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Saturday, March 31, 2012

teen dies on 711


A 17-year-old boy was killed early this morning when his Mitsubishi Eclipse crashed into a tree along state Route 711 near Horseshoe Bend Road in Cook Township, state police said.
The driver, whose identity has not been released, was driving south on Route 711 around 4 a.m. today when his car went off the west berm, began to slide across both lanes of traffic and hit a cement culvert, police said.


Read more: Teen dies in crash near Ligonier - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_789308.html#ixzz1qiclyKnK

Rich Flickinger solves RV problem


Commission Solicitor Rich Flickinger said state law addresses the issue.
He said the motor vehicle code states that RVs between 40-45 feet in length are only allowed on state routes and highways with traffic lanes more than 10 feet wide.
To drive on any streets besides Ligonier's Main and Market streets, RV owners must obtain permission from the borough, Flickinger said.


Read more: Ligonier makes headway on RV ordinance - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_788669.html#ixzz1qic8X8zU

Rosary Acres- Fresh Bead just out of the oven!

Fresh out of the oven....Banana/Walnut Wholewheat, Golden Raisin/Cranberry Swany White! Stop in for a sample!

724-238-4140

Friday, March 30, 2012

Rosary Acres- Fresh Bread-in the AM

Bread Dough just mixed and rising for Fresh Bread tomorrow AM...Whole Wheat, Swany Unbleached White and Swany White with Golden Raisins and Cranberries....Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Bread in the afternoon! Stop for a sample and leave with a new favorite!

Also we have a Mediterra Bakehouse Bread in late this afternoon!

Like us on Facebook-rosaryacres

www.facebook.com/rosaryacres

Great Gifts at MerJo on Main Street


Stop by to see the great gift for Easter.  Beautiful Wreaths, Candles, Hand-crafted Greeting Cards, Jewelry, Bunnies and Chicks and even Easter Baskets and Toys for that 'Special" four legged friend. 

MerJo on Main Street                   
331 W. Main Street
724-238-4001

Hours
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday - 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Extended hours on Friday till 6:00 PM.

Rosary Acres-Red Snapper and Crimini Mushrooms



Cooked today at Rosary Acres all Fresh! Made to Order for Takeout.

Rosary Acres-Other take out order item

 
 
Gluten free Scampi for dinner tonight at home....another take out item to add to the Rosary Acres take Out menu!

Cat and owl playing - Fum & Gebra - Perfect friendship!

Gas compressor station explodes in NE PA

SPRINGVILLE TWP. - An explosion at a natural gas compressor station in Susquehanna County on Thursday morning blew a hole in the roof of the complex holding the engines, shaking homes as far as a half-mile away and drawing emergency responders from nearby counties.

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/explosion-rocks-natural-gas-compressor-station-1.1292502#axzz1qcbG3iCp

More info and videos at http://shaleshockmedia.org/2012/03/29/gas-compressor-station-explosion-smoke/.

Government squeezes small farmers


Up in Michigan, small family farms are being targeted.

These farmers raise unusual breeds -- breeds that have been around since Biblical times -- ones which don't fit the norm in large-scale operations...and there's a push to wipe them out. At least 10 other states are watching closely to follow suit if the MI government is successful.

As people's consciousness awakens to the superior quality of fresh, locally produced, small batch foods, those who favor these sustainably raised animals and vegetables understand this to be an attack on small operations by those who want to maintain the mainstream market model.

Watch this wonderful video of a revolutionary (in the old-time American sense of the word) standing up for his and family's right to make good, clean food and an honest living:

Baker's Green Acres: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=843yH_0RMIA&feature=youtu.be

Penn State study of 5 key counties do not match the claims of gas industry

How much of the money stays within the county was the question when studies were conducted in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties? The reports are available at:

http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas/publications/economic-impact-study-in-5-counties

This series of reports comes from the Penn State Extension, whose mission is "...
actively help citizens, landowners, businesses, local governments, and others understand the opportunities and challenges arising from Marcellus shale." (They are not anti-drilling, in other words.)

At the end of each report, a conclusion provides a quick synopsis of the pages-long PSU studies; in brief: the money is not what they claim it to be for the counties themselves. (There's money, certainly, but...well, have a look for yourselves.)

