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Candy Lake game takes over the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center!

1000х1000The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe invite you to imagine a world where all of your surroundings are made of candy, cookies and other treats. For the week of December 7-13, 2015, the Raystown Lake Region Visitor Center has been transformed into Candy Lake.

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Inspired by a popular childhood board game, Candy Lake is an imaginary lake featuring islands where the landscape and structures are made of sweet treats. Visitors to Candy Lake follow a colorful path to visit each island display. The islands have been designed by area businesses and organizations along a candy theme. Attendees can choose to play the life-sized game, or simply stroll through the displays on their own.

At the end, guests are invited to make a free-will donation to vote for their favorite island. Each organization and business presenting an island has chosen a charity that will benefit from the cash votes, and at the end of the week, the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe will match the public contributions to the charity that receives the most.

The first 100 children aged 12 and under will receive a stocking and a small toy courtesy of the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe and Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.

#PAHolidays

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You can see more photos at:
Candy Lake event at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center

Participating businesses and organizations include: Rockhill Trolley Museum, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Huntingdon County, Fairfield Inn and Suites benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Juniata College, Thompson’s Candle Co. benefitting Huntingdon House, Perma-Chink benefiting Habitat for Humanity, Gage Mansion Bed & Breakfast benefiting Huntingdon Landmarks, Standing Stone Coffee Company benefiting St Vincent de Paul and Isett Heritage Museum benefiting Huntingdon House.

December 7-13, 2015
Monday 8am-2pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 8am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday noon-4pm

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Touring the Raystown Lake Region by helicopter

Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake as viewed from Pine Bottom Aviation helicopter tour. Photo by Michelle McCall, Raystown.org

Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake as viewed from Pine Bottom Aviation helicopter tour. Photo by Michelle McCall, Raystown.org

I was filled with excitement as I watched the helicopter land. I climbed aboard and adrenaline began pumping through my veins and then…suddenly…we were off the ground! As we rose higher and higher into the sky, I couldn’t help but enjoy the feeling of freedom and awe of the miraculous beauty below. For the first time in my life, I was able to see Raystown Lake just the way the bald eagles which inhabit the area do. What a view!

As we flew, I became speechless taking in all that mother-nature had to offer me on that bright and sunny autumn day. Our 30 minute tour provided by pilot and owner of Pine Bottom Aviation Services, Dan Lipko, showed us many unique features of the Raystown Lake area. We saw Trough Creek State Park, Seven Points Marina, and Lake Raystown Resort to name a few. The leaves on the trees were so magnificent and I felt blessed to be in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania!

Pine Bottom Aviation Services offers aerial tours of the Raystown Lake area in a unique and memorable way. Flights may accommodate up to 3 passengers depending on weights. Pilot and owner, Dan Lipko, has 20+ years’ experience as a helicopter pilot. He is very knowledgeable of the area and offers a fantastic experience you will never forget! For more information on Pine Bottom Aviation Services visit PineBottomAviation.com. For pricing or to book your tour, contact Dan at (814) 793-4548 or dan@pinebottomaviation.com.

–Katrina Hawn, Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Raystown.org

Seven Points Marina and the Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake, PA. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

Seven Points Marina and the Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake, PA. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

Pine Shelter and the Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake, PA. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

Pine Shelter and the Seven Points Recreation Area at Raystown Lake, PA. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

Lake Raystown Resort - An RVC Outdoor Destination. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

Lake Raystown Resort – An RVC Outdoor Destination. Photo by Matt Price, Raystown.org

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Father’s Day in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with one of these trip packages!

