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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Way to go LV Rams!

Big win at Weller Field last night to open the football season!

interesting article..note the reference to EMPs near the end ;)

Israel’s recent discovery of mega gas fields titled Tamar and Leviathan are located off the Israeli coast from Haifa. These massive discoveries will soon transform Israel as they will adequately look after Israel’s domestic needs forever and thereafter to supply foreign markets. A number of countries are pursuing involvement in these finds. Among them are Russia, China, Europe and South Korea. Putin was in Israel two months ago pursuing a contractual relationship with Israel on its gas development projects. Nothing has been signed yet.
Tamar is due to come online sometime in 2013 and Leviathan to follow in early 2014. Additional target areas are being explored all the way down the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
The likelihood is that a pipeline from the gas discovery area will be built to Cyprus and on to Greece. This will help Greece with some of its financial troubles. It is expected there will be a plant built to liquefy the gas at the Greek end of the underwater pipeline.

Geologists have recently completed a large mapping of most of southern Israel and preliminary findings indicate there are vast amounts of oil trapped in rock layers under about 15% of the State of Israel. This shale oil is technically difficult to extract but Israel and the companies involved are becoming very familiar with the methodology to extract this oil called ‘fracking’. Retired Canadian experts in this system are now resident in Israel working on this huge project.
The World Energy Council and Israel Energy Initiatives have completed a detailed study and presented it to the government on their estimates of Israel’s shale oil potential. They estimate that Israel’s shale reserves could contain as much as 250 billion barrels of potentially recoverable oil.
This would be putting Israel on a par with Saudi Arabia in terms of its oil reserves!
Israeli planners believe that if the gas and oil finds reach the levels that the potential indicates, Israel’s current group of allies, trading partners and opponents could drastically change. Israel’s geo-political standing in the world will also change. It’s amazing what friends can be made when you have oil and gas to export!

Kissinger explains Syria

“First of all, Syria is not a historic state. It was created in its present shape in 1920, and it was given that shape in order to facilitate the control of the country by France,” he began, explaining the root of the present crisis.
“Secondly, it’s a country that is divided into many ethnic groups, a multiplicity of ethnic groups, and that means that an election doesn’t give you the same results as in the United States because every ethnic group votes for its own people … Moreover these ethnic groups are very antagonistic to each other. You have Kurds, Druzes, Alawites, Sunnis and 10 to 12 Christian ethnic groups.”
The notion that these groups could ever get together and form a coalition government, as proposed in the Western media, is not only unrealistic but “inconceivable,” says Kissinger. “On the whole it is an ethnic and sectarian country… it is now a civil war between sectarian groups.”

Friday, August 30, 2013

Germany: Renewable Energy Capacity Pushes Fossil Fuel Plants to Close

"Germany’s renewable energy industry has again shown its strength, shattering through another solar power record, as utility company RWE announces it will close fossil fuel power plants as they are no longer competitive. RWE said 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity would be taken offline, as it suspends or shuts down some of its gas and coal-fired power stations. This represents six percent of RWE’s total capacity. It said a boom in solar energy meant many of its power stations were no longer profitable. RWE’s statement read: "Due to the continuing boom in solar energy, many power stations throughout the sector and across Europe are no longer profitable to operate. During the first half of 2013, the conventional power generation division’s operating result fell by almost two-thirds." German rival E.On has also said it has shut down or left idle 6.5 GW of generating capacity. And as fossil fuels show signs of decline in Germany, the country’s record-breaking renewables sector continues to show its strength.
July saw the country clock 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar panel systems, breaking its own monthly record, according to the latest data from the EEX Transparency Platform. This all-time high for energy generation comes as the country experienced an especially sunny weather, and saw a continued increase in capacity—although slower than experienced in previous years. The 5.1 GW record was 42 percent higher than the same month in 2012. This is an impressive result for a country that gets less than half the sun available in some of the sunnier parts of the world. The latest record also beats the five TWh of electricity the country produced from wind turbines this January. Much of Germany’s massive solar power capacity comes from roofs of homes and businesses— around 51 percent of the country’s renewable energy is owned by citizens and this massive uptake of solar installations in the country has also helped bring down the price of solar considerably in recent years."

