Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, Pa. "Not a place, but a spirit."
Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)
November 1, 2013
In stark simplicity, a message that whispers
The last falling leaves of November
open a new chapter in Mt. Gretna life. It is not so much that we have
lost summer, or that the beauty of fall has faded, or that the first
hints of winter have begun to settle in.
Rather, a door swings wide in November,
opening onto something new to appreciate.
Small towns may have the best vantage point.
The approach of winter brings gifts that warm
hearts and lift spirits.
Some who live here year- round may have grown
accustomed to familiar sights and sounds of people amid natural
surroundings, but not inured to their presence. They add a glow that
enriches the shortening days. All have become central to our world, a
sturdy, dependable reservoir that fortifies the central core of a
satisfying life. Call it the bonus of small town living.
It is a quality that many newcomers sense,
On more than one occasion in past weeks,
visitors have come to Mt. Gretna for their first visit. They are like
startled explorers, suddenly immersed in a world they never expected to
find. You see them wandering through streets in the Chautauqua and
walking up lanes in the Campmeeting, emerging
from a hike along the rail trail or enjoying the pleasure of meandering
through open fields near the lake. Sometimes with cameras, walking
alone. Sometimes in pairs, holding hands. But always with an awakened
awe, a sense that something they've missed for a long time has suddenly
been rekindled. Something repressed but not forgotten, something that
penetrates deeply with unyielding fervor into the soul.
They come from places like Philadelphia, or
Baltimore or New York City. Busy cities that offer variety, abundant
choices and diversions but rarely an oasis for reflective moments.
Most haven't a clue that something called the
Jigger Shop thrives in the summer, with long lines of people, soaking
up the sheer joys of June, July and
August in Mt. Gretna. Most find the vacant Playhouse a curious oddity
of an air-conditioned world. None of what we who live here would
consider intrinsic to Mt. Gretna life really is on display.
Yet they come.
Drawn by something that has no commercial
appeal. Neither coffee shops nor donut emporiums nor drug stores.
As a magnet for people in the off-season, it
is something no enterprising merchant would ever dream up.
Something born with neither business plans nor profitability
projections. Yet something that has always been here. Something that
does not respond to the sound of constantly ringing cash
Something more closely aligned, perhaps, to
the sound of a beating heart. It is now, in this increasingly silent
time, that we get close to what those who came here a century ago must
And it is in such moments that we
glimpse what it is that makes Mt Gretna special, and what we want to
It speaks to those who come for the
first time, and also to those of us who have made it our home.
In the ongoing zoning deliberations,
amid currents that could abolish that which protects for future
generations what others cherish today, it whispers a message stark in
its simplicity: That which is irreplaceable must at all costs be
The debate will continue at a meeting of the
South Londonderry Township supervisors at the fire hall in Campbelltown, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm.
Bridge repairs close one road and open another
"When one door closes another
opens," said Alexander Graham Bell. That uplifting thought may be
one to keep in mind as you navigate the roadways in and around Mt.
Gretna in the days ahead.
truck and thru-traffic detour route during the bridge construction
project. Roads outlined in green will be open to local traffic. Blue
indicates the section of Rte. 117 that will be closed from Timber
Bridge to Colebrook. Work begins in January and, weather permitting,
will be finished in about six weeks. (Adapted from PennDOT map)
A part of Rte. 117 will be temporarily closed early next
year, starting from a point just west of Timber Bridge to Colebrook.
But the good news in recent days is that a tiny
bridge Mt. Gretnans regularly use to visit
friends and favorite restaurants near Cornwall has just re-opened.
West of town, a 2.6-mile section of Rte.
117 (shown in blue, inset) will close for a construction project
soon after the first of the year.
That will allow contractors to repair an ancient bridge
that hardly anyone notices but almost everybody uses near the site of
the Mt. Gretna Authority.
Weather permitting, the $300,000
project to replace the span should wind up in about 45 days, opening
the road to motorists sometime around mid-February.
Detour signs will direct trucks and through traffic
around Routes 322 and 241 (Mt. Wilson Road). Local motorists will
likely find only minimal disruptions to their usual traffic patterns.
Rte. 117 will still be open to local traffic from Rte. 72.
