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October 31, 2013

Scarecrows Surround the Ligonier (PA) Diamond 2013

Filed under: HOLIDAYS,LIGONIER (PA),PHOTOGRAPHY — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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SCARECROWS SURROUND THE LIGONIER DIAMOND

IN LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

HALLOWE’EN 2013

Judges five winners (28 entries) in the 22nd annual Scarecrow Contest in Ligonier, Pennsylvania:

1st: Terry Cotta

2nd: Moon Over My-Mami

3rd (a tie): Ghoul Gallery and Witch’s New SUV

All winners are pictured below (pictures were taken in order around the Diamond)

Moon Over “My-Mami” (Westmoreland Walks sponsored by The Finishing Touch)

Moon Over “My-Mami” (Westmoreland Walks sponsored by The Finishing Touch)

Going once, Going Twice

Going once, Going Twice

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October 29, 2013

Hanging Trees in R.I. & Westmoreland Cnty. PA

Filed under: FEATURE STORIES,Halloween,LIGONIER (PA) — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am

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Hugs for all those wrongly hung from trees and for their haunting ghosts

HANGING TREES:
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
LIGONIER TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

I provide the following three stories about hangings on trees in Newport, Rhode Island and the towns of Greensburg and Ligonier Township, Pennsylvania, for your Hallowe’en reading pleasure.

However, a question remains: Were those who were hung guilty…or were they innocent????

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

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!n 1673 49-year-old Thomas Cornell was accused, tried, convicted and hung for murdering his 73-year-old mother, Rebecca Cornell. His conviction was sealed by the testimony of her ghost. Court records tell the story.

On May 23, 1673, he was probably hung on a tree high on Miantonomi Hill in Newport.

Did Thomas’s ghost ever appear to defend him? There is (more…)

October 27, 2013

Rubber Ducky Mania: Pittsburgh 2013

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Hug for Pittsburgh’s now-gone Rubber Duckie

RUBBER DUCKIE MANIA:
PITTSBURGH
SEPTEMBER 27 to OCTOBER 20, 2013

What is that thing I see in the picture on my computer screen? That bright yellow spot in the distance, beyond the “Bridge to Nowhere?” That yellow thing docked on the Allegheny River at Point State Park…

  • Is it a docked yacht?
  • Is it a stalled barge?
  • Perhaps it’s an alien.
  • What the heck…it’s the smooth round backside of…a Rubber Ducky!

I heard about it through a media blitz.

Lyrics to a Sesame Street song I never paid attention to, a song I now understand is deep within the soul of many of the program’s fans,  is spinning through the coils of my brain:

Rubber Ducky, you’re the one,
You make bathtime lots of fun,..

Rubber Ducky, joy of joys,
When I squeeze you, you make noise!

My mind runs wild with its own creativity:

Bring along your soap
Your shampoo and your hope
Allegheny water awaits you

Dive in, dive in if you dare
Rubber Ducky relieves your care
Rubber Ducky, joy of joys.

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On October 7, 2013, my husband Monte, my daughter Sandy, my son-in-law Michael, and our friend Lois drove to Pittsburgh (PA) to attend a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Is this getting into a bird conversation? Duck. Penguins. Cardinals. But I digress.

Back on track after noting that I don’t do sports (except occasionally for surfing competitions). I’m what every family needs—an ultimate anti-sports person. So I remained at home puttering about.

A DUCKIE DAY

The playoff battle was Game 4 of the second round of the National League Division Series, the second game held at PNC Park, located near the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers join to form the Ohio River.

It wasn’t until about October 22 that I downloaded the pictures Monte took. To my surprise I discovered a number of photographs of a mysterious yellow Pittsburgh guest, docked from September 27 to October 20, 2013, along the Allegheny River between the Bridge to Nowhere and the Point where the rivers merged.

