Bridge Replacement on County Line Road

Heads up!! Bids just went out for BOTH bridges on County Line Road through the PA Rapid Bridge Replacement site! Here’s a link to the site that talks about how the RBR was created. These are the two bridges you cross if you are going to 7 Springs from Champion. They are in the first 100 yards of County Line Road after east of Route 711.

The first bridge on the schedule is the second bridge before the big curve. This project is referred to as Bridge 498. The calendar shows a start time of May 2016 through April 2017

The second bridge to be replaced is the one right after you make the turn on to County Line Road to head to Seven Springs. It crosses over Indian Creek right by the ICV Trail. This project is referred to as Bridge 497. Start date on this one, Aug 2016 to May 2017.

From my conversations with the project manager there will be temporary lights installed to handle the traffic flow. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating the process. You may want to become familiar with some of our back roads!

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Avoiding the traffic backup at Sarnelli’s Corner

Sarnellis Corner

If you are coming from Seven Springs to the Donegal Turnpike Exchange you probably go through the intersection at Sarnelli’s Store. If it is a holiday weekend and after 3:00 that could be backed up with many cars. Avoid that intersection by turning right on Tannery Road about a mile before 711 off County Line Road. This is across from Back Creek Road and at the corner of the open field. Go to the stop sign and turn right again and this will take you to Route 31. Turn left to the turnpike. If you miss that turn then cross Route 711 and continue on County Line Road and go to the first stop sign. Turn right on Hellin School Road to the end, turn right on Route 31 to the Turnpike. Either alternate route should save you the time and frustration of waiting your turn to turn left at Sarnelli’s.

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Updates to 7 Springs ski slopes

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This is excerpts of a November 15 PG article by Larry Fine. 7 Springs purchased 4 Pisten Bully ParkPro snow groomers and 5 HKD SV 10 Impulse snowmaking tower at the top of North Face. Snow Boarding magazine rated the Spot as the 2 best boarding area on the East Coast. They have created an Uphill Ski Access program from 7 to 9AM for skiers who want to skin up the slopes. They are also opening the Highlands Market on County Line Road just outside of the main entrance. It will have seating for 30, offer house made food, a large craft beer selection, and grocery. Foggy Brews on the second floor of the base lodge will be open every day during ski season.

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Snowmaking starts in the Laurel Highlands

With 3 days of temperatures forecasted  to be below 30 at night snowmaking has started at both 7 Springs and Hidden Valley resort in the SW of PA. Both resort are working on getting the front intermediate slopes and trail network open. Although no opening date has been announced we could see opening this weekend. Pictures were taken earlier today.

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Updates to skiing at Hidden Valley Resort

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This is an excerpt from a recent article in the Post Gazette by Larry Walsh. Hidden Valley purchased two Prinoth BR 350 snow-grooming machines, installed portable snowmaking on Bobcat and cleared glades and the off-loading area at the top of Avalanche Quad. Updates to the lodge included remodeling of the Alpine and Yukon rooms, seating in the Sunrise Sunset café and now carpeting.  See you on the slopes.

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Dollar General Under Construction

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Almost immediately after settlement construction began on the new Dollar General store. The 1 acre parcel (abuts Route 31) sits in front of the Donegal Community Center on the left hand side of the road as you are headed to the resorts. You’ll definitely notice the dirt being moved as they install their own septic system. Most likely you’ll see the store opening sometime in the spring of 2016, weather permitting:)

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Bids out for Laurel Mt. Ski Area

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 10:51 p.m.

Bids for general and electrical construction contracts at the Laurel Mountain ski area have been opened and are under review by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Five companies submitted bids for the general construction proposal, which carried a cost estimate of $1 million to $5 million. The work includes demolition and replacement of one chair lift; site clearing and tree removal; improvements to snow-making, water storage, pumping and distribution; upgrades to electrical service and regrading of ski trails.

Six companies submitted bids for the electrical construction proposal, which had a cost estimate of $500,000 to $1 million. That portion of the project includes supplying and installing exhaust fans, site electrical upgrades, electrical work for a ski lift and trail lighting.

“Our goal is to award the winning bid and notify within a week,” barring any questions about the submissions, said Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the department.

Laurel Mountain Ski Resort opened in 1939 for Rolling Rock Club members. In 1964, the property was given to the state with the stipulation that no summertime activities would take place there and no lodging would be built.

The resort closed from 1989 to 1999, then reopened and closed several times between 1999 and 2005 because of mild winters and financial problems. In 2008, Seven Springs Mountain Resort signed a 10-year lease to operate the site as a concession.

For general construction, the apparent low bidders and their three base bid amounts are:

• Ligonier Construction Inc., $4,623,000; $5,048,000; $5,158,000

• A. Merante Contracting, $4,897,711; $5,117,711; $5,240,711

• James T. O’Hara Inc., $5,670,000; $5,990,000; $6,170,000

• Clearwater Construction Inc., $5,805,000; $6,150,000; $6,425,000

•CH&D Enterprises, $9,747,117; $10,066,530; $10,386,500

For electrical construction, the apparent low bidders and first two base bid amounts are:

• Merit Electrical Group, $353,000;

• Mashan Inc., $399,900;

• Westmoreland Electric, $449,000;

• TSB Inc. doing business as Schultheis Electric, $494,200;

• David W. Jones Co., $546,700;

• Power Contracting Co., $587,149

The amounts for the companies’ third base bids are:

• Merit Electrical Group, $369,800

• Mashan Inc., $429,500

• Westmoreland Electric, $471,000

• TSB Inc. doing business as Schultheis Electric, $518,500

• David W. Jones Company, $585,700

• Power Contracting Co., $614,600

Both sets of bid results were to be opened Aug. 6, but the general construction bid opening was delayed because of last minute fine-tuning of the proposal’s wording, Brady said. The department didn’t immediately award the electrical construction contract because it wanted to award contracts for both portions of the project at the same time, he said.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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Oktoberfest SALE at Rustic Lodge Furniture

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The biggest sale of the year is on today at Rustic Lodge Furniture on Route 31 in Donegal. Enjoy German Food, Beer, and Wine with music by Madel Jager while you peruse the great selection of mountain theme furniture and beautiful designer ski wear, après ski wear, and outer wear, which is new for this year. See you there. 412-721-9038.

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7 Springs Wine Festival this Weekend

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The Seven Springs Wine Festival, August 28 through 30, 2015, showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sampling from 31 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts, and musical entertainment. Go to their website for more information.

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7 Springs Rib and Wing Festival July 24-26

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Join us at the annual Rib and Wing festival with plenty of vendors and entertainers at 7 Springs Resort July 24-26. Here is a list and description of the food providers and entertainers.

Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company

Over 160 culinary awards, including Best Ribs & Sauce in America, reaffirm Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company’s dedication to bring you the very best. Our mobile equipment is state of the art yielding perfect barbecue every time. Weather it is a Big Texas style barbecue, a quaint little steak dinner, or everything in between; “It’s Available.”

Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company is the 2006/2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Champion for the Most Outstanding Ribs and BBQ Sauce. Along with our 160 Awards we were crowned Grand Champion of the Columbus Ribs and Jazz Festival 2006 and Grand Champion BBQ Sauce in the Great West Virginia Rib Cook Off “Huntington 2004, 2005 & 2006″ “Best Ribs 2004 and 2005″ plus many more!

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ

Basting mop clenched in one fist, steering wheel in the other, rolling cooking pit rattling behind, Butch Lupinetti is back on the road. His destination could be Chicago, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids or anyplace in between. But the outcome will never change. Butch will pour sweat for 20 hours a day, standing in a cloud of wood smoke, exquisitely charring tons of pork ribs, beef briskets and chickens. When it’s over he’ll be loaded and rolling again; very likely with a huge trophy and a check.

Nationally Butch has been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s great barbecue chefs. Butch has been actively competing in competitions since 1992. He has won over 400 awards, including a Grand Champion win for the State of New Jersey – a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ and The Best In The West Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, the super bowl of barbecue competition events, just to name a few. During those events, his sauce has won 1st place in contests such as the Great America Rib Cook-Off contest held in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ won Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People’s Choice awards at the Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival.

Pigfoot BBQ

Pigfoot BBQ Co. is owned by Jerry and Debbie Gibson. They started competing in Rib Cook-Offs in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio at the National Rib Cook-Off, which was the first Rib Cook-Off as we know them now. Jerry and Debbie began competing professionally in 1989 and have traveled the country from Florida to Toronto, as far west as St. Louis and as far east as Boston.

Along the way they have won over 250 Awards for Best Ribs and Sauce. Including seven time winner of the People’s Choice Award in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Best Ribs and Sauce National Ribfest, Naperville, Illinois; Peoples Choice Greatest Ribs in America, Cleveland, Ohio; Best Sauce and Ribs Twin Cities Ribfest; Best Ribs in Ohio six years straight and many more awards.

Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue

Joe is a “barbequer” by choice. He loves the art of barbeque.

