Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Pa. "Not a place, but a spirit." Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)
September 1, 2011
It is the time of year when the summer people start to
pack up, when an unaccustomed morning chill reminds year-rounders of
what lies ahead, when the tempo of a rewarding summer slips back into
3/4 time. We are approaching, but not quite there yet, a time
that many believe is the grandest season, when fall reveals its
grandeur. No, we're not yet there, but as Mt. Gretna Borough crewman
Joey Wise once remarked, in a statement that serves to countenance
his surname, "September is when we get our town back."
A Chairman's Gentle Pledge Helps
Allay Rezoning Apprehensions
It was a session
called to dispel rumors, quell unrest and stem what the township's
attorney termed " a deluge of public records requests" -- all
in response to a July 1, 2011 petition to rezone 90.5 acres of forest
land located smack in the heart of Mt. Gretna.
Yet the Aug. 22
special meeting of the West Cornwall Township supervisors soon took on
the flavor of an old-fashioned town meeting, Norman Rockwell style.
Helping turn the
session from a confrontation to something approaching a conversation
was the chairman himself. Russell Gibble, a veteran of "30 years
in the township business," a reliable contractor respected for
keeping his word, and a man who drives a 48-year-old pickup -- which
shows, he says, "that I like old things."
Without taking sides
or tipping his hand on how he might vote, he nevertheless conveyed
subtle reassurances to those who fear Mt. Gretna's future hangs in the
Gibble told the
audience of some 250 persons who had squeezed into the
standing-room-only Quentin Fire Hall that he admires the passion Mt.
Gretnans have for their community. He also said he reads their letters and
takes all their phone calls, even when he's up on a 45-ft. ladder
repairing roofs, as had happened the week before. He added for
good measure that he himself usually skates four times each week in Mt.
Gretna's oldest building, which houses the county's only roller rink
and which could be threatened if the requested rezoning wins approval.
reduce apprehensions was a welcomed disclosure by township engineer
Jeff Steckbeck. He said the tract affected by the rezoning request was
not, in fact, one that long-range planning consultant Michelle Brummer
had thus far identified as needing to be changed. "The Future Land
Use Map, which is now in draft form, still shows that tract as
Residential Forest," he said. (The rezoning petition is for R1 and
R2, which -- if approved -- could mean more single family homes and
townhouses or cluster housing could be built on the site.)
Then there was the
statement of Marla Pitt, a Mt. Gretnan who now makes it a point to
attend regional comprehensive planning meetings and urges others to do
likewise. She discovered in one of those sessions that Lebanon County
now has "enough land already designated as R1 and R2 to take care
of projected population increases for the next 10 years," she
said. Taken together, those ingredients seemed to lift the spirits of
most who had come to register their opposition to the rezoning
proposal. Yet, despite what many considered "hopeful
signs," doubts lingered during the hour-long session. Chairman
Gibble and his team set about to air those concerns.
Madelaine Gray, among the first to speak, warned about the unintended
consequences of revised zoning. It could mean, she said, the end of the
skating rink, which is not only Mt. Gretna's oldest building but also
"a beloved recreational outlet for Lebanon school children."
Pat Pinsler, another
Mt. Gretnan, wondered how developers could provide public water to a
Evelyn Koppel, of
Timber Hills, wanted to know "if the supervisors would be
interested in finding out what the opinion of this audience
is?" The chairman, with a twinkle in his eye, replied,
"I think I already know what the opinion is."
Tim Nieman, an
attorney who lives in Mt. Gretna Heights, pressed the officials to
comment on whether plans might be afoot to someday force residents of the
Heights, Stoberdale and Campmeeting to switch their sanitary sewer
service from the Mt. Gretna Authority to West Cornwall Township.
Chairman Gibble, conferring with the township engineer and solicitor by
his side, responded with carefully measured words: "That's all a
rumor. At this time, I can say it's not going to happen."
