Columbia-Montour Quarterly Vol. 9: July-September 2023

Enjoy a quarterly snapshot of our region with the latest edition of our quarterly digital magazine!



Volume 9 July - September

Your All-Access Guide to Columbia & Montour Counties!


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2023 Covered Bridge Photo Contest Winner Announced


Outdoor Rec Goes High Tech: Kayak Kiosk


Groove Out to Weekly Summer Concerts


10 Life is Better on the Farm: Keeping the Tradition at Forks Farm

Covered Bridge & Arts Festival Returns: October 5-8, 2023 19

Events Calendar 20 Member Spotlight 24

Summer Showcase: The Fishyaker 26



Your Summer Adventure Begins in COLUMBIA & MONTOUR Counties



The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce this year’s Covered Bridge Photo Contest winner. The winning image will be featured as the 2023 Covered Bridge Puzzle. This year’s puzzle will be released in the fall as the thirteenth installment in the Visitors Bureau’s limited-edition series, and will feature the Jud Christian Covered Bridge for the first time. Mark Koskulitz’s snapshot of the Jud Christian Bridge in Columbia County was selected as this year’s overall winner. Mark retired in 2021 from his career as a math teacher and football coach for the Hazleton Area School District. He was first introduced to photography by his brother John in 2007, and they have shared many adventures together including visits to many of the National Parks. His favorite photographic interests include landscapes, wildlife, macro photography, and rural or rustic scenes. Mark grew up in West Hazleton and currently resides in Conyngham. He is honored to have been selected as this year’s photo contest winner. Several other photographers were recognized

in this year’s contest with an honorable mention designation: Jimmy Tighe (photo featuring Esther Furnace Covered Bridge), Dave Nolte (West Paden Covered Bridge), Margie Hunsinger (Esther Furnace Covered Bridge), and Brandi Whitenight (Fowlersville Covered Bridge). The Visitors Bureau would like to thank everyone who submitted photos to the contest. The Jud Christian Covered Bridge was built in 1876 by William L. Manning at a cost of $239. It is located five miles northeast of Millville and Iola on Ardens Hill Road, off Sereno Hollow Road. It spans Little Fishing Creek between Jackson and Pine Townships, in Columbia County. This Queen Post truss bridge is 53 feet long and in near-perfect condition. The bridge is still open to vehicular thru-traffic. It was named after a farmer and lumberman,


Jud Christian, who lived nearby. The farm’s old mill still stands a short distance from the bridge on private property. The Visitors Bureau is now taking pre-orders for the 2023 Jud Christian Covered Bridge puzzles – cost is $18, tax included. Puzzles are 550 pieces and supplies are limited. Individuals interested in getting puzzle may simply click on the button at the bottom of this article to access the pre-order form. No payment will be taken at the time of pre-order. When the finished puzzles arrive (likely in September), those on the pre- order list will be contacted directly to arrange pickup or shipping plans. Afterward, any puzzles not reserved for pre-orders will be made available to the general public to purchase at the Visitors Bureau Welcome Center. A donation of $2 from every puzzle sold will be made by the Bureau to the Columbia County Covered Bridge Association to go toward restoration and preservation of local covered bridge treasures. The Columbia County Covered Bridge Association restores, preserves, and advocates for the covered bridges of Columbia County for historical and recreational purposes. Their purpose is simple: they recognize the historic importance of the covered bridges as a public treasure to be available to, and be enjoyed by, the public. This non-profit association protects the area’s covered bridges not only for today, but also for future generations.

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Passport to Discovering History To make it easy for visitors to explore the twenty-five historic covered bridges of Columbia & Montour Counties, the Visitors Bureau has brought back their passport program for 2023. The free mobile-

based passport allows users to “check-in” at each bridge using their phone’s GPS location services. The program also offers directions and more information about each bridge along the way. Once travelers have used their passport to check-in at 13 bridges, they will receive a free commemorative patch as well as a limited-edition holiday ornament featuring the Rupert Bridge in Bloomsburg. If users complete all 25 bridge visits prior to December 31 of this year, they will also be entered in a grand prize drawing for an overnight getaway package in Montour County, valued at over $500.

click to get your free passport!

