Friday, September 30, 2011
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POWER MEAL SALAD
-includes Cranberry and Wheatberries
Corn...Last of the local
-Fingerling 1.5 # bag
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-Purple Size A, per lb
Baby Romaine salad
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New at the Country Store at Compass Inn Museum...ManCans!
Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and seen on The Today Show, ManCans are man scented candles that come in a recycled soup can with a recycled label. Founder of ManCans, 14 year old Hart Main from Marysville, Ohio, donates cases of soup to soup kitchens and missions. He’s quoted “every can used was once a can of soup that provided a meal for someone who needed it”.
These unique candles come in a variety of scents such as Dirt, Bacon, Sawdust, Coffee, New York Style Pizza, New Mitt. They are made from natural food grade wax and made in the USA! Help us help Hart as we will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Ligonier Valley Food Bank.
The Country Store is located on the grounds of Compass Inn Museum, 1382 Route 30, Laughlintown, 3 miles east of Ligonier. The store is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00-4:00 and Sunday, 1:00-5:00. Holiday merchandise is arriving daily. Stop and visit. Although we would love for you to take a tour of the Museum, you can just stop and shop! For more information call 724-238-4983.
All 23 districts in Cambria and Somerset counties – and neighboring ones including Chestnut Ridge, United, Ligonier Valley and Glendale – made the grade district-wide, achieving adequate yearly progress.
Read more in the Tribune Democrat.
Read more: Ligonier Township senior-care facility work outlined - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_759289.html#ixzz1ZQro1ZeT
September 30, 2011 5:48:57 AM
Anwar al-Aulaqi, the radical Yemeni-American cleric and one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives wanted by the United States, has been killed in Yemen’s Marib province, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said Friday morning.
For more information, visit washingtonpost.com
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday October 1, 2011 day for the opening reception of Jim Miller: History and the Fine Art Print, from 7 - 10 PM. Special musical guest, Mr. Aaron Elliot will be on hand showcasing his numerous talents! As always we will have refreshments for everyone. The exhibition continues through October 29, 2011
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri Noon - 6 PM/ Sat 11 AM - 4 PM / Appointments Welcome / Admission is Free
28 West Second
Gallery & Studio Space
28 West Second St
Greensburg, PA 15601
"Janet McIntyre, a resident of rural Butler County, testified that air emissions from 10 Marcellus Shale wells within a mile and a half of her home, plus a compressor station and three fracking waste holding ponds, have put into the air a bad smell that has affected 30 people in her neighborhood. "If I go outside for more than five minutes, I get a severe headache and burning eyes and skin and a metallic taste on my lips," she said. "The air is chocking me and my neighbors, too. I feel it's coming from those fracking waste ponds around me."
"Areas of the country that have more fully developed shale plays are experiencing significant effects from the cumulative impacts of oil and gas production," Ms. Nardone of the Sierra Club said. "Here in Pennsylvania, as development and production grows at a rapid rate, air contaminants and their effect on human health are a grave concern. Action by the EPA is long overdue to help regulate and monitor the rogue natural gas industry."
How will the Marcellus gas operations impact your air and your health? Learn more at an important informational meeting on October 4th at 7:00 PM at Ligonier Town Hall. Drilling, fracking, compressing, and distribution activities all produce air pollution that can affect your health. At this meeting, you will hear from Joe Osborne, attorney with Group Against Smog and Pollution who has expertise on the air issues surrounding Marcellus gas drilling, and Pam Judy who has personal experience with the health effects related to gas operations. Q and A session will follow. Free Admission.
Sponsored by Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group, Mountain Watershed Association, Jacob’s Creek Association, and Loyalhanna Watershed Association
- THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30: The Pennsylvania Room of the Ligonier Valley Library will have a display commemorating the tenth anniversary of 9-1-1 through the end of September. The display features photographs and memorabilia as well as a hand-painted, quilted wall hanging of the Twin Towers.
- OCTOBER 1: The United Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley will hold a used and unique yard sale on Saturday, October 1 from 9 - 4 PM. The sale will take place on the church grounds, just past Ligonier Beach. All proceeds from the sale will benefit area food banks.
- OCTOBER 1: Westmoreland Walks taking Steps Against Breast Cancer will hold their 10th annual walk at Pavilion #7 at Twin Lakes Park on Saturday, October 1st beginning at 11AM. To sign -up, call 724-382-4148 or pick up a registration form in the Chamber office.
