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Annette Funicello, former Mouseketeer, dies at 70 of complications from multiple sclerosis

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:45:45 UTC

2013-04-08T17:56:26Z

The pretty, dark-haired Funicello was just 13 when she gained fame on Walt Disney's television kiddie "club." She appeared in Disney movies, recorded songs and, in the 1960s, paired with Frankie Avalon for beach-party movies. NEW YORK — Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club," who matured to a successful career in records and '60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died Monday, The Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70.She died peacefully at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from multiple sclerosis, the company said.Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.The pretty, dark-haired Funicello was just 13 when she gained fame on Walt Disney's television kiddie "club," an amalgam of stories, songs and dance routines that ran from 1955 to 1959.Cast after Disney saw her at a dance recital, she soon began receiving 8,000 fan letters a month, 10 times more than any of the 23 other young performers.Her devotion to Walt Disney remained throughout her life. "He was the dearest, kindest person, and truly was like a second father to me," she remarked. "He was a kid at heart."When "The Mickey Mouse Club" ended, Annette (as she was often billed) was the only club member to remain under contract to the studio. She appeared in such Disney movies as "Johnny Tremain," ''The Shaggy Dog," ''The Horsemasters," ''Babes in Toyland," ''The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" and "The Monkey's Uncle."She also became a recording star, singing on 15 albums and hit singles such as "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess."Outgrowing the kid roles by the early '60s, Annette teamed with Frankie Avalon in a series of movies for American-International, the first film company to exploit the burgeoning teen market.The filmmakers weren't aiming for art, and they didn't achieve it. As Halliwell's Film Guide says of "Beach Party": "Quite tolerable in itself, it started an excruciating trend."But the films had songs, cameos by older stars and a few laughs and, as a bonus to latter-day viewers, a look back at a more innocent time. The 1965 "Beach Blanket Bingo," for example, featured subplots involving a mermaid, a motorcycle gang and a skydiving school run by Don Rickles, and comic touches by silent film star Buster Keaton. View full size Singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beauty Party," in California in 1963.  (AP Photo/File)   Among the other titles: "Muscle Beach Party," ''Bikini Beach," ''Beach Blanket Bingo," ''How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" and "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine."The shift in teen tastes begun by the Beatles in 1964 and Funicello's first marriage the following year pretty much killed off the genre.But she was somehow never forgotten though mostly out of the public eye for years. She and Avalon staged a reunion in 1987 with "Back to the Beach." It was during the filming that she noticed she had trouble walking — the first insidious sign of MS.When it was finally diagnosed, she later recalled, "I knew nothing about (MS), and you are always afraid of the unknown. I plowed into books."Her symptoms were relatively mild at first, but gradually she lost control of her legs, and she feared people might think she was drunk. So she went public with her ordeal in 1992.She wrote of her triumphs and struggles in her 1994 autobiography, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" — the title taken from a Disney song. In 1995, she appeared briefly in a television docudrama based on her book. And she spoke openly about the degenerative effects of MS."My equilibrium is no more; it's just progressively getting worse," she said. "But I thank God I just didn'[...]


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Inside SAM's newest exhibit: A look at the marriage of old and new architecture

