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April 21, 2010

A Family Grows in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, PA, as seen from the top of the Courthouse

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A FAMILY GROWS IN GREENSBURG

(Southwestern Pennsylvania)

Sarah K. Byrne-Houser

       While I never quite pictured myself evolving into a minivan-maneuvering soccer mom, I spent my childhood playing on a cul-de-sac in a streetlight-free township east of Pittsburgh. Suburbia and I came to know each other well. 

     Brooklyn born and bred, my fiancé possessed no true understanding of life outside a city.  Apparently, he harbored some serious delusions upon his relocation to Greensburg in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

     We moved from our college campus in Baltimore, Maryland to an apartment near my old high school. The apartment was a standard beige-and-white two-bedroom cheap enough for recent grads. His adjustment to Greensburg would take some time, we both knew.  After all, his new “city” operated a very limited (more…)

March 24, 2010

Southwest “Paranormal” Pennsylvania

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SOUTHWEST “PARANORMAL” PENNSYLVANIA

Will Patterson

      Do you like it when things go bump in the night? Do spirits make you lose your bladder control? Do you much prefer Happy Hour to The Witching Hour? If you answered in the affirmative to any of these questions this may not be the article for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy investigating the unexplained and a little tingle in your spine, read on.

     It is not only the mentally disturbed or people who have had one too many who say that they have seen very suspicious, perhaps even supernatural goings on. Many such sightings have been made by pragmatic and analytical people who actually did not believe in such phenomena until (more…)

November 12, 2009

Arthur St. Clair

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ARTHUR ST. CLAIR

Shirley Iscrupe

      Arthur St. Clair, Ligonier Valley’s most famous citizen of Revolutionary times, was born in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, in 1734. As a young man he joined the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot to fight in Canada against the French.

     After marriage to a niece of the governor of Massachusetts, he served as an agent of the Penn family interests in western Pennsylvania, and as civil commandant of the decommissioned British fort at Ligonier. At the outbreak of hostilities with the English, St. Clair was commissioned as a (more…)

November 9, 2009

Ghost on Laurel Mountain (PA)

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GHOST ON LAUREL MOUNTAIN (PA)

Diana Hunt

     The greatest Allegheny County scandal at the start of the 20th century involved a woman connected to Laughlintown, Pennsylvania, three and a half miles east of Ligonier.

     On April 12, 1901, an attempted burglary and a murder were committed in a store and the adjoining home of Thomas Kahney, in Mt. Washington, a part of Pittsburgh overlooking the city from high atop the hills. The crime was committed by (more…)

May 18, 2009

History reridden—The Pony Express

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HISTORY RERIDDEN: THE PONY EXPRESS

Ronald J. Shafer

        The morning sun still hung low in the sky as the Chevy pickup pulled into the parking area, where a small sign read “Pony Express Stop.” Rider 278 looked at one of the spaces near the front, then remembered the trailer he towed. He eased the truck and trailer onto the grass at the edge of the lot, walked to the back of the trailer, and lowered the ramp, before glancing toward the intersection of routes 30 and 981. Not many cars on the road today, he thought, running a hand through his blond hair. Maybe folks are celebrating the Fourth of July a day early.

     He walked inside, talked to his horse and patted the pinto before backing the animal down the ramp. As usual, the gelding didn’t (more…)

March 13, 2009

Moving to the (Laurel Ridge) Mountains

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MOVING TO THE (LAUREL RIDGE) MOUNTAINS

Mustang Sally

     We did that a year ago. Moved to the mountains.  So here we are.   We drive into the driveway and sit for a moment, overwhelmed by the beauty of the sunlight filtering through the hemlocks and the roar of Pike Run as it tumbles down the mountain.  We have learned to say Don-e-GAL is where you get off the turnpike. We can now refer to LAY-trobe as the home of (more…)

February 21, 2009

WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS, COMPETITIONS & EVENTS: Feb. 20, 2009

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WRITER’S CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS,

COMPETITIONS & EVENTS

February 20, 2009

 

BOLM CALL FOR WRITING SUBMISSIONS
BEANERY WRITERS GROUP (Latrobe, PA)
MELLOW MIKE (Ligonier, PA)
BIBLIOTHERAPY GROUP
LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS STUDENT POETRY CONTEST (Grades 4-12)
13th ANNUAL OHIO COUNTRY CONFERENCE
POETRY (& PROSE) READING (Somerset, PA)
WRITER’S RELIEF 15th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL CONTEST
LOONY LIMERICK CONTEST
INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY: “COME AS YOU WERE” (Greensburg, PA)
CCHS WRITING FESTIVAL (Cambria and Somerset counties)
PENNWRITERS 22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
THE 52ND ANNUAL ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
CONTEST TO BE AWARE OF: Young Voices Foundation

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Call for Submissions

     The Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM) is seeking submissions in all genres. Especially needed are items that celebrate Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Lent, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and July 4 (or any other holiday that occurs in this time frame). Contributors are welcome from the United States and the global village.
     The BOLM is sponsored by the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, (Southwestern) Pennsylvania. It’s global readers include persons who live in Australia, Sweden, Singapore, Jordan, Italy, Chile and across the United States.
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