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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pope Francis gives top 10 secrets to happiness

In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva" July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life:

1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same."

2. "Be giving of yourself to others." People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."

3. "Proceed calmly" in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist -- gaucho Don Segundo Sombra -- looks back on how he lived his life.

"He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool" of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water -- to have "the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life."

4. "A healthy sense of leisure." The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.

"Consumerism has brought us anxiety" and stress, causing people to lose a "healthy culture of leisure." Their time is "swallowed up" so people can't share it with anyone.

Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it "complicated, but you must do it," he said.

Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime "doesn't let you communicate" with each other, the pope said.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because "Sunday is for family," he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs" and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

"It's not enough to give them food," he said. "Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home" from one's own labor.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have," he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'"

8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" the pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy."

9. Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," the pope said.

10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars," he said, and "the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive" and dynamic.

Main Exhibit Gallery celebrates 20 year mark

Main Exhibit Gallery at 301 West Main St. is celebrating 20 years of retailing fine craft and art made in the United States with an anniversary show featuring 20 of their past and present artists.
The opening reception, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, will also be the grand opening of the gallery's new two-story addition.
“Making and selling fine craft is our way of life,” said Mandy Sirofchuck, who owns the gallery with husband, Paul. “We are rooted to Ligonier and committed to bringing the best in American craft to anyone willing to walk up our porch and through the door.”
The Sirofchucks opened the gallery in 1994 when they relocated from Philadelphia to western Pennsylvania, where Paul Sirofchuck was originally from.
“When we saw the old brick Victorian on Main Street, we envisioned what we could make of it and set to work renovating,” said Paul Sirofchuck.

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Valley Players sing the 70s

Music from The Carpenters, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers and Barry White will be featured.
“Over 57 tunes from the '70s will be performed,” said Eric Harris, executive director of the theater.
Harris, who is both directing and starting in the musical, said when he suggested the show to the board of directors, they immediately liked the idea.

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ice cream fun

A bit of “Christmas in July” holiday spirit melted its way around the Ligonier Diamond last Thursday.
Community members combined an opportunity to enjoy an ice cream dessert while helping to fund the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce's Christmas decorating project during “Scoop and a Half Family Fun Night.”
Ligonier Creamery owner Dave Gehlman offered the fundraising idea to Mowrey as a way for the community to help support the chamber's efforts. For every hard ice cream cone purchased, Gehlman donated half of the proceeds to the chamber.

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Ruthies Diner

Locals and out-of-towners alike funnel through Ruthie's Diner by the dozen each day, some to grab a cup of Joe and some to grab hotcakes on the way to work, or a quick bite before hitting the rides at Idlewild Park.
The dining staple along state Route 30 in Ligonier tends to inspire the question, “Who is Ruthie?”
“There really is a Ruthie,” said namesake and owner Ruthie Stevens, 80, of Somerset Pike.
Stevens has managed the diner for approximately 28 years, keeping track of the books and offering her own cooking expertise at times.
“I like it,” she said. “I like the people.”

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Homemade Northern Chinese Dumplings Available in Latrobe Friday

Frozen dumplings will be available between 12 and 3 Friday at 350 Main Street in Latrobe during the Chinese medical exercise and acupressure classes. Please notify us by Friday morning if you wish to acquire dumplings. Thanks! 724 288-3872

Do you know someone who needs a picnic table?

Do you know someone who needs a picnic table? This one sits on the front porch of our office and it needs a good home. The stain was from a little kid at Fort Days so you might want to paint it. Otherwise it's in good shape. Asking $25. Email me if interested.

Do you know someone who needs a fridge?

Do you know someone who needs a fridge? This is a Whirlpool 14 cubic feet office fridge. Except for sloppy employees whose names shall not be raised here - LOL - it's in great shape. Just needs a good wiping. Asking $100. Email me if interested.

Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

We are on for tonight's Lincoln Highway SupperMarket from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum, 3435 State Route 30 East, Latrobe. Purchase food from six vendors while listening to Tim Bush serenade us.
For more information, visit . Hope to see you tonight!

contempt of consent order being considered by court

In an April 2013 consent order signed by Nied, her neighbors and Ligonier Township officials, Foxley Farm owners agreed to hold 11 weddings through the end of 2013.
Nied's neighbors wanted the weddings to stop, saying the large events attended by as many as 200 guests caused noise and traffic congestion in the quiet countryside.
During a hearing earlier this year, Nied admitted she hosted 16 events in 2013 after approval of the consent order. During nearly four hours of testimony on Tuesday, she said Foxley Farm hosted at least two additional events this summer.
Attorney William Sittig, who represents the neighbors, said he wants the judge to fine Nied for violating the consent order.
“We're asking for the money she gained by throwing those weddings to pay for attorney fees,” Sittig said.
Feliciani said he will decide whether Nied is in contempt of the consent order after he receives written arguments from the attorneys within 40 days.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When government agencies are starved (and/or bought off) to the point of incompetence and, as a result, companies are left to police themselves:

