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First Comes Love Another bride, another June, another sunny honeymoon – according to the popular song, that is. But why is June so important and popular among brides? A few factors led to this tradition . . . • As far back as 2,000 years ago, the Romans celebrated a June 1 festival in honor of the deity Juno, wife of Jupiter and goddess of marriage and childbirth. Couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and eternal happiness. • For practical reasons, ancient couples who married in June and conceived during the honeymoon would have children born in the spring months, increasing their chance of survival over those born in the harsh winter when resources were scarce. In addition, the spring births would not interfere with fall harvests. • During medieval times (1400s and 1500s), June was the time when people took their annual bath following the long, cold winter. People married in June while they still smelled fresh, but brides often wore and carried flowers to mask any emerging body odors. • June weddings also trace back to the Celtic traditions. The term “honeymoon” comes from their calendar and the first moon after the summer solstice, June 21. • Contemporary considerations for June weddings include the mild, warm weather that follows spring rains; the blooming of flowers; and summer vacations. As we look to June, and the many weddings to come, the first half of this issue of the Laurel Mountain Post is dedicated to brides and grooms as they begin their journey together. There are many practical aspects to planning a wedding, and we cover a lot of them on the following pages. But I believe true love is where you start, and continue on from there. Afterall, the best-selling book of all time agrees (the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13): “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love– and the greatest of these is love.” — Cathi Gerhard, Editor


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Table of Contents



Fashion Trends May Change, Etiquette Remains the Same by Carol Whelan


What Your Pastor Wants You to Know About Your Wedding But Won’t Tell You by Rev. Cindy Parker


Planning Your Wedding Music


Blessed Thistle

by Victoria Mull by Granny Earth

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The Italian Garden Project


Is Organic Agriculture Sustainable?

Doctor Appointments

by Gretchen Fuller



Woodlands Group to Visit

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Trail Magic


New Biological Engineering Scholarship


“Jacques Cousteau”


Employee Wellness and Fitness


June - July Community Calendar


End Notes by Cathi Gerhard

by Joe Walko

Connecting Communities

by David W. Martin

by Rev. Marjorie Rivera

by Hayley Chemski-Horwat, MSN, CNRA

by Earth Talk for Down on the Farm

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Fashions and Trends May Change, Etiquette Remains the Same Spring and summer will often find our mailboxes housing those precious wedding invitations! Oh the promise and beauty of their union, the honesty of their vows, and the fun that’s bound to be had at their reception! Ahhhh, the perfect wedding! In the Perfect World, we have Perfect Weddings and Perfect Guests, Weather, Flowers, Dresses, Food, Music, etc. I tell my couples the most important thing about your wedding is that you are marrying your Perfect Mate, as long as the two of you are there then the day will be perfect no matter the details. Couples want their entire day to be perfect. Exactly how they envision. Most of the time it is, but all it takes is one overbearing third party to shake the joy right out of THEIR day! As an event planner I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been shocked by the behavior of people. Age, on either end of that spectrum, does not excuse us from being considerate and polite. Here are a few timeless and extremely important things to keep in mind whether you are the engaged couple, parents, grandparents, bridal party, family, friends or guests! The two being joined should be the decision makers. It’s their day, their dreams, their moment! If they are being financially assisted then they should be aware of the budget and any “ties” that come with the funding. Is the money a gift and if so where is it expected to be spent, or do they have free reign to choose? Too often budgets are not discussed prior to the actual bookings, this should be thoroughly discussed to avoid bad feelings by any party. Fashions and Trends Change; we cannot expect today’s couples to adorn the same fashions that were popular in the 80’s. It breaks my heart to see a bride weeping while trying on wedding gowns because of outspoken bridesmaids, (grand)mothers, or anyone else that shouldn’t be spoiling her special moment. For many brides this is the most important decision of the planning process. Be supportive. You had or will have your day, allow her to feel like a princess even if it’s not the gown you would have chosen. Bridesmaids: You said yes to being part of this special time in your friends/ sisters life, then remember your duties are to support, comfort, console, listen, and basically be her “lady in waiting.” It’s an Every Story Begins At Home.

incredibly important job, and an even bigger honor that she wanted you to stand by her side and share in the biggest day of her life. Don’t be a drama-maid, be a wonder-maid! Discuss her expectations, keep your thoughts and words positive, and keep the fun going! Groomsmen: Your job is fairly easy, get the Groom to the ceremony on time. Get your measurements for your formalwear as soon as you’re told, please don’t wait until the last minute, adding undue stress just isn’t nice, and he will be feeling it from both sides! Make certain you throw a

tasteful bachelor party, attend to your buddies needs from running last minute errands, coordinating transporta-tion, to assisting his parents. Toasts should be thoughtful, remember there may be children and grandparents in attendance! Parents: This is the biggest day of your child’s life, and other than the day they were born, probably a close second for you. Emotions and stress levels can be running high. Keep that into perspective. Talk about budget and expectations as early as possible! Decide with the newly engaged couple as well as the soon to be in-laws what roles you will be taking on. Guest list numbers are vital, this is often a bone of contention amongst families and our couples, please be considerate, discuss and be fair. A

friendly informal dinner is a nice gesture to get to know one another and discuss details shortly after a date is set. Guests: You are invited to attend a wedding. Obviously the family cares about you and wants to share this momentous occasion together, remember to be considerate! You are not allowed to bring uninvited guests. You are not allowed to ask the bride anything except these two questions; “is there anything I can do for you?” AND “Where are you registered?” Please do not put anyone on the spot asking if you can bring your children/friend/etc! If it says your name and guest, then yes you may bring a guest of your choosing. If it says adult reception, respect that. Unless it says “family” leave the youngsters at home. Respect their wishes and remember they budgeted for the invitation list, be a gracious guest. It is rude to ask them to make special exceptions for you. Bride and Groom: You were fortunate enough to find that perfect person, remember to focus on that all the way through the planning. The wedding day and preparations should be tremendous fun, but this marriage isn’t about the pomp and ceremony, it’s about a new beginning, a new life together, and the wedding day is the celebration of that. It is only one day, the first day, of your new life. Don’t become overly stressed over details and circumstances you can’t always control. Embrace what it means, laugh about what you didn’t expect, and most importantly have fun planning! Sometimes brides can get so excited about the details, it is an overwhelming thought constant on their minds they can sometimes forget everyone else may not be feeling the same way. Remember to occasionally schedule a date to go out with your partner/friends and promise to not talk about your wedding, everyone needs a break once in a while. Remember to consider your bridal parties’ financial situations. You are budgeting for your wedding, you have planned and saved, but they may not have the means to participate in all your scheduled activities: please keep that in mind. I know some brides like the entire wedding party to dress alike at their showers. A considerate alternative is to suggest a color theme if it is important to you, but to ask your bridesmaids to incur the cost of additional clothing continued on page 13

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THREE PENNIES by Rev. Cindy Parker

The Laurel Mountain Post invites religious scholars of all denominations to share educational information about faith with our readers.

What your pastor wants you to know about your wedding but won’t tell you… At Christ Church we open our doors to everyone in order to model Jesus’ radical hospitality to those who might not have a church family. As a result, we often have people celebrating their marriages who have not grown up in the church. Whether or not you are getting married in the church you grew up in or a church you’ve selected for your special day, here are some of the things your celebrant wants you to know… 1. The church is a scared place. Maybe not to you, but to the people who come to worship every Sunday. This is the place where they find God. (And we pray you will too!) When people come to church they are able to see evidence of God everywhere: in the hymns, the sacred music, the prayers, the scriptures, the preaching, and celebrating the sacraments. Please respect that. One Friday evening as the guests were gathering for the wedding rehearsal, I noticed a case of bottled water and a cardboard box sitting on one of the tables in the chapel area. Inside the box were smaller, rectangular boxes that were black and looked like mini-tuxedos. I remember thinking, “How cute! I wonder what’s inside?” Sometimes organizing a wedding rehearsal can be like herding cats – everybody showing up at different times due to work schedules, kids running around chasing each other, people arriving smelling like they’ve already begun the party, etc. I am one of those people who respects others, and so I like to start on time. After gathering everyone in the sanctuary, I forgot all about the small, rectangular, tuxedo boxes. The wedding rehearsal went well, nothing out of the ordinary happened. Not long after the rehearsal was over, I turned around to see people sitting in the pews, which was a little unusual. (People usually can’t wait to go eat!)I noticed the groom handing out bottles of water and those little black tuxedo boxes, which were filled to the brim with caramel corn. The wedding party was snacking in the pews! “Excuse me, this is God’s house, not a baseball game.” I informed them. “Please take

