fm-ganddG&D Market was established in 1990 when Glenn Gales decided to buy the old coal mining store in Melcroft, PA. The store had several different owners and was ready for some-one to come in and make a real go of it. After starting with a small amount of groceries and cigarettes, the store began to grow with help of family, especially Fred Gales, and great and loyal set of customers. Glenn worked many years every day and all day open to close. Diane Gales worked part time and also carried another job while still caring for their children, Chad and Ryan. She soon began to work full time and few true blue employees came aboard, Tammy Weyand being the first, who still works at the market. Business was growing until the store burned down in 2001. It was rebuilt and reopened in early 2002.

Chad Gales entered the business after leaving the restaurant business in New York City in 2006 and began a few major changes that enhanced the business. More staff was hired, product increased, and a kitchen was added. We call the kitchen Mabel’s Kitchen after Glenn’s mother who was an inspiration to the whole family and made fantastic food. Mabel’s Kitchen is inside the market and currently offers pizza, stromboli, sandwiches, salads, and weekend dinners.
G&D Market is known for its fresh cut meats, fresh ground burger, and homemade salads. Meat Specials of all types are offered and customers from many towns away call ahead to get meat to take home. The market carries a full array of groceries, dairy, fresh meats and cheeses, produce, hardware, and hot food. We strive for the best customer service possible and to comply with any request we can.

G&D Market encourages all our customers to shop local and keep our mountain strong with family owned businesses instead of corporate giants who only care about profits. There are great businesses in our area including Sarnelli’s Market, Miller’s Grocery, the DQ, Champion Market, and many other small restaurants that make this area feel special. Our hats off to them all!
We would like to thank all our customers and family for being so concerned with the recent robbery of Glenn near his house. Everyone was okay and we are so glad for all the concern and support we received from everyone in our community. It takes us all to work together to keep everyone safe and sound. There is a lot of love and kindness in our area and we need to help to those who need it most. We thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts!

Thank you and love to all!
G&D Market


spotlightLindberg’s Home Improvements offers a lifetime of experience in  home remodeling and repair.

Owner and operator, Bill Lindberg, began a fulltime operation in the Laurel Highlands in 2002.  Areas of expertise include:

  • Complete bathroom remodeling including: Plumbing, electrical,    ceramic tile, drywall, painting and anything else needed to give    people what they want in a new bathroom.
  • Making homes user friendly: Upgrades and modifications to homes to allow people with changing needs to live more comfortably in their home for a longer period of time.
  • Honey Do Lists and Round to It’s: Much of the work done are things people can’t find time to do, hate to do, can’t be bothered with, or simply don’t know how to do.

Lindberg’s Home Improvements enjoys serving the people of the Laurel Highlands, helping them maintain the investment they have made in their homes, and sharing their values of honesty, hard work, and fair pricing.


 Somerset Trust Company serves residents, businesses and communities in Somerset, Cambria, and parts of Fayette, Westmoreland and Bedford Counties, as well as Garrett, County Maryland.   With 31 bank branches, the bank also operates a convenient banking delivery network of over 70 ATMs, mobile and online banking with picture deposit and bill pay, merchant and credit card services, and investment and trust services.

Henry Cook is the bank’s President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. He is the fifth generation of his family to lead the bank which was founded in 1889.

Somerset Trust was honored to receive these recognitions during the past year:

  • For the fourth consecutive year, American Banker recognized Somerset Trust as one of the top 200 banks in the country. The bank was ranked the 23rd best bank in America based on the prior three years’ Return on Equity.
  • Also named by American Banker as a Best Bank to Work For, listing Somerset Trust as
  • 29th among all other banks in the country
  • Ranked 16th among businesses in the entire state on the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania list.
  • Received the Pillars of the Community Award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. It is the organization’s highest honor and was awarded to Somerset Trust for our involvement in serving small businesses and the First Front Door Program which provides assistance to first-time homebuyers.
  • Awarded the Grow Your Community Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, recognizing the bank for its commitment to Community Outreach Programs, such as Elder Abuse Awareness, Financial Literacy, Fraud Seminars, and Teach Children to Save.

