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Friday, November 30, 2012

Handmade Jewelry for sale!

I am selling my already-made jewelry and taking custom orders for you holiday shopping! Great prices, stunning beauty, and unique jewelry for your gift giving! kristenskreations.yolasite.com

This Sunday is Ligonier's Open House. Come and enjoy all of our fabulous local shops and when your feet are weary, stop into Flavors for lunch or dinner -  we're open.  We also have the best Peppermint Hot Chocolate you've ever tasted - complete with candy cane.  If you're coming for dinner, don't forget to BYOB.  138 West Main Street  TheFlavorsCafe.com

Faculty Group Stands Up to Marcellus Shale Coalition at Community College of Philadelphia

CCP Faculty Reject Marcellus Shale Industry “Deal" 

"Without consulting the faculty, the Community College of Philadelphia administration announced — via an email on November 14, just one day before an opening ceremony — that it had entered a partnership with the shale gas industry to provide “career, certificate, and academic programs in the energy field.” Many in the college community learned of the fossil fuel industry connection the following day from an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to the article, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, representing the fracking industry, donated $15,000 for student scholarships. The announcement took everyone by surprise. Faculty - even those teaching courses in related areas - had not been consulted beforehand.

The Community College of Philadelphia Coalition for a Sustainable Future publicly opposes shale gas industry inroads at their College. The Coalition declared today, “Instead of promising short-term jobs in a dangerous industry, the Community College of Philadelphia — and all institutions of higher education — should be preparing future workers and leaders for rewarding careers that support a resilient society.” CCP faculty say they want no part of an environmentally destructive industry that continues to cause many documented health problems. Across the academic spectrum, informed faculty have come to the inescapable conclusion that there is no safe way to extract “natural” gas via fracking and that the practice makes for a boom-bust short-term economic bubble."

http://protectingourwaters.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/breaking-faculty-group-stands-up-to-marcellus-shale-coalition-at-community-college-of-philadelphia/ 

Dinner with Santa

 
The Kitchen on Main
Tuesday, December 18th 2012
 
Visit our website for details
 
 
 
 

Rachel's Weekly Special

RACHEL'S LIGONIER FLORAL
Cash and Carry Special
Mini Poinsettia in Ceramic Gift Box
ONLY $13.00
Stop in Monday- Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
724-238-6626

toys needed


WITH THE HOLIDAYS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

Let’s give back to FDNY heroes that risk their lives every day to help others. Over 500 members of the FDNY have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and most of their children have lost all their toys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are asking for NEW unwrapped toys for children 6 months to 15 years old, gift cards or donations. The toys and gift cards will be distributed to deserving children at a holiday party for the FDNY Kids and their Families on December 22.

All monetary donations will be used for holiday party and remaining funds will be given to the affected members FDNY from Hurricane Sandy.

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR UNWRAPPED TOYS BY 12-12-12 TO:

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. # 1

115 N. FAIRFIELD ST.

LIGONIER, PA 15658

MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 7-8:30 p.m.

IF UNABLE TO DROP OFF AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL:

PAUL CHURCH @ 724-454-9209 OR DEBBIE CAMPAYNO @ 724-309-8949

TO ARRANGE A DIFFERENT TIME.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Cold Frame Plants! Grow Napa Cabbage, Kale, Arugula, Rosemary, Sage & More!

Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson (Richard Tren)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chasing Ice, Changing Lives

"When photographer James Balog and a small team embarked on a multi-year “Extreme Ice Survey” to document 18 glaciers in remote regions of the world, he found what he describes as “decrepit old men falling into the earth and dying” - ancient glaciers, some over 30,000 years old, breaking open and disappearing into the ocean in seconds. His reportedly astonishing new documentary, "Chasing Ice," now in limited release (http://www.chasingice.com/), so devastatingly shows the effects of climate change that people leave the theater shaken. (Video of one used-to-be climate change denier who saw the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzw1dZNWiL8&feature=player_embedded .)