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your snacks out to the chapel area where the tables and chairs are set up.” And they did. 2. Please don’t ask the Pastor to take the “God language” out of the service. The church is God’s house-see number 1 above. One of the reasons the pastor meets with the couple desiring to get married is to determine why they want to get married in the church – especially if the bride and/or groom or the couple’s family are not members of the church or attend regularly. Usually it is because one person grew up in the church and the other did not- so now they don’t attend any church, will not attend church, or are afraid of church. And so without the understanding in number 1 – they ask for a service that is not “too religious.” Well … as a pastor it is my calling to share the good news that you are God’s very special child and God loves you very much – whether or not you attend church. It’s a message that I am extremely passionate about and you’ll see that in the worship service. That’s what getting mar-ried in the church is all about: inviting God to be present, understanding that your marriage is about more than just the two of you. 3. It’s always been your dream (or someone’s dream in your family) to get married in a church. Every once in a while we’ll have someone who chooses the church because it is the desire of someone else – someone they are trying to please: parents, grandparents, soon-to-be-spouse. This doesn’t work! Having your wedding in a church because you want to please your new mother-in-law is a recipe for disastertrust me on this! If you’d rather get married on the beach, just do it! 4. Don’t handcuff the wedding rings together! Seriously! I had one couple who thought this was a cute idea … until I asked for the rings and the best man had one heck of a time trying to get them apart so that they could be blessed and exchanged by the bride and groom. I’m not

saying you can’t do something to personalize the service and make it your ownit’s just a good idea to check with the pastor first. Remember – this is probably your first wedding celebration-it could be the pastor’s 101st. We’ve been there, seen that. 5. Save the party for after the worship service. At another wedding I officiated, the groomsmen arrived about an hour before the service to get dressed in the church. When they arrived they were pulling a giant cooler on wheels. Assuming they brought beverages to keep them hydrated, I didn’t say anything; besides, I had much more important things to do than to play mom to a bunch of adolescents. When I knocked on the door to give them their ten minute reminder, they opened up and the conference table was littered with beer cans! Really! Needless to say, when I meet with potential couples I remind them to see number 1 above! So, if you are thinking about getting married in the church, please remember above all that the church is a sacred place. It’s where we experience the holy and come to be reminded how much we are loved by God who blesses us abundantly. We pray that you will experience the holy too as you hear the message of God’s love which extends to all. ***** A life-long Presbyterian, she jokes that she was “predestined to become UCC!” Currently called as the Pastor and Teacher of Christ Church UCC in Latrobe, PA and St. John’s UCC in Darlington; she, her husband Larry and three daughters enjoy traveling all over the world! Cindy also serves as a Spiritual Director for the Three Rivers Walk to Emmaus retreats and was part of the team that brought the Kairos Outside Ministry to Pennsylvania. Kairos (which means special time in Greek) is a prison ministry for women whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. Cindy completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State and her MDiv. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary along with a year-long internship at Family Hospice and Palliative Care. This summer she is working on a Doctorate in preaching. She enjoys traveling, reading, baking, and photographing her daughters.


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Planning Your Wedding Music Congratulations on your big day!! You’re getting married. You dream of the dress, the setting, and the honeymoon. One of the last thoughts about your big day may be the ceremony itself. Perhaps you have thoughts of your favorite love song, the first dance at the reception and the brides dance with her father. But the ceremony itself is probably the most important of it all and musically the least thought of. I have been involved in quite a few weddings in the last 30 years. Usually, I am a violin soloist. I have performed with organists, guitar players and vocalists. Each wedding has been special, but a few do stand out. Before you think about the music, first you need to meet with your officiant who will perform your wedding. Every church wedding will have their own set of dos and don’ts. Many churches do not allow popular music within the service itself. That means only picking sacred music. If you are not familiar to what is sacred or secular, your next meeting should be with your church organist and with your soloist if you hire one. The minister or priest will give you an outline of your service. Some will be short 15-20 minutes long and your catholic service may be short and sweet or the full Every Story Begins At Home.

length mass including communion. Within your service, you may have a unity candle, a presentation of flowers to parents or the Virgin Mary as well as flowers in memory of parents or grandparents who have passed away. Along with readings, poems and blessings, you may have solos which honor the bride and groom. Your ceremony will have a prelude which is when guests are being seated. This music is often selected by the organist or wedding musicians. This is probably where you can have your favorite love and secular music. Next would be seating of the parents and grandparents. The processional begins with the entry of the bridesmaids and the maids or matrons of honor. Finally after a fanfare, the bride will enter with her escort. Ceremonial music will consist of music fitting to the ceremony. Finally, after the bride and groom are presented and have had their first kiss, the recessional will begin. A postlude will be played as guests are being escorted to meet the new couple. How do you choose your wedding music? Ask your pros. There is usually an outline of the ceremony that you will receive and music may be suggested there as well. Double check if you can have popular music, or can only have sacred.

Prelude music is often soft and reflective. If you can have your favorite popular music, this is the best time to have it. If you have a theme, this is the best time to have it. I’ve enjoyed the many themes I’ve played. There has been the twenties theme, themes from where the bride and groom have met and music reflecting the love story of the bride and groom. The wedding processional will begin with the bridal party and the traditional Wedding March may not be allowed to be played by some churches. Alternatives include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Canon in D, Bach’s Air and a few more classic slow processionals. Ceremony music is going to be more sacred in tone. Ave Maria, The Lord’s Prayer, Panis Angelicus, etc. Finally, the recessional is bolder. Trumpet Tune, Hornpipes and fanfares are excellent choices. Whatever you choose, make the wedding music tell your story. You may have a country wedding, a rock concert or a candlelight ceremony with harp, voice and violin. Whatever you choose, this will be your day and one you will never forget. Congratulations! – Contributed by Victoria Mull June 2014 - 7


Healing with Mother Nature’s Weeds by Granny Earth, ND

Blessed Thistle (Chicus Benedictus) Other names for Blessed Thistle are: Holy Thistle, Spotted Thistle, Cardin, Bitter Thistle and Blessed Cardus. Blessed Thistle is also referred to as ‘St. Benedict Thistle’, reflecting that it was a popular folk remedy and tonic used by monks, in the Middle Ages. Although native to Europe and Asia, Blessed Thistle is now cultivated in many areas around the world, including USA. Leaves, stems, flowers are used in herb preparations. An annual weed, growing to about 2 feet tall, Blessed Thistle’s brown stem is hairy and erect. The lance shaped leaves have spiny edges and may be either lobed or cleft (deeply cut). The plant produces numerous yellow flowers (from May through August) arranged on a head, at the tip of a branch or stem. Blessed Thistle prefers soil with a ph ranging from acid to alkaline and full sun with little to moderate amounts of moisture. She did very well for me in my herb garden, with no special treatment of the soil. You would want to sow the seeds in the spring, or early autumn (for the next year crop). Seeds will usually germinate in 2 – 6 weeks. In Europe, Blessed Thistle is regarded as an appetite stimulant and is used in the manufacture of ‘bitters,’ to be taken before meals to stimulate stomach and intestinal activity and aid in digestion. It’s also used in the TX of constipation and is considered an excellent heart tonic and blood purifier. The flowers of this weed are brewed to make a slightly bitter/sweet tea that has a mild diuretic activity. It’s also used by herbalists

for treating a variety of liver problems, such as jaundice and hepatitis. And, because painful menstruation can involve the liver, Blessed Thistle is also a component of several herbal formulas for relieving menstrual symptoms, too.

You’ll want to use just the aerial parts for making a tea or tincture. But, be careful of those jaggy, thistly thorns (as you collect seeds for next years crop), it’s just her way of protecting herself! I use Blessed Thistle in my ‘Blissful’ formula for depression, as it helps clean the blood and rejuvenate the liver – good things, to be sure! Visit Granny each Saturday at the Ligonier Country Market for a personal consultation! *****

This weed also improves circulation and purifies the blood, increasing oxygen to the brain to stimulate memory and to purify and strengthen the mind. Now, I think most of use could use that! Considered to be a ‘blood purifier,’ a general tonic for liver, lungs, kidneys and heart, Blessed Thistle Tincture is said to have great power in purification and circulation of the blood. It’s beneficial for those suffering from hepatitis, inflammation of the liver, or cirrhosis. It’s also been used in treating tumors. Just remember this weed for all liver, spleen and stomach congestion problems.

Seventy-some years young, and following my lifelong passion, which is natural healing and teaching others about weed medicine, I believe that we each must do what we can to get back to Nature. In making your own weed medicine, you’re going to be going out looking and identifying certain weeds that grow around you–you’ll be outdoors, in the sunshine and fresh air–getting back to Nature. Maybe you’ll start growing your own weeds, turning your backyard into a weed garden! Granny Earth has a bachelor’s in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania (which she earned at age 59), and both a masters and doctorate from Clayton College of Natural Health. Phone: 724-542-9713 Granny’s monthly Natural Health Newsletter- ‘CONNECTIONS’ is available via- Snail-Mail. 12 pages- All good stuff! $35.00 a year (12 issues).

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The Italian Garden Project Diverse offerings aim to preserve and celebrate Italian American immigrant traditions The Italian Garden Project ( is pleased to announce its spring and summer schedule of distinctive garden-dining events, cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and lectures in Pittsburgh and New York City. For the 2014 season, the Italian Garden Project has new partnerships with Lidia’s Pittsburgh, Wigle Whiskey, and the Dante Alighieri Society. In its fifth year, the Pittsburgh-based organization’s multiple events are designed to preserve, share, and celebrate the Italian immigrant experience. Under the leadership of its founder, Mary Menniti, the organization’s mission is to educate, inform, and inspire a new generation of home gardeners and cooks to incorporate the simplicity, flavors, and artisanal stewardship of Italian heritage into today’s modern lifestyle. “Keeping these Old-World Italian traditions and practices alive in the 21st century is important, interesting, and, let’s admit it, delicious,” says Menniti. “These gardening practices teach us discipline to care for our natural environment and creates an appreciation for sustainable living – handed down by generations.” The Italian Garden Project’s public programming supports its heirloom seed preservation and Italian American vegetable garden documentation efforts. To date, The Italian Garden Project has documented more than 25 immigrant gardens in Pennsylvania, California, New York and Ohio. Due to its efforts, the first and only Italian American vegetable garden is now digitally preserved at the Smithsonian Institute’s Archive of American Gardens. The Dante Alighieri Society is a proud supporter of the organization’s archival initiative.

