National Flood Insurance EXPIRES Sept 30!

The last time the National Flood Insurance was allowed to expire approximately 40,000 transactions, a MONTH didn’t happen!! WHY? Because if your property is in a flood zone area AND you don’t have flood insurance, NO bank will finance it! Being active in our local, state, and national Realtor Associations has allowed Abe to meet face to face with elected representatives in DC and Harrisburg to explain WHY it is critical to ensure it doesn’t expire again! Check out the information slides!  

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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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Dollar General Under Construction

Dollar General 2015

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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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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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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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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SB 76 MOVED OUT OF FINANCE!!

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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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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.

Open the links below for the reports.

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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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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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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 .
Proposed Mining Map

 

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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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General Store and Pie Shoppe

General Store and Pie Shoppe Donegal PA 15628

You drive by these shops on your way to either resort and on your way home at the Donegal Turnpike Exchange!! They are right after the Prudential Realty office on the right hand of the road in Donegal (across from Rustic Lodge Furniture). If you haven’t stopped you are missing a great time! The Old General Store offers candies, treats, and tons of surprises and gifts for all ages! Looking for home made rolls, bread, pies or any sweet confection you can find it at the Country Pie Shoppe (Abe loves the maple crawlers)! Stop and see for yourself we believe you’ll be back!

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Donegal South Pipeline Community Meeting

Williams Energy is proposing a natural gas pipeline which if permitted will be constructed through the Indian Creek Valley. According to the Mountain Watershed Association, “the pipeline will impact streams and wetlands approximately 54 times in its 16.5 mile length.”

The Association is sponsoring an informational meeting for the community to learn more about the project and ask questions of a Department of Environmental Protection Representative.

Here is a flyer if you would like to share! We’ll see you at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane, Donegal, PA 15628 Wednesday March 23, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM!

For more info contact Veronica at MWA: 724-455-4200 extension 4 or visit their web site.

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Seven Springs to Open Rental Shop in Donegal, PA

 We’ve been encouraging buyers to consider this property on Rt 31 in Donegal. Too Late, It’s Been SOLD! You may remember it as Betsy’s Collections. It’s on the left hand side of Rt 31 across from the Family Dollar store. Seven Springs is now the new owner!

If you’ve been by recently you can see that they are getting ready to open up, before Christmas is what we are hearing. They’ll have retail and rental equipment available. This allows you to bypass the often congested ski rental shop at the resort. So get your gear, ticket, and you’re ready for the slopes! 

While you are on this strip of 31 remember the Prudential Preferred Office is on the right before this building. If you’re thinking of buying, selling, or renting it’s an easy stop to pick up information! We’re always glad to see old friends and WELCOME new ones!

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Holiday Help!

Are you overwhelmed with your holiday to do list? Rustic Red is a service provided through Rustic Lodge Furniture on Rt 31. You pass their store in Donegal as you head up to either Hidden Valley or Seven Springs. Just look to your left as you pass the pie shop on the right.

They provide holiday decorating, party and event planning, gift wrapping, specialty gift baskets and catering! You can reach them by phone at 412-721-9038 or e-mail rusticred.red@gmail.com .

Now you can cross off several to dos from your Holiday list! Imagine walking into your place with the wreaths hung, twinkling lights strung, candles on the mantle, centerpieces with candy canes, presents wrapped, gift baskets ready to be delivered, and food on the way!

Maybe this service should be on your wish list!! Enjoy the season!!

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Donegal, PA Design Workshop

This month the Donegal Community Design Workshop was held at the local community center. The 24 page DRAFT crafted from the last charette was shared with those of us who attended. This Draft is a large PDF with tons of pictures so if you are linking to it go grab a cup of coffee! Anyway if you exit 91 off of the PA turnpike to partake in any of the resorts activities or to visit any part of the Laurel Highlands YOU should REVIEW the draft.

We keep sharing what is happening at the local community levels that 10 to 20 years from NOW will be making huge impacts on our visitors impressions of areas. What type of community will we grow up to be?

The attendees at the workshop were given the opportunity to select a table topic from six or seven hot issues ranging from a visitors center to signage. One of our personal and professional passions is seeing a viable Visitors Center to WELCOME all of the guests that come through our GATEWAY TO THE LAUREL HIGHALNDS.  Pay special attention to pages 12 through 14 as there are aerial photos highlighting areas of great interest.

The Donegal Township web site list important contacts for anyone considering a business opportunity. Remember we have an incredible commercial offering   right along Rt 31 across from the Family Dollar Store. It has over 6,000 square feet of space to work with, a flat parking lot, new roof…. And 2 acres the possibilities are endless!

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