10 Things to Do in Columbia & Montour Counties This Year

by: Nancy Bishop Nestled in picturesque northeastern Pennsylvania near the Pocono Mountains, Columbia & Montour counties offer things to do to satisfy everyone – from the outdoor enthusiast to the history buff. Here are my top 10, in no particular order: Ricketts Glen State Park Montour Preserve Knoebels Amusement Resort Historic Covered Bridges of Columbia & Montour Counties Covered Bridge …

Missing the Covered Bridge Festival? Shop the Vendors Online!

by Nancy Bishop Were you looking forward to attending this year’s Covered Bridge Festival in October at Knoebels Amusement Resort? If you were disappointed to learn the Festival is another of COVID-19’s victims because you wanted to shop at the hundreds of craft and food vendors, then you’re in luck. You can shop them online! – CHECK OUT THE FULL …

Take it To-Go – Summertime is Picnic Time!

by Nancy Bishop It’s summertime. Time to grab a picnic and head to the outdoors! The days are sunny and hot. Take the family and get out of the house. But what if you don’t want to go to the fuss and work of putting a picnic meal together, making it something the whole family will like and then packing …

Update on Danville Heritage Fireworks

Information from the Danville Business Alliance UPDATE REGARDING FIREWORKS IN DANVILLE/RIVERSIDE: There WILL be fireworks this year in Danville on Saturday, July 18, 2020 beginning at approximately 9:15 PM as part of the Danville Heritage Festival & Celebrate Danville weekend. Fireworks will be set off behind the English Garden in Riverside and will be visible over the river. This year’s …

Van Wagner: In Love With Pennsylvania

by Nancy Bishop It’s hard to think about history in this area without having the name Van Wagner come to mind. His bio is a simple one: Van Wagner. Born in Pennsylvania. Lives in Pennsylvania. Makes music. Mined coal. Logged trees. Teaches kids. In his music and his writing, Van gives voice to the history and beauty of the region. …

Liquor History – Made in Benton

By Nancy Bishop Remember the ‘70s song “American Pie” by Don McLean? Then, if you’re like me, the lyrics “Drove my Chevy to the Levee…And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye…” are probably still playing in your head. But did you know that Benton can claim a piece of history with its own rye? Although it largely …

History Can Help Pass Stay Home Time

by Nancy Bishop Stuck at home and looking for things to do? How about a virtual look at some of the interesting historical places in Columbia and Montour counties? One of the interesting places I found is the old Danville Railroad Station. Now home to the Buckley’s Carpet & Linoleum at 502 Railroad Street and Walnut Street, the station began …

A View from the Trenches

By Eric Cipcic, CRNA, PHRN, MSNFrom the Bloomsburg Municipal Airport April Newsletter Newsletter coordinated by BJ Teichman, Airport Coordinator & Dave Ruckle, PilotEmails: airportcoordinator@bloomsburgpa.org; ruckleds@yahoo.com“Dave and I have always encouraged pilots to participate in the N13 newsletter. In the spirit of that we share the article below submitted by Eric Cipcic.“ Greetings fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts! Well, here we …

Itching to Get Outside? Go Fishing!

by Nancy BishopHeader photo courtesy of @imasharm Been wishing that you could at least get out and go fishing instead of being cooped up in the house? Your wish has been granted. Effective at 8 AM on April 7, 2020, Pennsylvania opened the trout season statewide. And one of the best trout fishing streams in the state runs right through …

Learn the Facts About our Area!

1. Bloomsburg became Pennsylvania’s first, and only, incorporated town in 1870. FACT – Bloomsburg was incorporated in 1870 as a “town.” It’s the only municipality in Pennsylvania to have that designation. There are six types of local governments listed in the Pennsylvania Constitution: county, township, borough, town, city, and school district, and it just so happens that Bloomsburg was incorporated as …

Are You An April Fool?

by Nancy Bishop Although no one seems to really know how April Fools’ Day got started, some historians believe it’s been around since the 1500s when France moved New Year’s Day from April 1 to Jan. 1 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted. People who didn’t remember the change and celebrated on April 1 were called April fools and others …