Fig Tree Classes Saturdays: May 31, June 28, July 19 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Earthen Vessel Outreach 250 S. Pacific Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Our hands-on, spring and summer series attracts the committed “figophile” and new gardener alike, united in their desire to learn how to choose, care for, and over-winter the bewitching ficus caria. Delicious fig-based recipes and a garden visit are included in these popular classes, devoted to understanding and appreciating one of civilization’s first cultivated plants. The Wigle Whiskey Garden Fig Fest Thursday, June 26 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 1055 Spring Garden, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 The Italian Garden Project, in collaboration with Mondo Italiano, invites you to celebrate the arrival of the ficcazana, the first figs of the season, in Pittsburgh’s newest garden space. Join us for an al fresco evening with traditional Italian music as we sample a variety of fig delicacies and hand-crafted Wigle Whiskey libations. An Italian Garden Dinner at White Oak Farm Hosted in partnership with The Italian Garden Project and Lidia’s Pittsburgh

Saturday, July 26 6 to 9 p.m. 3314 Wagner Road, Allison Park PA 15101 The summer’s marquee event at the height of the season! This exclusive and enchanted outdoor dining experience will feature a traditional Italian garden feast professionally prepared by Chef Jeremy Voytish from the recipe box of world-renowned Lidia Bastianich. Bastianich’s love of fresh, wholesome, and natural food, simply prepared, stems from her native born Italian upbringing; food from the family garden was a fundamental part of her lifestyle. Her personal history mirrors that of the traditional Italian American gardener, whose food and gardening traditions we will celebrate during this unique midsummer event. Sewick’s Chicks Sunday, August 31 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sewickley, PA 15143 Back by popular demand for its third year is this behind-the-scenes, self-guided tour of the backyard chicken coops of Sewickley. Discover 12 coops with a variety of breeds and talk with their chicken keepers to learn all about this largely hidden world. The Italian Garden Project is frequently adding lectures and other activities based on popular demand. For the latest updates, ticket information, and more details please visit

Lorraine Sciulli, Pittsburgh, Pa: I am so excited to share the photo of my tree. That picture is from two years ago; the tree is much bigger now and shades Saint Fiacre. I got my green fig tree off my good friends who live four doors down from me about eight years ago. They got their tree from relatives, and when they had ripe figs they would share them with me. I fell in love with the soft, sweet fruit.

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Doctor Appointments Reversing Roles by Gretchen Fuller Sometime ago I wrote about making the appointments for my mother’s visits to the doctors. Since then we have been to the dentist, which went pretty well, except that they asked that I bring her back in six months because her plaque was so heavy that they really had to scrape. Really?! They don’t realize how difficult it is to move a 98 year old body in and out of the car. We have been to the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. That went very well. I had some help from my daughter getting her in and out of the car and transporting her in a wheelchair. We checked in at the office. They called her back to an examining room. The doctor looked in her ears, cleaned out some wax and we were on our way. The real trial was the trip to the eye doctor. We have been there two times now. I am working on making a feasible plan to get this job done easily. The first time we went I arrived at the Senior Living Center about 45 minutes before her appointment time. Her appointment was at 12:45 pm. Usually she eats lunch at 11:00 am so I wasn’t too concerned about her having eaten by the time I got there. Wrong! That day she was just ordering her lunch when I got there. Then she had to go to the Ladies Room so she canceled her lunch order. The eye doctor has a very large organization. Sometimes patients can wait for hours at a time. She could not go without eating. So I waited while she ate. After she ate she needed to go to her room to change her clothes. We finally left about the time of her appointment. We were late but they took us pretty much as soon as we got there. This doctors’ office has a complicated routine. First, you go in one room to have some drops and tests done. Then you go to another room for someone else to check the eyes after they have dilated. Then you go to another room for some more tests. Between each of these rooms you go to the waiting room and sit for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour for Every Story Begins At Home.

the next check-up. She took her walker and was completely exhausted after all this moving around. My mom also got bad news at this visit. The doctor says she has “wet” macular degeneration. He said there was bleeding behind the retina. He gave her shots in both eyes. When we got her back to her apartment she was ready for bed. This time when we went to the eye doctor I got to the Senior Living Center an hour and fifteen minutes early. Mother was sitting in her usual spot in the lobby. I asked the kitchen if they could make her a sandwich since she had a doctor appointment. She ate in the residents’ kitchen area. Then she was ready for the Ladies Room. I got her wheelchair and loaded it into the car while she was there. We actually got to the doctor office early. They took us immediately. We went through the same routine as before. Things were going along pretty well until we were called from the waiting room and I ran the wheelchair over the toe of another person waiting with his mother to see the doctor. Fortunately, or unfortunately, he was a friend of mine; maybe not any more. After they took x-rays to see if the shots from the last time had done any good we sat in another waiting room for about 45 minutes. No one told us what was happening until I grabbed the woman that had given her the last test. She said they were setting up the room to give her more shots. Finally, they came and took us to the room where the nurse set up all the equipment. She gave mom the numbing drops and cleaned the area with betadine and prepared the sites for the shots. The doctor came in. He told us that it looked a little better and definitely had not gotten worse. He gave her the shots and we checked out. We have to go back in four weeks. Now I know that in order to get there on time I have to go pick her up over an hour before the appointment time. It also helped to have her in the

wheelchair. It cut down on the number of times she had to get up and down from the chairs in the waiting rooms. But she still headed to bed as soon as we got back to the Senior Living Center. That’s probably a good thing since she is not supposed to rub her eyes for a while. I just got really good news. My sister, Cindy, is going to come the day mom has to go back to the eye doctor the next time. I am relieved that I will have some assistance. Thank God for sisters! ***** Gretchen Fuller is the Real Estate Tax Collector in Pleasant Hills, PA. She came to that job by a very circuitous route: Gretchen spent many years substitute teaching or making the rounds of all the banks in Pittsburgh. She has a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Duquesne University. She is looking forward to retirement soon so she can spend more time with her six grandchildren.

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DOWN ON THE FARM by Cathi Gerhard & Gregory Susa

Aside from its other benefits to our health and environment, organic agriculture – which eschews synthetic pesticides and fertilizers – can potentially reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent compared to conventional farming.

Is Organic Agriculture Sustainable? We talk a lot about organic practices in this column, preferring to look back on and utililize “old-fashioned” homesteading methods that most Americans have forgotten. Some people like to argue with us that this approach is actually harder on the environment than modern agri-business. The Wall Street Journal printed one of these claims in May, and we are pleased to share with you a timely response. Reader Chuck Romaniello from Pittsburgh, PA, asked one of our favorite contributors, Earth Talk (from E - the Environmental Magazine), the following question: “Do you agree with the recent claim in the Wall Street Journal that organic agriculture isn’t actually sustainable?” Dr. Henry I. Miller’s May 15, 2014 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal has indeed made waves in the organic farming community. Miller, former director of the Office of Biotechnology at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, argues that conventional farming—which uses synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and often genetically modified (GM) seed stock to maximize yields—is actually better for the environment, producing more food and using less water compared to organic farming. “Organic farming might work well for certain local environments on a small scale, but its farms produce far less food per unit of land and water than conventional ones,” says Miller. “The low yields of organic agriculture —typically 20 percent to 50 percent less than conventional agriculture— impose various stresses on farmland and especially on water consumption.” Miller adds that organic methods can cause significant leaking of nitrates 16 - June 2014

from composted manure—the fertilizer of choice for most organic farms—into groundwater, polluting drinking water. He also cites research showing that large-scale composting generates significant amounts of greenhouse gases and “may also deposit pathogenic bacteria on or in food crops, which has led to more frequent occurrences of food poisoning in the U.S. and elsewhere.” “If the scale of organic production were significantly increased, says Miller, the lower yields would increase the pressure for the conversion of more land to farming and more water for irrigation, both of which are serious environmental issues.” He adds that conventional farming’s embrace of GM crops—a no-no to organic farmers—is yet another way we can boost yields and feed more people with less land.

