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History Group Slates Program August 23, 2017

The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) will present "The Revolutionary History of West Nottingham Academy" on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church Hall, 6 Pine St., Oxford. The program is free, and light refreshments will be served.

The guest speaker will be Rusty Eder, who teaches U.S. history and humanities and ancient history at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md. Founded in 1744, the school made substantial contributions to Revolutionary America, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Other graduates of the Academy are responsible for important changes in education, religion and medicine. Eder will also present some of the Academy's earliest documents.

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President Buchanan Re-enactor To Entertain At HMPS Dinner August 21, 2017

The community is invited to attend the seventh annual Tavern Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge. Entertainment for the evening will be a historical re-enactment of conversations between President James Buchanan and Samuel, Horace, and Paris Haldeman.

The dinner, hosted by the Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society (HMPS), pays homage to the times in the 19th century when taverns were the heart of a community. HMPS board member Elaine Jackson noted that in those days people would meet at taverns to socialize and hear the latest news.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a homemade dinner prepared by the members of the HMPS events committee. Appetizers will include a variety of cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and mint tea and other beverages. The dinner menu will be pear salad, butternut bisque soup, baked ham with a raisin sauce, scalloped potatoes, and baked corn.

As the meal winds down, guests will be served coffee and tea and homemade carrot cake for dessert, and the historical presentation will begin. HMPS board member Dale Good wrote the program based on letters written between President Buchanan and members of the Haldeman family.

Doug O'Brien will make an appearance as President Buchanan. O'Brien is a retired broadcaster who spent most of his career working in New York City. He began giving tours at Wheatland shortly after moving to Lancaster in 2014 and has experience doing re-enactments of President Buchanan and other historical figures associated with him. O'Brien serves as a member of the LancasterHistory.org marketing committee and volunteers at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. He is married to Lancaster native Catherine Smith, and the couple has one daughter and two granddaughters who reside in Tennessee.

Guests can enjoy listening to the re-enactment while taking in the beauty of the mansion, which was built in four stages and was completed in 1811. The home was the birthplace of Samuel Haldeman, who became a prominent and respected scientist and scholar, largely through self-study, and made significant contributions in the fields of zoology and linguistics, according to www.explorepahistory.org. Samuel was the eldest of nine siblings. His younger brother Horace served in the Mexican and Civil wars, and their younger brother Paris traveled by wagon to the California Gold Rush.

There is a fee per person for the dinner. Reservations are required and should be made by Tuesday, Sept. 5, by contacting Jackson at 717-426-3794. Space is limited.

Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing preservation of the Haldeman Mansion.

Free tours of the historic Haldeman Mansion are offered to the public during open houses on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The property is also available to rent for weddings, reunions, and other celebrations.

For more information on the Tavern Dinner and other events at the mansion, readers may visit www.haldeman-mansion.org.

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World War II Encampment Slated August 17, 2017

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks, 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville, invites the public to a World War II encampment weekend set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The village will offer a 1940s atmosphere with World War II posters and swing music. More than two dozen WWII re-enactors in authentic uniforms representing both the Allies and Axis countries are expected to be present to interact with visitors. A variety of vehicles and weapons used during the WWII era will be present as well.

Visitors will also see how the railroad supported the war effort and was affected by it. Due to gasoline rationing during the war, the Ma and Pa saw passenger traffic more than quadruple from 1940 to 1943.

Additionally, 45-minute motorcar train rides and tours of the village will also be offered during the encampment.

The Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village is open every Sunday through Sept. 3, and it will also be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. Admission to the village and buildings is free. Hourly motorcar train rides are available for a fee, and advance tickets can be purchased at www.MaAndPaRailroad.com.

For more information or to schedule a group visit or private event, readers may visit the website or email info@MaAndPaRailroad.com.

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WWII Program Planned August 16, 2017

The Tri-County Heritage Society, Morgantown, has rescheduled its World War II program, originally scheduled for June 6, to Saturday, Aug. 26. The event will be held in the Community Room of the Caernarvon Township Municipal Building, 3307 Main St., Morgantown, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The society has researched the 75 WWII veterans listed on the Caernarvon Township War Memorial located at the American Legion in Joanna and compiled a booklet of this information along with additional biographies of local and society member WWII veterans. There will be various displays of World War II memorabilia. Period music with be played.

A Rosie the Riveter contest will be held. Anyone coming dressed as the iconic woman worker of the period will be entered to win a prize. A cake walk will be held at 2 p.m. A silent auction will be held of WWII military items and vintage items from the 1940s. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes.

The public is invited to attend the free event. For more information, readers may visit www.tricountyheritage.org or contact Diane Bowman at 610-286-6991.

