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Monday, September 30, 2013

events by Ligonier Radio

  • OCTOBER 2: Dr. John Freudenstein, a professor from Ohio State University will present the talk...Beauty and the Beast: Lessons from the study of orchids on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 PM at St. Vincent College's Fred Rogers Center. The presentation is free and no registration is required.
  • OCTOBER 4: Holy Trinity School will be having a Fish Fry on Friday, October 4th from 4-7 PM in the school cafeteria. Eat in or call for take out orders at 724-238-6430. All proceeds benefit Holy Trinity School.
  • OCTOBER 5: The  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley will hold their seventh annual Used and Unique Backyard Sale on Saturday, October 5th from 9 AM- 4 PM.The sale includes many good books, antiques, housewares, small appliances, tools, decorative items and much more. All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland Food Bank and Ligonier Valley Food Pantry.
  • OCTOBER 5: Westmoreland Walks...Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer will have their 12th annual walk at Twin Lakes Park on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 11 AM. For more information, visit their website
  • OCTOBER 5: It's the Miracles from Maggie 5K Run and Miracle Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 5th at Antiochian Village. Registration begins at 7:30 AM, a balloon release will be at 8:45 AM and the 5 K start will begin at 9 AM, the Miracle Mile start at 9:30 AM. The run was created in the honor of Maggie Elder, a fifth grader who valiantly battled Ewing's Sarcoma in 2012. All proceeds go to support those battling childhood cancer and for childhood cancer research. Registration can been done on-line at Miracles
  • OCTOBER 11-13 FORT LIGONIER DAYSIt's the largest event in Ligonier all year! A celebration of our town's history with Fort Ligonier. Events, arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment and the Saturday morning parade. Ligonier's radio statio, The Valley, will be providing music and community news as well as event schedules from the West Side Stage on Main Street.
  • OCTOBER 13: It's the Fort Ligonier Days 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 13th. Race time start is 8:30 AM for runners and 8:32 AM for walkers. The race will begin and end at the Ligonier Valley High School. All proceeds will benefit Fort Ligonier Days. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 724-238-4200.
  • OCTOBER 19: Ligonier's Halloween Event to kick-off Halloween Season! A Monster Bash Movie Marathon at The Ligonier Theater. A 13 hour marathon of classic horror movies. Including Thomas Edison's rare "Frankenstein" filmed in 1910 and the 1922 first version of Dracula. Classic monster movie merchandise on the 2nd floor of the theater. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi movies. Details, call (724) 516-9147. $10 admission for a whole day and night of spooky fun for the whole family! Website:
  • OCTOBER 19-30: The Ligonier Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Scarecrow Contest from October 19th through the 30th. The entry fee is $20.00 and applications are available at the Chamber office.
  • THROUGH JANUARY 11: Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition will be featured at the Southern Allegheny Museum of the Arts September 13th through January 11th. The exhibit displays the work of local and regional artists.

Historic Johnston House Program

Over the last 200 years, thousands of stagecoaches and millions of automobiles have passed by the Johnston House located near Kingston Dam in Unity Township. Who built the massive stone structure? How was it used through the years? What were some of the early political discussions that occurred in the parlor? Was there one kitchen or two, and where are they now? Who were these Scots and why was their clan heritage so important to them? What are some of the architectural details of the building? Is it true the front door was once the back door? Why are the ceilings so high, and the doorways so low? On Sunday, October 13, 2013, the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor is hosting a program by the Johnston House descendants. Because of the great interest in this historic structure and the people who lived here, two sessions (each accommodating 32) will be conducted at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $10 each, which includes tour of museum and fall refreshments. Pre-registration is necessary and can be completed online at or by calling 724-879-4241; 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650.
The nonprofit Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor purchased the historic structure on November 11, 2011 and created the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, which tells the story of America’s first coast-to-coast highway, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Register for the 2013 MS Trail Walk at Oak Lodge located in Stahlstown, Pennsylvania!

unintended consequences of Obamacare

We are watching the playing out of employers reactions to the law.  Lack of hiring, reducing staff, switching to part time or temporary workers are all reactions to the effort by the Nanny State to control the market for health insurance.