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But, the Washington, DC-based Organic Center takes issue with Miller’s allegations about nitrates polluting groundwater: “Most studies that examine nutrient runoff show that organic production methods result in reduced nitrogen losses when compared to conventional crop production,” reports the group. The Organic Center also disputes Miller’s claims about the organic farming’s carbon footprint, arguing that overall energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions are much less

from organic farming than for conventional agriculture. The group also says that taking into account the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production (not just the use) of synthetic fertilizer changes the equation entirely. The group cites a recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which found that organic agriculture can potentially reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent compared to conventional farming. Also, Miller’s statements about GM crops overlook the ecological problems associated with their use. “For example,” the Organic Center reports, “transgene movement from GM crops to wild, weedy relatives could increase the invasiveness of weeds.” Also, genetic modification has led to higher pesticide use in agricultural systems and an increase in herbicide-resistant weeds. Some worry this is leading to a vicious cycle whereby farmers use more and more chemical herbicides to battle hardier and hardier weeds. As the price of organic food continues to drop, more and more people will be able to afford it, and the increased demand may well drive the conversion to organic agriculture more than policy or philosophy. CONTACTS: Wall Street Journal, .com; The Organic Center, .org. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: ***** Best friends, but never quite college sweethearts, Greg and Cathi finally married 20 years later. Together they own Fairview Farm in Derry Township, now a heritage garden in the making, managed by three impertinent cats and two dogs. “Down on the Farm” is a column originally started by Cathi’s father, the late Shelly Gerhard, about a day in the life of a family farm in western Pennsylvania.


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Woodlands Group to Visit Forbes State Forest June 14 The Westmoreland Woodlands Improvement Association is sponsoring our fourth annual Forbes State Forest field trip on Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The guides will be Mike DiRinaldo, DCNR service forester (Westmoreland, Washington, and Allegheny counties); David Planinsek, resource management forester for Forbes State Forest; and Tammy Colt, a wildlife biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. According to the latest Forest Inventory and Analysis data of 2009, Pennsylvania’s forests are largely a mature forest in its latter years of succession. Young forests account for the smallest acreage in the inventory, but they are what many wildlife species require for habitat. We will focus on creating wildlife habitat through silvicultural techniques. We'll look at regenerating timber harvests, wildlife openEvery Story Begins At Home.

ings with herbaceous growth, chestnut plantings to provide hard mast, and an American woodcock habitat project. We'll discuss habitat requirements of several species and discuss how to meet them on the microsite as well as the landscape level. "Whether you have one acre or 1,000 acres, there are things you can do to improve wildlife habitat on your property," Mike says. "Many of the techniques you'll see on this field day can be incorporated into your family woodlot or your backyard." At each site, attendees will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions of the experts. The group will meet at the Bureau of Forestry’s district office in Laughlintown (1291 Route 30 East) at 10:00 a.m. on June 8. Or you can carpool from the J. Roy Houston Conservation Center (the barn behind the Donohoe Center, 218 Donohoe Rd.), leaving by 9:30 a.m. The event will begin with a

brief presentation at the Bureau of Forestry. We will then carpool to sites in Forbes State Forest where active forest management is taking place. The field trip will combine carpooling and walking, some of it in rough terrain. Wear sensible shoes or boots and bring a bag lunch. WWIA will provide the liquid refreshments. Please call Sandy at the Westmoreland Conservation District Office (724-837-5271) to preregister by June 11. If it’s raining hard on June 14, please call John Hilewick, WWIA’s president, at (724) 925-1667 by 9:00 a.m. to make sure the trip is still on. WWIA’s mission is to encourage good management of woodlands for aesthetics, timber, water quality and control, wildlife habitat, plant propagation, and recreation. The group holds regular programs and field trips throughout the year. For more info:

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OFF TRAIL by Joe Walko

“In the woods we return to reason and faith.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trail Magic Over a decade ago, I embarked on the quintessential western Pennsylvania hiking trip, a thru-hike of Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT). The LHHT is a 70-mile footpath that traverses Laurel Ridge, from Ohiopyle Sate Park to Johnstown. It is a beautiful, well-maintained trail, with Adirondack-type lean-to shelters every six to twelve miles, complete with a fireplace and chopped firewood and a primitive privy and usually potable water. It’s the perfect beginner backpacking trail. I was in the company of two western Pennsylvania outdoor legends on that trip; Mike Shiller, who was soon to start what would become today’s Venture Outdoors (VO), and Ken Howard (Coach), backpacking instructor extraordinaire, who’s easy nature and back country cooking skills have inspired countless folks to don packs and walk in the hills. Both of these folks welcomed this newbie backpacker with open arms and gladly shared their knowledge and expertise. The 70 miles over five days was totally enjoyable and still one of my favorite backpacking memories. While enjoying mountain vistas, forests of green and camaraderie cemented by a physical challenge, we commented countless times about why we didn’t see more people on the trail. Mike was about to change all that by forming Venture Outdoors (known initially as the Western PA Field Institute), and ideas about how to incorporate unique ways to get more people to enjoy western PA’s natural gifts was the number one topic of conversation. Mike’s vision was to get more people outside. That vision continues today, as VO strives to make outdoor activities as accessible as going to the movies and reviewing concert listings, as well organized as the Great Race, 18 - June 2014

as welcoming to novices as the Race for the Cure, as safe and insured as a Gateway Clipper cruise, as varied as booths at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, as comfortable and relaxed as a concert at Hartwood Acres, as appealing as an evening sitcom or a Saturday afternoon TV sporting event, as socially engaging as a tailgate party, and as dynamic as a popular bar, where people can expect to find their friends and make new ones. Ken and I enthusiastically joined the mission as volunteer trip leaders. Still now, thirteen years later, Venture Outdoors continues to provide folks in our area with creative opportunities to get outside. I am passionate about the outdoors. I believe nature’s classroom has a lot to teach us, still, even in the age of iPads and continual 4G interconnectivity. I believe that hands in the dirt, boots on the trail, and a jacket that smells like a campfire will elicit a smile and touch something deep inside you. I have always known this, and I want to share it with others. But I didn’t know exactly how to express this until I took a backpacking class at CCAC with Ken all those years ago. Coach shared with me firsthand something you can’t teach in any classroom – Trail Magic. Trail Magic can’t be defined on paper, it can only be felt. It is subtle, it is something that slowly sneaks up on you. Somewhere between the dirt, bug bites, and sore muscles, sometime after the campfire conversations and a gourmet trail side meal, and astride the real connections between real people experiencing the real, natural world, it seeps in. You don’t notice it at first - it takes time to decompress from deadlines, responsibilities and the fast pace of modern life. It’s not as flashy as a neon sign or a pop-up Internet ad. But by the end of a good trip, it’s there – a good, warm

feeling, genuine serenity. It brings the peace of a slower pace, the satisfaction of a hard days’ good work, and the real timeless connection of people and the natural world. This is want I want to share. This is why I am still a volunteer trip leader with VO, this is why I write about the outdoors. My life is defined by my family now, and I’ve tried to incorporate my kids in outside activities. I want them to experience some Trail Magic, too. We’ve learned a lot of things, too, my boys and I, and while hiking solo a number of years back, I decided it was time for me to extend this knowledge to other families, just as Coach did for me. VO is the perfect conduit, and so six other brave, adventurous families joined mine on a midsummer VO Family Fun Backpack on Laurel Ridge. We were a diverse group, multiple ethnicities and a wide range of ages, with kids from infants to teenagers, and camping experience ranging from first time to pros. But everyone had an exploring spirit and a positive attitude; and the weather gods blessed us with two perfect days. From the first bug in the car pool parking lot, the kids got along great. Just as I dreamed it up, the rock outcroppings provided the imaginary fuel and perfect playground for everyone to have fun, climbing and exploring amongst the rocks, even the parents. The lush green, the primitive ferns, the quiet summer forest, and the slow pace allowed everyone to relax and ripened everyone for a little magic. Even the hard work of carrying heavy packs to camp, despite the burden felt at the time, planted the seeds of accomplishment that would sprout later in the trip. I loved watching the magic seep in. The initial tentative exchanges between strangers gave way to real LAUREL MOUNTAIN POST

conversations and connections around the campfire and under the stars. The uncertainty of undertaking a new, arduous activity was lessened by sharing these concerns with others and the guidance of experienced guides. And the bond between a parent and a child were more focused and ultimately strengthened by surviving a night in the wilderness together. I walked out of the woods on that trip holding the hand of a sweet five year old who had never been backpacking before, and whom I didn’t even know two days earlier. She gave me a big bear hug at the end, too. Everyone wore a smile as bright as the morning sunshine. I sensed everyone had a souvenir to take home with them – a little Trail Magic. And I can’t make this up, the entire group will vouch for me, but right then and there, in the LHHT parking lot at the end of our trip - in pulls the man who inspired me by sharing his Trail Magic so many years ago. Coach was meeting yet another group of newbies and taking them out on the trail. Thanks Coach. Thanks Mike and VO. We’ve come full circle, and we are passing on the magic to the next generation. Get outside and experience a little Trail Magic yourself! Venture Outdoors offers over 500 Public Programs a year including kayaking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, and geocaching trips. VO has activities for all ages and skill levels, and travel to local, city, county and state parks around the region.

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Every Wednesday, from June 4 through August 27, 5 – 8 pm, that question will be easy to answer. The innovative Lincoln Highway SupperMarket, conveniently located midway between Latrobe and Ligonier at 3435 Route 30 East at the Lincoln Highway Experience, will offer many a la carte options for hungry families. Whether eating on-site under a sun umbrella and listening to live music, or grabbing a take-out, those attending are sure to find something every family member will enjoy. Coordinated by the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, old favorites and trending restaurants were selected from Greensburg, Latrobe and Ligonier: Sun Dawg Café, White Rabbit Café and Patisserie, Chef Mark’s Palate, Chef Dato’s Table, Connections Café, Carol and Dave’s Roadhouse, Ligonier Creamery, and the Wigle Sisters. For more information, visit or call the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor at 724-879-4241. Cancellations, due to foul weather, will be posted on the website by 1:30 p.m.

