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The Mt. Gretna Newsletter (No. 59)

May 15, 2006

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET. . .

Summer's about to begin.
Officially, it's still more than a month away. But nobody waits 'til June 21 to start squeezing the most out of 13 weeks that, calendars aside, make up what we all look forward to—another summer in Mt. Gretna. It's been that way for more than 100 years. And somehow each summer just seems to get better than the one before.
So we'll roll into the start of another season with a bang–a triathlon attracting contestants from throughout the country, festive porch and bake sales on both sides of Pinch Road, and that grand Summer Premiere all rolled up into a single day, Saturday, May 27th.
That's the start of the Memorial Day weekend—a time when the curtain goes up on the swirl of summertime events, gushing from every corner. Lots of excitement as summer dwellers return, folks clear their porches of wintertime dust and springtime pollen, and everyone gets ready to enjoy another glorious season.
Of course, even in Mt. Gretna, not everything's perfect. An abrupt halt in construction progress at the store may be the biggest disappointment. Everyone's hoping that work will soon resume on the long-awaited pizza shop, bringing with it the promise of a few grocery staples and perhaps out-of-town newspapers sometime this summer. Then there's the Design Center along Route 117, where hope springs eternal that other shops and stores may soon join the first enterprise to get started there: John and Nancy Mitchell's La Cigale, opening for weekend sales of their colorful French Provençal table linens (see http://www.lacigale-usa.com/).
Elsewhere, activities of every sort emerge, launching Mt. Gretna into a summer filled with perhaps more to do than at any time since Robert Coleman first touched the land, "a place thickly wooded," with his magic more than a century ago. In an era of $3-per-gallon gas, the timing couldn't be better.

A ROUNDUP OF ALL THAT'S ABOUT TO BEGIN
Here's a look at what lies just ahead:
<> First, that triathlon – an event likely to attract hundreds of competitors from throughout the nation.
Hoping for a repeat of extraordinarily favorable weather that has blessed the event in its first two years, coordinator Chris Kaag expects up to 600 competitors in the third annual Mt. Gretna "Got the Nerve" triathlon May 27.
"Got the Nerve" is more than a slogan for the 500-yard swim, 14.8-mile bike race and 5-kilometer run along Mt. Gretna's rail trail. It's what motivates Chris himself. The victim of a crippling disease that struck just after his 21st birthday in 1997, he organizes the race, attracts competitors and raises money for the Myelin Project, whose research helps people regain their ability to walk.
The race will begin and end at the parking area behind the lake. Official starting time is 8:30 a.m. as contestants (all but a hearty few wearing wetsuits) jump into the still chilly waters of Lake Conewago. Both individual athletes and three-person teams compete. Last year's winner, Adam Webber, finished in 1:05:32. Details on this year's race, the contestants and Chris himself appear online at http://www.corpsfitness.net/gotthenerve.html
<> Next, that increasingly popular porch sale, expected to bring 500 or so bargain-hunters to town on the same day. It's the third annual such event, extending throughout the Campmeeting and Chautauqua grounds. The sale begins at 8 a.m., continuing until 2 that afternoon.
Bruce Gettle is again coordinating porch sales in the Campmeeting, Barney Miller has similar duties in the Chautauqua. Together, they're preparing maps for visitors, showing exactly where to find the bargains.
To list Campmeeting porch sales on the map, call Bruce (964-2319). Chautauqua coordinator Barney says borough residents should call 964-1830 to list their porch sales. Barney is also seeking tax-deductible donations for Chautauqua Foundation's special sales table along Chautauqua Drive, near Le Sorelle Cafe. Deadline for map listings is May 24.
<> Simultaneously, there'll be other festivities:
[] A book sale at the library ("take/pay-what-you-want") benefiting Lebanon's Humane Society.
[] A bake sale in the Campmeeting at Maple Lodge, Boehm and 6th St., benefiting needy women seeking help for college studies.
[] A porch sale at the Campmeeting Playground, with proceeds going to the 10-year-old Heritage Festival.
[] Chicken barbecue dinners ($5) at the Methodist church parking lot. (Place orders in advance through Bruce Gettle or any Campmeeting board member).

