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Sunday, June 30, 2013

police looking for information on the Bull's robbery

Ligonier Township police said two men wearing hats and glasses entered the bar on Route 30 through a back door at 2 a.m.

Police said the men, who were armed with handguns, ordered one employee to the floor and told another to get money from the register.

They then forced the second employee to follow them outside and threatened to kill her if police showed up, police said.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Moving sale this weekend 50% off clothes and shoes at Catz Pajamaz!

Yes we are moving to a better location in this beautiful log cabin right by the living treasures and log cabin motel! Hours sat june 29 12-5 Sunday june 30 12-5 Monday 10-? While we move the store will still be open! 724 593-Catz rt. 31
Donegal pa

Scientific American magazine: "Methane in Pennsylvania Groundwater May Originate in Fracked Gas Wells"

"...the problem lies in poorly designed well casings"

"Scientists at Duke University detected elevated levels of methane, ethane and propane in groundwater samples near active fracking sites. The scientists conclude that the gasses come from the wells, not natural sources, but that the problem could be solved with better-designed casings. "We think there's a well-integrity problem in this part of the Marcellus,” says Robert Jackson, a professor at Duke and lead author on the paper describing the findings. "And well problems are relatively easily fixed. They’re especially easier to fix than if there's some fundamental problem with fracking."

Hydraulic fracturing—more commonly referred to as fracking—extracts natural gas reserves that are unreachable by conventional techniques. The process requires drilling wells thousands of meters down and then blasting them with a mix of water, sand and chemicals to induce fractures in the underlying rock. Gas seeps through these fractures and flows back up the well where it is captured. But if the wells aren’t properly sealed, then gas can leak into the groundwater. The wells are lined with metal casings that prevent extracted gas and contaminated water from leaching into the surrounding rock. To block gas from flowing up the outside of the well shaft, engineers pour cement around the outer casing to plug any gaps. If the cement or casing isn’t properly set, then gas from deep shale deposits can find its way in to shallow groundwater. If the casing ruptures, fracking chemicals can also enter the water supply."

I have to ask this question.....what has happened to the audience for the Valley Players?

The hard truth is that there have been some not so good shows over the last several years  BUT  - and this is WHY I am posting that hard truth - the last few shows have been some of the best I've seen on the Ligonier stage.

There is a renaissance taking place at the Ligonier Theater.  There are quality directors creating excellence again and it's not all the same ole thing.

Last night Marianne and I just kept looking at each other during the show saying "that wouldn't have been allowed before" and "wow" and so on.

I am posting this to reach out to YOU the former audience member who has turned away from the Valley Players because you've been disappointed.

Come back.  You will NOT be disappointed in the quality of performance.

This is still community theater and not professional and as with all community theater, we are watching our neighbors and friends, but under the leadership of quality directors who are not stifled by prudish caution, we are seeing some wonderful entertainment.



just heard Bull's was robbed at gun point early this morning

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cletus, oh, I mean, "Curtis" drops acid and does a heart stopping rendition of Darkness Darkness in Summer of Love

If you can make it to the Ligonier Theater tomorrow evening or Sunday afternoon, don't miss Summer of Love.  It's a delightful show with lots of laughs.

I have to say Cletus McConville's Darkness Darkness might be the best song I've heard yet on the Ligonier Stage but I'm partial to minor chords so the song resonates for me.

The whole cast is a blast and has a blast on stage taking us right back to the days of Vietnam War protest, and breaking social mores.

Francine Mitchell gave a heart warming performance as Mama - lovely songs and good comedic style.

As usual I could hardly take my eyes off Dominic Camarote, one of my favorite character actors on the Ligonier stage.  He does such subtle humor in gesture. He plays Rufus, a long haired hippy and TOTALLY looks the part.  Dominic leads the house singing WAR.  I love that song.

I got a kick out of Dominic, John Lunn and Bruce Maysmith  [Rufus, Coyote, and Donovan] singing back up while Savannah McElhaney [Saige] belts out Piece of My Heart.  We dubbed them the Hippie Pips.