Chasing Ice is a sobering reminder of everything we are losing. Images of glaciers larger than Manhattan spinning off into the ocean, time-lapse photography showing natural beauty lost forever, and endless rivers of melting ice show us how much damage we have already done. The film reminds us that this is not only about glacier melt; this is the visible proof of choice. And we are reminded of that at every turn: Wildfires increasing in frequency and intensity; Sea level rise that will displace more than 150 million people; Hurricanes and typhoons that will grow more deadly each year as there is more water to shove around; And, of course, the fact that as we melt more and more glaciers, the process will only speed up. 
“Really big stuff is happening right under our noses right now,” says Balog. As a photographer, he says, he loves the visual beauty of his project. As a human being, however, he knows that it signals the growing crisis we face, and the opportunity we have to face it."

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/11/29-9
http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/11/13/story-glacier-chasing-ice

Rachel's Weekly Special

RACHEL'S LIGONIER FLORAL
Cash and Carry Special
Mini Poinsettia in Ceramic Gift Box
ONLY $13.00
Stop in Monday- Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
724-238-6626

Community Christmas Shopping Event at the Ramada

Stop by and check out what this eclectic assortment of vendors has to offer!  It's the perfect place to drop by to pick up a holiday gift this season!

It's Cool to DIG JESUS

This shirt is available at Rosary Acres @ $15.99. Each sale will be supporting our new venture...HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST a portion of each shirt sales will go to supporting Pro-Life and increasing Vocations...... www.hosannainthehighest.org


another design:


Fresh Baked Gluten Free Breads at Rosary Acres

Our Fresh Baked Daily Breads are also NOW HERE in GLUTEN FREE!
BAKED FRESH DAILY

Regular Plain, Blueberry-Pineapple & Coconut, and Cranberry Golden Raisin.
Your Friends won't believe it is gluten free!

STOP IN FOR A SAMPLE....
Rosary Acres Natural and Organic Foods
(next to Bull's tavern)
724-238-4140




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

it's almost Hanukkah


Isn't this a pretty picture? I found it on this blog in a Google search.

I've got my mind on Hanukkah because I'll be participating in the First Friday Series at the UU Church on December 7th and I get to say a few words about the holiday. There's so much that can be said but this will be an evening to discuss the importance of light as a part of the festivals that take place in winter.  I'm looking forward to hearing about all the festivals of light that will be discussed that evening.

Speaking of Hanukkah, I had to chuckle this evening at Giant Eagle.  As I rounded the corner after the bread section turning into the second aisle where they have the cookies, I noticed a display of Christmas cards.  My mind went BING and I remembered that I need to pick up a few Hanukkah cards for family and friends.

I turned around and went over to the big card display back in the corner.  I searched and searched but darned if I could find one Hanukkah card.  It made me chuckle because that's one of those things about Ligonier.  It's a city feeling kinda small town and I like that but it's also a place that probably doesn't have Hanukkah cards at the local Giant Eagle.  I'll have to remember to run over to Kelly's place when I take the mail to the post office.  I'll bet she carries one or two at The Paper House.

As I made my way through the store I pondered on how many customers in Ligonier are Jewish or have Jewish friends.  As I passed through the bakery section on the way to the checkout counters, I remembered one Jewish friend who lives in Ligonier commenting that the only time the Ligonier Giant Eagle sells Challah bread is for Easter which is also during Passover making it a forbidden food for Jews. I chuckled to myself again.

Moved up to the cashier, started placing my goods on the belt and a lady with her arms filled with groceries moved into line behind me.  As I made room for her to place her items on the belt behind mine, I thought, "she looks Jewish", then I looked down and saw that she was buying about ten packs of bacon.  ChuckledOL  Probably not.  ;)


So, what do you think about this parking decision?


A church musician told a district judge he was trying to protect his $3,500 guitar, one of 100 custom-designed by country star Clint Black, when he illegally backed his pickup truck into a Ligonier parking spot in July.

At a summary trial Tuesday, James Cline, 76, of Donegal confessed to District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel that he broke a municipal commandment in Ligonier, where head-in parking is required at all borough lots.


