Quite interesting. Up to yesterday Pennsylvania associated me only with the song.
Pennsylvania is one of the most important commonwealth/states in the USA. It has suffered an economic downturn that was nothing short of bleak and dismal for the past 30 years. Much of the manufacturing base was sent oversees. Pennsylvania is still a leader in steel. But unlike the past where it took tens of thousands of men to create new steel the current steel production in Pennsylvania is to finish the steel. Such as to take a bar of steel and custom shape it for the customer. Agriculture is big. Timber is big as well with some of the best hardwoods harvested yearly from the Pennsylvania forest. Pennsylvania fueled the industrial revolution and has struggled to make it into the future but it is trying. Philadelphia, PA is a highly important USA city. Pittsburgh is at the crossroads of the end of the industrial age and looking forward to the new information age and has recovered rather decently despite the loss of over 100,000 jobs in the steel industry. Erie, PA is home to General Electric Locomotive division which builds and ships locomotives all over the world. Also PA has a lot of state owned public land. The upper middle portion of the commonwealth is a vast network of public forests that equal to the size of the state of Connecticut. There wild elk can be found in healthy number with the population slated to reach 3600 animals in the future. Pennsylvania is noted for being a place where some can live a cosmopolitan lifestyle but be in the countryside for a weekend relaxing at their cabin in the mountains. While the mountains do not reach the heights they do from Maryland south to North Carolina one feels that Pennsylvania has endless and awe-inspiring mountains.
Many of the Roman Catholic churches have had to be closed and merged with other parishes due to population decline. Recently in Johnstown, PA (which formerly had extensive Steel Mills into the 1980's )the Roman Catholic bishop merged 5 parishes into one. It would shock the reader to learn that these 5 churches were all in one neighbourhood. Such as was the case in Altoona, PA where the Roman Catholic church the Polish immigrants and their children attended was merged with another Roman Catholic parish a kilometer away. Just as we have here with the Georgian Orthodox buying a closed Roman Catholic Church a group of Ethiopian/Egyptian families bought the closed Roman Catholic Church and have established it as St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church.