<> And finally, the BIG event of the day, one of the biggest of the entire season: The Summer Premiere.
Starting at the Chautauqua Community Building at 4 p.m., it traditionally marks the official start of summer. Apart from being a highlight of Mt. Gretna's social season, the gala also raises money to underwrite the Arts Council's widely circulated summer calendar (see http://mtgretna.com/artscouncil/cal.html.) Silent and live auctions for works donated by last year's Mt. Gretna art show exhibitors --- plus another stained-glass creation by artisan Dale Grundon and the 2006 calendar cover illustration (Shelby Applegate's unique three-dimensional work depicting Mt. Gretna life) top the attractions.
Coordinator Janice Hall Balmer says "Color," this year's theme, plus decorations by designer Susanne Balmer, will accent "spectacular contributions." (See http://www.mtgretna.com/artscouncil/AuctionItems.html). Items being auctioned will also include luggage designed and produced by Leslie Hall Buchanan, who co-chairs the event with her sister. Janice, "still tolling for desserts (finger foods, please)" from volunteers, says that other volunteer assignments are well in hand. And the "high quality of items in this year's auction will impress people," she says.
In all, a day like none other in a place like none other. Get ready, friends: The fun's about to begin.
A Mt. GRETNA "HISTORIC DISTRICT"?
Planners hoping to create a Mt. Gretna historic district will hold a community information meeting at the fire company Wednesday (May 17) at 7 p.m. They've invited Michele Lefever, a Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission preservation planner, to answer questions. In a circular distributed last week, Chautauqua's long-range planning commission stressed the historic district wouldn't "regulate or control buildings, uses or remodeling."

A Mt. GRETNA 'FIRST': OPERA AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Opera makes its debut at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse June 3 with Alejandro Olmedo (a tenor discovered by Placido Domingo), Liora Michelle Green (from the Melbourne Opera House), and an orchestra led by Lewes Peddell, director of orchestral studies at Gettysburg College.
Presenting scenes from Verdi's Otello, the Center Stage Opera Company of Central Pennsylvania's performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets ($20 adults, $5 students, "no credit cards, please") will be sold at the door. Kathryn McCarney Foster, the company's founder, general manager and artistic director, says Center Stage Opera is "dedicated to preserving the arts in small to midsized communities."
A SUMMER CALENDAR FILLED TO OVERFLOWING
The 2006 Calendar will be out in a few days (officially making its debut at the Summer Premiere May 27). It's already available online (http://www.mtgretna.com/artscouncil/cal.html). Since you may not have a chance to get your copy before the summer programs actually begin, here's a summary of what lies immediately ahead as the Pennsylvania Chautauqua kicks off its 2006 summer series with the most diverse lineup of programs ever. Except as noted, programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hall of Philosophy:
<> June 1: The first of seven afternoon yoga sessions with instructor Kathy Smith begin at 4 p.m.
<> June 2: Commonwealth speaker Dr. Daniel Hoffman, author of Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, Poe, a National Book Award finalist, tells why Edgar Allan Poe's works still haunt readers.
<> June 7: "The Origin of Species from Darwin to the Present," the first of five science programs, with Lehigh University professor Dr. Tamra Mendelson. Other programs in the series: "Biotechnology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases and Cancer," by Dr. James Whitman, president, Advanced Biotechnologies (June 9); "Neuroscience -- the Brain & Spine" by Kristin O'Brien, Lancaster Neuroscience and Spine Associates (June 14); "Galapagos Islands," by Chautauquans Natalie & Dick Smith (June 21); "Frontiers of Science: Structure and Evolution of the Universe through the Hubble Space Telescope," by Dr. Nolan Walborn, Space Telescope Science Institute (June 23).
<> June 8: The first of six Thursday morning sessions "The Parables of Jesus: Not Just Moral Stories. What was Jesus Really Saying," with Chautauqua resident Rev. Jim Corbett.
<> June 8: Irish Dance Workshops begin, one of six Thursday sessions with instructor Anya Stoltzfus, Lancaster School of Irish Dance.
<> June 12: Quilting basics, the first of Mary Zesiger's three programs (2 to 4 p.m.). (Requires registration and fee: 964-1830)
<> June 12: Bob Wilson, Mt. Gretna resident and financial counselor, speaks on "Financial Wellness: The Retirement Red Zone."
<> June 19: Stained-glass art as instructor Dale Grundon teaches (6 to 9 p.m.) how to "make a night light in a night." (Registration and fee required: 964-1830)
<> June 26: Larry Lombardo begins a series of watercolor classes (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). (Requires registration and fee: 964-1830)
<> June 26: Karl Gettle teaches how to make a Williamsburg-style swag with fruit, berries, pinecones and greens (6 to 9 p.m.). (Also requires registration and fee: 964-1830)
<> June 28: "Maintain Your Brain," by Candy Yingling, Pennsylvania Alzheimers Assn.
<> June 20: Tuesday at Ten Book Reviews begin with God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. June 27: When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After the White House.
<> June 30: Author Phillip A. Billings, discusses his work When We Talk About War, inspired by the recollections of Lebanon County's combat veterans.

