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Aldersgate UMC packs 36,000 meals to Stop Hunger Now in 2015
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No small potatoes here. Last week, a crowd of 180 parishioners and volunteers at Aldersgate United Methodist Church packaged 36,000 meals to ship overseas last week.  In just two hours. Stop Hunger Now, a non-profit organization headquartered in North Carolina dedicated to feeding the hungry in developing countries, organized the event and AUMC provided the volunteers. Tables were lined up nearly the entire length of...

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Optimism is supreme at Easton’s Bacon Festival. World Health Report doesn’t keep 60,000 bacon lovers away.
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  From the Wall Street Journal— Red and processed meats have the potential to cause cancer in humans, according to a report by a World Health Organization (WHO) agency that is drawing ire from meat industry groups that argue the science is inadequate. The report, released last month showed that “processed meat products like salami and bacon are carcinogenic to humans, the strongest level of risk for...

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Fields has dreams– all Pennsylvania State Parks in two years
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Scattered over Pennsylvania’s 46,000 square miles are 120 state parks. Kelly Fields of York plans to visit them all, and by November’s end she’ll be half way to her goal. Fields began her excursions only six months ago. Once the snow melted, Fields and friend Jon Gass of Enola hit the trails, so to speak. Their main focus is hiking, since they feel it gives them the best...

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At Longwood’s “Nightscape” don’t miss the night water lilies
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  Nightscape, a show of colorful moving lights is awfully difficult to photograph– even more difficult to capture in video.  So, having failed miserably to video the lights in action two weeks ago, it was decided to try round two. To see a blog entry and still photos of Nightscape, check here. During round one, we didn’t have time to take in the entire 4-acre conservatory–which includes...

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Longwood’s Nightscape
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  Nightscape at Longwood Gardens is a rather unusual, quirky show that comes to an appropriate end– October 31, Halloween. As usual, Longwood, among royalty of U.S. botanical gardens, offers a dazzling show. The light event, put together by Klip Collective of Philadelphia, has already attracted more than 122,000 people. Projected light patterns, coupled with unique music and crisp autumn temperatures, makes for an almost spooky, yet beautiful, walking tour through...

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See the falls in fall
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At a secluded waterfall, one can hear both the quiet, rustling winds of voices past and the vibrant rush of tomorrow’s dreams.  Robert Osner The next month or two might be the best time all year for photographers to explore Pennsylvania’s trails and creeks. Another waterfall might become the favorite spot to soak up an afternoon. Autumn colors are quickly approaching– dogwoods and sassafras are already turning– and the Northeast’s massive array...

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Hospice Auction moves
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  It’s been only two weeks since the dust settled at the record-setting 31st annual Hospice and Community Care Labor Day Auction, and next year’s event is already being planned. Generally, it’s not a good practice to ‘fiddle’ with a good thing. Still, there will be one big change next year– location. The group’s President and CEO, Steve Knaub of Spring Grove announced that the $520,000 gross was the biggest ever,...

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Museum of Indian Culture
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Less than two hours from York is one of the few Indian museums in Pennsylvania, the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown. The familiar Indian Steps  Museum in southeastern York County is another–and closer– but if you’ve seen that… Spectacular Indian regalia including beaded work from the Seneca, jingle dress and grass dress from Sioux and the intriguing story of the Mississippian mound builders are exhibits...

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Engine 765 returns to Pa.
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Sunday’s excursion from Bethlehem to Pittston, Pa., on the locomotive No. 765 was a surprise entry into the world of celebrity. Didn’t realize that buying tickets for the smooth and quiet ride aboard this hulking machine would have us waving to an adoring crowd of people who stood along the tracks from start to finish. We got the ‘queen wave’ down pretty well by the time...

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It’s a Swedish thing
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  Every town needs an identity, it’s ‘thing’, it’s schtick. York Countians boast about ties to the American Revolution, the Civil War and Pennsylvania Dutch-iness. To the outside world, we’re in the center of it all, surrounded by Harrisburg, Baltimore, Lancaster and Gettysburg. It’s our thing. Far north and west, just a stone’s throw from the New York state line, is Mount Jewett. It’s...

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Herons, egrets venture out
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York’s Kiwanis Lake has become a premiere spot for birders in past years, and the time is quickly approaching for all the youngsters to leave the nests for the season. Both the more impressive great egrets, with their graceful nearly five-foot wingspan and the smaller black crowned night herons are jumping from their nests and crowding around the lake’s island.  Some are taking longer...

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ZooAmerica at AUMC
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ZooAmerica at AUMC

Jul 17, 2015 by

ZooAmerica family night at Aldersgate United Methodist Church attracted about 200 people Thursday, with about half that number settled quietly on the floor. Most of the kids who crowded the stage were thrilled by the black snake, bats, turtle and raptors. There were a few wrinkled noses, maybe a gasp or two, but generally, even the skunk was met with only a random pinched nose. ZooAmerica educator...

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