All other roads highlighted in green (in above map) will also be open
to local traffic. Many Mt. Gretna residents headed to and from
Colebrook will likely take the familiar (Butler and Mine road) path
they use during Art Show weekends.
Detour signs will be posted three weeks before the project
begins to give regular travelers advance notice. Closing Rte. 117 west
of Mt. Gretna, however, won't take place until Jan. 2, officials say.
So much for the bad news. The good news is that a route
that residents often use to visit former Mt. Gretnans
now living in Cornwall Manor -- and a shortcut to popular restaurants
like Tony's Mining
Company -- has reopened.
After over a
year, the signs are down and the tiny, but vital, link to Cornwall is
Finishing touches have just been completed on the
$200,000 project to replace the bridge alongside Cornwall Iron Furnace,
a Pennsylvania historic site.
That's welcome news for motorists and nearby residents,
who depend on quick emergency access by
Cornwall Fire Company volunteers, just a few hundred yards away
but on the other side of that bridge.
The route had been shut for over a year,
diverting all traffic, including emergency vehicles, past Cornwall
Elementary School and Cornwall Borough headquarters into a four-way
intersection that depends on a precarious blend of dubious timing,
three stop signs and uncertain driver judgment -- a challenge that can
intimidate first-time visitors.
Now, for Mt. Gretnans,
at least, an unfettered path to Cornwall has been restored.
FOR the first time that anybody can
recall, Mt. Gretna has two candidates vying for election to a two-year
term on borough council.
Lois Herr, formerly a candidate for Congress who moved
here in 2011, is challenging incumbent Angela Shea, who was named to
fill the post formerly held by the late John Hambright.
"Mt. Gretna was a place I always
admired," Ms. Herr told a reporter. "I would like to see it
stay as it is today."
Ms. Shea is an accountant who has never run
for office, the Lebanon Daily
In neighboring West Cornwall Township, David
Lloyd, a Mt. Gretna resident who heads Ephrata Area Rehab Services,
Inc., is challenging incumbent supervisor Russell Gibble,
an independent contractor who has held the post for more than 30 years.
The candidates hold opposite views on several issues, including a
Regional Comprehensive Plan the supervisors rejected earlier this year,
the newspaper reported.
SOUTH Londonderry Township supervisors
will hold a special
meeting Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Campbelltown
Fire Hall (2818 Horseshoe Pike) to review a zoning ordinance that will
shape the future of the entire township -- including Timber Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge, Mt. Gretna
neighborhoods that lie north of Rte. 117.
Just when the supervisors will cast their
vote has not yet been decided. But officials say it could come during
this session or later.
"It's up to them," says township
manager Tom Ernharth.
Officials have moved the 7 pm meeting from
the township municipal building to the fire hall to accommodate what
they expect will be larger than normal crowds.
At a township planning commission
meeting in September, committee members rejected 8-0 requests to change
a 55-acre parcel owned by Eastern Enterprises and designated as Conservation
zoning to Low Density Residential. The commissioners also denied a
similar request by the owners of Soldiers Field, a 6.4-acre tract that
once served as the parade grounds for troops preparing for the Spanish
American War and World War I.
Under Conservation zoning, up to 20
multifamily units or 19 single family homes could be built on the
Eastern Enterprises property and up to four single-family homes on
Soldiers Field. Although the owners are expected to continue
their opposition to the proposed zoning change, opinions expressed by
Mt. Gretna residents at recent meetings held in the township have been
overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying the planning commission's 8-0
"IS MUSIC the key to success," an
article on the New York Times' best-read list last month,
prompted a letter to the Times' editor from Gretna Music founder
Carl Ellenberger, who pointed out that the piece "is sure to
elicit 'du'uh's' from my older generation who
grew up with a piano in the living room and school orchestra
In his commentary, Dr. Ellenberger noted:
"Ancient Greek and Medieval educators knew that Music
was one of the four 'sciences' of the quadrivium critical
to understanding and living in the universe. Paradoxically, as younger
generations dismiss the value of music education, neuroscientists
like Nina Krause continue to validate the concept. Imagine
how different Congress would be if members had played in a high school
band or sang in a chorus? When asked about his most influential
teacher, Nobelist (Medicine) Thomas Sudhof replied, 'my bassoon teacher, Herbert
Tauscher, who taught me that the only way to do something right is to
practice and listen and practice and listen, hours, and hours, and
Dr. Ellenberger's blog, lively and
instructive (even if you're not a musician or lover of classical
music), appears regularly on the Gretna Music website.
