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The Golden Age of King Midas featured at Philly’s Penn Museum
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The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia (pronounced ‘freeze-yah’). Midas was granted the power to transmute whatever he touched into gold. — mythweb.com What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a...

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National Parks visit the Philadelphia Flower Show
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Visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show can ‘see’ Yosemite, Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon without leaving Pennsylvania. This year, the show theme is “Explore America”. The Pennsylvania Horicultural Society invited the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) to this week’s flower show, and by all accounts, the party is a big success. Since the NPS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it seemed a good fit...

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Cabin fever is real, take a park walk
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Cabin fever– “Winter depression and its symptoms — inactivity, crankiness, sleep loss, and simply feeling down in the dumps — is real to millions of people because of anxieties over world events that range from terrorist attacks to a shaky economy.”  — Web MD. The York Audubon Society offers a relief to the snow, cold and general ‘down in the dumps’ feeling. Take a walk...

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Quebec Winter Carnival is the world’s largest, and Bonhomme is the star of the show
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Carnival Queen  Amelie Godin-Gosselin introduces Bonhomme Carnaval   The boss here is Bonhomme Carnaval, and insists Patrick Lemaire, a media official at the Quebec Winter Carnival , “Bonhomme is a real snowman. There is no suit, no man inside, it’s a speaking seven foot tall snowman.” His puffy waist cinched by an official Quebec Winter Carnival belt, Bonhomme is everywhere at the carnival, and it would be...

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Storm Jonas showed us white, but reds, orange and blues as well
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The weekend storm that dumped a record 30 inches of snow on York County is history, but its punch had most businesses closed for days, roads blocked. We’ve already heard a revival of horror stories that we remember best in our imagination– “When I was a kid, the drifts were up the second floor…”  And so on. There was plenty of warning, meteorologists begging for us to...

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Windy 1978 blizzard was “The Greatest Tragedy in the History of Ohio”
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It was a dark and stormy night, not unlike Winter Storm Jonas. Thirty-eight years ago, Ohio was digging out from a blizzard that state governor James Rhodes called the “Greatest tragedy in the history of Ohio”.  In the early morning hours of January 26, 1978 a storm blew in off Lake Erie that killed at least 10 people, created two-story high snow drifts and challenged media...

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High School Rodeo– it’s crash, burn and family ties
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Tadd Pequignot was shot high into the air, seemed to hover for a moment and then crunched into the Pennsylvania Farm Show‘s dirt floor. The ‘launch’ and the short flight was a thing of awesome beauty, really. The crash was downright ugly. Pequignot escaped this bronc ride with a bruise or two and would roll out of bed the next morning with some sore muscles. As quarterback for...

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For Linda Spahr, Pa. State Farm Show is a stage full of stories
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Linda Spahr’s long job title is Penn State Extension 4H Science Educator in York County. A heck of a title, but it covers only a bit of Linda Spahr’s work history. She’s as much a part of the Pennsylvania State Farm Show as anyone. And goodness, can she tell the stories. Ask her about barn boogers. And Farm Show crud. Very colorful. And if you...

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It’s officially winter, where’s the cold and snow
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Why is it, do you think, that the Christmas/New Year’s holidays automatically signal winter?  The official start is only December 21, just four days before the opening of gifts, meeting with friends and eating pumpkin pie. But somehow, on that day, we expect temperatures to fall like a rock, snow to drift and winds to scream. Not here in York. Not so much. Now, in the...

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Santa welcomes kids of all ages to Christmas Magic
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  For the 32nd year, Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge County Park is lighting up Christmas spirits– brighter every year. About 600,000 lights this season. This year’s unseasonably mild weather has helped attendance figures, but probably hurt the hot chocolate concession. Brown’s Orchards and Bricker’s French Fries are each selling snacks, and probably more soda than hot drinks.  Mild weather will continue for the...

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Getting to NYC by bus, enjoying it by foot and saving it with a selfie
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Touring New York City during Christmas season must be an exciting experience. To where else can we travel for three hours, fight ungodly crowds and shop for gifts that are probably found at the York Galleria? And buy lunch for double the price and half as tasty as home? There’s an old joke that says visiting NYC this time of year is easy on the feet because all you...

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Bedford Candlelit Christmas offers another nearby holiday option
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So, you’ve already thrilled the kids with the brilliance of York County Park’s Christmas Magic and all the gazillion lights. And you followed that up with an exciting trip on New Freedom’s Steam Into History  locomotive. Don’t despair, there’s plenty of other Christmas holiday sites to keep the little ones thinking about their Santa list. Just two hours from York, west along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, is...

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