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Friday, May 29, 2015

Acupressure Point Treatment Class & Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise

Lingzhi Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
Saturday May 30 
11:00 - 12:30
Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise - $10
1:00 - 2:30
Acupressure Point Treatment - Constipation - $15
350 Main Street
Latrobe, Pa
724 288-3872

Chinese Summer Wrap Special

Chinese Summer Wrap
Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Soft Wrap with Egg, Cucumber, Green Onion, Chinese Cabbage, Cilantro & Special Chinese Sauce
Remove Toxins, Cool Body & Tasty Good!
Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 4 to 9 and Sunday 12 to 6
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road across from Mirror Lake
724 717-8614

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Country Day Fair is a don't miss event. Go early!

The Country Day Fair at St. Michael's of the Valley Episcopal Church in Rector will mark its 65th event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6.
“This event is one of the longest running country day fairs,” said volunteer Vernie West.
Funds raised by the fair go back to the local community said the Rev. Jim Simons.
The money goes towards scholarships, the Ligonier Valley YMCA, Meals on Wheels, the Ligonier Food Bank and Pantry and the Valley Youth Network.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

memorial T-shirts to go on sale

LATROBE, PA — Ligonier Township police Lt. Eric Eslary was well-known throughout the Ligonier Valley for his commitment to helping others. Whether it be as a K-9 police officer, a fireman or just a guy who grew up in Ligonier and knew no strangers, become something of the face of the community. Eslary lost his life tragically in accident May 5 and the outpouring of sympathy and support has been overwhelming. It has been the intention of his widow, Mary Beth, that whatever is done will be done in a way that honors his memory. It is traditional in the police community that when an officer is killed, an “End of Watch” t-shirt is done. In this case, Eric and Mary Beth had designed a shirt a couple years ago to help benefit the K-9 program in Ligonier. - See more at:

Blek is home recuperating.

K-9 Officer Blek is home with his family in Ligonier Township as he recovers from injuries he suffered May 5 in a head-on crash that killed his partner, Lt. Eric Eslary.
The 6-year-old German shepherd returned home to Eslary's wife, Mary Beth, and their six children last week, township manager Terry Carcella said Tuesday.
“Blek is with the family,” he said. “He's with Mary Beth.”

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kieu Pham Gray at Allegory Gallery

Allegory Gallery is pleased to announce Kieu Pham Gray's book signing and classes at Allegory Gallery!  Kieu is an amazing teacher who has experience teaching all over the country!  She truly is an incredible jewelry-maker!  She has just released her first book, "Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections".  The book signing is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th from 6PM to 8PM.  The book signing is free and open to the public!

If you would like to take a class with Kieu, you're in luck!  She will be teaching four workshops!

If you are interested in taking all four workshops, CLICK HERE.  We hope you'll be able to join us and take advantage of learning from this true artistic spirit and talented artisan! 

Christina's World?

Kennard Phillipps’ new version of ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Wyeth shows a girl in an oil covered landscape. The original shows the girl in an idyllic field that is now a National Historic Landmark in Maine. Greenpeace’s new film ‘A Song of Oil, Ice and Fire’ features classic American landscapes and shows how they would look if destroyed by Shell and the oil industry. Greenpeace supporters around the world are calling on Shell to stop drilling for oil in the Arctic.

                                       (Andrew Wyeth's original.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cannes Film Festival: "Now that you know, what will you do?"

(B)y simply talking us through Lorius’s career, and the progress of his work, we understand the methodical processes by which he came to his conclusions. Essentially, it’s a rebuttal to background-noise deniers’ complaints about flawed science: Lorius says what he found, and what it means, with calm, unflappable detachment. (Guardian, UK)

"Though all the awards had been announced and a week of celebrity sightings and red carpet fanfare was nearly complete, the final word at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday night was not from a famous actor, producer or director but from an octogenerian French glaciologist who in a documentary film about his life exploring the icy depths of the Antarctica issued a stark—yet hopeful—plea to humanity over the perils of planetary climate change.