Joe retired from the State of Ohio in April 2003 with 30 years of service in the Food Service Department at the Richland Correctional Institution and started his business in June of the same year. Operating a barbeque business has always been what Joe wanted to do in retirement, and now he is “Living the Dream!” Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue has participated in rib cook-offs in seven states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. Our proudest award was Best Sauce in 2008 at the Naperville, IL Ribfest, notably the largest cook-off in the Midwest. We have won over 100 awards during the past eight years including: Best Ribs, Best Sauce, Best Brisket, and Best Beans in the Midwest.

Randita’s Food Truck

Randita’s is an all-vegan cafe serving organic, healthful, and delicious plant-based food. In addition to our restaurants in Aspinwall and Saxonburg, our mobile food trailer and catering services are available to provide your next special event with food that is good for you and good for the planet.

About The Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment

Martyr Kanin

Martyr Kanin fans run deep. They’ve compared Martyr Kanin to everything from an acoustic version of the Counting Crows to the mellow stylings of David Grey to Bob Segar to Jack Johnson. It’s tough to classify Martyr Kanin’s music as a specific genre: their plethora of originals can be anything from driving and daring to soulful and heartfelt. They also love to entertain crowds with their own versions of everything from Bon Jovi to Michael Jackson to John Denver.

NOMAD

North Of Mason Dixon, aka NOMaD, made a tremendous splash on the regional country scene in late 2004 after placing third in a highly publicized, country showdown competition; Since then, this steadily climbing, beyond high energy act has garnered a great deal of success and shows no signs of slowing down.

Opening for national acts like Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, and Rascal Flatts (to name a few), being solicited by several tourists destinations such as Ocean City, MD and the Poconos, having performed as a featured artist at some of the areas biggest events and venues (Dollar Bank Jamboree, Post Gazette Pavilion, and the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse), and performing for such organizations as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, this Pittsburgh based band delivers a refreshing and unique sound they call “Hard Rockin’ Modern Country” that defies any other description.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers

From the Iron City Houserockers of 1979 to the current incarnation of The Houserockers, this band has always been one of America’s hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once echoed the words “they are up there with Springsteen, Petty and Seger”. Pretty good company, don’t you think?! From Love’s So Tough to A Good Life, the band has changed but the music remains true to their Pittsburgh, Steeltown roots! Hard edged, rock and roll with fine lyrics from the ringmaster, Mr. Joe Grushecky. More than just a “bar band”, a Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers show is one of the best shows you will see, hands down! And here are the guys that are currently making it happen.

Shot O’ Soul

Formed in Feb 2008, Shot O’ Soul has evolved into one of the top blues bands in the Pittsburgh area. Shot O’ Soul has headlined some of the best stages in the area including Moondogs, Cefalo’s, The Baltimore House, Baja Bar at Fox Chapel Yacht Club, Sharpsburg Guyasuta Days, Millvale Days, Etna Community Park, and various private clubs and charity events. Shot O’ Soul placed 3rd in the 2009 Pittsburgh City Paper Best of the Burgh readers poll in the category of Best Blues Band. A real achievement after so little time on the local scene and a testimony to the enjoyment that Shot O’ Soul brings to it’s audiences! Now featuring it’s most talented lineup since it’s formation, Shot O’ Soul are ready to make their mark on the local Pittsburgh live music scene. This band, fronted by it’s 2 outstanding male and female vocalists and an excellent song selection of original songs and classic favorites, is giving Pittsburgh music fans the best 1-2 vocal punch in the area! Come on out and see for yourself why “everything in life needs a Shot O’ Soul”.

Bo’Hog Brothers

Over its 20 year history, the band got their blues education playing in the Steel City’s smoky bars and still performs up to 100 shows a year. The most recent lineup of the band features the unpredictable Gregg Krupa on guitar, with his ever changing interpretations of the music, and the incredibly musical and creative play of Sudden Steve Binsberger on piano and organ. Hank Raffetto and Nick Crano complete the band with a rhythm section that has worked together for 10 years.

Junction PA

In the early 1970’s six young men came to a small western Pennsylvania town to attend Grove City College. They formed a musical group there that became the most sought after band on that campus.

The band members came from different geographical locations and diverse walks of life. By the time the members met, each had groomed different musical styles. Yet, during their first practices it became apparent that they were developing an unusual chemistry and a unique sound. As one record company exec later stated, “they don’t sound like anybody else!” As they continued working on their original material they sensed that something special was being created. The fusion of their different backgrounds and musical genres became in effect .. different roads leading to this one place. Thus, the band was appropriately named Junction Pa.

Over the years they remained close, occasionally getting together to play some of the songs they had recorded as well as trying out some new ones to see what their combined efforts might generate. In 2011 these “jam” sessions came to full fruition as four of the original members met together to record some of this new material. They also began touring again showcasing their signature vocals/harmony on these outstanding original songs.

The Brighton Boys

The Brighton Boys have been playing around the Beaver County and Pittsburgh area for three years. Since starting as a lounge band at restaurants, they have gone on the share the stage with big names like Donnie Iris and The Cruisers, and play venues such as Stage AE, Mr. Smalls, The Altar Bar and Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. They have built up their credibility as one of the top bands in the region. Their sound combines classic songs with a new fresh style that is popular today.

Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, plays a great mix of “bar/party” rock and is committed to playing all of your favorite songs to sing, dance, and drink along to.

It’s not uncommon to hear “Timber” followed by “Sweet Child of Mine” at a WoS show! The guys try to give something to everyone, and always take requests. Venues like working with the band because of their willingness to play whatever the patrons want to hear. The commitment to forging long-term relationships with places is what has made WoS one of the most sought after bands across the country.

Sydney Hutchko

Sydney has given music a lifetime of dedication, from her classical music education that put her on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera to stints as a Music Row intern while attending Nashville’s Belmont University. While at Belmont, she put a band together, playing shows in Nashville and in the tri-state—Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia area. She threw herself into interning opportunities, including McGhee Entertainment, whose legendary management roster ranges from Darius Rucker to KISS.

In return, she’s already seen the kind of success few singers fresh out of college could even dream of. She has opened for Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels and the legendary George Jones; performed on the long-running Wheeling Jamboree; and spent 22 weeks on the MediaBase country chart with her single “Southern Curves.”

The hard work that ties it all together has her poised for a breakthrough. She continues to shine on stage, both as a headliner and in support of country’s biggest stars.

Chris Higbee

Chris Higbee has a passion for country music. He is a complete musical artist skilled in fiddle playing, singing, song writing, and playing various other instruments. Chris’ passion is deeply felt by anyone listening to his work or partaking in a live performance. Chris’ performance energy is so infectious it has been known to convert the most stubborn non-country music fan into HigBillies, the self-named fan base of Chris Higbee. His performances always draw a large and committed crowd.

Shake, Shake, Shake

A marquee value band who took time off this year to rebuild and reinvent themselves around founder/drummer extraordinaire, Justin Betz. With an extensive talent search, he found the incredibly talented frontman, fresh face, Tim Carty. He has all the moves of today’s pop stars and takes the lead on stage to pump up audiences with his star power and passionate vocals. Shake Shake Shake is back with their best lineup to date.

Scott Blasey

Scott started playing music in 1986 with three guys named Rob, Greg, and Dave. We formed the Clarks at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where we were honored as “Distinguished Alumni” in 2004, and spent the last twenty years traveling around the country preaching our brand of rock-n-roll salvation. We sold a bunch of records, toured with some big names, and played on Letterman. We’re hugely popular in our hometown of Pittsburgh and still play about 80 shows a year all over the U.S.A. – from DC to LA, and Appleton to Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marinades for Dinner and More

This venue is quickly becoming a favorite for its Sunday Brunch and Dinner. Fresh ideas and homemade food each week pleasing your appetite for good home style cooking and atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Always casual and BYOB. Open for events and every Sunday for Brunch from 10-3 and Dinner from 3-8. Events, catering, weddings, celebrations, and planning made easy for you at our location or yours. Seating up to 125. Outdoor pavilion. Bed and Breakfast rooms available, up to 8 for events. View the WEBSITE for catering ideas and events open to anyone who likes to have fun! Located at 327 Mt. View Road, Donegal, PA 15628  724-221-5793  www.marinadesgrill.com.

Directions: From Turnpike exit 9 go east on Route 31 1 mile, turn right on Mt. View at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office, go about 1 mile, on right.

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Abe Wagner writes on RPR Commercial Capabilities

This is a copy of the article on the NARRPR blog. Here is the LINK to the article.

Reports about RPR®’s ( Realtors Property Resource) commercial platform is popping up across the nation and, sometimes, in surprising ways.

In the apex of a finance course at REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate program, Adrienne “Abe” Wagner needed to identify, analyze and then bring to market a commercial property in order to pass the class.

“I’d been using RPR [Realtors Property Resource®] for my business for a long time, but only for my specialty, which is residential,” said Abe, an associate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Donegal, PA (pop. 165). We don’t have city sewer on our main road so our commercial properties are very limited. So I knew this assignment was going to be a challenge.”