Angry Musky Outfitters guided fishing trip on Raystown Lake
“Catching with Captain Kirk Reynolds” at Raystown Lake

Go catching with Captain Kirk Reynolds! Kirk is a highly energetic and motivated 31 year old USCG certified Captain. He has been fishing Raystown Lake for more than 25 years; ever since he could cast a rod! Kirk fishes hundreds of days each year and provides individual and personable service for each unique lake excursion. Kirk is known for constantly adjusting his fishing tactics whether it be trolling, live bait, or casting to provide his valued clients with the best opportunity to catch the most fish. Kirk scouts out the hot spots even on the days without a charter in order to stay on top of the fish, their feeding habits, and their locations. Kirk promises each group an enjoyable, unforgettable, and relaxing fishing trip packed with tons of fishing excitement!

Trip notes:

– Guided fishing boat tour with Angry Musky Outfitters
– We suggest lunch at the Marina Café, Lake Raystown Resort – An RVC Outdoor Destination

Angry Musky Outfitter
Captain Kirk Reynolds
Lake Raystown Resort – An RVC Outdoor Destination
3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA
(814) 280-1344
www.rvcoutdoors.com/lake-raystown-resort
http://angrymuskyoutfitters.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx

Seven Points Marina pontoon boat excursion on Raystown Lake
“Raycation Sampler” at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania

8_AELandesPhotography_RaystownBoat_1204130100The RAYSTOWN FUN begins when you rent a Seven Points Marina pontoon boat. Imagine a beautiful day and miles of Raystown Lake waiting for you. The pristine waters in the many serene coves are great for fishing and relaxing. Try skiing or jump on a tube and take a thrilling ride. Skis, tube, tow rope, ski vests, and all safety equipment are included in rental.

The 8,300-acre, 30-mile long Raystown Lake was created in the early 1970s and is a popular water destination for fisherman, boaters, kayakers and all water enthusiasts. The Raystown Lake Recreation Area welcomes nearly 2 million visitors per year to the lake and the public land surrounding it for world-class fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, boating, picnics and more in scenery that has been rated as some of the 100 Best Scenic Views in America by ReserveAmerica.com’s The Camping Club! Raystown Lake is a popular spot for swimming and water skiing for all ages. Raystown Lake is the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania.

Trip notes:

– Seven Points Marina pontoon boat
– Self-guided excursion
– Water skis and 1 person towable tube included
– We suggest lunch at Lighthouse Concessions at Seven Points Recreation Area, Raystown Lake

Seven Points Marina
5922 Seven Points Marina Drive
Hesston, PA 16647
(814) 658-3074
www.7pointsmarina.com

 

Rothrock Outfitters guided kayak trip on the Juniata River
“Kayak on the Juniata River”, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Paddle your kayak by wooded banks on history-laden gentle waterways between Huntingdon and Mapleton Depot, Pennsylvania. You will enjoy the views of the interesting rock formations and be sure to watch the skies for the bald eagles that frequent this section of the Juniata River. We have a popular group tour planned that includes 4 kayaks, shuttle service and guiding on this placid, beautiful portion of the Juniata River.

Trip notes:

Huntingdon to Mapleton Depot
– Group trip
– Rental kayaks
– Shuttle service to Huntingdon launch and return from Mapleton Depot end point
– Guided trip 4 hours
– We suggest lunch at Standing Stone Coffee Company in Huntingdon, PA

Rothrock Outfitters
418 Penn Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-7226
www.rothrockoutfitters.com

For more information contact the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau at (888) 729-7869 (toll free) or visit www.Raystown.org for information on accommodations in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania.

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‘Travel is __________.’

Raystown Lake is often called "8,300 acres of fun" -- there is a lot of water to enjoy! Photo by A.E. Landes Photography www.aelandesphotography.com

Raystown Lake is often called “8,300 acres of fun” — there is a lot of water to enjoy! Photo by A.E. Landes Photography http://www.aelandesphotography.com

Celebrating What Travel Means to the USA,
the Raystown Lake Region and You

Going on an adventure. Relaxing. Meeting new business partners. Learning. Supporting local businesses and jobs. These are just a few examples of what travel means to people and to communities.

This year, to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2015, May 2-10, the tourism and hospitality industry is underscoring how travel affects us all with the theme: “Travel is ___________.”