Offered the closing spot at the festival, the film La Glace et le Ciel (The Ice and the Sky) chronicles the life and scientific discoveries of Claude Lorius, one of the pioneers of climate science who realized that locked with the ancient ice below the frozen lanscapes of Antartica, was the Earth's atmospheric climate record dating back hundreds of thousands of years. Directed by Luc Jacquet, maker of the 2005 Oscar-winner March of the Pengiuns, the film follows Lorius from his first expeditions in the late 1950s to his most recent revelations concerning the fate of the planet and its people. According to Reuters' review, the film makes clear "that the earth is warming up faster than it has in hundreds of millennia," and Lorius himself ends the film by challenging its viewers, "Now that you know, what will you do?"" 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

What does the industrialization of a rural landscape look like from the air?

There are photos that show exactly what it looks like over the last five years, and you can see them on Saturday.

June 6, 2015, 12:30pm
Butler Public Library,
218 N. McKean Street, Butler
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Over the past five years and 35 flights, Bob Donnan has used photography to document landscape changes in the tri-state area.  Recently, Bob returned on two flights to take more extensive aerial photos of Butler County and capture the industrialization of our rural landscape.  Bob has also researched the impacts of gas processing plants, which separate gas liquids so they can be transported to market. Bob will share his aerial photographs of shale gas operations in Butler County and what he has learned about gas processing and compressor stations. Lisa Graves-Marcucci from the Environmental Integrity Project will join Bob to talk about the air and permitting of these facilities. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Governor Wolf meets with anti-fracking experts

Pennsylvanians Against Fracking Urges Governor to Stop Fracking and Study Unaddressed Impacts

Harrisburg, Pa: Yesterday, frontline community members, scientists, and environmental advocates met with Governor Tom Wolf and members of his cabinet to urge him to halt shale gas extraction statewide to allow for a comprehensive assessment of its short- and long-term impacts on the Commonwealth. The meeting organized by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking included presentations by Dr. Robert Howarth of Cornell University, Dr. Yuri Gorby of Rensselaer Polytechnic, Jenny Lisak of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Elaine Mamrek of Concerned Citizens Against the Easton Compressor, and Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth.

“It was encouraging to know that he’s willing to listen to citizens’ concerns. Now if only he would act now and soon before more Pennsylvanians are harmed. His policies shouldn’t be at the expense of healthy communities and healthy families. Pennsylvania families should be safeguarded, not sacrificed,” said Jenny Lisak, Co-Director of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, a Pennsylvanians Against Fracking steering committee member.

“I was thankful for the welcoming reception we received from the Governor for this introductory meeting and am motivated by his offer to follow up with a more substantive, comprehensive engagement.  As this process moves forward, I strongly urge that the Governor focus on and address the  human health impacts currently being suffered by his citizens and take immediate action to protect them,” said Yuri Gorby, Ph.D., a Rensselaer Polytechnic microbiologist who has spent considerable time studying fracking’s impacts in Western Pennsylvania.

“Governor Wolf was very engaged and interested in what we had come to tell him.  He directly asked us what it would take to safely develop the gas.  The answer we gave is that so far, shale gas has not been developed in an acceptably safe manner anywhere,” said Robert Howarth, Ph.D., a Cornell earth systems scientist who, with his colleague, did groundbreaking research on methane migration and is well-known for his work on climate.

“In the end, shale gas makes no sense as a bridge fuel, since even with aggressive reduction of methane emissions, its greenhouse gas footprint will likely remain too large.  As the Governor and his staff continue to investigate the latest science on this topic and on the public health consequences, my hope is that Pennsylvania may join New York in banning this process and in moving to a 21st Century powered by renewable energy rather than extreme fossil fuels,” continued Dr. Howarth.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Acupressure Point Treatment Class - Insomnia & Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise

Experience the wisdom of thousands of years of Eastern study to positively impact health and wellness. Learn low impact exercises that can be performed by anyone to improve health. Learn pressure points that you can stimulate yourself to facilitate improved functioning.

