Newspaper Column



Dave Hurst, the principal of HMW, writes a syndicated weekly newspaper column that some papers publish under his name and others publish under the name, Westsylvania.

Never heard of Westsylvania? Were it not for the politics of 1776, you could be living or working or visiting in Westsylvania! Settlers in the upper Ohio River Valley petitioned the Continental Congress to create the free territory of Westsylvania. Congress, worried that the proposal would cause in-fighting between Pennsylvania and Virginia (both of which claimed portions of the territory) at a time when the colonies were revolting against Great Britain, buried the petition in committee.

Westsylvania, the column, explores the ways in which the region’s pioneering spirit and sense of independence continue to exist today. The column identifies the natural and cultural qualities that make this region unique. And the column offers travel and activity ideas that will enable you to experience this special place for yourself.

To write to Dave Hurst about the column, e-mail column@hurstmediaworks.com.

Currently, Westsylvania is published in these newspapers:

Huntingdon Daily News,
Kittanning Leader Times,
Latrobe Bulletin,
Somerset Daily American
and
Tyrone Daily Herald

To read columns published during the past year, click on the links to the right.

Westsylvania

Some of the earlier columns are in PDF format. If you don't have Adobe Reader, click here: Adobe Reader. The more recent columns are in Microsoft Word. If you don't have Microsoft Word, download the MS Word Viewer: MS Word 2003 Viewer

7/18/18  Learning from the Adventure Club

7/11/18  The Wesmoreland's Welcome: A Legacy

7/4/18  Thunder with no rain: Is it too much to ask?

