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Ellen Matis

I'm Ellen, the writer behind Focus on Local. I'm a double business owner, community connector and adventure lover.

Bellefonte / Community / Local Roundups By On February 23, 2020

Bellefonte Events Roundup: February 23-29, 2020

I’m always happy to share to unique events happening around my community of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. That’s why I’m starting this weekly roundup of what’s happening in our cute little town and the surrounding areas. Each week, check in to find a roundup of upcoming events, workshops and activities happening in downtown Bellefonte, Pa. Stamped Skinny Cuffs Workshop — Sunday, Feb….

Bellefonte / Community / Local Roundups By On February 16, 2020

Bellefonte Events Roundup: February 16-22, 2020

I’m always happy to share to unique events happening around my community of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. That’s why I’m starting this weekly roundup of what’s happening in our cute little town and the surrounding areas. Each week, check in to find a roundup of upcoming events, workshops and activities happening in downtown Bellefonte, Pa. Revamped Duo Violin Concert — Sunday, Feb….

Business / Community / Personal / Self-Employment By On January 26, 2020

Why I started a second business — Studio 1795

If you’ve been following along with this blog for a few years, you know that, in 2017, I launched Hello Social Co. — a social media marketing agency with a focus on growing small businesses and the communities they do business within. I want to emphasize that word “community.” A community means so many things to so many different people….

Hiking / Personal / Travel By On September 1, 2019

Meet my adventure team

This post was updated on September 2, 2019. Part of traveling and exploring is exploring it with good company. While occasionally I enjoy a solo trip to see some sights and clear my mind, I’m usually accompanied on my adventures — human or dog.   Partner in crime, Sean Sean is a fellow writer that works for Penn State University…

Hiking / Published / Travel By On July 8, 2019

Hike, paddle, relax, repeat–in Cook Forest State Park

This post originally appeared in Recreation News. Step into Cook Forest — in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region —to relax, unwind, disconnect from the world and enjoy nature. Cook Forest is one of those special places — there’s few left — where you can always hear the mountain breeze, the sound of small animals scurrying around in their natural habitat…