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By Michael Capuzzo


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Volume 7 Issue 2


The Last Great Place


Big Eats


Bears Give One Paws to Think

By Mike Capuzzo Mountain Home honors a last pioneer, the late Dotty Webber.


Doings ’Round the Mountain What are you doing this month?

Heart of the Mountain

By Patricia Brown Davis Scared Straight: The Crook that Got Away.


The Lunker

Ken Meyer


By Fred Metarko Sinkers and stinkers lure fishermen in Just Plain Non-Scents.

By Michael Capuzzo Gas workers spark a dining out boom, fueling restaurant expansions, new menus, new foods, and a new pub in time for the Super Bowl. Owners like Debbie Sherman (left) of Eddie’s in Mansfield are smiling.

By Roger Kingsley Feeders are for the birds—or should be.


Micho & Mama Dee-licious!

By Sarah Bull Eat South of the Border in the Northern Tier.


The Better World

By John & Lynne Diamond-Nigh Café crowd chews on moral choices in Go Down Moses.


Taking it in Stride

By Karen Meyers Wellsboro’s Winter Jazz Fest welcomes Bram Wijnands back to town.


Yogamama Says

By Kathleen Thompson Take time to find An Ahhh…ful Good Feeling.

Cover photos by Ken Meyer. Cover art by Tucker Worthington.



To Bean or Not to Bean

By Cornelius O’Donnell 2 Alarm Chili is still a tough act to follow.


Mother Earth

By Gayle Morrow Read what you sow in Going to Seed.


Finger Lakes Wine Review

By Holly Howell Chocolate and wine make a lovely couple in How Sweet It Is.


My Favorite Things

By Holly Howell Chocolate lovers delight in Fond of Fondue.


If You Build It… By Anne Calvin …they will come. Troy’s Hoover Hardware covers all the bases: hardware, hardhats, and housewares.


Eye Look Good

By Roberta Curreri Spa at Hills Creek is a welcome retreat for woman.


Back of the Mountain

Galeton’s landmark bandhouse has us waltzing in a Winter Wonderland.

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The Last Great Place

A Magnificent Life By Michael Capuzzo


was driving on Route 6, Teresa in the passenger seat, when her cell phone rang. The voice on the other end broke for an instant in static, as if fighting a great distance. And indeed it was. Slate Run, Pennsylvania, the tiny village along the troutrich Slate Run in Lycoming County, lay but thirty miles south and west of Wellsboro. But the message came from the deepest heart of a dark, forested place, a rare remaining Eastern wilderness; from our remote, all-but-forgotten past. Dotty Webber, one of the last pioneers in fact and spirit and DNA, a last link to that time when America was new, was dead. She was nearly ninety years old. Until her dying day, in the embrace of Bob Webber, her husband of fifty-one years, Dotty lived a magnificent life. She lived with Bob in the log cabin he built on top of a mountain, nearly half a mile above the waters of Slate Run. The small cabin had no electricity, plumbing, or running water, but thousands of books. The outhouse was a brisk walk away. Heat came from the wood stove in the corner of the cozy, soot-darkened front room where Dotty curled with a book and a cat. The refrigerator was Dotty and Bob as they appeard on a clean, galvanized steel garbage the cover of the January 2007 issue of Mountain Home. can propped up on rocks; the north wind kept the meat cold (deer Bob shot, or chicken he bought at the grocery store when he hiked down from the mountain). Clean, cold spring water arrived in old plastic Clorox bottles that Bob balanced on a pole across his shoulders as he skied to the cold spring creek two miles away from home. Home and back again. When night fell, as the kerosene lamp issued its comforting hiss from the farmhouse table, Dotty edged one of her favorite books into the waxy yellow light—Longfellow, Dickinson, Ruskin, Stevenson, the Bible. Dotty detested Robert Frost: too modern! “Don’t get her started on Robert Frost,” Bob warned me in December, 2006 when I first visited the couple. Dotty, with beautiful pure skin framed by snow-white hair, had a philosophy clear as the Slate Run. “The only thing I like about modern civilization is paper towels,” she told me. Later she added definitively, “I won’t read a novel if it has a car in it.” Dotty came by her views honestly. She was the great great great granddaughter of Swiss miller Jacob Tomb, the first white settler of Slate Run in 1791. Jacob’s son, Phillip Tomb, was a trusted interpreter See Life on page 10

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Music Bram Wijnands at the Winter Jazz Fest. Internationally acclaimed jazz musician Bram Wijnands of Kansas City headlines the Jazz Fest with a Jazz Piano Concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25 at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. Tickets $20. A Free Jazz Jam Session 5-7 p.m. in the hotel lobby precedes the concert; bring your instrument and join in. The fest concludes Sunday Feb. 26 with brunch ($14.95) at the Penn Wells 8

Dining Room featuring the Three River City Jazz Band. Overnight hotel package, including room, concert, dinner, and brunch, is $90. (www.endlessmountain. net; 570-787-7800). Wineries A Romantic Weekend Adventure Ah, the days of wine and (sommelier) noses! The Cayuga Lake wineries tempt the oenophile with a Valentine-themed tour Sat. and Sun Feb. 11 & 12 at participating wineries, goodies abound, tasting fees may apply. Call 800 439 5271 for more information.

Outdoors Moonlit Snowshoe Hike Pray for snow for this free event Friday Feb. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. All experience levels welcome, some equipment provided. Meet at Hills Creek State Park (beach parking area), 111 Spillway Rd., Wellsboro, PA. Consult the skies, www.wellsbororecreation. org, or 570-724-0300 for schedule changes. Helping Hands Viva Last Vegas! What happens at the Viva Las Vegas ball, the annual fundraiser for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, stays in the Penn Wells Hotel ballroom Friday,

Feb. 18. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvres social hour, fourcourse fine dining, dancing and the knowledge your $60 ticket helps the hospital. RSVP by Feb. 13th; call Faith Preston at (570) 723-0191. Films Austin Dam documentary The Countryside Council presents the first of six films of the “Countryside Film Series” at 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb 2 at the Victoria Theatre (222 Main St., Blossburg, PA; (570) 638-3456). Each film will explore some aspect of the notion of “countryside,” and encourage discussion.

Doings, cont. The Theatre 2 Romeo & Juliet. (classic ballet version) Russia’s renowned Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater adapts William Shakespeare’s classic tale of starcrossed love as a ballet in three acts with music by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). (Feb. 2, 7:30 pm, The Community Art Center, 220 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA, 570 326-2424, 8 Howie Mandel. America’s Got Talent judge and actor Howie Mandel (St. Elsewhere, Bobby’s World) returns to his standup comic roots with a show at the Clemens Center. See (Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., The Clemens Center, 207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY, 607-734-8191, Welcome to Second Samuel. Hamilton-Gibson Productions presents this warm, gentle Southern comedy exploring a community response to a revealed secret. Shows Feb. 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. All performances at The Deane Center, Main and Central, Wellsboro, PA. (email; 570-724-2079). Romeo & Juliet. (1960s version) All you need is love. Produced by The Elmira Little Theatre, Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and tragedy is told through a 1960s, counterculture lens. Showings at Mandeville Hall, The Clemens Center, Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th at 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on the 5th, and Feb. 9-11, 7:30 p.m. (207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY, 607-734-8191 for tickets. See Music 5 Mansfield U. Jazz Ensemble Concert. Directed by Michael Galloway, with special guest artist Wayne Bergeron, the jazz ensemble performs at Steadman Theater, 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Bergeron will conduct a clinic in Butler Center at 1:00 PM. Also performing: local favorite, the X-Ray Big Band. Free and open to the public at Mansfield University, 570-662-4844. 10 Brew Pub Birthday Bash. The Yorkholo Brewing Co. celebrates its 1st anniversary with The Grass Stained Genes jamming on Fri. Feb. 10. The Hamburger Stew Project performs Fri. Feb 17; The Hyatt Howe Band on the 24th. Grovedale Winery from Wyalusing is in the house for a wine tasting at 1:30 pm on the 18th. (19 North Main St., Mansfield, PA, (570) 662-0241). 16 Colcannon Concert. (LEDE ART) The Wellsboro Community Concert Association presents the renowned five-piece band from Boulder, Colorado (vocal/bodhran, fiddle, guitar/mandolin/cittern, flutes and acoustic bass) that plays Irish music with warmth and wit, traditional with a touch of chamber music and music hall. 7:30 p.m., Wellsboro High School Auditorium. (See; www., 570-724-4939). 16 The “Tschaikowski” St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Led by renowned conductor Roman Leontiev, with more than eighty-five musicians including piano soloist Alexandre Pirojenko, the orchestra will perform Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture, and works by Chopin and Prokofiev on Thurs., Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in The Clemens Center. The center is offering a two-show series subscription, featuring this

performance of the “Tschaikowski” orchestra plus the March 28, 7 p.m. Moscow Festival Ballet in Cinderella – two shows for $40. (207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY, 607-734-8191 for tickets). 17 Spring Carnival in the Islands. Dance to the Ithaca’s hottest nine-piece Caribbean dance band, Rising Sign. Nancy Arif and her dance troupe, Salsa Revolution, will perform and provide mini salsa lessons throughout the night. Sample tasty tropical cuisine prepared by our area’s fine restaurants and caterers; enter a drawing for a Caribbean cruise for two. The Clemens Center, 6-9 p.m., Feb. 17. (207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY, 607-734-8191 for tickets -- $25; $20 if ten or more). 20 Mansfield U. Chamber Music. The faculty of Mansfield University’s acclaimed music program will perform a free chamber music concert Feb. 20 at 7:30 PM in Steadman Theater, located in the Butler music building on the Mansfield, PA campus. Two compositions will be featured, the Herzogenberg “Trio in D Major” Op. 61, and Messaien “Quartet for the End of Time.” The Trio is a 19th Century work influenced by Brahms. The Quartet was composed by Messiaen in a World War II concentration camp. Faculty performers— including Susan Laib, Rebecca Dodson-Webster, Nancy Boston, and David Wetzel —will be joined by guest artists Sera Smolen and Kirsten Marshall. 22, 23 The Beatles, Reunited in Elmira. Not bloody likely. But “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, Let it Be to Hey Jude, in a live, multimedia concert during which you get by on a little help from your… imagination. Rain ran on Broadway for 300 shows at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2010-2011 and tours nationally. Shows Wed. Feb. 22 and Thurs. Feb 23 at 7:30 p.m. in The Clemens Center. (207 Clemens Center Parkway, Elmira, NY, 607-734-8191 or 800724-0159 for tickets). Museums & Libraries 5 Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center. Following Wolfram Jobst’s brilliant photography show, Beauty, Faith & Power, at the Gmeiner in January, prominent Wellsboro photographers Nancy and Sam McCaughey exhibit images, from a lush Tioga County landscape (see photo on page 8) to worldwide travels, in Near & Far—Recent Photography by Nancy & Sam McCaughey. The exhibit runs Feb. 5-26 with a reception 2-4 p.m. Sun. the 5th. See artist Paul Bozzo’s video of Jobt’s reception at www. (Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St., Wellsboro, PA; (570)7241917. Open daily 2-5 p.m., admission free). 15 Rockwell Museum of Western Art. Travelling through the American heartland, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond interviewed Clint Eastwood and a scad of Hollywood directors, actors, and activists to examine how the myth of “the Injun” shaped by 4,000 American films has influenced the world’s understanding of American Indians. His film, Real Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (from the silent film era to today), will be shown at the museum, free and open to the public, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 15. The museum is open 9-5 daily, free Sundays through April, age 19 and under free. (111 Cedar St., Corning, NY, 607 937 5386, 16 Corning Museum of Glass. As the sidewalks coat with ice and the air turns brittle as, well, glass,