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:00:00 UTC

2015-10-28T16:42:20Z

Susquehanna Art Museum puts itself on display for an exhibit about the art and scene of combining historic and contemporary architecture in a dozen Pennsylvania buildings. Watch video Combining something old and something new is considered good luck for a bride-to-be, but when it comes to architecture it's not always a marriage made in heaven. Susquehanna Art Museum's current exhibit, "Towards A New/Old Architecture," uses photographs, videos, scale-model reproductions and drawings to look at a dozen historic buildings in Pennsylvania which have been wedded to new additions. While a few may look like a trial separation is in order, most do produce wedded bliss. That's mainly because architects involved in the projects take pains to at least echo the historic building's structural distinctions in their new construction. RELATED: Architect's vision: See the buildings featured in the exhibit at Susquehanna Art Museum Some of the results are quite striking. Take, for example, SteelStacks in Bethlehem, a 10-acre arts and culture center that was once home to Bethlehem Steel, the steel manufacturer that helped to build the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building. With a centerpiece pavilion that hosts 1,000 concerts annually, the combination of the rusting, abandoned steel mill and the gleaming new stainless-steel bandshell is undeniably eye-catching. Developed in 2011 by WRT, a Philadelphia-based architectural firm, SteelStacks shows how a vast, mouldering industrial complex can be brought back to life. "These renovated spaces often drive a renaissance in historic neighborhoods within our communities," Harrisburg architect Chris Dawson, who curated the SAM exhibit, said. Several of the projects represented in the exhibit are themselves museums, including SAM itself. The midtown Harrisburg art museum, open less than a year at Third and Calder streets in midtown Harrisburg, is centered on a century-old bank building, complete with a massive steel vault that now serves as exhibit space. But the original footprint that has been significantly expanded through the construction of a contemporary two-story exhibition wing extending north along Third Street. The $5.7 million project is considered an aesthetic success by most, although museum directors remain mired in a financial dispute over defaulted loans and state grant money used to build SAM. As of last week, a court hearing on that issue had been postponed until November by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge. SAM Executive Director Alice Ann Schwab, hired in July after former director Laurene Buckley stepped down from the post that month, said the exhibit is an opportunity for visitors, especially youngsters, to see the incredible amount of work that goes into such projects. "Towards A New/Old Architecture" includes large-scale photographs of the finished projects, but also sketches, drawings and scale models made from balsa wood that help to tell the backstory. The kid-friendly exhibit also provides youngsters with an opportunity to draw their own architectural sketches. "We are letting people have that experience, of seeing architecture as art in its purest form," Schwab said. "It's something that's not usually center stage at an art museum, but in a real way architecture is art that we live in." SAM's exhibit, which runs until Jan. 17 of next year, also includes architectural projects combining old and new at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum, the Sigal Museum in Easton and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But there are some outliers as well, such as the remarkable Emerald Art Glass House on Pittsburgh's South Side near the Monongahela River. The wedge-shaped home, which seems to hang in space above the owner's art glass factory but is actually held aloft by a 53-foot cantilever, was designed by Fisher Architecture. "Although it's very high tech," Schwab said, "It seems to fit right in that Pittsburgh nei[...]


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These are the stars of Susquehanna Art Museum's latest exhibit

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:00:00 UTC

2015-10-28T16:39:46Z

"Towards A New/Old Architecture," Susquehanna Art Museum's current exhibit, takes visitors behind the scenes of a dozen Pennsylvania projects that married contemporary additions to historic structures




How nursery rhymes became a ballet: The genesis of CPYB's 'Once Upon a Rhyme'