Following up on
questions about how a pumping station that was originally planned to be
located along the rail trail was switched to a site 800 feet downhill,
along Mt. Gretna's main entryway on Route 117, realtor Fred Schaeffer
asked if consideration might be given to make it fit in with the
architecture of Mt. Gretna. Specifically, he asked whether it would
look like one recently erected on Reigerts Lane, which Schaeffer said "looks
like a prison."
new Reigerts Lane Pumping Station. Officials say Mt. Gretna's will be
smaller with dark green fiberglass siding. They also hope to use
green chain link fencing without barbed wire and a row of shrubbery
replied that the Route 117 facility would be a 9' x 12' dark green
fiberglass hut and "wouldn't look anything like Reigerts
In a conversation
this week, he later explained that the hut would have a visible
generator and be surrounded by an 18' x 31' chain link fence, which he
hoped to have changed to green vinyl coated fencing without barbed wire
and a row of screen shrubbery in front. "We are sensitive to the
community's concerns," he said. (The West Cornwall Sewer Authority
meets next Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 pm in the township's 73 Zinns Mill Rd.
Steckbeck told the
audience the pumping station was relocated because bids for the $2.4
million sewer project had come in $300,000 lower than expected. Faced
with a "use it or lose it" windfall that would allow the
sewer authority to extend the pipeline and pick up five additional
homeowners who had been promised sewer service in 1992, officials opted
to extend the sewer line to the lowest point at the bottom of the hill,
near Butler Road and Route 117.
As the session
neared its conclusion, Mine Road resident James Seltzer, who owns 10
acres adjacent to the tract requested for rezoning, expressed a concern
about forests, carbon sequestration and global warming. "We know
that forest land should be preserved," he said, "but we don't
treat it the way we treat agricultural land, which we pay farmers to
preserve forever. Yet forests have an intrinsic value, and it would
seem that we should start treating forests for their intrinsic value of
remaining forests." His 30-second comment, one of the briefest
remarks of the evening, received the most sustained applause.
When the last
members of the audience finally left the auditorium, it was chairman
Gibble who locked up the building and, as he turned the key, remarked
to a departing Mt. Gretnan, "I hope everybody knows that we're
It was a reassuring
resonance to those who heard it and placed their confidence in the
chairman. Even more, for those who love Mt. Gretna, it was a
final brush stroke, one that Rockwell himself might have liked.
Why Mt. Gretna's Outdoor Art Show
Survives. . . and Thrives
By the time Wall Street had bounced through its first three weeks of
August's stomach-churning cycle, the Outdoor Art Show bounded into Mt.
Gretna, arriving amid delightful signs that the world wasn't quite
ready to end.
Opening their wallets with what could almost be described as valiant
attempts to perk up the economy single handedly, 12,258 art show
patrons strolled through the gates cheerful, optimistic and willing to
hold up their end of the bargain.
True, their numbers were off 40% from the record-setting
art show patrons, a rare opportunity to meet those whose works help
shape the environments of their homes.
of 2000, when 19,854 entered the show. Yet this year's crowd was up, if
only modestly, from last year, reversing a trend that outdoor exhibits
across the nation have experienced. And it did that despite threatening
skies most of Sunday, which finally erupted in a late afternoon deluge
that sent patrons and presenters alike scurrying to the exits.
How to measure success? The best proof lies not in the numbers but on
the faces of exhibiting artists, including those who stayed over until
Monday to pack up and head home.
Photographer Madelaine Gray, who lives in the Campmeeting, reported
that Saturday's sales of her bucolic, stress-dissolving scenes from the
lavender fields of Provence and other European and American locales
(including Mt. Gretna) had produced greater revenues in a single day
than she had ever experienced in any exhibit anywhere in the country.
Her booth neighbor, a painter, sold two $2,300 paintings back-to-back
early on Sunday morning. And a couple on Pennsylvania Avenue, making
their first visit to Mt. Gretna, said their two-day sales for the
weekend -- of assorted aromatherapy items averaging $7 each -- nudged
against the $3,500 mark by the time their booth had closed late Sunday.
