Stronger Waters Bill Brock (left) and Vince Assetta with their great browns.
Big Boys, Little Boys, and Pan Fish Big Boys, Little Boys, and Pan Fish
If You Fill It, They Will Come If You Fill It, They Will Come
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Bill Brock (left) and Vince Assetta with their great browns.
Outdoors / People

Stronger Waters

Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps […]

Big Boys, Little Boys, and Pan Fish
Outdoors

Big Boys, Little Boys, and Pan Fish

When I met my wife she already had an impressionable four-year-old boy, who had leukemia to boot. I was not sure how to bond with the little fellow, and I think he felt the same way. I soon learned that just being me was enough to keep his interest. I can remember mowing the lawn thinking I was alone in […]

If You Fill It, They Will Come
Outdoors

If You Fill It, They Will Come

Along the rural stretch of dirt road where I live there are at least eleven ponds, one of which is mine. Most of these ponds are man-made and a few are the result of industrious beavers that have since left the area. Many are stream or spring fed. But our pond is a bit more unique. It is one of […]

Fish Made Easy
Food & Drink

Fish Made Easy

Don’t get me wrong, I quite enjoy heading out to a favorite fish fry place on a Friday to ponder the eternal question: should it be batter-fried, breaded (maybe Italian- seasoned crumbs), or broiled? At least with the crumb coating there is the chance that the fish will emerge moist and flavorful. Anointed with a squeeze of fresh lemon it’s […]

Dad and Nature
Heart of the Mountain

Dad and Nature

Dad was obsessed with fishing. So was Granddad, my aunts, uncles, and cousins—a family sport. We moved as a unit until we hit the stream. Then it was “every man for himself.” For Dad it was about being in the place he loved best—Nature— his religion! He prized standing in a stream, figuring out how to best a trout. This […]

The Lunker: Backwaters Back When
The Lunker

The Lunker: Backwaters Back When

It was in the late nineteen-fifties and the weather outside the classroom was beautiful. Trout season had just started, and as we sat there looking out the window we could hear the fish calling us. The next morning, Darrell Dochstader and I were walking along Route 6, one hand with our thumbs in the air and the other carrying fishing […]

Water, Water Everywhere
Finger Lakes

Water, Water Everywhere

One look at the view was all it took. When Bruce Nelson climbed up to the rooftop of the former Municipal Light and Water Plant in Watkins Glen to see the deep blue waters of Seneca Lake spreading below, he knew he had found his next project. Since that day two years ago, Nelson has not only converted the historic […]

It’s Pancake Time!
Food & Drink / People

It’s Pancake Time!

Pennsylvania’s best maple producers – cooking happiness this month – share their recipes The first bite. Back up. It’s the first whiff, the first smell you get coming from the kitchen. It’s like those terrible Folgers commercials. The best part of waking up…you know. The smell of the coffee wafts through and slaps you around a few times and puts […]

If You Build It…
Outdoors

If You Build It…

May the bluebird of happiness fly up your road Despite its conspicuous location, the blind set up in my backyard wasn’t the least bit offensive to the bluebirds that were tending their hatchlings in the weathered pine box a few yards away. Crouched inside the blind on a perfect May morning was an eager photographer—me—looking through my tripod-mounted camera. With […]

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral
Arts & Leisure

Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral

Three nights, three groups, three chances to hear the music of Ireland on the Susquehanna Three exceptional Irish groups are poised to wash up on the Susquehanna’s shores, just in time to warm our hearts (and toes!) and to lift our winter-weary spirits. From Williamsport’s Community Arts Center to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Campus Theatre […]