- THROUGH OCTOBER 1: The Country Market at Millcreekis open every Saturday through October 1st from 8 AM to noon. For more information call 724-238-6702.
- OCTOBER 7-9: Silver Bear Graphics will hold a Book Publishing Symposium on October 7th-9th at the Laurel Mountain Christian Camp in Rector. This symposium is for authors, writers, readers, agents, publishers and anyone who is passionate about books. For registration and more information, call 724-613-1814.
- OCTOBER 13-27: The Hollow Tree Players present Once Upon A Story, an interactive storytime for children ages 18 months to 3 years of age and and their parents and guardians. The event takes place from 10:30 AM-11 AM on October 13th and 27th at Mommy Gear. For more information, call Donna at 724-238-7970.
- OCTOBER 14-16: FORT LIGONIER DAYS! It is everyone's favorite time of the year in Ligonier...Fort Ligonier Days..the weekend of October 14th through the 16th. Stay tuned to the Valley for more information concerning Ligonier's biggest event of the year! Listen for the schedule of events updated hourly.
- OCTOBER 20-NOVEMBER 12:A mini exhibit of photographs by the Westmoreland Photography Society will be on display in the Pennsylvania Room lobby of the Ligonier Valley Library from October 20th through November 12.
- OCTOBER 21-31: Take an autumn stroll all along the Diamond from October 21st through the 31st and see the creative entries in this years' annual Scarecrow Contest. Don't forget to vote for your favorite scarecrow!
- OCTOBER 22: The Duquesne Tamburitzans are celebrating their 75th year with an October 22nd performance at the Ligonier Town Hall. Don't miss this event. Call 412-396-4134 for more information.
- OCTOBER 21-30:The Valley Players of Ligonier will present the musical comedy spoof Dracula..the Musical on October 21, 22, 28 and 29th at 7:30 PM and October 23rd and 30th at 2:30 PM. For tickets and reservations call 724-238-6514.
For immediate release – 9/18/2011
For more information contact:
Chris Oldham, Superintendent
Ligonier Valley School District
333 West Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
Ligonier Valley School District Students to Earn Associate Degrees
Through Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
While Attending Ligonier High School
The Ligonier Valley School District, in conjunction with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, has unveiled its plan for high school students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.
The opportunity, the first in a Pennsylvania public high school, is offered to entering freshmen and sophomore students in the District’s Advanced Studies and College-Career Prep tracks.
Eligible Ligonier High School students will be able to enter an academic track that includes coursework from Pennsylvania Highlands leading to an Associate of Arts General Studies or an Associate of Science Business Administration.
Both of these degree programs are available from the College in a completely online format. Ligonier’s students will take advantage of online coursework, as well as Pennsylvania Highlands Accelerated College Education classes taught by Ligonier High teachers. The remainder of the degree requirements will be met through the transfer of dual enrollment courses from three other institutions of higher learning (Mount Aloysius, University of Pittsburgh, and Saint Francis University) that currently endorse a multitude of Ligonier Valley High School’s core and elective classes.
The proposal, designed to increase college accessibility, as well as to enhance the meaningfulness of the high school experience, was presented to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College by Ligonier Valley Superintendent Dr. Christine Oldham.
"As post-secondary tuition costs continue to rise, the unintended consequence of this cycle will be decreased post-secondary accessibility due to economic constraints. We absolutely need to rethink education into a K-16 model. Ultimately, our greatest concern must be student achievement.
"High schools have long struggled with making the senior year meaningful, as well as with truly preparing students for college or career. What better way to promote an education that prepares students for their futures than to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, earn an associate degree while in high school, and then either transfer into other degree programs as college juniors, or move directly into the work force as degreed employee candidates?"
At 2011-12 tuition rates, and with alignment of ACE courses, dual enrollment transfer courses, and the online Pennsylvania Highlands courses, the General Studies degree can be achieved for less than $4,000; the Business Administration degree for less than $6,000. The long-term benefits of this opportunity are significant in both student time and financial expenditures. Interest in the program has been outstanding, with more than 25 percent of the total 9th and 10th grade classes enrolling.
Ligonier Valley has grown their dual enrollment offerings from seven courses at the start of the 2010-11 school year, to 27 courses at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Participation in the District’s dual enrollment courses is available to ALL student attending LHS, and with 88 college-credit earning opportunities, there really is opportunity for every student to experience college in the high school.