7 municipalities join together to file suit over drilling regulations

"HARRISBURG -- Seven municipalities that banded together in recent weeks in opposition to state's Marcellus Shale gas drilling law filed a suit this afternoon challenging whether the state was authorized to supersede local regulation of gas drilling.

The municipalities -- which include the southwestern towns of Cecil, Peters, South Fayette, Mt. Pleasant and Robinson -- are joined in the suit by a Monroeville doctor, environmental activists from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and a handful of municipal officials contesting the law in their personal capacities. Two towns in the state's southeast, Yardley and Nockamixon of Bucks County, also signed on to the suit."

Actual legal challenge document: http://www.scribd.com/doc/87252080/Act-13-Challenge

Post-Gazette article: http://shale.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/news/archives/24432

Mountain Palace - Tea Eggs Coming for Easter

Easter Sunday will find complimentary tea eggs available for customers to try. Traditional Chinese tea eggs are eggs that have been boiled in tea and cracked to permit absorption of the tea into the egg. This week, however, the special at Mountain palace will be beef liver with peppers and rice for $7.95. A single serving, about 4 oz., of beef liver contains more than six times the amount of vitamins A and B12 that you need in a day. It is an excellent source of copper, vitamin B2 and selenium. The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists beef liver as a significant source of vitamins B6 and D as well as folate, an essential nutrient for cellular health. The B vitamins in beef liver help you maintain a healthy metabolism, which helps to keep your energy levels high. Liver's B vitamins and folate can remove chemicals from your blood that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Vitamin A powers up your immune system, making you less susceptible to colds and other illnesses. Copper helps to promote good bone health. Selenium reduces your risk of colon cancer by protecting you from cancer-causing toxins. Mountain Palace is located eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6:00 to 10:00, Saturday 11:30 to 10:00, and Sunday 11:30 to 6:00  724 717-8614  http://www.mountainpalace.net/ 

LVSD Scurries for Crumbs Ignoring the Loaves of Bread

The LVSD bragged about the financial savings that have been pursued according to the article "School district seeks cost cuts" the Ligonier Echo. The board members want the public to believe these crumbs are big savings. What they don't tell you is that they have expenditures in 7 digits for technological hardware purchases (without bids) and cyber school costs. Add to that, Nutrition Inc., operating in the red, Wessel and Co. charging $13,000 more than agreed upon, the procurement service that charges hundreds of dollars traveling to who knows where and why, the home visitor who racks up at least $500 a month for travel, and the newly hired insurance companies with no RFP's. Let's not forget the 6 figures spent by Dr. Oldham on a Steve Dunn program that the district does not even own. The LVSD officials are scurrying for crumbs while losing the loaves of bread.
Mary Raich
St. Clair Township

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 7, 2012

9am to 11am

at Heritage Methodist Church on the diamond in Ligonier.


Tickets are $10 and includes breakfast, picture with the Easter bunny & crafts.

Tickets can be purchased weekdays from 9am-noon at the Heritage church office or at the door on Saturday morning

Ligonier Valley Boy Scout Ethan Neiderhiser was appointed as a US student ambassador to England.

Funds raised will be used to help defray the costs of his July trip.

drones and privacy

Geiger said that drones pose an unprecedented privacy challenge -- the devices can can be equipped with facial recognition cameras, license plate readers, thermal-imaging cameras, open WiFi sniffers and other sensors. In addition, drones can be used to conduct continuous and pervasive surveillance over a wide area, he added.


Read more in ComputerWorld.

pussycat

saw this photo on the web and had to share it...pussycats are the sweetest things in the whole world

man saved by bear

A Paradise man says he is lucky to be alive after an attack by a mountain lion Monday morning.
Robert Biggs, 69, often hikes in the Bean Soup Flat area, which is about a mile and a half above Whisky Flats. He came across a mother bear, a yearling and a newborn, which were about 40 feet from where he was standing.

would you chuckle or cry?

installation by KLA Construction
This is the "professional" electrical cord installation of our beautiful new retractable awning.  KLA Construction in Latrobe, the local distributor of these awnings, assures me that this is how they do the installation and that nobody else has ever complained.

After I sat by the fire pit and cried, Hubby called a local electrician to come out and fix it.

