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The Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, Pa.: 'Not a place, but a spirit."
  -- Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)   

  No. 116                                            March 1, 2011    

Scanning for signs of spring

Amid lingering mounds of snow, thermometers that sometimes dip into the 20s and winds that occasionally snap tree branches if not entire trees, they're out there. . . those furtive glimpses of a long-awaited return to summer.  

For those who've hung around since autumn, it seems the longest, most wearisome of winters.

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After a wearisome winter, everybody -- including members of the bird club -- is looking for spring  

Yet, even now, fresh signs of the coming season pop up like crocuses  --  reminders that stirring just beneath the surface are the immutable offerings of a Mt. Gretna summer: a mixture of artistic achievements, spirit-lifting recreational pursuits, and a season filled with memories for all who invest their time and talents here.   

Robust, affirming and unmistakable, it is a remarkable elixir. A fresh reminder of that which makes the advance to a new season so special, and the promise of another summer in Mt. Gretna more than worth the wait.  

In this issue, we highlight some of the signs that spring is, indeed, just ahead.

 

As Only Mt. Gretna Can Do It

Honoring the Nation's Birthday with a Unique Independence Day Salute

Thumb through a collection of early Mt. Gretna postcards, and you're likely to find pictures of porches lined with colorful lanterns.

Delve into the forerunners of Mt. Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua, and you'll find traditions that, throughout much of the the nation, annually illuminate entire villages -- from Martha's Vineyard to Colorado to the Chautauqua

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Dave Adams photos.

Institution in New York State.

Add to that legacy the pent-up yearning of many Mt. Gretna residents to revive patriotic displays as a part of Independence Day celebrations, and there you have it: ingredients for a glorious Grand Illumination festival that will light up the entire community this Fourth of July.

"People tell me, 'I'm glad you're doing this,'" says organizer Karl Gettle, the retired educator who once once headed Mt. Gretna's Art Show and has lived here for much of his life.

No image? See Website http://mtgretna.com/newsWith a small committee to help, Karl is spearheading the effort to create a Liberty Bell-themed celebration that will take place throughout Mt. Gretna on Monday, July 4. From Timber Bridge to Mt. Gretna Heights, Karl's committee is inviting everyone to light up their homes and porches with lanterns, colored lights and specially made Liberty Bells. It's a celebration that he hopes will illuminate the whole town -- with a distinctive Mt. Gretna touch.

Karl's committee, which includes the artist Barbara Kleinfelter and her husband Bill, are helping produce Liberty Bell cut-outs that will be available as decorations. "People don't necessarily have to use our bells," says Karl, "but we'd like to see them make Liberty Bells a centerpiece of whatever additional decorations they choose for Independence Day."

Barbara will lead classes in how to add individual touches to the bell designs at sessions she'll hold on three Tuesday nights during June. "When people ask if they have to use red, white and blue lights, I tell them no, they don't," says Karl. "All we're asking is that they illuminate their porches and make bell designs a centerpiece to honor the nation's birthday," he says. He'll divide any proceeds from sales of the Liberty Bell cut-outs between Mt. Gretna's fire department and historical society.

Karl promises more details in the coming weeks. "We'll have a lot more information by April. And anyone who wants to join us is welcome." Call 964-2292 or e-mail: kgettle@comcast.net.

 

Fire Company Breakfasts.jpegMake a note of it:  

Another breakfast at the fire hall is coming Sunday, March 6. For a donation that you stuff in a fireman's boot, you can fill up with a satisfying morning's worth of news, food and friendship.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 12 noon. Proceeds go to the Mt. Gretna Fire Company, now in the final stages of its $400,000 "Burn the Mortgage" campaign.

 

Finicky Feathered Friends Dept.: 

How's Doodle? Just fine, thank you very much.  The uncatchable, unstoppable and irascible rooster has come through

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No thanks.

his third winter in fine fettle.  

Friends like real estate agent Peggy Seibert, computer wizard Joe Shay, and pizza shop waitress Rose Bair provide food. Rose especially -- usually Cheerios, his favorite.  

But on a recent Tuesday morning when the pizzeria was closed, a forlorn Doodle stood outside the shop crowing for Rose. Watching from across the street, a woman ran inside to fetch some Kashi probiotic cereal. But Doodle, known at times to have an attitude, refused even to peck at the healthy alternative. Instead, he strutted over to view himself in the highly polished wheel of Joe's parked Cadillac, almost as if to say, Frank Sinatra-like, "I do it my way."

