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A bit of the Lone Star state comes to York County

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    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 >>
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  • Teenagers Earn Their Wings in Lebanon County

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    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 >>
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  • Autoharp Gathering in Perry County Draws Worldwide Participants

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    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 >>

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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