive loans.

regional Memorial Day observances

Ligonier: A parade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at Bell and East Main streets, proceeding at 10:50 a.m. to the Diamond, where VFW Post 734 and American Legion Post 267 will conduct a service.

Good morning, Ligonier!

Flavors Cafe

Customer Favorites
Caprese Salad Panini – fresh beefsteak tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella grilled on flatbread 6.99
Grown Up Grilled Cheese - Black Diamond aged cheddar, sharp provolone, and smoked gouda, sliced tomato with herbed garlic mayo on flatbread 6.99 with applewood smoked bacon 7.99
Grilled Veggie Sandwich - Grilled marinated vegetables, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella and pesto smeared on ciabatta 6.99
Chicken Salad Wrap- chicken salad, crisp romaine, chopped tomatoes, folded into wrap, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette 6.99
Steak Sandwich – marinated juicy tenderloin topped with caramelized red onion, crumbled blue cheese, tomato, spring greens, and a creamy garlic dressing on crispy French baguette 8.99
Salmon Sandwich - salmon fillet, spring greens, chef’s sauce, served on ciabatta 8.99
Fajita - grilled chicken, onions and peppers, cheddar, salsa, and sour cream 8.99
Free Delivery in Boro Business Area with $10 Order
724-238-3285
Corner of West Main and Fairfield
The FlavorsCafe.com (for complete menu)
Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

Decoration Day

When I was a kid we called it Decoration Day and, in a practice observed since 1868, it always came on May 30.

Early on that morning or a day or two before it, in the soft twilight of a spring evening, folks would walk through the local cemeteries with baskets of flowers or small American flags to decorate the graves of soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

In my little crossroads village of Rector, Pennsylvania, a simple rectangular war memorial stood flanked by juniper bushes on a little triangle of grass beside the macadam road. It had been built from water-smoothed stones hauled out of nearby Linn Run Creek.

Read more in The American.
FRESH ON MAIN
Today’s Menu
27 May, 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Irish Teas
Cappuccino, Espresso & Latte


Lemon, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Orange, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25

Granola & Yogurt $2.50
Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal $2.50

Ligonier Chowder $4.50
Asparagus, Bacon & Fontina Quiche $4.50
Spring Green, Goat Cheese, Chick Pea & Cranberry Salad $4.50
Spring Green, Strawberry, Cucumber, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad $4.50
Add Grilled Chicken for $4.00
Add Prosciutto for $3.00
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper & Pita Plate $5.50
Home Made Flat Bread Pizza: Pick Your Toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini
The Club: Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo $6.50
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Cheddar & Sun Dried Tomato $6.50
Pulled Pork $6.50
Chicken, Parmesan Mayo & Tomato $6.50
Turkey, Smoked Cheddar & Chipolte Mustard $6.50
Chicken, Ranch, Provolone, Spinach & Pepperoni $6.50
Meghan’s Tasty Albacore Tuna Salad $6.50
Turkey, Capacola, Spinach, Provolone, Artichoke Spread $6.50
Roast Beef, Provolone & Horseradish Mayo $7.50
Virginia Ham, Brick Cheese, Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Mayo $6.50
Roasted Red Pepper, Provolone, Spinach & Pesto Mayo $6.50
Add Bacon for $1.00
Egg Salad $6.00
Pasta Salad $1.00
All sandwiches served with homemade Pita Chips

139 East Main Street
724-238-9490

9 to 5 Monday thru Wednesday
9 to 7 Thursday thru Saturday
12 to 4 Sunday (Gelato and Coffee only)

GELATO

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

on loving ham salad ;)

My favorite response came from Ligonier's Susan Parker, who apparently upon reading my column was "transported back to grade school birthday parties. Not the extravaganzas like now, but a few friends in your living room, orange drink, cake and Pin the Tail on the Donkey."

So was she a big fan of the cake?

Nope.
THINK THURSDAY

THINK LIGONIER


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a few shots from that rainy day 32 years ago when 65 people jammed into the livingroom of the chalet





Happy Anniversary to my dear Hubby. ;)

Good morning, Ligonier!

congrats to Scotty and to all the other contestants - what a season. it was so much fun!

The matchup between McCreery and Alaina, who individually performed with country icon Tim McGraw and fourth season “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood on Wednesday, marked the youngest finale duel in “Idol” history. Producers lowered the minimum age requirement to 15 years old this season, which allowed Alaina the opportunity to audition last year.

McCreery’s victory over Alaina was hardly a surprise to “Idol” devotees. Several online outfits predicted that McCreery would take home the top prize: the “Idol” title and a record contract. DialIdol.com, which tracks busy signals on the separate phone lines dedicated to each contestant, correctly projected him as the show’s winner Wednesday morning.

