An Easter sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, on the Diamond in Ligonier.

The Rev. Frank Hodges of Heritage United Methodist Church and Rev. Christine Doren of Stahlstown United Methodist Charge will lead the service. Live music will be performed by the CCW Praise Band from the Christian Church of Waterford.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available in the Heritage UMC Fellowship Hall following the service. Attendees are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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Covenant Presbyterian Church will hold an outdoor Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, Route 711 North, under the large outdoor pavilion.

Bring your own lawn chair, a few chairs will be available. Wear a mask and be dress comfortable for the weather.

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St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Main Street, will have an outdoor Easter service on the church lawn at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 4, rain or shine. Guests are asked to dress accordingly.

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Lenten dinners will be available for pick up from 4 to 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 2, at the Wilpen Volunteer Fire Department, located on Wilpen Road.

The meals are takeout only due to COVID-19; there will be no phone orders and people must come to the hall to place and pick up your order.

The menu includes fried fish sandwich dinner or fried shrimp dinner with one side of your choice: french fries, haluski, mac and cheese or four pierogies.

Cost is $12 per dinner. Individual sides are available for purchase at $5 each. Cash or check only.

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A second Community Wide Egg Hunt, sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 90003, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

Scouts will hide Easter eggs throughout the community. All participants are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines.

To earn their Bronze Award, the Troops Junior Scouts are providing this fundraising egg hunt as a way to purchase new children’s books for the Ligonier Valley Library. Participants are asked to make a monetary donation, which can be dropped off at the library.

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“Godzilla vs. Kong!” will be shown at the Diamond Theatre of Ligonier, West Main Street, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2, Saturday, April 3, and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 4.

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Bingo is back starting Monday, April 5, with early birds at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo at 7 p.m., in the Waterford Vounteer Fire Company fire hall, Route 711 North.

Everyone is welcome to come and support the fire company. For additional information, call 724-238-9335

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The film “The Man. The Myth. The Writer Revealed. HEMINGWAY” will debut at 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, on PBS. Watch the film, then join the Ligonier Valley Library’s Socrates Virtual Café at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to talk about the author, his books and the documentary.

The facilitator of the discussion will be Dighton “Mac” Fiddner, Ph.D., retired from the U.S. Army, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was a professor of political science.

Enjoy the discussion from the comfort of your home via a Library hosted Zoom chat room using a personal computer, tablet or smartphone.

Everyone must register to attend including those who have attended previous virtual or in-person. An email with your unique login information will be sent after you register.

For additional information and registration link, visit

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Loyalhanna Watershed Association needs volunteers for the annual Ligonier Valley Roadside Cleanup in the Ligonier Valley, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24.

The association works with the state to secure the required supplies, including garbage bags, safety vests, gloves, etc., and coordinates the volunteer assignments.

The township’s public works crew assists by picking up the bagged garbage along the roadsides.

More than 50 miles of state and township roadsides will be picked up in this community-wide event. Contact Josh Penatzer at 724-238-7560 ext. 2# for additional information or to register.

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Meatloaf dinners will be available for pick up from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the Waterford United Methodist Church, Route 271.

The dinners are takeout only. There are no phone orders; come to the church to place and pick up your order.

The menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, apple sauce, dinner roll and dessert.

Cost is a donation of $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 10 years. For additional information, call Donna Smithly at 724-238-6834.

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Join the Ligonier Valley Library Children’s department for a virtual pre-school storytime all about birds, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, on Facebook.

Check for the link on the library’s Facebook page at and website at

This is geared towards ages 3 to 5, but all are welcome to watch. Activities will include reading a story or two, a fun game, song or rhyme and working briefly on a craft together.

While supplies last, families can pick up one pre-school storytime packet (for ages 3 to 5) between Wednesday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 13. It will be used during storytime.

For additional information, contact Heather Oates, children’s librarian, or Bobbi McDowell, children’s department clerk, at 724-238-6451.

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Ligonier Valley School District Foundation will bring back Merchant Penny Wars, a town-wide competition and fundraiser for the Food2Go4Kids Weekend Backpack program that provides food to school district learners in need.

For the week of Monday, May 3, to Saturday, May 8, businesses will have containers in their shops to collect money and score points. All coins are points based on how much that coin is worth, a penny equals 1 point, a quarter 25 points, etc.

All bills are point-based on how much it is worth in cents, such as $1 equals 100 points, $10 1,000 points and more.

The winning merchant will get a plaque for their business and will be recognized on a plaque in the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce office with all the previous winners.

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Fort Ligonier is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. closed Easter Sunday.

Masks are required inside the museum and visitors are asked to socially distance. Masks are not required in the fort; however, visitors are asked to respectfully socially distance from other guests.

For additional information, call 724-238-9701.

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Kathy’s Kreations will host the annual Spring Break Knitting Retreat on Friday-Sunday, April 16-18, at the Ramada Inn of Ligonier.

Featured instructor will be Cynthia Spencer of Really Clear Designs, who will be teaching a variety of colorwork knitting techniques.

For additional information, call 724-238-9320 or e-mail

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Ligonier Borough will hold Dumpster Days, for borough residents only, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at the public works garage, Bunger Street.

Cost is $10 per pick-up truck load and $5 per car load. Resident ID will be required.

Not accepted are paint, pressurized paint cans, hazardous materials, items containing dirt, concrete blocks, plaster, fiberglass insulation, shingles, household garbage, broken glass and grass clippings.

Electronics, TVs, and computer equipment must be intact to be accepted.

There will be an additional $20 per unit charge for refrigerant containing appliances. Passenger/light truck tires off rim will be $3 each and on rim, $4 each.

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Ligonier Borough Council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, will be via Zoom. Information to join the Zoom meeting will be on the borough’s website at on Monday, April 5.

For additional information, call the office 724-238-9852.

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Among the meetings scheduled for the coming week are: Cook Township Supervisors 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the municipal office, and Ligonier Township Municipal Authority, 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the municipal complex.

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Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Easter

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