Read more: http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/3027621-74/cline-guitar-ligonier-musician-thiel-church-parking-ticket-wrote-borough#ixzz2DWgMHcI2 
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I think Denise Thiel was correct.  Nothing is more irksome than laws being enforced more or less based upon preferential treatment in circumstances that are not emergency situations.

Rachel's Weekly Special

RACHEL'S LIGONIER FLORAL
Cash and Carry Special
Mini Poinsettia in Ceramic Gift Box
ONLY $13.00
Stop in Monday- Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
724-238-6626

toys needed


WITH THE HOLIDAYS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

Let’s give back to FDNY heroes that risk their lives every day to help others. Over 500 members of the FDNY have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and most of their children have lost all their toys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are asking for NEW unwrapped toys for children 6 months to 15 years old, gift cards or donations. The toys and gift cards will be distributed to deserving children at a holiday party for the FDNY Kids and their Families on December 22.

All monetary donations will be used for holiday party and remaining funds will be given to the affected members FDNY from Hurricane Sandy.

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR UNWRAPPED TOYS BY 12-12-12 TO:

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. # 1

115 N. FAIRFIELD ST.

LIGONIER, PA 15658

MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 7-8:30 p.m.

IF UNABLE TO DROP OFF AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL:

PAUL CHURCH @ 724-454-9209 OR DEBBIE CAMPAYNO @ 724-309-8949

TO ARRANGE A DIFFERENT TIME.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

European farmers stage a clever protest

"Hundreds of angry dairy farmers from across Europe took to the streets of Brussels to protest high quotas and low prices, showing their displeasure by blocking traffic with tractors and then spraying torrents of milk at the European Parliament and riot police."

(When letters, petitions, and the simple truth are not enough against bureaucracy and vested economic interests, many other countries' citizens certainly know how to make their grievances known.... . Passive, these folks are not; like many in our country's past, they are standing up for what they believe, a fair chance to make a living. Best luck to the EU farmers.)

 http://www.commondreams.org/further/2012/11/27

DAD GOES BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

Rachel's Weekly Special

RACHEL'S LIGONIER FLORAL
 
Cash and Carry Special
 
Mini Poinsettia in Ceramic Gift Box
ONLY $13.00
 
Stop in Monday- Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4
724-238-6626
 


it's Mellow Mike night!


MELLOW MIKEMELLOW MIKE
MELLOW MIKEmellow mikemellow mikemellow mikemellow mikeMELLOW MIKEmellow mike

tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 7:30 to 9:30

Monday, November 26, 2012

Boy Scout Troop 372 Tree Sale

Ligonier Boy Scout Troop 372 at Pee Wee's along Route 30 in Ligonier

toys needed


WITH THE HOLIDAYS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

Let’s give back to FDNY heroes that risk their lives every day to help others. Over 500 members of the FDNY have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and most of their children have lost all their toys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are asking for NEW unwrapped toys for children 6 months to 15 years old, gift cards or donations. The toys and gift cards will be distributed to deserving children at a holiday party for the FDNY Kids and their Families on December 22.

All monetary donations will be used for holiday party and remaining funds will be given to the affected members FDNY from Hurricane Sandy.

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR UNWRAPPED TOYS BY 12-12-12 TO:

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. # 1

115 N. FAIRFIELD ST.

LIGONIER, PA 15658

MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 7-8:30 p.m.

IF UNABLE TO DROP OFF AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL:

PAUL CHURCH @ 724-454-9209 OR DEBBIE CAMPAYNO @ 724-309-8949

TO ARRANGE A DIFFERENT TIME.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

ANOTHER DAY TO SHOP


Ligonier Country Inn

Craft and Vendor Fair - Extended for your shopping pleasure

Sunday, November 25th

Time:  8:00am to 1:00pm

If you didn't find all you needed for Christmas in Ligonier today, not to worry, our Craft and Vendor Fair has been extended to tomorrow.  Come and check it out for yourselves, we have a great selection of gift items to choose from.

