Thursday, May 31, 2012

bareing skine

The good folks at the Scranton Zine Festival have included a list of the people who will be presenting their zines (and other creative works) at the New Visions Studio & Gallery in Scranton on June 9, 2012. The list is impressive; people from near and far will be there. Some of the "zinesters" are from Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a few of them have blogs connected to their zines. Here's one of them:

bareing skine

by Rachel Dispenza, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
creator of the zines progression: part one and progression: part two

My name is Rachel Dispenza. I made the first page of what will soon be my first zine on November 1, 2011, and after that is done, I’m going to keep making more. On this blog you may find some pages, typed up excerpts from my own journal, and anything else that just seems to fit. I write frequently and think feverishly and hope my words affect you in some small way. They’re all I have to call my own.

Check out Rachel's blog to get a taste of what her zine is like. You can order copies of it online, or just come to the Scranton Zine Festival to meet her in person and purchase a copy directly!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pretty My Party

Pretty My Party, founded in May 2012, is the blog of Cristy Mishkula, a Staff Writer for the Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice. She alerted us to her new blog through our Facebook Group page.

From the About:  Pretty My Party is your exclusive invitation to modern and stylish party, entertaining, and wedding inspiration. Pretty My Party features fun and creative parties and weddings, DIY projects, recipes, deals on party decor and supplies, and the best vendors from around the world. Here you will find everything you need to plan your next party!

You'd be amazed at how many cute and fun ideas Cristy has come up with for party decorating.  If I was a craftier person, I might be inclined to try one or two of the projects myself.....but I'm not.  Cristy....HELP!


You can also follow @PrettyMyParty on Twitter, "like" them on Facebook, and pin along with Cristy on Pinterest


About the header image: Wednesday, May 30 2012

This week's header image is from photographer Brent Pennington, and depicts the Summer sky as seen from the grounds of the Keystone Observatory. I wanted to hold off on using this one until the summer solstice, but now that Memorial Day has passed, it feels like Summer is really upon us - especially with temperatures in the 90's these past few days!  Brent's seasonal photos have appeared several times in the past as header images for NEPA Blogs. You can see much more of his photography at his blogs, Brent Pennington: Photographer and The Roving Photographer.

If you have an image that you feel captures some aspect of Northeastern Pennsylvania and you'd like to see it featured as the header image on NEPA Blogs, send it to us at and we'll get it on the roster!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Scott Sanfilippo

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "Blog of the Week" on the WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! site:

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is Scott Sanfilippo's self-titled blog, Scott Sanfilippo ( ).

Scott Sanfilippo is a familiar figure to anyone who follows the local business scene, or even from his frequent appearances on local news. He is an entrepreneur and business owner, and a pioneer of internet-based business. His difficulties locating toys, food, and treats for his pet ferret caused him to realize that others must be having these same difficulties - and led him to create, his first online venture, way back in 1994.  Over the years Scott parlayed his experience in the e-commerce world into a new venture - the e-commerce consulting firm Solid Cactus. (A more detailed account of Scott's business path can be found here.)

Scott Sanfilippo is a big man with big ideas and big opinions, and the Scott Sanfilippo blog is the place where you can access those ideas and opinions directly. This is where you'll hear what Scott has to say about the state of business, e-commerce, society, the Internet, dining out, social media, his extensive hotel soap's Scott's blog, and he's going to write about anything he darned well pleases! And it's all done with a rollicking dose of wit and humor. Who would have imagined that reading about e-commerce could be such fun?

The wonderful thing about blogging is this: anybody can do it. Anybody can set up a blog, write content, and share their thoughts with the world. You don't have to be someone successful in your field, someone who actually knows anything about the topics you're covering, someone whose opinions are highly valued by your peers. But in the case of Scott Sanfilippo's blog, that's exactly what you're getting - all with a good deal of entertainment thrown in!

If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Scranton Zine Festival

Scranton Zine Festival

Following my meeting with my writing group (The Northeastern Pennsylvania Writers' Collective, which does not have a blog...yet) yesterday, a few of us hiked a few blocks to grab a late lunch. Along the way, one of our company brought up the matter of Zine Fest, and wondered if I might know when it was. I didn't, and had only been vaguely aware that such a thing was going on. In fact, I had almost forgotten about zines entirely since my college years, until a conversation with blogger, zine publisher and enthusiast Erin Delaney a few years ago reminded me of their existence.

