Steph Chambers | Trib Total Media
Mason Markosky, 14, smiles in the arms of his father Michael while holding his miniature groundbreaking ceremony shovel at the site of the future Ligonier Therapeutic Center on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Markosky's mother Catherine, who has two sons with special needs, created a foundation in upstate New York several years ago to open equine therapy centers for children with special needs and at-risk adolescents. Since moving to Ligonier, she’s tried to find a center for her children to attend, but many of them have waiting lists. She secured $40,000 in grants from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Citrone Fund and Staunton Farm Foundation to open her own center in Cook Township, at the corner of Stom Road and Route 711 South.