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Monday, June 30, 2014

geez....unplug that laptop!

Fire experts say fires involving lithium-ion batteries in laptops are rare, but can happen. They say problems can occur when a laptop is being used with a fully charged battery while it’s plugged in.

Court Rules That Towns Can Ban Fracking

"In a precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry. The court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas production within municipal borders.

“Today the Court stood with the people of Dryden and the people of New York to protect their right to self determination. It is clear that people, not corporations, have the right to decide how their community develops,” said Dryden Deputy Supervisor Jason Leifer. “This would not have been possible without the hard work of many of my friends and neighbors and our lawyers Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice and Mahlon Perkins. Today’s ruling shows all of America that a committed group of citizens and public officials can stand together against fearful odds and successfully defend their homes, their way of life and the environment against those who would harm them all in the name of profit.”"

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that certain employers citing religious objections can opt out of covering contraception mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that certain employers citing religious objections can opt out of covering contraception mandated by the Affordable Care Act. 

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This picture is interesting because....

I can tell that the stained glass windows must have been made by the same person who made the windows in our office.  Cool.

Also, now I know where those pretty torches that were for sale at Dovecote went.  They looked bigger in the Dovecote window.  ;)

Michelle and Adam Gardner, owners of Thistledown at Seger House in Ligonier, stand at the staircase of the restored former McGinnis Hospital, as guests tour the red sandstone mansion, during the 10th annual 'Inside Ligoner Valley-A Home Tour', held at various locations around Ligonier on Saturday afternoon, June 28, 2014.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

drone incident at PNC Park

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police were called Thursday after someone was flying a drone over PNC Park during Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Pirates game.
The FAA says they are investigating the incident.

news from the Hollow

The Hollow isn't sleepy anymore.

On Friday, the Steel Wheel Grill at the Hollow will reopen at the site of the defunct Hollow Tavern along Route 30.

Chris and Jessica Beam of Latrobe said they want to restore the former hub alongside Loyalhanna Creek, which was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire, to its former glory.

“It used to be known for good food, good entertainment and just like the saying, ‘Where good friends meet.' That's what we want to bring it back to,” said Chris Beam, 36.

“We want to make it rock like it used to,” said Jessica Beam, 31.

The outdoor patio area is slated for a soft opening at 11 a.m. Friday, when Beam will cook Southern-style smoked meats and grilled and barbecued dishes. In addition, Italian-American food will be served Wednesdays through Sundays.

The building's interior is under construction. Jessica Beam said they hope to open the first-floor bar and restaurant in September.

The building, constructed in the 1930s, has housed a campground, hotdog stand, gas station, bed and breakfast and, most recently, a restaurant and bar.

Mountain Palace - Pork & Sauerkraut!

The weekend special at Mountain Palace is pork and sauerkraut with rice. It's like New Years in June! Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy the special or any of our other authentic northern Chinese happy healthy menu items. 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. Mountain Palace will be open for normal hours of operation for the 4th of July weekend.  724 717-8614  Workout picture from our recent trip to the Edgar Cayce facility in Virginia Beach!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court says President Obama exceeded his authority.

The Supreme Court has limited a president's power to make temporary appointments to fill high-level government jobs. The court said Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he invoked the Constitution's provision on recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012.

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LWA recycling program defended

Regarding the “Lance: To derailed recycling” item about the Ligonier recycling program in “Greensburg Laurels & Lances” : I am forced to respond to correct several miscategorizations in reference to the organization that oversees the program, the Loyalhanna Watershed Association (LWA).
Trib readers should understand that LWA is not in the business of commercial recycling, but has a primary mission dedicated to the restoration of our waters and lands. Nevertheless, LWA has provided its community members the opportunity to recycle numerous items in accordance with rules set up by the transporter and recipient of the material. While many of the program's participants abide by these rules, others disregard them and use the service gratuitously offered by LWA as a trash dump.

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Blek's here!

