Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Activities/Summer Reading

 Activities/Summer Reading

    This week for Summer Reading, we will be re-showing Raya and the Last Dragon today at 3:30 in the Community Room. Popcorn and juice will be provided!

    Thursday is the last day to bring in submissions for the Art Show. See the post here. You can submit up to five pieces for consideration by our anonymous judge.

    Don't forget about the Teddy Bear Camping Trip that's coming up on July 6th at 3:30pm! Bring your plush friends to the library for a story, snack, and craft then leave them with Miss Kelly. Miss Kelly is going to take your friend on an epic camping adventure! She'll take lots of pictures so you can see what they were up to. You can pick up your plush friend from the library after 1pm on the 8th. 

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for our Friends of the Library 5K. 

Our Friends of the Library group is hosting a Virtual 5K. A virtual 5K can be run, walked, skipped, hopped...whatever you wish to do, on your own time at any time. The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt as long as supplies last. If you are not local, you can still participate, we will ship your shirt for an extra $5. 
You can register online at:
or you can visit the library and pick up a paper application. 

Don't forget our Special Days. Monday's are Block Day, come in and build something! Thursday's are Discord Day, join me on our Discord Server to chat about anything! or just send memes https://discord.gg/XcJ4mZ5VbD. Friday's are for making Art! Come draw on our sidewalk, paint some pictures, draw or color. 
Ava Jordan with her Magnatile castle

Monday, June 28, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Minor Prophets

 Linda's Book Review

    This week's book is entitled Minor Prophets. I have never heard of this author, Jimmy Cajoleas but I read the inside cover and felt it was something I would like.

    I am going to give you Goodreads description and then I will provide my review.

After their mother’s death, two siblings must navigate the strange world of the occult in this thrilling YA mystery
Lee has always seen visions: cats that his mother promises aren’t really there, a homeless man who he’s convinced is out to get him, and three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. His mother and his sister Murphy try to keep him grounded in the real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch, which they’ve only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions? Thrilling, twisty, and poignant, Minor Prophets will keep readers guessing until the final page.


    This book was definitely different but kept my interest. The main character is Lee who has visions and is trying to figure them out. His sister, Murphy is a wild child with a foul mouth and an attitude. They are not only siblings but best friends. After their mother dies in a car accident, they find papers that have their signatures forged for their stepdad, Horace, to have parental rights. They think Horace might be responsible for their mother's death so they take off to find a Grandmother that they have never met. Their mother was keeping her away from the kids. But why? 
   They stay with their mysterious Grandma and help on her farm. Lee finds out that his Grandma sees visions too and seems to have some sort of magical powers. Lee finally feels accepted and thinks he may have found the place where he belongs. Murphy on the other hand is suspicious and doesn't quite trust her Grandma and the people of this town.
   Just when you think you have things figured out the author pulls a twist that you won't be expecting. Towards the end of the book, things got a bit weird for me but I hung in there and all came together. I will say this book is unusual and not for everyone. But if you keep an open mind and you have an interest in the bizarre, then you will enjoy this book. 


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Here at the Library: Area Adventures

 Here at the Library
Area Adventures

    For part of our Summer Reading Program, we are asking our participants to get outside and explore! Part of that is visiting some of what we are calling, "Area Adventures." Each adventure offers an opportunity to enter and win our Summer Reading Grand Prize, a Play Station 4.
    Each adventure is less than an hour away, usually much closer, and is free of charge to visit. 

Scripture Rocks

    First up is Scripture Rocks in Brookville, PA. The Scripture Rocks are a collection of dedicated and carved rocks made by local preacher and eccentric, Douglas Stahlman, in the early 20th century. Stahlman grew up in Jefferson County and later moved to Tennessee and Indiana. While in Indiana, his wife died of blood poisoning after Stahlman dismissed the doctor, choosing to rely instead on his faith to heal his wife.
    When his wife died in 1901, Stahlman's children were taken away from him and he was declared insane. He eventually found his way back to his native Jefferson County, settling in Brookville. His religious fervor hadn't changed, and he began praying at secluded rocks. Eventually, his prayers led to a vision of dedicated rocks around the outskirts of town. 