the museum offers a spirited N’Orleans-style oasis: 2300°: Mardi Gras Snow Day, featuring a free concert by Louisiana-born Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. (Thurs., Feb. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.). Taylor has been playing in blues, zydeco, and soul bands since age 16. The Dundee Steel Drum Band is also performing, as is the museum’s glassmaker George Kennard, whose art takes the form of big, colorful creations made of hot glass. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served, with heartier fare available for purchase. Free shuttle bus service from the Museum’s I-86 parking lot is available. (CMOG, 1 Museum Way, Corning, NY, 800-732-6845,; open 7 days, 9-5, ages 19 and under free). Outdoors 4 Snowshoe Hike. Free event for all experience levels, equipment provided (limited quantities), noon and 2-4 pm, meet at Nessmuk Recreation Area at Nessmuk Lake (parking area), Wellsboro. Date may change due to insufficient snow; check www.wellsbororecreation. org and 570-724-0300. 11 XC Ski and Snowshoe Mini-clinic. Free event for all experience levels, equipment provided (limited quantities), meet at Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro (Beach Parking area), at 10 a.m., noon, and 1-3 p.m. Date may change due to insufficient snow; check and 570-724-0300. 18 Ice Skate & Snowshoe Hike. Free event for all experience levels, equipment provided (limited quantities). Meet at Nessmuk Recreation Area (parking area), Wellsboro, at 10 a.m., noon, and 1-3 p.m. Date may change due to insufficient snow; check for updates, call 570-724-0300. 25 Cross Country Ski Tour & Snowshoe Hike. 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meet at Sand Run Falls (Arnot Road Trailhead). Free for all experience levels, equipment provided (limited quantities). Limited snow cover may alter event. (For updates and more information:; 570-724-0300). 26 Ice Fishing. 2-4 PM. Meet at Ives Run Recreation Area (Visitor Information Center). Event is free. All experience levels welcome. Equipment is provided (limited quantities). Limited snow cover may alter event, check for updates at www.; 570-724-0300. Food & Wine 1 Great Lakes Brewing Company Beer Tasting. Sample beers from the Great Lakes Brewing Company at the Ox Yoke Inn. (Feb. 1, 29 US Hwy 6 W, Galeton, PA, 814-435-2515, 10 Wegmans “A Salute to Chocolate.” Food and wine pairing event. If you’re picking up your sweetie at the Rochester airport, enroute you’ll find that Wegmans will be serving chocolate treats paired with Deer Run Winery’s wines to the music of Henry Robinson and Connie Hamilton. Wine, chocolate, and music for free. It’s 5-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10 at Deer Run Winery, 3772 West Lake Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454. (www.; 585-346-0850). 11, 12 Cheese & Wine Lovers Weekend on Keuka Lake. Plan a getaway around the The Keuka Wine Trail’s Cheese & Wine Lover’ Weekend Feb. 11-12, featuring 32 Finger Lakes wines paired with local cheeses and savory dishes. (Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Keuka Lake Wine Trail, Penn Yan, NY 800.440.4898, 9

HOME TERRITORY Welcome to Mountain Home We’re grateful that you’ve already welcomed us onto your porch and into the living room. Thanks to you, Mountain Home, the Twin Tiers lifestyle magazine, has 100,000 readers from the Finger Lakes to the Susquehanna River. Locally owned and based at creek-side offices in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania—population 3,245—we tell local stories by gifted local writers, artists, and photographers (see our awards on page 6). You can get a subscription, but most folks pick us up, “Free as the Wind,” at one of 279 distribution points, represented on this original map by artist Tucker Worthington. Please support our advertisers and distributors— on our Web site, we’ve published a complete list by town of the businesses, from Wegman’s to wineries to the corner store, where you’ll find Mountain Home. Call us at 570-724-3838 to chat, tell a story, or advertise. Meanwhile, happy reading! Teresa & Mike Capuzzo, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Doings, cont. 10, 11, 12 Chocolate & Wine Weekend on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Warm up for Valentine’s Day with a self-guided weekend tour around Seneca Lake, stopping to pick up a gift item at your assigned starting winery then sampling chocolates, and foods prepared with chocolate, creatively matched with wines at more than thiry wineries ringing the lake. Tickets $30 a person. (For more information, contact the Seneca Lake Wine Trail at 877-536-2717; www. Looking Ahead The Sound of Music. The Mansfield University production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music will be held in Straughn Auditorium March 1-3 at 8 p.m and Sun., March 4 at 2 p.m. Students and stage stars Danielle Montgomery and Derek Gracey will play Maria Ranier and Captain Von Trapp, whose children will be portrayed by students from Mansfield and Wellsboro. The production is designed and directed by retired MU Theatre Professor Michael Crum and music direction is by MU Music Professor Sheryl Monkelien. The featured Nun’s Chorus includes the women of the MU Concert Choir under the direction of MU Music Professor Peggy Dettwiler, who will take the women’s chorus to New York’s Carnegie Hall to repeat the role in a benefit concert of the Sound of Music. Life continued from page 7

for the great Indian chief Cornplanter, and in 1854 wrote the American backwoods classic, Pioneer Life, or, Thirty Years a Hunter. I always admired those Zen masters capable of emptying their minds to become One with the universe. But Dotty and Bob merged with the All by moving easefully and naturally with it, every day. Woodsmen don’t waste a thing, and Bob used only four words to state their philosophy: “We live to live.” The phone call was from Tom and Deb Finkbiner of Wolfe’s General Store. Bob hiked down the icy mountain once a week to get his mail at P.O. Box 50, tell tales of the wild, and take the news of the world in his knapsack back to Dotty. But Bob’s news this time was that Dotty had died with little medical intervention to the very last by her intractable wish, died with him at her side. Tom told Teresa, and next thing she knew Bob himself was on the phone, weeping. “She was never afraid,” he marveled over her last weeks, “Dotty had no fear.” When I got on the phone, Bob told me about the memorial tribute for Dotty he’s planning, a joyous time in May. When I imagine the Last Great Place, I think, “It’s all around us, but the heart of it is a cabin over Slate Run, in the Webbers.” But Dotty, like her favorite writers, told me the story so beautifully that I never suspected the end. It’s in the arms of the one you love to the last. 10


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bigeats Gas workers spark a dining out boom, fueling restaurant expansions, new menus, new foods, and a new pub in time for the Super Bowl.

By Michael Capuzzo


ven before he opened his strange and wonderful restaurant on Route 15 in the middle of what used to be a lovely, quiet nowhere; even before he discovered his small joint was sitting on the biggest underground rock formation-gas bonanza in North America; before he was called to cook thousands of meals for roughnecks and smooth execs attached to a supermajor oil company, big Aaron Hulslander was a hard man to surprise. Surprises were Aaron’s specialty—to give, not receive. It was surprising to see the giant of a man give up his head chef’s job at high-profile Timeless Destination in Wellsboro, and set himself up in Mansfield in the converted Chinese-restaurant-ice cream parlor with a roof cantilevered like a 1950s Cadillac fin. Surprising to see him take the ice cream cone off the roof and hang out a big sign for Cast & Crew, an “Improvisational Restaurant,” adorned with the comic/tragic faces of Greek drama. 12

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It was surprising, too, to see the enormous white-clad chef, the size and shape of an NFL lineman retired just a few years, filling the open kitchen like a bull in a tight pen, a little yellow hat perched on his massive head, grumbly Old Man River-deep voice and wispy goatee, cheerfully tossing out outrageous dishes and throwing things—jokes and insults and food—at his customers. Hulslander challenged diners to ask for something not on the menu or any menu anywhere—their heart’s forbidden desire—something, anything, by God a new combination of molecules. (A chocolate dessert with root vegetables and apricot brandy? Gimme a minute). “At the best restaurants, if you know the chef, he’ll make something special just for you,” he said. “ Here, that special customer is everybody.” The place—his lifelong dream—filled up nightly. The head chef got generally splendid reviews for creative, luscious food. He advertised “Fine Casual Dining, Take Out, Delivery, & Lame Jokes.” He was a man of a thousand tricks. He served “Italian Nachos” with mozzarella and marinara and “Deported Nachos”—with cheese and salsa. He made a Dustin Hoffman sandwich (vegetarian), Pacino pasta (steak medallions over French onion alfredo and angel hair), and the “Marie Antoinette” (white lump crabmeat, in a basket if necessary to finish the joke). There was double-comfort food—Blackened Chicken and Dumplin’s—and discomfort food, those gleefully gluttonous, bromo seltzer specials like The Cleveland Bound sandwich (grilled ham, salami, bacon, cheeses, “LT triple O and dueling sauces”). The menu was impossibly long, like a diner’s, in fact seemed like the result of a diner food delivery truck crashing through the kitchens of every gourmet and ethnic restaurant in town. The only predicable part of it was unpredictability—The “Off the Cuff” appetizer, the “Dare to Dine” entrée, the “Curtain Call” dessert, all a chef’s surprise. The

Top left: Aaron Hulslander, owner-chef of Cast & Crew in Mansfield, PA with his trademark Farley Burger. Top right: Three plates and a smile at Papa V’s Pizzeria in Mansfield, PA. Above: It’s a happy beer and sports crowd at the Wellsboro House in Wellsboro, PA. Facing page: Chris and Geoff Coffee greet customers at the family’s half-century-old Steak House in Wellsboro, PA.

menu, he said, was merely a guide, the alphabet of an infinite language. “The menu is endless.” But the chef’s pride, his signature dish, was that down-home American classic, an enormous hamburger. Cast & Crew was “The Home of the Farley Burger,” in honor of the late, obese Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Farley. It was “the ultimate sandwich dedicated to excess,” the menu teased, “are you ready?” Here goes: a half-pound hamburger patty on a groaning sesame seed bun,

piled with layers, in approximate sequence, of bacon, salami, Swiss cheese, American Cheese, fried onions, caramelized onions, regular onions, red pepper mayo, horseradish mayo, lettuce, tomato, and a slice or two of ham that covered it like the ceiling of a building. It was more than a hand tall, complete with a steak knife driven through the top bun to hold everything in place. The Farley Burger costs $8.99, and “comes with fries and a nap.” 13

The chef opened his place in 2008, just as the gas boom was beginning, and he didn’t know what to expect. He served plenty of locals at night and hungry newcomers all day long, the white pickup trucks angled along his storefront. He found himself naturally creating for gas workers’ southernfried palates. “We brought in Dr. Pepper and Country Fried Steak. We use tenderloin, that’s unusual, everyone uses the cheapest meats available.” He wasn’t surprised that the big men with big appetites flocked to his place, looking for entertainment on a plate. “They enjoy the fact that I’ll go above and beyond for them. Out of the ordinary is mainstream for us.” Then things happened he didn’t dream of. The gas crews started ordering “twelve and thirteen hamburger pickup orders, one after another, it gets real hectic” and “fifteen or twenty Philly Cheesesteaks (the 76er) to go.” A sea change in his perception of things came with the takeout order in late January for the Farley Burger, until then a popular but novelty item for many diners: a gas crew wanted twenty of them. Say what? “It was twenty Farley Burgers to go,” he


said, marveling. “They took them right back to the site.” Big eats are the new norm in Tioga County. From dawn to midnight, from steak to eggs—from the nightly crowds at the Steak House on Main Street in Wellsboro to the ever-bustling Eddie’s Restaurant on Route 15 in Mansfield—local eateries are booming. Restaurants are building new rooms and printing new menus, adding southern flavors, chefs and owners are smiling, and consumers, with more and better choices, seem unabashedly happy about it, a public sentiment as rare as steak tartar when it comes to the Marcellus Shale. Eating out is the most popular, shared, joyful form of public entertainment in the northern tier of Pennsylvania, and the “restaurant scene” is now that, driven by an army of hungry men who drill down into the shale by day and into a thick porterhouse at night, or dip into the shale at night and into biscuits-andgravy early morning at a sunrise counter. It’s a feedback loop below and above ground, and the drilling and the eating never stop. The gas play has made a lot of people happy, but they’re quiet people—like the dairy

farmer who’d run up a $500,000 lifelong debt because of depressed milk prices and rising farm costs. He had tears in his eyes when he showed Wellsboro accountant Tim Gooch his $800,000 gas-lease check, allowing him to pay off his debts and own his 300 acres outright for the first time. Unhappy people talk more, talk about fretful change, and those hundred clearly visible reasons to worry. Where can one get away from it all, the tumult of rapid change and disagreements that never end? At our local restaurants, those precise geographic points where Marcellus and shale, marinara and kale, tectonic and dinner plates intersect, and strangers get to know one another; where dueling cultures make a contented truce. Local restaurants are overwhelmingly family places, owner-run, roll-up-the sleeves, real friendly places—there’re more chains on a pickup’s snow tires than among county eateries. From diners to the lovely river views and gourmet meals at Jamie Fry’s Wren’s Nest, they offer home cooking for field hands living in hotels or man-camps or Houston oil executives flown into town for a day. It’s no See Eats on page 16




wonder restaurants like the Steak House— owned and run by the Howey family for fiftyfive years in the old house squeezed into 29 Main Street in Wellsboro—have become a home-away-from home for thousands of gas workers far from loved ones. “When you come in the door, Chris and I feel like you’re coming to our house for dinner,” said Geoff Coffee, current owner of the Steak House with his wife, the former Chris Howey, whose grandfather, Fred, and Texas-born grandmother, Annie Jo, first bought the old Orange Tea Room in 1957 and renamed it The Steak House, living in the apartment upstairs. Fred and Annie Jo ran the place for twenty-two years until 1979, when Chris’s mom and dad, Barb and Dave Howey, took over for the next twenty-six years, passing the baton to Chris and Geoff in 2005. All three couples took over the business by falling into the deep end of June, when the Laurel Festival brought thousands of visitors, and the Steak House was packed that week and all summer long. Starting a couple years ago, though, was the first time in memory The Steak House


