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It’s Octoberfestival time in Pennsylvania
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  “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” It’s about time to haul that favorite sweatshirt out of summer storage, tie up the hiking boots and hit the trail to marvel at autumn’s leafy colors. Some areas have already started their color change, including Davis, West Virginia, where the annual Leaf Peepers Festival has already come and gone.  Closer...

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Antietam National Cemetery commemorates 150th anniversary
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  It’s nearly impossible to imagine the bloody, gruesome scene after the 1862 Battle of Antietam. Men, horses, and equipment were scattered across the field.  More than 22,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in just 12 short hours of this, the bloodiest day in the Civil War.  To put it another way, that’s about the same number as every man, woman, and child living today...

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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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