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Greater Susquehanna Valley C hamber of C ommerce

Voiice of the Vailley Connecting Business & Community,

An Advertising Supplement to The Daily Item and The Danville News


MAY 6, 2019


Backyard Tourism

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau Summer days will soon be arriving, and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is reminding residents of all the exciting things to do in their own backyards with its annual Backyard Tourism Week celebration. As we kick-off the busiest tourism season of the year, our goal for Backyard Tourism Week is to encourage locals to explore and support our regional attractions, museums, shops, restaurants and farm markets. The activities begin Monday, May 6, and run through Saturday, May 11, at the Visitor Information Center at 81 Hafer Road, Lewisburg (next to Country Cupboard Restaurant & Shops). Residents are encouraged to stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to learn more about all the great attractions in their backyards. To encourage more residents from the tri-county area to stop by the Visitor Information Center to gather information and ideas for summer fun the Visitors Bureau will be open on Saturday. “Residents who stop by during the work week often have limited time - using a lunch hour or before or after a shift - to come to our event,” said Visitor Center Manager Sharon Wagner. “A full day on Saturday allows families and residents to take their time to visit and discover all we have to offer promoting our region.” “People often think they know everything going on in the area, but when they stop in our office they’re surprised to see there’s so much more happening than they realized,” said Andrew Miller, executive

director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. “This magnificent region is home to more than a dozen breweries, nine wineries, four wildlife attractions, two children’s museums, historic downtowns, amazing outdoor recreation amenities, and so much more.”

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Backyard tourists who stop into the Visitor Information Center anytime throughout the week can register to win dozens of prizes from local businesses. Prizes include passes to local attractions, goodie bags and gift baskets, distinctive items from local shops, overnight stays at hotels, and a variety of gift certificates. Stop by for Whoopie Pie Wednesday on May 8 and join us for hot dogs and soda on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11. The Visitor Information Center offers a large variety of brochures, calendar of events, maps and daytrip suggestions suitable for all interests and abilities. At our Visitor Information Center, you will find information on bird-watching, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, zoos and wild animals, golf, museums, historic walking trails, restaurants, spring concerts, theatre and dance performances, music-in-theparks, festivals, state parks and attractions, antique trails, heritage trails, area wine trails, breweries, kid-friendly attractions, PA maps, plus information on destinations throughout Pennsylvania. Summer is also jam-packed with local events. Our visitor information specialist can help residents make the most of their busy weekends by

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau's first outdoor recreation guide highlights the regions best outfitters, guides, resources, state parks, and more. Request your free copy at

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providing details on many of the area’s most popular events, as well as some off the beaten path. Can’t make it to the Visitor Information Center? Most of the Bureau’s brochures are available for download on our website, The Bureau will also mail its brochures and annual guide to residents free of charge. To request information by phone, call 570-524-7234 or email The Bureau’s website is also host to the region’s most comprehensive events

calendar, making it the perfect go-to place for planning your summer weekends. Find out about fairs and festivals, arts & cultural events, history and heritage, museum exhibits, lectures and workshops. And summer is the perfect time to enjoy regional activities and events just for kids. Stop by during Backyard Tourism Week or check our calendar for great ideas to keep your children busy, learning and having fun during their summer break from school. Backyard Tourism Week is designed to introduce

2019 Milton Beer Fest

Model Train Museum, Chefs Place, the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour, and the Milton Beer Fest.

The third annual Milton Beer Fest will be held on June 8th in downtown Milton. Presented by TIME - The Improved Milton Experience, the premier sponsors are Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce partnering with the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Columbia Montour Visitor's Bureau “River Rat Brew Trail” and Sunbury Broadcasting. TIME is keenly focused on the ever-increasing tourism potential for the historic community of Milton. Two years ago, in 2017, Milton held its Bicentennial Celebration which was presented by the Milton Historical Society chaired by John Meckley. The inaugural Beer Fest was the premier kick-off to the weeklong celebration resulting in a significant success thanks primarily to SRVVB and GSVCC. The second annual Beer Fest was an even bigger success thanks to those key sponsoring partners. Milton is one of the most historic communities along the Susquehanna River Valley.

