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a letter from the editor


Perhaps the most inspiring time to be out in the woods happens just a few moments before daybreak. Everything is blanketed by a dark stillness that suddenly comes to life as the first rays of sun peek over the distant hillside and bounce between the trees. The woods begin to buzz with activity. Songbirds serenade the sunshine with a symphony of tweets, trills and whistles. Squirrels scurry through dry leaves in search of a breakfast acorn or two. Turkeys fly out of their treetop roosts, deer emerge from secluded beds within thickets for a morning stroll and a slew of other birds and animals start the day in a frantic overlay of sights and sounds. There is a certain amount of anticipation that can be felt during the quiet darkness before daybreak ushers in the colorful chaos that our natural ecosystem has to offer. It is the same sort of anticipation we feel on the eve of producing this outdoors-centric issue of Inside Pennsylvania magazine. The Susquehanna Valley offers a true oasis of outdoor opportunities, and our goal in the pages that follow is to share a few of the outdoors-related people, places and experiences that make our region extraordinary. How much do you know about Camp Woodward and all the extreme outdoors sports offered there throughout the summer? Or the natural artistic draw of the Ned Smith Center near Millersburg? For shooting sports enthusiasts, it is hard to overlook the Olympic aspirations of those drawn to the region by the Keystone Shooting Park near Dalmatia or the thousands from all over the world who visit our state trap shoot – among the largest in the country. Meet Ken Hunter, wildlife artist and outdoors personality. Read the tragic tale of triumph behind well-known local aviator and storyteller Joseph Diblin. Learn about five local trails that deserve a good hike or two and check out a variety of cool locally submitted photos that give you a glimpse of what summertime is like in the Valley.




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Dear Inside Pennsylvania, Thank you for the article about Euell Gibbons. He and his wife were friends of my parents and he was one interesting man. Thank you for connecting him with our region. Liz folk

Dear Inside Pennsylvania, Just read this masterpiece (“Ode to the Angered Angler,” Spring 2016) in Inside Pennsylvania Magazine. Wonderful! Actually made me cry. I had never read it before. Any problem with my copying the ode and sending it to some friends around the state – I know they would appreciate it. thanks, William L. Yingling m.d.

s Euell Gibbon 1911-1975

Walking on the wild side with Euell Gibbons

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Why the angle glaring glitch r was angered . and went far Everyone, that away. is, but that guy It all started way The one who with the hooks back, such a gave him such long, long time not-so-nice looks The angler was back … the one who Way back in the tried taking a Who stood for day when the stand the And the bass river was clean If only there were fish, who stood for the land. had no lesion more who togeth s, their eyesig And the trees er ht still would band … were all dense , the critters conte keen That’s the day The sportsmen, he arrived and the anglers, the set up his tent. nt the campers, hunters, the trappe the rs In that pristin All of them unitedfarmers, the trail-bound horse e wilde backers Using equipment rness, he started to dig Do you, faithfu , all with one voice l reader, plan And plowed throubigger than big to make the right Then join in the gh the trees, cause, save the choice? 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Suddenly, with the sound of a cast And a zinging brown fly that flew The angler was there with barbe right on past, He walked to the rig, he knock d hooks galore Writers see the world through a different lens, and our And he dema ed on the door. region is home to some of the best writers imaginable nded the fracke r drill there no – those who paint a picture with the words they more. “I,” said the angle creatively weave together and leave behind a tapestry Which you seem r, “speak for the fish that somehow impacts the reader. to pollute as The bass are Moving forward, the Inside Pennsylvania Creative all splotchy, the much as you wish snake You ran them Corner will be dedicated to stories and poems that all over with trucks s have no home And the deer caked with chrom reflect life in Central Pennsylvania, make an emotional have less room e to graze and connection with its audience and hopefully inspire to roam.” readers to take action. “You fool,” said the And on he contin fracker, “stop griping – Submit your previously unpublished fictional stop grumping.” ued with diggin pieces of 1,000 words or less to editor@ g and dumping.

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Dear Inside Pennsylvania, Thank you. Thank you. I read your poem (“Ode to the Angered Angler,” Spring 2016) last evening, and then I stumbled upon “Ballad of the Blotched-Belly Basses.” (Page 49) I’m new to the area, having arrived around the holidays as the new Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper. My family roots run deep in Shamokin, and I was born and raised in Hershey. I went to Penn State for environmental engineering. After an 18-year detour through upstate New York, I am back to take care of my river. Again, thank you. Carol parenzen


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One pair of adventurers in kayaks tackle the Susquehanna River on a journey of self-discovery.

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lenn Cunningham has watched beach weddings from the balcony of his vacation resort – the white flowered arch, the rose petals on the sand, two or three rows of chairs. “Every time I watch one I get tears in my eyes, saying to myself, ‘They spent so much and got so little in return,’” he said. It’s hard for Glenn to appreciate a destination wedding when he’s felt the aura of affection at his own daughter’s

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wedding on the grounds of their new business venture, Whispering Oaks Vineyard, outside of Sunbury. There, with unending views of rolling hills all around them, Tracey Cunningham married Ryan Bonney. Friends and family dabbed at tears as Glenn walked Tracey down the aisle to meet Ryan. So many special moments – the exchange of vows, the giving of rings, the first dances, toasts, embraces – filled the day with love as guests delighted in exchanging stories of the bride and groom. Toward the end of the day, Glenn asked Tracey’s brother, Brian, if he was ready to go home. And even though it wasn’t his own wedding day, Brian replied,

“Dad, I don’t want this day to end.” That’s what Whispering Oaks Vineyard, with the splendor of its own view and a reception/event venue, wants to give to wedding couples. Save the destinations for the honeymoon. Let the wedding be a time for sharing your love. “The honeymoon is just for the two of you,” Glenn said. “Your wedding is for everyone that’s been an important part of your life.”

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sTarTing wiTh a Dream

Whispering Oaks started with Ryan and Tracey’s dream of owning a business. Because they both love nature and the outdoors (they met at an ecology lab in

college), they wanted to do something that could keep them close to nature. Through research, they learned that small wineries are one of the fastestgrowing industries in Pennsylvania, and they recalled their captivation with them when visiting the Finger Lakes. “So many times we thought, ‘Boy, what a cool life,’” Ryan said. “And here we are, on our way to living that life.” It hasn’t been a walk in the park. Before they could even plant the vineyard, they had to put in a driveway and timber off acres of trees on their site, midway between Sunbury and Stonington on Route 61. That started in December 2009. In the following two years, they planted two acres of grapes.

“I’ve got pictures of Ryan down on his hands and knees, and there are 600 holes out there waiting to be planted,” Glenn said with a smile. “Fourteen hundred vines, all planted by hand,” Ryan said with a knowing nod. “Minus the one or two I ran over,” Glenn added, making both of them laugh. “It’s been a long process,” Ryan said. “They were the first grapevines we ever planted in our lives.” The arduous work paid off when Ryan made his first batch of wine in 2013. And another, and another, buying more vats as he went.

Whispering Oaks now offers a selection of 12 wines, including Entwined (Catawba/Cayuga White blush), Chambourcin, Deep Roots Red (Chambourcin/Concord blend) and an Apple Cider Wine made from locally sourced (Dries Orchard) apples.

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Along with the vineyard, the group worked on the event venue. Ryan and Tracey had done as much work as possible for their own wedding, held under a tent in Glenn and Diana’s backyard adjacent to the current site of Whispering Oaks. Co N t i N u ed o N p A g e 10

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family and staff members of Whispering oaks gather for a group photo on the soon-to-be completed rear deck.

“The majority of people said it was the nicest wedding they’d ever been to in their life,” Glenn said. With such precious memories of that day, Ryan and Tracey came to appreciate the value of sharing their wedding with loved ones. “If we could give to a bride what we had ourselves, how nice would that be?” Ryan asked. “Terroir,” a word that means sense of place, explains the extended family’s roots, both in the land that nurtures their grapes and in their personal stories. Ryan and Glenn acknowledged, even on the busiest of days, their appreciation for Whispering Oaks, a place where they’ve seen geese, blue herons, hawks, red fox, turkeys, deer and an eagle. “I just videotaped a sunset last night,” Ryan said with a grin. “It’s something that’s never gotten old,” Glenn agreed. “I’ve never crested that hill out there and not been grateful for the land that God has given us.”