Ligonier Township's K-9 unit was formed 12 years ago, Eslary said, and it is run entirely on donations and grants. Blek was called on 151 incidents last year and has fielded 76 calls this year. The dog's “best forte is tracking,” Eslary said. “His abilities are out of this world.”
Blek helps to uncover evidence, aids searches for missing people and assists with crowd control.
“There's nothing like it during Fort Days when you have a big brawl in front of the (Wicked) Googly, and the dog gets out and he's walking down the street,” Wynkoop said. “It's like Moses spreading the water.”
Eslary and Blek help out with random searches at schools throughout Westmoreland County and the team recently started random drug searches at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity.
“When I go into the schools, it kind of sends a chill down your spine when you walk in and a little kid says, ‘Blek's here! Blek's here!” Eslary said. “We've established a relationship with the kids in our schools now. We want them to feel comfortable with the police presence in our schools just because of the way things are going in our society now.”

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As with the YMCA matter operation of law is a deciding factor with the Foxley Farm matter. The similarities of these local zoning controversies are so interesting.

On June 9, Gallagher filed a complaint in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court seeking approval of the application.
Falatovich said the supervisors' written decision, which will be issued within 45 days, will be used in the township's defense against Gallagher's filing.
“It's important to put everything that we did on the record into that case in a response, so that's why we thought it was important to vote on that this evening,” Falatovich said.
Gallagher said June 17 he disagreed with the board's decision, stating that his clients have a deemed approval.
“You can't deny what has already been approved by operation of law,” Gallagher said.
Attorney Bill Sittig, who represents several neighbors of the farm, said he and his clients support the supervisors' decision, and they will “defend against any attempt to use the timing issue as a technical approval.”

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I saw them taking down the statue and wondered what was up. ;)

For the second time in four years, the lady on the Diamond has stepped down from her lofty perch atop the Ligonier fountain to come to the rescue of another fallen icon.
Recently, the “girl with a bird” statue was unbolted from her pedestal and taken to the Ligonier Borough workshop where a mold was formed of her head to be used to cast a replacement head for a similar statuette from a town in Virginia.
The task completes a four-year journey for Tom Thomas, a sculptor and restoration professional from Harrisonburg, Va.
“Tom called me a month ago and it has been a whirlwind ever since,” said Paul Fry director of public works in Ligonier. “When we can help in somebody else preserve their history, you gotta help them out.”

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tonight's Lincoln Highway SupperMarket (June 25) has been cancelled due to the forecast of thunderstorms between 5 and 8 P.M. We are sorry. Hope to see you at our July 2 SupperMarket.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014



peeping drone

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window.
Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

He's got a point.

"Are we witnessing right now the most radically, extremely liberal, ideological president of our entire lifetime right here in the United States of America, or are we witnessing the most incompetent president of the United States of America in the history of our lifetimes? You know, it is a difficult question," he said. "I've thought long and hard about it. Here's the only answer I've come up with, and I'm going to quote Secretary Clinton: `What difference does it make?"'

Even small donations add up. If you like recycling, consider sending a bit to support the service.

Hi Diane,
I'd like to submit a letter from the Loyalhanna Watershed Association to the Ligonier Living blog. The last time I dropped off recycling in Ligonier, the main container was completely full and bags were stacked on either side. I felt like donating $5 and included my address (not sure why). This was the considerate letter that was sent to me. I just thought that maybe if people saw this they'd be more apt to donate and not take it for granted so much.
I'd rather stay anonymous.
Thank you!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

drone wrecks

The documents obtained by The Post detail scores of previously unreported crashes involving remotely controlled aircraft, challenging the federal government’s assurances that drones will be able to fly safely over populated areas and in the same airspace as passenger planes.
Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. No one has died in a drone accident, but the documents show that many catastrophes have been narrowly averted, often by a few feet, or a few seconds, or pure luck.

2014 Ligonier Valley Writers Flash Fiction Contest‏

Can you use $50, $25, or $15 extra cash in your pocket?
Of course you can!
Write a scary (or not so scary) story for moolah, cash, coin of the realm! 
Ligonier Valley Writers wants wordsmiths and scribes to enthrall us with short short stories for its annual Flash Fiction Contest.
Ed Kelemen, contest chair, set the deadline for the contest at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 2014, when the last grain of the hourglass trickles away.  You've got more than two months to craft your prize-winning story. So dip your quill in blood and get started.
Ligonier Valley Writers, knowing the lack of cash in most writers' wallets, is pleased to announce that there will be NO ENTRY FEE for this contest.