Modern Elegance...PROM SEASON!


Plenty of time to pick out your beautiful PROM dress from our large selection of gorgeous gowns!

If you mention that you heard about us on "Ligonier Living" this SUNDAY, April, 1st:
you can have any dress purchase discounted 10%

Professional Alterations Available at Affordable Prices...
don't pay high salon prices!

Fresh Bread at Rosary Acres!



Fresh out of the oven Whole Wheat...Swany Unbleached White baking now.... and rising for this afternoon NEW Swany White with sunflower and pumpkin seeds!

aurora 3

aurora 3 by "Dmitri" Beljan
aurora 3, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

wow..terrific free audio lessons from CATO

The Cato Home Study Course immerses you in the thoughts and views of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Adam Smith, Voltaire, John Stuart Mill, Henry David Thoreau, Ayn Rand, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and others. You are stimulated and surrounded by their ground-breaking ideas on liberty, justice, property, constitutionalism, free trade, capitalism, toleration, and peace.

http://www.cato.org/cato-university/study_course/?utm_source=Cato+Institute+Emails&utm_campaign=daae5c2e55-R_A_March_2012&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=daae5c2e55&mc_eid=d0c8d4fc61

The Barking Toadstool


" Shedding your Skin and Growth are Attributes of Life,
Stagnation is Choice "

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poem by DIANA HUNT





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IMG_0543 by "Dmitri" Beljan
IMG_0543, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

Urban Abstract

taken in the Garfield area of Pittsburgh, PA

Look who got a book out!


FREE Community Picnic & Egg Hunt












Join Us Sunday, April 1st
for a Community Potluck Picnic &
Egg Hunt
Ligonier MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will be hosting this event at Friendship Park in Ligonier
Gather for picnic around 1:30
Egg hunt will begin at 2pm
Bring your own basket,
All families welcome
Geared to children 10 & under
If you plan to join us for the picnic please bring a dish to share
Check our Facebook page for updates!
(search "Ligonier MOPS" or click on link below)

it's only a matter of time....the fat will eventually be treated like smokers..and the old under a government run system? look out.


Already the elderly are short-changed when it comes to nurses' time.Nurses in hospitals plead to being too busy to look after their charges decently, and so elderly patients frequently suffer dehydration, malnutrition and a lack of hygiene.
This treatment is cruel and unfair: age comes to us all, and is not the result of  lifestyle choices. There are plenty of conditions, though, that are the direct result of bad habits, poor diet, and the wrong choices. These conditions range from obesity and diabetes to smoking-related diseases like emphesema. If a 20-stone, 30-something woman comes into hospital with a bad diabetic attack, does she deserve to be at the front of the queue or the back? She has chosen to stuff her face with Mars bars and Coke, and is now suffering the consequences of her choice. She cannot claim ignorance of the dangers of her diet: the Government has carpet-bombed us with health advice, from schools to GP practices. Class no longer regulates access to healthy living: everyone who can watch the telly, let alone read the magazines, knows that a high-fat diet will make you look bad and feel worse.

What If the National Debt Were Your Debt?

Mellow Mike shots...mellow fun evening, it was... ;) spoken like......what the heck is that Star Wars character? I haven't had my coffee yet........lol..oh yea, Yoda.





Tuesday, March 27, 2012

PGH IMG_0501

PGH IMG_0501 by "Dmitri" Beljan
PGH IMG_0501, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

back in Pittsburgh

Genealogy Forum Tonight at Ligonier Valley Library

The Ligonier Valley Library's Genealogy Forum will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Room.

Local resident, Theresa Schwab will present a program titled, "Brave Ladies: A Genealogical Search." Theresa's ancestors include some remarkable women. Tonight, she will discuss her search and some of the little-known sources where women's records can be found.

The Genealogy Forum is free and open to the public.  For more information about the Forum, please visit the website at http://www.ligonierlibrary.org/Genealogy_Forum.htm.

Happy Researching!

it's Mellow Mike night!!


MELLOW MIKEMELLOW MIKE
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tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 6:30 to 9:30

Fresh Bread Hot out of the oven....Rosary acres

BREAD-Hot, Crispy, Fresh and just for you!

At Rosary Acres!