If you are hungry, join us for our Breakfast Buffet, just $7 for Adults and $3.50 for children 3-10 years of age.  The breakfast buffet is served from 8am to 10:45am, it can't be beat!  

Can't make breakfast?  Well, then join us before or after shopping our Fair for the Brunch Buffet until 2pm.  Just $14.00 for Adults and $7 for children 3-10 years of age.

Shop, eat, and watch the Steelers win!  Great way to spend a Sunday.

Ligonier Boy Scout Christmas Tree sale

It’s time once again for Ligonier Boy Scout 
Troop 372’s annual Christmas tree sale! 

Buy your tree early before the snow comes! The sale continues through Sunday, December 23rd  or until the trees are sold out. We will again have for sale Frasier Fir, Scotch and White Pine and Blue Spruce. The tree sale is located at Pee Wee’s Ice Cream stand at the corner of Route 30 and Grant Street in Ligonier. 

Beginning November  23, scouts will be on hand weeknights from6 to 8 pm, 9 am to 8 pm Saturdays and from 12 noon to 6  pm Sundays. Money for purchases made during the day can be left next door at Fat Daddy’s restaurant. The money raised will be used by the scouts to attend  Boy Scout Camp next summer.

Rachel's Weekly Special

Potted Fall Mums
CASH & CARRY
$ 8.00
724 238 6626
 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wear a Message, Faith, Hope Charity !


Wear a Message, Wear it, Share it, Live it !


There is something to be said about
 wearing a message close to your heart. 

 I believe that our world today needs a 
gentle reminder that the three most 
important principles in life are 

Faith, Hope and Charity.

Faith is believing in what we can’t see.

Hope sees the invisible and 
achieves the impossible.

Charity is participating in God’s act of love.

Designed Locally and Hand Crafted 
in
Sterling Silver
Proudly made in the USA.

www.wearamessage.com

Mountain Palace - Thanksgiving Weekend

Mountain Palace will be open this weekend with its normal hours of operation on Friday 6 to 10, Saturday 12 to 10 and Sunday 12 to 6. The weekend special is eggplant, potato and ground beef with rice for $8.95. Research on eggplant has focused on an anthocyanin phytonutrient found in eggplant called nasunin. Nasunin is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. In animal studies, nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Eggplants are rich sources of phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants with benefits including antimutagenic (anti-cancer), antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and antiviral activities. If you are growing anxious to enjoy something other than leftover turkey, come to Mountain Palace to enjoy our weekend special or another of our authentic northern Chinese healthy foods. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614  www.mountainpalace.net 

this interesting tidbit from Mary Raich


The board of directors of the Richland School District have an operating budget of approximately $5 million less than LVSD for the about the same of students. Don Irwin, the business manager, comes to LVSD from Richland through Oldham with board approva receiving a whopping $106,000 salary plus 106 sick days that the taxpayers become responsible for.  Richland hires a new business manager for $30,000 less and no sick days. Now that is fiscal responsibility!
 

"Rich Hropovich
land district hires administrator
Richland School District has a new business manager.
District officials voted unanimously Monday to hire Corina L. Long, a senior manager at Barnes, Saly & Co. who spent 12 years with the company auditing school district and other local government spending, district Superintendent Thomas Fleming said.
Long, of Summerhill, has an accounting degree from St. Francis University, where she also received her master’s in business administration.
She replaces Don Irwin Jr., who left earlier this fall to work for Ligonier Valley School District.
Long received a five-year con­tract with a starting salary of $72,000.
She is expected to start work Dec. 10, Fleming said."
 

toys needed


WITH THE HOLIDAYS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

Let’s give back to FDNY heroes that risk their lives every day to help others. Over 500 members of the FDNY have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and most of their children have lost all their toys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are asking for NEW unwrapped toys for children 6 months to 15 years old, gift cards or donations. The toys and gift cards will be distributed to deserving children at a holiday party for the FDNY Kids and their Families on December 22.

All monetary donations will be used for holiday party and remaining funds will be given to the affected members FDNY from Hurricane Sandy.

