Columbia-Montour Quarterly Vol. 8: April-June 2023



Volume 8 April - June

Your All-Access Guide to Columbia & Montour Counties!







A Labor of Love: The Story Behind the Pump House


Songs of the Susquehanna: Volume 3 Released

2023 River Rat Brew Trail Passport Revealed 11


12 History in Our Backyard: The Liberty Furnace


Covered Bridge Photo Contest Returns


Hip to the Hop: Upcoming Area Easter Egg Hunts

Left a Note: Gone Fishin’ Revisited 24 Events Calendar 18 Member Spotlight 27



Your SPRING Adventure Begins in COLUMBIA & MONTOUR Counties



A Labor of Love

the story behind the Pump House

by Jenn Puckett

What is a pump house? If you guessed it had something to do with a gas station, you would not be too far off the mark. Did you know that Pennsylvania has an oil pipeline history? Before I started my research, I had some idea of the Keystone State’s involvement. However, after doing some homework, I found myself going deeper down the rabbit hole of this fascinating piece of PA history. The Pump House property, located ten miles southeast of Bloomsburg along Catawissa Creek, is a labor of love. In 1989, Doug Hopkins was working across the creek when he first saw the abandoned property. Doug was an artist from New York City, and was keeping his eyes out for a new studio space. The buildings on the proerty were set to be demolished, so he stepped in. For decades since, Doug has been committed to restoring the site. It is now a gorgeous destination for weddings and other events, a bed and breakfast, an art studio and more. Now let’s take a look at the history of the Pump House. In 1878, three men hatched a plan for the world’s first long- distance underground oil pipeline which would transport oil from well to refinery more quickly and efficiently than the horse-drawn wagons of the time. Pumping stations were needed every fifty miles along this long route to keep pressure on the pipeline so that the oil could reach its destination. The Pump House Bed and Breakfast is one of the only properties in the country in which the both the original homes of the foremen and the large brick buildings

remain. Many workers were needed at each pump house, some living onsite and others living nearby. There were two foreman’s houses, one for each 12-hour shift. I received some additional historical background from Doug Hopkins: After the 1849 gold rush in California came the lesser- known but far more globally influential 1859 oil rush in Pennsylvania. After the first oil well was discovered in Titusville, the oil industry boomed. Men streamed into the state to strike their own oil and get rich from the profits, but by 1878, John Rockefeller was the only man getting rich. To break the Standard Oil Company’s strict monopoly on almost all oil drilling and refining, Bryon Benson, Robert Hopkins, and David McKelvy designed a new and apparently impractical system: a pipeline stretching more than one hundred miles across Pennsylvania, from

Historic photo of the Pump House property.


Tide Water’s efforts many times - by destroying the company’s credit, buying out the independent oil refineries buying Tide Water’s oil, and buying a strip of land across the entire state in an attempt to thwart the new pipeline - but, when his efforts were futile, the Standard Oil Company bought one-third of Tide Water’s stock, giving the Tide Water Oil Company control over more than 10% of the oil market. Eventually, the Tide Water pipeline stretched to Bayonne, NJ, where the oil could be sold at higher prices. In 2004, Doug’s hard work restoring this site was featured in This Old House Magazine, detailing his commitment to this piece of history. View & read the article here:

Workers installing the Tidewater Oil Company pipeline.

the eastern oil regions of the state to the city of Williamsport, where the oil could be collected and refined. They named their endeavor the Tidewater Oil Company, hoping that their pipe would eventually stretch all the way to the “tide water” of the eastern seaboard. The pipeline was a completely new way of transporting oil. Until then, oil had been carried in barrels loaded onto horse-drawn wagons. Not only was the system time-consuming and labor- intensive, but it was expensive. The only alternative was the railroad companies, many of which were owned by John Rockefeller himself. A pipeline would not only eliminate the expensive teamsters and the monopolistic railroads, but it would increase the speed at which oil could be transported. In only a week, oil pumped directly out of the ground could pass over the Pennsylvania terrain and into the receiving tanks at Williamsport. John Rockefeller, his Standard Oil Company, and the rest of the world were amazed at the success of the three American entrepreneurs who had destroyed the old tenets of oil transportation and installed a new, cheap, and miraculously efficient way of drilling and carrying oil. Rockefeller attempted to sabotage

The Pump House has come a long way from its fossil fuel roots. Today Lisa and Doug have over 80 solar panels, they encourage recycling and composting for all their guests. And they live it as well. When I spoke to Lisa about their commitment

A closer look at part of Doug’s extensive renovation process.

