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Ligonier Community Garden Ready to Grow; Kids Corner Added
By DEBORAH A. BREHUN For The Latrobe Bulletin
Mindful of the social distancing guidelines, Ligonier Community Garden volunteers recently began preparing 24 raised garden plots for the coming growing season. Located at the former Loyalhanna Watershed building property on Old Route 30, the township garden project was established three years ago by the Ligonier Township Recreation Board.
"We never considered not doing the garden this year. It's an outside project and people need to get out and do things," said Larry Shew, Ligonier Township Recreation Board president. "There is plenty of space out here to garden and practice being 6 feet apart. If they wish to wear a mask they can do so." Shew said he never worried that the garden would not be successful this year. "It is popular with the people because they like to grow their own organic vegetables. Many people in this area do not have the space or enough sunlight to grow gardens in their own yards," Shew said. "People just need to get out in the sun, get some vitamin D, some UV, grow vegetables and live healthier." Shew said the garden is open 24 hours, so if anyone is uncomfortable with others in the garden, they can choose a time when no one else is there.
The plots are available each spring to Ligonier Township and Ligonier Borough residents for a $25 fee. "This is our third year of gardening and we sell out every year," Shew said. "We started with 18 beds and we added six more this year." The beds were filled recently with new soil and mushroom manure for the season. Some gardeners have already begun working the soil in their plots. Sisters Nancy Braun and Peg Marshall will be planting beans, cabbage, zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes in their three plots. "Last year, we canned 200 jars from our garden," said Braun. "We find it fun to work together. This is a great way to get fresh air and exercise." Marshall said getting out in the garden is just what she needed to burn off some energy after being in the house for the past few weeks. "It's a good thing because I get to work off some energy. I am around people but not around people," Marshall said. "It's good to be out in the sun. We are both gardeners but we live in a condo, so this is a perfect opportunity for us to get our hands in the dirt."
All supplies will be provided by Ligonier Township and private donations. When the season opens this year, a special new section of the community garden has been set aside for the children. Ligonier Community Garden Project Manager Judy Ridgway will introduce a program for children who will have graduated kindergarten this season all the way through age 12. The program is free to children who reside in Ligonier Township and Ligonier Borough, thanks to funding by two generous donors. Based on the present day social distancing guidelines, the beginning date for the children's garden is in limbo. The group hopes to begin the program in the middle of May and continue through September. "As soon as it is safe, we will start working with the children in the Kids Corner," Ridgway said.
The children will meet Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday nights would be the rain date. Only 10 children will be in the program for this first year. To register, private message a request on the Ligonier Community Garden Facebook page. Ridgway and Barli Ross will provide a program for children that will teach them how to provide proper soil, plant, weed, nourish and harvest the plants. Some of the harvest will be donated to the Ligonier Food Bank. The children will learn square foot gardening in the raised beds and straw bale gardening. At the first work day, volunteers constructed a teepee from tree branches to grow vining plants on the poles. Several special projects will be conducted throughout the growing season. Children will assist in the making of stepping stones, butterfly puddlers, mason bee houses, composting and a butterfly ascension. The gardeners' goal is to grow a 45-pound pumpkin.
Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Tonight's Township Supervisors Meeting
In the interest of public safety, the April 14 Township Supervisor meeting will be conducted remotely, via Zoom. Residents are welcome to attend, please email Jim Nieusma at email@example.com to request the meeting invitation and instructions. The agenda is posted on the meeting web page. Email any questions / comments to township manager, Terry Carcella (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be read aloud during the public comment section.
Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Dumpster Day - Rescheduled
Dumpster Day (Saturday, April 18) has been postponed, the rescheduled date is still TBD (to be determined), so stay tuned and stay safe!
Posted Sunday, April 5, 2020
Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order
Dear Citizens of the Ligonier Valley,
Governor Wolf has added Westmoreland County to the list of Pennsylvania counties under a Stay At Home order. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed throughout the state through at least April 6.
The Governor's Amended Order can be found here:
For more information relating to Stay-At-Home Guidelines, please follow this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.23.20-Stay-At-Home-Order-Guidance.pdf
For more information on the Coronavirus in Pennsylvania, please click this link: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Additionally the Governor signed several bills today to assist Pennsylvania's health care and education system and to reschedule the primary election. The Pennsylvania primary has been moved from April 28th to June 2nd. For more information on all of the bills signed today please follow this link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-signs-covid-19-response-bills-to-bolster-health-care-system-workers-and-education-and-reschedule-the-primary-election/
Please refer back to other notices issued for information relating to filing unemployment claims and business assistance.
Finally, all Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.
Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township & The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Posted Saturday, March 28, 2020
Non-Life Sustaining Businesses Closures
On March 19, 2020, Governor Wolf issued all non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close. Please visit the sites listed below for additional information.
A video statement from Governor Wolf can be found here: https://pacast.com/m?p=17895
The Governor's order can be found here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-TWW-COVID-19-business-closure-order.pdf
The full list of businesses is defined here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.