One sculptor, anticipating Hurricane Irene six days ahead of its actual
arrival, closed early on
not on sale at Wal-Mart
morning, right after he had sold a $5,500 sculpture, treasurer Mike
Bell reported at the show's picnic for volunteers. His wife, art show
chairperson Linda Bell, presented checks to the Mt. Gretna Fire Company
($11,244) and Mt. Gretna Borough ($15,275) with more to come for Lawn
Ambulance and other groups whose services reach throughout the
community. Over the years they have included such beneficiaries as
Gretna Theatre and Gretna Music, the Cicada Festival, and special
projects such as the turkey vulture relocation campaign, the
installation of an emergency fire hydrant for Timber Hills residents,
repairs along thoroughfares which are heavily used by art show patrons,
and similar endeavors. Ms. Bell invites suggestions for similar uses of
the funds raised annually by the art show.
Beyond the revenues, however, is the opportunity for artists to not
only show their works but also build personal friendships with those
who purchase their creations. Buying directly from the person who
created a work that will shape and become part of one's environment --
it's an experience unlikely to happen at retail stores. For those with
a penchant for focusing only on price, it may be the key to ferreting
out this show's enduring appeal.
Designing a home, a magazine or an
entire book, she does it all
Once the summer home
of Ladies' Home Journal writer Ann Hark in the flapper
era, the Mt. Gretna Chautauqua continues its lure as a
favorite getaway of magazine writers, editors and design directors.
Elizabeth Hummer, for example, when she's not designing layouts for Harper's
Bazzar, loves to scoot down from New York to the home she and
writer Bill Gifford are restoring on Muhlenberg Avenue.
When she's not
getting out another monthly edition of the magazine or refurbishing the
grand home formerly owned by Jack and Jeanine Bitner, she's working on
projects like this book, which she helped Glenda Bailey, legendary
editor of America's longest-running fashion magazine, create to
"look back on moments that defined a decade."
Set for introduction
Sept. 7, the 320-page coffee table compendium on fashion trends and
tastes will be sold at bookstores and on Amazon.com.
We're betting that
Elizabeth, who grew up in Lititz and loves walking around Mt. Gretna
with Bill and his dogs, will be happy to stop, chat, introduce you to
her fiancee's favorite four-legged friends... and maybe sign your copy
of the book.
Does Mt. Gretna Have a Future on
Most of Ezra
Minter's buddies at Elizabethtown College had internships this summer
that landed them squarely in a sea of office cubicles doing Excel
spreadsheets. "Me, I've sat in an old post office (now the
Chautauqua Information Center) and seen how marketing theories I've studied
the over the past three years actually work out in the real
world," he says.
Ezra Minter, the
Chautauqua's first summer intern, is a Chicago native who grew up in
Altoona, where his dad is a book conservator and his mom is an archival
instincts he's honed this summer? They probably come from his
grandfather, who started one of Altoona's biggest dairy herds and RV dealerships.
So what's his
impression of Mt. Gretna and its potential to further the Chautauqua
Movement's traditions? He sees lots of opportunities. "People who
live just down the road, not even as far away as Lebanon and Lancaster,
stop in and ask what's going on here," says Ezra. "There's a
general unawareness of what we offer and how people can find out about
things we do that will interest them."
Is Ezra a
promotional expert? "Before I got here I'd never even written a
press release," he says. Yet soon after he arrived, the newspapers
were suddenly brimming with articles about lectures, shows, exhibits
and play readings.
Can a century-old
traditional community like Mt. Gretna attract visitors through social
media? Ezra's already done that. Mt. Gretna now has its own page on
Facebook. Plus, there are those 144-character tweets on Twitter. In
part, that's because the Elizabethtown College senior is, like most
young people, fully aware of the potential of Facebook and Twitter.
He's worked largely on his own, but with helpful guidance from
marketing professor Kathy Snavely. She's impressed with the innovations
Ezra sparked in the 11 weeks he was on the job, which included setting
up a Chautauqua YouTube channel and helping make the Hall of Philosophy
a summertime wifi hotspot. He's now back in class for his senior year
at E'town, but he's gained a lot of valuable insights.
Is it possible to
over-promote a place like Mt. Gretna? Maybe, says Ezra, who understands
the wisdom of moderation in all things. "But I think it's possible
to get a good amount of people here without ruining anything. After
all, that is part of the Chautauqua mission."
at Ascot, Churchill Downs or the Easter Parade? No, it was the Mt.