Lack of Oversight, Damaged Tanks Caused West Virginia Chemical Spill

"In a little-publicized report released last week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that an egregious lack of oversight at chemical storage company Freedom Industries, which used tanks damaged by corrosion to hold toxic materials, caused the disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia in January that contaminated the state's largest public water supply. Two holes in the bottom of a 48,000-gallon tank allowed hazardous materials to contaminate a portion of West Virginia's Elk River, which supplies fresh drinking water to nine of the state's counties.

But it was Freedom's widespread, deeply ingrained lack of oversight and necessary regulations — despite knowing the hazard the materials might present to the public — that was responsible for the spill, CSB said. "[It] has become clear that Freedom Industries did not have a rigorous inspection program for these chemical storage tanks sited close by the Elk River and just upstream from the facility supplying water to hundreds of thousands of people," said CSB investigator Lucy Tyler."

Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise & Acupressure

Coming to Latrobe Friday, August 1.
Medical Exercise Class at 12:00
Chinese Meridian System Acupressure Class at 1:30
350 Main Street, Latrobe, Pa

Chinese Medical Exercise and Acupressure Massage Therapy is based on the
traditional Chinese medicine meridian theory which has been used in the treatment and prevention of illness for over 2,000 years.

For centuries, life has been considered as an energy phenomenon. It is only because of the existence of this energy in our body that we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even feel. Our energy flow affects how we feel, how we think, and our health

Our bodies are already equipped with a “rescue system” that stores healing energies which is the Meridian System. According to traditional Chinese medicine, life energy called Qi (chi) flows through the body across 12 major meridians. The Meridian System is like a web that covers our whole body that corresponds to specific organs and body functions. When all of the meridians work in harmony and function together in unison, we remain in good health. When the body’s life energy (Qi) becomes blocked whether from stress, injury or trauma, or bad living habits (diet or lack of exercise) there is risk of causing all health problems, physical and mental. If you know how to keep the
meridians in balance or how to correct imbalances, you will facilitate your healthiness, preventing your health problems living in happy healthy!

Class 1: You will learn and practice Chinese Medical Exercises that consist of pressing one's own pressure points and stimulating areas of the body that will help you develop muscle tone, boost your immune system, balance emotions, flush out toxins and open blockages to improve circulation and energy flow and balance Yin and Yang.

Class 2: You will learn basic knowledge of 12 meridians and how to find pressure points on each meridian and how to use pressure point massage therapy to prevent and treat many health problems such as neck, shoulder and lower back pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, insomnia, constipation, dry eyes, depression, anxiety, headaches, etc.

Lingzhi Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
Further info:
724 288-3872
Class 1: $50 per 6-week course or $10 per session
Class 2: $160 per 12-week course or $15 per session

     Just came out of Ligonier's newest gift boutique Anna-Lynn that opened next to The Ligonier Outfitters Newstand on West Main Street.  I stopped in looking for a baby shower gift and left not only with the gift but a pull toy for my dog, a tube of Bunny Shea Butter Cream for myself, and a lust for a Chan Luu wrap bracelet. What a variety of gifts this cute store has! Merchants in Ligonier are making it really easy for all of us to shop locally!

80-y.o. pipeline to carry gas close by...what could go wrong?

Delmont Public Library

Wed. July 30, 2014
6-7:30 PM
"The (Sunoco) project looks to re-purpose an 80-year-old pipeline to deliver liquid natural gas products, mainly ethane and propane, from the Marcellus Shale region in western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Facility in Delaware County. The pipeline previously carried petroleum products from east to west, and is now not in use. Sunoco is seeking public utility status from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which would allow it to bypass local regulations in the 31 municipalities where its pumping stations and valve control centers are set to be built for the project. Sunoco maintains it is a public utility based on the previous use of the pipeline, while opponents say Sunoco does not meet the definition and should be forced to deal with municipalities’ local regulations."