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DineIn • TakeOut • Catering Westovers Country Grill creates delicious, good ole’ fashion home cooking in a nostalgic country setting. From comfort food like BBQ to delicious steaks and pasta, you’ll love every bite. We even make homemade desserts! Stop by anytime, especially if you’re on your way to nearby Ricketts Glen.

Dine inside or relax outside on our all weather outdoor deck/pavilion. It’s also the perfect place to have your next party, event, or business gathering.

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Kayak Kiosk Creates New Recreation Opportunities

by Linda Sones

After a lot of research and development, Dave figured out a way to turn a trailer into a kiosk. But security was still an issue. His initial search turned up a locking system that was Bluetooth controlled. However, reliable WiFi service was lacking at the pre- serve, so that option was ultimately ruled out. Eventually, after a deeper investigaton, he found a system that uses cell service. This system is wireless and provides reliable security. Once he had the basics figured out, Dave needed approval from Bob’s Board of Directors. They did approve his plan, and a three- year contract was put in place. In 2021, the Kiosk was first avail- able at the dock of Lake Chillisquaque on the preserve. It was manned for the summer on the weekends. The first year was a trial-and-error for them as they learned better ways to serve the people. The kiosk was returned for 2022 and the new se- curity system made it more available to visitors as it could be unmanned throughout the week. Here’s how it works: 1) Using your phone, go to the website URL posted at the kiosk. 2) Pick the type of unit you’d like to use and how long you wish to use it; sailing gear, single kayak, tandem kayak, trio kayak, sit- on-tops, sit-ins, paddle boards, or paddle boats are all available. 3) Pay with your credit card 4) A confirmation is sent to your phone with a code to access the gear that is only usable with that transaction. 5) When your time is over, you return the gear to the kiosk. If it is not returned, charges will continue on your credit card until it is returned. NOTE: Although the “self-serve” capabilities of the Kiosk do ex- ist, there is a “lag time” for folks who walk up and want a boat. That lag time can be an hour, possibly more. So, plan ahead, and give them some notice if you want to use the Kiosk’s self-serve capabilities. They can send you your codes for any day and time.

Have you ever seen the “Kayak Kiosk” at the Montour Preserve? Maybe you didn’t know what it was, or that it was there for your use. This little invention came from the mind of David Deco- teau. Dave is an outdoor enthusiast, past Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, small business advocate, 30-year businessman, and the owner of Earthscapes Lawn and Garden as well as Riverside Adventure Company. Needless to say, he is very involved in his community and strives to create fun for everyone! About five years ago, Bob Stoudt, Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission and Montour Preserve, started talking with Dave about making kayaks available at the preserve for public use. A lot of issues needed to be worked out to make this happen. How do they do this and make it financially sound? What about safety and security? And how would it be staffed?


This system has been set up for kayakers of all abilities and in- cludes a mandatory short basic kayaking instructional video that is required prior to the code being sent. The units all include the kayak/board, life vests, and paddles. Every unit is cleaned and ster- ilized weekly. So far, the Kayak Kiosk at the Preserve has been well received. People can use the different types of vessels to learn which one suits them prior to purchasing their own kayak. Others may have friends who have their own kayak, but need to rent one for them- selves in order to be able to join. The tandem and trio kayaks also make it easy for families with smaller children to enjoy this sport. The Kayak Kiosk allows everyone to enjoy the lake together! Currently, the kiosk is operational for the season at the Preserve for visitors to use. On the weekends, there is usually an attendant or two. They have water and drinks, snacks, and even ice cream. They might even pull out their slip-n-slide! 2023 is the final year of Riverside Adventure Company’s existing contract to provide this service to the public. Dave and Bob are both very hopeful that the kiosks will be able to return next year.

To support the Kayak Kiosk and the Montour Preserve, please visit: .