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From timbering the trees and planting the grapes to pressing the wine and building the reception hall, the owners of Whispering Oaks Vineyard have poured their hearts and muscle into this venture. “We have an ongoing joke,” Ryan said of the times they face a new obstacle. “We look at each other and say, ‘How hard can it be?’” After forging through no matter how hard, they’re finally ready to welcome guests to share in their

vision, their vista and their vineyard. “If you’re thinking of a destination wedding, take a hard look at Whispering Oaks Vineyard,” Glenn said. “It’s a beautiful place. Plus, you’ll have your family with you.” For more information and to see a video of Whispering Oaks Vineyard from early planting days through current success, please see whisperingoaksvineyardpa. com, or visit the venue's Facebook page.



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ndrew Phillips, of Selinsgrove, is an outdoor adventurer. He often backpacks into the wilds of Pennsylvania either biking, cycling or kayaking.

Now a college student at West Chester University, he has a fascination with the Susquehanna River. “There is just something incredible about it. There are so many nooks and crannies to explore, each one completely unique,” he said. So infatuated with the river, he joined a paddling expedition with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Susquehanna Watershed Education Program while still a senior in high school, and it piqued his appetite to taste more of the river. “I knew I would do the whole river pretty much one day,” he said. That day came on June 5, 2014, when he and a friend, Mauricio Martinez, put their kayaks into the Susquehanna River at Cooperstown, New York. Their goal was to make it to Harve de Grace, Maryland where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The pair chose the early summer month not only because of the higher water level, but the heat would also be less when compared to August’s temperatures. They were well prepared physically and chose their supplies carefully. With a staple diet of Ramen noodles combined with a stew made from beans, coconut oil and some adobo, they planned on


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catching fish to supplement their meager meals. However, no matter how prepared they thought they were, the river had its own challenges. This would be no typical June weather-wise as the two would experience from the beginning. “There were maybe five heavy – and I mean heavy – storms that rocked us,” Phillips said. In fact, it rained ten of the 13 days on their kayaking expedition, with perhaps the most memorable rain-laced story coming from the final night of the journey. “The last day, we got a little lazy. We didn’t tie the boats up well and we only pulled them

Andrew phillips, left, and mauricio martinez take a break during their river excursion.

One pair of adventurers in kayaks tackle the Susquehanna River on a voyage of self-discovery Andrew phillips paddles near the three mile island nuclear power plant south of Harrisburg.

onto shore. That night, it rained. It rained hard,” said Martinez. “By this point, we were as happy as anyone could be to be sleeping soundly in our damp, stinking sleeping bags with spiders crawling on our faces. “I woke up at 4 a.m. and stepped out of the tent to check the boats, wearing just my shorts and a headlight. I peered into the night to discover our boats were bobbing on the waves 30 yards away. I grabbed my life vest and swam after them, slipping and cutting my feet on the sharp rocks. I got the boats back to shore, tied them up and went back to sleep.” Bridge abutments offered them some protection against nature’s fury, but there were also times they had no where to go.

Below Selinsgrove, with about 100 miles left in the excursion, another downpour hit. The two noticed a duck blind along the shore and headed for cover. Unfortunately, a nest of bees was waiting, and when the two adventurers found cover under a nearby tree, it turned out to be covered in poison ivy. “The duck blind was a cruel bit of slapstick comedy relief,” Martinez said. “I was stung three times before backpedaling out of the blind and falling to the ground, bruising my butt and then rolling down a poison ivy-covered bank and landing in some soft mud in the water.” Phillips said the two were constantly scratching. “Between the stinging nettles, poison ivy, insects and wet clothing, we were pretty much itchy all the time,” he said. There was only one time they considered turning back, and Phillips admits his stubbornness kept him forging ahead despite the obstacles. This time, he became physically ill. “For me, the uncertainty of what I should do was the hardest part of the situation, but I knew I was as emotionally prepared as someone could be,” he said. What really got their adrenaline pulsating were the times they came upon unmarked low-head dams that were highly dangerous and could become life-threatening. Though the pair knew this, there was no way to know their exact location. “They can be impossible to see until you are right on top of them,” Phillips said. “The one danger that requires the most homework for a trip like this are those dams,” Martinez said. “If someone wants to Co N t i N u ed o N p A g e 16

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kayak the length of the river and stay safe, it should be a priority to learn where they are.” At every twist and turn of the seemingly serene Susquehanna River, there was beauty and plenty of wildlife. Below Towanda , the river makes a 180 degree turn before towering cliffs come into view. “They were staggeringly impressive,” Phillips said. Bald eagles were common along the trek. They saw more eagles on the lower Susquehanna, and noticed three eyries in Sycamore trees along the shore. They were also thrilled with observing a group of otters near McKee’s Half Falls near Port Trevorton. Martinez also had quite a catch during the trip. “Catching a big musky was definitely a highlight for me,” he said.

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While most of the Susquehanna River was murky because of the excessive rainfall, the most pristine water was found in the first 40 miles. “The water is a brilliant clear azure and it is absolutely magnificent,” Phillips said. He said that this is due to the fact that the headwaters still are unpolluted in this stretch. The most turbid water was around Wilkes-Barre to Sunbury, which the two feel is due to agricultural runoff. Phillips said the trip gave him a heightened concern for the river’s fishery. “They are facing assaults from all angles: pollution from agriculture, residential areas and industry, dammed waterways, thermal pollution and most currently pigmented tumors found on smallmouth bass,” Phillips said. “All of these pose a risk to the river and its life.” Though Phillips and Martinez did not kayak the Susquehanna River with the intention of conducting water quality tests, the two felt they saw enough to make some observations. Phillips believes the river isn’t as bad as what some people think, but he does admit it is under stress. Finally after 13 days of kayaking, covering 30 to 40 miles a day, with heavy downpours, dangerous and challenging situations, the mighty Susquehanna opened up and the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay came into full view. “It’s really an incredible sight,” Phillips said. “When the entirety of the river dawned on me at once, the whole experience came together. It was a surreal feeling.”

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the rosemary. “Change the recipe to fit the season that you’re in,” Chef Paul said. You don’t have to sear the chicken. Go ahead and grill it. Rethink temperature. The vegetables don’t have to be served hot. “Why not serve it as a cold pasta salad?” Chef Paul asked. “Change the angel hair pasta (not great in salads) to a tube pasta that you really like, and have it ready. Have it cold.” Chop raw green peppers, zucchini and mushrooms (or grill them, too) and toss them cold into the salad. If you’re concerned about the harsh flavor in raw onions, cook them. “Nobody has a problem with caramelized onion in a cold salad,” Chef Paul pointed out. Gluten intolerance makes you shy away from pasta? Try grilling

Chef Paul E. Mach is a certified hospitality educator and assistant professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality, Williamsport, which features Le Jeune Chef, a teaching-learning, gourmet restaurant. He’s also the co-host — along with grilled-cheese-loving Tom Speicher — of the award-winning TV show, “You’re the Chef,” which ran from 1996 to 2005, originally in Williamsport and eventually reaching as far as Japan. The show airs weekly on WVIA (Wilkes-Barre, PA) Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

chunks of sweet potato instead. “Now you’ve got a sweet potato and vegetable salad,” Chef Paul said, adding that he once made a similar dish himself, and it was a big hit. “People are looking for something lighter. People are looking for something healthier and fresher.” He laughed, thinking of the dish he’s taken to parties. “It’s delicious. I’ve done it many times.” All the prep work can be done a day ahead of time. “Now you’ve got this great, grilled vegetable salad that you’ve got ready to toss with pasta (or sweet potatoes),” Chef Paul said. “All the fresh flavors you love.” Just about any sautéed entrée can be tweaked this way. Marinate and grill the