Ligonier Home Tour next weekend

Five of Ligonier Valley's most unique properties will be featured at the annual Ligonier Home Tour on June 28.
The self-guided tour, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will stop at four homes with original designs, like a restored log cabin transported from Butler County dating to around 1830 and a Victorian-style home that has been repurposed into a boutique hotel with a cafe.

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Margie Garland had the MacKenzie-Childs Thistle chandelier on her computer wish list for years. Multicolored and funky with glass-beaded fringe on its shades, it would never have worked in the ancient farmhouses she had previously lived in.But it would feel right at home in the new house she was building in the center of Ligonier, especially if it had equally colorful companions to play with.So she did it. She painted the walls of every room the same bright hues she loved in the chandelier.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mountain Palace - And The Special Is...

Chinese Homegrown Wrap! Homemade shells, home grown green onion, home grown cilantro and not so home grown egg with special spices. A summer delight! Come to Mountain Palace this weekend for the best Chinese wraps in the universe! Get 'em while you can!!! Life is short!!! Come early and have your picture taken with the only cilantro growing out of a crack in a sidewalk. It's better than Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation driving to see the world's biggest ball of string. And we even have homemade northern Chinese dumplings. Mountain Palace, it's where it's at! 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. Chinese medical exercise and acupressure Saturday at 11. This week it's acupressure for long life.  724 288-3872
P.S. We also have the world's tallest onions. Get your cameras ready!

Today at noon on WESA/fm, 90.5: Documenting Fracking Concerns

Silenced on Shale Drilling
Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. The two former employees, a community health nurse and a staffer in the Bureau of Epidemiology say that staff at state health centers and district offices were instructed NOT to return calls from residents who expressed concerns about natural gas development. StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri joins us.
Two for the Road
Our guests Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic are setting off on a summer tour to call attention to hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The journalists co-directed the documentary Triple Divide which deals with fracking in PA. They’re taking the film to communities throughout the country that are dealing with their own fracking issues. Before heading out on the road they’ll stop by Studio A for a conversation about fracking and how they’re crossing the country without using any gasoline.
Frack Water
This weekend the environmental program The Allegheny Front begins a series on water contamination caused by fracking. Reporter Reid Frazier joins us in Studio A. He'll provide us with an overview of the series which will address concerns over radiation, waste water and more.

To leave a question or comment before or after the show dial 412-256-8783. 

Happy Birthday to my lovely mother, Janet.

To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action. - Soft you now! The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remember'd.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling

excerpts: "Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that. Deasy, a former program specialist with the Bureau of Epidemiology, said the department also began requiring field staff to get permission to attend any meetings outside the department. This happened, he said, after an agency consultant made comments about drilling at a community meeting. In the more than 20 years he worked for the department, Deasy said, “community health wasn’t told to be silent on any other topic that I can think of.”

"It was not unusual, Stuck said, for department brass to send out written talking points on certain issues, such as the H1N1 or “swine flu” virus, meant to guide staff in answering questions from the public. This was different. “There was a list of buzzwords we had gotten,” Stuck said. “There were some obvious ones like fracking, gas, soil contamination. There were probably 15 to 20 words and short phrases that were on this list. If anybody from the public called in and that was part of the conversation, we were not allowed to talk to them.”"

Good news courtesy of Rolling Stone: New Hope for matter what party


"There is surprising – even shocking – good news: Our ability to convert sunshine into usable energy has become much cheaper far more rapidly than anyone had predicted. The cost of electricity from photovoltaic, or PV, solar cells is now equal to or less than the cost of electricity from other sources powering electric grids in at least 79 countries. By 2020 – as the scale of deployments grows and the costs continue to decline – more than 80 percent of the world's people will live in regions where solar will be competitive with electricity from other sources.