724-238-4140

www.rosaryacres.com

Local teens take jumping rope to new level with feats of...

Local teens take jumping rope to new level with feats of...

Tech Help wanted: teens?

I am looking for a tech savvy Ligonier kid to help me figure out a new camera I purchased. Also, possibly, for additional tech support for my laptop, etc. We can meet at the library after school. Hourly rate to be negotiated. Please reply below if interested.

Susan Parker M.P.H., Ph.D. and tech dummy (and nice lady)

Monday, March 26, 2012

DIANA IMG_0430

DIANA IMG_0430 by "Dmitri" Beljan
DIANA IMG_0430, a photo by "Dmitri" Beljan on Flickr.

hey Diana!

PASA votes for a moratorium on drilling


Those who have first-hand knowledge of what the drilling industry looks like "up-close-and-personal" have spoken: Prompted by feedback from its member farms from across the entire state, the Pennsylvania Association Sustainable Agriculture board voted unanimously over the weekend to call for a state-wide moratorium on drilling for natural gas.

Among the many reasons cited by PA sustainable farmers was Cornell University's Bamberger-Oswald study, which details the loss of animals to seizures and their painful deaths. As ethical growers of food, the farmers raised concerns (excuse the pun) about the effects of methane and tainted water on the crops they present to their customers as having been raised sustainably/organically and therefore safe to put into our bodies.

PASA joins the nationwide Farmers Union of Canada in calling for a moratorium on drilling until the gas companies can fix the documented problems.

Precautionary Principle: "...if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action." (Wikipedia)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-08/fracking-s-toll-on-pets-livestock-chills-pennsylvania-farmers-commentary.html

www.pasafarming.org

Natural Gas Wells Proliferation and Children's Air

At the Huffington Post:

"If everything goes as planned, Angie Nordstrum's son may look out the window of his second-grade classroom at Red Hawk Elementary this fall and see a full-scale natural gas drilling operation.

He and his classmates, Nordstrum noted, will then have no choice but to breathe emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene and other toxic pollutants -- even while they tend to a 1,500-square-foot organic garden at their LEED-certified school."

http://www.erierising.com/

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/scientists_warn_of_low_dose_risk_of_endocrine_blocking_chemical_exposure/2507/

exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders

President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

Read more on ABCnews.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I love Ligonier

Millcreek in Ligonier - Tracey & Michael's New Years Eve Wedding Day Hig...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Soups on at the main exhibit with lobster bisque from Ligonier tavern

Stop in an receive a 15% off coupon for Ligonier tavern !

remember Belgium

remember Belgium

P.I. Susan Daniels_ Obama's Connecticut Social Security Number - Part 1 ...

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Findings On Obama Birth Certificate 6 of 6

Obama Birth Certificate Faked In Adobe Illustrator - Official Proof 1 ( ...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Saturday is International Cash Mob Day...

Reported here at Ligonier Living last month, Cash Mobs have gone international! "The idea behind cash mobs is to get a group of people to flood a local business and give the local business an economic boost." In some places, people cash mob together then go out for coffee afterwards, turning it into an event of sorts.

Have a look at these two links for more information, and if anyone would like to propose a Ligonier shop to Cash Mob (dare I continue to "verb that noun" without causing pain to Ligonier's English teachers?) on Saturday, we could join the world and "shop local."

Last month it was Martins...this month? So many to choose from...!

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/23-4


http://www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/story/2012-03-15/cash-mob-small-business/53554926/1

At Modern Elegance...




Modern Elegance is a local formal wear shop offering a personal hometown touch with all the professional attention that you're looking for. We have BEAUTIFUL dresses at UNBELIEVABLE prices! Along with our gorgeous dresses, you can find many accessories such as jewelry, shoes and clutches. We have both new and consigned dresses for Prom, Homecoming, Wedding, Bridesmaids, Flower Girl, Mother’s Gowns, Communion, Pageant, Cruise, Social events(Wedding Guest, Cocktail Party, Christmas and New Years Eve Party, Balls and Galas etc...).  If you can't find what your looking for, we can order it for you. Getting married? Let us dress your Bridesmaids, Junior Maid and/or Flower Girl. Need Alterations?  Professional alterations NOW offered through Modern Elegance as well...Don't Pay Large Salon Prices For Your Alterations!  Call for additional information.  We carry a very nice NEW selection of the top PROM designers such as Tiffany, Jovani, Maggie Sottero, Forever Yours, Alyce Designs, etc... Our large consignment selection allows those on a budget to buy beautiful designer dresses at a fraction of their cost. Consignments taken anytime during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Weekend consignments by appointment. Follow us on Facebook for some of our featured new arrivals.
THE PLACE to buy and sell your dress!
Current Business Hours:
Mon – Wed      11:00-5:30
Thurs                11:00-7:30
Fri                     11:00-5:00
Sat-Sun             11:00-3:00