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Lambs Creek is adding an expanded pub, open until midnight, featuring it’s hand-carved Irish bar.

was packed in the winter, too. Winter was usually when Geoff and Chris cut back the restaurant’s days and hours to save money; waitresses, cooks, and dishwashers went idle, and disappointed regulars trudged by the darkened restaurant in the desolate small town emptied by the bitter cold, on nights when a steak and brew really could have helped. A couple winters ago, a stranger walked in the door on a quiet night, saw the Texas

longhorns that grandpa Fred brought back from Arizona half a century ago to decorate the coffered ceiling, and told Chris, “This place is gonna be hopping with gas guys.” She had no idea what he was talking about. Now The Steak House on a typical busy winter night is jammed with perhaps thirty gas workers—gas workers whose presence opened the door for another thirty locals and other visitors to crowd the place, for a

welcome change, on a Monday in January and February. “In the winter, you could say our business has doubled,” Geoff said, “from twenty or thirty a night to fifty or sixty. Half the guys who come in here look up at those longhorns and tell me, “I feel like I’m in my living room, or my mom’s dining room.” Now the restaurant staff has more work, and the small, cozy, wood bar has a lineup of gleaming new bottles—not just the regular Crown Royal, the southerners’ mothers’ milk at $5 a shot, but also bottles of Crown Royal Black, Crown Royal Reserve, and the $140-a-bottle, $18-a-shot Crown Royal XR. Bigger eats means bigger money percolating through the economy. A wildcatting spirit has spread through local kitchens, especially along Route 15, where Hulslander is far from the only chefdreamer. No one dreams bigger or invests more in local eats than Nelle Rounsaville of Wellsboro, the petite, Texas-born, retired Northwest Airlines stewardess, real-estate investor, bed-and-breakfast proprietor, owner of the iconic Wellsboro Diner, owner of Lambs Creek Food & Spirits in Mansfield, all-around hard-driving, sweetvoiced southern tornado of creative energy. Nelle wasn’t caught off guard by the gas boom; she’d seen it before, growing up in Midland, Texas. “We’re so blessed to have this happen to us. I know people here have good means, and money and all, but people depend on the economy to keep us going. I was a kid during the oil boom in Texas, and it feels like home. I just giggle when I see all the trucks, the rigs, and the derricks.” Nelle also opened her new restaurant, Lamb’s Creek, just before the boom in 2008, when many locals were predicting the Route 15/future Route 99 corridor would carry Tioga County’s future growth— many who never dreamed of what was just around the corner. She purchased the former Bonanza steak house on Lamb’s Creek Road on a hill overlooking Route 15 and Mansfield. Then she spent more than $1 million turning the chain restaurant space into a “fancy but fun” establishment in an eclectic, neo-Tuscan style with elegant stone fireplaces, Tiffany lamps, views of a colonnade and fountain out the sweeping hilltop windows, and a hand-carved bar imported from Ireland. The gas money flowed in from the start, but now she sees a bigger opportunity



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to tap the Marcellus appetites. Nelle is ripping things up again to create a brand new restaurant and pub where once stood, well, her brand new restaurant. “It’s in demand!” she cried. “We have listened to our customers and this is what they want: they want food later than 9 or 10 p.m.” She’s running a wall down the middle of the long dining room and hooking it left in an L to make a pub, the new Pub at Lamb’s Creek. She’s installing two new big stone fireplaces, three or four new big screen TVs, cozy oversized, overstuffed wing chairs, and whipping up a new Pub menu with food and drinks available until midnight. The new Pub, she said, will open on February 5, Super Bowl Sunday. In downtown Mansfield, where Route 15 becomes Main Street, Papa V’s Pizzeria has enjoyed a 30 percent jump in business, fueled in significant part by gas workers. James Mack, the creative chef-owner of Papa Vs, also has about him somewhat of a larger-than-life quality. A lean six-foottwo, Mack was a U.S. Army sniper with the legendary 82nd Airborne, and did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before drawing on his cooking school education and restaurant experience to launch a new career. The newcomers inspired him to invest dramatically in his restaurant. Last summer, he expanded and completely renovated the restaurant, completing its transformation from a pizzeria with plastic-feeling booths into a handsome, casual sit-down Italian restaurant with Italian prints on mustard-colored walls. Pizza still flies out of the place, but now “we’re 80 percent sit-down dining and 20 percent takeout pizza,” Mack says, the reverse of when he bought the pizzeria five years ago. Mack chatted with the newcomers, doing casual market research. “What they wanted was a comfortable place to get a good steak at an affordable price.” The chef set up a commercial char-broiler in the back alley last summer, piped to the restaurant’s gas line, and began grilling steak outdoors every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The special steaks were so popular with locals as well as gas workers he built a gazebo in the alley, and kept right on grilling outdoors through the winter. The special steak is a fine New York Strip, dry-aged for more flavor and tenderness, a champagne steak at a beer price—$14.99, including potato and salad. A big table of gas workers will order “six, seven, eight steaks all around.” Mack grills them himself, and carries

the platter into the dining room himself with pride, “It’s good to present a fine steak.” It’s good to have an appreciative audience at a sit-down restaurant, his dream. A round of applause is not unheard of. “The gas guys are really big eaters, and very generous tippers. They’ll have a ten dollar bill and leave a waitress a ten or fifteen-dollar tip.” The timing was good for Debbie Sherman, too. She had leased Eddie’s Restaurant on Route 15 for twenty-five years, then bought it with her husband, Butch, in 2004, and renovated in 2006—just before Lowe’s came in right next door and the gas guys starting pouring in. The former truck stop, a local icon in business since the 1940s, hums with activity from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Gas guys devour the biscuits and gravy, and a Hot Beef Sandwich with homemade roast beef, real mashed potatoes, vegetables, and coleslaw. “That’s a plateful of food for $6.59,” Debbie says proudly. A plateful served in a family atmosphere that seems authentic because it is. Debbie’s children once worked behind the counter. Debbie’s veterans include Mary, who has waitressed for thirty-three years, and longtime manager Barb. “Business is fantastic,” Debbie said. Wellsboro restaurants are booming, too. At Harland’s Family Style Restaurant, owner Harland Crawford says it’s “amazing how many gas workers pop in here throughout the day. Our business in the last two years has grown dramatically. We’ll make a gumbo soup for them, or okra, but those southern boys like steak and potatoes just as much.” The Wellsboro House, the restored 19th Century hotel and tavern at the intersection of the railroad tracks and owner Chris Kozuhowski’s romantic roadhouse vision, has prospered with a Louisiana-trained chef already in place. “Business is great,” Kozuhowski says. “We’ve really been blessed.” He calls it not an increase in business but “an increase in friendships, in relationships. We like locals and everyone to be comfortable, and those away from families and friends become our extended family.” The Dumpling House, the Wellsboro Chinese restaurant popular with locals and tourists, shares a wall on Main Street with The Steak House, but not the gas clientele. “Not yet,” said owner Gary Tso. “But soon,” he said, given the many more workers on the way to town. Then he laughed, his trademark sudden loud laugh. “In Texas, they eat a lot of Chinese food.”


Heart of the Mountain

The Crook That Got Away By Patricia Brown Davis


oday the only evidence of a large crook in the creek that helped give it the original name—Crooked Creek—is a decaying tree and a few smaller shrubs snaking strangely in a horseshoe-curved line across a hay field that lies next to Route 287 a few hundred yards west (and south) of the village of Holiday. Indeed, a long time has transpired from the time Daniel Holiday decided to call this place his home—Holidaytown—and to open a tavern. In 1829 a post office was opened and given the name of Crooked Creek. For years the little village flourished, attracting farmers, two local general merchandise stores, a post office, two churches, a flour mill, a barbershop, and a blacksmith shop-turned garage after cars replaced most horses. The saloon, owned by one of my Keeney ancestors, had faded into history when the township voted “dry,” but not some of the stories. It was not surprising that Crooked Creek became its official name for the large creek that snaked its way through the valley and mountains. Holiday always flooded in the spring and other times of heavy rain. This all deposited fertile topsoil on the bottomlands, making the land just a bit higher than the creek. The more level the land, the more the creek meandered. The large crook in the creek was still there when I was a kid. Summer found us kids playing along its banks or in it. We were cowboys, Indians, pioneers, soldiers, sailors, hunters—but always imaginative adventurers. Sometimes we enjoyed setting sail small handmade boats at the upper end of the crook, running across the field to the lower end, and waiting for the boats to come sailing around the bend and back into sight. Then one day, one of the bigger boys declared we should do the traveling. They hunted for anything to make a raft. Since we couldn’t all sail at the same time, we settled on sending a neighborhood dog down the creek. At first it looked successful, but when the dog began to go out of sight at the bend, he “jumped ship,” swam back, and shook water all over us. Then one of the boys decided to send 20

his little brother downstream. He was told to sit still and not move. We watched his smile slowly fade as he went around the bend. We raced across the field to the other side, where we saw his smile return as he saw us and we rescued him. This only happened once. The story spread like wildfire. Stern lectures were doled out to us all. Days of sailing came to an abrupt end…for most of us. The older boys just became more clever and secretive. The rest of us were too wimpy to expose ourselves to parental wrath. I hadn’t yet learned to tell a good lie and didn’t want to push my luck. Winter was just as much fun. In January, we’d grab our skates and head for ice. Then one year, to punctuate his warnings, Dad shared a tragic childhood story about what had happened to him and his four sisters. They were all on the crook with the family dog and having a great time skating and sliding on the ice, when they heard a huge splash up creek. They turned just in time to see their dog disappear in the water of an unfrozen area. They all went racing. However, the water was swift and the dog was dragged under. The kids watched helplessly as they saw their dog float downstream under the ice. They followed along until he disappeared from view, standing at the lower end of the bend waiting for the dog to reappear, but he never did. They were left looking morosely at each other. For awhile they walked along the bank, but the dog was never found. Silently they turned, defeated, and went home to tell their sad tale. From that day on, I lost all appetite to skate “on the crook.” When the other kids heard the tale, they did, too. We moved across the road to the Lewis Farm pond, where we skated and played Fox and Geese, Snap the Whip, and Red Rover, Come Over. By then the girls and I became interested in figure skating and the boys drifted to hockey games, the genders splitting. A few years later, the government engineers came to town. First they bulldozed and cleaned out the small streams connecting to Crooked Creek. Then they cleaned the main creek through the town, building the

banks higher. Finally they went to the crook and dug a deep, straight channel to connect the upper and lower bends. After they built up the sides and had the creek flowing in a straight line, they went back and filled in the old creek bed with dirt, leveling it with the surrounding field. Only the dying tree and shrubs left a telltale scar on the land. Today, every time I drive by the field, I look at it and remember those days—and the story of Dad’s dog. The engineers did a great job. Holiday never flooded again. The water roared on by to other places downstream, like Tioga, where it commingled with the water from the Mansfield area. For twenty years the engineers planned for and finally completed the Tioga-Hammond Dam project. When it was done two large water-protection lakes, both culminating and connecting in the Tioga area, were the result. Prior to that, most of Holiday was moved; it exists today, but our ancestors wouldn’t recognize it. Times change—as do towns and waterways. The old original town cemetery, next to the crook, was moved also. All remains of Daniel Holiday and the early settlers were exhumed, moved to the Fairview Cemetery, a small hill that overlooks Holiday, and reburied. Their higher and drier bones now commingle with others who have chosen this hill as their final residence. These include several generations of my family. (If my ashes were to be placed anywhere, I’m thinking that this spot might just be as good as any.) FYI: A group on facebook was formed last year, called “If You Were From Holiday/Middlebury, Hammond Do You Remember?” Here can be found old photos, stories, memories, and questions from some of us who lived there and talk about those times. Patricia Brown Davis is a professional musician and memoirist seeking stories about the Wellsboro glass factory. Contact her at patd@


