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Mt. Gretna, Pa. "Not a place, but a spirit."       Marlin Seiders (1927-2008)

No. 142                                                                                                         September 1, 2013

 

From an enduring art show, a few
lessons in how things ought to run 

   America's top business schools should probably pay a visit sometime to the Mt. Gretna Art Show. Without multiple layers of management and endless committee meetings (only two, in fact), the show runs smoothly and seamlessly with neither hassles or panics, nor a trace of pandemonium.

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Tomorrow's artists and audiences start here

    No, that's not simply because the art show has run for nearly 40 years.   

   Mainly it's because the people in charge don't concern themselves with anything other than making sure that the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show is an event that people will want to come to.  

   And again this year, they did -- despite unexpected rains which turned away maybe 50% of the usual Sunday crowds. 

   In ticket sales, it was a near record -- just $8,000 shy of last year's all-time high when, under two consecutive days of sunshine, 16,731 people swarmed through the gates. This year, even with a 25% drop in overall  attendance to 12,547 (but a $2 increase in the price of admission) the 2013 art show brought revenues of $101,013.  

  Generating record sales, however, is never the point of the Mt. Gretna Art Show.   

  The funds merely provide fuel to cover next year's startup costs and give a welcome boost to the Mt. Gretna Fire Company, Lawn ambulance crews and other local emergency teams that depend on them. They also support community projects in Mt. Gretna's seven distinct  neighborhoods, which are the primary source of more than 200 volunteers who work throughout the two-day event.       

   Most noticeable this year was a buoyant bounce in the number of children who came, not only to the playground but also the Playhouse where they and their parents could watch a play at no extra charge.

   Like Pied Pipers, Stacy Pennington (of Mt. Gretna Emporium), Meghan Winslow (of Splat Family Art Studio) and the production folks at Gretna Theatre wove a spell that entranced and entertained. "We want children," said chairwoman Linda Bell, the show's top volunteer for the past 17 years. "They're our next audience."     

   The governor's wife also came. Susan Corbett brought friends from Harrisburg to browse, buy artwork and sample fare at the food court.

     "I do shows all over the country," said one exhibitor, "and Mt. Gretna's has the best food." Such comments please Ms. Bell, who strives to make the food as good as the art. 

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Over 200 amiable volunteers like attorney Tim Nieman help make the show fun  -- even on a rainy Sunday.
 
                                      Earl Lennington photo 

   After the show, exhibitors flooded her with compliments. Their emails conveyed warm comments on how well the show is run, its cheerful volunteers and deft touches (such as warm water to wash their hands outdoors) which made the artists' lives easier.

   Many reported their sales thrived despite Sunday's unpredicted showers.  

   Photographer Madelaine Gray, a Mt. Gretnan who exhibits throughout the country, says her Saturday sales topped all records -- better in a single day than in multiple-day shows elsewhere during the past 27 years.  

    Other lessons of note: Rain may discourage those who come to look, but it has almost no effect on those who come to buy. As they packed up to leave Sunday night,  exhibitors were not disappointed. One who came with a tent filled with paintings on Friday had only three left when the show closed on Sunday.      

   Also was a certain wisdom Ms. Bell imparts by gentle example: Give people a task to do and leave details of how to do it entirely in their hands.

    Thus, on Art Show weekend, good ideas that probably ought to be stressed at Harvard Business School get put into practice just off Harvard Avenue in Mt. Gretna.  

 

 

Mr. Coleman's really good idea  

   Call it the "Unsinkable Mt. Gretna." Like Broadway legend Molly Brown, Mt. Gretna somehow always manages to find a trump card. Especially among people with a penchant for relaxed living.

   True, the economy still seems stuck in second gear. But here, where Robert Coleman founded a hillside summer retreat for fashionable Victorians, cottages for rent -- a hidden gem in America's battered real estate market -- are experiencing a rebirth  

   As rentals, Mt. Gretna's century-old cottages suddenly are more popular than ever. For short-term stays, they have become inexpensive alternatives to modern hotel rooms.  

