Written by Daniel Walmer and Jim Lewis
Driven by advancements in science and technology, today’s farmers are meeting demand, but are looking to the next generation for new ideas and energy.
It began in the spring. Corn seeds tucked in soft, crumbly earth. Tiny roots reaching into the soil. Stalks reaching heavenward. Ears sprouting, wearing delicate silks like fancy hats. Planting, growing, pollination. Farmers know the cycle.
It played out on a farm in Londonderry Twp. About 60 acres of field corn, tall and bushy. With the arrival of fall, around Thanksgiving, came the final stage of the cycle: harvest.
Big machines moved into the field as a crew from Haldeman Farms, the Hummelstown farm that grows corn and beans on the site, prepared to reap what they had sewn.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 21:31
Students, faculty and staff at Elizabethtown Area Middle School collected enough money to buy Thanksgiving dinner baskets for 31 needy families this fall - including frozen turkey, stuffing, yams and gravy.
The money was raised by the school’s Feathers for Families program - the school’s eighth-grade community service project – where students sold giant paper feathers for a quarter or $1 that were used to construct a giant turkey in the school lunchroom.
The effort raised $3,338.39, the most since the drive was begun in 1995.
In addition to the holiday food items, the baskets contained other products like peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and soup. In the first year, the school raised $750, enough to provide Thanksgiving dinner to eight families.
Prior to the Thanksgiving break, about a dozen students gathered after school to pack the items into food baskets for delivery to the families. In addition to the after-school packers, eighth graders served in various other capacities as part of the project including feather sellers and hangers, money counters, shoppers and food basket distributors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 18:21
Written by Daniel Walmer
Boy Scout Troop 97 from Londonderry Twp. joined more than 3,000 Scouts from around the U.S. to visit Gettysburg’s Battlefield to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:15
The Londonderry Lionettes are collecting used eyeglasses for the Lions Club’s “Support the Vision’’ campaign to help children and adults who can’t afford glasses.
The Lionettes also are collecting soda can tabs or tabs from the top of canned soups and other canned goods for the Susquehanna Service Dogs’ “Tabs for Labs’’ program, which trains and provides service dogs for those in need.
The Lionettes have set collection boxes for glasses at the following Middletown area locations: Karns Quality Foods, Londonderry Elementary School, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown Presbyterian Church, Geyers United Methodist Church and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Collection boxes for glasses and tabs can be found at the following Middletown area locations: Londonderry Twp. municipal building, Harrisburg Pike Rental and New Beginnings Church.
Glasses and tabs should be placed in plastic Ziploc-style bags.
For more information or to host a collection box, readers may call Anita Housman at 717-944-0341 or Louise Morgan at 717-944-6518.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 22:57
Written by Daniel Walmer
Hundreds of Catholic devotees packed the large sanctuary of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Middletown on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to glimpse a world-famous statue that allegedly works miracles.
Officers from the Diocese of Harrisburg’s chapter of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus stood out among the crowd, leading the procession of the International Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima with tuxedos, bright purple and red robes, distinctive feathery hats and glistening swords.
“We’re standing guard throughout the night, praying for the message of Fatima,” said Jeff Lupinacci of the Seven Sorrows parish chapter of the Knights of Columbus, whose members carried the statue into the sanctuary in its wooden display box.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 22:51