HE came from St. Louis, Mo. 46 years ago to teach
school at Cedar Crest High, just a few miles from Mt. Gretna. It didn't
take long for others to discover his passion, and in due time he became head coach of the varsity
Over the next 36 years, John Davis led his
teams -- both boys and girls -- to 349 dual meet victories, coached 29
academic All-Americans, 12 swimming All-Americans, 14 first team
Pennsylvania All-State honorees, 31 second team honorees and 150 others
who were All Conference first team honorees.
Along the way, he coached swim clubs in both
Hershey and Annville and founded another club at Cedar Crest. As he
neared retirement in 2003, Mr. Davis was honored with the Cedar Crest
Athletic Award -- on top of a string of other accolades that included a
merit award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches
Following his retirement ten years ago, they named
the school's swimming facilities after him, now the John W. Davis
Natatorium. It was there that he coached students who won spots at 16
top schools, including MIT, Duke, Dartmouth, Bucknell,
Tennessee, Michigan State, Penn State and Pitt.
This month, another honor awaits this
Lakeview Drive resident: induction into the Central
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremonies will take place Nov. 11
EXPERTS sometimes turn up in your own backyard,
especially in Mt. Gretna.
The New York Times' "Ask An
Expert" series recently featured Chautauqua resident Julia Bucher,
an associate professor of Community Health Nursing at York College of
Her responses to reader questions appeared in
"Advice for Caregivers of Relatives with Cancer."
Ms. Bucher is married to architect Bill Barlow; they moved
to Mt. Gretna from Lancaster in 2007. She is a co-author of an
American Cancer Society book on caregiving.
Ms. Wein with Piper Warrior flight instructor &
FOR a glimpse into
how Mt. Gretna sometimes figures as a backdrop in novels, check out
this interview Elizabeth Wein (inset, left) gave to blogger Sarah
Laurence during a recent book tour for her latest novel, Rose
Drawing on her teenage summers with grandmother Betty Flocken in the Heights, Ms.
Wein transforms Lebanon, PA into "Mt.
Jericho" and Mt. Gretna into "Conewago
Grove." She also renames Campbelltown's Reigle Field, where she got her American pilot's
license, as "Justice Field."
Rose Under Fire, her seventh novel and like Code
Name Verity before it, is a spell-binder that reviewers say will make
you want to keep a box of tissues nearby as you turn the pages.
Small World Dept.: During her recent book tour in Canada,
the USA and Australia, Ms. Wein met a
Vancouver bookstore owner who asked her to sign a copy for her friend
Barbara Buck. Ms. Buck's mom Joan once lived right across the street
from grandmother Flocken in the Heights.
FINALLY, Timber Hills has a sign of its
own. Situated on grounds that predated the Chautauqua and Campmeeting, the community didn't see rapid
residential development until the 1950s and 60s. And it was the last to
gain its own sign to help bewildered visitors sort out a sometimes
confusing mix of Mt. Gretna's seven distinctive neighborhoods scattered
over three distinct townships and an independent borough.
Thanks go to Maureen Gettle,
right, a former New Jersey nurse who discovered Mt. Gretna in 1970, and
the helpers she rounded up from throughout Mt. Gretna. They included
(from left) Kathryn Gettle, Merv Lentz, Ellen Nicholas and Ed Neidigh.
"We'd see obviously lost cars circling the same
streets several times, not knowing where they were," says Ms. Gettle.
She called upon Ms. Nicholas, a Mt. Gretna Heights watercolor
and acrylics artist whose family ties to Mt. Gretna extend across five
Daughter Kathryn got things started by first sketching out
a few ideas. Then Ms. Nicholas, an exhibitor in the first Mt. Gretna
Art Show, came up with several alternative designs before everyone,
including South Londonderry Township officials, settled on one that
combined squirrels, deer and other playful woodland creatures peeking
out from behind tall lettering against a green and cream-colored
background. Everyone on the team felt it expressed Mt. Gretna best.
Ms. Nicholas, a former art teacher, said, "We didn't
want anything that looked commercial. That's not Mt. Gretna."