 Saturday May 23

11:00 am to 12:30 - Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise  $10

1:00 to 2:30 - Acupressure Point Treatment Class - Insomnia  $15
Olde Main Building
350 Main Street
Latrobe, Pa

724 288-3872

Memorial Day Weekend - Homemade Dandelion Dumplings and Back By Popular Demand Special - Pork, Wood Ear & Chinese Cabbage

Yuzhen's Homemade Dandelion Dumplings
Pork, Wood Ear & Chinese Cabbage
Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Yuzhen has been busy harvesting and cleaning the dandelion leaves to create these especially tasty and healthy dumplings. Perhaps little known to most of us, the health benefits of the dandelion are quite dramatic. It is known to remove toxins from the body, enhance the immune system, possess anti-inflammatory properties have anti-cancer mechanisms and works as a diuretic to remove fluid from the body. Most amazingly, the dandelion dumplings are extremely tasty.
Wood Ears are a form of mushroom growing in trees and offer a unique taste and very healthy impact on the immune system, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, and have been demonstrated to have anti-cancer properties. Chinese cabbage removes toxins from the body. 

Enjoy this or any of our other tasty, healthy menu items at Mountain Palace this weekend 

Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 4 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 6 

Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake

724 717-8614

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day service

On Monday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 734 Commander John Balega will lead a joint Memorial Day service with Byers-Tosh American Legion Post 267 Commander Welby D. Jackson on the Ligonier Diamond.
This year's commemoration will be held on the holiday's actual date, May 25, and not on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day.
“The Memorial Day service is an important tradition in Ligonier,” said Balega. “And we plan to continue that tradition.”
He said plans were changed in previous years to try to meet the schedules of people who worked on Mondays.
“We heard loud and clear, the people want the service on Memorial Day,” Balega said.

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concert series opens with fund raiser

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will kick off the 66th season of its annual Summer Band Concert series on Sunday, with the first performance serving a special purpose.
Donations will be accepted for the Ligonier Valley School District Foundation and the Ligonier Band Boosters' fundraiser to purchase new uniforms for the Ligonier High School marching band.
“We formed some new partnerships with the school district, and it's just important to the chamber to be able to help the students and work together with the school district,” said Holly Mowrey, outgoing executive director of the chamber. “The kids are so deserving of new uniforms.”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

drones and privacy

“Not exactly sure why it was there but it didn't look like it had any other purpose other than to look into our units,” Rose told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri
A Channel 2 Action News employee also recorded video of a similar looking drone earlier this month, flying through midtown. 
Rose told Viteri she's not against legitimate uses for drones, but this sighting left her uneasy.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Preserve the valley you love and depend on...

Here's my thinking: Paul Knupp voted to change the zoning ordinance, eliminating the RA and conservation districts, and thereby allowing fracking in most of the township...meaning that Ligonier Valley will become industrialized. Mr. Knupp refused to explain his thinking and never asked any tough questions about the fracking process, despite the huge implications of the issue.

We need to support candidates who believe in good government, protection of the environment, and preservation of the valley: Write in Randy Mollomo, M-O-L-L-O-M-O on the Democratic ticket, and spell it carefully. The valley's future depends on better supervisors, for one thing.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Signs of the times....

Something funny...strange funny, not ha-ha funny:

In the country where a select few wrap themselves in the flag - most recently by participating wholeheartedly in promoting the rape of the very ground we walk on, the water we drink and the air we breathe - it's funny that free speech goes out the window under the cover of night and when (they think) no one is looking. Afraid of the message at some level, perhaps, there are people in this township who actively pull down anti-fracking signs....which are after all, fellow "patriots," FREE SPEECH. (Just a little reminder.)

