It’s as predictable as a helping of pork and sauerkraut or an overly optimistic resolution to lose weight and exercise more.

Most every early January local newspapers across Pennsylvania publish stories on the first baby born in the New Year.

This week’s Tour Through Time focuses on three babies born in the 1960s whose earliest claim to fame was to be featured on the front-page of The Sentinel in Carlisle.

Steven Mitchell Mallein came into the world at two minutes past midnight on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1961. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Mallein of the 300 block of East North Street.

Later that day, eight people were injured in a six-car pile-up on Route 22 in Progress east of Harrisburg. The story was important locally because six of the injured were members of the Lowry family of Lemoyne who were traveling in a station wagon that burned after the crash.

Three years later, Sue Ellen Marpoe was born at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1964. She was the youngest of four children born to Janice and Gilson Marpoe. Her father was employed at the Murphy and Clouse feed mill in Boiling Springs.

The same day Sue arrived The Sentinel reported that a search party found a Plainfield woman who got lost on a hike and was missing for 12 hours. Ellen Reichard, 28, was back at home safe after suffering a slight case of exposure.

A year later, a baby girl was born to Robert and Joan Mowery of Pine Grove Furnace around 2:28 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 1965. No name was reported at the time. The family had two other daughters, five-year-old Chandra and two-year-old Tara.

The birth of their latest child was heralded by a wintry mix that made local travel difficult. Three inches of snow fell on Carlisle overnight Jan. 1 in what was the first measurable amount so far that season.

Just under the photo of mother and child was the announcement that Clinton Weidner, a former district attorney and Carlisle resident, was scheduled to take the oath as the newest Cumberland County judge on Monday, Jan. 4.

Tour Through Time runs every Saturday in The Sentinel print edition. Reporter Joseph Cress will work with staff at the Cumberland County Historical Society each week to offer a look at the county through the years.

Send any questions, future ideas or tips to jcress@cumberlink.com.

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Education/History Reporter

History and education reporter for The Sentinel.