The Visitor Mission
Often, when you have lived somewhere for your whole life or for a long time, you tend to miss the charm that is right in front of you. The Visitor plans to celebrate the good that is right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the beauty that is our streams, lakes, mountains, rivers, and change of seasons. And above all else, we’ll celebrate our communities, our people, and our ethnic diversity.
LORI BOGEDIN ~ I grew up in rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, tucked into a scenic bend of the Susquehanna River. Early in our marriage Jerry, my husband worked for Proctor & Gamble in Mehoopany PA, and I owned and operated a little specialty gift shop called, "The Spice Shop," which sadly the present owners just closed this year.
In 1998 we bought the vacant Billings Building, address 1 East Tioga Street Tunkhannock, PA., which was unoccupied. A lot of storefronts were empty at the time, and the now thriving historic Dietrich Theater was still abandoned. Hildy Morgan and others were just starting their journey to reopen which it did in 2001. In 1999 Jerry and I opened Twigs Café to generate income and bring new life to the area. Today Twigs gainfully employs around 30 people and is our life. As I have seen needs in my own life and our town, my answer has been to start businesses to fill them. Some have done well, others not so much, but never without having the fun of trying.
Married in 1990 my husband and I have had the great fortune to live in some very historic homes in Tunkhannock. Our first being a real "fixer-upper" which we were told had been the original town's post office. The built-in desk with, if my memory is correct around, 30 small numbered slots. We later had the privilege to purchase what was then the late Dr. Tewksbury's home from his beautiful wife, Betty. We were the first family outside of the Tewksbury family to live in the grand house with so much history, another story for another time. We now live in La Plume, PA on 39 beautiful wooded acres.
When our son went off to college, we had a chance to adopt three teenage girls from Russia. The girls are now 22, 25, and 26, and our son has two children, Avery 4 and Emily almost 2, all are both our pride and joy!
Over the past few years, I have begun writing. My first story was chosen for Brian Weiss's 2012 book "Miracles Happen." When my grandson was born, I wanted him to know how much we loved him from the moment we found out that he was on his way. I wrote a book called "Warm Fuzzies" so he would always know and remember my love for him. I hope to share this book with at-risk children who need love and connection in their lives. I also wrote a story about my girls published by Story Shelter. I like to write for children, so my next project is to have published a three-book series Burn E. Dragon. I have just recently put out a book called "Spiral Blueprint ~ A Moving Meditation," all my books are available on Amazon.
LOU JASIKOFF ~ Young and full of energy fresh out of college and in a great job, oney for my age, so what did I do? I up and moved to Montana, leaving Long Island, New York, where I was raised in the town of East Northport. I was one of those fortunate ones that was lucky enough to come from a loving family. My dad was a police officer for the NYPD, and together with my Mom raised their family in a warm, loving environment, yet helped their children build character, with the belief that anything is possible in life, you treat people with respect, and work hard for what you want.All this gave me the confidence to disappear from corporate life and to build a log-style restaurant and motel not far from Yellowstone National Park.
Montana is where my wife and I raised our family for three decades. Regretfully she passed away last year fighting cancer. We worked hard, and yes played hard. It was a beautiful place to raise kids, but eventually, we wanted to be closer to family. We found our way to Northeastern Pennsylvania settling in, and for the last 15 years have called this home. I am often asked why would you leave Montana, and my reply is always the same, "because northeast Pennsylvania is one of the friendliest places in North America." I came back to be closer to my extended family, but there are those beautiful mountains, woods, rivers, streams, lakes and season changes, but above all else, it was the people that hooked me.
I live close to my son's and daughter's family, have five grandchildren and get to see one of my granddaughters every day! I have a sweet little campsite on my property nestled on Tunkhannock creek that would rival any found in the forests of Maine, the Smokey's of Tennessee, or Ozarks in Arkansas.
I have traveled extensively in my days. I have sat on the rocky beaches of Newfoundland, and panned for gold in the Yukon. Collected pine cones in the Oregon forests, picked rocks in the Arizona desert, and gathered shells on Sanibel Island in Florida. I have been fortunate to have traveled the back-roads of most of North America and met folks from every state and province, but I have chosen here to be my home.