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  • Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Perry County Man Gets Charge Out of Commute

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:09:35 GMT
    On the outside, it looks like any other pickup truck, until you look under the cargo cover."We have twelve 200 amp hour sealed lead acid batteries," explained Gary Nye, pointing to a truck bed full of batteries, wired in series. It's the power source foran electric motor in what was once a gasoline engine vehicle.Nye said he was inspired to make the power conversion every time he filled the gas tank of his SUV. He saw it as a way to save on his daily commute between Landisburg and Carlisle"I ...More >>
    On the outside, it looks like any other pickup truck, until you look under the cargo cover."We have twelve 200 amp hour sealed lead acid batteries," explained Gary Nye, pointing to a truck bed full of batteries, wired in series. It's the power source foran electric motor in what was once a gasoline engine vehicle.Nye said he was inspired to make the power conversion every time he filled the gas tank of his SUV. He saw it as a way to save on his daily commute between Landisburg and Carlisle"I ...More >>
  • Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:20:20 GMT
    At Farmer's Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, it was a summer school like none other. Nine days of learning about and flying glider planes. A unique chance for 16 Civil Air Patrol cadets to expand their abilities in aeronautics and in life.James Linker, Director, Civil Air Patrol Northeast Region,said the participants learn critical thinking skills that carry over into any walk of life."Primarily, it's an aviation exercise," said Linker, "but it's a great skill-building exercise too."Before, d...More >>
    At Farmer's Pride Airport in Fredericksburg, it was a summer school like none other. Nine days of learning about and flying glider planes. A unique chance for 16 Civil Air Patrol cadets to expand their abilities in aeronautics and in life.James Linker, Director, Civil Air Patrol Northeast Region,said the participants learn critical thinking skills that carry over into any walk of life."Primarily, it's an aviation exercise," said Linker, "but it's a great skill-building exercise too."Before, d...More >>
  • Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:08:08 GMT
    For five days at the end of June, it was all things Autoharp at Little Buffalo State Park near Newport."We have people from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and from almost every state," said Neal Walters, Director of the 24th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering.Throughout the festival, workshops focused on playing techniques geared for all talent levels for the multi-stringed instrument from the zither family. There was even a seminar on how to play in front of an audience.Worksho...More >>
    For five days at the end of June, it was all things Autoharp at Little Buffalo State Park near Newport."We have people from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and from almost every state," said Neal Walters, Director of the 24th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering.Throughout the festival, workshops focused on playing techniques geared for all talent levels for the multi-stringed instrument from the zither family. There was even a seminar on how to play in front of an audience.Worksho...More >>

At Family Heir-Loom Weavers, Inc., they prefer the old school approach to textiles. They use old, outdated power looms to reproduce historically accurate carpets, bedding and clothing material. Their machines are slower than modern looms, requiring complicated set-ups by hand, but they say the finished product is more authentic.

"80% of our stuff is seamed together, " said David Kline, the company's founder. " And we do it, the width, just like they did in the 19th century."

From their humble beginning 30 years ago, David and Carole Kline have watched their family-owned business grow from two looms to forty-two, operating in two separate Red Lion locations, with 32 employees. Their work can be found in nine U.S. presidential homes, many national historic sites and in several museums around the world.

"We're happy and proud to see our stuff in places like that and never thought that I would," said Kline.

And since 1997, Hollywood has called on the Kline's for carpeting and material in several movies, such as "Amistad," "Cold Mountain," and most recently, the oscar-nominated "Lincoln."

While working a loom during our visit, five-year weaver Heather Wagner noted with pride her connection to the silver screen.

"I'm actually proud to announce I did the carpet for the Lincoln movie on this loom," she said.

Their son Patrick handles day to day operations of the business, as president of the company. While his 81-year-old dad enjoys keeping the machines in working order and searching for unwanted looms from other mills and textile schools looking to upgrade.

"To make room for a new loom, textile schools have to get rid of the old looms, " Kline explained. " Carole says they call me instead of the junk man," he added with a chuckle. "We have more looms per square inch than any mill in the country."

For their non-famous customers, a restored log house next door showcases three floors of period bed covers, table runners, curtains and pillows.

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