May 18th-American Association for Lost Children (AAFLC)

Founder Mark Miller

Founder Mark Miller

This Internationally recognized charity will be featured at our Ligonier Country Market. When children are abducted, these gutsy vigilantes move into action to recue a missing child.

Losing a child to kidnapper is one of the greatest fears for a parent. Although most of us fret about strangers taking our child, in reality the majority of abductions are committed by a family member. That’s when the American Association For Lost Children (AAFLC) steps in to find and rescue missing children.

“It sounds simple, but I physically go out and search for these children,” Mark Miller explains. “A lot of agencies or P.I.’s will take your money-up to $1500 a day-but don’t take action. They may post fliers or place photos on milk cartons, but they never go out looking for children.. Missing children deserve more than a photo on a milk carton.”

On Saturday, May 18th, AAFLC will be featured at the Ligonier Country Market from 8 am until Noon. This is a terrific opportunity to meet the founder of AAFLC, Mark Miller, who will be on hand to offer his 25 years of expertise in the field of missing child resucues and give safety tips for children at risk.

AAFLC is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to finding and rescuing missing children, throughout the U.S. and abroad, through hands-on investigations and conducting physical searches of missing children. With well over 170 missing child rescues, AAFLC Rescue Teams have traveled to Lebanon, South Korea, Germany and Mexico to conduct high-risk rescues.

Make sure to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to meet these modern day heros at the Ligonier Country Market.

May 25th-Derry Township Agricultural Fair Queen

DerryTwnshpAgQueen2012 Derry Twp Ag Fair Queen Becky Forney has been involved in agriculture from a young age – she is the daughter of John and Cathy Forney and has shown angora rabbits
as well as other varieties through 4-H and Westmoreland County Rabbit Association.

Her reign will end the opening day of the Derry Twp Ag Fair beginning July 14th as a new Queen is crowned.  The Queen program offers a $500 scholarship to the Queen at the end of her reign, as well as participating in Derry Railroad Days, Latrobe’s 4th of July Parade,Ag Days, Fort Ligonier Days Parade and the Queen Programs very own Bunnyfest held at the Derry Fairgrounds in the spring prior to Easter.
Bunnyfest  is one of the fundraisers for the Queen Program and
has been successful for the past three years since its inception – we now have coloring
contest; cookie decorating; easter flowers; live animals, Bunnyville; easter egg hunt and who could forget the Easter Bunny (with picture opportunities).  The Queen is then afforded the opportunity through the fundraising and dedication of the Queen Committee
to participate in the State Fair Queen Competition held each year in January
at the Hershey Lodge where she competes for that title by way of interview, speech, presentation and a whole list of things against the other Fair Queens from around Pennsylvania – where one is crowned the new Pennsylvania State Fair Queen. At the Ligonier Country Market, the Queen will be selling the fudge coated apples as a Fundraiser for the Queen Program.

We will have applications and information available for young ladies ages 14-20.  Girls may run for Attendant before age 16 (which is good practice to become future Queen) and then run for Queen after age 16 by June 1st.

June 1st-Stan Gordon, UFO and Bigfoot Expert


Meet Stan Gordon, local expert on the Kecksburg UFO sighting at our Market on Saturday June 1st where you can ask questions and have him sign his books Really Mysterious Pennsylvania, and

Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook.

Stan Gordon was trained as an electronics technician, specializing in radio communications. He worked in the advanced consumer electronics sales field for over forty years. Gordon began his interest in the UFO subject and other strange incidents at the age of ten in 1959. In the late 1960’s, he acted as the telephone UFO sighting report investigations coordinator for the UFO Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Stan began in the field investigations of UFOs and other mysterious events in 1965, and is the primary investigator of the December 9, 1965, UFO crash-recovery incident that occurred near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. In 1969, Gordon established a UFO Hot-line for the public to report UFO sightings to him to investigate.

In 1970, Gordon founded the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group (WCUFOSG), the first of three volunteer research groups which he would establish to investigate UFO sightings and other strange occurrences reported in Pennsylvania. Since November, 1993, he continues to investigate and document strange incidents from across the Keystone state as an independent researcher.

Gordon is a former PA State Director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and was its first recipient In 1987 of the MUFON Meritorious Achievement in a UFO investigation Award. Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel), Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.

Gordon has been the focus of numerous national and international newspaper stories and magazine articles, some of which include the Pittsburgh Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Denver Post. He has been a guest on many national and international radio shows, including the popular radio show Coast to Coast. Gordon is also the producer of the award winning 1998 video documentary, Kecksburg: The Untold Story. He is also the author of the books, Really Mysterious Pennsylvania, and Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook. He has written numerous articles about UFOs and strange encounters, and many books and publications have included his research as well.

