Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 18, 2011

Birthday Dinner at Mountain Palace in Bolivar, PA

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BIRTHDAY DINNER AT

MOUNTAIN PALACE, IN BOLIVAR, PA.

 

     A light snow fell as we traveled to Bolivar, Pennsylvania, about a twenty minute drive from our Laurel Mountain foothills home. My husband Monte suggested we have dinner there because the weekend of my birthday was filled with meetings and engagements, thus we couldn’t fit it in.

     The Mountain Palace is a new Chinese restaurant hidden in the rural region about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. Located in a former home, it specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine. The house also contains a small Chinese art museum.

     While we were eating a young couple entered, bearing a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts for the mother of owner Lacy Cai, M. D., Ph. D. I was able to capture the event on camera:

     I hope to do a post on the restaurant later, on my regular writing blog site, but for now I wanted to share the happy occasion.

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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November 17, 2011

Methodist Ministers’ Chorus Sings in Ligonier

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE

METHODIST MINISTER’S CHORUS

SINGS AT HERITAGE CHURCH IN LIGONIER

     Musical notes sometimes floated spiritually and sometimes bounced energetically throughout the sanctuary of Heritage United Methodist Church this evening.

     The Western Pennsylvania Conference United Methodist Ministers’ Chorus presented a program, In Sacred Concert, at the Ligonier church, located in the center of town on the Diamond.

     Music was sung by a men’s chorus, a woman’s chorus and a combined chorus. Twenty-eight singers, fourteen men and fourteen women, raised their voices to Wake Up, Church, Wake Up!, written by Pepper Choplin.

     Once those in attendance woke up, the director, Steve Morse, announced that the second song scheduled for the chorus to sing, Fairest Jesus, would be (more…)

November 13, 2011

Gaming in Ligonier, PA

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

GAMING IN LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

    While I spent the day in the basement of the Ligonier Valley Library (Pennsylvania) there was a group of gamers in an adjacent room.

     Two other groups were at large tables involved in Warhammer, a medieval fantasy game. They were playing under the guidance of Brad College from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

 

     Another group, the painters, were under the guidance of Robbie Flam, who with her husband Norm owns the Toy Soldier Gallery in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The painters, under Robbie’s direction, were (more…)

November 12, 2011

Comments Made At Ligonier (PA) 2011 Veterans Day Event

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

COMMENTS MADE AT

LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA’S

2011 VETERANS DAY EVENT

     The theme of the Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 2011 Veterans Day was the Vietnam War.

     Some scattered comments heard at the event:

Miscellaneous comments:

  • Let us translate the notion of war into the notion of peace
  • In tolerance there’s progress—progress into a better world
  • Just as there is bravery in war, there is bravery in (more…)

November 4, 2011

Car Hits Deer: No On Hurt

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CAR HITS DEER: NO ONE HURT

 

     It was 7:18 p. m. last night when my husband Monte just called. He’s doing a good deed for a neighbor, Dan, who needed to pick up his car in Somerset, Pennsylvania, on top of Laurel Mountain. That meant Monte had to drive one of the cars home. He ended up with the Prius, which, as a duel-energy (battery and gas driven) drives differently. I know, because I have practiced driving it on our community’s gravel roads in case I need to use it to pick up kids at school.

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Cute? Not when it dashes in front of a moving car...

     A deer ran out in front of him and glanced off the front hood. It apparently survived, because it kept running and disappeared.

     Monte pulled off the road in front of some company, and a car from the company approached him.

     “What happened?” a man asked. He was a guard at the company. (more…)

November 2, 2011

Ordinances on Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

ORDINANCES ON OUTDOOR

WOOD-FIRED BOILERS

 

     The notice said that when the Allegheny County (PA) Board of Health will meet Wednesday…Nov. 3…Among items the board will consider are scheduling a public comment period on proposed regulations to control air pollution from outdoor wood-fired boilers and  to add glass-melting furnace rules to the county’s air quality regulations.*

     The small community where I live, Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania, has already (more…)

October 30, 2011

Bald Eagle Sighted in Ligonier, Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BALD EAGLE SIGHTED IN LIGONIER, PA.

     Watching the big birds soar through the air is a glorious experience that makes me wish I too could soar like they do. It also makes me wish I was accomplished at identifying the beautiful creatures flying freely.

     True, I’ve photographed osprey. But I’ll admit—the only reason I know they are osprey is through their nests, which I locate high up on roosts adjacent to power poles (constructed by power companies to protect electric wires while still allowing a place for the raptors to perch).

     My neighbor Dan called me tonight. He began the conversation by telling me that he sighted a majestic bald eagle this weekend.

     And he sighted it here in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     He was headed to the middle school to pick up his daughters, who had been on a school function. As he drove to the school he saw a large bird soaring over (more…)

October 2, 2011

The 2011 Hungarian Grape Festival: Ligonier, PA.

 

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE 2011 HUNGARIAN GRAPE FESTIVAL

LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

     The temperature is hovering just above freezing, in the forties during the day, the thirties at night. It has rained for at least twenty-four hours.

     The phrase it was a dark and stormy night applied as my husband Monte and I drove to the Hungarian Grape Festival held in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on this Sunday evening. Although the weather was inclement, the ambience inside was equally warm. We many new people and ate a good meal that included, of course, Hungarian goulash.

Lorana Sallai (Andrew) receives his sheriff's badge

     A traditional harvest activity occurred throughout the evening. Fruit, hung from the rafters, was there for people to grab and enjoy. However, if one of the two sheriffs caught them, they were penalized by a $1.00 fine. At the end of the evening the person who had the biggest “harvest” won a prize. Where else would a person be rewarded for being the biggest thief???

     One of the sheriff is visiting the United States, coming from Transylvania. Lorano Sallai (Andrew) Amoras is staying in Hazelwood while here.

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October 1, 2011

The Green Mead Farm Opening Day: Pumpkins & Corn Maze

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE GREEN MEAD FARM OPENING DAY:  

PUMPKINS & CORN MAZE

       October 2011 slid under the door, kicking out September to make space.   Brr, it’s a damp-cold day. Still, I had to run errands—the recycling center, grocery store—the normal errands that at this time couldn’t be delayed.

     I’d hoped for better weather because I wanted to go to the Green Mead Farm, a mile and a half south of the Ligonier, Pennsylvania intersection of Routes 711 and 30.

     Last year I procrastinated so long that I went too late to purchase a white pumpkin, so this year I was determined to go at the beginning of October this year.

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September 29, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  FALL

A favorite fall activity in Southwestern Pennsylvania is making apple butter…and so I do…in Waterford, Pennsylvania, just over the hill from where I live.

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 ADDITIONAL READING:

Divide Your Plants—And Share the Goodies

Guess Who Came to My House for a Mid-morning Snack?

Colors Shine at Thunder Mountain Lenape’ Nation’s 2011 Pow Wow

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