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November 20, 2014

11 Facts About Loyalhanna Creek in Southwestern PA

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11 FACTS ABOUT LOYALHANNA CREEK IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Bridge spans Loyalhanna Creek in Latrobe, PA

Bridge spans Loyalhanna Creek in Latrobe, PA

Loyalhanna Creek is nominated for 2015 River of the Year.

You can make it happen by voting before December 15, 2014.

Vote here.

Help Loyalhanna Creek beat out the Ohio River, the Neshaminy Creek and Watershed,

Conewango Creek, and the Lackawanna River.

Winner receives a $10,000 grant to promote the creek

through various programs and events throughout the coming year.

For more information contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org

Westmoreland County’s Loyalhanna Creek isn’t the nearest trout stream to metropolitan Pittsburgh, but the volume, breadth, minimal overhang, variety of water types and abundance of stocked trout through the Loyalhanna Gorge has made it a invaluable classroom for countless Southwestern Pennsylvania anglers. The natural beauty of Westmoreland County and the water flowing gracefully down Loyalhanna Creek attract people from near and far.^^^^

As one would expect, the Loyalhanna Creek does hold some secrets. There’s one particular boulder — I won’t tell you where — that for decades has remained undercut by the current. Even in the summer when Loyalhanna Creek is low and the water warms, big trout find comfort at the edge of the current a yard or more under the protection of the rock, picking off any Wooly Bugger that passes.^

Below is a quiz to test your knowledge of the Loyalhanna Creek.

Sam Sherry of Wilpen, PA with Bigfeet

Sam Sherry of Wilpen, PA with Bigfeet

QUESTIONS

  1. What was the original 18th century name of Loyalhanna Creek and what did it mean?
  2. What is the Loyalhanna Creek?
  3. Where is the Loyalhanna Creek located and where does it originate?
  4. The Kiskiminetas River results from the confluence of the Loyalhanna creek and what other waterway? Where does this confluence occur?
  5. What unique siting was made along Loyalhanna Creek on May 17, 1987, and who made it?
  6. What part of the Loyalhanna Creek is stocked with fish each spring?
  7. What is the elevation of the mouth of the Loyalhanna Creek?
  8. When is the Loyalhanna Creek classified as a river?
  9. The Loyalhanna Creek Watershed encompasses how many square miles and how many miles of miles of stream?
  10. Why was the Conemaugh River green, and the Loyalhanna Creek usually orange?

BONUS QUESTION

Name the 6 sections of the Loyalhanna Creek, and the mileage of each.

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May 17, 2014

Photographic Reflections of Ligonier

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PHOTOGRAPHIC REFLECTIONS OF LIGONIER

May 16, 2014  WP Photo Challenge: Work of Art

 The WP Photo Challenge for May 16, 2014, is Work of Art: share a photo of something that’s art to you.

The following photographs depict (artistically, I hope) Reflections of Ligonier (PA)…the photographic reflection presented in automobiles (most at a car show). Look carefully to see views of the center of town, known as The Diamond.

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December 21, 2013

Zider Store (Laughlintown, PA) Reroofed

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ZIDER STORE (LAUGHLINTOWN, PA) REROOFED

This autumn the Progress Fund purchased the Laughlintown, Pennsylvania, structure known as the Old Zider Store.

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The first major task they accomplished was replacing the roof, gutters, and downspouts. Zider’s Store is located on the Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30) east of Ligonier in the Ligonier Valley.

Below are photos of the reroofing in progress.

Oct. 28, 2013

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October 5, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 9/27/2013: (Color) Saturated

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 9/27/2013: (COLOR) SATURATED

The Weekly Photo Challenge for September 27, 2013 was saturated (with color).

As I shot the following photos I wondered if or when they would be useful. Well, today is the day. Below are color saturated photographs taken during my New England travels this month:

DECORATIVE CARS…

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September 5, 2013

Rt. 30 (PA) From Latrobe to Laughlintown: Photos

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RT. 30 (PA) FROM LATROBE TO LAUGHLINTOWN
A PICTORIAL JOURNEY

Often while a passenger in the car I use the sports setting on my camera, often achieving some pretty good pictures.