The Wolf Administration also announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at email@example.com or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.
We know this will be a difficult time for our community, but we will do our best to keep our residents as updated as possible.
Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township & The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Posted Monday, March 23, 2020
Dear Citizens of the Ligonier Valley,
During this unprecedented time related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want you to be aware that officials from the Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township, and Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce are diligently working together to coordinate communication and efforts.
As such, we are taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please be advised that the public bathrooms in the Ligonier Borough and Friendship Park will be closed for the foreseeable future.
We offer the following suggestions that any businesses or organizations that are planning events or social gatherings should consult the CDC guidelines and consider postponing or canceling your event in light of the current situation.
For those in the restaurant industry, please let your patrons know of all your offerings, whether sit down or takeout.
As this is an ever-changing situation, please visit the following links for the most updated and comprehensive information related to the Coronavirus:
PA Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov
Excela Health: https://www.excelahealth.org
Yours in Service,
Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Posted Sunday, March 15, 2020
Mixed paper and flattened cardboard may be dropped off in their respective receptacles located in the Township Municipal Complex parking lot. Please do not leave materials behind (i.e. litter) if the bins are full!
There is a receptacle in the Municipal lobby to safely dispose of pill form medicines: over-the-counter, prescriptions, vitamins, and veterinarian. (No needles or liquids.)
Plastic bags, bubble wrap, and air pillows can be recycled at most grocery stores.
McInchok Sanitation offers a monthly curbside service in some areas of the Township- please call them directly for more details and to confirm program availability for your residence. 724-238-1547
The County Recycling Center, Westmoreland Cleanways takes electronics, tires, lead acid batteries, freon appliances, fluorescent tubes, and glass. Click here to visit their website: Westmoreland Cleanways
Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Notice of Temporary Road Closure (Myers School Road)
Effective June 5, 2019 Myers School Road will be closed for mine reclamation work. Coal Loaders Inc. will implement and maintain a detour during the closure. The Township will provide updates as information becomes available. Coal Loaders, Inc. can be reached at (724) 238-6601 for any questions/concerns relative to the detour.
Posted Monday, October 21, 2019
Sewage Repair Issues
If you are having problems with your septic system please contact the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO). The SEO will work with you to determine what the problem is, what is causing the problem, if a repair will have a reasonable chance of functioning for long term and if a permit is required. It has come to our attention that people are attempting to complete repairs without contacting the SEO and in most cases these repairs are costing a lot of money and they are only working for a short period of time. In some cases there are other things that can be done that are less expensive than replacing a septic system. The following are examples of repairs that require a permit: replacement or enlargment to treatment tanks, replacement of pumps, repairs to a distribution box and distribution (leach) field and replacing piping between house, treatment tanks and distribution field. When you contact the SEO you will be working with someone who deals with these issues and knows about the options available. The SEO will also oversee the repairs to make sure the contractor is completing them correctly.
The Township SEO is Mike D'Arrigo. You can reach him at (814) 255-6901.
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Volunteers Needed for Ligonier Valley Joint Comprehensive Plan Committees
The Ligonier Valley Joint Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is looking for residents of Ligonier Borough and Ligonier Township that are interested in getting involved in community projects. The committee encourages anyone interested in joining one of the subcommittees and sharing their expertise to contact Ligonier Borough at 724-238-9852 or Ligonier Township at 724-238-2725. Please specify whether you are interested in the Community, Economic, or Environmental subcommittee.
To learn more, click here.
Posted Monday, February 25, 2019
We've been getting some questions about the difference between what a Code Enforcement Officer's role is versus that of a Zoning Officer.
The Code Enforcement Officer administers to the Planning Commission and enforces the Township Nuisance Ordinance. They are also responsible for taking building permit applications that require approval and review for compliance with our building code official for compliance with the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) The Code Enforcement officer for Ligonier Township is Keith Ashley and James Nieusma. Their hours of availability are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
All complaints or inquires start with the Zoning and Code office, and both positions report directly to the Township Manager. All applications for Code or Zoning are available on the Township website or at the Township office.
The Zoning Officer for Ligonier Township is Jim Nieusma, and his hours of availability will be from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The zoning officer administers the zoning ordinance and will process appeals to the Zoning Hearing (ZHB). The zoning permit application will be reviewed by the zoning officer and in some cases only a zoning permit will be required. Where both permits are, a review will be completed by both officers and permits will be issued together. The Zoning Hearing Board operates independently of the Township Supervisors in hearing appeals to the zoning ordinance.
Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2019
New Sewage Permit Process
Anyone residing in Ligonier Township wishing to repair or construct an existing or new on-lot sewage system, this news article is for you! Due to administrative changes if you have any questions regarding on-lot sewage systems, please call Township Manager, Terry Carcella at the township complex at (724) 238-2725 extension 110. We are hoping that this new process will streamline this activity and make the process better for the township citizen. Thank you.
Posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017