Culture

May 24, 2019

Bigfoot sightings in the Pennsylvania Wilds

Bigfoot, a bipedal, humanoid land mammal, with shaggy hair and huge feet, known for leaving tracks wherever he goes, is popular because he’s so often sighted. Bigfoot is spotted all over the country. And of course that includes the PA Wilds.

May 12, 2019

Unidentified Flying Objects in the PA Wilds

Every year, thousands of people visit the Pennsylvania Wilds. They come to explore, to hike, tour our museums and communities. They arrive from all over the country. And some visitors may be coming from a lot further away than that.

May 6, 2019

Seal of Approval: The Monster of the Susquehanna

Here's some background on an old PA Wilds legend, dating back over a century: a weird, barely-seen monster living in the West Branch Susquehanna River. It was known as the Kettle Creek Monster, the West Branch Dugong, or, as writer Lou Bernard prefers, the Susquehanna Seal.

April 29, 2019

The Lost Treasure Of John Reaville

In Clinton County, very near where Elk Country meets the I-80 Frontier in the Pennsylvania Wilds, there’s a spot in the forest. It involves old ruins, history, and even a lost treasure. It’s now a part of Sproul State Forest, but once it was a busy mining town, and it was called Revelton.

April 26, 2019

Small College Baseball and Softball World Series returns to DuBois May 12-16

Baseball is huge in these PA Wilds, and you don’t have to look hard to find it. Williamsport has been hosting the Little League World Series since 1947 and is also home to the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor-league Class A, short-season affiliate Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League. Now gaining national attention is the city of DuBois, which steps up to the plate and smacks yet another grand slam for the city and the local economy in landing the Small College Baseball and Softball World Series for the second consecutive year.

April 9, 2019

Ghost hunters teach and inspire at Ross Library

The Lock Haven Paranormal Seekers (LHPS) is Clinton County’s longest-lasting paranormal investigative team, formed in October 2007. They stress responsibility and evidence in their investigations. Earlier this year, the group held a fundraiser for the Ross Library in Lock Haven, teaching how to investigate the paranormal for the entry fee of five dollars. They revealed one of their most chilling finds, an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP).

April 1, 2019

It’s ‘Joe Savoldi Day’ in Johnsonburg, PA

It was late March, 1956;  nobody remembers the exact date anymore. But it was the right time, and Johnsonburg was the right place. The Johnsonburg Alumni were in for a treat, because on one amazing day, the famous Notre Dame football star Joe Savoldi came to town.

March 28, 2019

Slim Croyle – The PA Wilds ‘Deer Whisperer’

As a know-it-all teenager, Ed Byers was highly skeptical of the legend of Slim Croyle, but his Aunt Dorothy said it was for real. It was not until Ed saw it firsthand that he believed a guy named "Slim," living in the Cross Fork community of the PA Wilds, could feed wild deer straight from his own mouth.

March 22, 2019

Call of the Wilds: Rallying the Literary Voices of Northern Appalachia

For the past year, PJ Piccirillo and a network of writers and academics from northern Appalachia have been planning The Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia, slated for September 6-8, 2019. The conference will offer writers a space to gather for inspiration, further education, support, and networking. Presentation proposals are due by March 30.

January 28, 2019

Literary Legends of the PA Wilds: Margaret Sutton and Judy Bolton

Before Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, before The Hunger Games and Suzanne Collins, before The Chronicles of Narnia and C.S. Lewis, there was Judy Bolton and Potter County author Margaret Sutton. The Judy Bolton Mystery Series enjoyed national acclaim, and Judy became a popular role model to legions of young girls.