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No. 108 July 1, 2010
Mt. Gretnans savor the season:
Across town, for example, Mary Kopala and Dave Adams
joined neighbors Chuck and Paula Deppen to assemble the first annual Fifth
Street block party in the Campmeeting (inset, left), a celebration
that brought out some 60 parents and grandparents, kids and grandkids.
reakfasts and neighborhood corn roasts are embedded
in the Mt. Gretna tradition. Some, like Peter Hewitt and Walter McAnney, open
up their homes for morning coffee to anyone who wants to stop by. Neighbors
elsewhere sometimes exchange pancakes and sausages for scrambled eggs and
salsa across porches so close together they nearly touch. And any excuse for
a party will do, like the free hot dog extravaganza on Big Junk Day (inset,
left) outside Thatcher Bornman's Chautauqua cottage. Or the impromptu
get-together last week alongside fire engines when the bridge club's usual
meeting site suddenly became unavailable.
icle in Parade magazine, for example, cited
the spreading isolation among neighbors in places where people disappear
behind their garage doors into suburban cocoons and rarely get to know the
people who live alongside them.
news . . .
A deer crashed through the windshield and wound up
in the rear seat of a car traveling along Route 72 near the Mt. Gretna exit
one day last week, the Lebanon Daily News reported. The driver, a 19-year-old Hummelstown man heading
for an orientation at Temple University, was knocked unconscious but quickly
recovered. The 180-pound deer was killed.
Take, for example, the marriage last month of a
Silver Spring, Md. couple who exchanged vows in the Hall of Philosophy, then
canoed across Lake Conewago to a reception at Mt. Gretna's Lake and Beach.
Did somebody really spot a black bear crossing Route 117 last month just a mile or so east of Mt. Gretna? That's possible. In fact, several bear sightings have been logged througho
ut Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties in
Where's Postmaster Steve? Atop a mountain with wife LuAnn, every chance he gets. Together they're building a weekend getaway near Houstontown, in Western Pennsylvania, at a site overlooking a pond, with breathtaking Fulton County vistas on the horizon. All this and wildlife, too, as they put their time, talents and energies into building a retreat about an hour and a half from home that will likely serve as a retirement spot someday. At least, that's what Mr. and Mrs. Strickler hope, even though that may be a few years off. "I'll probably never really retire," says Steve.
That, in fact, would be just fine with the folks
around Mt. Gretna, who think they got a winner when the postal
authorities picked Steve to sort their mail.
Game Lands overlooking Mt. Gretna
Nearly two years later, a desolate vista on the
mountaintop to the south of Mt. Gretna echoes the dire predictions of
Pennsylvania State Game Land foresters:
Mr. Henry estimated then that it would take a year before the cleared land would again see green across the forest floor. By 2011, he had said, the visual impact would begin to dissipate as blackberry briars and thousands of newly planted seedlings started taking hold.
Patriot-News report, reviewing the
aftermath of logging operations in Mt. Gretna, recently asserted that
removing trees from the site -- a decision that many local residents
questioned and some experts criticized -- "was the recommended
forestry practice and, from a safety perspective, an absolute
where far fewer trees were removed. Those that remain appear healthy. Was the State Game Land decision to chop down more than 10,000 trees really necessary? Was anything learned? Questions linger.
If Mt. Gretna had a Social
Register, an event
coming up this month would be to this community what the Jazz Festival is to
Newport or the Kentucky Derby is to Churchill Downs.
ust attend" July 11th edition of a Mt. Gretna
Fire Company gastronomical treat that features, as its main attraction, the
attendees themselves: friends, neighbors and newcomers who make their way to
the fire hall early in the morning and stay late -- reminiscing, relaxing and
regaling one another with stories, merriment and a brand of friendship rarely
"Take two Kisses and
call me in the morning." That
may not be a quote one would expect to find from a world authority on
chocolate in a prestigious journal like Archaeology Magazine. But that's exactly what showed up last month in
interview with Mt. Gretnan Jeffrey Hurst, a principal scientist at the Hershey Company.
How to pick the best from a gro
Amid ruffles and flourishes with 13-gun salutes, the
grand ceremonies on July 20, 1985 brought together an assembly of trucks,
tanks, bands, politicians, infantry units and helicopters, plus an
engineering battalion, field artillery and medical and transportation groups
passing in review for Pennsylvania National Guard Adjutant General Richard M.
Mt. Gretna's signature Thursdays-in-July organ recital series starts off with a bang tonight (July 1): Harvard University organist Christian Lane performs classics and works by contemporary composers at the Hewitt-McAnney home along Princeton Avenue, opposite the post office.
best thing in Mt. Gretna since Mary Hernley came to town"
Stacey Weaver, a doctoral candidate in archeological studies who moved from the Campmeeting last year to grow her own fruits and vegetables in Campbelltown, stood beside her husband, marveling at the crisp organic spinach, garlic, kale, cucumbers and
onions displayed along Mt. Gretna's Route 117.
a bakeries and organic produce and meats from James
just outside Jonestown.
He also offers grass-fed beef, chicken or
turkey; organic cheese, and snow peas, and yogurt and invites Mt.
Gretnans to visit his Jonestown farm (where Sockeye salmon from Alaska is
Nobody knows what it takes to win a state championship better than Mt.
Gretna sophomore Shaun Ditzler (inset, far
right) and his teammates. In winning the state title, every single member of
this Cedar Crest High School relay team set "personal best"
Mt. Gretnans joining the second
annual "Steps to Survival" walk to raise funds for Lebanon Valley Rails to
Trails and the Sexual Assault Resource Counseling Center of Lebanon included
(pictured, from left): Jane Mourer, Bobbie Warshaw, Linda Gettle, Kathy Wall,
and Barbara Hoffsommer.
Coming up at
Governor Dick Park
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