Quantcast

Out & About: Carlisle man show never too old to help others - abc27 WHTM

Carlisle man proves you're never too old to help others

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:29:00 GMT
    It's a process made highly visible following the 9-11 attack in New York City: the mass decontamination of people and vehicles from toxic material and substances.Today, mass decontamination drills are a part of emergency responder training all across the nation, including one recently in Chambersburg.The exercise drew area fire fighters and emergency personnel who gained first hand experience in setting up and caring for a large group of hazardous material victims.For this single pumper exerc...More >>
    It's a process made highly visible following the 9-11 attack in New York City: the mass decontamination of people and vehicles from toxic material and substances.Today, mass decontamination drills are a part of emergency responder training all across the nation, including one recently in Chambersburg.The exercise drew area fire fighters and emergency personnel who gained first hand experience in setting up and caring for a large group of hazardous material victims.For this single pumper exerc...More >>
  • Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:31:46 GMT
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
  • Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:16:25 GMT
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

At Chapel Pointe Retirement Center in Carlisle, 97-year-old Joe Dopsovik is known for his quick smile and his quilts.

"I sew approximately four to five hours a day," Dopsovik said. "Once you get in the mood, get in the swing, [you] keep going."

For more than a decade, the Lehigh County native has been turning out these colorful creations for area nursing homes and as fundraising items for churches and charities. His most recent project is lap robes. He gives them to fellow residents transferring to a new location.

For Dopsovik, quilting is quite the art.

"I try to avoid having the same colors side by side. This is alright, a combination like that," he said holding up one of his quilts and pointing to a portion of squares. " But you try to change them. You don't want two quilts to look the same."

And Dopsovik says he learned early on that, in this kind of work, haste makes waste.

"Never set a time limit. Once you set a time limit, that's when things go ... out of whack," Dopsovik said, finishing with a squishing sound and smile.

Although Dopsovik has been quilting for just over a decade, he's no stranger to needle and thread. For 45 years, Dopsovik oversaw the manufacturing of women's sports wear. At first for someone else company, and then for his own, until his retirement in 1980.

During World War II, women's sports wear was set aside so his company could supply the U.S. Army with field jackets. And, for his daughter's wedding in 1970, Dopsovik made all the bride's maids dresses.

His co-pilot through all this was his late wife, Theresa, his bride for 70 years. She loved that he continued to use his sewing talents to help others. And, Dopsovik remembers that love with every stitch.

" I feel very good," he said. "I feel proud. I'm hoping that it makes someone happy."

Powered by WorldNow