He's one of us.

 

A Church's Busiest Season

At Mt. Gretna's United Methodist Church, now begins the busiest season -- the 40-day period that traces its origins to a time given over to preparing new Christians for the sacrament of baptism.   

Pastor Michael Remel, now in his second year here, says the Lenten season has today become the period associated with "soul-searching and repentance" as Christians https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/944.jpgprepare for the coming of Easter.

It includes Thursday Bible studies at the local church and a coordinated series of sermons at other nearby churches, with guest speakers.  

The season begins Wednesday, March 9 with a sermon by Pastor Mike as guest speaker at Cornwall United Methodist Church. He will assist Pastor Jim Heath with dispensing of the ashes and Holy Communion.

A Lenten worship series on "The Passion of Christ" follows, with Wednesday gatherings for food, conversation, guest speakers and fellowship at the area churches. Services are scheduled March 16, Cornwall UMC; March 23, Rocherty UMC; March 30, Quentin UCC; April 6, Rexmont EC; April 13, Mt. Gretna UMC.  All services begin at 7 p.m. 

Pastor Mike also reminds that the popular "Gathering Place" sessions, open to all, continue March 23 at noon in the church's FellowshipHall. "Gastronomical delights for a modest donation," says the enterprising pastor.

 

To cash in on Cicada's bargains, hurry 

This is the time when savvy Mt. Gretna Newsletter readers sign up early for bargain-priced entertainment. It's the Cicada Festival, with six nights of offerings for folks who like to stroll down the street and take in down home entertainment at the Playhouse.https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/936.jpg

This year, to reserve tickets, they'll have to hurry. The 2011 schedule has just gone up on Facebook and will soon appear on the festival's website. Brochures are also going in the mail. Since ticket orders usually pile up long before the box office officially opens, and first-come, first-served orders are honored by postmark dates, it pays to act quickly.      

At the Playhouse: (All shows $12 except the Aug. 8 chorus, priced at $5. Season ticket for all six events: $65)

Mon. Aug. 8, Teen Challenge Men's Chorus; Tues. Aug. 9,  Bronx Wanderers; Wed. Aug. 10, Eddie Bruce; Thurs. Aug. 11, Johnny & the Halos; Mon. Aug. 15, Hotel California (Eagles); Tues. Aug. 16, Phil Dirt & the Dozers.

For tickets, mail your check and SASE to Cicada Festival, P. O. Box 637, Mt. Gretna PA 17064.  

At the Hall of Philosophy (No tickets -- donations only):

Wednesday film series (7:30 p.m.): "A Month of Magical Musicals:" July 6, Easter Parade; July 13, West Side Story; July 20, An American in Paris; July 27, Meet Me in St. Louis.
Eton Churchill Memorial Staged Play Readings (7:30 p.m.): Thurs. Aug. 25, presentation of work by Eton Churchill, founder of this series. Tues. Aug. 30, presentation by Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania. 

 

First, an idea; 14 years later, a jewel   

New ideashttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/946.jpg with the potential to make permanent cultural contributions are sufficiently rare nowadays. So when Mt. Gretna's organ recital series first began in the living room of a private home at the intersection of Pinch Road, Route 117 and Princeton Avenue, few suspected yet another jewel-in-the-making for Mt. Gretna's richly honed series of summer program offerings.   

Now, 14 years later, the July recital series has achieved the rare distinction of attracting recitalists from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Harvard, Oberlin and other premiere institutions of musical instruction.

The 2011 lineup includes a Juilliard School performer July 7, the Hershey Theater's organist July 14, New York City Church of St. Agnes organist July 21, and a soloist from Lancaster's First Presbyterian Church July 28.

To reserve seating, please call 717-964-1830, ext. 3. Free will donations are requested.

 

At nursery school, the jig's up 

It was one of those moments when, in the twinkling of an eye, you just knew you'd seen another Inspector Barton of Scotland Yard in the making. The four-year-old scanned up and down Penny the Groundhog's finely coiffed fur ensemble with a gaze that spelled trouble.  

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FBI candidates, sign up here.

Never mind that Penny had trudged through deep snow to make her appearance at the Mt. Gretna Church Nursery School last month.  

"I didn't know Groundhogs wore boots," said the skeptical onlooker.  