I'm lookin' behind us now, across the count of time, down the long hall, into history back...

Imagine a time before the Internet. Before blogs, and podcasts, and tweets, and YouTube, and Facebook, Before iPods. Before cell phones, at least cell phones small enough to put in a pocket, and cheap enough for everybody to own. Back when photographs were taken on chemical emulsions, and having fifty-seven channels on TV seemed like a lot.

In such an environment, how would you share your opinions, your ideas, your brilliance, and your creativity with the world? One answer, for those with the right combination of talent and resourcefulness, was - and continues to be - the zine.

"But what is a zine?" you might ask. Well the good folks at the Scranton Zine Festival have anticipated your question, and answered it here:

I remember reading zines in my college days, usually ones I picked up at a second-hand bookstore downtown. (I believe it was the Scranton branch of "Mostly Books.") I haven't run across any in the years since, and thought that perhaps the labor-intensive act of creating a zine had passed away in favor of the relatively low-effort act of updating a blog. But as Erin reminded me, zines do still exist - and there's enough interest locally to result in the Scranton Zine Festival.

And almost as if they were trying to make a point about the relationship between zines and blogs - the Scranton Zine Festival has a blog!

Scranton Zine Festival

The Scranton Zine Festival is Saturday, June 9 at the New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine Street, Scranton. (For a quick image of the place, see here; for the New Visions blog, go here; and for the New Visions Website, go here.)

Reminder: Arts on Fire Festival is next weekend!

The Arts on Fire Festival 2012 will be next weekend, kicking off Friday, June 1 in conjunction with Scranton's First Friday celebrations! See the Festival's blog for details!

Big thanks to Jill from Jilly beansTALK for letting us know about this great festival!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jason Miller Playwrights' Project

Jason Miller Playwrights' Project

From their "About" page:
The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project is a collective of regional stage and screen writers who conspire under the stewardship of Scranton Public Theatre at The Olde Brick Theater in Scranton to actively challenge and encourage each other in the creation of viable new scripts. The project currently operates without subsidization thanks to the support of volunteers dedicated to the development and preparation of work by local playwrights for professional production.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

First Friday Scranton

This event has been going on for quite a long time now, and it only just occurred to me to check to see if they have a website. They do. And whaddya know, it's in a blog format!

First Friday Scranton

First Friday art walks are held on the first Friday of every month at galleries and businesses around Downtown Scranton. Paintings, photography, sculpture, music, performance art…you never know what you’ll find at First Friday in Scranton.

Support local artists and mingle with your Northeastern Pennsylvania neighbors, all in a casual atmosphere. Join us for First Friday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

About the header image: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This week's image is from veteran journalist Andy Palumbo, and first appeared on his blog on March 29, 2012. From his description of the image:

There was an unusual sight near Montrose-- a mass of flames shooting from the top of something, and it sounded like a jet engine.  I couldn't get close without trespassing, so this was the best I could do.  The photo doesn't do it justice.

As more of Pennsylvania's agricultural and forested land is turned into a patchwork of natural gas-extraction rigs, gas flares like this will be sights and sounds we will be seeing and hearing more of. ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze...

If you have an image that you'd like us to feature as the NEPA Blogs header for a week, please send it to us at!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

PA Live! Blog of the Week: NEPA VMA

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "Blog of the Week" on the WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on WBRE's PA Live! website:

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is “Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Multicare Alliance( , NEPA VMA for short.  NEPA VMA is a blog authored by Karla Porter who was a former PA Live! Blog of the Week back in September of 2011. What you may not know about Karla Porter, is that in addition to her being a Human Capital expert,  she is also a veteran of the US Air Force.

NEPA VMA is a 501 c3 and has been helping veterans in our area for about 4 years. It is run by veterans who are all volunteers.  NEPA VMA blogs about benefits and information important to veterans in the region such as VA healthcare benefits, Pension benefits, GI education benefits, PTSD, PA House Veterans Affairs Committee Reports and events....such as the upcoming NEPA Veterans Employment Boot Camp happening on May 31st (graphic below).  The NEPA VMA website and blog were graciously developed through the NEPA CreateAThon

NEPA VMA has a very strong social media presence and can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (@nepavma). 