ponder fuel - moral incentives

Moral Precepts

     Guardian Syndrome
     Commerce Syndrome
Shun trading
Exert prowess
Be obedient and disciplined
Adhere to tradition
Respect hierarchy
Be loyal
Take vengeance
Deceive for the sake of the task
Make rich use of leisure
Be ostentatious
Dispense largesse
Be exclusive
Show fortitude
Be fatalistic
Treasure honor
Shun force
Be efficient
Be open to inventiveness and novelty
Use initiative and enterprise
Come to voluntary agreements
Respect contracts
Dissent for the sake of the task
Be industrious
Be thrifty
Invest for productive purposes
Collaborate easily with strangers and aliens
Promote comfort and convenience
Be optimistic
Be honest

Monday, July 28, 2014

"Brews & Ladders"

We are having a craft brew festival "Brews & Ladders" Saturday August 16th starting at 5:00 at the Ligonier Fire Station. We are featuring four local breweries. Four Seasons from Latrobe, All Saints Brewing Company from Greensburg, Helltown Brewing from
Mt. Pleasant and Penn Brewery from Pittsburgh. Each brewery will have several craft beers on hand. We will also be serving barbecue ribs, chicken, hamburgers and hot sausage from the grill. Admission is $20.00 Proceeds benefit Ligonier Volunteer Fire Department.

This is the traditional Islamic ultimatum to non-believers - convert, pay a tax or be put to death.

Canon Andrew White, dubbed "the bishop of Baghdad" for his work at St George's church in the capital, spoke after the ultimatum handed to Christians in the northern city of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq Levant (Isis) to convert, pay a tax or be put to death passed last week.




joy Scalzo-Monticue 
Banquet/Events Manager
cell 724-600-9476

Property rights

"Pursuant to Article I, Section 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, no person may be deprived of his private property without due process of law.  In the early years of the Union, this constitutional guarantee translated into the general notion that a landowner had the right to do as he saw fit with his property.  As modern American jurisprudence developed, however that constitutional guarantee developed an important limitation: sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas - so use your own property as not to injure your neighbors." (Justice Baer, PA Supreme Court)

This is the basis for constitutional use of police powers and zoning to ensure your neighbor's use of his/her property is compatible with surrounding properties and is not used in a way that injures a neighboring property. (To be kept in mind when the air, water, soil of your property - not to mention the quiet rural setting you chose to live in - is being compromised by an industrial drilling site anywhere nearby. We each have the right to liveable, safe conditions...rights that are not trumped by a neighbor's right to make money off the land they are living on. Land they should be stewards of, frankly.)
Professional Seamstress services.
30+ years experience with all types of alterations and custom work.

Previous experience includes sole proprietorship of custom sewing business for national and international clients, seamstress for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

References available.  Ligonier Borough resident.
Call 412-389-8425


Advance Praise for Bombyonder:
"Bomb-pills, birthed birds, and the scorched Jacob’s Ladder of a story-stoked neural brinkdom—Bombyonder is a gestalt of grim and Grimm. The mind as bombsight. The mind as timebomb. The prose products that singe this portrait of the psyche burning are tooled like circuitry on a dysfunctional motherboard. Except funnier. Livingston’s unnamed protagonist—call her Psyche, Cogito, Dingbat, or even Carry—is endearing in her absurd quest for self-improvement. This is your brain on Bombyonder. We should all eat bombs and hack into our own Hera journeys. “
— Kim Gek Lin Short, author of China Cowboy
"I hope the world after the apocalypse looks a lot like Bombyonder: deliciously fragmented, breathtakingly poetic, and hellishly funny. And did I mention the dragon? Reb Livingston’s new novel is completely unique and utterly satisfying. I absolutely loved this book.”
— Tommy Zurhellen, author of Nazareth, North Dakota

Bombyonder is novel by Reb Livingston forthcoming from Bitter Cherry Books in October 2014.
One sentence synopsis: Lady swallows a bomb in pill form (invented by her father), barfs up a dead bird and embarks on an excavation layered with murder, sexual politics, patriarchy, matricide and ancestral torment along with a parrot-faced cat girl, a boy on a donkey, a terrifyingly handsome lover/golem, an unconceived brother, a straight-texting friend who lives in a box inside a box and Medusa.

The Bombyonder Tumblr is a selection of reconstructed memory and historical fragments that appear in and/or influence the novel.
Excerpts from Bombyonder:
Eleven Eleven (reprinted in Redux)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Palace - Weekend Special, Latrobe Sessions & Happy Healthy Club Website

Chinese Meridian System
Chicken Broccoli Walnut Lomein is the weekend special at Mountain Palace. It is a particularly tasty and healthy treat you are sure to enjoy!

Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise and Chinese Meridian Acupressure sessions will begin next Friday August 1 in Latrobe. Located in the Olde Main Building at 350 Main Street, the Medical Exercise session will begin at 12:00 and the Meridian System Acupressure session will begin at 1:30. Interested individuals can contact 724 288-3872 or email for further information. These sessions are also available at Mountain Palace Saturdays at 11:00.

The website is making some progress with videos available of traditional Chinese medical exercise, Meridian System acupressure introduction, the Pitt Innovation Challenge diabetes intervention application and, of course, juggling instruction. A few blog entries are available. We are attempting to develop entries related to the concepts of "Lamb Soup for the Soul" and "Speechless." Check it out now while it's free, the paid membership function is still not activated.

Mountain Palace is located 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.  724 717-8614  If the main phone is not active due to a "speechless" encounter with Comcast today, call cell 724 288-3872

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Foxley Farm fight continues

Legal wrangling over the future of a 56-acre Ligonier Township farm whose owners wish to use it to play host to weddings and other large social gatherings will continue in court this month.
On July 29, Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani will hear arguments as to whether the controversial Foxley Farm property can be classified as a bed-and-breakfast under the township's zoning code.
The legal dispute involving Foxley Farm has dragged on for more than a year as the property's owners, township officials and neighbors sparred over the use of the farmhouse and its accompanying acreage.
Foxley Farm owners Maggie and PJ Nied contend they have the right to use their property to play host to weddings and other large events. The township has repeatedly denied requests to change local zoning laws to accommodate the Nieds' plans.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lincoln Highway SupperMarket

Given the forecast of thunderstorms between 3 and 7 PM, we have cancelled tonight's (July 23) Lincoln Highway SupperMarket. See you next week!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Middle East meets Middle Earth

Middle East meets Middle Earth  

By William Kirkpatrick, FIRST THINGS, MOSAIC
“Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more [people] like you to destroy Hamas!”
What’s this? The ravings of a fundamentalist Jewish settler in Gush Etzion? Congratulations from a Christian Zionist hunkered down in his bomb shelter somewhere in the Deep South?
Actually, no. It’s a Twitter message sent out by Azza Sami, who writes for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. Her sentiments are widely shared in Egypt. Why? Because the Egyptians have had firsthand experience of what the Muslim Brotherhood does once it gets in power and they know that Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and, if anything, far more brutal than the Egyptian version. They also know that Hamas allied itself with the Muslim Brotherhood in its assaults on Egyptian soldiers and citizens. Speaking for many Egyptians, actor Amr Mustafa told Palestinians they should not expect any relief aid from Egypt until they “get rid of Hamas.” He added, “We’ve had enough of what you did to our country.”
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PA Auditor General Report: DEP was “Unprepared” to Meet Shale Gas Monitoring Responsibilities

"The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was “unprepared to meet the challenges of monitoring shale gas development effectively,” according to a scathing 128-page audit report released Tuesday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale about DEP’s performance monitoring of potential impacts to water quality from Macellus Shale development between 2009 and 2012 – a report that lists eight findings that detail the department’s “shortcomings” related to its function as a regulatory agency.

In a press release DePasquale said, “There are very dedicated hard-working people at DEP but they are being hampered in doing their jobs by lack of resources – including staff and a modern information technology system — and inconsistent or failed implementation of department policies, among other things. “It is almost like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose.  There is no question that DEP needs help and soon to protect clean water.” The audit revealed that DEP failed to consistently issue official orders to well operators who had been determined by DEP to have adversely impacted water supplies.  After reviewing a selection of 15 complaint files for confirmed water supply impact, auditors discovered that DEP issued just one order to a well operator to restore or replace the adversely impacted water supply."

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

"Oil and gas operations have damaged Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007,** according to official determinations compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection that the agency is preparing to release for the first time. State environmental regulators are planning to post the information on DEP’s website this month, but an early version of the spreadsheet was provided to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in response to an open records request. The spreadsheet lists the 209 affected water supplies by county, municipality and the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source. The document does not disclose property owners’ names or addresses and it does not detail which companies that were deemed responsible for the damage, what caused the disruptions or what pollutants were found in the water.

DEP’s deputy secretary for oil and gas management, Scott Perry, said the agency intends to enhance the spreadsheet by adding links to the letters or orders related to each case at some point, which should reveal more information about how water was affected. Environmental regulators are required by law to determine within 45 days of getting a drilling-related water complaint if oil and gas operations contaminated a water supply or reduced its flow. DEP reports its findings in letters to property owners. It also issues orders to companies to fix the damage in cases where oil and gas operations are found to be accountable or are presumed to be the cause because of the proximity between drilling activities and a disrupted groundwater source. Those conclusions are public records."

