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Crazy About Christmas in Upper Dauphin County

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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
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  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>

From the front yard decorations alone, you have a sense that Christmas is a big deal at the home of Kim and Ty Troutman. But step inside their Loyalton residence in upper Dauphin County and you know it's a big deal.

"It just seems to me that most of the time we are inside," said Kim Troutman with a chuckle, "so we should decorate inside."

And decorate she does. From floor to ceiling, wall to wall and room to room visitors are treated to more than 270 miniature houses and nearly one hundred collectible carolers. It's a passion that began when she used to decorate her bedroom as a child.

"I like Christmas," she exclaimed with a laugh.

Bur her love for celebrating Christmas is based first and foremost on her Christian faith.

"I used to think," she said, "that if we held a one day birthday celebration for me, then we should have at least a month-long birthday party for God's son."

Her husband Ty said the layouts are based on plans that Kim dreams up. He said he's just there to help those dreams come true. The couple start putting up the decorations and villages in mid-October, but planning for the display is a year round effort.

"I will begin planning for next year's layout starting on December 26, "Kim said. "I will begin writing down what I want to do differently next year."

Kim said friends and neighbors look forward to the new layouts each year, but it's the grandkids she keeps in mind when making her plans.

"The kids really, really like it, " she said.

And among all the villages, trees and decorations in the Troutman household are several works of seasonal art from Kim's own brush. For background Christmas music, you sometimes will find Kim at the piano providing her own sounds of the season.

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