Ligonier High School Principal Ron Baldonieri noted, "Even if students are not entered into one of the associate degree tracks, they still have the opportunity to complete enough dual enrollment credits to reduce their college requirements by two or three semesters."
More information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Christine Oldham, Superintendent, Ligonier Valley School District at 724-238-5696, or email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
If you are on first, its your pleasure to give us a Good Morning greeting. Whether its your own photo, some news, or the Webcam ala Diane, give us a greeting to get us started.
But you can't do it two days in a row.
So at most you can do it every other day, and it gives someone else the chance to greet us all.
Good Night Ligonier!
Read more: Ligonier planners recommend approval of 2nd-floor law office - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_758881.html#ixzz1Z9WktM9r
Read more: Westmoreland resident cheers Pittsburgh Steelwheelers - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailycourier/guestcolumn/s_758749.html#ixzz1Z9Vq8CLZ
Monday, September 26, 2011
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I’ve been attempting, sometimes (no, often) unsuccessfully, to send out a weekly prompt from the Beanery Writers Group. I keep hearing that recipients of the prompt are writing even if they don’t send me the results. Some have sent the results, and some have been posted. I will continue sending out the prompts weekly (or at least try weekly) as long as I keep receiving positive responses.
Write a 26-word story where every word begins with a different letter of the alphabet.
To make the story longer, keep writing---repeating the instructions above as often as your story requires. Remember, each successive 26 words must begin with a different word of the alphabet.
Write a story where successive words begin with the letters of your name. Use your middle name, and if you have a maiden name, you can include that.
To make the story longer, keep writing---repeating the instructions above as often as your story requires. Remember, each successive set of words must have successive words using the letters in your name(s).
Sit down for 7 minutes and just write. Then, if you feel so inclined, develop your 7 minute writing further.
Send your results to firstname.lastname@example.org . Even though we haven’t responded to each submitter, some responses have turned into posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com).
NOTE: The Beanery Online Literary Magazine seeks submissions for the autumn season and autumn special days, including Labor Day, September 11th events, Election Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving---and even Christmas and New Year’s eve/day.
There was the usual camaraderie, music, readings…and Mother Nature presented us with a gift: a perfect autumn evening. The event was able to be held on our large patio, just as I planned.
I told Diane that she would know when I was ready to read my piece that the sign would be my wearing a maroon colored faux fur bathrobe. While lounging on a lawn chair, I lamented the passing of the soap opera, All My Children, the last episode which was to air the coming Friday (September 23). I was particularly upset that the timing of the episode was during our Beanery Writers Group meeting. I was going to miss it unless I irresponsibly skipped the meeting.
It had been announced beforehand that there would be a funeral for summer and a welcome to autumn. After working through the song Autumn Leaves, Dmitri read a sonnet to honor both those seasons.
As Dmitri returned to his seat he twice waved and called out Cheerio to the listeners.
Later I indicated to Diane that it was time to sing The Wayward Wind, an introduction of the announcement of our special undisclosed birthday party guest.
When the music was finished, I presented a quiz to the Mellow Mikers. No one was able to identify the unidentified guest from either the quiz or the clues tossed around during the evening.
At the end of the quiz Diane presented a drum roll, which signaled to a blue-haired man that it was time to jump out of a cake (a large decorated box resting on a picnic table). In his hands he carried the identity of the undisclosed birthday guest.
The blue-haired man, Dmitri, then turned his keyboard on and danced, waving around the two front panels of Cheerios boxes.
Yes, that was our undisclosed birthday guest. Cheerios turned 70 this year.
To read my skit and/or the questions on the quiz click on these links:
A House Frau Loses the Soap All My Children
An Undisclosed Party Guest Turns 70 in 2011
Additional early autumn reading:
Fresh Apple Cider and a Drunk Moose
Pittsburgh Penguins Practice Hockey
WHEN I MOVED MY FAMILY FROM a cabin in the woods outside of Ithaca, New York, into a house in a nearby village, it felt like a faith healing. I could walk again. A sidewalk stretched from my door out to a craggy maple tree and then connected with another sidewalk that headed down the block toward Main Street. Here was a track, upon which the wheels of a double stroller could roll, that linked me to coffee, library books, postage stamps, hardware displays, bank tellers, and a bus line. Hallelujah.