Gretna Outdoor Art Show, where hats were "in" this year in a
BIG way. . . perhaps reflecting the fashion uplift provided by Princess
Our photographers caught these creations while making their way through
the crowds: Left, Pearle Parsells of Timber Cove; center, hairdresser
and noted cattlewoman Diana Lynn Orley of Colebrook; and, right, an
unidentified woman who caught the eye of Timber Hills photographer Bill
Shoals on a Saturday afternoon.
More than a passing fancy? In a community with a century-long tradition
of ladies in fine dresses and pleasing hats on summer afternoons, it's
a wish to be hoped for.
Carpenter Jack Krizain was at work again last week, hewing to a
project "for guys that are really fun to work for." In fact,
David Drummond and his team delight in ferreting out century-old doors
and windows, Federal-period wall panels and other distinctive architectural
pieces for Krizain to fit inside a 108-year-old building that was
school and later became a church. It's just east of Mt. Gretna, along
Ironmaster Road near the village of Burd Coleman.
Drummond, whose career as a set designer keeps him busy with the HBO
series "Boardwalk Empire" and whose hobby keeps him entranced
-- transforming old homes and abandoned buildings into architectural
masterpieces -- has been a Hollywood set designer since 1985. His first
film was the Oscar-winning "Out of Africa." His latest
restoration, of the First Baptist Church just outside Cornwall, should
be ready by the end of this year. If it comes close to matching his
Lititz-based Country Living Magazine House
of the Year
in 2007, it'll be stunning.
Even though his latest creation won't be ready for public showing for
several months, Drummond expects it to sell quickly. What then? He'll
move on to another restoration. Something in Mt. Gretna? Probably not,
he says, but he loves the area and hopes to find another architectural
gem nearby that can be polished to perfection.
It was the Annual Hike to the Cardinal Flowers Aug. 27, a walk
that had always been led by the late Dale Grundon. This
year's gathering attracted a large crowd that included, in addition to
many Mt. Gretnans, Dale's nephew, Gaye Liddick of Halifax, Pa. and
other members of his family. All had come to pay tribute to his memory
as well as to enjoy the hour-long walk to see the rare cardinal
flowers. Mt. Gretna Bird Club members Evelyn Koppel and Sid Hostetter,
who wanted to help keep the tradition alive, led the hike which also
included glimpses of a species of wild orchids whose seeds were still
visible even though the blooms had disappeared. Nobody said so as the
walk began, but the notion of seeds that live on after the blooms are
gone seemed a metaphor for Dale's life and works. When the group
reached a pond area where the cardinal flowers are found, they held a
moment of silence and named it "Dale's Garden."
She's been on Broadway, written seven books, and as a youngster
often swam in the lake at Mt Gretna. Cara Saylor Polk, author of the recently
published "Code Koral," an adventure she
describes as a blend of facts and fiction, stopped by the
Information Center last month to talk about the things she loves.
Topping the list, "I love Mt. Gretna," she said.
Then, poof, in an instant, she was gone -- off with relatives to visit
the Jigger Shop and then take in more of the Pennsylvania countryside.
She now lives in Georgia with her husband, James Ray Polk, a senior
producer for CNN.
Sandy Moritz, a Mt. Gretna resident and the school nurse at
Cornwall Elementary, featured in a profile last
month in the Lebanon Daily News. . . as was photographer Madelaine
Gray, in an article that
appeared in the newspaper's Aug. 22 edition.
Speaking of Madelaine Gray. . . she turned in some exquisite
photographs following the "Illumination of the Grove" to
celebrate a 60-year-old Campmeeting tradition last month, during Art
Show Saturday. . . after a full day in her booth at the the show:
South Londonderry Township officials will try something new next year:
They'll take their monthly supervisors' meetings on the road in 2012,
on a rotating schedule that varies the locations among Mt. Gretna and
Lawn as well as Campbelltown, their traditional meeting site. Details
are still being worked out, but township manager Tom Ernharth expects
they'll have everything lined up by December. The supervisors normally
meet on the second Tuesday of each month.