Starts at 5 p.m.

Appetizer:  Beef Empanada,  Shrimp tostadas
Entrees: Bi steak Ranchero , Chicken Mole Verde, Shrimp Fajitas, Steak and Chicken tacos
Desserts: Flan,  Aqua de melon.

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located on  109 S Market Street  Ligonier,  PA   Carry out, reservations and catering service available by calling 724 238 9611.

Mountain Palace - Seaweed Special!

This guy likes his fruit fresh!
This weekend's special at Mountain Palace is pork with seaweed and rice for $8.95. So why should you eat seaweed? It's simple. Sea vegetables offer the broadest range of minerals of any food and are an excellent source of the B-vitamin folate, and magnesium, as well as a great source of iron, calcium, and the B-vitamins riboflavin and pantothenic acid. In addition, seaweed contains significant amounts of lignans, which are plant compounds with cancer-protective properties. Chinese exercise and acupressure session will be at 11:00 Saturday morning and will focus on acupressure points to impact sleep problems. Sessions are $10 each or $30 for the month. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend for the best seaweed dish in the whole Bolivar area! 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. If you are in the Latrobe area you can enjoy many of our same menu items at the Happy Healthy Eatery in the Olde Main building at 350 Main Street. Chef Zhongbao, featured in the above picture, is our Latrobe chef who will absolutely serve you the freshest food possible and keep you happy and healthy! Hours there are 10 to 9 Friday through Tuesday and 10 to 7 Wednesday. Get happy and healthy at either of our eateries!  724 717-8614 

flood waters came quickly

Mary Phillips got the wildest ride of her 86 years Wednesday night from firefighters who put her in an inflatable boat and towed it through the raging waters of Four Mile Run that surrounded her one-story Ligonier Township home.
“It was some boat ride we had. I was more worried about them getting me out of the boat,” Phillips said on Thursday as family and friends cleaned the mud left by floodwaters that ruined carpeting and buckled flooring.
Using boats supplied by the Greensburg Fire Department's swift water rescue team, Darlington firefighters pulled Phillips and her son, David, to safety from their house along Buckstrail Lane. She got a short ride in a front loader truck to safe ground before she was taken to a Ligonier motel to spend the night.

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celebrating a New Year with a good news update

We will shortly bid farewell to the old Jewish Year 5773 and welcome in New Year 5774.  It is a good time to look both forwards and backwards at some of the latest innovations and discoveries that are making an historic impact on our lives.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established many years ago, but its new BioDesign program is a revolutionary production line for medical innovation. Student teams take clinical problems from Israeli and American hospitals, evaluate the commercial potential and design a solution that can be marketed almost immediately.  In its first year, BioDesign has generated:
    - The GuideIN Tube robotic device to fix an air tube safely for enabling patients to breathe.
    - The Sagiv device for inserting intravenous tubes into small veins.
    - A tool to take measurements for dentures, replacing a 100-year-old long-winded method.

In the “olden” days, torn knee ligaments and damaged cartilage were “end-of-story” events for sports men and women.  Now, following recent European approval and promising trials, two Israeli devices -  Tavor’s Knee-T-Nol tendon implant and
CartiHeal’s Agili-C regeneration implant – are literally rebuilding the lives of injured athletes.
Israel’s Technion Institute is over 100 years old but its graduates are positively flowing with inventions.  One of the latest is the surgical glue Seal-V that will stop the unwanted flow of blood following operations.  
Seal-V is fast bonding, safer than protein-based or synthetic-based alternatives and has just received the European CE mark of approval.  Technion students certainly got “stuck in” inventing a new way to perform the traditional Jewish New Year activity of dipping apple in honey.  Using an ancient weapon – a crossbow – suitably updated, they shot a piece of apple at a balloon filled with honey, high above Israel Technion’s campus.  Why?  To show that the Technion aims higher!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

bizarre machine gun executions and guilt by association imprisonment

Some of the musicians were also found to have bibles when they were detained and all were treated as political dissidents.

I agree with Joe Willard. This is a medical clinic they are building. The parking issues are related to medical staff and traffic.

