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Mechanicsburg librarian completes leadership program

MECHANICSBURG — Rebecca Swanger, of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg, was among librarians who graduated from the 2013 Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies program.


The group completed a four-day program to learn about and develop the skills they need to be effective leaders.


Farmers’ market features produce ‘fresh off the vine’

Newville Borough resident Susan Wesner has been buying produce and flowers almost every week at the Farmers’ Market on the Lawn. And, she was back again to shop the local harvest Saturday outside of the John Graham Public Library.


Wesner said, “I like the fresh produce. I love the Kennebec potatoes that these guys have,” as she pointed to Horst’s produce stand.


Scott Horst and his sister Arlene operate the stand. Scott said they have a “real big” garden on their family’s property six miles north of Newville in Lower Mifflin Township.


“Most of it is extra of what we have,” said Scott.


And their excess would make other gardeners jealous. They brought a variety of produce to sell, including potatoes, red beets, herbs, peppers, peaches, tomatoes, jam, okra, hot peppers and wineberries. And if that wasn’t enough, there were handmade items like potholders, doilies, birdhouses and scrubbers.


A humble man, Scott confessed the peaches were not from his garden, but from Sunrise Orchards.


The Horst family has come to both years of the farmers’ market that began last year under the direction of former library director David Cubie. The new director, Mary Schoedel, has continued the event.


“It’s something that’s needed in the Newville community,” said Schoedel. “We offer locally grown produce and locally made items.”


The director estimates that five to seven vendors come each week along with 30-40 shoppers.


Market shopper turned vendor, Joann Cohick, was selling eggs and gladiolas for the first time at the market. A circulation clerk at the library, she came to sell the extra eggs from her six chickens that walk around on a property mostly in Upper Frankford Township.


Carol Graham (no relation to John Graham), while not there Saturday, usually sells handmade dolls and a few small paintings to add to the variety of the market’s offerings. The Newville resident has been making dolls “off and on” for 22 years.


Bill Myers, of New Kingston, was also on the lawn to sell extra produce. With a stand called Bill’s Ridge Hill Garden, Myers is not in it for the money.


“It’s not to get rich,” explained Myers, who was born and raised in Newville. He brought potatoes, blueberries, onions and red beets, but once his broccoli is ripe, he said it’s a popular item.


Jennifer Conners, of Lucky Acres in Bloserville, can relate to Myers.


“I don’t make any money but I do make friends,” said Conners. “We like the social aspect.”


Nancy Markowitz, operating the Mike and Nancy’s Eggs stand, feels the same way.


“There is a nice camaraderie amongst the vendors,” said Markowitz. “Everyone is really helpful. People don’t know what they’re missing.”


Markowitz and her husband have chosen not to use chemicals on their “mini-farm.” And she has free-range chickens as well.


“We don’t want to hurt the environment,” explained Markowitz.


Mary Pat Henry, who operates the Totem Pole Farm stand, shares the same view on sustainability. Her small farm near Newville does not use pesticides or herbicides.


“It’s fresh off the vine,” said Henry. “You don’t know how old the produce is at the store.”


“I like to help out the local people,” said Wesner, while holding two bags of the most local produce around.



Library hosts annual Loop 5K Race

CAMP HILL — The 8th annual Fredricksen Library Loop 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk will be Saturday in Camp Hill.


Check-in for both the 5K and the Fun Run begin at 7 a.m. Start time for the 5K race is 8:20 a.m., and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 8:25 a.m.


Registration and parking for the event will be at the Camp Hill United Methodist Church parking lot at 417 22nd St.. The event raises money for the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library.


Registration fee is $25 per runner or $15 per walker for the Fun Run. Racers and walkers of all ages are welcome, and strollers are allowed on the walk route.


For more information, call Kathleen Fey at 761-3900, ext. 244, or email her at


Auction to benefit Shippensburg Public Library

SHIPPENSBURG — The Friends of the Shippensburg Public Library will sponsor a public auction at 2 p.m. July 30 at Hershey Auctioneering Service, 1011 Ritner Highway, Shippensburg. Proceeds will benefit the Library Expansion Capital Campaign.


Angela Sachleben, a volunteer, said the auction will feature a variety of items that were not sold during April’s library estate sale. Among the items will be a clarinet, flute, floral couch, wooden chairs and rockers, computer desk, fireplace mantle, antique tools, china, pottery, glass items and framed artwork.


More than $7,000 was raised for the Capital Campaign at the estate sale, which was held at the Branch Creek offices. Sachleben attributed the success to teamwork.


“We were so pleased,” she said. “We had support from the Friends and the (library) board, and friends of Friends and friends of the board, and the community was great. We had a great response.


“All of the rooms of the Branch Creek offices were filled with furniture, antiques, jewelry, crafts, kitchen supplies, pictures, collectibles, china — and everything was donated by area residents.”


The Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., is located in the former George Stewart house. The expansion project includes the construction of an addition onto the existing library, which will house offices and rooms for library operations; an elevator in the addition that will access the current library; and installation of a new heating ventilation and air conditioning system. The electrical and fire alarm system will also be updated.


Library director Susan Sanders said additional renovations will include “bringing our telecommunications up to speed, upgrading windows, making things more energy efficient, making repairs to the infrastructure of the building, and having an expanded parking area.”


The Capital Campaign was launched in 2009.


Book on health care is springboard for discussion in midstate libraries

Public libraries in nine midstate counties are partnering with Aligning Forces for Quality - South Central PA and WITF to encourage residents to discuss health care in their communities and generate ideas for improvement.


To help jump-start the conversation, the public is being asked to participate in “A Summer Reid,” a special program that invites residents to visit local libraries to borrow “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care,” by New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid.


Readers are invited to hold discussions on the book with their book clubs, friends, family members and co-workers.


In the book, Reid explains the handling of health care in other countries, including France, Britain, Germany and Japan, and shares the details of his tour of universal health care systems.


Those who read the book have the chance to win a copy of it, attend a private book signing with Reid and enjoy a dinner where he will be speaking on Sept. 11.


Readers are asked to complete a survey on the book by Aug. 30, from which 30 winners will be chosen. The reader’s guide and survey are available online here.


“Libraries are very well equipped to help our communities improve health literacy and the quality of health care. We are delighted to be part of this partnership,” said Trish Calvani, president of York County Library System.


“The Healing of America” is available for loan at libraries in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.



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