Never one to back away, Abe, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master’s in Real Estate, and a robust line up of real estate related certifications, set out to become an expert in RPR Commercial.

“’Know what you don’t know’ is common parlance among commercial REALTORS®,” she said, “so learning to use the tools provided by RPR Commercial gave me everything I needed to generate an amazing array of reports on my income producing property. I couldn’t believe the wealth of information and tools provided on the site.”

Increasingly, rural-centric agents like Abe are turning to RPR to identify marketplace opportunities for business owners, property managers and developers intent on moving into their areas.

Using demographic, psychographic and spending data information, RPR’s advanced analytics and tools produce persuasive trade area analyses, commercial property reports, and best business reports that, when coupled with powerful thematic maps, help agents determine the right fit for a client’s enterprise.

Abe’s favorite RPR features include photography options that allow users to get an immediate fix on location with adjustable aerial views, in addition to overlaying tax maps that highlight boundaries; and reports that cluster historical data such as loans, square footage, parcel data, maps, lot size, and neighborhood information.

In her extensive To Purchase or Pass on an Office Investment Opportunity project, Abe created a marketing proposal centered on an existing commercial property in Lemoyne, PA. Drawing from reports generated within RPR, Abe analyzed and identified dozens of data sets for the property including economic forecasts, tax and mortgage figures, employment, population trends, consumer spending, lifestyle preferences, education and income comparisons, photos, and maps.

Abe underscores the value of RPR’s extensive reporting tools, “There is no other single source that I know of that compiles this much data into one report.”

“Generating the reports was really cool and very easy,” she added. “When I came across small stumbling blocks, I called the tech support group. And they were fantastic!” RPR’s Help Desk is available to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and, like the RPR benefit, at no additional cost to the member.

Learn more about the reports Abe used to market her commercial property.
◾ Commercial Best Business Report
◾ Commercial Trade Area Report
◾ Commercial Property Report
◾ Commercial Trade Area Analysis

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New Ohiopyle State Park Office & Visitor Center Officially Dedicated

The beautiful, new, energy-efficient 11,529-square-foot Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center was officially dedicated on June 11, 2015. The new center, with its stunning view of the Ohiopyle Falls and Youghiogheny River, offers many features:

  • Interior and exterior viewing areas of the National Natural Landmark Ferncliff Peninsula
  • Improved access and visitor flow for approximately 100,000 commercial and private whitewater boaters launching on the popular Lower Yough
  • In partnership with the LHVB, provides the public with visitor information
  • Cool, interactive, interpretive exhibits that depict the region’s outdoor activities through the years
  • Serves as primary trailhead for some of the region’s iconic outdoor recreation sites including the Great Allegheny Passage and the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

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Abe Wagner Awarded Masters of Real Estate

On Friday May 15, 2015 in Washington DC Abe Wagner was awarded a Masters of Real Estate, Sales and Marketing by the National Association of Realtors University. This 24 credit masters program is the only one in the country with an exclusive focus on the sales and marketing of real estate. The university also offers Masters Programs in Association Management and Commercial Sales and Marketing. Our most enthusiastic in congratulating Abe for this exceptional achievement.

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Nemacolin 5 Alarm Chili Cook-off June 13, 2015

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Compete in the Restaurant Division of Nemacolin’s annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-off

Have you been told that your restaurant has the BEST chili? PROVE IT by registering for the Restaurant Division at Nemacolin’s 6th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off! Winner will receive Bragging Rights, an Award Plaque and a One-Night Nemacolin Stay with $150 in Resort Spending Credits. For more information, contact Ashli Mazer-Workman by email or by phone at 724-329-6387.

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Shaker Urgent Care Center Under Construction

Right after you pass the Family Dollar store on Route 31 you may have noticed dirt being moved around. It’s the first new construction project we’ve had in the Donegal corridor for some time!   We’re still working on getting more details for you but if you’re looking for rental space here’s their email, ShakerUrgentCare@gmail.com

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Trillium Time!

For those of you who follow our BLOG you know how much we love the Indian Creek Valley (ICV) Bike and Hike Trail. Most of you will easily find it because it is located across from the Somerset Trust Bank on County Line Road (Please, only use their parking when they are closed). Although there are multiple sections with each one having its own unique characteristics, including FLOWERS! One of our personal favorites is the Trillium and this weekend they will be blooming for all to see! Check out the ICV website!

 

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Construction Ahead!

Fall 2016 is to be the beginning of a very major and long road project for Donegal! Beginning at the Donegal turnpike exit and to Sarnelli’s Market at Route 711, Route 31 is going to get wider and have existing roads moved around. Let’s start with the turnpike exit. Below you can see how the new road will extend past the current one!

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The next major change is the interchange of route 711 to Ligonier and the school. The old road to the school is to the right of the new highlighted road.

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Then comes Schoolhouse Road which will cut across the farm and end up right outside of the BHHS office (bottom left building)!

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And the last major fix is at the Route 31 and 711 intersection as shown below. Sarnelli’s Market is on the corner of the bottom right.

4 31 and 711 Sarnellis

We think you should explore some other options to consider NOW before the construction gets underway. Try getting off at New Stanton to Route 66 and taking the Mount Pleasant exit. There are multiple ways to get to County Line road from there! Catch up with us and we can share some more back roads!

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Initial Contribution Fees

We recently discovered that several of the home owners associations are now charging what is called an “initial contribution fee” to buyer’s when settlement occurs. In many market places this has been a common expense for years. So far the fees have been accessed for one full quarter of association dues. Those fees are dependent upon which association and or associations your property belongs too. Read your resale certificate closely as it will be noted there. These fees are required to be added to reserve funds. As financing rules have dramatically changed, higher reserves are greatly smiled upon by underwriters!

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Back on the Road Again

Enjoy the Ride

by Pat McCloskey

It is mud season now. April showers bring May flowers but for mountain bikers, it is a time for us to wait until the trails are dry so we don’t trash them for the rest of the summer. I bring out my road bike and begin the long process of trying to get in shape after a winter of maintenance trail running, snowshoeing and skiing. I can always ride in the rain on the road bike because I am used to the drill. If you don’t ride in the rain in Pittsburgh, you don’t ride much in the spring. Trust me, as I get older, the process gets a little harder but I am dealing with it in a more mature way which I will discuss in a short. Suffice to say, I don’t blast out of the parking lot these days. I ease on down the road. As I meander on the country roads north of my house, I think back to the painful rides at this time of the year when I raced a road bike. It was always a chore to try to get in shape so that you didn’t get dropped on a training ride or in a race. You had to scramble just to be able to ride with your friends. As I daydream on my current rides, I think back to when I used to meet Art Bonavoglia, Frank Habay, and George Sagan up on Saxonburg Boulevard waiting for a crew to come up out of Shadyside in Pittsburgh. I slowly dragged my sorry butt out of bed and made my way to the meeting point where George, Art, Frank and I waited for the freight train that was coming. Scott Dismukes, a former track cyclist- strong as hell, Bob Gottlieb- Cat 2 rider of local fame, Barb Katzenburg-national class road racer, and Mike Alex- PHD candidate in Electrical Engineering at CMU riding a mountain bike with slick tires. These guys could ride and when they came roaring up the road, you better be warmed up and ready to jump on the pace line or you were history. I would see them in the distance and sigh to my friends,” Here they come.” The pain began. The destination was always Lake Arthur up in Butler County. These are beautiful country roads here in Pennsylvania but all I saw on those rides was the backside of someone faster than me in the paceline. As we exchanged pulls, ( mine were always the shortest), we made our way through pastoral fields and dairy farms. Virtually no traffic which made the ride as pleasant as it could be but the pace increased with each country mile. By the time I got to Prospect, Pa with a stop at the country store to reload on food, I was exhausted. I can remember laying on the sidewalk jamming Fig Newtons in my face and washing it down with Gatorade as fast as I could swallow. I looked at Mike Alex and said,” How the hell do you ride that fast on a mountain bike?” He said the slick tires helped but he was only being humble. I looked at Art, Frank and George and said, ” How am I going to make it back?” But I always managed it somehow. Fig Newtons and bananas were the Cliff Bars and Power Bars of the day. That type of energy food was not available yet. The Newtons and the bananas generally did the trick but when I pulled into my townhouse I was totally gassed. The killer crew left me and roared back to Shadyside logging in excess of 100 miles.

As I come back from my daydream on my road rides now, I am usually alone. I think back to that far away time in a galaxy far, far away. Painful spring rides, wool jerseys, leather hair nets, toe clips and cleats, downtube shifters, and steel road frames. Today I ease into my spring road rides. The equipment is lighter, smoother shifting, and carbon fiber rides a lot more comfortable than Reynolds tubing, although there is something to be said for the classic steel frame. I don’t stress myself. I don’t need to train. If a hill comes, I shift down and noodle up until I reach the top. I don’t have to do what Mac Martin used to tell me. ” Take it out of park McCloskey, and when you reach the top of the hill, don’t just coast- put the hammer down because your competition will be coasting behind you.” I don’t need that pain anymore as the 60 year old kid. My road rides now are enjoyable. I can look at the spring blossoms, ride in the softly falling rain, and really……enjoy the ride. I mostly mountain bike these days but I must admit that I look forward to bringing out the road bike in the spring. It reminds me of my past and I definitely don’t have the pain that I used to go through at this time of year. Like life- I am now enjoying the ride. I see flowers, trees, farms, and sights other than the back of some guys lycra shorts. Haul that road bike out guys and gals, let the trails dry out. Thanks for reading.