Among Milton’s many notable notorieties, famous Miltonian Governor James Pollock was the originator of our nation’s Motto - “In God We Trust” which was first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin while he served as Director of the US Mint under his friend President Abraham Lincoln. Another famous name synonymous with Milton is Chef Hector Boiardi who established the Chef Boyardee Food Products Company in 1937, now owned by Conagra. Tourism is a key economic driver which is one of the TIME organization’s longrange strategies to make Milton a better place to Live, Work,

and Play. TIME, founded in 2004 as Milton’s Main Street Program, is a non-profit corporation which is focused on community revitalization. It seeks to act as a catalyst in order to instill pride and a positive image for Milton while building from the best of its past, present and future. TIME envisions a community that is clean, safe, historically significant, and architecturally interesting. The corporation wants to involve as many individuals, businesses, and organizations as possible to complete this goal. Tourist attractions presented by TIME include the Milton

The 2019 Milton Beer Fest will be held on Saturday June 8th 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Veterans Memorial and Milton Moose grounds. There will be 50+ vendors of breweries, cideries, distilleries, wineries, cigars and local businesses and non-profits. Live entertainment includes Runaway Stroller, Milltown Blues, Billy Kelly With a Band, and others. Tickets are $35 each, available at Milltown Deli, Kleeses Korner, and Speedy's Place and on-line at Must be 21 and attendees are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and pop-ups. Other sponsors in addition to the premier sponsors Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Columbia Montour Visitor’s Bureau “River Rat Brew Trail” and Sunbury Broadcasting include Durdach Brothers, GSV Young Professionals, M&T Bank, Giant Markets, and CVC Contractors.

residents to unique regional attractions that they may have overlooked or haven’t quite gotten around to visiting. Residents are encouraged to take time this summer to check out a new location or seek out the nostalgia of revisiting a

favorite childhood attraction, attend a local fair or festival, or join friends and family at a community event. The Susquehanna River Valley.. .where every turn is a treasure.

INSIDE this EDITION Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehanna Valley 2019 Calendar of Events Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College Pet Friendly Tourism Lewisb urg Children’s Muse um

GREATER SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CHAMBER MISSION The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce advances the prosperity of its communities, commerce, culture, fellow citizens, and their businesses in its region through the leadership of its members.

98th Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration On May 20th, your Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 98th Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration. We’re expecting a big crowd, possibly a sell-out again this year. You’re personally invited to attend. Please sign-up today by visiting the Chamber website ( In all, six different awards plus several other recognitions will be presented this year. Our Small Business of the Year goes to a shining example of professional growth, excellence and commitment to our valley. The Business of the Year is a vibrant organization with more than 75 employees that is a true contributor in our region. The Karen L. Hackman Star of Excellence is awarded to a volunteer who has worked to create a more-unified and caring place. The Heritage Award, presented by Foss Jewelers, recognizes a person in our valley who puts the community’s needs ahead him or herself. Our Young Professional of the Year, established just last year, identifies a professional under the age of 40, whose leadership and service stands out. The ATHENA® Leadership Award is presented to a woman, or a man, who is honored for excellence, service and actively promoting women.

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Tourism is our May theme, and we warmly thank the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau for sponsoring this edition of the Voice of the Valley. Recently, Andrew Miller, who serves as the Executive Director of the Visitor’s Bureau, was our Member Luncheon Keynote Speaker. Always a big draw among his fellow Chamber members, Andrew created some “WOW!” moments during his presentation when he highlighted the positive economy impact of travel and tourism on our valley. In total, during the most recent year in which travel statistics are available, this impact in our valley amounted to a whopping $299 million. Just think for a moment how many local jobs are supported by this investment. Said another way, just about 20 out of every 100 jobs are tourism-related or tourism-supported. Andrew also told us about our region’s growing status as a bicycling destination. For on-road cyclists, the Greater Susquehanna Valley is crisscrossed by two different state-designated Bike Routes.

Sue Greene, Penn State Executive Programs

VICE CHAIRPERSON Art Thomas, Meek Tech Inc.

PAST CHAIRPERSON John Uehling, Contrast Communications

TREASURER Dave Herbert, Camp Mount Luther

REGION VICE PRESIDENTS Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain, SUN Area Technical Institute

The real action and excitement is among off-road bicycle enthusiasts. Known by the catchy phrase unPAved, this is a rally for cyclists who are attracted to rides varying from 20-125 miles, all on unpaved roads or off-road trails. Inaugurated just last year, this event will be held the weekend of October 13th, and it will bring hundreds of riders and thousands of spectators to our backyard. The highest point in Andrew’s presentation was when he spoke with great passion and conviction about the growing efforts to introduce the tag ‘River Valley’ to our area. Much like New York’s Hudson River Valley, we are becoming better known as the Susquehanna River Valley. Read much more about this in the cover article of the Voice of the Valley.

Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Jeff Reber, Susquehanna Valley Home Services LLC Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

DIRECTORS Greg Zeh, Weis Markets Ken Potter, RHP LLC

I really like our new area’s tagline; I hope you do, too.

John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Reed Byrum, Bucknell SBDC Gene Welsh III, GDK Development Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency Josh Bradley, AgChoice Farm Credit Malcom Derk, Susquehanna University Amber Depew, UPMC Susquehanna Bob Garrett President & CEO rgarrett@gsvcc. org

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• McTish, Kunkel and Associates Contact: Andrew Keister 1500 Sycamore Road Montoursville, PA 17754 570.368.3040 Civil engineering, surveying and environmental consulting firm.

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A trio of ladies, including the original owner of a well-known Bloomsburg restaurant, have started a small food-to-go business. Their catering specializes in traditional British teas, etc. Now serving Lewisburg!

• Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management, LLC Contact: Katie Kaplan 74 W. Broad Street Suite 340 Bethlehem, Pa 18018 610.694.0900 Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management, LLC is a Registered Investment Advisor located in Bethlehem, PA. l/l/e provide fullservice investment consulting and OCIO services.

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Thank You, You Make a Difference 2019 Renewing Members as of April 16th All Sports America, LTD Billing’s Vending Service Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Christ Wesleyan Church/Meadowbrook Christian School City of Sunbury Clearwater Swimming Pool Co., Inc. Giant Food Stores, Inc. Glick Inc. Isabellas Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge Jersey Shore State Bank Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness and Parea BioSciences, LLC McCann School of Business & Technology Mediastead, LLC Molesevich Environmental, LLC Penn Fire Protection, Inc. Penn State Corporate Alliance Program Richard Robey, Associate Member Rocco’s Pizza 2 MAY 2019 I VOICE OF THE VALLEY

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The Greater Susquehanna Valley Young Professionals (GSVYP) had a great time at their 2nd Thursday Social at Pine Barn Inn in Danville on April 11th! More than 25 young professionals came out to mix and mingle, with games and prizes provided by their sponsor, Kendy Alvarez of Fidelis Mortgage Corporation. Catch the GSVYP's next month at Gable House Bakery in Mifflinburg!

Pictured is Elizabeth's: An American Bistro, one of the many featured chefs at the Greater Susquehanna Valley's Food & Wine Fest, held on April 6th at Iron Front in Lewisburg. Other chefs represented were Brasserie Louis, Heritage Restaurant, Isabella Restaurant, Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Springfield Banquet Hall, Susquehanna Valley Country Club, The Kind CafĂŠ, Cookies and More by the Tea Ladies, The Edison Restaurant, and The Iron Fork.

On April 12th, the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce held a "Meet the Candidates Forum" at The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg for the candidates running for the 12th Congressional District. Joe McGranaghan, Mayor of Shamokin Dam, served as a moderator between Representative Fred Keller, PA 85th Legislative District (R), and Marc Friedenberg (D). With political polarization being a top concern for the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, we were pleased to host this forum to learn more about the candidates and to learn about their vision for representing the residents of the Valley in Washington, D.C. Thank you to our event sponsor, Evangelical Community Hospital.

Pictured is Bee Kind Winery, just one of the featured Wine, Beer, Cider, and Spirits at the Food & Wine Fest, held on April 6th at Iron Front in Lewisburg. Other Wine, Beer, Cider, Bastress Mountain Winery, Broad Mountain Vineyard, Civil War Cider Co., Deep Roots Hard Winery, Lucchi Family Winery, Mountain Top Distillery, Pedro's Wine Collection, Rusty Rail Ridge Winery, and The Winery at Hunters Valley.

Greater Susquehanna Valley's and Spirits represented were Cider, Fero Vineyards and Brewing Company, Spyglass

Pictured L to R: Andrew Miller, Susquehanna River Valley Visitor's Bureau Executive Director; Bob Garrett, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO; Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank; Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community; Art Thomas, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Vice Chairman; Timothy Dowhower, Susquehanna River Valley Visitor's Bureau. At the Tourism Luncheon on April 11th at La Primavera Ristorante in Lewisburg, Andrew shared how the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau markets the region; what tourism trends will create national awareness of the Susquehanna River Valley, and what we can all do to help make the Susquehanna River Valley an easily identified national destina­ tion.

High School Seniors networking, facilitated by Jenny Daddario Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Young Americans Cupboard in Lewisburg.