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meat ahead of time. Grill the vegetables or chop them raw into a salad. Change around the ingredients to use fresh, seasonable options, and serve the whole thing as a cold salad or warm grilled meat with grilled vegetables. Enjoy the flavors of your favorite winter dish with a sprinkle of summery changes. “Just be prepared for your guests to eat it all,” Chef Paul warned. “If you want some to take home, you better leave some at home because there isn’t going to be any left.”

herb seared chicken breast, warm Zucchini stew with angel-hair pasta Part 1: ChiCken PreP 1½ lb. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, trimmed of fat 3 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, julienne (omit, if grilling) 3 Tbsp. Rosemary, chopped fine 3 Tbsp. Garlic, chopped fine ½ cup Virgin olive oil 2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Ground black pepper ¼ cup Virgin olive oil ChiCken PreP ProCedUre: Completely combine or puree the herbs, seasonings and oil. Coat the chicken at least ½ hour before cooking. Sear chicken in a sauté pan over medium heat on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and finish cooking until the juices run clear at 350° on a baking sheet. Part 2: Vegetable PreP ½ cup Pine nuts ¼ cup Garlic, chopped fine 1 cup Spanish onion, sliced thin 1 cup Green peppers, sliced thin 1 cup Portobello mushrooms, sliced 2 cup Zucchini, diced medium ½ cup Sun-dried tomatoes, julienne ½ cup Fresh basil, sliced thin ½ cup Water 1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Ground black pepper 1 lb. Angel hair pasta, cooked according to manufacturer’s directions Vegetable PreP ProCedUre: In the same pan you cooked the chicken, over medium heat, add the pine nuts and the garlic and brown them lightly. Add the onions and green peppers, and cook until they are lightly browned. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms are soft. Add the zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes, and continue cooking and tossing the vegetables until the zucchini is bright green. Add the basil and water (if you want the vegetables to be saucy) and lower the temperature. Stir the pan to loosen all the browned sugars from the pan. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve the chicken on top of the pasta (tossed with the vegetables) and add additional olive oil, fresh ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese, as desired.

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1.5 million reasons to check out the state trap shoot Nearly 3,000 shooters will take aim at championship glory John zaktansky


small orange disk is launched into the air, arcing upward until a sudden blast from a shotgun disintegrates the target into a cloud of black dust. Another hit. Minutes later comes another. For Ken Darroch, of Aliquippa, it is business as usual. In fact, the 2016 Pennsylvania State Sportman’s Association All American once faced off against 1,100 clay pigeons in one weekend and missed only nine. And yet, with all the

success he has experienced on the shooting circuits, it is the social aspect of the sport that Darroch most enjoys. “You meet all sorts of people when you shoot. When you line up, you don’t know if you are standing next to a doctor or a laborer,” he said. “I shoot regularly with a biology professor at Slippery Rock, a home builder and my personal physician. You could say I have all my bases covered.” Such will be the scene at Elysburg’s Valley Gun and Country Club this June as nearly 3,000 shooters take the lanes in one of the country’s largest state trap shoots, drawing participants from all over the world, according to publicity director Jeff Graupp.

“We expect a big turnout this year,” he said. “The economy is better. Ammunition and reloading materials are more readily available. Of course, it is an outdoor sport, and some of our attendance is affected by the weather.” This year’s event kicks off with the Colonial Classic June 11-12 and is followed by traditional state trap competitions from June 13-19. In 2015, all 53 of the automatic trap bunkers were updated, completing a two-year, $600,000 project to help the venue stay relevant for the week-long state shoot in which more than 1.5 million shots will be fired. “For the average person, the event can be a little overwhelming,” Graupp said. “We’d recommend practicing at a local gun club and then coming out here and getting a feel for it. For spectators, admission is free, parking is free and all the fields are readily accessible. It is a great opportunity to see world class competitors, see how they shoot and get an understanding of how it all operates.”

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Darroch learned over the years that the state shoot can quickly become a family affair. “Dad taught me to shoot skeet at


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Pam Darroch of Aliquippa looks down her barrel before shooting at the Pennsylvania State Trapshoot at the Elysburg Rod and Gun Club.

a local club. It wasn’t long until we were traveling together to events such as the Grand American,” Ken said. “When I got older and started dating, he said to me that whoever I marry is my choice, but she better realize that this (shooting) is what you love to do.” Ken took his father’s advice, “testing the waters” by inviting his thengirlfriend Pamela to attend some shoots with him. It wasn’t long until they were married, and not long after that until she began to get involved in competitive shooting. “Trap shooting isn’t exactly a spectator’s sport if you aren’t really into it,” Darroch admitted. “So when she got a little bored with watching others shoot, she started to get involved herself.” Pamela may not have the shooting accolades that her husband has, but has gotten pretty involved in the sport, serving as the secretary of the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association’s Hall of Fame committee. And it didn’t take long for their son, Ian, to get involved in the family

There are so many things for a kid to do these days. When I was a kid, we were outside all the time playing with our friends. Now, kids are playing video games online and not leaving the house.

heritage. Ken had him shooting regularly by age 11. “If nothing else, whenever Ian was shooting, we knew more often where he was growing up,” Ken said. “Now he has some shooting trophies of his own. He was the Grand American Handicap junior champion. The way he was hitting targets, I was starting to wonder if he was going to miss any at all. For my son, and for me, it was a big day.”

Targeting young shooters

Getting a young person involved in the sport isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes time, instruction and commitment. “There are so many things for a kid to do these days. When I was a kid, we were outside all the time playing with our friends. Now, kids are playing video games online and not leaving the house,” Ken Darroch said. So how does one break the cycle? co n t i n u ed o n p a g e 2 6

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“Start small. Go to local clubs and watch how the ‘game’ is played,” he said. “Lots of clubs have youth shooting groups. Officials at local gun clubs know the importance of getting young people involved in the sport. They know that shooting in the future depends on kids today getting hooked and staying involved. “For kids to stay involved, it has to be fun, and breaking targets is part of that fun. Being both safe and successful when shooting is important to keep younger shooters excited about the sport.”

geTTing inVolVeD

There are many ways to learn more about competitive trap shooting, depending on how involved you want to get. The Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association ( is a good place to start. The site is loaded with valuable information, including a listing of upcoming sanctioned

shoots, contact information for various shooters, an expanded list of previous years’ results and record holders and numerous facts about trap shooting and the PSSA. Ken also suggests picking up and reading various publications about the sport, such as Trap and Field Magazine, Shotgun Sports magazine and fundamentals articles from gun manufacturers such as Remington. But perhaps the best way to get involved with competitive shooting for those who plan to take it seriously is to track down a qualified instructor. “Seek out a good instructor — one person to coach you. Sometimes, when you have several people at a club telling you what to do, you can get conflicting advice,” Ken said. “Some people shoot and teach and that’s all they do. These type of people can teach you a lot in just one day.”

Some people shoot and teach and that’s all they do. These type of people can teach you a lot in just one day.

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Chris Bryson of Youngstown, ohio, fires at his target during the pSSA State trap Shoot at the Valley gun and Country Club in elysburg.

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numerous Olympic gold medalists and X Games participants, it’s also a beloved and safe training ground for beginners. Basically, it’s a 425-acre fantasy land for any kid, age 7 to 19, interested in gymnastics, action sports and even digital media. Its offerings are always changing and growing to stay on the cutting edge. In fact, owner Gary Ream will tell you, “We are the edge. Nobody’s edgier than us.” Ream’s office in the camp’s office building is full of items that commemorate the history and success of Camp Woodward, such as toys from its toy lines, books that have been written

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sudden good things happen.” Camp Woodward, located about a 20-minute drive west of Mifflinburg on Route 45, near the tiny town of Woodward in eastern Centre County, began as a gymnastics camp in 1970 by Ed Isabelle, a gymnastics coach at Penn State University. A former dairy farm, many of its original buildings have been renovated and are still in use — for example, the old farmhouse is home to camp offices, and the barn contains a gymnastics facility, cafeteria, coffee shop and rock wall. But many of the changes wouldn’t occur until Gary Ream and his father, Paul Ream, took ownership of the camp in 1977. Gary Ream, an Aaronsburg native and 1976 graduate of Penn State, said that though he liked kids and sports, his main motivation to become involved with the camp at the time was “purely business.” Camp Woodward was still 100 percent gymnastics when they took over.