   The approximately 40 cottages available here as rentals fill a role once served by large inns and hotels.  

   The Chautauqua Inn, built in 1898, and the 125-room Conewago Hotel built on a hill overlooking the lake in 1909 may be gone, but there's a growing need for places to spend a week or two or maybe a month.  

   According to Brenda Wentzel of Penn Realty, who specializes in short-term rentals, more people asked about rental cottages this summer than ever. But not just for vacations. 

    Although relaxed stays in a spot that has for decades catered to people seeking brief respites from a hectic world still top the list, today's cottage renters are likely to arrive with other aims.  

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Brenda Wentzel: Cozy Victorian cottages often top motel rooms as the choice for short-term rentals.

   Complete with their relaxing front porches, kitchens, dining and living rooms, Mt. Gretna cottages offer attractive advantages over sometimes cramped single-bedroom motels. Moreover, they often cost the same or less.


    That makes them especially desirable for people attending weddings and family reunions, visiting high school or college friends, staying close to relatives undergoing surgery or treatments at Hershey Medical Center or the Veterans Hospital, or even attending the newly established
Mt. Gretna School of Art, which launched its first six-week intensive studies program here this summer. 

   One of Ms. Wentzel's recent clients rented a cottage as a kind of base camp while the family scouted area colleges where their daughter might apply for admission. "Why not turn college visits into a family vacation," says the veteran realtor, who has spent the past two decades renting and selling Mt. Gretna cottages.  

   Other families rented cottages for out-of-town relatives and guests who came to see their sons and daughters with roles in "The Wizard of Oz" at the Playhouse.     

    Long-term rental cottages are also popular, especially among young professionals who have landed jobs nearby and plan to look around for a year or so before they decide whether to buy a home. But year-long cottage leases get gobbled up quickly, says Fred Schaeffer, a Mt. Gretna realtor for the past 31 years. "Most people buy cottages as second homes for their own enjoyment, not as investment properties," he says. That makes long-term rentals scarce.    

   Following last year's countywide reassessments, short-term rentals may be a partial solution to offset higher costs for owners. Yet so far, the available inventory of rental cottages hasn't changed much from that what Ms. Wentzel saw a decade ago.  A few weeks of rental income usually defrays but doesn't eliminate the full impact of higher taxes, she says.

   Music at Gretna founder, musician and writer Dr. Carl Ellenberger , fresh from sorting through the rental cottage maze while a guest speaker at the New York Chautauqua, likes their idea of clustering all rental properties online, including spots at the 200-room hotel (where a single night's stay costs over $300). "Thousands of rooms for tens of thousands of renters," he says. Although most online sites require deposits -- with no refunds for cancellations made one to three months in advance -- he estimates that 90% of the rentals were booked by January. Dr. Ellenberger thinks everyone in Mt. Gretna might benefit from a similar central website with links to Gretna Music, Gretna Theatre and the Pennsylvania Chautauqua as well as property rental services and individual owners.

   Meanwhile, the long-proven ability of Mt. Gretna to bounce back continues. Through good times and bad, always there are fresh ways to make the most of enduring assets Mr. Coleman discovered more than a century ago. A secluded respite, Victorian-style -- for travelers seeking to avoid look-alike motel rooms -- is one of them. 