Out in the woods, foxes and newts had roamed our backyard, but I myself wasn’t doing much roaming. The road that connected me and my children to the rest of the world was ditched on both sides and carried trucks and a 50 mph speed limit. Nobody was going to be tricycling along it, and trips to obtain cash, band-aids, or wallboard nails involved car-seat buckles, tantrums, and drive-through windows.
But now I sat on my front stoop and grinned. To be sure, the village sidewalks—century-old slabs of stone—were neither plumb nor true, but this was evidence that they had outlasted a generation of street trees whose roots must have lifted them and then, in dying, set them down uncrumbled but askew.
Read the four stories that flow out of this at http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/5504/
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"After Ava got paid (she could earn up to $1 each week), she had three jars: Give Away, Savings and Spending. She first put 10 cents in the Give Away jar, 25 cents in the Savings jar and the remaining amount in the Spending jar. This worked so well for us. When we were at the store, often Ava would see something she wanted. We never had any arguments; we would simply say, "We'll have to go home and see if you have enough money in your spending or savings jar to buy it."
See more in the article here: The Secret to Living Well on $40,000 a Year by Kimberly Palmer
One will be presented by their high school, the other from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
Read more in the Tribune Democrat.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The day was perfect for a walk through town.
The sponsors participation is much appreciated. All walkers received all sorts of goodies for their dogs: treats; fun magnet sets; a bandana; a retractable leash; a dog bowl, and much, much more. I think we got our $20 back in gifts!
Officer Eric and Blek.
To see our K-9 teams in action is outstanding and FUN.
For the benefit of our K-9 teams, please try and come next year.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Above is a picture from the opening reception, where members of the community celebrated the new show and the grand opening of the newest store in town.
Over the past year, our operation has grown tremendously in size and revenue and it's increasingly obvious that we need more help, beyond that of friends and family. In particular, we need field labor and wash house/greenhouse labor. Over the past two months we've interviewed many folks and even setup a trial basis with a few. We're quickly realizing that labor will likely be an impediment to our growth, as we've been largely unsuccessful finding individuals that are reliable, and at a minimum, will pay for themselves. We both have experience managing large staff of skilled labor, engineers in my case. However, we're finding there is a set of new issues when managing unskilled labor. :)From the following articles:
“The hours and outdoor conditions make it tough. Better wages are part of the solution.”
– Cheryl Cook, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Deputy Secretary of Marketing and Economic Development
“Wage is not the answer. Some of our farmers are paying $12-18 / hour with additional benefits. Mechanization is not the answer. The problem is the job itself, look at the conditions: working seasonally and outside versus in air conditioning and year round. It’s a cultural thing.”
– Jeff Grove, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Local Affairs Director and Agriculture Labor Specialist
Stacked Flats in the Armory
- A total of six Stacked Flat units will be offered in three buildings.
- Base model Stacked Flat units are approximately 1,600-1,800 square feet, excluding garages.
- Base prices range from $275,000 to $285,000.
- Single floor living.
- 9' ceilings for first and second floor unit.
- Homes highly insulated to assure energy efficiency.
- High efficiency (93%) furnaces and air conditioners with fresh air ventilation system.
- Andersen windows with low-E glazing.
- Structured wiring for high speed internet connections, TV, and telephone, plus integrated security system.
- One car garage with opener.
- Front porches with view of the park.
- Low maintenance exteriors featuring brick, Hardiplank siding and heavy-duty roof shingles.
- Additional options available, including energy efficient tankless water heaters, decorative box beams, sound systems, and kitchen and bath upgrades.
Read more: Westmoreland drilling opponents vocal - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_758295.html#ixzz1YmEnpni3
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A new Penn State study of the economic impact of the Marcellus Shale has found that Pennsylvania natural gas development in 2009 created roughly half the jobs and economic activity reported in earlier, industry-financed studies. The study, which examined not only how much money Marcellus Shale drillers spend on wages, leasing and royalty payments in Pennsylvania but also where and how those dollars are spent, found that "a significant portion" of the money left the community where the land was leased or was not spent in the year it was earned.
Read more: Possible shortfall vexes Ligonier Township water utility - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_758044.html#ixzz1YgP3IRSe
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures are rampant and the poor guy can't even sneak a cigarette.
Read more in the Chicago Tribune.