Ghosts, Curses, and Witches: Central Pa.’s Surprising Supernatural History

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is an idyllic patchwork of farms and industry, suburban developments, and rural homesteads. Perhaps because of its strong, practical German influence, we don’t view this area as a hotbed of supernatural activity.

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COVER STORY: Senior Scams Evolve: Ploys Continue to Defraud Older Adults

Last October, my family members received a phone call from a company dubbed Utility Savings Expert, whose website (utilitysavingsexpert.net) features the tagline, “We are here to help you,” but omits the second half of the sentence: “… separate you from your money.”

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COVER STORY: On Wings and Waves, His Life’s Path Led to Pa.

As he jumped from the plane and floated through the air, wind blasting his face and brown-and-green squares of New Jersey farmland rushing up to meet him, Stephen DeBock thought, “Wow, I’m finally flying like Superman!”

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COVER STORY: Preserving Middle-Class Life in Early America

Like many retirees, when Margaret Sidlick left the workforce in fall 2015, she decided she wanted to volunteer.

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COVER STORY: Daisies and Poppies and Peonies, Oh My

When Dorothy and Co. are finally granted entrance into Emerald City in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and the girl from Kansas climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage and are whisked around on a lively tour of the city’s people, sights, and songs.

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COVER STORY: Eyes on the Sky, Hands on the Ground

Even as a young man, Bob Beggs admits his head was usually in the clouds.

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COVER STORY: Doing the Heart’s Work

Grieving is a beautifully selfish act. Despite what we were already so fortunate to share with our departed loved one, like children we succumb to the insistent, thunderous pulse in our hearts that screams indignantly for more, more, more — but instead of toys or candy, we crave more time, more chances, more memories.

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COVER STORY: Senior Volunteers Close the Generation Gap

Chalk it up to the intergenerational allure of cuddly babies and snuggly toddlers.

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COVER STORY: High Blood Pressure Redefined

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication — at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 — according to the first new, comprehensive high blood pressure guidelines in more than a decade.

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