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Hiking, barbecue tips, and Johnstown Flood novel author on Memorial Day weekend Radio Smart Talk

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 24, 2012 6:11 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, May 25:

The last Radio Smart Talk before the Memorial Day weekend shines a spotlight on three separate topics.

Curt Ashenfelter, the Executive Director of the Keystone Trails Association and Jim Foster, the president of the Cumberland Valley Appalacian Trail Club will discuss Pennsylvania Hiking Week that runs May 26-June 3 and National Trails Day on June 2.  Two mid-state communities -- Duncannon and Boiling Springs -- will be designated as Appalachian Trail Communities by the end of the week. 

The unofficial start of the summer season will bring out many hikers.  Learn more and find a hike or trail for you at

In our second segment, author Judith Redline Coopey joins us to discuss her book -- Waterproof -- A Novel of the Johnstown Flood Waterproof is witf and the MidTown Scholar Bookstore's Pick-of-the-Month for June.  Waterproof is a historical novel set in the years after a dam broke and wiped out a good portion of the city of Johnstown on May 31, 1889.  Ms. Coopey will be appearing at Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 North Third Street in Harrisburg, on Saturday, May 26 2-4 p.m. to read and sign copies of the book.

Finally, we get the holiday weekend off to a great start with barbecue tips and ideas from Chef Donna Desfor.

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