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August 6, 2010

The SUPPER CLUB in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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     I’ve been remiss. A new restaurant, THE SUPPER CLUB, opened in mid-June at the Greensburg Train Station, Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to dine there yet—perhaps soon it will happen.

Scroll down for information on its upcoming events: 

FARM FESTIVAL—Sunday, August 8th, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

LOCAL BEER DINNER— Sunday, August 8th,  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


     One of Laurel Mountain Borough’s residents, and a Beanery Writer’s Group member, Deb Driggers, is president/operations manager of the business. She not only lives on Maple Road, she’s connected with the Beanery Writers Group. When you visit, be sure to let Debbie know of your Laurel Mountain Borough and/or your Beanery Writers Group connection.

     Deb spent the last two decades in private, non-profit management positions. Three years ago she took advantage of an opportunity to work in the restaurant business with (to continue reading, click on:


July 31, 2010

Conveyor Belt Diversion in Laurel Mountain Borough, PA

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Laurel Mountain Borough, PA

     A borough resident took a tour of watersheds the same day that a conveyor belt diversion was being installed just up the road from her White Oak Rd. residence. She was mighty surprised when the tour included the work being done in Laurel Mountain Borough.

     She reported that a group of about ten LMB persons gathered with the watershed tour group to learn what was being done.

     She also reported something I had already heard: that there was controversy about the conveyor belt installation, including that it “was a change that ruins the ambiance of the community.”

     She loaned me a handout paper on conveyor belt diversions, which she received on the tour. The following information comes from that paper.


     Conveyor Belt Diversions work well for “off right of way” water issues; on sloping sections of low-traffic roads having evidence of water velocity damage to the surface, and on roads receiving insufficient surface maintenance (thereby losing their proper crown or cross-slope).

     They are useful for low-traffic roads and (more…)

March 14, 2010

One Word Description of Laurel Mountain Borough (PA)

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     Quaintness…the single most frequent word used to describe Laurel Mountain Borough, a small community in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

     How does a resident get this point across in a short description, stated with originality, that will inspire others to visit the community?

     First, one must understand what quaintness is. Dictionaries offer three definitions. First, charmingly odd, especially in an old-fashioned way*, having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; **; or pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned or unfamiliar***. Second, oddly picturesque, unfamiliar or unusual in character, strange*; unusual or different in character or appearance**; and strange, peculiar or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way***. Finally, cleverly made, artful*; marked by skillful design**; and skillfully or cleverly made ***.

     According to these definitions, Laurel Mountain Borough is quaint.

     Upon entering the main part of the Borough, through the stone pillars that mark the two entrances to the larger part of the community, the pavement changes from (to continue reading click on:

Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania: Quaint  or

November 10, 2008

GEORGE D. SHUMAN: Author of Thriller Books Part 2


GEORGE D. SHUMAN: Author of Thriller Books Part 2


George D. Shuman, author of the murder mystery “18 Seconds,” had his second book in the mystery series released August 7, 2007, and his third, “Lost Girls,” in August, 2008. Check your bookstores or local library to read these books. In honor of his work, the Beanery Writers Online Literary Magazine is reposting a two-part article on Shuman.
Shuman, a twenty-year veteran of the Washington D. C. Metropolitan Police Force, said he would have been a writer no matter what his career was.
“18 Seconds” is his first published book. He talked with members of the Beanery Writers Group at their first anniversary meeting March 9, 2007, about his books and his writing process.
Today’s post is on Shuman’s book, “18 Seconds.” Click on GEORGE D. SHUMAN: Author of “18 SECONDS” & “LAST BREATH” Part 1  to read Part 1 of this article, written about his Background and his Writing Process.

He chose the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, as the “place” for “18 Seconds.”
“I was thinking about the boardwalk. I’ll never forget walking the boardwalk,” he said. “Where you’re beyond the noise, you can hear (more…)

September 1, 2008


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For those persons who wonder why I run about with a camera, I could say I was influenced by my father, a chief Naval photographer. However, since I didn’t know him as I grew up, he didn’t really influence me.

I can say it’s partly the rewards, which I received this year from Ligonier’s Chamber of Commerce. One of the photos I entered in their calendar contest became the cover photo of the 2009 calendar (

I am very pleased that the committed picked this picture. i hope you all enjoy it.

February 5, 2008

BEAR STORIES cont. (May 2007)

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MAY 28, 2007: When Monte and I awoke this Monday morning I discovered I hadn’t taken my bird feeders in last night. Two shepherd’s hooks holding bird feeders were bent to the ground, but fortunately (more…)

November 3, 2007


Ligonier Mountain Borough solicitor Paul Elias, offered his resignation from this position at the March 21, 2007, borough council meeting. All members of Borough council voted to accept the resignation except for Joe Griffith, who abstained from voting.

“I want to thank everyone for the years I served here,” He said.

Following Paul’s resignation Jeffrey W. Miller, Esq., the current LMB council solicitor introduced himself to council members. (more…)

LMB RESIDENT’S SEPT. 11, 2001 STORY: Part 1 of 2

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LMB resident John was working in one of the twin towers in New York City the morning of September 11, 2001. His story will be posted in the LMBoroLMPark Newsletter in three parts. To view photo illustrations taken by John, click on: September 11, 2001, John was in New York City working as a freelance sound recordist/video engineer. He had many clients in downtown New York, where he found most of his jobs. He also worked in Philadelphia and other places, but the New York work was most challenging.This Tuesday he was working at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter (Company), a very large financial consultant company similar to J. P. Morgan. He’s worked there a half dozen times. They had a television studio they’d just built, completed in December 2000.They had called me to do audio or video engineering, John said, as usual—at the last minute. (more…)

LMB RESIDENT’S SEPT. 11, 2001 STORY: Part 2 of 2

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LMB resident John was working in one of the twin towers in New York City the morning of September 11, 2001. His story will be posted in the LMBoroLMPark Newsletter in four parts. To read Parts 1 or 2, click on STORIES/FEATURE, LMB RESIDENT SHARES HIS SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 EXPERIENCE Part 1 of 4, or Part 2 of 4.
To view photo illustrations taken by John, click on: then blanked out on the scene, losing all memory (more…)


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Tom and his partner have a radio station that can be heard in Ligonier and at  The posting below relates his “Nature Meets Civilization” story of events that occurred this past week.Earlier this week Tom Mizikar needed to pick up some boxes that were delivered to the Ligonier Country Inn for him. Because it was during one of the rainy spells (which was most of this week) he remembered to grab several tarps off his woodpile before he took off. As he drove down the road, he looked over. A snake was coiled at the edge of the tarp, ready to strike. It acted, but missed Tom and returned to the tarps. Tom continued on.He looked over again to see it slithering down the top of the tarps to the passenger seat and towards him. He stood up and drove with the snake under him on the driver’s seat. In this position he couldn’t control the brakes or gas pedal. He put the car in neutral and coasted the remainder of the distance to the Ligonier Country Inn parking lot, where an employee became alarmed at the grimace on Tom’s face and perhaps thought Tom was having a heart attack.Tom opened the door and yelled “I have a snake in here!!”The 12-15 inch yellow snake slithered out of he car into the unknown. Tom doesn’t know what type of snake it was—he’s not a snake expert—but the employee said he believed it was a baby copperhead.

Tune in to Tom’s radio station on you computer by clicking on   Let him know how you enjoy it—comment below!

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