Debra Smith: Music ‘Offers a  Hold on Humanity’
Nov08

Debra Smith: Music ‘Offers a Hold on Humanity’

by Lisa Moody Breslin, photography by Kelly Heck Music educator Debra Smith has garnered many resume-worthy accomplishments during her 33 years with Hanover Public Schools, but ask her about sources of personal pride and her students’ accomplishments are at the top of her list. Smith could boast about being Hanover Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, WGAL Impact Teacher of the Year and Eighth-Grade Teacher of the Year, but she...

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For the Love of the Land
Nov08

For the Love of the Land

by James Rada Jr., photography by Phil Grout Farming once had an image. Farmers were weathered-skinned men dressed in coveralls and working all day to raise a single crop on hundreds of acres of land. Modern farmers have changed that image. They have refined what works best through trial and error, and in the process not only changed what farming is, but who the modern farmer is. York County farmers are still predominantly white...

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Ready Set Goals
Nov08

Ready Set Goals

by Kym Byrnes, photography by Bill Ryan The notion that a plan is necessary to reach goals, and that goals are necessary to achieve success, is the thinking that led Hanover Public Schools to start a seventh-grade initiative that puts students at the center of planning for their high school years and after. Piloted in the 2016-2017 school year, the VIP2 initiative — which stands for Visionary Individualized Planning Process — aims to...

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Hagerman Restoration: Eye for Detail
Nov08

Hagerman Restoration: Eye for Detail

by Kym Byrnes, photography by Bill Ryan Most days Paul Hagarman can be found in a workshop, surrounded by generations-old furniture that is broken, scratched, dulled, missing pieces and in general disrepair. He takes the task of bringing these heirlooms back to life seriously, and his customers say his eye for detail and desire for perfection make him as unique as the furniture he’s restoring. For Hagarman, restoring furniture is an...

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How to Tackle Boredom After the Meal Ends
Nov08

How to Tackle Boredom After the Meal Ends

by Linda L. Esterson The holiday meal was a success, and now the dishes are cleaned and put away. It’s the next morning, and Uncle George, Aunt Jane and all of the cousins are still at the house — and they will be here through the long weekend, or maybe even an entire week. It’s great to have family visiting from out of town, but once the festive meal is a memory, what can you do to keep from just sitting and staring at each other?...

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The Perfect Tree
Nov08

The Perfect Tree

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” — especially when the evergreens that have been planted for the coming holiday season gradually grow taller as days grow shorter. Finding a Christmas tree can be one of the most exciting ways to prepare for the holidays, and with over twelve Christmas tree farms, the Hanover area is full of resources to help you find the right tree for your home. Below is a list of Christmas Tree farms in...

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