Summer of Love is a good time.  Oh, yes, and there is a story.  It's not just fun and music.  ;)

Kudos to the whole cast for job well done.


NASCAR Collectibles for sale.

All unopened in original packaging.
Most are limited edition items for Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and Billy Elliott
some also include certificates of authenticity.

Come check it out and stock up on a few pieces for your collection.

Saturday at the Twisted Vine Eclectic Market - Junk in the Trunk 8am - 12 noon

the feds are spying on nearly all Americans, that they possess our texts and emails and have access to our phone conversations

The liberty of which I write is the right to privacy: the right to be left alone. The Framers jealously and zealously guarded this right by imposing upon government agents intentionally onerous burdens before letting them invade it. They did so in the Fourth Amendment, using language that permits the government to invade that right only in the narrowest of circumstances.
The linchpin of those circumstances is "probable cause" of evidence of crime in "the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." If the government cannot tell a judge specifically what evidence of crime it is looking for and precisely from whom, a judge may not issue a search warrant, and privacy -- the natural human yearning that comes from within all of us -- will remain where it naturally resides, outside the government's reach.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kitchen covered in PG

Housed among whitewashed buildings at the center of town, The Kitchen on Main, which opened last June, displays sidewalk dining at wrought-iron tables and 45 seats in a sunlit dining room. Booths, tabletops and a lunch counter are oversized but not alienating. They invite diners to spread out, but they're not too wide to lean in to hear a juicy tidbit.

"Life is [very] short and there's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend," reads a sign quoting a Beatles lyric in the back of the restaurant. Elsewhere, bright panels of geometric fabrics enliven clay-colored walls. Cooks plate in the open kitchen.

The Kitchen on Main displays Mr. Fryer's fine-dining skills through an accessible menu. No meat comas here: Like at its sibling restaurant, the chef allows vegetables and fruits to co-star with proteins.

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the Supreme Court has given us a reaffirmation of states rights

Except for powers given to the federal government in the Constitution, the remainder reside with the individual states.

Liberty won this week with a knock down of DOMA and the Voting Rights Act.

YMCA wants to expand ...what do you think?

After nearly two hours of discussion, the Ligonier Borough Planning Commission decided Monday to submit a recommendation for a public hearing for Ligonier Valley YMCA's proposed rezoning and conditional-use applications.
YMCA Executive Director Ben Wright presented a slideshow detailing the plans for the YMCA's expansion, which includes a larger drop-off area with a new main entrance, expanded fitness area, therapy rooms, squash court and parking lot. The YMCA's facilities will also be used by Excela Health, which has partnered with the YMCA to share therapy resources.
In order for the expansion to occur, the residential properties where the YMCA plans to build its new facilities must be changed to a commercial zoning. Additionally, the borough's zoning ordinance currently maintains that parking lots are prohibited in residential and commercial districts. The YMCA wishes to have the borough amend the ordinance.

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It's the time of year to contribute to our fire companies. Watch for the little white envelope and give what you can.

The annual mail campaign to support the Ligonier volunteer fire departments is underway. The community is asked to make a tax-deductible contribution to aid the departments, their stations and equipment.

“Volunteer does not mean cost-free,” said Ligonier Valley Fire Companies president Lyle Boyd, “Our firefighters serve without pay, but we still require support from the community.”

The LVFC is a charitable organization that raises financial support for four volunteer fire companies serving the Ligonier community — Darlington Station No. 42, Ligonier Station No. 43, Waterford Station No. 44 and Wilpen Station No. 45.

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Making Weddings Affordable! Whether You want to choose a Beautiful stocked Wedding Gown/Bridesmaids Dress or order from our samples...We have something for everyone...and we will save you a lot of money!! You have to check us out!! 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bridge to nowhere...