Tidewater employees pose beside a company truck.

The finished product!

to being environmentally friendly she told me “We believe in opening a conversation with our guests. If we can help young couples make decisions to be more aware of their impact on the environment, that’s a good start.” Lisa and Doug also want everyone to feel included – they believe in the beauty and reverence in nature, and all are welcome. Several accommodations are available at the Pump House, including the Manifold House, a freestanding brick cottage often used as the honeymoon suite. The Catawissa Cabin (formerly the telegraph office) is a three- room cabin situated a short walk away from Catawissa Creek. The Season House contains beautifully decorated suites, featuring Doug’s stunning tile work. There are even tiny houses available to rent! For weddings and other events, The Brick Barn Hall can accommodate 160 guests and features high ceilings, abundant natural light through the tall warehouse windows, exposed brick walls and steel beams, rustic barn doors, and an open floor plan distinctive enough to stand on its own. The smaller, more intimate Studio Hall will accommodate up to 75 guests and is adorned with Doug’s original artwork. Learn more about this fascinating piece of history and its amazing transformation at And keep it in mind if you’re looking for a unique wedding venue or a quiet getaway next time you’re in the region! •

The two foreman’s homes during renovations.

Post renovation, the homes are perfect for wedding parties!

Situated creekside, the Pump House’s woodland ceremony spot makes for intimate nuptials.


For more information about our events, visit 240 Southern Drive Catawissa, PA

For more information about our events, visit 240 Southern Drive Catawissa, PA

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from John Zaktansky, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association


The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association has se- lected 20 new original songs from more than 50 submis- sions for its Songs of the Susquehanna: Volume 3 playlist. “This project has been extremely rewarding from its begin- ning in early 2021. We are now on our third annual album and what an incredible mix of sounds, genres, experience levels and unique stories that have been inspired by our river,” said Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. “We highly value the incredible number of talented musicians in our wa- tershed and are excited to showcase their skills while also engaging new audiences about the river and the issues it faces.” As a new way to introduce the songs that are on this play- list, a special episode of the Middle Susquehanna River- keeper Podcast was recently released with the songs and interviews from some of the musicians about their songs. You can check out the show below. It will also air on WXPI Community Radio in Williamsport (88.5FM) for three dif- ferent airings during the week leading up to Earth Day (6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and Friday, April 21, as well as 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 22). It is being shared out with other radio stations for additional exposure.

“I appreciate the time and virtuosity and dedication to a decent-sounding submission,” said Leo Armbruster, of Lewisburg, in his online feedback. “I liked the range of submissions -- from the upbeat ‘We All Need Water’ to the angst of ‘Hellbender’ -- there is a lot going on in this list!” Volume 3 CD pre-orders are available now for $15 each and will be available for pickup or mailing in late April. You can also order 2023’s Volume 3 along with any combi- nation of the prior two iterations of the project. Two CDs are available for the special price of $25 or all three can be purchased together for $35. An online album/song down- load will be available in the near future for those who no longer use CDs. All funds collected will go directly into helping the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association achieve its mis- sion of protecting and promoting the river, its tributaries and the creatures that depend on it across a massive 11,000-square-mile watershed.


“I feel very strongly about supporting this cause. I live in Pennsylvania, but I know that the Susquehanna River is not on my mind all the time,” said musician Jack Servello, of Tyrone, who collaborated with Bill Dann on the song “Gentle Giant of the Susquehanna.” “When we travel and go across the river, we are re- minded of how broad this body of water is and why we should preserve not only the river but also what lives in the river and on the river and by the river.” “Hopefully when people hear our song, they think of the Susquehanna. That is what this project and your as- sociation is trying to do – spark awareness by bringing the Susquehanna back to the forefront of our

consciousness at times when we otherwise wouldn’t be thinking about it.”