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Trout Trail Fly-Fishing March 21

Trout Trail Event Planned

The 4th annual Laurel Highlands Trout Trail will hold an opening reception at 7 p.m. March 21 at the Lincoln Highway Experience.  The evening will start with a presentation by Leo Vense, a premiere fly-fishing guide, and includes a short fishing DVD; an exhibit of vintage fly-fishing rods and reels; demonstrations by Ken Vallino and Scott Minster, whiz fly-tiers; and a sampling of juried artisan items with a trout theme.

The program, for $10 per person, includes craft beers, select wines, and assorted appetizers. To register, visit the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor at www.LHHC.org, click on Gift Shop, then Event Tickets.

The Trout Trail was recently listed on VisitPA’s Ten Places to Fish promotion!

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Stoneycreek Rendezvous Whitewater Festival

Stonycreek Rendezvous,

Kiski-Conemaugh Sojourn

The Stonycreek Rendezvous will be held May 15-17 based at Greenhouse Park in Somerset County. The Rendezvous has become one of the biggest whitewater festivals in the country.

A water release is planned all three days to assure adequate flow through the Stonycreek Canyon (Class III-IV whitewater).  If flows are high enough, six other streams in the area offer Class II to V whitewater.  The festival also features food, music, beer, camping, a whitewater rodeo, races and more.  On the web: benscreekcanoe.com.

The Kiski-Conemaugh Sojourn will be held June 4-7.  The schedule: Thursday, Johnstown to Seward through Conemaugh Gap, 15 miles, mostly flat paddling with a few Class I or II ripples; Friday, Robinson to Blairsville through Packsaddle Gap, 10 miles, mostly flat paddling with a few Class I or II ripples; Saturday, Conemaugh Dam to Avonmore with stop in Saltsburg, 12 miles, flat paddling; Sunday, Avonmore to Roaring Run; 7 miles, mostly flat paddling. See www.conemaughvalleyconservancy.org.

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Memories of Brad English by Pat McCloskey

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It was a bright, sunny day last Sunday in Somerset, Pa. when the clan started to arrive. Heidi and Melissa, Annie and Biff, the Bouchers, Lars and Inger, the Baum girls, Linda Belle, Dixon, Porter,Patty, and a host of others who call the English family their friend. You could feel the warmth of long lasting friendships in the building and in many ways, the group was holding each other tight as mountain life enthusiasts do. Mountain people are a tight knit group all held together through a love of sliding down a mountain on skis, riding knobby tires, hiking, fishing, and otherwise enjoying the mountains as a place of rest, fun, and safe haven with friends.

We lost one of our own last Thursday when Brad English was taken from us so unexpectedly. That is why the gathering at the funeral home was in many ways a meeting of the clans from up in the Laurel Highlands. You had the locals, the weekenders, the commuters, all the folks who forged friendships up at Seven Springs Mountain Resort here in Pennsylvania. The North Hills group, the Fox Chapel group, the Mt. Lebanon group, and of course the Seven Springs and Rockwood group. All close knit friends for many years. It was a homecoming of sorts seeing that some of the group had moved away, but as everyone paid their respects to Greg and Mary Ellen English and their family and Brad’s lovely daughter Jenny, you could feel the warmth in the room and the need to hold on to our life in the mountains. Bill Boucher put it best when he said, ” This one really hurts.” And it did. Brad English was one of the good guys. A friendly welcoming man who grew up in the mountains, built his own house, raised his daughter, and was a friend to everyone on the mountain. He was the first guy standing in line at the Gunnar Chairlift every Saturday when I made my way from the North Face lot to the base of the Gunnar chair. Both of us enjoyed the first chair up the hill, and the groomed perfection that lies ahead for the early birds on the ski slopes. Brad had a great sense of humor when he harassed the ski patrol and lift operators to open the lift up early. He wanted to ski and in his own funny, needling way, the lift guys and the patrol scrambled to make his wishes come true. Brad was a skier, a hunter, a fisherman, all things mountain. Interestingly, when I was a young guy skiing at Seven Springs, the English brothers were in my estimation, the best skiers on the hill. Natural talent. Even when Brad did a stint living in Vail, I remarked out there that Brad was still one of the best skiers in Vail. He was an enthusiast, skilled skier, and sportsman. But most importantly, he was a friend. He was welcoming into his home, and was one of us and now he is gone.

Tuesday there was an on slope service, which is what he would have wanted. Friends skiing, watching the celebration of life from the top of the chair, toasting with frosty beverages and literally and figuratively setting Brad’s spirit free to the Laurel Highlands which he loved so well. The Gunnar Chair and slope will always be home to Brad. I will always think of him while riding that chair on Saturday mornings.

Life is so fragile and the message that kept ringing in my head was what my mother always told me. ” To have a friend is to be a friend.” That is why she had so many friends and it holds true with Brad English. Lots of friends on that mountain. Life flies by so fast and it is easy to get caught up in the day to day. Easy to never make plans to get together with friends, easy to let convenience get in the way, easy to let work schedules dictate your life. But in the final analysis, your family and friends are everything. Cherish them. Cherish the old times and keep the friendships alive with a phone call, a lunch, a ski date, or whatever. I am guilty as much as the next guy. But like Bill said, this one hurt. It makes you think when you lose a friend. Embrace opportunity. RIP Brad. Thanks for reading.

Photos and title courtesy of Melissa Updegraff Thompson and Annie Rose Swager.

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February Financing Report

For the Week Ending February 27, 2015. This report compliments of Kurt Sieg

Please enjoy this quick update on what happened this week in the housing and financial markets.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen eased concerns of a pending policy rate increase. Her testimony helped to stabilize rates this week.

Durable goods orders rose in January, showing manufacturing may be starting to stabilize. This points to a strengthening of the U.S. economy.

Consumer prices dropped in January, led by cheaper gas. Low inflation means the Fed may have to start the process of hiking rates later than June.

January new home sales fell only slightly despite big declines in the snow-battered Northeast. Supply rose to its highest level since 2010.

January existing home sales were at a 9-month low but were still up 3.2% from a year ago. Tight inventory and low rates continue to be factors.

Freddie Mac’s Multi-Indicator Market Index improved for the 4th consecutive month, showing that housing is stabilizing at a national level.

Teacher: “What is the chemical formula for water?”

Student: “HIJKLMNO”

Teacher: “What are you talking about?”

Student: “Yesterday you said it’s H to O!

Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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Tales of 7 Springs Past

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Standard Race

For all of us growing up at Seven Springs Mountain Resort here in Pa., Lars Skylling, the Director of Skiing, was like a god to us. Handsome, with the Swedish accent, and great skier to boot, with Stein Eriksen form. We all looked up to Lars and wanted to emulate him on the slopes. Lars is shown here in this picture below, receiving his award for induction into the Pennsylvania Snow Sports Hall of Fame. He has the Tyrolean jacket on with the green tie- third from left in the back. Great guy, we all love Lars. He is retired now but I had the opportunity to ski with him a couple of years ago in Vail and for a guy in his elder years, he still made elegant turns. IMG_4952
So, when we were kids, Lars was the ski school director and he started an open race every Sunday after the day session ended that was called the Standard Race. My buddy Porter said it was called the Head Standard Race but in any event, it was an open, four gate flyer from the top of the front side of the mountain down to the finish line in front of the old warming hut. If you came within a certain percentage of the time that Lars laid down, you received either a gold, silver, or bronze “7” pin that we all clamored for with every run that we made. As we all got older and into our early teens, we were able to finally get that gold “7” because we were catching up to the master. However, Lars threw a surprise for all of us when he added the upper trail on the Stowe slope and jumped the corner when he made a right hand turn down on the Cortina Trail. Whoa!!!!! We all were taken by surprise and the conversation on the hill that day and on the chairlift to the start was whether we had the guts to jump the corner like Lars did. If we didn’t, there was no way we would get the gold so we all had to see if we had the bravado to do it and if we survived, we got the coveted pin. photo
One year, I decided that if I leaned forward at the finish line and tried to break the beam with my hand, I might be a little faster. Unfortunately, I blew out of my bindings when I lurched forward and took out the whole timing device and the electric eye. John Fraser and his dad came running out of the hut to see if I was ok, but the real challenge was to get the timing device up and running again. As we all crossed the finish line, Bob Rose would herd us into the station wagon that he had strategically placed outside the warming hut and the North Hills clan would eventually make it back to Pittsburgh with a dinner for the crowd at my folk’s house. My parents didn’t ski but they sure could cook and entertain. That was their contribution. All the kids talked about the race and how we ended up. If you got the gold pin, you were a stud, and everyone knew that the next step was the day that you would finally be able to beat Lars straight up. That day eventually came for most of us as we got older and faster. But no matter the outcome, we all loved Lars and if we were able to finally best his pacesetter time, it was a milestone in our skiing career that we would never forget.