"The President’s Climate Action Plan says methane is 20 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2). This is incorrect, it’s far more than that—for the first 20 years, methane is 80 to 105 times more powerful, than CO2 as a warming agent in the atmosphere. This means you need between 80 to 100 pounds of CO2 to equal the warming potential of 1 pound of methane. So even limited methane leaks from fracked wells (not to mention compressors and pipelines) can make fracked gas worse for climate than coal. And the leaks aren’t minimal or easily solvable. And methane is leaking like crazy. A series of peer reviewed studies have now put the leakage rates at between seven and 17 percent. Above one to three percent, the science tells us that developing fracked gas is worse than coal for the atmosphere."

Sandy Hughes RIP

Our friend Sandy died today and we want to express our deep sympathy to her family.

We are honoring her memory with a picture of the American flag for two reasons.  Sandy expressly never wanted her picture on the Internet and Sandy was a true patriot.

My memory of 911 starts with Sandy running up into the hallway to tell us that something was going on in NYC.  We turned on the radio and all huddled in the hallway together listening as history was made.

The event inspired Sandy to paint three American flags on a white wall facing Route 711 North.  When we finally retired our 911 flag, Sandy is the one who took it into her care.

Sandy was a good friend to many, a loving mother and wife, a huge fan of Chris Daugherty and good fun.  She will be missed.

Rachel's Deal of the Week

One Dozen Premium Red Roses
Just $25.00 ---Cash and Carry
at Rachel's Ligonier Floral
111 West Main Street
Sharon's Back.... look at what she created for you!
Frittata - Asparagus, prosciutto, yellow tomato and a bit of asiago.
Sandwich - Caramelized onion and cheddar grilled.
Salads - Beet, carrot and ginger, Spicy peanut noodle, Roasted corn and black bean, tuna and red bean, Curry chicken and the famous Cauliflower and pea.
                            BYOB Establishment

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located across from the Toy Box on South Market Street  Ligonier PA.   724 238 9611


on the voting rights decision

Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21, a network of conservative black leaders, said the court’s hand was forced by Mr. Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who he said turned the anti-discrimination provisions into a cudgel to use against conservatives in Arizona, where the department went after a law designed to prevent illegal immigrants from voting, or in states that enacted voter ID laws after the Supreme Court said they were legal.

“I would say to the NAACP and the Urban League, if they are upset with today’s ruling they need to look to Eric Holder. He is the one who’s abusing the law,” Mr. Cooper said. “If they had singled out jurisdictions where there were actual crimes occurring, no one would have sued.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World

"While conventional growers battle herbicide-resistant superweeds with bigger, badder chemicals, the organic crops held their own against weeds, producing just as much food as the conventional fields without the assistance of herbicide. The next time friends, family members, or even strangers tell you we need super-chemicals and GMOs to feed the world:
1. Chemical farming isn’t “feeding the world” now.
2. It takes three calories of energy to create one calorie of edible food with conventional farming.
3. Biotech crops falter and fail without expensive herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation.
4. Organic methods can produce harvests 180 percent larger than chemical farming in communities that struggle to feed themselves.  
5. We could double food production in just 10 years using organic practices and other agroecological farming methods.
6. Organic farming creates more of the resources on which our food supply relies, while conventional farming destroys them. 

See the following link for details of the above items:  (Rodale Institute)
Connections Cafe Summer schedule. 
Open Monday - Saturday for Breakfast  at 9 a.m.
Sunday - 12 - 5 p.m.    Coming soon... Sunday Brunch Menu
Monday - Mellow Mike Night at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday - 9-5 p.m.
Wednesday -  9-5 p.m
Thursday - Grilled Pizza  at 5 pm
Friday - Mexican Night  at 5 p.m.
Saturday -  Sourdough Belgian waffle at 9 a.m. till out of batter
Saturday - Kananga Burger Night,  gourmet grass fed beef at 5 p.m                       
             BYOB Establishment

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located across from the Toy Box on S Market Street Ligonier PA  Take out, small group reservations,  catering...724 238 9611 

Summer of Love cast members pop into Mellow Mike to create some great harmonies.