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a love of kids and the rural setting make woodward the place to be Marcia Kimler was only 12 years old when she made the first trek from her native plains of Nebraska to the rolling hills of Pennsylvania to follow her passion. She remembers being in awe at the beauty of the area, and most specifica lly, the property that was Camp Woodward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was amazing,â&#x20AC;? she said. Yet, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the landscape that kept her coming back. She would return nearly every summer after that for two weeks of gymnastics camp, taking full advantage of the top-notch facilities and high-level coaches to help her become an even better competitive gymnast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the staff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that keep you there,â&#x20AC;? Kimler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cried when I left. When I got home, I started saving money and counting the days until the next time.â&#x20AC;? At 15, Kimler joined the Camp Woodward team as a junior staff member, and became a regular adult staff member at 18, when she could begin teaching other kids. She continued to work and train at the camp each summer through her college years, and later helped to establish Woodward West in Ca lifornia. Now at 38 years old, Kimler can look back and see that â&#x20AC;&#x153;The spirit has not changedâ&#x20AC;? at Camp Woodward, even though the face of it does as it continues to evolve to meet the desires of the current culture.

hosted a number of events for the station on the property since then. The camp eventually expanded to Wisconsin, and now has two additional locations in California and one in Colorado. Shortly after property was purchased in California for Woodward West in the early 2000s, Ream said, they began to get corporate sponsorship from companies such as Red Bull, Target, Playstation, Gatorade and GoPro. In 2007, they began their own national reality TV show that aired on FUEL TV for six straight seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woodward was the site of progression,â&#x20AC;? Ream said. And it continues to be with ever-changing and additional programs. They currently offer programs including cheer, snowboarding, skiing, parkour and more. The most recent offering is a full-fledged digital media center. Gymnastics continues to be Camp Woodwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular program, making up 50 percent of the campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations. The history and continued growth of Woodward, Ream explained, has always been about allowing the kids to â&#x20AC;&#x153;reach their fantasy.â&#x20AC;? The camp allows them to do that in a safe environment, complete with foam pits, air bags and resi pits. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a specialized camp with unique offerings where kids can go after their dreams. In this way, Camp Woodward is much different from just an ordinary summer camp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids come here with a passion,â&#x20AC;? Ream said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We give them a fantasy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a memory they are going to remember forever.â&#x20AC;?

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communicator.” “I tell people about the outdoors through different mediums,” he explained. That includes his paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, photography and illustrations that are featured regularly in Pennsylvania Game News magazine. Hunter also writes for several publications and newspapers, and he regularly gives humorous and educational lectures at various venues in which he talks not only about the ins and outs of hunting and fishing, but also

shares stories from his own experiences in the outdoors and life in general. Meeting Barbara Bush at the White House, for example. Traveling to Scotland for a Loch Ness Monster Expedition. Scuba diving with manatees in Florida. Coming face-to-face with a bear that ripped open his tent while camping in Canada. His membership with the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America “put me in touch with people all over the world,” he said. He even illustrated a cover for a major Japanese publication, similar to Field and Stream. But none of it would have been possible without his God-given gift, a lot of hard work and fortitude, and a supportive wife who was willing to take a leap of faith so her husband could live his dream and do what he was created to do. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, Hunter was born and raised in a family that believed in hard work to support your family — usually meaning 9-to-5 factory jobs. “People didn’t make a living doing (art),” he said. In his senior year of high school, Hunter’s art teacher recognized and encouraged his natural artistic talent, as well as his love for the outdoors, and though Hunter always enjoyed both, he never once thought about making a living off of either. “You could tell he had an extraordinary talent,” said Sam Richards at DuBois High School, Hunter’s teacher and outdoor mentor. “I gave him pretty much free reign. He had a lot of natural talent, and I didn’t want to pull him back by including him in the regular class objectives.”

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Eventually, Richards’ and Hunter’s relationship grew beyond art. Their faith and their love for the outdoors soon bonded them as friends. “I introduced him to fly fishing his senior year,” Richards remembered. “We were the outdoor types, we hunted and fished together. I was kind of a mentor for him at the time, as he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life.” As he attended college, majoring in history, Hunter continued to paint and actually sold a piece for $35. “I thought that was the greatest thing in the world,” he remembered. Shortly after he and his wife Sheila got married, he drew a circle on a map around the largest hunting and fishing areas in Pennsylvania, and sent his resume to school districts in that circle. He secured a job as an eighth-grade history teacher in the Warrior Run School District. “The whole time I was teaching, I was painting,” Hunter said, “and I was starting to sell stuff.” And he was longing to be in the outdoors. “I’ve got to find a way,” he remembered telling himself. That’s when the idea of being a wildlife artist dawned on him. “It’s a good thing I’m stubborn,” he said. “If I had listened to the wrong people along the way, I never would have

done it.” In 1981, after 10 years of teaching, Hunter left his job. They were in their mid-30s at the time. Sheila didn’t have a job, and they had two young children. “I really wasn’t scared,” Sheila said. “I know Ken can do about anything. He’s very talented in a lot of different things. I knew he would do something to make a living – and he would do it well.” “She stood behind me in this in the thick and the thin,” Hunter said. “And there were some thin years.” But that only drove them deeper in their faith. “Every time we’ve been down and out about something,” Sheila said, “God has provided every time.” To help make ends meet, Hunter worked a construction job on the side. Within a year, he was selling enough art to do it full time. With Sheila’s help, particularly in the accounting side of

things, they ran their gallery and framing business out of their basement for a number of years as Hunter also built a reputation as a lecturer. With some help about eight years ago, Hunter added a 2,000-square-foot extension onto their house – a dedicated space for both the gallery and his studio. “Not many people get to do this,” Hunter said, “especially in the art world.” And though he does what he does to make a living, it’s not the only reason. “Even if I didn’t get paid to do it,” he said, “I would do it. I get satisfaction showing how beautiful our world is.” He can see that beauty in outdoor moments – a turkey flying down from a tree, for example, or a hummingbird next to a flower. “I didn’t get rich and famous,” Hunter admits. “And I don’t care. I want to have a good time doing what I’m doing. And I have what I need, what I want.” Every November, the Hunters hold an open house at their gallery that draws hundreds of people, and they participate in the Early Bird Show at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds every year in Co N t i N u ed o N p A g e 4 8

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ohn Laskowski was only 7 years old when he first met Ned Smith.

The revered wildlife artist, a native of Millersburg, would often come to Laskowski’s family blueberry farm, and Laskowski would flush out woodcocks from the bushes. They were known to fly up and then land in the exact same spot, and that’s when Smith would capture their photos with his air bulb and tube camera. It was an exciting opportunity for Laskowski, who as a child would often sit on his front porch in the summertime, waiting anxiously for the mailman to arrive with his copy of Pennsylvania Game News, so he could read Smith’s column. Laskowski, of the village of Carsonville in Dauphin County, began a lifelong relationship with Smith, and a passion and mission to educate and excite the public about both nature and the arts. Smith and his work, he said, inspired him to major in biology in college. Laskowski retired early from his teaching career at age 55 in order to dedicate more of his time to the facility named after Smith — the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, located just outside the borough of Millersburg on 535 acres of beautiful meadows and woodlands, and 12 miles of walking trails that meander up into the abutting


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Berry’s Mountain. A rustic-looking footbridge leads visitors across the Wiconisco Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River that runs through the property. Serving as a founding trustee, board member and chair of the education committee, Laskowski said he takes seriously the center’s mission to promote both nature and the arts. After all, Smith had done for him, he said, “Now it’s payback time.”