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Joe Walko is a full time widowed parent to two beautiful but challenging boys, now unemployed by choice after a 25-year career in corporate finance. He is a writer and blogger searching for his voice, a seeker of his truth, a nature and adventure junkie discovering whole new worlds and beauty in the glorious struggle, in the ordinary, in his own backyard, and mostly, in his heart. Contact him at

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Connecting Our Communities By the end of June the Chamber introduces the “Neighborhood Card” to our membership. It’s a unique initiative to drive and promote LOCAL business and remind our members and their employees about all the special attractions, eateries, services and activities in our great communities. As the program grows, your Neighborhood Card (and future smartphone app) will provide you with local offers and special member-only discounts. From restaurants, to fun activities, to special services for your home or business, the program’s goal will be to introduce card-holders to new experiences … and save them money! Our upcoming newly re-designed website will feature a special “Neighborhood Card” section and spotlight all current discounts. You’ll want to check back often, as offers and promotions will change and be added weekly. Look for more information, member participation details and the June launch announcement on the new GLLV Chamber website and in a special member-mailing in the next few weeks! Speaking of the new website … we are excited to launch in June a NEW member-focused site that will have “true membership value.” Featuring a true responsive design, the GLLV site will feature an expansive business directory and member-dedicated pages (with member log-in for anytime updating), expanded event calendars, job postings/employment center, MarketSpace, Neighborhood Card updates and “HotDeals,” education 20 - June 2014

updates, Member Spotlights, online member applications, event registration and RSVP’s, Member & Community News, Photo Gallery, Instant Weather … and more! Plus … expanded and more member-focused social media, including a NEW Chamber YouTube Channel that will spotlight our members and their unique stories and services.

Our re-vamped Facebook page grew by almost 300% since the announcement of our new name and brand! 300%!!! That is crazy growth and demonstrates the excitement surrounding the Chamber’s new direction and focus. We’ve re-launched our Twitter platform and will continue to “tweet” about all that is special about our communities and our amazing membership. If you have read my ramblings before in our monthly Chamber newsletter … I’m sure many think I’m just a shrill voice for the area businesses and our great neighborhoods. Well … I am. Proudly. I love what we are doing as a Chamber to bring our business communities together and to promote

about all that is special about the great neighborhoods, towns and boroughs our membership represents. Much has been written recently about “boundaries” and township or city “limits.” Ironically, if you search for a synonym for either of those words… you could replace them with “restrictions.” Not a word that lends itself to “success.” And, not a mindset I’m certain any of our members want me to adopt. The new Chamber’s goal is to drive success and positive interest to our membership and make our communities a better place to call home and work. It’s that simple. If you flip over my business card, you’ll see a straightforward statement … “Connecting Business, Community & Education.” That is the objective. So here’s to an active and successful summer season for all! Check for the latest Chamber news on member news, events, networking get-togethers, ribbon cuttings, the Neighborhood Card … and more! ***** In his 30 year career, David Martin was a successful Pittsburgh-based business owner in the entertainment and event industry for over 15 years. During that time he also served as the Director of Game Day Entertainment for the Pittsburgh Steelers and produced all the weekend activities and events for the Pittsburgh Pirates outside of PNC Park. That work led to recruitment by Carnival Corporation to work as a Cruise Director for its upscale Holland-America Line. He went on to serve as the Western PA Executive Director and Regional Chief Development Officer for the Arthritis Foundation and, most recently the Executive Director of the Bethany BeachFenwick Island Chamber of Commerce, the third largest Chamber of Commerce in the state of Delaware. He and his wife Denise returned home to Western Pennsylvania in January when he became the President of the new Greater LatrobeLaurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce.



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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A Penn State alumnus and his wife have endowed a new scholarship in support of students in the College of Agricultural Sciences with demonstrated need. Wayne and Marian Martenas, of Lititz, provided a $50,000 gift to create the Martenas Family Trustee Scholarship. First preference for funds will go to students majoring in Biological Engineering. The Trustee Matching Scholarship Program maximizes the impact of private giving while directing funds to students as quickly as possible, meeting the urgent need for scholarship support. For Trustee Scholarships created through the end of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students on June 30, Penn State will provide an annual 10 percent match of the total pledge or gift. This level is an increase from the program's original match of 5 percent, and it is available only for new endowments of $50,000 or more. The University match, which is approximately double the endowment's annual spendable income, continues in perpetuity, multiplying the support available for students with financial need. "We appreciate the opportunity to provide support for deserving students in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State," the donors said in a statement. "Our educational opportunities have had a major impact on our lives, and we hope that this support will in a small way provide those same opportunities to future students." Wayne Martenas grew up on a farm near Bloomsburg. He attended classes at Penn State Hazleton before graduating from University Park with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. He held several positions during a long career at Case New Holland, working in company offices in Belgium, England, Canada, Chicago and Lancaster. He retired from the company as vice president of facilities and security. Martenas holds 17 U.S. and four European patents. In 2008, he received the Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. In 2010, he was the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award at Penn State. Martenas serves Penn State as a board member of the Penn State Agricultural Council and as president of the Lancaster County Cooperative Extension Association board of directors. Marian Martenas earned a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Cortland, a master's degree from Middlebury College and a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. The couple has two children: Michael Martenas, a current Penn State student, and Katherine Brosnan, a Penn State alumna with a bachelor's degree in nutrition. continued on page 24


That’s What They Say Thought-Provoking Insights on Common Quotations by Rev. Majorie Rivera “What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” - Jacques Cousteau Such is the perfect explanation of a seeker, one who looks through a cosmic keyhole and tries to know what is going on. Examining one’s life and surroundings from a perspective that asks for more is the nature of discovery. Like a wild animal

born and raised in captivity, we humans know there is “something else” out there. It is our very instinct to seek that which is right beyond our understanding. The light of Spirit pouring through the keyhole can guide us on the path.

Recommended Reading: “Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott

Employee Wellness & Fitness by Hayley Chemski-Horwat, MSN, CNRA June is National Employee Wellness and Fitness Month! The importance of physical fitness and wellness is broadcast on social media, wellness sites, television, and even smart phone applications. The idea behind a national month of recognition for corporations to “get fit” stems from the proof that a ‘healthy’ company culture drives productivity and employment efficiency. As health care issues such as insurance and ever increasing costs of delivery exhaust small companies’ bottom lines, CEOs look to cost-cutting measures of which promoting healthy lifestyles for insured employees takes priority. Wellness programs are not limited to weight loss. Topics for discussion may include diabetes, pregnancy health, migraines, hydration, clean eating, obstructive sleep apnea, and stress control. As a recognized leader in health care and a large scale employer, a major hospital chain located in Pittsburgh, PA offers 24/7 support via telephone for all employees for the above topics. This health system also encourages routine and preventative primary physician visits as well as largescale smoking cessation, weight loss, and stress relief programs. Participation in these programs benefits employees as incentives

for involvement include major health care plan deductible decreases. Nearly 85 percent of employees surveyed in the past have considered health and wellness offerings when choosing an employer and the same feel that their employer cares about their well-being. Seventy percent of employees say that wellness programs positively influence the culture at work. Moreover, healthy living incentives play a big role in motivating employees to participate in wellness programs. Companies have started offering yearly “health fairs” during office hours and recruiting all local fitness, health, and wellness vendors (generally on a volunteer basis). Others encourage lunchtime activity, going as far as constructing fitness centers on site. Company wide “Biggest Loser” competitions are common, and those with cafeterias are offering healthier options for employees. Building Bodeez Fitness and Wellness Center offers educational programs throughout the year, as well as community outreach volunteerism involvement for companies looking to improve health-based programs for their employees. Moreover, companies that afford 5 or more employees

to join together receive a large monthly discount known as our “Corporate Rate.” Companies currently enrolled in this rate include Walmart, PACE Industries, Classics Industries, St. Vincent Students and Employees, Blairsville-Derry-Greater Latrobe School Districts, New Horizons, Chef Dato’s, and others. If interested, please contact Hayley at buildingbodeez for more information on outreach wellness demonstrations/ presentations as well as corporate discounts.

***** Hayley is a Certified Fitness Trainer and the coowner of Building Bodeez Fitness Center, located at 154 Pandora Rd in Derry, PA, as well as a fulltime Nurse Anesthetist with the University of Pittsburgh Physicians, currently based at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Fox Chapel, PA. Hayley offers a wealth of fitness and health knowledge, serving as the Group Fitness Coordinator and Wellness Programs Director at Building Bodeez. She has developed several programs at Building Bodeez including initiation of the first ZUMBA classes in the area, as well as AerobaDANCE and Yogilates (her unique creations), and the wildly successful Building Better Bodeez weight loss intensive program. Building Bodeez is located at 154 Pandora Road in Derry Township. 724-739-0105. www.building

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The Martenas' gift will help the College of Agricultural Sciences to achieve the goals of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. This University-wide effort is directed toward a shared vision of Penn State as the most comprehensive, student-centered research university in America. The University is engaging Penn State's alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University's tradition of quality. The campaign's top priority is keeping a Penn State degree affordable for students and families.