Read more on WT.

the fight over for-profit education

The most vocal witch hunters, Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, are masquerading as protectors of the innocent, but in such cases, it’s always important to ask cui bono - who benefits? As it happens, very powerful groups of people will be helped if government undermines this industry.

Union power

Union membership is becoming increasingly limited to public-sector jobs. Well more than 300,000 higher-education faculty members belong to unions, and of those, 94 percent work for traditional, tax-funded public universities, according to the 2006 Directory of Faculty Contracts and Bargaining Agents in Institutions of Higher Education. For-profit colleges are far less likely to have unionized faculty.

Read more in WT.

on public charter schools

“Charters have been designed to boost student achievement, and that word has gotten out there,” said Peter C. Groff, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, explaining why he thinks growth in the sector will continue as parents look for higher-quality alternatives to traditional public schools and cheaper alternatives to private institutions.

While the arrow seems to be pointing up for charter schools, the growth at for-profits could be stalled by a new federal regulation designed to measure “gainful employment.”

Read more in WT.

Podlucky saga

The brother of the alleged mastermind of a fraud scheme that led to the collapse of a Latrobe bottling company will plead guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that he conspired to bilk banks out of $800 million.

Woman files suit over smelly Marcellus wastewater

Woman files suit over smelly Marcellus wastewater
Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 6:49pm
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Something stinks around a Marcellus Shale wastewater reservoir operated by Range Resources in Amwell, Washington County, according to local resident's lawsuit, but a state inspector said administrators told him to ignore complaints.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg by Beth Voyles, states that John Carson, a Department of Environmental Protection field inspector, said superiors in Harrisburg and the southwest DEP regional office in Pittsburgh told him he was not permitted to accept any complaints, investigate or file any citations against Range for noxious odors allegedly coming from the reservoir known as the "Yeager impoundment." Range denies there was ever any odor associated with the reservoir.


Complete story: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11145/1149196-100.stm


You've Got a Stinky Impoundment in Pennsylvania!Previous stinky impoundments include the one in Waynesburg near the prison (Oct 2009) and Range Resources' Best Impoundment in Buffalo (Fall 2010).  Aerial photo of the Best Impoundment clean-up shown below:




--Submitted by Elizabeth Donohoe
FRESH ON MAIN
Today’s Menu
26 May, 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Irish Teas
Cappuccino, Espresso & Latte
Lemon, Blueberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Granola & Yogurt $2.50
Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal $2.50

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup $4.50
Sausage, Spinach, & Cheddar Quiche $4.50
Spring Green, Goat Cheese, Chick Pea & Cranberry Salad $4.50
Spring Green, Strawberry, Cucumber, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad $4.50
Add Grilled Chicken for $4.00
Add Prosciutto for $3.00
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper & Pita Plate $5.50
Home Made Flat Bread Pizza: Pick Your Toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini
The Club: Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo $6.50
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Cheddar & Sun Dried Tomato $6.50
Pulled Pork $6.50
Chicken, Parmesan Mayo & Tomato $6.50
Turkey, Smoked Cheddar & Chipolte Mustard $6.50
Chicken, Ranch, Provolone, Spinach & Pepperoni $6.50
Meghan’s Tasty Albacore Tuna Salad $6.50
Turkey, Capacola, Spinach, Provolone, Artichoke Spread $6.50
Roast Beef, Provolone & Horseradish Mayo $7.50
Virginia Ham, Brick Cheese, Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Mayo $6.50
Roasted Red Pepper, Provolone, Spinach & Pesto Mayo $6.50
Add Bacon for $1.00
Egg Salad $6.00
Pasta Salad $1.00
All sandwiches served with homemade Pita Chips

139 East Main Street
724-238-9490

9 to 5 Monday thru Wednesday
9 to 7 Thursday thru Saturday
12 to 4 Sunday
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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PA House passes budget

Last night, the Pennsylvania House passed a $27.3 billion General Fund budget bill (HB 1485). The fiscally responsible proposal includes no new taxes, prioritizes resources and maintains the spending level proposed in Gov. Tom Corbett's budget (you can find differences between the proposals here). Holding spending to $27.3 billion represents a $700 million cut from the current year spending.  More facts on the state budget here.

