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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,

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

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 For pricing or to book your tour, contact Dan at (814) 793-4548 or

–Katrina Hawn, Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Open House at C. Barton McCann School of Art

April 28th and 29th 1-4pm

Featured Exhibition:
The JV Re-Creation Project is a creative performance designed to celebrate the arts and encourage environmentally sustainable practices. For this project, students and faculty members from the campuses of the Juniata Valley School District and Juniata College came together in the spring of 2012 to explore local sources and personal gifts. These sources and gifts informed the participants’  re-creations in the form of sculpture, poetry, dance, film, vocal and percussive performance, photography, storytelling and fashion.  Participants performed in early April on both the high school and the college campuses, promoting a celebration of cultures, introspection, and service. In addition to highlighting our local farming and hunting cultures, the Re-Creation Project 2012 expanded the audience’s cultural experience by featuring the music, stories and dress of The Gambia, West Africa. All proceeds supported the Juniata College club, Power Up Gambia, organized to raise funds to purchase solar panels and technical training for Gambian hospitals without electricity. All in all, the JV Re-Creation Project served to enrich participants and audiences alike.

Kitana Downs and Anna Sajeski

C. Barton McCann School of Art
4144 Miller Road, Petersburg, PA 16669
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Come See Us This Weekend at the Best Bridal Event

Everhart wedding by Megan Brenneman,

Everhart wedding at Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center, Entriken, PA (photo by Megan Photography)

Our little niche of The Alleghenies that we like to call the Raystown Lake Region (RLR for short) is visually stunning, laid-back, and most of all, fun!  Doesn’t that sound like a good set of adjectives for a wedding?  With the development over the past five years at the Lake Raystown Resort Lodge & Conference Center, C. Barton McCann School of Art, PA National Guard Readiness Center, and Brookmere Winery, not to mention dozens of large vacation homes and repurposed barns that have doubled as banquet facilities, the RLR has become a very popular destination for weddings.

If you or someone you know is engaged, celebrating a milestone anniversary, family or class reunion, bring them out on Sunday to the Blair County Convention Center for the Best Bridal Event.  The Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau will be there with our brand-new visitors guide, local artist, Leah Davis Dell of Vintage Art Glass and the Foxy Grape Bead Shop.  We’ll help you locate facilities in the region that are just-right for your big day and in your price range, places for you and your guests to stay, and will also help you to identify some very talented individuals that can help you with all of your wedding needs from photography to flowers, harpists to caricature artists, and more.  Some of our favorites will be there with their own booths also!

It doesn’t matter to us whether you are planning a wedding, a reunion, or an anniversary celebration.  We’ll be happy to meet you and your needs!

Best Bridal Event
Sunday, March 18, 2012
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Blair County Convention Center
One Convention Center Drive, Altoona, PA

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From This Moment: Is a destination wedding in the Raystown Region right for you?

by Susan Penning
Destination weddings, which are essentially getaways that combine both the wedding and honeymoon, are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional weddings.
There are many reasons why more and more couples are choosing destination weddings.
  • They have family all across the country (or world) and most guests will need to travel regardless of where the wedding is located.
  • They yearn for a more intimate gathering. The guest list of a destination wedding is typically smaller, which allows a couple to indulge in extra luxuries for closest friends and family.
  • They are looking for something unique as this is a second marriage – or they are renewing their wedding vows.
  • They want to save themselves the money (and stress) associated with planning a large wedding and they would prefer to elope somewhere picturesque and relaxing.
 For couples desiring a spectacular and memorable destination wedding experience, the Raystown Region may be the perfect spot. The area offers dozens of locations for both indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions as well as countless choices for romantic honeymoon accommodations.
For example, weddings are a specialty at the elegant Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge and Conference Center, which overlooks beautiful Raystown Lake – known as the crown jewel of Pennsylvania. With multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites and a variety of lodging options for the wedding party and guests, the resort is a popular place where marriages begin, or are rekindled.
The C. Barton McCann School of Art, situated on 250 pristine acres between Huntingdon and State College, is a unique event venue that boasts one of central Pennsylvania’s most spectacular backdrops. The soon-to-be bride and groom may choose from five indoor or outdoor facilities with several different configurations to suit their needs.
Other popular wedding sites in the Raystown Region include Hawn’s Overlook at the Raystown Lake Recreation Area, the Huntingdon Country Club, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, Seven Points Marina and the Stone Valley Recreation Area.
For more information on these destinations and more, visit  
About the Author:
Susan Penning is Director of Member Services for Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, and resides with her husband in Hesston.
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