For a limited time, all 52 submissions for Volume 3 (with artist names) can still be checked out on the Songs of the Susquehanna landing page: middle- “I’d like to personally encourage everyone to check out the submissions and support the many musicians who took the time to be involved with this project,” said Zaktansky. “Our region is blessed with a rich, talented pool of musicians and they deserve all the recogni- tion and support we can provide so they can continue to serenade the communities that are built along the Susquehanna River.” •


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History in Our Backyard

The Liberty Furnace

by Linda Sones

As a hiker and metal detectorist, I love to find old historic things in the woods. Everything has a story to tell, and I try to find out what that story is, the best I am able. On New Year’s Day, I had the privilege of hiking (with about 70 other people) on Montour Ridge in Montour County. Van Wagner, a local historian and musician, along with Bob Stoudt, the Executive Director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, hosted the hike and shared some of the little- known history that lies on this ridge: the history of Liberty Furnace. We started in the Game Lands parking lots and were informed of the richness of ore in the ridge. There are two types of iron ore in Montour County, fossil and iron sandstone. Montour Ridge has both, and it is most likely the very reason why the furnace was built on the ridge. Both types were mined and used at Liberty Furnace. The furnace was built on the outcrop of the fossil ore and only about 200 feet from the sandstone ore outcrop. As we wandered up the road and into the woods, Wagner told us the story of how the furnace was first built and how it operated. He compared it to the Hopewell Furnace Historic site - some of which remains today as a National Historic Site - as it operated in the same manner. The Liberty Furnace had a short lifecycle; it was built in 1839 and then went up for rent in 1845. Why did it stop producing pig iron? Perhaps it was how the ore was processed. It was noted in historic documents that the furnace switched from charcoal to anthracite coal at some point in time. Why did they switch? And, why did they shut down operations? We do know they used charcoal, as there are charcoal pits (flat areas where the charcoal was made) seen all over the ridge. We visited one such place and learned how the colliers (a person who produces charcoal) built large wooden structures that would, in the end, become charcoal. We also saw depressions made for the trucks to back into so the men didn’t have to lift the logs as high onto the trucks, thus, supporting the collier’s charcoal-making process. It required

Van Wagner presents a historical photo during our hike.


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Historical image of a collier’s hut.

a huge amount of wooded acreage to be able to make enough charcoal to run the furnace. Additionally, slag piles found in the woods also support the use of anthracite, but it must have been extremely difficult and costly to get the coal up the ridge as there were no canals or railroads to the ridge. In the woods, we were shown a very old wagon trail used to haul coal in by horse and/or ox wagons. The trail was very rocky and it is hard to believe that the trail was used for this purpose. Perhaps the difficulty of hauling in coal was why the furnace shut

Though not easy to see via photograph, this was a section of the old wagon road.


down operations. If it was so difficult and costly to use coal, why change to coal in the first place? Was this what caused their demise? Or, perhaps, it was the competition of the two furnaces located in Danville. Wagner offers another suggestion: the exhaustion of charcoal. He explains this theory in an essay on the furnace located on his website (linked at the end of this article). The Furnace is now gone with little to no traces left. According to Wagner, all that remains is the groundwork of several structures, some ore tailings, and a lot of slag piles. The woods are slowly consuming most of what remains of the charcoal pits and collier huts. The stone from which the furnace was built may have been used to build new furnaces in the Danville area or for the construction of the Catawissa Railroad. Now, we remember the Liberty Furnace through historians and storytellers like Van Wagner and places like the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, part of the National Park Service of Pennsylvania. For the full story on the Liberty Furnace and other local history essays, visit Van’s website: and explore the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site website at:

Present day site of the Liberty Furnace charcoal pit, taken during our group walk.

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Each year, the Visitors Bureau holds a photo contest to produce a 550-piece puzzle featuring one of the area’s covered bridges. Limited-edition puzzles have been produced the past twelve years and have featured the East & West Paden bridges (multiple times), the Knoebels Bridge, Keefer Mills Bridge, Esther Furnace Bridge, Stillwater Bridge, Josiah Hess Bridge, Rupert Bridge, Kramer Bridge, a special Twin Bridges 10th Anniversary Puzzle, Wanich Bridge, and most recently, the Parr’s Mill Bridge. The 2023 edition of the puzzle will be released this fall, and will be based on the winner of this year’s photo contest.

This year’s Covered Bridge Photo Contest is open for submissions NOW – May 31st.

How to Enter:

• Email your photos to within the dates above. MUST INCLUDE: Photographer’s name & name of bridge in the photo’s title (Example: RupertBridge_Joe Smith_2023.jpg) • OR post your photo on Instagram using #CMVBPuzzle2023 . MUST INCLUDE: Photographer’s name & Bridge featured. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted for a high quality version of your Instagram submission.