O U tdo O rs Bears Give One Paws to Think Feeders are for the Birds—or Should Be By Roger Kingsley


arly one morning when I left the house, I noticed that our bird feeder was motioning for me to dial 911. I’m thinking...something is wrong with this picture. Bypassing the phone booth, I cautiously approached the feeder to find that it was suffering from multiple bruises and compound fractures. I offered my handkerchief as a sling, but got no response. Typical feeders...their personalities are for the birds! The critical condition of the feeder was obviously the work of a fourlegged, pitch black, muscle-bound cuss…a.k.a. black bear. Apparently he was passing through when a whiff of birdseed slapped him across the nose. To get even, the bear probably sauntered over to introduce himself. A hearty handshake broke the feeder’s glasses, and a hug split its ribcage open. As the guts spilled out, a smile from a job well done revealed canines the size of piano keys. And then, he lapped up the seed as if it was popcorn at his own theatre. Our feeder wasn’t the only fly-in restaurant that ultimately ended up listed in the obituaries that week. Autopsies performed on other feeders belonging to homeowners down in the village were ruled death by destruction as well. One day last spring, I was crawling on my hands and knees on some deer trails through the hardhack and honeysuckle tangle of the creek bottom below the barn looking for shed antlers, when I came face-to-face with a bear’s nest carved into the loamy soil. The close quarters reeked of bear scat, and the coiled high piles of it were scattered along both his 22

exit and entryways. Yikes! I shifted my rear end into reverse and backed out of there as if I’d just robbed the bank and the sirens were wailing. Bears are a rare occurrence on our farm. In recent years, though, sightings have become more frequent, and I’ll bet you village folks will attest. Used to be we’d never see one, then it became at least one sighting per year, now it’s a few every year. That’s not including the ones we don’t see, but left a business card in the form of tracks, dung, or... mortally wounded feeders. Usually, more sightings are a result of more members of that species sharing the habitat. When food and space become too close for comfort, bears— in this case—wander farther looking for easy grub. This expanding range has been documented in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s annual harvest data. These wanderings take them to

the outskirts of your place and mine, where enticing odors have booked firstclass seats aboard thermals. Bears that find an easy meal or a couple licks at the start of the odors may decide to check in to…Your-Neck-ofthe-Woods Motel, just like the one did at my place at the corner of Hardhack and Honeysuckle. An expensive study would probably reveal that the folks without the feeders and odors would turn out to be the folks without the nuisance complaints. Not doing the study would save taxpayer dollars by just calling it a no-brainer. A bear’s nose is his steering wheel, so putting up roadblocks is a commonsense approach to putting the brakes on a visitation. The best advice from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to avoid conflicts with bears is to keep feeders intended for birds—like mine was—empty until most bears are in


hibernation. If that advice goes over like a lead balloon, go ahead and fill them up, but erect them in a detachable fashion so you can bring them indoors when the sun goes down. Suspending them way out of reach works too, but then you up the odds of inflicting yourself with multiple bruises and fractures just to fill it. Treat Lassie’s dog dish, kitchen scraps, the Char-Broil grill and so on the same way—get rid of the smells, and you’ll get rid of the bear. Folks who purposely provide food or garbage to feed bears are pulling a foolish, dangerous, and unlawful stunt. First thing you know the bears will be on the front porch begging for supersized portions, and the second thing you know, they’ll come between you and the porch while you’re out playing with the kids or conquering yard chores. Hopefully you know the drill—if attacked, fall to the ground and play dead. Yeah, right! Easy for the writer to say. Kind of hard to fake it when you’re getting scalped from claws and chewed

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The best advice from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to avoid conflicts with bears is to keep feeders intended for birds—like mine was—empty until most bears are in hibernation. on by jaws. Seriously, though, experts say ending up in that situation is highly unlikely if you’ve done your part to avoid such encounters. Professionals who manage the species and check stations that record data affirm that Pennsylvania is well-suited and well-known for its abundance of big bears. Our state’s climate and food sources get the credit. Age and plentiful food build big bones and fat reserves that make heads big and scales groan. These attributes are also the reason the Boone and Crockett Club (the national records-keeping organization for North American big game) predicts a new world’s record black bear could easily come from Pennsylvania.

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The other day I spent a few hours in the shop building a new feeder so that we can get back to enjoying our wintertime birds…with a few precautions, of course. It turned out nice—almost too nice to use. But that’s silly, because I built it for a reason. And it all started when I left the house early one morning and noticed that our bird feeder was motioning for me to dial 911. Roger Kingsley, a contributor to Mountain Home, lives on a farm in Columbia Cross Roads. A hunter, photographer, and writer, his articles and photos have appeared in, among others, Country, Deer & Deer Hunting, Quality Whitetails, Pennsylvania Game News, and Farm & Ranch magazines.

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The Lunker

Just Plain Non-Scents By Fred Metarko


he skunk is in hibernation for the winter, but will appear again at the first Tioga County Bass Angler’s tournament in the spring. The furry little critter that looks like an empty skin from roadkill is the dreaded skunk. He is eagerly given to an angler that had the bad luck to zero out for the day—that is, to catch no fish. The first angler to receive the little stinker last season was Philip Bruce, with a zero on Hammond Lake. He accepted graciously and displayed it proudly by hanging it on his vehicle’s rearview mirror. A week later on Keuka Lake, Philip eagerly slapped the black-and-white skin into Skip Bastian’s hands, saying, “Take good care of him, Skip.” “Why me? Nine other guys had a zero, too,” Skip replied as he held his trophy by the tail. Thirteen days later on Cowanesque Lake, Skip struck out and could not pass the stink kitty on. A week later on Waneta/Lamoka Lakes it happened again: another washout. Skip was getting attached to his little buddy. After twentyseven days Skip finally caught a fish on Conesus Lake. At weigh-in he eyed each of the anglers as they brought fish to the scales. Then one guy was left, Junior Fye; he was fishless. I think it was a reluctant exchange of pet ownership on both sides. The skunk was now in Junior’s gentle care. After fourteen days he took it to Cowanesque Lake, and after a bad day on the water he still had his striped companion. A week later his fate was the same on Honeoye Lake. I kidded Junior about taking good care of the little feller. He replied, “Oh, I’m taking good care of him. Whoever gets him next will really appreciate him. I put trapping scent on him, put him in a plastic zip bag and laid it on the dash of the truck. Oh, they’ll love it.” The next tournament on Canandaigua

Lake was cancelled due to bad weather. That meant the pelt was marinating on the dash, in Junior’s special sauce, for fiftyseven days prior to the next tournament on Cowanesque Lake. On Cowanesque Lake nine anglers caught fish, leaving fifteen striking out. Junior was delighted, as he got everyone’s attention, and announced

Fred Metarko receiving the skunk award: Jr. looks happy—the stink was that he didn’t really smell up that skunk—he just waited a long time to give it back to the original owner.

that I was the new recipient of the now dreaded skunk. He handed me the zip bag with its contents. Holding the bag with outstretched arms, I slowly opened it, asking others to take a whiff. To our surprise and relief it did not smell like trapping scent. The next tournament on Waneta/ Lamoka Lakes, I lucked out. Ten people zeroed out; I had a lot of choices. After some thought and discussion a decision was made. Since Junior took such great care of (wow! we need to give him a name), it was decided to keep him in the family. Bob Fye is the new caretaker through the winter…until our first tournament. Bob, if you need help I’m sure Junior will gladly assist you. The Lunker is a member of the Tioga County Bass Anglers (www.tiogacountybassanglers. com). Contact him at lunker@



S hale C ountry Micho & Mama Dee-licious! Eat South of the Border in the Northern Tier Story and Photos by Sarah Bull


ying alone in the bed of his rented cabin, Mauricio Duron found his mind was jumbled with voices and ideas, a medley as delicious as his wife’s crimson menudo. Mmm, that hypnotizing menudo! Now he’d never get to sleep with memories of that savory red broth tickling his deepest cravings. It had been thirty-five minutes since he last glanced at the bright glow of the clock on his nightstand. He had to get to sleep. Soon, his alarm would be screaming at him to get up, get dressed, and climb into his Wyatt Construction truck to head to work. His company had begun working on a new pipeline that wound its way through rugged terrain, and the physical strain his body had been enduring was exhausting—he needed his rest. But something was keeping him awake: the same thoughts that had been marinating in the back of his mind since he’d arrived in Pennsylvania several months prior, and suddenly they all were coming to a sizzling boil that couldn’t be ignored. Mauricio, who goes by “Micho,” had always dreamed of owning his own restaurant. From the time he and his wife, Teresa, had moved to Paramount, California, from their home in Durango, Mexico, they had worked in the food industry. Between the two of them they’d worked in nearly every position in the food business at restaurants including Ruby Tuesday, Logan’s Roadhouse, and Olive Garden (where Micho was a cook for seven years). But after they moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Micho was offered a job working for Wyatt Construction and his cooking was reduced to occasional meals at home with his wife and two sons. But when he was asked to move to northern Pennsylvania with Wyatt Construction to follow the natural gas boom, Micho felt a force 26

within him that he couldn’t ignore. The men he worked with in the gas industry, who’d come from all over the country, would constantly complain that they wanted “good Mexican food.” He realized he’d entered a world where the closest semblance of Mexican culture was the drive-thru at Taco Bell. This just wouldn’t do. He quickly began formulating a plan and soon his every thought when he wasn’t at work was consumed by the development of his new business. If he wanted to do it right he knew he’d need help. But where was he going to find someone who would understand the vision he and Teresa shared so clearly? His answer came to him as unexpectedly as his middle-of-the-night cravings for his wife’s menudo. One night when he was discussing his dream of starting a Mexican restaurant, he stumbled upon a listener who would change his life. Dolores Walker, the owner of the cabin Micho and his co-workers rented in Mansfield, had often discussed with her husband her desire to start a business. As landlords, the Walkers had been able to offer housing to the many workers pouring into the area as a result of the Marcellus Shale gas industry. This rental business had become very profitable for the couple. And so it was that when Micho shared his dream with Dolores—the landlady he’d lovingly come to know as “Mama Dee”—she was willing and able to financially help the Durons turn their dream into reality. Micho, Teresa, and Mama Dee quickly began developing a plan for their new business. They decided to start small, selling authentic Mexican food from a trailer. With Mama Dee’s business sense and financial resources and Micho and Teresa’s talent, their business— Micho & Mama Dee’s—soon became as hot as the tamales they were serving. During the day, Teresa would knead, stir,

Teresa Duron (left), Myra Sheetz, and Micho Duron in front of their roadside Mexican eatery, Micho & Mama Dee’s.

chop, and fry delicious ingredients alone in the small trailer while Micho worked for Wyatt Construction in Montoursville. Each night when he was done, he would pick up Teresa and the two would go home to marinate meat, chop vegetables, and gather supplies for the next day. So was their routine until September 2011 when a glorious mix of fate and hunger brought a young girl from San Diego to Micho & Mama Dee’s. Noticing the small roadside Mexican eatery one day, Mayra Scheetz and her brother stopped, hoping to find authentic backhome food and good conversation in their native Spanish tongue. After devouring two mouthwatering mulitas and four scrumptious See Mama on page 28

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tortas, they were enchanted by the authentic Mexican culture they’d discovered at Micho & Mama Dee’s. Mayra, her husband, and her brother started coming back every weekend to delight in the splendors found at their new favorite hangout. Soon, they struck up a friendship, and Micho offered Mayra a job. In just over a year, Micho & Mama Dee’s small orange trailer has gained a reputation throughout the area for delicious Mexican food at a reasonable price. Even their recent move to the Hampson’s Farm and Garden Agway parking lot in Wellsboro has not discouraged their loyal customers from Mansfield from driving the extra miles to partake in the wondrous delectables cooked by Teresa, Mayra, and Micho. “This is the third time I’ve come here this week!” Mike McConnell, a Shell employee said as he held up his tin-foil-wrapped burrito. “This is why this place is so successful. It’s what we miss when we come up here to work for the gas companies. In my opinion, this is the best Mexican food in the entire state of Pennsylvania—and I’ve been all over.”