Watch for the next wave of unintended consequences as individuals get their heads around how the system will work.

Will people ask employers to reduce their salaries or hours so they can qualify for subsidies?

Will couples divorce to qualify?

Undoubtedly, yes and yes are the answers to those questions.

Try to control humanity and humans will figure out a way to game the system to their advantage starting with the politically elite or well connected getting a free pass out of Obamacare.

Obamacare side effect - look for increasing divorce rates and individuals working the game to keep earnings under the line

Under the Act, if workers have affordable single-family coverage from an employer — coverage that by law workers are obligated to accept — their family members will not be eligible for premium subsidies on the exchanges. This can make the cost of insurance for some low- or middle-income families unaffordable. But if they divorce, they get the subsidy.

Without subsidies, low-income families will not be able to afford to buy insurance on the state exchanges. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that family plans will cost $20,000 (in after-tax dollars) a year by 2016. Anyone under 400% of the poverty line, currently $94,000 for a family of four, qualifies for a subsidy — unless a family member has employer-provided insurance.

In a 2011 National Bureau of Economic Research working paper , Cornell Universityprofessor Richard Burkhauser, Indiana University professor Kosali Simon, and Cornell PhD candidate Sean Lyons showed that in 2014, when the law will take full effect, 13 million low-income Americans may be unable to get subsidized health insurance through new state health care exchanges because one family member has employer-provided coverage for that person only.

Perversely, the only way for other family members to get subsidized coverage would be for the spouses to get divorced. Then the spouse without coverage and the children could get coverage on the exchange.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

House GOP: One More Thing...No Contraceptives for Women

Shutdown assured as Republicans rally in united front to force regressive agenda on nation

"Amid the ongoing budget battle and before the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted once again to block funding for Obamacare overnight, the House Rules Committee slipped in a new provision to their stopgap proposal that would give U.S. employers permission to "opt out" of providing preventive care to their female employees, including contraceptives.

Despite the futility of the gesture much less the ridiculousness of its context—the House approved the bill, along party lines, knowing full well it will never pass in the Senate and therefore assuring a government shutdown this week—the move was slammed by women advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers.
"Once again House Republicans have found a way to mount an ideological attack on women's health as the clock ticks down on a crisis they created," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement Saturday night. "This is part of the right-wing playbook that's going nowhere in the Senate. The truly unconscionable thing is that Republicans would try to rob women of access to health care while holding our economy hostage."
According to the Huffington Post, Planned Parenthood's executive vice president Dawn Laguens called the move "desperate, misguided, and extreme." " The country wants Congress to focus on jobs and the economy, not on pushing an extreme agenda against birth control."

Hierarchy must be preserved...control must be maintained. Frightening people, truly frightening.

Fracking and Your Health

Fracking and Your Health
Speakers Series

Wednesday, October 9th 2013
7:00 pm
Lawrenceville Moose
120 51st. St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201


Presentation and Q&A with workers
from the shalefields

Speakers will address the jobs in the
Marcellus Shale

Free to the public!


Mark your calendar:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
in Butler!

Dr. Anthony Ingraffea,
Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering
at Cornell University, on the science, safety and
debate over hydraulic fracturing
-- or
"fracking" -- for natural gas.

Note: Dr. Ingraffea's research for over 30 years has involved fracture mechanics - the very thing that allows for fracking - and he maintains this is a highly faulty process that needs more work before waterways and the air are subjected to the failures documented by the gas industry's own experience....failures that unwitting landowners are then the victims of. 

Crazier than liberals

Here's a great example of why Seymour Hersh is so upset at American Media, waterboys for the Progressives. When there's gun violence, they seldom report the real story about gun violence, they always lead in with the Progressive argument (ban guns). Why not lead in with how our progressive society has enabled the crazies to stay on the streets and obtain guns?

