First Prev
of 9
Next Last

Since: Mar 12

Latrobe, PA

#1 Mar 17, 2012
Everyone hears what the Smiths of Dogwood say,maybe it's time for the good people out there to know how the people of Dogwood are threatened,are cheated,are lied to,are made to live in a piece of hell because the money we pay for rent has not gone into the upkeep of the park in any way.For anyone who suggests we should move people have owned homes for decades,homes are too old to move,to expensive to move and no place to take them.Good,hard working people who are now retired,living on a fixed income or are laid off.Most people here are good people,not the people the Smiths allow in Dogwood because they get HUD or will do "favors",people that no one else will rent to.Tony boasts he will do nothing for the tenants...what's new?Not 1 grain of salt this winter,pot holes(many,many)that you get hurt in,but don't get hurt cause theres probably no insurance.
Murphy

Jeannette, PA

#2 Mar 17, 2012
woody11 wrote:
Everyone hears what the Smiths of Dogwood say,maybe it's time for the good people out there to know how the people of Dogwood are threatened,are cheated,are lied to,are made to live in a piece of hell because the money we pay for rent has not gone into the upkeep of the park in any way.For anyone who suggests we should move people have owned homes for decades,homes are too old to move,to expensive to move and no place to take them.Good,hard working people who are now retired,living on a fixed income or are laid off.Most people here are good people,not the people the Smiths allow in Dogwood because they get HUD or will do "favors",people that no one else will rent to.Tony boasts he will do nothing for the tenants...what's new?Not 1 grain of salt this winter,pot holes(many,many)that you get hurt in,but don't get hurt cause theres probably no insurance.
Is that the same Smith family that owns so much property in the Derry area?
Ryan

West Mifflin, PA

#3 Mar 18, 2012
woody11 wrote:
Everyone hears what the Smiths of Dogwood say,maybe it's time for the good people out there to know how the people of Dogwood are threatened,are cheated,are lied to,are made to live in a piece of hell because the money we pay for rent has not gone into the upkeep of the park in any way.For anyone who suggests we should move people have owned homes for decades,homes are too old to move,to expensive to move and no place to take them.Good,hard working people who are now retired,living on a fixed income or are laid off.Most people here are good people,not the people the Smiths allow in Dogwood because they get HUD or will do "favors",people that no one else will rent to.Tony boasts he will do nothing for the tenants...what's new?Not 1 grain of salt this winter,pot holes(many,many)that you get hurt in,but don't get hurt cause theres probably no insurance.
The drives were repaired last year by a company in leechburg and we are seeking legal remedies for substandard materials and workmanship.

I would love to see the comraderie and feeling of community rekindled like it was 10-20 years ago. The kids running around having a blast, the 4th of July and Memorial Day cookouts, sitting on your neighbor's porch shooting the bull.....what's wrong with that? Does it get any better than that?

Since: Mar 12

Latrobe, PA

#4 Mar 18, 2012
Murphy wrote:
<quoted text> Is that the same Smith family that owns so much property in the Derry area?
May be related somehow,but Dogwood is owned by the late Ralph Smiths sons Ryan and Tony and Ralphs wife Geri.
outraged observer

Dayton, OH

#5 Mar 18, 2012
Ryan wrote:
<quoted text>
The drives were repaired last year by a company in leechburg and we are seeking legal remedies for substandard materials and workmanship.
I would love to see the comraderie and feeling of community rekindled like it was 10-20 years ago. The kids running around having a blast, the 4th of July and Memorial Day cookouts, sitting on your neighbor's porch shooting the bull.....what's wrong with that? Does it get any better than that?
As always place blame on someone else!

WHY did the park deteriorate to it's current condition? Who is responsible for that? You have been receiving rents all along... why was the park not maintained in the past?

Responsibility lies directly on the shoulders of the Ralph Smith family! They were all to willing to take, but what did they give?

It is ironic that you rely so heavily on the legal system, the same system that has repeatedly failed your victims!

What a joke!

Another tidbit for the Dogwood residents to consider, check your water bills against someone that does NOT live in the park... compare rates... just sayin!
outraged observer

Dayton, OH

#6 Mar 18, 2012
Hey... guess that was an invite for Memorial Day by "Ryan"!