Travel is vacationing. Travel is making memories. Travel is essential to the U.S. economy. Travel is a job creator. No matter how you complete the sentence, the bottom line message is that travel is vital to our country and our lives, and it has meaning for everyone.

There are many studies out now that tell us we all need time “away”. It is important to decompress, de-stress and de-light in life…for your well-being! Go visit somewhere new. In the Raystown Lake Region or elsewhere – go have some “moments” and make some memories. Studies show that you’ll be glad that you did.

National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect time to celebrate what travel means to you. Through nationwide events— from rallies to media outreach to proclamations from local governments—NTTW champions the power of the tourism industry for this week and beyond. Travel and tourism professionals, from communities small and large, come together to promote the incredible contributions their markets and travel-­related businesses make to strengthen the economy and our workforce.

The theme “Travel is __________.” customizes the unique impact of the U.S. travel industry on the fabric of America. Destinations, including ours here in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania, are defining travel as it specifically contributes to our local economies, businesses and lives.

We encourage you to comment with your thoughts and take part in NTTW by sharing what “Travel is __________.” to you during May 2-10, 2015. You might choose to write a guest column for your local newspaper. Contact a member of Congress. Or just follow along on social media, via @USTravel and #NTTW2015. Remember to tag @Raystown_Lake or use #Raystown (if it fits with your posts) … because your conversation is important to us.

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Main Stem Madness: A Day on the Juniata River Sojourn

By Mike Makufka, Juniata Clean Water Partnership

With the smell of breakfast gently filling the air with pleasing aromas, the group of campers hastily finishes packing their tents and breaking camp to begin another day on the river. This group (officially called sojourners), numbering a little over 100, are on the first day of what will be a seven day adventure on the Juniata River. Each person is here for different reasons, but they all share a love for the outdoors and the beauty of the river. Some are veterans of many a trip but there are also a number who are experiencing this event for the first time. Once breakfast is done and vehicles packed; people begin assembling along the river’s edge that is lined with canoes and kayaks of many different colors. They are checking equipment, filling water bottles, and putting on their personal floatation device in anticipation of the day’s adventure. All are anxious to hit the water as they say. What you may be asking is this madness that  overcomes normally sane people? It is the annual Juniata River Sojourn and it happens every year during the second week of June.

Photo by Matt Price

Mapleton’s Riverside Park will be the starting point of the 2013 Juniata River Sojourn on the Main Stem of the Juniata River.

The Juniata River Sojourn is a multi-day floating trip down the river that combines beautiful scenery, a touch of history, and great friendship into a fulfilling vacation.

Any trip on the river, whether one day or several days is technically called a sojourn, the Juniata River Sojourn is an organized
event in which all participants float together, eat together, and camp together. It is a bonding experience with like-minded people. An added feature we provide is that the trip uses professional outfitters provided by Rothrock Outfitters who know the river well and can offer help with paddling and always stress safety first. You kind of leave the driving to us. All of your comforts are met. Well almost all; sometimes showers are at a premium and port-a-potties are the norm. But as far as outdoor adventure goes, I can promise that meals are good and hot and the campsites are usually cozy. But the best feature of all is the fact that the trip is family oriented and is the perfect place for parents, children and sometimes grandparents to enjoy the outdoors together.

All this begs to ask “what is a typical day like? ” A typical, if there is really such a thing, begins with a six AM wakeup. For all you sleepyheads; you do get used to it. The first order of business is breaking camp and packing gear which all needs to be done before seven AM. At seven, breakfast is served. Each day catered meals are provided and every effort is made to accommodate people with
special dietary needs. All you need to bring are eating utensils and an appetite. Once breakfast is Getting started A Hazy Morning
concluded at eight AM, drivers of all vehicles assemble in a convoy to shuttle gear and vehicles to the next campsite. A bus awaits them there to shuttle people back to the launch site. Once everyone is ready to go, a brief safety talk is conducted and we are on the water. Just the sight of so many boats in one place is inspiring.