Penny, who of course doesn't talk, might have gotten away with it as the teacher explained -- ahem -- that even groundhogs must wear boots occasionally.  

But then came the clincher. Another detective, age three or so who had asked if groundhogs hibernate, revealing a precocious and inquiring turn of mind, peered cautiously at the furry visitor. Then, suddenly, he proclaimed, "I see skin under that suit."  

Time was up. The groundhog had another pressing engagement to go to.  

Penny scampered out the door, hoping that by the time she returns next year, these guys will have graduated.

 

Short takes  

A hawk's Timber Hills hideouts   

When you're up to your ears in snow and looking for a glimmer of spring, any sign will do. If you can't find a robin, a https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/934.jpgRed-shouldered hawk will do.  

Sarah Ellis was first to spot this guy (right) outside the window of her Village Lane home in Timber Hills early last month. A few days later, he showed up on a lamp post (left) at the Valley Road home of Evelyn Koppel. (A fitting location, since https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/935.jpgEvelyn and husband Sid Hostetter are founders of the Mt. Gretna Bird Club.) Donna Kaplan, just down the street, also reports seeing him outside her door. 

What's the attraction? Could be he's dining on other birds that show up at our feeders, surmised Evelyn. "That's not a nice thought, but it's probably true." Red-shouldered hawks have always been around, but now they're more prevalent, probably because development has taken its toll on the native habitats of song birds, she says.  

 

Gretna Theatre's bus trip to see "Jersey Boys" on Broadway March 26? Sorry, they're sold out. No more seats, no more tickets available.    

He's coming. Mickey Rooney, along with his wife of over 30 years, Jan Chamberlin Rooney, has committed to an appearance for Gretna Theatre in a special pre-season fundraiser "Let's Put on a Show" at the Playhouse Saturday, Mahttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/952.jpgy 21.

Despite widely publicized family legal problems surrounding Rooney's professional engagements, Gretna Theatre officials say they're confident the 90-year-old entertainer intends to honor the Mt. Gretna commitment.

A reception to meet the Rooneys prior to the 2:00 p.m. matinee, with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, is planned at the Hall of Philosophy for those holding $95 premium seat tickets.  

Premium seating for the 7:30 pm show are priced at $65.00.  Regular seats for both shows are $50 each. Click here to order tickets online, or call the box office at 717-964-3627.

For a sample of what's coming to Gretna Music Saturday, March 5, click here for selectionshttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/951.jpg from Imani Winds' latest album. Lancaster newspaper writer Stephen Kopfinger says the chamber ensemble,"isn't confined to playing classical standards in tiny salons. In fact, they're not confined to anything. . . . Antiquated and fussy they certainly are not." Tickets available online.

 

 

https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/947.jpgWhatever happened to those abandoned canoes at the lake? Unclaimed and apparently unwanted, they were turned over to appreciative Boy Scout troops, including one that annually volunteers to help with clean-up chores at the Mt. Gretna Art Show.  (Water color: Carol Snyder Calendar)

Central PA Magazine's March issue, "Cozy Cottages: Idyllic Living in Mt. Gretna," features cover and inside photographs bhttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/937.jpgy Madelaine Gray, Carl Ellenberger and Emi Snavely, contributions from the retired writer of this newsletter, and historic postcard scenes. 

"Mt. Gretna? It's small-town America with a twist. A town without Starbucks, shopping centers or even a supermarket. A town where many of one's closest friends are also close neighbors," begins the lead article, "That Mt. Gretna Magic."

The magazine's editors, adding their own eclectic assortment of Mt. Gretna's summer activities, included an esoteric zucchini reference that will leave some amused, if perplexed, readers scratching their heads. The feature appears online at http://www.witf.org/lifestyle/central-pa-magazine    

Second most popular pastime? No, it's not NASCAR (reportedly the nation's top spectator sport), but bird-watching jaunts. In Mt. Gretna, every Friday morning bird club members assemble in the https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/949.jpgChautauqua parking lot or at the Governor Dick Nature Center to take part in bird-searching safaris. Whether they're hiking with mittens and handwarmers or in slacks and shorts, the adventurers can count on (1) spotting something they've never seen before and (2) sharing a breakfast afterwards. "Breakfast is a big lure," says Evelyn Koppel, who helped organize the Mt. Gretna Bird Club with husband Sid Hostsetter (right), an expert ornithologist.