Rules and Regulations:

• Entry to the contest is FREE. • All photos must be of bridges located within Columbia or Montour County.

• All photos must be owned by the person submitting them. By submitting, you are giving the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau permission to use your photo as their 2023 puzzle and in future marketing efforts for the contest and for the counties.

• All photos must be high-resolution (at least 1500 pixels on shortest side). • A max of four photos per person will be accepted. • Photos may be from any season and do NOT necessarily have to have been taken within the past year. • Photos entered in prior year’s contests ARE still eligible for entry into this year’s contest. The top overall photo will be selected by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau to be featured as the 2023 Covered Bridge Puzzle. The winning photographer will have their name and a short bio published on the puzzle box, and will also receive a free puzzle.



imeless & picturesque, the covered bridges of Columbia & Montour Counties in Central Pennsylvania harken back to simpler times. Tour the counties to see twenty-five historic covered bridges via a mobile passport experience. Once signed up, visitors will be able to navigate the countryside and check in at each bridge. A few days in the quiet countryside are the perfect way to get away from the toils of daily life, and our area’s iconic bridges will serve as a reminder that sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that can make you happiest. The covered bridge passport has been revised for a new iteration in 2023, and you may now sign up! Simply scan the QR code with your phone’s camera or visit the “Covered Bridges” page of our website to learn more.

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montour-D e long Community FAIR July 24-29, 2023 Free Admission • Free Entertainment Parking $5 *

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200 Year Old Log Cabin

Tuesday, July 25, starting at 5pm, First 100 Wristbands are FREE for Kids Ages 15 and under. Courtesy of John and Nancy Marr.

Tour the 200 year old John Bosley Log Cabin moved from Washingtonville with local historians. Enjoy historical happenings and costumed reenactors while at the Fair.

Livestock Exhibits and Shows Flower and Vegetable Exhibits

Arts & Crafts Exhibits • Tractor Pulls Mini-Horse Pulls • Lots of Good Food! For more details visit: 5848 Broadway Rd, Danville • (570) 437-2178

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Saturday, April 8

10:00 AM: Bloomsburg American Legion Auxiliary Egg Hunt, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds 10:00 AM: Buckhorn Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt at Fernville Park 10:00 AM: East End Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt, grounds of St. Cyril next to Maria Hall, Danville 10:00 AM: Berwick Cheerleading Easter Egg Hunt, Berwick Area Senior High School 11:00 AM: St Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg 1:00 PM: LR Appleman Elementary School, 600 Green Acres Road, Benton 1:00 PM: Ralpho Township Community Egg Hunt, Knoebels Parking Lot, Elysburg 1:00 PM: Berwick VFW, 1408 W. Front Street, Berwick 2:00 PM: Lightstreet Carnival Grounds, Lightstreet


Sunday, April 9

2:00 PM: Lime Ridge Fire Company Easter Egg Hunt, Columbia Park, Lime Ridge, for up to age 12.





statewide opening day of trout season April 1 8 th annual rube goldberg challenge ® April 1 Central Columbia Elementary School Gymnasium, 4777 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg 570-784-2700 agriculture awareness day April 1: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds/ Industrial Arts Building, 620 West Third Street, Bloomsburg 570-356-7654 •

easter egg hunt April 2 Stillwater Christian Church, 42 Wesley Street, Stillwater 570-925-2356 “ going green ” April 3 – May 5 The Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg 570-317-2596 •

first day of the river rat brew trail passport April 7 (through October 31) Breweries along the River Rat Brew Trail bte improv April 7 Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-8181 • 2 nd annual adult easter egg hunt April 8 Three Dogs Vino, 129 Hidlay Church Road, Bloomsburg 570-389-0151 • live music w / different strums April 8 Purple Cow Winery, 281 Welliversville Road, Bloomsburg 570-993-4159

third annual beef and brew April 1 Berwick Golf Club, 473 Martzville Road, Berwick 570-752-2506 •

doggie easter egg hunt benefitting arc April 2 Bloomsburg Dog Park, Catherine Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-3669 • tour the montgomery house and boyd house museums April 2 Opening Weekend (then Sundays through October): Montgomery House Museum, Boyd House Museum, Bloom Street 570-271-0830 bingo fundraiser for the bloomsburg public library April 2 Bloomsburg Fire Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-0883 •