With all the "action" in Washington, a look into the Conservative Mind...

"And I think that the best model [of conservatism] is, as I said the other day, the Corey Robin notion that it’s about preserving hierarchy.” —Paul Krugman, New York Times

...a new book by Corey Robin's "The Reactionary Mind"

"Since the modern era began, men and women in subordinate positions have marched against their superiors. They have gathered under different banners—the labor movement, feminism, abolition, socialism—and shouted different slogans: freedom, equality, democracy, revolution. In virtually every instance, their superiors have resisted them. That march and démarche of democracy is one of the main stories of modern politics. And it is the second half of that story, the démarche, that drives the development of ideas we call conservative. For that is what conservatism is: a meditation on, and theoretical rendition of, the felt experience of having power, seeing it threatened, and trying to win it back. [..]

Historically, the conservative has sought to forestall the march of democracy in both the public and the private spheres, on the assumption that advances in the one necessarily spur advances in the other. Still, the more profound and prophetic stance on the right has been to cede the field of the public, if he must, but stand fast in the private. Allow men and women to become democratic citizens of the state; make sure they remain feudal subjects in the family, the factory, and the field."

Saturday, September 28, 2013

the 'Pathetic' American Media...according to Seymour Hersh

He says investigative journalism in the US is being killed by the crisis of confidence, lack of resources and a misguided notion of what the job entails. Hersh exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, and got the Abu Ghraib pictures of American soldiers brutalising Iraqi prisoners.
Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. It doesn't take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as "the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist". He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

Don't even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends "so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would" – or the death of Osama bin Laden. "Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true," he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011. Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an "independent" Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. "The Pakistanis put out a report, don't get me going on it. Let's put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It's a bulls*#t report," he says hinting of revelations to come in his book."

UU First Friday Series resumes with Molly Rush. Also, their annual fundraiser for the food bank is on Saturday. Lots of good stuff!

Hi Diane,
We have two events upcoming that may be of interest to your readers.
First Friday, on October 4th at 7:30 PM.
Here is the information:
Charles Henry
Non-violence and Justice
Speaker: Molly Rush
Co-founder of the Thomas Merton Center
The Thomas Merton Center is an non-profit grassroots organization in Pittsburgh whose mission is to educate, raise awareness and to ask the moral questions that surround issues of social justice, poverty, workers' rights, racial discrimination, environmental and economic justice, peace and nonviolence.

The First Friday Series offers the public the opportunity to hear religious, philosophical or other vital topics affecting humankind. The belief set of a different religious tradition or other subject is presented and discussed each month. 

The second item is or annual sale. 100% of the proceeds go to local food banks. In the last 6 years we have raised and contributed over $15,000 to  local organizations that fight hunger :

Seventh Annual

Used & Unique!
Backyard Sale - 
October 5
Doors open 9 AM to 4 PM

All proceeds benefit Ligonier Valley Food Pantry and
Westmoreland Food Bank

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tough Teachers' students finish first - how to teach for grit, success, neat stuff.

Which teachers do you remember the best? The pusher or the coddler? The cool recent grad? Does it really matter? Maybe the most memorable teacher is the "drill seargant" who pushed you to excel.

Only 586 years to go until the dawning of the Age of Aquarius... But you can see it from here...

All you wanted to know about the Famed Constellation in Night Sky This Week (23-29 Sept 2013)-sorry it's late. Need to know why we've got to wait almost 6 more centuries for the "dawning"? It's in there somewhere. And Aquarius is in the Southeast sky - if only I had a southeast view and a cloudless evening sky. Sigh.

on the township referendum

Enlarging the size of the board by adding two seats, permissible under the commonwealth's Township Code, is an approach we believe can prove fruitful by attracting candidates for supervisor whose education, experiences and skills are different from those typically associated with the traditional supervisor/roadmaster arrangement.
In our view, that dual role blurs the distinction between an individual's obligations as a public official and personal considerations relating to that person's employment.

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     Mexican Night 
             5 to 8:30 p.m. 

