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 …

Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

by Nancy Bishop Yes, that day for celebrating your sweetheart is just around the corner. Better start planning your celebration – and making reservations – now! Kick the celebration off early by heading to the Cherokee Tap Room in Danville Friday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, Feb. 9 for their Whiskey & Cheese event.  If you like whiskey, you’ll be able …

Stay Active With a Winter Ice Hiking Adventure!

by Nancy Bishop Spectacular winter scenery awaits the adventurous who make the trek to visit the frozen waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park near Benton. Although the Falls Trail is closed in the winter, properly equipped, experienced ice hikers and climbers are permitted to be on the trail.  However, they are required to sign in and out at the park …

Wine & Donut Trail Announced!

This winter, the popular annual Wine Trail Valentine’s event in Columbia & Montour Counties returns with a new twist. A “Wine & Donut Trail” takes visitors to seven local wineries to sample some delectable wines paired with the perfect matching sweet treat. Visitors also have the chance to win one of eight amazing prize baskets if they complete all seven stops. …