Leave the ding-dang signs alone, lovers of industrial pollution. Your favorite industry is tough enough to withstand a little push-back from the Ligonier area... . Allow some local folks - your neighbors, with rights - to exercise those rights to say how they feel about the rape of Ligonier. (Free speech, guaranteed to all in the US of A, remember? Not just for the ones who can afford slick television ads full of half-truths and outright lies.) If you are so convinced in the rightness of fracking, you should be confident enough to ignore the yard signs. Perhaps they've touched a nerve? Perhaps your heart of hearts knows that we would all win if fracking lost. Never mind the conditioned red-white-and-blue brain that's operating you: Listen to what your heart is screaming at you about surviving in a polluted place...our land.

We fractivists are fighting for all of us to win - you, you and you (yes, you)... . We are not fighting to safeguard our own individual water, air and soil and profit; we are not that selfish. When the air water and soil of this whole township is safe from fracking, we all win. Frackers cannot claim that, and they know it, times countless studies and mountains of data.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. - M. Gandhi

Remember: We could all win...but then a relative few selfish ones would have to lose some paper profits, which you can't eat, drink or breathe. Their selfishness is the problem, from Washington to Ligonier Township. 

Realtors may be able to use drones some day

There will be a time when Realtors can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around property listings to capture images for marketing purposes, but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely.
That’s according to Federal Aviation Administrationofficials who told Realtors today during the When, Where and How can I Use My Drone session at the Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Ligonier Art Walk a success

The lively local arts scene was highlighted May 16 during the third annual Ligonier Art Walk, featuring special exhibits, artist demonstrations and receptions at seven galleries and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley.
The day started early at SAMA, where breakfast included a talk by ceramic artist Susan Hale Kemenyffy, with daughter Maya Chenault working the slide show. A tour of the grounds with head gardener Anne Clark followed.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Official state report now in...

Why Did NY Ban Fracking? The Official Report Is Now Public

The assessment notes that considerable uncertainty over the adverse environmental and public health consequences of fracking has "grown worse over time."

"(The state of ) New York issued its long-awaited environmental assessment of fracking Wednesday detailing a wide range of health and climate concerns that underpinned Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision last December to impose a statewide ban on the practice. High-volume hydraulic fracturing "raises new, significant, adverse impacts not studied" in the state's last major analysis of oil and gas development in 1992, the 2,000-page report concludes. The negative effects that fracking could bring to the state include:

Air impacts that could affect respiratory health due to increased levels of particulate matter, diesel exhaust or volatile organic chemicals.
Climate change impacts due to methane and other volatile organic chemical released into the atmosphere.
Drinking water impacts from underground migration of methane and/or fracturing fluid chemicals associated with faulty well construction or seismic activity.
Surface spills potentially resulting in soil, groundwater and surface water contamination.
Surface water contamination resulting from inadequate wastewater treatment.
Earthquakes and creation of fissures induced during the hydraulic fracturing stage.
Community impacts such as increased vehicle traffic, road damage, noise, odor complaints,and increased local demand for housing and medical care.

Issued by (NY state's) Department of Environmental Conservation, the 1448-page "Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" took more than six years to produce, as public comments on drafts and the burgeoning literature on the various effects of fracking led to repeated revisions of the study."

Note: The presence of chemicals used in fracking fluids in the drinking water here in PA were among the facts that informed this decision. Smart, learned from the destructive decisions of those who threw PA under the bus, Governors Rendell and Corbett, lapdogs of industry.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Acupressure Point Treatment & Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise Classes in Latrobe

Experience the wisdom of thousands of years of Eastern experience to positively impact health and wellness. Learn low impact exercises that can be performed by anyone to improve health. Learn pressure points that you can stimulate yourself to facilitate improved functioning.
Friday May 15
1:00 pm Acupressure Point Treatment Class - Obesity  $15
Saturday May 16
11:00 am to 12:30 - Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise  $10
1:00 to 2:30 - Acupressure Point Treatment Class - Depression  $15
Olde Main Building
350 Main Street
Latrobe, Pa
724 288-3872