Appetizers: Cheese Empanadas,  Pork  Pozole soup
Tacos: Grilled Steak, Chicharron
Specials: Steak Fajitas,  Pork Ranchero in Salsa Tomatillo,  Chicken Poblano in creamy cheese sauce, Enchiladas w/bean & cheese
Dessert: Apple pastries w/cinnamon sugar.

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

Mountain Palace - Chicken Walnut Chaofan and Visual Acuity

One might wonder of the connection between these two. It's not based on any prestigious journal publication, but they are both on special at Mountain Palace this weekend. The special is chicken walnut chaofan (lightly fried rice) with a small chicken, mushroom and dancing noodle or chicken potato soup for $8.95. The focus of the Chinese exercise and acupressure session Saturday morning at 11:00 will be upon visual acuity. Come see us at Mountain Palace this weekend and enjoy our authentic northern Chinese food. Participate in Lacy's Saturday morning session and perhaps you will see things more clearly. 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 are in Latrobe enjoy Chef Zhongbao's presentation of many of the same foods at the Happy Healthy Eatery in the Olde Main building at 350 Main Street. He is open daily from 10 to 9 except Wednesdays 10 to 7 and closed Thursdays. It's all hau chr gila!  724 717-8614

Thursday, September 26, 2013

     Grilled Pizza           
        starts at 5 tonight!

        Lunch Menu
Frittata:  Mushroom Spinach
Sandwich: Grilled cheddar cheese w/apples and cranberry honey mustard
Soup: Curried lentil and Corn chowder
Salads: Curry chicken, French lentil, Cauliflower and pea,  Tuna and red bean, Summer corn, Beets, carrots w/ginger.

Pizza Menu 
Grilled veggies, Mushroom spinach, Hot sausage, Prosciutto arugula

Today's Outrageous Gourmet Desserts
Lemon Tart, Almond Fudge Tart and White Chocolate Raspberry

Rachel's Homecoming Bouquet Special

Here at the shop we are getting ready for Homecoming!
 This  bouquet is our special of the week.

 Just $25.00 with many in stock colors to choose from!
Call today to order yours.
111 West Main Street

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Democratizing Accuracy

"Nation, it's been a few relatively quiet days since the latest gun-fueled all-American  bloodshed in Chicago, where a three-year-old got shot in the face, and D.C., where the NRA complained "there weren’t enough good guys with guns." Ergo, it must be time to unveil TrackingPoint's precision-guided firearms, the world's first smart gun, which democratizes accuracy" and hones "the art of sniping" with its own on-board  ballistic computer system, integrating "microelectronics, microprocessors, and networking technology into a small arms weapons system" to put jet fighter launch-and-launch technology in your hands" - AND allow you to upload videos for your friends on social media. Shared killing! And, as Colbert notes, "skill-free killing!" All for $17,000! Remarkably, the company argues that creating a firearm with such unprecedented precision will "usher in a new age of ethical killing" because it will foster introspection. They also swear the moon is made of cheese. Others wryly take their premise a tad further, drawing a timely analogy and urging us to demand the right to stand your ground with decisive lethal force - of chemical weapons -  because everyone knows chemical weapons don't kill people, people kill people."

Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

"$6000.... . That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

(See the article - the link is below* - for the explanation of each of the following; space restrictions here mean no detail can be included without going over word limits.)

1. $870 for Direct Subsidies and Grants to Companies
2. $696 for Business Incentives at the State, County, and City Levels
3. $722 for Interest Rate Subsidies for Banks
4. $350 for Retirement Fund Bank Fees
5. $1,268 for Overpriced Medications
6. $870 for Corporate Tax Subsidies
7. $1,231 for Revenue Losses from Corporate Tax Havens

Overall, American families are paying an annual $6,000 subsidy to corporations that have doubled their profits and cut their taxes in half in ten years while cutting 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. and adding almost as many jobs overseas. This is more than an insult. It's a devastating attack on the livelihoods of tens of millions of American families. And Congress just lets it happen."


