The Art of Telling Tales: Haunted Hanover
Sep07

The Art of Telling Tales: Haunted Hanover

by Jennifer Noel, photography by Phil Grout Professor of Prestidigitation. A unique title for a unique performer. But Dr. Marc Charisse certainly owns the designation proudly. As a student of the art of magic and storytelling for over 50 years, all the while earning a Ph.D. in communication law and history from the University of Washington, Charisse seems to be the perfect narrator for Hanover’s ghostly tales. Dr. Charisse, who serves...

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Taking the Stigma Out of Seeking Help
Sep07

Taking the Stigma Out of Seeking Help

by Sylvia Blair Forty-nine-year-old Kim* has battled depression for 20 years and has also experienced chronic anxiety for the past six years. A series of tragic circumstances triggered both conditions. Her resulting grief turned into a lifelong health journey which she continues to manage today. Twenty years ago, if someone told Kim that she would be facing a lifetime of dealing with mental illness, she would not have believed it....

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From Skate to Tile
Sep07

From Skate to Tile

by James Rada, Jr., photography by Phil Grout Growing up, Rich Moorhead loved to skateboard. He liked the speed, the feel of the wind on his face, and the excitement of pulling off a stunt. Then one day, he walked into his nephew’s garage and saw a stack of broken skateboards. His nephew, who also liked skateboarding, saved his old skateboards rather than throwing them out. “What are you going to do with them?” Moorhead asked his...

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Gary Laird: Taking Care of Business
Sep07

Gary Laird: Taking Care of Business

by Nancy Duffy, photography by Bill Ryan It is difficult to catch up with a man who is always on the move. From the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa. to the “small town that just feels like home,” Gary Laird has given new life to Hanover’s Chamber of Commerce. This nationally recognized chapter, which is in constant motion under his leadership, has helped second- and third-generation businesses, as well as new businesses, thrive in the...

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The Spiritual Experience of Local Hikes
Jul06

The Spiritual Experience of Local Hikes

by Jeffrey Roth Rays from a recent Sunday morning sun danced upon the rippled surface of the briskly moving waters of Susquehanna River as it flowed past Indian Steps, in southern York County. Slightly engorged on Spring rains, the river carried tree limbs, branches and other naturally occurring flotsam, along with jetsam – plastic shopping bags, water-saturated remains of a cardboard box and other less easily identified...

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Long Live the Queen
Jul06

Long Live the Queen

by Jennifer Noel, photography by Gregory Blank Strength in numbers. The adage certainly proves to be true, especially when it comes to honey bees. Thousands of bees may blanket a single hive in order to create the intricate structure known as the honeycomb; a geometric design imitated in countless ways because of its ingenuity. A summer picnic would be incomplete without the buzzing of a bee; a cup of tea not quite ready without a...

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