Last night was a fun Mellow Mike with poignant readings and interesting music including haha - Soft Parade.  I put that one in the book a while back hoping to find the right mood in the room and it worked last night. ;)

Near the end of the evening we had a special surprise when a few cast members from the Valley Players current show - Summer of Love - popped in.  Well, Mellow Mike is the place where the music of the Summer of Love is a favorite.  Amy, Fran, Temperance and Corrie took the reins with melody and layered harmony with Mellow Mikers and WOW - what a sound.  Corrie gave us a special last song of the evening with her acapella rendition of Over the Rainbow.

There are three more shows this weekend.  Don't miss the Summer of Love at the Ligonier Theater.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lighting our democracy on fire: Gasland2

"Gasland" was about people lighting their water on fire.  "Gasland Part Two" is about the oil and gas industry lighting our democracy on fire.

“This is the only city where I’ll take off my Yankee’s hat,” Josh Fox said as he approached the podium to the cheer of 1,700 people who had come to see the much anticipated follow-up of his 2010 documentary Gasland.  Sporting a Pittsburgh Pirate cap, Josh talked about the main themes in Gasland Part 2.  On this, the final night of his “Grassroots Tour,” Josh congratulated the city for being the first in the world to successfully ban the industrial process of fracking within the city but he said there was still much to be done in the rest of PA.  “PA is evidence to the fact that this industry can’t be regulated…[it] has to be banned throughout the United States and the world and when that happens you’ll know that this started here….” [...]

In his opening remarks and during the film, Josh highlights the political crisis that allows industry to violate the rights of the individuals living in the shalefields.  He explores how politics and policy shifts have a corrosive effect on oversight agencies and decides which and when scientific findings are disclosed to the public.  In the two-hour film, narrator Fox calls this effect “another layer of contamination” caused by drilling: “Not the water, not the air, but our government.” The film follows the stories of regulatory unreliability, either by the U.S. EPA or state agencies. One is the continuing story of Dimock, Pa., where the EPA released a press release stating that the water in Dimock was safe while simultaneously releasing the results of water studies to families that clearly show otherwise.

Gasland Part Two will premiere on HBO on July 8th...check your listings and mark your calendar.

(From Marcellus Outreach Butler.)

Spilling is just the beginning...

News headlines about natural gas drilling from around the globe. Marcellus Shale news from New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, with news about natural gas exploration, fracking, shale gas drilling and horizontal gas wells around various shale plays.

Newspaper headlines and stories about shale gas production.


“On Monday morning, I woke up and I got an email, and it’s very panicked,” Biggs said.
He was blind-copied on the email, which was sent to Hastings’ colleagues.
In part, it said that the feds were interviewing his close friends and associates, and that he was onto a big story and needed to get off the radar.
The FBI has denied that Hastings was ever under investigation.
“It alarmed me very much,” Biggs said. “I just said it doesn’t seem like him. I don’t know, I just had this gut feeling and it just really bothered me,” he said.
The email was sent just before 1 p.m. on Monday, 15 hours before the deadly crash.

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open stage...mellow mike tonight at Connections Cafe 6:30 to 9:30

Mellow Mike Mondays

Sunday, June 23, 2013

great weekend...visited the grave of Alexander Hamilton and had a delightful plate of pickles!

Friday, June 21, 2013

WAH???? fracking doesn't cause ground water contamination???????

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is dropping its plans to issue a report on whether hydraulic fracturing caused groundwater contamination in Wyoming.

The agency said it will no longer have outside experts review that theory.

This marks the third time that the EPA has failed to link hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as fracking — with groundwater contamination, a major environmentalist objection to the drilling practice.

“The EPA has been on a witch hunt to shut down hydraulic fracturing, but yet again the evidence has determined it is safe,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “All too often we see the Agency using flawed science for political purposes, but this is EPA’s third strike on hydraulic fracturing. There has been such positive progress with hydraulic fracturing — clearly the brightest spot in our otherwise slumping economy – and I’m certainly pleased the EPA is stepping aside and allowing the state to once again take the lead.”

