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Ligonier Country Market to feature 'Oscar the Therapy Dog'

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Ed Delancey and Oscar the Therapy Dog will be at the Ligonier Country Market Special Features tent 8 am until noon Saturday.

Delancy's Healing Hearts Animal Therapy group integrates Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities with a specialized Person Centered Care Plan.

“We create a whole new patient experience to facilities, agencies and organizations across the country,” said Delancey.

Delancey provides a unique but proven type of Animal Assisted Intervention in a way that reaches out to the community by creating tailored programs to assisted living, mentally, physically or emotionally challenged children and adults.

“Our work with psychiatrists, psychologist, hospitals and hospice sets us apart from the regular “meet-and- greet” style of animal therapy. We continuously seek alliances with national agencies like American Cancer Society,” said Delancey.

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Local author pays tribute to father

The market will also feature a local author, William J. Potoka Jr. In his book “Love in an Altered State: A Family Tested by Stroke” (published by AuthorHouse), Potoka provides an intriguing glimpse into the remarkable life of his father, Bill, before he suffered from a debilitating cerebral stroke. Potoka of Mt. Pleasant travels back through time to portray many aspects of his father's life — from his roots in a western Pennsylvania coal patch town to serving as a paratrooper during World War II and later becoming a loving husband and father and popular local politician.

From humble beginnings, to a returning war veteran aspiring to achieve the American dream, to years of community service and success in business, the story exemplifies the power of faith, hope and love.

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