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Caddie Shak For Sale

If you have gone to either 7 Springs or Hidden Valley Resorts from the west you have gone by this favorite summer recreation park on Route 31 just 1.2 miles from the Turnpike Exit 91. This amusement park for kids of ALL ages has a 36 hole par 2 with the famous waterfall, 3 go-cart tracks, bumper boats, kiddie rides and train, arcade, batting cage, driving range and pro shop, 2 picnic pavilions, paintball gaming area, maintenance building and machine shop, and snack shack. This established park is a favorite for many visitors of the Laurel Highlands and appeals to all ages and members of the family. Contact Robert Wagner for more information about this venue or visit the web page on this site.

 

 

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NEW $15.00 Hot Dog at the Lift Line Café ?

Frankly, we don’t know nor do we care. This spoof blog post makes fun that the resorts advertise their agents as “Special” and the first to know if something is happening at the resorts. The fact of the matter is that if anything will happen in the way of something NEW in real estate a permit has to be approved in Somerset County and a good friend in that department will make sure we are the FIRST TO KNOW. If you want to know what is really going on in real estate at the resorts follow us, if you are interested in the newest $$$ food item, ask a resort agent, they know 🙂

PS: Ski conditions are great!

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Financing Market Report from Kirk Sieg

For the Week Ending January 30, 2015

Please enjoy this quick update on what’s happening this week in the housing and financial markets.

The Fed praises economic growth but is closely watching inflation and overseas developments. Members remain patient in raising policy rates.

The Durable Goods report shows weakness in manufacturing. Orders dropped unexpectedly for the 2nd month, supporting Fed patience with rate changes.

Consumers are focusing on the good jobs news. Consumer confidence surged to its highest level since 2007 despite some continuing economic weakness.

December existing home sales data is mixed, with existing sales showing strength and pending sales dropping unexpectedly. Overall, prices are up, and low rates may continue to support the trend.

New home sales blew past predictions with a significant increase, supporting growing market strength, rising prices and the potential for lower inventory.

Former distress sale or “Boomerang Buyers” may be eligible to purchase again. The first big wave of about 500,000 could hit this year.

 

Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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Seven Springs to start skiing on November 28

7 Springs halfpipe

If you are not on the resort newsletter Seven Springs announced they will open for skiing November 28, and kick off weekend is that weekend. A recent trip to both resorts shows all snow guns going full blast as the snowmaking team takes advantage of early cold weather. The extended forecast shows cold enough temperatures to continue the snowmaking effort up to the holidays with only a few warm days. Photo is of the Seven Springs half pipe LAST YEAR. Sorry riders, will be a few months before that one is ready. Skiii Yaaa.

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ATV CLUB

It is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive, “Where can we ride our ATV’s?” Here’s one option, the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club. Easily found by staying on 711 to White, maybe 8 miles from Sarnelli’s, then look for the sign on the right (if you come to Indian Head you passed it).  They offer year round riding for ATV’s and UTV’s on over 30 miles of “safe and groomed trails.” There’s a mix of elevation and difficulty to challenge any rider. Their website offers more details, check it out and safe riding!

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August 2014 Laurel Highlands Market Report

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED UNBIASED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts. We are the best source for accurate information on property sales in the Laurel Highlands.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. We help our clients successfully buy or sell at both resorts. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

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Rubber Ducky Fund Raiser & FREE Children’s Fishing Day

Mountain Watershed Association is hosting a free children’s fishing day and a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser on Saturday October 4, 2014 at Resh Park in Indian Head, PA.

The fun starts at 10:00 a.m. when the fishing starts. Kids ages 12 and under can participate with adult supervision. This event is FREE of charge. There will be a break in the fishing action for lunch, which is provided, around 11:45 and door prize winners will be announced. Participants must bring their own rod, tackle, and bait. All participants will be entered into the Door Prize drawing. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated.

During the fishing day MWA will host its annual Rubber Ducky Race at 1:30 p.m. when 1,000 rubber duckies will be released and will race down Indian Creek. For a donation of $5, you can have two chances to win. Prizes include: 1st Prize-$500, 2nd Prize-$250, 3rd Prize-$150, 4th Prize-$100, and Last Duck-$50. Ticket holders need not be present to win and proceeds will benefit the Children’s Fishing Day. Tickets are being sold at the MWA office, G&D Market, Donegal Pharmacy, Brady’s Restaurant, Love Laugh Learn Daycare, Tall Cedars, TJ’s Restaurant, Ritenour Sporting Goods, B&G Bait Shop, Sheri Bukovac Bookkeeping, and Indian Creek Valley Water Authority.

For more information, or to pre-register for the fishing day, please contact Carla at the Mountain Watershed Association: (724) 455-4200, extension 3#, or Carla@mtwatershed.com.

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SB 76 MOVED OUT OF FINANCE!!

SB 76 Picture

It is time for more discussion! SB 76 the NO more school property tax was voted and passed In the Senate Finance Committee 6-5! We were there TODAY. Now it goes to Approbations Committee to see it they will pass it to the floor. Wags and I along with many of our REALTOR friends filled the rooms (yes they had to open up a second hearing room there were so many of us because we were having our State Organization meeting the same day!!) with high hopes! Check out RealReform76 for more information, find your Senator, and to share your story!  Basically, Philadelphia and that area and the teachers union are the greatest opponents, while every retired person with property and Realtor in the state should be for it. Here’s how the finance committee voted:

Yes –
Senator Blake, Democratic chair (D-Lackawanna)
Senator Browne (R-Lehigh)
Senator Brubaker, Republican chair (R-Lancaster)
Senator Eichelberger (R-Blair)
Senator Scarnati (R-Clearfield)
Senator Wozniak (D-Cambria)

No –
Senator Greenleaf (R-Montgomery)
Senator Hutchinson (R-Venango)
Senator Smith (D-Allegheny)
Senator Teplitz (D-Dauphin)
Senator Vance (R-Cumberland)

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Senate Finance Committe to VOTE on SB 76 TOMORROW!!

NO TAX SHOULD EVER BE ABLE  TO TAKE AWAY YOUR HOME! Check out RealReform76.com for the details on this bill. It was just scheduled to come up for a vote in the Senate Finance committee TOMORROW! Let your senator know that it is time for school property tax reform!! Tell them you support SB 76 and expect them to do the same! School property taxes are making our seniors homeless! One of our elderly neighbors recently shared they can only pay their school property taxes for another 4 years and then they are out of money!

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Star Market Auction

Star Market

If you come in from the Pittsburgh side of the mountain you know where this is! When you’re at the 4 way stop by the Post Office and Church on 711 the Star Market is on your left. There are two different dates, on-line they say Thursday September the 18th, but the sign says Thursday, September 25 at 5 pm the bidding begins If you have an interest best to catch up with them! Here’s the link to Hostetter Auctioneers. If you’ve never been into the store they carried a line of groceries, meat, had a small diner with lunch specials,  the gas pumps, lottery ticket sales, propane and ice… Sure hope someone sees it as the gold mine we do!

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We Are So Proud!

Meet Vileska Gelpi, 11 year old daughter of buyers agent Amanda and husband Rich! She just happens to be competing this weekend in the Drive, Chip, and Putt contest in Highlands, Michigan.   After winning in her age group of 10-11 year olds in July at Nemacolin Woodlands, advancing to compete at Quicksilver in August with a second place win, a victory over 9 other competitors at Prestwick Village Country Club in Highland, Michigan could earn her a trip to compete in April 2015 at Augusta, Georgia!

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July 2014 Laurel Highlands Market Report

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED UNBIASED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts. We are the best source for accurate information on property sales in the Laurel Highlands.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. We help our clients successfully buy or sell at both resorts. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

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Getting the Highest Price for your Home

Another great Slide Share Presentation on some tips on getting the top price for your home and hiring an agent.

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5 Reasons to Hire an Agent

Credit for this slide show goes to Aw Carmen. Even though this agent is in Malaysia, the same rules apply here.

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June and Mid Year Market Reports

This is the June and the first 6 month market stats. These reports give you the inside information based on Courthouse records. If you are thinking of selling or buying you need to review these reports and contact us for more information to determine the HIGHEST PRICE that will be successful in the market place.

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED UNBIASED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts. We are the best source for accurate information on property sales in the Laurel Highlands.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. We help our clients successfully buy or sell at both resorts. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Traveler Advisorary Panel

The Turnpike Commission is in the midst of the largest capital rebuilding plan in their history! This panel is an on-line research community that will provide feedback from 4,000 customers! We know our readers spend a good bit of time on the PA Turnpike and you may qualify to be a part of the Advisory Panel! Here’s your chance to be heard and to receive some treats in return! The first step is taking a short survey as they want to ensure they have a good mix of different types of travelers sharing their thoughts.