Honoring the artist

Several years after Smith’s passing in 1985, his widow, Marie, approached some friends and asked for advice on what to do with all of Smith’s artwork. They encouraged her to keep it local to his native area, and she gave a 10-year time frame limit to find a home for it all. An organization in his name was formed in 1993 and operated out of five different buildings in the borough of Millersburg, in upper Dauphin County. It took several years to find the current property, according to current executive director Steve Quigley. Half of the land is owned by the center — through direct purchase and a generous gift — while the other half is on long-term lease by the Millersburg Water Authority, since the property lies within its watershed. The first section of the center’s current building was constructed in 2004, and in 2011, the rest of the building was

completed, along with the addition of the Ned Smith Gallery, which is the most comprehensive collection of Smith’s artwork and sketches. The center also has a room of archived work by Smith, including the magazine covers he created and articles he had written. The 12,000-square-foot facility is home to educational classrooms, three art galleries and a gift shop. Just behind the center is a large DeSoto Amphitheater, constructed in 2014 (a roof was just added this year). Here, various performances are held each year. This year, visitors will experience everything from symphonies, ballet and Shakespeare to rock concerts and an outdoor movie series. Laskowski said the addition is a reflection of Smith’s appreciation for

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other forms of art besides drawing and painting. “This man was so versatile,” he said, explaining how Smith had also been a musician. The $10 million building complex houses three art galleries, which hosts varied exhibitions each year, drawing approximately 2,500 visitors. In the center’s archives is an extensive,

half-million-dollar butterfly and moth collection from Faye Arleen and Lawrence Joseph Kopp, known as the Kopp Collection. Laskowski said the Kopps were instrumental in him becoming the “Mothman,” the name under which he has traveled extensively and presented countless educational programs.

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efforts to make sure wildlife, including bear, turkeys and bobcats, continue to call this beautiful place home. A three-mile-long rail trail connects Millersburg borough to the preserve, where visitors enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and biking. The center is run by seven full-time and three part-time staff members, but especially relies on its approximate 800 volunteers each year, which Quigley said is equivalent to five additional full-time employees. More volunteers are always needed for them to continue offering its varied programs. The center holds four fundraising events each year, with 100 to 150 people attending each, and 18 arts and entertainment programs, each drawing 60 to 250 people. About eight lecture series each year average about 30 people, sometimes more, and 10 summer camps are each limited to 16 participants each. Numerous school events and workshops are also offered. In addition, the center’s annual Nature and Arts Festival drew 5,300 people last year from Pennsylvania and surrounding states, and the average visits of people coming to use the trails is 30,000 annually. The facility is also rented out for events such as high school proms and weddings. A Youth Art Contest each year receives international applications from countries like Canada and Slovakia, as well as in every state east of the Mississippi. There’s always something going on, including programs, research, and a Nature Discovery Series that gets both kids and adults excited about exploring the natural world around them. Quigley, who has served as executive director for the last five years, said they are always looking for new projects to offer. A year ago, they brought a second educator on staff. “We want to make sure our educational programs are growing,” he said. “The goal is really to grow our environmental and educational program so we can get people of all ages to unplug … and learn a little bit more about the natural world around them, and enjoy it.” And when people take ownership and interest in nature, he said, they are more likely to take care of it. Even just a brief look at the serene and gorgeous surroundings will make anyone want to ensure it stays that way. “I think it’s the best-kept secret in Millersburg,” said Jennifer Daggs, the center’s Director of Creative Programming. Especially to the locals. “There are great jewels you don’t even know about in your backyard,” she said. “It’s just beautiful here.” Daggs encourages people who live in the area to plan a “staycation.” Pack a lunch and take the day to hike its gorgeous trails, and then enjoy a performance at the amphitheater at night, she suggests. The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art relies on private funding and donations. For more information on events and opportunities offered by the center, visit, call 717.692.3699 or email


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he serenity of a sunny spring day amidst the gorgeous rural central Pennsylvania backdrop was randomly broken by blasts from a shotgun.

At the Keystone Shooting Park, in Dalmatia, it’s the sound of determination, skill and success of some of the best athletes on the continent in one of the most popular sports in the world. Owner Allen Chubb, 57, discovered Olympic trap shooting in 1980 while stationed by the U.S. Army in Germany, and has been involved in the sport all over the world for 38 years. His passion is evident in this increasingly popular Olympic-style trapshooting facility he opened in 2011. And he has no intention of simply being satisfied with the success he has seen so far. “You can’t let up on momentum,” he said. “It’s nearly impossible to get it going again if you let up.” With a smile, he added that he has his “foot pressed firmly on the gas pedal here.” KSP, located on 16 acres within Martz’s Gap View Shooting Preserve in Dalmatia, is one of the only premiere, specialized ranges of its kind in the world, and is utilized by high-level

Olympic trapshooting athletes who are especially drawn to the fully-automated technology that allows them to create training schedules that work best for them. Fifteen trap machines, imported from Italy, are located beneath the five-station shooting range, and are controlled by a high-tech computer system that creates a random sequence for the release of resin and limestone clay targets, also from Italy. Shooters must engage the 4 ¾-inch targets, traveling an average 70 miles per hour, in a matter of milliseconds, while also dealing with factors such as weather and lighting conditions. Scores are tracked on a flat screen monitor. And while all of that is certainly attractive to athletes, Chubb is sure to emphasize that Olympic-level training is not just about the physical amenities offered at the range where they practice. “We offer more than just a contemporary facility,” Chubb said. “We go well beyond the norms into establishing the culture that’s necessary to win.” 

Olympian commitment

While the park is also open to those who simply want to do recreational shooting, Chubb says anyone with interest in Olympic-level training must show Olympic-level passion and commitment.

“Without that, they’re not going to survive here,” he said, adding that only one-tenth of one percent of athletes ever make it to the Olympics. “It’s the most challenging thing you’re ever going to do in your life.” Contentment, he tells athletes, is the breeding ground for failure. According to Chubb, shooting is the most popular sport in the world, yet America, in all its opportunities, hasn’t won a gold medal in trap shooting in 40 years. He wants more than anything to break that pattern. At Keystone, athletes are required to go through a mental management course to help them better meet the high standards of Olympic trapshooting. The sport requires very fast reaction times, he said, and shooting must be instinctive. “You can’t shoot from the conscious,” he said. Athletes typically train five to six days a week for six to eight years to prepare for the Olympics. “It requires a long-term commitment,” Chubb said. “It’s either all or nothing.” Chubb also emphasized that preparation is more than just individual practice. Being involved in high-level competitions is what will prepare athletes to obtain the mindset and steady hand they need to compete on the world stage. “At some point, we have to throw them in the deep end, and see if they can swim,” Chubb said. Athletes training at Keystone take part in the Grand Prix circuit, which means annual trips to Europe. Traveling and competing requires athletes not only to compete at the highest levels, but also learn to adjust to time zone changes, language barriers, difference in food, ammunition and interpretations of rules. The 12 athletes of their team, the Keystone Eagles, hail from Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia and Arizona. Two of the members are women. Chubb will be taking three members of the team to the Grand Prix of Malta in the Mediterranean in May, and eight members to Italy in July to train and compete in the Perazzi Gran Mondiale. co n t i n u ed o n p a g e 4 6

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Keystone board member Ted Krumreich, a retired judge who currently works for the Strasburg Railroad, said he was always interested in the Olympics. He was always drawn to unique sports, and grew up learning trap shooting as a kid. “Being involved with Allen and Keystone has opened a whole new world of shooting to me that I did not know about before,” he said. Last September, Krumreich traveled with Chubb and three others from Keystone to Germany to shoot in a Senior Open event. “There were 90 shooters from seven different countries there to compete,” he said. “It broadens your horizons.”