Nor did they want anything that looked like a place where
people took themselves too seriously. "That's not us,
either" added Ms. Gettle.
The whole project took about a year from start to
finish, with no taxpayer funds needed. Ms. Gettle
bought the materials, and friends from Mt. Gretna's six other
neighborhoods joined in with ideas, talent and labor. "It's the
Mt. Gretna spirit," she said, "the way we do things around
WITH a magnifying glass, the iconic
symbol atop her cap may give a clue. Wearing a Jigger Shop hat
alongside her husband Tom (with the de rigueur sunglasses
of a genuine Florida Old Salt) is Carol Mayer, next to another couple
with ties to Mt. Gretna.
Now making their home in The Villages, near
Orlando, the Mayers caught up with Le Sorelle cafe owners Judy and Ken Shertzer,
attending a business conference and visiting Disney World.
The Shertzers took a break
from their weekend duties at the cafe but soon scurried back. Business
is booming at their popular little restaurant, now with winter hours
Fridays-Sundays for breakfast and lunch and occasional special dinners.
(Insider's tip: Come Fridays to beat weekend crowds
waiting in line to get a seat where blueberry pancakes are the house
The Mayers enjoy seeing Mt. Gretnans who are Down South. Drop them a line if you're headed their way. But not in summer. When it
gets hot, they hope to scoot back here.
Where future firefighters come from
this test: Identify the kid most likely to become a Mt. Gretna
firefighter someday. If you picked the mesmerized youngster next to
fire company president (and town mayor) Joe Shay, you'd probably be
right. But Toby Trieskey, who loves trucks,
is only one of eight youngsters who seemed ready to join Station 38 firefighters the moment they got their
own fireman's hats and sat inside a real fire engine last month.
Mt. Gretna Nursery School visitors included teachers
Joanne Gingrich and Vickie Kracke with their
4- and 5-year old students Sylvia Schach
(alongside Toby), Grady Bost, Josie Winters,
Olive Fretz, Sophie McGough,
Eva Zimmerman and Conner Danz. All were
guests of firefighters Josh Thies, top right, Tim Yeingst
and his dad Brad (lower left and right) and Samantha Sutcliffe (top
Good thing Ms. Sutcliffe (the fire chief's wife and a
firefighter herself) stopped by. It's a whole new world these days. On
their walk over to the fire house, one youngster had asked, "Will
there be Fire Ladies there with the Fire Men?"
Only a few
left, says high school senior Avery Dowd. Brother Bob is Mt. Gretna's
former fire chief
32 Fire Company 2013
coffee mugs left when we last checked. Not surprising, since they're a
top "All Things Gretna" collector item. A kiosk bulletin last
spring offered a first-year 2001 mug at $100 --
ten times its original price.
Best places to buy them: Gretna Computers, next to the Mt.
Gretna Pizzeria (which had only eight left last week) and the Hideaway,
which had six. At Collins Grocery in Colebrook, the mugs were
Brainchild of former Mt. Gretnan
Tom Miller and Chautauquan Scott Zellers, the
mugs are perennial sell-outs. Mr. Miller, now living in North Carolina,
intends to keep buying them until "the project runs out or I run
out of gas."
But there's no sign of that yet. He has two from
each year and offers a grouping of the first 10 years' mugs to any Mt.
Gretna buyer for $500. He expects that his daughter will someday donate
the others to an auction that will benefit a Mt. Gretna non-profit.
"People love Eleanor Sarabia's designs," says Mr. Miller, who notes
that her original pen and ink sketches also now decorate a wall at the
Looking for another Christmas gift? Pick up a copy of Vittles,
Virtues and Vultures, latest edition of the Mt. Gretna
cookbook, on sale at the computer shop, Collins Grocery and Resource
Island (the Cleona teachers' supplies store operated by Mt. Gretna
Emporium owner Stacey Pennington). Email MtGretnaCookbookInfo@gmail.com for quantity
discounts. Proceeds of each $12 sale go to the firefighters.
Flowering dogwood, redbud, white oak, white pine and Norway spruce
trees to be planted on the Chautauqua grounds next spring, thanks to a
$2,020 TreeVitalize grant. Mike Sherman seeks
volunteers; contact him for details at MDSherman01@comcast.net.
