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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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