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:47:00 UTC

2015-11-18T20:56:02Z

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet new ballet, "Once Upon A Rhyme," combines music and dance to re-imagine some of the cherished nursery rhymes of our youth You think you know Little Bo Peep, but really you don't know jack. Jill, either. When you stop and ponder it, all you really know about Bo Peep is that she's apparently little and a careless shepherdess. Her entire existence, like the characters in most nursery rhymes, is entirely contained in a short verse. "Once Upon A Rhyme," Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's latest entry in its Storybook Ballet Series is about to change the way you view her. Although the rhyme ends on a somewhat optimistic note, you don't even know if she actually got her sheep back. It's the same with Jack and Jill. They are thirsty and a bit clumsy, but that's about the extent of the information. "Some of these rhymes are only four lines long, so they don't really give you a lot of detail about the characters," choreographer Kelly Ann Sloan said. Sloan has taken advantage of those thin backstories in her latest creation, "Once Upon A Rhyme." With a vital assist from WITF radio personality Cary Burkett, this new ballet re-imagines not only Bo Peep, but other nursery rhyme characters such as Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice, Little Miss Muffet and Old King Cole. "I definitely took license with each character," Sloan said. "I've tried to be creative and make my own story." The talented young dancers at CPYB will offer the world premiere of "Once Upon A Rhyme" this weekend at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg. The hour-long show, which will be presented at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, launches the Carlisle-based school's 60th season. "The not-so ulterior motive," Sloan said with a laugh," is to get young children coming to the ballet. The heroes of the story are children their age. I want to show them that learning is important, that knowledge gives them power to change their situation." Sloan hopes the familiarity of the rhymes will also appeal to grown-ups in the audience, as will music by composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Glazunov, Patrick Hawes and Johann Stamitz. "Adults can recognize these nursery rhyme characters and appreciate the stories involved," Sloan said. "They can just sit back and relax and enjoy the music and the dance." Nicholas Ade, CEO of the renowned school for classical ballet, said the Storybook Ballet Series is designed to appeal to children, and to dispel still-lingering notions that ballet is some snooty art form intended only for elitists. "Ballet is much more accessible and much more entertaining that some people originally think," Ade said. "Ballet is so clear in its storytelling. I always tell people, just go and appreciate it first. It was like that for me with jazz music. I didn't know anything about it, but once I listened to Miles Davis I thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever heard." In Sloan's vision, our young heroine has no patience for waiting around and seeing if her sheep will find their own way home. She's venturing into a dream-like landscape in search of them, and she's recruited a classroom of young students taught by Mrs. Goose to help her. "The sets are done in a pop-up book kiind of feel," Sloan said. "They are not cumbersome huge sets, but just pieces that come in or drop down." The searchers encounter familiar characters, but they don't always behave quite as expected. Take Little Miss Muffet, for example, who likes to sit on a hassock while eating cottage cheese. In "Once Upon a Rhyme," Miss Muffet is also a spoiled brat who has claimed a pair of Bo Peep's sheep as pets. Bo Beep and the schoolchildren manage to scare her away with, yes, a spider. "Once Upon a Rhyme" features more than 60 roles, including some sheep and mice, giving lots of CPYB students a chance to take the stage. School founder Marcia D[...]


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Beer Brackets: What's the schedule for Round Three?

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:15:00 UTC

2015-03-22T19:16:22Z

And then there were eight.

And then there were eight.

We are now officially in Round Three of our Beer Brackets challenge, with a number of local breweries still holding strong against some of the big craft brews from other states. Will the competition shift in favor of craft beer titans? Or will the supremacy of the central Pennsylvania beer scene be cemented?

There is only one way to determine that beer fans: Keep pouring out support for your favorites as Beer Brackets continues.

ROUND THREE 

Unless otherwise specified, all polls this week will go up at 9 a.m.

On Monday, March 23: 

  • It's Troegs Perpetual IPA vs. Founders Breakfast Stout

On Tuesday, March 24:

  • Southern Tier Creme Brulee vs. Appalachian Brewing Company Water Gap Wheat

On Wednesday, March 25:

  • Moo Duck Mistopheles Chocolate Stout vs. Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale

On Thursday, March 26

  •  National Bohemian vs. Firestone Walker Double Jack

Voting on all polls closes at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

The results of Round Three will be announced Friday, March 27 at noon.

Round Four will commence Monday, March 30. Vote for the beer you want to win and may the taps be ever in your favor.


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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after hacker threats

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:01:01 UTC

2014-12-17T22:37:41Z

Sony has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after threats from hackers pushed many theaters to cancel screenings of the film, according to CNN.

Sony has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after threats from hackers pushed many theaters to cancel screenings of the film, according to CNN

Many of the largest theatre chains in the country canceled future screenings after a group of anonymous hackers threatened people who go see the film

Those in the midstate will likely miss the film, too, as Carmine Cinemas, Regal Entertainment Group and Penn Cinema have all decided not to show the movie. 


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'Sharknado 2': Recap commentary from Marcus Schneck

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:04:15 UTC

2014-07-31T10:50:37Z

Out outdoors writer will be live-chatting at 9 p.m. Wednesday when the sequel makes its Syfy premiere.