 

https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2109.jpg    EASTERN Enterprises president Dr. Gene Otto last month asked South Londonderry commissioners to change a proposed Conservation designation for 55 acres his company owns in the township. "None of the criteria... for a conservation zone exist" on 40 of those acres, he wrote in an Aug. 12 letter to the supervisors. The remaining 15 acres -- with a 10-acre lake and adjoining streams and wetlands -- are already protected by state and federal laws, he said. Dr. Otto requested that the zoning be changed to Low Density Residential.
      The request appears to have caught township officials by surprise.
       In a "thorough face-to-face discussion" held this spring involving Dr. Otto, planner Henry Roth and township manager Tom Ernharth, "the planning commission believed the Conservation designation was agreed to by all parties," says Mr. Ernharth. It benefited "the individuals and protected the environment" in ways consistent with the land's current use. It also allows "future opportunity for other uses," he said.
   A spokesperson for the environmental protection group
Preserve Mt. Gretna says the proposed change could threaten water quality in the Conewago Creek. Low density residential zoning, says Marla Pitt, would disperse water quality protection among multiple land owners. Others in the township have also expressed concerns about water quality if the Low Density Residential zoning change is approved.
  Having received Dr. Otto's letter, the commission is now reviewing the facts and will take up the matter in its regularly scheduled session Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm in the municipal building, 20 W. Market St., Campbelltown.

 THAT LONG-DELAYED project to build a water park and hundreds of homes just five miles from Mt. Gretna is now hung up at Penn DOT, the Lebanon Daily News
reported. At issue, apparently, is a small parcel of land the size of a tennis court which developers need to provide direct access from Route 322 to the proposed nearly 600-acre project.
   Until the matter is resolved, "our hands are tied," says Paul Callahan of Haines and Kibblehouse, developers of the proposed Preserve at Historic Cornwall.

 

 

Sightings 

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https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2089.jpg    MEMO to wobbly catbirds with a tendency to slam into plate glass windows: Be sure to pick a friendly landing zone.
  
https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2087.jpg This baby bird ran smack into a window at the home of Sid Hostetter (left) and Evelyn Koppel, the Valley Road couple that a few years ago organized the Mt Gretna Bird Club.  

   Seconds after Ms. Koppel took these photos last month, the dazed bird took off, apparently none the worse for wear. 

    To discover more about birds, join the club's Friday morning hikes in and around Mt. Gretna. Call 964-3412 or drop a note to mtgretnabirdclub@hotmail.com.

 

    BIOLOGY and science may seem divergent paths for a poet, but that probably hints at why Fred Spangler made a serendipitous choice when he moved to Mt. Gretna in the early 1970s. https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2092.jpgBefore he retired 14 years ago as a teacher of science, geography and history at Northern Lebanon High, his days often included walks through the trails behind his home in Timber Hills, blending the mystical beauties of nature with a setting he treasures for its cultural endeavors.
    Over the ensuing years, he captured those impressions in an original poem, "Will the Sparrow Sing?" chosen as one of 20 winners in the Lebanon Community Library's
14th annual poetry contest. "I spent quite a lot of time working on improving the poem up to the last minute before the contest," he says.
  The library published a hardbound book of winning entries and invited authors to read aloud at an awards ceremony. "I asked the librarian to read my poem," says the shy 72-year old. "I guess I didn't quite have the courage to do it." 
    Since his wife died four years ago, Mr. Spangler has lived alone amid his German fraktur, paintings he has done, classical music (he enjoys the Chautauqua organ recitals and was himself once an organist), books, and time to create along a continuing path of self discovery. "I find that I am now more into creative things than the subjects I studied in college," he says. He is now at work on a new poem about five crows that frequent Soldiers Field, just in front of his apartment.   

 

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    IT TAKES ONLY A TINY TOUCH OF ELEGANCE to transform the Mt. Gretna Hall of Philosophy into a charming Victorian tea room.
https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2101.jpg   Call it the magic of Marian Miller, proprietress of Lavender Patch B&B. She has been recreating this exquisite event every year for nearly a decade.
   "It's a salute to the era in which Chautauquas were created," says summer programs director Kathy Snavely.
   At center stage in this annual event is the sole remaining china from the Mt. Gretna Women's Auxiliary -- a tea set.  "We keep it under lock and key," says Ms. Snavely.    
   Presentations such as this year's topic -- the history and usage of gazing balls (which now are enjoying a resurgence in America's gardens) -- have now made the tea a fixture on the Pennsylvania Chautauqua summer schedule.