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nuclear power..........revisit it!

Buenos Dias
Mexican Night Tonight!

Breakfast  9 - 11 a.m.
Frittata, wrecked egg sandwich, 7 grain cereal, apricot scones.

Lunch Menu  All day
Frittata, Grilled veggie and cheese sandwich and wide variety of salads.

Mexican Menu at 5 p.m.
Cocktel de Camarones, Enchilada Rojas, Pork Carnitas, Fajita style, Steak tacos, Ensalalda de frutas and flan dessert.   BYOB

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade shop is located across from the Toy Box on S Market Street Ligonier PA Take out, small group reservations and catering call 724.238.9611


Thursday, June 20, 2013

summer of love

Theatergoers can put flowers in their hair and join the Valley Players of Ligonier as they perform “Summer of Love” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 28-29 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and June 30 at the Ligonier Theater.

Director Karin Maresh described the show as being like “Hair”, but in a more family friendly capacity.

The story, set in 1967, follows a runaway bride, who leaves her prospective husband at the altar and falls in with a group of hippies in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, who help the bride figure out what she wants in life.

“It's a show that has a nice message,” Maresh said. “I think the message is to seek for your happiness. Find your happiness; don't do what others are prescribing for you. It might be right for them, but not for you, so find your own way.”

The cast of “Summer of Love” includes Rachel Nicely, Shantel Burkholder, Cletus McConville, Jerry Woodling, Temperance Grace, Dominic Camarote, Francine Mitchell, Cassidee Knott, Jonathan Lunn, Amy Yanity, Savannah McElhaney and Bruce Maysmith.

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Grilled Pizza Tonight!
Breakfast Menu,   9 a.m.
Tomato, spinach, zucchini and basil frittata, Wrecked egg sandwich, 7 grain cereal and apricot scones.
Lunch Menu, 10 a.m.
Sandwich - Grilled veggies and cheddar melted on house made whole grain bread
Cauliflower & pea, Curry Chicken, Greek orzo, Tamari soba noodles, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Tuna & red bean, Black bean & roasted corn.

Pizza Menu, 5 p.m.
Mushroom and spinach, Caramelized onion & bleu cheese,  Pesto chicken.

Connections Cafe, a healthy food eatery is located across from the Toy Box on S. Market Street Ligonier PA      Take out, catering and small group reservations...724.238.9611

RIP Jinny Alexander

Jinny Alexander of Ligonier was a force of nature.

A dedicated member of the community, Mrs. Alexander was involved with Heritage United Methodist Church, Ligonier Valley Library and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

“Our minister described her as somebody who didn't let any grass grow under her feet,” said her daughter, Lindsay Alexander, 61, of Vienna, Va.

Virginia “Jinny” Alexander died on Monday, June 17, 2013. She was 82.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Woven Wire Bezel Pendant with Jan Durkin...

This will be the second class at the Allegory Gallery Annex! We're excited to invite teacher, artist and jewelry-maker, Jan Durkin, to teach at our new classroom facility.  Her next class will show students how to create their very own Woven Wire Bezel Pendant.

The class is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd.  We have moved the time up to 12:30PM!  For more information CLICK HERE.  You can sign-up online or in-person at the East Main Street location.
This weeks line up at Connections Cafe

Thursday - Grilled Pizza  at 5 pm
Friday - Mexican Night  at 5 p.m.
Saturday -  Sourdough Belgian waffle at 9 a.m.
Saturday - Kananga Burger Night,  gourmet grass fed beef at 5 p.m                          
             BYOB establishment

Open every day for breakfast!

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade shop is located across from the Toy Box on S. Market Street Ligonier PA   Take out and small party reservations, 724.238.9611

still time to drive to DC if you are feeling spontaneous

Conservative activists are planning to storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday for what they are predicting will be “the largest Tea Party protest since 2010.”

