Twisted Vine Winery opens in downtown Philipsburg

Twisted Vine Winery will offer a variety of wines at its new location in Philipsburg.
Twisted Vine Winery will offer a variety of wines at its new location in Philipsburg. Photo provided

It’s time to wine and dine.

Twisted Vine Winery, downtown Philipsburg’s newest business, opened Thursday at 144 N. Front St.

Co-owners David and Kaysea Plants expanded their Kane winery business two hours south due to demand.

“We’ve had great support from Philipsburg and surrounding areas for years, and we wanted to help them bring our wine closer to them,” David Plants said. “We’re here by their request, and we hope they continue to support us to help us.”

He said the winery was getting steady business on its opening day.

The wine shop, according to Twisted Vine Winery employee Caleb Landmesser, was fully stocked just in case they sold out during the soft opening.

“It truly is something we’ve really waited for and wanted for a long time,” Landmesser said. “I don’t know how packed we’ll be, but we’re so excited. It’s a big jump for us, and it’s something we’re ready for.”

Store hours will be noon 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The great outdoors

If you’re feeling a little claustrophobic in your home, camping might just be the ticket to shake things up.

The Bellefonte/State College KOA Holiday campground, located at 2481 Jacksonville Road in Bellefonte, opened on April 11 for the 2016 summer camping season.

It was one of 485 public KOA campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America system in the U. S. and Canada, according to a release.

“We are very happy to again be offering wonderful camping experiences to this community and its visitors from throughout North America,” KOA President and chief executive officer Pat Hittmeier said. “I know the friendly people in the yellow shirts will be waiting to take care of every need, and provide the great outdoors to their guests in the KOA way, just as we have for the past 54 years.”

They’re the boss

Pennsylvania has about 324,600 women-owned business that employ 330,900 people and attribute $54.6 billion the economy, according to the sixth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

The report, commissioned by American Express, analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factored in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product.

The number of nationally women-owned businesses increased by 45 percent since 2007. The number of total businesses increased by only 9 percent. Pennsylvania ranked 44th in growth.

Cornhole for a cause

The Builders Association of Central PA will host the 2nd annual Centre County Cornhole Classic, which benefits Centre County PAWS and Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

There were 32 teams in various levels of experience that participated last year.

“The first time I ever played cornhole was last year at this tournament,” Centre County PAWS Director of Development & Marketing Christine Faust said. “Sue Forster (CVIM) and I formed a team and pitched in, as we were one team short from an even playing field. We kept advancing, much to my surprise. It was all Sue. It was a blast, but I was so sore the next day I could barely walk. I was in awe of the teams who played with beers in hand and kept getting cornholes.”

BACP Executive Officer Abbie Jensen said their goal is to raise $1,500.

“Our focus is really on expanding our reach in the community and involving more teams,” Jensen said.

The registration deadline, which can be done at, is April 26. Day of registration begins at 10 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. April 30. A team of two costs $80, which includes lunch, beverages and cornhole.

Driving research

Most people have at least one bottle of unused medicine sitting in their medicine cabinet.

According to Eric Wright, Geisinger Health System senior investigator and co-director of the Center for Pharmacy Innovations and Outcomes, access to unused medications offers a dangerous opportunity for illegal use and abuse, especially by children and teens.

“Abuse of medicine among teenagers is a growing problem, especially since many of these kids don’t believe that prescription drugs are harmful,” he said in a release. “Easy access to parents’ and grandparents’ leftover medicines is just throwing gasoline on the fire.”

Geisinger Health System was also accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs for its research efforts.

Geisinger joins organizations like the National Institutes of Health, the Baylor College of Medicine and global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in holding AAHRPP accreditation.

Organizations must adhere to standards of research and demonstrate safeguards into each level of their research operation to earn accreditation. There are 227 organizations that have earned AAHRPP accreditation.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli