Awards

Local Stories, Local Pride

There’s a good reason Mountain Home readers cherish and talk up the magazine in a special way. It’s their lives, their stories, all our stories, and they tell them so powerfully the magazine has been recognized for serving its audience better than any publication in Pennsylvania. Local fishermen, hunters, farmers, pastors, college professors, coffee shop baristas, retired factory workers, a mountain man, and a ninety-year-old widow have proven themselves among the best writers in the state on every subject from science to humor to outdoor writing.

Keystone Press Award Winners (awarded by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association)

2017
First Place, Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2017
First Place, Photo Story/Essay - Gwen Plank-Button, 2017
Second Place, Column - Cornelius O'Donnell, 2017
Second Place, Business or Consumer Story - Alison Fromme, 2017
Second Place, Feature Photo - Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown, 2017
Honorable Mention, Sports Story - Brendan O'Meara, 2017
Honorable Mention, Sports/Outdoor Column - Don Knaus, 2017

2016
First Place, Column - Maggie Barnes, 2016
Second Place, Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2016
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Don Knaus, 2016
Second Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Roger Kingsley, 2016
Second Place, Feature Story - Carrie Hagen, 2016
First Place, Business or Consumer Story - Brendan O’Meara, 2016
First Place, Feature Photo - Roger Kingsley, 2016
Second Place, Feature Photo - James Fitzpatric, 2016
Honorable Mention, Feature Photo - Sarah Wagaman, 2016

2015
First Place, Column - Maggie Barnes, 2015
Second Place, Column - Cornelius O’Donnell, 2015
Third Place, Column - Patricia Brown Davis, 2015
First Place, Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2015
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Jeremy Bechtel, 2015
Second Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Roger Kingsley, 2015
Second Place, Business or Consumer Story - Brendan O’Meara, 2015
First Place, Feature Photo - Nigel P. Kent, 2015
Honorable Mention, Feature Photo - Sarah Wagaman, 2015
First Place, Photo Story/Essay - Mountain Home Staff, 2015

2014
First Place, Business/Consumer Story - Alison Fromme, 2014
First Place, Sports Story - Dave Milano, 2014
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Gayle Morrow, 2014
Second Place, Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2014
Second Place, Column - Cornelius O’Donnell, 2014
Sports/Outdoor Column, Second Place - Fred Metarko, 2014
Honorable Mention, Sports/Outdoor Column - Roger Kingsley, 2014

2013
First Place, Best Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2013
First Place, Feature Photo - Anne Sutley Miller, 2013
Second Place, Sports Story - Brendan O’Meara, 2013
Second Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Gayle Marrow, 2013
Honorable Mention, Feature Story - Alison Fromme, 2013
Second Place, Personality Profile - Rebecca Hazen, 2013
Second Place, Headline Writing - Mountain Home Staff, 2013
Honorable Mention, Headline Writing - Mountain Home Staff, 2013
Honorable Mention, Sports Photo - Curt Weinhold, 2013

2012
First Place, Best Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2012
First Place, Sports Story - Dawn Bilder, 2012
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Fred Metarko, 2012
First Place, Feature Photo - Ken Meyer, 2012
First Place, Headline Writing - Mountain Home Staff, 2012
Second Place, Column - Thomas Putnam, 2012
Second Place, Feature Story - Donald Gilliland, 2012
Second Place, Personality Profile - Michael Capuzzo, 2012
Second Place, Feature Photo - Sarah Wagaman, 2012
Honorable Mention, Front Page Design - Tucker Worthington, 2012
Honorable Mention, Column - Holly Howell, 2012
Honorable Mention, Sports Story - Sarah Bull, 2012
Honorable Mention, Page Design - Amanda Doan Butler, 2012

2011
First Place, Best Niche Publication - Mountain Home Staff, 2011
First Place, Sports Story - Matt Connor, 2011
Second Place, Feature Beat Reporting - Dawn Bilder, 2011
Second Place, Page Design - Amanda Doan-Butler, 2011
Second Place, Feature Photo - Ann Kamzelski, 2011
Second Place, Photo Story - Ann Kamzelski, 2011
Honorable Mention, Business/Consumer Story - Matt Connor, 2011
Honorable Mention, Feature Photo - Cindy Davis Meixel, 2011
Honorable Mention, Front Page Design - Tucker Worthington, 2011

2010
First Place, Business/Consumer Story - Jeffrey Allen Federowicz, 2010
First Place, Photo Story - Ann Kamzelski, 2010
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Fred Metarko, 2010
First Place, Front Page Design - Tucker Worthington, 2010
Second Place, Sports Story - Matt Connor, 2010
Second Place, Feature Story - Matt Connor, 2010
Honorable Mention, Sports Story - Angela Cannon-Crothers, 2010

2009
First Place, Feature Story - Joyce M. Tice, 2009
Second Place, Business Story - Barbara Coyle, 2009
Second Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Roy Kain, 2009
Second Place, Photo Story - Ann Kamzelski, 2009
Second Place, Sports Story - Fred Metarko, 2009

2008
Special Citation, Best Publication in Pennsylvania at growing readership (100,000 new readers) Mountain Home Staff, 2008
First Place, Personality Profile - Michael Capuzzo, 2008
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Fred Metarko, 2008
Second Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Liz Berkowitz, 2008
Second Place, Feature Story - Michael Capuzzo, 2008
Honorable Mention, Business/Consumer Story - Cindy Davis Meixel, 2008
Honorable Mention, Feature Photo - Cindy Davis Meixel, 2008

2007
First Place, Distinguished Writing - Michael Capuzzo, 2007
First Place, Personality Profile - Michael Capuzzo, 2007
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - David Casella, 2007
First Place, Sports/Outdoor Column - Roy Kain, 2007
Honorable Mention, Feature Beat Reporting - Teresa Banik Capuzzo, 2007

IRMA Award Winners (awarded by the International Regional Magazine Association)

2017
Bronze, Historic Feature - Peter Joffre Nye, 2017
Bronze, Annual Publication - Teresa Banik Capuzzo, 2017

2016
Award of Merit, Public Issues - Brendan O'Meara, 2016
Award of Merit, Column - Maggie Barnes, 2016

2015
Silver, Historic Feature - Alison Fromme, 2015
Bronze, Public Issues - Brendan O’Meara, 2015

2014
Bronze, Essay - Dave Milano, 2014
Award of Merit, Single Photo - Sarah Wagaman, 2014

2013
Gold, Historical Feature - Alison Fromme, 2013
Bronze, Public Issues - Michael Capuzzo, 2013
Award of Merit, Single Photo - Suzan Richar, 2013

Amber Waves of Grain

In the aftermaths of September 11, 2001, Gary Cronk, of Penn Yan, says he and his wife, Darlene “felt like everyone else—dumbfounded, hurt.” They wanted to show their support for families, for the country. It was odd for those few days after the attack when there were no planes in the sky, but, knowing flights would resume again at some point, the couple wanted to make a sign big enough for pilots and passengers at 30,000 feet to see it. “We’re proud that we accomplished this,” Gary says of the field of winter wheat in shapes of the letters USA, each the size of a football field, which can also be seen from Route 54A. The Cronks maintained the field for about ten years, and have since sold the property. The new owners, father and son team Greg and Jeffrey MacDonald, are maintaining the letters in grass. ~ Gayle Morrow