Blossburg News & Views for May 9,2012

by Lonny Frost 7. May 2012 03:50
You can help save a life simply by donating blood at the Community Blood Drive on Fri., May 25th at the Blossburg United Methodist Church from noon until 5pm.  This event is hosted by the Blossburg UMC Friendship Circle.  There will be a free lunch available for all donors.  Please bring a photo ID.  Remember a pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.  For more information call 1-877-842-0631.
The Blossburg Coal Festival is May 23-26.  This year the Coal Festival will celebrate its 20th year.  Come enjoy the entertainment, the carnival and the Coal Museum.  Your favorite foods will be served each night as well.  For more information visit .  Remember the area's largest fireworks display starts at dusk on Sat., May 26th!   
The family of Theresa Muszynski, wants to thank all those who sent cards, flowers and encouraging words as she recovers from home.  
Birthday wishes are going out to Mike Hanawalt of Covington. Other birthday wishes are going out to Isabel Cheyney, June Otis and Daina Dawes from your friends in Blossburg.  
Send announcements to News & Views at or call (570) 638-2486.  Remember to check out the calendar of events at and keep up on what is happening in Blossburg.  Deadline for submissions is Saturday at 8P.M.
Blossburg History Notes
The Weekly Advertiser (A.K.A. The Blossburg Advertiser) was the last newspaper published in Blossburg.  It was created by Proprietor, Ben P. Sexton.  The first issue came out on Dec. 9, 1885 and 5,000 copies were freely distributed in Blossburg, Morris Run, Fall Brook, Arnot, Landrus, Hoytville, Union, Liberty, Covington, Charleston and Sullivan.
The paper was created because of the numerous growing businesses taking off in Blossburg. Merchants wanted to advertise their goods to the growing number of people around them.  It was stated that the businessmen of Blossburg wanted to obtain a wider circulation of their advertisements and this paper became the result of a venture which was to only carry on for a four week trial. 
The Weekly Advertiser, was at first only devoted exclusively to the business men and merchants' interests.  It would over time go from just an advertising paper to include articles on farming and the mining industries in the area.
Mr. Sexton stated that if the Advertiser received support from the businessmen of Blossburg it would be continued and perhaps become a permanent institution.  Even before the second week arrived, the Weekly Advertiser received enough support that they already had an order to print 7,000 issues.  So the four week trial would end up running for 32 years before it ended in 1917.


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