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Old Schoolhouse Players Still Going Strong at 25 Year 

Marilyn McClain’s powers of persuasion are quite remarkable.

Just ask Cynthia Berg, artistic director of the Old Schoolhouse Players.

“Marilyn called me to ask me a question. I went over to talk to her to answer the question and never left,” Berg recalled with a chuckle.

That was 15 years or so ago.

And thanks to a dedicated bunch of actors, their families and volunteers – like Berg – the Old Schoolhouse Players are celebrating their 25th year of showcasing “Broadway in the Country” at the Bud Allison Memorial Auditorium in the Mt. Pleasant Township Community Center in Hickory.

West Alexander takes Fair of the Year honors in Zone III

It was a blue-ribbon year for the West Alexander Fair.

In mid-January, the fair was named the 2016 Zone III Fair of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs at its annual meeting in Hershey.

And that’s a really big deal for a small-town fair.

“We’re extremely excited,” said Niki Welsh-Ryburn, a member of the West Alexander Fair board of directors. “We were noted as one of the most well-rounded fairs in the state.”

MONTOUR NAMED PA 'TRAIL OF THE YEAR' FOR '17


In a statement last week announcing the designation, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn cited “a history of support dating back to the 1980s, annual user numbers surpassing 400,000 and a strong volunteer network” among the reasons for recognizing the trail system.

The agency noted the Montour Trail, which occupies the former right of way of the Montour Railroad and Peters Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between Clairton and Moon Township, is one of the oldest “rails-to-trails” ventures in the country.

LEMOYNE HOUSE TO HOST GHOST-THEMED TOURS

Published: October 2, 2016

The tale of the mysterious woman in a blue dress haunts even those who don’t believe in ghosts at a historic Washington house museum. Employees at the LeMoyne House claimed to have witnessed the so-called Lady in Blue, oftentimes from the corner of an eye, said Clay Kilgore, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, which owns the stone house built in 1812.

WALKING THROUGH WASHINGTON'S RICH HISTORY

Published: May 25, 2016

School’s out for summer — but there’s still so much to learn in Washington County. Find a deeper respect for the historical traditions of the area, many of which are reaching monumental milestones in the upcoming months, and get excited for the new ones on the horizon. Bonus points if you can commemorate them all before the fall!

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS RECEIVE GRANTS

Published: May 18, 2016

The Pony League World Series and Whiskey Rebellion Festival were the big recipients of the 2016 tourism promotion grants announced Wednesday by Washington County commissioners on behalf of Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency.

A total of $163,080 in grants were presented for 13 separate attractions and events across the county.

FESTIVAL GOES ON WITHOUT CENTURY INN

Published: May 18, 2016

The 43rd annual National Road Festival, a celebration of the construction of America’s first interstate highway, kicks off Friday. And for the first time since the festival began in 1974, Century Inn will not be a destination for visitors dropping by Scenery Hill.

NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR I-79 WELCOME CENTER

Published: April 28, 2016

In honor of National Tourism Week which begins Monday, the state Department of Transportation is throwing a weeklong party at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center on Interstate 79 near Mt. Morris.

MEADOWCROFT OPENS A NEW SEASON SUNDAY

Published: April 28, 2016

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will open its 2016 season Sunday. Meadowcroft is the oldest site of human habitation in North America. Visitors can marvel at the rockshelter, a massive, rock overhang used by the region’s earliest inhabitants for shelter more than 16,000 years ago, and experience what everyday life was like for Upper Ohio Valley inhabitants over the past 400 years.

DANIEL TIGER SPENDS WEEKEND WITH KIDS AT PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM

Published: April 23, 2016

With parents in tow, toddlers descended on the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Saturday morning to meet Daniel Tiger, star of the award-winning PBS KIDS television series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

THE REAL STORY OF THE EASTER BUNNY

Published: March 27, 2016

CBS Sunday Morning's Martha Teichner hops into a history of the furry holiday tradition, and visits with enthusiasts to take raising rabbits to show-stopping extremes. This includes a stop in Washington, Pa!