300,000 Miles. It's a
number most people will never see on their odometer, but Chautauquan Gordon Keeney knows the secret to keep
a 20-year-old truck running: "Treat 'em like
a lady," he says, "treat 'em with
A home remodeler who has transformed the
cottage that he and wife Charlene discovered in 1992 and encircled with
an outdoor railroad they decorate at Christmas, the Fourth of July and
for Halloween, Mr. Keeney, at 60, is a man who knows how to do a lot of
"Treat 'em like a lady,
treat 'em with respect"
He started playing drums around age 11 and wound up with a
band, "Humble Gathering," that often opened sell-out concerts
for groups such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane and
He's now a drummer for Soul House, currently
appearing at the Hotel Hershey's Iberian Lounge.
Here in Mt. Gretna, he's known as a home remodeler with a
cheerful disposition, a liking for people and their pets, and a goal to
please both customers and music-loving audiences.
As for his truck, a 1994 Toyota Hi/Lux, he had hoped to keep it
running for 500,000 miles, but a few rust spots have now developed and
the motor burns oil. So that may curtail his plans. Yet he knows how to
treat trucks tenderly. He once kept one running for more than 358,000
Drive them sensibly, he says. "Never start off racing
the motor when its
cold, running it like crazy or doing anything stupid. Do everything it
takes to keep it going. That's how I drive my truck. It's important to
me," he says.
The Toyota is a second-hand find he discovered on eBay
seven years ago, when it had already been driven over 100,000 miles. He
flew to Florida to pick it up but found it dripping oil and water.
"Everything they said it was, it wasn't," he said.
The embarrassed seller, handling
the sale as a favor for a friend, offered to pay his return air fare
back to Pennsylvania. But Mr. Keeney, a south Lebanon native who needed
the truck for his home repair business, finally agreed to a price and
made the 1,100-mile trip back home without any problems. Shortly
afterward, however, the engine needed to be replaced. That taught him a
valuable lesson, "Don't believe everything they tell you on
Nevertheless, it's a truck he's grown to love, like the
music he loves in a town that he loves and a wife whose nickname is one
that appears on a license plate he chose for her,"Babyluv." That probably explains why -- after
he remodeled the cottage to add a tea room for Charlene, install
insulation, put in a new heating system, add a 75-ft wraparound porch
and make dozens of other improvements in a never-ending quest for
perfection -- they named their Pennsylvania Avenue cottage
.Clarence D. Ulrich, 1933-2013
Clair Ulrich, a United Methodist minister who lived in the Campmeeting from 1995 to 2005, died at Cornwall
Manor Oct. 28 at age 80. Throughout a 46-year career in the ministry,
he had been a pastor at numerous United Methodist churches, including
ones in Avon, Brunnerville and Reading as
well as locally at Shirks Church, which he served during his years in
A graduate of Lebanon Valley College and the
United Theological Seminary, he was also president of the Lebanon
County Council of Churches and the Warwick Ministerium.
Friends like Ben Wiley, a Campmeeting
neighbor, recalled him as a man with "a ready smile, a friendly
word and a helping hand."
Surviving are his wife Polly, three children,
five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. An obituary appears online.
. Joseph N. Uhler, Jr. 1919-2013
Joseph N. Uhler, a
former Mt. Gretna resident who founded Lebanon Valley Offset and as CEO
guided it from its beginning with a staff of six to become, with 250
employees, one of the most highly regarded printers in the Northeastern
United States, died Oct. 23 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster at age
He and his wife Mildred had three children,
seven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. They celebrated their
70th wedding anniversary in April.
Mr. Uhler had grown
up in Lebanon and graduated from high school there in 1936. He served
during World War II with the Army Map Service where he discovered what
would become a life-long love of graphic arts.
Following his retirement in 1981, the Uhlers moved from what an obituary writer described
as "their beloved Mt. Gretna" to Arizona where they remained
for the next 20 years until they returned to Pennsylvania in 2001. His
obituary appears online.