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Historical Society Plans Meeting August 15, 2017

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Guest speaker Paul Kutta will give a presentation on the topic "Railroads in the Area." Kutta worked in the railroad industry for 35 years and is a past member of the National Railway Historical Society.

Admission is free, and visitors are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for "Sadsbury Township Historical Society" on Facebook.

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Half-Day Field Trips Planned August 15, 2017

Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer half-day field trips on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour will visit numerous locations, including the house of Martin Mellinger, the prominent deacon who gave the congregation its name.

To register, visit www.lmhs.org or call 717-393-9745. The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 21, and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Gretna History Book Is Available August 9, 2017

A new book, "Two for the Woods," which chronicles the history of Mount Gretna, is now available and is on sale through the Mount Gretna Area Historical Society. The book was written by former Mount Gretna resident Tom Meredith.

The book is written in the same style and with a similar combination of historic photos and text as Meredith's earlier book "Listed!" "Two for the Woods" tells the story of the "fraternal twins" - Mount Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua areas - and the challenges encountered in creating the two historic communities in Mount Gretna. Featuring more than 50 photographs, the book provides historic and current glimpses of Mount Gretna.

The book was written for the 125th anniversary of Mount Gretna's Campmeeting and Chautauqua areas that is being celebrated this year.

The book may be purchased at the society's headquarters, located at 206 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays or at the Mount Gretna Visitors Center from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Books may also be ordered from the society by calling 717-964-1105.

Society members will receive a discount. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support the operations and mission of the society.

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Civil War Re-enactment Event Posted August 9, 2017

Civil War battle re-enactment events will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the open fields at Union Canal Tunnel Park.

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 27, re-enactors portraying the 93rd Pennsylvania Regiment and other Union brigades will stage a battle against re-enactors portraying the Confederate Army. The skirmish is expected to involve as many as 200 re-enactors from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. Spectators may bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Other events on Aug. 26 will include the Civil War Triathlon at 6 p.m. and the candlelight tour of the camp from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Narrated boat tours through the tunnel will also be available both days between noon and 5 pm. Food and Civil War memorabilia vendors will be located near the pavilion.

There is no fee to watch the battle. There is a fee for the canal tours, but tour admission is free to children age 5 and under. There is a parking fee per car. Also, attendees may bring food items to be donated to the Lebanon Rescue Mission.

No pets will be permitted on the south side of the park during the event, but attendees may bring their pets to the north side of the park. For more information, readers may search for "Lebanon County Historical Society" on Facebook or visit www.lebanoncountyhistoricalsociety.org.

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Horseless Carriages Will Motor Into Strasburg August 4, 2017

The Susquehanna Valley Region of the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) will host the National Beautiful Brass Car (BBC) Tour and flea market in Strasburg next week. The tour will be headquartered at the Clarion Inn, 1400 Historic Drive, Strasburg, from Monday, May 22, to Thursday, May 25. Approximately 75 Brass Era cars will tour the area on those days.

A BBC auto show and flea market will precede the tour. It will take place on Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg. The flea market will be open to vendors who have pre-World War II car parts and accessories, and spaces may be reserved by contacting Clay Green at cgreen3rd@comcast.net or 215-313-2734.

A horseless carriage is any powered vehicle that was manufactured prior to 1916, which is considered the end of the Edwardian era. Most of the vehicles from that time were trimmed in brass, giving rise to the title "beautiful brass car." Only original autos will be displayed at the car show, said Susquehanna Valley Region editor Tracy Lesher.

"(People are attracted to horseless carriages because of their) love of historical preservation, the love of adventure and the challenge associated with driving and maintaining these vehicles, and the friendships and camaraderie that develops over years," Lesher said. "The members enjoy sharing their knowledge and appreciation of these vehicles with each other and nonmembers alike."

Public events like the car show give visitors a close-up look at the predecessors of modern automobiles. "These cars represent the original SUVs," Lesher commented. "We have been known to ford creeks and drive down dirt roads (in these cars) just as people would have done more than 100 years ago."

Each day of the tour will involve driving a roundtrip of an average of 75 miles to see sights. The routes are often country roads with as little traffic as possible, Lesher noted. "It's a fun hobby that allows members to see places in southeastern Pennsylvania that are off the beaten path and that they would not necessarily visit on their own."

The Susquehanna Valley Region of the HCCA hosts a second national brass car tour in Hershey in October, and other events - most involving driving to a location for an activity - are held from spring through fall. The group will visit the Ma and Pa Railroad in Airville and display vehicles in eastern York County in July and participate at Rough and Tumble in Kinzers in August.

