On top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a contentious presidential election, Western Pennsylvania amusement park fans last recently received the disheartening news that Idlewild and SoakZone in Ligonier and Kennywood in West Mifflin would both be retiring several longtime attractions. I wrote about the impending loss of Idlewild's Ferris Wheel, kiddie Rainbow Wheel and… Continue reading Ferris Wheel among rides set for retirement at Idlewild and SoakZone
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has certainly made the 2020 season an unprecedented one for Idlewild and SoakZone, with the park’s nearly two-month delay in opening and its new health and safety protocols for guests and employees. Originally scheduled to open on Saturday, May 16, Idlewild will now open to the general public on Saturday, July… Continue reading War and Pandemic: A History of Idlewild Closures
Greetings friends! I can't believe it's May already and we are a third of the way through 2014. Where has the time gone?! I've managed to stay quite busy over the last few months, once I thawed out from this monstrous winter. Still, I have many more projects planned and even more ideas swirling around… Continue reading What I’ve been up to…
Merry 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… Continue reading Merry Christmas!
As I look back on this year and the time that has passed since my book came out, I can't believe some of the events that I have been a part of during my marketing campaign. I've participated in several book sales and signings and given two presentations. For someone who is a very nervous… Continue reading “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Fall Wrap-Up
Compared to the madness that descended upon the valley during the annual Fort Ligonier Days festival this past weekend, Ligonier sure looked like a ghost town when I drove up to cover back-to-back meetings in the township on Tuesday night. Despite the rain on Friday, I had a fantastic time promoting Ligonier Valley Vignettes all… Continue reading Huzzah! “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Hits Fort Days!
Happy Fall! Between promoting Ligonier Valley Vignettes, traveling to Bedford, PA along the Lincoln Highway, vacationing in various national parks in southwestern Utah, and my usual extracurricular activities, it was quite a busy summer! I expect the upcoming fall season to be just as busy, but I hope to continue promoting my book, work on… Continue reading October Events for “Ligonier Valley Vignettes”
Today marks the 125th anniversary of the Ligonier Echo - the Ligonier Valley's hometown newspaper! The weekly newspaper was first published on September 5, 1888. It wasn’t the first newspaper in Ligonier (four others preceded it), but it’s been the longest running of those publications. The location of the office has changed over the years, and… Continue reading The Ligonier Echo celebrates 125 years in print!
You never know when you are going to stumble across a piece of history or when one is going to come walking through your door. While I was visiting the Pennsylvania Room this week, Shirley Iscrupe shared with me a recent donation of World War I memorabilia related to two soldiers with whom I am… Continue reading WWI Casualties William Tosh & Benjamin Byers Part of Ligonier Valley Library Collection
“When the Whistle Blows, Come Home” The Sounds of My Home Town: Ligonier, Pennsylvania Valley Voices - August 2013 Written by Jim Ramsey Transcribed and edited by Jennifer Sopko Pictures courtesy of the Pennsylvania Room, Ligonier Valley Library I was born and grew to adulthood in my home town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Many of my… Continue reading “When the Whistle Blows, Come Home,” by Jim Ramsey