“We are especially proud of these achievements. We are fortunate to have a professional, energetic and committed staff that bring a wealth of talent and knowledge to the table and every day work positively as a team,” comments G. Henry Cook, Somerset Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer.  somersettrust



championchristianChampion Christian School – Now Enrolling!

Champion Christian School is currently enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year! Our North Campus in Donegal (1076 King’s Way) has Preschool & 6th – 12th and the South Campus in Indian Head (2166 Indian Head Rd.) has Preschool – 5th. Dually accredited, CCS provides academic excellence within a nurturing and distinctly Christian atmosphere. There is free bussing from six surrounding school districts: Mt. Pleasant, Connellsville, Ligonier, Uniontown, Rockwood and Somerset. Financial aid is available! If you are interested in learning more about the school, please visit the CCS website ( If you are interested in setting up a tour of the school please give us a call at 724-593-9200 (North) or 724-455-2122 (South).


 Dual Enrollment Opportunity

Dual enrollment classes through Grand Canyon University & Champion Christian School are available. High school students can take an online class for $60/credit, no matter what school you currently attend! For more information about this program, please visit our website:

 Christian Professional Counseling

Need help making your way through a difficult time or a situation? Need help with parenting, or maybe just a rough spot in a relationship? We’re here to help. Find out more about Christian Counseling Services offered at the Center at To set up a session, email or call us at 724-455-2122 ext. 301.

Ahead Of The Ski Season In The Laurel Highlands


Resorts to Kick Off 2015-2016 Winter Season with Upgrades All Over the Mountains

SEVEN SPRINGS, Pa. – Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort are proud to announce some exciting new projects and amenities for the coming winter season!

“At Seven Springs and Hidden Valley, our mission is to provide our guests with a first-class, legendary experience,” said Eric Mauck, CEO of both resorts. “We closely examined all of our resort operations to identify areas that could be improved upon to provide an even more incredible visit to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. This year’s package of projects and improvements focuses on fine-tuning the guest experience and creating the perfect environment to create lasting memories.”


In order to continue to offer resort guests some of the best grooming in the country, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley have each added additional grooming technology to their fleets. Seven Springs welcomes four brand new Pisten Bully 400 ParkPro snowcats. Flaunting state-of-the-art agility and precision, these snowcats allow machine operators to consistently achieve the highest level of grooming quality.

Hidden Valley is adding two Prinoth BR 350s to the fleet. Known for their reliability and power, these snowcats are capable of meeting the highest demands and ensuring that guests enjoy slopes groomed to pristine condition each day.


Skiers and snowboarders can purchase an exclusive Seven Springs night ticket this winter by purchasing a Mountain Dew 12-pack at Giant Eagle or a 32 oz. fountain drink of their favorite Pepsi product at GetGo. Tickets must be purchased online. Details will be provided at the time of beverage purchase. The tickets will be valid Sundays – Thursdays, 5 p.m. – close, and will cost $45. Participants can also enter to win prizes including ski packages, lift tickets and winter apparel and equipment.


Seven Springs is proud to be the first resort in Pennsylvania to welcome winter uphill travel enthusiasts. Winter uphill travel by means of skinning or cross-country skis is becoming increasingly popular. Uphill travel will be permitted each morning from 7-9 a.m. Uphill travelers will be required to stay on the designated routes at all times. Seven Springs or Highlands season passholders can add Uphill Travel access to their pass for an additional $20. A stand-alone 2015-2016 Uphill Travel Season Pass can be purchased for $150.


Professional freeskier and Pittsburgh native Tom Wallisch has partnered with Seven Springs for this winter as his official resort partner. It is a natural connection given Wallisch’s roots growing up skiing the parks at Seven Springs. Over the course of his career, Wallisch has achieved multiple X Games medals, AFP slopestyle titles and Dew Tour podiums. The partnership will include video shoots and public appearances at the resort, giving local skiers and snowboarders the chance to meet a pro skier who grew up in the area.