On June 14, 2013, I shot scenes through the car window while traveling east on the Lincoln Highway, Rt. 30, between Latrobe and Laughlintown in Pennsylvania. Monte drove the car at 50-plus miles as I shot the following photographs. I invite you to take this journey with me as you view the following photographs.

Rt. 30 at the western edge of Latrobe, with a view of the Chestnut Ridge

Rt. 30 at the western edge of Latrobe, with a view of the Chestnut Ridge

An airplane landing at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

An airplane landing at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

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August 31, 2013

Somerset Band Ends Ligonier (PA) Summer Concert Series

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Hug for Dan and his almost-500 day wife

SOMERSET BAND ENDS

LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

On Sunday evenings a crowd forms on the Diamond in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, to hear musical strains of local community bands. This year’s season finale was presented by the Somerset County Community, their last concert of their 25th anniversary.

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August 24, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge 8/23/2013: Focus

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Hugs for all the Wounded Warrior veterans

 WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 8/23/2013: FOCUS

WOUNDED WARRIOR WALKERS WALK

IN LIGONIER, PENNSYLVANIA

The wordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for August 23, 2013, is Focus: Snap a photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.

Two men waiting to participate in the Wounded Warriors walk through Ligonier, Pennsylvania:

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August 10, 2013

It Was a Sticky Mess on Laurel Mountain, PA

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Hug for sister Jane

IT WAS A STICKY MESS ON LAUREL MOUNTAIN,

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Mountain closed for 24 hours

Furnace Run, a stream that passes the back of my Laurel Mountain Borough community, may have offered a little sweeter water to nature’s critters that quench their thirst there.

The cause of the sweetness was “cherry lime rickey,” a cherry syrup that covered the highway, flowing into the stream that parallels the road, Rt. 30 a. k. a. the Lincoln Highway.

A big rig transporting the syrup to a company in Latrobe overturned near Laurel Mountain’s sharp curve known as the Mountain Inn Curve. The big rig was traveling downhill when the early evening wreck happened.

 I took the following picture while caught in the traffic jam in Laughlintown:

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Scuttlebutt has it that the driver survived, but no further information was publicized. He was transported to the hospital by helicopter. While sitting on our patio we saw the medical and news helicopters.

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SOURCE:

http://triblive.com/news/westmoreland/4493305-74/syrup-company-crews#axzz2bWo6wVAI

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July 4, 2013

Zider’s Store in Laughlintown, PA? Part 1

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ZIDER’S STORE IN LAUGHLINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

Part 1

During my decade of living in Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania, I’ve often heard two questions about the red-trimmed blue building on the corner of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (Rt. 30) and Nature Run Road.
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THE FIRST QUESTION

What is to become of what was once the community center of Laughlintown—why can’t someone purchase it and bring it to life?

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Zider Store has found a purchaser.

The Progress Fund of Greensburg (PA) purchased the structure on June 25. It expects to rehabilitate the building and lease it to a small business, which will enhance the existing businesses—including the Pie Shoppe, Ligonier Country Inn, the Compass Inn, and the antique shops.

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During my ten years living in Laughlintown’s Postal Service area I’ve heard the statement: The building is deteriorating so badly that it will be in an unrecoverable ruinous state before too long.

A sad state for a structure that was once the social center of town: a general store and the post office.

It’s been vacant most of the time since 1978, when the property was taken over by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. For a short time Frances L. Scaife operated an (more…)

March 23, 2013

Ligonier (PA) 4th “Soup’s On” Event 2013

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LIGONIER (PA) 4th “SOUP’S ON” EVENT 2013

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

COME AND GET IT!

 Soup’s On!

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The almost-clement day—no precipitation in the form of rain, sleet, or snow—temperature not quite warm enough to diss the jacket—just perfect for a noontime meal of hot soup.

Er, hot soups—17 to be exact, everything from Transylvania Fish Soup to white kickin’s chicken chili to 4 mushroom soups to the one that expressed all the tastes of the day, Thanksgiving Dinner soup.

Red balloons marked participating stores

Red balloons marked participating stores

It was a day when the local restaurants and businesses around the Gazebo marking the town center and along its four spokes joined together to offer the day’s taste treats to those who participated.

Many of the local businesses sponsored a soup table to a restaurant, which prepared one of their soups to serve in small amounts. Believe me, the small samples filled the empty belly very quickly. After a while the common statement was (more…)

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