Quantcast

Duncannon Church Offers Food and Fellowship for Hikers. - abc27 WHTM

Duncannon Church Offers Food and Fellowship for Hikers.

Duncannon Church Offers Food and Fellowship for Hikers.

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Emergency Responders Drill for Mass Decontamination Event

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:29:00 GMT
    It's a process made highly visible following the 9-11 attack in New York City: the mass decontamination of people and vehicles from toxic material and substances.Today, mass decontamination drills are a part of emergency responder training all across the nation, including one recently in Chambersburg.The exercise drew area fire fighters and emergency personnel who gained first hand experience in setting up and caring for a large group of hazardous material victims.For this single pumper exerc...More >>
    It's a process made highly visible following the 9-11 attack in New York City: the mass decontamination of people and vehicles from toxic material and substances.Today, mass decontamination drills are a part of emergency responder training all across the nation, including one recently in Chambersburg.The exercise drew area fire fighters and emergency personnel who gained first hand experience in setting up and caring for a large group of hazardous material victims.For this single pumper exerc...More >>
  • 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

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    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 >>

For hikers along the 22-hundred mile Appalachian trail, the Perry County community of Duncannon has long been a hiker-friendly place where they can rest up and re-group. And now, thanks to volunteers at Christ Lutheran Church in Duncannon, there's another reason to feel welcome.


"When you are on the trail, you learn to crave anything fresh," said one hiker, happily filling his plate with water mellon and berries.


"We try to make the hikers feel welcome," said church volunteer Darlene Johnson. "We give them carbs and salads. Then desserts. Things they can build their energy on."


Through July these tasty meals will be available to all hikers, every Wednesday evening, After only three weeks, word about the free meals is apparently spreading quickly along the trail.


A retired chemical engineer from Greenville, South Carolina, offering his trail name "Mex B," said this kind of help for weary hikers is very much appreciated.


"The first thing I saw when I came into town was the sign saying free food for hikers," he said. "And, we hikers tend to respond to that."


A world map and national map mounted over cork allowed the visitors to mark their home towns with a marker pin. Already, there are pins in South Africa and Russia.


Many of the hikers are retired, just out of school or between jobs. But one visitor from Boston said he has an airliner cockpit waiting for him when he gets off the trail.


"I'm usually flying at about five or six hundred mph," he noted with a grin. "But lately, I'm walking at two to two-and-a half mph."


Those preparing and serving the meals say they enjoy getting to know the hikers and, by offering the good food and fellowship, they're simply putting their faith to work.


"I think a lot of people are experiencing this as a real blessing," said Pastor Beth Martini. "I think it's a way of sharing God's love."


Watching a couple of hikers leave with smiles and full stomachs, Johnson added: "Doing this makes us feel really good about helping out in our community."

Powered by WorldNow