david keyes April 12 Anomaly Craft Brewing, 135 West Front Street, Berwick. 570-578-9412 •


taste of the town - benefiting the ronald mcdonald house of danville April 15 Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 West 3rd Street, Bloomsburg 570-271-6300, artemis April 20 Weis Center for Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg 570-577-3727, pancake breakfast , fly in / drive in - young eagle flights / FAAST eam safety seminar April 22 Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, 301 Airport Rd., Bloomsburg 570-784-3070, 2023 bloomsburg mini maker faire April 22 Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, 2 West 7th Street, Bloomsburg 570-389-9206, k - 9 hero haven bingo benefit April 22 Bloomsburg Fire Hall, 911 Market Street, Bloomsburg grand horizons April 27 – May 21 Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg 570-784-5530 •


juho pohjonen April 13 Weis Center for Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg 570-577-3727, hyprov : improv under hypnosis April 14 Bloomsburg University - Haas Center for the Arts 400 East Second Street, Bloomsburg 570-389-4409 beaver run spring consignment auction April 15 Beaver Run School, 290 PPL Road, Anthony Township, Danville MARC montour county parks & trails cleanup April 15 Multiple Parks and Trails, Danville 570-336-2060, flying start - bloomsburg municipal airport April 15 Bloomsburg Municipal Airport, 301 Airport Road, Bloomsburg 570-784-3070,




storytime adventures : dino romp ! May 6 Rohrbach’s Farm Market, Bakery & Gift Shop, 240 Southern Drive Catawissa 570-238-5183 • duplessy and the violins of the world May 6 Bloomsburg University - Kenneth S. Gross 570-389-4409 deb callahan band May 10 Anomaly Craft Brewing, 135 West Front Street, Berwick 570-578-9412 • knoebels celebrates mom May 14 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Rt. 487, Elysburg 800-487-4386 • mother ’ s day with irv ball May 14 Purple Cow Winery, 281 Welliversville Road, Bloomsburg 570-993-4159

renaissance jamboree April 29 Main Street, Bloomsburg. 570-784-7703 • knoebels opening weekend 2023 April 29 – 30 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Rt. 487, Elysburg 800-487-4386 •

ncsa collegiate softball regional finals April 29 – 30 Echo Field Complex, 400 W Front St, Danville brewskis ’ bluegrass brunch Every last Sunday of the Month Brewskis Coffee and Bar, 22 East Main St., Bloomsburg 570-317-2865


37 th annual spring fling May 6 Mill Street, Downtown Danville 570-284-4502 •

armed forces day at knoebels May 20 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Rt. 487, Elysburg 800-487-4386 •


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live music w / one 80 May 20 Purple Cow Winery, 281 Wellersville Road, Bloomsburg 570-993-4159 forks farm market May 27 through October, Every 2nd and 4th Saturday Forks Farm Market, 299 Covered Bridge Road, Orangeville 570-683-5820 • the exchange ’ s listening room presents tl & kj May 31 The Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg. 570-317-2596

senior citizens day at knoebels June 7 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Rt. 487, Elysburg 800-487-4386 •

milton beerfest 2023 June 10 Downtown Milton

dream machines car show at the bloomsburg airport June 11 Bloomsburg Airport (N13), 301 Airport Road, Bloomsburg 570-784-9665 • mark sassani solo show June 12 – July 21 The Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg 570-317-2596 • the coffeehouse series presents the phyllis hopkins trio June 14 Anomaly Craft Brewing, 135 West Front Street, Berwick 570-317-2596 • father ’ s day at knoebels June 18 Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Rt. 487, Elysburg 800-487-4386 •


seventh annual golf tournament benefitting hand in hand June 3 The Links at Hemlock Creek, Buckhorn 570-204-3958 • susquehanna greenway outdoor expo June 3 Shikellamy State Park Marina, 401 Bride Avenue, Sunbury 570-478-0178 • central pa wine festival June 3 Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, 620 West 3rd Street, Bloomsburg 412-537-1251 •

the dirty grin mountain bike festival June 23 – 25

Hess Fields and Surrounding Area 570-336-2060 •


38th Annual Frontier Days Celebration

July 11-16 2023 Voted “Best in the East”

3D Barrel Racing Wednesday

Fun Horse Show Tuesday

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

Bull-A-Rama Sunday

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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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by CMVB STAFF Article originally published in 2022 Vol. 4; revised for 2023