IN BRIEF (45 words or less)
[] Mt. Gretna's newest icon? Susquehanna Style magazine profiles Dale Grundon, his life, his art, and his bright yellow "Grundonmobile" in its current issue, now on newsstands.
[] Another deer hunt at Governor Dick Park this year? Maybe not. Volunteers recently found only two sites evidencing deer (vs. 19 along the same paths last year). The hunt last November claimed 55 deer. Officials decide in August whether to schedule a second hunt.
[] Mt. Gretna's Aug. 5 tour of homes appeared in last week's New York Times listing of 41 top tours in the Northeast. See "Homes and Gardens Open Up, Greeting Spring (and Visitors)," http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/11/garden/11guide.html?_r=1&oref=slogin.
[] Lyme disease, which hit several Mt. Gretnans last year, is a likely threat again this summer. Officials warn that the mild winter allowed much of last year's tick population to survive. Early signs of Lyme disease: flu-like symptoms and a bull's-eye-shaped rash.
[] Preview the new touch screen machine voters will use for the first time in tomorrow's (May 16) primary. You'll find an online demonstration at http://www.mtgretna-pa.com/.
[] Eleanor Sarabia's Conewago Hotel sketch graces the latest fire company mug ($10), sold at "Remember When" gifts, The Hideaway, and Colebrook's Collins Grocery. Built in 1909, the 125-room hotel was razed in 1940 after automobiles, the Depression and the national guard's departure sealed its fate.
[] Why so many Marylanders here each summer? One reason: Articles like Sweet Sensation, in the current Baltimore Style magazine. See http://wwwbaltimorestyle.com/mj06issue/travel-mj06.html.
[] Ryan Brunkhurst, 13, is the new organist at Mt. Gretna's United Methodist Church. He'll also perform at the July 13 concert by six area organists, part of this summer's organ recital series at the Hewitt-McAnney residence, One Princeton Ave. Reservations: 964-1830, ext. 3.
[] Gretna Music's season opens with four jazz concerts at the playhouse and Jigger Shop June 9-10, the annual jazz worship service June 11, followed that evening by the first of this summer's classical concerts: an all-Mozart program by the American String Quartet. Details: http://mtgretna.com/music.
[] Mt. Gretna conservationist Matt Royer invites neighbors to` Brad Stohman's May 21 exhibit, "Earth Matters," in Camp Hill. Matt's Conewago Creek Association shares in sale proceeds from this nationally recognized artist and land preservationist. Details: www.williamrisgallery.com.
[] Cornwall Furnace historic site administrator Steve Summers opens this year's Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society series June 1 with a 7 p.m. talk at Cornwall Manor's Freeman Hall. Next: Author Jack Bitner reviews Mt. Gretna Heights' history, June 16, Chautauqua Hall of Philosophy, 7:30 p.m.
[] Mt. Gretnans are among the most enthusiastic contributors to Cornwall police department's annual yard sale (June 2-3) benefiting needy families at Christmas. Items to donate? Call Shirley Trimmer, 274-2071. Last year's sale helped raise more than $500 for clothing, toys and fuel.
[] Opening Aug. 8 with a Beach Boys tribute, the five-show Cicada Festival follows the next evening with Broadway tunes by The Hershey Symphony, making its first Mt. Gretna appearance. Organizers say tickets are selling fast; all shows in the series are $8. Details: http://mtgretna.com/cicada/
[] Construction progress on that new Timber Road connector to the Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail, plus other Mt. Gretna springtime scenes, appear at the former "DalesDelights" website, now http://www.mtgretna-pa.com/. The 1,000-ft. connector, a $115,000 federally funded project, should open by Memorial Day.
[] Artist, designer and instructor Fred Swarr -- a frequent Mt. Gretna art show exhibitor since 1969 -- has opened a studio at 301 Bell Avenue, Campmeeting. He invites visitors "anytime the 'Art Studio Open' flag is out." Also sample his work online, http://www.fdswarr.com/
[] Fred Swaar's studio will also be among those on this fall's tri-county art studio tour (Nov. 11-12). Other Mt. Gretnans opening their studios for the tour include Shelby Applegate, Barbara Fishman, Madelaine Gray, Mary Kopala, Les Miller and Betsy Stutzman. See http://www.art-studio-tour.com/.
[] Volunteer signups for the Playhouse concession stand continue Saturdays through May. A few openings remain. See Trish and Bruce Myers, or call Gretna Music (361-1508) to volunteer.
[] Displaying scenes from the South of France, Mt. Gretna photographer Madelaine Gray will be among 275 exhibitors at Harrisburg's Artsfest (listed among the nation's top 100 art shows) Memorial Day weekend. She'll be at Booth 165-166, offering discounts for Mt. Gretna residents. See: http://madelainegray.com/.
[] Summer hours resume at Le Sorelle Porch and Pantry Café Memorial Day weekend: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details, including menus and special events: http://porchandpantry.com/. Tel. 964-3771.
[] James Seltzer, a West Point grad whose father was among thousands of soldiers at Mt. Gretna's Ft. Hastings during the period from 1898 through WWI, is restoring and relocating the decaying 100-year-old monument along Lakeside Drive. It honors Pennsylvania's 16th Infantry Regiment. See http://www.mtgretna-pa.com/ArounrdTown.html
[] Orienteering, the Scandinavian sport of navigating through predefined checkpoints using a map and compass, is Governor Dick Nature Center's 10 a.m. topic May 20. Instructor Mark Frank calls orienteering a "lifetime sport, suitable for all ages, and requiring no prior experience."
[] Governor Dick Park's new e-mail newsletter reports on upcoming events: Bird identification hike (June 10); field botany hike (July 9), and programs on owls and bats (July 28), butterflies and dragonflies (Aug. 5); and katydids and crickets (Aug. 25). To subscribe, e-mail governordick@hotmail.com.
[] Gretna Theater's 2006 season opens June 13 with Moonlight and Magnolias. Also scheduled this summer: Cole, Count Dracula, Big River and The Miracle Worker. Details: http://mtgretna.com/theatre/season.asp?year=2006&name=2006+Season
[] What happens to New York actors after a Mt. Gretna summer? James Bullard (Stand By Your Man last season) has appeared in Metropolitan Opera's Aida, Baltimore's Prom and Fulton Theater's Music Man. Back in the Village, he's appearing in Cowboys, at Christopher Street's Wings Theater.
[] Former Mt. Gretna Inn owner, fire company president and computer whiz Keith Volker has just added another title: Realtor in charge at Falcon Ridge, a new development in South Lebanon. See: http://www.keithvolker.com/falconcrest.html
[] Taking the sting out of $3 gallon gas, Studio 33 hair salon's Joe Romberger (964-3399) is offering a 10 percent summer-only discount to Mt. Gretnans who walk or bike to his new studio at 533 Woodland Circle in Timber Bridge.