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR UNWRAPPED TOYS BY 12-12-12 TO:

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. # 1

115 N. FAIRFIELD ST.

LIGONIER, PA 15658

MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 7-8:30 p.m.

IF UNABLE TO DROP OFF AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL:

PAUL CHURCH @ 724-454-9209 OR DEBBIE CAMPAYNO @ 724-309-8949

TO ARRANGE A DIFFERENT TIME.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Breakfast is Served!

The Kitchen on Main
will be opening at 8am this Black Friday for an additional breakfast service this weekend. No need to wait until Sat or Sunday for your favorite omelette or banana pancakes. Bring the whole family!
www.TheKitchenonMain.com

Thursday, November 22, 2012

AUDITIONS FOR 2013 SEASON

 
AUDITIONS FOR 2013: 


'In One Bed and Out the Other' - Dec 9 & 10 (6-8 PM) - Comedy, 3 men, 4 women



'Second Samuel' - Feb 18 & 19 (6-8 PM) - Heartwarming comedy - 7 men, 4 women



'Beauty & the Beast, Jr.' - Apr 8 & 9 (6-8 PM) - Youth Troupe



'Summer of Love' - Apr 28 & 29 (6-8 PM) - numerous men and women to perform in a Fabulous 60s Musical Revue



'Sleuth' - July 1 & 2 (6-8 PM) - 2 men 



'BB Wolf on Trial' - Aug 4 & 5 (6-8 PM) - Youth Troupe

'PITCH PERFECT' THIS WEEKEND'S MOVIE

(Nov. 23, 24 & 25) 
"PITCH PERFECT" 
Rated PG-13, 112 min - (Comedy/Music/Romance) 
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girl singing group. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. 

FRI & SAT at 7:30 PM, SUN at 2:30 PM
LIGONIER THEATRE
208 WEST MAIN STREET
724-238-6514
 

How we eat today...and every day

"Eating with the fullest pleasure -- pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance -- is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend."   ---Wendell Berry

Where did the food for our Thanksgiving come from, who grew it, what were the conditions like for the participants, did its growth add to the Earth or take away from it....?
Ligonier Country Inn

Craft and Vendor Fair - Extended for your shopping pleasure

Sunday, November 25th

Time:  8:00am to 1:00pm

If you didn't find all you needed for Christmas in Ligonier today, not to worry, our Craft and Vendor Fair has been extended to tomorrow.  Come and check it out for yourselves, we have a great selection of gift items to choose from.

If you are hungry, join us for our Breakfast Buffet, just $7 for Adults and $3.50 for children 3-10 years of age.  The breakfast buffet is served from 8am to 10:45am, it can't be beat!  

Can't make breakfast?  Well, then join us before or after shopping our Fair for the Brunch Buffet until 2pm.  Just $14.00 for Adults and $7 for children 3-10 years of age.

Shop, eat, and watch the Steelers win!  Great way to spend a Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving, Ligonier.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

truce..giving peace a chance

Operation Pillar of Defense has been halted deep in its eighth day, with a fragile ceasefire deal negotiated in Cairo. The Times of Israel is live-blogging developments. Refresh for latest updates.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/several-casualties-in-explosion-in-central-tel-aviv/

Skip "Black Friday"...there's a better choice!

My favorite shopping slogan for Black Friday over these past few years:

"Buy Nothing Day; Shop Less, Live More"

So that takes care of Friday... . But if you have to shop for the holidays: how about "Small Business Saturday"? Not that we needed a credit card company to organize it - many local folks across the US and right here in Ligonier are already doing a fine job of it - American Express is promoting Small Business Saturday, which is certainly a welcome alternative to Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, for that matter.)

Hats off to AX: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/.

Friday's weather will still be great...grab some friends and head for the park; rake some leaves with family (build a leaf pile, jump into it, laugh a lot!); call a old school friend and chat; visit a neighbor with leftovers...anything real.

What's real...?