NOTE: The live chat accompanying Syfy's premiere of 'Sharknado 2' has ended, but you can recap Marcus Schneck's live commentary in the comments section below.

Pop a bowl of popcorn, grab a handful of gummy sharks, and get ready to snark and LOL your way through the Syfy premiere of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" with outdoor and nature writer Marcus Schneck at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. As part of PennLive's ongoing Shark Week series, he'll be yuking his way through a live chat right here during the shlockfest of a TV movie. Join him to share your best shark-themed standup and commentary.

And, if you missed the original "Sharknado" that created a pop-culture phenomenon last year, you can catch it before Wednesday night's premiere. Syfy will be showing it in its entirety at 7 p.m. as a lead-in for the sequel. Schneck won't be live-chatting during "Sharknado," which is the story of a man, his chainsaw and tornadoes filled with sharks. He's already sat through it once.

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'War Horse' at Hershey Theatre is an enthralling mix of puppetry and human drama: review

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:09:32 UTC

2013-12-11T17:29:17Z

"War Horse," now on stage at Hershey Theatre, is a beautifully staged drama with life-size horse puppets that will steal your heart The bond between a young man and his horse cements the story of "War Horse," a mesmerizing theatrical experience that features life-size horse puppets so real that they truly become characters in a harrowing story about love and loyalty.A touring production of the Broadway hit, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, is on stage at Hershey Theatre through Sunday.View full sizeSpectacular life-size puppets gallop across the stage in Hershey Theatre's production of "War Horse," on stage through Sunday.Provided photo The show is splendidly acted and beautifully staged, with an unstinting view of both the heroism and ugliness that transpired during World War I. People -- and horses -- die, sometimes in gruesome ways, sometimes almost casually.You are likely to find yourself rooting quite hard for the survival of Joey, the horse of the title who is actually composed entirely of plastic, cloth and metal.Although "War Horse" is quite loud in spots - but after all, a battlefield is a noisy place - and some of the accompanying videos are a bit over the top, the riveting drama on stage more than compensates.At its heart, this is a story about a horse named Joey, a part thoroughbred who as a colt is purchased by the wrong man for the wrong price and the wrong reason. But he soon bonds with young Albert (Michael Wyatt Cox) and together they ride the fields of the English farm owned by Albert's parents. The horse is actually a complex puppet controlled by three or more people. The moment on stage when Joey goes from colt to horse is remarkable, and from that point on some of the puppeteers are actually inside of Joey. The equine mannerisms are so convincing that watchers soon forget about Joey's "handlers" and he becomes quite real in the mind's eye. The puppets, created by a South African firm called Handspring Puppet Company, also include a horse named Topthorn who accompanies Joey through much of the show, plus a variety of other animals. An aggressive goose at Albert's family farm is particularly amusing.When Albert's drunken and embittered father (Gene Gillette) breaks his word to Albert and sells Joey to the English cavalry for 100 pounds, an enraged - and underaged - Albert breaks the heart of his mother (Maria Elena Ramirez) by joining the army so he can go to war-torn France in search of his beloved horse.Joey, meanwhile, survives in combat for a time despite the fact that horses have no business on a battlefield that features miles of barb wire, huge tanks and devastating machine guns. Some of his riders are less lucky. As the bloody, seemingly endless conflict drags on, Joey eventually falls into German hands, where he is used in the much safer job of hauling wounded soldiers in carts. But circumstances intervene yet again, and Joey ends up alone in the perilous no-man's-land between the trenches of the opposing armies, where his fate will be decided by the flip of a coin.The question of whether Albert and Joey eventually will reunite is not really the issue in "War Horse," but rather how diminished by war they both will be when that poignant moment finally arrives.This touring production of the original "War Horse," which won five Tony Awards in 2011, is a triumph of staging that features a uniformly excellent cast. The superbly evocative drama, based on a novel by Michael Morpurgo, features more than a few moments of great sadness, but many triumphs as well.There is also a lot to learn about the underlying character of both humans and horses, especially as revealed by the fires of war. Joey and Albert may be less than they once were by the end of "War Horse," but both pass that test at a gallop.IF YOU GOWHAT:[...]


