About CG


Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Promoting the Future of the Juniata River Valley.

COMMON GROUND is a full-color regional issued in September, December, March and June. CG’s first edition was published in the fall of 1989.

Subject matter is the Juniata River Valley in Central Pennsylvania—a geographically small and lightly-populated rural area. Yet the magazine is widely distributed. In addition to appearing on newsstands throughout Central Pennsylvania, it is mailed to subscribers in all 50 states and other nations.

Supported exclusively by subscriptions, newsstands sales and by advertisers who do business within the Juniata Valley, CG is privately owned by Pam Brumbaugh and Ruth Dunmire. Pam and Ruth are also the magazine’s publishers/editors/circulation managers/business managers/janitors.

CG’s office is a Victorian house in McVeytown, a small town located along the Juniata River in Mifflin County. The town is about a one-hour drive northwest of Harrisburg, and less than a 45-minute drive south of State College. The best bass fishing in the state is just a hop, skip and jump away.

CG content reflects the current lifestyles, social and natural history, outdoor recreation, foods and events of the Juniata Valley. Much of the content is contributed by CG readers, who share photos and articles, and respond to “essay assignments”—a feature within each edition. Among past topics: Porches; Fathers and Daughters; Heirlooms; Trains. See the latest issue of CG for upcoming topics and submission guidelines.

CG’s “Where in the World is Common Ground?” is a photo feature in each issue. Readers take a copy of CG with them on trips, then send photos of themselves and CG in places around the globe.

“Photo Finish” often features photos of CG advertisers’ businesses or a reader’s photo in a fun puzzle. The original photo is printed, along with an altered copy of the photo. Readers have fun finding the changes that CG made.

These are just some of the ways that CG has been making FUN of the Juniata River Valley since 1989.



Reader participation is encouraged! Subscribe and find out how you can be part of CG, too.

heny Tourguide

Readers share favorite photos and stories in every issue.

Reader Essays

Readers respond to assigned topics. Buy the latest issue to     get the next assignment.

Where in the World is CG?Readers send photos from all over the globe, posing with their favorite magazine.


If you do business in the Juniata River Valley, you should be in CG.

Find out how you can grow your business in COMMON GROUND—the best promotion of our region! Email cgmagazine@verizon.net or call 717-899-6133 for advertising information and rates.