Yearly Archives: 2013

Did You Know 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.

Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation

The Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, Inc. (HOKAFI) is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter for dogs and cats located in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. The shelter is run primarily by a dedicated corps of volunteers and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation depends entirely on the private sector for funding through donations, membership dues, grants and fundraising activities.

The shelter, founded by the late Helen Opperman Krause, now sits on approximately two acres of landscaped grounds in a rural community and consists of a state-of-the-art main cat shelter built in 1999, a recently remodeled cat shelter annex and a dog kennel. At any given time, this complex is home to as many as 140 cats and kittens and 10 dogs.

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Coming Soon: Our New Computer System!

Change is coming…..

Although we often fear change, the changes about to take place at Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic are a good thing!

Starting the first week of November Winding Hill is installing a new computer system. We will be using a Veterinary software, called Cornerstone, will allow us to be more efficient and offer our clients more options in the way we contact them.

During our transition time we will be scheduling additional time for each appointment as we learn the new system. We ask for your understanding and patience during this exciting (and a little stressful) time for us.

We will continue to keep our clients updated as we move forward.
Thank you
The Doctors and Staff at Winding Hill Veterinary Clinic

Shop at Bon Ton and Help Summit Search and Rescue

As Summit Search and Rescue begins training K9 Briggs along with K9 Apache and K9 Merit fundraising reaches a new level of importance. BonTon Stores provides a wonderful opportunity for non-profit agencies to raise funds and participants to obtain awesome coupon books! Check it out and participate if you can. This month K9 Merit assisted in the locating of an 81 year old woman, provided importance evidence in a criminal case and successfully found a woman missing for 36 hours. The latter was alive and airlifted to an area hospital.

Purchase a Community Day booklet for $5 and save big on great items while supporting Summit Search and Rescue!

Plus, for the first time ever, use these coupons on Bonus Buys Friday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16.

Simply click on the image below for details and select Summit Search and Rescue at Checkout.

To learn more about the amazing things that Summit Search and Rescue does in our community, go to:

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Happy Birthday Terri Heck!

Career Day MMS

Terri Heck, CVT, started with the practice in 1984 as a veterinary technician. She enjoys all facets of veterinary medicine with an emphasis on diagnostics and wellness. Terri is very involved locally with Search and Rescue and Criminal investigation with her K9 partner “Merit”. They, along with teammates husband Jim and K9 “Apache”, answer ~70 search calls a year for area law enforcement. They lecture and assist with bloodhound/handler training across the country and have had the pleasure of working with teams from Brazil, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland They also provide the community with over 80 programs each year with an emphasis on safety, community involvement and responsible pet ownership.

Terri also teaches as a guest educator at Penn State and Alvernia Universities illustrating the human-animal connection.

Meet Animal House Rescue’s Gil!

** MEET GIL **
Gil is one of four terrier mixes to come into AHR this month via a local PA shelter. He was an owner surrender due to economic reasons. Other than terrier mix, they have absolutely no idea what breed Gil is … perhaps Yorkie/Chihuahua (and terrier mix is just a guess also). His DOB is January 2013 and he weighs under 10 lbs. Gil is a sweetheart and was very quick to greet us upon his arrival. He will need socialization, some basic training, and some good old fashioned TLC. Oh, and because Gil is a terrier and his size, we do not recommend that he go to a family with small children.

If you are interested in an AHR dog, please fill out an application found on their website: . To see a list of our dogs, go to our petfinder page:

SSAR Welcomes Briggs!

Summit Search and Rescue (SSAR) proudly announces the newest K9-in-training on the team. K9 Briggs a female black and tan bloodhound – 8 weeks of age and 14 pounds. This week she is walking on different surfaces, experiencing loud noise and visiting area police de…partments along with public venues. She started her in-harness training over the weekend. She was checked out by Dr. Pam Kinneman last week and found to be healthy. The vote here at Winding Hill Vet was that she is totally CUTE!

Meet Animal House Rescue’s Vicki Bolinger!

We’ve interviewed Animal House Rescue’s Vicki Bolinger so that we all could learn more about her and the amazing things that she does in our community!

Vicki Bolinger from Animal House Rescue

  • Where are you originally from?
    • Mechanicsburg, PA
  • How long have you been at Animal House Rescue?
    • I have been serving on the Board since January of 2012
  • Where did you/do you go to school?
    • Mechanicsburg High School and Harrisburg Area Community College
  • What would you say is the most important impact that AHR has?
    • The ability to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues which would otherwise have been put down
  • What would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had?
    • I believe our monthly low-cost vaccine clinics help provide a service to the community as this allows dogs to be vaccinate who might not otherwise receive these medications
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets?
    • I have always had a dog in my life. I have always had a deep bond with my dogs. After a challenging day at the office, there is no one I’d rather come home to than my dogs.
    • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
      Mitsy – Poodle
      Snoopy – Dachshund
      Barney – Beagle
      Sam – Black Lab
      Kasee – Black Lab
      Bella – Black Lab
      Jordan – Yellow Lab
      Campbell – Black Lab
      Piper – Yellow Lab
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets?
    • Verus – chicken and fish formulas
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Out of Africa
  • What kind of music do you like?
    • A variety of pop, rock, country and classical
  • What was the last book that you read?
    • Anything by Nora Roberts. I listen to books on tape as I commute one hour to work on a daily basis. Therefore, I have an opportunity to listen to a lot of books during each month.
  • What is your favorite TV show?
    • The West Wing is my all time favorite
  • Where was your last vacation?
    • Cape May, NJ
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster
  • Describe your perfect sandwich
    • My famous perfect pulled pork sandwich with southern-style coleslaw on top
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be?
    • Thomas Jefferson
  • Which is your favorite sport’s team?
    • Team Lab Trio (dock diving team)
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting:
    • I obtained a diploma in residential planning and love to redecorate people’s homes.

To learn more about Animal House Rescue, go to:

P&G Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Dry Pet Food Due to Possible Health Risk

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10 day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST), or via website at or