The dew hanging low on the water in the early morning gives peacefulness to the beginning trip. As boats slowly drift downstream the excitement of what lies ahead and the pure freedom that you feel is hard to duplicate anywhere else. Paddling along with people you only met yesterday or with old friends from many a sojourn past, you begin to form bonds that sometimes last a lifetime. Sharing the sight of a bald eagle soaring aloft or the splash of a river otter as it slips into the river makes you appreciate the natural beauty the river has to offer. But wildlife is not the only sight that awaits you.

Photo by Matt Price

Paddling is a favorite pastime on the main stem of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County.

You are also floating through history. The Juniata River and its three branches, the Raystown, Frankstown, and Little Juniata are steeped in history. From Native American trails and old campsites to the Main Line Canal to the railroad; the Juniata River helped shape American history. The remnants of bygone days are there for the viewing if you know where to look. A journey as part of the Juniata River Sojourn group can help you discover these glimpses into the past. Each section of the river offers a wide-ranging visit back into history. You may drift under an iron truss bridge in Huntingdon County (circa 1870), the partially restored structure of a woolen mill (circa 1800’s), numerous historic foundry buildings, structures from the canal days, or covered bridges the Juniata River
offers it all. Float the Raystown Branch and you can see the remnants of the double covered bridge near the site where British soldiers forded the river and you feel yourself drift back in time.

After several hours on the river when the sun is high in the sky; it is time for lunch. Lunch is usually a catered affair at a pre-determined stop with each day’s menu different from the next. After the meal a short program is offered. The program is always tied into a unique feature of that area. Occasionally though, lunch is on the river and then the group decides where and when to stop. In that case, you can revel in the surroundings or take a dip in the cool refreshing water. After lunch it’s back in the boats for the
afternoon’s adventure.

The afternoon float offers similar experiences as the morning but it also has something that is just a whole lot of fun; and that is water fights and rope swings. There are many places along the river for opportunities to swim, swing off of rope swings, or just play. The Juniata Sojourn certainly provides many chances to do just that.

The days on the river are very relaxing and the outfitters allow plenty of time for enjoying the wonderful experiences the river provides. So kickback and allow the stress of everyday life to drift away.

As the afternooon fun begins to wane, the day’s trip is nearing its end. The evening’s campsite comes into view and tired but happy people crawl out of their boats and begin to setup camp. Tents are erected, clothes are changed and the wet ones are hung out to dry. If available, Old railroad bridge near Cypher Water Battles showers are in order. Nothing feels so good as a shower after a day of playing in and along the river. On most days the float ends around three-thirty or four PM. Since dinner is at six, there is time to relax have a few beverages and talk about the day’s events. And there is always plenty to talk about. At six o’clock dinner is served and a hot meal
along with cold drinks and desserts replenishes the body and tops off a good day. Or so you think. The evening provides still another surprise. An evening program, maybe a campfire talent show, or exploring the hidden treasures near the campsite await you. Evening programs start at seven PM and a varied in nature. Previous programs included history talks, local geology, environmental presentations, flyfishing lessons, swimming, first aid, wilderness survival, storytellers and music. There is something for
everyone.

Nighttime brings an air of silence and peace. The full day of activities and great food leaves a person satisfied and sleepy. Those tents sure look inviting and the sleeping bags bring relief to tired muscles. Sleep comes quickly and as nature’s nighttime sounds fill the air, dreams of the what lies ahead tomorrow fill your head. Just another day on the Juniata River Sojourn.

The 2013 Juniata Sojourn will be held June 8 thru 12, 2013 on the main stem of the Juniata River. Registration will open on April 8 and can be accessed at www.jcwp.org.