Interested in renting a kayak at the Montour Preserve using the kiosk? Scan the QR code above to get started! 7

GROOVE OUT TO Weekly Summer Concerts

July 11 – West Branch Barbershop Chorus July 18 – Strawberry Ridge July 25 – Elise Mark and Friends August 1 – Jeff Mammet August 8 – The Becky Blue Band

DANVILLE Tuesdays thru August 8th

7:00 - 9:00 PM Held at Memorial Park

July 12 – Strawbridge July 19 – The Clickard Consortium July 26 – Gift, Troutman & Gift August 3 – 68th Ice Cream & Cake Festival Featuring the Catawissa Military Band

BLOOMSBURG Wednesdays thru August 3rd 7:00 - 8:30 PM Held at the Bloomsburg Town Park

BERWICK Thursdays thru August 31st

July 13 - Legends Oldies July 20 – Swing Masters July 27 – Burn the Jukebox August 3 - Rose Ostrowski August 10 - DJ Tom Rood

7:00 - 9:00 PM Held at the Jackson Mansion Lawn

(Kids Night; 6:30 - 8:30 PM) FREE balloons, games, and bounce house

August 17 – All That Glitters August 24 – David Pulizzi August 31 – Memory Lane Free Cake & Ice Cream Night

Bring your lawn chairs and relax to good music in Columbia & Montour Counties all summer long! Concerts are FREE.


Life is Better on the Farm



by Linda Sones

Forks Farm Market is one of the best-known markets in our area. Although hundreds of people enjoy it throughout the year, most have no idea how it all came to be, why it recently sold, or what its future holds. So, let’s take a walk into life on Forks Farm. In the 1980s, John Hopkins and his wife Emily (better known as “Todd”) were interns on a cattle ranch in Colorado, doing whatever jobs needed to be done. Life was good, but they decided they wanted to be closer to their Pennsylvania family. So, in 1986, they purchased 86 acres in rural Columbia County near the village of Forks. They started raising beef, but the land was overused and needed rehabilitation. Soon, they joined a grass-roots organization and attended several sustainable agriculture conferences, which drove their change to grass-fed, organic farming, in turn healing their land. They believe that grass farming allows them to place their animals in their natural environment, eat food that they were born to eat, and be stress-free. This all leads to their meat being the very best nature would allow it to be.

Emily “Todd” and John Hopkins on their new farm.


The Hopkins’s started to raise chickens, turkeys, and pigs as well; and like the cattle, they were eating what they were meant to eat. As this cycle unfolded, they thought it would be advantageous for their local buyers to be able to acquire everything they would need for their dinner table all at one location. This led them to start their farm mar- ket. This market would be seasonal and run the second and fourth Saturday of the month, April through October. Later, Thanksgiving and Christmas markets were added so people could have the best hams and turkeys the sea- son could offer.

Chickens and the other animals have freedom to forage at Forks Farm, amongst the beautiful countryside.

John and Todd were quick to invite other farmers to join their bi-monthly market. These market vendors have al- ways been local, sustainable farmers as well. In addition to a variety of meats, cheeses, and seasonal fresh vege- tables, conscientious shoppers would also be able to find fresh mushrooms, local honey, baked goods, coffee, and wine. As the market continued, local crafters joined in the

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Early life on the farm for the Hopkins family and farm friends.

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Fun Horse Show Tuesday

APRA & IPRA Sanctioned Championship Rodeo Thur., Fri., & Sat.

Bull-A-Rama Sunday

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Life on the farm was plenty of fun as John & Todd raised three daughters!