...at a particular campaign rally in Cincinnati in the days before the election:
 
""Tens of thousands of people, you could feel the energy, a hundred top-tier Romney surrogates were at the event," he recalled. "I’m backstage with some of them -- I won’t mention their names -- but they’re talking about Romney like he’s Reagan. ‘His debate performances were the best performances of any Republican nominee in presidential history. He’s iconic.’ They were talking about him because they believed he was going to win in four or five days. And in fact, some of them were already talking to our transition to position themselves for a Romney cabinet.”

But that all changed within days of Romney's loss, Senor claimed. "They were on television, it was unbelievable, it was five, six days later, absolutely eviscerating [Romney],” he said."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/dan-senor-mitt-romney-republicans_n_2170293.html 

Thought:
Seeing all of this post-election jockeying, what is strengthened in my mind (as a non-major-party voter) is the idea that US elections are largely about a small group of powerful people with huge financial interests (on both sides, to be very clear) who battle for the votes of only half the polarized US adults based on half-truths, outright lies and diminishing promises for things they will deliver on only to the extent that it ensures that nothing structural actually changes. (Deep breath.) Not new idea, just one that gets stronger and stronger with each election.

How's a human to cope? By continuing to choose one of the vary narrow versions of reality sold by the major political parties, backed as those realities are by competing financial interests? Somehow, it just isn't working; the leaks in the national dam are appearing everywhere one looks... . The political parties' actions (and those of their surrogates), their campaigns and the wrangling we will continue to see in the coming months/years are symptoms of a deeper dysfunction, clearly.

Humans have rights and responsibilities, and our collective future -- because "going it alone," really and truly alone (not just the Madison Avenue illusion of "independence") is no more an option than one's arm can live without one's body -- our collective future will benefit from each human in this global experiment called Earth getting very clear what both of these mean: Our rights and our responsibilities. We have the right to loads of things, but our responsibilities include being more than conditioned individuals/consumers and, critically, they include re-engaging in life...meaning what's outside our cocoons, what's underneath us, what we really depend on. It means connecting with what is real, not just what is manufactured, caring about it and defending it.
  
At the end of the day, what is real is what happens when your landbase and your immediate family/community is in question, something NYers and NJ folks learned rather abruptly recently. Everything else is superficial, everything else is a distraction that keeps our attention focused elsewhere. We have a kind of societal, collective ADD going on, while all that's actually important -- family ties, community, our water, soil, air -- are commodified out from underneath us (and then double back to make us sick, sad) and further separate from one another.

Amazingly, conditioned over the years, we participate in this -- perversely, self-destructively, generation after generation -- convinced that what's being discussed by the surrogates in the media (where to shop, when to buy, who to bomb, what's hot, what's not...) is what is real....it's not. That's all distraction; distraction, and what happens in a society that operates from assumptions that ignore fundamental cause-and-eventual-effect.

So, yeah, the election is over...thank goodness for small mercies, as my mother used to say. Now how do we change the conversation from "memes" and "our-guy-is-more-American-than-yours"? (I did not vote for either of them, for the record.) What do we actually do about an America that's out of touch with what is real? I know only that we owe it to ourselves and our children to understand what's fundamentally real, and to defend it. 

Some interesting conversations in "You’re not as Crazy as I Thought" http://political-dialogue.com/


Ligonier Country Inn
November 21
Pasta Bar tonight!
4:00-8:00pm
$9.95 per person

Made to order by John - while you watch!

Reservations recommended.
724-238-3651

Even more...All wine is half off the price!


The Maple Line, a new blog to enjoy....by Amy Yanity

The Laurel Highlands. If you could lift yourself up above and fly, you would soar over the Allegheny Mountain range and orient yourself over Southwestern Pennsylvania. Look for the highest peak, Mount Davis, then begin your downward descent. We are rolling hills and valleys here in the Highlands. We are crests of winking lights and rivers that bend and sigh into easiness. We are little towns of chipped facades and cracked sidewalk pavement, church suppers and streetlights, cattails and black-eyed susans.

http://themapleline.blogspot.com/

Hamas TV After Tel Aviv Bus Bomb: "God Willing, We Will Soon See Black B...

