Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2013Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for following me here over the past year. I really appreciate everyone’s support and friendship. The holidays are here, the year is winding down and it’s time for some reflection on this past year before making plans and goals for the next one.

2013 was an eventful year for me with the release of Ligonier Valley Vignettes, but I continued to work with the Latrobe Bulletin throughout the year by not only covering monthly meetings but also writing some features on happenings in the Ligonier Valley.  I was really pleased to be able to cover some great local stories this year.  I learned so much more about the Lincoln Highway than I ever knew before after meeting a traveling songstress (now friend) who passed through Ligonier during the road’s centennial. I heard stories of hope and healing from local veterans who traveled down through the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  Ligonier townspeople of all ages accomplished extraordinary things this year, from charitable work in a third-world country to jumping rope through New York City on live television.  I also covered some recent holiday-themed events in town that hopefully sparked fond memories and reminded us all of the true reason for the season. Please enjoy!

“Vintage Christmas in Ligonier” display lights up library
-December 6, 2013
Ligonier churches to host 2nd annual “Christmas Story and Nativity Display”
-November 30 – December 1, 2013
Ligonier jump rope team in Macy’s Parade
-November 23-24, 2013
Local vets share stories of healing from Grand Canyon trip

-November 9-10, 2013
LV Library to celebrate dinosaur’s 10th birthday
-October 16, 2013
Grand Canyon rafting trip helps wounded vets heal
-October 7, 2013
Ligonier missionaries spread ministry in Nicaragua
-August 5, 2013
Lincoln Highway songstress celebrates road’s centennial
-May 1, 2013
Ligonier trail bridge for Mill Creek arrives
-March 15, 2013


Fall Catch-Up

Hello dear readers! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I  just wanted  to catch up.   I hope to be returning to posting my photos and updating my site on a more continual basis.

Beginning tomorrow I plan to post my family photos on a weekly basis as that wil give me more time for reseaching the history contained in them.  I still have a ton of photos from my grandfather to go through, so those should keep me supplied with posts for a long time! As always, please feel free to comment on these photos, especially with additional information or corrections.  Your input is much appreciated!

It has been a pretty crazy summer and beginning of fall, but I hope to get back to a variety of projects I have in the works.  Stay tuned!

“Sea Turtle Orthodontics”

Florida Orthodontist Doubles as Turtle Shell Repairman

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a non-profit sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center in Juno Beach, FL, recently called in a local orthodontist to help their veterinarians repair the damaged shell of a green sea turtle who was hit by a boat last June.

“Some people are calling it ‘sea turtle orthodontics’ but the technical term is ‘distraction osteogenesis,'” Mettee said. “We are using the forces of pushing and pulling to manipulate bone growth.”



Please bear with me – This is a work in progress! Please check back for continual updates. Thanks!