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Public Notice for Donegal Mine Posted

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This was the public notice from LCT Energy for their proposed mine in Donegal and Saltlick Township as written in the Tribune Review.
Description:

PUBLIC NOTICE Pursuant to the PENNSYLVANIA CLEAN STREAMS LAW, the PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Rules and Regulations, the SURFACE MINING CONSERVATION and RECLAMATION ACT, and the BITUMINOUS MINE SUBSIDENCE and LAND CONSERVATION ACT as amended, notice is hereby given that LCT Energy, LP, doing business at 938 Mt. Airy Drive, Suite 200, Johnstown, PA 15904, has made application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a new underground Coal Mining Activity Permit, related NPDES permit and request for a new blasting plan. The proposed Rustic Ridge #1 Mine will consist of approximately 2,886.5 acres in the underground permit area. The proposed subsidence control plan area will consist of approximately 2,780.6 acres. The underground permit area is located in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County and Saltlick Township, Fayette County within the four corners described as follows: The southernmost point is approximately 2,300 feet southwest of the intersection of Indian Creek Valley Road (SR-711) and County Line Road (SR-1058). The northernmost point is approximately 6,600 feet northeast of the intersection of School House Ln (T-308) and SR-31. The westernmost point is approximately 1,900 feet southwest of the intersection of Thompson Road (T-878) and SR-31. The easternmost point is located approximately 2,200 feet southeast of the intersection of School House Lane (T-308) and Jones Mills-Stahlstown Road (SR-2031). The subsidence control plan area is located in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County and Saltlick Township, Fayette County and is the same as the underground permit area with the exception of approximately 106 acres located within the four corners described as follows: The northernmost point is at the intersection of School House Lane (T-308) and Jones Mills-Stahlstown Road (SR-2031). The southernmost point is approximately 1,770 feet southeast of the intersection of SR-31 and School House Lane (T-308). The easternmost point is approximately 3,305 feet east of the intersection of SR-31 and School House Lane (T-308). The westernmost point is approximately 665 feet southwest of the intersection of SR-31 and School House Lane (T-308). The surface activity site boundary will include approximately 67.7 acres and is located in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County. The entrance to the surface activity site is located at a point approximately 3,600 feet north along County Line Road (SR-1058) from the intersection of County Line Road (SR-1058) and Hellen School Road (SR-2029). The proposed areas can be found on the Donegal, Seven Springs, and Stahlstown, PA U.S.G.S., 7.5 minute topographic maps. The proposed operation includes three NPDES discharge points that will discharge into Champion Creek. The discharge points are located as follows: Point 001 is located approximately 380 feet northeast from the point where Champion Creek passes beneath County Line Road (SR-1058) and will discharge treated surface runoff to Champion Creek. Point 002 is located approximately 1,970 feet northeast from the point where Champion Creek passes beneath County Line Road (SR-1058) and will discharge treated surface runoff to Champion Creek. Point 003 is located approximately 2,110 feet northeast from the point where Champion Creek passes beneath County Line Road (SR-1058) and will discharge treated mine drainage to Champion Creek. This application includes a request for a new blasting plan. A stream variance is requested for Champion Creek beginning at the intersection of UNT #10 and Champion Creek, and continuing approximately 300 feet upstream, the variance includes activities of construction of diversion and collection ditches. The total variance area is approximately 0.2 acres. A stream variance is requested for Champion Creek beginning at a point 3380 feet upstream of where Champion Creek crosses under County Line Road (SR-1058), and continuing upstream approximately 270 feet, the variance includes activities of construction of diversion and collection ditches. The total variance area is approximately 0.1 acres. A stream variance is requested for Champion Creek beginning at a point 2430 feet upstream of where Champion Creek crosses under County Line Road (SR-1058), and continuing upstream approximately 60 feet, the variance includes activities of construction of a sediment pond. The total variance area is less than 0.1 acres. A stream variance is requested for UNT #9 to Champion Creek beginning at a point 140 feet upstream of the intersection of UNT #9 to Champion Creek and continuing upstream approximately 700 feet, the variance includes activities of construction of a sedimentation pond, diversion and collection ditches, a stream crossing, and an access road. The total variance area is approximately 0.9 acres. A stream variance is requested for Champion Creek beginning at a point 120 feet upstream of where Champion Creek crosses under County Line Road (SR-1058), and continuing upstream approximately 680 feet, the variance includes activities of construction of a haul road, stream crossing, erosion and sediment controls, sedimentation traps, and roadside ditches. The total variance area is approximately 0.6 acres. A copy of the application is available for public inspection and copying for a fee, by appointment, at the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds, 2 North Main Street, Suite 503, Greensburg, PA 15601 and Fayette Recorder of Deeds, Fayette County Courthouse, 61 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA 15401. Written comments, objections, or a request for a public hearing or informal conference may be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, California District Mining Office, 25 Technology Drive, California Technology Park, Coal Center, PA 15423, no later than 30 days following the final (4th) publication of this notice and must include the person’s name, address, telephone number, and a brief statement as to the nature of the objection(s). 58739583(7-3,10,17,24-14)

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May 2014 Market Reports

Very interesting month at both resorts but pay attention when Abe reports the short term forecast. These reports give you the inside information based on Courthouse records. If you are thinking of selling or buying you need to review these reports and contact us for more information to determine the HIGHEST PRICE that will be successful in the market place.

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED UNBIASED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts. We are the best source for accurate information on property sales in the Laurel Highlands.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. We help our clients successfully buy or sell at both resorts. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

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Newest Associates Hatching

Even though we liven in the country we have never seen robin eggs hatch! So we’re betting there’s a good chance our friends living in cities can say the same. This week the robin chicks are breaking through their eggs! Here’s more information on how this process has evolved! When you go by our office in Donagal  the robins nest is to the right of our back door.

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Communtiy Meeting on Deep Mine Permit

Add a reminder in your calendar that on Wednesday,  May 21 at the Highlands Hall (corner of Route 31 and 711)  from 7 to 9 there will be a community meeting to hear about the planned Deep Mine for Donegal and Saltlick areas. On the agenda are the “people and places” that could be affected. Mining maps will be available for review. The Mountain Watershed Association has more details on their site. 

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Berkshire Hathway expects 4 new Associates!!

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty is expecting 4 new Associates to our Laurel Highlands office on Rt 31 in Donegal! Pittsburgh has the eagle cam of the great birds, we have the first shots of the 4 blue robin eggs outside our back door in the flower planter.  Many of you may have the pleasure of enjoying these birds but have you seen them grow? We’ll be posting new shots to keep you updated. Once they go through rigorous company training we expect them to be “Bird dogging” and “Scouting” for business opportunities. Till then here’s a link for more information about the robins!

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RED TRILLIUM BED!

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We’ve shared how much we love the Indian Creek Valley Trail (ICV Trial)  just across the Somerset Trust bank on County Line Road for hiking, biking, and flowers.  This week while checking out the banks of BLOOMING white trillium and looking for the rare red and pink ones, Wags came across a whole bed of the red ones!   We did some research on Google and found a link for some more details on these stunning flowers! They may be found by walking from the trail across from the bank OR from starting at Dipola Lane and walking towards the bank. Right after the big fallen tree on the trail look over the left or west bank towards Indian Creek and that’s where you will see them! This is the biggest bed of solid red trillium we have ever seen. Enjoy.

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Glamping

We belong to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and every year they offer a “Backyard Tour” for their members. Members sign up to visit other members business and learn more about what the Laurel Highlands has to offer our guests. “Glamping” refers to enjoying the outdoors without really roughing it and here is the proof! No more sleeping bags! Here’s the VRBO link for reservations for the Campbell Farm Glamping experience which was one of the stops on our adventure!

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty

It is official! You won’t be seeing any more blue and white Prudential Preferred Realty signs. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services The Preferred Realty signs and promotional materials will be sporting cabernet and cream colors. Ron Croushore, our Broker wants everyone to remember that even though our name has changed the agents haven’t! We are excited about the new marketing materials BHHS will offer our clients! Check out Top-10-Reasons-Good-to-Know about a few reasons why you should consider allowing us to help you with your real estate needs!

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April 2014 Market Reports

Interested in what is selling at the resorts and in what communities? These reports give you the inside information based on Courthouse records. If you are thinking of selling or buying you need to review these reports and contact us for more information to determine the HIGHEST PRICE that will be successful in the market place.

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED UNBIASED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts. We are the best source for accurate information on property sales in the Laurel Highlands.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. We help our clients successfully buy or sell at both resorts. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

Open the links below for the reports.

 

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Abe and Wags Team Awarded 5 Star Agent 5th Year

The Abe and Wags Team has been awarded the Pittsburgh Magazine 5 Star Agent Award for the 5th year and they are one of the very few who have been given the award EVERY YEAR. Their proven client communication systems and “Key to Closing” marketing program continuously places this team as the very best in the Laurel Highlands for Customer Satisfaction. Five Star Professional surveyed Pittsburgh area residents who purchased a home priced at more than $150,000 within a 6 month period (June 2012 to November 2012). The final list of 2013 Realtors is a select group, representing less than 5% of real estate agents in the area. The Award recipients will be listed in the June Pittsburgh Magazine.

