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January 11, 2019

The Bellefonte Governors Club

Since Pennsylvania was founded in 1787, 47 people have served as governor. Centre County, located along the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds, may hold the local record for supplying people to that list. They have had a total of seven men who have become governors: five in Pennsylvania, and two in other states.

January 2, 2019

Clarion River, Finalist for ‘River of the Year,’ Honored with Postage Stamp

The year 2018 was a huge year for the Clarion River, and 2019 stands to be even bigger. In late November, the Clarion was named one of four rivers nominated for “Pennsylvania River of the Year, 2019,” and this Pennsylvania Wilds river is also among 12 U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers to be featured on a postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in the new year.

December 29, 2018

Celebrate the New Year with a ‘First Day Hike’ in the PA Wilds

Make your first steps of the New Year ones full of exploration and enjoyment by participating in a “First Day Hike” in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Meander the trails of the Commonwealth’s public lands with knowledgeable staff from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), state park volunteers, or simply with a group of friends.

December 27, 2018

Year in Review: Top 10 PA Wilds blogs of 2018

For those who didn’t have a chance to keep up with the blog all year, we’re "counting down" the Top 10 blogs for you to catch up on before 2019 arrives, starting with the most viewed blog of the year.

December 23, 2018

A Henry Shoemaker Christmas Story

Henry Shoemaker -- an environmentalist, historian, writer and folklorist -- was a big fan of the holidays, often loaning his antique sleigh for Santa to make a big entrance to local events. And only Henry Shoemaker would have written a piece about a local legend entitled “The Animist Churchwomen of Black Snake Mills: A Christmas Story.” Here, Lou Bernard relates the Christmastime legend involving mannequins and an old shop in the PA Wilds.

December 20, 2018

Sentimental Journey: From the PA Wilds to the Empire State

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Garrett Fisher flew a 1952 Super Cub from the PA Wilds to the Empire State, bringing him back to where his aviation adventure started.

December 18, 2018

The anglers who fished these waters before us

Fly fisherman Nick Lyter has long understood there is a long and rich history of fly fishing in Pennsylvania. He's wanted to learn about the anglers who fished the waters before him, as well as their stories and secrets. Through collaborations with fellow fly fishers, Lyter has developed a knowledgeable network and together they've given rise to the newly established Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Association.

December 15, 2018

Leaf after Death: Explore the benefits of tree ‘litter’

Chartreuse budburst tinged with pink is a welcome sight in spring after a dreary winter. Deep green leaves radiant in the summer sun are appreciated for their cool shade. Autumn foliage painted in vivid colors can stop traffic with its beauty. But what impression is left on the leaves that have fallen to the ground, besides the tread of your boots?

December 12, 2018

Elk visit Bennetts Valley Elementary, create opportunity for learning

When you live in Elk Country, it’s not uncommon to spot elk. Sometimes they’re perched in a yard near the woods; other times they’re lying nonchalantly next to the road. The youngsters who grow up in this part of the Pennsylvania Wilds are used to these enormous cervidae.  But, who would have thought the elk visit them while in school?

December 10, 2018

Spend the holidays on the ‘Avenue of the Arts’

A colorful map to the “Avenue of the Arts" helps visitors to the I-80 Frontier City of Williamsport access the public art along Fourth Street and downtown. The map includes public art, performing arts, culinary arts, literature, and architecture.