Chairman Joe Willard raised the issue of whether the expansion should be considered a medical office or a medical clinic.
He said many of the questions the board has cannot be answered until after borough council holds its public hearing on Sept. 16 and decides whether to approve the rezoning application.
“If they want a parking lot there, they still have to submit a conditional-use application for the parking lot,” Willard said.

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The Tap Room opens

The Tap Room and restaurant offers micro-brewed beers as well as domestics, a full bar menu and quality, yet casual fare. Inn amenities include a fountain-side seating area, live entertainment on the weekends and large rooms for private functions. Parsons also plans to have a spa on the premises.
The Inn has been open since early July, but Parsons wanted to wait a bit before fully advertising its opening.
“We wanted to get our feet wet for a month,” he said. “We want to get it right what we're doing now.”
The response has been quite positive. Rooms have already been booked and the weekend musical entertainment has already drawn crowds.
Patron Jodi Barnhart and husband Jeff of Greensburg welcome the new venue.
“We've been impatiently waiting for it to open,” she said. “The patio is beautiful; it's very relaxing and picturesque.”

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watch for flooded areas. Local creeks were quite high at lunch and with this heavy rain things could get dicey.

Keep your eyes peeled for unexpected high water and be careful. ;)

Okay, folks with no health insurance, get your wallets ready. The Feds will be picking your pockets soon. Land of the FREE my eye.

If individuals choose not to carry insurance, they are subject to a penalty, starting at $95 per person per year or 1 percent of income in 2014, whichever is greater, and eventually reaching $695 per person or 2.5 percent of income by 2016.

The IRS, which is administering parts of the law involving revenue collection, released the final rules spelling out the details of what constitutes minimum essential coverage, and how individuals are responsible for spouses, children and other dependents, among other topics.

I fail to see any good reason to interfere in the Syrian civil war.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops Wednesday as nervous citizens lined up at gas-mask distribution centers, preparing for possible hostilities with Syria.
With the U.S. threatening to attack Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israel fears that Syria may respond by attacking Israel, a close American ally. While Israeli officials believe the chances of a Syrian strike remain slim, people were clearly preparing for the possibility.

Steve Dunn and activity bus

Paying for Steve Dunn and not paying for an activity bus - two symbolic school board decisions that stand like a flag saying we won, you lost.

Perhaps, just perhaps, at some level some members of the school board would like to heal wounds and allow the community to let go of the fight.

Defunding Steve Dunn and funding an activity bus probably wouldn't mean much in the overall school district budget but it would be a symbolic hand of friendship in my view and perhaps a new beginning.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

drone wreck

drone wreck things we don’t need with money we don’t have, to impress people we don't like

"Consumerism, even when it tries to embrace "sustainable" products, is a set of values that teaches us to define ourselves, communicate our identity, and seek meaning through acquisition of stuff, rather than through our values and activities and our community. Today we're so steeped in consumer culture that we head to the mall even when our houses and garages are full. We suffer angst over the adequacy of our belongings and amass crushing credit card debt to, as the author Dave Ramsey says, buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have, to impress people we don't like.

Citizenship, on the other hand, is about what Eric Liu, in The Gardens of Democracy, calls "how you show up in the world." It’s taking seriously our responsibility to work for broad, deep change that doesn’t tinker around the margins of the system but achieves (forgive the activist-speak) a paradigm shift. Even "ethical consumerism" is generally limited to choosing the most responsible item on the menu, which often leaves us choosing between the lesser of two evils. Citizenship means working to change what’s on the menu, and stuff that trashes the planet or harms people just doesn’t belong. Citizenship means stepping beyond the comfort zones of everyday life and working with other committed citizens to make big, lasting change." 

And the ever-relevant "Story of Stuff":

Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Monday!

Today's Menu
Frittata:  Mushroom spinach,  Hot Sausage pepper.
Sandwich:  Grilled veggies w/cheddar grilled on our housemade bread. 
Salads: Geek orza, Summer corn, Quinoa tabbouleh,  Red bean and tuna, Cauliflower and pea, Curry Chicken, French potato, Wildrice chicken.
Elegant desserts:  Lemon tart, Apricot scones and White chocolate fresh raspberry tart. 
We make all of our Menu items.  BYOB establishment. 