See you all the Smith's house on Memorial Day for their big cookout and to sit on their porch and shoot the bull!

*note to self, don't feel disappointed when they serve us a hotdog and they eat steak!

See you all there!

Since: Mar 12

Latrobe, PA

#7 Mar 18, 2012
The drives were repaired last year by a company in leechburg and we are seeking legal remedies for substandard materials and workmanship.
I would love to see the comraderie and feeling of community rekindled like it was 10-20 years ago. The kids running around having a blast, the 4th of July and Memorial Day cookouts, sitting on your neighbor's porch shooting the bull.....what's wrong with that? Does it get any better than that?
Are you saying that you paid money in a business deal to have the roads fixed?If that is how you people do business then no wonder Dogwood is in the shape it's in!You mean to tell me you did not know the repaired roads were repaired with large chunks of concrete,nails(which ended up in many tenants tires)screws,coils,spark plugs?Don't believe me?!Check with differant local authorities,they have pictures of it all that a tenant took.That's where I found out.As for the workmanship,differant tenants saw YOUR worker with the big rolling machine going over our new garbage roads!Yes,YOUR worker.By the way would you like to tell all the good people what happened to ALL the machinary that use to be owned by Dogwood?Don't want to go there,ok!Tony said enough around town,he's happy with the deals he made.Now to the kids playing,sure let the kids go play,maybe they will run into a pedophile that is regestered on Megans Law.Not just one.Did we get an alert they live here?NO!Not my kids.Anything for a buck.Lets have a BBQ! not many yards here that are not mud pits from all the water that lay in yards due to water line leaks that are decades old.
Ryan

West Mifflin, PA

#8 Mar 18, 2012
woody11 wrote:
The drives were repaired last year by a company in leechburg and we are seeking legal remedies for substandard materials and workmanship.
I would love to see the comraderie and feeling of community rekindled like it was 10-20 years ago. The kids running around having a blast, the 4th of July and Memorial Day cookouts, sitting on your neighbor's porch shooting the bull.....what's wrong with that? Does it get any better than that?
Are you saying that you paid money in a business deal to have the roads fixed?If that is how you people do business then no wonder Dogwood is in the shape it's in!You mean to tell me you did not know the repaired roads were repaired with large chunks of concrete,nails(which ended up in many tenants tires)screws,coils,spark plugs?Don't believe me?!Check with differant local authorities,they have pictures of it all that a tenant took.That's where I found out.As for the workmanship,differant tenants saw YOUR worker with the big rolling machine going over our new garbage roads!Yes,YOUR worker.By the way would you like to tell all the good people what happened to ALL the machinary that use to be owned by Dogwood?Don't want to go there,ok!Tony said enough around town,he's happy with the deals he made.Now to the kids playing,sure let the kids go play,maybe they will run into a pedophile that is regestered on Megans Law.Not just one.Did we get an alert they live here?NO!Not my kids.Anything for a buck.Lets have a BBQ! not many yards here that are not mud pits from all the water that lay in yards due to water line leaks that are decades old.
The details will come out in litigation. I have no knowledge of a steamroller rolling substandard materials. Our own engineering drawings call for the following:

"A four to six in gravel bed (use 2B gravel or equivalent) topped with a minimum of four inches of black macadam which is then compacted to reduce overall height of macadam layer to 3 inches."

I am not aware of chunks of concrete or other scrap used as a base for the drives at Dogwood Acres.

Again, why does everyone lose focus? I am talking about restoring the essence of our community - one of which we can again be proud. The cookouts, the campfires, making 'smores with the kids. those are great memories for me and I look forward in helping the residents create their own memories.

Is there work to do? Yes, and lots of it. But how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
outraged observer

Wellington, OH

#9 Mar 19, 2012
Sure Ryan you have engineering plans... what a joke. Or perhaps this contractor did to you what you have been doing all along, charge a client for ten loads of stone when you only delivered five and charge the other client for his five! Makes perfect sense to a criminal, scam artist!

You are a joke, have you swallowed Pollyanna pills?

For years you ran the biggest cons, ignored the residents of Dogwood now you want to have a party, think everyone should forgive and forget... real world buddy... ain't gonna happen!