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RiltonBank i=r Young Americans working together as they are tasked with simulating a college semester on their own through a Mock Financial Reality Fair, facilitated by Coleen Snover of Service 1st Federal Credit Union, at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Young Americans Leadership Seminar on April 10th at the Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. Other topics presented throughout the day were Diversity, Leadership, and Tech Etiquette.

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Little Buffalo State Park A Destination Park With a History of Fun For decades, Little Buffalo State Park has been a destination for families and nature enthusiasts to enjoy healthful outdoor recreation. Long before the area became a state park in June 1972, the creek and surrounding land had a rich history of attracting people. In the early 1700s, American Indians frequented Little Buffalo Creek on hunting and fishing trips. In the 1800s, farmers and merchants used to gossip and pass news while grain was ground at Shoaffs Mill. Merchants, local people, and travelers met at Blue Ball Tavern for food and drink. Today, thousands of people meet at Little Buffalo State Park to picnic, swim, fish, hike, and experience nature and history. Picnicking is a popular activity at the park. Many picnic tables offer scenic views of the lake and most are shaded

by beautiful oak and maple trees. Two large pavilions are available for larger groups and can seat up to 80 people each. Reserve now, because advance reservations fill the pavilions quickly. Amenities such as showers, first-aid station, play field, food concessions, playground equipment, and boat rental provide plenty of convenience to keep everyone comfortable, busy and safe. The focal point of the main picnic area is the large swimming pool. The pool varies in depth from one to five feet and has two waterslides— one 17 foot and one 11-foot. For parents of small children, there’s a “sprayground” featuring gentle fountains, water sprayers, and other falling water features in the shallow end of the pool. Staffed by certified lifeguards, the pool area is fun and safe for people of all ages. The pool is open

A dusky salamander greets early morning visitors at Holman Lake.

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from the weekend of Memorial Day through Labor Day and a fee is charged for entry to the pool. Little Buffalo has approximately eight miles of hiking trails. From half mile trails of casual hiking to more challenging 2.5 mile terrain hikes, there are several paths to choose offering a variety of sites and habitats. If you’re planning to hike, be sure to wear sturdy footwear so you can navigate the rocky footing on some trails. Being outdoors wouldn’t be complete without wildlife. At Little Buffalo, there are many opportunities to see a variety of creatures. Little Buffalo Creek trail offers good opportunities for seeing white-tailed deer. Tracks of muskrat and mink can be found in the stream beside the trail. Middle Ridge Trail is a good place to see turkeys, grouse, and also large colonies of Allegheny mound ants. Holman Lake provides a habitat for many animals including green herons, egrets and wood ducks. Although not residents, bald eagles or ospreys are often seen near Holman Lake, too. Spend the day or stay the night. Little Buffalo has a modern campground, rustic camping cottages, and a modern ADA accessible cabin that sleeps 12 people in three bedrooms. For reservations, call the park at 888-727-2757, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If interested in becoming a sponsor, donating promotional items to be included in prize drawings or golfing in this event, please contact Jennifer Donnelly at 570-953-7468

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com/littlebuffalostatepark. The park is located at 1579 State Park Road, Newport, PA 17074.

Writers’ Workshops Teach Creativity Afternoon sessions held from 1:30 to 3p.m. daily with lunchtime supervision included. An afternoon workshop can be added to the morning camp package, or campers can arrive at 1 p.m. and only attend an afternoon workshop.

join us at our inaugural charity golf tournament. Giving back to the community is a core focus at Members Choice. We are proud to announce the benefactors of this year’s tournament: Think Big and their fight against childhood cancer and American Legion Post #40’s Veterans Emergency Relief Fund.

Alexander Family Buick GMC of Bloomsburg will be sponsoring $10,000 cash or that amount toward the purchase of a vehicle to the player shooting a hole-in-one!

plans to visit the park this summer. For the latest events and information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.

Kids’ College Ranges from Tech-Free to Tech-Full

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Our golf outing will be held at Knoebel’s Three Ponds Golf Course on Friday, May 31st. The day begins with registration at 8:00 am, followed by a 4-Man Scramble tournament with a 9:00 am shotgun start. Snacks & beverages will be provided throughout the outing, with lunch and awards to wrap-up the event.

Monday through Saturday. Little Buffalo State Park is thriving with nature, history, and fun. Be sure to make your

Tech Full Zone—Creativity, logic, art, math, storytelling, design and problem-solving are taught through the exploration and creation of stories, games and animations. Game On!—This actionpacked workshop offers opportunities to develop leadership and team-building skills through play. Learning is fun at Susquehanna University's Kids College.