Rachel's Weekly Special

 
Potted Fall Mums
CASH & CARRY
$ 8.00
724 238 6626
 

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. #1 NEEDS YOUR HELP!

WITH THE HOLIDAYS RAPIDLY APPROACHING…

Let’s give back to FDNY heroes that risk their lives every day to help others. Over 500 members of the FDNY have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and most of their children have lost all their toys.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We are asking for NEW unwrapped toys for children 6 months to 15 years old, gift cards or donations. The toys and gift cards will be distributed to deserving children at a holiday party for the FDNY Kids and their Families on December 22.

All monetary donations will be used for holiday party and remaining funds will be given to the affected members FDNY from Hurricane Sandy.

PLEASE DROP OFF YOUR UNWRAPPED TOYS BY 12-12-12 TO:

LIGONIER VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. # 1

115 N. FAIRFIELD ST.

LIGONIER, PA 15658

MONDAY-FRIDAY BETWEEN 7-8:30 p.m.

IF UNABLE TO DROP OFF AT THIS TIME PLEASE CALL:

PAUL CHURCH @ 724-454-9209 OR DEBBIE CAMPAYNO @ 724-309-8949

TO ARRANGE A DIFFERENT TIME.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

HT High Flyers



The driveways and parking lots of Ligonier are unique obstacles for one local sports team.

Members of the HT High Flyers jump rope team said it becomes a challenge to find a good, level surface to practice on at home, since many driveways in the Ligonier Valley are hilly or unpaved and the rough surfaces can ruin the plastic-covered rope.

The team, which includes about 40 boys and girls from ages 5 through 18, started as a demonstration team affiliated with Holy Trinity Catholic School in Ligonier for the American Heart Association, advocating the association’s “Jump for Heart” events in schools.

Read more: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourlatrobe/yourlatrobemore/2711859-87/team-jump-rope-flyers-whitsel-parade-fort-ligonier-perform-emanuele#ixzz2CrTP5BZ5
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

it's Mellow Mike night!


MELLOW MIKEMELLOW MIKE
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tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 7:30 to 9:30
Do you know someone who is going through oncology treatment? If so, please pass this information along: Our lead therapist, Rachel Knapic, recently received a certificate of completion in Touch, Bodywork, and Massage for Cancer. She would l
ike to continue on and receive her certification, to do this we are asking for your help. To receive certification, she needs to complete 10 case studies practicing Therapeutic Touch for oncology patients. We are asking if you would allow her to be of assistance to those you love. We are offering a free Therapeutic Touch treatment to 10 oncology patients. They can contact La Spa Ligonier (724-238-9800) to set up their complementary appointment.

There are many benefits of Therapeutic Touch to cancer patients. Here is a list of how a gently, and nurturing touch can provide an enhanced quality of life: Provide relaxation, comfort, and stress reduction by stimulating endorphins, Minimize side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, Boost immune system, elevate T-cell, Promote better health and a sense of well-being, Improve body image, Restore energy/reduce cancer fatigue, Promote removal of toxins without hepatic overload, And, IT FEELS GOOD!

We are offering 10 FREE treatments



One free treatment per person. If someone wants in for FREE please call as soon as possible, these sessions will fill fast. Once these spots are taken, the cost will remain low - $40 per session, while in active treatment. (Gift certificates available at www.LaSpaLigonier.com)

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Potted Fall Mums
CASH & CARRY
$ 8.00
724 238 6626
 

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Perhaps closest to the Terminator-type killing machine portrayed in Arnold Schwarzenegger's action films is a Samsung sentry robot already being used in South Korea, with the ability to spot unusual activity, talk to intruders and, when authorized by a human controller, shoot them.