On a recent Friday morning, they spotted 36 different species, part of the  Great Backyard Bird Count. Biggest find: 300 ring billed gulls. Most unusual sighting? Wigeons, a pair of them, camped out on Lake Conewago. Like to join them? Call Sid or Evelyn at 964-3412 or e-mail mtgretnabirdclub@hotmail.com.

What it takes to get onstage at the Playhouse  

Ever wonder how they get those actors at the Playhouse every year?  Gretna Theatre's audition call, posted last month on BroadwayWorld.com, only hints at the arduous path to stardom. 

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Carol Snyder

Producing artistic director Larry Frenock, associate artistic director Renee Krizan and  casting director Christian Saint-Girard spent three days in New York last month, auditioning 800 or 900 prospects. They'll do the same thing for 200 local actors March 5, at Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church.

But by then, the process will have only just begun. Third- and fourth-round auditions are yet to come in New York and Mt. Gretna before they'll finally choose the 50 or so who'll actually appear onstage this summer.

So when you see them at the Playhouse, remember that these are the best of maybe 1,200 who sought to win a spot here. They endured multiple auditions, won coveted callbacks, and stood in line outside audition halls at 5:30 a.m. for their shot at a 90-second tryout. A tough business, and it happens year after year.

Summer calendar patrons  

Want to lend a hand to the Mt. Gretna Summer Calendar? The deadline for patron listings ($35) is March 7. Send check to Mt. Gretna Arts Council, P.O. Box 56, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064. Print clearly how you'd like the listing to appear. Also include your name, address, phone number and email address.   

Solutions when elders need help 

Where to find a specialist when aging parents confront mental or physical challenges?  

SomNo image? See Website http://mtgretna.com/newsetimes, in small towns like Mt. Gretna.  

Kathleen Wall (inset), a social worker who moved to the Campmeeting two years ago, has helped seniors in New York State, Delaware and Pennsylvania hurdle the problems of aging since 1996.  

"People often can manage physically, but when memory or judgment is impaired, that's when I might be called in," she told the Harrisburg Patriot News. Her goal at Senior Caregiving Solutions is to follow an older person's wishes. Usually, that means staying at home as long as possible. She guides adult children in determining what care is needed and where to find it, and then helps seniors ease into new surroundings.  

 

How to attract guys? With a man-hunting bloodhound, naturally     

Surprising, but Mt. Gretna's Winterite gatherings nNo image? See Website http://mtgretna.com/newsow attract growing numbers of men. Programs like today's (March 1) gathering may help explain why.
The 57-year-old organization, originally created for women who spent winters in Mt. Gretna, now often eschews luncheon subjects devoted exclusively to distaff topics. The March meeting, for example, delves into search and rescue missions with demonstrations by bloodhounds like Merit (inset). All Winterite programs (first Tuesdays except in January, from October to April) start at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Gretna firehall.

Adventures ahead as a new season opens at Governor Dick Park 

When Robert H. Coleman envisioned Mt. Gretna, he built a railway to take visitors to the top of the mountain.

Today, those seeking mountaintop vistas must hike to the the park's 60-ft. tower, where they climb a straight-to-the-top vertical stairway. It's just one of many adventures thttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/950.jpghe park offers. 

Coming this year, "Music on the Porch" workshops and jams, programs on endangered species, birds of prey, bouldering and orienteering as well as badge programs for scouts.    

Other attractions?  A "Cabin Fever" hike Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. Just the thing for those needing a relaxed hike and the spring tonic of fresh air, says park director Janie Gockley. Another hike, on March 13, offers a "faster-paced four-mile" outing for those working on fitness.

Coming March 25: a nature walk with Jesse Rothaker, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the nature center. He'll search for frogs, toads, salamanders and other things that show up in pools each spring.  

March 27: "The History of Governor Dick Park," 2:00 p.m. at the Nature Center, a presentation followed by a walk to nearby historical sites.  

Joey Wise's rooftop wisdom  

A tip from Joey Wise, Mt. Gretna borough crewman who's seen his share of winter woes for homeowners this year: If you're planning to add a new roof, make the extra investment in a snow shield. "It's almost a miracle product," he says. "It seals nail holes instantly, and keeps water from melting ice outside."  

 

A Timely Reminder from Nicole 

This month's "Dimes in a Bottle" campaign reminder comes from none other than the sprightly 17-year-old who also energizes Mt. Gretna's Halloween parade band.  