Woody11 is correct... the garbage that was used to fill the holes was concrete, scraps, nails and mud!

As for the roller, yep was your guy, but of course you wouldn't remember that!

See you all at the big Memorial Day bash at the Smith's... now Ryan has added smores to the menu... yummy!
Ryan

West Mifflin, PA

#10 Mar 19, 2012
outraged observer wrote:
Sure Ryan you have engineering plans... what a joke. Or perhaps this contractor did to you what you have been doing all along, charge a client for ten loads of stone when you only delivered five and charge the other client for his five! Makes perfect sense to a criminal, scam artist!
You are a joke, have you swallowed Pollyanna pills?
For years you ran the biggest cons, ignored the residents of Dogwood now you want to have a party, think everyone should forgive and forget... real world buddy... ain't gonna happen!
Woody11 is correct... the garbage that was used to fill the holes was concrete, scraps, nails and mud!
As for the roller, yep was your guy, but of course you wouldn't remember that!
See you all at the big Memorial Day bash at the Smith's... now Ryan has added smores to the menu... yummy!
If personal attacks make you feel better, then please continue with the accusations, the insults and the untruths, none of which are solutions.

Some of you just want to deny that the sense of community once existed. Whether its 'smores (go ahead, make fun), the cookouts, the bocce, the kids at Halloween, I could go on and on.....but that is community that is comraderie that runs deeper than insults.

Since: Mar 12

Latrobe, PA

#13 Mar 20, 2012
Ryan(Geri,Wanna-be-Cholby)you all have said you don't care about the "community",call us vulgar names,and that's what we already have heard.All any of you ever were interested with is the almighty buck.Do you really think anyone in the tri-county area truly(maybe to you face,you know how that works)believes you are good,honest God fearing people?Are we angry...you bet.Do we want justice and change,right again.Tony and Geri blame all this water mess on the tenants,let's get that straight,the tenants paid(for years)our own water bill,YOU did not pay yours,for people who don't realize Tony and Geri don't have meters on their homes they always get free water,their bill is for all the leakage from old and/or broken pipes,so the tenants have to pay the Smiths bill to keep OUR water...but it's our fault!!!!!!!!!!
Who cares

Latrobe, PA

#14 Mar 20, 2012
Whoever "Ryan" is, they must be living in fantasyland!!!! I've lived her for a long time and NEVER remember any "sense of a community." I have to admit, a long time ago, this wasn't a bad place to live. That is, until Ralph died and Tony and Geri took over. All they care about is the lifestyle that Ralph has given them and don't care who they hurt in the process! Ryan, if you really think you can make a change, when are we even gonna start seeing any kind of result??????(potholes, water, garbage, etc.)
outraged observer

Columbus, OH

#15 Mar 20, 2012
Ralph was a taker too!

Mr. Smith and his wife the original founders were strict, kept it clean and responded to complaints.

Somehow the cookouts and "park family" gatherings that "Ryan" is so determined to dwell on seem to escape me!
redhead

United States

#16 Mar 20, 2012
it is about time you down there in dogwood stand together because the simth famly dose not care. some of the people down there filled in there own holes did it the best they could.i bet old mr simth is doing a lot of crying from his grave.tony and his mother do not care for there people only the money.they do not even take care of theire own homes they rent out go and see them ask the poor souls who live in them. go to church simth and fine the ture GOD not money.
Ryan

Columbus, OH

#17 Mar 20, 2012
redhead wrote:
it is about time you down there in dogwood stand together because the simth famly dose not care. some of the people down there filled in there own holes did it the best they could.i bet old mr simth is doing a lot of crying from his grave.tony and his mother do not care for there people only the money.they do not even take care of theire own homes they rent out go and see them ask the poor souls who live in them. go to church simth and fine the ture GOD not money.
I do go to Church and I have become a humble soul.
Who cares

Latrobe, PA

#18 Mar 20, 2012
Ryan wrote:
<quoted text>
I do go to Church and I have become a humble soul.
Put your money and GOD where your mouth is and start fixing something!!!!!!! What kind of god drags innocent people thru the mud?
Ryan

Columbus, OH

#20 Mar 20, 2012
Who cares wrote:
<quoted text>Put your money and GOD where your mouth is and start fixing something!!!!!!! What kind of god drags innocent people thru the mud?
I am not a God! Merely a servant.