Other customers are quick to echo McConnell’s kudos, some even braving snowy weather to enjoy the Mexican cuisine. Each morning a group of ten to fifteen gas industry workers come as Teresa and Mayra are opening for an enormous Mexican breakfast. Locals are equally impressed with this dining delight, like Charles Klinger who recently came to Micho & Mama Dee’s for the first time. “Everybody has been raving about them so I just had to stop,” he said over a large bite of corn tortilla. “Mmm. This is so good I might even be back this afternoon!” Living the dream of starting their own restaurant has not come without its sacrifices for Micho and Teresa. Their two sons remained behind in Tennessee to attend school when the couple moved to Pennsylvania. Though they talk on the phone every day, the divided family misses each other. Despite this, Micho and Teresa’s positive attitude and strong belief in the American dream of success is unwavering. Proudly pointing to the carefully designed sign in front of their trailer, Micho explains why they chose the image of la salida del

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sol—the sunrise. “This is a reminder to us of why we came to Pennsylvania. The rising sun symbolizes our success in this business and what we hope to achieve here.” With hard work and a love of their customers, Micho and Teresa hope to spread the flavor of their culture to the people touched by northern Pennsylvania’s la salida del sol. Mountain Home contributing writer Sarah Bull is a graduate of Mansfield University.

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didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up until I was fifty-one years old. When I finally found “my thing” it wasn’t the thing I thought it would be, and it certainly wasn’t anything anyone would ever pay me to do. But by that point, I didn’t really care about money. All I really wanted was to know. I wanted to know finally, definitively, and without a doubt what I was put on this earth to do, before I left it. The day it dawned on me, the day I figured it out, that was the day I discovered such a deep, rich vein of contentment, happiness and stability within myself that I’ve been feeding off of it ever since. Now I’m growing and evolving and learning to play this game of life for some really serious points. No more dinking around. No more hand-wringing and wondering. And what a relief it is, let me tell you. When you finally know what you want to be when you grow up, this rock-solid self-knowledge allows you to even “settle” and take a job “just for money,” without any qualms, because you finally know what your real work is, and you don’t have to worry about being mistaken for a checker at Wegmans, for instance, or a barista at some coffee joint. If people ask you what you do for a living, you can tell them your job title, but then add, “But what I really am is a (fill in the blank here) which in my case was “a writer and a teacher of yoga.” And smile. Ahhhh… Soon after I became certified to teach yoga at age fifty-one, I found a little space to rent, just to see if I could get anyone to 30

By Kathleen Thompson

practice with me. It was a risk, for sure, but now, miraculously, I have a sweet little studio and every week a whole bunch of people come and practice with me. I’ve been consistently making the rent for the last seven years doing what I was put on this earth to do. Before I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up though, I must have read every book written about how to find your “vocation” or “calling.” But it wasn’t until I started actually doing things, these five practices specifically, and doing them consistently, even religiously, over the course of a few years, that everything started to fall into place. These practices will give you that allimportant “self-knowledge” I was talking about. And I guarantee, you won’t find your vocation until you gain some measure of that. So, if you still don’t have a clue about what you’re supposed to be doing with this “one wild and precious life” of yours,

start with these five things. They were the keys that unlocked everything for me. 1. Make Lists. Actually, two lists. In the first one, list all the things you love/ like. In the second one, all the things you hate/dislike. Why do this? Because the act of listing these things will bring you into sharp focus. You might not know what you want to be when you grow up yet, but at least if someone asks: “Who do you think you are?” At the very least you’ll be able to say, “Well, I am a person who prefers chocolate over vanilla, and baths over showers.” I keep my lists on That way I can edit them and even share them with others if I want. You can check out my “likes” list. And my “dislikes” list. Remember, too, that your lists are an ongoing project and will evolve and change over time, just like you, so keep adding to, and subtracting from them as you think of things.


2. Play A Daily Game of Freeze Tag. Remember Freeze Tag? If someone tagged you, you had to stand like a statue until someone “unfroze” you. Yeah. So here’s what you do: you take a timer and set it for ten minutes. Sit down in a chair and don’t move a muscle for ten minutes. When the timer goes off, you’re “unfrozen.” If you do this every day, you will know what you want to be when you grow up very, very soon. Some people call this “meditation” but you don’t have to. Just sit down, shut up, and don’t move for ten minutes (minimum) every day. 3. Make More Time For Stuff You Like To Do. (Unless the stuff you like to do involves passively staring at screens.) Watching football on television, or playing on Facebook doesn’t count. Make less time for screen-staring, and spend more time building a rock garden, or an ultralight plane in your garage. Sew a quilt or write a novel. Make a complicated new recipe or train your dog for an agility competition. It doesn’t matter if nobody will ever pay you a dime to do this stuff; if you love to do it, you need to build in some serious time in your life to do it.

Don’t neglect what you love. Remember: What you love is who you are. 4. Find a Body Practice You Can Do Consistently, And Do It. Run, walk, do tai chi, practice yoga, bike, hike, swim—it doesn’t matter. Just make sure it’s something you can do in all kinds of weather, and without a lot of equipment, and without a partner. You don’t have to do it every day, just most days. 5. Streak Something. Find something you can do every day and do it. Build a streak. You might even make your body practice your “streak thing,” thus taking care of No. 4 and No. 5 in one fell swoop. I have had “yoga streaks” and “workout streaks” and “writing streaks” and “meditation streaks.” I have a 420-day writing streak going on at this very moment. Doing something every day, no matter how small, insignificant or silly it might seem, builds stamina and endurance and discipline. It will make you proud of yourself. It will make you stable. And when the streak ends (which it will, inevitably), you can start all over again, or streak something else. It wasn’t until I started making and

tending my lists, sitting still every day, carving out time for the things I loved to do, moving my body, and building up long streaks of discipline, that it all fell into place for me. I wish I had started doing this stuff sooner. It would have spared me a lot of “path errors” and saved me thousands of dollars in books. You should really try it, especially if you are still wondering who you are, and what you are going to do with this “one wild and precious life” of yours. If you start today and keep at it, I’ll bet in less than a year, you’ll know what you want to be when you grow up. And when you do, write and tell me what it is, okay? I’d love to hear. This is a short excerpt from a book I am working on called How To Win The “Well-Lived Life” Badge For Your Tombstone or Urn. Kathleen Thompson is the owner of Main Street Yoga in Mansfield, PA. Contact her at 570-660-5873, online at www.yogamansfield. com, or e-mail yogamama@

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oo loose or too tight. A group of friends gets together for coffee and philosophy each week. Today—the meaty topic of littering. Several of us have groused on about the litter in our yards. Recently, facing a torn-trousered kid who had just dropped a Kit Kat wrapper on the grass, I got a whack of incredulity. Pick it up? Was I unaware that this is a free country? Was I, perhaps, from…Canada? Arriving home, we learned that a planned trip with my French class to Buffalo was off. Neither of us could drive the school van—a new insurance prohibition. To do so we’d have to take a six-hour driving course. By tomorrow. (We’ve driven school vans impeccably for twenty years.) Too loose; too tight. Is politics our pill of equilibrium? We have, quite rightly, an Old Testament notion of politics. The Capitol dome is our Mount Sinai. Law flows down the long front steps of the Capitol like Mosaic commandments. But turn that around. What if we get exactly the representatives we deserve? Our swelling mania for competition in everything from flossing teeth to boiling eggs—why shouldn’t it make its way to Washington? What, instead, if the wisdom and evenhandedness we long for in Washington required, first of all, wisdom and equilibrium in us? What if we were on top? (Actually I’ve been on the top of Mount Sinai. It was cold and wildly desolate and my mother fainted and was carried back down on a camel.) Jefferson and Franklin, both jazzed with visionary Enlightenment ideals, thought so. Both men understood that freedom was, far from the negligent

deposit of litter in my yard, a moral and an intellectual fitness program equal to anything you do each day in the gym—sixty pushups whereby you strengthen a collective moral wrist that knows just how loose or tight to turn that nut without breaking the bolt (our class trip) or leaving the nut to work loose (the broad class of litterers and cell phone libertines).

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Born in the Netherlands, Bram Wijnands will be featured in concert at the Penn Wells during the Wellsboro Winter Jazz Fest.

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ram Wijnands’ 2010 Wellsboro debut took place on the hottest, most humid night of a very hot, humid August. A lethargic audience slumped in the nonair-conditioned seats—until Bram and his band came onstage and swung into “Top Hat.” The audience sat right up and everyone remembered how to breathe, as the band performed one movie favorite after another. Bram’s arrangements showcased the group’s effortless, jubilant technique as everyone forgot everything except the happiness you feel hearing great musicians play great music. People tapped their feet and swayed in the cool 38

breeze of jazz energy. So, of course, he keeps getting invited back. Lots of local people have heard him now. When you ask someone about Bram, the person simply says, “Oh, he’s great,” and then starts to sing. The Kansas City Star’s Joe Klopus writes, “He’s a master of the intricate, two-fisted art of stride piano. When his right hand cascades over leaping, pumping figures in his left, this central style in the evolution of jazz comes to life once again. But without its few dedicated practitioners, such as Wijnands, the style made most famous by Fats Waller might have disappeared already.”

Born and educated in Holland, Bram got hooked on American music early. “I started piano lessons when I was three and a half years old. When I was about six, a friend of my father’s brought an LP of barrelhouse blues to our house and I insisted on listening to it over and over,” he says. “Then when I was seven I saw The Glenn Miller Story and Stormy Weather. I was in love with American movie music right away, and especially when I heard Fats Waller play stride piano in Stormy Weather, I said, ‘This is what I’ve got to do.’ My left hand wasn’t even big enough to play the chords, but I was determined and I practiced all the time. I listened to Champion Jack Dupree,

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Memphis Slim and Pinetop Smith. Then when I was a teenager, my teacher was a huge Erroll Garner fan and that was very lucky for me.” He organized jazz groups and toured Europe while still in his teens. “Then I decided it was time to come to America. Twenty years ago, I decided to give Kansas City, Missouri a try because a lot of European musicians I knew had lived there and liked it a lot.” Kansas City is known for its cosmopolitan jazz scene. “After a one week gig, the entire jazz community of Kansas City knew about this extraordinary new talent,” said JAM Magazine. Nowadays Bram teaches jazz piano at two colleges in Kansas City. He has a trio and a septet.

Every Friday and Saturday night, he plays at Kansas City’s historic jazz house, the Majestic Restaurant. He collaborates with classical violinist Gregory Sandomirsky of the Kansas City Symphony and the Endless Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared on Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center television series and played at Carnegie Hall, causing Kansas City’s mayor to issue a proclamation declaring him Kansas City’s Ambassador of Swing. Every year he goes home to Holland for the Jazz in Duketown festival. He has played from Sacramento to St. Louis to New Orleans. The king of Ghana bought a complete set of his recordings after hearing him in Florida. This February Bram comes to Wellsboro’s Winter Jazz Fest to present the kind of elegant, earthy, rollicking, smooth evening that the Majestic patrons enjoy. “I’ll play a lot of stride, of course,” says Bram. “Lots of Erroll Garner, lots of blues. I’ll see what the

Bram Wijnands fell in love with American music by the age of six. By the time he turned eight, Bram studied barrelhouse blues (boogie woogie) and stride-piano recordings of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Jack Dupree, and Memphis Slim.

crowd is in the mood for and select tunes off the top of my head. That’s the best thing about this kind of solo concert. It’s just me and the music connecting with the audience.” Karen Meyers, a retired musician, is an occasional contributor to Mountain Home. She lives in Wellsboro, PA where she teaches taiqi.

