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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 >>
    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 >>
  • 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 >>

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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