NUMBERS
10 Years the Campmeeting's Heritage Festival has been presenting family entertainment at the Tabernacle. This year's series begins June 17 with the 10th consecutive appearance by The Pastimes, a popular doo-wop group, at 7 p.m., immediately after the fire company's annual classic car show.
26 Miles from Mt. Gretna to the State Capitol in Harrisburg. That distance—actually walked in about 11 hours as part of a political campaign last month—brought more media attention to Mt. Gretna than anything we can recall in the past dozen years, including those pesky beavers and swarms of circling buzzards.
40 Percent drop in auto-bicycle accidents in London even though the number of cyclists increased 100 percent over a four-year period, the Wall Street Journal reports. What's that got to do with us? Maybe it's a hopeful statistic as bicyclists in Mt. Gretna become more numerous. Studies show that collisions with autos decline when motorists become more alert to the presence of bicycles. The Journal also points out that cycling's benefits far outweigh its dangers. "Cycling builds muscle, deepens lung capacity, lowers heart rate and burns calories," the newspaper reported last week in an article citing, as gas gets more expensive, the rising popularity of bicycles.
44 Percent jump in the number of tickets sold last year for that end-of-summer Big Band bash at the lake. Organizer Ceylon Leitzel says that forces him to limit the number of tickets available for this year's Aug. 26 event. More than 25 percent of this year's tickets are already gone, three months ahead of time. Ceylon expects another sell-out. After expenses, tickets sales ($18 each) benefit various Mt. Gretna community groups. To order: Big Band at Mt. Gretna Lake, P.O. Box 202, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064. Tel. 964-1829.
58 Cars parked one recent afternoon along Pinch Road by hikers ascending the trail to the tower at Governor Dick Park. Only three cars used the expansive parking lot that's part of the new Nature Center.
500 Dollars going to Lebanon County students Janelle Kuntz and Katie Fields, winners of the 2006 Mt. Gretna Arts Council scholarships. A repeat winner, Janelle studies music at Vassar. Katie, a Palmyra High School senior, will study visual arts at Penn State's main campus. Both will receive their awards at this month's Summer Premiere. Established last year, the scholarships are open to Lebanon County students pursuing creative writing, theater, music or arts studies. Details: http://mtgretna.com/artscouncil/scholarinfo.html
1,000 Vertical-foot hike at 45 degrees climbed by 19-year-old Mt. Gretnan Alisa Pitt in Bozeman, Montana's second annual Headwaters Spring Runoff. An accomplished skier and outdoorswoman, Alisa has spent nearly every winter vacation on the western slopes with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Pitt of Pennsylvania Ave., Chautauqua. She made the 1,000-ft. ascent (equivalent to the height of WLYH-TV's tower on Television Hill) wearing Alpine boots with skis strapped to her back. She followed that up with a ski descent into "double black diamond chutes and a second hike to the site of a Super G downhill run to the base," her mom reports. In last year's event, 100 competitors made the attempt. This year, high winds and the treacherous hike across a two-foot-ridge covered with ice discouraged all but 59 locals—plus Alisa, a freshman at Washington College, Chestertown, Md.
QUESTIONS READERS ASK
[] While walking on the rail-trail recently, we passed an enormous tree near the Timbers that looks as if it was hit by lightning. The circumference is over 19 feet, and its branches are bigger than most trees. It's got to be hundreds of years old. Does anybody know what kind of tree it is?
<> Probably a beech. According to a 1985 pamphlet, Big Trees in Lebanon County, a beech located "near Conewago Creek, north of Rte. 117 in the state gamelands," ranked as the county's 12th largest tree. Timber Hills resident Dan Moyer spotted it last February and thought it may have been felled by high winds. Other rail-trail hikers have also commented on its extraordinary size.
Mt. Gretna trees included in that 1985 listing of Lebanon County's 107 biggest trees suggest there's good reason why they call it "The Timbers." Four of Mt. Gretna's five biggest are near the dinner theater: The beech, listed as No. 12; an American chestnut (No. 29), located under a power line 75 yards west of the restaurant; a larch (No. 53, in the pine family) on the restaurant grounds; a white pine (No. 72) in the Campmeeting along Rte. 117, directly across from the miniature golf course; and a sassafras (No. 75), also at the Timbers. Our thanks to botanist Chuck Allwein, whose vast archive of research materials is, when it comes to Mt. Gretna facts, better than anything Google's come up with yet.