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'A Christmas Carol' serves a new twist on Dickens classic at Hershey Area Playhouse: review

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:45:37 UTC

2013-12-08T15:59:24Z

Hershey Area Playhouse's production of 'A Christmas Carol' adds fresh songs to the familiar story of trial and redemption This just in: In Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," black-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge has a haunting experience on Christmas Eve that changes him into the happiest miser ever.Oh, you knew that?View full sizePhil Jurus has the role of the penny-pinching Ebenzer Scrooge in Hershey Area Playhouse's current production of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol."Provided photo Hershey Area Playhouse's new production follows the script of Dickens' 19th century novella faithfully, but throws in several original songs that give this hoary old story a fresh feel.The adaptation by Lancaster County native Barry Kornhauser, featuring music and lyrics by Ron Barnett, remains a parable to the true meaning of Christmas -- essentially, that its spirit resides in your heart rather than your purse. Despite the familiarity of the Scrooge story, it has stood the test of time as a potent emotional experience.The production has just five remaining performances, starting with a 2 p.m. matinee today and concluding with a 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 14. It is suitable for all ages, as even the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is not too scary in this rendition.A large cast of adults and children scamper about the community theater's spacious open stage, recreating London of nearly two centuries ago.Although there are a few times early on when the doings on stage are curiously lacking in energy, pacing picks up as the two-and-a-half-hour show moves along. By the end, it's hard not to get caught up in the story even though nearly everyone in the audience knows very well what's coming.The backbone of HAP's 26-member cast includes Phil Jurus as Scrooge, John Mallonee as the ghostly Marley (and surprisingly, Mrs. Fezziwig), Scott Schmittel as long-suffering Bob Cratchit and Dan Fisher as Scrooge's nephew, Fred. Veterans like Amiekay Peach (who plays Fred's wife), Tom Curry (as Fezziwig) and Dara Rees (who plays both the Ghost of Christmas Present and Scrooge's lost love, Belle) offer able support.Younger cast members who stand out include Katie Latta, a fifth-grader who shows a fine voice on the lovely "Lights of Christmas Past" while handling a substantial role as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Young Grant Zimmerman, who began acting at age 2, is suitably pitiful as Cratchit's disabled son, the ever-optimistic Tiny Tim.The most successful of the show's 20 songs accentuate parts of this familiar story in new ways, among them Scrooge's "People Are Disgusting," Marley's "The Chain I Wear" and the bubbly "Every December the 25th," featuring Fred and the ensemble.Director Cory Wilkerson has done a good job of staging "A Christmas Carol," a fast-moving affair which features a variety of crowded tableaux requiring quick scenery changes.Kornhauser, an award-winning playwright who worked for many years at Lancaster's historic Fulton Theatre and can now be found at Millersville University, is especially focused on entertainment for children. His play "Balloonacy," aimed at preschoolers, won an award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 2012.His poignant take on "A Christmas Carol" is filled with music and spectacle that are sure to appeal to kids, and adults will appreciate not only the classic story of trial and redemption, but also the variety of Dickens-related puns and references -- "Great Expectations" and "Oliver Twist" among them -- that go swirling past like snowflakes on a cold Christmas morning.IF YOU GOWHAT: "A Christmas Carol"WHEN: 2 p.m. today and Dec. 14; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14WHERE: Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Derry Twp.TICKETS: $23 adults ($20 children)INFO: www.hersheyareaplayhouse.com or 717-533-8[...]


