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Life Around the River - Spring 2015

Mar 11, 2015 09:49AM ● By Erica Shames

Community Impact Fund

In January 2013, Lewisburg and the surrounding community came together to support the Mike Baker family when the Lewisburg chiropractor was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, and passed away two months later.

The catastrophic event formed the backdrop for the documentary film, “Mike Baker: Love, Community and Friendship,” the first fundraiser for the newly established Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, overseen by the First Community Foundation Partnership of PA.

“Creating the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund to honor Mike’s generous spirit was the obvious first step,” said Erica Shames, creator of the fund.  “The film is a testament to the ‘pay it forward’ ideal, and the power of an individual to positively impact a community. That is the philosophy behind the fund.”

When fully endowed at $25,000, the Michael P. Baker Community Impact fund will distribute $1000 a year, in perpetuity, to an area family coping with catastrophic illness or circumstance. Additional fundraisers to reach that goal are in the planning stages.

For now, area residents wishing to help endow a fund with community residents as its beneficiaries, are encouraged to donate what they are able to help reach the annual goal of $5,000, until the $25,000 target goal is reached.

Contributions, made out to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact fund, can be sent to:  First Community Foundation Association of PA, 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. More information is at (570) 522-0149. 

Repurpose and Reuse

Dr. Insecta for Elias Center

The Elias Church in Mifflinburg, originally known as the Union Church, is one of the most historic buildings in Union County, and may be the oldest wood-frame church in Pennsylvania. Over time, the church had fallen into disuse, and the building was put up for sale on eBay in 2004.

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company helped the Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Assoc. buy the building. The group received a state grant and used the money for renovations. The building reopened in 2013 as The Elias Center for the Performing Arts.

Upcoming events include the Eliaspalooza Music Festival on April 4, including performances by KJ, Lawson & Disorder, Woody Wolf, Black Tie, Billy Kelly, Eric Sundberg, Depotorland, Frank Wickers, Steve Mitchell, Dale’s Ridge Ramblers and Strawberry Ridge; One-Act Play Festival April 24, in conjunction with the Gaspipe Theatre Company; and Shakespeare Play event on July 25. Concerts include Blues with Greg Burgess; discussions continue with artists to bring gospel, pop, jazz, and Americana to the site May through November. The December 19 holiday show will feature the West Branch Barbershop Chorus.

“The response during the first two seasons has been positive,” said director Murrie Zlotziver. “Christmas in the Parlor was SRO and this season’s barbershop concert was sold out. Audience members are enthralled with the structure and great acoustics. The site provides a very intimate performance space that allows for great chemistry between the audience and entertainers.”

Sponsors include Miffinburg Bank & Trust, Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, PPL, Weis Markets, Lawton Insurance and Larson Design Group.

The space also can be rented for weddings and receptions, meetings, lectures, workshops and conferences, performance and rehearsal space. Small group tours are available Tuesday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 570-966-0888. For more information about upcoming events, visit

Oldest Trail

Warrior Trail in Greene County, PA. Photo courtesy of Conservation Association.

Within Pennsylvania exists the 5,000-year-old Warrior Trail (WT), possibly the oldest footpath in the nation. It is not included in the national registry since it hasn’t been in continuous use. American Indians used this route to acquire flint and conduct commerce.

The current WT follows close to the original route, and in some places the same worn footpath used by the Indians can still be seen. The WT is a unique trail that explores Greene County’s hilly terrain with several beautiful pastoral views. Not a wilderness trail, the WT resembles the countryside paths found in Europe. (The Warrior Trail lies within the Forbes State Forest district.)

Warrior Trail predates the European settlement of Pennsylvania by several millennia. The route was first studied by professors at Waynesburg College in the 1930s. The path offers a hike of great historical interest, as well as pastoral farm scenery and stunning rural vistas.

Warrior Trail reaches from the Monongahela River at Greensboro to the Ohio River south of Moundsville, West Virginia. The total distance is 67 miles (108 km); 45 miles (72 km) are in Pennsylvania. Marked with yellow blazes and red mileposts, the trail mostly follows an east-west course 5 to 6 miles north of the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border, along the ridges that form a divide between watersheds. There are no streams to ford along the trail’s entire length.

Three Adirondack-type shelters are spaced relatively evenly along the trail’s distance in Pennsylvania. Warrior Trail is entirely on private property, and volunteers have worked hard to maintain the cooperation of landowners. Warrior Trail Association has published a trail guide that can be purchased by writing to: Warrior Trail Association, P.O. Box 103, Waynesburg, PA 15370. 

Kitchen Tour

Diana Graham in her downtown York home, one of five on the Spring Market Faire of Kitchens tour.

Bring your appetite and join the Spring Market Faire of Kitchens on April 27, from 10 am to 3 pm. The non-profit event is sponsored by the York Branch of the American Association of University Women.

The tour takes you to five York County homes where you’ll sample delectable dishes prepared by a chef in each kitchen. Boutiques in each home will sell unique items and an AAUW Bake Shop will offer home-baked goodies. All proceeds benefit scholarships.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased after March 15 at the following York locations: Christmas Tree Hill stores at 2801 S. George St., 4000 W. Market St. and 2840 Whiteford Rd. (Meadowbrook Village); Collage at 932 S. George St. and Futer Brothers Jewelers at 2820 Whiteford Rd.

To purchase tickets by mail, send a check and stamped, self-addressed envelope to Betty Hooker, 820 Cragmoor Rd., York Haven, PA 17370. For more information, contact Betty at 717-266-1025.

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