Address: 560, 610, PA-28 Brookville, PA 15825

Fire Tower in Cook Forest

    Next is the Fire Tower in Cook Forest State Park. Built in 1928, the fire tower is one of the most popular spots in Cook Forest receiving hundreds of visitors a day during peak season in the park. At 85 feet in height, you can climb the tower and on a clear day, see up to twenty miles away. The tower was officially retired from service in 1966 but is still open to the public today. 

Address: 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217

Climax Tunnel

    Next up is the Climax Tunnel. The Climax Tunnel sits at mile 17 of the 41 mile Redbank Valley Trail. 
    For over a century, freight trains crossing the Redbank Valley passed through the Climax Tunnel. When the trains left, the tunnel deteriorated until in 2018 it was brought back to life.
    Originally built in the 1870s, the 680 foot tunnel can now be walked or biked through safely.

Address: 4365 Climax Rd. New Bethlehem, PA 16242
The tunnel is also a letterbox location. 

Phillipston Turntable

    Another Trail Adventure. This time on the Armstrong Trail. How do trains turn around? With a turntable. This turntable located in Phillipston was built in 1923 and remodeled in 2020 as a historical site. 

    Locomotives would pull onto the turntable and would then be rotated 180 degrees to face the opposite direction. 

Address: Armstrong Trail, Rimersburg, PA 16248. From the trailhead in Phillipston, head in the direction of Rimersburg. The turntable is just up the trail. 

    The turntable is a letterbox location. 

Bear Town Rocks

Next up is Beartown Rocks in Clear Creek State Park. Beartown Rocks offers great views of wildlife and plant life, but the main attraction is the collection of enormous rocks.

When you arrive at the Beartown parking area take the trail to explore all of the glacier-created rocks and start hiking. 


Directly Across the road from the entrance to Clear Creek State Forest is the road which leads to Beartown Rocks, for which I have no address. The address for Clear Creek State Forest is 38 Clear Creek, Park Rd, Sigel, PA 15860

The Laurel Fields

The Laurel Fields near Sigel. The Laurel Fields became a popular attraction when a regional natural gas company purchased the property from farmers in 1929. The company allowed the Flower Power fields to revert to a dense concentration of mountain laurel. The fields began to have such local significance that the company opened the fields to the public in 1935 and they were acquired by the state's Bureau of Forestry in 2006. The Laurel Fields welcome your visit Memorial Day through Labor Day. However, June is the best time to see the flowers in bloom.

Below is a map to visit The Laurel Fields:

The North Country Trail

There are 265 miles of the 4,600 mile North Country Trail in Pennsylvania. 97 miles of the trail is maintained by the Clarion chapter of the North Country Trail Association, not all of those miles are in Clarion County. To learn more about the North Country Trail see the blog post about the trail here.
    The easiest access points are in Parker, PA where the NCT and the Armstrong Trail are one and the same. Cook Forest is another option where portions of the Baker Trail and NCT are also the same. 
    The North Country Trail in Parker is a letterbox location. 

Farmer's Market

    A farmers' market is a marketplace where produce, plants, baked goods, and beverages among other homemade items are sold. 
    There are several farm markets close to us. New Bethlehem hosts a farm market every Friday from 11-4, May through September in Gumtown Park. Clarion hosts a farm market on Saturdays from 8-11am in the park. Find more information on their Facebook

Coke Ovens on RVT

    At mile 19 on the Redbank Valley Trail, you will find the cave-like Coke Ovens. The coke ovens were used to convert the coal mined in the local area into industrial coke, a relatively clean-burning fuel used in the smelting of iron ore. In a process known as "coking," coal was shoveled into an isolated beehive-shaped oven and ignited. 
    There are another set of coke ovens to be found near the coaling tower on the Armstrong Trail, to find these you have to go off the trail and take a short hike into the woods. 
    To find the ovens on the Redbank Trail, starting at the trailhead in New Bethlehem, walk toward Climax for approximately 1.5 miles. The ovens will be on the left just past the new bridge. 
    This is also a letterbox location.

Coaling Tower on the Armstrong Trail

    Known as the Redbank Coaling Tower, during the age of steam-powered locomotives trains traveling this route would stop at the tower to fill their tenders with coal to fuel their engines. Construction of this tower began in 1928 and was completed in 1930. 
    Directions for accessing by bike trails: The coaling tower is 1/2 mile From the Redbank Trailhead of the Armstrong Trail.  It is 3 miles from the turntable in Phillispston near that trailhead.  It's a short distance, and is visible, from the junction of the Redbank and Armstrong trails.  If you access the Redbank Trail in Lawsonham, it's about 6 miles south.

