Allegheny Forest celebrates centennial

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The Allegheny National Forest celebrated its centennial on Sunday at the historic Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Wilcox, exactly 100 years after President Calvin Coolidge announced a proclamation making it a national forest.

Live music with Iris Heather, acoustic musician, started things off at 11:30 a.m., followed by a presentation, Allegheny National Forest: The Keystone in Penn’s Woods by Edgar Brannon, director of Grey Towers National Historic Site.

Opening ceremonies included invited speakers Laura Funaki, president of Friends of Twin Lakes, ANF Forest Supervisor Jamie Davidson, and Congressman Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, among others.

A centennial cake cutting ceremony and tree planting also took place.