The protest — drawing tea partiers like TV host Glenn Beck and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — is in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s recent admission that it has been specifically targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

The gathering on the West Lawn of the Capitol is being called the “Audit the IRS” Rally.

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Hey...hear Rosary Acres has organic produce from Foxley Farm for sale.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Truth and CAP!

Energy Independence? (...the gas is going to Japan.) 
Jobs? (...a relative few, for a relatively few years, until the gas is gone and the state's water and air is ruined...when the taxpayer will begin to pay to clean it up. Gee, thanks, Mr. Corbett.)
Profits? (...oh, yes, yes: For a small number of land owners and for companies who will suck PA dry of gas and then leave us with the mess. Gee, thanks, Mr. Corbett. Nice legacy.)
Ah, the smell of capitalism in the morning: The devastation disguised as "success". Attained by the relative few, aspired to by ordinary folks who rarely actually experience it, but who still support those who take all the winnings... . How very self defeating to champion the few who benefit even as you are hurt by their self-serving actions. Real self delusion, that.)
The story the oil and gas companies don't want you to know (and are spend millions hiding from you.) 
Free advance* screening Thursday, 7pm
Soldiers & Sailors Hall
4141 Fifth Avenue in Oakland
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

*Will be featured on HBO July 8th.

See you there.

Words In Process! Tonight at Allegory Gallery! 

"Sometimes, our words surprise us. Our characters find themselves on roads they (and we) never knew existed." --Melissa Firman

Tonight! Tonight! Melissa Middleman Firman reads at Words In Process! 7 pm, Allegory Gallery, Ligonier! 

Open mic for readers around 8 pm. Come out and support your local writers, and bring something of your own to read! And take a look inside the treasure box, too, while you're there...

Doug wanted me to tell everyone there is a fantastic music jam night at the Wicked Googly.

It's on Thursdays 9:30 to 1:00ish.  Bring your instrument and join in - on just go listen.

Hey...drum circle at Ligonier Beach!

Nikki Schwab is in town...

...and she stopped by Mellow Mike last night to share some stories of her journalist life in Washington DC.

Nikki writes a gossip column called Yeas and Nays which until recently was published in the Washington Examiner. She survived the recent closure of the print edition and her column will re-emerge soon in an online version at Red Alert Politics.

Nikki is also good at singing Beatles songs!

Kress Motors in the news

Electric motors are used everywhere: in cars, in planes, in sewage pumping stations. But when the motors break down, they can take weeks to repair -- a time frame that is problematic when the motors are handling essential tasks like pumping a town's water or keeping a person on life support.

Kress Motors LLC, a Ligonier company that was founded in 2009 by local attorney Lynda Dupre, thinks it has a solution.

The company's Axial Flux Motor is free of the complex electrical windings and magnets that make up traditional electric motors. As a result, the design is easier to repair: Rather than hauling a large, heavy broken motor out of a water pumping station and waiting weeks for it to be repaired, a mechanic could repair a similarly damaged Kress motor on-site in a matter of hours, said Brian Ott, the company's chief technical officer.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Mellow Mike tonight 6:30 to 9:30

Stop in for Breakfast,  
                   we open at 9 a.m.  

Today's Salads: Curry chicken,  Tuna and red bean, Cauliflower and pea, Mango shrimp with rice noodles,  French lentils, Greek orzo, Dill green beans, Summer corn, Quinoa tabbouleh.

BYOB establishment

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade store is located across from the Toy Box on S Market Street  Ligonier PA.    Take out and small group reservations,  724 238 9611

Mellow Mike tonight 6:30 to 9:30

Sunday, June 16, 2013

listening to phone calls without a warrant....this isn't just metadata

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls, a participant said.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed on Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."
If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.
Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

Happy Father's Day, Ligonier!

It's hard to find photos of my dad because he was always behind the camera.  I took this one with my Kodak Swinger. ;)

Carolyn reflects on Father's Day, having grown up without a father

Father’s Day.

A regular day, a day without significance for my older sister and me.

The ads for gifts were ignored, the search for the perfect tie unimportant, the drawing of cards meaningless.