 

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In the middle of an August afternoon, this foursome debated whether to take in a Timbers matinee or go for a dip in the lake. After mulling over their choices, one of them apparently suggested the al fresco salad bar at Soldiers Field.

 

https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2097.jpg   VOLUNTEERS gathered to help set up the art show entertainers' stage last month, and Tom Schaeffer (inset) raised his hand.
   A former middle school teacher, Mr. Schaeffer was one of about a dozen guys who got into the spirit of things early for the art show. He signed up to help build the temporary stage that becomes the focal point for musical performances throughout the weekend.
   Veteran contractor Terry Miller headed the three-hour construction project. He's lived in Mt. Gretna over 40 years and has lots of experience working with eager volunteers.  Mr. Miller arrived with a truckload of tools already marked with explicit instructions. 

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The photocopier's gone but few have noticed, says Postmaster Strickler.


   EVERY now and then, someone drops in to the Mt. Gretna post office on an urgent mission to photocopy official documents, keepsake memos or other memorabilia they want to share or preserve. 
   Guess what, asks Postmaster Steve Strickler: The photocopier -- long a familiar fixture in the post office lobby -- has been removed.
   "They took it away than 14 months ago, but most people think it's still around," he says. The copier didn't justify its rental fee.
   Just how many people still haven't noticed it's missing -- despite daily visits to pick up their mail -- would make an interesting psychological study.  An informal survey suggests it's probably more than 80% of us.
   The space once devoted to the seldom-used copier now is empty, save for a "junk mail" box, which, says Mr. Strickler, turns out to be even handier than a copier.

 

 

When the power goes out

Call Met-Ed

1-888-544-4877

Met-Ed gives top priority to outages affecting the greatest numbers of people. Your call not only helps pinpoint the scope of an outage but may also speed repair crews to Mt. Gretna.  

Make the call even though your neighbors might also have reported the outage, advise company officials. 
NOTE:  In extreme weather conditions, the Mt. Gretna Fire Company provides emergency shelter during power outages lasting more than three hours.  Sorry, no facilities are available for pets.

 

Questions Readers Ask

[] Jerrie Wolverton, who now lives in Mt. Joy but during the 1950s worked at the lake's refreshment stand -- under  the watchful eye of "Poppy Gene" Otto -- wonders whatever happened to two of her friends, brothers Jack and Bill Weaver from Harrisburg. Ms. Wolverton lost track of them after college (Jack at Ursinus, Bill at Yale). Together with other Harrisburg friends Betsy and Bootsy Whatley, they were part of the gang from "those wonderful teenage years," she says. If anyone knows where they are today, drop her a note at grwolver@comcast.net.

[] Scott Deibler (allevaree@gmail.com) wants to learn more about the history of the Mt Gretna brick quarry located behind the trail off Butler Rd. "I have Googled it but nothing comes up," he says. "As a child, I lived not far from there on Mine Rd but never knew when or how it was started or when it was abandoned. I'd appreciate any information anyone could give me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obituaries

William H.G. Warner (1917-2013)

    Bill Warner was in his mid-50s when he decided to move to Mt. Gretna and leave behind a career in trust and estate planning in Philadelphia. Yet more than 40 productive years lay ahead -- as a business law instructor at Lebanon Valley College, a champion of pro bono work https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2100.pngamong his fellow lawyers throughout Pennsylvania, and a lawyer in solo practice until macular degeneration forced his retirement late in life.