Looking for a summer activity for your schoolage kids? Susquehanna University’s Kids’ College camps and workshops are perfect for curious, motivated learners.

Tinker Time—From cardboard and duct tape to Legos and Lincoln Logs, a wide range of materials motivates campers to explore their interests and create something out of nothing.

Kids’ Summer Camp July 15-19 Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For students who have just completed grades 2, 3,4 or 5 Three-workshop package: $200 per student

Kids’ Summer Camp July 15-19 Afternoon Special Topics: 12:45 to 3 p.m. For students who have completed grades 2, 3,4 or 5 $90 per student

Tech Free Zone—Leave technology behind and visit the days when games like marbles and jacks, bike hikes and tree forts were the play of the day.

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The Great Escape—Join us for a unique, learning adventure where players collaborate to solve a series of puzzles and riddles using hints, clues and strategies to complete the challenges and find a way to escape.

8:30: ) a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily; $200 per student

For students who have completed grades 6, 7 or 8 $90 per student

Students who enjoy writing will thrive on full immersion in the process. They will use the creative-writing process along with age-appropriate computer illustration and word-processing programs to create an original story. Experience with computers and familiarity with word processing are recommended.

Students will explore a variety of writing genres in more depth. Investigations will include flash fiction, mystery, action adventure and more. Students and their mentor will select a piece from their week’s portfolio to polish and share with the group for feedback.

Junior Writers’ Workshops Afternoon Lessons July 22-26 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily;

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Coin' Buggy!—Become a mini entomologist and participate in this clever, nature-related, arts-and-crafts workshop that allows campers to get creative in a scientific way. Junior Writers’ Workshops Morning Lessons July 22-26 For students who have completed grades 6, 7 or 8 July 29-Aug. 2 For students who have completed grades 3,4 or 5

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TOURISM | Member News

Animal Companions Welcome in Columbia & Montour Counties

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If you’re looking to get out of the house this year for a short vacation or staycation, but you don’t want to spend your down time without your favorite four-legged companions, there are some great options right here in Central Pennsylvania where you can get away with your pets in tow! The Inn at Turkey Hill is a wonderful choice for a relaxing overnight staycation, with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in many of the rooms. Your canine companions will also enjoy the Inn, as the innkeepers will be ready to greet them with a box of treats at the front desk. For a quaint bed and breakfast stay that will also welcome your furry friends, you can stay at Catawissa Caboose Lodge or Fish & Loaves B&B (Catawissa), Old Tioga Inn B&B (Benton), Pump House Weddings and B&B

(Bloomsburg), or the White Birch Inn B&B (Berwick). In Shikshinny, Paper Mill Pines B&B has a resident feline and the owners will work hard to make sure your stay is especially purrfect. If camping is what you’re looking for, consider staying at one of five pet friendly campgrounds in the area: Council Cup Campground in Wapwallopen, Good’s Campground in Benton, Indian Head Campground in Bloomsburg, Knoebels Campground adjacent to America’s largest freeadmission amusement park in Elysburg, and Whispering Pines Camping Estates in Stillwater. If you choose to stay at Knoebels Campground with your pets, you’ll be in a perfect location to hit the petfriendly amusement park the next day. Some of the hotels and motels in the area are also great

Paper Mills Pines B&B

options for travelers and locals alike who are traveling with pets. In Danville, the

Inn and Suites, Red Roof Inn, and Super 8 all have specific pet-friendly rooms.

hit the J. Manley Robbins trail at Hess Recreation Area to give your dogs a great walk in nature. The Robbins trail is the oldest rail-trail in the United States.

the Candlewood Suites in Hazleton, the Quality Inn in Bloomsburg, the Super 8 Motel in Mifflinville, and the Vista Lodge in Benton; each will treat you and your pets like royalty!




American Craft Beer Week celebrates the passion and creativity that small or inde­ pendent craft brewers devote to what they love most: craft­ ing the perfect brew. This year’s Craft Beer Week will be commemorated in brew pubs nationwide from May 13-19, 2019.