The Hopkins’s farmhouse, along with Todd & her girls.

fun selling their homemade soaps, kitchen tools, artwork, and so much more.

food systems. It was a well-deserved award, and an out- standing reminder that the mission they had originally set out to accomplish had been achieved: to provide local, fresh, clean food to their community using sustainable farming methods that contribute to the health of their cus- tomers and the environment. As the farm had grown over the years, so did their family. John and Todd raised their three daughters on the farm, and also eventually welcomed grandchildren to the clan. In order to visit their loved ones, extensive plans always had to be made so the animals would be fed, the eggs collect- ed, and the market taken care of. So in 2022, they finally

The Hopkins also started a Buyer’s Club, which stretched their season and gave them a chance to service non-rural communities. This took them all over Eastern Pennsylva- nia. They also became part of farming education and com- munity outreach. Their farm was bustling! In 2017, John and Todd were recognized by the Pennsyl- vania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) with their annual Leadership Award, given to a food producer that exemplifies the spirit of sustainability in agriculture &


John & Todd Hopkins (on left) with their grown daughters and grandchildren.

decided that since the farm was stable and the market was operating so well, it was time to pass the torch af- ter 36 years. They listed their farm for sale, and began the search for the right steward to take over the property. About the same time the Hopkins’s were thinking of sell- ing their farm, Deb Race and her husband, Jim LaPlant, from Massachusetts, were looking for a life change! Deb and Jim had been in the medical field for 25 years. During the COVID crisis, Deb was a Registered Nurse working long, hard hours helping people whose future was dark due to the pandemic. Jim worked long hours maintain- ing hospital infrastructure (computers, phones, medical equipment). At times, both pulled night shifts, weekends, and 12+ hour days. Like a lot of people in the medical field, these medical heroes got burned out. Who wouldn’t? They wanted a healthier lifestyle. And so, they started looking for an alternative life plan. They realized how hard COVID was on families, not only medically but even just to put quality food on the table. The food industry was broken, and the amount of chemi-

cals and fillers going in food these days was unacceptable. Both Deb and Jim worked on farms in the past. Deb sold vegetables, cleaned chickens, and did other farm chores for her grandfather on his farm. Jim was willing to learn whatever was needed. So, they decided that having a sus- tainable working farm and providing healthy food to the public was what they wanted to do.

Deb Race and her husband Jim LaPlant are Forks Farm’s new owners.


Shifting from health care to healthy food production would take research. Jim started reading and research- ing regenerative farming and working and maintaining chemical-free land. Deb started looking for land all over New England. Nothing was fitting their needs. After about a year, they broadened their search. They saw that Forks Farm was for sale, that the farm was a “green” farm, sustainable, and had a market. This farm let the animals eat what they should be eating; grasses and was chemi- cal-free. This was very important for Deb and Jim. It was also what John and Todd had worked so hard to build. Without even visiting the farm, they made an offer to the Hopkins, and early in 2022, an agreement was made and John and Todd sold their beautiful farm to Jim and Deb. The transfer went quickly. There was so much to do now! Not only did they have to move their entire life to PA, but they also had to take over farm chores. It was so busy that on the day of their closing, Deb and Jim had to arrive a little late and plenty dirty as new pigs had just arrived on the farm and needed tending to. Running the farm proved to be a huge learning curve as they had to remember how to do everything. John and Todd assisted them the first year, teaching them what they needed to know, and how and where to get what they needed. “We couldn’t have done it without the Hop- kinses,” said Deb. “We absolutely want to continue what John and Todd created.” Preparing for their first market was chaos! After it was over, they felt excited, and exhausted, but had fun. Deb was thankful; “everyone was so welcoming & supportive.” A few things did change with the passing of the torch. The Buyers’ Club was still operating well, but a new buying system, Barn to Table, had to be implemented. But they still travel around Pennsylvania providing quality, healthy food to urban areas and educating people on farm prac- tices. Deb started to incubate eggs so the laying hens are born and raised on the farm, not shipped in a box. Plus, they have a “Kids Corral”, so the kids have a safe place to play while the parents shop. The store is open 24/7 now. Folks can place orders and pick them up the next day, sometimes the same day. Peo- ple can stop in anytime as well. A new freezer holds beef, pork, chicken, eggs, cheese, milk, and more. A buyer can leave cash, checks, or use Venmo. The farm still carries all locally produced items.