"But here is more good news: The Koch brothers are losing rather badly. In Kansas, their home state, a poll by North Star Opinion Research reported that 91 percent of registered voters support solar and wind. Three-quarters supported stronger policy encouragement of renewable energy, even if such policies raised their electricity bills. In Georgia, the Atlanta Tea Party joined forces with the Sierra Club to form a new organization called – wait for it – the Green Tea Coalition, which promptly defeated a Koch-funded scheme to tax rooftop solar panels."

RIP Mr. Nicely

Dean V. Nicely, 88, of Ligonier Township, a contractor, custom home builder and cabinet maker, died in his sleep of natural causes on Monday, June 16, 2014, his family said.
“Many a time, he would work all day, go home and eat dinner, bring his tools back in and work at my house all evening,” said his daughter, Judy Hoffer of Ligonier.
Mr. Nicely built more than 90 homes. One he built for a Ligonier artist was featured in Architectural Digest, family members said.

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What do you think about the rejection of a commercial event in the Town Hall community room? What about commercial events in the auditorium?

A local vendors' group did not receive Ligonier Borough Council's blessing to sell their products at the Town Hall community room.
At a June 12 meeting, Councilman Jim McDonnell explained that Ligonier Vendors had applied to hold several events there so that vendors could set up tables and sell their wares, with Ligonier Vendors charging $60 per table.
According to the group's Facebook page, some of its participating vendors include Tastefully Simple, Scentsy and Thirty-One Gifts.
McDonnell saw the borough as “functioning here as a conduit to promote a commercial business in Town Hall without permits,” adding that he does not feel Town Hall's purpose is to hold commercial events.

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Ligonier Home Tour ..... get your tickets now!

The 10th Ligonier Home Tour, benefiting the Ligonier Valley Historical Society, the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28.
This year's tour will feature some unique Ligonier homes.
Designed with exterior details of a decades-old home, one 2012 in-town homeowner built the home's color palette around a chandelier.
One home features turrets, archways, angled roof lines and a circular driveway with a view of the Ligonier Valley below.

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Ligonier Township getting things under control

Ligonier Township finished 2013 with about $9,000 in revenues over expenses, according to an audit completed by Wessel & Co. of Johnstown.
“All in all, you were able to spend less than you took in, which is always a good thing,” said Michael V. Lamb of Wessel & Co. “You have funds to carry into 2014 to get through operations.”

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the usual news...LVSD spends and taxes never ends.... up, up, and up

Property owners in the Ligonier Valley School District will see a 1.5-mill increase in school taxes.
School directors voted unanimously to approve a $28.2 million final budget that takes the levy on real estate to 76.5 mills at its June 11 meeting. The budget estimates revenues at $27.7 million, and it proposes using $574,756 from the district's fund balance to cover expenditures, such as the Laurel Valley Elementary School roof replacement.
Board member Kim Dickert-Wallace was not present.
The district's average taxpayer, with a home with a median assessed valuation of $16,890, will see an increase of $25.34 from last year. One mill brings in about $169,000 to the district, and there are 4,745 properties in the district.

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on Ligonier Valley Endowment

The Ligonier Valley Endowment's Capitalization Campaign, currently in its 39th year of providing financial help for local nonprofit groups in the Ligonier Valley, recently awarded its second-quarter grants.
The 2014 Endowment Scholars, Phebe Cornell and Jake Nemeth, and 2014 Mellon Scholar, Jiselle Bubin, were recognized during a receptio on May 29.
A recent grant awarded to the Ligonier Township Police Department will be used to purchase a long-range infrared sensing device for Lt. Eric Eslary and his canine officer, Blek. Eslary said the device is “state of the art” and noted that there are none currently available in the area.
To date, the group's general support fund has awarded $2.7 million dollars to more than 135 recipients in the Ligonier Valley.
The group is accepting applications for the third quarter awards.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

The Lincoln Highway SupperMarket is ON for tonight, June 18 from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe, near the Kingston Dam. Tim Bush will perform.

