Print Edition Highlights - May 28, 2015

America's fallen military died to preserve freedom

By Jeffrey B. Roth

Photo by Mark Ryder.

The Dillsburg VFW honor guard prepares for the 21 gun salute following the Memorial Day ceremony at the Dillsburg Cemetery on Monday.

____ Honoring a tradition began in 1947, the VFW South Mountain Post 6771 paused to remember their fallen comrades at Memorial Day services, Monday.
____ Under blue skies, about 200 people congregated at the VFW War Memorial in Dillsburg Cemetery, following the annual Memorial Day parade, to pay tribute to the more than 1.1 million servicemen and women who died in combat from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terror.
____ As President Barack Obama noted in his speech at Arlington Cemetery, this is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war. The mission of the remaining 9,800 troops in Afghanistan changed in March from combat to providing training, advice and assistance to Afghan security forces.
____ In remarks at Dillsburg’s service, Doug Tutich, VFW Post 6771 commander, said, “Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish. In 1882, the nation observed its first official Memorial Day that they set aside to remember and honor all American service members who died in the wars and conflicts this nation has fought since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for our independence.”
____ Quoting the 1970 poem: “It Is The Soldier,” by U.S. Army veteran Charles M. Province, the founder and president of the George S. Patton Jr. Historical Society, Tutich said “It is the Soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion. It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to protest. It is the Soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the Soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to vote. It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”


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Rodeo draws about 400 contestants
By Jeffrey B. Roth

Photo by Jeffrey B. Roth.
Team steer roping was one of numerous events at the 53rd Memorial Day Wellsville Frontier Days Rodeo, Monday in Wellsville.

____ Cowboy boots, 10-gallon hats, horses, steer, dust, straw and determination highlighted the 53rd Wellsville Frontier Days Memorial Rodeo, held Monday, in Wellsville.
____ Jim Miller, who has been associated with the rodeo for 50 of the organization's 53-year history, said the finals of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Monday event featured open rodeo events for competitors.
____ “It's getting bigger every year,” said Miller, of Dover, who serves as the show chairman. 'There are over a thousand spectators here. We also have a rodeo on Labor Day. There are close to 400 contestants competing today.”
____ Rodeo events included pole bending, bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, team roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, ribbon roping, barrel racing and bull riding, Miller said. The event traces its history back to six local families, who, in 1961, held a “play day” in a Wellsville meadow, with the intention of reviving a western frontier experience.
____ For the first several years, the event was held on the grounds of the Wellsville Fire Company, Miller said. In 1969, the non-profit organization purchased six acres as its permanent home. Later, the organization purchased additional acres.


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Bridge weight questioned
By Carolyn Hoffman

____ Two Warrington Township residents from Beaver Creek Road attended the May 20 supervisors’ session to report that the condition of the bridge there is thus far preventing them from replacing a well that has dried.
____ The residents along the deadend road have asked for the bridge to be replaced for several years, as the bridge’s weight limit prevents heavy equipment from safely crossing it. Warrington has taken steps to obtain permits from PennDOT for the rebuild but has been hampered by figuring out how and where to reroute traffic while the bridge is being replaced.
____ The residents told supervisors that a well-drilling rig weighs 65,000 lbs., more than double the current limit of 15 tons or 22 tons for a combination axle vehicle. However, even after the bridge is repaired, PennDOT must set its weight limit, and there’s no guarantee the weight limit would change at all, let alone double, according to Rebecca Bradshaw, township manager.

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Also in the May 28, 2015 edition:
-Community Calendar
___ -Obituaries
___ -Letters to the Editor
___ -20 years ago

Print Edition Highlights - May 28, 2015

Doormats no more, Northern romps to 19-0 season
By Andy Sandrik

Submitted photo.
Northern's U13 Purple lacrosse team finished with a 19-0 record in the York County Lacrosse Association this season.

____In the years leading up to this York County Lacrosse Association season, the players on Northern's U13 Purple team had grown used to getting stomped by their opponents.
____The Polar Bears weren't helping, either, by playing selfishly.
____But something changed this season and Northern took the YCLA by storm.
____Steve Hammel's Purple team had an extraordinary year. Northern finished 19-0 and outscored its opponents by a 260-48 margin.
____"About 70 percent of the kids on this team have come up through U9 and U11 and have taken their lumps," Hammel said. "We were getting beat up in this league every year. It's remarkable what they did this year turning it around and figuring out how to play. The YCLA has stronger teams in the south and for Northern to win it this year is a pretty big deal."
____Northern put its talents on full display when the playoffs began. The Purple team thrashed West York 16-1 in the quarterfinals and punched their ticket to the championship game with a 7-2 victory over the Shooting Irish.
____Northern then defeated Dallastown 7-3 to become the first team from Dillsburg to ever win a U13 or U15 title.

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Open 4-H Benefit Horse Show

Submitted photo.
Youth Gaming Champion Aimee Getgen, of Etters, at the Open Benefit Show, benefitting York County 4-H Horse Clubs.

____ York County 4-H Horse Clubs hosted an Open Benefit Show on Saturday, April 25 at the York County 4-H Center to raise money for the county’s 4-H horse program. Some 53 exhibitors competed at the show in classes falling under the divisions of Beginner Hunter, Open Hunter, Youth English, Open English, Youth Western, Open Western, Youth Gaming and Open Gaming. Division winners were as follows: Beginner Hunter – Sylvia Speelman of East Berlin, Open Hunter – RyLee Haugh of Hanover, Youth English – Allison Delle of York, Open English – Allison Delle of York, Youth Western – Sierra Weaver of Dover, Open Western – Kelley Livelsberger of York and Youth Gaming – Aimee Getgen of Etters.
____ The York County 4-Horse Program currently consists of about 100 members, 40 dedicated volunteers and numerous parents and families. Members take projects in the areas of horse performance, junior horse (raising young horses), horseless and the new horse cloverbud program. The 4-H Horse Program develops life skills in youth including responsibility, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, community service and positive attitudes of self-worth through horsemanship. The program also promotes knowledge of horsemanship and responsible, ethical animal care and management. Riding lessons are not provided. For more information on the 4-H Horse Program in York County, please contact Lisa Witmer at 840-7408 or

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Wolf Tracks
The adventure
By Dave Wolf

Photo by Dave Wolf.
A Brown taken by the author on a dry fly.

____ There is a splashy rise, revealing a trout that had taken a March brown mayfly. The rise of a trout is only one reason I had come here.
____ The invitation is expected, at one time by phone, now by email. It’s a gathering of long-time friends, of like minds in the fact that they love to fly fish. At first, it was held at a trailer that eventually fell into decay.
____ To me it’s a camp, a place removed from the trials of everyday living. But my longtime friend and host, and his wife, decided to call it their “Mountain Home.” It’s a rather long drive—as it should be—and the roads are snaking blacktop, meandering around, through and over the mountains. The scenery is constantly changing, and now that I’ve learned not to rush, I soak in the subtle variations. I note the lack of whitetails, once so abundant that they were the cause of many accidents. I look up when a shadow crosses my windshield and find a hawk soaring overhead.
____ Whenever I cross a creek, I look closely to see the stream level and color. There have been times when I’ve seen the rings of rising fish, something that propels me faster toward my destination. I have been questioned on why I go, but the list is endless. However, I know that I will learn something new whenever I venture into nature.

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