Central Pennsylvania is a thriving hub for local craft breweries, and the River Rat Brew Trail showcases 13 of these enterprising establish­ ments. Take advantage of Craft Beer Week and grab a pint at one of the many great area breweries on the trail. In Bloomsburg, try Marley’s famous Pack Dog Peanut Butter Ale. Revel in railroad history at Old Forge Brewing Company with their signature T-Rail Pale Ale and at Rusty Rail Brewing Company with a Rail Spike 1PA or Wolf King Warrior Stout on nitro. Rock out at Rock God Brew­ ing Company with brews named after classic rock hits. For cider lovers, a mason jar full of Brew Cannon at Civil War Cider in Lewisburg will hit the spot. For trail veterans, stops at the newest brewer­ ies on the trail, Eclipse Craft Brewing in Sunbury and Isle of Que Brewing Company in Selinsgrove, will lead to new

trail adventures. This summer, the Brew Trail will also host its second annual summer passport pro­ gram, which will start June 1st and conclude on Septem­ ber 30th. Adventurous craft beer enthusiasts are invited to hit the trail to visit par­ ticipating brewers and enjoy the best of local farm flavors along the way. Each location on the summer passport trail will feature special brews that are made with locally sourced ingredients like various fruits, vegetables, herbs, and hops.

and may be purchased at the store, in participating brewer­ ies, or at the Milton Beer Fes­ tival on June 8th. Passports will be available for purchase throughout the summer, or until supplies last. For more information about the River Rat Brew Trail and its breweries, please visit or like the trail on Facebook.

You’ve done all the plan­ ning, now you’re ready to go - make sure you are prepared with the medications and health items you may need while you are away from home. Nothing can derail a wonderful trip with your family like an illness. While we can’t anticipate every situation that may occur, here is a simple checklist that can prepare you for many minor

issues. • Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer • Insect Repellent/Benadryl/ bee sting kit if allergic • Sunscreen - minimum 15 SPF

• First Aid Kit • Over the counter meds, pain reliever, anti-diarrhea, heartburn medication, cold and cough remedies • Anti-fungal/anti-itch medication • Thermometer • Comfortable shoes and moleskin for blisters if they occur • Prescription medications to last the entire trip (keep in the original, labeled con tainers to avoid confusion and use as a reference) • Health Insurance Cards. If any health conditions that may require emergency care, carry card or wear bracelet

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Learn, Imagine & Play Are you ready to learn, imagine, and play at the Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM)? The LCM delivers handson, enriching educational experiences in a safe, accessible environment. The LCM was founded in 2016 by a dedicated group of parents and educators with a vision to provide interactive educational experiences that foster learning through play. The Museum occupies over 9,000 square feet of exhibit and programming space on the second floor of the GreenSpace Center (the former Lewisburg Area High School) targeted for children 2-10 years old. The LCM strives to create an environment that fosters a love of museums and lifelong museum habits. The LCM is pleased to serve as a Museum for All, which provides free admission to EBT/SNAP benefit

eligible families, and as a Blue Star Museum, which offers free admission to active military families Memorial Day through Labor Day. We provide children and families with engaging experiences through our interactive exhibits, including: Grocery Store, Play Cafe, Creation Station, Teddy Bear Doctor’s Clinic, Meteors to Mars, and MORE. Our exhibits are self-guided and allow children and families to let imaginative play and exploration take over! The LCM also offers a number of educational programming and enrichment opportunities, including our classes, workshops, and weekend programs. Summer 2019 will feature a number of weekly themed camps available for children of all ages. In coordination with other area non-profits, half day and full day

camps will be available. Summer camps include: StopMotion StoryTime; Grow it, Eat it; DiscoverE: Engineering 101; Explore Nature: The Best of 4H; Music’s the Balm; Full STEAM Ahead; Chemistry is Cool; My First Art Camp; and Movement for Beginners. To learn more about these programs and admission discounts, please visit, www. or contact us at 570-768-4914. Hours of Operation Monday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Tuesday: Open for Field Trips Only Wednesday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm Admission Adults: $8 Children (1 year and older): $8 Members: Free

Children can explore the Play Cafe where they can prepare meals. Or children can have the experience of running their own cafe, seating guests, serving fooi and calculating the check.

Chemistry is Cool! Summer Camp

Science & Space Exploration features our solar system and constellations, complete with a spaceship. Within this room children will also find Mission Control - the perfect place to turn dials, flip switches, and make the announcements as they prepare for launch. Children will be invited to move throughout the room as scientists and engineers, learning about physics and astronomy, energy, materials science, chemistry, electricity, geology, and telecommunications.

Free Whoopie Pie Wednesday, May 8 Free Hot Dog Friday, May 10 Open House Saturday, May 11 Stop by Monday, May 6 - Saturday, May 11 9am through 5pm to register for great prizes from our members! | 800-525-7320 81 Hafer Rd. Lewisburg 1430616530


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