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To Bean or Not to Bean Two Alarm Chili Still Tough Act to Follow By Cornelius O’Donnell


ver the many years I’ve been cooking, I have made chili perhaps more often than any other main-dish preparation. Let’s see: I’ve used ground meat, coarsely ground meat, and meat cut in tiny bits. And the meat has run the gamut from the usual beef to lamb, venison, pork sausage, turkey, and ground chicken. (I’m sure I’ve left something out.) And then there is the vegetarian version. But I always returned to my old favorite version that I experimented with for years. It was finally published in Cooking with Cornelius, a 1982 cookbook (can that be true?) from Random House Publishers and, still is, available at one of the used-book sites online and in many “antiquarian” bookstores. For several years—I was always in a hurry in the ’70s—I used the prepacked spices and thickeners from a company in Texas, available in many markets back then. It was called Wick Fowler’s 2 Alarm Chili. This combination won the top award in the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff all those years ago. I checked out the product on the Internet, and it is available via mail order (just add two pounds of meat and a small can of tomato sauce). I thought I’d like to make this from scratch—no dehydrated onion or preservatives, that sort of thing. So, here’s what I came up with, tested and retested. In the box of Fowler’s dehydrated mix was a sort of instruction sheet, and (I never forgot) the mention of Raymond Massey, the Canadian actor, and his variation. I felt that the guy who played Abe Lincoln was a name—and a recipe— to be reckoned with, so I dutifully added corn kernels to the meat mixture. I never looked back. 42

My Favorite Live TV Story Before I get into the recipe with Massey’s addition, I have to pass on this story about the actor. As I remember this yarn (where to go to check?) Massey was playing Lincoln on one of those wonderful—and risky—live TV programs. It could have been a Studio One, Kraft Television Theater or perhaps Playhouse 90. There was the scene when Massey, as Lincoln, was standing on the back of the train that was taking him from his home in Illinois to Washington for his inauguration as president. A crowd of extras was hired to portray Springfield, Illinois, townsfolk seeing him off for Washington. The actor was bidding them all farewell. As the fake train started to pull away, one of the women in the crowd got so carried away with the emotion of the moment, her voice rang out above the burble of the crowd: “Goodbye, Mr. Massey.” Goodbye Chills, Hello Chili I remember playing with the spices and herbs, and this is what I came up with. I hope you’ll feel free to experiment with this recipe. It’s always good to have a batch of chili in the fridge or freezer if you are expecting guests or have teens with big appetites—or several friends. It makes enough for six to eight, but you can get out your big Dutch oven and double it. By the way, I have added chopped cilantro for garnish. Back in the early ’80s, at least around here, fresh cilantro was only available in a cook’s dreams. 1/4 cup vegetable or corn oil (or mild pure olive oil) 3 medium onions (white or Spanish) chopped 3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced

3 lbs. stewing beef cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3 Tbsp. chili powder 1/4 cup flour 1 green pepper, minced (or any color bell pepper) 1 large jalapeno pepper, halved, seeded, ribs removed, then minced 1 tsp. cumin seed or 1/2 tsp. dried cumin 2 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled between your fingers 1 tsp. celery seed 1 bay leaf 1 can (28 oz.) Italian plum tomatoes, with liquid 1 can (10 oz.) beef broth, lower sodium if possible 2 cups fresh corn kernels, or 2 (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed 1 cup sliced pitted black olives such as kalamata Salt Freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional) as garnish See Chili on page 44

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For serving: small bowls of mild chopped green chilies (drained), sour cream or plain yogurt, shredded cheddar or Jack cheese, and/or cooked rice. Preheat the oven to 250F. Heat the oil in a large skillet and lightly sauté the onion. When it is softened, add the garlic and stir until it is fragrant—about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the onion and garlic to a 5-quart Dutch oven with cover. Pat the meat as dry as possible with paper towels. In the same skillet, brown the meat and add it to the Dutch oven. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder and flour, and

It’s always good to have a batch of chili in the fridge or freezer if you are expecting guests or have teens with big appetites—or several friends.


blend this into the meat-onion mixture. Add all the other ingredients except the corn, olives, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cover the Dutch oven and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 2 to 3 hours until the meat is tender. Add the remaining ingredients—except the cilantro—and continue baking, covered, for an additional 10 minutes. Spilling the Beans Notice the lack of beans in this chili. There are those who like cooked black, kidney, or pinto beans in their chili, and those who vehemently oppose legumes in their chili. And serving chili over rice? A sacrilege! I say, do what you want—they can all work together. And adding any of these things or playing with seasonings makes the chili yours. Who knows, you could become the Wick Fowler of Waverly, Wellsboro, West Elmira, Watkins, and other places in between. Chef, teacher, and author Cornelius O’Donnell lives in Elmira, New York.

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Pennsylvania Bradford County Canton KELLEY’S CREEK SIDE RESTAURANT Kelley’s offers $4 breakfast and $6 lunch specials every day, and they are open for dinner WedSun. They specialize in home-style cooking like their prime rib and serve homemade desserts like chocolate peanut butter pie and muffins. (570) 673-4545, 1026 Springbrook Dr, www.

Lycoming County Trout Run BITTNER’S GENERAL STORE Hot and cold 18” subs, specialties are Italian and cheese steak. Pizzas, homemade salads, pastas, and hot foods. Fresh meats, cold cuts, and our own lean ground hamburger. Camping supplies and propane. (570) 998-8500, located at the junction of Rt. 14 and Rt. 15 in Trout Run, PA, FRY BROS. TURKEY RANCH Original turkey dinners & complete menu. Established business since 1886. Restaurant and convenience store. At the top of Steam Valley Mountain, elevation 1,704 ft. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Gifts and souvenirs. 27 Rt. 184 Hwy, (570) 998-9400. STEAM VALLEY RESTAURANT Steam Valley offers good home cooking and daily specials. It’s open 7 days of the week. Gas, diesel, and convenience store coming soon! (570) 9982559, 169 Rt. 14 Hwy, P.O. Box 157, Junction Route 14 & 15.

Williamsport WEGMAN’S Wegman’s Market Café features freshly-made foods ranging from quick grabs like pizza, subs, and Asian classics to comfortfood favorites, salads, and sandwiches. Come try our family-friendly foods at budget-friendly prices. 201 William St, (570) 320-8778,

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Mother Earth

Going to Seed By Gayle Morrow


nusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?” said the Cowardly Lion when snow began to fall on the poppy field. I’ve said it myself more than once as a long, mild fall lingered into winter. As I write, the prediction is for a few inches of snow overnight, a few days of colder temps, then back to mid-to-upper thirties; who knows what the weather will be by the time you have this issue in your hand. Regardless, it is January, and I’ve had my 2012 seed catalogs since well before Christmas. We will be back at planting in just a few months, so it is not too early to peruse what’s available, to think about what to start indoors under lights, and to dream a bit about what our gardens might be looking like in six months. For aesthetic appeal and fun readability, I think the Fedco Seeds (Waterville, Maine, www.fedcoseeds. com) catalog is the best. The line drawings are a hoot, and the writings on each seed offering are not only grammatically correct but incredibly informative. Where else can you get a history lesson (albeit a brief one) on Anabaptists as you’re reading about Hutterite beans? The Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, Iowa, is an organization dedicated to saving “North America’s diverse but endangered garden heritage” by facilitating seed saving, particularly the open-pollinated and heirloom varieties, and by seed exchange. The Seed Savers Exchange catalog includes profiles of people who have saved heirloom seeds from extinction and the folks who are growing the plants from which the seeds are now produced. It is chock-full of useful facts for gardeners and eaters.


Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Winslow, Maine,, an employee-owned company, has long been the homestead gardener’s bible. The catalog gives detailed growing information on every offering. Where else might you easily find what the optimum soil temperature is for starting Chioggia Guardsmark? Where else might you find what on earth Chioggia Guardsmark is? (It’s a kind of beet, an “improved strain of Chioggia, selected for better skin color, candy striping, and tolerance to bolting.”) All three catalogs have a great collection of how-to books (who can

resist The Joy of Rhubarb?), handy tools for little and big gardens, and amazing sections on flowers and herbs. Enjoy your catalogs with coffee or a cocktail— you can easily while away a morning or an evening deciding between Mammoth Grey Stripe or Moulin Rouge. Maybe you should just order both. There you have it. Go forth and plan your garden. Gayle Morrow, former editor of The Wellsboro Gazette, cooks locally, and organically, at the West End Market Café.

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Restaurants, cont. Tioga County Blossburg MOMMA’S Momma’s offers a full menu and specializes in homestyle cooking. They have daily specials and the area’s best baby back ribs on Saturdays. Steak Night is on Thursdays. They also cater to rigs. (570) 638-0270, 102 Granger St.

Liberty BLOCKHOUSE CAFÉ Blockhouse Café is open for breakfast and lunch and on Friday nights, serving homemade and home-style meals, including desserts. It’s a unique café with good food, great company, and a place where you always get your money’s worth. (570) 3242041, 31 Willow St. THE LANDING STRIP FAMILY RESTAURANT The Landing Strip offers home cooked foods, daily specials, homemade desserts, a clean, friendly atmosphere, on or off premises catering, and has a banquet or large party area. Easy on/off Route 15.. (570) 324-2436, Routes 15 & 414 junction.

Mansfield EDDIE’S RESTAURANT Eddie’s offers home-style cooking with homemade daily specials. Their specialties include hot roast beef sandwiches and chicken & biscuits, both served with real mashed potatoes. They have homemade pies and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (570) 662-2972, 2103 S. Main St. LAMBS CREEK FOOD & SPIRITS Lambs Creek offers sophisticated, down-home cooking seven days a week. Every Tuesday there’s an Italian Night speciaI. Beautiful terrace overlooks gorgeous mountains. (570) 662-3222, 200 Gateway Dr, Mansfield, PA 16933, www. PAPA V’S PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT Papa V’s offers a wide variety of hand tossed New York Style thin-crust pizza, a multitude of hot and cold sandwiches, fresh ½ pound Angus burgers, and delicious homemade Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. 12 N. Main St, (570) 6622651, WREN’S NEST Wren’s Nest has live music every Wed. night from 6-9. Specialties include crab cakes, steaks, and pastas. They make homemade desserts including lemon meringue ice cream pie and crème brule (sampler). (570) 662-1093, 102 West Wellsboro St, YORKHOLO BREWING CO. Offers a selection of dishes made up of local ingredients paired with Yorkholo’s own fresh brewed beer, including “Pine Creek” Raspberry Wheat, “Summer Love” Summer Ale, “Mountaineer” I.P.A, “Bungy” Blonde Ale, and 2 rotating selections. (570) 662-0241, 19 N Main St,

Mansfield Fast Food MCDONALDS (570) 662-7077, 120 N Main St. WENDY’S (570) 662-7511, 1580 S Main St.

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (570) 662-2558, 1320 S Main St. TACO BELL (570) 662-2558, 1320 S Main St. ARBY’S (570) 662-7626, 1672 S Main St.

Morris BABB’S CREEK INN & PUB Babb’s Creek Inn & Pub specializes in Seafood and Prime Rib, which is available every night, except Tuesdays when the restaurant is closed. Reservations are appreciated for parties of 8 or more. Located at the intersection of Rtes. 287 & 414, (570) 3536881,

Wellsboro CAFÉ 1905 Classic coffee house located in Dunham’s Department Store. Proudly serving Starbucks® coffee, espresso, Frappuccino®, Tazo® tea plus delicious freshly baked pastries, homemade soups, artisan sandwiches and ice cream. Free wi-fi. (570) 724-1905, Inside Dunham’s Department Store, 45 Main St. DUMPLING HOUSE CHINESE RESTAURANT Dumpling House specializes in Hunan, Cantonese, and Szechuan Cuisine. It’s family owned and operated and located on beautiful Main Street in Wellsboro. You may dine in or carry out. (570) 724-4220, 31 Main St. DUNKIN’ DONUTS America Runs on Dunkin’. 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (570) 724-4556, 7 Main St. THE FROG HUT The Frog Hut serves favorites like Texas hots, fried chicken, and Philly cheese steaks. They offer homemade soups and salads, and for dessert, try their soft serve ice cream, Italian ice, sundaes, and other ice cream treats. (570) 724-4450, 132 Tioga St. HARLAND’S FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT Open seven days a week at 5 a.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day until 9 p.m., including the largest Black Angus burgers in town, full salad bar, and all homemade desserts. House-batter-dipped haddock fish fry every Friday. Full service on-site catering available. (570) 724-3311, 17 Pearl St. MARY WELLS ROOM AND PENN WELLS LOUNGE Located in historic Penn Wells Hotel, full service restaurant and lounge feature an extensive menu of fine steaks, seafood, pasta, gourmet sandwiches, fresh burgers, desserts. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. (570) 724-2111, 62 Main St, THE NATIVE BAGEL The Native Bagel offers bagels made fresh daily, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches, soups and salads, and homemade desserts. Bagels are mixed, kneaded, rolled, boiled, and baked onsite. All soups, breads, and baked items are “made from scratch.” 1 Central Ave, (570) 724-0900, PAG-O-MAR Pag-O-Mar offers subs, salads, and deli sandwiches at the head of the Wellsboro Junction Rail Trail, across from the Tioga Central tour train station. They also offer soft custard and Hershey’s hard ice cream. And there’s a farmer’s market in season. (570) 724-3333, 222 Butler Rd. (just past junction of Rts. 6 & 287).