What was there to celebrate? We had no father living in our home, nor did we even know who our father was.

Granted, we lived with our grandfather for my first 8 years, and when I was 11 my mother remarried, providing us with a stepfather. Neither man brought the significance of Father’s Day into our lives---I don’t recall my grandparents celebrating holidays except for Christmas, and my mother didn’t encourage our celebrating Father’s Day with our stepfather---with whom we didn’t have a positive relationship anyway.

A Conversation

An extended version of this interview appears on

"How will Gasland 2 will differ from the first (documentary)? Does it resolve all the unanswered questions left at the end of Gasland 1? 
The first Gasland was a survey of what was happening to people on the ground. It was, "Let's listen to the citizens and what is happening out there." This film goes into two areas that I think are very new. One is looking at all these well-failure problems, which sounds a little dry but it's actually really fascinating. ... We have Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection saying that 6 percent of the wells failed in 2009, that 6 or 7 percent of them failed in 2011, and in 2012, 8.9 percent of these wells have gas-migration issues — that is to say that gas is migrating into aquifers.

But the real focus of Gasland 2 is the government. We have one of the most controversial issues in the history of Pennsylvania, and the governement has done nothing to protect people. So the question is: Why? Gasland 2 investigates the contamination of government. And that's every bit as shocking and revelatory as the part about the water and air pollution."

Gasland TWO - June 20 Doors open at 6 p.m. Screening at 7 p.m. Soldiers & Sailors Hall, 4141 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Film followed by a Q & A session with the film’s creator, Josh Fox. Come and ask questions, folks... .

Free admission.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Black Bunny Boutique is Awesome

Stop by The Black Bunny Boutique to see our huge collection of Made in America and Fair Trade clothing and accessories for all ages. You'll love it!
Open every day but Sunday 11-5
And...who escapes Storybook Forest without entering the cheese?
Here's a Storybook pic for you! We were living in SC at the time, so this visit to the park was a real treat for her! She was very excited to go INTO the storybook. :-)

gotta do this at Mellow Mike

LYRICS You see me rolling around in a black Mercedes cruising around town and it's packed with ladies Gotta keep it going yeah I'm roaming the map No I never stop until I find something to tap Awww yeah... [CHORUS] Nokia, iPhone, Galaxy 3 Facebook and your search history Gmail, voicemail, I'm gonna grab it if it's got an on/off switch, baby, I'll tap it I'm making a list, checking it twice it doesn't matter the message or even kind of device Every pic your daughter sends? We've got it ingrained Why do you think Anthony Weiner wants back in the game? Surveilling reporters, don't ever forget it I got so many AP docs you'd think I'm getting college credit Yeah we're saving your searches, that's just a reality "Yes We Can" ain't just a slogan it's our view on legality [CHORUS] I'll tell you this, sir, I greatly abhor your violating the Constitution upon which you swore and a full investigation is needed and more You ever Google Justin Bieber pics? I yield back the floor... Look, this is not a big deal? Why are you having a cow? Look at all these innocent people we can focus on now? Who cares about civil "rights?" I mean, do we all really need em? So you'll oppose the individual mandate? Why do you hate freedom? Look, with front-facing cameras our intel has grown Look at the video we've collected from this year alone This is outrageous, we should be able to use the bathroom freely! Look just the other, wait, hello? Hi. How'd you get this number? Really? Nothing is private anyway, we're posting on walls So what's the big deal if the government is saving your calls? We share our info with companies, this debate should be chilled Everybody come quick! A straw man has been killed! So the next time you're up late and you're surfing your phone Let me reassure you, girl, that you're not alone But if you don't think the surveillance state is really ideal Text yourself about it, let us know how you feel. [CHORUS]

Please post your Story Book Forest photos. Let's enjoy celebrating this fine historical park.

