2011-12-22 / Local & State

Local Author Writes Of Childhood Days In New Book


Every family has a story to tell, Many times loved ones pass away and those stories are lost forever. One of the greatest gifts we could give our children and grandchildren would be to record the memories of our early years for them. With that in mind, Anna Overcash Rotz began writing stories about her early life with her grandmother, Anna Poe Overcash. Rotz grew up on a small farm in New Franklin and spent a great deal of time with her grandmother, who lived nearby.

In “ Grandma’s Apron Strings,” Rotz tells of her memories of those childhood days and the influence her grandmother had on her as she grew into an adult. She writes of making hollyhock dolls, of her grandmother’s gardens, her cooking, canning and sewing.

The book celebrates grandmothers: grandmothers through the ages, nicknames for grandmothers, poetry, quotations from famous people and third-grade students, and recipes from Grandma’s country kitchen.

In part two, Rotz takes a trip down memory lane writing of her early years, her school days, special relatives sin her life and also her favorite “comfort food” recipes.

Brittany Martin, Mercersburg, a senior at Shippens- burg University majoring in art education, designed the book cover.

Rotz is the Fort Loudon Sidelights columnist for Public Opinion, and has had articles printed in the Grit and Country People magazines.

This year, she received the first-place award for the Pennsylvania DAR Women’s Issues essay. The winning essay in the health category was “Alzheimer’s – The Cruelest Disease” about her families’ 15-year struggle with her father’s disease. She is also the author of “Heritage Hill Farm” cookbook, printed in 1980, the memoirs of a Pennsylvania farm girl and treasured family recipes. The book was reprinted several eyas ago.

The 150-page “Grandma’s Apron Strings” sells for $17.95 and is available at the following locations: Fulton County Library, McLaughin’s Pharmacy, McConnellsburg; Fort Loudon Library, Goldfish Barn, First National Bank of Mercersburg, Fort Loudon; JD Market, Lemasters; Modnur Pharmacy, Mercersburg and St. Thomas; Northwood Books, Chambersburg; and Dru’s Books and Things, Waynesboro.

The book can also be ordered by sending a check or money order for $17.95 plus $2 shipping costs to: Grandma’s Apron Strings, c/o Anna Rotz, PO Box 101, Fort Loudon, PA 17224.

Rotz can be reached at arotz@comcast.net.

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