"(We are) a multigenerational club, and it is something the whole family can participate in," Lesher said. "The club - both at the local and national levels - centers on preserving the history of early cars."

To learn more about the group, readers may visit www.svrhcca.weebly.com or contact Jeff Lesher at lesh4@dejazzd.com or 610-639-1977.

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Museum Offers "Blue Star" Program August 3, 2017

The Historical Society of Dauphin County has announced its participation in the Blue Star Museums program of the National Endowment for the Arts. The program will continue through Friday, Sept. 1. Participating museums, including the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve members. The free tours will be given on Tuesdays through Fridays and on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Free parking is available behind the mansion.

The Georgian-style mansion was built by Harrisburg founder and pioneer trader John Harris Jr. in 1766 and re-fashioned in the Victorian style after 1863 by Sen. Simon Cameron, President Lincoln's first secretary of war and later minister to Russia. Eleven rooms are open to the public. The current exhibit, "Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I," is included in the tour.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission. The program provides families opportunities to learn about the nation's cultural heritage and the families' communities, especially after a military move.

Last summer, more than 900,000 military members and their families took advantage of free admission as part of Blue Star Museums, visiting not only historic sites and history museums but also museums and centers focused on fine arts, science, music, and nature, as well as children's museums.

The Historical Society of Dauphin County was founded in 1869 and has administered the mansion and a research library since 1941. For more information, readers may visit www.DauphinCountyHistory.org or call 717-233-3462.

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One Honey Of A Run August 3, 2017

"Everyone who enters the race gets a jar of honey," said Dan Cless, Hempfield Rec fitness and wellness director and coordinator of the 18th annual Amos Herr 5K Honey Run.

Other honey-based treats will be available to entrants before and after the 5K race, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The race will begin and end at Amos Herr Park, 1756 Nissley Road, Landisville, and the course will take participants through Landisville. Cless noted that the course is mostly flat, but there is somewhat of an incline at one point.

"Once you get past Church Street to Bowman - which is the most uphill - it's downhill from there," Cless said.

Runners and walkers, as well as people with wheelchairs, are welcome to participate. Dogs and strollers will be allowed on the course.

"In my experience, it was a pretty fast course," added Evan Himes, who ran the race for the first time last year. He was one of the total of 462 people who participated in the 5K and the children's fun run, held before the 5K.

That is quite a lot of people around the starting line, but no one was at a disadvantage. The race is chip-timed, so even someone who starts at the back of the pack has a chance to win. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group. The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 cash award, a specialty glass, and a bronze honey bear trophy. Himes, who works in sales and marketing for the honey producer that sponsors the race, noted that the trophies are cast from a model of the first honey bear plastic bottle, which was named "Nugget."

Medals will be awarded to the top five finishers in each age group in the children's fun run, which will be held at 5 p.m. Every participant will receive a ribbon as well.

Himes was impressed by last year's event and expects this year will be just as good.

"It's an accessible race. It's unique (in that it is) held on a Sunday afternoon," Himes remarked. "There's a strong community feel, and it's family-oriented. The community really gets around it."

The community benefits from the funds raised through the Honey Run. Hempfield Rec and the Amos Herr House Foundation and Historical Society split the proceeds. Cless said that his organization will use its portion of the proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund and programs to help the community. The historical society maintains the 1852 Herr Family Homestead that, according to http://herrhomestead.org/, "authentically depicts life on a 19th-century Lancaster County farm."

Folks may register for the Honey Run by visiting www.hempfieldrec.com and looking under "Special Events," or they may pick up brochures at Hempfield Rec, 950 Church St., Landisville. Registrations will be accepted until Wednesday, Aug. 16. After that date, folks must wait until the day of the event to register. Registrants who meet the Aug. 16 deadline will be guaranteed event T-shirts and receive discounts on the entry fees.

For more information, readers may contact Cless at dcless@hempfieldrec.com or call 717-898-3102, ext. 38.

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Historical Society To Feature Mealy August 3, 2017

Penn Manor High School social studies teacher Todd Mealy will discuss the history of the black power movement when he speaks during the Millersville Area Historical Society's meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, in Millersville's municipal center, 100 Municipal Drive.