You do not have to be an experienced canoeist or kayaker to join the fun. Just remember that everyone had to start sometime and what better place to learn than with experienced guides/teachers and a group of friendly helpful people. If you do not have a boat, Rothrock Outfitters (814-643-7226) will gladly offer rentals to fit your needs. Ask for Tony, Paul or Evan and they will put you in business. If you are looking for new adventures or taking up kayaking again, a sojourn is just the ticket for you.

If your interest is peaked than call Mike at 814-506-1190 and I can answer any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you on the river.

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Vote Now for the Juniata River to be Pennsylvania’s 2013 River of the Year!

The public again is invited to vote online for the 2013 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among six waterways nominated across the state.

Photo by Matt Price

Mapleton’s Riverside Park will be the starting point of the 2013 Juniata River Sojourn on the Main Stem of the Juniata River, a candidate for River of the Year.

They are: Juniata River and Swatara Creek in south central Pennsylvania; Kiskiminetas River and Monongahela River in the southwest; Lackawanna River in the northeast; and Schuylkill River in the southeast.

Vote here!

“Individually, each of these waterways showcases unique natural resources and recreational potential,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan. “Collectively, they demonstrate just how blessed Pennsylvania is with its wealth of rivers and streams.”

Nomination of the six waterways was based on their conservation needs and successes; as well as well as celebration plans should the nominee be voted 2013 River of the Year. Visithttp://pawatersheds.org/vote to read the nomination statement for each and to vote. Voting ends Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

“This is the third year that our selection process is through public voting,” said Allan, “and we know the spirit of competition rallies community support around our waterways and puts deserving rivers and streams in the limelight.”

DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, or POWR, administer the River of the Year program. Nominations were made by local groups.
Pennsylvania’s River of the Year is an honor designed to elevate public awareness of specific rivers and recognize important conservation needs and achievements. River of the Year designations have been presented annually since 1983.

“We are excited to partner with DCNR for a third year of public voting on River of the Year,” POWR Executive Director Janie French said. “The River of the Year program is a great way for us to highlight the opportunities and challenges facing the state’s waterways. As part of the larger river sojourn program, the River of the Year helps connect thousands of Pennsylvanians to the water.”

After a waterway is chosen, local groups implement a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a special extended paddling trip known as a sojourn. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers.
The Pennsylvania Sojourn program, jointly run by DCNR and POWR, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. For more information about the sojourns, visit http://www.pawatersheds.org.

POWR and DCNR also work with the local organization to create a free commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.
Pennsylvania’s 2012 River of the Year is the Stonycreek River, flowing through Cambria and Somerset counties.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (click on “Conserve,” then “Waterways”).

Download this press release (Word document).

Photo by Matt Price

Paddling is a favorite pastime on the main stem of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County.

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A Thank You Letter from Curve GM Rob Egan

Publisher’s Note: The following email was received from Altoona Curve General Manager, Rob Egan.  The Altoona Curve are the AA Minor League Baseball Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and a member of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.  If you’ve never been to a Curve game, it is worth the experience, if only  to see the ballpark with the wooden roller coaster as a backdrop behind the right field wall.  The Curve consistently have had award-winning, in-game entertainment, and provide a MiLB experience like no other.

People's Natural Gas Field at Blair County Ballpark (source: milb.com)

People’s Natural Gas Field at Blair County Ballpark is the home field of the Altoona Curve Minor League Baseball team. (source: milb.com)

Curve Fans, Sponsors, Boosters, and Media –

We want to thank you for a successful 2012 season. There have been so many positives over the course of the past nine months that helped us prepare for and celebrate our 14th season of Curve Baseball. We are truly blessed to have such tremendous support of our franchise from all of you. The Curve ownership, management, front office staff, coaches, players, and game day employees aim to repay that trust every day by giving you great value when you come to a ballgame or event. In addition, we’re constantly looking for ways to give back to the community through our charitable efforts inside and outside of the ballpark.