4 Art's Sake. Four artists join this year to create the 2012 Mt.
Gretna Calendar, out just in time for Christmas. Carol Snyder, Betsy
Stutzman, Bill Barlow and Barb Fishman have combined their talents to
offer three original works each to the calendar which is now on sale.
Bill has been
painting since his years as a Penn State architectural student.
"We didn't have computers, so our rendered presentations were
either in ink, pencil or watercolor. I have continued to paint ever
since." His biggest satisfaction? "Being able to take a true
life scene and achieve a simple transformation of simplified painterly
translations of tones, values and colors."
Betsy Stuzman, right, says she enjoys strolling around Mt. Gretna
"looking for sites to paint that reflect my love of nature. I
don't have to look far. There are beautiful sights everywhere, which I
hope can be preserved for many generations to come. This was a fun
project, and working with other local artists made it even more
Snyder, left, who started the calendar project several years ago and
did all the paintings herself, asked three other artists to join her
for the 2012 edition. "Coming up with 12 new paintings each year
became a daunting task," she says. "I think the calendar has
a great look with the styles of four
different artists represented. Working with them was a pleasure."
Barbara Fishman, right, began painting watercolors when she was a young
adult and now specializes in them, often giving group lessons at her
home studio in Alden Place, where she and husband Al moved three years
ago. The former Mt. Gretna resident says that when she was first
introduced to watercolors, she "immediately appreciated its many
qualities, particularly the exciting ways that different papers
received the paint, whether on an easel or a flat surface." It is
a lure that continues to command her interest today.
Calendars may be purchased directly from the artists themselves. Prices
range from $15 to $20 each, depending upon the individual commitments
each artist has made to benefit their favorite charities. For details,
Barb Fishman or Elizabeth Stutzman.
Anniversary for the Mt. Gretna Pizzeria, which opened in late August
2006 with hopes, dreams and a determination to survive. With the help
of a waitress named Rose, Damien Orea and his dad, Elidio (holding a 5
ft. hoagy to celebrate their anniversary)
have done more than survive. They've thrived.
Bair's bright smile and sunny disposition is one reason. Another is that
they may be the only pizza shop in America where you can get a full breakfast.
Still another, they've cornered the local market on subs, pizzas and
... well, a lip-smacking baked oatmeal that's a favorite of breakfast
regulars. That includes Doodle, of course, who regularly shows up for
breakfast. He's now an advertising icon and has done for the Mt. Gretna
Pizzeria what his kinfolk did for Colonel Sanders. On the
occasion of their third anniversary, a reporter asked the Oreas what
they liked best about being in business for themselves. "It's the
people in Mt. Gretna," said Damien. He still feels that way and
welcomes your orders at 964-1853.
A book for those whose lives are about to change
If someone close to you must suddenly cope with cancer, you might want
to know there's help close at hand. Julia Bucher, who moved to Mt.
Gretna four years ago from Lancaster with her husband, architect Bill
Barlow, has just published a new edition of The
Complete Guide to Family Caregiving, in association with the
American Cancer Society. The work is a joint effort with her friend and
long-time colleague, retired behavioral science professor Peter Houts,
a former Music at Gretna board member, and Terri Ades, the society's
director of cancer information.
registered nurse, holds a PhD and is an associate professor of nursing
at York College of Pennsylvania where she teaches community health
person's life changes when they are told they have cancer," says
an ACS press release announcing the new second edition. "Life also
changes for the relative or friend who's destined to become a
caregiver." This guide is for them.
Guidelines for Mt. Gretna Residents:
outages occur, call Met-Ed:
gives top priority to outages affecting the greatest numbers of people.
Your call not only helps pinpoint the scope of an outage but may also
speed repair crews to Mt. Gretna.
the call even though your neighbors might also have reported the
outage, advise company officials.
extreme hot or cold weather conditions, 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. Sorry, no pets.
Sheaffer Norton (1903-2011)
When an interviewer asked for her secrets to longevity as she
approached her 106th birthday two years ago, the usually light-hearted
doyenne suddenly turned serious. "Oh, I couldn't tell you,"
she said. "If you put that in The Mt. Gretna Newsletter,
I'd have to move."