"CHEF'S BEST DISH" EVENT KICKS OFF WASHINGTON CO. RESTAURANT WEEK

Published: March 3, 2016

At the Bistecca Steakhouse at Meadows Casino, overlooking the racetrack, chefs prepare for the event that will kick off the second annual Washington County Restaurant Week.

WASHINGTON COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEKS PREPS FOR SECOND YEAR

Published: February 26, 2016

After a successful debut in 2015, Washington County Restaurant Week is ready to serve up its second year, with lunch and dinner specials at participating restaurants, including special prix-fixe menus.

COMMISSIONERS: DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY KEEPING WASHINGTON COUNTY ON AN EVEN KEEL

Published: February 25, 2016

While acknowledging the current downturn in the area’s energy industry, Washington County commissioners said Thursday the county’s diversified economy will keep things on an even keel until oil and gas turns around.

The impact of tourism, discussed by Commissioner Harlan Shober, is also a growing contributor to the health of the county’s economy.

‘CHEF'S BEXT DISH’ KICKS OFF WASHINGTON COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK

Published: February 7, 2016

The Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency will celebrate Washington County Restaurant Week March 7-13. The event was created to highlight Washington County’s premier dining destinations as well as showcase the county’s food, restaurants and chefs.

WASHINGTON, GREENE COUNTIES CELEBRATE LOCAL HERITAGE AT COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL

Published: September 19, 2015

Shirley Bedillion and her husband, Lee, have brought their percheron draft horses to several other Covered Bridge Festivals, and though they’ve never seen sleet or snow, they have seen rain and experienced bitter, end-of-summer chill.

RENOVATIONS HELP PRESERVE LOCAL HISTORY

Published: September 11, 2015

If the walls of the LeMoyne House could talk, they would have 203 years worth of tales to tell. The imposing sandstone structure at 49 E. Maiden St., Washington, was built in 1812 by the father of Francis Julius LeMoyne, a physician, philanthropist and builder of the first crematory in the western hemisphere.

COUNTY READY FOR ITS CLOSE UP

Published: August 17, 2015

Last week, we once again welcomed the world to our county with the 64th Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods PONY League World Series. However, what was different this year was that we not only welcomed the world to to Washington County, but we also brought Washington County to the world.

MONONGAHELA RIVERFRONT STAGE IS DRAWING CROWDS

Published: August 17, 2015

A once-dead riverfront stage in Monongahela was transformed into a popular concert destination on Saturday nights this summer. Nearly 2,800 people jammed Noble J. Dick Aquatorium, and some 130 boats dropped anchor there Saturday for a performance by The Clarks, a Pittsburgh-area rock band, said Claudia Williams, a local businesswoman and an organizer of the events.

TOURISM SECOND LARGEST INDUSTRY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

Published: July 23, 2015

Tourism is now the second largest industry in Washington County with only the agriculture industry being larger, Jeff Kotula, president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, told a group of 50 or so people July 22 at the Peters Township Public Library.

WASHINGTON COUNTY OFFERS NUMEROUS OUTDOOR OPTIONS

Published: May 7, 2015

I was very encouraged by the article, “Not your father’s gym class,” that appeared in the Sunday Observer-Reporter highlighting three Washington County school districts’ efforts to promote outdoor activities and recreation to their students. The districts of Bethlehem-Center, Canon-McMillan and Avella should be complimented for their creativity in instilling a lifelong appreciation for recreation, fitness and adventure in their students.

EXPERIENCE WASHINGTON COUNTY

February 6, 2015 Issue

Washington County’s restaurant scene is being celebrated March 9 – 15, 2015 during the inaugural Washington County Restaurant Week.

INSIDE WASHINGTON COUNTY MAGAZINE

January 9, 2015 Issue

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Kick-Off Event to the inaugural Washington County Restaurant Week, being held March 3, 2015 at The Meadows Casino.