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The NEPA VMA Employment Boot Camp is free and open to any veterans who are interested in networking with colleges or area employers.  The boot camp will focus on reintegration to civilian employment and have sessions on corporate culture, networking and job search, résumé and interview skills, the outlook for high demand occupations in the region and state. There will also be panels on VA healthcare and GI Bill benefits, local, state and federal employment, post-secondary education, justice outreach and discharge review. The event will culminate in a networking session with area employers committed to employing veterans and agencies that provide services to veterans and their families.  More information can be found by going to
Registration is required to attend the event on May 31st and can be done so by going here.

If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at!

Monday, May 21, 2012

From the Mailbag: Trailscapes

We received an email recently from Tami Quigley from the Lehigh Valley asking if we could spotlight her blog.  She was one of the many bloggers nominated in the Morning Call MyChoiceVoice blogger awards back in March.

Hello, if you would please list my blog, Trailscapes ( on NEPA. I became aware of NEPA recently when you mentioned Trailscapes as one of the blogs nominated in the Morning Call blog contest.

I am based in the Lehigh Valley and my blog revolves around photos of nature, which I think is something everyone can enjoy. Thanks! Tami

Twitter:  @tamitrailscapes

From the About:  Trailscapes is a place to find the beauty of nature in my original photos and videos of nature set to music. Find the beauty, inspiration and whimsy in nature! There's beauty all around us, we just have to look for it in the simplest things!

Be sure to check out Tami and all of the other talented bloggers from the Lehigh Valley!


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Empty Bottles

Empty Bottles Wine Blog

From his sidebar:

David Falchek unscrambles the complex world of wine. Cutting through the uninteresting and uninspiring, David finds wines that over-deliver for the price or that offer something special. Firm in the belief that wine should an everyday drink for everyone, he loathes the word connoisseur and despises snobbery.

In addition to his weekly column that appears the Pennsylvania and New York publications, David's work has appeared in several wine magazines and he serves often as a wine judge. Based in Scranton, Pa., David is also a fan of non-West Coast wines with a particular affinity for those of Pennsylvania and New York.

What more is there to say? Check out Dave Falchek's blog, and see what he has to say about exceptional, accessible wines!

Announcement: The Vintage Theater in Scranton is closing

This message was posted by the proprietors of the Vintage Theater in Scranton today:

It is with bittersweet sentiment that the Vintage Theater will be saying goodbye to 119 Penn Avenue! Due to circumstances beyond our control we will be holding the last event in the current location on First Friday, June 1st 2012. As we look for our new home, upcoming events may be moved to other locations, we will be sure to keep you all informed. Anyone who is interested in helping us through this transition is encouraged to contact us as soon as possible. Look for updates on how you can help!We thank you so much for your support as we continue to move onward and upward! We hope to see you all at our remaining few events on Penn Av!

The Vintage Theater has served as the venue for many Blogging-related events in the past year, including the Bloggers' Roundtable, the Bluekey Tweetup, Pecha Kucha Night, and the Scranton StorySlam. Proprietor Conor O'Brien always provided a welcoming atmosphere and a highly versatile multi-functional art space. While we will miss the Vintage Theater, we look forward to seeing what Conor has planned next!

For my own personal history with the Vintage Theater, go here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

About the header image: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This week's header image is by urban archaeologist Cheri Sundra. It's one of several she's shared with us of the decaying interior of the once-proud Hotel Sterling in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The faded majesty of this place still comes through, yet the transition to ruins by way of decades of neglect and vandalism adds another strange and tragic layer of beauty.

Cheri has gone to great lengths and taken considerable risks to get these images. But so many aspects of the uniqueness of NEPA present themselves to us freely and ask nothing more than for us to open a shutter.  If you have an image that you think captures some aspect of the personality of Northeastern Pennsylvania, please consider sending it to us a for use as a header for a week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Another Monkey

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "Blog of the Week" on the WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! site:

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is “Another Monkey” ( the personal blog of NEPA Blogs founder and Co-Admin Harold Jenkins!  For those of you already familiar with our PA Live! “Blog of the Week” segments, you will remember Harold as the face of  He presented the Blog of the Week every week until April 10th, when Shannon Nelson of A Girl’s Gotta Spa! took over the segment.   