Stocking: In 2023, the PFBC will stock approximately 3.2 million adult trout in 697 streams and 126 lakes open to public angling. These figures include approximately 2.3 million Rainbow Trout; 707,000 Brown Trout; and 168,000 Brook Trout. As with past practice, the aver- age size of the trout produced for stocking is 11 inches in length with an average weight of .58 pounds. Anglers will also have an excellent chance to catch large, trophy-sized trout. This year, the PFBC will stock approximately 70,000 brood fish, which are 2 ½ to 3 ½ year-old hatchery-raised Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout measuring 14-20 inches. Roughly 70% of these large fish will be stocked into during the preseason prior to opening day of trout season, and 30% will be stocked during in-season replenishment stockings. The PFBC will also stock approximately 14,000 golden Rainbow Trout. These highly prized fish feature vibrant golden-or- ange pigmentation and will weigh an average of 1.5 pounds. Ap- proximately 80% of golden Rainbow Trout will be stocked during the preseason, and approximately 20% will be stocked in-season. In addition to trout raised at state fish hatcheries, PFBC cooper- ative nurseries operated by sportsmen’s clubs and other groups across the state will add another one million trout to waters open to public angling throughout the year. Fishing Creek Trout Tagging Prize Program: The Fishing Creek Sportsmen’s Association is continuing the stocking of tagged trout into the streams of Fishing Creek and its tributaries again this year. Trout will be tagged with prize amounts of $25, $50 and $100 for lucky fishermen & fisherwomen to catch.

Fishing season is here again - what a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Before you hit the water, we wanted to share some important information that will help make your next angling trip a resounding success. Statewide Opening Day of Trout – April 1st – End of Trout Regular Season – September 4th – Extended Season: All stocked trout waters, streams plus lakes and ponds: September 5th to December 31st. MINIMUM KEEP SIZE: 7 inches FISHING HOURS: 24 hours a day, after the 8 AM opener CREEL LIMITS: Regular season: 5 (combined species); Extended season: 3 (combined species) New – Extended season regulations only apply to waters managed as Stocked Trout Waters (STW). All waters downstream of STW are no longer managed under extended season regulations.

Other Important Fishing Season Dates: Opening Day of Walleye & Sauger: Saturday, May 6

Re-opening Day of Bass: Saturday, June 10 – while Bass Season is open year round, there is a no harvest period from 12:01 a.m. the second Saturday in April (April 8, 2023) to 12:01 a.m. the second Saturday in June (June 10, 2023). During the no harvest season, anglers must immediately return any bass to the water and are prohibited from casting into spawning beds. Fish For Free Days: Sunday, May 28, 2023 & Tuesday, July 4, 2023 (Independence Day) are the 2023 Fish-for-Free Days. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required). All other fishing regulations still apply.

Learn more about fishing in the area, and find interactive maps that show stocked waters, streams, boat access, and more! Click or scan the QR code to get started.


Where to Purchase Your 2023 Fishing License

Locations in Columbia County selling fishing licenses: Bloomsburg Title Tag & Notary 550 East Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Maple Ridge Sports Center 402 Main Street, Orangeville, PA 17859

Red Rock Corner Store 121 State Route 118, Benton, PA 17814

C.M. Laubach & Sons, Inc. 547 East 8th Street, Berwick, PA 18603

Wal Mart #1794 Buckhorn/Bloomsburg 100 Lunger Drive, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Columbia County Treasurer 11 West Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Locations in Montour County selling fishing licenses: Montour County Treasurer 435 East Front Street, Danville, PA 17821

Dunham’s Sports 225 Columbia Mall Drive, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Gumpy’s Creekside Cabin 2861 Route 42, Millville, PA 17846

rs Country Grill 22 - Half_Layout 1 6/9/22 10:40 AM Page 1 In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout Permit (or Combination Trout/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout. Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer. Non-resident students attending in- state universities now qualify for a discounted fishing license from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The price of a license is $25.47, which is the same price as an annual license for state residents and $31.50 less than the cost of an annual non-resident license.

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.

4438 Red Rock Rd. Benton PA 17814 570-925-0330 Open at 11am Tuesday-Sunday

B.Y.O.B. Welcome!