     To access the Redbank Trailhead by road, you need to travel through the small village of Redbank.  The Redbank road is located 2 miles southwest of Widnoon.  Once you are on the Redbank Road there is a sign that says No Outlet.  The road ends at the trailhead, approximately 3 miles.  There are directional signs on the trail.....  .5 mile to Coaling Tower.

    This is also a letterbox location.

Brady's Bend Overlook

    The Brady's Bend Overlook, also known locally as The Narrows, shows the giant bend in the Allegheny River. At one point the overlook was one of the most sought-after hang gliding destinations. Due to safety reasons, this activity is no longer allowed.
    Address: 2417 Rt. 68, Rimersburg, PA
This is also a letterbox location.

Buchanan Furnace

Buchanan Furnace is a historic iron furnace located in Licking Township, Clarion County. It was built in 1844 and was a cold-blast charcoal furnace. It had a maximum production of 1,200 tons per year and was abandoned in 1858 because of a lack of timber to be used as fuel.
    Thirty-one iron furnaces were built in Clarion County, mostly from 1840-1850. They supplied the region as well as the Pittsburgh area with pig iron made from iron ore which was then processed into steel. They were also used in processing lead, copper, and other metals.
    Buchanan Furnace can be found just off PA Rt. 378 at the Clarion River near Callensburg Rd.

The Swinging Bridge
The swinging bridge in Cook Forest is and often overlooked attraction. Access to the bridge is best obtained by traveling Rt. 36 and then turning on to River Road on the north side of the Clarion River. Make a left to park at the ranger station. Walk past the children's fishing pier and across the one lane bridge, through the Indian campground and onto the Rhododendron Trail. Make the first left and the bridge will be there.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about each of the Area Adventures. To claim your entry for the Summer Reading grand prize, email me at eccleslesherprogramming@gmail.com, send me a DM through our Facebook or Instagram accounts, or bring your photo into the library and show it to anyone here.

Have fun, that's what this is all about!!


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Art Show

 Art Show

Our Art Show is approaching quickly!! Submissions will be accepted up to and including July 1st. 

Prizes are as follows:

1st place: A One Year Family Membership to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh ($150 value). The membership includes free admission for up to 3 adults and 4 children to the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center in addition to discounts in the gift shop and cafe.

2nd place: $75.00 Amazon Gift Card

3rd place: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card

When bringing in your submissions, please make sure they are ready to be displayed. For example, paintings are matted or framed. 

While there are no age groups, judging will be based on:

  1. Originality.
  2. Artistry.
  3. Composition and design of the work.
  4. Overall presentation.
  5. Color scheme.
  6. Aesthetic value.

With the age of the artist in mind.

Any and all artwork is welcome! Digital, clay, painting, chalk art...whatever! Art will remain on display in the library through the 10th. Even if you don't have anything to display, stop in and see the artwork!

Each submission equals an entry into the grand prize drawing, participants can enter up to five pieces.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at the library, email me at eccleslesherprogramming@gmail.com, or DM on our Facebook or Instagram. 

Activity Tuesday/Summer Reading

 Summer Reading
    Today's Summer Reading Event is to go swimming!! Enjoy FREE admission to Union COG Pool for all participants 18 and under! Don't forget to sign up on our sheet to make sure you get your entry for the grand prize. 
    Thanks to all who came to our Drive-In Movie last Tuesday! So sorry for the technical difficulties! We will be re-showing Raya and the Last Dragon on June 29th at 3:30pm in the Community Room.

    Don't forget about our daily "Special Days." Stop in on Mondays to build with blocks, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Magnatiles, and more. Join me on Discord on Thursdays, I'll be around from 2-4. Fridays are for Art. I'll most likely be found drawing on the sidewalk... Come help me!! 

    Our Friends of the Library group is hosting a Virtual 5K. A virtual 5K can be run, walked, skipped, hopped...whatever you wish to do, on your own time at any time. The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt as long as supplies last. If you are not local, you can still participate, we will ship your shirt for an extra $5. 
You can register online at:
or you can visit the library and pick up a paper application.

Keep an eye on this page for all future upcoming activities at the library!