     He and Charlee, whom he had met when both were in college, quickly became immersed in Mt. Gretna life. She had been a student at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art while he was at Haverford. He later enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School but voluntarily interrupted studies there when he sensed the looming outbreak of war. He was, in fact,  at the U.S. Navy Officer Training School in Great Lakes, Ill. on Dec. 7, 1941 when he wrote a letter to his parents, "See, Mom. I was right." For the next few years, he served as a gunnery officer aboard destroyer escorts plying dangerous seas in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Although he likely saw combat, he, as did many others who served in that and other wars, seldom spoke about his experiences. But he faithfully attended reunions with his Navy colleagues, only seven of whom remained at the last gathering he attended four years ago.

    The Warners, like his parents before him, bought a cottage in the Campmeeting, which they enjoyed in summer months. He had once served as an officer of its Association. But it was not until 1972 that they moved permanently from Philadelphia to a home they built on a two-parcel lot along Timber Road.

   Afterwards, their lives soon took on a whirl of community activities. He was a founder of the Mt. Gretna Rotary Club and became its president. She was an avid bridge player and joined the Winterites. He became fully immersed in building a baseball field and developing the nearby Horseshoe Trail. She was an artist and joined exhibitors to display her paintings at the first Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show. And together the Warners opened their home to visitors at the first Mt. Gretna Open House in 1984.  

  A lawyer who practiced business law from an office he maintained in that home, Mr. Warner championed pro bono work among his colleagues both in Lebanon and throughout Pennsylvania. He headed the Lebanon Bar Association's Pro Bono Division.  After his wife died in 1985, Mr. Warner built another, smaller home in the adjacent lot and moved next-door. He remained there until 2001 when he moved to Lititz to be with a daughter with whom he spent his final years. He died Aug. 13 at the age of 95. An official obituary appears online

Robert P. Krause (1930 - 2013)

    Although he was born in Lebanon and numbered among those relatively few graduates of the former Cornwall High School, Bob Krause probably never really wanted to be anyplace but Mt. Gretna.
    After he had served two terms as a Mt. Gretna Borough Councilman and it finally came time to mhttps://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2110.jpgove from their home in the Chautauqua, he and Mary Ann opted to relocate less than a mile away, across the highway to an apartment in Timber Hills. He loved the sight of Mt. Gretna from a different perspective, the sun coming up over the mountain in the morning, and the chance to walk down to the pizzeria where he could share breakfasts occasionally with his friends. Some included people he had worked with as a tool and dye maker at Bethlehem Steel. Others he had met at Mt. Gretna Rotary, Quentin Riding Club and the Central Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. At one time or another, members of all three of those organizations had chosen him as their president.
   After graduating from Cornwall in 1948 he had gone on to Lebanon Business College and during the Korean War served in the Army. The father of seven children, he had helped coach the Cornwall Little League for many years.

   Sports, in fact, occupied a central spot in his life. He held tickets to Penn State football games for 50 years and counted himself among the most avid fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and Hershey Bears. An enthusiastic golfer, he had served as manager of the Fairview Golf Course for 30 years. He was also a hunter and enjoyed camping with Mary Ann in their motor home, which he kept until near the end of his 82 years. An official obituary appears online.

Robert Hoffsommer, Jr. (1929 - 2013)
   Robert Hoffsommer, who had resided in Mt. Gretna before moving 56 years ago to Metuchen, NJ, died August 13 at age 84. He was a native of Cornwall and had graduated from Lebanon Valley College and Penn State with a masters in organic chemistry. Before his retirement in 1985 he had been a research chemist at Merck Co.
    A cottage known as The Hoffsommer House on Sixth Street in the Campmeeting has been occupied by the same family for three generations. A complete obituary appears
online.

 

 

Calendar
Updates & Stuff to
Post on
The Fridge

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Darlene Kegel pottery at Penn Realty for First Friday exhibit 





















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Also at First Friday: a Barbara Acker painting to benefit The National Parks  

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1:
End of the Season Picnic starts 4:30 pm at the Hall of Philosophy. Bring an entree, salad, vegetable or dessert to share and join the fun. Everybody in Mt. Gretna -- from Timber Bridge to Mt. Gretna Heights -- is welcome.