Harold (pseudonym D.B. Echo) has been blogging since 2004 about autobiographical topics, that is to say, he is a life blogger.  The name of Harold’s blog - “Another Monkey” - comes partially from a quote from Robert Wilensky (“We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.”) and also the song by the Barenaked Ladies “Another Postcard”.  Harold considers himself “just another monkey banging out a blog”, but to many people it is much more than that.  You can read more about Harold and get the gist of what "Another Monkey" is in the about posts here, here and here.

Some of the most notable posts from Another Monkey include topics such as Stained Glass Windows, the NEPA Sideshow Gathering, Solar Energy and Fracking.  Harold is also particularly proud of his Paul Krugman meme and the fact that he still gets hits for a post he did about headless rabbits.  Harold has spun off some of these topics into their own blogs:

A Blog of Nanticoke (A blog related to Nanticoke happenings)
NEPA Solar (Solar energy in Northeast PA)
A Monkey in the Garden (A gardening blog)
• Harold F. Jenkins (Career blog)
Unknown Failure (Computer issues blog)

....and last, but not least.....

• NEPA Blogs (That's us!)

For the longest time, Harold religiously strived to post a new blog entry every day, but life got in the way, and the posts dwindled off to one or two per week.  As I talked to Harold this evening, he reported to me that he has 2,629 blog posts under his belt.  Not bad for 9 years of blogging, I must say. 
Harold is an extremely friendly and approachable person.  I should know, I’ve been good friends with him for 6+ years now - hell, he's probably one of my best friends.  Anyway, If you’d like to network with my blogging partner in crime, you can find him on our NEPA Bloggers Facebook Group and also on Twitter under the username @haroldj_nepa.

If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From the Mailbag: Charlie the Cavalier

We have yet another blog that was submitted via email to us this week!  Lisa Rusczyk wanted to let us know about her blog named "Charlie-the-Cavalier and His Family, Friends and Home".

Charlie-the-Cavalier and His Family, Friends, and Home

Hi there! I'm Lisa. I live with my wonderful husband, our beautiful new baby girl, and our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie in Lock Haven, PA. Please join us to follow our happy life!

We now have two dogs with blogs in Northeast PA, the other being Ada Mae Compton.  I wonder how many others are out there?  If you know of one, tip us off at


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

About the header image: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This week's header image is the first of several submitted by Trish Hartman of WNEP-TV.  She also has a blog called "The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon".

This image was taken on the Friday night before the St. Patrick's Day parade and captures downtown Scranton in the evening through the camera's lens.  Trish was setting up for a live shot from Courthouse Square to talk about the parade preparations when she snapped this photo. 

If you have an interesting photo taken in NEPA that you'd like us to use on a future Wednesday, send it along to us at! (And if you've already submitted one and we haven't used it yet, it might be because we're saving it for a special event!)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Semper Fi Parents

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "Blog of the Week" on the WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is “Semper Fi Parents” ( the blog of Carl and Sue Andrews!
Carl is a Luzerne County 4th District Republican Committeeman, a blogger, and most importantly, the proud parent of a USMC Corporal.  Carl gets most of the inspiration for his blog from his daughter Holly who is on active duty and currently stationed at MCAS Iwakuni Japan. 

Semper Fi Parents presents articles about Marines in wartime, Marine Corps Boot Camp training, Marine Corps history and traditions, notable Marines, up-to-date Marine Corps news from a wide variety of sources and much much more.  This blog is literally your one-stop-shop for Military information.  Semper Fi Parents also is a bit like NEPA Blogs in that it is a clearinghouse linking to several other Military and Marine blogs.  I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by writing this blog post up because I didn’t know much about the Marines or Military, I learned a lot of good information by reading just a few of the blog posts. 
A few weeks ago, Semper Fi Parents was nominated for a 2012 Milbloggie Award under the “Best U.S. Military Parent Blog” category.  The voting has since closed, but Carl tells us that the results will be announced on Friday.  We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed that Semper Fi Parents wins the category.  You can find out more details about the awards and the other categories right here.  

Carl wanted me to point out that he’s always looking to connect with anyone who was or is currently in the Corp or parents/family of those who are serving who may want to share their story on his blog.  You can find Carl on our NEPA Bloggers Facebook Group and also on Twitter under the username @semperfiparents.
If you are looking for a way to help say thanks to those currently serving overseas, check out the Marine Corps Care Package blog post.  Carl's friend Cami is taking up a collection to send to a Military base in Afghanistan. 

...And while we are on the topic of Military blogs, be sure to check out the NEPA Veterans Employment Bootcamp that is coming to Kings College on May 31st.  The event, which is coordinated by the NEPA VMA, is free and open to any interested Veterans to attend.
If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Monday Money-Savers

I'll be holding down the fort at NEPA Blogs for the next few days, as Harold's computer is in the shop for repairs and Gort42 only blogs here semi-infrequently.  I'll be writing up the Blog of the Week post again and potentially picking and posting this week's new header on Wednesday.  Eeek!  That's a lot of responsibility. 


It's Monday and once again it is rainy, chilly and damp.  Yuck.  I find it hard to have any motivation on Monday to begin with, but when you throw gloomy weather in the makes me want to stay inside, get under a blanket and do some ONLINE SHOPPING.

Today, I'm offering two blogs that can help you save some money online and in stores.

Submitted via Mandy Boyle in the NEPA Bloggers FB Group:

New Frugality
Hey NEPA blogger friends! I'm the Managing Editor over at and we're currently looking for guest posters! If you have a frugal living tip, craft, recipe, or other personal finance post idea, send it my way.

The next blog I found from Nikki Krize's special assignment report on WNEP 05/01/12.

Chrissy Cleaver's Coupon Corner

Both blogs are just getting their feet off of ground, but keep checking back often for ways that you can get the most for your money.


From the Mailbag: The Land of MU

Here's another blog submission we received recently via email:
My name is Angela DeMuro, I am a published children's book writer and illustrator.
I am wanting to have my blog listed on your site as I live and create in NEPA.
My blog is "The Land of MU", it is a new blog that I have just started at the subject matter ranges from home decor, recipes, happiness and fun things to do, as the tagline indicates: Creating your world and fun things to do while you are in it. It will also be published on NEPA Families blog and projects from under my blog name will be occasionally published in the Times Leader's newest feature about home decor projects.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.
Angela DeMuro
Stop on by Angela's blog and give her a warm welcome to the blogosphere.  Keep sending those recommendations along!  We love learning about new and interesting blogs in NEPA! 


Sunday, May 06, 2012

Erica Nealon's Blog

Here is another blogger I found via our Twitter account:
Hi I'm Erica. I really love potatoes.

This is the blog of Erica Nealon, a Comm/Broadcast Journalism major at Marywood University.  Erica is a life blogger who currently resides in the city of Scranton.  You can also follow her on Twitter under the username @nealon35.

Do you know of a blogger who we are not currently linked to?  Tip us off at!


Friday, May 04, 2012

Beer of the Month

I think I first met Bikini Jim Legg through the comments on NEPA DJ John Webster's Facebook page. He is an amazingly funny guy and a dedicated beer connoisseur (and consumer.) He also fills out a bikini quite nicely. He recently entered the blogosphere with his blog Beer of the Month - though at just twelve different beers each year, it might take him decades to feature all the different beers he's talked about on Facebook!

Beer of the Month

UPDATE!!! Jim has changed the title of this blog to Life, Love, and Leftovers! New title, same great taste!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Lindsay Boo's Many Blogs

I believe that I first came across Lindsay's blogs via Twitter, although I can't be sure because this draft post has been sitting around for a while.  I now present to you the many blogs of Lindsay Boo:

Tumblr Blogs:
Becoming Vegan:

and also....

From the about page:

My name is Lindsay Barrasse but I simply go by Lindsay Boo on this thing called the internet. I make zany videos on my YouTube as well as host, edit, direct, write, and star in my own web series called “PUB CULTURE”

I love anything tech, anything nerdy, and most of all the internet. I have a undying love for Battlestar Galactica, Bruce Campbell, and BEER.