Since January, the Curve have enjoyed some significant highlights including:

  • • Securing of our first-ever facility naming rights partner for Peoples Natural Gas Field
  • • Announcing/scheduling the first Pirates’-Curve exhibition game in Altoona since 2000
  • • Increasing per-game attendance for the second straight season – first time there’s been a per-game attendance increase in consecutive seasons since 2003-04
  • • Establishing our first-ever video marquee on Park Avenue to promote upcoming games/events at Peoples Natural Gas Field
  • • Helping raise funds and awareness for numerous local charities like Miracle League of Blair County, Children’s Miracle Network, Make-A-Wish, The Griffith Family Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania, and all of our non-profit groups who earn a portion of the proceeds from concession stands they work at each Curve game
  • • Bringing two active sports all-stars to Altoona in the same season: Steelers’ Pro Bowl WR/KR Antonio Brown and Penguins All-Star Forward James Neal
  • • Producing our ninth winning season in 14 years by finishing with a record of 72-70
  • • Celebrating the promotion of several former players to the Major Leagues – including the 2011 and 2012 Curve MVPs Starling Marte and Brock Holt. There have now been 99 Curve alumni that have gone on to play at the game’s highest level
  • • Selection as a finalist for the second straight year for a Minor League Baseball Golden Bobblehead Award for Best Promotion.Our 2012 entry is for the charitable, season-long promotion: “Curve, PA Blue Out Saturdays” to benefit Prevent Child Abuse PA
  • • Staging several unique promotions that garnered national acclaim on MinorLeagueBaseball.com including: Andrew McCutchen Dreadlocks Cap Giveaway, Alex “Not Elvis” Presley Figurine Giveaway, Moyer Megabowl celebrating Jamie Moyer’s feat of being the oldest pitcher to win an MLB game, and our second-annual Summer Cruise Series with giveaways and themes to match Tom Cruise films of the 1990s
  • • Being home to the top two pitching prospects in the Pirates’ organization during the second half of the year with 2011 first round pick Gerrit Cole and 2010 first rounder Jameson Taillon both pitching for the Curve

We are extremely proud of these accomplishments and highlights which are made possible, in large part, by your continuing support. So, again, on behalf of the Curve, thank you for a successful 2012. While we just completed this past season, we are eagerly preparing for our 15th year which will include the March 30, 2013 exhibition game with the playoff-hopeful Pittsburgh Pirates. We hope that you will continue to be a big part of making it all happen!

Sincerely,

EganSig

Rob Egan, General Manager

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The Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center

Every year, more than 20,000 people pass through the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center inside Raystown Lake’s Seven Points Recreation Area near Hesston, Pennsylvania.  The Visitors Center is home to the US Army Corps of Engineers Raystown Lake Project Ranger Staff as well as the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau.  The two organizations work closely together in the building’s operation and programming.

New seating area in the lobby of the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center courtesy of Park Furniture of Huntingdon (Photo by Vickie Smith)

New seating area in the lobby of the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center courtesy of Park Furniture of Huntingdon (Photo by Vickie Smith)

This cooperation was evidenced this morning as Park Furniture of Huntingdon delivered some beautiful lodge furniture as a donation for a new seating area in the main lobby.  Park Furniture is a member of HCVB, and has been very generous in providing the furniture, which they intend to rotate as styles change.

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center Exhibition Area (photo by Bruce Cramer)

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center Exhibition Area (photo by Bruce Cramer)

In addition to having a great and comfortable place to relax in air conditioning on a hot afternoon, the Visitors Center features exhibits, displays, and public restrooms, as well as one of the best overlooks of Raystown Lake, all free of charge.

The staff of the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is always willing to answer questions, give directions and recommendations for things to do, places to eat, places to stay, places to shop, and more at the information counter.

Vickie Smith, HCVB Visitors Center Manager, assisting customers with directions. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

Vickie Smith, HCVB Visitors Center Manager, assisting customers with directions. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

The Visitors Bureau also operates the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, where you can grab a quick snack, Raystown Lake souvenirs, local artwork and crafts, books about local history, other works by local authors, and more.