Watershed news

Loyalhanna Watershed Association put a plan into action recently to improve and protect a 123-acre property formerly known as the McConnaughey Farm at the west end of Ligonier above the country market.
The association plans to convert an 1880s-era farmhouse and barn on the property. A portion of the property will be leased to local farmers while the remainder of the property will be returned to a natural wetland habitat.
The project will improve the health of the farm's waterways by creating a buffer to prevent the flow of pollutants into the Loyalhanna Creek. It will also create better pastures for tenant farmer Kim Miller to graze his Devon breed beef cattle on the property.

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Anti-GMO Campaigners Claim Victory as 'Monsanto Protection Act' Stripped From Senate Bill

Millions of people around the world were outraged when the bill passed originally and removing the Monsanto Protection Act from the current bill is a sign that the food movement has arrived politically. The American people are tired of Monsanto’s lies and the manipulation of our political process and we’re not backing down.” - Dave Murphy, Food Democracy Now!
"An amendment dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act," which currently allows large agriculture and biotech corporations to ignore court orders involving the safety of genetically modified seeds, has been stripped from Senate's spending bill that could be voted on as early as Wednesday afternoon. Following an organized campaign against the provision in recent months, its removal was being cheered by food safety and environmental activists as a victory.

The Monsanto Protection Act, otherwise known as the Farmer Assurance Provision rider, was wedged into a stop-gap budget bill that passed earlier this year and signed into law by President Obama in March. The rider was the source of outrage by many and quickly dubbed a form of "corporate welfare" that benefited large biotechnology corporations firms such as Monsanto and Syngenta as it barred US federal courts from being able to prevent the sale or planting of GMO crops even if they failed to meet federal safety standards or were discovered to be harmful to humans or the environment. In opposition to the law's passage, several online campaigns as well as street protests followed." l
Wigle Sisters Wednesday starts at 5 p.m.  BYOB

      Cafe menu for today.
Frittata: Mushroom, spinach and asiago
Sandwich: Grilled cheddar cheese with apples and cranberry honey mustard spread.
Soup: Curried Lentil and corn chowder
Salad: Chickpea w/feta and olives,  Red bean and tuna,  French potato, Beet and carrots w/ginger, Curry chicken, Cauliflower, French lentil, Summer corn.
Desserts:  Apricot Scones,  Apple pumpkin muffins, Chocolate fudge almond tart and White chocolate fresh raspberry tart.

Connections Cafe and Fair Trade Gift Boutique is located on 109 S Market Street  Ligonier, PA   Reservations and  carry out available by calling 724 238 9611.

Back By Popular Demand: Wigle Sister Indian Feast

Check Out the menu below and join us for dinner tonight!

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. @ Connections Cafe


WARM INDIAN SALAD.                              W/ FIVE SPICE POTATOES                      8

HOMEMADE NAAN.                                    W/ GARLIC, CILANTRO, YOGURT + POMEGRANATE RELISH.                       7

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA.              ROASTED CHICKEN IN A SPICED TOMATO CREAM SAUCE W/BASMATI RICE.                                                    13



MATCHA GREEN TEA CHEESECAKE.           W/ GINGERSNAP CRUST + RASPBERY SAUCE                                                   8

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

filibuster....stop Obamacare!

Sen. Ted Cruz began a talk-a-thon on the Senate Tuesday afternoon and vowed to keep speaking “until I am no longer able to stand” as he tries to halt President Obama’s health care law.

“I rise today to speak for 26 million Texans and 300 million Americans,” Mr. Cruz began.

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BREAKING NEWS..... YMCA gets a no go from planning

Ligonier's planning commission voted to report to council that it does not recommend approving two zoning ordinance amendments related to the Ligonier Valley YMCA's expansion.
The amendments in question include a proposed ordinance to amend the zoning classification for the two properties owned by the YMCA at tax parcel numbers 16-01-15-0-163 and 16-01-15-0-164 from R-2 to C-2 and a proposed ordinance to allow surface parking lots as a conditional use in the C-2 zoning district.