Liam McCay of Liam’s Luck Wood Craft, a regular vendor at the market, stated that “nothing has changed except

The picturesque Josiah Hess Covered Bridge is located right next to Forks Farm.


a few personal touches. It’s the same great market that we’re used to.”

Deb and Jim started to advertise their camping area and have received many reservations. Mainly from the Philadelphia and New York City areas. They find it interesting that so many people have no idea where their food is coming from and what’s in it. Edu- cating the campers, and the public, on how their food is made, grown, and harvested has become another im- portant part of their new life. (cont.)

Jim has settled in well with the farm’s inhabitants!


So, what does the future hold for Forks Farm? A few future plans include ex- panding the camping area and may- be, just maybe, having a market every weekend. But for the most part, it’s about business as usual, and keeping the tradition going at Forks Farm. “Why change anything if it’s not broken?” re- marked Deb, a clear ode to the Hopkins for the amazing farm, and lifestyle, that was built over the past four decades. If you are interested in learning more about Forks Farm, becoming a vendor at their market, or wish to attend the Forks Farm Market, information can be found at, or on their Facebook and Instagram pages. •

Early morning on the farm.

There’s plenty for all ages at the bi-monthly market. Each market typically has a theme, such as Kid’s Day, Ice Cream Social, Corn Roast, Wagon Ride Farm Tour, Halloween Dress-Up, etc.


UPCOMING FORKS FARM MARKET SCHEDULE (held Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm) July 22: Wagon Ride Farm Tour August 12: Serenity with Sound August 26: Corn Roast September 9: Family Picnic Day September 23: Brew & Cheese Tasting

Forks Farm works with local partners like Rohrbach’s Farm Market to promote agritourism in the area!


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“ in the city ” July 24 – September 1 The Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg 570-317-2596 • sip and paint July 30, August 27 & September 24 Old Forge Brewing Company, 282 Mill Street, Danville 570-275-5181 •

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jackson mansion tours Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, through November 1

Jackson Mansion, 344 Market Street, Berwick 570-520-4110 •

danville summer concert series Every Tuesday, through August 8 Danville Memorial Park, 300 Bloom Street, Danville bloomsburg town park concert series Every Wednesday, through August 3 Town Park, Bloomsburg 570-784-7123 • concert series at the jackson mansion Every Thursday, through August 31 Jackson Mansion Lawn, 500 N. Market Street, Berwick 570-752-2723 • forks farm market Every Second and Fourth Saturday, through October 28 Forks Farm Market, 299 Covered Bridge Road, Orangeville 570-683-5820 • tour the montgomery house and boyd house museums Every Sunday, through October Montgomery & Boyd House Museums, Bloom Street, Danville 570-271-0830 brewskis ’ bluegrass brunch Every Last Sunday, through December Brewskis Coffee and Bar, 22 East Main St., Bloomsburg 570-317-2865


mark sassani solo show Now through July 21 The Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg. 570-317-2596 • briggs farm blues festival July 6 – 8 Briggs Farm, 88 Old Berwick Highway, Nescopeck 570-379-3342 •

dragons love tacos July 6 – 23 Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theater, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-5530 • 4 - wheel jamboree July 7 – 9 Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, 900 W. Main Street, Bloomsburg


Six Luxury rooms for today’s distinguished travelers who are looking for a comfortable home away from home! Wandell Inn 240 Main Street Benton, PA 17814 570-394-7033

A Picturesque Inn Nestled in the charming Village of Benton Pennsylvania... just a short drive from both Ricketts Glen State Park and Bloomsburg University. Each one of our six guest rooms is uniquely designed and features works by local artists. Complimentary coffee bar .