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Proposed Deep Mining In Donegal and Saltlick Twps

Take a look at the map and see where the proposed deep mine boundaries now lie within these two townships. Several years ago Johnstown-based LCT Energy LP hired CME Engineering LP of Somerset to prepare a mining permit application for the project as outlined in this TribLive story from 2012.  The local Mountain Watershed Association offers their concerns in this .
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

BSHH coming signWe are sure you know that there are very few companies that are permitted to use the trusted name of Berkshire Hathaway! Well coming very soon Prudential Preferred Realty will be Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty!! New name, new colors, new affiliation! Stay tuned for more details!

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Donegal Interchange and Route 31 Proposed Construction

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We are getting closer to a huge construction project from the PA Donegal Turnpike Interchange to the Rt 31 intersection of Rt 711. The featured picture shows 3 miles of the proposed project that will involve adding lanes and stop lights. Our local Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce offered a meeting with PennDot representatives Liberty Hill  and engineers PRIOR to the public meetings that will be happening this spring.  While there are are several options on the table they are awaiting clearances from the EPA.  Construction is tentatively slated for 2016-2018 and the work will be out for bids.

There will be strip takes and some total displacements that will occur. This is considered a  capacity adding and safety project. There were 19 different pages presented for the 3 miles of road changes. Route 31 by the the actual turnpike exchange is going to be moved so that a “flowing T” can be constructed. Stay tuned for more details!Turnpike InerchangeRt 31 & Rt 711

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Market Reports for January 2014

Interested in what is selling at the resorts and in what communities? These reports give you the inside information based on Courthouse records, not some guesstimate or Zulia type our best guess. If you are thinking of selling you need to review these reports and contact us for more information to determine the HIGHEST PRICE that will be successful in the market place.

Keep in mind this is just a small window of information we share in the public domain. If you want the DETAILED story of what is happening in your community and property become our client and become one of the CHOSEN FEW that actually knows the facts.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE. Choose an experienced TEAM with the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the Laurel Highlands. Contact us today at 412-897-8583.

 

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Burton Snowboard Half Pipe Qualifiers at 7 Springs

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If you are snow boarder YOU already know where you are going to be this weekend!! The Burton US Open is happening at 7Springs Jan 31 – Feb 2. Snapped this photo today and if you look closely you can see people at the bottom and a boarder on the second ramp for stunt jumps (looks like a speck of dirt). You really can’t tell how high these are unless you see them in person! The top 6 men and top  3 women for the half-pipe and slope style receive auto invites to the US Open in Vail. BE HERE!!

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Ice Dams

Remember that your second home here in the Laurel Highlands is most likely to experience these when you are not here! Then you come up for the weekend and wonder why the walls on the inside of your home are wet or have water stains and the floors are soaking!! Sara, our local SERVPRO contact shared this article from Mr. Fix It on why the ice dams form and suggestions on how to fix them! The Ice Dam Cometh

SURE TO CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE REP FIRST!!

Buck Dewitt Construction 814-443-3378 / Buck Dewitt

Broad Builders 233-3904/ Jeff Broadwater

Jerry Moody 483-0802

 

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NAR Forcasts improving market for housing.

This is a repost from PAR Just Listed, blog of the PA Association of Realtors.

The housing recovery is expected to remain strong in the new year, driven by economic growth and continued job creation, according to Lawrence Yun, the National Association of Realtors®’ chief economist.

The housing recovery is expected to continue on its path in the new year with home prices continuing to rise; sales to rise slightly; and the foreclosure crisis expected to finally draw to an end.

“For the general consumer, the market will be good in 2014,” said Yun. “Home values will continue to rise, but not sharply, but there won’t be a decline.”

This year has marked the second straight one of a “very respectable recovery,” said Yun, with a 20 percent cumulative increase in existing-home sales over the past two years and nearly a 20 percent rise in home prices. However, he notes that existing-home sales will likely plateau in 2014.

Home prices, which rose 11 percent in 2013, will grow at a slower pace of five percent in 2014, Yun estimates.

He attributes the expected slowdown in the home-price rise to “less affordable conditions from higher prices and higher mortgage rates.”

The Federal Reserve last week said it would in January start tapering economic stimulus that has helped keep interest rates low. But it included language about keeping its target range for the federal funds rate, giving hope that mortgage rates won’t head far north.

Yun sees the 30-year fixed rate mortgage rate going above five percent by the second half of 2014, up from an average 4.26 percent in November and 4.47 percent last week. That will hurt affordability, Yun says.

While rising interest rates will have a negative impact on the housing market, continued job creation will have a positive influence, says Yun. He estimates two million or more jobs will be created in 2014.

About Diana Dietz, e-PRO: Diana Dietz is the Communications Manager at the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®. Follow Diana on Twitter.
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WHITE FRIDAY expected at Hidden Valley and 7 Springs.

Cold temperatures and unexpected snow have set the stage for both resorts to open this Friday at 9:00 for snow sports. The snow guns have been blasting at both resorts since the first of the week so there is a solid base on limited terrain. Go to the resorts website to see what will be open. Here is a quote from the Hidden Valley Website.

“We are committed to providing our guests with excellent snowmaking and grooming. Over the course of the weekend, our mountain crew took advantage of every opportunity to make snow in preparation for opening day,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. “As of Monday morning, both resorts have at least eight inches of snow and in some places drifts as high as eight feet. Snow accumulations of these amounts are astounding for this time of year. We are anticipating the arrival of an abundance of natural snow later this week, which will add to outstanding skiing and snowboarding conditions. We always strive to open the slopes as early as possible and provide our guests with incredible conditions and this weekend will be a testament to our commitment.”

Seven Springs and Hidden Valley will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Nov. 29-Sun., Dec. 1, 2013. Hours of operations for dates beyond Dec. 1, will be available later this week.

 

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Hidden Valley Sold to Seven Springs

It is official. Yesterday the final papers were signed turning ownership of Hidden Valley Resort over to the Nuttings, owners of Seven Springs. Today the parking lot by the Prudential office is filled and we can see people outside already working.  Eric Mauck CEO of Seven Springs Mountain Resort sent this letter out to priorty7 members this morning. Go to www.7springs.com to sign up for the priority7 updates and make sure you’re in the know!

Dear Hidden Valley Friends and Family,

It’s been an exciting day as the Seven Springs and Hidden Valley resort communities are now officially part of the same family. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome each and every one of you to our resort family.

I know many of you have questions and concerns about how this purchase will affect you personally and the resort. In the coming days and weeks, we will be sharing details pertaining to things such as season passes, ski/snowboard tickets, lodging, services, amenities and more.

The most important thing for you to know is that we are deeply committed to the long-term success of Hidden Valley, Seven Springs, the local community and the Laurel Highlands. Seven Springs has long held a deep appreciation for Hidden Valley and the family experience it offers.  Moving forward, we want to ensure that more and more guests have the opportunity to develop a lifelong passion for the outdoors.

Over the last five years, we have worked consistently to add to and improve the amenities and services at Seven Springs, which has resulted in Seven Springs becoming one of the top year-round resorts in the region. With that in mind, we will work hard to build on that success as we continue to move forward at Hidden Valley.

I would like to invite you to join us this weekend at Seven Springs for our 29th annual Autumnfest, a family-friendly celebration of all things fall. It’s a great opportunity to spend the day with your family enjoying the fall foliage, live entertainment, delicious festival food, kids’ activities like our hay bale maze and petting zoo, and the keepsakes and creations from more than 50 artisans and crafters. Each weekend has a new theme, making for a new festival every weekend. This year’s themes include Pumpkin Weekend, October 5-6; Chocolate & Chili Weekend, October 12-13, 2013; and Kids’ Halloween Weekend, October 19-20.

Thank you again for your support during this exciting time. We are proud to become a part of the Hidden Valley community and look forward to seeing you on the mountain very soon!

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No More School Tax??

At our state Realtor Association meetings in Harrisburg this September more details on the progress of PA House Bill 76 and PA Senate Bill 76 were disclosed.  The goal is to replace the school property tax with a personal or earned income tax.

Our association is committed to property tax reform and is moving forward with a campaign to support these bills. A presentation was made at our meetings by Jason Horwitz of the Anderson Economic Group. Check out their research on this topic. Soon the PAR Realtor Association will have a website with more details.

If it passes, all homeowners would no longer be paying property taxes to support a school district.  Homeowners without children have long cried, “no fair” to school taxes. Our second home owners at Hidden Valley and Seven Springs would no longer pay a tax to a school that their children do not attend.

The numbers appear to work so keep your eyes and ears open so you can have a say!