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ALERT ALERT ALERT male dog found - possible pit lab mix

the dog is a med sized neutered male, brindle med length hair, pup around 8 months old.  Friendly.  Maybe pitt lab mix very pretty.Connies # is 724-689-5117 or 724-238-4308


found at corner of  McDowell and Darlington roads last evening


This boy has been reunited with his owners!

Rachel's Homecoming Bouquet Special

Here at the shop we are getting ready for Homecoming!
 This  bouquet is our special of the week.

 Just $25.00 with many in stock colors to choose from!
Call today to order yours.
111 West Main Street

another lovely September brought to you by the "religion of peace"

gunmen selected victims by religious test, then offered one woman the choice to convert or die.....classic Muslim jihad behavior

Chillingly, eyewitnesses have told of how the gunmen selected many of their victims deliberately - forcing people to prove whether or not they were Muslims by reciting Islamic prayers or by answering questions from the Qoran. They then executed those found to be non-Muslims, and allowed Muslim shoppers to escape.
Other escapees said that the terrorists mutilated the bodies of their dead victims, chopping off hands and even burning their faces to mask their identities.
But there are also stories of remarkable bravery.
One such story is that of four year-old Elliot Prior from Berkshire in Great Britain who, in an astonishing show of courage, confronted and even chastised one of the gunmen - and escaped with his life.
According to the Daily Mail, Elliot had been hiding with his sister Amelie and their mother Amber under a table in a grocery store, with Amber sheltering her children under her own body for an hour and a half, when they were discovered by the terrorists, one of whom shot her in the thigh. 
But when the terrorists asked if there were any children still alive in the store, Amber stood up and answered in the affirmative, in the hope that they would be spared.
It was at that point that little Elliot confronted the terrorists, telling them that they were "bad men."
Bizarrely, upon learning that Amber was of French origin, the gunmen began to plead with her for forgiveness, insisting that Islam "is not a bad religion" and urging her to convert.
"He told me I had to change my religion to Islam and said 'do you forgive us? Do you forgive us?'," she told The Independent newspaper.
"Naturally, I was going to say whatever they wanted and they let us go."

Sunday, September 22, 2013

fatality on Route 30

A 22-year-old Ligonier Township man was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Unity early Sunday morning.
Zachary Z. Fazli was pronounced dead at 5 a.m., according to Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Route 30, about a mile east of the intersection with Route 217, according to state police.

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Candice Wakumoto Trunk Show at Allegory Gallery - ONE WEEK ONLY!

Allegory Gallery is pleased to announce a limited-time trunk show with Hawaii-based artist, Candice Wakumoto.  Candice is an award-winning and published jewelry artist. (She was most recently published in the beautiful, coffee-table book: Showcase 500 Art Necklaces.)  She creates unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that are simply amazing.  I think one of the things that makes Candice's work really special is that she loves beads and has been collecting them for over a decade; she travels the world to attend some of the most prestigious shows and has a unrivaled collection.  As a result, the statement pieces she makes incorporate finds that are extremely rare, like gemstones from mines that have been closed for years or from artisan bead makers who have retired or are no longer with us.  She also carves, casts and creates her own metal findings, charms, and components in bronze and sterling silver. Some of the focal pieces of her jewelry are made out of Precious Metal Clay, which is 99.9% pure silver with 24k gold accents.

The PMC process starts with a product that was originally created in Japan by Mitsubishi.  It's pure silver powder that has been mixed with an organic binder.  Working with it is kind of like working with porcelain or a ceramic clay body.  Once the piece is completely dry, it is fired in a kiln at 1650 F for over two hours.  During this time, the organic binder burns off and leaves only the metal.  At the high temperatures, the metal sinters (which basically means the metal particles fuse together) creating a solid piece of metal.  Candice has won several industry awards for her PMC creations, including the Saul Bell Design Award for her Asian-influenced hollow forms.