State map showing impact:

Note: The areas where the damage is worst is where the industry has been the longest. As the drilling increases in WPA, we will see Bradford, PA-like results here, and they have plans to "carpet-drill" the entire state. Where residents have fought back in other states, the drilling activity has been stopped, along with the damage. There are other ways to feed our appetite for cheap energy...where there's a will in America, we always find a way. Our leaders need the will to do more than enrich the stakeholders of the oil and gas industry...or our children will hold us responsible for our lack of action.

**And how many waterways were affected without reports filed to the DEP....? This is likely the tip of the iceberg.

it's Mellow Mike night! This is an extra Mellow Mikefor July because Steve and Pat Powers are in town visiting from Arizona.

MELLOW MIKEmellow mikemellow mikemellow mikemellow mikeMELLOW MIKEmellow mike

tonight at the Ligonier Tavern 6:30 to 9:30

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Even activists at green groups such as Clean Water Action acknowledge that fracking isn't linked to serious earthquake activity.

Even activists at green groups such as Clean Water Action acknowledge that fracking isn't linked to serious earthquake activity. Earlier this year after a 4.4 earthquake in Los Angeles, Mother Jones asked Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action about that quake's connection to fracking. "We are not saying that this quake is a result of an injection" of wastewater, Grinberg said in an article tendentiously titled "Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking Techniques?"
Given the animus against fracking, which is an old technique, once-beloved by environmentalists, and largely responsible for decreases in American greenhouse-gas emissions, expect fracking to be spuriously linked to more and more problems, real and imagined.

Friday, July 18, 2014

FREE CONCERT - Saturday, September 19 at noon on the lawn at St. James Lutheran Church, Ligonier PA.

Mountain Palace - Pork Seaweed Special

Pork and Seaweed with Rice is the weekend special at Mountain Palace. With incredibly high nutritional value and essential elements critical to health, seaweed offers a uniquely healthy and tasty treat. Come to Mountain Palace this weekend to enjoy this or any of our other tasty healthy menu items. We will have traditional Chinese medical exercise and acupressure at 11:00 Saturday at Mountain Palace. As Lacy will be completing her Friday sessions at Westmoreland County Community College after one more week, she will be starting sessions in Latrobe on Friday August 1 at 12:00. The website continues to make progress. Mountain Palace is located 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.  724 717-8614

Bus Trip to Pittsburgh

Who doesn’t remember attending a neighbor’s Tupperware party? Even if you’ve replaced your containers and lids, you are welcome to join the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor for their fall bus trip into Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The day begins with a luxury coach stopping at Latrobe, Greensburg and Irwin. Next, be dropped off right in front of the Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, where you’ll be treated to a Guided Tour. The featured exhibit is “The Dog Days of Summer” – a real howl! Then it’s off to the Cultural District for Lunch (all inclusive), and the fun-loving Dixie’s Tupperware Party show at the intimate CLO Cabaret, where there’s not a bad seat in the house. This entertaining (and adults only) day is the perfect outing for $88. Now accepting reservations by calling 724-879-4241 or visiting .

Thursday, July 17, 2014

warning about scam

Ligonier Police Chief John Berger cautions residents that in neighboring communities, people posing as utility workers have been going door-to-door to distract residents while another person goes through the back door to burglarize the homes.

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Ligonier Valley's so exciting!!

The gravel bed for the most recently completed segment of the Ligonier Valley Trail was barely laid in place, when it experienced its first activity.
“People are using the trail already. They started using the trail the day after we laid the first base layers,” said trail project manager Larry Shew. “I went out to the site to meet with contractors and saw several sets of foot prints and bike tracks in the new base.”
“We started this phase over a year ago right after the Rose Stepnik bridge was put in,” Shew said. “In fact some of the work has been going on for more than two years.”

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Larry Keel Experience

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Soaring Natural Gas Production, New Pipelines And Private Property Rights.

Hannah McClelland and her father, Scott McClelland, stand on the top of a proposed site for a 42-inch natural gas pipeline grid across their family farm in Somerset, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Production of natural gas in this country has been soaring, but many of the pipelines needed to get this gas where it’s most needed have yet to be built. A recent industry- funded study estimates that more than 300,000 miles of new infrastructure including pipelines and other transmission lines are required. Although the federal government largely has the power through eminent domain to give companies the right to build pipelines across private property, some land owners are fighting back. Please join us to discuss the nation’s natural gas boom and the rights of private landowners.


Don Santa
president and CEO,The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Jonathan Fahey
national energy reporter, Associated Press

Carolyn Elefant
attorney in private practice

Michael Tidwell
author of "Bayou Farewell" and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.