Pork, Wood Ear & Chinese Cabbage

Pork, Wood Ear & Chinese Cabbage
Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Wood Ears are a form of mushroom growing in trees and offer a unique taste and very healthy impact on the immune system, reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, and have been demonstrated to have anti-cancer properties. Chinese cabbage removes toxins from the body.
Enjoy this or any of our other tasty, healthy menu items at Mountain Palace this weekend
Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 4 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 6
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake
724 717-8614

borough to add two new police officers

Ligonier Borough Police Department will add two part-time officers.
During its meeting Thursday night, borough council unanimously approved the hiring of Anthony Vittone Jr. of Greensburg and Chase Mollomo of Rector. They will be paid $15.05 an hour during their one-year probation period.
Chief John Berger said the department has been stretched thin lately. Officer William Nicol resigned from the police department Oct. 31 and up until Thursday they had not filled his position.

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More 'people wind' to power the weathervanes...

From the always-amazing Rebecca Solnit:
"The climate movement is picking up steam – or rather wind. This January you could even see Mitt I-Will-Build-the-KXL-Pipeline-Myself Romney start to waver on the reality of climate change and its causes. Yes, that’s the same Mitt “I’m not in this race to slow the rise of the oceans or to heal the planet” Romney we heard from in 2012. In 2004 Senator John McCain actually said, while pushing emissions-control legislation: “There is strong scientific consensus about the fact that global climate change is occurring, and occurring as a result of human activity.” By 2008, he was picking a climate denier as his running mate. Corporate wind machines make them spin and spin, these ambitious men. “Marco Rubio Used to Believe in Climate Science. Now He’s Running for President”, ran a Mother Jones headline. He knows, as my mother would’ve said, on which side his bread is buttered.

We complain about politicians spinning, rather than recognizing that this is exactly what we want a weathervane — or hey, a wind turbine — to do, or recognizing that it’s up to us to be that wind. That’s why the ordinary people of Richmond, California, managed to beat the candidates mighty Chevron Corporation backed to elect a full sweep of green populists to city government last November. It’s also popular to say that we need to get money out of politics, but the people in that Chevron-refinery-dominated town proved that even money can’t buy everything if people are passionately engaged. As my friend Jamie Henn of said, we don’t need to get money out so much as we need to get people in (and by that I don’t think he means obediently voting at the end of the process, but transforming the process, inside and outside electoral politics).

Too many of us seem far too fond of narratives of our powerlessness, maybe because powerlessness lets us off the hook. As we head into that most dismal of situations, another unbearably long electoral cycle, many who care about climate change will say that we need an elected official who will represent us or a great majority who agree with us. But we don’t need everyone on board; we don’t need one magic person in office; we need ourselves. To act. It’s the wind, not the weathervanes.''

Planting trees is only the beginning, the very least one can do...and thank you, those who do plant them. Then, get out and change the world. Forget shopping; that's how they distract you from what's real.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

...will you have one lump or two with that coffee, sir? (They won't show up for awhile, so be patient... .)