“What Seven Springs has been doing as a resort is amazing,” said Wallisch in a recent interview with Freeskier Magazine. “Promoting and building such a huge park scene on the east coast is so cool. I really wanted to be a part of that movement and help bring some exposure to PA and where I grew up.”


This season marks the second year of Seven Springs and Hidden Valley’s revolutionary Fun-Based Learning method of introducing skiing and snowboarding to beginners. The overall goal of Fun-Based Learning is for the newcomer to have fun! Inside the learning area, newcomers are introduced to the sensation of skiing or snowboarding right away, as the focus is on “going,” rather than “stopping.” Fun-Based Learning has had a successful retention rate resulting in more guests developing a lifelong passion for winter sports.

Seven Springs and Hidden Valley are making it easier than ever to get on the snow and learn to ski or snowboard. The new Triple Play Card includes three two-hour Fun-Based Learning lessons, three lift tickets and three equipment rentals with helmets for just $255. The Triple Play Card is the perfect way to learn a new sport with friends or family for one low price.

Skiers and snowboarders ages 8-15 can get an in-depth learning experience this season with the new Mountain Adventure Camp. The camp is open to all skill levels and includes a full day of professional instruction plus lift ticket, lunch, rental equipment including helmet and even a printed photo on the snow! One and two day camps are available.

A new Snowsports School Director has joined the Seven Springs team. JB Brier comes to the Laurel Highlands with a host of snowsports experience. Certified as a Level III AASI and Level I PSIA instructor, JB has served as a Central Division Examiner, AASI National Team candidate and a PSIA-AASI National Task Force Member. Brier is also an AASI Certified Level I Freestyle Specialist and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer. Brier is an alumnus of Seven Springs Snowsports School and most recently a Staff Trainer at Breckenridge Ski & Ride School in Colorado.

Brett Lesnick has joined the Hidden Valley team as the resort’s Snowsports School Director. Brett brings a wealth of recreation and winter sports experience having most recently served as the Director of the Kids Ski and Risk School at Wisp. A graduate of Frostburg State University with a degree in Recreation and Park Management, Brett is also a PSIA Level II Alpine Coach.


The 2014-2015 winter season presented a challenge with a relatively low amount of natural snow. Luckily, conditions for snowmaking were abundant and Seven Springs and Hidden Valley made enough snow to fill more than 1,400 football fields with one-foot of snow. Both resorts added new snowmaking upgrades this season. Five new HKD SV 10 Impulse tower guns have been installed at the top of the North Face at Seven Springs and three portable snowmaking stations were installed on Bobcat at Hidden Valley. Several snowmaking stations at Seven Springs were also relocated, streamlining the system and improving snow coverage in key areas.


This summer, an extensive glade-clearing project took place at Hidden Valley and Seven Springs. Throughout the resorts, glade areas have been cleared allowing for pristine tree skiing this winter. Other aesthetic improvements were made, including the improvement of the off-loading area at the top of Avalanche chairlift at Hidden Valley.


The leader in the industry for terrain park design, progression and innovation, Seven Springs has become a destination for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. The resort’s dedication has led to its selection as the #2 East Coast Terrain Park by SKI Magazine’s 2016 Reader Resort Survey and #2 East Coast Terrain Park by the TransWorld SNOWboarding 2016 Resort Poll.


Seven Springs is excited to introduce some great new events to the winter lineup:
•The Streets Opening – Dec. 12, 2015 ◦In celebration of the season opening of The Streets terrain park, Seven Springs will be throwing a rail jam with a sweet after-party in the Foggy Goggle.

•Fat Tire Fridays – Fridays from Jan. 1 – Feb. 27, 2016 ◦A new winter concert series featuring a different band each Friday in the Foggy Goggle sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, brewer of Fat Tire Amber Ale.