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Keystone is an all-volunteer organization. Since opening, 1.25 million targets have been shot at Keystone Shooting Park, and that number is rapidly rising. Athletes from all over the nation come here to train, as well as members of the Canadian National Team, which this summer will hold a weeklong training camp at KSP. National Team members from Germany will also be arriving for training this year. Meanwhile, construction continues on plans to make this facility even better. The second phase of work at the facility is nearly completed, including a skeet range with helice (winged propeller targets that simulate live pigeons), electronic scoreboard, field lights and a closed-circuit television system. Phase three includes two additional fields and a two-story clubhouse for retail space, offices, kitchen and dining area, locker rooms, storage, classroom, gymnasium and lodging. Krumreich said he is pleased to see the organization grow and head in such a positive direction. “Our sponsor affiliations are unparalleled here in the United States for international style shooting, and our athletes have had several notable successes in international competitions,” he said.

Keystone Shooting Park owner Allen Chubb poses with a clay target, next to the trap machines underneath the shooting range.

“We haven’t sent someone to the National Team or Olympics yet, but I firmly believe we are moving in the direction of having the best chance of doing so of any facility in this area, and, maybe in the country as a whole.”

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Among the Olympic trapshooters training at Keystone is 23year-old Alex “A.J.” Dupre, who at such a young age is drawing international attention. In 2014, after only a couple of years of

Keystone Shooting park owner Allen Chubb, left, stands with 23-year-old Alex "A.J." dupre, a champion olympic trapshooter.


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professional training, Dupre beat 12 Olympic medalists in a championship game in Italy. “I have a passion to push myself,” Dupre said. “I never really wanted to do

I never really wanted to do anything growing up that was normal. I always wanted to see how far I can take something until I failed.

anything growing up that was normal. I always wanted to see how far I can take something until I failed.” Few would suspect that with such success in trapshooting that he has the use of only one eye. Originally from Champion, Pennsylvania, Dupre began trapshooting with his uncle when he was about 12 years old. At 13, a tragic paintball incident resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye. During high school, Dupre attended a military academy, where he was able to hone his skills on a trap and skeet field. His desire was to play rugby in college, but an injury in his senior year shattered those dreams. Everything kept drawing him back to trapshooting. He eventually secured a college scholarship for both academics and shooting, and continued to learn how to compensate with the use of only one eye. “It’s part of who I am,” he said. Now, he has his sight on the Olympics. While this year the United States did not reach a qualifying quota to

be eligible to send any athletes to the Olympics in Rio, Dupre said he is continuing to train vigorously. With the average age of Olympic trapshooters hovering around 30, he has plenty of time. And already, he can offer professional advice to those who may have a similar dream. “Pick up a shotgun,” he said, “and if you like it, try it, keep on going and don’t give up.”

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Baschieri & Pellagri, of Bologna, Italy, which according to Chubb manufacturers the “finest ammunition in the world,” has recently become a benefactor for the park — the first club team it has sponsored in 130 years. The five-year ammunition supply contract commitment began in March. “They see something exciting here,” Chubb said. The contract was for more than $600,000 with a commitment through the 2020 Olympics.

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o you live in a boruff? Chances are, you do, or you at least drive through them on a daily basis ... but you call them boroughs. Apparently borough is more of a Pennsylvania word than I realized. A friend who moved here from New York said small towns there tend to be called villages, not boroughs. Her husband’s secretary in New York even asked what a bo-ruff is. Funny! I never looked at borough that way before, but it’s actually a good spelling aid. Does every geographic area create its own dialect? Because Central Pennsylvania sure has lots of unusual phrases and pronunciations. My mother-in-law laughed when she recalled that her family always washed up the kitchen floor, but washed down the cellar steps. Why they couldn’t wash up or wash down everything is anyone’s guess, but somehow “up” made sense on the floor while “down” seemed right for the steps. I wonder if they ever washed over or across anything. One thing I’d be willing to bet is that after any washing, everything was rinzed clean. You might say rinsed. People around the world might say rinsed. But here in Central Pennsylvania, a lot of us prefer to rinz. Either way, rinz or rinse, we get the job done right. My mother-in-law mentioned another

word that caught my attention: foreshot. She and my husband were talking about a calf that somehow walked through the barnyard, across the foreshot into the stable, and eventually found its way into the silo. Do you know what the foreshot is? If you do, chances are you’re a farmer or were raised on a farm. The closest definition I could find was a foreshoot, which is an upper level of a barn hanging out over a lower level, providing a bit of shelter from bad weather. In my in-law’s case, the barnyard is now enclosed, but the foreshoot, or foreshot, is still there, a kind of paved corridor between the barnyard and the stable. And how that rascally little calf every slipped out of the barnyard and into the silo will forever remain a mystery! Our Pennsylvania Dutch roots (or is it ruhtz?) come out in casual conversation at any given time. At a summer party one day a “Dutchified” woman sank gratefully into a cushioned lawn chair and sighed, “Oh, this chair sits so good.” Now, we could get all smart-alecky about it and say that the cushy chair seemed to sit as well as any of the others, but we know exactly what she meant, and frankly, I hoped she would get up soon so I could give it a try. After a long day of washing up the kitchen floor, washing down the cellar steps, leading a naughty calf back across the foreshot and into the barnyard, or picnicking out in the sun … who doesn’t like a chair that sits good?

Can you speak “Pennsylvania-ish?" » bo-ruff – a borough or small town, village » wash up the kitchen floor » wash down the cellar steps » rinz – rinse » foreshot » upper level of a barn hanging out over a lower level » ruhtz (rhymes with the oo in tootsie) – roots » This chair sits good. – This chair is comfy.

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May 21 14TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN MARKET AND HOME SHOW 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 184 Alameda Park Road, Butler Free admission A marketplace of vendors offering garden-related products, vegetable plants, perennials, herbs, roses, shrubs and small trees. Crafters will offer decorative and useful objects to brighten your outdoor living space. Food vendors with light snacks, sweet treats and entire meals. Free activities suitable for all ages. centre/programs/master

May 27- 28 11TH ANNUAL ANTHRACITE HERITAGE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Downtown Shamokin Horse & carriage rides, trolley tours. exhibits, entertainment, children’s activities. Kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (570) 648-9500, (570) 8509121

june June 4 FISHING FOR FAMILIES Ned Smith Center, Millersburg Families are invited to share the joy of fishing with up-and-coming anglers while learning about the complex environment of the Wiconisco Creek.

June 12 36TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Warrior Run Church, Turbotville Family event with homemade food, ice cream, hamburgers, hotdogs and ham barbecue. Strawberry


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7 p.m. patriotic show followed by fireworks at dusk. (rain date: 9 p.m. June 26) Wolfe Field, Lewisburg (570) 523-3237, www.

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June 16-18 SMOKED COUNTRY JAM BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Quiet Oaks Campground, Cross Fork Family-friendly live music event features a three-day auction to benefit Lupus Foundation. Also bluegrass workshops, children activities, vendor midway, and the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. 4-wheeler and pet friendly. (570) 753-8878, www. Single day tickets-Thursday $25, Friday $30, Saturday $30; Youth 1216 $10/day, age 12 and under free

June 18 26TH ANNUAL BILLTOWN BLUES FESTIVAL Noon-10 p.m., rain or shine. Gates open 11 a.m. Lycoming County Fairgrounds, 300 E. Lycoming St., Hughesville. Gate ticket price $30, children 16 and under are admitted free accompanied by an adult. (570) 584-4480, www.

June 24-25 DINO DAYS AT REPTILAND Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, Allenwood Experience fascinating reptiles from the past with Dr. Dino, a paleontologist and all-around dinosaur expert.

ANNUAL UNION COUNTY VETERANS 4TH OF JULY PARADE 10 a.m. Downtown Lewisburg Festivities include a veterans recognition ceremony, picnic and band concerts at parade end on Bucknell University’s campus (570) 523-3237, www.

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44TH ANNUAL PINEKNOTTER DAYS King Street Park, downtown Northumberland Live entertainment, crafts, food, soapbox derby, car show, checker and checkerboard contests. Free (570) 274-0291, (570) 473-3414, www.

July 7-10 9TH ANNUAL REMINGTON RYDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Gates open Tuesday, July 7 at 9 a.m. Rain or Shine Centre Hall Grange Fair Grounds, Centre Hall. More than 20 acts. day prices Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, $25, Sunday $15, age 12 and under free when accompanied by adult. Camping fee per day $20 with or without electric.