She meant it. For Gladys Norton lived by the high standards of an
earlier time: A time when respectability was everything and decorum was
its measure. Sharp, witty and precise, she met every standard expected
of the proper ladies of her era, and she carried that standard with a quiet
For the past nine years, she had lived alone in a home next to her
married daughter and son-in-law, Carol and James Mather of Conewago
Born in Hegins, Pa., she was the youngest of 14 children. After her
father died, she and her mother moved to Ephrata where she married a
high school sweetheart, William Hanford Sheaffer. Together they
developed a poultry business that became one of the largest on the East
Coast, delivering thousands of eggs every day to the restaurants of New
York City. An interviewer wanted to include that fact in a story in
this newsletter two years ago, but she demurred at the suggestion.
"That would seem boastful," she said. They had two children,
six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
When she died on Aug. 9, she had outlived three husbands and was the
oldest person in Lebanon County. Some speculated that she might have
been the oldest Pennsylvanian, but that fact has not been confirmed.
Active in the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a
charter member of the Ephrata Women's Club and held memberships in
Cloister 46 Eastern Star, the Girl Scouts, and the Mt. Gretna
Winterites. She had also been a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed
classical music, playing bridge and, as old age dimmed her vision,
listening to a Boston radio station's late night talk show, which kept
her abreast of all the interesting chatter of the day.
As for those longevity secrets, among those we cited for the record
were staying close to friends, eating small portions and cutting out
fats. She felt healthy foods would help "keep the arteries
What, exactly, were those foods? They included a secret formula
she began drinking daily four decades ago. Her doctor once asked her to
describe the ingredients, how they were mixed and even what size glass
she used. Gladys leaned toward him and whispered the answer. "I
believe he went straight home and mixed up some for himself," she
Our interviewer then pressed hard for the answer, but she remained
Yet when a Lebanon Daily News reporter persisted in an interview
that took place just four days before her death, she revealed that her
magic formula was a few tablespoons of brandy with orange juice every
afternoon. Two days before her death, her daughter Carol stopped by to
ask, "Do you want your drink today, Mother?"
"Oh, yes," she replied. "But add a bit more brandy,
please. And mix some water with the orange juice."
C. Toner (1939-2011)
Toner, who lived on Valley Road and was for 54 years the wife of Parke
E. Toner, Jr., died Aug. 7 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. A
native of Lebanon, she had worked 26 years for New Penn Motors and was
also a retired store manager at nearby Thousand Trails campgrounds.
Judy was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Lebanon and had
been an active member of the Eastern Star, Chapter 115 in Lebanon. She
is survived by her husband and a brother and sister-in-law, Basil and
Ann Achey of Mt. Gretna.
F. Good (1932-2011)
Good, a former resident of Conewago Hill who with his wife Ann White
founded White, Good & Co. Advertising with offices in Lebanon,
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City and Westport, Conn., died May
27 in Naples, Fla. He was the son of the late Herbert F. Good and Hilda
Binkley Good. His grandfather had been a mechanic for the Wright
Brothers. A lifelong scholar, Bob received masters degrees at Princeton
Theological Seminary and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in
1957. In 1970, he left the ministry and entered the advertising
business with N. W. Ayer & Sons; in 1981, he founded White, Good
& Co. with Ann, whom he married in 1984. They sold the agency in
1999 and spent their retirement years together in Naples, where, in 2009,
Ann died of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Bob is survived by four children, two
stepchildren, and nine grandchildren.
Hiram Bender (1944-2011)
Bender, D.O., who had been the husband of Mt. Gretna artist Eva Bender
and spent most of his life in Pennsylvania, died this summer in New
Albany, Ind. He started his career as a chemist at Armstrong World
Industries after earning a degree at F&M College. During service in
the Air Force, he became a medical technologist, then decided to follow
a career in medicine. He worked at Urgent Care in Reading and the Army
War College in Carlisle. His last workplace was Branchville
Correctional Facility in Indiana, where he retired as a medical
director in 2010. He was preceeded in death by his son Eli in 1997, and
by two sisters. He leaves behind his daughter, Emily Sara Bender, N.D.
of Seattle Wash., and his friend and former wife, Eva. He is survived
by a brother and two sisters. Burial will take place at Indiantown Gap
National Cemetery September16, 2011, at 11 am. Family and friends are
welcome to a memorial get-together afterwards at the Mt. Gretna Heights
Community Building. Donations may be given to Save The Children, The
American Red Cross or The Salvation Army.