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“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” – GB Shaw

through 6/10/2014 Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle Bloomfield Bridge Tavern 4412 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 412.682.8611 The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle is a program of Calliope dedicated to exploring, promoting and practicing the art and craft of songwriting. The circle meets monthly at the historic Bloomfield Bridge Tavern to share songs and ideas and to commune with people from diverse backgrounds and points of view who share a compulsion to write songs. through 6/15/2014 Paperweight Exhibit Mount Pleasant Glass Museum 402 E. Main St., Suite 600, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666 724.547.5929 The first exhibit of the Mount Pleasant Glass Museum will be a three-month display of a collection of paperweights. Paperweights come in an infinite variety, but there are basically two types: advertising and whimsical. We will have both. None of our three factories manufactured paperweights for sale on a regular basis, but paperweights were created in the factories. That is the third type of paperweight and it is called a bucket job (jobs men did on their lunch hour and then took home in their lunch buckets). They are wild, wonderful, and unique: one of a kind. We will have bucket jobs in the exhibit too. There will also be paperweights for sale in the Museum Shoppe. through 10/4/2014 Ligonier Country Market Ligonier Corner of W. Main St. & Springer Rd. 724.858.7894 Every Saturday from May 17-October 4, 2014 through 9/20/2014 Springs Farmers’ Market Springs Folk Festival Grounds 1711 Springs Rd., Springs, PA 15562 240.310.2086 Produce, Baked Goods, Antiques, Flea Market, Collectibles, Artwork & More! through 10/4/2014 Springs Museum Springs Folk Festival Grounds 1711 Springs Rd., Springs, PA 15562 814.634.1489 Depicting life of the settlers of the Casselman Valley. Large two-story museum with antique equipment annex. through to 8/31/2014 Sunday Evening Summer Band Concerts Ligonier 120 E. Main Street, Ligonier, PA through 11/15/2014 Somerset County Farmer’s Market 800 Georgian Place Drive, Somerset, PA 15501 814.279.5620 Somerset County Farmers’ Market is a producer-only tailgate market at Georgian Place in Somerset PA. The market opens the end of May and is on Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer until the end of October.

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6/1/2014 to 9/28/2014 Farmers’ Market Keystone State Park 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627 Every Sunday there will be a Farmers’ Market in the beach parking lot at Keystone State Park. The hours are 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Venders are welcome and the cost to set up is $10 per table. 6/3/2014 to 10/21/2014 Latrobe Farmers’ Market Latrobe Community Revitalization Program 816 Ligonier Street, Suite 307, Latrobe, PA 15650 724.805.0112 The Latrobe Community Revitalization Program (LCRP) is a community-driven, comprehensive effort to encourage and strengthen economic development, prevent downtown deterioration and promote a sense of community within the historic preservation of our downtown business district while advocating a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and rebuilding based on our unique assets for the benefit of the greater Latrobe area. 6/4/2014 to 8/27/2014 Lincoln Highway SupperMarket Latrobe Community Revitalization Program 3435 Route 30 East, Latrobe, PA 15650 This summer, there’s a terrific supper alternative to “drive-thru fast food”- the Lincoln Highway SupperMarket. It offers great food from a variety of select regional restaurants; something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. 6/4/2014 to 6/4/2014 Pablo Cruise The Palace Theatre 21 W. Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601. $45, Starts at 8 pm 6/4/2014 to 7/30/2014 Weeknight Walkabout Laurel Hill State Park 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501 Each session will be a 3 to 5 mile hike. From 6 to 8 pm, every 2 weeks on Wednesday. 6/5/2014 to 6/8/2014 South Pacific Geyer Performing Arts Center 111 Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale, PA 15683 Directed By: Martha Oliver & Bill Dreucci 6/5/2014 to 9/11/2014 Thank Goodness It’s Summer The Palace Theatre 21 W. Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 Every Thursday. Local entertainment, free admission, food available, rain or shine 6/6/2014 to 8/29/2014 SummerSounds St. Clair Park 135 North Maple Avenue, Greensburg, PA 15601 Every Friday. Great FREE concerts featuring national acts. 6/6/2014 to 6/20/2014 Evening Eco-Paddle

Laurel Hill Trout Farm & Pond Route 31 West, Somerset, PA 15501 814.352.8649 From 6 to 7:30 pm every 2 weeks on Friday. 6/7/2014 to 6/7/2014 Laurel Highlands Garden Party Faranda Farm 1711 Penn Avenue, Hollsopple, PA 15935 6/7/2014 to 6/8/2014 The Greater Tri-Town Area Historical Society 23rd Annual Homecoming Cochran House Main Street Dawson, PA 724.529.2368 Children’s Games, Face Painting, Cake Wheel, Food, Crafts, Chinese Auction, Bounce House 6/7/2014 to 6/7/2014 Explore the Loyalhanna! Keystone State Park 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627 Kayakers, adventurers and nature lovers join us for a 9 mile paddle on Loyalhanna Creek! We will start in Latrobe at 9:30 AM and finish in New Alexandria (approximately 1:30 PM). You may bring your own kayak or borrow one from us. This paddle trip requires preregistration (even if you bring your own boat) and is for enthusiasts 12 years of age and older (an adult must accompany children under 18). Some suggested items to bring: water, snacks, lunch & sunscreen. Registration and kayaks are limited. Call or email today to register and to reserve your kayak! 6/7/2014 to 6/8/2014 Westmoreland County Airshow Arnold Palmer Regional Airport 148 Aviation Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650 Featuring the US Navy Blue Angels. 6/8/2014 Medicines and Surgeries During the Civil War Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, 642 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601. 2-4 pm Join Baltzer Meyer Historical Society for their 'Medicines and Surgeries during the Civil War' program, presented by Dr. John Rathgeb. The docent and lecturere for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine brings his wealth of knowledge to explain the medical technology of the mid 19th Century. Cost: Free and open to the public. contact.html. (724) 836-6915 6/8/2014 to 6/8/2014 Antiques & Collectibles Market Historic Hanna’s Town 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 724.532.1935 Over 100 dealers. Morning show. 6/8/2014 to 6/8/2014 Pavilion Music Series-Black Magic Band Christian W. Klay Winery 412 Fayette Spring Road, Chalk Hill, PA 15421 Enjoy classic rock favorites! Complimentary admission. 1 to 4 pm.

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LOYALHANNA REALTY 201 S. Market Street Ligonier, PA 15658 (Across from Fort Ligonier)


Owner/Broker, GRI, ABR

Jean Case: 724-600-5182 Tracy Case-Pelesky: 724-510-4010 Lisa Davis: 412-596-1028 Lorraine DiCecco: 724-953-2356 Associate Broker Kathy Johnston: 724-995-1013 Susan Ransel McBroom: 724-309-3395



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LIGONIER BORO $79,900 #1007962.Great starter home in excellent condition. Most of the home has been remodeled. Central air & stone patio. JEAN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

CLASSIC COLONIAL $194,900 #993156. 4-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home w/eat-in kitchen, 1stfloor family room, spacious patio, & garage on beautiful wooded lot. Clifford Estates, Ligonier. COLLEEN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

HISTORIC COLONIAL $244,900 #993199. Three-bedroom, 2-bath home on 4.72 acres in Ligonier Twp. Refinished wood floors, updated baths, fireplace, built-in bookcases, open staircase, patio, enclosed porch, new roof, & newer garage. Location, charm, & privacy! MOTIVATED SELLER! COLLEEN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

WONDERFUL RANCH $114,900 #983008. Solid 3-bedroom home w/garage on beautiful large corner lot in New Alexandria. Large finished basement. TRACEY LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

WONDERFUL COUNTRY SETTING $345,000 #993333. Four-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath, 2-story in Derry Twp. Well-constructed home w/wraparound porch, 2 master suites, & grand entrance. Gorgeous views, beautiful landscaping! TRACEY LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

LIGONIER BORO $145,000 #1005943. Three-bedroom, 1-1/2 bath home w/spacious living room, galley kitchen, dining room, large full basement, & huge garage. Front room at street level for home office. JEAN/LORRAINE LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

RECTOR $115,900 #1001540. RECTOR Three-bedroom, 2-bath ranch on level lot. Spacious deck & park-like setting. LORRAINE LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

INVESTMENT PROPERTY $107,900 #979643. Great location. Duplex, low utilities. Three units if area above garage is finished. Must-see! Public water & sewage, separate meters. Laughlintown area. Minutes from town. LISA LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

KISKI AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT $59,900 #996708. Two-story, 2-bedroom home w/new bathroom & windows, & updated kitchen. LORRAINE LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

CHARMING FARM $569,900 #1001402. 46.74 acres w/beautiful 5-bedroom home, large barn, & outbuildings. Very workable farm in Cook Twp., but minutes from Seven Springs. Mostly pastures, some woods. Fabulous location! Gas rights included. JEAN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663

JUST LIKE NEW! $105,000 #983011. Two-bedroom, 2-bath manufactured home in Ligonier Twp. Oak kitchen, new carpet, newer roof, 2 walk-in closets. Private yard. JEAN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663 26 - June 2014

216-ACRE FARM $950,000 #1001676. Renovated 3-bedroom, 3-bath farmhouse w/gorgeous hardwood & beamed ceilings. Pond, barn, cottage, & greenhouse. COLLEEN LOYALHANNA REALTY 724-238-3663


