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Mt. Gretna E-Mail Newsletter No. 17, Monday, July 08, 2002


PennDOT says it will begin widening Pinch Road from the Lancaster County line northward toward Mount Gretna this month. Officials said this morning they expect the entire project can be completed in two days. . . . Meanwhile, art show coordinator Linda Bell reports that everything is ready for this year's show, coming up August 17-18. Artists from 22 states will be coming to Mount Gretna. . . . And although water supplies are improving, supervisor Bill Care says we are still under drought emergency restrictions. . . . In other news, Chautauqua's board is still seeking candidates for this month's elections (July 19); incumbents Larry Roush, Peter Hewitt and Allan Feldman are running for another three-year term. Kathie Erdman and Barry Miller are retiring, so the Board will need at least two new volunteers. If you would like to serve, talk to someone on the board.

We expect to return soon with a fuller report of all that is going on in this active community, especially for those readers (now a majority) who live elsewhere. We will do that just as soon as we can clear the decks of some important business-related assignments that necessarily must take priority over our hobbies and passion for writing about things going on in and around Mount Gretna.

In the meantime, everyone who knows and loves Mount Gretna knows the valuable role Trish and Bruce Myers play in keeping things humming here. They are among our most active volunteers --- coordinating the Summer Premier, the concession stand at the Playhouse, and helping in dozens of other ways. Understandably, Trish and Bruce have other obligations to tend to, notably grandchildren (with whom they wish to spend more time in their growing up years). So we'll need others to help fill their shoes next season, particularly at the refreshment stand.

She and Bruce will help volunteers learn all they need to know to handle these chores next year. The job is easy, says Trish, and the benefits are priceless: "we meet the nicest people...make friends with theatre visitors and have found that while the information center is a wonderful addition, oftentimes we are the contact for first time visitors and feel like the chamber of commerce when we hand out information and explain to visitors what Governor Dick is or suggest a good place for lunch." If you'd like to share in the fun, call Trish (964-3406).

Roger Groce

P. S. Our out-of-town readers will find a pictorial update of what's going on in Mount Gretna, including scenes from last week's July 4th celebration, at the website, The Arts Council summer calendar is now online at Among upcoming items of interest: former Gift Shop operator Veda Boyd discusses her book, "One Came to Stay" at Mount Gretna's library July 24 at 7:00 p.m. Also, the Thursday evening Organ Recitals begin July 11 at the home of Peter Hewitt and Walter McAnney, 1 Princeton Ave. Call 964-3462 for reservations.