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located at 109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA   Carry out,  catering and reservations available, 724 238 9611.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Had a bottle of Pittsburgh Dad's 3-2-1 Win beer yesterday and heard that Dad and Chris will be in the Fort Ligonier Days parade!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Visit Connections Cafe and Boutique while browsing the Antiques on the Diamond. 
        9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sourdough Belgian waffles with fruit. and maple syrup.
Frittata:  Cajun Salmon,  Spinach with mushrooms.
Sandwich: Grilled veggies with cheddar on grilled house made bread. 
Salads: Cauliflower & pea, Curry Chicken,  Tuna & red bean, Wild rice  chicken with cranberries, French potato with green beans, Greek orzo, Summer roasted corn and Quinoa tabbouleh.  
Fabulous desserts: White Chocolate Raspberry tart,  Lemon tart and Apricot scones. 
 All handmade in our kitchen.   Vegetarian and Gluten free friendly. 

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located on 109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA   Carry out, reservations, catering service available, 724 238 9611.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mountain Palace - Hot Peppers with Sliced Potato and Ground Beef!

If you haven't had this before, you have been missing a taste treat! It's peppers of the green hot variety with ground beef and sliced potato with rice for $8.95. Chinese exercise and acupressure will be at 11:00 Saturday with a focus this week on maintaining hearing ability. Sessions are $10 each or $30 for the month. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend and enjoy something tasty, something healthy, or both. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. If you will be in Latrobe this weekend for the Banana Split Festival you can always stop at the Happy Healthy Eatery in the Olde Main Building at 350 Main Street . It's all hau chr gila!  724 717-8614 for both locations.

naughty knitter?

Ligonier Township Police are looking for a sticky-fingered spinner.
Police said someone entered an apartment above the former Colonial Inn restaurant off Route 30 West and swiped at least three dozen boxes of alpaca fiber — a pricey, high-quality yarn used to make clothing, accessories and blankets — between June 20 and 28.
Police Chief Michael Matrunics said the owner is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the fiber.
“It's really a very unique fiber used to make clothes. The yarn can be spun into sweaters or scarves … along the same line as wool, but it's really a very different material, although similar to sheep in that the fiber is shaved off the alpacas, too,” Matrunics said.

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      Mexican Night
       start at 5 p.m.

Appetizer: Vegetable Tamales in banana leaves
Entrees:  Tacos de Chicharron, Arroz con pollo, Chicken enchilada, Vegetable toastadas.
Desserts: Mango/pear empanadas,  Fried bananas

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located on 109 S Market Street, (across from the Toy Box) Ligonier PA     Carry out, reservations and catering service available,  724 238 9611.  

Thursday, August 22, 2013

drones and the fourth amendment, privacy and more..

The Cost That Cannot Raise Its Head

Written by Tom Bond, farmer, Lewis Co., WV

"There are many financial losses never accounted for in the development of gas from the Marcellus shale. The drilling platform and deeply rocked roads are essentially taken out of production forever, removed from any kind of production. Pipelines and unimproved areas are out of use for the time of use for production and the 70 to 90 years beyond required for the re-growth of timber (if ever). Building sites are lost, effects of on-sight disposal of wastes, which seep into the ground or are buried there, are a loss. The numerous compressor station locations can never be reclaimed completely, and depress values in their neighborhood. Lifestyle issues such as light, noise, smell, view and trespassing beyond the well pad and roads are completely forgotten in the industry accounting.

All these are ignored, externalized costs. Costs shoved off into the residents of the area where drilling is done. How would you establish a monetary value on these? Price is the amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller. Price determination could be made by looking at the price of a property before drilling and sale to an informed buyer afterwards. Obviously, several cases of such transfers could not be easily found. Once there is drilling in the neighborhood, property sales are not easy. Often price is taken as the opinion of an expert – a real estate appraiser. He uses comparable sales to determine a fair price – the procedure is well worked out by the profession. What do you think would happen to a real estate appraiser who gave a large depression of price by drilling, even if thoroughly proven by accepted standards? He would be blackballed, of course, just as the university professor who finds fault with industry interests, when they are donating to his university."