Updates & Stuff to
Music links diverse cultures
FRIDAY, NOV. 1:
November Nocturne: a hike to Gov. Dick Tower combines a hunt for Big
Foot, followed by bonfire and refreshments. 6 pm. $3 per person, $10
FRIDAY, NOV. 1:
First Fridays may be officially over but not yet at The Timbers
Restaurant where popular vocalist Cathi Chemi rekindles the flame near the cozy fireside
bar with musicians Steve Rudolph and Pat Paulsen, taking place
alongside photographer Dave Adams' latest works, 6 to 9 pm.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2:
"Salute to American Hymnists." Harmonia Association
members including Peter Hewitt and Walter McAnney
join in this tribute to those who helped shape America's spiritual
growth. A program of audience singing, organ solos, piano and organ duets
and vocal trios at Zerr Chapel, Cornwall
Manor, 2:30 pm. No admission fee.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOV. 2 & 3:
Art Studio Tour includes artists David Adams, Susan Afflerbach, Mary Kopala
and Ruthann Santry displaying their works at La Cigale
Gallery; Elizabeth Stutzman and Fred Swarr
at their private studios in Mt.
Gretna, and former resident Barb Fishman, long associated with Mt. Gretna, at her new home
studio in nearby Cornwall. All are part of the 25-artist Lebanon Valley Studio and
Gallery Tour 10 am-5pm Saturday and Noon to 5 pm Sunday.
SUNDAY, NOV. 3:
Just as Mt. Gretnans Chuck and Rhoda Long did last year, many
folks will flock to the Fire Company buffet breakfast at
At this spot,
on this occasion, there's positively no better place to blend comfort
food and comfortable friends, including some you may meet for the first
time. All for a donation you stuff in a firefighter's boot ($10 or more
per person suggested, since the idea, after all, is to raise
money for the firefighters' $400,000 goal).
Trust us, in
terms of a "feel good" feeling as you walk through the door,
this beats the Hershey Hotel's ritzy Sunday Brunch hands down. Hours: 8
am to noon.
Bluegrass session of the year at Gov. Dick Nature Center. 1 to 4 pm.
Beans to Brew:" How a guy survived a corporate downsizing and
built a thriving business for himself and his wife. Tales from Central
Pennsylvania magazine Readers' Choice award-winning St. Thomas Roasters
coffeehouse in Linglestown with Geof
Smith (whose mother Joan lives in the Campmeeting)
at the Winterites, 1 pm. in the fire house.
All are welcome.
Tow; play, create, observe and explore on Gov. Dick trails, 10 - 11 am.
For ages 1 to 5.
Intercultural Journeys, which brings diverse cultures together through
music, commands Gretna Music's winter venue. Created by the
Philadelphia Orchestra's Israeli-born cellist, the group's first tour
in 2001 astounded audiences throughout Israeli and Arab villages.
"Before, you were my enemy," an Israeli woman told an Arab
man she had met for the first time. A dinner and lecture precede
the 7:30 pm concert at
Elizabethtown College's Leffler Chapel.
(but who's counting) Fire Co. No. 38 Soup Cook-Off. Sample the recipes of 14 top soup wizards (like 2012
entrant Glen Yanos, inset), then cast
your vote for the 1st, 2d and 3d award winners. Scott Galbraith
entertains. 12 to 2 pm at the fire hall. $10 donation benefits the fire
Third annual Bouldering Competition at Gov. Dick Park. Starts 8 am with first
climb at 9. Rain date: Nov. 17. $20 per person.
& Sub Sale at the fire hall, 11 am - 2 pm. Place sub orders by
Saturday, Nov. 9 (either at the fire company breakfast Sunday, Nov. 3
or leave a message, 964-3511). Extra subs will be available on the day
of the sale says Joe Shay, who also personally takes sub orders.
Annual House Tour to benefit Cornwall Iron Furnace, 10 am - 4 pm. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of
Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Singing, an open house at
the Princeton Avenue residence of Peter Hewitt and Walter McAnney (opposite the post office). Mr. McAnney, organist, will be joined by pianist Thelma
Strauss. All are invited to attend and bring food to share, 5:30 - 7:30
pm. Please email
Rhoda Long for
suggestions of what to bring.
Mt. Gretna's new year-round calendar appears
online, a service of
the Mt. Gretna Arts Council. Email listings and updates to Jennifer Veser Besse at email@example.com
When the power goes out,
Met-Ed gives top priority to outages affecting the greatest numbers.
Your call helps pinpoint the scope of an outage and may also speed
repair crews to Mt. Gretna.