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Trick or treat finally lands on Halloween in the midstate

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:05:58 UTC

2013-10-16T18:21:34Z

More than a dozen Halloween parades are scheduled in the midstate between Oct. 17 and Oct. 30. The East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, supervisors last night tackled an important issue – trick or treat. The township originally had planned trick or treat for Oct. 24 but have changed that to Oct. 31 – the date of the event in most municipalities.“The township manager who screwed up the schedule wanted to get in line with everybody else,” Township Manager Ronald Reeder said. “We didn’t want to be the odd ones out. It was totally unintentional. It was a miscalculation on the date.”Here is the list of trick or treat and parade dates:TRICK OR TREAT CUMBERLAND COUNTY Camp Hill: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Carlisle: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 East Pennsboro Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Hampden Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Lemoyne: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Mechanicsburg: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Monroe Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 New Cumberland: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Lower Allen Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 North Middleton Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Silver Spring Twp: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 South Middleton Township.: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Upper Allen Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Wormleysburg: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 DAUPHIN COUNTY Conewago Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Derry Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 East Hanover Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Harrisburg: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Hummelstown: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Londonderry Township: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 Lower Paxton Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Lower Swatara Township.: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Middletown: Starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 Paxtang: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 South Hanover Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Susquehanna Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Swatara Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Wiconisco Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 LEBANON COUNTY North Londonderry Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Palmyra: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 South Londonderry Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 YORK COUNTY Carroll Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Dillsburg: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Fairview Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Newberry Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 PERRY COUNTY Marysville: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 Rye Township: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 PARADESCUMBERLAND COUNTY Boiling Springs: 7 p.m. Oct. 17Camp Hill: 6 p.m. Oct. 29 Carlisle: 7 p.m. Oct. 21 East Pennsboro Township: 7 p.m. Oct. 30 Mount Holly Springs: 7 p.m. Oct. 23New Cumberland: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22; rain date, Oct. 28DAUPHIN COUNTY Derry Township: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 East Hanover Township: 7 p.m. Oct. 17 Hummelstown: 7 p.m. Oct. 28, parade will not be rescheduled in event of rain.Lower Swatara Township: 6 p.m. Oct. 17Middletown: 7 p.m. Oct. 21; rain date, Oct. 22.Paxtang: 7 p.m. Oct. 22Penbrook: 7 p.m. Oct. 17Wiconisco Township: 7 p.m. Oct. 28.PERRY COUNTY Marysville: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21; rain date, Oct. 28YORK COUNTYDillsburg: 7 p.m. Oct. 19York: 2 p.m. Oct. 27ADAMS COUNTY Gettysburg: 7 p.m. Oct. 22 [...]


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WoofStock festival will include rescue groups, dog trainer, author

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:54:29 UTC

2013-09-20T19:01:04Z

WoofStock will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29.

Almost three dozen rescue groups are scheduled to attend this year’s WoofStock festival, hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Riverfront Park in Harrisburg.

(image) View full sizeAttendees at last year's WoofStock festival.

WoofStock also will feature Jon Provost, who played Timmy in the long-running “Lassie” television series, along with Robert Weatherwax, Hollywood dog trainer and son of the late Rudd Weatherwax, who established the famous line of Lassies.

Also attending will be Larry Levin, author of New York Times best seller “Oogy, A Dog Only a Family Could Love.” Oogy also will attend as will celebrity pet expert Harrison Forbes.

The mission of WoofStock is to raise money for the alliance’s De-Sex in the City spay/neuter program. This year organizers also hope to get exposure for dogs in need of homes.

The festival also includes a pet costume contest, food, vendors with pet-related products and services and a silent auction of custom painted dog houses.

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Author Dave Barry will speak at Hospice of Central Pennsylvania gala

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:58:50 UTC

2013-09-20T14:02:55Z

The gala will be held Oct. 5. Tickets are $150.

Author Dave Barry will be the guest speaker for Hospice of Central Pennsylvania's 33rd Anniversary Gala Celebration: The Gift of Humor to be held Oct. 5.

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The gala at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Swatara Township begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and Barry’s presentation

Proceeds from the event underwrite the cost of unreimbursed care at Hospice of Central Pennsylvania's Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence. The residence is the area's only hospice residence and provides 24-hour hospice care in a home-like setting to individuals who are unable to remain at home. The facility opened in 1996 and cares for about 180 patients a year.

Tickets are $150.