Read more from the front lines of fractured farmland at: How long before farmers and landowners in our beautiful Laurel Highlands will be writing similar accounts?

Fracking boom could lead to housing bust

Lawyers, realtors, public officials, and environmental advocates from Pennsylvania to Arkansas to Colorado are noticing that banks and federal agencies are revisiting their lending policies to account for the potential impact of drilling on property values, and in some cases are refusing to finance property with or even just near drilling activity.

"Brian and Amy Smith live across the street from a new gas well in Daisytown in Washington County, Pa., an hour south of Pittsburgh. Last year, when they applied for a new mortgage on their $230,000 home and hobby farm, they were denied. According to ABC affiliate WTAE, this appears to be the first example in western Pennsylvania of a homeowner being denied a mortgage because of gas drilling on a neighbor’s property:
In an email, Quicken Loans told the Smiths, “Unfortunately, we are unable to move forward with this loan. It is located across the street from a gas drilling site.” Two other national lenders also turned down Brian Smith’s application.
“I think a lot of folks nationally are watching this case,” says Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a congressman who represents areas north and west of Denver. He noted that in his home district fracking leads to a “haircut on a property’s values. I think it is something that the banks would frankly be smart to look at,” Polis says. Elisabeth N. Radow, a lawyer and chair of the League of Women Voters of New York State’s Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment, says the Smiths’ story shows that property owners are clearly vulnerable to what happens on their neighbors’ land in fracking territory. “A [fracking] gas well brings commercial activity, can pollute drinking water and devalue the property.”" 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Public aids crackdown on gas plant in Chartiers

"August 20 – Residents have complained for years about thick black smoke and possible pollution coming from the MarkWest gas plant in Chartiers. But the state Department of Environmental Protection said it couldn't take action because it had no evidence. On Tuesday, the department said it had the goods. Someone snapped pictures of a plume of black smoke coming from the plant on July 14 and 15 and sent them to regulators. The DEP said Tuesday that the deluge of photos sent directly to its workers last month will likely lead to the first state environmental fine against the plant, owned by MarkWest Energy Partners LP. The pictures provided the evidence the agency needed that the plant was violating state environmental regulations, DEP spokesman John Poister said. “We can't be everywhere, so we appreciate the help we can get when something like this is going on,”
This case was particularly clear-cut, Poister said. The plant — which processes ethane, propane and butane out of the natural gas extracted from the Marcellus shale — is not supposed to emit any black smoke, a sign of air pollution. So when inspectors saw photos with black smoke, which witnesses claimed they could see from miles away, the state had the evidence it needed to assess violations against MarkWest, Poister said. “Why does it take so long to get someone's attention with this?” said Mark Bastien, who lives less than two miles from the plant and can see emissions from his backyard. “We're just so frustrated anymore because this has been going on for four or five years. We don't know what we're breathing out there.”"

still droning about drones ;) Here's a question for local officials.

If a person is unaware of FAA rules or disregards FAA rules and flies a drone over part of your jurisdiction where you don't think it's appropriate, what could you do about it?

For instance, let's say I buy a drone because I want to provide a cool new way to watch what's happening in Ligonier.  Let's say I want to outdo the Chamber and with their web cams and I want to fly over Ligonier making videos for readers of Ligonier Living to enjoy.

I might want to a parking report for Fort Ligonier Days to help people find spots.  Maybe I could take some cool videos of the Rolling Rock Fox Hunt in progress.  That would be neat, eh?

Come to think of it, lots of folks might want to get a peek at some of those big houses that sit far from the road in Ligonier.

Truly, I can think of all sorts of subjects I'd like to video from a fly over because I know people will want to watch them.  Obviously I'm not planning to buy a drone and start the Ligonier Living flying video delight, but what if I did and a police officer wanted to tell me to stop, could the officer do that?  On what basis?

I could be wrong but I don't think police have the authority to enforce FAA rules so if I'm flying a drone over town, could they stop me?

