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  • 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

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

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    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 >>

Fred Gress was an 18 year old newlywed when he sailed off to World War Two. 16 year old Maxine was his pretty young bride who was not going to let a good man get away.

"At the time, that's something that I really wanted," chuckled Maxine, "because I thought, if he went away, he'd never come back to me."

Fred did come back, and, after the war, the Fulton County natives settled into a seven decade union, built on love.

Maxine calls it a happy marriage. Fred agrees. "Well, it's been up and down," he said. "But, yeah, I think it's been a good marriage."

The same year Dwight Eisenhower moved into the White House, Fred and Maxine moved into a their new house in St. Thomas. It's the place they still call home today. For forty plus years, Fred earned his bread as a pipe fitter and welder. and Maxine made sure that bread lasted.

The couple still live on their own, but are never far from their two children, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and their house guest, Libby.

Both say family and faith helped keep their marriage strong, with humor nearby for the inevitable rough spots.

"The kids call it fighting," said Maxine, talking about occasional disagreements between her and Fred. " But, I said no, we don't fight. We just bicker around with each other."

Fred's humor surfaced while explaining his take on working through the rough times of a marriage.

"I never thought about divorce," he said with a wide grin. "But I thought about murder a couple times!"

Until recent years, Fred enjoyed making and giving away numerous wood working projects, while Maxine continues to supply family and friends with knitted and crocheted items.

"I can't do a lot anymore," said Maxine while showing off the latest sweater/jacket for great-granddaughter, Faith. " So, I feel, if I'm doing this, I'm not exactly wasting time."

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