Stan also writes a column for the quarterly magazine, The GATE To Strange Phenomena, and a monthly column for the online monthly Southwest Pennsylvania magazine, “The Swerve”.

Since the late 1960’s, Gordon has been lecturing to the public on the UFO subject presenting illustrated lectures locally and nationally to social and professional groups, schools, colleges, libraries, and conferences. Among others, some of his lectures topics include a synopsis of Kecksburg UFO crash case, UFO and Bigfoot incidents, and mysterious creature encounters.

 He was the keynote speaker at the first World UFO and Paranormal Expo in Denver, Colorado in 2004. Stan was a keynote speaker at the 2011 McMinnville,Oregon UFO Festival. He was a speaker at the 2012 East Coast MUFON UFO Conference in Philadelphia and the 2012 Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Stan will be included in a new 2013 TV series for Discovery Canada called, “Alien Mysteries.” Stan also went to Canada in 2013 to do an interview with Newroad Media for another upcoming tv series called, “Close Encounters.”

He will also have a part in two new Bigfoot film productions scheduled for release in 2013. The first one is a docudrama, “Mountain Devil: The Search for Frank Peterson,” Produced by Ryan Cavalline, of Raw Footage. The second one is called,  American Sasquatch Hunters: Bigfoot in America, Released by Reality Entertainment. Executive Producer, Warren Croyle, Producer / Director, J. Michael Long.

For updated reports on UFO sightings and other strange incidents, as well as upcoming lectures and other events check out Stan’s website:

June 8th-Girl Scout Silver Award Project

 Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community.girl_scouts

Emma Ferlan is a Cadette Girl Scout from Ligonier Troop 40206 working on her Silver Award. Her project involves educating the community about recycling and, more specifically, recycling in the Ligonier community. She has created many interesting items by reusing items such as ties, game boards, old jeans and corks and by using recyclable items such as soda cans and plastic #6. She will be displaying these items June 8th at the Ligonier Country Market from 8 am until noon.There will also be an opportunity to test your local recycling knowledge and to obtain the commemorative 25th Anniversary window cling in support of the Loyalhanna Watershed Recycling Center of Ligonier. For more information about the Girl Scout Silver Award, please go to

June 8th-Ligonier Valley YMCA

YMCACome out to the Market on Saturday June 8th to see demonstrations by the Ligonier Valley YMCA. Two different demonstrations will be performed.

First, get a glimpse of what over 20 of our Ligonier area ”senior” citizens do three times a week for an hour at a time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. It is the SilverSneakers® Cardio Circuit class, led by instructor Linda Sinemus. The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is an innovative health, exercise and wellness program helping older adults live healthy, active lifestyles. The one hour class targets all large muscle groups using free weights and resistance bands to help with activities for daily living. Plus use of  the SilverSneakers® Ball helps to stretch those muscles and increase range of motion. Alternated with non-impact cardio bursts for an “interval training” effect, the class leaves you both invigorated and energized to continue with your day.

Get fit, have fun, make friends!

You may already have SilverSneakers

SilverSneakers is a benefit offered to members of many Medicare plans across the U.S. If you are part of a Medicare health plan or if you are a group retiree you may already have the SilverSneakers benefit. Find out if your health plan or Medicare Supplement carrier offers SilverSneakers or find a participating health plan in your state.

Next, stick around for a Spinning demonstration led by Amy Heben. See why Spinning is the hottest cardio craze right now.

June 15th-Four Paws Animal Rescue

fourpawsanimalrescueCome Check out the great pets that are available for either adoption or foster care at the Ligonier Country Market Special Feature tent on Saturday June 15th from 8 am until noon. But be careful, your heart may get stolen!

Organization Information

Four Paws Animal Rescue is a small, 501c3 non-profit organization located in the Greensburg/Jeannette, PA area that is solely operated by volunteers. We rescue both dogs and cats from many different situations. All of our animals are either surrendered by their owners, strays, or are at risk of being euthanized in a shelter. We do not have a facility. All of our animals are housed in foster homes where they receive one-on-one attention, training, and socialization.

Adopting a Pet

We are very dedicated to matching our animals with an appropriate home. Both dogs and cats are spayed, neutered, and completely vetted prior to adoption. Adoption fees for dogs range between $150 to $200 and cats are between $50 to $85. If you are interested in adopting one of our animals, please complete an application below, and email it to


We are in need of FOSTER HOMES! Our foster families are the back bone of our organization. Without them, we cannot rescue dogs and cats that are in need. Four Paws will provide all food, bedding, crates, and medical care. If you are interested in learning more about our foster program, please refer to the foster brochure below, and email us at

Become A Foster Parent

We have many other volunteer opportunities besides fostering. If you would like to join our team and help make a difference, please email us!