Dogwood Acres was THE mobile home park to live in a number of years ago. Both the Trib and Mobile Home Monthly gave Dogwood Acres their top rating back in 1998 with the Mobile Home Monthly stating

"Dogwood Acres is an affordable solution in a new concept park. While there are property lines, the community "feel" transcends any boundaries. One resident, Ron, holds court Thursday evenings in the summer which includes barbecue chicken and fresh-baked strawberry pie-the best part? All are invited."

"Ron says his motto is come one, come all! As long as you act proper and don't mind listening to the lowly Pirates! What makes it worth it are the neighbors. I have borrowed everything from a cup of sugar to my neighbors pickup. It's just like that around here - very welcoming. I like helping the next guy."

"Kathy told us the new roads were a major upgrade. When something needs fixed, the owner is on it."

"91 acres with 135 pads in an optimized plan that allows for great aesthetics and sight lines to the lovely surrounding ridges."

Did all you forget about the good reviews? Everyone is more into tearing me down than focusing on the good. Judge not, as your day will soon be upon you.
outraged observer

Amanda, OH

#21 Mar 21, 2012
Once again, the PAST!

This is now, there are piles of debris where trailers were tore down for the scrap, all that was worth a buck was sold the rest remains to harbor rats and vermin, the roads can swallow your car, the yards are swamp like, there is the constant fear of waking up to no water thanks to you and yours! There are some very unsavory characters in the park, child molesters and drug addicts! Beware of the cup of sugar it could be coke!

The entire family has failed the residents, you take their money and they are afforded with nothing in return! I suggest you take a drive through your "new concept" park and take off your rose colored glasses, see it as it is not as it was!

God does not condone theft, selling of property that is not your to sell, always taking never giving!

Unfortunately you portray yourself as a victim, you are not!

There are many victims of you and your family, step up and right the wrongs!

While you are at it invite someone in to do a review of the park in 2012, bet the results are different than in 1998!
bystander

Latrobe, PA

#22 Mar 21, 2012
Ok so from what I have read basically Ryan wants to let bygones be bygones with the residents. In all these days that you have been released, what have you and Tony done around the park? I mean physically? You talk about getting the park back to the nice place it was. I am certain there are things that you two could be PHYSICALLY doing to show these people you care. They showing these poor people that you are really trying.
outraged observer

Lodi, OH

#24 Mar 21, 2012
The residents of Dogwood need to band together, yes there are those that remain loyal to the Smith's but as for the rest of the residents get together!

There is recourse, first expose the giant con that is being run, invite the media in, show them the swampy yards, the junk piles, the water bills,(residents are charged a higher rate for water than non park residents)the notices you have received! If the Smith's truly do not have water meters on their homes expose it!

Take them on a tour of the the moon cratered roads, tell them of the Smith's threats!

Not only will the Smith's be exposed but the corrupt Water Authority as well! How does someone come to owe over $100,000 without some kind of action being taken?

Call in wpxi, kdka, wtae the newspapers, whom ever will listen!

Contact a local attorney, ask if they will take a pro bono case, have him set up an escrow account into which the rent will be held until you get action! Tell the attorney you have the media involved!

Silence reaps no rewards, you must speak out and expose the band of thieves for what they are... slum lords and cons!

Force the Smith's to come out publicly and defend their actions, show their concern for the residents and all the other garbage they have been spewing!

Yes in it's day Dogwood was the place to live, it can rise again, if and only if the leeches that are gorging on your blood sweat and tears are exterminated!

As for Ryan, yes he has moved on to bigger things, greater thefts and cons, his day is soon coming. I don't forsee his victims letting bygones be bygones!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 9
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Ligonier Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Poll Borough's snow removal 1 hr Obi won 16
merle musick unitytownship supervisor canidate 20 hr eddy 3
GL Basketball 23 hr Fruit roll up 6
Whats going on ar City.Brewery Tue OakStreetResident 1
brutis i love you Tue scared straight 1
PA Needs More School Choice Mon Public School Choice 7
Constant complaining Mon Latrobe res 7

Ligonier Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Ligonier Mortgages