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 …

Bloomsburg Fair Vendors Around Town

From susquehannavalley.blogspot.com Local businesses throughout Bloomsburg will be hosting a variety of fair vendors between September 25th & October 3rd. There are plans for more than fifteen locations to host food vendors. Visit them all and support your favorite food vendor this fall! To find a constantly evolving list of vendors and their locations, please visit this article from Susquehanna Valley …

Enjoy Your Veggies at Danville’s PB&J Bar

by Nancy Bishop Eat your veggies! Seems like we’re hearing that advice from everywhere these days – TV news, social media, magazines, newspapers. Even your mother! (Of course, that’s what she’s been saying ever since you were a toddler…) If you’re a real meat-lover, that can be daunting advice. You know you should, but that hamburger or steak cooked on …

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 …