super duper auction this Saturday

Furniture, Household, Tools, Camping Items, Fishing Poles, Antiques, Collectibles, and More!                           This is Just a partial listing:
Furniture: Nice Craftmaster Leather Couch, Stone Top Library Table w/ Iron Base, Sanyo 32” Flatscreen  TV, Queen Platform Bed w/ Temperpedic Mattress, Alligator Leather Cushioned Bench w/ Pillows,   Drexel Heritage Couch, Antique Oak Pedestal Dining Table w/ Boards, Set of 6 Chairs, Antique Dining Buffet, Metal Swivel Bar Stools, Antique Slant Top Desk, Queen Bed, Chest of Drawers, Nice Antique Dresser/Buffet – ( Wavy Front), 2 Sets of 6  of Matching Straight Chairs, Set of 4 Wicker Chairs, Pair of Barrel End Stands, 2 pc. Side Server, Cobblers Bench Coffee Table, Nice Ethan Allen Entertainment Center Armoire, Folding Rocking Chair, Several Wooden Straight Chairs, Wooden Book Shelf, End Stands, Wooden High Chair, Wooden Plant Stand, & More!
Lawn/Garden/Camping: Nice Modern Glass Top  Octagon Patio Table with Lazy Susan &  6 Chairs, 2 Nice Chaise Lounges w/ Cushions, Eagles Peak 4 Man Dome Tent, Folding Chairs in Bag, Coolers, Fishing Poles, Hammock, Midland Walkie Talkies, and More! 
Appliances: Frigidaire Refrigerator, Microwave, Kenmore Electric Dryer, Frigidaire Dehumidifier, White Westinghouse Elec. Griddle, & More! 
Household:  Breckenridge Knife Set in Block, Multi – Colored Fiesta Dishes that include: 12 Dinner Plates, 12 Bowls, & 8 Cups w/ Saucers, Pampered Chef Pizza Stone, New Cold Packer – Never Used, Stainless Steel Bowls, T-Fal Pan, Cookware, Longaberger Pottery Pitcher, 2 Bacon Presses, Nice Decorated Lazy Susan, Floor Mats, New 3 Pc. Candle Ensemble, Singer Sewing Machine in Case, Sewing Items, Pottery Pc. On Cast Iron Stand, Iron Candlestick Stands, Black Lacquer Crockery Vases, Christmas D├ęcor, Sm. Green Milking Stool, Snow Shovel, Bath Sets, Wine Rack, Picture Frames, Music Boxes, Lots of Canning Jars, Books, Decorative Bird Houses, Cookie Jars, Computer Software Games, Cookbooks, Jewelry Boxes, Costume Jewelry, Nice Blue OGGI Canister Set, Bedding, Sm. Kitchen Appliances, Ladies Wallets, Iron Skillets,  Flower Vases,  Osculating Floor Fan, Old Tile Cutter, & More!
Collectibles: Over a Dozen of Cast Iron Collectibles that include: Minnie Mouse, 3 Mechanical Sambo Banks, Golfer bank,  Aunt Jemima & Uncle Ben, Wall Matchbox, & Cast Iron Vehicles, Esso Bank, 2 Sm. Atlas Mason Jar Banks, “ The Clever Gyroscope Top” – in Original Box, Cast Iron Bubble Gum Machine – Floor Length , A Disney Original 85th Birthday Anniversary of Walt Disney Collector Plate in Nice Case, Various Teapots,  Sports Memorabilia Mugs, Very Nice Pair of Cowboy/Cowgirl Dolls, Other Dolls, Wall Art – Including Framed & Matted Signed Watercolor by FR DORR, Clowns, Cookie jars, old Canning jars, Brass Bird Hose Bib Shut-Off, Iron Ladle, Old Washboard, Hand warmer, 1981 Wine Bottle in Holder – ( Bought in Wales), box lots with all kinds of stuff and More!   We are still going through the boxes check back again for more info. This is a very large sale. Everything must go to make room for the next week. That listing is coming soon.
SATURDAY MAY 16, 2015 - 3:00 P.M.Chestnut Ridge Community Center 1575 Route 259 Ligonier Pa. 15658
Nice Items & Huge Variety of Clean Items in Great Condition!
Directions: to 1575 Rte.259 Ligonier, Pa. 15658.
Directions from Ligonier/Latrobe/Derry/Greensburg travel east on Rt 30 to 711North, travel  711 N out of town approximately 7 miles turning left onto Knupp rd at Power station, travel Knupp rd approx. 1.5 miles making a left onto rt 259, travel approx. 1 mile to Community center.
Directions from Johnstown/Indiana/New Florence and other points Northeast travel Rt 56 to Rt 711 South travel rt 711 South about 9 miles out of New Florence and then turn Rt onto Knupp Rd. then left onto rt 259 to the community center. We will have signs out at the turn off of 711 and at the turn at Rt 259. 
Terms Cash/ Pa. Check/ Food/Parking No Buyers Premium!

Blek - retirement likely

When the human half of a K-9 team dies, it is common practice to retire the dog and give it to the officer's family, experts said.
The 6-year-old German shepherd, Blek, suffered multiple injuries in a violent crash on Route 30 that killed Eslary on May 5.

