PHIL & LAURA LESLIE
Phil Leslie married Laura Garrison on September 13, 1997 in Randolph, NJ. Laura bit the bullet & moved lock, stock, & kitchen to St. Marys, PA to a rented house. After a 1 week honeymoon in New England, Laura started working in banking (with a part time job in church music) while Phil continued his career in broadcasting. A little over 3 years later, their first child was conceived & the start of a family was begun. One child later, the Leslies relocated to Central Pennsylvania to start the next chapter of their lives in "Happy Valley" (State College area), settling in the Victorian community of Bellefonte, PA where the children would enroll in school. Laura went from banking to offiice administration, still keeping her work in church music, while Phil continued in the broadcasting field. Laura has since added teaching to her career portfolio in taking a position as music instructor at Nittany Christian School, where the children are also students. To see our photo album of our house construction & landscaping, click below.
The Leslies enjoy the fellowship of Calvary Church in Boalsburg, PA (State College region) and enjoy a loving relationship with a caring body of Christ-followers. Over the years, other churches have been a large influence into the lives of our family, such as our previous memberships with Big Woods Bible Church (Lock Haven, PA), The Journey (State College) & Elk Baptist Church (St. Marys, PA). Our family has also been blessed by our relationships in churches where Laura has been employed as a church music & choir director such as First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte (PA), Great Island Presbyterian Church (Lock Haven, PA), St. John's United Church of Christ (Bellefonte, PA), and Shiloh Presbyterian Church (St. Marys, PA).
The Leslies currently make our home in the Victorian borough of Bellefonte, PA. Nestled in the Allegheny mountains a few short miles south of I-80, Bellefonte was home to seven governors, as commemorated in a monument overlooking beautiful Talleyrand Park. Legend has it that French ambassador Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, for whom our park is named, exclaimed "La belle fonte!" - "beautiful fountain" - upon seeing the Big Spring, source of 11 million gallons of spring water per day. Bellefonte has transformed through the years from a hotbed of industry and politics into a beautiful town boasting unique melding of history, tradition and culture. Bellefonte has been home to seven governors from three states. Bellefonte proudly proclaims to be “Central Pennsylvania’s Victorian Secret” with it’s charming homes in a modern world, but it is no secret to anglers that it also holds a charm all its own when it comes to fly fishing. Nestled in the Nittany Valley of Centre County, Bellefonte is home to some of the premier fly-fishing waters in Pennsylvania. Discover more at Bellefonte.com.