The Visitors Center is also a trail head for the Hillside Nature Trail and as of May 2012 for the Allegrippis Trails, and soon to be for a loop trail connecting all of the campsites within the Seven Points Campground to the Visitors Center, picnic areas, Seven Points Beach, and Seven Points Marina.

From now through August 14th, every Tuesday morning HCVB hosts a Wake-Up Reception that includes displays and door prizes from area attractions, restaurants, and shops, continental breakfast, and a featured guest.  Tuesdays Mid-June through Mid-August 9:30-10:30 AM.

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center, Hesston, PA (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com)

Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center, Hesston, PA (Photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com)

Next time you’re in the area, stop in to the Visitors Center and say “Hi!”

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A Few Words About Our Partners

Although the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is the lead agency for promoting the Raystown Lake Region to tourists, we certainly don’t do it in a vacuum.  We are a small agency with only three full-time, one part-time, and two seasonal part-time employees.  We work cooperatively with a number of organizations that deserve recognition for what they do for us!

The Brand USA and their website designed to promote the United States of America to foreign travelers,  DiscoverAmerica.com is a new partner for the Raystown Lake Region.  The mission of Brand USA is to encourage increased international visitation to the United States and to grow America’s share of the global travel market. In doing so, they aim to bring millions of new international visitors who spend billions of dollars to the United States, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office within the Department of Community and Economic Development is our state marketing partner at VisitPA.com.  While the state funding for this office has been drastically cut over the last five years, VisitPA.com and it’s social media affiliates, as well as the state travel planner and Pursuits magazine are still great resources for all things tourism in Pennsylvania.

The Alleghenies Tourism Council is a nine-county tourism region in south-central Pennsylvania, and is administered by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.  This region has two websites promoting its tourism assets.  TheAlleghenies.com is targeted toward the individual outdoor enthusiast with lots of great resources for hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, motorcycle riding, winter recreation, ATV riding, and more.  TourAlleghenies.com is an itinerary planning tool targeted toward groups large and small that are interested in experiencing the region.  A “group” could be as small as a single family, or as large as a convoy of buses.

Within Huntingdon County, we are involved with another promotional alliance called the Huntingdon Area Information Partnership.  This group, consisting of the Visitors Bureau, Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Huntingdon County government, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Juniata College, works together to provide reliable information about the county, and provides a central virtual gateway to that information at HuntingdonArea.info.

There are dozens more organizations and media outlets that we affiliate with or buy into, but those listed above are our true partners in promoting the Raystown Lake Region as a destination for tourists.

Thank you!

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Rockhill Trolley Museum to Continue Operating in 2012

The Rockhill Trolley Museum has been associated with the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family since 1960. It was in October of that year that Johnstown Traction Company # 311 was moved to Rockhill Furnace and became the first trolley in what is now known as the Rockhill Trolley Museum.

During 2012, the trolley museum will continue to operate on its normal schedule of weekends only, starting Memorial Day weekend through the end of October. The winter holiday events will take place in late November and early December. Additional special events will be held throughout the year. Please check our website at www.rockhilltrolley.org for a complete listing of all of our 2012 events.

While associated with the EBT Railroad for over fifty years, the trolley museum is a separate non-profit corporation operated by Railways To Yesterday, Inc. The Rockhill Trolley Museum is deeply grateful for the many years of support from the East Broad Top Railroad and the Kovalchick family. We are looking forward to many more years of mutual help and cooperation. The trolley museum is staffed entirely by volunteers that are responsible for all aspects of the museum. We are deeply disappointed to hear that the EBT will not operate during 2012. The Rockhill Trolley Museum looks forward to the operation of East Broad Top Railroad in the future.

Rockhill Trolley Museum photo by David Schwartz

The Rockhill Trolley Museum will continue normal operations on weekends Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October 2012, as well as special holiday events in late November through December! (photo by David Schwartz)

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