Happy Healthy Eatery at Olde Main & Great American Banana Split Celebration in Latrobe!

What a combination! This Friday, Saturday & Sunday is the greatest celebration of all time - the historic Latrobe banana split.
"Designed to celebrate Latrobe’s unique history as the birthplace of the banana split in 1904 and the placement of a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historical Marker, the three-day event will be an all-American family celebration for persons of all ages.
Dole’s Bobby Banana (a 6-foot walk-around banana character) and Valley Dairy’s Joe “Ice Cream Joe” Greubel will serve as the honorary co-chairs of the event and participate in the official ceremonies." (See details and schedule)
Why not come to Latrobe this weekend and enjoy the best of both worlds - happy healthy authentic northern Chinese food and a banana split! The Happy Healthy Eatery will be open from 10am to 9pm through the weekend. It is located at 350 Main Street in the Olde Main building. 724 717-8614 is currently the answering service for Mountain Palace and Happy Healthy Eatery. Please leave a message for either which will be forwarded immediately by email. Thanks!



Awesome Dresses For HOMECOMING!
Where Dreams and Affordability Come Together...Modern Elegance
106 North Fairfield Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
*Right Off The Diamond

US Department of Interior criticises State over Keystone XL impact report

"The US Department of the Interior has criticised as "inaccurate" the State Department's draft conclusions that the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on wildlife would be temporary, and has warned instead that it could have long-term, adversarial effects. It is the second major government body to publicly criticise State's draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), a much contested document which examines the pipeline's potential impact on the natural environment, endangered species, communities and the economy. The DEIS, published in March, concluded that the project would only have a temporary and indirect impact on wildlife. A 12-page letter, dated 29 April by the Interior Department's Office of Environmental Protection and Compliance and posted on the department's website on 15 August, warned that some effects of the pipeline on wildlife may be permanent.

In the letter, the Department of the Interior repeatedly takes issue with the conclusions of its fellow agency that any impact on wildlife would be short-lived and occur only during construction. The Keystone pipeline, which will transport oil-sands bitumen from Canada across thousands of miles to Nebraska, requires a presidential permit from the State Department, because it crosses the US border. The Interior letter lists several potential permanent threats to wildlife, including "loss of habitat, habitat fragmentation, species displacement, barrier effect, etc", and says that the DEIS's conclusion that "permanent impacts are not expected" in terms of wildlife is not accurate."

We are wildlife...and we depend on there being vast, untouched, intact areas of wilderness. We are so close to cutting this whole magnificent 4+ billion year starship journey short, for all practical (e.g., human) purposes... . The separation of humans from (and putting them in dominion over) everything else has essentially failed when the true costs* are calculated. 

Let's try other, cooperative ways of existence, shall we?

CDC: Number of U.S. Lyme Disease Cases 10 Times Higher Than Reported

"New government data reveals the number of Lyme disease cases in the United States may be about 10 times higher than previously reported. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, while only about 30,000 cases are reported to the agency. A recent study in the journal Science linked the loss of biodiversity from human-impacted climate change to the increased spread of Lyme disease and other infectious illnesses." 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

heads up...missing elderly man

Missing man from Somerset County:  PA. Bob Coleman, aged 82 was last seen Monday afternoon 8/19/2013 as he was leaving his home around 3:00pm driving his light blue 2003 Hyundai Accent, four-door with New Mexico license plates. He is 6-feet tall and weighs 160 pounds.  If seen call the Pennsylvania State Police at 814-445-4104.

Help Wanted

We are currently looking for some part-time help at the shop.  The ideal candidate will be friendly, outgoing, and have retail experience.  Beading and jewelry-making experience is a plus, but we will train!  The position is for two days a week.  Interested applicants should be over the age of 18, have a flexible schedule, be local and have transportation, and not be afraid of duties such as cleaning and taking out the trash.

