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There’s still time to print your Year in History
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Did you find three more calendars in your mail today? It seems every military, business and political site, charitable organization and school has one. But friends don’t have yours yet? It’s a heartfelt way to tell them that you’re thinking about them every day. And calendars have become ridiculously easy to make. Have friends missed out on your kids’ vacation photographs, the new baby, soccer club, varsity...

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It’s that time of year again– head to the Conowingo Dam
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Photographers and nature lovers from all over the world visit Maryland’s Conowingo Dam for the crowd of bald eagles there. Some people say they’ve counted 100 eagles there at once. And now until mid-December is the time to visit. Just below the dam, eagles, vultures, cormorants and thousands of gulls fight for the stunned or beaten up fish that have made it through or...

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Autumn color is fading, catch it here while you still can
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A few years ago, during an autumn vacation to see the flaming yellow aspen trees in Colorado, I stopped at a gas station to fill up. It was in tabletop-flat Kansas, and the car on the island’s opposite side was from Colorado. It was a cloudy, bright afternoon, and the driver and I agreed it was a beautiful day to drive. No glaring sun, no wind...

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The D&L Corridor offers a season-long list of Things to Do
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Just two hours or so from York is the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a beautiful showcase of Pennsylvania mountains, rivers and canals stretching 165 miles from Wilkes-Barre nearly into Philadelphia. If you’ve been to all your regular autumn haunts, and you’re looking for new places to spend a day, a weekend or longer, check this area. On its website, the D&L lists ‘things...

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Let hot air balloons take you away
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The thrill of seeing a hot air balloon hanging over York or Lancaster County never gets old.  The colorful upside-down tear drop floats silently over the Susquehanna River, sometimes becoming a silhouette in front of the rising sun. It’s a spectacular sight. As you remember that sight, just imagine watching 700 balloons in electric colors and amazing shapes rise over Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 45th Albuquerque International...

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Are we killing our National Parks?
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As The Ingalsbe Three ‘N Me buzz through the western United States, we’ve stopped in a lot of small towns, a few tourist towns, even a couple big cities. We’ve met a lot of people. It’s been said that everyone has a story to tell, but I’m not a firm believer of that. Some folks are just downright boring as celery. On the other...

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The Beast will eat you alive if you let it
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You’re buzzing down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. ‘Remember passing a lumbering motor home, about a football-field long, with a white-haired elderly man humped over the steering wheel? And you cussed, saying snidely, “I’ll bet the only wheeled vehicle he’s driven in the past five years is a walker.” ? Well, welcome to my world. That’s me. I enjoy driving immensely, and this motor home—The Beast–...

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The Ingalsbe Three ‘N Me
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Kenny has been looking toward this day since graduating high school as a Pembroke Green Dragon.  David ‘s been here before, moving Uncle Fred to Albuquerque just after graduation. Nancy’s visited here plenty, often to visit Fred, but more often just to explore. It was originally planned as an all-American Route 66 trip, beginning in Chicago and ending with us dipping our toes into...

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Next weekend, West Virginia’s Canaan Valley is Almost Heaven
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John Denver sang about it 45 years ago. It’s been the butt of many cruel jokes. After a visit to West Virginia, it’s hard to imagine any place more inviting to the nature lover or anyone just wanting to get away. Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” talks about the back roads that wind through the state’s mountains, into places like Dolly Sods, Droop Mountain or Canaan Valley....

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Hospice Auction a success in new location
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      There was some question whether this year’s Hospice and Community Care Auction would suffer because of its new location in Quarryville. It’s too far from Lancaster, some said. People don’t drive all the way to the Solanco Fairgrounds on a holiday weekend. But the only hitch in this year’s event was that it stretched beyond its usual end point– and that’s a good problem...

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Labor Day Auction highlights weekend treasures
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Monday, the day we set aside to celebrate the American worker, we’ll head outside to the barbeque, volleyball court, maybe pitch a few horseshoes. Or, take a pleasant ride to Quarryville in Lancaster County to check out all the auction treasures you can find. The Labor Day weekend weather is a mixed bag, with high temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and some rain.  “The vital...

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See a working grist mill in action– and enjoy breakfast
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So, you’ve seen York County Parks’ Wallace-Cross Mill a few times and  Miller’s Heritage Day and Open House there is already on the calendar. But your family enjoys seeing the water spin the wheel that turns the gears that turn the grinding wheels that grind the corn that– and on and on.  And the kids still want more. At Burnt Cabins Grist Mill and Campgrounds in Fulton...

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