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Abe and Wags Team selected as “PITTSBURGH’S TOP AGENTS”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Adrienne “Abe” Wagner,Robert “Wags” Wagner, and Amanda Knepper-Gelpi, Realtors have been selected for their outstanding client satisfaction and real estate market success at Hidden Valley Resort, 7 Springs Resort, and the Laurel Highlands. They have been awarded the PITTSBURGH 5 STAR  AGENT AWARD.  Only 5% of all agents in the Pittsburgh Market are selected and will be listed in a special section of the June Issue of PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE, and less than 1% have been selected every year the award has been given.

This award is determined by independent research with clients, peers and industry experts to determine the real estate agents who are rated highest in overall satisfaction. The Abe and Wags Team are one of the VERY FEW that have been selected EVERY YEAR THE AWARD HAS BEEN GIVEN. If you have a need for quality service and proven performance contact either Abe or Wags. Their team has a proven plan that gets results.

 

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NEW CONSTRUCTION SOLD BEFORE COMPLETED!!

Builder John Henry has his first newly constructed home in the Green Tee Development at Hidden Valley scheduled for closing at the end of this month. This floor plan has the master bedroom and laundry on the main level.  In this market place we find that many buyers are looking for these features as well as gas heat, central air and a garage. The living room and back deck over look the 15th hole of the Hidden Valley Golf Course! Don’t worry if you’re thinking about a new home there are 23 more lots available! Catch up with us for more details!

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Eminent Domain and the National Flight 93 Memorial

There is federal civil trail going on right now to determine if the appraisal of 275 key acres to the Memorial was too low. Appraisers have a set of procedures to follow when finding value and part of that process is determining highest and best use. In September 2009 the government paid Svonavecs $610,000 for the parcel through eminent domain. He is suing the government for $21 million. Here’s more to the story from the TribLive News

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7 Springs and Hidden Valley, One Owner

After all of the, “no we aren’t buying” comments from earlier this year, YES the Nuttings are buying Hidden Valley. Here are several stories for your review from the local news. Now the Nuttings will own Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and the rights to Laurel Mountain. KDKA   WTAE Somerset Daily American

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Shut Down Closes 5 Local National Sites

If you are thinking about visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, and or the Johnstown Flood National Memorial TALK TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE! Not only are the actual sites closed down so are their respective web sites!!

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RED LIGHT STOP!!

If you haven’t been to Seven Springs recently be prepared for the ROAD WORK! Right now there are 3 temporary stop lights set up, yes STOP LIGHTS!  Here’s what it should look like when it’s completed 7S Road Change. Please wait your turn as you can not see all three lights and if anyone is coming in your direction! Eventually there will be a dedicated turning lane into the main entrance.  Our sources have shared that hopefully, without more rain, the work will finish up this November.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

We are always excited to share good news about the Laurel Highlands! Cami Dibattista reported in the Tribune-Review that filming has been done for a 30 minute segment for PBS “Fringe Benefits” in 2014. Check out the story to see if your favorite destination was highlighted! Television series explores the Laurel Highlands

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Features Home Buyers will pay Extra For

What Features Home Buyers Are Willing to Pay Extra For

On June 17, 2013, in Home Trends, by Melissa Tracey

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

What are the two most common home features that home shoppers say they’re willing to spend extra for in order to have in a home?

Air conditioning and new kitchen appliances, according to the 2013 Home Features Survey by the National Association of REALTORS(R).

Sixty-nine percent of the buyers surveyed who did not purchase a home with air conditioning said they’d be willing to pay extra for it — on average, an extra $2,250 in order to have it, the survey found.

Home shoppers say having a home with new kitchen appliances is worth paying about $1,840 extra to have a home with it.

Air conditioning and new appliances were the most common responses in what home shoppers said they’d be willing to pay extra for. But some home shoppers showed willingness to pay higher amounts for a home with other features. For example, 42 percent of buyers said they’d be willing to pay an extra $5,020 for a home that was less than five years old. Thirty-two percent of buyers said they’d be willing to pay $5,420 extra for a home that was on the waterfront.

Buyers who did not purchase a home with a laundry room or a den/study/home office said they’d be willing to pay extra to have these: $1,590 and $1,920 extra, respectively.

And buyers said they’d also be willing to pay extra for a home with a basement and an in-law suite. Buyers said they’d be willing to pay an extra $3,200 for a home with a basement, and an average of $2,920 for a home with an in-law suite, according to the survey.

Melissa Tracey

 

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Real Estate in Pittsburgh Improving

With over 92% of Laurel Highlands homeowners living within 2 hours of the resorts the health of the real estate market follows the real estate market in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. It is good news to see the numbers in the Pittsburgh market moving the right direction as this market will follow soon. Now is the time to buy in the Laurel Highlands as low interest rates make the dream of a second home even more affordable. Contact us if you would like to buy or sell a home in this area.
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Discover your footprint!

For those of you who haven’t heard Abe is in a Masters degree program for real estate. This class is all about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, “LEED” and sustainable development, in other words being green, saving our world and reducing our foot prints! One of her first homework assignments was to measure her ecological footprint.  Take the interactive short test (maybe 5 minutes great for kids too) and see the impact YOU are having on the planet!! She’ll share how many earths we’ll need if everyone lives like her, if you share your number!

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Welcome Amanda Knepper-Gelpi, buyers agent with Abe and Wags

We want to announce and welcome Amanda Knepper-Gelpi to the Abe and Wags Real Estate Team. Our aggressive and encompassing marketing and internet presence was creating so many buyer leads for our listings we could no longer handle them all. Amanda joins us with a great deal of personal experience and enthusiasm and the same ethical and professional value system we have used as a standard to provide the client the highest level of real estate brokerage. Here is her story and we are very excited having her part of our team and efforts.

I am an only child who grew up as a Country Girl nestled outside of both Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resorts.  My teenage years, I aspired to venture into a life based in New York City…I enveloped the Modeling and Acting industry by competing in events such as the Miss PA Teen, I was cast as an extra for the movies, Sudden Death and Wonder Boys, both filmed in Pittsburgh.  I was a Jennerstown Speedway queen for one race season, where I discovered modeling assisted in developing self-confidence.

My high school summer breaks consisted of being a “Shop Girl” at Hidden Valley Resort Golf Club for two consecutive years.  I ventured into the business curriculum at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Allegheny College of Maryland and still had the desire to head to the big city.

I became a Modeling/Acting Instructor in Pittsburgh for 3 years.  From this experience, it was determined that to prosper further in the Modeling industry, a move to New York was necessary.  My heart kept me anchored in the country lifestyle and to this day, I don’t regret my decision.

I made a choice to deter my intended career path and quickly shifted into the Cosmetic Industry.  I achieved 15 years of successful industry experience.  I was employed by major brands such as, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, L’Oreal, and most recently Bare Essentials.  I managed nearly a 10 million dollar territory, was a road warrior, and with the companies I was employed with, based in both New York and San Francisco, I traveled to the big cities multiple times a year.

I got married in 1999 during Hurricane Dennis, which was downgraded to a Tropical Storm, in Corolla, North Carolina. We bought our first home in 2003, had a Daughter the same year, and I vowed to stay a Country Girl, alongside my Daughter, as my family operates a four generation dairy farm, which is located in my backyard.  The country lifestyle peaked my fascination with Interior Design and Landscaping.   My interest is country cottage and I love to develop my flower beds into eye-catching colors.  Life made a quick change and my creativity sparked…again…Real Estate  was a very different industry from what I was used to doing, but I was, and still very much so, intrigued by the housing industry.  There is so many home options, locations, amenities, characters….all available to just the right future homeowner…the quickest discoverer and the highest bidder!

Regardless of my various industry experiences, I still feel empowered each day by establishing great relationships, I have a great skill in talking, I strive to achieve great sales knowledge, and to obtain successful experiences in both my personal and professional life.

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Trillium in Bloom on the Champion Walking Trail

TrilliumThe trillium beds at mile 1 on the Champion to Indian Head trail have just started to bloom. I have been told by wild flower enthusiast that this bed is one of the largest in Western Pennsylvania and is easily several acres. It occupies the entire east hillside from the trail. To get to it access the trail from County Line Road in Champion and walk 1 mile south or where  Mount Nebo Road crosses the trail and walk north about 1/10 mile. The trail starts on County Line Road about 100 yards from 711 and parallels  711 until Indian Head where it comes out by the bank. The first mile of the trail is rich with wild flowers and Abe has photographed over 100 different species over the years. One our our favorite walks. Enjoy

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Hidden Valley March/ 1st Quarter Real Estate Market Report

Open the visual tour for information and graphs on real estate sales activity at 7 Springs Resort for the month of March and the 1st Quarter of 2013. Although we always would like to see more activity the overall look is a strong start to the year with improving numbers. Even with the improving activity excessive inventory still makes this a buyers market in almost every price point and category.

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7 Springs March/ 1st Quarter 2013 Market Report

Open the visual tour for information and graphs on real estate sales activity at 7 Springs Resort for the month of March and the 1st Quarter of 2013. Although we always would like to see more activity the overall look is a strong start to the year with improving numbers. Even with the improving activity excessive inventory still makes this a buyers market in almost every price point and category.

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