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A DAY AT THE RACES: In Falmouth, the annual Goat Races draw billies and nannies and the humans who love them

 

The annual Falmouth Goat Races were a bovine ball for goat fans who gathered for the 35th running of the ruminants on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Governor’s Stable Park in Falmouth.

 

The races began as a joke between friends after an unlucky day at the horse racing track. Might as well bet on goats, one bettor lamented to goat-owning friends sitting at the Village Store in town – and the races were born.

 

The top six goats and their handlers win trophies and, unlike “Fight Club,’’ there are rules to this special gathering:

• Both the goat and its handler must cross the finish line

• Lead ropes must be no longer than 6 feet

• Goats must be treated humanely

 

With food, music and a petting zoo on hand between races, the day was goat-tastic.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 20:11

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Out & About: The Highspire Bicentennial Parade

 

Just how Highspire got its name is a matter of debate. The area was inhabited by the Susquehannock Indians, but the town was laid out by two German settlers in 1814. The settlers either named it for a church steeple that rose above the rooftops, or they named it for their native village of Speyr, or Spire.

 

It may seem sleepy, but Highspire has had an interesting past. It was a major producer of rye whiskey from 1823 until Prohibition, which thwarted its notoriety as a distiller of spirits. The Pennsylvania Canal passed through town in the 1800s, bringing travelers from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

 

Residents, both current and past, celebrated Highspire’s 200th birthday with a parade on Saturday, Sept. 20 featuring marching bands, fire engines and all kinds of revelers. 

 

See who was there!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:52

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23 Years Ago - 9/24/14

9 24 1423 YEARS OLD - Pep Girls Are England-Bound – Middletown Area High School cheerleaders Sarah Baker, Melissa Brandt, Amy Richmond, and Tracy Schweitzer celebrate their acceptance to the United Cheerleading Association’s All-Star Squad. The girls, who qualified during cheerleading camp August 5-8 in Williamsport, will participate in Queen Elizabeth’s annual “Big Parade” in London, England this winter. Middletown High School’s varsity and junior varsity squads distinguished themselves with a number of awards at this year’s cheerleading camp.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:45

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Out & About: The Middletown Home’s Fall Festival

 

Autumn was still two days away, but the Middletown Home celebrated its arrival on Sunday, Sept. 21 with a Fall Festival filled with pumpkins, music, food and fun.

 

The sun-splashed grounds were embraced by a summer warmth as residents, family members and visitors ate ice cream, french fries and apple dumplings.

 

Children painted faces on pumpkins, rode ponies and petted ducks and bunnies in a petting zoo.

 

A tractor pulled a wagon decorated with hay bales and filled with guests who climbed aboard for a gentle ride around the grounds.

 

Proceeds from the festival benefited the Middletown Home Benevolent Fund, which helps cover the cost of care for its residents       who have outlived their financial resources.

 

See who was there!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 18:47

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OUT AND ABOUT: Londonderry Fire Company's First Fish Fry

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Hundreds of local residents went fishing on Friday, March 21 – at Londonderry Fire Company’s first annual Fish Fry.

Lemon pepper haddock, crab cakes, breaded shrimp, steamed shrimp – fish filets with vegetables, fish on sandwich buns, fish and shellfish were abundant, a local treat for those observing Lent or those who just love fish.

The fire company, at 2655 Foxianna Road, will hold a fish fry every Friday during Lent, through April 18.

Here’s who was on the scene at the latest fish fry – at the table and in the kitchen!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:40

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