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Hopewell Furnace is a stroll– not a race– through history
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  Located between York and Philadelphia, the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is often passed up for Valley Forge, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall or any one of the dozen dazzling historic sites through southeast Pennsylvania. In tourist parlance, it’s ‘small potatoes’. It’s the “We’ll stop there next time,” syndrome. And next time becomes a month or years away.  And we wander off–again– to see...

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Camp Pennwood, strong since 1962
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Again this year, The Arc of York County’s Camp Pennwood continues its decades-long run of providing children with disabilities a chance at a summer camp. The camp operates during the heart of the summer, from early July to August 11. Some of the 40 campers are wheel-chair bound, others can run and play with most any child. Some are non-verbal, others can dazzle visitors...

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Folk Festival is so much fun, you don’t have to work at it
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zzzxzxcz Those familiar with the Pennsylvania Dutch, its language, folk art and social habits will enjoy this week’s Kutztown Folk Festival as much as newbies — it’s a chance to reconnect with the Dutch roots. More than 200 artists are available (many demonstrating their work) throughout the festival. Between the noisy hammers, steam whistles and saws it’s sometimes a challenge to hear the kids begging...

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Calvert Cliffs State Park is all about discovery
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Like a lot of state parks, Calvert Cliffs State Park has some beautiful forested areas, fishing areas, hiking trails, marshy areas lit up with col0rful water lilies and a beach. But they don’t have shark teeth. On Maryland’s eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the beach at Calvert Cliffs is, in itself, not terribly impressive. It’s smaller than most parks and measured in feet,...

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Old Ellicott City, Md., rebounding with a fury
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After watching videos of how badly Old Ellicott City, Md., was battered 11 months ago, it’s shocking how quickly it rebounded from the deadly flash flood. On July 30, rains turned the usually quiet waterways that feed the Patapsco River into killers. Rain was expected, but as much as 10 inches fell within six hours, washing vehicles down the hill, turning roadways into ditches...

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Night Herons, Great Egrets putting on a show
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The temporary residents of York’s Kiwanis Lake are crowding their nests, and it won’t be long before they’ll be heading south again. Great Egrets, the tall, elegant electric-white birds with a wingspan of just under six feet are the stars of the show here, and even from across the lake, they’re hard to miss against the evergreen’s dark green. The babies hatch from a...

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Maryland Lavender Farm is a place to relax, wander
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In the richly green rural countryside near Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain, the Soleado Lavender Farm is buzzing on this sunny morning with honey bees– and people studying lavender plants for that ‘perfect’ stem or blossom. The farm’s location is far enough away from Baltimore and Washington D.C. neighborhoods that city sounds of traffic and millions of people are muted by hills and thick forests. The area surrounding the farm is...

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York County baker winning blue ribbons across the country
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Rhubarb is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. It produces large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy edible stalks and small flowers. In culinary use, fresh raw leaf stalks are crisp (similar to celery) with a strong, tart taste. Although rhubarb is not a true fruit, in the kitchen it is usually prepared as if it were. From Wikipedia   Belinda Myers...

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Nearly 600 in Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy
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Lancaster’s Make-A-Wish 595-truck convoy blared Sunday’s message of hope. Its audience parked on the shoulders of U.S. Route 222 and on overpasses, waving to drivers who responded with long belches from their truck horns. “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” Make-A-Wish mission statement. Although the Lancaster event is in a different Make-A-Wish...

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“Come From Away” seeking good in a disaster
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  There’s a cred that goes with being a native Newfoundlander — so much so that its a half-serious joke that you’re a “CFA” come-from-away unless your grandparents were born here. From Wordnik. “Come From Away” is a heartwarming original musical written by Canadians about how a small Canadian town instantly welcomed 6,800 stranded international travelers during the 911 attacks. Now showing at the Schoenfeld Theatre in...

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All-American duo– kids and trucks
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  Take a youngster to see a Big Truck, and they’ll be as happy as if they were at an amusement park. Aldersgate United Methodist Church hosted  Touch-A-Truck for the first time, and hopes to make it an annual event. On the first attempt, more than 100 families attended the rain-soaked show. There were semi-tractor trailers, complete with a ‘stretch’ trailer to 90 feet,...

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Peanut butter worth searching for
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Jeanean Shettel makes peanut butter that can stand alone on a piece of toast in the morning and make your taste buds salute you. A peanut butter that makes connoisseurs everywhere change their list of favorites. This PB doesn’t need the J.  This PB tastes so good it’s just this side of dessert. Shettel makes peanut butter at Blind Spot Nutbutters in Spring Garden Township, just...

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