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court rules on planning issue

The Commonwealth Court last week ruled in Ligonier Borough's favor, upholding the August 2014 decision of Common Pleas Court Judge David A. Regoli.
Council members Judy Hoffer and Jim McDonnell said in a zoning appeal filed in Westmoreland County in March 2014 that council violated the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code when it adopted an ordinance dissolving the planning commission and creating a planning committee.
President Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote that the Commonwealth Court agreed with Regoli's ruling, which sided with Ligonier Borough's claim that council acted in accordance with the code.

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Ligonier Art Walk

Main Exhibit Gallery will feature McCall's sculptures and illustrations Saturday through June 28. McCall, whose sculptures can be seen at businesses throughout the region, will perform demonstrations at the gallery from 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday during the third Ligonier Art Walk, after which a reception with McCall will be held.
“When people come to Ligonier they often expect to see very traditional things,” Sirofchuck said. “I think (McCall) is very untraditional. I think his work is just fun.”

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Eslary children reflect

"The night before he went to work, he came in and said, 'I love you.' Before he went to work," Lauren Eslary said.

Morgan Eslary recalled the last time she saw her father, which was when they went mushroom hunting with her siblings and Dylan DeWitt.

"The last thing I did with him was we went mushroom hunting for morel mushrooms. That was really fun. I never thought that when I hugged and kissed him goodbye, that it would be the last time," Morgan Eslary said. "He just told me that he loved me and that he'd see me next week."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

it's market time

The Ligonier Country Market will mark its 40th anniversary on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Considered one of the oldest and largest producer-only farmers markets in Western Pennsylvania, the market began as a part of the borough's bicentennial committee in 1976 and is managed by a 12-member board of directors, a paid manager and an operations coordinator.
Board President Dianne Miller, who took on the role in January, said a new layout has been designed to allow more face time between customers and vendors.

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Tim Komar resigns

Ligonier Township Supervisor Tim Komar has resigned from his post, claiming his fellow board members are “wolves in lambs' coats.”
Komar, an elected official for about 9 years, announced at the end of the board's meeting Tuesday night that he was resigning.
“I cannot work with people I can't trust,” he said.
In a speech that culminated in the announcement, Komar cited deception surrounding the elimination of his job as roadmaster, which the board voted to nix in January.

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oh, hilarious...and a tempting solution to the earth's problem!

MINNEAPOLIS – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them. “These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.” More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said. While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

no millage increase for LVSD

Ligonier Valley school board unanimously gave preliminary approval to a general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year with no millage increase. The budget estimates expenditures at $29,284,263 and revenues at $27,730,582. The budget includes the utilization of $1,553,681 from the fund balance.
An expense added to the budget is $207,562 for two teachers, two aides and supplies for the new K-4 program that will debut at Laurel Valley and R.K. Mellon elementary schools. It is geared toward 4-year-old students preparing for kindergarten.

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gotta love 'em, the greed of the bold and shameless

Bottling the public's water in drought-stricken California for private profit...: WalMart, Starbucks, Crystal Geyser. 

''Walmart, like other large companies, draws water from municipal supplies to keep costs down. A Walmart spokesperson said that the company is “very concerned” about how the drought is affecting its customers and associates." ("very concerned''?! Very concerned they'd be found out, more like it... .)

"Starbucks was pushed to stop sourcing its Ethos bottled water from California after Mother Jones discovered that it had been drawing water from Placer County. Starbucks said it would move production to a supplier in Pennsylvania over the next six months. It is also looking for alternative suppliers for its west coast distribution.'' (Pennsylvania water?! Better check it for fracking toxins before you bottle it, Starbucks...oh, I forgot, you're a corporation, and so will simply deny knowledge if word gets out that the PA water in your bottles is poisoned.)

“Crystal Geyser in one day plans to pump more water than any three of my neighbors will use in an entire year,” Stevens said. “The entire state is under a 25% cut, farmers are letting fields go fallow and we don’t have one piece of legislation regulating water bottling.” (Sigh.)