Monday, June 21, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Guest Review by Susan Scott

 Linda's Book Review

Guest Review by Susan Scott

The Paris Library

by Janet Skeslien Charles

"In the darkness of war, the light of books"

With two of my favorite words in the title, I had high hopes for this novel.  I was not disappointed.  

Set primarily in 1939 Paris during the German occupation and based on real events, this work of World War II fiction tells the story of Odile Souchet, a young woman who has just landed her dream job at the American Library in Paris.  Odile, the daughter of a police captain, loves Paris, her family, and books--to the point that she relates people and events in her life to categories of the  Dewey Decimal system.  For many readers, this passion for books that illuminates the pages of the novel will be reason alone to love it.  

We first encounter Odile as a passionate, curious, somewhat privileged young woman who has a loving family, a romantic interest, and the perfect job at the American Library in Paris.  The library (which still exists)  is a gathering place for Americans and other international residents of Paris. As the Germans occupy Paris, however, things change.  Suddenly, the Nazis begin to seize books and to prohibit certain patrons, primarily Jews, from entering the library.  Eventually, several of  the library's employees and patrons are sent to internment camps.  Odile, along with her fellow library employees, is horrified and joins the French Resistance movement, deploying books as their weapons of choice against the Nazis.

She and her library cohorts quietly fight back against the so-called "Library Protectors" and risk their lives in doing so:  They prepare collections of books for internment camps and field hospitals, ship books and magazines to soldiers on the front, and pass through Nazi checkpoints to deliver books to Jews. Finally, the Allies arrive; and Paris is liberated.  However, Odile's joy is shattered when she discovers that that even those you love can disappoint and even betray you.  This realization will define most of Odile's adult life, until an encounter with an American teenager years later. 

Using dual narratives and timelines, the author continues the story of Odile during the 1980's, now living in a small town in Montana as the widow of an American soldier.  Not much is known about Mrs. Gustafson,  the elegant and mysterious Parisian war bride who is the "definition of solitude" until her teenage neighbor, Lily, enters her life.  Lily, who suffers her own losses throughout the novel, is spirited, opinionated, and curious about Odile's life in Paris.  

Although Lily's character is critical to gaining insight into Odile, her story reads as somewhat of a young adult novel, a bit of a disjunction from the narrative style of Odile's Paris years.  In its place, I would have welcomed a more fleshed-out description of Odile's years in Montana with her husband and son. However, Odile's powerful confession to Lily near the book's end compensates for this minor criticism, as it becomes clear how important the character of Lily has been to the life of Odile.  

Odile's story is a reminder of the lingering psychological effects of war, not only in the lives of the soldiers but also in those who loved them. As many families of World War II veterans can tell you, those who went through the war were reluctant to talk about their experiences.  Perhaps Odile's choice of a quiet life in Montana was her way of dealing with what we now identify as post-traumatic stress.  And, most likely, the books on her wall were part of her healing.


Although there are romantic moments in the novel, The Paris Library  is ultimately a story about a love affair with books and ideas.  The bookplates of Odile's beloved American Library feature an illustration of the sun rising over an open book lying on a rifle.  This emblem of the power of knowledge prevailing over the violence engendered by ignorance and oppression is as relevant today as it was in 1939.  Later, the author Ray Bradbury would continue to warn of a totalitarian future in which "books were empty, minds shut, and libraries closed forever."  As Odile and her fellow librarians would no doubt agree, in the ongoing battle against the forces of ignorance, oppression, and tyranny, there will always be a need for "the light of books."

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Here at the Library: Summer Reading

 Here at the Library

    Monday officially began our Summer Reading Program for 2021. I'm so excited to share all of the wonderful programs we are having this year! This post is where I will go into detail for each event, feel free to refer back to it as often as you need!

    Our first event on Tuesday, June 15th was a Drive-In movie! The event was held in the back parking lot of the United Methodist Church here in Rimersburg. 

    June 22 has us at Union COG pool. Free admission for 18 and under. Don't forget to sign in on our sheet to enter for the grand prize. 

    The week of July 5th has two events! Monday, July 5th is the start of our youth art show. Applications are available at the library and submissions must be turned in no later than Thursday, July 1st. All forms of art are welcome! Painting, pencil, crayon, digital, sculpture, wood, absolutely any type of art! You may enter up to five pieces for consideration, each entry into the Art Show is an entry for the Grand Prize. 
    1st place is a Family Membership to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. This membership includes free admission to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum as well as lectures, programs for kids, teens, and families, discounts in the gift shop and cafe, and much more for a full year...go as often as you like! 2nd place will be a $75 Amazon gift card and 3rd place a $50 Amazon gift card. Judging will take place and winners announced on Monday, July 5th. Art will remain on display in the library for a week so tell your family and friends to stop in!