If you aren't a contributor and can't post here directly, please email your photo to and I'll post for you. ;)

magical Story Book Forest at Idlewild Park

Idlewild is a wonderful park for the very young, or just the young at heart, with 370 acres of whimsical storybook exhibits; a vintage Ferris wheel, carousel, wooden coaster and other old-school rides; a huge children's minipark; and wooded areas and shaded picnic groves and pavilions.

Friday, June 14, 2013

9th Annual
Inside Ligonier Valley ~ A Home Tour
Date:   Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time:   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets:  $30
Tickets can be purchased from 10 am to 1 pm
in front of Citizens Bank on June 15
121 East Main St., Ligonier
Ligonier Diamond
Sponsored by: Ligonier Valley Historical Society,
Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor
Mexican Friday - Fajitas taco style, Puevo con zucchini and corn,  Talapia grilled in banana leaves, White bean and chicken soup.

Connections Cafe a healthy food eatery is located across from the Toy Box on S Market Street  Ligonier PA                                       

Take out and catering service please call 724. 238. 9611           
                              BYOB establishment

Rose wanted to get this message to Ligonier. Thanks, Rose!

Dear Rose, 

As you know Pennsylvania is a great place to bike and walk. 

Many of our cities are bike- and pedestrian-friendly — and the vast networks of trails are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and go about your daily trips. 

In fact, 12 percent of all trips in the state are by bike or by foot — yet there is no dedicated state funding for these programs! 

Now, you can help ensure that our state continues to invest in these “active transportation” networks as the Pennsylvania House of Representatives considers the state transportation budget. 

Take action now: Urge your State Representative to adequately fund dedicated funding for bicycling and walking. 

Words in Process Welcomes Melissa Firman!
Tuesday, June 18th at Allegory Gallery!

Calling all writers/bloggers! Words In Process is a reading series that welcomes a local writer to Allegory Gallery on the third Tuesday of every month. Please join us at 7 pm on June 18th! Our featured reader is Melissa Firman!

Melissa Firman is a highly accomplished writer, editor, fundraiser, blogger, advocate, and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pa. With more than 20 years of professional nonprofit management experience, Melissa has dedicated her career to creating capacity-building fundraising strategies and sustainable initiatives. Through the dollars she has raised, her efforts have positively impacted thousands of students at-risk, families in crisis, children and adults with disabilities, women and girls in need, and survivors of abuse.

She is especially proud of her accomplishments with Laurel House, one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most comprehensive domestic violence programs. There, she served as Director of Development and Public Relations from 2005 through 2010.

Currently, Melissa is a freelance book reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a regular contributor to the newspaper’s “Portfolio” feature on Page 2. A frequent blogger, she founded and writes the Pittsburgh book blog, “Readin’at.”  Melissa is also a monthly columnist for Benchmark Email (“The Nonprofit Strategist”) and is in the process of completing her first novel. 
Check out Melissa's blog at 
Allegory Gallery is located at 139 East Main Street, Ligonier (just off the Diamond). Open mic for writers after Melissa reads. Refreshments will include Keith Campbell’s legendary cupcakes!! Join us! Tuesday, June 18th, 7 pm to 9 pm.

Mountain Palace - Steve's Special & Chinese Exercise!

Mountain Palace is serving Steve's Special this weekend in honor of this most "special" customer. Cumin chicken with cashews, green peppers, onions and rice is a tasty delight! Lacy will be conducting her Sunshine Club Chinese Exercise and Acupressure session at 11:00 Saturday morning. Included this week will be activities to facilitate methods focusing on "staying young" in terms of skin tone, visual and auditory acuity, and hair retention. Everyone is welcome to come to the traditional Chinese exercise and acupressure activities. They are based upon thousands of years of development through Chinese traditional medicine and offer low impact exercise and stimulation of pressure points in which anyone in any physical condition can participate. Fees for the sessions are $10 per week or $30 for the month. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend - the area's only authentic northern Chinese eatery now with Chinese traditional exercise and acupressure! Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake.  724 717-8614  See a sample of Dr. Lacy's Chinese exercise sessions at YouTube under Sunshine Club Chinese Exercise 1