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9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine University Avenue between Broad and West Pine streets, Selinsgrove More than 40 antique dealers and vendors expected. Features include a map of participating dealers and their locations, music, food stands.

July 12-13 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP Ned Smith Center, Millersburg Learn to make rope from natural materials, test wilderness construction skills with shelter building, hike nearby trails and learn how to purify water.

July 12-17 32ND ANNUAL BENTON CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO AND FRONTIER DAYS 5 p.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Sunday Benton Rodeo Grounds, 569 Route 487, Benton Bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, calf roping, free entertainment at the bandshell at 5 and 9 p.m. Lots of food available. Admission to the rodeo grounds is free. Primitive camp sites are available at $5 per night. (570) 925-6536, www.

July 14-23 145TH ANNUAL LYCOMING COUNTY FAIR Opens at 10 a.m. Route 405 north, Hughesville Admission includes midway stage shows, mechanical carnival rides, demolition derby, fireworks, midway shows and some main stage shows. Parking on the fairgrounds $2, admission to fairgrounds $6. Ticket office opens June 15 (570) 584-2196,

6-9 p.m. Mifflinburg Community Park, North Fifth Street, Mifflinburg Music by the West End Bluegrass Band and all things blueberry pies, ice cream and more. Bring lawn chair. Free (570) 966-1666,

July 16 8TH ANNUAL HOPS, VINES & WINES FESTIVAL 2-6 p.m. Downtown Selinsgrove Micro and craft brews and regional wineries participate in this tasting event; entertainment, food. (570) 541-1932,

July 16 SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY DRIVER AND FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT 7:30 p.m. Selinsgrove Speedway Raceway Park, intersection of Routes 11/15 and 35 (570) 374-2999, (570) 374-6270,

July 24-31 FAMILY CAMP MEETING Central Pennsylvania Wesleyan Campground, New Columbia Week of family activities, worship services and fellowship. Evangelist Rev. Lenny Luchetti will lead services. Separate children’s and teens’ programs. (570) 538-2790, www.

July 30 ANNUAL NATURE & ARTS FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg More than 70 programs and performances. Free, (717) 692-3699, www.

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July 31-August 6 91ST ANNUAL UNION COUNTY WEST END FAIR Lincoln Park, 1111 Route 235, Laurelton Theme: Harvest the Fun. Live entertainment, amusement rides, goat show, Miss Union County pageant, car and truck show, livestock benefit auction. No pets allowed, Admission: $3 Monday through Thursday; $4 Friday and Saturday; weekly pass $18; under age 5 free. Ride wristband: $5; free parking

July 30-August 6 CLINTON COUNTY FAIR DAYS Clinton County Fairgrounds, 98 Racetrack Road, Mill Hall Competition for recognition and premiums, entertainment, promotion of county agriculture,

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Day Lilies or Tiger Lilies? Just about everywhere you go in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania in mid-summer, an array of orange-colored blossoms wave on long stems in large bunches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at those tiger lilies!â&#x20AC;? you say. But wait. Are they really tiger lilies, or day lilies? The average person would tell you day lilies and tiger lilies are one in the same. The reality is that scientists declare they are two different â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but similar â&#x20AC;&#x201C; plants, and you may see a variety of both in similar locations across the Valley. The tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium or Lilium tirginum) and the day lily (Hemerocallis) are usually orange or yellow, and have distinct, dark spots. In appearance, they are difficult to determine a difference. The day lily is a bulbous perennial with long, grass-like leaves that bend toward the ground. Its flowers usually have a stripe in the center of each petal. The tiger lily grows ferociously from a bulb of fleshy scales and has one, straight stem with small, pointed leaves running up and down the stem. A tiger lily usually has dark spots on the petals. The tiger lily sometimes looks downward, while the day lily is upward-facing, appearing like a trumpet. Day lilies, also known as ditch lilies, have no leaves on their stem, but leaves sprout from the base of the plant. Both plants grow best in full sun, and are transplanted easily. Tiger lilies need to be separated from their group. The root system of day lilies allows them to grow without much help. A tiger lily prefers moist soil, and a day lily can tolerate drought conditions. Someone who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tolerate your tiger or day lily is your cat. The poisons in most lilies, but especially Lilium lancifolium or Hemerocallis, can be detrimental to the catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. If you see a cat consuming one of these plants, take the animal to the vet immediately.

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small stream bubbles gently around a series of mosscovered stones as a warm breeze brings branches of maple leaves to life above.

In the distance, a barrage of shrill chirps signals the arrival of a pileated woodpecker. It lands on a dead tree branch and begins drilling its beak into the insect-laced wood in quick bursts sounding almost like an air wrench at an auto repair shop. Suddenly, a flash of brown and white can be seen between a pair of oak trees. The movement continues, and then stops. An old layer of dead leaves rustle as a small white-spotted fawn cautiously emerges from a thicket. It goes a few steps and then stops, looking carefully in all directions. Its white tail flickers like the flame of a large candle and then becomes still as the fawn inches its way to the small stream. After surveying the scene one more time, it lowers its head for a long drink. The whole scene plays out in Disneylike fashion. Each sight and sound is


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fresh, distinct and crisp. A short amount of time in such an environment can be a stress reliever no amount of Xanax can match. And, you can find this utopia of simple beauty in our own backyard. Hiking jewels are scattered throughout the Susquehanna Valley, each offering its own special blend of natural sights, sounds and smells. Here are five hiking destinations that are worth the effort of lacing up your hiking boots. Just be warned ... you may not want to return to civilization afterward.

Tall Timbers Natural Area

Nestled in the Bald Eagle State Forest near the tiny town of Troxelville, in Snyder County, the Tall Timbers region is untamed wilderness at its finest. Following portions of Tower, Krebs Gap and Pine Ridge trails, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll enjoy a pleasant walk with a climb or two along with some short sections that are a little rocky. Pure mountain streams, old-growth forest and a variety of other untouched wilderness experiences lead to an impressive vista mid-way along the hike.

Chilisuagi Trail

Located at the Montour Preserve near Washingtonville in Montour County, the Chilisuagi Trail runs more than four miles around the edge of Lake Chillisquaque. The loop offers plenty of vantage points to view the lake and leads through deciduous woods and

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along wetlands, agricultural fields, pine plantations, meadows and lakeshore with a variety of habitats, flora and fauna to explore. Signs help interpret the natural and cultural history of specific features along the trail. There are a variety of other trails available at the Montour Preserve, including a Braille Trail for those who are visually impaired. The Montour Preserve trails offer a good introductory place to get younger people involved in hiking without being too strenuous.

Daleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ridge Trail

This is a loop hike located near Lewisburg in Union County that all outdoor lovers in our region should check out. You can find trail access along Strawbridge Road at the Buffalo Creek. Along this easy 2-mile trek, you will visit scenic ridge-top views, see plenty of wildlife, learn about the importance of riparian buffers and compare the mature forests and open field environments. This is a great introductory hike and a great place for an afternoon stroll.

Ricketts Glen Falls Trail

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Route 487, you’ll find Ricketts Glen State Park. While the park offers great camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding and swimming opportunities, it is best known for its 26 miles of hiking trails. Chief among them is the 7.2-mile loop known as Falls Trail. This trail, while not a long one, is extremely rugged with rocky, sometimes slippery, terrain that can get very steep in stretches. The work is well worth it, however, as the pristine wilderness is dotted with 21 different waterfalls that range in height between 11 to 94 feet. Most of the waterfalls can be seen on a smaller 3.2-mile loop that branches off the main Falls Trail. This stretch follows Highland Trail along with the Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of Falls Trail. Again, this is a rougher stretch to hike and those who attempt the trails should be properly equipped, in good physical shape and plan plenty of time for the hike.