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benton rodeo July 11 – 16 Benton Rodeo Grounds, 385 Mendenhall Lane, Benton berwick world war ii weekend July 14 – 16 Berwick Test Track, South Eaton Street, Berwick “ may the force be with you ” day 2023 July 15 Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg 570-389-9206 • pioneer day 2023 July 22 Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam Train, 19th & Oak Streets, Ashland 570-875-3850 • montour delong community fair July 24 – 29 Montour DeLong Community Fairgrounds, 2628 Broadway Rd, Danville

farmfest bloomsburg music festival August 12 The Farm in Bloom, 1051 W Fort McClure Blvd, Bloomsburg 570-784-662 • pa trappers district #7 trapper training August 19 St. Joseph’s Church, Cemetery Road, Milton

artfest 2023 August 19 Market Street & Main Street, Bloomsburg 570-317-259 •

painted pony intertribal pow wow August 19-20 Benton Rodeo Grounds, 385 Mendenhall Lane, Benton 570-256-3241 bbq and brew music festival August 25 - 27 Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 900 W. Main Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-494 • craft hobby night at rohrbach ’ s farm August 30 Rohrbach’s Farm Market, 240 Southern Drive, Catawissa 570-356-765 •


2023 berwick wwII weekend July 14, 15 & 16 2023 Riverfront Park Test Track South Eaton St., Berwick PA Featuring “Lady Lois” One of 15,224 Stuart Light Tanks built by the workers at American Car & Foundry, Berwick. Come join us for a fun 1940s Weekend! Friday: 2-5pm • Saturday: 10am-5pm (Swing Dance from 6-9pm) • Sunday: 10am-3pm

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All proceeds from this event go directly to support the mission of the

Something for Everyone!! Stuart Tank Memorial Museum, WWII Living History Camps, Military Vehicles, Mock Battles, Weapons Demonstrations, Historical Displays, Military Flea Market, Veterans Support Groups, Big Band Entertainment, Food & Drink Vendors, and More!

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4 th annual back the blue September 16 129 Hidlay Church Road, Bloomsburg 570-389-0151 •

washingtonville benefit auction at beaver run school September 2 Beaver Run School, 290 PPL Road, Danville.

168 th bloomsburg fair September 22 – 30 Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, 620 West Third Street, Bloomsburg. pennsylvania trappers district #7 outdoor show September 29 & 30 Montour-Delong Fairgrounds, 2628 Broadway Road, Danville.

all home days September 2-4 33 East Center Street, Elysburg 570-441-7310

danville heritage festival September 8 – 10 Mill Street, Danville

annual danville fall arts & crafts festival September 9 Mill Street, Downtown Danville columbia montour council community day September 16 Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg. 570-441-7114




Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

berwick area ymca 231 West Third Street, Berwick, PA 18603 • 570.752.5981

Strengthening the community is our cause. From wellness programs to childcare, swimming to seniors, the Berwick Y has something for everyone of all abilities regardless of age, income, or background.

cellular sales 90 N. MacDade Boulevard, Glenolden, PA 19036 • 484.497.5500 Verizon products & services

diesel motorsports 10 Dragstrip Road, Catawissa, PA 17820 • 816.810.6287

Diesel Motorsports produces truck shows that include 1/2, 3/4, and 1-ton HD pickup trucks along with semis, work trucks, and utility trucks at local venues. Depending on the track, we host drag racing, sled pulling, shown-n- shine, and dyno competitions. Vendors are welcome since these are family-friendly events with a festival-type atmosphere.

farmhouse 52 , llc 283-285 Main Street, Benton, PA 17814

Farmhouse 52 is a boutique/gift shop with a variety of women’s clothing, health and beauty products, men’s products, homemade crafts, home decor, canned food items, jewelry, and more. We have a little something for everyone! Come check out the most unique gift shop in the area!


for the cause teen center 1130 6th Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603 • 570.483.8336

The Teen Center is a hub for youth programming that encourages academic and person- al growth. The center delivers opportunities for youths in grades 7-12 to nurture their social, emotional, and intellectual well-being through free access to tutoring, counseling services, fun events, and so much more!

forest & field 1072 Alliance Park Drive, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.450.0681

When you visit Forest & Field, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into fresh air. You won’t feel cor- ralled or pressured here, because building or renovating a home is stressful enough, so we’ve designed Forest & Field to ease you through the process. A new day for home design.

green ’ s fruit farm 574 Sleepy Hollow Road, Elysburg, PA 17824 • 570.485.3086

Family Owned and operated, Green’s Fruit Farm strives to integrate cutting-edge science with time-honored traditions in order to build resilient agroecosystems and communities. Green’s Fruit Farm sells a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and local produce to the public from a farm stand located 1 mile north of Elysburg off Rt. 487.