I grew up in Scranton, PA but found myself wanting the Hollywood dream. I am working that. My dream is to host a TV show. You can find my IMBD page here! One day there will be more on it.

I went to college for Art as well as Marketing but I primarily bar tend with the way the economy is going these days. Tending bar puts me close to things I like most in this world; beer and people.

I love life. I love to travel. I have a blog dedicated to travel right HERE. For the most part I am just me- a giant nerd and loving it! I enjoy air, bubble baths, and my favorite color is clear.

You can also find Lindsay on Twitter under the username @TheLindsayBoo

40 draft posts still are sitting on our backlog.  I'll be working to clean this mess up during the month of May.


Wednesday, May 02, 2012

From the Mailbag: Shickshinny Forward

Nicole Karr from the Springhouse Shop and Studio tipped us off to a new blog that focuses about the revitalization efforts in Shickshinny after the September 2011 flood.  

Hi there-

Here is a site about the revitalization efforts in Shickshinny,a town which was heavily damaged by the September flood. 

It's on a Wordpress platform. Your readers can also "like" them on Facebook.

My dear friend is involved and has told me that they are seeking photos of the Shickshinny/Mocanaqua area for the website. 

Any of the local photographers have something suitable they'd care to pass along? If so, Email addresses can be found at the website.

I did manage to locate Shickshinny Forward on Facebook as Nicole did not have a link to the page in her email message.  From the Facebook About Page:  Shickshinny Forward's mission is to rebuild, reinvent and protect Shickshinny by encouraging, empowering, equipping and engaging the Shickshinny-area community for long-term recovery.

If you are interested in passing along some photos of the Shickshinny area, feel free to get in touch with the webmasters by email at

 You can also find Shickshinny Forward on Youtube, Twitter and Flickr.


About the header image: Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This week's header image is the first of several submitted by Shivaun O'Donnell of the blog Sundays with Shivstopher.

This image captures bikes staged at the Penn State Lehman campus for the biking stage of the Wilkes-Barre Triathlon. This year's event is scheduled for August, but it's never too early to start thinking about it!

Thanks to contributions by Shivaun and several other folks, we've got a supply of header images that should last us for a while. But we can always use more! If you have something you'd like us to use, send it to us at! (And if you've already submitted one and we haven't used it yet, it might be because we're saving it for a special event!)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

PA Live! Blog of the Week: Moving to NEPA

NEPA Blogs will be presenting a "Blog of the Week" on the WBRE's PA Live! every Tuesday. PA Live! airs weekday afternoons on WBRE from 4:00 to 5:00.

Watch this episode on the PA Live! website:

Our PA Live! Blog of the Week this week is “Moving to NEPA” ( the blog of Matt Batchelor!

Moving to NEPA’s tag line is “A British guy at home in NorthEast Pennsylvania (NEPA). A photo journal of my adventures”. Matt is originally from Southampton in the UK and he has also lived in Chepstow, South Wales, Glasgow, Cork and Windsor. Matt started his blog in November 2011 shortly after learning he was moving to the United States with his wife, who is from the Scranton area. The two moved to the area in December of 2011. We learned about Matt’s blog shortly after that and added him to our blog roll.

Matt posts to his blog several times a week and while most of his posts contain a picture, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a photo blog. It is more of a pictorial of Matt’s new experiences in Northeast PA. In his most recent posts, you can find out more about his fishing hobby, gardening, and his love of craft beers. However, if you are into photography, you can find an extended collection of his photography by checking out his Flickr page (http//, and also by clicking the NEPA Photo Gallery or US Photo Gallery links from his blog. I’ve pinned a few of Matt’s photos from the NEPA Blogs Pinterest page, and they have received several likes and repins.

Matt is a member of our NEPA Bloggers Facebook Group and also can be found on Twitter under the username @dogfrog.

Moving to NEPA gives you a look at the area in a different light – a view from someone from another country, half a world away.

If you have a blog you would like us to link on NEPA Blogs, or know of a blog you think we should link, please let us know! You can always drop us a line at!