Even if you're not in the market for high-end artisan jewelry, you should definitely stop by to see the pieces.  They're really a visual treat AND this is one of the only places in the mainland USA that you can see such a large assembly of her work!

The trunk show is one week only!  Her pieces will be on display and available for purchase from September 24th to October 1st.  (Also, if you have your eye on one of the pieces that is currently featured in the shop, several of them will be returning to Hawaii at the end of the show!  So get it before it goes away!)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Don't Forget: Benefit for local Rescue group this Sunday - AdoptablePets on Site

This event will take place this Sunday at Foxley Farms in Ligonier. Just found out that Hunter Valley Sport Horses will hold an Open House during the event from 1:00-3:00. Come meet the horses, learn about services they provide and let the kids enjoy a pony ride for $5.00 or take a little extra time for a riding lesson at $10.00. Part if these proceeds will go to SAD Tails of Pa!!
Save room in your belly for lunch too!

Gourmet BBQ Chicken and Waffles by the Wigle Sisters, Grilled Pizzas by Sharon Detar of Connections Cafe and Mini Cheese Boards, Beignets and Mediterranean dips. Yummy! Also, wine from Glade Pike Winery. 

Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the Ligonier Theater

You have only two more opportunities to see this spectacular production - today at 2:30 and tomorrow at 2:30.  The cast and crew, from the directors, Hannah Kenyon and Ruthie Stewart, on down are all students (well, except for one).  Sunday's performance is nearly sold out; there are some seats available for this afternoon's performance.  Last night, curtain time was delayed to accommodate the line going out the door and down the street.

Carol & Dave's Roadhouse wins BurgerMania Contest

Dave and Carol Cassler received great news this past week following the close of the "Rocky 99" Radio Station BurgerMania Challenge. They rocked the vote in the contest and Won!!  In conjunction with the contest they also celebrated their 10th Anniversary of opening the Roadhouse which is now located at 122 North Market Street - Ligonier, Pa.

Thanks for all your support!!

New Writers' Collective Seeks Members

The new Cooperative Association of Writers (CAW) will hold an information session on Saturday, September 21st at the Ligonier Library. The meeting will be held downstairs at 1 pm. CAW is calling all seasoned writers, new writers, artists and the arts-minded to join us for this meeting.

CAW seeks to promote the arts in general and to use the combined efforts of its members to market members’ books. Those already involved in publishing and promoting books know that the practice can be difficult and frustrating. CAW hopes that in joining forces we can meet the challenge together and collectively work to increase our visibility and also promote the arts within our community. The Cooperative’s inaugural members have already established a blog that may be accessed at

Please join CAW on the 21st for conversation, light refreshments, and camaraderie!!
Questions? Email CAW at

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fine Print of Obama's EPA Rules Reveal Huge Giveaways to Big Coal and Gas

Obama can't fight 'war on coal' by giving industry $8 billion in government subsidies, say critics

"The Environmental Protection Agency announced new regulations for the energy industry on Friday which will limit, for the first time, the amount of carbon that gas- and coal-fired plants can emit into the atmosphere. And though many of the larger environmental groups in the country welcomed the new restrictions, more critical observers of the EPA announcement argue the rules don't go far enough in terms of limiting emissions. Meanwhile the Obama administration, in fact, is preparing to use huge amounts of public money to prop up the U.S. coal industry. Such a scheme, according to one critic, "will make only modest cuts to power plant emissions" at a moment in history when much more dramatic actions are needed.
Pushing back against the idea the Obama has somehow initiated a "war against coal"—an argument used by Republicans and Conservatives to blast the new rules and conversely used by groups like NRDC and Sierra to champion them—the Campaign for America's Future Bob Scher asked his readers to take a closer look at the proposal. Citing New York Times reporting which shows the Obama administration plans to support the fossil fuel industry with "as much as $8 billion" in order to help it build the "cleaner" plants the rules will require, Scher concludes that "Obama is not launching a war on coal. He’s bending over backwards to keep coal viable." And the Center for Biological Diversity, striking a much more adversarial tone than its larger environmental colleagues, declared the EPA rules and Obama's effort are far too imperfect to adequately address the climate crisis facing the country and the planet. “If we’re really serious about tackling the climate crisis – and morality dictates that we must be – we just have to do more than this,” said Bill Snape, the Center’s senior counsel. “That means a stronger rule for power plants and other serious measures that lead to deep cuts in greenhouse emissions.”"
Mexican Night!
5 p.m.

