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Take Me Home
People

Take Me Home

The Animal Care Sanctuary—with its headquarters in East Smithfield and a branch in Wellsboro, one of the largest and most successful no-kill shelters in the United States—had its start with a woman who saw a problem and sought to solve it. In Lesley Sinclair’s mind, there was criminal neglect taking place in her town of Toms River, New Jersey, and […]

Time to Sperr
Outdoors

Time to Sperr

At least once a month, Red Cross volunteers Jean and Andrew L. “Andy” Sperr deliver containers of blood from Rochester to six hospitals, finishing at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. Then the couple makes one more stop before returning home. Taking Exit 50 off Route I-86 onto Kahler Road, they pull into a peaceful park that is a special place, […]

The Jury Is In
Arts & Leisure

The Jury Is In

If Norman Rockwell were a Pennsylvania artist, Eagles Mere would probably have been a source of inspiration for his vision of small town America…and it would have been the town for him to exhibit his nationally recognized art. For the forty-fourth Eagles Mere Arts & Crafts Festival at the village green (held this year on Saturday, August 9 from 10 […]

You Scream, I Scream…
Finger Lakes / Food & Drink

You Scream, I Scream…

Ice cream holds a special place in many an Ithacan’s heart. After all, the Finger Lakes town claims to be the birthplace of an American culinary staple: the ice cream sundae. As the story goes, in 1892 Chester C. Platt of the Platt & Colt Pharmacy in downtown Ithaca served a new concoction—vanilla ice cream with cherry syrup and a […]

A Day at the Ant Farm
Mother Earth

A Day at the Ant Farm

Did you ever read Harold Robbins’ The Carpetbaggers? I devoured it at a tender age; one of the scenes that has stuck with me over the years involved a particularly loathsome character who got his comeuppance on an anthill. Eeww. Pardon the vernacular, but ants tend to creep me out. They especially do when they’re in the house. I do […]

Pilgrims’ Progress
Life

Pilgrims’ Progress

“Should we try it?” Bob and I were standing in front of a restaurant whose threshold we had never crossed, and I was having another one of my “stranger in a strange land” moments. Changing communities brings a specific set of challenges. If you have lived in an area for many years, you take for granted that you know who […]

Take a Bite out of Summer
Food & Drink

Take a Bite out of Summer

What makes your mouth water? Sample Our Menu of Choices! How we picked them: Mountain Home writers and editors Teresa Banik Capuzzo, Maxwell Black, Michael Capuzzo, Cindy Davis Meixel, Olivia Hall, Cornelius O’Donnell, and Amy Packard roamed far and wide over northern Pennsylvania and southern New York finding delectable things to eat and drink. Atwater Estate Vineyards 5055 State Rte. […]

Conducting with Sole
Food & Drink

Conducting with Sole

  Once, in an Iron Chef kind of competition I was judging in the early 1980s, in the beautiful ballroom at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, Stephen Gunzenhauser, then music director of the Delaware Symphony—now the maestro of the summer Endless Mountain Music Festival in the Twin Tiers and of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra—and his wife Shelly prepared “Vivaldi.” […]

Minding Your ‘Manders
Mother Earth

Minding Your ‘Manders

“Mind the ’mander!” That’s what we say when we’re mountain biking and one of those adorable coral- colored spotted salamanders is crossing the trail. They are the most precious things, with their miniscule, perfectly formed toes and their tiny, thrashing tails. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve almost wrecked trying to avoid the little darlings. I was […]

Making a Splash
Billtown

Making a Splash

The picture on the PDC Spas Web site is the very epitome of luxury: a beautiful, bubbling hot tub; a handsome young couple; a redwood deck with a panoramic view of lush mountains. And it is, in fact, a completely homegrown image, right down to the hot tub nestled in those Lycoming County mountains. PDC Spas and three generations of […]