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June 5, 2015

Out & About: June 2015

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JUNE 5: Pool opened, two families enjoyed swimming the first day

JUNE 6: Laurel Mountain Park is sponsoring a pool party June 6. Watch your email for further information.

June 2, 2015

Out & About: May 2015

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NOTICE: Since mid-March Laurel Mountain Borough has been challenged with atypical events. Rumors are flying and imaginations are activated.

What is known is that there have been 3 break-ins: one on Maple Rd. (Phil Rose), one on Laurel Rd., and one on Locust Rd.

  • Burglary, someone forced entry through a window at a Locust Street residence and tried to light a fire inside. —Tribune Review, Blotter, 6/5/2015, pp B2

Might I personally encourage each of you to be proactive in keeping our Borough safe by:

  • Keeping your ears and eyes open to anything unusual, especially around part-time housing…if you suspect someone contact the mayor or a council member
  • Contacting any owner of a part-time residence that you know, to inform them about what is happening in the Borough. They probably don’t know, so cannot take action to protect their property.

May, all month: Many thanks to those who worked hard to clean up the Laurel Mountain Park pool and shelter house. Laurel Mountain Park is sponsoring a pool party June 6. Watch your email for further information.


Out & About: April 2015

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April 24: Phil Rose and Jane, his long-time girl friend, were married in Phil’s hospital room at the hospital in Johnstown.

 April 28: The home of Phil Rose was broken into. Windows were broken and antiques were destroyed. The five perpetrators were between 11 and 14 years old; three live in Laurel Mountain Borough.

Three of the perpetrators were caught “in the act” by a Borough resident, who called the police. The crime on Maple Rd. was reported on live television and in the newspapers.

Links to the newspaper accounts:

May 15, 2014


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MAY 17-18, 2014: Pool cleanup

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May 2, 2014: Bear were spotted this spring by numerous Borough residents. Dan O’Brien discovered what might be a bear den:

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April 16, 2014


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APRIL 2014:


Rumors have it that a bear with three cubs is roaming around the boro, toppling garbage cans, looking for food. DO NOT come between the mama bear and her cubs. Be very careful. The bear has been sighted by numerous persons in the boro.

Rumor has it that it is a bear that has a nest in the woods and keeps returning year after year.

Note that unless it is a mama bear and her cubs, black bear are more afraid of you than you are of them. If you find yourself confronting a bear, do not look them in the eyes or run.

Instead, raise your arms and yell—Go bear, or anything—and it should turn and run. While walking in the area talk loudly, whistle, sing, whatever, to warn the bear so it can run before you see it.

Take your bird feeders in the house at night, and make certain not to have foodstuff on your property.

Here’s an article on bears: Bear Attack Tales With a Tinge of Humor

Be safe. Know your bear facts.


Three deer ran across the road in front of me the other day. Then there were five deer in my yard. Be careful driving, use caution. Don’t get smashed by one of them.

APRIL 15, 2014

After several wonderful days snow reappeared about 4:00 p. m. today.


APRIL 27, 2014:

Our Spring 2014 Meeting:

Sunday, April 27th

2:00 pm

The Pool Shelter House

Learn about our exciting new season:

Parties/Community Involvement

Pool and building upkeep


Spring Cleaning

We welcome everyone from Laurel Mountain Borough. More hands make for lighter work. New ideas are always welcome. We want the pool to stay, so please become a member and join our efforts to keep our treasure open for another season.

Remember: having an updated, aesthetically pleasing pool adds value to your property. The pool is run by you and me, so let’s work together to make it a success.

If you would prefer to receive meeting notices via e-mail, please e-mail Sue Crouse:

We look forward to seeing you April 27th.


Dan O’Brien (president), Gretchen Griffith (vice-president), Elizabeth Fuchs (secretary), Sue Crouse (treasurer), and Carolyn Holland (past-president)

APRIL 2, 2014

NOTICE to All Laurel Mountain Boro residents:

The 2014 membership dues for Laurel Mountain Park remain at $50.00

Please remit to:

Laurel Mountain Park, Inc.

P.O. Box 39

32 Walnut Road

Laughlintown, PA 15655

Thank you in advance for your prompt payment!

Susan Crouse, treasurer

February 22, 2014

Out & About: February 2014

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We’ve had quite a winter so far this year. I hope you’ve survived the travails of blast after blast of snow, ice, and cold that Old Man Winter has thrust upon us.

I predict it’s not over yet, even though we’ve had a spell of several days of sun that’s removed snow and a good bit of ice. Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter—those six weeks won’t end until mid-March.

I was checking my records and came across challenging winter storms in March and on April 22 last year.

My suggestion is that lessons are learned from the harsh winter of past months. We’ve heard complaints from numerous people living in several communities.