6/11/2014 to 8/13/2014 Wild Wednesday Pittsburgh Zoo 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA Get your party on during Wild Wednesdays at the Zoo with Radio Disney. Enjoy live entertainment, dance, and win cool prizes. 6/12/2014 to 6/14/2014 National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival Addison Fike Lane, Addison, PA 15411 6/13/2014 to 6/15/2014 Italian Festival of Fayette County Fayette County Fairgrounds 132 Pechin Road, Dunbar, PA 15431 6/13/2014 to 6/13/2014 Miners Day Celebration with Lynn Anderson Arcadia Theater 1418 Graham Avenue, Windber, PA 15963 814.467.9070 6/13/2014 to 6/15/2014 Miners’ Memorial Day Festival Downtown Festival Area Windber, PA 15963 6/14/2014 Antiques on the Diamond Downtown Ligonier, PA. This event will feature dealers from six states set up around the Diamond as well as East and West Main Streets. Among the items available for purchase will be country, period furniture, quilts, wicker, pottery, glassware, china, toys, etc. 8 am - 3 pm 6/14/2014 Relay for Life - Latrobe Memorial Stadium This is a 24 hour event held to raise awareness and funds for the Westmoreland Unit of the ACS. All proceeds benefit the ACS. Join us for live music, activities, food, games and more! Help us to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and remember those we have lost and to raise funds to find a cure for a disease that takes so much. 6/14/2014 to 6/14/2014 Las Vegas Then and Now Rockwood Mill Shoppes Opera House 450 Main Street, Rockwood, PA 15557

Every Story Begins At Home.

Join Las Vegas Entertainer Lee Alverson as he takes you on a musical journey to the “Strip” as he performs songs from current Las Vegas Shows as well as a salute to Vegas of Yesterday with Sinatra and Elvis hits. The show includes a Tribute to The Venetian Casino’s Phantom of the Opera productions with Lee in costume as The Phantom as well as his renowned Elton John impersonation. To top it off - Lee shares stories of his experiences in show business including the time he spent the night in Liberace’s guest bedroom. Tom Jones’ eccentric backstage rituals, hanging out with Elton John’s Drummer. The Blue Man Group, Beach Boys and more! 6/14/2014 - 6/15/2014 Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival Jimmy Stewart Airport, 398 Airport Road, Indiana, PA 15701. 724-463-3883 This event includes displays of vintage and military aircraft, airplane rides, food booths, and many other activities that people of all ages can enjoy: CAP Pancake Breakfast daily from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. FREE WWII Big Band Era Hangar Dance (Saturday Only). Doors open 5:30 PM/Food 6:00 PM/Honorees 6:30 PM/Dance 7 PM - 10 PM EAA Young Eagle Flights , Lease Aviation Flights, Hay Wagon Tour of Airport. Food, fun, and more! Free Admission-Free Parking-Free Dance! 6/14/2014 to 6/14/2014 Simeral Square Opening Day Celebration Downtown West Newton West Newton, PA 724.872.0100. Join us for a day of fun to kickoff the 2014 opening of Simeral Square, a riverfront park in downtown West Newton! Take the Bike Tour & Scavenger Hunt, enjoy the Farmers’ Market, listen to Ron & the Rumpshakers (11 am) and stay the evening with a performance by Zany Umbrella Circus (6 pm) and more! 6/14/2014 to 6/22/2014 Eat’n Park Family Week Pittsburgh Zoo 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA Enjoy some family time at Eat’n Park Family Week. Each day will feature a new theme and highlight different animals throughout the Zoo with tons of fun activities, special animal encounters, mascot appearances, live entertainment and more!

6/15/2014 Twin Lakes Father’s Day Fishing Derby Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg. 8 am - 1 pm Free fishing derbies are held annually at Mammoth, Northmoreland and Twin Lakes Parks from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. Trophies and prizes are awarded to both adults and youth, and a door prize drawing will be held for all registered participants. Registration (Boathouse, Lower Lake) starts at 7:30am and ends at noon (to be eligible for door prizes, all contestants must be registered by noon). All participants ages 16 and older must display a current fishing license. Come on out to our County parks and have some fun! 6/15/2014 2014 Father Fest Rogers-McFeely Community Pool, Latrobe 2 pm. (724) 537-4331 Kids…bring your fathers for a free afternoon of FUN in the sun at the pool! Just tell the pool admissions staff… "We're here for Father Fest!" and get in FREE!

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6/15/2014 to 6/15/2014 Father’s Day Celebration Pittsburgh Zoo 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA Bring your dad to the Zoo for a wild Father’s Day! All dads recieve free admission when accompanied by a child. 6/16/2014 to 6/16/2014 Fort Kids Camp I Fort Ligonier 200 South Market Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 Day camp for kids who have completed grades 2, 3, 4, or 5 (pre-registration required). 6/17/2014 to 6/17/2014 Big Wheels Race of Memorial Drive Legion Keener Park Latrobe, PA 15650 Register at 5 pm, race starts at 6.

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Now in Latrobe! All local business leaders are invited to attend a weekly meeting of BNI (Business Networking International) held each Wednesday* at the SpringHill Suites in Latrobe, from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. Visitors are welcome (no reservations), free of charge, and encouraged to come network with us and learn more about:

June 4: Accounting, Bookkeeping Sharon Glenn, Estate Assurance 724-532-1884,

June 11: Real Estate Misty Hegan, Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services 724-238-3600,

June 18: Commercial Insurance Scott King, BP Insurance 724-238-2148,

June 25: HVAC Mike Trimboli, Highlands HVAC 724-238-6889,

July 2: topic Chapter Leadership

For more information about a presentation, please contact the scheduled speaker. (*Our meetings are cancelled whenever Greater Latrobe School District closes due to inclement weather)

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6/20/2014 Family Nature Experience: Pollinator Day Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, Latrobe; 10 am - 3 pm. 724-537-5284 Celebrate pollinators, but especially bees on this special day. Learn about the bee life cycle, honey production, and much more! Free for families of all ages. Registration required. 6/20/2014 to 6/21/2014 Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival Ligonier. 44 Firehall Road, Route 271. 6/21/2014 Town-Wide Yard Sale - New Alexandria Vendors are welcome to participate in this town-wide yard sale. New Alexandria Community Center. Lunch and Bake Sale at the Senior Center. 724-668-7055; 8 am. 6/21/2014 to 6/22/2014 Living History Weekend: Children and the Environment Compass Inn Museum 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown, PA 15655. Hands-on-history. Visit us to learn about history and the environment. 6/22/2014 Miss 4th of July Pageant Greater Latrobe Senior High Auditorium. 6pm This year’s theme: Landmarks in America 6/22/2014 to 6/22/2014 3rd Annual Lavender Festival Christian W. Klay Winery 412 Fayette Spring Road, Chalk Hill, PA 15421 6/23/2014 Midsummer Night’s Ice Cream Social Fulton House, 357 Pittsburgh Street, New Derry, PA. 7-9 pm. 6/26/2014 to 6/26/2014 10th Annual Wheels and Wings Downtown Ebensburg Ebensburg, PA 15931 814.472.8414. Come to Downtown Ebensburg for a car, truck and motorcycle show, wing-off, and live music. 6/26/2014 to 6/26/2014 Perryopolis Bicentennial Perropolis Area Heritage Society PO Box 202 Perryopolis, PA 15473 Perryopolis is celebrating its Bicentennial with a host of activities planned. Throughout the Bicentennial celebration there will be food vendors, children’s games and activities, a petting zoo, American Indian demonstrators, French & Indian War demonstrators, Civil War re-enactors, parade, fireworks, period craftsmen, musical performances, car show, pottery demonstrators, glassblowing & a blacksmith demonstration and Vintage Baseball Tournament. All historical buildings will be open for touring also. For times visit our website! 6/27/2014 - 6/29/2014 Bullskin Opry Bullskin Fairgrounds, Rte 982 in Mt Pleasant Camping & Crafts. We invite you to bring your favorite lawn chair and come and hear top notch local Blue Grass Music! Invite your friends and family and sit a spell! This is a family friendly event! Food will be available for purchase and we will also have a wonderful selection of crafters for you to shop from! Make it a family tradition! Music starts 5pm Friday night till 10pm; 10am Saturday till 10pm; Sunday church services start 11am.