July 6th is our Teddy Bear Camping Trip. Bring your bears, dinosaurs, hippopotamuses, any stuffed animal to the library for a fun story, craft, and snack. After you're done, leave your stuffed animal with Miss Kelly! We're going camping! Miss Kelly will take lots of pictures of your stuffed friends so you can see what they were up to! You can pick your friends up on July 8th. 

Join us Sunday, July 11th from 1-4 for a free outdoor carnival. Area churches, groups, and businesses will be helping us out! Play games, win prizes! We will also have face painting, a snack, and a drink. All free for those 18 and under! Be sure to sign in at the Library table to enter for the Grand Prize!

July 20th will be our Pet Show! Bring your furry, scaled, feathered...whatever friend to the library for some pet show fun! No large farm animals, please. We LOVE our animal friends! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will all receive a special (not alive) friend for themselves and a gift card to Petco for their pet. Participate to enter for Grand Prize!

Other ways to enter. 
    1. Visit one of the Area Adventures. You can pick up a paper telling you where they are or I will have them posted next week. 
    2. Go Letterboxing at one or all six of the library's hidden letterboxes
Both of the above have specific instructions on how to let me know you've visited. See the post on letterboxing and  (or the page included with Summer Reading Packet) Area Adventures for further details. 
    3. Visit the Storybook Trail in Lawsonham and sign the guest book
    4. Come to one or all of the 'Special Days' at the Library
            Monday: Block Day, come in and play with any or all of our block sets
            Thursday: Discord Day, join me on Discord for whatever you want to do! Join our server: https://discord.gg/XcJ4mZ5VbD  and be patient with me! I'm still learning. I'll be logged on from 2-4 
            Friday: Art Day, come into the library and make some art. You can use some of our many art supplies to make art or use sidewalk chalk to make our sidewalk amazing. 
    5. Check out a book at the Library. It has to be you (you do not have to be the cardholder you just have to be present), not one of your grown-ups. Books must be returned on time. One entry per check-out per day. Meaning, you can only enter once a day. 

If you have any questions, please ask! All members of our community 18 and under are eligible for the Grand Prize. Drawing will be held on July 27th. 


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Summer Reading

 Summer Reading

Tonight is our first Summer Reading Activity. There is no need to sign up for Summer Reading, just show up to participate! Join us for a Drive-In Movie! We are showing Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon. 

        Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it's up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

The movie is rated PG and is 1hr and 57min long. We will be providing popcorn and a drink to all participants 18 and under while supplies last. 

The movie will be held in the back parking lot of Rimersburg United Methodist Church located at 399 Main St. and will start at dusk. Feel free to stay in your cars, the movie will be broadcast through FM radio. 

We will also be signing up children 5 and under for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. We will have free books for those who sign up while supplies last. Help your hometown Library win $500!

Be sure to sign in at the concession table for your entry to our Grand Prize Drawing for a PS4. If you don't sign up that night, it doesn't count!

Any questions feel free to contact us! 814-473-3800

Monday, June 14, 2021

Linda's Book Review

 Linda's Book Review



Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good. 


  I love my fantasy books! This week's book was ok. It could have been better, in my opinion, but it was enjoyable since it is the kind of book that interests me. I also liked that it was written by P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin. 
   The two sisters in the story are twins, Mercy and Hunter Goode. They are (Good) witches of course. They live with their mom Abigale and their cat Xena. My favorite character in the book is Xena for many reasons. One reason I can't discuss or it gives away a secret from the book. When the girls turn 16 they have a ritual and have to choose a goddess who helps them with their magic. During this ritual something goes totally wrong and their lives are never the same.
   This is the first book in a series and I know I will read the next one to see what happens to the twins and their friends.


Letterbox Instructions

Summer Reading Letterbox Instructions

Please Read Carefully and Follow All Instructions

 Below you will find directions to each of the six letterboxes that have been placed for our Summer Reading event. Each box has a different stamp and ink color that identifies which box was found. To claim your entry for the Playstation, either bring in the stamped paper or take a picture of it and send it to me via email at eccleslesherprogramming@gmail.com or send a dm through our Facebook or Instagram. Include your name and phone number in any of the above communication. 