Mealy will use a slideshow to examine black power dialogue in relation to global decolonization movements during the 1960s. While Mealy's talk will focus on the racial liberation movement in Lancaster City and at Franklin & Marshall College, its aim will be to align the events that occurred in 1969 with the national and international political climate of the era. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

A Bradford County native who grew up in Harrisburg, Mealy is now a Lancaster resident and has taught American history in Lancaster County for 15 years. He will graduate next May with a doctorate in American studies from Penn State University-Harrisburg. Mealy's areas of expertise include the civil rights and black power movements, abolition and the Underground Railroad, and sports history. He has authored four books, including "Aliened American: A Biography of William Howard Day" and "This Is the Rat Speaking: Black Power and the Promise of Racial Consciousness at Franklin & Marshall College in the Age of the Takeover." Mealy is also a contributing journalist for Pennsylvania Heritage, in which he has written extensively about the 14th Amendment and the desegregation of several institutions in Pennsylvania.

Admission to the historical society's meeting will be free, but donations will be appreciated. For more information, readers may call Phil Gerber at 717-872-8837 before 5 p.m. or email him at pge8507@aol.com.

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Historical Society Plans Program August 2, 2017

Solanco Historical Society will host a presentation on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m. The program will take place at the Solanco Historical Society Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville.

Robert A. Frick, teacher of school law, will share the story of John Wise, a 19th-century balloonist from Lancaster.

Wise was a pioneer aeronaut (balloonist). He developed mechanical structures and techniques that are still used in the field today. Wise completed a total of 462 ascensions during his lifetime. His last trip, Sept. 29, 1879, took him over Lake Michigan, where his balloon fell into the water and he was not recovered.

The program is free and open to the public.

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Historical Society Plans Book Sale August 1, 2017

The Highspire Historical Society, 273 Second St., Highspire, will hold its annual book sale on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon. A wide assortment of books will be available, as will chicken corn soup and beverages.

All proceeds will support the mid-1820s Wilson House, the society's historic museum. Funds will go toward the replacement of windows and the balcony over the back porch, as well as the roof of the carriage house, which is used to store items for the historical society's flea markets. The project is estimated to cost approximately $4,000.

The sale will take place at the back of the property, along Lusk Avenue. For more information, readers may call president Judy Miller at 717-939-0385.

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Haldeman Mansion To Host Geology Walk July 31, 2017

Professor Samuel Steman Haldeman, who was born in 1812 and raised in his family's Bainbridge mansion, had an interest in nature and geology at a young age. He explored the land around the family's property, which borders the Susquehanna River. According to York County historian and geologist Jeri Jones, he eventually discovered a fossil in the Chickies Rock area so impressive that it motivated him to write to Charles Darwin. Jones said that Haldeman had discovered a scolithus, a fossil that was determined to be approximately six million years old at that time.

Stories like these will be part of a geology and archaeology walk that Jones is set to present to the public on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Haldeman Mansion, 230 Locust Grove Road, Bainbridge.

Anyone is welcome to attend, and preregistration is not necessary. There is a separate nominal fee for adults and for children age 12 and younger. Any proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation of the mansion. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and Jones will begin his presentation at 10 a.m.

"It's a unique area, and there's a lot of history at the Haldeman Mansion," remarked Jones. The mansion itself is built mainly of limestone, as well as some sandstone. "We're dealing with two different ages of rocks," Jones noted. He will share about the rock types and the building process of the mansion, as well as cover information about the Susquehanna River and its banks.

Attendees should wear comfortable shoes, and all walking will be on the grounds of the mansion. In the case of inclement weather, the talk will be moved indoors.

Jones resides in York and holds a degree in geology and archaeology from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. He travels the country doing research and giving educational presentations.

To learn more about the Haldeman Mansion, readers may visit www.haldeman-mansion.org.

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Round Table Sets Meeting July 31, 2017

The Lancaster Civil War Round Table will host historian and author Gene Schmiel on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road.

Schmiel will present "Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era," a study of the Middle Period politician, soldier, and renaissance man. The presentation will address the question of "why, despite his many skills and advantages, did Cox not achieve the level of postwar political success that met so many Ohio Civil War Generals?"

Schmiel is a retired foreign service officer of the U.S. Department of State, and was an assistant professor of history at St. Francis University. He has also taught at Marymount, Shenandoah, and Penn State universities. He has a doctorate from Ohio State University, and has co-authored, with his wife Kathryn, a book about life in the foreign service.

The program is free and open to the public. Preregistration is suggested but not required by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or emailing register@lititzlibrary.org. For more information, readers may email lancastercivilwarroundtable@gmail.com or call Micky at 717-940-7411.

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History Society Plans Program July 27, 2017

The East Hanover Historical Society of Dauphin County invites the public to a program on Monday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Township Municipal Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville. Retired York County pastor Curtis Weber will present "The Role of a Civil War Chaplain." He will be dressed in period clothing like that worn by a minister during the 1860s and a Union chaplain during the Civil War. Weber is a Hummelstown native and former member of Hummelstown United Church of Christ.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may call Donna Shutt at 717-469-2187.