Summer Showcase - The Fishyaker John “Toast” Oast is well known in the fishing world for his popular Fishyaker kayak rigging video series, which has received over 7 million views. “Toast,” often referred to as a “pioneer of the sport of kayak fishing” and “the MacGyver of kayak fishing,” is an Okuma Fishing Tackle Influencer, YakAttack National Pro Staffer, GoFish Cam ambassador, and member of the NuCanoe, FishLab, and Soft Steel pro staff. Oast’s kayak fishing exploits have been featured in various regional and national publications, videos, and television shows, and he travels extensively competing in kayak fishing tournaments and promoting the sport. John is also a member of the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau’s Board of Directors.

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Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

hog ’ s hollow saloon 1459 State Route 93, Berwick, PA 18603 • 570.520.4059

name brand liquidations 7595 Columbia Boulevard, Berwick, PA 18603 • 570.520.4199 We have constantly changing inventory with new products arriving daily. And, don’t forget that our prices drop on the 25th of each month!! Hog’s Hollow Saloon is the place to find great BBQ, seafood, live entertainment, and weekly food/drink specials We are proud to service our community with local benefits and have the largest outdoor deck/patio in the area. Out outdoor venue is a great spot for Live music in the summer.

old town roast 114 West Main Street, Millville, PA 17846 • 570.441.1325

Old Town Roast is a small local coffee shop in Millville. We offer coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and options for our non-coffee drinks. There are options for everyone with allergies and prefer- ences, and we work to please all customers. This business is wheelchair-accessible, pet friendly, and very welcoming and accommodating. Along with weekly specials, merchandise is available such as shirts, sweatshirts, and long-sleeve t-shirts.

pa trappers assocation , district #7 570.912.8372

Our mission is to educate the public and preserve the wildlife of Pennsylvania and to be a positive and participating member of our surrounding communities. Their 4th Annual Outdoor Show will take place September 29-30, 2023 at the Montour DeLong Fairgrounds.



Member Spotlight The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is proud to welcome the following businesses as recent new members to the organization!

the full bull table & market 2001 State Route 254, Orangeville, PA 17859 • 570.458.4104

We are a family-style restaurant with homemade daily specials for breakfast and lunch. We accommodate larger group parties by reservation. We are a kid-friendly environment and a nice place to enjoy a cup of coffee.

unger ’ s lawn service 3391 Shaffer Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 570.784.4542

Caring for lawns, plants, and hedges, invasive plant/weed extraction, and designing and creating walkways and common areas that complement your home or business.

wanna ruf it campground llc 113 Pine Road, Stillwater, PA 17878 • 570.218.5843

Quiet, rustic campground, family-run and operated since 1988. We have 47 seasonal sites, 2 transient RV sites (water & 30/50/20amp), and 2 primitive tent sites. Our RV campsites have electricity, water hookup, a picnic table, a fire ring, and lots of room! Our sites vary in size. We can accommodate most any size RV and of course Tents! WiFi is available by the office and pavilion. Featuring clean showers and bathrooms and activities on select weekends.


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Van ' S musical Corner Van Wagner | Born in Pennsylvania. Lives in Pennsylvania. Makes music. Mined coal. Logs trees. Teaches kids. Van Wagner is an educator. In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Danville Area School District. He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. In 2015 the Red Cross presented Van with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award. Outside of the classroom he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania History. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2018 from the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA TV, as well as Country Music Television (CMT). He has released 29 original albums and published a book entitled “Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust.” His music and programs not only entertain but inspire audiences to become involved in learning about Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

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