Refer to this post about letterboxing if you aren't sure how to letterbox: https://eccleslesherlibrary.blogspot.com/2021/06/here-at-library-letterboxing.html

If you decide to letterbox, please replace the box and its contents exactly how you found them.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Thank you and have fun!



North Country Trail letter box

Location:  Parker PA

Boxes  1


This box is located at the Parker Trailhead of the Allegheny River Trail.  To reach the trail head look for the North Country Trail sign located on Route 368 at the Clarion County end of the Parker Bridge.  If coming from Parker, turn left at the North country trail sign. If coming from Sligo/Callensburg turn right at the North Country Trail sign.  Continue short distance down the dirt road to the Parker Trailhead.  Stand at the start of the paved trail, just before the yellow posts.  Look behind and under the first large rock on your left to locate the box

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Brady’s Bend Overlook Letterbox

Location: Brady’s Bend Overlook

Boxes 1

Park in the Scenic Overlook parking lot.

Head NE toward the wooden fenced-off area, stopping at the line of stones across the path.

Turn left to face the large boulder sculpture standing on an asphalt area.

Walk to the boulder.

Take 5 paces past it to the overlook chainlink fence to a concrete slab on the ground.

You will find the letterbox hidden under a broken chunk of concrete near the upper right corner of the slab near the fence

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Phillipson Turn Table

Location:  Rimersburg, PA

Boxes:  1


This box is located at the Phillipston Trailhead of the Armstrong Trail.  The address is 94 North Apple St. Rimersburg, PA 16248.  The road to this area is accessed from Rt. 68, approximately 1 mile east of East Brady and 6 miles west of Rimersburg,  There is a sign on Rt. 68 to the East Brady Rod & Gun Club at the top of the Phillipston Rd.  This is where you turn to reach the trailhead.

The turntable is located close to the trailhead.  There is a sign indicating the Railroad Heritage area of the Armstrong Trail.  Proceed a short distance on the limestone trail following it into the the turntable area.  Once you've arrived at the historical marker there is a cement sidewalk leading to a refurbished area of the the turntable.  Follow the sidewalk until it ends.  Immediately to your right there is a crevice by a large rock.  The box is located in the crevice.

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Coaling Tower on Armstrong Trail

County:  Armstrong


Boxes:  1


Directions for accessing by bike trails: The coaling tower in 1/2 mile From the Redbank Trailhead of the Armstrong Trail.  It is 3 miles from the turntable in Phillispston near that trailhead.  It's a short distance, and is visible, from the junction of the Redbank and Armstrong trails.  If you access the Redbank Trail in Lawsonham, it's about 6 miles south.


To access the Redbank Trailhead by road, you need to travel through the small village of Redbank.  The Redbank road is located 2 miles southwest of Widnoon.  Once you are on the Redbank Road there is a sign that says No Outlet.  The road ends at the trailhead, approximately 3 miles.  There are directional signs on the trail.....  .5 mile to Coaling Tower.


Once you've arrived, stand between the historical marker and the wall of the coaling tower, facing the river.  Walk approximately 17 paces to the opposite edge of the trail(the river side).  Look under the log directly in front of you!

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Coke Ovens Letterbox

County: Clarion

Boxes 1

From the Redbank Valley Trailhead in New Bethlehem near Zack's Restraunt, head toward Climax/ South Bethlehem. 

Walk/Run/Bike approximately a mile and a half. You will cross over the new trail bridge where the trail washed out. The Coke Ovens are on your left just after you cross the bridge.

There is a sign that tells about the Coke Ovens and what they were used for. Just past the sign is a large flat rock. The Letterbox is located directly across the trail from the large flat rock, on the ground under the ledge and behind an easily moved rock. 

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Climax Tunnel

County: Clarion

Boxes 1

From the parking area for the Redbank Valley Trail in Climax.

Walk into the tunnel headed toward New Bethlehem.

The metal bracing of the tunnel has a slight jut out about 30 feet into the tunnel. The area is distinguished by chain link fence. 

On the right side of the tunnel, inside the first metal brace at the bottom. You will find the letterbox behind a rock. 

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Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday     Today is the drawing for the Summer Reading Grand Prize, the Playstation 4. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live ...