Support Us

Your tax-deductible gift to Four Paws Animal Rescue will help to ensure that many homeless animals get a chance to be adopted into a caring home, as well as receive the medical care and supplies they need. Thank You for your support!!


June 29th-Shop Demo Depot


Shop Demo Depot – Saving You $$$ by Reclaiming and Reusing


Looking for inexpensive building materials?  One-of-a-kind pieces?  Recycled furniture or paint?  We have it all in our store!  Browse the website and come to our store to see what we have for you.


Rather than toss used building materials in a dumpster or out on the curb for garbage pickup, contractors and homeowners now have an outlet for reusable building materials from new construction, remodeling or demolition projects. Shop Demo Depot accepts tax-deductible donations of surplus and reusable building supplies from businesses, manufacturers, contractors, and deconstruction.

Shop Demo Depot is a social enterprise program managed by Westmoreland Community Action. Shop Demo Depot applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather then maximize profits for external share holders.
Our mission is to reduce landfill waste by reclaiming building materials and making them available to the public at an affordable cost. All profits that proceed from Shop Demo Depot are ‘recycled’ back into Community initiatives such as: Early Education, Prevention, Food Bank and community member’s  that are in need. For more information visit thier website, stop in or call:

Shop Demo Depot

GPS Accurate Address
23 West Main Street
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

Mailing Address
One Cooks Way    Mt. Pleasant PA 15666

PA Contractor #806902
Stop in – You’ll Be Amazed at Our Selection!
Building Materials, Hardware, Landscape Materials, Appliances, Furniture
Windows, Doors, Flooring, Kitchen Cabinets, Bathroom Fixtures

Meet the fine people who run the Depot and see some of their wares at the Ligonier Country Market on Saturday June 29th from 8 am until noon.

July 6th-Pennsylvania State Honey Queen, Elena Hoffman

honeyqueen2013Did you know that honeybees account for 80 percent of all insect pollination?  Without this pollination, we would see a significant decrease in the number of fruits and vegetables produced. Did you also know that honeybees travel to over two million flowers to produce one pound of honey and each bee only produces one twelfth (1/12) of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime? 

It’s facts like these that 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, Elena Hoffman, will share when she visits the Ligonier Country Market on Saturday, July 6. Hoffman will provide information on the importance of honeybees, a beekeepers role, pollination and products from the hive while visiting the Market. She will also have an observation hive of live honeybees. 

Hoffman, 17, is the daughter of Brian Hoffman and Beverly Hoffman of Millmont. She is a senior at Mifflinburg Area High School, where she is active with the Spanish Club, Interact Club, participates in soccer and track and field, is a member of the Yearbook staff and has been named to the National Honor Society. Hoffman has received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the Xerox Award for innovation and information technology. After graduation she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in pre med. Outside of school, Hoffman works with her father in their apiary, including maintaining the hives and extracting honey. 

As the 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, Hoffman travel’s throughout the state promoting the beekeeping and honey industries by attending schools, fairs, festivals and participating in media interviews.

In addition, Hoffman will represent Pennsylvania in 2014 when she competes for the American Honey Queen title during the American Beekeeping Federation convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

For more information on 2013 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Elena Hoffman visit the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association website at 

Like us on Facebook at “Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program.”

July 20th-Zero Fossil

ZeroFossil is thrilled to be a part of the Ligonier Country Market festivities!  As a growing alternative energy provider, we are always excited to meet new folks and demonstrate how solar, wind, water, and human power can have a positive impact. 

 Our main focus is battery backup.  We design, manufacture, and assemble battery powered generators in our Munhall shop.  From our portable unit, The JuiceBox, to our permanent system, The Integrator, up to our KurbMaster and SuperCube, we can power anything! 

 Instead of just bringing a few of our products and letting them bask in the sun, we have some fun ideas for our spot at the Market.  For the young folks, we’ll bring our dueling Bikerators!  These consist of two of our human-powered units mated to water sprayers.  We set these units a distance apart and riders pedal to soak each other.  Always a welcome activity in the middle of the summer.  To illustrate just what the sun can do, we’ll have a solar-powered water fountain which will double as a produce rinsing station. 

We always like to travel in style, so keep an eye out for our KurbMaster, a waste vegetable oil-powered Mercedes bread truck with a healthy solar array on top.  If you don’t see us at first, just listen, we’re bound to have the speakers out, and Harry Belafonte blaring! 

ZeroFossil Energy Outfitters

528 E. 8th Ave., Munhall, PA15120