Going fully autonomous would spare human troops from dangerous situations. The downside, though, is that robots would then be left to make highly nuanced decisions on their own, the most fraught being the need to distinguish between civilians and combatants in a war zone.

http://www.france24.com/en/20121119-ban-killer-robots-rights-group-urges

Ron Paul discusses secession


Is all the recent talk of secession mere sour grapes over the election, or perhaps something deeper?   Currently there are active petitions in support of secession for all 50 states, with Texas taking the lead in number of signatures.  Texas has well over the number of signatures needed to generate a response from the administration, and while I wouldn't hold my breath on Texas actually seceding, I believe these petitions raise a lot of worthwhile questions about the nature of our union. 
Is it treasonous to want to secede from the United States?  Many think the question of secession was settled by our Civil War.  On the contrary; the principles of self-governance and voluntary association are at the core of our founding.  Clearly Thomas Jefferson believed secession was proper, albeit as a last resort. Writing to William Giles in 1825, he concluded that states:

Wear a Message, 3 words to change your life.


Wear a Message, Wear it, Share it, Live it !


There is something to be said about
 wearing a message close to your heart. 

 I believe that our world today needs a 
gentle reminder that the three most 
important principles in life are 

Faith, Hope and Charity.

Faith is believing in what we can’t see.

Hope sees the invisible and 
achieves the impossible.

Charity is participating in God’s act of love.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

horses die while making Hobbit movie


The Associated Press spoke to four wranglers who said the farm near Wellington was unsuitable for horses because it was peppered with bluffs, sinkholes and broken-down fencing. They said they repeatedly raised concerns about the farm with their superiors and the production company, owned by Warner Bros., but it continued to be used. They say they want their story aired publicly now to prevent similar deaths in the future.
One wrangler said that over time he buried three horses, as well as about six goats, six sheep and a dozen chickens. The wranglers say two more horses suffered severe injuries but survived.
Wrangler Chris Langridge said he was hired as a horse trainer in November 2010, overseeing 50 or so horses, but immediately became concerned that the farm was full of "death traps." He said he tried to fill in some of the sinkholes, made by underground streams, and even brought in his own fences to keep the horses away from the most dangerous areas. Ultimately, he said, it was an impossible task.


Read more: http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/20133174/wranglers-say-hobbit-animals-died-on-unsafe-farm#ixzz2CiPV2cVc

MOVIE FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

(Nov. 23, 24 & 25) 

"PITCH PERFECT" 
Rated PG-13, 112 min - (Comedy/Music/Romance) 

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girl singing group. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. 

FRI & SAT at 7:30 PM, SUN at 2:30 PM

LIGONIER THEATRE
208 WEST MAIN STREET
724-238-6514

Two seats left for LHHC Flower Arranging Class

On Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. Mary Jo Bullington will conduct a “how-to” session on floral arranging at the Lincoln Highway Experience. Bullington, a Pittsburgh resident, has long delighted family and friends with her floral flair. Believing that no two arrangements should be the same, she fashions displays that complement the surroundings they are designed for and express her artistic viewpoint. In addition to outlining design principles at her presentation, Bullington will show how to choose flowers and foliage to maximize color and texture, and reveal how to group flowers to achieve a pleasing and balanced composition. Participants will create their own holiday arrangement that they can take away to brighten their own home or give as a gift. The Lincoln Highway Experience is located at 3435 Route 30 East (near Kingston Dam) in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. Pre-paid advance reservations are required by Wednesday, December 6. Visit www.LHHC.org to make reservations through PayPal or call 724-879-4241. A fee of $25 per person will include flowers, floral container, and all necessary related materials.

Rachel's Weekly Special

Potted Fall Mums
CASH & CARRY
$ 8.00
724 238 6626
 

Wear a Message give a gift that gives back.


Wear a Message, Wear it, Share it, Live it !


There is something to be said about
 wearing a message close to your heart. 

 I believe that our world today needs a 
gentle reminder that the three most 
important principles in life are 

Faith, Hope and Charity.

Faith is believing in what we can’t see.

Hope sees the invisible and 
achieves the impossible.

Charity is participating in God’s act of love.

Designed Locally and Hand Crafted 
in
Sterling Silver
Proudly made in the USA.

www.wearamessage.com