Hospice of Central Pennsylvania was founded in 1979 as an all-volunteer organization. Our mission is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for persons with a life-limiting illness and the family members who support them. Hospice has more than130 volunteers and a 165-person professional staff including physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, three staff physicians, chaplains and bereavement counselors. Care is provided at patient's homes, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, and at nursing and assisted living facilities.

The agency also offers bereavement counseling, support groups, educational materials, social programs and memorial services to grieving individuals. Camp Dragonfly summer camp for grieving children is held annually at two locations.

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and columnist.

To buy tickets, 717-732-1000.



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Charles Bronson's classic 'Death Wish' questions vigilante heroism: Go Watch This

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:07:00 UTC

2013-06-27T19:40:29Z

Fueled by vengeance, fascinated by violence and inspired by the Wild West, vigilante Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) sets out to rid New York's streets of crime in this 1974 film. Go Watch This is a weekly feature at PennLive where we and readers recommend lesser-known movies and shows worth watching, so long as it's easily available on DVD or online.Got a movie you'd like to recommend? Let us know in the comments section or email your review to submissions@pennlive.com. Write a short blurb with sections for what it's about, why it's great and where we can find it. If you can track down a trailer, link us to that, too.This week, PennLive's Joe McClure suggests you check out a vigilante classic starring Charles Bronson:"Death Wish"1974 | Rated R | 93 minutes   What it's about: After muggers kill his wife and rape his daughter, mild-mannered architect Paul Kersey (played by Cambria County native Charles Bronson) sets out to do what the New York cops can't: rid the streets of thugs, one .32-caliber nickel-plated revolver blast at a time.Why it's great: Folks love or loathe "Death Wish" because of its supposed pro-vigilante message. But it's not clear that the film fully endorses vigilantism. Instead, through its use of the frontier myth and its depiction of its main character's fascination with violence, "Death Wish" suggests that Paul Kersey might not even be a hero.Frontier myth: We only get glimpses of Kersey's grief. There's no scene in which he breaks down, shattered by loss. The primary way he copes is through his vigilantism, which is inspired by the myth of the American frontier. Kersey returns to work shortly after the funeral to avoid dwelling on the tragedy. His architectural firm sends him to meet with a client in Arizona to discuss a development project. The client, Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin), embodies the West: He dons a cowboy hat, speaks in a genial Southern drawl and loves the land.Actor Charles Bronson, shown here in 1974, plays New York vigilante Paul Kersey in "Death Wish."The Associated Press, file Jainchill and Kersey visit a Western movie set that caters to tourists. Kersey is fascinated by a mock gun battle between outlaws and lawmen. "The outlaw life seemed a shortcut to easy money," the narrator of the Wild West show says. "... But there were honest men with dreams, who would fight ... and who would plant the roots that would grow into a nation." This scene provides Kersey with a myth to inhabit. As a vigilante, a gunfighter, he will be the self-appointed sheriff in a city full of outlaws. "Death Wish" is a Western set in a '70s city.Fascination with violence: The film, directed by Michael Winner, suggests that Kersey's "bleeding-heart" political convictions – he was a conscientious objector during the Korean War – mask a massive capacity for violence. Kersey is a natural with a gun. He has not fired a weapon since going hunting as a youth, but when Jainchill takes him to a gun club, Kersey hits the bull's-eye each time he fires. Paul Kersey the architect is a creator, but Paul Kersey the vigilante is a destroyer. Kersey returns to New York inspired by his Wild West experience.In many Westerns, trouble follows the hero; he doesn't seek it out. But Kersey eagerly provokes trouble. He baits his prey by walking alone late at night, by pretending to read a newspaper in an empty subway car and by ostentatiously pulling cash from his wallet at a restaurant. He always waits for muggers to attack first, so it's technically self-defense, but he incites it. Kersey brings results: Muggings plummet, and the crime-weary public is inspired. So he can ride off into the sun[...]


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French Boys Choir will perform at Millersburg church

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:27:13 UTC

2013-06-18T17:30:11Z

The concert is free but tickets are required.