All Rubber Duckie views were of his back end, the only side visible from the outside River Terrace where Monte snapped the photos. The duck’s beak was pointed toward the Point a couple thousand feet upriver, beyond the Duquesne Bridge, colloquially known as the “Bridge to Nowhere.”

LUCKY DUCK Seen Beyond the Bridge to Nowhere—The Fort Duquesne Bridge

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Allow me to purposely digress here. Bridge to Nowhere?

The main span of the steel tied arched yellowish bridge spanning the Allegheny River was completed in 1963. Due to (typical) delays in acquiring rights of ways for ramps to the north side of the river these ramps weren’t completed at that time.. Thus, the bridge ended in midair, rendering it useless. When the two off ramps were finally completed in 1986 the bridge touched down halfway between the current Heinz Field and PNC Park Baseball Stadium.

Not wanting to be crude and rude, I decided to (more…)

October 26, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 9/20/2013: From Lines to Patterns—Memorial Bridge O’er the Piscataqua River

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 9/20/2013:
FROM LINES TO PATTERNS
MEMORIAL BRIDGE OVER THE PISCATAQUA RIVER
(CONNECTING NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE)

Weekly Photo Challenge 9/20/2013: From Lines to Patterns—Memorial Bridge O’er the Piscataqua River

The Weekly Photo Challenge for September 20, 2013 was from lines to patterns. The newly built Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River, connecting Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire yielded just such lines.

My husband Monte and I walked across the bridge from Kittery to Portsmouth and back while we were in New England in September.

Of course, I had my camera around my neck and took lots of pictures. Many took into consideration the lines and angles of the bridge, which I believe fulfills the challenge from lines to patterns.

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I have childhood memories of driving across the Memorial Bridge. We went to York Beach, the Nubble Light House, Warren’s Restaurant…and each time my husband Monte and I traveled to New England we crossed the bridge several times..

Truth be known, I submitted a photo of the Memorial Bridge to the (more…)

October 24, 2013

Halloween—-Children’s Stories & Poems

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HALLOWE’EN

CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Halloween entertainment, including jokes, tongue twisters, and coloring pages.

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JOKES

Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Q. Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders?
A. Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
A: I scream!

Q: When is it bad luck to be followed by a black cat?
A: When you’re a mouse.    More

How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
He turns into a bat every night.

How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery? (more…)

October 22, 2013

WP Weekly (Photo) Challenge: Hue of You—Olive Green

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Hugs for Tom and his wife in Germantown, Pennsylvania

WP WEEKLY (PHOTO) CHALLENGE:

THE HUE OF YOU—OLIVE GREEN

The WordPress weekly photo challenge for October 18, 2013, is the hue of you.

Monochromatic olive green outfit

Monochromatic olive green outfit

In September 2013, after a wet and soggy and nearly sunless summer in Southwestern Pennsylvania, my husband Monte and I traveled up the New England coast. Except for about 20 minutes in downtown Boston, where we took refuge at during a too-familiar downpour, we had perfect weather.

The day we crossed the border from Vermont into New York State we were reminded of the weather we left back in Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Valley (although reports were that the weather there was pretty nice during September).

Apparently the weather back home in the Ligonier Valley improved. It was hot and humid but not raining. And we had evidence that this was true.

When we arrived to our cottage-style home, located near running streams under a canopy of hemlock pines, maple, and oak trees, I received a rude awakening. Our 32-day absence, with the house closed up, yielded a layer of surface mold on our walls. I immediately went into a frenzy of wall-washing with hot soapy water, white vinegar, and peroxide (I’d read this was superior to using just bleach).

With the pictures off the wall I decided it was a great opportunity to update the 12-year-old paint job. And I knew without a doubt that I wanted to (more…)

October 20, 2013

WP Daily Prompt for October 19, 2013: Home Sweet Home

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WP DAILY PROMPT FOR OCTOBER 19, 2013

HOME SWEET HOME:

WHILE TRAVELING, WHAT I MISS THE MOST ABOUT HOME

The wordpress daily prompt for October 19, 2013, is Home Sweet Home: When you’re away from home, what person, thing, or place do you miss the most?

