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  • 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 >>
  • 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 >>

York County Cattle farmer Shawn Pequignot says the breed of cattle he raises often confuses people. "When I tell people I raise Texas Longhorns, 'Oh, you're from Texas? No, I'm from Wellsville, Pennsylvania. I raise Texas Longhorns,' " said Pequignot.

And Pequignot not only raises Longhorns, he promotes them.

"There are Longhorns in every state in the United States. And Canada."

It's a business he got into when his high school dream of riding bulls for a living didn't work out.

"I originally wanted to raise bucking bulls," explained the Dover High School grad, "so I got into the Longhorns thinking I could make them into a bucking bull. But, they're too docile."

"I loved riding bulls," he added. "I have no regrets other than my sore joints and muscles I have, you know. But it was a good time."

10 years ago Shawn and wife, Seasons, launched the Crazy Cattle Company, so named after chasing down their first bull when it jumped free from its trailer. Today, the couple maintain 30 of these unique animals, famous for horn lengths sometimes exceeding 75 inches, and for their unusual coloring and very lean meat. Tending to his herd is a commitment Shawn looks forward to, even after putting in a full day at a construction job with his dad and two brothers.

"The way I see it, some people watch football," Pequignot explained. "Some people watch NASCAR. I got my cows."

But Shawn and Seasons are not alone in the endeavor. After school, their 10-year-old son, Sam,is out the door and on his way to the heifer barn.

"Well, I take care of these guys in here," boasted young Sam," and I have a couple of other chores that I do. But right now, I am going to water them, then I walk around in the pen and put feed in the feed pan."

Rounding out the family venture, is 7-year-old Hannah who has eggs to collect and chickens to feed. And recently, Shawn was recognized nationally for his role in promoting the Texas Longhorn breed, and for his willingness to help newcomers to the business.

"Yeah, it's a rough life," joked Shawn Pequignot about his prized herd, "They eat and sleep. Kinda like babies."

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