Make the call
even if your neighbors have also reported the outage.
Why do lights often flicker during storms? It's Met-Ed's adaptive relay
system which gives power lines a chance to "self-heal," says
Met-Ed's Karen Baxter. "We use it only during storms. Under the
old system, a fallen branch caused a fault, and a truck would be sent
to fix it.
"With the new system, if the line goes out for a couple of
seconds, it tries to self-heal. Yes, it's annoying because the power
can be off just long enough to have to reset your clocks, but it can
save three hours if you must wait for a line truck," she says.
NOTE: In extreme weather conditions, the Mt. Gretna Fire Company
provides emergency shelter during power outages lasting more than three
hours. Bring medications and medical equipment; a sleeping bag or
blanket and pillows; food; books and games to help pass the time; and,
if the stay is likely to last several days, a change of clothes. Sorry,
no facilities for pets.
Other newsletters of interest:
Mt. Gretna Updates -- Issued as warranted to alert local residents to such
conditions as temporary road closings, utility repairs, shelter
advisories for adverse weather, lost pets and other matters affecting
residents of the seven neighborhoods served by the Mt. Gretna post
office. Send an e-mail request, with "LOCAL UPDATES" in
subject line, to RogerTGroce@live.com.
This Week in Mt. Gretna -- Issued during the summer; a
week-by-week listing of local events, sent by e-mail on request. To add
your name to the mailing list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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 -- E-mailed updates on concert events, schedule changes and other
news. See "Join Our Mailing List" at http://gretnamusic.org/ FOUNDER Carl Ellenberger's blog (highly recommended): Check for updates online at http://gretnamusic.blogspot.com/
Mt. Gretna Area 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
Governor Dick Park Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See
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 email@example.com
Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of
primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber
Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge;
online at http://southlondonderry.org/
Available online and mailed to residents of the Campmeeting.
Mt. Gretna Heights Newsletter -- e-mailed to Heights residents. Contact
Michelle Shay, firstname.lastname@example.org
newsletter is purely a retirement pastime, with no attachment to any
group or organization nor any political or
commercial ax to grind. It produces no income. I write it simply
because I enjoy the process of gathering and reporting the news. I
think it's good for the brain. Moreover, it keeps me in touch with
interesting people who abound in Mt. Gretna.
73, I don't have the time or energy to cover everything. Some topics
are better left to daily newspapers, TV and other media. I try to write
about things that people have not already read. Yet since the majority
of readers live outside Mt. Gretna, I sometimes summarize local
newspaper stories. I focus almost exclusively on Mt. Gretna and depend
on readers to alert me to news, including obituaries, of interest to
people with local ties.
preparing each issue, I keep in mind the late Philadelphia Phillies
broadcaster Harry Kalas, who felt listeners
had invited him into their homes. I also value 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?" While that
may not be a practical standard for ordinary journalists, I find it
useful. I consider it a good guide for writing a community newsletter,
and for living a life. But I'm not perfect. I just do the best I can.
I aim to
get this newsletter out on the first day of each month unless I'm
traveling, ailing or simply swamped by family responsibilities that
take higher priority. And yes, the day may soon be approaching when I
will have to shed these duties and leave them to someone else. Any
With the new
year I can foresee at least a couple of months when I will have to skip
an issue. One comes in February, when I will be traveling in the period
crucial to my usual deadlines. Another may come next December, when I
expect to be traveling again.
People who help gather the news, take photos, edit and proofread this
newsletter are invaluable. Their special skills include an empathetic
understanding of others, an in-depth knowledge of Mt. Gretna history
and traditions, and a passionate devotion to seeing that Mt. Gretna
will continue to offer future generations what Robert Coleman himself
first discovered. Although most live in this community, others are in
New York City, St. Paul, Minn., and Camp Hill, Pa.
Should you have difficulty seeing the pictures or adjusting text size
to fit your screen, click on the "click here" hyperlink just
above the masthead or click on the online version -- http://mtgretna.com/news -- which
appears through the courtesy of friends at Gretna Computers.
That online archive sometimes proves
helpful to those who plan to move here and want to know more about a
community which the late Marlin Seiders
called "not a place, but a spirit."
P.S. This newsletter uses a commercial
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2,000 people around the world.