Yearly Archives: 2013

The History of Mechanicsburg!

Named for a settlement of mechanics who made and repaired Conestoga wagons in the early 19th century, Mechanicsburg’s continued growth was also attributed to the Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR). Completing its line in 1837, Mechanicsburg was designated as a water station where workers could restock the locomotive’s wood and pump water. The train became the town’s link to the world of business and industry. Grain and feed companies, lumber yards and numerous factories were purposely built alongside the railroad tracks. Archives show that, at one time, there were twenty-five trains chugging through the town daily carrying travelers, coal, feathers, fruit, ice, mail and newspapers. During the American Civil War, the railroad was an invaluable method of transporting troops and supplies. Today, approximately six trains travel through Mechanicsburg each day, which has recently increased due to new operations on the local sub-line owned by Norfolk Southern.

Another part of Mechanicsburg’s growth occurred when the Naval Support Activity was built on 840 acres (3.4 km2) of land in Hampden Township, Pennsylvania. NSA Mechanicsburg continues to serve as one of the Defense Departments major logistics sites. Although automotive technology changed the town forever, today’s residents cannot dismiss the vital role the railroad played in its development.

Meet Rachel Becker!

Rachel, our summer student intern, has been hired as a part time technician! We are very happy to have her and we interviewed her so that we all could learn more about her.

  • Where are you originally from?
    ~Thompsontown, Pennsylvania
  • How long have you been at the Hospital?
    ~2 Months
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    ~I attend Wilson College currently.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    ~Ever since I was a little girl I loved animals and always wanted to work with them when I grew up.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
    ~Patches(cat), Princess(cat), Amey(cat), Ginger(Golden Retriever), and Snickers(rabbit) throughout my childhood. Currently I have a cat named Bella and a horse named Buddie.
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
  • What is your favorite movie?
    ~Safe Haven
  • What kind of music do you like?
    ~Country Music
  • What was the last book that you read?
    ~The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • Where was your last vacation?
    ~Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    ~Sals OIP
  • Describe your perfect sandwich.
    ~A cheeseburger sub with lettuce, tomato, and hot peppers.

Pets, Candy and Xylitol

FDA Warns Pet Owners on the Dangers of Xylitol Ingestion in Dogs and Ferrets

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers about the risks associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol by dogs and ferrets. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol approved for use in many common products, including sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products, and chewing gum.

Xylitol can be found in many over-the-counter drugs such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges and sprays. It can also be purchased in bulk bags for use in home baking. These products are intended only for human use.

FDA is aware of complaints involving dogs that experienced illness associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol. Xylitol is safe for humans but it can be harmful to dogs and ferrets.

FDA is advising consumers to always read the label on products and to not presume that a product that is safe for humans is safe for your pet.

The FDA reports included clinical signs such as a sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested xylitol, some signs to look for are depression, loss of coordination and vomiting. The signs of illness may occur within minutes to days of ingesting xylitol. Owners should consult their veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately for advice if they know or suspect that their pet has ingested a human product containing xylitol.

Help Animal House Rescue Find a Home for Chewbacca!

** MEET CHEWBACCA (aka Bacca) **
Bacca came to AHR as an owner surrender. The family dynamics had changed and there was no longer enough time for him. Bacca is believed to be a German Shepherd mix of about 2 years old. He is a happy-go-lucky sorta guy and altho he has a serious side to him, he loves his romp and play time. He gets along with everyone and everything, loves people and other dogs, is polite, well mannered and knows basic commands. As one can see from the picture, Bacca has a comical side to him. He is social, well adjusted and by no means shy. Bacca would make a great addition to any family!
If you are interested in an AHR dog, please fill out an application found on their website:

The Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce

The Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce strives to promote the commercial and community interests of the Mechanicsburg area. As an association of local businesses and residents, they are committed to creating and supporting a stable and ever growing area to live and work. With events and programs for the residential and business community, they make every effort to be the resource for information, communication, and networking.

To learn more about the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, go to:

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day

September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies.

Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!

Happy Birthday Steph!


Steph has been working for Winding Hill Vet Clinic since 2010 as a veterinary technician assistant. She graduated high school in 2007. She enjoys playing tennis, cooking, photography, fishing and going to church. Other favorite past times are spending time with her family and fiancé, Ryan. She is the proud owner of four cats – Cooper, Sophie, Maddie and Malachi.