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 …

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 …

Welcome Center Temporarily Closes

Visitor health and safety is a top priority for the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. We are fully committed to putting people and their well-being first. With that in mind, we have made the decision to temporarily close our Welcome Center at 121 Papermill Road in Bloomsburg; effective Tuesday, March 17th. The Welcome Center will remain closed indefinitely due to the statewide …

“Preserve” History in Montour County

by Nancy Bishop If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ve probably visited Montour Preserve,  one of the jewels of outdoor recreation in the area. But do you remember a time before there was a Montour Preserve? Back in 1967, when the local electric utility — then called Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. — announced that it would build a coal-fired power …

Try a Trivia Night!

by Nancy Bishop Ok, without looking it up on your phone, tablet or laptop: What is “poise” a measurement of? What are dots on dominoes tiles called? What country did Hitler’s nephew William fight for in World War II? Give up? Well, turns out I only knew the answer to the last one, but my friends who joined me at …

Sleet & Freezing Rain Predicted in North Central PA

Montoursville, PA – Motorists in north central Pennsylvania are advised that a wintery mix of sleet and freezing rain is predicted across region beginning Wednesday, February 5 during the evening hours through Thursday morning, February 6. PennDOT is prepared and will be performing winter services throughout the area. Falling temperatures combined with the wintery mix could result in slippery and …