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    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 >>
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  • Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

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    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 >>
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  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

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    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...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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