Tina Smitley - Owner
modernelegance@verizon.net
106 North Fairfield Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
(724)238-6700

Soups on at Whistlewind on North Fairfield


Whistlewind invites you to come in and taste the yummy soup from St. James wonderful cooks  Take a look around at some of the one of a kind items that I have for sale. (No. The girl is NOT for sale  even if she is one of a kind).  [Saturday 11am until 2 or 3]


Marianne

Mountain Palace - Blooming Everywhere!

They are everywhere! Wherever you look now the renewed miracle jumps into view. Don't neglect to stop and enjoy the wonder! The Mountain Palace special this weekend is pork with celery and dancing noodles with rice for $7.95. Not only are dancing noodles different and tasty, but are an excellent alternative to wheat noodles as they are made from potato. They make an excellent alternative to those folks on gluten free diets. Celery's potential for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine practitioners, and Western science researchers may have recently identified one reason why. Celery contains active compounds called phthalides, which can help relax the muscles around arteries and allow those vessels to dilate. With more space inside the arteries, the blood can flow at a lower pressure. Phthalides also reduce stress hormones, one of whose effects is to cause blood vessels to constrict. When researchers injected 3-n-butyl phthalide derived from celery into laboratory animals, the animals' blood pressure dropped 12 to 14 percent. Celery is also a very good source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Come to Mountain Palace and enjoy some tasty, healthy benefits! Open Friday 6:00 to 10:00, Saturday 11:30 to 10:00, and Sunday 11:30 to 6:00. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614  http://www.mountainpalace.net/

It's Back - Summer Salad at Flavors Cafe

It's not summer, but it feels like it so we brought back our most popular salad ever!

Summer Salad - fresh strawberries, green grapes, mandarin oranges, sugar crusted almonds on a bed of romaine with fat free raspberry vinaigrette. 

Try it with our fresh classic lemonade, raspberry lemonade or freshly brewed iced tea.

Enjoy the "flavors" and feel of summer on our outside patio!

Fish Fries in the Area?

I haven't seen this topic yet this year. Where are the Fish Fries in the area? I know of a few, but I'm always curious to find out about others.

(Never sure how to pluralize that. "Fish Fries" looks a type of food - like French Fries. "Fish Frys" may be more easily understood. "Fish Fry's" is right out - never use an apostrophe to indicate a plural.)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pittsburgh Dad: At Church

EPA bullies

In 2007, Mike and Chantell Sackett decided to build a three-bedroom dream home with a view of Idaho’s Priest Lake. They purchased a plot of land near other homes and took care to meet each requirement for securing a building permit. “We did everything right,” Mr. Sackettexplained at a forum last year with Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican.

Their dream turned into a nightmare when a trio of EPA officials showed up out of the blue to insist that their 2/3 acre parcel of land, which has no standing water, was somehow a wetland. It’s not on the EPA’s own list of wetlands, and experts hired by the Sacketts confirmed it doesn’t meet the definition. EPA didn’t care.

Read more in WT.

China coup?


The comments included rumors of the downfall of the Shanghai leadership faction and a possible “military coup,” along with reports of gunfire on Beijing’s Changan Street. The reports were quickly removed by Chinese censors shortly after postings and could no longer be accessed by Wednesday.
The unusual postings included reports that military vehicles were sent to control Changan Street, along with plainclothes police officers and metal barriers.

