As I write this, I’m still waiting anxiously for the first issue of Southern Pa. Magazine to hit the streets. I’ve seen the proof, but there’s something about holding the magazine in your hands that makes it real. Also, I am anxious to see if all of you are as excited about the look and content of the magazine as I am. The writers and photographers did a great job, so I’ll be anxious to hear what you, the readers, have to say.
In this issue of Southern Pa. Magazine, you’ll see that there’s a theme with some of the articles. We decided to take a look at retirement in Southern Pa. Why do seniors retire here? How do they keep healthy to enjoy their retirement, and how do they make their money last as long as they need to? All are important questions that our writers have tackled by talking to experts in the field.
If you’re not looking to retire, don’t worry: We’ve got plenty for you to enjoy, too.
Like music? Will Hutchison, an award-winning author and jazz trombonist, takes us on a tour of the Gettysburg jazz scene. I love jazz, and I once tried to learn to play the saxophone. Let’s just say there’s a reason that I’m a writer and not a musician.
Speaking of writers, Ayleen Gontz has an interview with New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara. Ayleen finds out why this writer has chosen to call Gettysburg his home.
Fall means harvest time, and a great selection of fruits and vegetables. If you want to go a step beyond a farmers’ market, take a trip to the York Central Market. Browse for fresh local food while listening to live music. Shop for artisan crafts or watch a cooking demonstration. You may not want to leave.
Don’t miss Lisa Gregory’s article on the exotic bird rescue in the North Hanover Mall. The mall might not be the first place you think of when you think of bird rescue, but hundreds of birds now call the mall home. Take a look at the service that Ruffled Feathers is providing.
Finally, September marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the completion of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Sept. 11, 2001, is one of those moments in time when most people can remember what they were doing when they saw the first plane fly into the World Trade Center tower. I was in Shanksville, where a plane full of ordinary Americans gave their lives to keep the plane from crashing into its target.
Our Day Tripper column looks at the Flight 93 National Memorial, which is just a couple hours to the west of us. It has changed a lot over the years, but it is still a sacred place where ordinary people became extraordinary heroes.
So you can see we’ve packed these pages with a lot of interesting reading. Let us know what you think of it all.
James Rada, Jr.