Nicole Roberts, a National Honor Society student now in her junior year at Cedar Crest High School, likely interited her musical talents from her dad Andy Roberts, who began playing professional gigs at age 14.  

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Photo: Cindi Dixon 

She'll be a vocalist in the District Jazz Band festival this month, adding to a list of credits that includes the school's marching band, orchestra, chorus and concert and show choirs. She's also a member of the Lebanon County Chorus.

Besides encouraging everyone to drop dimes in those bottles that Mt. Gretna's volunteer firemen will collect April 10, she's treasurer of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, the French Club and the Model United Nations. She also spent last summer with her lifelong pal, Mt. Gretnan Maddy Allwein, crossing Europe on an American Music Abroad venture. And if all that weren't enough to keep a teen busy, Nicole helps her parents arrange shows at the Timbers Dinner Theater, attends cast auditions in New York City and Mt. Gretna, and busses dinner theater tables in the summer. What lies ahead? Business studies, perhaps, with maybe a minor in International Relations.

 

 

Guidelines for Mt. Gretna Residents:

When power outages occur, call Met-Ed: 

1-888-544-4877

Met-Ed gives top priority to outages affecting the greatest numbers of people. Your call will not only help pinpoint the scope of the outage but may also speed repair crews to Mt. Gretna.  

Make the call even though your neighbors might also have reported the outage, advise company officials.     

During adverse weather, the Mt. Gretna Fire Company provides emergency shelter in power outages lasting more than three hours. Bring medications and medical equipment; a sleeping bag or blanket and pillows; food for yourself and family members; books, games and other materials to help pass the time and, if the stay is likely to be for several days, a change of clothes. Pets cannot be accommodated.

 

Township's park plans gather momentum, slowly  

Readers who live in Timber Hills, Timber Bridge and Conewago Hill fall under the jurisdiction of South Londonderry Township. Therefore, they may be following more closely than other Mt. Gretnans the debate over plans to spend $500,000 for 16 acres that could be used to build a park six miles away in Campbelltown.   

With nearly half the funds available for the purchase from a government grant, a majority attending a public meeting last month appeared to favor the purchase, The Lebanon Daily News reported.  

One environmental advocate felt that failure to buy the land now would leave it vulnerable to development, creating a "denser" Campbelltown. Another attendee pointed out that parks help boost property values.  

Maybe, said those who opposed the plans. But they balked at paying more for the land than two appraisals had said it was worth. They also questioned where money would come from to design, equip and then operate the park. At a meeting earlier this year, others suggested that spending public funds for non-priority projects would sound an errant note, especially as many struggle to find or keep jobs.  Township officials, divided on the issue, will probably vote on the purchase March 8.

 

Questions Readers Ask

[] My husband and I are planning a visit around the time of the art show in August. We love the area, but have never stayed for a few days. Aside from your website, I am unable to find reliable lodging information. Is there a website or phone number for tourist information that I can utilize?

<> For our money, the best single reference for short visits to Mt. Gretna is the Music at Gretna website under the link

http://gretnamusic.org/mag_visitorinfo.htm. Intended for people coming to concerts, it lists places to eat and stay as well as things to do. Suggestions cover a range of prices and preferences -- from bed and breakfasts to hotels, inns and restaurants offering everything from fine dining to pub food. Includes maps and website links. 

 [] When will Big Junk Day and the Porch Sales take place this year?

<> Big Junk Day -- after Christmas and maybe SuperBowl Sunday the most eagerly anticipated day of the year in Mt. Gretna -- comes this year on June 20.

That date, of course, is anticlimactic. It will actually start sometime around Friday afternoon, June 17 and gather momentum over the next 48 hours. By the time workmen arrive Monday morning to haul away the stoves, refrigerators, dilapidated grills and other items too big for normal pickup, those treasures will likely have been hauled away by enterprising neighbors. Topping it off on Sunday, June 19 will be Thatcher Bornman's free hot dog party. Roasted hot dogs on Lancaster Avenue, a gift to anyone who happens to pass by, including startled visitors making their first visits here. Quirky? Offbeat? Welcome to Mt. Gretna.  

As for the porch sales, they're always held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Expect to see a dazzling array of discards. Stacked on porches, sitting along the road, piled up on cardboard tables. To list your porch on a map they'll circulate to shoppers, contact Barney Myer if you live in the Chautauqua,  or Bruce Gettle if you live in the Campmeeting. How many bargain hunters to expect? Barney and Bruce annually print 500 maps.