Foxley Farm attorney asserts B&B operation deemed approved by operation of law

During the June 10 hearing, Falatovich presented correspondence from attorney Shawn Gallagher, who represents the Nieds. Gallagher had asked that the board forgo the hearing, asserting in his correspondence that the township did not conduct a hearing within the time limit set by the state Municipalities Code and that his clients are entitled to a deemed approval of their requests. Falatovich said the board disagreed.
On June 9, Gallagher filed a complaint in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court seeking approval of the application.
Falatovich said the supervisors' written decision, which will be issued within 45 days, will be used in the township's defense against Gallagher's filing.
“It's important to put everything that we did on the record into that case in a response, so that's why we thought it was important to vote on that this evening,” Falatovich said.
Gallagher said Tuesday he disagreed with the board's decision, stating that his clients have a deemed approval.
“You can't deny what has already been approved by operation of law,” Gallagher said.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

chat about cash buyers and maximizing rental income

So who are these cash buyers?
“Strict lending standards combined with low inventory continue to give the advantage to investors and other cash buyers in this housing market,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac. “The good news is that as institutional investors pull back their purchasing in many markets across the country, there is still strong demand from other cash buyers — including individual investors, second-home buyers and even owner-occupant buyers — to fill the vacuum of demand left by institutional investors.”
So to help out those newly minted landlords and the mom-and-pop operations that are growing, here are five ways to maximize your returns on rental housing, courtesy BiggerPockets blog.
1) Decrease vacancy even if it means cutting your rent
Maximize profits by minimizing vacancy sounds obvious, but the strategies to do it are not easy.
Every month of vacancy costs you 8.3% of your potential yearly revenue, so you would be better off renting every property one month faster for 5% less rent, two months faster for 10% less rent, and so on.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Charmaine Eyonne..a rockin cousin..if I had a daughter I'd be thankful and proud if she was like Charmaine. ;)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Mountain Palace - Hot Pepper, Potato Ground Beef Special

One of the most preferred specials is back for the weekend at Mountain Palace. Hot pepper, potato and ground beef are combined to yield a tasty treat. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend for the special or any of our other northern Chinese menu items. 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. Chinese medical exercise and Meridian system acupressure will be at 11 on Saturday at Mountain Palace. Lacy started the class today also at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood from 1 to 3 Fridays for six weeks.  724 717-8614

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grilled Pizza at Connections!

Join us for Grilled Pizza on the Porch TONIGHT!!! 

5-9pm BYOB

Tonight's pizza choices are:
Grilled Veggie
Caramelized Onion
Hot Pepper & Garlic
Pesto Chicken

weekly "SupperMarket" a big hit

From now through the end of August, a variety of select regional restaurants will provide unique meal options every Wednesday on the grounds of the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, located on Route 30 East between Ligonier and Latrobe.
“It's going to be a lot of fun,” said Sharon Detar, owner of Connections Cafe, one of the participating eateries. “Almost like a food court where you can pick and choose what you like. It's going to be a great thing.”
Six area restaurants and one bakery will participate in the SupperMarket by setting up weekly from 5 to 8 p.m. to sell a la carte supper items.

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The Curiosity Shop of Ligonier reopens behind Dollar General.

Everything in the store is consignment based, and Charles embraces almost any kind of ware, regardless of its history.
“We are a this-and-that and everything shop,” she explained. “Aside from clothing and shoes, I will take anything. Absolutely anything.”
“Everything” does not equate to lesser quality or inquisitors, as her products come from all over the world and her customer base is a bouquet of all ages.
Though having been open for about a month, the shop already has a solid stream of consigners, patrons and inventory.
“I received a bunch of things from a world-traveler who passed away — there are things from him you just don't see. I also have a little girl coming in almost everyday, putting down money for a doll,” Charles said. “Sometimes I'll get a dollar, a nickel. It's great.”

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Antiques on the Diamond this Saturday

— This diamond will shine with wealth from the past.

The 27th annual Antiques on the Diamond antique show and sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Ligonier.

More than 50 dealers will be set up around the Diamond and on East and West Main streets.