La Maitrise des Hauts de France, French Boys Choir, will perform at 7 p.m. July 11 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Millersburg.

The choir was founded in 1970. It has performed around the world at venues including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the White House.

The concert is free but seating is limited. To receive tickets, call the church at 717-692-2141.





Prom 2013: Your photos of students headed to proms around the midstate

Fri, 31 May 2013 15:45:48 UTC

2013-08-19T17:46:00Z

We received more than 70 photos from local promgoers and parents, showing off the style of students all glammed up and ready to go celebrate the good times of senior year.

Prom season is just about wrapped up, and it's time to take a look back.

We received more than 70 photos from local promgoers and parents, showing off the style of students all glammed up and ready to go celebrate the good times of senior year. Browse the gallery above or click here to see this year's midstate proms from your point of view.

Prom season isn't quite over yet, and there's always still time for you to submit your photos. See all user-submitted prom photos here and submit your own.

Up next: Last but not least, Milton Hershey School will hold its prom June 14 at Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey. See the full schedule and review photos from proms so far this season.


View all prom photos from 2013 and revisit proms from 2012 and earlier.

Posting photos to Twitter or Instagram? Use the hashtag #plprom and you'll be able to see your photos on our crowd-sourced prom photo page.





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6 reasons the Xbox One will probably stink

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:30:00 UTC

2013-08-20T13:19:37Z

Microsoft's biggest failure? Ignoring its dedicated gamer fanbase. Last week we saw what was possibly the least revealing reveal in technological history. Microsoft rolled out the Xbox One, loaded with all types of futuristic ideas, most of which have nothing to do with gaming. The presentation lasted about an hour, and did a great job explaining why the One isn’t a video game console. Let’s recap the highlights! 1. Xbox One hates your freedom Step one: Buy a game. Step two: Install it onto the hard drive. Congratulations! That game that you just shelled out top dollar for can only be played while logged into your account through a consistent Internet connection. Sure, you can log in from a friend’s console and play, but your friend can’t join in without paying a fee, and that fee could be equal to the purchase price of the new game. In Microsoft’s defense, they’ve been incredibly vague about the whole arrangement. This has far-reaching implications that could forever change the way gamers do what they do. What’s the benefit of buying a used game if you’re still going to have to pay Microsoft a “fee” to play it on your own console? You won’t be able to lend, trade or rent games with friends either, without each new person paying to play. Microsoft says they have a plan for this, but we’ll have to wait and see since they haven’t told anyone what it is. 2. Without Internet, it becomes a multi-hundred dollar paperweight The Xbox One will likely require an internet connection every 24 hours. At least you don’t need a constant Internet connection, a requirement that infamously ruined SimCity and Diablo 3 for many PC gamers. Still, it does seem that, by requiring any kind of consistent Internet connection, most of those same issues will come up. If your console can’t connect, you can’t even play single-player games until that connection is back. Cool, huh? Let’s face it, things happen. Servers go down. Internet goes out. Sometimes someone might even have the desire to play a game somewhere without Internet access. Guess they'll have to pull out their old 360s for that though. 3. You can’t take out a restraining order against Kinect View full sizeA group of visiting journalists try out the improved motion-detecting capabilities of the new Kinect controller for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. The new Kinect, which will come standard with the Xbox One can also see users in total darkness and has a wider field of view than the previous Kinect device in use with the Xbox 360. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The good news is that every Xbox One will come with Kinect! The bad news is the Kinect will always be on, watching and listening to everything you do. Everything. There will be a way to turn the Kinect off, but the microphone would have to stay active in order to recognize voice commands.  And Microsoft isn’t just giving everyone a free Kinect. The cost is built into the system, so you’re paying for it whether you want it or not, and you’ll use it whether you want to or not, because Xbox One won't work right without it. On the bright side, with the audio/visual information Kinect picks up, the Xbox One could potentially do such things as order you a pizza when it notices that you’re rounding out your 5th consecutive hour of Burn Notice re-runs, and even request an ambulance from your local 911 dispatch when it notices tha[...]


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