 

[] I may have missed it in previous newsletters, but I noticed work being completed on the trail and along Butler Road where trees are being taken down. What's taking place?

<> West Cornwall Township engineer Steve Ogurcak says it's the long-awaited start to a sanitary sewer line for existing homes. The project, first planned around a decade ago, finally got the go-ahead with a $1.6 million state grant to fund two-thirds of the cost. The balance of funding will come from a bank loan.

 

Thomas B. Bowman, Jr. (1945-2011)

Tom Bowman, a journalist and photographer known https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs093/1102118090537/img/938.jpgfor his tough, fair reporting and compassion for others, died in his sleep last week at his home on Third Street. A native of Lebanon, he had built a career that earned the respect of his journalism colleagues as well as law enforcement professionals. A former police officer himself, he was a graduate of Lebanon Valley College who loved friends, a bulldog named Magoo, and Mt. Gretna. An insightful account of his life and work, praising his "complexity and kindness," appears online in a Harrisburg Patriot-News tribute.

 

Other newsletters you may like to receive. . .

Mt. Gretna Updates -- Issued occasionally by e-mail and primarily of interest to year-round residents. News of temporary road closings, utility repairs and other conditions affecting people who live in the seven neighborhoods served by the Mt. Gretna post office. Send an e-mail request, with "LOCAL UPDATES" in subject line, to rtgroce@hotmail.com.
This Week in Mt. Gretna -- Issued during summer months; a week-by-week listing of local events, sent by e-mail on request. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail info@lightkeeper.net.
Mt. Gretna Arts Council Newsletter -- Now available ONLY online (no mailed copies). Updated to include news concerning groups dedicated to the arts in Mt. Gretna, Calendar of Events, Summer Premier and Arts Council scholarships. Click here.
Gretna Music bulletins -- Updates on concert events, schedule changes and other news. See "Join Our Mailing List" at http://gretnamusic.org/
Mt. Gretna Historical Society Newsletter  --  Online at http://www.mtgretnahistory.org/newsletter.php
Mt. Gretna Bible Festival Newsletter -- Mailed in the spring and fall without charge. Send request to Bible Festival, P.O. Box 408, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064.
Governor Dick Park Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See http://parkatgovernordick.org/dnn/History/Newsletter/tabid/63/Default.aspx
Cornwall Police Department E-Mail Bulletins -- issued as warranted to update residents on events of community interest, including crime alerts. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail request to bharris@cornwallpd.org
South Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge; online at http://southlondonderry.org/.
Campmeeting Newsletter -- Available online and mailed to residents.
Mt. Gretna Heights Newsletter -- e-mailed to Heights residents. Address inquiries to Michelle Shay, mshay@brwnstone.com.

 

DETAILS

This unofficial community newsletter has neither any attachment to a particular group or organization nor any political or commercial ax to grind. Mainly, it's a retirement hobby, much like woodworking, crossword puzzles or gardening.
We send it by e-mail to anyone who asks, without charge and with no expectation of anything other than friendship, conviviality and a gentle prodding when we err.

We don't cover everything. Some topics are better left to daily newspapers, TV and others with greater skills, resources and insights.
Generally speaking, we try to cover things that readers may not have already read elsewhere. Yet since the majority of our readers live outside of Mt. Gretna -- in other cities, states and countries -- we sometimes summarize local stories that appear in area newspapers.
In preparing each issue, we try to keep in mind the example set by the late Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who felt as if listeners had invited him into their homes. 

We also try to adhere to the practical wisdom of Rotary International's  Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
We've been writing this newsletter since January 2001, usually once a month unless we're traveling, ailing or attending to household duties that, in the interest of domestic tranquility, take a higher priority. 
We thank the many people who help us gather the news, take the photos, then edit, fact-check and proofread this newsletter. They include folks with special skills and knowledge of Mt. Gretna who live not only here but also in places like New York City, St. Paul, Minn. and Hilton Head, S.C. 
If you have difficulty reading or printing the newsletter, please click on the online version appearing at http://mtgretna.com/news.
Thanks to our friends at Gretna Computers, you can always find back issues of this newsletter on the Web. That online archive, we're told, occasionally proves helpful to people who want to know more about what goes on in a community which, as the late Marlin Seiders once observed, "is not a place, but a spirit."
Kindest regards,
Roger Groce
 
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