Monday, May 11, 2015

PIZZA PIZZA PIZZA!!  This week starts our Thursday Grilled Pizza Nights!!!  Come on out this week between 5-9 to enjoy an evening with us!!

Because the wind blows, usually west/southwest to east...from them to us, and then from us onward....

From the news, studies confirming the air pollution of fracking, a talk, and new data from the DEP:

Air pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations can likely travel hundreds of miles, even into states with little or no fracking

"The Air We Breathe'' Heinz Awards on Wednesday, free: The Impact of Pittsburgh's Air on Children, with the director of the Columbia University Center for Children’s Environmental Health and a CMU Professor of Robotics

New data published by the PA DEP: Emissions from the expanding natural gas drilling industry increased in four of six air pollution categories in 2013

Valley Players presents

The Ligonier Valley Players present the comedy “Noises Off ” May 8,9,15,16 at 7:30 pm and 10,17 at 2:30 pm Ligonier Theater, here Scott Ludwig left plays the director Lloyd speaks to Craig Soich right playing Freddie with Becca Mitchell as Belinda and Tom Sarp is Selsdon for tickets call 724 238 6514.

Carolyn reflects on National Day of Prayer

"...maybe that’s the greatest power of prayer: It winds around our world like a billion skeins of ribbon, binding people who have never met, linking cultures that otherwise have no hope of understanding one another---and then it shoots heavenward like a spiritual supernova, joining all of humanity in an instinctive reach for eternity.*

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The gazebo on the Ligonier, Pennsylvania, diamond is adorned in black ribbons and its flag is being flown at half-staff in honor of police Lt. Eric Eslary, 40, who died in the early hours of May 5, 2015, in a car crash while on duty. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Beginning Today - Latrobe Classes - Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise & Acupressure

Friday May 8
1:00 to 2:30 PM - Acupressure Training - High Blood Pressure  $15
Saturday May 9
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise  $10
 1:00 to 2:30 PM - Acupressure Training  Anxiety 
Lingzhi Cai, M.D., Ph.D.
350 Main Street
Latrobe, Pa
724 288-3872

Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise will be offered each Saturday at 11:00 AM for the next five weeks
Acupressure Point Treatment Training Sessions:
Fridays - May 15 - Obesity  May 22 - High Cholesterol  May 29 - Diabetes Section 1  June 5 - Diabetes Section 2
Saturdays - May 16 - Depression  May 23 - Insomnia  May 30 - Constipation  June 6 - Neck, Shoulder & Lower Back Pain 

Pork Bean Sprout Special

Mountain Palace Weekend Special
Pork Bean Sprout with Rice
Home Propagated by Yuzhen
Friday 6 to 9, Saturday 4 to 9 & Sunday 12 to 9
Eleven miles north of Ligonier left off of Route 711 onto Creek Road directly across from Mirror Lake
Note: Saturday hours modified to 4:00 PM opening due to Latrobe classes
724 717-8614

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ligonier Twp. supervisors should go to this...

"Local Government Academy, in partnership with Washington & Jefferson College’s Center for Energy Policy and Management, and sponsored by W&J’s Shale Gas Knowledge Hub, is presenting, “Land Use, Zoning, and Addressing Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling After the PA Supreme Court Act 13 Rulings – A day of discussion and analysis for municipal officials and employees,” as part of the Academy’s Managing Marcellus series, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 4, at the Yost Auditorium, Burnett Center on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA. Pennsylvania municipalities experiencing shale gas development need to know how best to address gas industry impacts following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court Act 13 decisions."

To register:

...the township supervisors were offered much information about the harmful effects of fracking to water and air, they were given stacks of test results from non-industry sources - those would have been biased and incomplete, hiding the toxins and spills - and still they chose to make fracking easier here in Ligonier. Someone please tell them to at the very least go to this Managing Marcellus that they are going to have to manage what shouldn't ever have been allowed here.

The meeting is run by Local Government Academy - not by fractivists - to head off any criticism: "Local Government Academy, an independent non-partisan organization, promotes excellence in local government."