If you're interested in finding out more, please contact us at

Wigle Sister Wednesday!
     starts at 5 p.m







Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Boutique is located on 109 S Market Street Ligonier PA   Reservations, catering and carry out available by calling 724 239 9611. 

garden tool weapon used in assault

A Ligonier Township man who allegedly struck his brother-in-law on the head and arm with a pickaxe-type garden tool early Sunday remains in the Westmoreland County Prison on numerous criminal charges.
The victim, John Dorsey, whose age and address were unavailable, was airlifted by medical helicopter to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown after the 2:28 a.m. assault.
Dorsey's brother-in-law, James W. Johnson Jr., 53, of Route 30 West, Laughlintown, was ordered held in jail after failing to post $50,000 bond set by District Judge Helen Kistler of Harrison City, who was handling night court duties.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

current FAA rules - I added the highlights.

Do I need to get approval from the FAA to fly a model aircraft for recreation?

No. FAA guidance does not address size of the model aircraft. FAA guidance says that model aircraft flights should be kept below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), should be flown a sufficient distance from populated areas and full scale aircraft, and are not for business purposes. 1, 2

What is the difference between an Unmanned Aircraft (UA), a Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA), a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV), and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?

Currently the FAA and most of the international community uses the term "UA" or "UAS" for UA System. Previously used terms to identify unmanned aircraft are ROA, RPV, and UAV.

If I fly a UAS for business purposes, such as new technology development, am I required to get approval from the FAA?

Yes. There are presently two methods of gaining FAA approval for flying UAS: Special Airworthiness Certificates - Experimental Category (SAC-EC) for civil aircraft, and Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for public aircraft. 1, 3

model drone ordinances - drone free or drone regulated

I think Ligonier Borough and surrounding communities need to make a decision about drones and get something on the books if they expect to preserve private property rights for their citizens.

Here's a list of the ten top drones people can buy.  You think they aren't buying them and using them?

post separating the drone question from a specific entity......

What's your take on drones flying about your neighborhood?

What if a nosy neighbor had a drone?

What if a child predator had a drone?

What if your competitor had a drone?

What if a dog thief had a drone?

Vernon Realty Services is flying a drone above Ligonier.

Residents of Ligonier Borough walk under the eyes of multiple cameras and now there is at least one drone capturing images.


UPDATE:  For those who couldn't find the videos taken by drone, here's the link:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I sure don't understand why Obama supports the Brotherhood

Diplomatic condemnation of those plans is building up in Western capitals.

Wednesday night, the Obama White House issued a statement strongly condemning “the use of violence against protesters in Egypt” and the state of emergency. Egyptian ambassadors in Paris, London and Berlin received denunciations and expressions of concern from their host governments, and Turkey demanded a UN Security Council emergency session on the situation in Egypt.
DEBKAfile’s sources report that harsh international condemnation of Gen. El-Sissi’s crackdown will do more harm than good. The backlash will come in three forms:
    1. The Muslim Brotherhood will be encouraged to pursue increasingly extreme measures to fight the Egyptian army in the expectation of international applause.
    2. The generals will be encouraged to escalate their steps for repressing the Brotherhood.
    3. The Saudis and the Gulf Emirates will redouble their support for the Egyptian general and his campaign against the Brotherhood. This will widen the rift between those Arab rulers and the Obama administration.
Our intelligence sources also disclose that, while President Obama was trying to get through to Gen. El-Sissi, the general was on the phone with Prince Bandar, Director of Saudi Intelligence.
On July 31, Bandar arrived in Moscow and was immediately received by President Vladimir Putin for a conversation that lasted four hours. The Saudi prince next received an invitation to visit Washington at his earliest convenience and meet with President Obama.
Bandar has still not responded to that invitation.

Clearly, the US president’s problem with the Egyptian situation is a lot more complicated than pulling the army off the Muslim Brotherhood’s backs. He needs to somehow snap the strategic alliance unfolding between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the rapport between the Egyptian general and the Saudi prince.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide: 'The U.S. Is Now Experiencing the Beginning of Its End'; Improvement and Change in the Muslim World 'Can Only Be Attained Through Jihad and Sacrifice'

morning chuckle

Carolyn had a fab Saturday in Ligonier!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

          Mexican Night!
          starts at 5 p.m
Appetizer: Cactus empanadas
Tacos: Grilled steak, El Pastor
Entrees: Chicken Quesadillas,  Chili rellenos,  Steak fajaitas
Desserts: Churros w/chocolate sauce, coconut dessert

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Gift Boutique is located on 109 S Market Street  Ligonier PA   Carry out, reservations and catering available, 724 238 9611.  