Bluegrass Music on the Porch:
Gov. Dick Nature Center, 1 to 4 pm

Music at Gretna presents the
Momenta Quartet with pianist Charles Abramovic and guitarist Allen Krantz in a concert featuring Boccherini's Guitar Quintet, a piano quartet by Mr. Krantz, and Elgar's Piano Quintet. 7:30 pm at the Playhouse.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6: 
First Friday in Mt. Gretna, 5 to 9 pm, with reception and exhibit opening for guest artist Barbara Acker at The
Gallery at La Cigale. Wine tasting from Waltz Vineyards plus music on the porch by folk instrumentalist and singer Patsy Kline.

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A First Friday painting at 3Summer Arts 


Musician and noted guitar-builder Travis Stevens will perform at
3Summer Arts Studio, displaying Patricia Reichenbach paintings like Valerie Rose (inset, right).
Other works include the pottery of Darlene Kegel (inset, left) at
Penn Realty as well as others at Hickey Architects and the Timbers.
Will First Fridays continue? Sponsors hope so. They say frankly that success depends on whether enough browsers become buyers so they can cover expenses and attract top artistic talents.

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The Momenta Quartet 


SUNDAY, SEPT. 8:
Music at Gretna presents the Momenta Quartet and Friends in a performance of music by Enescu and Beethoven, 7:30 pm at the Playhouse.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 14:
 
Annual Pig Roast, one of the Mt. Gretna Fire Company's biggest fundraisers of the year. Former Hideaway owner Jason Brandt takes a break from his new Lancaster restaurant (the Station House Tavern on Fruitville Pike) to roast a pig that usually weighs in at 260 lbs. or more. Combined with corn, baked beans, cole slaw, baked potatoes and pineapple filling, that usually satisfies everyone, from 4 to 10 pm, at the fire hall, along Boulevard Avenue.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15:
Everyone's invited to the Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church picnic immediately following a 10 am worship service at
Gretna Glen campground on Old Mine Road. Please bring a dish to share. To cover campground rental, a $5 per adult donation is requested, no charge for children.

https://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs100/1102118090537/img/2090.jpgWEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18:
Wacky Wednesdays begin. Crafts, light snack and games like "Drip, Drop, Splat," Table Top Ring Toss and "Water Balloon Whack." Open to all K-6th graders, Mt. Gretna UMC, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21
:
Garden Party for residents of Timber Hills, Timber Bridge and Conewago Hill at the home of Laura and Joe Feather, 13 Conewago Hill Dr.
Visit with neighbors old and new. Bring your own beverage and a treat to share. 4 to 7 pm. RSVP: jallfeather@comcast.net.

Cast Iron Cooking demonstration by Friends of Cornwall Furnace, 11 to 3 pm on the
furnace grounds. Ham and hot donuts over an open fire, maybe meatloaf and pineapple upside down cake, too.

Horseshoe Trail Hike, 9 miles, from Pumping Station Rd. to Gov. Dick Nature Center. Also Bouldering Class. See
website for details.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 22:
Wildflower and Bird Walk,
Gov. Dick Park Nature Center.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25:   

The Gathering Place, a monthly fellowship luncheon at Mt. Gretna UMC, resumes at 12:00 pm. Everyone invited; free will offering.

Throughout September:
Smalll Works (12" and under) Group Show at
Lebanon Frame and Fine Art Gallery features 80 artists, 17 with ties to Mt. Gretna: Susan Kenney Afflerbach, Eva Bender, Margaret Ellis-Seidenberg, Luise Christensen-Howell, Art and Michele Clagett, Reed and Casey Dixon, Barbara Fishman, Emily Hitz, Pat and Dan Hottenstein, Beth Leonard, Ruthann Santry, Doris Jean Silva, Betsy Stutzman and Jean Zaun. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 6 (5-8 pm); exhibit continues throughout the month.  