Holly Mowrey, director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, said there are 64 vendor spaces.

LVSD graduating class of 2014

Four years ago, Ligonier Valley High School and Laurel Valley High School merged into one school.
On Friday, the class of freshmen that experienced that change sat united at Weller Field as a class of seniors.
Ligonier Valley High School held its graduation ceremony with 138 students receiving their diplomas.
“We all come from one school now,” said valedictorian Jacob Nemeth. “We're all graduating from one school now. This is our high school.”

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

With thunderstorms, heavy at time, predicted from 5 p.m. and into the evening today (June 11), the Lincoln Highway SupperMarket is cancelled. :-(

Mary has an update on LVSD crazy spending.

Dear Diane,

The feeding frenzie continues at LVSD. Inshore just received a new contract that will increase their intake by $100,000 over the next 5 years. Kreb's salary still not public. Dunn taking more and now  a new guy in the picture.

 E-38-14 That approval be given to contract with Steve W. Dunn to provide five (5) days of literacy training to teachers on September 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2014 at a rate of $2,000/day plus expenses paid through 2012-13 Title II Funds .
Dunn increased his pay by $200 a day .He has received a quarter of a million thus far. 

Last month the board also approved motion E-36-14 to hire Joe Ginotti for $1,800 a day.  


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wednesday evening, June 11, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. is the 2nd Lincoln Highway SupperMarket. Chris Volpe and Lauren Condron will provide the free entertainment. Come hungry and buy dinner from several restaurants that will have a la carte food items for sale. The SupperMarket is located at the Lincoln Highway Experience, 3435 State Route 30 east, Latrobe, near the Kingston Dam.   We will post to the  web site  here   by 2 P.M. if we have to cancel due to bad weather.  Every Wednesday evening in June, July and August.


Nearby lets you connect, share, and do more with people, places, and things near you.
When Nearby is turned on for your account, Google can periodically turn on the mic, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and similar features on all your current and future devices. Google+ and other Google services need this access to help you connect, share, and more.
When you turn on Nearby, you're also turning on Location History for your account and Location Reporting for this device. Google needs these services to periodically store your location data for use by Nearby, other Google services, and more.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Valley Players go Shakespeare for summer camp

The Valley Players of Ligonier Announce A New Twist on Our Annual Theatre Summer Camp

This year’s theatre summer camp will feature a Shakespearian Theme. Camp runs for two weeks from July 7 to 11 and July 14 to 18 from9am until 3pm. Students will learn all aspects of acting, singing, dancing, stage battle, and lights and sound. With special guest directors through-out the two week camp.
One of or special directors will be joining us from Broadway, Mark Baker. He was a Tony nominee in 1974 for his role in Candide. This role won him the Theatre World Award. He has performed in many Broadway productions.
Camp is limited to the first 25 students to register. Ages 8 to 17 may register. Get your brochure and pre-registration form by calling the theatre at 724-238-6514 Ext. 3 or pick up a brochure in the outer lobby by the front doors. Our summer camp shakes up with two performances by the students at the end of camp. They will be performing a musical parody of Hamlet. Hurry register today, camp will fill up quickly.  Cost of the two week camp $300.00 per student with a $100.00 sibling discount for second child. Snacks will be provided lunch is the responsibility of the student.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ligonier Home Tour

A former hospital that has been turned into a boutique hotel and cafe is one of five stops on the 10th anniversary Ligonier Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28.
Tickets, $25 each if purchased by June 22, are available online at, by calling the Lincoln Highway Experience museum at 724-879-4241 or by sending a check for $25 for each ticket (before June 23) made out to: LHHC, 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650. After June 22, tickets cost $30 at at the Lincoln Highway Experience museum, 3435 Route 30 East, near the Kingston Dam.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Mountain Palace - Lamb Lomein!

Back from the beach and it's weekend special time at Mountain Palace which will be lamb lomein. It's a healthy tasty treat made from the best lomein noodles on planet Earth! Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy this or any of our other happy, healthy menu items. Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 12 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6. Chinese medical exercise and acupressure session will be Saturday at 11. Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road.  724 717-8614