Coffeeperked.
Newspaper fetched.
Stereo programmed.
Cats accounted for.
Couch (or porch swing in the summer) cleaned off.
Footstool in place.
Blanket and telephone nearby.

NOW I can wake up.

Not arise from bed, but wake up—something I’m slow in doing, something I take my time doing. I’ve learned that this slow start energizes me for my activities of the day.

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In September 2013 my husband Monte and I traveled up the coast of New England starting in Groton, Connecticut and Newport, Rhode Island, then up the coast to East Lamoine, Maine, on Frenchman Bay.
The most difficult part wasn’t living out of the silver/blue tin can (automobile). It wasn’t too much togetherness, since we managed to get through the travel without slaughtering each other (after 47 years of marriage we’ve managed to learn how to negotiate many of the bumps of relationship).

My most difficult adjustment was the disruption of my (more…)

October 19, 2013

Ligonier (PA) Days Parade 2013 Pictures

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Hugs for everyone who participated in or viewed the Ligonier Days 2013 parade.

LIGONIER DAYS PARADE 2013

PHOTOGRAPHS

It was a beautiful autumn day for a parade.

The 2013 Ligonier Days parade occurred on October 12. I photographed it from a second floor apartment window. Below are some of the pictures I took.

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October 17, 2013

W-P Daily Prompt for 10/16/2013: Caregivers Deserve Commemoration

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  WORDPRESS DAILY PROMPT FOR 10/16/2013:

  CAREGIVERS DESERVE COMMEMORATION

October 16 is officially declared Person X Day. The WordPress October 16, 2013, prompt asks participants to pick Person X to honor, and write about that person.

I watched as my 74-year-old mother carried a wheelchair from her house, opened the trunk to her car, and struggled to pack the good-sized wheelchair into the small space.

At 53 years old I would be considered younger and stronger, more able to do the task. Furthermore, it would be a good gesture to help.

But all I did was watch.

I had sufficient reason for just watching. My Mother knew what she was doing and how to manipulate the wheelchair into the trunk.

Furthermore, I was an 18 hour drive from home. I needed to be in good shape to continue on, and heavy lifting would jeopardize that fitness.

I think about my Mother often, about her situation. Her husband Hugh, victim of a disabling disease, was over 6 foot tall. She was just 5 foot tall, and was his caretaker.

They had moved to Presque Isle, Maine, from Buffalo, New York, over a decade earlier. A daughter lived in Maine about an hour distant, as did a granddaughter. Basically, my Mother was alone in her community. Old-fashioned pride prevented her from (more…)

October 15, 2013

Ligonier Days 2013

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Hugs for everyone who worked to make Ligonier Days a success.

LIGONIER DAYS 2013

My husband Monte and I arrived at our Ligonier Valley Pennsylvania home just in time for me to attend Ligonier Days. We had been traveling for 32 days and were barely unpacked when off I went to attend the festivities.

Mother Nature intervened by providing perfect weather conditions from beginning to end on Saturday.

Fortunately, I’ve lived in the community long enough to know how to maneuver around the community on parade day, the busiest day of the year in Ligonier. I had lined up a parking place, knowing I needed to be in town before 9:00 a. m. (or risk being caught in parade activity).

I also prearranged for the use of an apartment to take refuge and a prime location to take photos of the parade.

That left me plenty of time to stroll about town with my ever-present camera before the parade began.

NOTE: Parade pictures will be featured here on Saturday, October 19.

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For folks wanting to be in the know the information booth is located on the Diamond on the east side of the Gazebo:

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Food is always a major feature of the weekend:

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I caught Vaughn Cost enjoying an early-in-the-day treat (anything goes on this weekend) while sitting on the porch of the Karat Shoppe:

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