                                    
Don't forget:
Mt. Gretna's new year-round calendar appears online, a service of the Mt. Gretna Arts Council. Send updates to Jennifer Bessemtgretnaartscouncil@gmail.com    

 

 

Other newsletters of interest:

Mt. Gretna Updates -- Issued as warranted to alert local residents to such matters as temporary road closings, utility repairs, shelter advisories for adverse weather and other conditions affecting people who live in the seven neighborhoods served by the Mt. Gretna post office. Send an e-mail request, with "LOCAL UPDATES" in subject line, to

RogerTGroce@live.com.

This Week in Mt. Gretna -- Issued during summer months; a week-by-week listing of local events, sent by e-mail on request. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail info@lightkeeper.net 

Mt. Gretna Arts Council Newsletter -- Now available only online (no mailed copies). Updated to include news concerning groups dedicated to the arts in Mt. Gretna, Calendar of Events, Summer Premier and Arts Council scholarships.Click here

 

Gretna Music bulletins -- E-mailed updates on concert events, schedule changes and other news. See "Join Our Mailing List" at http://gretnamusic.org/ FOUNDER Carl Ellenberger's blog (worth reading): Check for updates online at  http://gretnamusic.blogspot.com/
Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society Newsletter -- Online at http://www.mtgretnahistory.org/newsletter.php 

Mt. Gretna Bible Festival Newsletter -- Mailed in the spring and fall without charge. Send request to Bible Festival, P.O. Box 408, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064.

Governor Dick Park Newsletter -- Online and by e-mail. See

http://parkatgovernordick.org/dnn/History/Newsletter/tabid/63/Default.aspx 

Cornwall Police Department E-Mail Bulletins -- issued as warranted to update residents on events of community interest, including crime alerts. To add your name to the mailing list, e-mail request to bharris@cornwallpd.org 

South Londonderry Township Newsletter -- of primary interest to Mt. Gretnans in Timber Hills, Conewago Hill and Timber Bridge; online at http://southlondonderry.org/ 

Campmeeting Newsletter -- Available online and mailed to residents.

Mt. Gretna Heights Newsletter -- e-mailed to Heights residents. Contact Michelle Shay, mshay@cbsp.com   

 

 

DETAILS:  

        THIS community newsletter is a retirement pastime, with no attachment to any group or organization nor any political or commercial ax to grind. It produces no income. I write it simply because it keeps me in touch with interesting people, many of whom have become good friends.
   Much as I'd like to, I don't have the time or energy to cover everything. Some topics are better left to daily newspapers, TV and other media with greater skills, wisdom, and resources. I try to write about things that people have not already read. Yet since the majority of readers live outside Mt. Gretna, I sometimes summarize topics already covered by local newspapers. I focus almost exclusively on Mt. Gretna and depend on readers to alert me to news, including obituaries, of interest to people with ties to Mt. Gretna. 
    In preparing each issue, I like to keep in mind the late Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas, who felt listeners had invited him into their homes. I also value Rotary International's Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?" While that's probably not practical for ordinary journalists, I find it useful as a guide for writing a community newsletter.  

   I strive to get this newsletter out on the first day of each month unless I'm traveling, ailing or simply swamped by family responsibilities that take higher priority.  

   People who help me write the news, take photos, then edit and proofread this newsletter are invaluable. They include people with special skills and in-depth knowledge of Mt. Gretna who live both here as well as New York City, St. Paul, Minn., and Camp Hill, Pa.   

    Should you have difficulty seeing the pictures or adjusting text size to fit your screen, click on the "click here" hyperlink just above the masthead or click on the online version -- http://mtgretna.com/news -- which appears through the courtesy of friends at Gretna Computers.

   That online archive sometimes proves helpful to those who plan to move here and want to know more about a community which the late Marlin Seiders called "not a place, but a spirit."
   With kind regards,

   Roger Groce 

 

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