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 …

Winter Doesn’t Have to Be Boring!

by Nancy Bishop It’s cold. It’s January. There’s still a pandemic. Tired of staying in the house watching TV?  What is there to do? Well, put on a mask, grab your hand sanitizer and your car keys. There’s still plenty to do while staying safe. Back last March when this all started, we stayed in the house the first week, …

Shop Small & Local This Holiday Season!

by Nancy Bishop Does everything seem different this 2020 holiday season? Don’t let the COVID Cooties ruin your joy in shopping for the holiday. Small local businesses are the way to do it! And this area is the best place. Most of the businesses have online shopping if you really don’t want to leave your house, and all need your …

Year-End Trails Updates in Montour County

by Bob StoudtDirector of the Montour Area Recreation Commission (MARC) Even though 2020 will go down in the books as a year that most of us would rate as “do not recommend”, the year has had the unexpected benefit of reintroducing many to the great variety of parks, trails, and other outdoor recreational opportunities that exist in our own backyards.  …

New Digital Quarterly Magazine Coming in 2021

With a new year comes some changes in how we reach you, our loyal calendar of events subscribers. We’re transitioning from our traditional printed calendar of events booklets to a quarterly digital magazine, which will be sent directly to your email inbox every three months, once it’s ready to share. It will include events listings for our area (much like …

Learn the History of Villa Sacred Heart

by Nancy Bishop Iconic Tower Dominates Danville Skyline If you’ve ever driven into Danville, you’ve probably noticed the iconic stone tower on a hillside beside Route 11 that dominates the skyline. Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered about it and how it came to be built. The story really begins in the region’s iron-making and coal-mining past when many Slovak immigrants …

Ghost Stories of Columbia & Montour Counties

by Nancy Bishop Halloween will soon be here. What better time to learn about some of the real-life ghost stories in Columbia and Montour Counties! Among the most well-known is Katy’s Church in Washingtonville, Montour County. According to legend, Katy Vandine is sometimes seen on the grounds of the church or walking beside the road wearing a white dress and …

The Iron Furnaces of Danville

by Van Wagner & CMVB StaffPhotos courtesy of Montour Co. Historical Society – Collection of Sis Hause & Lynn Reichen History is all around us, and Danville has an incredibly rich one when it comes to iron furnaces and iron production. You may know Danville from its history as an iron-producing giant. The town played a large part in creating …

The Story of the Jerseytown Coal Mine

by Van Wagner COAL IN JERSEYTOWN, PA? About 20 years ago, while I was listening to bluegrass music at the Jerseytown Tavern, I listened to stories about the coal mine of Jerseytown. Several local patrons told me about their memories of the bicentennial celebrations in the summer of 1976, when they rode in a horse-pulled wagon to the site of …

Don’t Be Afraid to Eat Out Again

by Nancy Bishop Back in the pre-pandemic days, a favorite social activity for my friends and family was eating out at one of the area’s many great restaurants. But then along came COVID-19 and they, like many people, became afraid of eating at a restaurant, whether indoors or outside. Some of my friends won’t even get takeout from a restaurant …

Support Small Business – Shop Festival Vendors!

by Nancy Bishop Even though the Covered Bridge & Arts Festival won’t be happening this year, you can still support the vendors who would have been there if not for COVID-19 cancelling the October event normally held at Knoebels Amusement Resort. Many of the Festival vendors make their living from the stands they set up at fairs and festivals around …