Mountain Palace - Chicken Walnut Chaofan!

The weekend special at Mountain Palace is a favorite of many - chicken walnut chaofan (lightly fried rice) with chicken potato soup. Also this weekend, Lacy will continue her Chinese exercise and acupressure sessions at 11:00 Saturday morning. In addition to the Chinese exercise routine and individualized acupressure she plans to incorporate methods designed to help reduce abdominal fat. Sessions last about an hour and are $10 each or $30 for the month. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend and enjoy our special or any of our other tasty healthy authentic northern Chinese delights! Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. If you can't make it to Bolivar and are in the Latrobe area, you can enjoy our food at the Happy Healthy Eatery in the Olde Main building at 350 Main Street from 10 am to 9 pm daily except Thursday. It is all hau chr gila! 724 717-8614 

Who is killing whom and why the Egyptian people may be justified in tearing down the Brotherhood camps.

Women are also easy prey in the Brotherhood camp.  According to a recent report, women are being abused for refusing to have sex with Brotherhood supporters.  One woman was reportedly tortured to death and another critically injured and hospitalized.  An Egyptian organization concerned with female rights said it “will expose in the coming days the extent of the violations and crimes against humanity which our sisters have been exposed to by the orders of the General Guide [Muhammad Badie] to coerce women to engage in sex-jihad, with torture to death for those who refuse.”

Here is another live interview with an Egyptian reporter who was kidnapped in Rab‘a, beaten, and told she must stay “because we need women for sex.”  The logic behind the sex-jihad (or in Arabic jihad al-nikah) is that women are permitted to copulate with single, male Brotherhood protesters to help alleviate their sexual frustrations so they can focus on empowering Islam—which among the Brotherhood is synonymous with empowering the Brotherhood—without becoming too restless and possibly abandoning the jihad.

Then there are the corpses that are being found.  According to journalist Ahmed Musa on Tahrir TV channel, one of the arrested terrorists confessed that Brotherhood leadership murdered more than 80 people who were either suspected of being police informants or were trying to escape the Brotherhood camps. The Brotherhood then buried the bodies in a mass grave inside Rab‘a.  According to the arrested terrorist, the Brotherhood fears that, “if their camps are broken up, their crimes against humanity will be exposed and that the Ministry of Interior will take pictures of this mass grave and broadcast them to the world.”

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Which Ligonier bar will be the first to serve Pittsburgh Dad's 3-2-1 WIN beer?

Gasland director gets really squirmy when caught in a lie....

I listened to the whole radio interview what stands out most to me is his fear of facing opponents.  If he had the ability to defend his position, he would welcome debate.

Ed Kelemen At Words In Process: Tuesday, August 20th!

Allegory Gallery and The Words In Process Reading Series are pleased to announce Ed Kelemen as our August 20th Featured Reader.


Ed Kelemen is a writer’s writer. A resident of New Florence and a retired police officer, Kelemen has embraced many forms and styles. In addition to his weekly column for the Blairsville Dispatch, his subjects include history, mystery, and local legend and ghost stories. He has had articles published in numerous local, regional and national publications, including Air News, the Star, Fate magazine, The Loyalhanna Review, Western New York Family magazine, the Catholic Digest, and The Tribune Review.

Kelemen also finds time to work with writers. He’s President of the Ligonier Valley Writers association and has lectured on police procedure for aspiring writers. He’s also served in an advisory capacity at Barnes and Noble’s presentations aimed at assisting unpublished authors.

At Words In Process on Tuesday, August 20th, Kelemen will read from two newly published works: The Little Drummer Girl of Gettysburg and Rt. 30: PA’s Haunted Highway. Kelemen will also discuss his publishing and promotion process and his current project, The Making of a Psychic. Books will be available for purchase! Join us at Allegory Gallery at 7 pm. Open mic for writers follows the reading!

Allegory Gallery is located at 139 East Main Street Ligonier, PA.