6/27/2014 5 Mile Run & 2 Mile Walk Memorial Stadium in Latrobe. Registration - 5 pm; Race begins at 7 pm. 724-537-8417. 6/28/2014 to 6/28/2014 Inside Ligonier Valley-A Home Tour Ligonier Valley. 724.879.4241 Visit several Ligonier Valley Homes on this selfguided surprise tour, including “WOW” homes. 6/28/2014 - 6/29/2014 Colonial Court Day Historical Hanna’s Town Westmoreland County Historical Society; 724-532-1935 Step back in time to when the Revolutionary War-era village of Hanna’s Town served as the seat of government for Westmoreland County and held the first English courts west of the Allegheny Mountains. Sessions of Colonial Court, featuring actual cases heard at Hanna’s Town between 1773 and 1786, will be presented outside the tavern in Historic Hanna’s Town. Charges from theft and violation of indenture to treason will be heard. See how those who were convicted of crimes paid their debt to society in the 18th century. Hanna’s Town was attacked and burned on July 13, 1782 by a raiding party of Native Americans and their British allies while court was in session. Court will be held at 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday and at 2 PM on Sunday. Fee : $5 for adults; $4 for children/seniors. Free for WCHS members Location : Historic Hanna's Town Directions : 809 Forbes Trail Road Greensburg, PA 15601 (Hempfield Township) 6/29/2014 40th Anniversary Celebration for Historic Hanna's Town Westmoreland County Historical Society; 724-532-1935 Historic Hanna's Town began its reincarnation as a museum in 1974 when Hanna's Tavern opened to the public for guided tours. Celebration activities include a barbecue picnic, reenactment of a special court case, and 18th century music and dance. Pictures of the inspiring community effort to put the Tavern under roof in one day will be displayed as we honor the many volunteer fire departments and other organizations who undertook this impressive feat! Advance reservations are required. Fee : $25 for adults: children $5. Includes a guided tour and activities earlier in the day. Location : Historic Hanna's Town Directions : 809 Forbes Trail Road Greensburg, PA 15601 (Hempfield Township) 6/29/2014 to 7/4/2014 Annual Midway Activities Legion Keener Park Latrobe, PA 15650 Enjoy entertainment, carnival, crafts and food every evening 5 - 10 pm. (3pm on Sunday) 7/3/2014 to 7/6/2014 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Twin Lakes Park. 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Fesitval. One of the top 100 events in North America. Festival includes live performances, over 200 arts and craft exhibitors, heritage and history demonstrations and ethnic food booths. Admission to the festival is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily


7/4/2014 to 7/4/2014 4th of July Celebration Legion Keener Park Latrobe, PA 15650 Enjoy the parade starting at 10:30am with floats, antique cars and more! Don’t miss fireworks by Keystone Fireworks Co. at 10pm! 7/4/2014 4th of July Fireworks Idlewild & Soak Zone, Ligonier, PA Enjoy the Holiday with family and friends. Stay for our FIREWORKS display at 10:00 p.m. (Weather Permitting) 7/4/2014 Indiana Lions Club 4th of July Fireworks Indiana County Fair Grounds, Mack Park, 700 Carter Avenue, Indiana, PA 15701 7/4/2014 Old Fashioned Penny Candy Day Smicksburg, PA; 10 am - 5 pm Selected stores and restaurants will have complimentary old time summer treats! 7/12/2014 to 7/12/2014 Concert: Neon Swing Compass Inn Museum 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown, PA 15655 724.238.6818 Join us for a night of swing! “Neon Swing XPerience,” will be returning to the Museum for a performance. Get ready “to jump, jive, and rock.” 7/12/2014 to 7/12/2014 ORTC Gear & Cheer Music Bradys Run Park Lodge Beaver Falls, PA 15010 724.770.2060. Festival activities include a 5K run/walk, mountain bike race, kayak race, road cycling, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing wall, auctions, raffles, arts & crafts, live music, food, drink, wine and craft beer tasting! 7/13/2014 Hoodlebug Summerfest Downtown Homer City; noon Annual Festival - Ethnic Food - Craft & Game Booths and Entertainment. 5K run/walk at 6 pm. Fast and flat 5K on streets of Homer City with part of the last mile on the Hoodlebug Trail. Part of the Homer City Business Association Festival. Race contact: Cory Fulmer, 724-541-0013. Event Cost: $15.00 up to June 27, $17.00 after 7/13/2014 Antiques & Collectibles Market Historic Hanna’s Town 809 Forbes Trail Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 724.532.1935 Over 100 dealers. Morning show, 7:30 am - 1pm 7/15/2014 to 7/18/2014 Compass Inn Kids Summer Camp Compass Inn Museum 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown, PA 15655 724.238.6818 A fun and educational history camp. Kids learn about life in early 19th-century Pennsylvania. Activities include games, cooking, arts and crafts. Fee includes snacks, hat, and camp supplies. Children should bring a bag lunch and water each day. 7/18/2014 - 7/19/2014 Summer in Ligonier Arts & Crafts 9 am - 5 pm, Downtown Ligonier Enjoy arts, crafts, merchant sidewalk sales, Sno cones, kids' activities, face painting, a balloon artist, and more!

Every Story Begins At Home. | 724-537-8417 7/18/2014 Loyalhanna Review Publication Party SAMA Museum in Ligonier. 7-9 pm The wine-and-cheese reception will feature readings from several of the writers published in the 2014 Loyalhanna Review and displays of some of the artists’ work. Guests will have a chance to talk with the authors and artists whose work is featured in the magazine. 7/17/2014 - 7/20/2014 103rd Anniversary - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival & Crabtree Fireworks St. Bartholomew Parish - Crabtree, PA; (724) 834-0709 Fireworks on Saturday, July 19 at 10:30 pm. 7/19/2014 Summer Daze Vendor Show 9 am - 2 pm, Ligonier Town Hall. Free admission to the public. Also featuring a Basket Raffle and 50/50 benefiting the Ligonier Twp. K-9 program. Interested vendors email or like us on Facebook. 7/19/2014 27th Ligonier Valley Writers’ Conference 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Westmoreland County Community College,145 Pavilion Lane Youngwood, PA 15697 Deadline for early registration is June 10. Four renowned faculty members will work with both emerging and experienced writers. As always, workshops will be offered in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. For only the second time, there will also be a workshop on songwriting. 7/19/2014 to 7/20/2014 Living History Weekend: Civil War Comes to Compass Inn Museum 1382 Route 30 East, Laughlintown, PA 15655 724.238.4983; 7/20/2014 to 7/20/2014 4th Annual Classic Car Cruise Bushy Run Battlefield 1253 Bushy Run Rd., Jeannette, PA 15644 724.527.5488 Love sleek classic and custom automobiles? Have a classic or custom vehicle to show off to the public? Now’s your chance! Bushy Run Battlefield is once again opening its parking lot to classic and custom cars, trucks, or modified

vehicles. Enjoy classic cars, live music, food and drink, 50/50 raffle, and more! 7/20/2014 to 7/20/2014 PPG Festival of Color Pittsburgh Zoo 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA Enjoy the Zoo in wild colors! Create a sand art or spin art masterpiece, watch animal painting demonstrations, create chalk art alongside our extremely talented chalk artist, and get your face painted. Stop by the PPG Aquarium to meet our mascots and don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt to tie dye with all of your favorite colors. 7/24/2014 to 8/2/2014 Fayette County Fair Fayette County Fairgrounds Dunbar, PA 7/25/2014 to 7/26/2014 Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival Coleman Station 1144 Coleman Station Rd., Friedens, PA 15541 7/26/2014 Mammoth Park Field Day Mt. Pleasant Township - Route 981 and 982 from Latrobe and Greensburg A fun, free event for children ages 8-16 to learn more about the outdoors! Activities include trap shooting, archery, boating safety and more! This event is held at Mammoth Park, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youth Field Day is sponsored by Westmoreland County Law Enforcement Officers and the PA Game Commission. 7/26/2014 54th PA Infantry Living History Event at Bushy Run Battlefield 10 am - 4 pm; Join the 54th PVI to explore the world of reenacting and the Civil War. Learn about soldiering, weapons, tactics and so much more. All ages are welcome. Cost: Free. Admission fee required for the Visitor Center at Bushy Run. 7/31/2014 to 7/31/2014 Stoystown Lions Antique Tractor Festival 359 North Club Rd., Stoystown, PA 15563 814.341.9593;

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Three Wishes "Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." – Hans Christian Andersen, "Sommerfuglen" (“The Butterfly”)

“The Butterfly” by Hans Christian Andersen tells the story of an indecisive butterfly looking for a flower bride. As the bachelor sets out across the spring countryside meeting fields full of new young prospects, he dismisses each one by declaring something negative. Violets are too sentimental, anemones too sour, the crocus and snowdrop too formal. By summer’s end, he proposed to the mint – although not a flower, she still smelled sweet while others have withered and faded away. Too old for him, she declined his offer. The butterfly soon sought shelter from the cold autumn wind and found a room with a warm stove where he daydreamed of fresh air and freedom. Unfortunately, the people in the house captured him for their collection, securing the butterfly with a pin inside a box – which he likened to being trapped in marriage. At first glance, this story paints a terrible picture of marriage. Obviously, he was too critical and missed his chance, consoling himself with a

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vicious opinion. But when I read it again, I thought about his three wishes: sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. The butterfly knew what he wanted – he just couldn’t recognize what was always right there in front of him.

How many of us suffer from the same problem? We have so many choices these days, that such freedom

feels like a prison of indecision. In turn we focus on negative criteria, rather than appreciating all the positive qualities. Some may even have yet to bloom. These flowers of our life are so much more than short, beautiful blossoms. We must also remember to plant the seeds of our own little gardens with plenty of room to grow – so that they may thrive, multiply, and be shared. And let’s not forget, everything needs sunshine in order to thrive. A sunny attitude can brighten any dark place, bringing happiness where there once was sorrow. Keeping perspective on things is the hardest task I face each day: problems are smaller than they appear, and the good things so much larger. Indeed, nothing lasts forever, and I need to value each day as it comes. We have no freedom from time, but we can control how we spend it: laughing in the sunshine or wallowing in the dark.

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