Pine Creek Trail

This is the ultimate rail trail in Pennsylvania. It’s flat but it’s not boring. Mix it up a little and bicycle some of it and hike the side trails. The rail trail runs from the Jersey Shore area all the way up through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon gorge, following the well-used Pine Creek. The Pine Creek Trail is used by a number of other outdoor enthusiasts, including those on horseback and bicycle. It is covered by a hard-packed gravel surface with just a two percent grade throughout its entirety, making it a fairly easy trail for all skill levels. Trails that intersect this 60-mile long rail-trail are the West Rim Trail, Mid-State Trail, Outlook Trail, Black Forest Trail, Golden Eagle Trail and the Bob Webber Trail. Each offers a great experience of its own. Be sure to take in the geology and fishing at Rattle Snack Rocks and a visit to the Village of Cedar Run. And of course, stopping by the Slate Run Tackle Shop, the Manor Inn or the Waterville Store adds to the overall experience.


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ife has unusual turns, declared Joseph A. Diblin, a longtime Susquehanna Valley resident who, at age 98, ought to know. A New Jerseyan by birth, Joe came to Lewisburg during the Great Depression to study at Bucknell University. As a professional pilot, among other things, he subsequently spent much of his life in, around – and above – the Valley. For many years, he lived in Lewisburg before moving to Nottingham Village Senior Living Community on the outskirts of Northumberland a decade ago. In May 1937, Diblin, then 19, and some friends decided to go to the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst to watch the arrival of a famous German dirigible, the Hindenburg. They had no inkling they were about to witness one of the defining moments of the 20th century. “We hitchhiked,” Diblin recalled, explaining that the air station was only 20 miles from his hometown of Hightstown, N.J. “We used to go there fairly often.” The airship had left Germany three days earlier and had passed over Boston and New York City before flying down the New Jersey coast to the air station. The boys watched in horror as the dirigible approached the landing field and suddenly burst into flames. “It burned brightly,” Diblin said. Joe and his friends watched as a number of people jumped from the flaming aircraft just before it crashed. “One of my buddies started to cry,” Diblin said. “It was a terrible sight.” Some of the passengers who jumped suffered fatal injuries when they hit the ground. In all, the disaster claimed 35 lives. Being an eyewitness to such an event did little to diminish Diblin’s passion for flying, which was just beginning to blossom. In fact, he had become involved in flying small airplanes while still in high school. “I was about 14 or 15,” he said. “We had an airport two miles out of town. I spent all of my spare time at the airport.” He pumped fuel in the planes, washed them and did whatever odd jobs that needed to be done. “In return for that, the old flight

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instructor would give me a few minutes of flight instruction in a Piper Cub. God, I loved it,” said Joe, a tall man with a full head of white hair. Seventy years later, the now-retired aviator said that his favorite story involves a flight that he took as captain of a four-engine bomber late in World War 2. At the time, Diblin was in charge of

the flight instruction program for fourengine planes at Smyrna Army Airfield near Nashville, Tenn. “I loved those big tubs,” he said. One rainy day the weather was so bad that all planes at Smyrna were grounded. Even so, “the base commander called me on the phone. He said, ‘Diblin, they want co n t i n u ed o n p a g e 6 2

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a B24 Liberator right now at Tullahoma Air Base. I don’t know what the hell they want it for. I know the weather’s bad so I’m not ordering you to go. I leave it up to you to decide.’ He hung up.” Tullahoma was in a hilly region of Tennessee more than 50 miles away. Diblin said he rounded up a volunteer to serve as co-pilot and the two men flew to Tullahoma, where a thick cloud cover had created a very low ceiling. “I had to make a very careful approach,” Joe said. Descending below the clouds, he saw

that the plane was aligned with the landing runway. He landed, then taxied over to a building, and “a large number of people came out to the airplane.” They included the mother and father of an American flier who had been killed when his B24 was shot down during a mission over Europe. A Tullahoma officer told Joe that the flier’s “mother wants to see and go in a B24.” Her son had been a navigator. When Joe told her that “the navigator sat up front in the nose,” she said that she

wanted to see where the navigator sat. “I took the mother up front and sat her in the same seat that the navigator sat in,” Joe said. “With tears in her eyes, but under control, she looked all around and finally said, ‘So this is where my son served his country and died.’ She turned to me and said, ‘Thank you, sir. Now I am at rest.’ “She took my name and address. She wrote me every year at Christmas for as long as she lived. I was so touched.”

Diblin reflects on 98 years of bittersweet memories Born on July 20, 1917, in Trenton, N.J., Joseph A. Diblin was the son of Sarah and George Diblin. He grew up in Hightstown, a rural New Jersey community where his father was chief of police. As a teenager, Diblin often went to the movies. In Hightstown, the local theater ran newsreels before showing the feature film. Watching the newsreel one day, Diblin was surprised to see footage of his father performing stunts on a motorcycle. Diblin explained said that his father drove a motorcycle “while serving in the New Jersey State Police.” He had become known as a trick rider, and “one holiday weekend he was asked to put on a performance during a parade." In high school, Diblin got heavily involved in sports. “I lettered in baseball, basketball and soccer,” he said. One day, two college representatives came to see him. “They offered me a basketball scholarship to Bucknell University,” he said. Diblin majored in journalism with a minor in education at Bucknell. He also played basketball, track and soccer. He graduated in 1940, and by April 1941, he had enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was being trained as a flight instructor at an air base down South. After 10 months of teaching other soldiers to fly two-engine planes, Diblin decided that he wanted to go on bombing runs in bigger planes. “I volunteered to go on four-engine bombers, so what did they do? They kept me as a flight instructor,” he said. Did he ever serve overseas? “No. they wouldn’t let me go.” The Army Air Corps did, however, let him move up, becoming a flight instructor for men learning to fly four-engine planes, such as the B24 Liberator. By 1945, Diblin had become the chief flight instructor of four-engine planes at Smyrna Army Airfield, near Nashville, Tenn. He held the rank of captain. Diblin was the oldest of three brothers, all


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of whom served in the military during World War II. His brother Donald enlisted in the U.S. Navy. “He was a diver,” Diblin said. Immediately after the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Donald was flown to Hawaii. Assigned to a rescue mission, he dived down the side of the sunken U.S.S. Arizona and used an acetylene torch to cut a hole in the side of the battleship in order to go inside the shrunken vessel to look for survivors. “He cut into a pocket of gas, which exploded,” Diblin said. Donald survived the war, but died several years later because of his injuries. The U.S. Army drafted brother Eugene toward the end of the war and sent him to Asia. He was on guard duty one night when he was “attacked by a Japanese man dressed as a civilian,” Diblin said. Eugene’s injuries were so severe that the Navy discharged him, and he died within a very short time. Early in the war, Diblin married a Lewisburg girl, Marijane Aumiller. “She was pretty as a picture,” Diblin said. “Her daddy had a bakery in Lewisburg.” They got married at the Smyrna airfield in Tennessee, “and she stayed with me until the end of the war, and then we came back to Lewisburg,” Diblin said. The Diblins had one child, a son named Charles. “We called him Chuck,” Diblin said. Chuck was 19 when he was killed in an

automobile accident near Selinsgrove. Marijane took the son’s death very hard, and died a year later. Diblin eventually married again. His second wife, Barbara, taught social studies in the Lewisburg public schools and had three daughters from a previous marriage. In time, Barbara lost her vision, and then developed Alzheimer’s disease. “She was a dear,” Diblin said. Barbara died a number of years ago, but Diblin keeps in touch with her daughters. “The eldest just retired from the CIA,” Diblin said. “The middle child teaches preschool and elementary pupils. The youngest is a nurse. They all call on the phone once a week,” Diblin said. His post-war career included stints as a teacher, a coach, a personnel manager, a test pilot and a flight instructor. With his 99th birthday approaching, Diblin has several decades of his newspaper columns about WWII and military veterans clipped out and methodically filed away. His long-term memory is sharp and provides him with precise details of people and events from half a century ago. Joe is also chivalrous. At mealtime, “he won’t sit down until all the ladies have been seated,” Barbara Spaventa, a long-time friend said. “He holds the door for you, even at my protest because sometimes I would like to hold the door for him.”





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