The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently released the bald eagle known as Y18 that was featured in the November/December 2008 issue of Pennsylvania Magazine. That article (a 2.6 MB .pdf file) is located HERE.

You can see a high quality version (click the high-quality link on the lower right of the video frame) on YOUTUBE at this LINK… The video is by the game commission, more of their videos can be found on this YOUTUBE page.

The eagle flies a bit and then lands and walks around, so there no soaring seen, but we do hear from Carol Holmgren of the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

–Matt Holliday, editor, Pennsylvania Magazine

CONTENTS of the November/December 2008 issue

For covers and contents of other issues from 2008, click HERE.


Warned that the 24-hours shift with Allentown’s Central Fire Department would be boring, excitement lurked in every corner Text and photos by Cindy Ross

Soaring Again
Crawford County rehab center gives royal treatment to a grounded bald eagle stretch its wings so it can soar again by Roberta Levine

Contest Winners
View the winners of our Pennsylvania People category of the 2008 Photo Contest

Small Town Revival
Spurred by the revitalization of its old movie theater, this Lebanon County borough provides the perfect weekend getaway Text and photos by Cindy Ross

News & Views
Round Up: (LINKS for subjects covered in these articles) tree house revival, exquisite Christmas ball kits, muralist Michael Pilato, Mütter Museum, Whiskey Rebellion sites, Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, touring Gertrude Hawk Chocolate factory, a special wheat harvest, Morgan Log House and changes at Gettysburg battlefield.
Bed & Breakfast: Bradford County
Holiday Events Calendar
Town & Country Stories
Did ’ja Know?

ABOUT THE COVER: A female bald eagle recovers at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Crawford County. Photo by Tim Morton. See Web site.

DOWNLOAD PDF OF ARTICLE here: ride-along-nd08


24-hours with Allentown’s Central Fire Station

Text and photos by Cindy Ross

The living area in Allentown’s Central Firehouse feels like any bachelor or frat house. Men lounge on overstuffed chairs, watching sports on a wide-screen TV or playing computer games. In the kitchen, the cook throws spinning circles of dough into the air to make homemade strombolis.
Central Firehouse is one of six fire stations within the city limits that together serve 110,000 residents. That figure swells during the day when the city fills with transient workers. As the largest crehouse, Central has the most firefighting equipment, receives the most calls, and is centrally located “in the hood.”

Life doesn’t pick up in this neighborhood until after dark. In the warmer months, the firemen trade their easy chairs and wide screens for a bench chained to a post outside and watch the parade of humanity go by. It’s not uncommon to hear gunshots at some point from somewhere in the neighborhood.

For the next 12 hours, I will be joining the Central Firehouse as a “ride-along” and will accompany Battalion 3 on calls. I will see firsthand what life is like for inner-city professional firefighters. Capt. Joe Donmoyer, a friend of mine for many years, did the necessary paperwork to make tonight a reality for me.

The firefighters warn me that their shift is usually mysteriously dull whenever a ride-along is present. But in the next few hours, we would discover that what started out as a slow, routine night would quickly turn into the type of emergency response that crecghters only experience a few times in their careers.

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