[] I have a question that might be silly, but wouldn't a lot less parking along Rte. 117 between the post office and the lake make a scenic highway? It's a shame folks can't take advantage of a walk along the lake on the 117 side without weaving around parked cars most of the summer. Trips to our canoes with the grandchildren are often fraught with anxiety as the abundance of parked cars along this road impede safe foot travel. Has this issue been addressed in preliminary talks about the scenic highway?
<> Lebanon County planner Tom Kotay says "that's an excellent comment" and one to which they're giving a great deal of attention. PennDOT is also sensitive to aesthetic, safety and parking issues for this project, still only in the planning stage. They'll be discussing it with area residents at a public meeting this summer. Originally they'd planned to meet sometime in July, but now may schedule it earlier. The important point is that everyone looking at the Scenic Byway project seems earnest in their efforts to take public sentiments into account. As Tom says, "We'll do what people want. After all, we work for you."
That said, the reality is Mt. Gretna's parking lot holds only 65 cars, including four spaces for handicapped parking. And with 720 seats in the playhouse, plus activities (often simultaneous) at the men's club, gift shop, Hall of Philosophy, Jigger Shop and possibly a museum someday, there's apt to be a lot going on at any given time each summer. Those who've lived here longest often remind the rest of us that sharing the Mt. Gretna experience with others is, and has always been, part of the area's heritage and traditions. Nearly everyone now living here first came as a visitor. So with or without a Scenic Byway, providing spaces to park seems a practical reality rather than an option.
Says Tom, "I just hope we can find funds to put in parking where it is needed and doesn't detract from the beauty of the area." He suggests that perhaps a parking area at the east end of Rte. 117 could be bordered with wildflowers, using paving materials that look natural. "In any event, we'd only pursue extra parking where it's most needed, keeping both right-of-way restrictions and safety in mind," he says.
Meanwhile, canoe owners may find it convenient (and safer) to walk along Chautauqua Drive to the park at the Jigger Shop, then through the children's playground and men's club grounds.