6/27/18  The Alleghenies: Good Company on Father's Day

6/20/18  Free-range Dogs: Unhealthy for Roadies

6/13/18  Counter Mass Killings with Mass Caring

6/06/18  A Major Event 40 Years in the Making

5/30/18  The value of preservation exceeds what's preserved

5/23/18  A Day of Immigrant Culture

5/16/18  Celebrate a most-amazing transformation

5/9/18  A Month to Commemorate a Colorful Year

5/2/18  First Ride on a Rare Day

4/25/18  Hunting a Place that has no Trace

4/18/18  Finding Consensus on Spring and Earth Day

4/11/18  There was a lot of Mr. McFeely in Mr. Rogers

4/4/18  Taking a Fresh Look at the Kiski-Conemaugh

3/28/18  Historic preservation works when buildings work

3/21/18  Contributions can build a bridge to a better region

3/14/18  The Lessons of the Irish

3/7/18  Promoting Our Recreational Resources

2/28/18  Get ready for spring - and ticks

2/21/18  A Season of the Bitter and the Sweet

2/14/18  We can learn much from naive artists

2/7/18  Groundhog Day: The Start of Thinking Spring

1/31/18  PA Historical Markers: Something we share

1/24/18  Let's be considerate out there

1/17/18  Immigrant stories are inspiring, not controversial

1/10/18  The Beginning of a Better Year Outdoors

1/3/18  Friend or Foe of Nature: It's time to choose

12/27/17  Good Ways to End a Bad Year

12/20/17  Vote Regionally for River of the Year

12/13/17  Thoughts from the Heart of Hunting Season

12/6/17  This is our season for preparation

11/29/17  We need to appreciate the Alleghenies

11/22/17  A New Crossing Over a Deep Place

11/15/17  It's time to help those who help our community

11/8/17  Converts can be tools for trail development

11/1/17  The Alchemy of Allegheny Arts and Heritage

10/25/17  A Great Allegheny Passage Goodbye

10/18/17  There's power in positive actions

10/11/17  AMD treatment is a never-ending effort

10/4/17  Autumn: The journey is the destination

9/27/17  A partnership is sheltering a new generation

9/20/17  A Busy Calendar of Recreation Destinations

9/13/17  Saltsburg has the look of a recreation town

9/6/17  Celebrating a Heritage of Working Together

8/30/17  Building Better Recreation Destinations

8/23/17  Our region could benefit from the 9/11 Trail

8/16/17  The Alleghenies offer quite the Stage

8/9/17  Event planners enrich the Alleghenies

8/2/17  Taking the Cure for Writer's Muddle

7/26/17  Rail-trails: New Ways to Feel the Love

7/19/17  Water helps to define our place and culture

7/12/17  A Bad Time of Year for Two Trees

7/5/17  PennDOT wants to hear your concerns

6/28/17  Irritation hints of regional progress

6/21/17  Try some Alleghenies history served warm

6/14/17  Playing Ball within the Alleghenies

6/7/17  Memorial Day in a Memorable Place

5/31/17  Make National Trail Day your day

5/24/17  Considering Our Tourism Promotion Paradox

5/17/17  Exercise to Improve Community Health

5/10/17  Growing Memories at Farmers' Markets

5/3/17  A new rail-trail has a long history

4/26/17  Good things are happening in our Alleghenies

4/19/17  Retiring Views from the Bicycle Saddle

4/12/17  Our national parks are healthy and growing

4/5/17  Heritage Hunting on a Private Preserve

3/29/17  Mountain biking: Now a Sport for Kids

3/22/17  Enjoy the woods - but be prepared

3/15/17  Time To Do Some Spring Cleaning

3/8/17  Something's not right about this season

3/1/17  This Unusual Season's Different Perspectives

2/22/17  Celebrate a Month of Celtic Saints

2/15/17  Birdsong is welcome, just not informative

2/8/17  Bridging Literature, Art and the Public

2/1/17  New Mountain Bike Trail Benefits Everyone

1/25/17  Nature Centers: A Cure for Cabin Fever

1/18/17  The Value of Historical Buildings

1/11/17  This regional trail group thinks locally

1/4/17  Drones: A Gift of Responsibility

12/28/16  There's hope in the winter solstice

12/21/16  The Great Story of Dunbar's Special Gift

12/14/16  Interesting Gifts Found Within the Alleghenies

12/7/16  The Joys of the Hunt: No Gun Needed

11/30/16  A Vote for 911 Victims and Our Region

11/23/16  Celebrate heritage this holiday season

11/16/16  Let's preserve our Alleghenies' individuality

11/9/16  Diversifying Efforts to Fight Invasive Plants

11/2/16  Time to Get Ready for the Warm Season

10/26/16  We're building what bicyclists love

10/19/16  John Brown's Lessons for Today

10/12/16  It is an exciting time for tourism promotion

10/5/16  This is the year to see national parks

9/28/16  A Simple Answer to Complex Problems

9/21/16  Picture an exhibition combining art and nature

9/14/16  The colors of late summer are coming out

9/7/16  To avoid Lyme disease, get to know ticks

8/31/16  Consider what you are celebrating on Labor Day

8/24/16  It's time to reap a harvest of festivals

8/17/16  Show your visitors the sights along rail-trails

8/10/16  Preservationists contribute to the community

8/3/16  A Laurel Highlands Icon's Changing Image

7/27/16  Meet a pair of guides to better health

7/20/16  We like keeping our state parks natural

7/13/16  Many people are needed to capture a river

7/6/16  The birds are putting on a show

6/29/16  Alleghenies Anniversaries: Earplugs Optional

6/22/16  Where to Hike When It is Tough to Walk

6/15/16  The Makings of Dreams and Memories

6/8/16  It's June: time to get outdoors

6/1/16  Johnstown is a festival town

5/25/16  One site's stuff is another site's treasure

5/18/16  Tell people about a place that matters

5/11/16  Bicycle events are sprouting this spring

5/4/16  Pennsylvania's green law is threatened

4/27/16  A Heritage Hunt for Mineral Wealth

4/20/16  A Week to Remember the Lost Children

4/13/16  A hardwoods holiday is coming soon

4/6/16  It's time to enhance bicycling here

3/30/16  An American Heritage: Fighting the Excise

3/23/16  Artisans are distilling our heritage

3/16/16  Huntingdon's Chain of Destinations

3/9/16  Fall in with Westmoreland's March

3/2/16  Celebrate the approach of spring

2/24/16  Crankie fests will brighten a winter weekend

2/17/16  Taking Out the Trash Who Dump It

2/10/16  Mountain biking is building here

2/3/16  When the Heavens Came to Earth

1/27/16  A Call for More Sledding Hills

1/20/16  Don't ruin a perfect winter day

1/13/16  Get Your Feet Wet in Sugar Water

1/6/16  Bicycle sojourns will blossom in 2016