No. 99 October 1, 2009
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Trick or treat night?
(Dale Grundon photo)
In Other News
Tom and Joe meet weekly
to work out the details of a campaign that they hope will raise
$400,000 to "burn the mortgage" on the fire company's
newly expanded facility and pay for new equipment as older fire
engines must be replaced.
Questions Readers Ask
ALSO IN THE NEWS THIS MONTH:
Christmas in New York? Rhoda Long invites folks to join her in an "at cost" bus
trip leaving from Mt. Gretna Tuesday, Dec. 15. Nothing formal,
no special groups involved, "just a 'fun day,
'" says Rhoda, a grandmother*, real estate agent and community
spark plug who also helps out with the July organ recital series
(and extends warm thanks to all who helped with refreshments again
Glimpses . . . from an Internet blog written by a 28-year-old Massachusetts librarian who's also a farmer, describing her visit to Mt. Gretna last week: "It reminds me." she wrote, "of a place out of a children's story."
Zumba is zooming for Mt. Gretnan Janice Balmer (left), who just increased the number
of sessions she offers for the popular dance exercise class based
on Latin, h
and international music.
Mt. Gretna's Cicada Festival will be held a week later next year: Aug. 10-12 and winding up Aug.16-17. "While most people don't care," says the amiable Dick Smith, who helps organize the popular series, "there are those who plan dates early." He's got a point.
Watercolor artist Carol Snyder
began painting fresh scenes for her 2010 Mt. Gretna calendar last
fall. Having finished that assignment and with her new calendar just back from the printer, she's
already thinking about new scenes to capture for next year's edition,
her third in what's likely to become a collectors' series.
Yes, the music will continue. Mountain
music every Monday this fall and winter, starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Chicken Quandary
Concerns are growing over what's to become of Doodle and
Dolly, the chickens that took up residence here last spring.
When it comes to spending an afternoon with friends and neighbors, devouring roasted hot dogs piled high with
sauerkraut, and walking off with prizes galore, there's no better
o be on a fall Saturday afternoon than the Mt. Gretna fire company's
After six years, Mt. Gretna's soup cook-off has become the indisputable top-rated event in town every
Cornwall Police will offer free VIN etching Oct. 24 to help curb auto theft. The process can help lower insurance rates, doesn't harm a car's appearance, and takes only a few minutes. To schedule an appointment (between 9:00 a.m. and noon), call 274-2071, or e-mail email@example.com.
Restoring a local legend: John Wengert, a Mt. Gretnan who heads the rip-snortingly successful
19-mile long Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail that winds through town along
the 1880s Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad roadbed, says they'll dedicate
the refurbished and relocated Root Beer Barrel Oct. 17 at 11:00
Hunters will soon be roaming the countryside, in surrounding state game lands and along the rail-trail. So wise hikers and joggers
may opt to "stay out of the woods" during hunting season,
especially if they're not wearing fluorescent orange vests and jackets
as prescribed by state law from mid-November to mid-December.
If it's the first Sunday in November, that means it's time for another fire
company breakfast -- one of the most popular places in town. Tie
a string around your finger: the first Sunday is Nov. 1. And the
breakfast starts at 8
:00 a.m. with 30 dozen eggs, 60 pounds of fruit salad, four
cases of breakfast sausage, and 30 to 40 pounds of sliced potatoes.
All for a donation you stuff in a fireman's boot as you enter the
Glimpses from a Scrapbook:
Above: A final salute to Mt. Gretna's summer from a cottage in the Campmeeting.
Editor's Note: We cordially
invite readers to send their Mt. Gretna Scrapbook scenes throughout
the year (in .jpg format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.