Have Lunch on Our Porch

Stop by Connections Cafe today for a great healthy salad (we have eight to choose from), a bowl of Sharon's Jamaican Black Bean Soup, or a cheddar and asparagus panini-grilled sandwich.
While your here, check out some of our Fair Trade items for spring, including our new metal wall art, chicks made from recycled plastic bags, and our woven- in- Guatemala hens that contain a hidden compartment for Easter surprises.
109 South Market Street
Call 724-238-9611 for take-out
"You'll like our prices...you'll love our food!"

the Ligonier Creamery


David Gehlman, a businessman who owns an ice cream shop in Johnstown, will open another, the Ligonier Creamery, next month.
Gehlman will open up the Ligonier Creamery on the southeast side of the Diamond in April.


Read more: Ice cream shop to open on Ligonier's Diamond - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_787738.html#ixzz1pqalzC00

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Have you purchased a home warranty recently?

About 500,000 homebuyers and sellers who purchased warranties between May 27, 2008, and March 4, 2011, may be eligible to receive an average of $52 each under the terms of the settlement. Additional information about the settlement of the case, Abney v. American Home Shield, are available atAbneyClassAction.com, a website maintained by the independent claims administrator in the case.

Read more on Inman.

What's Cooking at Connections Cafe

Today's Salads ($5 or $7)
Cauliflower & Peas
Chickpea & Feta
Curry Chicken
Dill Green Bean
French Lentil
French Potato with Green Beans
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Tuna & Red Bean
Soup of the day: Mushroom Barley
Grilled Cheese: Smoked Gouda & Carmelized Onion
Eat-in or Take-out 724-238-9611
109 South Market Street
Stop in and check out our selection of Rams Spiritwear
in our downstairs Sports Room

Two for the Wool

Handmade Along the Highway Artisans Nan Loncharich and Irene Patrick invite you to a half day seminar on May 5 to learn their old world crafts of using recycled wool to make jewelry and artistic creations. During the class we’ll stitch a 5” x 7” wool appliqué design suitable for framing and create a ruffled flower pin as well as learning how to select and process used wool.

Irene Patrick, from Greensburg, studied art at Edinboro University and taught art in the Norwin School District. A producing artist for the past 50 years, she is currently a member of the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh as well as the Latrobe Art Center and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has exhibited throughout Pennsylvania and in galleries in South Carolina and Colorado.

Nan Loncharich, also from Greensburg, has been working with fabrics all of her life. An interest in rug hooking led her to the art of creating wool flowers using the proddy technique. An Instructor at Westmoreland County Community College, she is also the author of the book Making Flowers from Wool.

Both Irene and Nan are juried members of Pennsylvania’s Handmade Along the Highway artisan trail program.

We will gather at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe (near the Kingston Dam) on Saturday, May 5 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This class is suitable for adults. If you can sew a button Nan and Irene can teach you!

The cost of the 3 hour class is $50 plus $7.50 for materials to make both projects (attendees are asked to bring a pair of sharp scissors). Class space is limited to 20 persons so please call the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor at 724-879-4241 to make reservations or visit www.LHHC.org to reserve your space using PayPal. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, May 1st.

much thanks to Francine for sharing this

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . 
> > 
> > "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 
> > lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. 
> > 
> > My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 
> > 
> > 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 
> > 
> > 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 
> > 
> > 3. Life is too short – enjoy it. 
> > 
> > 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 
> > 
> > 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 
> > 
> > 6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. 
> > 
> > 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 
> > 
> > 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 
> > 
> > 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 
> > 
> > 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 
> > 
> > 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 
> > 
> > 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 
> > 
> > 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
> > 
> > 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 
> > 
> > 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks. 
> > 
> > 16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 
> > 
> > 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 
> > 
> > 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 
> > 
> > 19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else. 
> > 
> > 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 
> > 
> > 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 
> > 
> > 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 
> > 
> > 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 
> > 
> > 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 
> > 
> > 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 
> > 
> > 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 
> > 
> > 27. Always choose life. 
> > 
> > 28. Forgive but don’t forget. 
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> > 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 
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> > 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 
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> > 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
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> > 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 
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> > 33. Believe in miracles. 
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> > 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 
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> > 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 
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> > 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 
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> > 37. Your children get only one childhood. 
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> > 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 
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> > 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 
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> > 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. 
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> > 41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need. 
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> > 42. The best is yet to come... 
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> > 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 
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> > 44. Yield. 
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> > 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift." 
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