The big complaints everywhere this season has been the roads and insufficient perishable goods.

Road maintenance people are not gods, nor do they control Old Man Winter or Mother Nature. When the heavens open and deposit an inordinate amount of precipitation on the roads everyone must have patience, especially with faithful volunteers who, in spite of being inundated, work to keep the roads at least passable.

Might I suggest the following

  • if you must walk on the roads you have a pair of ice cleats on your shoes, and you carry deicer, cat litter, or sand with you to prevent falls.
  • during this break in weather supply your cupboards with milk (or milk substitutes such as Boost or Slimfast, perfectly good substitutes for milk), canned food, bottled juice.
  • just in case, maintain a supply of water (not necessarily for drinking, but for household use) in a niche in your home.
  • have a supply of batteries for flashlights in the event the power goes off
  • finally, pick out a couple of good books and, when the weather is inclement, curl up on your couch with a cup of coffee or tea and be grateful that Old Man Winter and Mother Nature give you a break.

And remember, the snow covers our spring surprises. On Feb. 22, 2013, the snowdrops were in bloom. Today they could not be—they were covered by snow.

IMG_2898E 140203I realize some of you must be out even in the worst weather. Please be prepared (have charged cell phone, flashlights blankets, gas in the car). And drive safely. We want everyone to have a wonderful spring and summer.

November 18, 2013


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NOVEMBER 24: Santa Hat Event —Wear Your Santa Hat

12:30 p. m.-1:15 p. m.: Santa Walk for Health (start at Shelter House)

1:15 p. m.: Welcome, Santa Song Sing, Santa Readings (12 Hemlock Road)

2:00 p. m.: Live Internet Simulcast with Brockton, Massachusetts

Followed by a visit from Santa


Carolyn Holland, 724 238 3493

NOVEMBER 20: Boro Council meeting  7:30 p. m.

October 23, 2013


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OCTOBER26:  Laurel Mountain Park invites you to a family-friendly Halloween Party for families in Laurel Mountain Borough and their friends and family.

Saturday, October 26
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Pool shelter house.
Wear a costume if possible.
Games for kids.
Hot dogs and chips provided.
Bring: a salad, a dessert, or drinks to share.
RSVP to Bonnie Cornish at 724-238-7216 or Nicole Shreve at 724-238-6429.

July 23, 2013


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AUGUST 4:  Laurel Mountain Park would like to invite you to a community picnic on Sunday, Aug. 4th. Games and activities will begin at 2:00, followed by hot dogs, hamburgers and picnic fare at 4:00. We are asking everyone to bring a salad, dessert, or non-alcoholic drinks to share. Please contact Sue Crouse at 724-238-6844 or by e-mail to let us know what you will be bringing. A flyer for the picnic is attached. 

Thank you so much for all of your support, now, and throughout the year.

Sincerely, Elizabeth Fuchs  LMP, Inc. Secretary

April 19, 2012


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APRIL 20, 2012:


In light of the sudden death of LMB’s tax collector the following is suggested:

Write the tax check out to Laurel Mountain Borough Tax Collector and SNAIL MAIL IT to:

Laurel Mountain Borough Tax Collector (Craig Miller)

P. O. Box 39

Laughlintown, PA   15655

Your 2% early tax payment benefit will be applied if your ENVELOPE is postmarked by April 30, 2012.

Watch this newsletter site for up to date news of any changes.

APRIL 19, 2012: Craig L. Miller, Laurel Mountain Borough

Craig L. Miller, 64, of Laurel Mountain Borough, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Excela Health Latrobe Area Hospital. He was born Jan. 9, 1948, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Myers W. Miller Sr. and Olive Simmers Miller. Craig was employed by the Rolling Rock Club. He was a graduate of California State University. He was a Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam War. Craig served 10 years as the mayor of Laurel Mountain Borough and was presently serving as a tax collector. His memberships include the Laurel Mountain Borough Association, Ligonier VFW No. 734, where he was presently serving as junior vice commander, and Byers-Tosh Post No. 267 American Legion. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Myers W. Toby Miller Jr. He is survived by three nephews, Jeffrey (Melissa) Miller, of Bolivar, Todd (Melissa) Miller, of Latrobe, and Brian (Lisa) Miller, of Grapeville. Craig’s friends and family will gather together from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the J. PAUL McCRACKEN FUNERAL CHAPEL INC., 144 E. Main St., Ligonier. The Ligonier Valley Veteran’s Honor Guard will hold services at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral chapel followed by a life celebration service with the the Rev. Dr. R. Bruce Maxwell officiating. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Craig’s memory to the Laurel Mountain Borough Association, P.O. Box 39, Laughlintown, PA 15655. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.jpaulmccrackenfuneralchapel.comSign Craig Miller’s online guestbook now.

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