If your great night out consists of a delicious meal, then you’ll definitely want to visit us here at Old Forge Brewing Company. Our chef has created a menu that is outstanding and truly unique. Outstanding Food & Amazing Beer. We have just what you’re looking for! DISCOVER

We offer up to 16 of our very own beers on tap with 2 additional Cask Conditioned beers rotating on the hand pumps. We also feature a selection of wines and a cocktail menu. Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers & Daily Food Features Interested in Take-Out? Call to order! We Have Beer To Go: in Cans, Growlers, or Crowlers.

532 Mill Street • Danville, PA 17821 • 570.275.8151 OLDFORGEBREWINGCOMPANY.COM



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

bloomsburg kids Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 856.220.7773

Bloomsburg Kids was founded to make your life easier! Our website has a local calendar of events and kid’s activities in our area, which include: STEM, the Arts, Sports, Outdoor Play, and Local Attractions. Our website directory has over 60 activities for your kids (from the coffee house in Milton with an indoor play area for toddlers, to Folks Butterfly Farm, to the 10 dance studios within 25 miles). Want to know what’s going on next weekend because you’ll have the kids home all weekend by yourself? Check out our Kids’ Calendar with all the local info in one spot! We also publish periodic Kids’ Guides with really helpful information (summer camp listings as an example!) Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter so you don’t miss out!

brenda ’ s country decor 7185A Columbia Boulevard, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.594.2419

We travel the backroads of New England searching for the best in colonial country decor; 1700’s and 1800’s Specializing in crocks, we also offer an ever-changing array of charming country antiques, furniture, textiles, wooden bowls/buckets, tin, glassware & more. We are lo- cated on Rt. 11 just south of Berwick, PA, at the Mifflinville bridge (next to Bill’s Cycle Barn - look for the dinosaurs!). We are in the same building as Comfort Keepers. We are open Wed. through Fri. 11 to 5, Sat. 10 to 4 & Sun. 12 to 4.

craft catering 55 Williamsburg Boulevard, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.594.8134 We offer both on-site and off-site catering services in the Central PA area. Weddings, private, corporate, community, and nonprofit events are available seven days a week.



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

dead man walking distillery 204 Montour Boulevard Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Craft distillery in Bloomsburg, PA. What happens when you mix 40 years of friendship, a zest for life and adventure, and more than a few near experiences? Dead Man Walking Distillery is born!

mountain laurel equestrian center , llc 2905 State Rt. 54, Elysburg, PA 17824 • 570.394.6616

Family owned and operated farm offering horse boarding, training, camps, riding lessons, vaulting, eventing, and a cross-country course coming soon. Open to all, we also offer the facility for birthday parties and rental of a large outdoor arena for events including dressage and show jumping.


neighbor lady vino 214 Tabernacle Road, New Columbia, PA 17856 • 570.441.7390

Neighbor Lady Vino is a winery established in 2022. The relaxed and inviting lounge area makes this a true winery destination. Their winemaker, with almost twenty years of experience, enjoys creating quality wines that the novice wine drinker or the experienced palate will enjoy. Visit and meet the friendly staff, and try a tasting flight, glass, or one of their signature drinks.

the point barn pantry 3169 Point Township Drive, Northumberland, PA 17857 • 570.271.1710

The Point Barn contains a collection of shops featuring Amish-made products such as quilts, furniture, baked goods, quillows, wine, jarred goods, antiques, snacks, and much more.

the outpost on market street 601 Market Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 • 570.441.0923

Come & see the creative talents of our artisan vendors in a year-round up-scale market! This is a unique group of talented people from our area sharing their goods for the perfect gift or just to have for your home. Open Wed-Fri from 10 am to 5 pm and Sat 10 am to 4 pm. Pop-Up hours during Craft Classes. Join us every Thursday at 3 pm for our Live Facebook Sale!

vintage stuff & more , llc 11 Pealertown Road, Stillwater, PA 17859 570.578.9977 Vintage - gift shop - Furniture - tools - Christmas items - seasonal items - coffee - wicker bas- kets - artificial flowers - Santa’s sleds - bikes - candles - signs

the wood shelf cafe 224 Main Street, Benton, PA 17814 • 570.204.2644 Quaint little coffee and gift shop in downtown Benton, PA. Stop and relax after a day’s hike at Ricketts Glen State Park or while shopping in the local area.




Van ' S musical Corner Van Wagner | Born in Pennsylvania. Lives in Pennsylvania. Makes music. Mined coal. Logged 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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