Updates & Stuff to
Friday, Sept. 2:
Arborist John Brewer discusses trees in Mt. Gretna and what residents
can do to save them. Hall of Philosophy, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 3: Covered Dish
Supper at Hall of Philosophy for all in Mt. Gretna; 4 pm.
Reservations required: 964-1830.
Sunday, Sept. 4: Music on the
Porch with Bluegrass and Traditional Appalachian aficionados. Beginners
at 1 pm; Bluegrass jam at 2 pm. Bring lawn chairs to the Gov. Dick
Nature Center atop Pinch Road.
Saturday, Sept. 10:
Migrating Bird Walk with Audrey Madenspacher. Bring binoculars. Starts
6 am at Gov. Dick Center. Sign up: 964-3808.
Saturday, Sept. 10:
It's one of the Fire Company's best FUNdRaisers of the year, the Annual
Pig Roast, 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Last year's roast was a sellout, with more
people than they had tickets. Restauranteur Jason Brandt is back,
probably with another 260-lb pig. So are volunteers who whip up
corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, cole slaw, glazed carrots, baked potatoes
and pineapple filling. Plus, you can get a jump on Christmas shopping
with crafts that Sharon Solie and Kathy Kirchner will have on hand for
Saturday, Sept. 17:
A lawn party for Timber Hills residents (adults only) at the 231 Valley
Rd. home of Dan and Pat Hottenstein, 5:00 pm with a Sept. 18 rain date.
Bring your choice of beverage with a treat to share and meet the
Thursday, Sept. 22:
No Light Night Hike, at dusk (7 pm), Nature Center. Even without a
flashlight, it's surprising what you'll see.
Saturday, Sept. 24:
It's a new date for the Fire Company's fall Block Shoot. It's now before
hunting season, and it's where you'll find prizes, ham & bean soup
and friends like the amiable John Hambright. Noon-5:00 pm.
newsletters of interest:
Mt. Gretna Updates -- Issued
as warranted to alert local residents to such matters as temporary road
closings, utility repairs, shelter advisories for adverse weather 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
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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, email@example.com
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
Music bulletins -- E-mailed updates on concert events,
schedule changes and other news. See "Join Our Mailing List"
Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society
Newsletter -- See http://www.mtgretnahistory.org/newsletter.php NEW: Summer 2011 edition online
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. NEW: Fall 2011 issue, just out! See
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt.
Gretnans in Timber Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge; online at http://southlondonderry.org/ NEW Community Planning Edition just out.
Campmeeting Newsletter --
mailed to residents.
Mt. Gretna Heights Newsletter --
e-mailed to Heights residents. Address inquiries to Michelle Shay,email@example.com
unofficial community newsletter, a little later this month than usual
-- mainly because of an Irene-inspired power outage last month that
knocked everybody's electricity, and many computers, out for 36 to 48
hours. It has neither any attachment to a particular group or
organization nor any political or commercial ax to grind. Mainly,
it's a retirement hobby, like woodworking, model airplane building,
or fishing might be for others. It produces no income, but a great
deal of personal satisfaction, mainly because it keeps us in touch
with so many people who have come to be very good and lasting
We send it by e-mail to anyone who asks, without charge and with no
expectation of anything other than 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
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. We
also depend mightily on our readers to alert us to news, including
local obituary notices, relating to present and former Mt. Gretnans.
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.
also value 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?" It's a good guideline not only for writing a
newsletter but also for conducting a life. Anchoring that guidance is
the assurance that people may not remember what we did or said, but
they will always remember how we made them feel. .
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
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., New Cumberland, Pa. 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
planning to move here and 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."
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