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How Sweet It Is By Holly Howell


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omeone once told me that chocolate is the most difficult food to pair with wine. Well, I was determined to prove him wrong. So began my mission to find the best chocolate and wine combinations that existed. I can happily report that I have added quite a few pairings to my expanding repertoire—not to mention quite a few inches to my expanding waistline. Not all chocolates are created equal. Everyone has his or her favorite picks from white chocolate to dark bittersweet, or to the latest crazes like chipotle chocolate and bacon-flavored chocolate. Just as we pair wine with savory foods, the same “hints” can apply to chocolate. Try to match the flavor and intensity of the chocolate to the flavor and intensity of the wine. When it comes to sweet foods, the best pairings are sweet wines. Otherwise, the sugar in the food can strip a dry wine of its flavor, rendering it bitter and metallic. Of course, there are always exceptions. Here are some of my favorite chocolate desserts and their perfect Finger Lakes wine matches. Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate with Swedish Hill Spumante Blush ($13). Nothing signals the arrival of Valentine’s Day like this bright red heart-shaped berry half-doused in dark chocolate. Sweeter style rosé sparkling wines make the perfect partner, connecting with the fruit flavors as well as the color scheme. Very delicious. Very romantic. White Chocolate Truffles and Standing Stone Vidal Ice ($25). White Chocolate is one of life’s special treats. It tastes just like chocolate, but with a hint of vanilla flavor, too. Late harvested wines like Ice Wine are loaded with flavors of apricot

and peach that just seem to melt together with white chocolate flavor. This duo also makes a lovely addition to High Tea. Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Fox Run Ruby Port ($20). Rich fudgy desserts need something just as rich to stand up to their flavors, and bring out the intensity of the chocolate. And that means fortified wine! Port has extra alcohol added, giving you some real bang for your buck, and a texture that is just as velvety as the fudge. Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses with Heron Hill Eclipse Red ($18). Here is a magical exception to the rules of sweet pairings. Dark chocolate has a bitter note that can magically connect to tannic (dry) red wines. This full-bodied Bordeaux blend from Heron Hill just explodes with ripe fruit and cassis flavors. Especially when it gets a little kiss. Chocolate Fondue with Hosmer Raspberry Rhapsody ($12). The best way to throw a mid-winter party is to make a big pot of luscious, creamy chocolate fondue. Although marshmallows, pretzels, and angel food cake make good dippers, I prefer to go the fruit route. Pears, apples, oranges, pineapple, banana, mango, apricots—and the list goes on. This dessert is a great way to get your vitamin C. Hosmer Winery makes the Rhapsody wine with fresh raspberries. It is bright and refreshing, and can easily be considered another fruit for the fondue. Chill the wine, heat up the chocolate, and call over the neighbors! For the a delightful dessert pairing see Fond of Fondue on page 50. Holly is a Certified Specialist of Wine (by the Society of Wine Educators) and a Certified Sommelier (by the Master Court of Sommeliers in England); email her at wineanddine

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Restaurants, cont. SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (570) 724-1424, 63 Main St, THE STEAK HOUSE The Steak House has been serving the finest steaks and seafood since 1957. Whether you want a black angus hamburger or a cold water lobster tail, there’s something for the whole family in a true Wellsboro atmosphere. 29 Main St, (570) 7249092, TERRY’S HOAGIES Terry’s Hoagies makes the best hoagies in town. They specialize in both hot and cold hoagies, and bake their bread and potato, macaroni, and pasta salads fresh daily. Hoagie trays and meat & cheese platters available. (570) 724-7532, 7 Charleston St, TIOGA CENTRAL RAILROAD All aboard Tioga Central Railroad! Take a scenic ride while enjoying dinner on Saturday night or Sunday brunch. Wine and beer available. See website for menu selection. (570) 724-0990, 11 Muck Rd, TONY’S ITALIAN CUISINE Come to Tony’s for homemade cooking and family recipes, fresh dough and homemade bread made daily, pasta dishes, and special pizzas like steak pizza, Sicilian pizza, and their 3-cheese pizza. It’s family-owned and run, and they offer lunch and dinner specials. (570) 724-2090, 3 Main St. WELLSBORO DINER Wellsboro Diner, a famous Wellsboro landmark, serves sumptuous home cooked meals, fresh baked pies, cookies and cakes, and the very best prime rib on Saturday nights. They offer more than ample portions to all hungry guests. (570) 724-3992, 19 Main St, Wellsboro, PA 16901 WEST END MARKET CAFÉ “Globally inspired, locally sourced.” A place of nourishment and respite, celebrating local food & creativity. We feature fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible & Fair Trade coffee products. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. (570) 605-0370, 152 Main St,

Wellsboro Fast Food MCDONALDS (570) 724-2151, 9 Charleston St.

Westfield ACORN #10 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (814) 367-2610, 465 E Main St, www.

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My Favorite Things

Fond of Fondue By Holly Howell

I first fell in love with fondue when I was around twelve years old. My parents had gone on vacation, and our babysitters were a lovely young couple from Switzerland. They made cheese fondue, meat fondue, and, of course, my favorite—chocolate fondue. My brothers and I couldn’t wait to sit down to dinner and “play” with our food. We had to follow the Swiss rules, too, and if anything fell off of our fork into the fondue, we had to do a song-and-dance for the table. Little did we know that the “adult rules” state you must kiss the person sitting to your left! Fondue seemed to fade in and out of fashion over the next few decades, but I can happily say it has made a spectacular comeback, and has found its niche in restaurants world-wide. The recipes are easy to make, and the ingredients are easy to find. Plus, there is no better way to turn dinnertime into a real party. Fondue can also turn a Valentine’s date into a romantic evening to remember. Here is a simple recipe that can pair perfectly with that bottle of red wine. Adult Fondue rules most definitely apply… For the perfect wine pairing see How Sweet It Is on page 48.

Holly’s Favorite Chocolate Fondue Recipe Makes 1-1/2 cups 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup cocoa 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup cream 1 tsp. vanilla Melt butter in a saucepan. Add the cocoa, sugar, and cream. Heat until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Serve immediately in a fondue pot or serving dish kept warm. Serve with lots of fun dippers and a nice fruit wine.

Holly is a Certified Specialist of Wine (by the Society of Wine Educators) and a Certified Sommelier (by the Master Court of Sommeliers in England); email her at 50

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Potter County Galeton ACORN #25 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (814) 435-6626, 3 West St, TUTORS RESTAURANT Tutors Restaurant offers delicious home-cooked meals 7 days a week. Breakfast on Sat and Sun. Tues˜Italian. Wed˜Seafood. Thur˜Wings. Fri˜Fish Fry. Sun˜Brunch Buffet. (814) 435-3550, 75 Germania St.

Germaina GERMANIA HOTEL The best burgers around. Wings, pizza, steaks, and seafood. Thursday Rib Night. Friday Broiled or Fried Haddock. Salad bar Thurs, Fri, Sat. Serving food 7 days a week, 12pm to12am. Legal beverages, rooms available, find us on Facebook “Germaniahotel Germania.” (814) 435-8851, Rt. 44 (Seven Miles South of Galeton).

Gold GOLD GENERAL STORE Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pizza and subs. Baked goods. Grocery items. (814) 848-9773, 2760 State Rt. 49W.

New York Steuben County Addison ACORN #11 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (607) 359-2603, 121 Front St, www.

Bath RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 622-6033, 371 W Morris St,

Corning THE GAFFER GRILLE AND TAP ROOM The Gaffer Grille and Tap Room offers fine dining, atmosphere, food, drinks, and friends! We serve lunches, dinners, meetings, or small parties up to 30 individuals. Visit us on Historic Market Street in Corning’s Gaffer District. (607) 329-9950, 58 W Market Street, www.

HOLMES PLATE RESTAURANT Holmes Plate offers Rustic Semi-Al Fresco casual dining, specializing in the area’s largest selection of craft & micro-brewery beers. We prepare every dish fresh to order with the highest quality ingredients. (607) 377-5500, 54 West Market St, RADISSON HOTEL CORNING Grill 1-2-5 serves creative regional specialties: small plates, grilled sandwiches, and tender filet mignon. The Steuben Bar offers appetizers, light meals, your favorite beverages, and is known for the best martini in the city! 125 Denison Parkway East, (607) 962-5000, TONY R’S Tony R’s is the first upscale steak and seafood restaurant in Corning, New York’s Gaffer District. They serve the finest cuisine in the area and also offer a tremendous selection of the finest wines that you will not want to miss. (607) 937-9277, 2-6 East Market Street, RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 962-2300, 92 W Market Street,

Wayland ACORN #16 FEATURING SUBWAY “Eat Fresh.” (585) 728-3840, 2341 Rt. 63, www.

Chemung County Horseheads RICO’S PIZZA Rico’s Pizza offers NY Style hand-tossed pizzas with a variety of toppings. The full menu includes appetizers, salads, subs, calzones, stromboli’s, and pizza by the slice. Dessert, beer, and wine are also available. (607) 796-2200, 2162 Grand Central Ave,

Finger Lakes Hammondsport MALONEY’S PUB Maloney’s Pub offers live music year round. Come show your talent or view other local talent at their open mics on Thursdays, or lounge around and play pool at their pool table. They also have pub merchandise available. (607) 569-2264, 57 Pulteney St,

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Rick Hoover, owner of Hoover Hardware in Troy, in his new kitchen-and-bath showroom.

If You Build It…

Hoover Hardware covers the bases: hardware, hardhats, & housewares Story and Photography By Anne Calvin


ince its construction by Beardsley and McKean in 1871, the building at 816 Canton Street in Troy has always been used as a hardware store. And for nearly fifty years, Hoover Hardware, a family-owned and familyoperated business, has provided that service to the community. Hoover has long outgrown the original building, and now fills ten buildings in a cluster in downtown Troy. Rick Hoover and his wife Cheri run the business, which has been in continuous operation by the family since 1963,


when Rick’s parents, Marvin and Harriett Hoover, bought P.S. King Hardware, a store that had been in existence under various owners since the late 1800s. Rick, a Penn State graduate, became the manager and a partner in the business in 1983. Daughter Darien, eighteen, a senior at Troy High School, helps out after school and during the summer months in her parents’ store, which has thirty employees, mostly fulltimers. Next year Hoover will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary In addition to the items that can be found at any hardware store—nuts and

bolts, tools, paint, gardening supplies— there is a full-line gift shop that includes Yankee Candles, toys, and clothing that fill two stories of the main building. A relatively new line of flame-resistant clothing caters to the natural gas industry, joining traditional agricultural and casual lines featuring Carhartt, Woolrich, Under Armor, Dickies, and Wrangler. Lumber, plumbing, electrical, glass, pipe, and steel are housed in several buildings out back. But the new centerpiece at Hoover’s is a 3000-square-foot home décor showroom and design gallery, advertised under the

We are stocking gas-industry related equipment like more safety fuel cans, hard hats, specialty eyewear, tools, and flame-resistant clothing. slogan “Designs for any Budget.” Says kitchen and bath designer John Signor, “A common price range for a kitchen remodel can run between $10,000 to as much as a $100,000 on a complete new construction kitchen depending on what the customer wants.” Because there are no major appliances involved, a new bath runs between $2,500 and $4,500. From faucets to floor lamps, the design center’s intent is to provide one-stop shopping for home remodels. With the arrival of the natural gas industry, Rick says they have seen another market that has opened up to them. “We are stocking gas-industry related equipment like more safety fuel cans, hard hats, specialty eyewear, tools, and flame-resistant clothing.” Though American-made merchandise has become hard to find in recent years,

Hoover says he is constantly on the lookout for it. “We try to stock as much made-inUSA product as we can, but there are times when products, such as some tools, are just not available in the United States.” Rick says he thinks there is a push to get back to more USA-made products. “Price competitiveness has been the issue and because of it certain market shares have been lost.” Developing an online presence in the last ten years has helped Hoover’s business grow, though Rick says they have never really seen a major slowing of the economy in the Troy area in recent years. Reflecting on the national trend, Rick says, “Hoover’s has always done well; we have diversified as we have seen downturns or stagnations in the economy.” He adds that customer service and “always looking for ways to get the

Shop: Hoover Hardware Address: 816 Canton Street, Troy, PA 16947 Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 570-297-3445, (800) 251-2156 Web site:

customers what they are asking for,” has also grown the business. The store does special orders if customers can’t find what they need in stock, but with over 70,000 items available to online customers, that doesn‘t happen often. Anne Calvin is a journalist and an occasional contributor to Mountain Home.