•World’s Largest Lesson – Jan. 8, 2016 ◦On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10 a.m., in YOUR local time zone, something special is happening. Something unique! Something that has never been done. Ski and snowboard areas across the country are going to set the World Record for the LARGEST multi-venue Ski and the LARGEST multi-venue Snowboard Lessons ever taught.

•Brewsfest – Jan. 16, 2016 ◦Celebrate all things beer at this new winter beer festival at Seven Springs.

•US Revolution Tour Finals – March 14 – 18, 2016 ◦Amateur freeskiers and snowboarders contend in Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions in the final round of the 2016 Revolution Tour. The tour is designed to serve as a stepping-stone for athletes making the transition from competing at the grassroots level to the elite level. Top winners may earn an invite to be part of the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, USASA Nationals, and participate in Project Gold camps.

•Burton Qualifiers Finals – March 26, 2016 ◦Amateur snowboarders compete for a spot in the 2016 Tokyo Rail Days in Burton’s newest touring snowboard competition. NEW ROSSIGNOL BOOTS ADDED TO SEVEN SPRINGS RENTAL FLEETThe Rental Center at Seven Springs added 175 brand new pairs of Rossignol ski boots to the fleet. The new equipment will allow the resort to continue to provide the highest quality equipment to guests.

off-mountain projects – Seven SPRINGS

Seven Springs is proud to announce the upcoming opening of the Highlands Market, a country-style store located just outside of the Main Gate, heading west on County Line Road. The Highlands Market will feature seating for 30 and offer prepared food, a large craft beer selection, fresh coffee and grocery items.

After a successful inaugural year, the resort’s newest restaurant, Foggy Brews, will remain open seven days a week throughout the winter season. Quickly becoming a guest favorite, the restaurant features a unique creative menu, an extensive craft beer selection and beautiful rustic décor that includes vintage photos and relics of skiing at Seven Springs.

off-mountain projects – HIDDEN VALLEY

The hub of the resort – the Hidden Valley Ski Lodge – has undergone further renovations as part of an ongoing annual project to remodel the facility. The lodge received a fresh coat of exterior paint this summer. The Alpine Room and Yukon were remodeled. The seating area in the Sunrise Sunset Café was redone to improve traffic flow. New carpeting can be found in various areas throughout the lodge, including the Sunrise Sunset Café, hallways and access areas.

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Each year the family-friendly resort hosts more than one million overnight and day guests. Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For more information on Seven Springs and the year-round lodging, dining and activity options the resort offers visit or call (800) 452-2223.

About Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley Resort, located in Hidden Valley, Pa., is the ideal winter destination for families. With 25 slopes and trails and two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable environment to learn to ski or snowboard.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., Hidden Valley is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

For more information about Hidden Valley, visit or call (814) 443-8000.

Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel receives 2015 Quality Excellence

Holiday Ad on interior pageThe Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel received the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) 2015 Quality Excellence Award, given to hotels achieving distinction in all aspects of their operations. Out of a global portfolio of more than 4,900 hotels, only 85 hotels reached this designation in the Americas.

The Donegal Holiday Inn Express & Suites was recognized during the 2015 IHG Americas Owners Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2015, held at Moscone West Convention Center.

“I am pleased to honor the Donegal Pennsylvania Holiday Inn Express & Suites with the Quality Excellence Award,” said Elie W. Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer – the Americas, IHG. “Winners in this category demonstrate the highest standards in product quality, hotel operation, and customer satisfaction embodying great brands. We’re very proud that the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Donegal, PA is part of the IHG family.”

Over 1,500 franchise owners, operators, and company officials attended the 2015 IHG Americas Conference.

Timothy J. Pisula, General Manager of the Donegal Holiday Inn Express and Suites added, “This honor is a tribute to our entire staff who works tirelessly ensuring we have a great hotel that guests love each and every day! We are grateful of their efforts as they are the reason we are the best lodging value in the Heart of the Laurel Highlands”.