Mt. Pisgah State Park volunteers' efforts have benefits for everyone

EDITOR: The Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, are an inspiration to anyone who enjoys our public lands. Thank you for recognizing the achievements of this group of 20 core volunteers and 100 members in your July 9 article that described the significant improvements they made to Mt. Pisgah State Park.

We are truly grateful for dedicated volunteers, such as the Friends of Mt. Pisgah, who work diligently to protect the valuable assets of our state parks and forests. Volunteerism in state parks benefits not only the park itself, but also the entire community, improving its health, economy, and quality of life. Studies show that spending time in natural environments reduces stress, promotes exercise, and encourages interpersonal bonding. Moreover, state parks and forests visitors often purchase goods at local businesses.

A recent study showed that for every dollar invested in a state park or forest, $12 is returned to the local economy.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation website at for more information about volunteer opportunities in a state park or forest near you.

Brittany Howell

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator

Camp Hill, Pa.

Make mine music

EDITOR: This old man had the privileged of serving Bradford County as warden at the Pine Street jail back in the 1980s. The only musical sound in the outside yard at that time was the metallic clanking of horseshoes. Since then our county commissioners and the historical society have developed a splendid museum, genealogy and entertainment facility. The old jail yard is now a huge stone walled room with good acoustics.

This past Friday, Matt Carl, Manager and Curator, welcomed a full house. After thanking and complimenting David Lennington for doing the work to set up the show, he presented soprano Carrie Hopper and pianist Ed Clute. These superbly talented artists gave us thrilling music. They even drew the audience into singing along. With a smile, you can know that while the volume of sound increased the skill level went to average.

Carrie and Ed also give us an important reminder that individuals can overcome handicaps and still rise to excellence. Both are blind, but they certainly were able to reach out to thrill our minds and warm our hearts.

George H. Smith



EDITOR: What's with the name change?

I read with great interest your article in the July 4, issue on the proposed reconstruction of "Hillside Drive." When did that stretch of road become Hillside Drive?

When we moved from there 17 years ago, it was known as Fifth Avenue. The other end of the road (between Lake Road and Route 187) was always, Hillside Drive.

The section we lived on between Lake Road and Lanning Creek Roads was Fifth Avenue.

Lee A. Neiley

Beacon, N.Y.