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Author: Sheena Baker

Sheena Baker is the communications coordinator for the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce as well as a freelance motorsports journalist. A native of the Laurel Highlands, she serves on the board of directors for the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

Festival Brings Oz to Somerset

Friday, January 6, 2017 8:00 AM by Sheena Baker

The sidewalks may not be made of yellow bricks, but there’ll be no place like Somerset during the 22 nd Annual Fire & Ice Festival January 13-15. Hosted annually by Somerset Inc. , the Fire & Ice Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the streets of Uptown Somerset each Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend since the event’s…

Leaf peeping – traveling to view and photograph the changing fall foliage – is a favorite pastime for many on the East Coast each autumn, including here in the Laurel Highlands. Brilliant shades of orange, crimson and gold adorn the rolling hills and countryside, turning the region into an awe-inspiring landscape of vivid colors.…

Happy Birthday, NPS: America's Best Idea

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:00 PM by Sheena Baker

What comes to mind when you think of national parks? Most people associate national parks with the sprawling landscapes and geographical wonders of the West – Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon – when in reality there are more than 400 national parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites, lakeshores, scenic rivers, trails and…

46th Annual Somerset Antique Show

Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:00 PM by Sheena Baker

Are you looking for a great, old piece of furniture to complement your home? Have you been trying to find a classic, one-of-a-kind gift for a friend or loved one? Do you enjoy stumbling upon unique treasures and hidden gems? You’ll find all of that and more during the 46th Annual Somerset Antique Show Saturday, August 13 on the streets of…

If you’ve ever driven through Pennsylvania, you’ve no doubt noticed the Keystone State is home to a plethora of barns. Some are red, some are white. Some are simple, one-level buildings while others are multi-storied structures. I’ve even seen purple barns and round barns in my travels. To the untrained eye, one barn may seem…

Tap The Sweetest of Seasons This Spring

Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:00 AM by Sheena Baker

Springtime is the sweetest time of year to be in the Laurel Highlands, especially in Somerset County. When the conditions are just right – when daily temperatures rise above freezing but nights are still cold – maple tree sap begins to flow, signifying the start of the maple sugaring season. According to the National Agricultural…

Every February just a bit north of the Laurel Highlands, a groundhog determines whether spring is right around the corner or if another six weeks of winter is on its way. Plenty of people love winter and everything associated with the season. Still others dread that Punxsutawney Phil’s annual forecast will stall the return of warmer, sunnier…

Festival Brings Magic to Streets of Somerset

Monday, January 11, 2016 12:00 PM by Sheena Baker

Since 1995, dazzling, intricate ice sculptures of all sizes have drawn thousands of visitors to the streets of Uptown Somerset each January. Now in its 21st year, the annual Somerset Fire & Ice Festival has grown to offer more than just frozen works of art. Hosted each Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend by Somerset Inc. , the event features…

Flight 93 Visitor Center Ready for Unveiling

Friday, September 4, 2015 1:00 PM by Sheena Baker

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? It’s a question people often ask each other, much like previous generations often ask, “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot?” Maybe you were at work in an office somewhere when you first heard that not one but two planes had hit the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York…

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