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LancasterHistory.org Posts Tours July 26, 2017

LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, has announced tours that will be available on Saturday, Aug. 5.

African-American heritage walking tours will be available at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will depart from the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, and will last 60 to 90 minutes.

An expert tour guide will take visitors to important places in African-American history, including businesses on Penn Square, the site of the Elite Hotel, the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith historic site, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster County Courthouse, St. James Episcopal Church, the site of the old Lancaster Train Station, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Fulton Hall/Old Jail and Central Market. Visitors will learn about abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, preachers and entrepreneurs in downtown Lancaster.

The African-American heritage walking tours will be presented on the first Saturday of every month through October. No reservations are needed. Tickets will be available on tour days at the Lancaster City Visitor Center.

Wheatland: The Early Years living history tours will be available from noon to 3 p.m. at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, 230 President Ave., Lancaster. Presentations will take place on the hour and last approximately 30 minutes. Coverage can be arranged for any tour.

Re-enactors will portray James Buchanan and his niece, Harriet Lane, and nephew, James B. Henry, as they welcome re-enactors portraying out-of-town guests, including Connecticut state Sen. Isaac Toucey and his wife, Catherine Nichols Toucey.

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"Catch The Fat Cat" Fishing Tournament Planned July 26, 2017

With flathead catfish thriving in size and numbers in the Susquehanna River, Columbia Historic Preservation Society president Chris Vera decided the timing was right to host the organization's inaugural Catch the Fat Cat Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 19.

"I see catfish tournaments all around in other places, and I thought this would be a good thing for Columbia - to have a new tournament come in," commented Vera. Highlighting the sport in the Catch the Fat Cat Fishing Tournament is an honor for Vera, whose family history of fishing in the Susquehanna dates back several generations. Several of Vera's uncles were well-known locally for their fishing accomplishments, and he enjoys fishing like his father and grandfather before him.

"The river is at its healthiest point since I was a kid," Vera remarked. "This tournament is for families to come down and see how big the fish are. It's possible that a state record could be caught. It's prime time for these flathead catfish."

Tournament participants will meet and launch out from Columbia River Park, 41 Walnut St., beginning at 4 p.m., and the tournament will run through 11 p.m. All fishers must have a current Pennsylvania fishing license, and boats will be inspected by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. "They can fish from the mouth of Chiques Creek down to the Safe Harbor Dam," Vera said, noting that there will be plenty of space for all competitors.

One to three fishers may be in a boat, and there is a set entry fee per boat. A total of three fish per boat may be caught and counted for weigh-ins conducted by a local tackle shop. All of the fish must be released alive, and Vera noted that dead fish will be disqualified.

The grand champion for the biggest fish caught will receive a cash prize and a trophy. Additional trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the first-, second-, and third-place boats based on the combined weight of the fish caught per boat. To register, interested individuals may call 717-572-7149 or email cverachps@gmail.com. Space is limited to 49 boats.

At Columbia River Park, food trucks will offer a variety of items for attendees to purchase, and an assortment of boat, fish, and tackle vendors will have information booths set up for attendees to peruse.

Proceeds from the Catch the Fat Cat Fishing Tournament will support building renovations for the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, 21 N. Second St. Published articles and books, a model train display, artifacts, a research room, and a microfilm archive related to the history of Columbia are all part of the museum, which is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more, readers may visit www.columbiahistory.net.

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KCVPS Publishes Local History Book July 26, 2017

The Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society (KCVPS) has published a book, "Tales of the Long Ago - Rev. Walter E Garrett." KCVPS member Jeff Clinton compiled the book's 55 tales of Kreutz Creek Valley history, written while Garrett was pastor of the Kreutz Creek Charge of York County from 1920 to 1939. The stories' topics include the Kreutz Creek Native Americans, the Hallam Blacksmith Shop, the Martin Schultz family, log cabins, Camp Security, several mills, old time schools, and more. The book is fully indexed.

The book will be available for sale at KVCPS' museum, 5345 Lincoln Highway, Hellam, on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 9, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It will also be available at the KCVPS booth at the Hallam Recreation Carnival on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26.

The KCVPS was formed in 1986 to promote an interest in the history of Hallam Borough and Hellam Township. The organization purchased a circa 1865 one-room schoolhouse building in 1997 and turned it into a museum for Hellam/Hallam artifacts and memorabilia. The museum is open to the public on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.

For further information, readers may email kcvps@pa.net or call Jeff Clinton at 717-225-1415.

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