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Mary's response to letter by RF Smithley in Latrobe Bulletin

R.F. Smithley (May 24 Editorial) has taken exception with my RTK's. In his number count he failed to mention that I appealed 4 of the RTK's to the Office of Open Records, partially winning one and winning the other 3 in their entirety. Since the current school board members choose to operate in a clandestine manner , I will continue to submit  RTK"s in order to expose the truths which is my legal right.  Through the RTK's the following disclosures occurred: the plagarized logo, the Steve Dunn expenditures which were not approved by the school board, the mysterious retirement package created in 2 days, the $300,000 un-named reading program, the non-existent study which board members testified that had been performed to combine LVE into LVMHS, the cyber school expenses, the freeze that was put into effect in Dec because the district was out of money (before Corbett's budget), Mr. Cunkleman's error on miscalculation of monies and  and I can go on and on.
R.F. Smithley  is taking exception with the RTK law of Pennsylvania. R.F. Smithley is twisting the facts, in order to protect Mrs. Hutchinson, since she was not absolutely sure with her figures to begin with.

Mary Raich

Mary on savings money by serving special needs student in house

Dear Diane,

A creative way to use the facilities of the LVSD is to reduce the number of students who are sent out of the district for special needs services. According to a document from LVSD there are 38 students sent out of the district for services. What I have been able to identify from the budget document passed out on Monday amounts to 1.2 million spent out of district . I am sure I missed other schools, thus the costs are probably higher.   If the majority of the students were brought back home where they belong, the district could hire special education teachers and aids at a far less amount that is shown here.
The costs that I have identified thus far appear as such in the budget package :

1. Page 30 -Special Needs/Alt Busing= $649,004
2. Page 13 -Other support from WIU #7 = $49,880
3. Page 13- Pressley Ridge Day School Program = $245,000
4. Page 14 -Clelain Heights-Other Services = $34,525
5. Page 14- Celian Hieghts -Tuition Charges = $34,525
6. Page 14 -State Approved Private Schools = $42, 400
7. Page 14 - Northern Point Learning SVCS= $25,000
8. Page 14- Alternative Education Spec. Educ. Charter = $55,000

Not sure, but did hear that the number of students not serviced by the district has increased. 
By the way, check out the last page - page 32- Professional Development-$62,236. Here we go again.

Mary Raich

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Good morning, Ligonier! The newly painted walkways look very nice.

The park at the east end of Main Street

Does anyone know who maintains the small flower bed at the "top" of the park? I mean the one where Main St. and Old 30 split? Thanks!
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Today’s Menu
25 May, 2011

Fresh Brewed Coffee & Irish Teas
Cappuccino, Espresso & Latte

Orange, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Scones $1.25
Granola & Yogurt $2.50
Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal $2.50
Wedding Soup $4.50
Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Spinach, & Cheddar Quiche $4.50
Spring Green, Goat Cheese, Chick Pea & Cranberry Salad $4.50
Spring Green, Strawberry, Cucumber, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad $4.50
Add Grilled Chicken for $4.00
Add Prosciutto for $3.00
Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper & Pita Plate $5.50
Home Made Flat Bread Pizza: Pick Your Toppings $4.50

Wraps & Panini

The Club: Turkey, Ham, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Mayo $6.50
Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Cheddar & Sun Dried Tomato $6.50
Pulled Pork $6.50
Chicken, Parmesan Mayo & Tomato $6.50
Turkey, Smoked Cheddar & Chipolte Mustard $6.50
Chicken, Ranch, Provolone, Spinach & Pepperoni $6.50
Meghan’s Tasty Albacore Tuna Salad $6.50
Turkey, Capacola, Spinach, Provolone, Artichoke Spread $6.50
Roast Beef, Provolone & Horseradish Mayo $7.50
Virginia Ham, Brick Cheese, Spinach & Sun Dried Tomato Mayo $6.50
Roasted Red Pepper, Provolone, Spinach & Pesto Mayo $6.50
Add Bacon for $1.00
Egg Salad $6.00
Pasta Salad $1.00
All sandwiches served with homemade Pita Chips

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- Includes safety check and basic cleaning; deep cleaning is $15 additional

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- Includes, basic adjustments, basic wheel service and basic cleaning; deep cleaning is $15 additional

Advanced Tune $125
- Includes advanced adjustments, deep cleaning, drive train overhaul, and advanced wheel service

Overhaul $195
- The works, Campagnolo machines add $30

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just found some videos of Lumosity games

Lumosity is the brain training program I joined recently.  I love it!  I'm getting near the age where my father started to show signs of dementia.  This is preventative brain maintenance.  It's also recommended for people recovering from illness like chemo fog.  The program courses are personalized to match your ability and goals.


Don't they cross reference before awarding contracts? Even the FHA cross checks borrowers before approving a mortgage. It's not hard.

One construction company that won multiple awards of money under President Obama’s 2009 stimulus program was delinquent on its federal tax bill to the tune of $700,000, even as a company executive was blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars at casinos.

Yet another company failed to pay taxes, entered into a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service, and then repeatedly defaulted on that agreement - and still won stimulus contracts worth more than $1 million, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

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