Vegetable Tostados,  Grilled Steak Burritos, Chicken Fajitas, Steamed Tilapia, Tacos de lengue.
Mexican donuts.

See you this evening on the porch or in air-conditioned dining rooms.

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

Looking for Kittens

Hello Good Folks of Ligonier....

There has been a group effort to rescue a Momma cat and her 2 kittens from the area around Dollar General.

We were able to finally gain the Momma Cat's trust enough to handle her and get her off the streets. She has her forever home... yeah for her!

Even though every effort to capture the cat family together was made - it did not happen that way . The kittens are still being offered food and shelter in the origianl feeding spot but they disappeared after that last Mom feeding and have not been seen since.

The Kittens I guestimate to be about  10- 12 weeks at this point. They were eating canned and dry food-

One kitten is the color of a deer in fall with lovely black circles around the eyes and white toes
The other  kitten is a the most amazing grey striped tiger cat I have seen with the most miniscuel tiny stripes.

IF the Kittens have been rescued by someone else.....GREAT.. just let us know so we can quit worrying

If ANYONE thinks they have seen the kittens just let us know..

If you can catch the kittens and put them someplace safe  for the eve we have foster homes for them.. just let us know.

I work at Rachel's Ligonier Floral..724 238 6626... leave a message
or call my mobile 814 341 9846....
Winter is coming and we want them safe and warm....
Thanks for any leads.....
Beverly J Struble

Thursday, September 19, 2013

PA natural gas news

Two recent actions by Governor Corbett and Secretary Abruzzo’s Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) show, once again, the DEP’s mettle in protecting the environment and public health and safety, as well as this administration’s continuing commitment to strong action in stewarding responsible development of the Commonwealth’s natural gas resources.
First, on August 5, 2013, the DEP revoked the permit of Aquatic Synthesis Unlimited (“ASU”) and announced it will use the company’s $1 million bond to begin cleaning up the Indiana County site, which holds 1 million gallons of shale wastewater and about 5 million tons of contaminated soil.  A remediation firm has already been hired to perform the necessary cleanup.  ASU showed its inability or lack of intention to comply with the law and the DEP acted properly and decisively in shuttering the facility and commencing the cleanup.
Such enforcement actions are very important in assuring responsible development of our natural resources.  Cheaters should not be allowed to “gain the system” because that is a “double whammy.”  Cheaters are simultaneously stealing a competitive advantage over law-abiding companies who make the investments to operate properly—thus undermining the free market—and they are creating a probable or real danger of environmental harm.

Colorado Flooding Sparks 18,000-Gallon Oil Leak

10 oil and gas releases being monitored in the state, officials say

"Over 18,000 gallons of oil have leaked into Colorado's South Platte and St. Vrain Rivers as historic flooding continues to wreak havoc upon the state. One 5,250-gallon spill happened near Milliken, while a second, 13,500-gallon release happened near Platteville. The leaking tanks are owned by Anadarko, which stated on Thursday that "there were no impacts to the environment due to our drilling or hydraulic fracturing activities." In addition to the oil leaks, Noble Energy reported "natural gas releases" from three of its wells, with one of those releases still not contained.
The Denver Post reports on Thursday that there are a total of 10 oil and gas releases being monitored in the state, with 8 of the releases classified as "minor." Officials are also warning about sewage and household and industrial chemicals that may be in the floodwaters, posing public health risks. The flooding, which many have linked to climate change, has left 200 people still unaccounted for, six dead, pet and livestock victims, and communities and businesses struggling in the aftermath of the multi-billion dollar disaster."