HOW TO KNOW FOR SURE THAT SPRING HAS ARRIVED
Readers wondering whatever happened to "Grundonmobile Day" (a day when Dale's bright yellow scooter was deliberately parked beneath a towering pine to see if it got pooped upon by lingering buzzards) will be relieved. The good news: It hasn't vanished from the ranks of Mt. Gretna traditions. Rather, it's undergoing. . . well, a metamorphosis of sorts, one that only could have come from its progenitor, Max Hunsicker.
New readers of this newsletter who haven't a clue about the "Grundonmobile" should know that it's a Cushman scooter meter maids once rode around the streets of Manhattan. Now, in its new incarnation delivering Dale's stained glass artwork around town, it has also become Mt. Gretna's answer to Punxsutawney Phil.
Here's the latest, as only one of our correspondents could have reported it:

"Grundonmobile Day, 2006 will be held next Saturday (May 20). The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with the traditional 'Running of the Grundons.' Intrepid Mt. Gretnans will run wildly through the streets, trying to avoid longhorns strapped to the front of the 'Grundonmobile,' piloted by 'Wild Dale' Grundon.
"'The Running of the Grundons' is patterned on the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and is every bit as exciting, but it has the added attraction of being a predictor of the end of winter. If the 'Grundonmobile' gores 27 residents, there will be six more weeks of winter. If, however, the 'Grundonmobile' gores 26 or fewer, we can declare with confidence that spring has arrived.
"There may be a slight problem, hardly worth mentioning, with this year's celebration. Exalted Grand High Poohbah, Max Hunsicker, in his zeal to secure the appropriate permits, may have made an error on the application. 'I was trying to lay out a course for the 'Running of the Grundons,' said Hunsicker recently in an interview with Time magazine, 'and I wanted to be sure it was long enough. I thought a kilometer (1,000 meters) was too long in tiny Mt. Gretna, so I decided to cut the course down to 100 meters. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention when we had the metric system in school, and I thought a centimeter meant 100 meters. The police were willing to allow me to rope off a one-centimeter course behind the Post Office, and it wasn't until I saw how long it really was that I realized my mistake. Oops.'
"The upshot of the Grand High Poohbah's error is that the 'Grundonmobile' will essentially have to remain stationary, while the "runners" sort of fling themselves at it, trying to avoid impaling themselves on the horns. Obviously, unless we have a large showing of truly inept, farsighted 'runners,' we will be able to declare that spring has officially arrived.
Regardless, the ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. behind the Post Office, rain or shine (unless it rains really hard, in which case we'll reschedule). Anyone wishing to be a part of the photo record should show up, suitably attired (an interesting question---just what is suitable attire for 'The Running of the Grundons?') We encourage creativity. A photo record will be made and Photoshopped into something interesting that we'll get printed up and posted somewhere embarrassing appropriate."
Editor's Note: Only in Mt. Gretna, folks. Only in Mt. Gretna.
Kindest regards,

Roger Groce
[With assistance from deputy editor, Bruce "McMoose" Baxter, 14.]
P.S. Our thanks to the many readers who send us the news, ask their questions, and provide timely updates that help us all. We also appreciate the many people who continue to forward this Newsletter to others, especially those who love Mt. Gretna but lack direct links to the Internet. Some print copies for neighbors. Others forward the Newsletter to friends and relatives elsewhere, expanding our reach beyond anything we ever imagined. Still others, sometimes in distant states, mail copies to friends and family members living back in Mt. Gretna. Somehow it all works, keeping us all together, even though our busy lives often disperse us to far distant points on the globe. It's magic.
Remember: You can always find back issues on the Web at http://mtgretna.com/news, thanks to our friends at Gretna Computing, who'll be helping us soon introduce a new method of electronically delivering this newsletter – short advisories notifying you when it's time to click onto our freshly updated website. We'll keep you posted as the date draws closer.

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