Here are the stories for this week’s Pennsylvania Member Exchange package. If you have any questions, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133.
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Editorials from around Pennsylvania.
For Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018:
EXCHANGE-RETURNING WWII LETTERS
GLEN LYON, Pa. _ Nearly 80 years ago, residents of Glen Lyon and surrounding areas joined millions of Americans in mobilizing to fight for our country and save democracy. Today, two dedicated women are fighting to keep a special part of their legacy alive, and looking to get treasured family mementoes into the hands of loved ones. By Roger Dupuis, Times Leader.
EXCHANGE-FREE HIGH FIVES AND HUGS
PHILADELPHIA _ If you’re feeling down, David “Big Dave” Sylvester wants to help. “Free high fives, free hugs, anything to make you smile,” calls out Sylvester.” Over the last 17 years, Sylvester has clasped hands or squeezed arms with what he estimates to be around 250,000 people in 36 countries worldwide. He chronicles his journey on his website and social media, like Instagram where his handle is @thehumanhigh5. “A hug and a high five is something we can all do — it’s a moment of power.” By Grace Dickinson, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
BETHLETHEM, Pa. _ His cheeks in the portrait are rosy — a hearty blush that, perhaps, hints at the passion that propelled him to galvanize the Moravian Church nearly 300 years ago. Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a Saxon nobleman, led a radical religious group that preached “religion from the heart” and worked to save souls around the world, traveling with missionaries to the New World and christening his new Moravian community in Pennsylvania “Bethlehem” on Christmas Eve 1741. His family has donated a portrait of him to the Moravian Archives. By Nicole Radzievich, The Morning Call.
SEWICKLEY, Pa. _The presence of Shiloh, Sampson, Happy, Hannah and nine other dogs transforms what would be a simple trail ride into the centuries-old sport and spectacle of fox hunting. But these hounds will neither catch nor kill a fox. Since the Sewickley Hunt started in 1922, it’s always been a no-kill hunt. President Tom Reinsel says he’s proud of that. By Linda Wilson Fuoco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
EXCHANGE-FAMILY WORKS IN SON’S HONOR
DALLASTOWN, Pa. _ Alexander Lauer hoped sharing his own struggle with heroin addiction would help others on the same path. The Dallastown native was an avid supporter of the local chapter of Not One More, a nonprofit organization bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic, and he carefully documented his roughly 10-year battle in journals. He’d hoped to help others. Now it’s his family’s cause after he overdosed last month. By Logan Hullinger, The York Dispatch.