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#13 UNIQUE POLY-STEEL ONE-STORY HOME ON 176 PRIVATE ACRES WITH POND – The homes interior is unfinished so the new owner can finish to personal taste. Amenities include: floor to ceiling river stone fireplace, Pella windows with pull down screens,

#118 LARGE CUSTOM BUILT HOME ON 150 ACRES – beautiful wood work, hardwood floors, granite counter tops. Large windows for a great view. Coudersport School District. OGM convey with sale. $899,000.00

#30 GREAT HUNTING OR SEASONAL RETREAT – this 7 bedroom, 1 bath cabin on 4.2 acres has new replacement windows, 2 sheds and most furnishings stay along with appliances. Priced @ $81,500.00

#35 GREAT CABIN – situated on 15.93 acres, beautiful view. Very private, sits at back of property. A-Frame style with loft area. Electric, privy, propane heat and cook stove. $74,900.00

Secluded country retreat on 20+ acres, bordering thousands of acres of timber company land; maintenance free home or camp - ideal for horses or other livestock, wildlife all over and perfect for snowmobiling or 4-wheeling; OGM’s are owned, not leased, negotiable. MTHDLM 120981 $239,000

Many nice upgrades in this high quality 3 BR ranch on 3.5 acres - full poured concrete basement w/walk-out from lower level, garden tub w/Jacuzzi, 6” walls, tremendous views, walk to State Forest, great snowmobile and 4-wheel area. MTHDLM 121262 $139,900

Beautifully maintained 4 BR seasonal dwelling or full time residence w/(3) 1st floor BR’s, nice, newer kitchen and 2 baths, insulated Anderson windows/door, cathedral ceiling - completely remodeled in 2006. Front and rear decks to enjoy wildlife, miles of 4-wheel and snowmobile trails available, access to hunting land. MTHDLM 121864 $149,900

Log-sided home, neat as a pin w/open floor plan, first floor BR and bath, large eat-in kitchen, sunroom-like entry way w/flagstone floor, oak flooring and vaulted living room ceiling. 5.27 nicely landscaped acres w/ perennials, pleasant views and close to Grand Canyon; OGM’s transfer. MTHDLM 121449 $174,900

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Beautiful totally remodeled 3 bedroom home! Located within walking distance of downtown Wellsboro. Kitchen features hickory cabinets with a center island & new appliances. New floor coverings, freshly painted with crown moldings. Just $179,000 M10001

Gorgeous Country Location! Spacious newer 5 BR, 2 ½ BA ranch home situated on 51+ acres overlooking the large pond. Finished walk-out lower level. Deck with great views! Pole barn with 3 overhead doors. Centrally located between Mansfield, Elmira, & Troy. Only $509,900 M20006

Beautiful Home! Peaceful, quiet setting with stream. Lovely 3 BR 2 BA ranch home situated on 4+ acres offers open floor plan. Secluded family room with stone fireplace, wood flooring, & glass doors facing the woods. Watch the wildlife. Just $235,000 M20003

Breathtaking Views! Spacious two story home on 1.67 acres with detached garage & paved drive! Kitchen offers an open floor plan leading into the formal dining room. Sizable bathroom features Jacuzzi Tub. Finished basement with ½ bath. Professionally landscaped. Just $282,900 M10010

Great Family Home! Large 3 BR, 2 BA home in downtown Canton features newer kitchen countertops, skylights in the dining room, & hardwood flooring in most of the rooms. Easy access to Rts 14 & 414. Only $127,500 C10160

Spacious Home! Newer 2,128 sq ft doublewide offers cathedral ceilings, open kitchen/dining area, 3 BR, 2 BA, office, & deck. Master suite features large walk-in closet, garden tub. & separate shower. Situated on rented lot in a quiet neighborhood. Several lakes nearby. Only $68,000 M10108

Country Setting! This 3 BR ranch home features remodeled kitchen with plenty of hickory cabinets, living room, den, & large deck complete with hot tub. Attached 2½ car garage. Convenient to Mansfield & Elmira. Just $149,900 M10023

Country Setting! Great 3 BR 2 BA doublewide with open floor plan on 1.12+/- acres. Enjoy the quiet country setting & the stream through the property. Easy commute to Troy, Elmira, or Mansfield. Just $99,900 M10004


100% OGMS Convey! Newer 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, doublewide on 54+ acres. Features fireplace, breakfast nook, & enclosed porch. Great hunting, mostly wooded, stream, & trails. 30 ac. in declared well unit/3 permitted wells. Only $995,000 M20005

100% OGMS CONVEY!!! Enjoy the outdoors on this 10 acre parcel which includes a 1296 sq ft mobile home. Great place for your camp or new home. Country setting. Stream runs through property. ONLY $99,900 M10050

100% OGMS Convey! Newer 3 BR, 2½ BA ranch home situated on 33+/- acres. Covered deck to enjoy the quiet country setting. Basement garage. 32x40, 2 story barn. Property located next to the Cowanesque River offering a mix of open & woods and small pond. Just $419,900 M10011

100% OGMS Convey!! 360 degree views!! 74+ mostly open, level to gently rolling acres. 3 BR home with spacious eat-in kitchen, den, & full bath. Currently operating 2 story dairy barn with milk house. Close to Rtes 14 & 414. Only $599,900 M10125

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If your looking for a secluded setting check out this home. Remodeled inside and out you can relax on the large wrap around deck and watch the wildlife or sit inside and enjoy the cozy atmosphere with a fire in the woodstove. MLS# 121949 $199,900

Nicely kept 2 story intown home. Close to schools and walking distance to downtown. Large rooms with lots of closet and storage space. Located on a quiet street in a quaint neighborhood. MLS# 121364 $163,900

This beautiful home sits at the base of the mountains. There is a large family room with a gas fireplace and vaulted ceilings. A secluded setting and a short walk to State Forest lands.Close to Tioga Hammond lakes and Hills Creek State Park. Shown by appointment, no drivebys please. MLS# 120743 $354,900

Custom built home overlooking Mansfield. Kitchen w/ granite counter tops & breakfast bar. Four large BRs on second floor w/ a large laundry. Master BA, large walk in closet, garden tub & shower. Basement, partially finished w/ family room, full BA & media room. If your looking for luxury this home is a must see. MLS# 121958 $349,000

Tioga County – 40 acres in Ward Township close to Tioga State Forest. ½ mile of township road frontage, perc approved, electricity available, wooded, gently rolling, many excellent building locations. $139,000. Owner financing.

Potter County – 4 acres with Pine Creek frontage near Galeton. Wooded with pine trees, utilities, approved for in-ground septic. Perfect for home or cabin! Close to Denton Hill ski area, snowmobile trails, state game lands. $59,900. Owner financing.

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owadays, the signs of change are everywhere in the rural Pennsylvania landscape as hidden riches are coaxed to the surface. Life is lived less leisurely, the simple days now silhouetted behind long checkout lines at stores and busy intersections. It doesn’t seem so long ago that a sunset ride out into the countryside after dinner was a relaxing evening’s entertainment. Who would have expected well pads in corn plots, or gas lines anywhere but at the corner filling station? If the high price of gas has you sounding retreat, you can always head for the hills— Hills Creek is just ten minutes out of town, via Mansfield or Wellsboro, a short way to travel for a little bit of heaven. Drive past round hay bales, a few dairy cows, the occasional drinking hole and a beaver pond, spot an egret or maybe a turtle crossing the road, a deer or bear along the tree line—and breathe in the farmland. Around the bend and about where you’d expect a farmhouse to be, there is one, white with yellow trim, black shutters and a front porch, perched on the old stone foundation, with an adjacent gray weathered barn and red chicken coop, hens pecking in the yard. Eye Look Good—it’s a sign. You blink. You make sure that’s what you see: Eye Look Good. It’s no mirage. This signpost on Hills Creek Lake Road is a welcome sight in Tioga County—an oasis for women, and almost right in your own backyard. For men, it’s the answer to that eternal question of what else can I give her: the royal treatment—a trip to the spa. Margaret Radek-Landis, a licensed esthetician, is also in the business of coaxing hidden riches to the surface. As her shingle 62

Ashley Mack enjoys redeeming her Christmas gift certificate for a teen facial as esthetician Margaret Landis applies a honey granule mask.

suggests, Eye Look Good provides beauty treatments: facials, lash extensions, and makeup lessons; however, the sign’s subtext should read, “I Feel Good, Too” considering the massage, music and mood therapy, or Tibetan hand or foot treatments her spa additionally provides. The constant north on Margaret’s compass has always been her desire and her ability to “make it better.” Her kindergarten teacher wrote of Margaret’s propensity to befriend and comfort any student, and many years later her college skills aptitude panel still suggested that Margaret is a people person and a natural caregiver. To arrive in Hills Creek, Margaret journeyed from a Chicago suburb to college

at the University of Illinois, from retail to corporate customer service and sales. But like the earth itself, the top plates shifting counter to the ones below, Margaret was pulled, literally, in different directions. In 1993, a skiing injury and her subsequent ACL reconstruction surgery precipitated her interest in massage therapy. Attending the Wellness and Massage Training Institute of Illinois, she completed studies in Swedish massage, Bellanina facelift massage therapy, and reflexology. But just before graduating, she was made “an offer she couldn’t refuse” and entered the corporate world. As the new millennium shifted in, Margaret’s employer, Nobel Biocare USA,

moved out to California, leaving Margaret to chose a career path following her second inclination: “I’ve always had a calling to use my hands…even back in college I had great urges to become a bread baker.” She signed on with Whole Foods and trained in the bakery department, eventually leaving to take a position as the cook and baker for a small inn in Gettysburg. There she met her future husband, whose job ultimately relocated the couple to Wellsboro. It was long, hot, hard work at the inn that ultimately brought Margaret back to physical therapy and to her innate calling: “Throughout my childhood and adult life, I have had the desire to minister to people,” says Margaret. “That’s just the way God made me.” So, Margaret, being in her forties, and mindful that youthful beauty is ephemeral, had a genuine interest in impeding aging skin. Attending Von Lee International School of Esthetics, the first school in the country dedicated only to esthetics and makeup, she graduated as valedictorian in 2005. When a client walks through the door, Margaret’s brain starts cruising: “I am immediately calculating what is going on with her skin, where I can make it better not

only on her first visit but also long term.” Facials begin with a brief discussion of the client’s concerns and health history. Then the face surface is cleansed, followed by deep pore cleansing—steam with masks, cleanser with an ultrasonic skin scrubber, galvanic cleansing or vacuum—and extraction. “If I see lackluster or sun-damaged skin, I exfoliate with salicylic or—if she does not have sensitive skin—crushed amber. Flakey skin treatment could be apple-cider enzymes with goat milk.” A teen would get honey granules or enzymes of some sort. Methods can include a glycolic solution polishing scrub to a layering of fruit acids and crushed amber with microdermabrasion. More aggressive treatments involve a variety of peels. “Finally, I massage. Always, I massage. I know about 120 different facial massages. If a client is loosing elasticity, I perform lifting massages, and make sure I hit marma (Sanskrit for sensitive or vulnerable points on the body) and acupressure points to help her rejuvenate.” A lethargic client receives something invigorating to stimulate more blood flow; if stressed, she receives a relaxing facial and work on marma points; if she is puffy, the massage concentrates on lymphatic

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draining of the face and neck; if acneic, the client likely receives acupressure work. Whole body detoxification and treatments for sore joints and muscles include a twentyminute, steam-tent therapy. Towards the end of February, Margaret will acquire certification for ayurvedic spa treatments. Ayurvedic treatments, derived from ancient Indian tradition, have a rhythm and flow that covers the entire body and are designed to loosen toxins in the body, release excesses, and restore physical, mental, and spiritual harmony. Herbal oils used target individual imbalances. What makes an Eye Look Good gift certificate a terrific present is the variety See Eye on page 64


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Winter Wonderland This photo was taken from Germania St., looking across Berger Lake at Galeton’s landmark bandhouse in John J. Collins Memorial Park. Photo by Suzan K. Richar, artist and photographer, Wellsboro, PA


I’m a SuSquehanna woman. “I’ve got two brand-new knees, and I’m standing tall.

I grew up on our family fruit farm,

Wentzlers.’ I’m sure all the heavy lifting contributed to my knee problems. From the moment I met Dr. Craig Stabler, I felt everything would be okay. He explained the new technology that would minimize discomfort and speed up my recovery. It’s been two years, and I have absolutely no pain. If you come by Wentzlers’ you just might see me dancing in the orchard.”

– Karen Woolever, Montoursville

Coming soon! Our new patient tower with dedicated orthopedic floor and complete rehabilitation center. To get a referral, call 877-883-4791. 67


February 2012  
February 2012  

"Big Eats" by Michael Capuzzo covers the booming expansions in the local food industry. This issue also includes Bears Give One Paws to Thin...